Burley surely the right man for Palace

This summer has already seen some surprisingly sensible managerial appointments in the Championship. Aidy Boothroyd’s record at Colchester United, following a downturn in his initially prosperous fortunes at Watford, made him an obvious choice to replace Chris Coleman at Coventry City.

Likewise, Hull City will be hoping Nigel Pearson can instil the same winning habit that he created upon his appointment at Leicester City following relegation. With regard to Pearson’s …

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. …

The joker who brought hope to the mediocre

On Friday 23rd February 2007, Swansea City appointed Roberto Martinez as their new manager. By taking the reins in south-west Wales, the 33-year-old replaced Kenny Jackett who had overlooked Martinez for a spot in his team before the Spaniard moved on to Chester City.

Martinez was a huge success at Swansea, winning the League One title at a canter and consolidating the club’s position the following season with a very …

Bouncebackability: the cold reality of parachute payments

Clubs relegated from the Premier League will receive £48 million in parachute payments over four years after Football League chairmen voted in May in favour of a new proposal.

The new payments will start from next season and are part of a package of solidarity payments from the Premier League to the Football League.