staying up

That cup defeat by Chelsea means… he will have completed a decade in charge without winning a trophy.
In the 1980s that would have been seen as a disappointing record but a lot has changed since then. Take away the top six in the Premier League, and you could say that success for the rest is about staying up.

  • Though the main idea is clear here, what does ‘stay up’ stand for here?

I can’t be sure… but I think it probably means staying up in the Premier League rather than facing relegation.