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Championship Managers feeling the pressure


The Championship has always been a volatile battle ground for managers, with early sackings and changes part and parcel in the league where clubs fight it out for the ultimate prize- a place in the Premier League.

Managers of the sides relegated from the England's top league are always prone to pressure early on as they seek to make an immediate return to the top flight, and this year is no execption. 

Owen Coyle recently stated that he would not blame his club Bolton if they decided to give him the sack after an indifferent start sees them sitting in mid table. Many fans were already dismayed when Coyle oversaw their relegation after an eleven year stay in the Premier League, and his team's performances of late will do little to dissuade their unrest.

Another Manager at the helm of a relegated team is Steve Kean, who has endured a tough tenure at Ewood Park, facing strong opposition from fans from day one, relegation only confirming what many already thought about his suitability for the job. Even though his side currently sit in second place, having only suffered their first league defeat of the season yesterday, Kean is still facing fan protests over his, and club owners Venkys, occupation.

Meanwhile at the bottom of the league, and perhaps more understandably, there are two managers who are feeling the heat. 

Peterborough have had a torrid start to the league, and remain the only side in the entire English league not to register a single point, after seven straight defeats. 

Manager Darren Ferguson is in charge at the club for the second time, his terms coming either side of an unsuccessful spell at Preston, which saw him sacked in December 2010. Despite his popularity on the terraces, and relationship with the club as well, it will only be a matter of time before they are forced to make changes if his side continue their current form.

Just above Ferguson's side in the league is Paul Jewell's Ipswich, who has been at the club for nearly two years. With only one win in the league, it is only Peterborough's even worse form that prevents them from propping up the table.

Each of these Managers have the credentials and resources at their respective clubs to do well this year, and yet it would still come as a surprise if all four of them were still in charge at the end of the season, or even by Christmas.

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