With eight managers sacked in the first 11 games – this is the most brutal Championship start EVER!

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The Championship continued to prove itself as one of the most turbulent and unpredictable football leagues in the world, as the managerial merry-go-round got into full swing this week. 

Chris Wilder’s departure from Middlesbrough saw the tally for managerial dismissals rise to eight for the season with only 11 league games played so far – a record for at this stage of the campaign.

Though the Championship is known for its ruthless and volatile nature, Sportsmail takes a look at why this season in particular is causing so much drama in the dugout.

Chris Wilder became the eighth manager to be sacked in the Championship this season

Chris Wilder became the eighth manager to be sacked in the Championship this season

Boro find themselves in the Championship relegation zone after a string of poor results

Boro find themselves in the Championship relegation zone after a string of poor results

CHAMPIONSHIP MANAGERIAL OUTGOINGS 2022-23

August 25th – Stoke part ways with coach Michael O’Neill.

August 27th – Alex Neil leaves Sunderland to take charge of Stoke.

September 14th – Danny Schofield sacked by Huddersfield after 69 days in charge.

September 18th – Cardiff axe Steve Morison with Bluebirds sat in 18th.

September 22nd – Rotherham’s Paul Warne leaves to join League One side Derby County.

September 26th – Watford sack Rob Edwards.

September 30th – Hull dismiss Shota Arveladze after four defeats on the bounce.

October 3rd – Middlesbrough part ways with Chris Wilder.

On Monday, Wilder became the eighth man to face the chop in the league – having spent 11 months in the Riverside dugout.

It wasn’t a decision that came out of the blue, with Boro sat in the relegation zone after just two league wins from their opening 11 games.

Having impressed supporters last season with a brand of exciting football that took his team in to the play-offs, Wilder was expected to build on that this time round.

However, as many Championship managers have learned, the league has a particularly unforgiving nature.

In the end, Wilder was unable to turn his, and the club’s, fortunes around and joined a long list of axed Championship bosses for the 2022-23 campaign. 

That list began in August, when Stoke called an end to Michael O’Neill’s three-year tenure at the club – having won one game from their opening five.

The ripple effect was felt across the league as, two days later, the Potters lured Sunderland’s Alex Neil to the club – who was later replaced at the Stadium of Light by Tony Mowbray. 

Then came September, where a number of bosses departed. Danny Schofield left Huddersfield, Cardiff sacked Steve Morison, while Rotherham’s Paul Warne left to take charge of League One side Derby County. 

And last week, Watford’s Rob Edwards and Hull’s Shota Arveladze were both dismissed for a slow start in their opening 10 games. 

It feels as though, in the current Championship climate, nobody is safe from the sack and there could well be some new additions to this list in the coming weeks.  

Rob Edwards (above) was sacked from Watford after just ten games in charge for the club

Rob Edwards (above) was sacked from Watford after just ten games in charge for the club

West Brom's Steve Bruce may well be the next manager to face the axe after a poor start

West Brom’s Steve Bruce may well be the next manager to face the axe after a poor start

Steve Bruce is under growing pressure at West Brom with the Baggies currently sat 21st in the league and having won just once in their opening 11 games.

It’s a distant marker from where the side were last season, having finished the campaign 10th before making encouraging summer signings in Erik Pieters, John Swift and Jed Wallace.

And Bruce isn’t the only one feeling the heat at the moment. Blackpool’s Michael Appleton is another candidate to be the next Championship manager dismissed, as his side continued their poor form.

The Seasiders made a bright start to the season but four losses in their last five have left fans questioning whether Appleton will find success in his second stint in charge. 

Blackpool's Michael Appleton is another manager facing a potential sacking this season

Blackpool’s Michael Appleton is another manager facing a potential sacking this season

A chopping-and-changing environment is nothing new to Championship fans – although, the rate at which clubs are churning through managers will certainly raise concerns with some.

To offer a comparison, last season there were only 11 managerial changes (caretaker/interim bosses excluded) throughout the entirety of the 46-game season. Meaning the dismissal tally for 2022-23 is behind by just three with 35 fixtures to go.

It means that the number of outgoings could reach record levels from 2014-15, when 19 different managers were dismissed in the campaign.

At the same stage as the current tally, the 2014-15 season had only seen seven managers depart – with former Manchester United coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer included – suggesting that record will, in fact, be broken.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was dismissed of his role as Cardiff coach during the 2014-15 season

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was dismissed of his role as Cardiff coach during the 2014-15 season

According to LMA’s most recent recordings, which came at the end of the 2017-18 season, the average duration of a Championship manager’s tenure was 1.10 years. Compared to the 1.70 of the Premier League and the 2.12 of League Two, there’s clear evidence for the league’s volatility.

However, as the famous saying goes: ‘no risk, no reward’. And it just so happens, that the Championship holds one of the most lucrative rewards in world football. 

Ahead of the 2022 play-off final, Sports financial analysts Deloitte ran the numbers on how much a team would earn if they achieved promotion that season.

They claim promotion will provide an increase in revenue of at least £170million over the next three seasons for the triumphant club – a number that has risen significantly over the years.

A study ran by Deloitte showed promotion to the Premier League can be worth £170million

A study ran by Deloitte showed promotion to the Premier League can be worth £170million

That figure could further rise to £300m over a five-year period if the club avoids relegation in their first season in the Premier League.

So, history shows that the pay-off for promotion is enough to change the long-term future of any club – with teams such as Brighton and Brentford becoming established Premier League sides in recent years.

It’s no wonder that Championship chairmen are somewhat trigger-happy these days, with the lure of Premier League football – and the finances that come with it – being a driving factor in many sackings this season. 

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