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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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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Former Real Madrid and Tottenham star to play in the Championship

Championship club Reading have been linked with an audacious move for former Real Madrid and Tottenham star Rafael van der Vaart. The veteran midfielder, who is currently signed to La Liga side Real Betis, is reportedly available in the transfer market after being told by Betis that he has no future with the club. Get Reading claims that informal discussions have already taken place between the former Dutch international and the Royals, and the player hasn’t ruled out a return to England. Reading’s newly appointed manager Jaap Stam has been…

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Championship Season Review – Reading, Rotherham, Sheff Wed, Wolves

Reading: 17th It was clear that Reading underachieved badly in 2014-15, so manager Steve Clarke quickly set about building a squad that would make a bid for the play-offs at the very least. Some high profile loan signings arrived including Chelsea starlet Lucas Piazon and Benfica’s Ola John, but it did not spark a flying start as results early on proved tough to come by. That was until the end of August, when something clicked and they were suddenly unplayable, wiping the floor with both Brentford and Ipswich Town in…

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Reading vs Crystal Palace – Match preview and team news

The only remaining side below the Premier League left standing in the FA Cup will attempt to reach a second successive Wembley semi-final on Friday evening as Reading take on Crystal Palace and their former manager Alan Pardew. For whatever reason, the Royals always seem to perform exceptionally well in this competition, reaching the latter stages on a number of occasions in recent years. After wins over Huddersfield Town and Walsall in their opening two matches, their performance level increased considerably in round five as they came from behind to…

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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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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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