The Championship: Where managers last eight days

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Premier League chairman have been surprisingly lenient this season, with no managers having departed their posts during the campaign. This time last season, Paolo Di Canio and Ian Holloway had left Sunderland and Crystal Palace respectively, but no P45s have been given out so far 2013-14.

However, if you are a fan of the odd managerial dismissal, look no further than the Championship, where 11 bosses have left clubs so far in 2014-15. This already beats the number of managers dismissed in the whole of last season in the second tier (10), but in 2012-13, there were 17 sackings and six by this stage of the campaign.

Even so, the figure so far this season, when we are not even half way through the campaign is astonishingly high. Would you want to take a job in the Championship?

Many of the clubs in the division are becoming increasingly popular to foreign owners. There is chance of getting promoted to the most prestigious league in the world, the stadiums aren’t exactly small and if they are willing to invest lots of money into the club, success will usually follow.

Steve Evans is the longest serving manager in the Championship, having been in charge since April 9th 2012 - 6 Premier League bosses have lasted longer.
Steve Evans is the longest serving manager in the Championship, having been in charge since April 9th 2012 – 6 Premier League bosses have lasted longer.

But when things don’t go their way, they are even quicker to sack the boss than the likes of Daniel Levy and Roman Abramovich.

Let’s look at the two prime examples of this season – Leeds United and Watford.

The former are of course owned by eccentric Italian Massimo Cellino (who is now considering selling his share in the club according to reports), who sacked 35 managers in 21 years as owner of Cagliari.

He made the strange decision to bring in Dave Hockaday at the start of the campaign, who’s only previous managerial experience was in the Conference, but sacked him at the end of August before bringing in Darko Milanic almost a month later.

But guess what? The Slovenian boss didn’t stay at Elland Road for long either, with Cellino dismissing him at the end of last month, after just six games. How long new boss Neil Redfearn will last is anybody’s guess?

Leeds United owner Massimo Cellino has a reputation for regularly sacking managers
Leeds United owner Massimo Cellino has a reputation for regularly sacking managers

Now I go on to Watford, who inspired the title of this article. They are on to their fourth manager this campaign, with one lasting, yes that’s right eight days!

Giuseppe Sannino resigned at the beginning of September, with rumours suggesting he had lost the respect of the changing room, and was replaced by Oscar Garcia.

The Spaniard then had to step down due to health reasons at the end of the month, and was replaced by Billy McKinlay. However The Hornets’ owners clearly weren’t happy with their appointment and The Scot was dismissed just a week and a day later. It wasn’t like he had performed badly – the Hertfordshire club won one and drew one in his short reign and were sitting third in the table.

As for the other seven sackings in the Championship so far this season, most have been down to poor performances, but again another amazing story is that of Mark Robins – sacked by Huddersfield after just the first game of the campaign which the Terriers had lost 4-0 at home to Bournemouth. That might be bad, but surely doesn’t deserve a sacking one game into the new season?

The next P45 to be handed out in the second division can’t be far away, with managers Sami Hyypia and Nigel Adkins living dangerously at Brighton and Reading respectively.

The longest serving manager in the Championship is Rotherham’s Steve Evans, who has had his job since April 9th 2012, and whilst only seven bosses have been in charge of their respective clubs for over a year. Comparing this to the Premier League, where 14 managers have been in charge for over a year and Arsene Wenger is of course the longest serving. Six bosses have been in charge longer than the aforementioned Evans at Rotherham.

If you get it right, managing in the Championship can produce some incredible and rewarding results, but if you get it wrong, chairmen won’t think twice before giving you the sack…

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