Re: English Championship 7777 - Match Reports,Transfer news etc.
7777 Road to promotion
Barclays Premier League
Manchester City- No surprise that they are 4th.Currently one of the best teams in the league and performing well on the their first season back.Anything lower can be deemed as under performing and not living up to expectations.But Ben has built a good team over the past season where he has won the Championship title and finished 18th in his first season at Man city but surely he can't be blamed for their relegation.Can he ?.With the season drawing to an end.Ben has 7 games to try and clinch the title,currently 4 points away from Spurs this can be deemed an impossible task by many but Ben just thinks of it by 'taking 1 game at a time'.Famous Quote by Ben
Many tipped Ben for Relegation this season due to his poor first season but he has really proved his critics wrong and he maybe can get another silverware to his name.My opinion i feel Ben has done well seeing as his wage bill is £891,715 which i think is amazing for a team like Manchester City.To have over 13 players with a 90+ and 9 of them are over 92+ and world class just shows how well he can handle a big club.I don't feel this is a 1 season wonder i feel Manchester City will continue to be a force for many years aslong as they keep Ben at the club.
Colchester United- Well where do I start with this team ? Maybe their league position for a start.John has really got together an amazing squad and currently he is 5th,2 points behind 4th.Can he get top 4 in his first season in the Premier league ? Can Colchester hold on for 7 games,I believe they can but John shouldn't be to disappointed if he doesn't get top 4 as 2 seasons ago he was in League 1 and then he finished second in the Championship.I'm truly pleased for him and his achievements and Colchester united are a force to be reckoned with.
This is first time in History that Colchester United have been in the Premiership,so John holds the club record of being the first man to get them to the Premier league.But is this just a 1 season wonder like Shorpe ? or will Colchester United be like Millwall and challenge for the top 4 again next year.John has also stated that the revenue is perfect in the Premier league and alot better than the Championship,'as a consequence of promotion i have managed to improve my team in leaps and bounds, because i have not needed a big squad to cope with 3 games a week. If i still had three games a week there would be no way i would have the squad i have right now'.A famous quote by the man himself.
Shorpe United-Shorpe United - Where do we start with Shorpe United? After a difficult first season where they only narrowly avoided relagation from the second division finishing 19th and only 6 points clear of the relagation spots they went on to defy all odds the next season by finishing 4th in Division 2 and winning the play-off final against Newcastle United.
This leads us onto Shorpe's current position of 10th in Division 1. Many would say that Shorpe are over achieving, what with them having only 3 players rated 90 or over and a squad value of £110.4million, somewhat considerably lower than the next lowest total in the top division Preston with £124.3million. Can Shorpe finish the season within the top 10? Well it will be a tough task, what with some of the teams around them in the table, but under Riece's management anything is possible with this Shorpe side. I truly believe that Shorpe have a very good manager in Riece. he has got them playing a brand of football that works for them, and i wish him all the luck with this season and many season's to come.
One Season wonders? Only time will tell.
(Credit to John) (KangarooJack09) for putting this together
N Power Championship
Carlisle United-Currently 8th at the moment and only 1 point away from the playoffs but I feel Carlisle wont get into the play offs in the end due to the manager's activity,he only has 5 days to log in and with 3 games a week starting tonight he may just be doomed at the wrong time of the season.But other than that he has built a great team and they also have the best form in the last 6 games taking a total of 16 points from 18.If he fails to reach play offs he atleast they have Championship football next season which is always great for a newly promoted team.Under their manager he took them on a amazing run in the English Championship Cup final.
But we can't forget that they beat Histon 2-1 in the first round then went on to beat Rotherham United 2-0,In the third round they Beat Shorpe 3-2 and progress further to face Manchester United in the Fourth round.Many tipped them to lose big time,but once again they surprised the odds by drawing 1-1 and winning on penalties,was it going to be their year ? they then humiliated Aston Villa 3-0 and went onto thrash Darlington 6-2 in the Semi final.Never has there been two small teams reach the Semi final.They then lost 2-0 to Chelsea who brought them back to reality and never again has Carlisle come so close to the final.
Plymouth Argyle-Next up we have Plymouth Argyle. During the first season Plymouth narrowly missed out on promotion to Division 2 after finishing 3rd in the regular season and losing in the play-off final to Huddersfield Town. Although missing out on promotion was a set back for Plymouth, it seemed to be the making of them. During season 2 Plymouth immediatly bounced back and finished the season in 1st place with a total of 93 points, 2 points clear of second and 11 points clear of 3rd place.
This leads us up to Plymouth's current position of 12th place in Division 2. Although 12th, Plymouth are only 4 points away from the play-off spots which just shows how tight the division is. With this being Plymouth's first season in the division, i believe that manager David Crawford can be reasonably happy with there current position. David has built a very strong squad considering the team he started with and Gylfi Sigurdsson is considered to be the cream of the crop. Although there is still a chance of promotion for Plymouth, i can't see this season being there year. Another season in the second division could be just what they need and like the first season maybe such a set back could be the making of them again. I wish David and his team good luck for the rest of this season and many season's to follow.
(Credit to John) (KangarooJack09) for putting this together.
Coventry City-Sitting 21st in the league and embarking on another poor season in the Championship where in the 1st season they finished a lowly 23rd place.After getting promoted last season Via play offs.Have they got what it takes to survive the Championship a second time around ? This season doesn't look so good for them as in there last 6 games they have picked 2 points up from 18 and haven't won in 10 league games.But with a new manager in charge can he guide them to saftey ? first he has to cope with the 3 games a weeks which is described as a Horrific Nightmare!.
Coventry can be known as a Yo-yo club as constantly over many years they have been up and down many leagues.Remember the times they were in the Premier league ?.They were a founder member of Premier League in 1992 and spent an impressive 34 consecutive seasons in the English top flight prior to their eventual relegation in 2001.There first season was their first time in 48 years where they got relegated to N Power League 1.
N Power League 1
Northampton Town -They finished as Champions last season in N Power League 2 with a total of 103 points and now they are 3rd in N Power league 1 with a total of 56 points.4 points of second with 11 games to go.Can they make it through the 3 games a week without burning any self esteem or fitness ? Has the manager got the tactical mind to last through the remainder of the season ?.It will be alot harder this season than last year.But Northampton have got a new manager in charge and he will face alot of pressure to keep them in the play offs spot as if you lose 1 game you could drop to 8th.Can they get back to back promotions ? Only time will tell on Wednesday 15th August at 8.00pm where fate will decide where they play next season.Will it be Automatic promotion or will it be the deadly play offs where the managers describe them as a lottery draw.
D.Lazovic is one of there star performers with 16 goals and 6 assists but can he carry that form up and send them to the championship if not weill he decide to hand in a tranfer request and leave the club for Championship or Premier league football.
Stockport County-Currently 5th in League 1 and they must be loving every second of it.Too finish 6th place last season and win by the play offs is a truly exciting way to go up.Everyone must be pleased with the progress the club has made in the past few seasons,but have they got what it takes to also get back to back promotion ? Stockport county have the same problem as Northampton,they also are 4 points away from second but if they lose 1 game,automatic promtion is almost gone in a blink of a second where they could be chasing playoffs if they don't make the right move.Can you smell the promotion to the Championship ? where the grass is fresher and greener and the football is a wonderful sight.A quote from the club: ‘I make my practices real hard because if a player is a quitter, I want him to quit in practice, not in a game.’
A club that hasn't had many long term managers in the past after a number of games.The best manager for Stockport though was Ryan Holmes who managed 80 games and getting 145 points for them till he left for Hull city.Stockport haven't had a manager like that since 14th of April 2012.
Hereford United-Hereford United - Onto Hereford United a team who have only recently gained promotion from Division 4. During season 1 in English Championship 7777, Hereford only managed a 14th placed finish and finished over 15 points behind the team who occupied the last play-off position. Season 2 was a totaly different proposition though. During the second season in English Championship 7777 Hereford seemed to totaly transform. They went from a team who finished in a very average 14th position to a team who finished 3rd only 3 points away from champions Northampton Town. How had this sudden transformation come about? Perhaps it had something to do with the fact that manager Paul Smut had been in charge of the team for a whole season rather than just one half of the season, but never the less the transformation had been complete and Hereford would be playing in Division 3.
This leads us onto Hereford's current position of 6th place in Division 3. Hereford are currently occupying the last play-off spot on goal differance ahead of another team who gained promotion alongside Hereford, Wrexham. 5 points away from the automatic promotion places, Hereford have a big chance of gaining back to back promotions for the first time in there history. In Paul Smut they have a manager who is very capable of getting them promoted again. Paul knows his stuff and he has been round the block a few times, so there is no questioning his tactical knowledge. I wish Hereford the best of look for this season and many season's to follow.
(Credit to John) (KangarooJack09) for putting this together.
Wrexham-Wrexham - Well, well, well talk about promotions and one team springs to mind. That team is Wrexham. A team that has risen from the depths of Division 5 to there current position of 7th in Division 3. During the first season in 7777, Wrexham finished with a total of 99 points, two points clear of second placed AFC Wimbledon and that guarenteed them automatic promotion to Division 4. During there one and only season in Division 4, yet again Wrexham managed promotion this time finishing 2nd only one point away from leventual eague winner's Northampton Town with a total of 102 points.
Onto the current season and Wrexham sit 7th outside the play-offs only on goal difference. Is a third promotion within 3 season possible? Well Barnaby Dowling certainly seems to know what it takes to get teams promoted and with there current situation they have every chance. 5 points away from the automatic promotion places and only outside the play-offs on goal difference. I am going to stick my neck on the line here and say "Yes they will get promoted" Barnaby is certainly proving that he is one of the best managers within the set up and I wish him good luck with this season and many season's to follow.
(Credit to John) (KangarooJack09) for putting this together
N Power League 2
Grimsby Town-Well what a season they had last season,deemed as one of the hardest leagues to get out of and Grimsby finished in a staggering 1st place with a total of 108 points which was 5 points higher than Forest green rovers 103 points and for 5 teams to get over 100 points and only 2 of them got promoted just shows how tight and competitive it is at the top of blue square bet premier.But this year was Grimsby Town year where they lost the play off final to Bath City in the first season which is really gutting for them.But credit to their manager for sticking with them for another season and he did get what he deserved the next season.
The current season now Grimsby Town are 13th and 12 points away from the play offs which shows they didn't have as much quality in division 4 as they're playing much more fierce opponents,but he can't to dissapointed with 13th as they're safe from relegation and are 25 points away from 23rd.So there can't be too much grief on the players as surly survival was the aim this season and now they can battle next season knowing the lessons of League 2 football.
Gateshead-Gateshead - Here we have Gateshead, a side who recently gained promotion to Division 4. During season one, Gateshead had a very average season and finished a dissapointing 15th place and amassed a total of only 58 points. Season 2 was a completly different story. Gateshead went from a team that finished in 15th place with a total of 58 points to a team who finished 4th with a total of 102 points. Along with Gateshead a further four teams broke the 100 points mark, which just shows how tough it is to get out of Division 5. Gateshead went on to beat Forest Green Rovers in the play-off final 3-0 and secure there place in Division 4.
We now move on too Gateshead's current position. Gateshead are currently sitting in a lofty 3rd place in Division 4, which just reflects how good of a job manager Cedd Cook has done. Can Gateshead secure there second promotion? It will be a tough job for Gateshead to complete, but with Cedd Cook in charge it will always be possible. He drills a mentality into his players that anything but the best is not good enough, so no matter whether Gateshead do get promoted or not, the passion and the drive will always be there. I wish Gateshead the best of luck for the rest of the season and many seasons to follow.
(Credit to John) (KangarooJack09)
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Re: Cheap China League risers
Can anyone enlighten me as to why Drogba dropped. It is completely ridiculous given that he played some of the best football of his life just 1 month before the changes.
If he was 24 and hadn't moved to China he would of risen in these changes, why would they drop him for being old, which doesn't deserve a drop, or moving to a new league, which surely shouldn't affect his rating until he actually plays in that league?!