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You can’t beat a lower league pie

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THE football season finally kicks off this weekend with the start of the Championship, League One and League Two.

Only with ridiculous levels of spending have Manchester City raised any doubt about who will be in the Premier League’s top four, after two seasons in which the top six clubs were the same.

The football league suffers no such problems.

In all three leagues any of 12-15 clubs will fancy their chances of promotion.

In the Championship West Bromwich Albion and Middlesbrough head the bookies markets.

West Bromwich Albion have retained many of their players, but have lost their manager.

As I write Middlesbrough are demonstrating why they were relegated from the Premier League last season, with Marvin Emnes and Jeremie Aliadiere showing that they are barely Championship quality.

The third relegated side Newcastle have the potential to finish first by some distance, but a second straight relegation cannot be ruled out either.

If they are successful we may see more clubs heading into next season without a manager.

League One will be a stronger league than usual following the relegation of big-clubs Norwich City, Southampton and Charlton Athletic.

But Leeds United know that being a big name in League One counts for nothing.

Sven-Goran Erikkson will draw media coverage to League Two, but the main concern in that division will be ensuring clubs, such as Macclesfield Town and Accrington Stanley, last the season.

After the prospect of Arsenal v Celtic in the Champions League and Steve McLaren’s FC Twente v FC Carrierbag in the Eurovision Football Contest wetting the appetite, now is time for the real stuff to begin.

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