Championship season review – Ipswich, Leeds, Newcastle, Norwich

Ipswich Town: 16th There is a very strong argument to suggest that Ipswich have overachieved during Mick McCarthy’s reign as manager, which has lasted since October 2012. Despite a continued lack of investment from the top, play-off challenges had been mounted in each of the previous three seasons, in which a very workmanlike squad probably achieved more than the sum of its parts. Therefore, as few changes were made to the playing staff once again over the summer of 2016, it was reasonable to assume that standards could slip, and there…

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Championship Season Review – Hull, Ipswich, Leeds, Middlesbrough

Hull City: 4th (promoted via play-offs) Manager Steve Bruce offered to resign after failing to keep Hull in the Premier League in 2015, but the club managed to convince him to stay on. That persuasion eventually paid off as the club returned to the top-flight at the first attempt by coming out on top in the play-offs. They were in the mix all season as a strong start immediately had them among the promotion contenders. The only early blemishes came in away defeats to Charlton Athletic and fellow pace setters…

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Championship season review: Ipswich, Leeds, Middlesbrough, Millwall

Ipswich Town: 6th A hardworking and industrious side, but few expected Ipswich to significantly improve on their 2014 placing of ninth, particularly as they did not make many summer signings while some of their rivals looked better equipped. However, in Mick McCarthy they have a manager used to achieving success in the Championship, and for a number of months he raised great hopes among those in Suffolk that the Tractor Boys were in line for a return to the top-flight after some 13 years away. After an inconsistent August, they…

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