2009-2010 Championship Previews
Feature by Rob Miles (barnsley Boy)
Updated Thursday, 6th August 2009
Manager: Paul Sturrock
Odds to win: 66/1. Odds for Promotion: 25/1
Position: 21st W: L: A:57 Points: 51
Top Scorer: Paul Gallagher (13)
FA Cup: Third Round
League Cup: First Round
Yellows: 58 Reds: 3
Results against Reds:
Name: Auntie Mabel (Alex Ludbrook)
Level of Interest
As often as possible! Living over
How has pre-season gone for you?
Very well. We have been taken over at long last by a Japanese/English consortium. Former Man Utd chairman (Sir Roy Gardner) is our new top man and there is a very positive vibe about the club. Details of a 5 year plan to get us to Premier league to be released soon. The future looks bright, or at least brighter than it was! Tour of
Are you pleased with the signings your club has made?
Yes. Four players in so far, 3 frees and one small undisclosed fee. Carl Fletcher joined after a successful loan last year, Bradley Wright-Phillips also signed, he has a lot of talent and hopefully Sturrock can re-invigorate his career. Also a couple of players no-one has ever heard of: Kari Arnasen (Icelandic International DM) and Reda Johnson (
What realistically are you aiming for this season?
To stay well clear of any relegation battle.
Which player has past his sell by date?
I would have suggested Kristian Timar, who had a very poor season last year (following a horrific facial injury). He did however have a great game Vs Hearts recently so perhaps he can reproduce some of his previous form for us and become a fans favourite again. Yohan Follly & Simon Walton look to be leaving as soon as anyone comes in for them. They are both still fairly young though so its more of a case of failing to ripen rather than past their sell by dates!
Have you got the right manager in charge?
A controversial issue. Sturrock was under a lot of pressure last season following a dismal second half of the season, many fans would have liked to seen the back of him. However, most of the grumbling fans seem happy to wipe the slate clean and give him another chance this season. I'm a big fan of his though so glad he is still our man, the new board seem to be backing him as well.
What advice would you give him?
Bring on subs earlier in a game!
Who do you see as your key player?
Marcel Seip - The rock in our defence!
Who would you most like to beat this season?
On a personal level it would be Palace - as they are fairly local to me and I want bragging rights over the Palace fans I work with. Play them 1st game of the season so really looking forward to getting off to a good start!
Where will you finish?
After narrowly escaping relegation last year I will be happy with midtable. Lots of positivity about the coming season. At a guess, we will finish an optimistic12th!
How do you rate
I may be wrong but I don't think there has been a huge amount of transfer activity for