Ipswich Town ended their season with a 3-2 win over play-off contenders Leeds United at the weekend, though this will be of scant consolation to their fans, who will be facing up to the prospect of League One football at Portman Road next season.
The Tractor Boys finished the season in 24th place with only five wins to show for a 46 match campaign, so the task in-hand for manager Paul Lambert is no small feat as he looks to prepare his squad for a promotion challenge next season.
So, what chance of Ipswich getting back into the Championship at the first time of asking?
“They’ve got a good chance.
“Ipswich have some talented players and Paul Lambert is an experienced manager. If the club recruit well in the summer, they have every chance of challenging for promotion next season.
“It could be tough for them, as we have seen with Sunderland this season, but they certainly have a chance. There’s no doubt about that.”
“If they’re managed correctly, they already have good League One players and in Alan Judge, a Championship midfielder.
“They need goals though, so the striker hunt will be crucial.
“They won’t have Sunderland’s money, but that’s not the most important thing.”
“I think they could struggle.
“League One is never an easy division to getup of, and the likes of Sunderland are a classic example of a team that haven’t found it as easy as first planned.
“They’ll have to work hard, and I think they’ll have to settle for a season of rebuilding first, before thinking about promotion back into the Championship.”