Championship season review: Nottingham Forest, Preston, QPR, Reading

Nottingham Forest: 21st Yet again, there was a new manager in situ at Nottingham Forest heading into a new season, this time in the shape of Frenchman Philippe Montanier, whose aim was to arrest the club’s downward trend of recent years. It was an unforgiving role that was not made any easier by a lack of summer signings and discontent from the fans towards owner Fawaz Al Hasawi. The team got off to a mixed start, and soon developed a Jekyll and Hyde tendency to win at home – where the…

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Championship Season Review – MK Dons, Nott’m For, Preston, QPR

Milton Keynes Dons: 23rd (relegated) After knocking on the door for several seasons, MK Dons finally achieved promotion to the Championship in 2015, and having wiped the floor with many of the teams in the third tier it appeared as though they would have little trouble acclimatising to playing at the higher level. Some key players departed over the summer, but their absence was not felt initially as a resounding win at Rotherham United on opening day was not long followed by victory at home to Bolton Wanderers. However, things began…

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Championship season review: Norwich, Nottm For, Reading, Rotherham

Norwich City: 3rd (promoted via Play-offs) Despite all the parachute payments that come their way, it is always difficult for a side relegated from the Premier League to bounce straight back the following season, so Norwich deserve immense credit for their success, which came via the play-offs. Keeping several players was vital to their success, with experienced duo Sebastien Bassong and captain Russell Martin making up a strong defensive pairing with full-backs Martin Olsson and Steven Whitaker either side. In midfield, Alexander Tettey and Jonathan Howson were superb alongside Player…

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