Demise of these four big clubs demonstrates how well Leeds United performed this season

Leeds United's Chris Wood and Mirco Antenucci celebrate after the match

Aston Villa, Blackpool, Charlton Athletic and Newcastle United were all relegated this season.

Leeds' Liam Cooper (R) and Charlie Taylor celebrate at the final whistleLeeds' Liam Cooper (R) and Charlie Taylor celebrate at the final whistle

Plenty of clubs in England have had to deal with fan unrest aimed at the ownership of the club and actions behind the scenes.

Blackpool fans want rid of the Oyston family whilst Charlton Athletic fans would enjoy seeing the back of Roland Duchatelet – with both sets of supporters staging many protests this season against an ownership structure that seems out of touch with the fans and is leading the club downward.

General view of a protest against Leeds owner Massimo Cellino before the matchGeneral view of a protest against Leeds owner Massimo Cellino before the match

In the Premier League there has been similar consternation at the way things have been run at Newcastle United under Mike Ashley and at Aston Villa under Randy Lerner – two of the most unpopular football owners in the country.

The common denominator with these four clubs – all four got relegated this season.

Did the chicken come before the egg? Who knows for sure? But what is clear is that the unhealthy state of the club off the pitch has not helped them on it.

Ahmed Kashi of Charlton Athletic (L) and Lewis Cook of Leeds United in actionAhmed Kashi of Charlton Athletic (L) and Lewis Cook of Leeds United in action

Which is why the players and staff at Leeds United deserve a lot of credit for their 2015-16 campaign.

Massimo Cellino’s ownership at Leeds United has perhaps been strewn with more controversy and distraction than the aforementioned clubs.

However, under the management of Steve Evans, Leeds have managed to finish the season in 13th position, clear of the relegation zone.

Newcastle's Jack Colback looks dejected after a missed chanceNewcastle's Jack Colback looks dejected after a missed chance

With events off the field continually frenetic Leeds’ first-team players and staff have done a brilliant job and will hope to do even better next season.

But, in his wisdom, Cellino is upsetting the applecart once again this summer with the divisive Evans now on his way out.

Once again the players will have to do everything they can from following the script when it comes to such troubled clubs.

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