It feels like this season has come around quicker than any previously, and that’s probably true.
Thanks to the winter World Cup it means we’ll be starting earlier than ever before and finishing later than ever before, with a near month long break in the middle of it all.
So how’s pre season been?
Well despite the quiet state of play on the transfer front the on the pitch content has been good.
Wins over Bamber Bridge, Bolton, Liverpool’s youth team and Sheffield Wednesday with a draw against Accrington Stanley thrown in for good measure.
There’s been a distinct lack of transfer activity this summer. In complete contrast to last summer with only Ryan Nyambe arriving from Blackburn on a one year contract.
Mix that in with wages being paid late twice due to technical issues and some considerable stirring from the Daily Mail and it’s been an unsettling summer for many.
That’s led to many declaring that Talal and Mr Al Jasmi are already searching for a way out. The club’s going to hell (League One) in a hand cart and they were never interested in us to begin with. I paraphrase of course but it’s been a difficult summer, summers always are.
In the age of constant sound bites and 24/7 transfer gossip it’s difficult to keep a fan base happy when you’re not feeding in to that and although I’m not predicting our imminent downfall I too have been surprised about our lack of business so far.
But we only have to look at previous seasons in the championship to see when we’ve struggled most, is when we’ve made wholesale changes.
Football is a very different place from twenty years ago when Paul Jewell kept together mostly the same side for three seasons and two promotions.
The championship is very different now, so we’ll clearly need to make reinforcements this season.
But it may well take till towards the end of the transfer window before those signings arrive, we’ll know more once the Premier League sides agree their squads for the season and the trickle down affect reaches the championship.
Let’s not forget about players like Graeme Shinnie, Jamie McGrath and Charlie Wyke who will be like new signings this season.
It’s going to be a difficult season and once again we’ll in all probability have to get used to losing more than we win again but the fact is these players and the management have earned this crack at the Championship.
Let’s hope they all grab it with both hands.