Which Football League managers have been promoted and relegated so far?

Jack Kitson by Jack Kitson / 01 May 2019, 14:34

The Football League promotions and relegations are coming thick and fast as the three tiers draw to a climactic close this weekend, before venturing into play-off territory.

We take a look at the 11 managers in the Championship, League One, and League Two that have either; already led a club to promotion, or suffered the absolute agony of relegation...

Championship - Promoted

Daniel Farke (Norwich City)

In just his second season in England Daniel Farke has led Norwich City up to the Premier League. The German, whose side only finished 14th last term, did so in style with the Canaries dazzling the division with their never-say-die attitude and possession-based approach, which has resulted in an avalanche of goals and majestic moments.

Chris Wilder (Sheffield United)

In the space of four seasons Chris Wilder has completed the Football League hat-trick, having won promotion into League One, the Championship, and now into the Promised Land of the Premier League.

The first promotion came with Northampton who won League Two in 2016, before he switched to boyhood club Sheffield United the following season and led the Blades to the League One title at the first attempt. The club finished 10th upon their return to the Championship, but last weekend ended 12 years of hurt by securing a top-two finish.

What Next?

Norwich need a point away to Aston Villa to secure the title, although they will triumph should Sheffield United fail to beat Stoke.

Marcelo Bielsa’s Leeds, James Shan’s West Brom, and Dean Smith’s Aston Villa are all definitely in the play-offs, while Derby (Frank Lampard), Middlesbrough (Tony Pulis), and Bristol City (Lee Johnson) will fight it out for the final place. The latter, in 6th, still have two games left to play.

Championship - Relegated

Paul Lambert (Ipswich Town)

Ipswich started a season without Mick McCarthy at the helm for the first time since 2013, and what a shocking start it was under his replacement Paul Hurst who was sacked after registering one win from 15 league and cup games. Former Norwich boss Paul Lambert ventured over in October but has only managed to scrape three wins in 30, with the club’s 17-year stay coming to an end last month.

Phil Parkinson (Bolton)

Bolton’s only remaining task from a tumultuous season on-and-off the field is to complete their remaining two games. Their 45th clash against Brentford will not go ahead this week, with the fixture postponed from Saturday after the players went on strike following unpaid wages. Phil Parkinson vowed Bolton will “come back stronger” but whether he will still be at the helm next season is open to debate.

Paul Warne (Rotherham)

If you didn’t have a tear in your eye watching Paul Warne’s emotional interview following Rotherham’s relegated back down to League One, then you have a heart of stone. Warne suffered relegation with Rotherham in 2017, but responded in style, and he will look to repeat the promotion feat next season.

 

League One - Promoted

Mick Harford (Luton)

Luton Town have carded back-to-back promotions under two different managers. Nathan Jones led the club up to League One last season, only to be lured over to second-tier Stoke at the start of 2019. Mick Harford stepped up to the plate and steered the Hatters into the Championship, and it’s now being reported that Graeme Jones will take over in the summer.

Daniel Stendel (Barnsley)

Daniel Stendel was a surprise appointment last summer, but the former Hannover boss with zero experience of managing in England proceeded to swat away any pessimism and orchestrated an instant return to the Championship. He celebrated by downing a pint in a Barnsley pub.

 

What Next?

Luton and Barnsley, both on 91 points, will contest top spot, while Portsmouth (Kenny Jackett), Sunderland (Jack Ross), and Charlton (Lee Bowyer) will be joined by either Doncaster (Grant McCann) or Peterborough (Darren Ferguson) in the play-offs.

League One - Relegated

Gary Bowyer (Bradford)

Bradford are the only League One team who have officially been relegated. The 2018/19 campaign has been one to forget for the Bantams who axed Michael Collins after only six games. Former player David Hopkin came in but resigned in February. Gary Bowyer, who left Blackpool one game into the season, was next with the club relegated in April after a defeat to Coventry.

What Next?

Remarkably six teams can still get relegated. We’re talking Scunthorpe (Andy Dawson), Walsall (Martin O’Connor), Plymouth (Kevin Nancekivell), Southend (Kevin Bond), and AFC Wimbledon (Wally Downes), although given their superior goal difference Gareth Ainsworth’s Wycombe should be safe. To add spice to the final day battle Plymouth and Scunthorpe face off on the south coast.

League Two - Promoted

Danny Cowley (Lincoln)

Danny Cowley’s star continues to shine brightly after he cemented a second title, and promotion, in three seasons. Leyton Orient won the National League in 2017, lost in the League Two play-offs last season, then lifted the title in their second attempt. What a man.

Ryan Lowe (Bury)

In his first full season in management Ryan Lowe has led Bury to a swift return to League One. He celebrated in style, check out the array of videos on Twitter, and will now be eagerly awaiting a second stab at life in the third-tier.

 

What Next?

It’s a straight shoot-out for the final automatic promotion spot between David Flitcroft’s Mansfield (3rd) and Paul Tisdale’s MK Dons (4th). The teams, who lock horns on Saturday, are both locked on 76 points but Mansfield’s superior goal difference means that should they avoid defeat they will be promoted.

Mark Cooper’s Forest Green Rovers and Micky Mellon’s Tranmere are both assured of a play-off spot, while five others teams can still secure 7th spot (Newport, Exeter, Colchester, Carlisle, and Stevenage).

League Two - Relegated

Neale Marmon (Yeovil Town)

Yeovil dropped out of the Football League last weekend under caretaker Neale Marmon. Darren Way was axed in March, leaving little to no time for Marmon to make an impact, and their fate was sealed following a 2-2 draw at Northampton.

What Next?

Macclesfield and Notts County will fight it out for safety. Macclesfield are two points better off and have a superior goal difference (8), meaning a point at home to Cambridge - a place above them in the table - will be enough for Sol Campbell’s men to secure safety.

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