Those that bet on sport agree, relegation from the Premier League is one of the harshest, most cruel punishments to occur in world football.
The amount of money lost after enduring a demotion is quite staggering, and the loss of any star player can do even greater damage.
Contract clauses and wage demands are the primary cause for transfers heading away from their relegated clubs, and, in most cases, it’s the manager’s job to rebuild his squad and fill in the missing gaps in an attempt to regain promotion into the top-tier of English football.
After West Ham were relegated in the 2010-11 season, they lost a couple of high-profile players including the likes of Demba Ba to Newcastle United on a free transfer and Scott Parker to Tottenham Hotspur for a fee thought to be in and around the region of £5 million.
In a sense, the Hammers were rather unlucky not to have survived their 2010-11 Premiership campaign; especially so when considering the fact that their team contained some excellent footballing talent.
If Ba could have found form with the Hammers, of the like he has shown with Newcastle, then the north London club may well have survived their treacherous season.
Now that Bolton Wanderers, Blackburn Rovers and Wolverhampton Wanderers have been relegated from the Premier League, the promoted Championship outfits, along with the established Premiership sides, will be raiding these clubs for any gems.
Out of the three relegated clubs, the team that is most likely to sell its star individuals will be the once formidable, Blackburn Rovers.
The current owners are clearly sucking the life out of the one-time Premier League title holders, with sport news networks often broadcasting images of supporter protest at Rovers matches this season.
Players like Canadian international Junior Hoilett, former England international Paul Robinson and their powerful French midfielder Steven N’Zonzi are likely to leave the Lancashire club in the imminent summer transfer window.