The Championship season of 2013/2014 has been riddled with sacking, new owners, new sponsorships and talented players trying to get their squad out of the Championship.
The East Midland’s is No Exception to this. with all 3 teams battling away in the top 5 of the division. it is not hard to see that they are all Championship promotion contenders.
All teams have been hyper-linked to their respective sites, so you to can see what is happening around them this season.
It has been a brilliant season for the Foxes as they have put behind them the failed promotion attempts of the past few seasons. This time they occupy 1st in the Sky Bet Championship and as it stands, are 9 points clear from both QPR and Burnley. and are 13 and 14 points clear of East Midland rivals Derby County and Nottingham Forest.
With it being Nigel Pearson second spell at the club, expectation from the Leicester owner were high, not to mention the money spent in the 2012/2013 season, but this season the money has been spent wisely or not at all. a factor i think has benefited Leicester to where they are in the table.
With players such as Danny Drinkwater, David Nugent, Kasper Schmeichel, Ritchie De Laet and Antony Knockaert. as well as consistent performances and wins against teams all over the division. it is not hard to see why Leicester are going all out to finally return to the Premier League.
It has been a fairytale season for the Rams down the A52. what started as another back against the wall season, the sacking of Nigel Clough and the defeat the rivals Nottingham Forest. it look set for another mid-table battle. and with teams eyeing players like Bryson and Hughes. Derby looked in trouble from the word go.
but the arrival of Steve McClaren, with loan signings such as Andre Wisdom, Michel Keane and permanent signings such as Simon Dawkins. added to the talented squad left by the ‘Clough Legacy’. Boasting derby from mid-table to 4th in the table. not to mention the 9 game unbeaten run which got them there.
McClaren has got derby playing attacking and very entertaining football. And Derby are enjoying the top table position and the talented squad which plays at the iPro Stadium. And even if promotion or championship position is secured this season. it will be a season to remember for the Rams as they to try to return to the top flight.
Boasted as the most successful East Midland side with they rich European success from their glory days under Brian Clough. Forest like Leicester have been only able to settle for championship football with unsuccessful promotion campaigns. not to mention Leicester beating forest to the play off’s last season with a late winner at the city ground.
But this has not put Billy Davies off, the man who led Forest rivals Derby to the top flight in 2006/2007. is all but pushing to get there automatically. With his squad currently sitting in 5th, 1 point behind Derby and with a game in hand as they attempt to catch Leicester.
With a squad riddled with Premier League class and European talent, it is not hard to understand that Billy Davies wishes to get the Reds back into the top flight of English Football, and Billy Davies can also be proud of his squad for wins against both Leicester and Derby this season, something which says something about the character he is trying to build.