Originally posted by Fleabitten
What is the most difficult leap in the football ladder for a team to make? In other words, is it harder for a team to make the leap from the Nationwide to League Two or from the Championship to the Premiership? Or maybe something in between? By making the leap, I mean at the very least avoiding relegation for more than a year.
On a related note, whe ...[text shortened]... even though I follow the tables pretty closely I don't have a real good feel for these things.
IMO it's increasingly difficult to stay in the Premiership. There are a few exceptions of course - Wigan and Reading have done well recently. But if you look at the likes of Watford, West Ham, Sheffield Utd, they're constantly yo-yo'ing between the two top divisions.
I think the overall difference in the quality between the two top divisions is the very reason. If you want to visualise what I'm saying then take the best player in his position from the Prem and compare him with the Championship, then do the same with the Championship player and his counterpart in the 1st Division. Rarely, would you believe the difference in quality was less between the first 2 compared to the second. The reason being, that the very best in the Premiership are some of the very best in the World - Cech, Terry, Gerrard, Scholes, Giggs, Ronaldo, Rooney and Henry to name but a few.