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    How losing the Championship play-off final can wreck a club

    Posted by Floater on 4/6/2023, 17:52:49

    Not sure if this has been linked here previously...

    Interesting article in The Athletic reporting how Huddersfield nearly died after the play-off final last year. I'm sure that Coventry will be better equipped to bounce back but, of the 23 Championship play-off finals played since 2000, only six losing teams were promoted the following season.

    Nottingham Forestís transfer spend last summer was £165 million! They finished 16th, 4 points clear of Leicester in 18th

    Non-paywall article in The Athletic.

      Re: How losing the Championship play-off final can wreck a club

      Posted by Realistic on 4/6/2023, 19:59:06, in reply to "How losing the Championship play-off final can wreck a club"

      In all seriousness, football has to move away from any situation where one football game can literally decide the existence of a club, much as it feels good to win this one and Coventry thankfully arenít so badly run that their existence is in doubt. Next year, donít count on that for the finalists.

      Combination of not enough oversight into clubs finances and spending, and a totally lopsided financial model which is encourages all-or-nothing gambling essentially.

        Re: How losing the Championship play-off final can wreck a club

        Posted by Music Critic on 5/6/2023, 9:55:34, in reply to "Re: How losing the Championship play-off final can wreck a club"

        Yes, agreed

        I'm glad I didn't read that piece before the final. I was nervous enough without seeing that. I mean, we'd have been ok, financially, if we didn't make it but you're right - the way the game is it's more of a financial success than a sporting one these days

        That's why football has become so serious and po-faced most of the time - the money is so important whereas, previously, a relegation or failure to get promotion would be a crushing disappointment but it would NOT be an existential threat (although, funnily enough, relegation in 1975 led to all sorts of financial problems for us)

        Re: How losing the Championship play-off final can wreck a club

        Posted by That idiot Cuba on 4/6/2023, 18:14:32, in reply to "How losing the Championship play-off final can wreck a club"

        Chilling and joyous in equal measure.

        Thanks for sharing.

          Re: How losing the Championship play-off final can wreck a club

          Posted by Dave Hedgehog on 4/6/2023, 18:10:11, in reply to "How losing the Championship play-off final can wreck a club"

          Thanks for posting.

          I now hate blackwell a tiny bit more than I did before I started reading it. Which I never thought possible.

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