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There is nothing worse for a football team than a long winless run. Winning breeds confidence and the opposite is also true.

The deeper you get into a losing run, the harder it gets to dig yourselves out of it.

Sadly for most clubs, this almost certainly ends with a manager losing his job or even worse, relegation.

In season 2017/18 West Brom went 20 matches without a win but bizarrely stayed in touch with the bottom 3 and at time of writing could still get out of it.

Here are the longest winless runs in Premier League history

16 games without a win

Leicester City 2001/02

In 2002 Leicester would be ready to leave Filbert Street and move into what is now The King Power Stadium.

The Foxes desperately needed to stay up to ease the financial burden of a new stadium, they won their last game at Filbert Street but were relegated following a horrendous season.

A 16 game winless run included 6 defeats in a row and 9 games where they could not ht the net.

This was the season famous for Ade Akinbiyi’s misses, he managed just 2 league goals all season and at times it was hard not to feel sorry for him. He had arrived for a fee of £5.5 million but at times looked worth about 50p.

Leicester have recovered with an eventual Premier League Title win, but for a while, they looked in serious trouble, they went into administration not long after but rallied to be promoted the season after.

Middlesbrough 2016-17

Goals win games, so its no surprise that Middlesbrough were relegated after scoring just 27 times. Some players manage that on their own!.

Aitor Karanka, like many managers, built his team based on solid defensive foundations but seemed to forget about the attack.

credit – Skysports

Middlesbrough scored just 7 times in a 16 game winless run, the fans weren’t happy largely due to the boring football on offer. Most fans can take a loss as long as the team has a go, but Middlesbrough didn’t and left The Premier League with barely a whimper.

No player scored double figures and only 3 other players scored more than 1 goal all season. Pathetic.