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Championship Next Manager To Leave

Next Championship Manager To Leave after Jan Siewert

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Championship ‘Sack Race’ 2019/20

The 'sack race' is a term which has become so embedded in the English football lexicon that it now feels like as much a part of the game as the managers themselves. Last season in the Championship, six managers were dismissed in pre-season while nine were ousted throughout the campaign. Sometimes giving the manager the boot can herald incredible upturns in form (e.g Aston Villa after Steve Bruce was relieved of his duties last season); at others, it can have no effect whatsoever, or even a negative knock-on consequences (Ipswich Town's decline after the sacking of Mick McCarthy, for example).

On 16 August 2019, after one win during 19 games in charge, Jan Siewert was sacked from Huddersfield. Only time will tell who will be the next manager to get off the so-called managerial merry-go-round this time round, but there are a few clues which give us a better chance of predicting who the unfortunate gaffer might be. Without further ado then, let's take a look at some of the prime candidates for the unwanted accolade...

1) Lee Bowyer

Charlton boss Lee Bowyer had a terrific first campaign as a manager last season. Initially appointed as caretaker following the departure of Karl Robinson in March 2018, Bowyer was handed the position on a permanent basis in June the same year. Charlton were sitting in League One having been relegated at the end of the 2016/17 season, during Bowyer's time with the club however they soared up the league table and ultimately finished in 3rd place. This earnt them a playoff spot; they beat Doncaster Rovers in the semifinals before deservedly triumphing over Sunderland at Wembley in the all-important decisive match.

Despite Bowyer's enormous success and obvious rapport with the fans, the former-midfielder chose to turn down a contract extension, citing differences with the board as his reason for doing so. Eventually, he decided to sign a new contract, but his less than happy relationship with the club's hierarchy combined with Charlton's below-average squad means that he will be one of the frontrunners to be dismissed next time this season.

2) Pep Clotet

As he has yet to be given the role on a permanent basis, Birmingham City caretaker manager Pep Clotet is indisputably one of the prime candidates to leave his club next in the coming season. Although he has held 14 managerial or assistant managerial positions in his 18-year coaching career, the Spaniard has never stayed at the same club for longer than two years. He has been with Birmingham City for almost that amount of time having followed the previous managerial incumbent Gary Monk there following his dismissal form Middlesbrough in 2017.

It's natural to assume, therefore, that Clotet will be unlikely to stay with Birmingham for a sustained amount of time. Birmingham finished in 17th place last term, 12 points above the drop zone. Given that their star man Che Adams has left the club in favour of Premier League Southampton in the summer, the Birmingham faithful are not overly optimistic about what the coming season might bring. It stands to reason that Clotet could be the next gaffer to lose his job in the forthcoming season.

3) Neil Harris

The Millwall manager Neil Harris is a certified legend at the club. He played for them for a combined total of a decade over two stints in his playing career and he has spent the entirety of his coaching career with the London side. For this reason, you might expect that the former striker and record goalscorer for the club will be given special treatment by the board. And, to some extent, this might be the case - Millwall finished in 21st place last campaign, a mere four points from being relegated to League One; despite this, Harris kept his job.

In part, this is due to his previous successes as manager of the club: he oversaw their promotion from the 3rd division in the 2016/17 season and in the 17/18 season they briefly flirted with the play-off places but ultimately fell just short. However, ruthlessness is necessary to succeed in a division as competitive as the Championship and, if Harris underperforms, the Millwall board won't hesitate to put his head on the chopping block. Given the stature of their squad, it would be wise to watch this space.

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