This week I will be looking at how each of the new Championship teams will fare starting with those relegated from the Premiership. With the new season fast-approaching, Birmingham, Blackpool and West Ham fans are all hoping to see their team go straight back up in the first attempt.
However, with a new manager at the helm after Alex McLeish’s resignation to join Birmingham’s arch rivals, Aston Villa, they will be hoping to make an immediate impression by getting them back up straight away.
Chris Hughton was able to achieve this for a deflated Newcastle side two seasons ago after their shock relegation, preventing a mass exodus of players and steadying the ship.
On the other hand, they have brought in competent replacements.
Marlon King has also been brought in from Coventry City, as has Adam Rooney from Inverness CT and Chris Burke from Cardiff, three players who can strengthen their weak link last season, their attack.
There is going to be a lot of pressure on Hughton this season as Birmingham’s owners are expecting promotion and nothing less, so Hughton is going to have to get results straight away and lead from the start of the season, something which will be easier said than done.