Write the Future: The Championship 2010/11

Ahead of the big Championship kick-off next weekend, we asked supporters, bloggers and regional newspaper journalists about their thoughts on the forthcoming season.

Here are their predictions of what lies in store over the next few months, preceded by a quick who’s who of those involved:


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Can the Canaries change their stripes?

After signing Gillingham striker Simeon Jackson this week for a significant fee, Norwich City have seemingly made their intentions clear ahead of their return to the Championship. Paul Lambert will pair Jackson with last season’s top goalscorer Grant Holt and can reasonably expect a total of at least 30 league goals from the duo.

But the days of signing little to go with large or quick to go with strong …

The three best Championship signings so far this summer

To date, it has been a relatively quiet summer in terms of Championship transfer news. Perhaps managers are too busy watching the World Cup to care about such insignificant matters at the moment and the chequebooks will come out next week. In the majority of cases, the more obvious explanation would be that the chairman has conveniently mislaid all means of payment in these troubling economic times.

We have watched …

Sousa faces huge challenge at Leicester

An immaculately presented Portuguese coach stands on the edge of his technical area, aware that the eleven players in front of him carry his destiny in their actions. The season is nearly at an end and his players have so far kept the opposition at bay, as they have so many times over the last nine months.

All they need is a goal to tip the balance in their favour …

Iron and Imps hope to exert the Lincs effect

Three years ago, Lincolnshire boasted four Football League representatives. Following Grimsby Town’s relegation from League Two in May, that number is now just two. Boston United were first to fall back in 2007 and the Pilgrims have since endured a turbulent period, including two enforced demotions for financial reasons.

However, Boston celebrated promotion back to the Blue Square North this summer and Grimsby now sit just a division above them. …