The Championship has always been a proving ground for many talented players and managers alike to prove their ability before stepping up to England’s elite.
And whilst there are many young managers in the Championship; including Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink, Lee Heckingbottom, Gary Rowett and Garry Monk; there are also some extremely experienced and smart managers in the second tier.
After Aston Villa brought in Roberto di Matteo as the man to try and return them to the Premier League back in the summer, it meant that the Championship had as many Champions League-winning managers as Spain’s La Liga.
Whilst the ex-Chelsea interim manager has since been sacked, the standard of both the players and managers in the Championship is always going up, breeding top-quality football all the way down the English pyramid.
Here, in the opinion of FLW’s Ryan Evans, are the top THREE most smart managers in the Championship…