Worrying early signs for Simon Grayson, Neal Ardley and Paul Tisdaleby Jack Kitson / 17 August 2016, 13:06Tweet
The 2016/17 season may only be a few games old but there are already some gaffers in The Football League feeling the heat after suffering stuttering starts. There’s some early pressure on the shoulders of Simon Grayson, Neal Ardley and Paul Tisdale, with each gaffer pointless after three league games.
Grayson’s Preston enjoyed an impressive return to the Championship last term, finishing up in 11th - a whopping 22 points above the relegation zone. However, the current campaign has been a miserable one so far, with the Lilywhites the only team to lose all three of their opening games, although Blackburn and Newcastle could also be in the same predicament if they lose tonight (Wednesday).
Under Ardley AFC Wimbledon won promotion up to League One for the first time in their history after beating Plymouth in the play-offs last May. But, the club has found life in the third-tier to be problematic, losing to Walsall, Bolton and Scunthorpe, while they were also booted out of the League Cup by Peterborough.
Tisdale is famed for being the longest-serving gaffer in The Football League, having recently clocked off 10 years in charge of Exeter City. However, you get the feeling that this season could be a defining one for both the club and manager. And on current showing supporters have reason to be fearful, with the Grecians rock-bottom of the table, and the only team in the division yet to register a point.
Elsewhere, there are some early murmurings of discontent at Blackburn Rovers who have lost both of their opening games. Earlier in the summer Owen Coyle was a controversial appointment at Ewood Park, and if Rovers lose at Cardiff tonight then you can expect the voices of discontent to grow louder.
Meanwhile, the ante-post favourites for the League One title, Sheffield United, are still without a victory under new boss Chris Wilder. Wilder has been tasked with ending the club’s six-year stay in the third-tier, but on current showing the club may find themselves fighting to stay in the league.