West Brom boss Hodgson: Championship becoming ever more competitive

West Bromwich Albion boss Roy Hodgson feels relegation this season from the Premier League will be difficult for any club to recover from.

Hodgson warns that it will be particularly tough this year for any club who make the drop.

"The Championship is chock full of clubs that have been in the Premier League: Southampton, Leeds, Derby County, Leicester City," he told the London Evening Standard. "Leicester's transfer spending dwarfs ours. We have spent a net £2million. The only player we have bought is Shane Long [who has scored in both games], others are free transfers or loans.

"Southampton are having a go and so are Brighton. If you go down now you will find it much harder."

What sustains Hodgson is that his new club have complete confidence in him.

"I am happy at West Brom because people do believe in me and everyone gets behind me."

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