Championship clubs' attitudes towards hiring and firing must change

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With Neil Lennon severing ties with Bolton Wanderers earlier this week, 14 managers have now been officially relieved of their duties this season in the Championship.

Only 11 of the league's 24 clubs have kept the same manager they started the season with, whilst Rotherham have gone through two managers in the last six months.

It's widely known the longevity of a football manager is getting shorter by the minute - but have any such changes this campaign breaded success?


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The club currently highest in the table with a new boss at the helm is Derby County, who sacked Paul Clement a month ago but remain fifth in the table, three points above seventh-placed Cardiff City.

Thereafter, every side - aside from MK Dons - below Queens Park Rangers have changed their manager at some point this season.

Bristol City bringing in Lee Johnson has paid dividends having escaped the relegation zone and, despite a few fumbles, they look on course to survive and potentially move forward.

Rotherham, who got it so wrong first time around, seem to have found their ideal man in Neil Warnock. If he succeeds in steering them away from relegation, the Millers have a platform to improve next season.

That's where the success stories end. Steve Evans has endured a nightmare tenure at Leeds, Nottingham Forest are going nowhere with or without Dougie Freedman and Reading are yet to rebuild under Brian McDermott.

Blackburn Rovers, meanwhile, will hope Paul Lambert can rediscover his magic touch after a dreadful spell at Aston Villa, Brentford need Dean Smith to inspire long-term success and Huddersfield took a risk that hasn't yet paid off.

As for Fulham, who are far better than their lowly league position of 20th suggests, lack direction, whereas Charlton and Bolton are, simply put, in big trouble.

As always, it's fear that drives these short-term solutions of hiring and firing; fear of missing out on promotion into the Premier League; fear of relegation into League One.

This is where the vicious cycle begins, whereby a new manager suffers the very same as his predecessor and is eventually replaced due to a lack of improvements and progress.

Championship sides need to realise longevity is key - but they'll never learn.

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Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink
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