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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Promising Championship season kicks-off

Two Champions League-winning managers plying their trades in the second tier of any football league is unprecedented. However, this will be the reality for the Championship this season as Newcastle United and Aston Villa will be managed by Rafa Benitez and Roberto Di Matteo respectively. Everyone football fan is buzzed about the competitiveness of the Premier League, but the Championship promises to be equally competitive and boosts some big names in football management this season. Leeds United have appointed former Swansea City manager Gary Monk as their new manager while Reading have…

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Championship Season Review – Charlton, Derby, Fulham, Huddersfield

Charlton Athletic: 22nd (relegated) A season which began in encouraging fashion soon became one to forget as Charlton descended into turmoil, suffering relegation to the third tier after four seasons back in the Championship. It was never in doubt once the downward spiral began, with results on the pitch eventually marred by the sheer weight of protests towards the club’s Belgian owners. After a mid-table finish in 2015 there was optimism around in South London and that was enhanced by an opening day victory over Queens Park Rangers. Further positive results…

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Four teams fighting for the Premier League’s jackpot

Brighton, Hull City, Derby County and Sheffield Wednesday will compete for the most lucrative prize in English football: promotion to the Premier League. Deloitte claim promotion to the Premier League this season will be worth at least £170 million, which in this case assumes the promoted side gets relegated after just one season in the top flight. It is estimated clubs can count on an additional £95 million in revenue per season in the Premier League plus £75 million in parachute payments across the following two seasons if they are relegated,…

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Top 10 most important strikers in The Championship

With almost three quarters of the season behind us, it’s time to look at some of the most remarkable statistics in The Championship, England’s second tier football league. Hull City is leading the way, being trailed shortly by Burnley, Middlesbrough and Brighton, while also Derby and Sheffield Wednesday are not done contending for promotion to the Premier League. At the bottom, three clubs are in serious trouble, as Charlton, Bolton and Rotherham have to make up a lot of ground to avoid being relegated to the League One. But who has…

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FA Cup Round Four Preview

While it did not produce a considerable amount of genuine upsets, the third round of the FA Cup provided plenty of entertainment and talking points, not to mention some memorable goals. Now it is time for the last 32, the draw for which has thrown up several intriguing ties which offer the potential for shocks as some Premier League clubs face tricky trips to face lower league opponents whose supporters will create a partisan atmosphere. The first of these takes place on Friday as Championship promotion hopefuls Derby County entertain a…

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Championship season review: Charlton, Derby, Fulham, Huddersfield

Charlton Athletic: 12th The Addicks were one of the favourites to struggle, having needed a late upturn in results to avoid the drop in 2014. The man who masterminded that escape was not kept on, as Jose Riga made way for fellow Belgian Bob Peeters, who took his first managerial job in England. And in the early weeks they were the surprise package, with dynamic striker Igor Vetokele grabbing the goals that had been so elusive the previous season to secure home wins over Wigan Athletic and Derby County. High-flying…

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