Their departure means the list of Premier League-era ever presents has been dwindled even further; as of next season, there will only be six clubs who have played in every season in the top flight since 1992 - Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Everton, Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United.
When you're on course to match the worst team in Premier League history after nearly half the season, you know you're in deep, deep trouble. That is very much the case for Aston Villa right now, with Derby County's record low points tally in danger of being broken.
O'Neill's men can perhaps be excused for lacking some bit in that Sunday stroll friendly with England that will be forgotten by anyone who watched or attended it, but their dull, unimaginative display against Gordon Strachan's Tartan Army can be seen as a yardstick for Ireland's lack of progression in the post-Trap era.
The first sacking of the season came - 2 days into the season, as Tony Pulis left Crystal Palace in the lurch going into their first game... Palace have lost their famous cap-wearing manager, and potentially capped their chances of staying in the league.
It is testament to Alan Pardew's anger issues that when he headbutted Hull City's David Meyler on Saturday it wasn't a surprise
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Martin O'Neill and Roy Keane have been appointed as the Republic of Ireland's new management team. The Football Association
It's not good enough, though, for these clubs simply survive. Despite both having had relegations in their recent history, they should be well-established Premier League clubs. They now need to make sure this is a one-off, and the mistakes of this season are not repeated.
Paolo Di Canio's first match in charge sees Sunderland head to Stamford Bridge without a win in their last seven games.
Sunderland fans spent the better half of a decade dreaming of Martin O'Neill being in charge; after just over a year, it's turned into a nightmare. The Northern Irishman's appointment was supposed to be a storybook wedding; it's ended more like a Hollywood one. There's no happy ending here.