Championship

Monday, 30 September 2013

Derby County: Who will replace Nigel Clough at Pride Park?

Nigel Clough went into Saturdays game with his former side Nottingham Forest as the fourth longest-serving manager in the game. By Saturday evening he had joined Paolo Di Canio on the managerial scrapheap. Former Derby midfielder Robbie Savage has labelled the decision diabolical and others in the ...

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Wednesday, 14 August 2013

Dave Blackburn's predictions 2013/14

The return of the most action-packed and exciting league in the world is only three days away, but what will the Premier League produce this season? For a start there will be no Sir Alex Ferguson. The Manchester United boss has retired, leaving David Moyes to deal with the mess that is Wayne Ro...

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Sunday, 11 August 2013

Dave Disciascio's predictions for 2013/14

The Premier League season is just days away and we at Squarefootball are getting ready by staring into our crystal balls and predicting our winners and losers for the season ahead. Weve already had Mitch Waddon predict title glory for Manchester City while Jim Barry has plumped for Jose Mourinh...

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Saturday, 10 August 2013

Jim Barry's predictions 2013/14

There are only days remaining until the most exciting league in the world kicks off for another action-packed season of goals, controversy and talking points. The action is already under way in the Football League and Scotland, but who will be the biggest winners and losers during 2013/14 campaign?...

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Tuesday, 06 August 2013

Mitch Waddon's predictions for the 2013/14 season

The Football League got under way at the weekend and theres less than a fortnight before the Premier League boys kick off, but who will be the biggest winners and losers in the 2013/14 campaign? Yes, its that time of the season again when we all become Mystic Megs and put our football knowledge...

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Saturday, 03 August 2013

Championship: QPR, Reading and Bolton get the nod for the Premier League

The 2013/2014 Championship season gets under way today with Queens Park Rangers being pushed as the favourites to make an immediate return to the Premier League. The Hoops, managed by wheeler-dealer and former England manager contender Harry Redknapp, will be hoping to utilise Tony Fernandes’s for...

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Friday, 02 August 2013

Leicester City: Hopes and fears for the 2013/14 season revealed

Leicester City fans experienced the agony and the ecstasy of football more than most last season. They led the Championship only to fall away and needed a late winner against rivals Nottingham Forest on the final day of the season to seal a dramatic play-off place. Then in the play-offs against Watf...

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Thursday, 01 August 2013

Blackburn Rovers: Hopes and fears for 2013/14 revealed

Blackburn Rovers fans have been put through the mill over the past three seasons. The Venkys, Steve Kean and relegation from the top flight have given their followers many a sleepless night, but could Gary Bowyer be the man to put the smile back on their faces by getting them back into the Premier L...

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Wednesday, 31 July 2013

Bolton: Hopes and fears for 2013/14 season revealed

Bolton Wanderers agonisingly missed out on a play-off place last season to rivals Leicester City on goal difference. After a long hard season that would have hurt Dougie Freedman and his men, but can the Scot help his troops erase that memory by winning promotion this season? That is certainly th...

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Monday, 29 July 2013

QPR: Hoops targeting swift return to the Premier League

QPR endured a nightmare campaign last season. Even Mr Houdini himself, Harry Redknapp, couldnt prevent the Hoops from slipping through the Premier League trap door, despite the chairman throwing good money after bad in an attempt to create a Premier League team. Many neutrals feel the Rs could be...

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Monday, 03 June 2013

Millwall: Who will be next in the Lions' Den?

Millwall have been looking for a new manager since Kenny Jackett jacked it in last month, but the Championship sides search for a new boss could be coming to a close this week. Former Blackburn Rovers chief Steve Kean, ex-Aston Villa boss Alex McLeish, everyones favourite Neil Warnock and former We...

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Thursday, 30 May 2013

The shortest reigns in football management

With Mark Hughes on the verge of becoming Stoke Citys next boss, Jose Mourinho set to return to Chelsea and Manchester City having agreed a verbal deal for Malagas Manuel Pellegrini, all three of them will be hoping for a long stay in English football. However, Hughes has already had his first Hugh...

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Wednesday, 29 May 2013

Who will replace Roberto Martinez at Wigan?

FA Cup winning manager Roberto Martinez has expressed his desire to leave the DW Stadium after four years in charge and it looks as though his next challenge will be to fill the void left by David Moyes at Goodison Park. Wigan chairman Dave Whelan has accepted the Spaniards decision, but who will M...

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Tuesday, 28 May 2013

Outside the Box – Football on TV: The Germans and the Ladies take centre stage in football’s finals weekend

Well, that’s about your lot for this season. After yet another tireless football campaign that has seen everything from retiring Scottish legends to hungry Uruguayan strikers, it came down to the concluding bit of elite business this weekend: the Champions’ League Final. The 58th European Cup...

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Monday, 27 May 2013

QPR: Where did it all go wrong for the Rs?

After two years in the Premier League QPR are preparing for life back in the Championship after one of the worst top flight campaigns imaginable. Squarefootballs QPR reporter John Jaycock reviews the catastrophic past 12 months and takes a look at where it all went wrong. Players Mercenary. Embar...

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Tuesday, 14 May 2013

Outside the Box – Football on TV: Fergie calls time, but Sky ensure we’ll see plenty of him before he goes

So, I’m not sure if you’ve heard but Sir Alex Ferguson announced to the world last week that he intends to quietly walk away from football at the end of the season. In mass hysterical scenes usually only seen when a monarch dies or a Twilight film comes out, the entire country seemed to let o...

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Tuesday, 07 May 2013

Outside the Box – Football on TV: Bruce goes through Hull as the Championship season ends in drama

There are not many days in the course of the long football season that the glitzy farce of the Premier League is shuffled into the background like an ugly sister at a wedding. Usually, as the weekend rolls around every pundit, fan and newscaster is eagerly sharing their thoughts on Van Persie...

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Sunday, 05 May 2013

The View Outside The Premier League: Hull City enjoy the rollercoaster but Peterborough lose out in musical chairs

To call it high drama doesnt even do justice to the last day of the Championship. All three major issues - promotion, play-offs and relegation went to the last minute. At the KC Stadium Hull City made sure they did it the hardest of hard ways before finding a way back to the Premier League. Going...

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Monday, 29 April 2013

The View Outside The Premier League: Barnsley battle on but it's over for Barnet and Aldershot

Barnsley comprehensively dumped on Hull Citys promotion party and gave themselves an excellent chance of beating the drop to League One - but later in the day Peterborough United also bagged three points to join the South Yorkshire side on 54 points and set up a nail-biting final day. It was the ...

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Monday, 22 April 2013

The View Outside The Premier League: Gillingham and Mansfield are champions but Hull still sweat

Mansfield Town are back in the Football League. It was a nervy afternoon for nearly 7,000 packed in to Field Mill but a 1-0 win over Wrexham ensured that a tremendous challenge from Kidderminster Harriers fell just short. Now the Harriers must play Wrexham in the play-offs while Newport County ...

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Monday, 15 April 2013

TheView Outside The Premier League: Bolton stay on Target but its a bad weekend For Leicester and Torquay

Bolton Wanderers have now completed their unlikely rise from 18th in the Championship table to a play-off berth. While teams like Middlesbrough and Leicester have faltered badly on the run-in, the Trotters have accelerated smoothly to the top six. Dougie Freedman is a manager who embodies old-fas...

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Tuesday, 09 April 2013

The View Outside The Premier League: Sheffield Wednesday win a six pointer and Crewe love Wembley

Sheffield Wednesday against Blackburn Rovers was always the proverbial six pointer and it was the Yorkshire side who emerged with the vital win. The result puts Rovers into the bottom three for the first time and their slide continues. Typically, Rovers raised the hopes of their long-suffering fans...

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Wednesday, 03 April 2013

The View Outside The Premier League: Erratic Hull still have Premier League in their sights but Mansfield are cruising

As usual Easter weekend proved to be frantic and potentially decisive in promotion and relegation battles. While Wolves took a massive step towards survival by netting six points, Hull City were able to cling on to second spot in the Championship. The race for promotion has reached that stage where...

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Wednesday, 27 March 2013

The Championship: Who's going up and who's going down?

The Championship is arguably the toughest football league in the world. Anyone can beat anyone on their day and a couple of wins can take you from relegation fodder to play-off material. There are only eight more games of this madness left before the crazy world of the play-offs get under way, so le...

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Tuesday, 12 March 2013

The View Outside The Premier League: Bolton march on but Accrington drop into danger

Bolton Wandererss late run for the play-offs continued as the Trotters ground out a hard fought victory over a battling Brighton side who are rivals for a top six berth. That makes it five wins in a row for Dougie Freedmans teamand another satisfying clean sheet. Bolton are timing their run perfe...

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Tuesday, 05 March 2013

Championship: Can Wolves beat the drop?

Of all the clubs in the Premier and Football Leagues none is sitting in a more surprising position that Wolverhampton Wanderers. Last season Wolves were a Premier League outfit - in two months time they may well be plying their trade in League One. For Molineux fans of a certain age this is a parti...

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Monday, 04 March 2013

The View Outside The Premier League: Middlesbrough peg back Cardiff and Hull City take advantage

Just when it seemed that Cardiff were beginning to set the seal on a successful promotion campaign Middlesbrough spoilt the party on Saturday and revived their own flagging hopes into the bargain. When confidence is low sometimes it takes an addition from outside the dressing room to cut through ...

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Tuesday, 26 February 2013

Outside the Box – Football on TV: A lack of fanfare for the Final but Swansea make worthy champions nevertheless

There was a time in football, about six or seven years ago when it all became a bit tedious. Mourinho’s Chelsea and Fergie’s United were so far ahead of everybody else that those two goliaths monopolised the English game completely. It seemed as though every piece of silverware was theirs to ...

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Monday, 25 February 2013

The View Outside The Premier League: Bolton finally hit form and its a blanket race In the Conference

Bolton Wanderers hammered promotion-chasing Hull City 4-1 on Saturday and established a modest unbeaten run of four games. This is how Trotters fans hoped things would be from the start of the campaign but it seems the improvement has come too late. Even with the departures fro the squad after ...

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Monday, 18 February 2013

The View Outside The Premier League: Shrewsbury surprise Tranmere, Cardiff win again and Burton Albion make a move

Tranmere Rovers were hoping to steal a march on their promotion rivals with their game with Shrewsbury Town staged on Friday night. Unfortunately, Ronnie Moores side had one of those nights and the Shrews went away with three vital - and unexpected - points. Rovers were down to 10 men very earl...

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Tuesday, 12 February 2013

The View Outside The Premier League: Forest lose again but Rhodes boosts Blackburn

Things arent getting any better for Nottingham Forest fans at the moment. Many will have been cheered by the appointment of the ever-combative Billy Davies to the manager position - returning to the club -but he couldnt influence Saturdays result at Bristol City. The match was vindication for a...

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Wednesday, 06 February 2013

Nottingham Forest: Who will replace McLeish at the City Ground?

Havent we been here before? Just six weeks ago we were speculating about who was going to replace Sean ODriscoll in the hot seat at Nottingham Forest. Today, after a short and unsuccessful spell, we start the search to find the successor to Alex McLeish. The former Birmingham and Aston Villa manage...

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Tuesday, 05 February 2013

Outside the Box – Football on TV: Deadline Day drama as Simon gets angry and Peter gets lost

The more attentive among you might have noticed we endured the annual manic torture–fest that is Christmas recently, indeed you may still be recovering from it’s stress-pounding effects even now. Probably the most excruciating facet of the festive period, aside from having to spend uncomforta...

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Tuesday, 29 January 2013

The View Outside The Premier League- Luton Stun Norwich, Stead Boosts Bristol City And Liverpool Fall At Icy Oldham

In ornithological terms Luton Town made the Canaries as sick as parrots but the Robins (Bristol City) went bob-bobbing along thanks to Jonathan Stead. The weekend saw FA Cup and league action mixed together and the biggest story was in Norfolk. The stat that Luton Town are the first non-leaguer...

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Outside the Box – Football on TV: Not-so-safety Hazard means the game’s integrity takes another kicking

There just aren’t enough programmes on TV that include adults kicking children are there? Since the good old days of exploitation and corporal punishment were deemed “unacceptable”, we’ve slowly evolved into a culture in which little toe rags run around doing whatever the hell they please. Sm...

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Sunday, 27 January 2013

Arsenal, Norwich, Liverpool, Newcastle: The top 10 FA Cup giant killings of all-time

Luton Town became the first non-league club in 24 years to beat a top flight side on Saturday as the Hatters beat Premier League Norwich City 1-0 at Carrow Road. Paul Buckles men rode their luck against the Canaries, but super sub Scott Rendell wrote his name in FA Cup folklore with a winner 10 mi...

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Tuesday, 22 January 2013

Outside the Box – Football on TV: A boring birthday for the FA as the stars fail to shine

For most people, an evening out at the local pub will be a largely stress-free excursion filled with raucous banter, sorrowful introspection and a touch of casual xenophobia. Nights out in this great country have followed that tight format for hundreds of years, never wavering in the face of adver...

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Monday, 21 January 2013

The View Outside The Premier League: Cardiff stay on track but Blackburn misfire again

In a programme truncated by the weather, Cardiff City made light of a heavy pitch in Blackpool to add three more points to their promotion push. It wasnt the Welsh clubs most fluent performance of the season but winning while not at their best is a good sign. Cardiffs strong start to the campaign...

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Tuesday, 15 January 2013

Outside the Box – Football on TV: A weekend of woe for Walters as the BBC put him centre stage

Do you remember the glory days of Saturday night TV? That wistful time before Simon Cowell was given the keys to the kingdom and filled the weekend evenings with a symphony of garish fairy lights, screeching teenagers and Louis Walsh. Things were so much simpler before: you knew where you we...

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Monday, 14 January 2013

Bristol City: Who will replace McInnes at Ashton Gate?

Derek McInnes became the fifth Championship manager to get the boot since Boxing Day following the Robins 4-0 drubbing by Leicester. That result left the club at the foot of the table and still searching for their first clean sheet of the season. The writing has been on the wall for the former St J...

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Sunday, 13 January 2013

Blackpool: Who will be the new manager at Bloomfield Road?

Blackpool are searching for their third manager of the campaign after Michael Appleton was convinced to swap the life by the seaside for life under the Venkys at Ewood Park. The Tangerines have already been denied in their pursuit of Bradfords Phil Parkinson, but there are plenty of potential suito...

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Thursday, 10 January 2013

Wolves: Will Saunders give the Molineux men teeth?

Its been a turbulent 12 months for the famous team in gold and black. On Monday Dean Saundersbecame Wolverhampton Wanderers fourth manager in a year. The bubbly Welshman faces a stiff task at Molineux.Wolves are 18th in the Championship and were dumped out of the FA Cup by Blue Square Premier ...

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Tuesday, 08 January 2013

Who will be the next Blackburn Rovers manager?

So who wants to be next into the Blackburn Rovers hot seat? Which manager wants to operate with global adviser Shebby Singh in the background and Venkys based in India and seemingly detached from the day to day realities of the Premier League. Well actually quite a lot of managers would take the ro...

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Saturday, 05 January 2013

Can Aston Villa and Birmingham City both avoid the drop this season?

No more heroes anymore, lamented Hugh Cornwall and the Stranglers. The punk anthem may be rebornduring match days at Villa Park and St Andrews. Aston Villa and Birmingham City fans may loath each other, but right the Brummie brothers are in the same boat. Sadly the vessel is barely seaworthy an...

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Wednesday, 02 January 2013

The View Outside The Premier League - No happy New Year for Huddersfield or Portsmouth

New Years Day saw a full programme of League football with some fans enjoying a wonderful start to 2013 - but there was little to revel about in one part of West Yorkshire. Huddersfield Town are in the throes of a horrendous run of form; and its now just five points from the last 30 in the Cham...

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Monday, 24 December 2012

The View Outside The Premier League: Becchio bags a Boro brace and Brandy butters Saddlers

We had the usual rash of Christmas postponements but not for the traditional reasons. This time waterlogged pitches caused the problems rather than frost and snow. Very few lower division games survived but there was a near full programme in the Championship. Leeds United got off to the perfect s...

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Tuesday, 18 December 2012

The View Outside The Premier League: Posh shock Cardiff and McGhee runs out of Gas

No team seems able to stamp their authority on the Championship this season and on Saturday Peterborough United proved what a tough league it is by winning at Cardiff City - the Welsh side hadnt dropped a home point in 10 games. Posh went to South Wales as the bottom placed side and without a w...

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Monday, 10 December 2012

The View Outside The Premier League: Derby end Leeds run and Fleetwood start life after Mellon

Leeds United have been on a roll in the past couple of weeks but that came to an end in the early kick-off on Saturday at Pride Park. Nigel Cloughs Derby County beat the team that his father managedfor an uncomfortable 44 days and the star role came from a product of the County youth system. Will...

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Monday, 03 December 2012

The View Outside The Premier League - Dons rock AFC Wimbledon and Bolton struggle

The Championship shared top billing with the FA Cup Second Round this weekend with just a handful of League Two games scheduled. The waterlogged pitch at Barrow that caused postponement signalled that we’ve reached that time of the season when it pays to check the radio before setting out. Bolt...

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Tuesday, 27 November 2012

Outside the Box – Football on TV: Michael Owen ensures we’ll remember, remember the fright of Movember

When the wise Jedi minds of future generations look back at the metrosexual, iPad-obsessed, self-serving era we currently reside in, they will quite rightly grimace and ask just what the hell we accomplished. We allowed Piers Morgan to prosper when he really shouldn’t have; we created and fo...

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