Championship season review – Cardiff, Derby, Fulham, Huddersfield

Cardiff City: 12th Few managers thrive in the Championship more than Neil Warnock. Taking over at Cardiff in October with the club seemingly headed for a serious fight to stay in the division, he drew upon his vast experience to lift them well clear of danger and an eventual top half finish, an achievement which looked way beyond them at the outset. With previous boss Russell Slade having been moved aside in the summer and then choosing to leave his new role as Head of Football, Paul Trollope led the Bluebirds…

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Championship Season Review – Brighton & HA, Bristol City, Burnley, Cardiff

Brighton & HA: 3rd In almost any other season, 89 points would be more than enough to win automatic promotion, and comfortably at that. For that reason Brighton can consider themselves massively unlucky not to have secured top-flight football for the first time since 1983, with a second chance in the play-offs having also failed to deliver the status befitting of their stadium, facilities and their fan base. There was clearly ability within a squad that had been added to by the signing of Israeli striker Tomer Hemed and left-back…

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Championship season review: Bournemouth, Brentford, Brighton & HA, Cardiff

Bournemouth: 1st Just six years after they overcame severe financial problems and a 17-point deduction to stay in the Football League, Bournemouth were miraculously promoted to the top-flight for the first time. It represents the crowning glory on the growing list of amazing achievements during Eddie Howe’s two spells as manager. They meant business from the moment the season began, scoring within seconds of an opening day 4-0 victory at Huddersfield Town. And although their form dipped a little until the end of September, that performance would be a sign…

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