The Championship managers out of contract this summer: Featuring Jonathan Woodgate, Nigel Pearson, Mark Warburton, and more

Jack Kitson by Jack Kitson / 28 April 2021, 10:24

Depending on which club you support there are now only two-to-three matches remaining in the Championship. 

We are still waiting on a title winner, but both the automatic promotion places have been decided. We also know the identity of the four teams in the play-offs - but not which spot each side will occupy - while the fight for survival is still on-going.

There have been plenty of changes in the Championship dugout this season - one club is on their fourth manager - with many new faces signing short-term deals.

Below we take a look at those managers who are out of contract in the summer, and what the future could hold...

Jonathan Woodgate (Bournemouth)

Jonathan Woodgate, appointed in February until the end of the season, got the job through a combination of circumstance and fortune yet he’s waved away any initial criticism after he secured a play-off place.

Should Woodgate now propel in-form Bournemouth back into the Premier League he’d put himself in a decent position for a full-time contract.

However, there’s the possibility that the south coast club could then opt for a more experienced manager, or one with a ‘bigger profile’. Frank Lampard, Thierry Henry, and Patrick Vieira have all been linked, while Eddie Howe remains out of work...

Nigel Pearson (Bristol City)

In February, Bristol City appointed Nigel Pearson on a short-term deal until the end of the season.

At the time the club were 15th on the back of seven successive defeats. His presence in the stands saw the Robins end that streak with a win, followed by two wins from their following four games.

However, the injury-hit club have since failed to win in eight matches, which puts them 18th.

There’s been no news on an improved deal and while there was an initial feeling that the experienced boss would be a part of a re-building job at Ashton Gate, the fact that there’s been no announcement yet has led many to speculate that the Lansdowns could look elsewhere.

A decision is expected soon.

*Since this article was written it's been reported that Pearson will sign a new three-year deal*


Can Jonathan Woodgate propel Bournemouth into the Premier League?

Frankie McAvoy (Preston)

Named interim manager five weeks ago following the exit of Alex Neil, Frankie McAvoy has since picked up an impressive 11 points from six games, which has swatted away the threat of relegation. 

The 53-year-old is a 4/1 shot to get the job on a permanent basis, but there’s still an expectation that the club will opt to go in a different direction this summer; the likes of Graham Alexander, Nicky Butt, and Uwe Rosler have been linked. 

But two more wins from his final two games could sway things in McAvoy’s favour. At the very least he deserves to be in contention.

Mark Warburton (QPR)

Unlike the aforementioned three names, Mark Warburton started the 2020/21 season at his club. In fact, he was appointed back in 2019 and finished last term in 13th, a position the 10th-placed side will surely improve upon this season - they could end up 8th.

Last week a report emerged that Warburton - who is on a rolling contract - was set to quit QPR to take up an assistant technical director role at the FA, which he quickly denied. It was then reported that he was set to sign a new deal at Loftus Road, which he’s also denied.

Guess we’ll just have to wait until the summer for the outcome of this one.


Darren Moore's contract has not yet been revealed

Darren Moore (Sheffield Wednesday)

First of all, everyone at The Sack Race wishes Darren Moore a swift recovery after he contracted pneumonia as a result of Covid-19. There have been positive reports that the manager could return to the touchline before the season is out.

In March, Moore became Sheffield Wednesday’s fourth boss of a turbulent season after he was lured from his post at League One side Doncaster.

There’s been no confirmation of the contract Moore signed - he’s remained tight-lipped on the subject - but you’d like to think he was appointed as part of a long-term vision.

If that was the case he should be in the Owls dugout next season regardless of what division the club is in, which is likely to be League One given that they are four points from safety with two games remaining.

However, you simply never know what the unpredictable and trigger-happy Dejphon Chansiri will do next, so it’s a case of wait and see.

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