Sunderland's Grayson among Championship managers under most pressure

Jaap Stam, manager of Reading looks on during the Sky Bet Championship match between Reading and Norwich City at Madejski Stadium on September 30, 2017 in Reading, England.

Bolton, Reading and Sunderland bosses are arguably the Championship managers feeling the most pressure ahead of the weekend - here's why.

Jaap Stam, manager of Reading looks on during the Sky Bet Championship match between Reading and Norwich City at Madejski Stadium on September 30, 2017 in Reading, England.Jaap Stam, manager of Reading, looks on during the Sky Bet Championship match against Norwich City.

Championship action returns this weekend after the international break and for many managers in the division the pressure is really starting to tell.

Here are the three bosses from the second tier of English football who really need to secure a positive result or else serious questions could start to be asked about their position.

Simon Grayson manager of Sunderland looks on during the Carabao Cup First Round match between Bury and Sunderland at Gigg Lane on August 10, 2017 in Bury, England.Simon Grayson, manager of Sunderland.

Simon Grayson

Grayson has only been in charge of 11 league matches since taking charge at relegated Sunderland over the summer, but winning just one of those and losing six has left them second bottom.

They host QPR at the Stadium of Light on Saturday (October 14) but while home advantage is usually a positive, the Black Cats have not won in front of their own fans since December, 2016.

Phil Parkinson, manager of Bolton Wanderers reacts on the touchline next to Lee Johnson, manager of Bristol City during the Sky Bet Championship match between Bristol City and Bolton...Phil Parkinson, manager of Bolton Wanderers, reacts on the touchline next to Lee Johnson, manager of Bristol City.

Phil Parkinson

Only one side have a worse record than Grayson's men and that is Bolton Wanderers, who have picked up just two points so far in 2017/18 and sit rock bottom of the table having lost their last eight league games.

Parkinson got financially stricken Bolton promoted last campaign against the odds, but unless he can secure a victory at home against Sheffield Wednesday this weekend then his role could become under threat.

Jaap Stam

After guiding Reading to the playoff final in 2016/17, losing to Huddersfield Town on penalties, many Royals fans may have thought Stam's men would be challenging for the automatic spots this time around.

Yet defeat at high-flying Leeds United on Saturday could actually see the Berkshire outfit drop into the relegation zone after a disappointing start to this campaign and the Dutchman admitted to Get Reading he is feeling the pressure.

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