Derby looking to build from the back

Ahead of the new season at Pride Park, there is a sense of realism among Derby County fans. After a disastrous Premier League campaign, now three seasons ago, and an equally inept first season back in the Championship, which was only bearable through the two fabulous wins against Nottingham Forest and the appointment of Nigel Clough, Rams supporters have come to terms with the long road back to where they …

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 …

Falmer in sight as Seagulls take flight

Posted by on Jul 13, 2010 in Brighton, The Seventy Two | No Comments

Life has been tough for Brighton & Hove Albion over the past fifteen years.

Their presence in the Football League under the stewardship of Gus Poyet may be stable today, but the club have endured a difficult recent period both on and off the pitch.

It started horrifically. Relegated from the old second division in the 1995/96 season, Brighton racked up consecutive 23rd place finishes in the fourth tier to …

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 …