Championship fans preview the season for No Nay Never in 140 characters.
The game that never stops. This summer has been better than most for people that struggle for a football fix in the summer. The European Championships and then the Olympics have temporarily given many people the required hit, but this weekend is what it’s really all about. The return of the Championship.
It’s been a while since Bristol City turned up and played their part in an inevitable – I forgot to put money on it – 1-1 dour draw to conclude the Turf Moor season. This Saturday in a league top-heavy with teams beginning with B and northern outfits, Bolton Wanderers are the first visitors to what we hope will be more of a fortress than last year.
Across the country, aside from our battle with a certain former manager, 22 other sides will be kicking off their campaigns with the air of hope that in most cases is only evident at this time of year before reality sets in. Many people will have their say; Sky Sports will probably focus on Leeds and then fit everyone else into a sentence, football websites will give you expansive previews and club blogs will either fill you with optimism or pessimism.
But for a one stop view on what the fans think, in a social media driven world, why not check it out in one tweet. We spoke to a fan of each Championship club and got them to preview their team’s impending campaign. Have a look and make sure you let us know if you agree with them….
Barnsley: @danwaddy1 Keith Hill’s second season in charge needs to see an improvement and the squad last the distance. Signings all need a chance.
Birmingham City: @chrisquinn3 Lost great manager, but improved squad massively. No Europe distractions, money situation calming, should go much closer. 3rd
Blackburn Rovers: @AndyPeters316 would take a play off spot this season. Some promising signings, hope they will adjust quickly. Need to buy some defenders
Blackpool: @Thomas_Timson Same squad. Same manager. No hangover. This time around Pool will look to miss out on a trip to Wembley for a top two finish.
Bolton Wanderers: @MarkFlatley I feel we’ve got the best midfield in the league with CYL, Petrov and Holden when fit, plus with Sordell we should walk it.
Brighton: @BHA_Luke we settled in nicely last season and I think with the new additions to our squad we can be in and around the playoffs
Bristol City: @MartynBCFC First full season for Derek McInnes, still require a couple of players but would expect an impovement on last year, mid table
Burnley: @kevpender A silently optimistic, well recruited, now slightly thin up front rollercoaster ride with inevtable Christmas wobble.
Cardiff City: @HuwWynnMorgan rebranding to red upset fans, but MM has the money. 5 new signings, Bellamy is icing on cake #homecoming#Promotion2013
Charlton Athletic: @BigDL We had an amazing time last season, I don’t expect it to be replicated hope 4 mid table with wins over Millwall and Palace
Crystal Palace: @theunusedsub Forget promotion & the playoffs, progress is key. The future remains bright, despite an uninspiring summer, at least it’s not orange.#CPFC
Derby County: @TallPaul_H Got good youngsters coming through but lacking a proper goalscorer. Aiming to finish in the top half the 2nd year in a row
Huddersfield Town: @tommyGoddard15 with a number of key signings this year, could be a suprise package, looking at mid table for first season, keep Rhodes=vital
Hull: @Jamie_Barwick Looking like we’ve kept hold of our key players and Bruce has moved to address the lack of goals. Expecting play-offs minimum
Ipswich Town: @susan1878 Longest-serving Championship club usually goes down. This year it’s us. Not optimistic but Chopra may mean we stay up – just.
Leeds United: @liamgazza false promises have left us with a good first 11 but not much else. Warnock will have to work some serious magic to take us up
Leicester City: @DanLCFC93 Definitely want the top six and have a far more organised & determined side than last year. Good start absolutely crucial.
Millwall: @jay_taylor18 Weak areas filled with better players Keogh vital to bettering last season. Survived second season syndrome so optimistic of a top 12 finish
Middlesbrough: @LucyDuffield With Mowbs’ thrifty spending Boro’s chances of reaching the playoffs have increased no end, as long as they stay injury free!
Nottingham Forest: @mrharrynorton Few weeks behind because of new owners & boss. Happy with So’D & the signings. Will improve as season progresses. Playoffs!
Peterborough United: @clarkbatfan Build on last season. We were never in drop zone last season, vital to push on! Top half of lower table (13th-16th) ideally!
Sheffield Wednesday: @groomSWFC great young physical team, possibilities are endless, seen as its 1st year back in championship I’m happy to stay up though.
Watford: @RookeryMike A new season, new owners and yet another new boss in Zola. Expectation high as a result, but consolidation would suit me fine
Wolverhampton Wanderers: @StephenJamesW Would be nice to bounce back immediately but this is a Scandinavian Revolution. Top five would be perfect. Bring it on.
Who do you think is going up and down this season? Comment below.