We kept hearing last season what a tough division the Championship was to get out, but we didn't find it all that difficult, and the other relegated teams Birmingham and Blackpool finished on our coat tails. Wolves, Blackburn and Bolton fans can take heart from that, and of the three, you would have to fancy Wolves and Bolton to be in the running for an immediate return. And Blackpool, of course, should still be in the mix assuming Ollie stays.
All of which makes it a tad more difficult for the take over pretenders who seem to be assuming that the division is there for the taking once the money is in the bank. Yes Leeds fans are excited about the prospect of being rid of Bates, but the recruitments made so far do not suggest a promotion charge even with Warnock at the helm, because player for player, Wolves, Bolton and Cardiff are certainly stronger at present.
Then there are the other pretenders. Leicester were pretty poor last season but the squad is stronger than last season's performances suggest and they should progress. If the Forest take over happens, they could be in the shake up too. I was impressed with them at Upton Park and their performance at Elland Road suggests there may be more to come, even before new recruitments are signed.
Meanwhile, Watford fans are suddenly getting excited about Nani, Zola and their new Pogle's Wood owners. I make Watford very long shots indeed, personally, but who knows, Zola may have found a magic bean since his departure from Upton Park and Pippin like, he may unearth the source of milk and honey.
Charlton could do a Southampton and Blackburn and Birmingham, despite their owners, might have something to say about Leeds walking the division too. It promises to be a very, very interesting season!