With Slutsky gone, is Wednesday boss the next Championship manager in line for the chop?

LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 21 Leonid Slutsky, Manager of Hull City looks on prior to the Sky Bet Championship match between Millwall and Hull City at The Den on November 21, 2017 in London,...

Hull City parted company with Leonid Slutsky as Hull slipped to 20th in the Championship, but should Sheffield Wednesday and Norwich bosses also be nervous?

Leonid Slutsky manager of Hull City looks on during the Sky Bet Championship match between Derby County and Hull City at iPro Stadium on September 8, 2017 in Derby, England.Leonid Slutsky manager of Hull City looks on during the Sky Bet Championship match between Derby County and Hull City at iPro Stadium on September 8, 2017 in Derby, England.

Leonid Slutsky became the third managerial casualty of the season in the Championship after he was sacked by Hull City last weekend. 

He joins Simon Grayson and Harry Redknapp on the list of managers to lose their jobs this season as the pressure has started to mount ahead of the busy Christmas schedule. 

Plenty of teams have had poor results over the hectic festive period over the years and it's a time chairmen often swing the axe. Here are three Championship managers who could be in danger in the next few weeks: 

Carlos Carvalhal - Sheffield Wednesday

Sheffield Wednesday have been seeking promotion for over two seasons now. They've had two play-off campaigns under Carlos Carvalhal, losing the final to Hull City in 2016 and bowing out in the semi-finals last term. 

But things aren't going to well this time round. His side currently lie in 12th, eight points adrift of the play-offs. After finishing sixth and fourth, The Owls hierarchy were hoping to be closer to the automatic promotion places but it doesn't look like materialising under Carvalhal. Wednesday are unbeaten in five but they've drawn four of those.

Carlos Carvalhal manager of Sheffield Wednesday looks on during the Sky Bet Championship match between Bolton Wanderers and Sheffield Wednesday at Macron Stadium on October 14, 2017 in...Carlos Carvalhal manager of Sheffield Wednesday looks on during the Sky Bet Championship match between Bolton Wanderers and Sheffield Wednesday at Macron Stadium on October 14, 2017 in...

Not scoring enough goals and drawing too many games has been the story under Carvalhal. The home defeat to bitter rivals Sheffield United, which was later followed by defeat to lowly Bolton, seemed to have lost the Portuguese a section of the fans. 

Daniel Farke - Norwich City

Former Borussia Dortmund B boss Daniel Farke arrived in Norfolk during the summer. Norwich City fans had hoped he could make a similar impact as David Wagner did at Huddersfield Town. 

Norwich manager Daniel Farke looks on during the Sky Bet Championship match between Cardiff City and Norwich City at Cardiff City Stadium on December 1, 2017 in Cardiff, Wales.Norwich manager Daniel Farke looks on during the Sky Bet Championship match between Cardiff City and Norwich City at Cardiff City Stadium on December 1, 2017 in Cardiff, Wales.

Norwich started poorly but an eight match unbeaten run in September and October pushed them into the play-offs as Farke looked to have found his feet. However, since then Norwich have picked up just two points in their last seven games and slipped back to 16th in the table. They are eight points clear of danger but the Canaries had hoped to be challenging for the top six this campaign. Should their winless run continue over Christmas, it could be the end of the road for the German. 

Steve Cotterill - Birmingham City

Such is the nature of football and the fear of relegation nowadays, Steve Cotterill may not feel too safe at Birmingham City. 

Steve Cotterill, Manager of Birmingham looks on during the Sky Bet Championship match between Birmingham City and Wolverhampton Wanderers at St Andrews Stadium on December 4, 2017 in...Steve Cotterill, Manager of Birmingham looks on during the Sky Bet Championship match between Birmingham City and Wolverhampton Wanderers at St Andrews Stadium on December 4, 2017 in...

The Blues are in the bottom three despite having spent around £18m back in the summer. The Birmingham chairman sacked Gary Rowett with the club in seventh place last season so given Cotterill has won just two of his nine games in charge, he may be looking over his shoulder. If Birmingham are still in the bottom three by the time 2018 rolls around, it wouldn't be too surprising to see the panic button pressed by the Blues Chairman. 

 

 

 

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