A Blueprint for Premier League Survival


Ian began writing Twohundredpercent in May 2006. He lives in Brighton. He has also written for, amongst others, Pitch Invasion, FC Business Magazine, The Score, When Saturday Comes, Stand Against Modern Football and The Football Supporter. Ian was the first winner of the Socrates Award For Not Being Dead Yet at the 2010 NOPA awards for football bloggers.

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  1. Roger says:

    I remember an interesting Sunday Times interview with Paul Jewell a few years ago which stated that the key to his half-decent first top-flight season with Wigan was that they stuck with more-or-less the same ‘core’ of players and spent some money in areas where they needed cover or a bit more talent or nous (more often than not, up front and centre halves). The logic being that at that point the promoted players are eager to prove themselves in the big league while the manager can focus on the opposition rather than motivation and shuffling his own squad around.

    I appreciate there are other examples (cough, Derby, cough) who disprove this but as a Newcastle fan, having watched Championship football last year and PL football this year there really is not much difference between the bottom 6 and the top 6 of the two respective leagues and I think survival is very possible without the myth of throwing vast amounts of cash around – that comes later.

  2. Ritesh says:

    staying up in the second season is the hardest thing to do.
    in the first season,the excitement fans and various other factors can get a team through

  3. James says:

    Staying up doesn’t just need good tactics though, you also need a bit of luck. Very few newly promoted sides can cope with the loss of a key player.
    Because of this, you have to avoid making gambles that will cripple the club should you get relegated. It’s ok buying a few players on Premiership wages, but giving them all 4 year contracts is a recipe from disaster.

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