2009 has been a turbulent year for many football teams in England.
Insolvency, administration worries, points deductions, 'sheiky takovers', revolving doors and other various high-profile scandals have dominated column space in the media.
So, who has had an 'annus horribilis', and who will have been sipping their sherry with a serene sense of satisfaction today?
Some, such as Harry Redknapp and Cristiano Ronaldo have been in the papers for both the right and wrong reasons. For Gianfranco Zola and Jimmy Bullard, a change of fortune in 2010 can't come quickly enough!
This article looks at some of the winners and losers of 2009...feel free to add your candidates!
The players respect him, the media reveres him, the fans trust him and the FA pays him (very handsomely, we are led to believe).
Yes, it seems that the studious and intense Italian can do no wrong - 27 points and 34 goals from 10 World Cup qualification matches is the proof in the pudding.
He does things his way. His way more often that not seems to be the right way.
No WAGS, no slackers, no jokers, no excuses. It's simple, and it works.
England's progress has been inexorable and, while anything less than a place in the World Cup final will be seen as a failure, Capello's performance this year will guarantee that he doesn't go without a turkey come next Christmas.
Four points clear at the top and in the newspapers for the right reasons, the Blues enter the New Year in a buoyant mood.
Despite the transfer embargo imposed on them by the FA, which has since been suspended, John Terry's men have been in commanding form under Carlo Ancelott's guidance.
With Liverpool in turmoil, Sir Alex Ferguson out of luck and ideas, and Arsenal plagued by injuries to key players and inconsistent performances, Chelsea have made hay.
If they manage to mitigate the impact of the African Cup of Nations on their domestic and international progress, John Terry may banish the painful memory of his Champions League final penalty miss in May 2008.
After years in financial turmoil and footballing ignominy, the Yorkshire club has bulldozed its way through League One this season.
With a nine-point margin and game in hand over third-placed Norwich City, Leeds United are sure to move one step closer to a return to top-flight football.
It will be important to keep manager Simon Grayson and prolific striker Jermaine Beckford on board to achieve this, but the sky is the limit now for a club basking in a feel-good factor generated by a phenomenal fan base.
Despite the disappointing semi-final paly-off defeat to Milwall in May, 2009 has been a vintage year for a club with a strong footballing heritage.
Back in December 1989, it was generally believed that English football stalwart Sir Alex Ferguson was one match from the chop as Manchester United manager. Only a Mark Robbins FA Cup goal saved him.
In the 20 years that followed, he has won every personal and team accolade and trophy going - most of them on more than one occasion.
While he has not been averse to the odd wobble and controversy in this time, 2009 has been an uphill struggle for the feisty Scot.
Despite winning their third successive league trophy back in May, they suffered a humbling defeat against Barcelona in the Champions League final shortly afterwards and have not been as formidable as usual this season.
The Red Devils are not out of the race just yet, and remain in all four major competitions, but major players such as Dimitar Berbatov and Rio Ferdinand have been below-par, and the champions' defense has been decimated by injuries.
The LMA and the FA are also angry with Ferguson, as he continues to wage war with officials and the media.
2010 will be a testing year for SAF, but he has the experience to pull through it.
Portsmouth fans will be glad to see the back of 2009.
In the last twelve months, they have seen two managers sacked, many of their best players sold and replaced by rejects and journeymen and a farcical takeover scenario which saw the club change hands three times in a short period of time.
Crouch, Defoe, Diarra, Johnson and Kranjcar were sold for good money, which seemed to disappear when the time came to make desperately needed additions to a depleted squad.
The team's 2-0 defeat of Liverpool last weekend gave the club a lift, but the team remain bottom of the league, and it will take a while for new boss Avram Grant to steady ship.
The manager will be drawing up several transfer shortlists and, if new owner Ali Al-Faraj backs Grant's sound judgment with money, 2010 may see a renaissance on the South Coast.
Even Thaila Zucci (pictured) couldn't stop Setanta Sports folding on 22 June.
The company owed the Premier League £20 million.
As a result, many of the matches the Irish broadcaster had paid for were bought by American media companies ESPN and Fox Sports, also novices in the industry.
Many viewers were already bemoaning the downturn in the standards of broadcasting and punditry on the SKY team. That they would now have to pay an American corporation to watch their beloved teams play soccer added insult to injury.
The recent online net-cast of England's qualifying game against Ukraine set a precedent for future coverage of the Premier League. Despite more than a million tuning in for a meaningless game, fans were upset that they were forced to pay nearly a tenner ($15) to watch poor-quality streaming of a dull game on a small screen.
Nevertheless, good news seems to be in the offing: a panel of sports 'experts' recently decided that all home AND away England European Qualifying matches and World Cup games should have a 'free-to-view' broadcasting status, a small victory for fans who can't afford a season ticket.