The Championship run-in: a very brief overview

At this stage of the Championship season, most teams have stabilised at a position that reflects their overall quality. There are some anomalies, of course, with Portsmouth perhaps the most pressing of these – Pompey have won their last five – but, generally speaking, you can measure the task ahead by a team’s league position.

So let’s do precisely that. Listed below is the current Championship table including the average …

Which Championship managers are bound for the Premier League? Part 2

The second part of this mini-series has been a little while coming. Apologies for that, but it is well worth the wait. Included below are the views of some of the Championship’s top bloggers and most prolific tweeters on whether the man in charge of their club is destined to manage in the Premier League.

Tony Mowbray (Middlesbrough)

by @smog_blog

Tony Mowbray has already managed a Premier League team – …

The best that the Championship has to offer

It should go without saying but it seems worth re-enforcing that it would be difficult for any casual viewer to see every Football League team in action over the course of a season. Of the three divisions, the Championship certainly receives the most coverage but even this can be a devil to keep track of.

Things are made even trickier these days given the revolving door of short-term loan signings …

Can Barnsley break the glass ceiling?


Loan. Free. Undisclosed. Loan. Free. Half a million pounds. Not Henry VIII’s balance sheet but a glimpse into the challenge facing Mark Robins at Barnsley. This snapshot of the Oakwell club’s January transfer window dealings speaks volumes about the constraints that a side like Barnsley must overcome. Are Blackpool the exception rather than the rule?

There are two P-words that every football club strives for. But while promotion may sometimes …

Are loan players distorting the Championship?

This season, more than any other, high profile loan signings from the Premier League are a huge feature of the Championship.

Only one club in the current top ten Championship sides, Coventry City, has taken to the field in the last month without a Premier League loan signing in its starting eleven. Rich Prew investigates.

Why the expansion in loan signings in 2010?

Part of the reason is the ever-increasing …