Who'd be a Championship manager?
One year, 24 teams, 43 managers — the crazy world of English football's second tier
RUMOURS have it Cardiff's new owners wanted Alan Shearer as manager when they took over, but plumped for Mackay after seeking counsel.
It paid off big time as the Bluebirds cantered to the league title.
Hull City: Steve Bruce
A severe slump in form as Hull approached the final hurdle meant automatic promotion was suddenly under threat.
Bruce just about steered his way to the Prem with a final-day draw at home to Cardiff, as Watford slipped up at home to Leeds.
Watford - Sean Dyche and Gianfranco Zola
IF Watford are promoted, they will have a serious headache to deal with due to current transfer embargo enforced upon them until September 1.
Perhaps missing out on the Prem might not be a bad thing — but either way, Zola has done a sterling job since replacing Dyche.
Brighton: Gus Poyet
THE Seagulls knew they were onto a good thing when they appointed Poyet and have benefited ever since.
The Uruguayan led them out of League One and could now take them into the Promised Land through the playoffs.
Crystal Palace: Dougie Freedman and Ian Holloway
EYEBROWS were raised when Freedman ditched up-and-coming Palace for Bolton in October.
The Eagles replaced the club hero with Holloway, who has overseen the club reach the playoffs — as well as the sale of Wilfried Zaha to Manchester United.
Leicester: Nigel Pearson
LEICESTER'S owners seem to have learnt from the trigger-happy approach to running a club they adopted this season.
This time round, they have stuck with Pearson for the entire duration, making the play-offs despite a poor run at the end of the campaign.
Bolton: Owen Coyle and Dougie Freedman
COYLE got the chop after a mediocre start to life in the Championship after he brought down from the Premier League.
Freedman came in and gradually impressed his methods on the team, missing out on the playoffs on the last day of the season.
Nottingham Forest: Steve Cotterill, Sean O'Driscoll, Alex McLeish and Billy Davies
FOREST have gone manager crazy in the last 12 months, hiring four and firing three.
They appear to have cracked in on the fourth as Davies returned to lift the side to a whisker away from a playoff finish.
Charlton: Chris Powell
POWELL has fared well in South-East London considering the lack of funds at his disposal.
His chairman clearly thinks it too as the former left-back will preside over his fourth season as manager of Charlton next season if he stays put.
Derby County: Nigel Clough
SOME may argue Clough is lucky to still be in his position at Pride Park as Derby don't appear to have progressed since he took over in 2009.
But perhaps his staying power should be celebrated rather than questioned considering the eagerness to swing the axe in the Championship.
Burnley: Eddie Howe and Sean Dyche
HOWE returned to his former team Bournemouth in October and was replaced by Dyche.
It seemed to work out for both men, as Howe won promotion from League One and Dyche recovered from his dismissal at Watford.
Birmingham: Lee Clark
CLARK has had to beg, steal and borrow to keep Brum in the league this season due to the club's financial woes.
The Geordie will be desperate to have some money to play with over the summer but it remains to be seen if he gets his wish.
Leeds: Neil Warnock and Brian McDermott
WILL McDermott be the man to finally bring Leeds back to the top flight?
He has made an encouraging start, with his passing style a welcome change to the craned-necked faithful at Elland Road.
Ipswich: Paul Jewell — Mick McCarthy
HOW Wolves fans wish they had stuck with McCarthy last season.
Since replacing Jewell, the Barnsley boy has worked wonders at Portman Road with many lauding him as manager of the season.
Blackpool: Ian Holloway, Michael Appleton and Paul Ince
IT doesn't bode well for a club when you a hire a manager and they quit after just over two months.
That's what Appleton did, leaving the Tangerines for rivals Blackburn, where he lasted just 67 days. Hindsight, and all that.
Middlesbrough: Tony Mowbray
BORO fans could be forgiven for feeling a little worried at the lack of progress under Mowbray.
The team started off well this year but faded badly, finishing in an underwhelming 16th place.
Blackburn: Steve Kean, Henning Berg, Michael Appleton and Gary Bowyer
WHERE do you start with Blackburn Rovers?
The fans wanted Kean out last year but the club decided to wait until well into this season to do it and the downward spiral has continued ever since.
Sheffield Wednesday: Dave Jones
STEADY progress has been made under Jones' stewardship at Hillsborough.
Now Owls fans will be hoping they can make a push to return to the Premier League, 14 years after they dropped out of the top flight.
Huddersfield: Simon Grayson and Mark Robins
HUDDERSFIELD have preserved their Championship status, which is presumably what they hoped to do when they swapped Grayson for Robins.
Millwall: Kenny Jackett
MILLWALL will do well to improve on Jackett after the long-serving manager handed in his notice.
Perhaps Jackett believed he had taken the club as far as he could after nearly six seasons at the helm.
Barnsley: Keith Hill and David Flitcroft
THERE were joyous scenes on the final day of the season as Barnsley escaped the drop.
Now Tykes fans will hope new boy Flitcroft can start afresh next season with some exciting plans.
Peterborough: Darren Ferguson
FOOTBALL can be so cruel sometimes.
A last-minute goal at Crystal Palace on the last day saw Posh lose and tumble down to League One.
Wolves: Terry Connor, Stale Solbakken and Dean Saunders
HERE is the blueprint of how NOT to run a football club.
Wolves are still paying the price of sacking Mick McCarthy in the Premier League without having a successor lined up. You feel for their supporters.
Bristol City: Derek McInnes and Sean O'Driscoll
O'DRISCOLL brushed off the disappointment of his axe at Forest by taking over a sinking ship City.
The summer will provide a chance to clear the decks and put his stamp on the club.