What links European giants Monaco, Fenerbahçe, and Villarreal?
Is it that all three sides have competed in the Champions League in the last decade? Well, yep that is true but not the point of this article.
Could it be that all three sides have spent a majority of their professional existence in the top flight of their countries league? Again true, but again not the answer to this specific question.
The answer is that all three find themselves in severe relegation woe this season despite a history of success.
La Liga outfit Villarreal find themselves three-points adrift of Celta Vigo who occupy 17th in the table after 20 games.
19-time Turkish Super League winners Fenerbahçe are slightly better off but only just as they are only out of the relegation zone on goal difference whilst Monaco’s plight has been well documented this season as the club sit three-points adrift of safety in 19th.
In fact, things have gone from bad to worse for Monaco as it emerged that head coach Thierry Henry has been sacked by the club amid just three wins all season for the club.
It is dire times indeed for all three and difficult to explain considering the successes of each club over the last decade or so.
After a disastrous start to the campaign, Villarreal sacked manager Javi Calleja in December despite guiding the club to 5th last term.
Former Getafe manager Luis García was brought into the club but has so far failed to improve results with just one win in eight games.
Monaco replaced Leonardo Jardim ion October with former player Thierry Henry who has since been replaced by Jardim at the helm.
Something of a confusing scenario at the club with relegation staring them right in the face.
Ersun Yanal was placed in charge Fenerbahçe in December replacing Phillip Cocu who only managed six months in charge.
However, for all three, results have not improved, and D-Day is approaching for all.
Could we be about to see three of Europe’s biggest clubs dumped into their countries second tier?
Keep checking back as we keep on top of their progress through the second half of the campaign.