Although the Premier League is rightfully bestowed the title of best football league in the world, across the bond in the birthplace of football in England many residents there make a case for the second division of football, the Championship, to be on par with the Premier League. If you glance at this year’s results in the Championship it refutes that argument, as the design of the Championship is the perfect test of many managers trying to secure promotion to the next division. The schedule is made of 46 grueling games starting in early August and concluding in late May.
Testing mentality, tactics, and the overall resolve of players, leading the pack this year Scott Parker, the former Fulham FC skipper who successfully led them to promotion twice before being relieved of his duties last season as the Cottagers couldn’t secure safety for the following season. As he has embarked on a new managerial tenure at Vitality Stadium with the south coast club AFC Bournemouth he has the team poised to ensure their place in the Premier League and in utterly clinical fashion.
Bournemouth have amassed 37 points through 15 matches with a goal +18 goal difference no side in Championship history has accomplished such a feat, the men leading the siege for this club the former Chelsea and Liverpool starlet Dominic Solanke with 11 goals in all competitions and their star midfielder Philip Billing whose versatility and brilliance with the football has the Cherries’ fans beaming with pride. Gary Cahill, the former Chelsea man, steadies the defense for Bournemouth giving Parker’s men the cool and calm collective approach towards stopping any attracting threats.
Firmly placing the team in the first or second division is a goal and target for all the teams in the Championship, but few possess the quality that Bournemouth have or the resources needed to upgrade and fill the squad with depth to prepare for any unforeseen matches; and fixture congestion. With 31 matches left to play time will tell what Parker has in store for this record breaking team, and as West Bromwich Albion and Fulham FC fill the second and third position it may be a foregone conclusion; that the same yo-yo clubs may once again sneak into Premiership. But for the sake of competition let’s hope we have some new teams charting their own share of history come next season.