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    Have Arsenal or Chelsea got a new board in place?
    That's the only logical thing I can think of as to why they've suddenly got the cheque book out.

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    Liverpool not doing much at all. Chelsea might catch them up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ebfatz View Post
    Have Arsenal or Chelsea got a new board in place?
    That's the only logical thing I can think of as to why they've suddenly got the cheque book out.
    Just checked and the Chelsea chairman is now Elliott Bradbury so I guess that's how it happened
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    Spurs looking to build.

    Good to see 2 sides back in the Champions League.

    I’m surprised teams didn’t apply for Europa League qualifying, I thought they always did!

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    Three in a row for a rampant Man City and if anything, this was the easiest yet. The final margin of 14 points is the highest since this began and they very nearly broke the 100 point barrier (a draw with Curzon Ashton with 3 games to play prevented that.

    Behind them it was a good battle between West Ham and Spurs for second place while Arsenal and Man Utd were neck and neck all season. In mid table, MK Dons and Sunderland continue to do well, but are along way behind the 5 big clubs.

    After 7 years and a best place of 5th, it is time to say good bye to Chesterfield. They are joined by last seasons promoted side Hartlepool and big spending Wrexham, who came up the same year as Chesterfield.



    In The Championship Everton and Watford complete their rise to the top, but is it too little too late to mount a real challenge. 5 years after being promoted from League One, Grimsby will be in the topflight next season.

    Havant & Waterloovile have been relegated from The Championship to League One for the second time. Telford Utd join them after 5 years in The Championship following their relegation from The Premier League and Chester, having played in the Champions League after a 3rd place finish now find themselves relegated for the second time in 4 years.



    Wolve are continuing their rise and will no doubt be favourites for The Championship next season. In a surprise, Gillingham are the ones to join them in automatic promotion. It is 5 years since they made the move up from League Two. At the 3rd time of asking, Middlesbrough finally crawl up the leagues again.

    Going down are Charlton after 7 years after their promotion. Braintree suffer their second drop in 3 years, while Cambridge and Macclefield make their first relegations.



    Three promotions in a row for Crystal Palace and a second promotion in a row for Reading. After faultering last season, Huddersfield are also on the march again. Having been in The Championship 4 years ago, Stockport have started to reverse the slide.

    6 years after dropping out of League One, Yeovil are relegated again. Peterborough are a bit of an oddity. Having been promoted to League One, the were then relegated to League Two and now drop again to the National League



    I need to stop being surprised by Liverpool, but I'm surprise that they have failed again. You would think it would therefore be open for Leicester, Southampton or Burnley to take the top 2 places, but instead we find Notts Forest and Hull taking the promotion places.

    It's a second relegation in 3 years for Morcambe, and a second overall for Cheltenham. Q.P.R. Have spent their entire time in The National League up to this point



    Like Liverpool, Chelsea fail again. Despite spending millions they had a bad run around New Year which cost them. That allowed Norwich to crawl out of the league and they are joined by Swansea returning to The National League and Cardiff who are like Norwich in making their first move.

    Newcastle, Chelsea and Brighton are all that remain of the original teams from National North.



    One hoped that it wouldn't be the case, but Man City made light work of landing a domestic double



    However it would not be a treble. Following Maidenhead and Curzon Ashton, it is now Boreham Wood who are the surprise League Cup winners. Chelsea at least get some reward for all that cash that they spent





    In Europe there should be a further rise in the co-efficients. Man City made it to the quarter finals of the Champions League where Milan beat them home and away. Arsenal made it to the same stage of the Europa League where they wend down to Standard Liège.
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    Couple of screenies aren't showing.

    Glad Leamington avoided relegation, fear they're on the slide next year though.

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    Fixed those screenshots. Thanks

    Stoke also doing nothing of note
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    The big question now is, will Chelsea and Liverpool never return to the top??

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    Liverpool and Chelsea again big flops along with Newcastle!

    League Cup continues as the underdog tournament!

    Wigan slip to the unknown!

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    Quote Originally Posted by samsami View Post
    The big question now is, will Chelsea and Liverpool never return to the top??
    As there is only 2 more years to run (I said I would take it for 10 years) they won't make the top. I just wonder if they will make any progress and if anyone can stop City.

    Quote Originally Posted by James_y View Post
    Liverpool and Chelsea again big flops along with Newcastle!

    League Cup continues as the underdog tournament!

    Wigan slip to the unknown!
    League Cup is an odd one. I've never before noticed top teams fielding weakened sides against me, but maybe they do when playing AI managers. I'd be quite glad if that trend continues. I quite like seeing these teams winning something and playing in Europe
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    I genuinely can't believe Newcastle and Brighton haven't got out of that division yet.

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    I’ve always found the league cup easiest to win and sometimes seen the big boys play weaker sides against me. Maybe also the lower rep tournaments don’t get the best from big game players

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    No shortage of money being spent this window. City also picked up Pablo Dybala on a Bosman, but all 4 of the big clubs have opened up the cheque books. Good to see Sunderland, Boreham Wood and MK Dons making an attempt to challenge.

    Villa did nothing with the money they got from Sterling. Liverpool and Chelsea have not signed any new players.



    Massive increase in the Euro Coefficients thanks to the runs of City and Arsenal last season.



    West Ham beat Hammarby to make the Champions League group stage, where they will face Barcellona, Celtic and Dortmund. Spurs and City qualified automatically and Spurs have drawn Galatasaray, Rubin and Standard Liège while City have a group along with Atlético Madrid, Besiktas and Mobnaco. Tough gig for the Hammers, but I would expect the other 2 to progress.

    In the Europa League, MK Dons fell to HSV in the semi final of qualifying. That left Boreham Wood who host Vardar in second round first leg, Arsenal who host Dynamo Kyiv while Man United have also drawn Ukrainian opponents in Vorskla
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    What a read, this is awesome stuff Kingsley.

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    Liverpool and Chelsea are history.

    But why?

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    Quote Originally Posted by samsami View Post
    Liverpool and Chelsea are history.

    But why?
    BTW if you are interested, Dylan Vente was mince for City. scored 8 in about 30 games for a rampant City side.
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    Maybe club reputations have gone down which is why we’ve seen less decent players go to Liverpool and Chelsea. When this story started decent players still wanted to go to these clubs despite their leagues

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    Not the most exciting of transfer windows with little activity involving the big clubs. Only United (lost Chiesa, gained Solanke) and Arsenal (lost Sánchez, gained Márin) made any significant changes and even then it is arguable if they will make a significant difference

    Plenty of activity elsewhere, not least at Liverpool who sold 3 players for over £11m. Portsmouth were another active club, bringing in 5, including Noa Lang and Pontus Dahlberg and selling 6, including Solanke. Sunderland and West Brom also added to their squads for a late challenge



    In the Europe League, United are the sole survivors, having dispatched Vorskla, AaB and Roma to set up a last 16 tie with Genoa. Boreham Wood did beat Vardar, but Cagliari proved too strong in the 3rd round, while Arsenal beat Dynamo Kyiv and Aktobe (Kazakhstan) before falling to Napoli.

    2-1 to Italian Clubs, but will United be able to level the score.

    Champions League and it is Tottenham and City who are flying the flag. West Ham came bottom of their first group, behind Celtic and the expected dominant Barcelona and Dortmund. Spurs and City both won their groups with ease.

    Tottenham now face Dortmund, Málaga and Porto but have made a poor start with 1 point after the opening 2 games. City are level on 4 points with Barcelona and will also face M'gladbach and PSG
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    So Liverpool are getting worse if transfers are anything to go by...

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    Quote Originally Posted by James_y View Post
    So Liverpool are getting worse if transfers are anything to go by...
    Or you could wonder how they have got players worth that much in the National League
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    Sometimes when players play for bigger name clubs they get higher values

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    Noa Lang! Interesting!

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    Profanities are allowed as you read this, but please remember that I'm just the messenger !

    It was predictable that City would make it 4 in a row. That said, West Ham were closer than Tottenham were 12 months ago. There is still hope for next season. United finally sacked Ole, however Simone Inzaghi has only had a month in charge so it will be interesting to see if he can make a difference next term.

    Sadly we say good bye to former Champions York who did well to survive 9 seasons in the Premier League. It is a record matched by Kidderminster who had best place finishes of 2nd and 3rd. Curzon Ashton are the third team to have survived for 9 seasons, although they won the League Cup, they never finished higher than 9th.

    There are now no continuous survivors from the original Premier League



    Having lost one former champions, we welcome another back to the Premier League. Southport are back and there would be rejoicing if they were the ones to stop Man City ! Extra time goals from former Preston striker Sean Maguire and former Rangers winger Greg Docherty won them the playoff.

    Walsall make it 3 promotions in 4 years while Boreham Wood return to the Premier League after a 2 year absence. Wolves and Middlesbrough failed to continue their rises.

    Sutton leave the Championship after a 9 year stay while Alfreton survived 4 seasons following theier relegation. Bradford PA continue to yo-yo having started in the Premier and recovering from League One the year Alfreton were relegated.



    Back to back promotions for Crystal Palace and Reading were probably expected, but with just one season left, they have left it just too late to make the Premier League. Telford bounce back to The Championship at the first time of asking. Mid-table Huddersfield were the other side promoted last season.

    Crewe depart after 5 seasons after promotion to this level. They are joined by Stockport who have gone relegation-promotion-relegation while Brackley were in the Premier League just 5 years ago. Chester are former high fliers and have dropped from the top tier one year quicker than Brackley.



    Back to back titles for Forest while Charlton bounce back after last years relegation. Shrewsbury are also moving upto League One for a second time and Northampton are promoted 9 years after their relegation.

    Orient are falling slowly. 4 years in League One followed by 5 in league Two. Braintree are just crashing with 3 relegations in 4 seasons.



    The headline in The National League is that Liverpool fail again, however they were in the hunt until they sold those players in January. Southampton take the title 3 years after being promoted and will be joined in League Two by Millwall who have spent all 9 seasons in The National League.

    After last season's promotion, Norwich will be disappointed to drop back to National North while it is back to back relegations for Peterborough and Yeovil



    Chelsea are promoted to the National League for a second time. Joined by Newcastle and champions Brighton, it means that no club has had a continuous stay in National North although Norwich will be returning next year.

    A final day win for Nuneaton prevented them from being the first club to be relegated from every league. Harrogate started in the Championship and Notts County in League One. Rushden & Diamonds survived for 2 seasons.



    There seams no stopping City as they complete a back-to-back double



    Then add the Champions League to the Community Shield which they won at the start of the season. In the final, Bayern led 2-0 at half time, but City's former Lyon winger Housem Aouar scored a hat-trick in the last 30 minutes. He is the guy they paid £51m for at the start of the season.




    Thank god that West Ham dumped them out of the League Cup in the 3rd round !





    To complete the European summary, Spurs ended up bottom of their Phase 2 group, while United were beaten by HSV in the Europa League semi-final. Co-efficients should be raised again.
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    The final year of this experiment starts with a very ominous sign



    In addition to Gabriel Jesus they got an amazing 22 year old Spanish striker on a bosman and defender Marcos Senesi. They only significant name that they lost was a past it Lukaku and Mahrez whos' legs are shot. The new guys helped them retain the Community Shield with a 3-0 thrashing of Spurs



    Away from City, Arsenal spent £66m on 3 players I've never heard of, including an Italian striker by the name of Calamita (sounds apporpriate) and United got Jack Grealish in their 3 new faces, spending £34m. Spurs were a bit late to the market, but their big name signing was David de Gea on a free transfer.

    As usual, Kidderminster were very active with 11 in and 5 out. York brought in 10 and Walsall brought in 9



    With City winning the Champion's League, the Euro Coefficients have again taken a massive rise, however England have strangely lost a Europa League slot



    West Ham have Malága, PAOK and Porto in their Champions League group, while Arsenal's reward for beating Panathinikos is a group along with Desp. Aves, Inter and Utrecht. Man City should not have much trouble from Club Brugge, Düsseldorf or Wisla Kraków.

    MK Dons eliminated Paços de Ferreira, Betis and Y. Malatyaspor on their way through Europa League qualifying and now face Kalev of Estonia in the main draw 2nd round. Everton have a tougher tie with AZ while Coventry will face Shakhtjor of Belarus. Tottenham have drawn Kilmarnock in the Battle of Brittain.
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