The challenge to get out of the Championship will be a much fairer one next season, according to Neil Warnock.

The Cardiff boss is confident his team could be one of  many to have a chance of getting into the Premier League in time for the 2018-19 season.

After losing on Friday night, Neil Warnock indicated that the rest of the clubs had been wasting their time when it came to the automatic promotion spots this time around.

The 68 year old believing that both Brighton and Newcastle were a class above the other 21 Championship clubs.

Going into Saturday’s fixtures the league table appears to back up what Warnock has to say, with Brighton and Newcastle respectively 11 and 10 points clear of the rest and a massive 26 and 25 points respectively ahead of eighth placed Norwich, who came down with Newcastle last season.

Then respectively 31 and 30 points ahead of the other relegated side, Aston Villa.

Next season both Villa and Norwich will be two of the fancied clubs to go up, as well as whoever drops down from the top tier this time.

Both Sunderland and Middlesbrough look sure to be in the Championship but Neil Warnock doesn’t think they are anywhere near the same level as Newcastle and Brighton have been this time – and thinks the north east pair will instead simply be part of a ‘very even’ second tier.

Neil Warnock:

“We need quality (next season) in the forward line and find more goals, apart from that, it looks like an exciting time.

“I don’t think there is a Brighton or Newcastle in the Championship next season, so it will be very even.

“Even though we’re not spending a lot of money, I think with what we’ve got and four or five additions, we can be up there.

“The bookies will have us just below halfway but you never know – if you get a team spirit like Brighton.

“It took them three years but we haven’t got three years, so we have got to conjure four or five new signings and give it a go.”

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  • Doug Dacre

    Old Plakka Heed talking bollocks again…..Boro, Fulham, Sheff Wed, Leeds, Mackems, will all spend money…

    • Alex

      Exactly. He’s saying that TWO won’t dominate next season, like two have this season. Quite a few will be in with a shout. Add in the third relegated team and it could well be quite interesting next season in the EFL.

    • Geordiegiants

      Bit gutted for Leeds I hoped they would make the play offs. They have put up with the same sort of mismanagement as us.

      • HappyToons

        Yup feel sorry for Leeds fans, Leeds would make a nearer and more lively away trip, so let us hope Sheff Wed make it. Though Fulham are top scorers in the Championship, so probably deserve it.

    • wowski13

      Doubt both Fulham and Wednesday will be in the Championship next season, one of them will win the play-offs for me.

  • Burt Humperdink

    Not every day you get to agree with the old motor mouth but on face value he might be right. I reckon Villa will buck up next season though.

  • Himanshu Dhingra

    Imagine NUFC’s place if refs were any decent.

  • Toon Army AZ

    And it is confirmed… Sunderland are down. Lots of sad faces in the Stadium of Blight. Championship is going to be tough for them.

  • GToon

    Mackems down! Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha. Pause for breath. Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha.
    And hahahaha from my wife, kids, dog, guinea pigs and the tarantula too!

  • HappyToons

    See it is Fulham, then us, then the Canaries who have scored the most goals, so all Norwich need is a defence and they’ll be up next season.

  • Leicester Mag

    So Sunlessland finally relegated. While we can laugh it’s a sad state of affairs that the NE will only have us as a Premier League team next year. Let’s hope we can learn our lessons and avoid being a yoyo club

  • MichaelMaximusMoose

    Sack the board, Moyes out. ha ha

  • Sing in the Leazes

    I have a hunch that I won’t be paying that much attention to the EFL next season