Living with the Championship nightmare and holding on to the Premiership dream
LISTENING in with interest to the end of the Premiership season on Sunday I finally got to learn which three teams would be making a trip to the Ricoh next season
All of them would rather be not coming at all but the matches will add to the experience of the season to come.
West Ham might be thought of as a strong opponent but it seems likely that many of their best players will be plundered by Premiership teams. In a sign of things to come they featured in the last game ex Coventry City loanees Freddie Sears and Zavon Hines
As most people expected this time last season Blackpool are returning to the Championship. As brave as the performance was against Manchester Utd to me the defeat seemed inevitable given the class gap between the teams
Their return will bring back for me a low light of the Chris Coleman reign, when we were so intimidated by them we packed midfield to frustrate them in our home game
Birmingham's relegation despite winning the Carling Cup seems incredible.It may be they will be able to hold on to their best players. If so they will be formidable opponents
At any rate Scott Dann's return to the Ricoh after leaving to better his career will remind him of the fickle fates of football
Some clubs of course held on to the Premiership dream. We wont be seeing Wolves next season and in some ways that's a big occasion we'll be missing out on
Blackburn also saved themselves in the same game. I was pleased for Steve Kean in this case.
He began a season as Coventry City assistant manager supposedly wanted by Chelsea and ended it as scapegoat for Chris Coleman's failings
In guiding Blackburn away from relegation he's proved his abilities.
Wigan also survived. I was pleased for another little club who can survive to compete with the big boys. On a selfish note if they had gone down it may have been easier to get one of their players
This time last year we brought back an old Coventry City hero in Gary McSheffrey. It seems very likely Keiren Westwood will be moving on.
With him no longer first choice at Wigan trying to bring back Chris Kirkland seemed a potential idea