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I know, I know...but Bobby O made a very good point in the transfer thread about Big Sam being suitable equipped to ensure we dont get relegated (it might not be pretty though chaps ) ....so who do we feel will face the chop next term , one of the second season syndrom teams or perhaps one of those that come up with us.
For my two penneth worth I reckon without Lamberts goals the saints might struggle. Perhaps the Swans depends who the bring in (I hope Holloway gets a run it the Prem, he deserves it) Will QPRs money be enough ?
I actually think life getting promoted out of the Championship will be harder than avoiding relgation , so what do we think ?
Wigan are surely going this year?
QPR, Villa, Swansea, Norwich, Southampton, Reading and Stoke will all be in the mix, as will we. I definitely think it will be three of those nine.
If you pushed me...
I agree that the managerial appointments are key for Norwich and Swansea. I would seriously worry for them both if they get it wrong.
All of the promoted sides will struggle as well.
Very difficult to call but I would bet on Swansea, Reading and Southampton (or Wigan if Martinez leaves)
In no particular order,
Reading, Southampton and Norwich.
The first two have no proven PL players (maybe Ian Harte for Reading but he's past it now), Norwich will go down because Grant Holt will leave and then their other top players will realise they can go to better clubs if their best player has gone.
Wigan will do what they do every season, escape with 1 or 2 games left after being in the drop zone all season.
QPR will improve, Villa will stay average under Lambert but finish low mid table, Swansea will be near the drop zone and the mighty Hammers will survive, because we have PL quality
As it stands
Swansea, Reading, Norwich,
West Ham and QPR have managers who know enough. If Allardyce goes, our relegation risk rises massively. Same for Wigan.
WBA have good enough players who will be safe if they appoint wisely.
Villa will be in the shake up if Darren Bent is unavailable.
I think Lambert will do a Harewood/Holt and score enough to save the Saints.
The rest won't be anywhere near going down due to their managers and/or resources....
Last edited by bubbles1966 on Tue Jun 05, 2012 12:52 pm, edited 1 time in total.
Things could all change with manager appointments & player acquisitions throughout the pre-season.
But I feel 3 teams from the following 5 will probably be were we are looking at. Norwich, West Brom, Swansea & Reading(Unless they invest big time) or QPR(Same reasons as Reading)
You can throw Wigan(If Martinez leaves) & even us(If BS left)
If Southampton can keep hold of Lambert they will finish around 15th.
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