The year 2019 has not been kind to Huddersfield Town. The Terriers have chalked up just one victory, a handful of goals and a whole heap of defeats. As the final whistle rung out at Selhurst Park a few weeks ago, Town's Championship status was signed, sealed and delivered.
To add insult to injury, that result not only signalled the end of Town's time in the Premier League but it sealed one of the earliest relegations from the Premier League in decades.
The team to hold the dubious honour of first place is Derby County, whose dismal 2007/2008 season remains the earliest Premier League relegation on record.
Despite this being one of the lowest moments in Huddersfield Town's recent history, Jan Siewert has insisted that nothing has changed and that he will stay on as manager well beyond the end of the Premier League season.
Siewert, originally from Germany, said in a recent interview with Talk Sport that news of the relegation came as "a big disappointment".
However, he has reiterated that he wants his players to focus on making the most of their final games of the season, remarking that "It's all about enjoying playing in the Premier League because you never know in football or in life when you will come back to the Premier League".
In fairness Jan Siewert took over in impossible circumstances. Legendary manager David Wagner had just parted company with Town after the pressures of the job became too much for him.
The remainder of the Premier League campaign was always going to have a pre-season feel about it. The team were 10 points adrift from safety when Siewert walked in the door and survival would have required a super human effort from all associated with Town.
Despite the recent collapse in form, rumours of discontent in the dressing room and poor performances on the pitch, the future still looks somewhat bright for Huddersfield Town. Top Championship betting outlets currently have Town at short odds to return to the Premier League at first time of asking next season.
Not long after Town's fate was sealed, Fulham became the latest team to be relegated from the Premier League - despite spending a staggering £100 million in last summer's transfer window.
The final relegation place is yet to be confirmed but it is looking increasingly likely that Neil Warnock's Cardiff City will be joining Town and Fulham. Over the weekend they faced Burnley is a must-win game and yet again came up short, losing 2-0.
As for Town, a 4-0 loss away to Tottenham became the latest heavy loss in a litany of similar results. Siewert appears to have lost faith in a number of key players from last season and there has been nothing to enthuse fans ahead of next season.
Siewert will need full backing in his first transfer window to shape the team in his image. With that and a good pre-season under his belt the nightmare of this season could be a distant memory next campaign.