The success of Aitor Karanka and Carlos Carvalhal has dispelled the myth that Championship experience is essential for a manager to succeed in the league.
While Karanka has guided Middlesbrough to promotion to the Premier League, Carvalhal has led Sheffield Wednesday to the Championship playoff final.
True, Boro had one of the strongest squads in the Championship, but it still takes quite a bit of work from a manager to achieve success with a good team.
As for Wednesday, at the start of the 2015-16 season, not many Championship observers would have backed them to finish in the top six.
The success of Karanka and Carvalhal suggests that a manager does not need years and years of experience in the Championship.
If a manager is truly good and can learn (and adapt) quickly, then he will be a success in the second tier of English football.
The Middlesbrough job is Karanka’s first as a manager of a club, and he was a bit unlucky in not getting Boro promoted to the Premier League at the end of the 2014-15 season.
Carvalhal was given the Wednesday job only in the summer of 2015, and this is his first managerial job in almost three years.
The achievements of Karanka and Carvalhal justify Massimo Cellino’s search for a new Leeds United head coach abroad and outside of the Championship.
The Italian entrepreneur is also interested in Bristol Rovers boss Darrell Clarke, according to the League One club’s official website.
Clarke does not have experience of managing in the Championship, but it cannot be said with certainty that he would not succeed in the division.
Cellino is right in looking in his homeland and at lower leagues in England for a new head coach.
The big question is whether the Italian would be able to find the right manager, someone who can be as good as Carvalhal or Karanka.
Leeds United Chairman Massimo Cellino