Warren the 14th: This season’s Championship sackings

Warren Joyce
Warren Joyce

Warren Joyce’s sacking by Wigan on Monday means 14 managers have been removed from their posts in the Sky Bet Championship this season.

The 14 sackings have been concentrated among 11 clubs with Latics becoming the third to pull the trigger for a second time, having also axed Gary Caldwell earlier in the campaign.

Wolves’ new owners removed Kenny Jackett from his role in late July, before the season had begun, and his replacement Walter Zenga lasted only until October. Steve McClaren left Derby on Sunday, having only replaced Nigel Pearson in October for his second spell at the club.

Rotherham have also had two changes in the hot seat this season, but Jackett resigned rather than being forced out.

Alex Neil’s departure from Norwich on Friday means three managers have lost their jobs in the space of four days.

Aston Villa, Cardiff, QPR, Birmingham, Nottingham Forest and Blackburn are the other teams to change manager this season.

Mid-March also saw a flurry of activity last season as Dougie Freedman and Neil Lennon left Forest and Bolton respectively - the 13th and 14th sackings of the season, exactly in line with this term. That was it until the end of the season, when Charlton, Cardiff, Reading and Leeds opted for changes - making it 18 for the season - while Paul Lambert and Neil Warnock chose to leave their respective roles at Blackburn and Rotherham.

Having been in charge for just 16 games, Warnock was the shortest-serving manager in Rotherham’s history - a record which was broken twice more in 2016, by Alan Stubbs (13) and then Jackett (five).

2014-15 saw 15 managers jettisoned during the season, rising to 19 once it finished, and 2012-13 was similar with 14 rising to 16.

That leaves the 2013-14 campaign as an oasis of relative calm, with just nine managers sacked during the season and Jose Riga (Charlton) and Brian McDermott (Leeds) following once it had concluded.

Only 11 of the current managers in the second tier have been in charge for a full year, with Newcastle’s Rafael Benitez having reached the mark on Saturday.

(Statistics for each season run from July 1 to June 30 the following year. Managers resigning or leaving for roles elsewhere have not been included)