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3 Biggest Mistakes that Newly Promoted EPL Teams Make

When Championship clubs get promoted to the English Premier League they get a huge amount of money from TV rights and other types of revenue. Some clubs invest this money smartly, just like punters who regularly check the best sports picks invest their money on the right picks.

However, there are also clubs, which after getting promoted, decide to either keep the money or to spend them in a variety of wrong ways. Sometimes their owners get greedy and use the club as a money making machine, and sometimes the board splashes the money on a number of bad investments in the playing and coaching staff.

In this article we will take a look at the 3 biggest mistakes that newly promoted EPL clubs make.

Buying Championship Quality Players

This is probably the biggest mistake that newly promoted clubs make. In the past these clubs have been working with a restricted transfer budget and probably had a lot of difficulties in recruiting the Championship players that they wanted.

However, after getting promoted to the top tier and receiving a financial injection from the FA and their sponsors, these clubs suddenly have more money to operate with than they had ever had. So what do they do? Buy all the Championship players they had ever wanted of course.

Clubs such as Hull, Sunderland, Burnley and Norwich have all done this in recent years and all of them got promptly relegated in the same season they used this transfer tactic.

Championship players are Championship players for a reason. They score goals and look terrific in the second tier of English football, but when they need to make the step up they just couldn’t do it. And if you assemble a squad of Championship talent you inadvertently prepare for Championship football in the following season.

Buying Journeymen

Just like with the previous entry, buying journeymen, free agents and players with nomadic past is a common transfer tactic employed by newly promoted clubs.

The problem with this one however, is that these players have been moving clubs so often that they show no sense of loyalty to their club and as soon as things start to go wrong they will start pining for a move away.

In addition, they are rarely better than average and clubs try to get rid of them as soon as they realize this. To move and uproot your family every year if you had a chance to stay with the same club and in the same city is not the ideal situation we are sure you will agree.

Bad Managerial Choices

The best way to survive in the EPL is to hire a manager such as Tony Pulis or Sam Allardyce. These bosses have experience of saving relegation candidates from drowning and should always be the first choice.

The best way to get relegated from the EPL is to hire a former star player such as Gianfranco Zola or Alan Shearer who has been a great player, but is a terrible manager with limited experience.