Championship – Manager merry-go-round

Three managers have been sacked over the weekend as pressure mounts with only nine games to play.

It has certainly been an interesting weekend in The Championship as the campaign enters the business end of the season. With every game being crucial for teams at the top and bottom of the league, managers are feeling the strain.

Friday evening saw the departure of Alex Neil from Norwich City. After a great start to the season, Norwich City were top of the table mid-way through October, however three wins between November and January saw a slide down the table.

An upturn of results in recent weeks could not save Alex Neil as Norwich lay way of the play-off places. Early reports have suggested Alan Pardew could take over at Carrow Road.

Sunday saw the managers axe swing once again as Steve McClaren departed Pride Park for a second time. The former England and Newcastle United manger returned to Derby County in mid October and initially revived the clubsΒ promotion hopes, winning ten out of his first fourteen games.

However a damaging 1-0 defeat to fellow promotion hopefuls, Leeds United, the Rams haven’t been the same since and they are now out of touch with the top six and looking for another manager. Former Birmingham City manger Gary Rowett is now in line to take charge of Derby County.

And finally, Monday saw another manager depart The Championship with former Manchester United under 21 coach Warren Joyce leaving Wigan Athletic who sit 23rd in the table and four points of safety. Joyce was regarded as a bizarre appointment back on November 2nd and six wins in twenty-four games convinced the Wigan board to part company and start a search for a new manager.

There has been fourteen managerial changes in The Championship this season highlighting the fragility of being a football manger in the modern era with instant success demanded by owners, fans and the football community.





Leave a Reply