May 15 2013
As another season ends, another 3 sides get related from the English Premier League and will play next season in Football League Championships, the second highest league in England. Those 3 sides for 2012-13 are Wigan Athletic, Reading FC & Queens Park Rangers. We have the final round of games to be played this weekend but there are no chances for any of the 3 teams to move out of the relagation zone.
Wigan reached the FA Cup Final for the first time in their history this season. In the final, played at Wembley Stadium, Wigan beat Manchester City 1–0, with a goal by Ben Watson scored in injury time. Wigan’s first ever major trophy also gave the club a place in the group stage of the Europa League. Following their 4–1 defeat to Arsenal three days later, Wigan Athletic end their eight year spell in the Premier League and became the first team to be relegated and win the FA Cup in the same season.
Having gained promotion at the end of last season after winning the Championship. Reading will be competing in the Championship again next season having been relegated after one year back in the top flight. On 23 November 2012, Mark Hughes was sacked on the back of a poor start to the 2012–13 season, having amassed only 4 points in 12 games and with the club languishing at the bottom of the Premier League despite significant financial investment in new players in the 11 months of Hughes’ tenure. A day later, Harry Redknapp was confirmed as the new manager.On Sunday 28 April 2013, in a 0-0 draw against fellow relegation rivals Reading F.C. and with 3 games of the season to play, QPR were relegated from the Barclays Premier League down to the Championship after two seasons in the top flight.