Joe Ledley Future At Stake In Championship Play-Off Final

The play-off final for the 3rd  promotion place in the CC Championship takes place at Wembley this afternoon in a 3:00 pm kick off,  between Cardiff City and Blackpool.

There is some interest in this game from Newcastle fans,  because if Blackpool win then it could be that Cardiff’s 23 year-old midfielder Joe Ledley,  will move away from his home-town club.

And he’s available on a free transfer this summer, and since the Newcastle manager Chris Hughton has not yet said the Tyneside club are not interested in this player, it’s just possible he’s a Newcastle target.

Chris has already said that he’s not interested in players like Shawn Wright Phillips and Arsenal’s Jack Wilshere on loan, and that’s probably our best guide as to at least who Newcastle are not after.

Joe would be a great signing for Newcastle, so in a way we will probably be pulling for Blackpool this afternoon. Joe has played an impressive 248 games for his home-town club with 28 goals, and looks an excellent player.

And it will certainly be a great celebration for whichever club makes it through this afternoon, but they will immediately become odds-on favorites for relegation from the Premiership next season.

Burnley got 3rd place last season when they beat Sheffield United 1-0 at Wembley, and were subsequently relegated, and it appears that whichever club wins this afternoon will need to significantly improve their squad over the summer.

Cardiff finished in 4th position in the Championship on 76 points, 26 points behind Newcastle, and beat 5th placed Leicester  City in a  penalty shoot-out, following extra time in the second tie.

Blackpool finished in 6th position on 70 points, a full 32 points behind Newcastle, and rather surprisingly beat 3rd placed Nottingham Forest in the semi-finals.

It should be another great game this afternoon, that’s for sure, and of course the emotion is sometimes unbearable  for the fans. But the winners will be able to welcome teams like Manchester United, Arsenal, Chelsea and Liverpool – and whoops we almost forgot – the great Newcastle United too. 😀

Comments welcome.

8 comments so far

  • andoni

    May 22, 2010 at 12:10 PM

    Comment #1

    Come on Blackpool!!!!!! I’m sorry about Cardiff, because it’s a team which I like. But, even so, I prefer Joe Ledley in our team than there.

  • whatsup

    May 22, 2010 at 12:32 PM

    Comment #2

    see martin pertrov is up for a free transfer, would be superb signing

  • MarkO

    May 22, 2010 at 12:37 PM

    Comment #3

    Some free agents this summer:

    Eyong Enoh
    Joe Ledley
    Kim Kallstrom
    Simon Davis
    Fabio Aurelio
    Alexander Kacniklic
    Jaja Coehlo
    Tamir Cohen
    Emmerson Boyce
    Paul Scharner
    Marlon Harewood
    Martin Petrov
    Anthony Stokes
    Liam Ridgewell
    Cameron Jerome
    Kevin Phillips
    Jermaine Beckford
    Benoit Tremoulinas
    Aurelien Chedjou
    Pierre Aubameyang
    Franck Beria
    Fabio Santos
    Sidney Govou
    Andre Ayew
    Mamadou Sakho
    Granddi Ngoyi
    Albin Ebondo
    Mohamed Yahaya
    Renato Civelli
    Didier Digard
    Hamit Altintop
    Stephan Furstner
    Toni Kroos
    Tranquillo Barnetta
    Sascha Dum
    Paolo Guerrero
    Kevin Kuranyi
    Alexander Hleb
    Roberto Hilbert
    Alexander Farnerud
    Arthur Boka
    Goran Slavkovski
    Ignacio Camacho
    Marcos Senna
    Jesus Navas
    Christoph Metzelder
    Xavier Margairaz
    Nicolas Burdisso
    Dejan Stankovic
    Mark Bresciano
    Mark Wilson

    some interesting ones there
    Kris Boyd

  • Ed Harrison

    May 22, 2010 at 12:38 PM

    Comment #4

    Martin Petrov is 31 and too old for what Newcastle are looking for.

  • GeordieBean

    May 22, 2010 at 12:44 PM

    Comment #5

    i think Jesus navas would be a great singing!! 🙂

  • andoni

    May 22, 2010 at 1:01 PM

    Comment #6

    I’m from Spain, and I’m sure that Jesus Navas is not for free!! Because big clubs like Madrid are interesting on him and it is told that Madrid is going to pay more than 30M euros for him.

  • toonboyjake

    May 22, 2010 at 1:23 PM

    Comment #7

    Barnetta would be a good signing, give competition on the wings, aurelio wouldnt be a bad signing either

  • andoni

    May 22, 2010 at 4:59 PM

    Comment #8

    blackpool have won!!!!! hurray!!


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