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Can Relegated Premier League Sides Bounce Back Pt 1 – Birmingham City

St Andrews A Can Relegated Premier League Sides Bounce Back Pt 1   Birmingham City

By Conor Diggin

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.

I will start by looking at Birmingham City, who had a bittersweet season last term, pairing the joys of winning the Carling Cup with the devastation of getting relegated from the Premier League.

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.

Yet, I believe it will be tougher this time. Birmingham have already lost Roger Johnson, Sebastian Larsson and Craig Gardner, three key players last term who will be hard to replace and, in my opinion, Birmingham’s squad isn’t as good as the Newcastle squad which went down.

On the other hand, they have brought in competent replacements.

Stephen Caldwell is an accomplished defender who has had an unlucky last two seasons and Morgaro Gomis was a key player for Dundee United.

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.

However if anyone can get Birmingham promoted it is Chris Hughton and I believe he will be successful although they may have to settle for the play-offs due to such high competition.

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4 Responses to Can Relegated Premier League Sides Bounce Back Pt 1 – Birmingham City

  1. Alan Richards says:

    I sincerely hope you are right,but if CH achieves promotion he deserves the freedom of the city if you consider the money that he is not getting.

  2. maxBCFC power says:

    I THINK HUGHTON WILL GET BLUES PROMOTED IN THE FIRST ATTEMPT.THE FIRST FEW GAMES WILL SHOW HOW HE PLAYS THE TEAM AND WHAT THE PLAYERS ARE CAPEABLE OF. WITH NEW PLAYERS LIKE ROONEY, KING, GOMIS AND BURKE PROVES A POSSATIVE FOR THE ATTACKING FRONT AND DEFENDER CALDWELL WILL SHOW SOME GOOD DEFENSIVE SKILLS. ALSO WITH INTRESTS IN KILLGALON, MCCARTHY AND ANTON FERDINAND FROM SUNDERLAND, ALL GOOD DEFENDERS MIGHT BE WORTH GETTING. ALSO WITH ONE OF THE BEST GOALKEEPERS IN THE GAME SURELY CHRIS CAN SECURE PROMOTION. GOOD LUCK. BCFC 4 LIFE. KRO .SOTV.

  3. Blooflame says:

    Not sure if promotion is a done deal yet. Of out going players Gardener & Larsson are big losses, the laters’ exit cannot be questioned as he gave all, not so Gardner. Johnson was a tower but his age dictates a “good sell”. Ferguson? Well there’s a man incapable of passing a forward pass and his slowing tactics will not be missed. Everything depends on fitness (training twice a day) and how fast they bed in as a TEAM! I hope that they are drilled and conditioned early then that will give me hope. Have to add that one season with a depleted side, financially broke club and inexperienced board is simply not enough for a manager to prove himself.

  4. Becky says:

    With Ben Foster now looking to go on loan for a year, I dont have much faith at all in us getting promoted. All I’m waiting for is to see when Ridgewell and Ziggy will be off too.

    The board are in serious trouble.

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