Yeah, I would not see it as success. I define success for this season as being an improvement on last season, and I don't really count an additional FA Cup game as an improvement. I wouldn't even class making the play-off final as success, if we didn't then win the final and therefore be promoted.Pompey Penguin wrote: ↑Thu Jan 30, 2020 10:45 amOf course the answer is promotion. Even if we find it tough in the Championship, it will be worthwhile provided we don't try and compete financially with those clubs losing £10M+ per year. EFL Trophy would at this point be a bit of an anti-climax having (a) won it last year, and (b) there being no Sunderland left in the competition to provide a memorable final experience (maybe Leicester U-21s would get a good turnout?).
Maybe a more interesting question is if we win the EFL Trophy, get knocked out of the cup by Arsenal in the last 16 and then lose in the play-offs, would we consider that a successful and acceptable season? Basically, the same as last year with one more round of the cup and in a much weaker L1. I would say yes, but I would also understand if people took this (along with the inevitable loss of Curtis & others(?)) as a step backwards.
Shaping up nicely.
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