Jamie Carragher doesn’t think Newcastle United are the biggest club ever to be relegated from the Premier League.
The brief debate came on Sky Sports on Sunday afternoon following the Merseyside derby. Liverpool beat Everton 2-0, leaving Frank Lampard’s side in the bottom three after Burnley beat Wolves.
The prospect of relegation has just became much more real for Everton, who have six games to save their season.
However, there is a very real chance they could be relegated from the top flight for the first time since it became the Premier League. They haven’t been relegated since 1951, and the last time they played in the second tier was 1954.
Fast forward 68 years and they could be playing in the second division again. If they are relegated, Carragher believes they’ll be the biggest Premier League club to drop into the Championship.
What Jamie Carragher said about Everton and Newcastle
The former Liverpool defender was speaking on Sky Sports alongside Graeme Souness and Kevin Campbell, where they discussed the prospect of Everton being relegated.
Carragher: “Has there been a bigger club than Everton to go down?”
After trying to defend his statement, Souness interrupted…
Souness: “Well Newcastle are about as big as Everton – they’ve gone and come back.”
The former Toon manager was met with ‘no I don’t think so’ and ‘no’ from Carragher and Campbell respectively. That’s not really surprising considering Carragher was an Everton fan as a kid, and Campbell played for the Toffees.
Newcastle and many others will disagree with Jamie Carragher
‘The biggest club to be relegated from the Premier League’ – it’s hardly something to wear as a badge of honour. Everton fans won’t take pride in that if they do drop into the second division. Or maybe they will…
But are Everton the biggest club to be relegated? Many fanbases will disagree, including Newcastle. The Magpies were relegated twice under Mike Ashley, and the first one in 2009 was a real shock.
This was a club that had previously challenged for the title and spent years competing in Europe.
Aston Villa fans, given their history, will also stake a claim to being the biggest club to go down. You could also throw in Blackburn Rovers – the only club to win the Premier League and be relegated from it.
There are multiple different options and no definitive answer. Carragher is entitled to believe Everton are the biggest if they do go down, but his defiance that no one else seemingly comes close is perhaps skewed by his connection to that club.
What’s important is that Newcastle are nowhere near the relegation zone. We’re up to the dizzy heights of ninth, which is remarkable given where we were at the start of the year.