Where Rotherham compare among five worst teams in EFL Championship history

Rotherham United's Richard Smallwood looks dejected

Rotherham United on track to become worst performers in EFL Championship history, a list which includes Blackpool, Leeds Doncaster and Peterborough.

Rotherham United fans look dejected after being relegatedRotherham United fans look dejected after being relegated

Rotherham United have had a torrid time in their Championship campaign, having so far only won four games all season.

Their 1-0 defeat to Fulham in April confirmed the Millers relegation, but are they the worst team to have played in the EFL Championship since its formation in the 2004/05 season?

5. Leeds United (2006/07) & Doncaster Rovers (2011/12) – 36 points

Leeds United suffered a dramatic fall from grace in financially turbulent times for the club, following a season in which they reached the play-off final in a push to return to the top-flight, losing out to Watford.

The club went into administration towards the end of the 2006/07 season, giving them a 10 point deduction and confirming their relegation to League One with a 36 point finishing total, 13 points adrift of safety.

Doncaster achieved promotion to the Championship in 2008, achieving two mid-table finishes in their first two seasons back in the English second tier.

In the 2011/12 season, a managerial change brought about a number of signings via agent Willie McKay, including El Hadji Diouf and Pascal Chimbonda.

The club were unable to escape the drop and finished the season with 36 points, 12 adrift of safety.

4. Peterborough United (2009/10) – 34 points

Peterborough United achieved back-to-back promotions from League Two to the Championship under the guidance of then-manager Darren Ferguson.

Ferguson left the club in November 2009, with the team languishing at the bottom of the Championship table.

Two more managers took charge of Peterborough that season but neither of them were able to steer them clear of relegation, as they finished the season with 34 points, 15 adrift of safety.

3. Rotherham United (2004/5) – 29 points

In 1997 Ronnie Moore took charge of a Rotherham side who had just been relegated to Division Three.

On the third time of asking, Moore guided the Millers to a return to Division Two, before a surprise successive promotion to Division One in 2001.

Rotherham managed to survive in Division One for three seasons, but were relegated in their fourth following the formation of the EFL Championship in 2004/05, finishing with 29 points, 21 adrift of safety

2. Blackpool (2014/15) – 26 points

Blackpool had suffered a crisis as over 20 players leaving the club prior to the start of the 2014/15 season, with then-manager José Riga left with such a short supply of players that he was able to field only four of a possible seven substitutes for their opening game against Nottingham Forest.

Riga was sacked 15 games later to be replaced by Lee Clark, who could not save their troubled season amid growing unrest among supporters with the clubs owners.

The Seasiders were relegated with six games remaining and finished the season on 26 points, 20 adrift of safety and with their final game being abandoned and never replayed due to a large number of supporters protesting on the pitch.

1. Rotherham United (2016/17) – 18 points (currently)

Following a nine year absence, Rotherham returned to the Championship in 2014 after beating Leyton Orient in the League One play-off final.

The Millers have flirted with relegation in their previous two seasons since, but were confirmed to be relegated in the 2016/17 on April 1 following a 1-0 defeat to Fulham.

They have conceded 96 goals this season and have picked up only 18 points, with their last victory coming on December 10.

Unless Rotherham can win their remaining fixtures, they will take the record as the worst team since the formation of the EFL Championship.

Rotherham United manager Paul Warne before the gameRotherham United manager Paul Warne before the game

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