The Championship – 2008/09

If last season’s Championship is anything to go by, this page is a complete waste of time. This time last year we talked glumly of the likelihood of all three of the recently relegated teams from the Premier League stomping straight back into the the top flight, having made good use of their parachute money. It didn’t quite work out like that, of course. Sheffield United‘s inexplicable decision to offer Bryan Robson yet another opportunity to manage meant that, by Christmas, they looked more likely to relegated than promoted. Watford‘s long-ball game won them few friends in their new division, but they were for a long time in or around the top two or three. However, they won just once in their last sixteen games and it looks difficult to see how they are going to arrest that decline. Last year’s relegated teams look likely to have similarly mixed fortunes this season. Birmingham City are the pre-season favourites to go back up, and have retained most of the players that surprisingly failed to perform last season. Gary McSheffrey is probably their most significant player. His big money signature from Coventry City looked like a good bit of business at the time, but he failed to live up to expectations and there will be high pressure on him to perform now that he is back in a division that he...

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