by James Riches
This time last year, the Championship welcomed a club on the brink of oblivion in Portsmouth, and two sides in Hull and Burnley who were, for want of a better word, rubbish. Fast forward twelve months, and the Premiership has shed two heavyweights in West Ham and Birmingham, along with Blackpool, lauded by many as being among the most entertaining outfits around last year.
Up from League One come sleeping giants Southampton, a reborn Brighton and an ambitious Peterborough determined to avoid a repeat of their last farcical attempt at this division. Add into the mix two former England managers, and we could be set for one of the most exciting Championship seasons ever.
Of course, we hear that every year, but then again it’s usually true, and this year really does look like improving once again on the offerings of last season.