13 Premier League relegation specialists who (apparently) loved going down

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Paul Dougherty

Dougherty has the unenviable record of having been relegated for three seasons in succession while at the same club. The midfielder, who was still in his teens at the time, played sporadically during each of Wolves's plunges down the divisions between 1984 and 1987. He was joined by his team-mate at Wolverhampton Geoffrey Palmer, although the right-back did at least manage to escape for a year on loan at Burnley in 1984/85.

Dougherty spent most of the rest of his career in the US, where he picked up a journeyman tag after playing for 16 different teams.

Paul Garner and Tony Kenworthy

Between 1975 and 1981, Sheffield United fell from Division One to Division Four. Garner and Kenworthy remained at Brammall Lane throughout this period and, remarkably, both helped the Blades back up to Division Two by 1984.

In the 1986/87 season, Kenworthy went close to registering a complete set of three promotions and three relegations. However, United fell from their handsome position of second – which they held at Christmas – to seventh, and narrowly missed out on promotion back to the top flight.

Fabio da Silva

Fabio has failed to beat the drop on three occasions. After suffering his first demotion while on loan at QPR in 2012/13, the former Manchester United full-back suffered the same fate at Cardiff in 2013/14, before again falling into the second tier when Middlesbrough went down in 2016/17. 

His twin Rafael has never been relegated and currently plays for Ligue 1 outfit Lyon. Not much of a sibling rivalry there, sadly.

Brad Guzan

The American goalkeeper has a habit of attracting clubs on the verge of becoming embroiled in a relegation battle. Guzan, who was at Aston Villa between 2008 and 2016, spent many of those years flirting with the drop before eventually succumbing to it in 2015/2016.

He followed a similar path with Middlesbrough, before the Teessiders disposed of him to future MLS champs Atlanta United. Way to go, Brad.

Roger Johnson

Veteran centre-half Johnson, who was linked with a shock move to Arsenal in 2010, is another who's struggled to shake the relegation bug.

After demotion with Birmingham in 2011, Johnson's career followed a downward trajectory. The defender suffered a double drop from Premier League to League One with Wolves, then dropped into the Championship with Charlton in 2016/27 after an ill-fated spell at The Valley.

His next club? Bromley in the National League. 

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