Owls Championship opponents almost complete

14 May 2012 10:12
Next seasons line up takes shape

Sheffield Wednesday will be plying their trade in the Championship next season thanks to their successful League One campaign and following the final day of the Premier League this weekend the line up for next seasons 2nd tier is now almost complete.

Wolves and Blackburn had already been relegated from the top flight and Bolton’s failure to win at Stoke City means that they will be joining the Owls in the Championship.

It is unclear what Wednesday should expect from these clubs next season. Clubs that are relegated from the Premier League are often seen as promotion favourites for the following campaign given the strength of their squad and their financial superiority.

Wolves certainly look well set for a promotion challenge though they have appointed a manager with no previous experience of the English game. The situation at Bolton is a little more uncertain as they are reported to have large debts and so their approach may be determined on how they plan to deal with this in the short-term. What Blackburn will do is anyone’s guess. The new owners came in with pie in the sky ambitions which they have failed to deliver and large sections of the support have little trust in them or their current manager.

The final line-up for the division will be decided by the results of the play-offs. Wednesday will be joined by the losers of the Championship play-off final where West Ham take on Blackpool and the winners of the League One play-offs will come up with Sheffield United, Stevenage, Huddersfield and MK Dons vying for that place.