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Beginning life in the Championship

This season I will be closely following football in the Championship after my team West Bromwich Albion got relegated last season. The championship is not an easy league at all because the strength of the teams is more even and any team can beat any team on its day.

However, I think the Baggies have a very good chance of promotion. Bryan Robson has a very good promotion record and also we haven't been forced to sell players just because we have been relegated and that means we retain the core of the team and notable absentees will be Kevin Campbell and Kanu. But I think these two won't be missed that much although I feel the strike force is the area where we need players. I am hoping that John Hartson will bring will bang in some important goals.

The purchase of Danny Shittu from QPR would be good but I think we had a reasonably strong defence last season and retention of Curtis Davies has been good for the club. I also hope that goalkeeper Tomasz Kuszczak will not be sold to Manchester United.

I think our main rivals will be the Midlands duo of Birmingham and Wolves and then Sunderland, Leeds, Crystal Palace and possibly Southampton. But as I have said before the championship is full of surprises and who would have guessed that Watford would be promoted at the end of last season when the season begun.

Whilst Birmingham has lost some of its players they have also managed to bring in some good players in Cameron Jerome and Stephen Kelly. I think Wolves would have been stronger had Glenn Hoddle stayed but they should still be a formidable force whilst Leeds and Crystal Palace finished strongly last season.

So I am looking forward to first match at home at the Hawthorns against Hull as my team begins life in the championship.

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