CARDIFF AND HULL LOOKING DOOMED
FOR excitement, this season has been unbeatable. The Championship has been tighter than a packed lift at Weight Watchers.
But for quality, it has hardly been a vintage campaign. Cardiff? Yes, the Bluebirds have been good, but their success was based on consistency, not class.
Malky Mackay argued last week that his side were “sexy”. Maybe, but only if you fancy female bodybuilders. Admirable though their qualities are, Cardiff will need some serious rebuilding if they aren’t to emulate Reading’s struggles.
Hull look better placed. On their day, the Tigers are the best footballing side in the division, able to hog the ball and break at speed. In a division where possession is king, skilful players like Sone Aluko and George Boyd should flourish.
Yet they, too, need investment. With Aluko injured since January, the paucity of their reserves very nearly led to total collapse. A striker would be a good start.
Either way, it is difficult to see either club doing a Swansea and playing their way into instant top-half contention. This time next year, expect both to be clinging on by their fingertips.
PERFECT CANDIDATE: Wolves need someone who knows his way around League One. Someone like Dean Saunders, who they just fired