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Waking Up To League One

Waking Up To League One

The dust has settled, slightly, and the realisation has pretty much set in - we'll be playing League One football next season.

Although Sunday afternoon hurt, it was far from surprising - we deserved to go down after a season in the Championship which has left me embarrassed, sad, angry and somewhat disillusioned throughout.

Still, to be relegated against your relegation rivals on home soil, in front of a full house at Hillsborough and on national television hurt like hell.

The sorrows were well and truly drowned on Sunday night but the realisation didn't really kick in until Monday afternoon, back at home after the Bank Holiday weekend and with time to reflect.

It was a realisation of huge disappointment.

The last time we dropped to League One it was with a slight excitement for something 'different'. Of course, I was hugely disappointed back then, but League One was a bit of a novelty, if you will.

Now we've been there and exprienced it, and how difficult it is to get out of, the feeling is ten times worse.

It's almost as if I've been working on a huge project at work for the last three or four years, only to find the folder containing it all disappear and having to start all over again.

That's the task that lies ahead in the third tier of English football - it won't be pretty, it's going to be a slog, and it's going to be a 'job' of getting out of it, rather than an enjoyment.

But, after taking it all into consideration, it's also a chance presented to us to wipe the slate clean, in terms of playing staff at least, start a fresh, and try and make it a step back to take two steps forward.

There's no other way to look at it.

Of course, it's hugely disappointing and not what anyone wanted in a million years.

It's scary to think that we could be in that league as long as we were last time, as long as Nottingham Forest were and as long as Leeds United have been.

But you can also draw comparisons to Leicester City, who did so well in bouncing straight back and finishing in the Championship play-off spots this term.

Forest, too, have enjoyed success this season after climbing out of League 1 not too long ago.

Sure, they have more money than us and it'll have been a huge help in getting them to their current, relatively lofty, positions.

But there's nothing to say that we can't enjoy similar success in bouncing back and bouncing back quickly.

With the wage budget we'd have had in place in the Championship next season, you could see more struggle at the wrong end of the table.

Maybe Alan Irvine could have worked a minor miracle in getting us into the top half of the table, but a betting man would have surely put the Owls down in the bottom half of the table - something matching the wage bill for the squad next term.

Instead, we should be working with a budget that's up there in the top five or six in League One - something which will give us a good chance of making at least the play-offs.

In turn it may mean the crowds at S6 aren't down too much, if at all, on possible attendances in the Championship.

Of course, this depends wholly on success, but the last time we were in League One and winning, our crowds were as good, and even better, than recent seasons in the Championship.

People will watch a winning team, whatever division they're playing in - and League One gives us the chance to win more games than we would have done at Championship level.

What's done is done, relegation will still hurt for a while - hey, it's going to be a long close season (but at least the World Cup will numb the pain - or add to it!) - but the focus now is on the future of the club and the need to return the Championship as soon as possible, maybe even in a stronger position.

Like Irvine has said, we may need to take a step back to take two forward as a club.

I'm not looking forward to League One one bit, but I'm already eager for the new season to start so we can, hopefully, see a new Wednesday come out and give us a team to be proud of.

Wednesday 'til I die...

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Date:Tuesday May 4 2010
Time: 12:55PM


Heard on football league show that is palace still av cash problems b4 fixtures are fetched out that we cud be reinstated bak into the championship can anyone elso confirm this.UTO
04/05/2010 14:54:00
id heard that they could be deducted points next season aswell but nothing about us being reinstated to the championship seems extremley unlikely though as there would be allsorts of legal crap involved and plus they overcame thier points deduction and stayed up fair and square
04/05/2010 18:33:00
Cheers bradford_owl not that id like that to happen think we need to rebuild.
04/05/2010 18:42:00
There is a possible situation; if Palace were wound down as a company, then we may be re-instated. All depends on whether it is more benefical to sell selhurst park, without which the company may not be solvent and could be wound down. Aside from that, does anyone know whose contracts are up, aside from Jeffers?
04/05/2010 19:55:00
owl1 its as follows to wot i knw,Leon Clarke,Etienne esajas,Frankie Simek,Richard O'Donnell,Sean Mcallister and Michael gray plus the 3 loan signings that will be going back.
04/05/2010 20:30:00
Cheers mate, I would let them all go, sadly Frankie has'nt been the same since his injury, and Sean Mc wouldnt get it in behind Potter and O'Conner. Worst thing is there will be no news on nothing now for at least a month.
04/05/2010 23:13:00
Cheer up, Rochdale will be lovely in January!
04/05/2010 23:53:00
cheer up, you wont exist soon, mccabe is gonna doa a risdale. watch this space
05/05/2010 00:05:00
There is no doubt that we are in a better financial position than last time we went down. At the end of the 2002-03 season, we still had Wim Jonk (what a bloody drain he was) Andy Hinchliffe, Sibon etc. Our wage bill has to be in better shape now. What really concerns me is not who will stay, but who will we be able to attract. The financial squeeze will continue and we are going to have to attract players that can get us out of Div 1. I say Strafford on TV last night and it does seem that relegation may well have cost us the hoped for investment. It seems to me that we can only plan based on season ticket sales, so people ned to renew. I am sure that we will still attract decent crowds and a good start to the season will get people back. It is more important than ever that we get out and support the team, whoever is in it. The one other concern that I have is with the money we still owe to Dave Allen. I think that I read that there is a bog slice due to him this month, which if true, could be a massive problem.
05/05/2010 09:48:00
We're in a better financial situation but I'd say on balance we have a worse team :(
05/05/2010 15:00:00
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