Three quick talking points following this weekend’s EFL Championship results

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Norwich City have the Premier League in sight already

Norwich might have suffered their second relegation from the top flight in two years, but going into the 2016/17 season the Canaries seem to know how the Championship works winning six of their opening ten league games placing themselves in second spot.

However, it could be argued that Norwich haven’t been tested by some of the better teams in the division with half of their wins coming against bottom half teams such as Cardiff City, Wigan Athletic and Burton Albion. Midweek’s game against Newcastle showed they can’t be complacent as they threw away a 3-2 lead to lose 4-3 in stoppage time and this proves that Norwich need to show their Premier League experience and pedigree if they are to get back into the elite league and that will only come by beating top half as well as bottom half sides.

 

Aston Villa to start from scratch yet again

Saturday’s away defeat to Preston North End saw the end of Roberto Di Matteo’s tenure at Aston Villa as the Italian was consequently sacked early on Monday morning.

It came as no surprise that Di Matteo had lost his job winning just one league game during his reign over the West Midlands club. It did though come as a surprise that they didn’t win more games having broken the Championship transfer record twice to bring in prolific frontmen such as Ross McCormack and Jonathan Kodjia for £11 million and £15 million respectively. Neither of the two have found any consistency so far and this could’ve been a contributing factor to the losses inflicted on Villa.

Villa will be spoiled for choice with available managers though with the likes of Steve Bruce looking for work. Bruce is the favourite to take the hot seat at Villa Park along with high flying Huddersfield Town boss David Wagner, Brentford manager Dean Smith and Ryan Giggs as well as current caretaker boss Steve Clarke.

 

Daily Telegraph accusations against QPR boss not affecting on pitch performances

The big story in the football world over the past week has undoubtedly been the Telegraph allegations against British coaches involving profiting from player transfers and bribery when trying to secure deals for players.

Sam Allardyce’s involvement costing him his job as the England manager has been the main headline in the scandal but other coaches have been investigated by the Telegraph with Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink being one of those. The current QPR boss is said to have accepted a £55,000 bribe from a fake East Asian firm to sell players for them to his current club. Hasselbaink has profusely denied these allegations which have likely cast doubt over the former Chelsea man’s future at the London club.

However, the players at the club didn’t seem distracted when Hasselbaink guided them to a 2-1 victory in the London derby against Fulham. It wasn’t the best performance of the season as QPR narrowly avoided losing two points as Sone Aluko missed a last minute penalty to give the R’s all three points.

Hasselbaink will be eager clear his name but the Telegraph’s investigation may mean another managerial departure in the near future.

 

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