With the Cherries still celebrating their promotion to the second tier of English football, Eddie Howe knows he must strengthen his side if they wish to stay in the Championship next season.
Howe guided Bournemouth to promotion after taking over during a spell of 1 win in 10 games. He took Bournemouth on a club record equalling unbeaten run and after a run of 5 straight losses, won 8 games on the spin.
All this gave us a place in the league one automatic promotion spots. As the celebrations continue, many are thinking about who we should bring in to stake a claim for Championship safety.
Everybody keeps talking about how big staying in the Premier League is this season. Next season more than ever, the financial rewards are extremely significant for the future of clubs.
Norwich City are fully aware of this. Should they stay in the top flight, all of their debt is cleared and after two years in the Premier League – they will have an attitude to push on.
Before looking into this further, it is worth noting that the Canaries are looking good to avoid the drop. Going into this weekend, they are seven points above the bottom three with four games remaining.
Phil Neville has announced that at the end of this season, after 8 seasons at Everton, he will leave the club. During his time at the club, he has become club captain, earnt the respect of the fans and even an England recall, all be it brief. It does seem odd that he wants to leave but a new challenge is obviously what he seeks. The question on everyone’s lips is what next? What next for the man with 6 Premiership titles, 3 FA cups and a Champions league to his name and possibly 2 or 3 years left of playing time.
The first option, and the one that seems favoured by Neville, is to continue his playing career. He has stated his intention to remain at the top level and judging by his performances this season, he could easily do so providing he stays fit and injury free. Continue reading
Can you ever have too much of a good thing? Maybe, but good things are nice and there’s a reason we keep on wanting them. More precisely, if we have good things every day or maybe even special things every day, do they start to become that little less special? In simple terms, people like steak because in the main it’s something you have for a special treat. However, if you have steak every day, then the specialness starts to wear off and steak becomes just like a ham sandwich: the norm.
Nestling our way into the business end of the season and getting the right results is very important for all clubs, not just Peterborough United, who look set to use a late loan acquisition to bolster their survival chances, for a third successive season in the second tier of English football. This means for those eager and loyal ‘Posh’ supporters, seeing a new, exciting talent enter London Road could help make Championship status a reality for next season.
Chelsea suffered a 7th league defeat of the season this afternoon as they were convincingly beaten by 2 goals to 1 against relegation battlers Southampton at St Mary’s.
The Blues lacked inspiration throughout the game, a rigid system was ugly to watch and unsuccessful.