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Barclays Premiership League

Another football season is over and done with and it was congratulations to Reading, Southampton and West Ham FC on returning to the Barclays Premiership League. With the excitement dying down, thoughts will now be turning to staying up. Only twice have all 3 promoted teams stayed up; in 2002 with Bolton, Blackburn and Fulham and in the season just gone with Norwich, QPR and Swansea. It's proved it is possible so how will our three newly promoted teams fair?

Reading

Reading started last season very slowly and did not look like getting promoted at all let alone winning the championship. Brian McDermott's team didn't secure a home win until mid-September and in November they were 16th on the ladder, however there season soon turned around and there 0-1 loss to Hull in January was to be there last home defeat and they won the last 15 of 17 matches to power through and clinch the championship title.

Reading can now look forward to playing big guns Arsenal, Chelsea and Man U next season and Brian McDermott will have a 15 million pound transfer kitty to play with after the take over of Reading by Russian tycoon Anton Zingarevich. The mega-rich business man agreed to buy 51 per cent of the club from John Madejski in January through Thames Sport Investment which is owned by Zingarevich. Madejski will stay on as chairman. Zingarevich is set to spend big summer and wants to increase stadium capacity should they stay in the English elite.

Southampton

Southampton had been consistent all season and there 4-0 thumping of Coventry on the final day left no doubt about there right to join Reading in the top flight. Nigel Adkins impressive team followed the example of Norwich by securing successive promotions. After seven years away from the premiership The Saints can now rub shoulders with the likes of Wayne Rooney and Robin Van Persie.

Adkins has said he wants to establish his side using young players to consolidate themselves in the premier league, he also said that players brought in from other clubs will be closely vetted to check they match the clubs ambition. Chairman Nicola Cortese is said to have massive ambitions for the football club.

West Ham United

Championship football was short lived for the Hammers after spending one season away from the premiership they are back in the top flight. After a fairly consistent season but getting one draw to many Sam Allardyce's team had to put the bubbles on hold while they went into the play offs. They met Blackpool in the final and it nearly went down to the 90th minute for this 90 million pound match to separate the two teams until Ricardo Vaz Te struck gold in the 87th minute sealing West Ham's right back in the promised land.

With a squad of players that have already experienced the premier league; this should hold them in good stead which Allardyce’s said they can build and strengthen from there. Allardyce’s has also said he wants to aim as high as he possibly can and not just fourth from bottom. With some strong players in the squad and some new signings in the summer, hammers fans should be very happy next season.

I cannot wait for next season and good luck to all three teams!


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