Darragh MacAnthony believes that League One will be a ‘frightening’ prospect next season.
The Peterborough United chairman saw his club secure promotion to the Championship last term, meaning that they’ll now be playing in the second tier of English football from next term.
While the Posh have moved on, League One promises to fiercely competitive next season with MacAnthony saying that it’s getting ‘tougher and tougher’ for the likes of Sheffield Wednesday, Ipswich Town and Sunderland who will be desperate to follow in Peterborough’s footsteps as they look to escape an ever-improving third tier.
Speaking on The Hard Truth podcast, MacAnthony said: “League One is a frightening place next season. You can name 10 ex-Premier League clubs.
“Where do I start? Sheffield Wednesday, Ipswich, Sunderland, Bolton have just gone up.
“It’s a graveyard of ex-Premier League teams. I said at the start of the season: ‘We need to get out of this league this year, it is getting tougher and tougher.’
“If a Burton Albion or a Morecambe goes up next year, it’s a miracle because there are some big, big clubs. It’ll be interesting to see who they recruit in the summer.
“We haven’t even spoken about Wigan. Wigan will spend money, Ipswich will spend money, Sunderland will spend money, Sheffield Wednesday is owned by a wealthy guy who’ll want to get back on the saddle again.
“Portsmouth, owned by the Eisners, I don’t know if they will spent that kind of money. But, again, big club and I’m sure I’ve missed another big boy.
“Lincoln will go again, I haven’t even mentioned Oxford. There are a lot of big clubs and that’s the way it goes.”
Clubs such as Sunderland, Sheffield Wednesday and Ipswich Town need to take Darragh MacAnthony’s warning seriously.
League One looks like a daunting prospect next term with the third tier boasting a pretty eye-catching list of teams – many of whom have played in the Premier League during recent seasons.
Peterborough did extremely well to secure promotion this term but that effort was the result of working for a number of years towards that goal.
The fear is that if these clubs don’t go up this term then the task is only going to get hard as the gap closes between the Championship and League One.