12 players who loved relegation more than life itself

Curtis Davies

Curtis Davies became the 13th player to feature in at least four Premier League relegation campaigns as Hull suffered the drop on Sunday. Luke Ambler looks at more doomed top-flight stars

1. Rob Green 

His first fall from grace came with Norwich in 2004/05, before he suffered a similar fate at West Ham and twice at QPR

Goalkeeping veteran Rob Green has been relegated with three of the four clubs he's played for. His first fall from grace came with Norwich in 2004/05, before he suffered a similar fate at West Ham in 2010/11 and twice at QPR in 2012/13 and 2014/15.

Green, who will be forever lambasted for his clanger against the USA at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, now plies his trade in the Championship with Leeds, who narrowly missed out on the play-offs this term.

Rob Green

Green couldn't keep West Ham up in 2010/11

2. Hermann Hreidarsson

The 6ft 3in man-mountain, who won 89 caps for his country, now manages hometown club Fylkir

The imposing Icelandic defender is one of only two players in Premier League history to have been relegated with five different clubs: Crystal Palace, Wimbledon, Ipswich, Charlton and Portsmouth all dropped into English football's second tier while Hreidarsson was on their books.

The 6ft 3in man-mountain, who won 89 caps for his country, now manages hometown club Fylkir, with whom he's yet to be relegated.

3. Nathan Blake

Alongside Hreidarsson, Blake holds the record for the most relegations in Premier League history

Alongside Hreidarsson, Blake holds the record for the most relegations in Premier League history. The Wales international was first demoted with Sheffield United in 1993/94, then twice at Bolton in 1996 and 1998, at Blackburn Rovers the following season and again at Wolves in 2004.

Blake got on the wrong side of the law by stealing from a fruit machine in his youth, but has been more sensible and successful in his post-football career. He's set up his own property development company and won an award for Best Supporting Actor at Film Fest Cymru for his role in a short film called The Homing Bird. Beats going down to the Championship for a sixth time.

Nathan Blake

Blake pictured in happier times at Blackburn in 1999

4. Steven Caulker

The centre-back's career has been haunted by injuries and relegations

Caulker, a product of the Tottenham academy, impressed in his first full Premier League season with Swansea in 2011/12. Since then, though, the centre-back's career has been haunted by injuries and relegations.

His move to Welsh rivals Cardiff City in 2013/14 didn't work out well, as the Bluebirds (then playing in red) dropped down to the second tier. A move to QPR the following season brought the same result. Caulker has subsequently spent time on loan at Southampton and Liverpool, where he was at times used as an emergency striker during the second half of last term.