Swansea, Norwich City and QPR all did themselves proud in the 2011/2012 Premier League season by managing to avoid relegation after gaining promotion in the previous campaign, but will any of them catch a case of 2nd season syndrome?
Second season syndrome is the now-common phrase that is used to describe a downturn in fortunes for a football club two seasons after its promotion to the Premier League of English football – particularly if the first season after promotion had brought a strong finish.
Here are a few examples over the years of 2nd season syndrome and the teams that have been affected by it:
- West Ham United were promoted to the Premier League as Football League Championship playoff winners in 2005. The following year they finished ninth in the Premier League and reached the FA Cup final, where only a late equaliser and a penalty shoot-out triumph by Liverpool prevented them from winning their first major trophy since 1980. Continue reading Does 2nd season syndrome actually exist?