Welcome and Goodbye to the Championship
The playoffs are almost done and only two more teams will be vying for promotion to League One, Rochdale and Stockport. What is known after today are what teams will be leaving and coming into the Championship for next season. Gaining promotion to the EPL along with the riches and glory are West Bromwich Albion as Champions, Stoke City in second place and Hull City winners of the CCC Playoff Final yesterday against Bristol City. Hull have now gotten rid of the “biggest city to never have a top flight team” tag. Coming up from League One are Swansea City as League One Champs, Nottingham Forest( or as I affectionately call them Notts Florist) in second and today Doncaster Rovers secured thier place in the Championship by beating Leeds United 1-0 in the League One Playoff Final. For Doncaster they were playing in the Blue Square Premier only 5 years ago so this is quite a rise for them.
Coming down from the EPL are my beloved Derby County, Birmingham City, and Reading. All three teams now have two years of 11 million dollars worth of parachute payments to help regroup and get promoted once more.In there last year of parachute payments after relegation from the EPL last season are Charlton and Sheffield United and Watford. Going down into League One are Colchester, Scunthorpe, and Leicester City.
With the Championship being wide open and the transfer window not open yet its almost impossible to predict who will go up and will go down but as the summer evolves I will try to do just that and I am sure be proved spectacularly wrong.