Derby County fans have been expectant of promotion to the Premier League ever since Steve McClaren’s massive over-achievement of taking the East Midlands club to the Championship playoff final in 2014. This was followed up by missing out on the playoffs a year later before the start of numerous managerial changes.  Although Derby did make 

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To say Sheffield United are enjoying their return to the Championship is an understatement. The Blades are currently third in the table after 4 consecutive league wins. Having spent 6 seasons in League One you would perhaps except the Yorkshire club to start cautiously. Manager Chris Wilder had a different view, stating before the season 

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We are now five games into the new Championship season and surprisingly Cardiff currently sit top of the pile having picked up maximum points. Cardiff are closely followed by Ipswich who until last weekend also had a 100% record but regardless of their strong starts, neither of these sides are necessarily favourites for promotion. One 

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Despite their much maligned owner, Vincent Tan, Cardiff seem to be in the best place to get back to the Premier league since their relegation. This is undoubtedly due to their manager, Neil Warnock. Seven promotions makes him the man to get a club into the next division up. Many had thought him finished when 

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Granted, there has been much turnaround in both players and management at Wolves in recent years. The board have decided to go with a foreign manager, following Paul Lambert’s failure to propel the midlands club toward the playoffs last season. The man taking the reigns is the former Porto and Valencia boss Nuno Espirito Santo. 

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You only need to look into the recent past to see the struggles teams face in the Championship after they got relegated. Fulham, Cardiff and QPR have all been in the Premier League in the last five seasons, and have since languished in the lower half of the nation’s second division. However, as the teams 

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In recent years teams have been successful once getting into the Championship, managing to stay there. Last season was no different with Barnsley and Burton surviving relatively comfortably, despite early predictors condemning them to relegation. So how will the promoted sides fare this season?   Sheffield United A big fish in League 1 terms, Sheffield 

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The failings of Aston Villa in the 2016/17 season were no mystery. Huge transfer fees and an excessive wage budget could only take them to mid table mediocrity, in what can only be seen as a terrible campaign. Though none particularly blame Steve Bruce for their shortcomings last season, he must this season show why 

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Financial Fair Play (FFP) has become a three letter acronym to strike fear and confusion into the hearts of fans, managers, and board members alike. Yet, many of us are left questioning what Financial Fair Play is, and why it exists. In an era of football where the elites of the game are having no 

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When, on 25 May 2017, Garry Monk penned his resignation as head coach of Leeds United, everyone concerned with the Whites were in shock. Having guided Leeds to a seventh-place finish on the back of a remarkable season – Monk’s first year in charge – expectation was that the former Swansea player would begin building for 

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Sunderland’s threadbare squad is gearing up for life in the Sky Bet Championship following relegation from the Premier League last season. Key players have already departed the club this summer, including top scorer Jermain Defoe and homegrown Jordan Pickford. Newly appointed Simon Grayson has already given several youngsters starting berths in a number of pre-season 

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As usual much of the media attention this transfer window has revolved around the Premier League, from Romelu Lukaku’s move to Manchester United, to Arsenal’s capture of Lacazette. By far the strangest transfer this summer is the capture by Wolverhampton Wanderers of Portuguese starlet Ruben Neves from Porto for around £15 million. Ruben Neves is 

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It’s fair to say that the last few seasons have not been easy for Sunderland fans. After a few years of relative stability the club started to flirt with relegation, pulling off great escapes under Dick Advocaat and Sam Allardyce. After 10 consecutive years in the top flight the Black Cats threw away their Premier 

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The Championship campaign gets underway in 31 days and the league’s elite have started to make a statement. Undoubtedly, loads more deals will happen before Sunderland take on Derby in the Championship opener but what are the signings of the summer so far?   John Terry (Chelsea to Aston Villa) – Free The Blues legend 

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Monday evening will see Reading and Huddersfield battle it out at Wembley for the chance to reach the dizzying heights of Premier League football, and it would be fair to say that neither were favourites to be in this position at the start of the season. Indeed, most would’ve been more likely at the start 

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News of Garry Monk’s Leeds United departure surprised many on Thursday afternoon and bookmakers were quick to draw up the odds on his successor. With the Yorkshire club’s chequered recent history of managerial appointments, the current pool of unemployed coaches provides a minefield of uncertain options. But here are two candidates sure to stand out 

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When the final whistle was blown in the 5-1 victory over Tottenham Hotspur on the concluding day of the 2015/16 season, Newcastle United supporters wondered if this would be the last occasion they would see Rafael Benitez in the home dugout at St James’ Park. With relegation already confirmed, a sense of optimism was felt 

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It still hasn’t sunk in. At 12:16 Sunday Blackburn Rover were two places outside the relegation zone, a position they had rarely been in the entire season, courtesy of goals by Charlie Mulgrew and Danny Guthrie and both Birmingham City and Nottingham Forest being held to 0-0 draws. By 13:53 Rovers, 22 years previously Champions 

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Leeds fans have had a bizarre existence the last decade or so. Fans of a certain age will remember taunts of being glory hunters or ‘dirty Leeds’ jibes. The last few years they have been used to pity or humiliation; once giants in English football, now consigned to the lower leagues, bringing 6,000 plus fans 

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