The latest round of live TV matches in the Championship were announced this week, with a number of fans, especially Aston Villa ones, moaning about the number of times they have been selected.
As it stands, Villa will be on 15 times by the end of February and Newcastle on 13 occasions.
However, figures featured yesterday (see HERE) show that whilst Villa have been selected by Sky Sports bosses the most, it is Newcastle the punters want to see, with the Magpies drawing easily the most TV viewers, as well as bums on seats.
On the other hand, some Championship clubs are not happy about missing out on live TV appearances, with Nigel Clough amazed how their home match in nine days time hasn’t been selected.
The Burton boss thinks that the contrast between the biggest and smallest clubs in the Championship should have been a no-brainer and to be honest I thought the same.
That weekend Sky have selected Norwich v Huddersfield (Fri 16 Dec), Birmingham v Brighton (Sat 17 Dec) and QPR v Aston Villa (Sun 18 Dec).
With their stadium holding under seven thousand fans, live TV coverage is a massive factor for a club like Burton Albion, as Nigel Clough says the extra money (or lack of it) could have a significant impact on their January transfer window plans.
Nigel Clough talking to the Burton Mail:
“We thought that this one would be televised obviously – because that shows up the contrast more than any other game in the Championship.
“You have got one with a stadium of fifty thousand odd and everything else that goes with that, with the history of Newcastle United compared to Burton Albion.
“That really does drive home the difference between the two clubs and what can happen in the Championship…but no, we are not on.”
“Yes (don’t mind going ‘under the radar’) for the time being, but we enjoy being on TV – The Friday night games especially have a good atmosphere here under the lights. We do enjoy being on at home.
“It doesn’t make much difference to Newcastle (appearing on TV) if they’re at home.
“When you get to us, it makes a big difference and could even affect what we do in January (transfer market).”