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Less Than Half Of Managers Survive Full Championship Campaign

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As Reading fans are keenly aware, it's tough to be a manager in England's second tier and the statistics from the past campaign only go to show just how difficult it's become...

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Reading Football Club were one of 13 Championship teams to sack their manager during the 2015/16 campaign, as just eight men remained in their post from first game to last. The highly demanding nature of England's second tier once again saw clubs churn through managers at an alarming rate as Royals fans are only too aware.

Championship Managers Who Managed Full Season
CLUB MANAGER FINAL POSITION
Burnley Sean Dyche 1st (P)
Middlesbrough Aitor Karanka 2nd (P)
Brighton Chris Hughton 3rd
Hull Steve Bruce 4th (P)
Sheffield Wednesday Carlos Carvalhal 6th
Ipswich Mick McCarthy 7th
Cardiff Russell Slade 8th
Birmingham Gary Rowett 10th
Preston Simon Grayson 11th
Wolves Kenny Jackett 14th
MK Dons Karl Robinson 23rd (R)

The table above shows how promotion-focused club owners and chairman have become as only six managers to finish outside a play-off place survived the campaign and two of those were men who steered clubs to 7th and 8th. Three others to survive also had recent track records of success as Simon Grayson, Karl Robinson and Kenny Jackett all took their teams up from League One. Who'd have ever thought Pete Winkelman would end up as a model chairman in terms of loyalty?!

With three of those managers taking their sides up, Russell Slade having moved on to Charlton (after being moved upstairs by Cardiff) and Robinson seeing his side relegated, next season's Championship will only have six managers who were on the touchline during the opening weekend in 2015. Even then, Kenny Jackett and Mick McCarthy both came under pressure from fans last season, so will likely start the new campaign in difficult positions.

At the start of the season just nine Championship managers had spent a full season with their clubs, but impressively seven of them survived the whole season, with Steve Cotterill (Bristol City) and Gary Bowyer (Blackburn) the only two who left clubs they'd been managing since the opening day of the 2014/15 season.

Simply put, loyalty is at an all time low from owners who are desperate to secure the riches of the Premier League and will try any trick in the book to make that happen. McCarthy now becomes the league's longest serving boss, having been appointed in the long-distant past of November 2012.

Still, it's not just the Championship given two of the three promoted sides from League One changed their manager during the 2015/16 season while two of the three relegated sides from the Premier League swapped gaffers during the last campaign.

So if you're reading this Jaap Stam/A.N.Other new Reading boss. Good luck, you're gunna need it.