Skipper rues illness and injuries but says Town will be ready for big kick-off
Luke Chambers says he has never known a pre-season like Town have had for injuries and illnesses but the players will be ready to go come kick-off.
Town will be missing a string of players for Saturday’s opener against Birmingham including new signings, Emyr Huws and Tom Adeyemi.
“We have not had the best of pre-seasons with injuries and illness. In fact I have never known one like it,” said the skipper in an in-depth interview in Saturday’s matchday programme.
“If you look at the players we have brought in, most of them have been struggling with the virus that is going around or are injured.
“It’s going to be a few weeks before we have everyone back and if we’ve got everyone fit, we have a good squad and can have a real go.
“The Championship is getting tougher every year though so we know the challenge ahead. There is an extension of the Premier League now with the clubs coming down with multi millions.
“There has been massive money spent in the league but that’s the game. We have got players in the Premier League going for £50m, £60m, £70m. How long before £100m? I can’t see it being sustainable.
“It makes is so hard to compete in the Championship though. They brought in Financial Fair Play to try and level the playing field. That’s just politics. What a waste of time. I don’t see anything being upheld and clubs will always find a way around it. No way is it a level playing field.”
Chambo doesn’t hold back when he reflects on last season, admitting he didn’t enjoy playing games. He reveals why he could hardly walk after matches; discusses the perils of social media and talks about why he’s up for the challenge of being criticised as a manager.
The new-look programme also features interviews with Jordan Spence and Dominic Iorfa; Roger Osborne and Matt Holland kick off new series - 78 Remembered and Icons - Terry Connor introduces his musical family, Joe Garner is featured in a Junior Blues poster magazine and so much more.