Day: August 7, 2009

The 2009/10 Preview – The Championship (Or, Let’s Face It, Division Two)

The last of our Football League season previews is now ready, and Rob Freeman is on familiar ground this evening, in the Championship.  As a quick reminder, the Championship match between West Bromwich Albion and Newcastle United is live on the BBC tomorrow evening. Let the schadenfreude commence! Seriously, though, good luck to everybody starting their season tomorrow. Well, almost everybody… 1. Sheffield United In: Leigh Bromby, Lee Williamson (both Watford), Ched Evans (Manchester City), Ryan France (Hull City), Glen Little (Portsmouth), Kyle Reid (West Ham United), Andy Taylor (Tranmere Rovers), Mark Bunn, Keith Treacy (Blackburn Rovers, loan) Out: Nicky Law (Rotherham United), Kyle Naughton, Kyle Walker (both Tottenham Hotspur), Ben Starosta, Sun Jihai, Danny Webber (all released), Ugo Ehiogu (retired) The Blades mean business and Kevin Blackwell has made some excellent signings, especially Ched Evans, who was prolific in the Championship in his time on loan at Norwich. Little, Reid and Williamson will provide service, and Bromby makes his move permanent to strengthen the back line. The only question mark is over the goalkeeper. Paddy Kenny is suspended by the club, while they await the outcome of a drug test, but Bunn and Bennett should handle the duties between them. Promotion looks a likely finish. 2. West Bromwich Albion In: Simon Cox (Swindon Town), Youssuf Mulumbu (Paris Saint Germain), Reuben Reid (Rotherham United) Out: Paul Robinson (Bolton Wanderers),...

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The 2009/10 Preview: League One (Division Three, In Old Money)

In the penultimate part of our exhaustive Football League pre-season preview, Rob Freeman looks at the runners and riders in League One, a division which is, peculiarly, starting to look a little bit like the bottom half of the Premier League did ten years ago. 1. Huddersfield Town In: Peter Clarke (Southend United), Antony Kay (Tranmere Rovers), Lee Peltier (Yeovil Town), Jordan Rhodes (Ipswich Town), Theo Robinson (Watford), Robbie Simpson (Coventry City) Out: Danny Cadamarteri (Dundee United), Michael Flynn (Bradford City), Andy Holdsworth, Keigan Parker, Jon Worthington (Oldham Athletic), Daniel Broadbent, Malvin Kamara, Dominik Werling (all released), Andy Booth (retired) Huddersfield have splashed the cash this summer, thanks to chairman Dean Hoyle, and Lee Clark looks to have spent it well. The plan appears to have been to sign their rivals’ best players or higher division prospects who have excelled at this level. Rhodes in particular is a coup, considering Roy Keane was talking his potential up three days before the move. With the players added, it’s difficult to see anyone else finishing top of League One. 2. Charlton Athletic In: Christian Dailly (Rangers), Miguel Ángel Llera (** ****), Frazer Richardson (Leeds United) Out: Darren Ambrose (Crystal Palace), Mark Hudson (Cardiff City), Svetoslav Todorov (Litex Lovech), Josh Wright (Scunthorpe United), Jonathan Fortune, Matt Holland, Nicky Weaver, Zheng Zhi (all released) Charlton looked shorn of confidence and leadership as they...

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