The Championship is seen as one of the hardest divisions to get out of in Europe with any team capable of beating another on any given day, and keeping your job as a manager is an even tougher ask.
Because expectations are high – whether a club’s goal is promotion or to stay up – managers find themselves under constant pressure to succeed and chairmen often make knee-jerk decisions as they look to achieve their pre-season goals.
Since the season kicked off on the 7th August, 14 managers have lost their jobs with only Steve Evans leaving Rotherham by ‘mutual consent’, the others have been ‘relieved of their duties’ by the club after the board decided to make changes.
Two of those 14 – Lee Carsley and Karel Fraeye – were only in interim charge of the club but both were given extended stints in charge.
Carsley spent two months in charge of Brentford but chose to ‘step down’ after Dean Smith’s arrival while Fraeye was one of 13 Championship managers to have been ‘relieved of his duties’ by the club after a disastrous two months in charge.
The list of sacked managers consists of Marinus Dijkhuizen, Uwe Rosler, Guy Luzon, Chris Powell, Chris Ramsay, Kit Symons, Gary Bowyer, Steve Clarke, Steve Cotterill, Neil Redfearn and Paul Clement.
A quick look at the clubs that have parted company with managers this season shows that just two sides – Derby and Brentford – find themselves in the top 12 of the Championship.
This stat shows that it is surely better to stick with a manager if you are to have success in the division, however the average tenure of a manager in the Championship is just 1.23 years.
Only four managers in the top half of the league haven’t yet reached his milestone – new Derby boss Darren Wassall is in the first month of his tenure, Dean Smith has been at Brentford has been with the club for 3 months, Sheffield Wednesday boss Carlos Carvalhal has been in charge for 8 months while Dougie Freedman is just short of the 1.23 years with 12 months in charge of Nottingham Forest.
In contrast, only 3 managers – Kenny Jackett, Karl Robinson and Neil Lennon – have surpassed this number in the bottom half of the table.
This shows that having faith in a manager and giving him the opportunity to build a team does lead to success in the second tier. The top three in the Championship – Hull, Burnley and Middlesbrough – have managers who have all been with the club for more than two years.
This begs the question why are clubs so quick to sack a manager when success clearly has an impact on a club’s league position. and if a manager is allowed an extended period in charge, you are more likely to have success.
So when your team is going through a bad patch, just think that maybe parting company with the manager that hasn’t been there that long isn’t the best option.