Matt Ritchie has done the interview duties today in the local press and he says he doesn’t think that the Championship is any more competitive than it was two years ago.
It’s just there is so much money to be made these days in the Premier League that’s it’s a huge opportunity for Championship clubs to get into the big time – at least in money terms.
And Matt has some experience of the Championship and getting out of it, since he was part of the Championship winning side Bournemouth when they were promoted in 2015 with 90 points.
And the Cherries had a terrific emotional win over Liverpool on Sunday at Dean Court, when Liverpool were winning 3-1 and then managed to concede three goals in the last 14 minutes to lose the game 4-3.
Here’s three Liverpool fans after the game.
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Matt Ritchie after scoring just before half time last Friday night
This is what Matt has said in the Shields Gazette today when asked if the Championship was tougher than it used to be:
“You have the clubs that have come down from the Premier League with the money from TV. “
“It’s such a huge prize to get to the Premier League, so the Championship clubs throw everything at it.” “I wouldn’t say it is more competitive than two years ago, because it always was anyway.”
“But I understand the prize is so big that clubs throw anything at it to get in the Premier League. “There was us Norwich, Brighton and Watford and Middlesbrough two years ago.”
“Middlesbrough looked like the team all season, but then at the end Bournemouth and Watford snuck in.” “It was a successful season.”
“You look at the league and we were five points clear, all of a sudden you drop points and it’s tight again,” “It is so early to start talking about who your competitors are.”
“You have to concentrate on yourselves and make sure our performances are right and that we keep picking up points.”
“We’re in a good position, I expected to be in and around it. “Hopefully, we can continue to perform the way we have been in the league.”
“The performances have been very good and we want to continue to pick up points.”
That’s a very good interview with Matt Richie and he seems to be such a sensible lad – and certainly not getting carried away with things.
Newcastle still have a lot of work to do this season if we are to achieve promotion and we should never assume it’s definitely going to happen.
Things can change so very quickly as Norwich City can attest to.
They beat Rotherham at home 3-1 on October 15th and were top of the league and in the next seven games they lost five and drew two before getting a win last weekend at home to Brentford.
So we cannot take anything for granted this season – we would do so at our peril.