It might take years to return, if Town suffer relegation

LEAGUE One is littered with teams who believe they were unlucky to have been relegated, and should by rights be in the Championship, at the very least.

You only have to glance up at the higher echelons of the third tier of the Football League, to come across “big clubs” like Charlton and the two Sheffields.

Only two years ago, Premier League surprise packages Norwich City were eating humble pie in League One, as of course were current Championship promotion favourites Southampton, last season.

The Canaries’ rapid return to the big-time is the exception, rather than the rule.

When one of the bigger Championship clubs slip through the relegation trap-door, and into League One, it’s difficult to return.


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Saturday’s hosts, Leeds, took three years to bounce back into the Championship, and the likes of Charlton and Sheffield Wednesday are also taking their time to return to the second tier.

That’s why Town must start cutting out those self-harming defensive errors.

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If they don’t, there is no reason why Paul Jewell’s men should survive at this level.

And if the unthinkable did happen, and Town were to finish in the bottom three at the end of this season, then it’s no foregone conclusion that they would bounce straight back up. It could takes years, not just months!

Now is the time to be wary of the drop, but NOT to panic.

And boss Jewell insists that he is not feeling the pressure, despite his side’s terrible run of 11 defeats in the last 15 league games.

“As a manager there are certain things you can affect, but there are certain things that have happened to today that are just bad, bad decisions,” insisted Jewell.

“I’ll always take responsibility because I pick the team, but when people see the goals on TV they will scratch their head.

“It wasn’t even as if we were coming under severe pressure, it was just one long ball that our centre-half is going to deal with, and for some reason Alex (McCarthy) just decided to charge out.

“It’s just a catalogue of errors.”

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