I asked twenty-four Championship fans to preview their team’s season in under 140 characters.
It’s not easy to know what to expect from the 24 clubs competing this season’s Football League Championship. Hell, I don’t even think I could predict how Burnley’s season is going to unfold.
Jonathan Liew found this out in his season preview for The Telegraph. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve already mentioned it’s not an easy task- but is it too much to expect for a Telegraph employee to offer us a bit more insight? Rather than spooling the same inevitable comments I hear from ‘Premier League’ supporting friends and colleagues? I think not.
It got me thinking. How could anyone really know how Barnsley’s pre-season had gone in terms of transfer activity and friendlies and also know what was going on, truly, at Fratton Park? Expand that across 24 sides and I don’t think there’s many that could offer an accurate breakdown across the whole league.
So, I put it to the fans of the Championship’s clubs on Twitter. Subjective or objective, I didn’t mind. Everyone knows everyone is filled with more optimism in pre-season – so I wouldn’t have expected too much doom and gloom.
Below is what the people of these teams have spoken. In one tweet. Yeah, that’s right in just 140 characters. Not particuarly easy, but simple. And from the people in the know.
Because, let’s be honest, we all want to know a little a bit about what other clubs are up to. But, who really wants to read lengthy articles on every club – hopefully the following snippets will give you a glimpse into what these fans are expecting this season.
And if that’s not enough – why not @ the people who penned the thoughts on their clubs on Twitter?
‘With new management, BFC will be looking to build on a four year stint in the Championship. Good, strong defence will be key.’
BIRMINGHAM CITY @chrisquinn3
‘Trying to balance Europe and a gruelling Championship campaign, despite losing most of our players. Would take a play-off berth.’
‘Season of re-building, with slight optimism. A PL return isn’t out of the question but, I think, slightly unlikely. Top Half.’
BRIGHTON AND HOVE ALBION @amexbha
‘Good shout for play offs, but happy for mid table in first season back [in Championship].’
BRISTOL CITY @cider1977
‘Mid-table likely due to decent strike force. OK midfield but porous defence. 2/3 top loans required, must keep Maynard.’
‘2011/12 set to be a big year for both BFC & EH. Can Eddie work his magic with smaller budgets, lower wages & focus on youth?’
CARDIFF CITY @HuwWynnMorgan
‘New boss=big changes. Miller+Earnie=goals. CCFC will b workmanlike under Mackay. Team effort the focus not individuals. Playoffs.’
COVENTRY CITY @GHorsfall
‘Remember last year when we had no prospects and came 18th? It’s worse. We might just have the best boss in the world though.’
CRYSTAL PALACE @masondrozario
‘Could be a long, hard season for us again if we continue to concentrate on not conceding rather than scoring.’
DERBY COUNTY @TallPaul_H
‘Promising in areas but still stuttering through bad injury spells through winter. Mid-table to lower-half.’
DONCASTER ROVERS @daniel_nice7
‘Tough and would take fourth bottom again. But SOD has assembled a talented squad. Sharp, Coppinger, Hayter and Friend key players.’
HULL CITY @peteharrap
‘Settled side & finances should allow play off push, exciting youngsters and calm older heads give nice balance. Key- J. Chester’
IPSWICH TOWN @StephenITFC
‘Expectations are high after the signings we’ve made. Most of our fans and I believe we can mount a serious promotion push.’
LEEDS UNITED @liamgazza
‘Should be aiming to top last year, but lack of signings and injuries a worry. Defence weak so Kisnorbo staying fit is vital.’
LEICESTER CITY @FilbertTheFox
‘Hopes are clearly for auto promotion, but a lot will depend on how the team gels, anything other than top 6 is unthinkable.’
‘Boro’s best hopes have to be a play off place. Wholesale changes in the squad leave us in a position not seen since 1986.’
‘Look solid at the back and that will hold us in good stead. Talented 19 year old Marquis has knack of scoring a goal or two. 9th-16th.’
NOTTINGHAM FOREST @harryb1301
‘Top 6 is a realistic target. Top 2 would be possible with a 20+ goal striker.’
PETERBOROUGH UNITED @clarkbatfan
‘Survival is the aim. Though anything is an improvement on last time. Should be able to do it, there are worse teams than us!’
‘With the experience in the squad I’m hopeful of a top 10 finish, and 6 points off of them down the road [Southampton!]’
‘Strong mid, great keepers, work ethic positives. Lack of investment & likely loss of Long keep expectations mid-table.’
‘Realistic prediction for the season: will be there or thereabouts in the play offs. Watch out for @stief87‘
‘Inexperienced but terrifying manager. Inexperienced but talented youngsters and one sole, simple target: Survival.’
WEST HAM UNITED @Daniel_Speller
‘Bounce-back-ability? We need it. Squad improved. Defensive mentality installed. Top 5.’
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