TTU 2010/11: Season Preview: Championship (Part One)

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Our week of 2010-11 previews starts here and, rather than sound off with our own views once again, we decided this year to canvass the opinion of fans of all the league clubs. Thankfully, we have been overwhelmed with a warm hearted response and no little wit. The Championship previews appear today in two parts, with Leagues 1 and 2 to follow later in the week. Here goes and needless to say, the opinions are those of the contributors and not necessarily The Two Unfortunates:

Barnsley

Headline of the Summer
Losing top goal scorer Daniel Bogdanović to our mortal enemies from S2, Sheffield United, was a blow to both our threadbare squad and our pride. Boggy had established himself as a fan favourite during his one and a half year spell at Oakwell (remarkably, his longest spell at any club throughout his ten year career), making his defection to the Blades even harder to stomach. Given the recent ill feelings between the two teams, it’s highly unlikely that Bogdanović will be treated to a warm welcome when United travel to Oakwell on the 11th December.

A special mention for the return of ex-Red Michael Boulding, who stunned Reds fans by offering his services for free after scoring a brace in a pre-season friendly at Oakwell, whilst on trial with Mansfield. In an age where football is dominated by money and greed, it was a refreshing change, if not a little out of the blue. Despite the nature of the deal, it still managed to split Reds fans, some of whom remember all too well his less-than-dazzling first spell with the club.

Ins/Outs
INS
Jim O’Brien (Motherwell)
Jason Shackell (Norwich)
Goran Lovre(Groningen)
Liam Dickinson (Brighton)
Jay McEveley (Derby)
Diego Arismendi (Stoke)
OUT
Jon Macken (Released)
Anderson da Silva (Released)
Rob Kozluk (Released)
Michael Coulson (Released)
Simon Heslop (Released)
Daniel Bogdanović (Sheffield United)
O’Neil Thompson (Hereford)

N.B. Hugo Colace was initially released after failing to agree a new contract, and came within hours of joining Crystal Palace, but changed his mind late on and came back to Barnsley, claiming he couldn’t turn his back on the fans who voted him Player of the Season. Good lad, Hugo. Take note, Boggy.

Any major worries?
The lack of a recognised, Championship-standard striker. We’ve lost Bogdanović, Anderson da Silva and Jon Macken, which represents 23 of our 53 goals from the 09/10 season. We’ve not had a top class striker since Michael Chopra joined on loan from Newcastle in 2004 and hit the back of the net 16 times, and most Barnsley fans are hopeful that Mark Robins, himself a gifted goalscorer in his playing days, will unearth us a gem. Bizarrely, some people don’t think Michael Boulding is the answer!

Who owns your club?
Lifelong Barnsley fan and all round saviour, Patrick Cryne is the man running the show at Oakwell. Not that he likes to go on about it; he’s notoriously media-shy, preferring to remain in the background. Sadly for our Paddy he was thrust into the spotlight earlier this year, when he was the subject of criminal proceedings, with the FSA investigating alleged “financial irregularities” within the company Cryne formed, ‘iSoft’. Cryne, along with 3 other ex-directors, will answer the charges in court in September of this year, meaning us Barnsley fans are waiting with bated breath, hoping our beloved benefactor is proven to be innocent.

Likely starting XI on August 7th
We’ll be lining up 4-5-1 more than likely, our gaffers preferred formation when we’re on our travels.

4-5-1: Steele – Bobby Hassell, McEveley, Shackell, Foster – Hammill, O’Brien, Colace, Doyle, Lovre – Gray

Your prediction
As much as I’d love to say ‘Chasing the play-offs’, I can’t realistically see this being the case. Although Mark Robins has been busy over the summer, putting together his own team, I still think we’re a little short of being a top ten side. Since our promotion in 2006, we’ve never truly established ourselves in the Championship and have been involved in the relegation dog fight every season, often clinching survival within the last couple of fixtures. Last season, Mark Robins turned our campaign around after a disastrous start and clinched safety with weeks to spare. This time, I’d like to see us sitting comfortably in the ‘Middle of the road’ category come May. I’m not too impatient, I can wait another year before selecting the ‘Championes!’ option…

Adam, Seeing Red

Bristol City

Headline of the Summer
City’s signing of David James is the most surprising and unbelievable transfer in recent times and certainly the most exciting in our recent past. He may be nearly 40 and past his best but for a Championship club it is a truly exceptional deal and congratulations, yet again, to the Steve’s Lansdown and Coppell who undoubtedly sealed this deal between them

Apart from that, backwater planning officials on Bristol City Council rejecting Sainsbury’s plans for a store on the current stadium site. The professionals said yes. Independent planners said yes. Councillors said they were worried about a potential terrorist threat……unbelievable! Could scupper the new stadium plans and Bristol’s bid for matches at ‘England 2018’.

Ins/Outs
IN
Along with James, the major IN is Sir Steve Coppell, bringing an even larger buzz of excitement and anticipation than usual at the start of a fresh season. Kalifa Cissé has followed his old gaffer from up the M4 at Reading, and Barnet have been raided for their crown jewels with Albert Adomah – whose wages were paid by none other than John Motson whilst at Barnet – arriving on a tribunal-to-decide fee.
OUT
Outs include Jamie McCombe returning north to Huddersfield and some other peripheral players leaving the club, but the most critical departure if that of Bradley Orr to QPR. Also likely to be losing Paul “The Beard” Hartley back to Scotland.

Any Major Worries?
Three main worries: a) The stadium plans falling through causing our genius owner Steve Lansdown to consider his future. b) A lower-Premier League club coming in for 20-goal Nicky Maynard. c) The weight of expectation of fans who don’t understand that Coppell might take a couple of years to get the side how he wants it.

Who owns your club?
‘Sir’ Steve Lansdown, co-owner of Hargreaves Lansdown and after floating his business a couple of years back one of the 500 richest men in Britain. Backing his passion to the hilt and trying to drag the entire city’s ambitions up to his level. Oh, for a progressive-thinking council and another 3,000 regular fans to prove to him it’s all worth it.

Likely starting XI on August 7th
Not likely to be starting on August 7th due to injuries so the likely ‘1st’ XI is:

4-5-1: Gerken – Ribeiro, Carey , Fontaine, McAllister – Campbell-Ryce, Skuse, Elliott, Adomah, Haynes – Maynard

Your prediction
Chasing the Play Offs. Anything more would be a bonus, anything less a minor disappointment.

Paul Binning

Burnley

Headline of the Summer
‘Laws stays as Burnley manager’.
There was some real pressure for Brian Laws to be dismissed just four months after taking over at Burnley. He’d come in at a difficult time but we’d won just three of 18 league games under his management and that had ensured our relegation from the Premier League. Certainly a lot of supporters wanted to see a change of manager but the chairman and directors stood firm and decided to give him a chance in the Championship.

Ins/Outs
IN
Dean Marney (Hull)
Chris Iwelumo (Wolves)
Ross Wallace (Preston)
Lee Grant (Sheffield Wednesday)
All the transfers in have been recorded as undisclosed but the four together will have cost less than £2.5 million.
OUT
Steven Fletcher (Wolves)
Robbie Blake (Bolton)
Steven Caldwell, Stephen Jordan, Christian Kalvenes, Joey Gudjonsson, Nicky Weaver, Adam Kay (all Released)

Any major worries?
The main worry is how the club and players react to having been relegated. I do think we have a very strong squad that is more than capable of challenging at the top of the division. Time will tell, but there is money available should we need more players.

Who owns your club?
The club is owned by its shareholders and the two main shareholders in particularly, Barry Kilby (chairman) and Brendan Flood (operational director). Kilby is a long time Burnley supporter who has now been in the chair for eleven and a half years.

Likely starting XI on August 7th
Difficult one, particularly with the central defenders. Given that Martin Paterson is likely to be out injured I’ll go for:

4-5-1: Jensen – Mears, Bikey, LCort, Fox – Alexander, Elliott, McCann, Eagles, Wallace – Iwelumo

Your prediction
Automatic Promotion: having gone through the nervous nightmare of Wembley a year ago I’d much rather go straight up this time.

Tony Scholes, Editor, Clarets Mad

Cardiff City

Headline of the Summer
The transfer embargo and off field problems have been the biggest story at the club. Thankfully there appears to have been very little player movement at other Championship clubs so we haven’t really been left behind. It’s a headline that I’m sure will run throughout much of next season unfortunately.

Ins/Outs
IN:
Tom Heaton (Manchester United)
Danny Drinkwater (Manchester United, loan)
OUT
Peter Enckelman, Josh Magennis, Tony Capaldi, Warren Feeney, Darren Dennehy (all released)
Mark Kennedy (Ipswich)
Joe Ledley (Celtic)

Any major worries?
The biggest worry is that the players will let off the field issues impact their performances on the pitch. However, I wouldn’t swap our first XI with anyone else’s in the division, but past these eleven there’s little if any cover. An injury to any of our first eleven, especially Bothroyd would be disastrous (as the playoff final showed) and we currently don’t have a left back after letting Mark Kennedy sign for Roy Keane’s Irish colony in Suffolk. Keeping players fit will be very important this season.

Who owns your club?
At the last count shareholders include a consortium of Malaysians, Peter Ridsdale, Sam Hammam, ex-Wales rugby international Mike Hall, Dave Jones and Dave Jones’ wife. A motlier crew you are unlikely to find. The Malaysians seem interested in taking over the club, but not the debt left by the likes of Sam Hammam and Peter Ridsdale. They are drip feeding money into the club to keep it alive, but it’s unclear how long they intend to do so.

Likely starting XI on August 7th
4-4-1-1: Marshall – Blake, Hudson, Gerrard, McNaughton – Burke, McPhail, Drinkwater, Whittingham – Bothroyd – Chopra

Your prediction
Last season the squad did remarkably well to ignore off-field issues and secured Cardiff City’s highest league finish since long before decimalization. I think they’ll find it a little harder this time around. I would expect Cardiff to finish in the middle third of the division, never threatening the playoff places but without being in too much threat of relegation. I’m going to regret saying that aren’t I?

Steven Gabb of the superb site that charts Football’s Oddities, Mirko Bolesan.

Coventry City

Headline of the Summer
All the fun happened very early in our Sky Blue summer. Still reeling from yet another arse of a season, Coleman was unsurprisingly told to sling his hook. Thankfully the board ignored the glut of prats calling for Gary McAllister, and opted for ex-Watford achiever, Aidy Boothroyd. Most of us cheered.

Ins/Outs
IN
Gary McSheffrey (Birmingham)
Stephen O’Halloran (Aston Villa)
Roy O’Donovan (Sunderland)
Richard Keogh (Carlisle)
Lee Carsley (Birmingham)
Lukas Jutkiewicz (Everton)
Clive Platt (Colchester)
OUT
Ashley Cain (Mansfield)
Curtis Wynter (Released)
Marcus Hall (Northampton)
Elliott Ward (Norwich City)
Stephen Wright (Released)
Clinton Morrison (Sheffield Wednesday)
Dimitrios Konstantopoulos (AO Kerkyra)
Joel Grandison (Released)

As you can see, money is flying about all over the shop.

Any major worries?
A few. Keiren Westwood is the best, so him leaving would be bad. Also, there’s ever such a lot of talk about Marlon King joining us at the minute. Seems to have divided absolutely everyone at the club (and beyond), so you could argue we’d be best served staying away from him. Other than that, we’re still lacking any genuine pace.

Maybe we could tempt Dwain Chambers into yet another sport? – make it a right naughty front-line.

Who owns your club?
A consortium called SISU run our gaff. Day-to-day charge goes to the chairman Raymond Ranson. You may remember him as that quite-okay Man City right-back from the early 80‘s.

Likely starting XI on August 7th
The defence is very tough to call. So, not that I agree, but we may go for something like:

4-5-1: Westwood – Keogh, McPake, Wood, Cranie – Baker, Clingan, Carsley, Gunnarsson, McSheffrey – Jutkiewicz.

Your prediction
Chasing the play-offs. No point aiming for anything less.

Neil Allison, Sky Blues Blog

Crystal Palace

Headline of the Summer
Any headline that had the words Palace, avoid and liquidation. Waking up the day after the deal and realising we still have a club was one of the sweetest moments ever.

Ins /Outs
IN
Andy Dorman (St Mirren)
Adam Barrett (Southend)
David Wright (Ipswich)
Lewis Price (Released)
OUT
*deep breath*
Nicky Carle (Sydney FC)
James Comley (Released)
Matthew Wright (Released)
Hakeem Adelakun (Released)
Michael Abnett (Released)
Johannes Ertl (Sheffield United)
Shaun Derry (QPR)
Clint Hill (QPR)
Danny Butterfield (Southampton)
Matt Lawrence (Released)
Stern John (Released)
Darryl Flahaven (Released)

Any major worries?
That Darren Ambrose aside, we don’t have a goalscorer – and he’s a midfielder! All our forwards are strong, target-men types and we love them for it, but we need a man who can just put the ball in the net.

Who owns your club?
The fans! A consortium made up of four Palace fans called CPFC2010 assumed control at the beginning of June, saving the club from liquidation. It’s been a breath of fresh air as the group actively engage the fans asking for thoughts on ideas to improve the club. A huge change from the previous regime.

Likely starting XI on August 7th
It’s very difficult to predict the team that will start against Leicester as George Burley has been trying out a lot of trialists in pre-season games, but assuming the ones that looked good sign, here’s a decent stab…

4-3-3: Speroni – Clyne, Barrett, McCarthy, Ouasfane – Danns, N’Diaye, Dorman – Ambrose, Lee, Andrew.

Your prediction
Middle of the road. After six months of uncertainty we’ll take mid-table obscurity for a bit.

James Daly, Editor, Five Year Plan Fanzine.

Derby County

Headline of the Summer
‘Rams owners fail to splash the serious cash’

Ins/Outs
John Brayford (right back) from Crewe and Gareth Roberts (left back) from Doncaster should tighten the defence, while James Bailey (Crewe. midfield) is seen as a long term successor to Robbie Savage. With Tomasz Cywka (Wigan, striker) and David Martin (Millwall, winger) we’ve spent around £1.2 million. Some fans think that our multi-millionaire owners should have been aiming for Messi at least…
OUT
None of any consequence.

Any major worries?
That people will want instant success that may not happen. The board have reduced our debt to effectively the mortgage on the stadium and the club are admirably well run. Some fans want Premiership now though, and will have to accept that it may take another two or three seasons.

Who owns your club?
An American consortium called General Sports and Entertainment who have owned various sports clubs in the USA and turned them around. They know their stuff and we’re much better off than a lot of clubs financially if it all goes pear-shaped.

Likely starting XI on August 7th
4-2-3-1: Bywater – Brayford Anderson Barker Roberts – Savage Leacock – Green Commons Cywka – Hulse

Your prediction
Given luck with injuries we’ll be top half, perhaps pushing for the play-offs. That would be progress and most Rams would happily take that at this stage.

Steve Dolman from one of the best cricketing sites on the net: Derbyshire Cricket: Peakfan’s Blog

Doncaster Rovers

Headline of the Summer
The permanent arrival of Billy Sharp for a staggering £1.15million, three times the record club fee paid out and twice the amount paid out for the rest of the current squad. It would seem no sofa was left unrummaged in Doncaster this summer.

Ins/Outs
IN
The aforementioned Sharp from Sheffield United for £1.15 million and midfielder Simon Gillett on a free having been released by Southampton. Both were with us on loan last season. Also George Friend arrives from Wolves, having been released by Wanderers.
OUT
Five first team players released of which goalkeeper Ben Smith was the last to find a club, moving to Shrewsbury on July 30. Paul Heffernan has joined Sheffield Wednesday, John Spicer is at Notts County, Sean McDaid has gone to Carlisle United, Lewis Guy to MK Dons. Gareth Roberts, one of our most consistent Championship performers is the only other, but probably the biggest loss as he’s joined Derby County on a free.

Any major worries?
The one constant worry is that someone bigger, better and with more money will realise just how good a manager Sean O’Driscoll is. We have shown we can replace key players and compete, but if we lose O’Driscoll we use the whole football philosophy to which the current squad have all been groomed.

Who owns your club?
Self-made local millionaire John Ryan sits at the top of the tree (at which point you need to include an obligatory reference to his company providing Melinda Messenger’s most notorious assets), with two similarly well-off Doncastrians Terry Brammall and Dick Watson alongside him. The latter pair are known as the KM2 by fans having come on board since the move to the Keepmoat Stadium. Despite a sizeable personal wealth between the three, they continue to run the club on a tight budget rather than throwing money about (the Sharp transfer we are told was a one-off investment) which has to be applauded.

Likely starting XI on August 7th
4-4-2: Sullivan – O’Connor, Martis, Hird, Friend – Stock, Gillett, Woods; Coppinge – Hayter, Sharp

If James Chambers is fit he’ll come in for Hird with O’Connor playing centre back instead, and if John Oster is fit he will start in place of Gillett.

Your prediction
Avoid injuries and keep hold of SO’D and we’ll be Chasing the play-offs

Glen Wilson, Viva Rovers.

Ipswich Town

Headline of the Summer
Not a good one. ‘Wickham to miss first six weeks of the season’. Our only reason to look forward to 2010/11 won’t be seen until October.

Ins/Outs
IN
Conor Hourihane (Sunderland)
Mark Kennedy (Cardiff)
OUT
Kevin Lisbie (Millwall, loan)
Alex Bruce (Leeds)
Jon Stead (Released – possible destination is Blackpool)
Owen Garvan (Released – possible destination is Crystal Palace)
Richard Wright (Released)
David Wright (Released)

Any major worries?
Well, yeah. We were crap last season and haven’t, for whatever reasons, been able to strengthen the squad, plus Roy has released some decent players such as David Wright and Owen Garvan. You do the math.

Who owns your club?
Good question. The club is owned by a reclusive billionaire called Marcus Evans. The club’s considerable debts are owed by one part of Evans’ business empire to another part. There are no pictures of Evans on the internet and no-one knows what he looks like. You might say that his pathological shyness is a dignified attempt to keep his family out of the spotlight. Or you might wonder if someone that obsessively reclusive has things to be reclusive about. As a businessman he seems to have no ethical concerns about making money from the arms trade and attracted some unwanted headlines for his approach to corporate hospitality packages at the World Cup. None of which would particularly matter to most Town fans if his cash – which, let’s be fair, got the club out of a huge financial hole when he took over – was bringing some success on the pitch, but so far we’ve gone backwards under his stewardship. The fear is that we may be about to take the downward route out of the Championship.

Likely starting XI on August 7th
Royston is a tinkerman extraordinaire, but given the extremely limited resources currently at our disposal, following the aforementioned non-frenzy in the transfer market and injuries to key players Damien Delaney and Conor Wickham, I’ll go for the following:

4-4-2: Murphy – Peters, McAuley, Smith, O’Connor – Walters, Norris, Leadbitter, Civelli – Couñago, Priskin

Why we have been chasing Márton Fülöp is unclear and remember that Smith was a World Cup star for unbeaten New Zealand, straw-clutching glory fans!

Your prediction
Scraping the barrel

Gavin Barber, twitter.com/gavinbarber

Hull City

Headline of the Summer
Nigel Pearson confirmed as new Hull City manager. Given the disastrous surrendering of our ever so shortly held Premier League status at the end of last season under Iain Dowie, most fans thoughts on who should be the new manager were 1. Not Iain Dowie and 2. Of the rest, not Gary Megson. To snare Pearson from beaten playoff finalists Leicester proved quite a coup. With a growing reputation, his down to earth persona should serve us well. This appointment left Phil Brown free to concentrate on his entry for the Chelsea flower show.

Ins/Outs
IN
Nolberto Solano (Leicester)
James Harper (Sheffield United)
OUT
Dean Marney (Burnley)
Stephen Hunt (Wolves)
Stephen Mouyokolo (Wolves)
George Boateng (Released)
Jozy Altidore (end of loan)
Geovanni (Released)
Bernard Mendy (Released)
Ibrahima Sonko (Portsmouth,end of loan)
Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink (Released)
Amir Zaki (end of loan)

Any major worries?
Our lack of strikers – we have ¾, one of whom is a youth team player. There just aren’t enough goals. Between them these 4 scored no more than 5 goals last season…
Away form – no win away since March 2008.
Jimmy Bullard – this man’s wages go up (from £45,000 pw) by £3000 for every 15 games he plays. Given our financial struggles he is the reason we can’t buy any more players. He’s also refusing to leave and has uninsurable knees which some say are made of glass (and not the double glazed type).

Who owns your club?
Russell Bartlett – this man has kept in the shadows and has a background in real estate. Paul ‘we don’t owe a single penny to anyone’ Duffen was the more public figure before his resignation amid accusations of financial mismanagement last season.

It has never emerged how much Duffen was personally responsible for our current financial woes and to what extent Bartlett had knowledge of or involvement in this given they both state the other was in charge of finance.

Many of our transfers out are to cover the transfer fees we still owed clubs like Reading and Boulogne for exactly the players we were selling on, or to cope with the fact that very few of our players had relegation wage drop clauses…what would have happened if we’d got that Real Madrid striker we bid £12million for last season doesn’t bear thinking about.

There’s still a lot of anger amongst the fans and a distinct suspicion of Mr Bartlett and his motives. The financial statements indicate he has put little if any money in the club. However we can trust in Adam Pearson our ‘Director of football operations’ to get the best from the little we now have. He was chairman from near oblivion at the bottom of League 2 to championship stability and can do very little wrong.

Likely starting XI on August 7th
4-4-2: Myhill – Solano, Gardner, Zayatte, Dawson – Garcia, Ashbee, Cairney, Kilbane – Cousin, Folan

Your prediction
Middle of the road

Will Lazenby

Leeds United

Headline of the Summer
A tie between ‘Official – No vuvuzelas at Elland Road’ and ‘Mervyn Day returns (as chief scout)’. Seriously, probably ‘Leeds swoop for Billy Paynter’. Or ‘Simon Grayson not tempted by Leicester’. One of those.

Ins/Outs
IN
Kasper Schmeichel (Notts County)
Billy Paynter (Swindon)
Paul Connolly (Derby)
Fede Bessone (Swansea)
Neill Collins (Wolves)
Lloyd Sam (Charlton)
Alex Bruce (Ipswich)
OUT
Jermaine Beckford (Everton)
Casper Ankergren (Released)
Rui Marques (Released)
Ľubomír Michalík (Released)
Trésor Kandol (Released)
Alan Sheehan and Andy Robinson have been told to find new clubs, but still seem to be kicking around.

Any major worries?
Paddy Kisnorbo was our best player last season. Our defence was exposed as brittle when he got injured. He is still injured and looks like being sidelined for 2-3 months. Not good.

Who owns your club?
See Guardian articles by David Conn (passim). Nobody knows who ‘they’ are, but ‘they’ have been approved as ‘fit and proper’. So that’s OK then.

Likely starting XI on August 7th
All sorts of pre-season experimentation makes this a tough call, but against Derby I imagine we will go for something like:

4-5-1: Higgs – Connolly, Collins, Naylor, Bessone – Kilkenny, Johnson, Snodgrass, Gradel, Becchio – Paynter

Your prediction
Some permutation of chasing the play-offs and middle of the road

Ben Rosamond, Professor of Politics and International Studies, University of Warwick

Leicester City

Headline of the Summer
Without doubt, the departure of Nigel Pearson. There was initial shock, quickly followed by suspicion which has now been replaced by acceptance. Acceptance that this is the way it will be under Milan Mandarić. Mystery will shroud the inner workings of the club and unexpected developments will happen. It’s a shame but it’s just the way the game works for the majority of fans.

Ins/Outs
IN
Tom Kennedy (Rochdale)
Miguel Vitor (Benfica, loan)
OUT
Wayne Brown (Preston)
Nolberto Solano (Hull)

Yann Kermorgant (AC Arles-Avignon)

Any major worries?
Our squad isn’t strong enough at the moment and our youngsters have no real experience. Plus with Paulo Sousa trying to introduce a very different style of football, it’s not the best time to integrate them in my opinion. All sorts of worries off the pitch, but that’s the same for everyone. We appear to be slightly more solid financially than some clubs at Championship level, which makes for a nice change.

Who owns your club?
Milan Mandarić, I believe.

Likely starting XI on August 7th
4-3-3: Weale – Adams, Morrison, Hobbs, Berner – Dyer, Wellens, King – Campbell, Fryatt, Howard

Your prediction
I’m a natural pessimist when it comes to Leicester, but I think around 9th would be par for the course. We over-achieved ever so slightly last season, which makes it difficult for Sousa as a new manager. The standard has been set at a very high level. I would be happy with a strong top-half finish. We need a far stronger squad to realistically aim for promotion this season.

David Bevan from that other excellent Football League website, TheSeventyTwo

See Part Two of the TTU 2010/11 Championship Season Preview here.

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9 Comments

  1. Paul
    August 3, 2010

    The Leicester fan must be a pessamist, he's only picked ten starting players!

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  2. Lanterne Rouge
    August 3, 2010

    Apologies – not David's fault. DJ Campbell was the player I missed as editor – perhaps mentally feeling he's still a Tangerine – corrected now.

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  3. Stu
    August 3, 2010

    Cardiff fan has forgotten Joe Ledley's exit too?

    Are Cardiff fans really feeling sorry for themselves that much? Surely they'll be challenging once again considering there hasn't been that much movement in the Championship market this summer?

    Interesting to see the Leeds fan thinking Kasper won't start on Saturday! The lad left Notts looking for first team football so it'd be a shame for him if he misses out!

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  4. Lloyd
    August 4, 2010

    I remember having a long conversation with a couple of Cardiff fans on the way to a game at the Mad Stad about five seasons ago. They knew that all the money problems were going to catch up with them sooner or later, and were just enjoying the moment until the shit hit the fan.

    I think that's pretty much happened now, and they just have to make do. Last year they were paying out a record transfer fee for Chopra. This time around, they were desperate to obtain 75k for their sturdy left back, who would have played a load of games this season. Dave Jones' presence offers more than a glimmer of hope, but I think they'll do well to finish in the top 10.

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  5. Lanterne Rouge
    August 4, 2010

    Ledley missed a lot of last season so won't be that bit a loss. It always looked like a bonus campaign of his services for Bluebirds. I disagree with Lloyd though – I think the club will still be challenging at the top.

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  6. Ben
    August 5, 2010

    Am I alone in being impressed by Coventry's signings? McSheffrey's a handy player (well, he certainly was when Birmingham demolished us 5-1 in the FA Cup a few years ago), and the two young players from Villa and Everton also come with decent reputations.

    Agree with Steven about Cardiff – great first team, but beyond that they're going to be scrabbling and scratching around for players. Honestly don't think Ledley will be that big a miss – never saw him have a genuinely good game for the Bluebirds (not that I've watched too many of their games, mind). The talk of £6m moves to the Premier League always bemused me.

    Can't believe Hull failed to insert relegation wage drop clauses into their players' contracts! I thought that was the sort of idiocy only we (Newcastle) were capable of. At least we had the vague excuse of complacency borne of being a long-established top-flight side – surely Hull must have suspected they were living on borrowed time?

    As for Palace, good to see they're still a going concern – but why no one's come in for Ambrose is beyond me. Actually, Warnock's probably lining up a bid as I type…

    (BTW the Burnley, Coventry and Leicester links need fixing…)

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  7. gerschenkron
    August 5, 2010

    Might have a few comments on this one so will post per club – sorry Barnsley, but your “media shy” owner has not got many fans in the NHS thanks to his company's criminally inept attempts to “upgrade” IT provision.

    Nothing whatsoever against Barnsley, but there'll be lambrini screw tops coming off around the country if your “beloved” benefactor goes down given that whatever funds he's pumped into the club have been sucked out of the seriously beloved national health service.

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  8. gerschenkron
    August 5, 2010

    I'm not from Bristol, but it seems a little odd to say that it would have been “progressive” to build another Sainsbury's in Bristol when there's quite a large one there already which isn't very old. That seems about as progressive as the Con Dem Coalition. Councillors are often on the take, but it does seem that there was a lot of local opposition to having a giant shop and environmentally unfriendly distribution centre built in the area.

    I quite understand the desire to see your own club improving its status with a bigger stadium but one shouldn't be blinkered about the reasons for this decision.

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