The first week of August 2016, saw 24 Managers hoping to lift the Championship trophy, or at the very least keep their jobs…
The volatility of life in the English second tier is much talked about, especially with so many clubs desperate at a shot of getting into the Premier League.
Of those 24 Championship Managers back at the start of last season, only five are still managing the same clubs in that division.
Rafa Benitez, David Wagner and Chris Hughton all got promotion and indeed are all making a very good attempt at not bouncing straight back down.
(Likewise the three clubs promoted from League One last season, are also doing well in the Championship with the managers who took them up – Chris Wilder has Sheff Utd in 9th, Neil Harris has Millwall 10th, then despite very limited funds, Phil Parkinson has Bolton six points clear of relegation in 19th)
However, apart from Benitez, Wagner and Hughton, the only Championship Managers who kicked off 2016/17 to still have their jobs are:
Mick McCarthy (Ipswich) – Has had the job for 5 years 141 days
Dean Smith (Brentford) – Has had the job for 2 years 112 days
Nigel Clough (Burton) – Has had the job for 2 years 1o5 days
Slavisa Jokanovic (Fulham) – Has had the job for 2 years 85 days
Lee Johnson (Bristol City) – Has had the job for 2 years 44 days
So that means 16 of the 24 managers kicking off in the Championship in August 2016 have now left those jobs, with Jaap Stam the 16th, sacked from Reading this week.
In all, only 27 of the 92 clubs in the top four divisions, have a manager who has been in charge for two years or more, a figure of just under 30%.
Clubs need to give managers a chance but it is finding the right one to back long-term, for every Rafa Benitez you have a John Carver, Alan Pardew and Steve McClaren.
Just in the time (2 years 11 days) that Rafa has been in charge at St James Park, Sunderland have had four different managers (Allardyce, Moyes, Grayson, Coleman), so far…
Evidence, if it was needed, as to why Mike Ashley has to stop messing about and either sell Newcastle United, or properly back Rafa Benitez.