Championship News Round-Up Week 7

Posh appoint Westley

Peterborough United have announced, former Stevenage boss, Graham Westley as their new manager following Dave Robertson’s departure. Westley is able to boast back-to-back promotions with Stevenage, taking them into the Football League, and then into League One the following season. Posh fans will be hoping he can call upon this experience to help Peterborough surge up the table. His first game in charge will see him take his Peterborough side to Bradford next Saturday.

Brilliant Burton

Even the most optimistic Burton fans wouldn’t have envisaged the start to the season the Brewers have had. Following their 1-0 win at Swindon on Saturday, they now sit top of the table after 8 games – winning 6 and losing 2. When you consider this is their first season in the third tier of English football, sitting top of League One reflects their highest ever league position in the club’s history.

Daniel Ayala’s Double Delight

What a week for Daniel Ayala. Not only has his fiancé given birth to his son, Arhlo, earlier in the week, Ayala then capped a memorable few days by heading home the winner against his former club, Nottingham Forest. Middlesbrough’s 2-1 win at the City Ground makes it 4 consecutive league wins. They are now beginning to justify their tag of ‘Promotion Favourites’ prior to the season starting.

Off the Mark

This weekend saw Blackburn, Rotherham and Crewe break their retrospective ducks and claim their first wins of the season. These scalps will no doubt ease some of the pressure on the respective managers of these clubs. This now means that every English club has recorded a win this campaign… Sorry Newport fans. The Welsh side are now the only team in the Football League who remain win-less.

Struggling to Step Up

Championship teams collectively have spent over £100 million in this year’s Summer Transfer market. With this in mind, it is understandable that the three promoted teams from League One are finding it difficult to adjust – with all three losing this weekend. Both Bristol City and Preston find themselves in the bottom three, whilst MK Dons lie just a point above safety.

Four in a Row

In recent times, The Den has notoriously been a difficult place to visit. However, with Millwall losing all 4 of their home games in the league so far this season, manager Neil Harris will be hoping that this run comes to an end sooner rather than later. If Millwall are to mount a promotion push, it will be imperative that The Den returns to the fortress it once was.

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