Sunday, May 3, 2009

The Championship's regular season came to a close this afternoon with 8 teams still having a lot to play for and it was an exciting end of proceedings.

I was disappointed that Birmingham clinched the final automatic promotion spot, as I still haven't forgiven the tortoise headed Alex McLeish for leaving the Scottish national team the way he did, but it's adding to the midlands derbies that we'll have in the Premiership next season.

Cardiff were left heartbroken after missing out on the playoffs by one goal. Things were in their own hands at the start of the day but they just couldn't deliver and their recent run of poor form has really come back to bite them and i would be surprised to see Dave Jones keeping his place at the helm for next season.

Preston are the on form team at the moment, with 12 points from 12, and Alan Irvine has them playing some exciting football.

A Preston-Burnley final would be a mouthwatering prospect.

I'd love to see Burnley going up. Another small, unfashionable club and after their recent Cup exploits, they deserve some reward. It would also be a great story as I still remember how close they came to going out of the League altogether a few seasons ago.

At the other end of the table it's how the mighty have fallen. The three relegated teams have all played in the Premiership, but for Charlton and Norwich in particular the fall from grace must be particularly shocking and as Leeds have shown, once fallen, it's not that easy to get back up again.

It's been a great Championship season and I've enjoyed following it all so far and the playoffs look like some cracking high scoring games are going to be in store.

Just more proof of where the most excitement can be found in English football these days. Real football, real fans. Long may it continue.


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