Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 19 April 2014

20 losers of the football season

Rafael Benitez
Perhaps the most high-profile loser from the Premier League season has been Rafael Benitez. In the space of one season his Liverpool team have gone from title challengers to mid-table mediocrity. The season started poorly, and along the way included defeat to bottom of the league Portsmouth. Twice finalists under his stewardship, Benitez saw his team crash out of the Champions League at the group stage. Hopes of lifting the Europa League were dashed by Atletico Madrid. Meanwhile in the league, Benitez promised the fans that Liverpool would finish fourth. They didn't - and who knows when they will again.

The domestic season is now at an end and it's been a rollercoaster of a year.

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We've already run through the winners of the season, but here we take a look at those at the other end of the spectrum.

Relegations, unfulfilled promises, off-field scandals and sheer bad luck have conspired to produce a number of failures. Here, we take a look at the 20 losers of the season.