Premier League: 11 of the biggest flops this season

Chelsea's Diego Costa and Eden Hazard

A bizarre season will forever be remembered for Leicester’s unlikely title success, but for every Cinderella story there’s a tale of woe too.

So we’ve picked out 11 of them ranging from Chelsea’s horror title defence to Louis van Gaal’s actual flop on the touchline against Arsenal at Old Trafford.

1. Chelsea

John Terry
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Let’s get this one out of the way. After winning the title last season, for Chelsea fans this was supposed to be the start of a glorious era under Jose Mourinho. Instead, by Christmas the Special One was gone, the players were being cast as traitors and the club was flirting with relegation. Chelsea improved marginally after Mourinho left but only denying Tottenham from winning the title raised any sort of smile at a club that is also likely to have to get used to life without John Terry.

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2. The punter who cashed out on Leicester after one game

Ladbrokes betting shop
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If you’re going to put a 50p bet on your club to win the title at 5,000-1, why would you cash out after they won the first game 4-2? Why would you cash out a 50p bet at all? Let it ride, man. This story was revealed by Ladbrokes just before Leicester’s title triumph was secured and while they have appealed for the fan to make themselves known – amusingly offering them a free bet on next season’s title winner – they are yet to appear. For the record they cashed out for 45p, therefore making a loss rather than winning £2,500.

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3. Everything Aston Villa

Aston Villa fans
(Mike Egerton/EMPICS Sport)

Spare a thought for the person at Aston Villa who was tasked with picking the employee of the month throughout this season. No-one covered themselves in glory as three managers came and went, the board shuffled and then reshuffled and Gabby Agbonlahor stepped down as captain after some ill-advised off-field revelry. About the only person who stayed around was owner Randy Lerner and that’s only because he couldn’t find anyone to take the club off his hands.

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