Norwich City (17th)
Norwich City (17th)
Phil Harris, secretary of Norwich City Supporters' Trust
How early in the campaign did you realise that this would be a season spent fighting relegation? At Sunderland away last season when our promotion to the Premiership was confirmed.
Was there a particular moment or match when this awful truth dawned? When we did not sign a striker before the first transfer window closed.
Were you surprised? No. It takes at least a season for new players to settle in.
What's wrong with your team ? Defence has been letting in too many goals. We defend far too deep.
What is right with it? We signed Dean Ashton at Christmas and the goals have started to come, even if we still let in too many.
Who's been your best player? Dean Ashton. If he had been here all season we would not be in this relegation position.
And the worst? Gary Holt and Gary Doherty.
How would you assess your manager's performance? Always very positive, ensures the team never gives up. Not all the signings over the summer have lived up to expectations.
And the board's? No one can forget Delia's "Let's Be 'Aving You". They also found £3m to buy Dean Ashton.
What was your greatest comeback? Middlesbrough at home: 4-1 down minute with 20 minutes to go and pulled it back to 4-4. Probably the greatest comeback this season by any club.
The best performance? Man United at home. At half-time Man U brought on Rooney and Van Nistelrooy and we scored two goals. It felt even sweeter because United were apparently after Ashton.
The worst performance? Charlton away, lost 4-0. Arsenal away, lost 4-1. But the Arsenal match was the start of our run towards survival. The players realised they had to win some games to avoid humiliation, although Huckerby's goal was fantastic.
Funniest moment? Delia Smith coming on the pitch at half-time, encouraging the supporters
Reason to be cheerful? Dean Ashton's goals
Reason to be fearful? Will the defence turn up?
Who will stay up? Norwich.
Keith Legg, editor of 'Saints Forever'
How early in the campaign did you realise this would be a season spent fighting relegation? It was probably in November when the fans realised we were in a mess. Unfortunately, the players didn't realise until February.
Was there a particular moment or match when this awful truth dawned? In November we played West Bromwich and Crystal Palace at home and only drew those games. We went to Norwich and lost.
Were you surprised? No. You cannot have four different managers in a year and expect any success or stability.
What's wrong with your team? We have one of the best keepers in the world but a shambolic, ageing defence and a lightweight midfield who can't tackle.
What is right with it? We've had to outscore opponents.
Who's been your best player? Peter Crouch. He's been head and shoulders above anyone else.
And the worst? Claus Lundekvam. With Michael Svensson injured, he has struggled badly.
How would you assess your managers' performances? Paul Sturrock allegedly never had the backing of senior players. The job came far too soon for Steve Wigley to handle.Harry Redknapp's a good man manager, has the experience, and in contrast to Sturrock and Wigley, there's no doubt who the boss is.
And the board's? Rupert Lowe made two management appointments [Sturrock and Wigley] that have been probably the main reason why we are in a relegation battle.
The greatest comeback? Eh? Saints don't do comebacks.
The best performance? Boro away. Won 3-1 and could have been more.
The worst performance? No surprises here, losing 4-1 at Portsmouth. Without doubt the most gutless display I've ever seen in 27 years of watching Saints. Shameful.
Funniest moment? A planned "major demonstration" against Rupert Lowe earlier this season. Attended by six people, all from the same family.
Reason to be cheerful? Saints Academy teams who are producing some really exciting players. The U18s were very unlucky not to win the Youth Cup.
Reason to be fearful? There will probably be another managerial change this summer.
Who will stay up? Southampton. I don't think Norwich will win at Fulham and Saints will beat Man Utd.
Crystal Palace (19th)
Richard House, director of the Crystal Palace Supporters' Trust
How early in the campaign did you realise this would be a season spent fighting relegation? The moment Neil Shipperley scored in the play-off final.
Was there a particular moment or match when this awful truth dawned? After we had amassed only one point from the first six games.
Were you surprised? No.
What is wrong with your team?
Mainly insufficient investment, but the players lose concentration too often in the closing stages of games.
What is right with it? Iain Dowie's work on the team's mental attitude, work-rate, commitment and organisation.
Who has been your best player? Andy Johnson is the obvious candidate.
And the worst? We should draw a veil over Ivan Kaviedes' contributions.
How would you assess your manager's performance? Superb - the main reason we are still in the mix, and he's the only current manager to have introduced a new word to the English language: "bouncebackability".
And the board's? There has been a clear gap between Simon Jordan's public statements of intent about player purchases and actual delivery. Why did the club fail to sign two of Iain Dowie's main transfer targets, Tim Cahill and Dean Ashton, who have gone on to become key players of the season?
The greatest comeback? We were 3-1 down at home to Norwich with 20 minutes left but drew 3-3 and could even have won the game.
The best performance? Outplaying, outrunning, outfighting and beating a Liverpool team that subsequently reached the Champions' League final.
The worst performance? Everton away, when we collapsed in the second half and lost 4-0.
Funniest moment? Watching Manchester United bring on Rooney, Ronaldo and Scholes as substitutes but still failing to score against us.
Who will stay up? Palace. The club rarely fails in high drama and possesses the bouncebackability factor.
West Bromwich (20th)
Neil Lee, chairman of the WBA Kent Supporters' Club
How early in the campaign did you realise this would be a season spent fighting relegation? When we played Crystal Palace has to go down as one awful day.
Was there a particular moment or match when this awful truth dawned? Palace, but also Liverpool on Boxing Day when we were demolished and lacked confidence. I thought we were down then.
Were you surprised? Yes. I had high hopes when we bought Kanu, Greening and Earnshaw.
What is wrong with your team? Bad luck, lack of concentration.
What is right with it? Team spirit and togetherness. Football which is good to watch.
Who's been your best player? Zoltan Gera and Kieran Richardson have been magnificent.
And the worst? Kanu has been a real letdown. I was so excited when he signed
How would you assess your managers' performances? Gary Megson was too negative but made good signings in Earnshaw and Greening. Robson got off to a bad start but has had a brilliant second half. He's also made good signings in Campbell, Chaplow and Richardson.
And the board's? Poor.
The greatest comeback? Aston Villa away. Paul Robinson equalised with a bullet header in the third minute of injury time.
The best performance? Charlton away - we outplayed a team then pushing for Europe.
The worst performance? Birmingham away and Liverpool at home.
Funniest moment? Can't think of any.
Who will stay up? Hopefully us, but it could be anyone. All four clubs are a credit and none of us deserve to go down. It's made the one-horse Premiership really exciting.Reuse content