Where do the 24 Championship managers come from?by Jack Kitson / 12 July 2017, 09:32Tweet
The ultra-competitive Championship kicks-off in just over three weeks time with 24 teams and their respective managers bidding to bag a place in the Premier League.
Who knows what drama the upcoming campaign will throw up, but you can bet your last copper that the second-tier managerial arena will be as chaotic as ever.
Experience vs Novice
Seven of the 24 bosses that line-up for the 2017/18 season have already had a taste of England's top-flight football during their managerial careers, whereas the other 17 are each bidding to become Premier League gaffers for the first time.
However, the vast majority of the 24 managers already have experience of managing in the Championship, which could prove pivotal at crunch stages of the season.
This time around we witness five bosses making their debut in England’s second-tier: Leonid Slutsky (Hull), Thomas Christiansen (Leeds), Daniel Farke (Germany), Nuno (Wolves), and Chris Wilder - only the latter has managed in England before.
Where are the gaffers from?
This season’s Championship is made-up of nine nationalities (see graphic below), although only two countries have more than one representative, with the other seven nations contributing one manager apiece.
This trumps Europe’s other second-tiers, with only Germany’s Bundesliga 2 coming close with managers from five different countries. France’s Ligue 2 has four, Italy’s Serie B is an all Italian affair apart from Zdenek Zeman (Czech), whereas Spain’s Segunda Division is made up completely of Spanish bosses.
England unsurprisingly tops the pile with a sizeable 15 representatives in the Championship, including the veteran foursome of Harry Redknapp (Birmingham), Neil Warnock (Cardiff), Steve Bruce (Aston Villa) and Ian Holloway (QPR), who have each managed over 800 games in the managerial arena, while Redknapp and Warnock have both accumulated in excess of 1000 matches!
Bruce’s Villa have been installed as the ante-post 13/2 favourites as the Midland’s outfit aims to bounce back from a disappointing 2016/17 season and return to the Premier League at the second time of asking. No boss in the division has won as many promotions into the top-flight as Bruce, whose previously led Birmingham and Hull up into the Promised Land twice apiece.
The only other nation to feature multiple times is Portugal as Nuno (Wolves) joins compatriot Carlos Carvalhal (Sheffield Wednesday). Carvalhal will be hoping it’s third time lucky this term after twice losing out in the play-offs, while Nuno, the former Porto and Valencia boss, was a huge coup for Wolves earlier in the summer.
Who will follow Rafa Benitez and David Wagner?
Last season Newcastle’s Rafa Benitez and Huddersfield Town’s David Wagner became only the fifth and sixth non-British or Irish managers to win promotion to the Premier League, with Jean Tigana, Roberto Di Matteo, Slavisa Jokanovic, and Aitor Karanka the other four men to achieve this feat.
Six managers have the chance to add to this list of non-British or Irish managers to win promotion to the Premier League, including Leonid Slutsky (Hull), Thomas Christiansen (Spain), Daniel Farke (Norwich), Jaap Stam (Netherlands), Carvalhal (Sheff Wed), and Nuno (Wolves), while Jokanovic (Fulham) can become the first foreign boss to bag two promotions from the Championship.