First, I admit I'm no expert on the history of the top flight in English football. I hope I'm not off base. But there are currently 6 London teams in the EPL (Arsenal, Spurs, Chelsea, Fulham, Charlton, West Ham), right? My sense is that this is an unusually high number, historically. The announcer for Saturday's Birmingham match said that Birmingham is England's 2nd biggest city...and there's 3 teams from there (WBA, Aston Villa, B-City). Again, my sense of the history of English football is that Villa is usually there, but the other two are not. And Man City is up now...is Manchester the 3rd city? Anyway, what I'm seeing (and forgive me if I'm off base with regard to the sizes of various English cities) is the ascendancy of the teams from the biggest cities, and the diminution of clubs like Coventry and Leicester City, and the Sheffield clubs. Is it coincidence, or is there a reason for it? If so, what is the reason?