As we head into the second international break, the Championship table is starting to take shape. Whilst some teams are flying high, others are disappointingly low and the pressure on some managers is rising.
Here I look at three possible managers who could be the second managerial casualty of the season in the Sky Bet Championship
After surprisingly guiding Reading to last seasons Championship play off final in his first season in charge of the club, and being just a penalty shoot out away from the Premier League, it seems Jaap Stam’s Reading are suffering a massive play off hangover. The Royals find themself in 20th place and without a win in five Championship games, with the pressure rising on Stam with every passing week. Last season, they had the second best home record in the league bettered only by promotion winners Brighton. However so far this season, they have won just one from their first five home games and are seriously struggling for goals. The fans are becoming more and more frustrated, and if their form continues in this manner, the board may be forced into making a change.
Despite guiding Bolton to promotion in his first season at the first time of asking in his first season at the club and working on the tightest budget in the Championship, Phil Parkinson is definitely under big pressure. Bolton are the only team in the Championship without a win so far this season, have already conceded 22 goals (the second worst in the division) and have scored just 4 goals (with half of those coming on the first day of the season against Leeds United). Wanderers look destined for the drop and Parkinson must find some wins from somewhere if he is to survive much longer.
Despite guiding Sheffield Wednesday to an emphatic 3-0 Yorkshire Derby victory over Leeds United yesterday, Carlos Carvalhal is under big pressure from the clubs fans. Despite having one of the largest budgets in the Championship over the last two seasons, he has failed to win promotion to the Premier League, falling at the play off hurdle on both occasions. The mood amongst the fans has obviously lifted after Sunday’s result, but when the next defeat comes around, it will be interesting to see how the Wednesday fans react.