Well done to Blues on winning at Bristol City to ensure Championship football at St Andrews next season. However in my opinion, the division will be even tougher than it has been this season for any team whose aim is to be promoted. That is the daunting prospect facing our teams who must be prepared to invest in better players! That is an absolute must if any of them are to be in with a shout of reaching the Premier League.

Two big clubs are coming up from League One, Bolton and Sheffield United and add to that the three teams coming down from the Premier League Sunderland, and any two from the six teams battling it out near the bottom of the table, Middlesbrough, Swansea, Hull, Crystal Palace, West Ham and Burnley. You can see just how tough a prospect next season will be for our clubs.

Of course Villa, Wolves and Blues are big enough to compete for promotion but all of them will have to do a lot of work on the squads in the summer if they realistically want to be involved in the promotion chase come next May be it automatic or through the playoffs. Any of our teams owners who might think that promotion with their current squads is a foregone conclusion are in for a massive wake up call.

One thing is certain and that is that Villa, Wolves and Blues will need the fans to make their home grounds veritable fortresses. Home form is without doubt the key to promotion in any league.