THE LIST: Sportsmail's top 50 English flops of the season - Nos 30-21

22 April 2010 08:59
        HAVE YOUR SAY.     Who has been your biggest flop of the English season? It's that time of year again. when we start handing out the annual prizes as the football seasons comes to a climax. There have been plenty of success stories throughout the campaign - but, inevitably, these are counter-balanced by a far few flops. So, tell us who has been your disappointment of the season. TELL US WHAT YOU THINK The end of another dramatic league season is nye and for what seems like the umpteenth season in succession, Chelsea and Manchester United will do battle for the Premier League crown after Arsenal's bid was ended by Wigan in dramatic fashion on Sunday.

Some teams and characters will not have reason to look back over this campaign with any great fondness, and the time seems right for us to examine those that have had disappointing terms at the office.

From Rafa Benitez's turbulent campaign at Liverpool, to Richard Keys' on-air howler, we'll remind you of the gaffes that have shaped the season.

We're counting down 10 each day till our No 1 is revealed on Friday and, as ever, let us know your opinions.

Nos 50-41Nos 40-31

 30 Roy Keane

What's going wrong? Roy Keane's Ipswich have struggled this season

Ipswich Town's dog-walking gaffer arrived at Portman Road to a greatfanfare. And this season promised great things after he won his twogames in charge at the end of last term.

But things haven't gone exactly to plan for the Suffolk club who havelimped their way to safety in the Championship after a horror-start tothe season.

Keane presided over the worst start to a season in Town's history andthere was a time in mid-October when they were the only club in allfour divisions without a league win.

29 John Terry Just a few months ago things were going swimmingly well for Terry.England captain, devoted husband and looking dead cert to lift thePremier League trophy in May.

But all that has fallen down around him. Allegations about his privatelife led to Fabio Capello stripping the England captaincy from him. Thesame allegations forced him to miss a Chelsea game as he flew out toDubai to save his marriage.

And with the Blues' title challenge remains hanging by a thread they willhave to manage without Terry against Stoke after his hot-headedness at Tottenham sawhim receive two yellow cards.

Under pressure: John Terry

28 Jason ScotlandFinding it tough: Jason Scotland

On the face of it, Scotland's move to Wigan seemed a great idea. The striker earned a fearsome reputation after two prolific seasons with Swansea - he netted an impressive 53 goals in 102 appearances.

But things haven't gone his way this season. It wasn't until his 21st appearance this season that he got off the mark, but that was against League Two Notts County. His first league strike came earlier this month, in the defeat to Fulham.

It must rankle that Titus Bramble has scored more league goals than him this season.

27 Richard KeysKeys must have thought the arrival of HD TV and subsequent need toshave the back of his hairy hands was embarrassing as anything couldget.

But during the match between Barcelona and Arsenal he was overheard blastingGunners' winger Theo Walcott when he thought his microphone was turnedoff.

When Walcott went down under a challenge, Keys was heard saying: 'Getup, you stupid little boy'. Later he was overheard berating Walcottfurther: 'You've been s***e, son, in your daft pink boots - absoluterubbish.'

And when the studio smelt less than pleasant, he asked of his guests Graeme Souness and Ruud Gullit: 'Who's farted, its not me'.

Inappropriate: Sky presenter Richard Keys

26 Ashley Cole

Difficult year: Ashley Cole

How could you? Cole was unceremoniously dumped by his gorgeous wifeafter a string of accusations about his private life became too muchfor the Girls Aloud singer.

Lauded as the new Posh and Becks when they married in 2006 but the couple separated earlier this year.

It hasn't been a great year for Cole who broke his ankle during theclash with Everton and is struggling to get much game time under hisbelt before the season ends and the run in to the World Cup starts.

25 Steve Gibson Many feel Gareth Southgate was somewhat harshly dealt with when ditched by Middlesbrough earlier this season.

Southgate was sacked in October, hours after a 2-0 victory over DerbyCounty, and with the club lying ion fourth place in the Championship, only apoint off top-spot.

Since then, they have sold their best player and have no chance ofwinning even a play-off spot after an average season under GordonStrachan. Smart move, Gibson.

Harsh treatment: Middlesbrough chairman Steve Gibson sacked Gareth Southgate

24 Steve StauntonFrom international management with Ireland to a relegation scrap at thebottom of League Two in the space of a couple of years. It has beenquite a plummet for Staunton.

Staunton joined the Quakers in October when they were bottom of theleague with eight points. Twenty- three games and 17 defeats later, hewas sacked, with the club lying 19 points adrift of safety.

Quite a fall: Former Ireland boss Steve Staunton didn't impress at Darlington

23 James Beattie Stoke may have enjoyed another modestly successful season but there'slittle chance that Beattie will be at the Britannia Stadium to see inthe Potters' third Premier League season.

Tony Pulis had just watched his side roll over 2-0 for Arsenal andordered the team turn up for extra training. Beattie objected, claimingthe side had arranged their Christmas 'do' that night in London.

Angry words were exchanged and the two ended up in a scrap, Pulis aimeda headbutt at Beattie and the pair had to be separated by backroomstaff.

In the doghouse: James Beattie clashed with his Stoke boss Tony Pulis

22 Jim Magilton The former Ipswich manager was showing the strain after his side werebeaten 5-1 by Middlesbrough on Saturday before the 3-1 defeat toWatford at Vicarage Road.

After the match Magilton took umbrage to something said by Buzsaky and by allegedly trying to butt the 27-year-old midfielder.

The club suspended their manager and a week later the Irishman left the Loftus Road club by mutual consent.

Exit door: Jim Magilton parted company with QPR

21 Sol Campbell at Notts County What were you doing? Sol Campbell didn't last long at Notts County

We all rubbed out eyes in disbelief as the news rolled in that former England and Arsenal centre half Sol Campbell was joining Notts County.

Yep, the Sol Campbell of 73 England caps, two league titles and four FA Cups was going to join the revolution happening at League Two's County.

However all the promises of new facilities, players investment failed to materialise, Campbell made one appearance, against Morecambe, and promptly quit.

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