Why the Championship could lack its usual drama this season

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Anyone can beat anyone. The Championship will no doubt return on Friday coated in the usual cliches. Part of its charm often comes from the unpredictability. 

Yet there was rather less of that last season in what many felt was a poor division, both in terms of excitement and drama, compared to previous years. Two of the relegated clubs won automatic promotion. A third, Bournemouth, could have also made an immediate return to the Premier League but for self-inflicted problems, from appointing Jason Tindall manager, to failing to find their desired replacement for him in winter, to Chris Mepham’s play-off red card against Brentford.

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Richard Jolly

Richard Jolly also writes for the National, the Guardian, the Observer, the Straits Times, the Independent, Sporting Life, Football 365 and the Blizzard. He has written for the FourFourTwo website since 2018 and for the magazine in the 1990s and the 2020s, but not in between. He has covered 1500+ games and remembers a disturbing number of the 0-0 draws.