Sheff U, Norwich and Brighton were favourites to go down, so it literally wasn't against the odds.
However, I don't necessarily disagree with any of this. Relegation would have been unacceptable, and although my view is that 35 points is a poor return and you're "lucky" to stay up with that amount of points - the fact is we stayed up.
When Dean Smith took over, if you'd have said "by September 20/21, you'll be playing in the Premier League, have reached a Cup Final, beat blues home and away" I'd have taken it.
I don't think any manager that keeps a club up should be sacked, much like I agreed with Sherwood being kept on despite his obvious flaws. However, I would like to think if we start the season the same way again that changes will be made. A full season is enough time to learn from mistakes, mistakes we were still making in the final game. Far too many late goals being shipped, a clear mental fragility. With that said, we generally try and play football the "right" way, and despite the criticism of Suso we have bought in some great talent. The squad needs padding out a bit, but there's definitely the basis of a squad here who absolutely shouldn't be worried about relegation next season.
The owners will have ploughed more than £200m in to the squad by the end of this transfer window, and will almost certainly expect that to be enough to stay up without worrying about relegation.