Championship key dates: When will Sheffield United, Derby County, Nottingham Forest and Co. find out their fixtures? | Transfer window, play-off final dates

After last season’s poor relegation from the Premier League, Sheffield United will be targeting an instant return to the top flight under promotion specialist Slavisa Jokanovic.

By Danny Hall
Wednesday, 16th June 2021, 10:54 am

The Serb was appointed as Chris Wilder’s replacement after the season concluded and, having taken both Fulham and Watford into the Premier League, will be looking to make it three with the Blades.

Although United have not yet done any transfer business, at the time of writing, the summer window opened for business last Wednesday – giving the Blades a couple of weeks to bolster their side ahead of their return for pre-season training later this summer.

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Here’s a run down of the key dates for the Championship for United and their second-tier rivals…

Some dates to look out for:

June 9 - Summer transfer window opens

June 24 – EFL fixture list released

Blades fans will hopefully be allowed into Bramall Lane next season: Jan Kruger/PA Wire.

August 7 – Season start date (with a game live on TV likely on Friday, August 6)

Week commencing August 9 – Carabao Cup begins

August 31 – Summer transfer window closes

January 1 – Winter transfer window opens

January 31 – Winter transfer window closes

Weekend of May 7/8 – Championship season ends

May 29 – Championship play-off final

United are still to confirm their pre-season schedule, although a plan was put in place by interim manager Paul Heckingbottom before Jokanovic’s appointment. The Serb is expected to have reviewed those plans before communicating the changes – if any – he wants to make.

The Blades usually jet off for a pre-season warm-weather camp, but it remains to be seen how Covid-19 – and the countries on the UK’s red list – affects that.

Transfers confirmed

Out: John Lundstram, Simon Moore, Phil Jagielka, Jack Rodwell.

New contract offered to Kean Bryan.

Early promotion/title odds

United are currently 3/1, with EFL sponsor SkyBet, to seal an instant return to the Premier League, behind 7/4 favourites Fulham and West Brom at 15/8 (odds correct at time of writing).

To win the title, United are 8/1.

Title odds: Fulham 11/2; West Brom 15/2; Sheff Utd 8/1; Bournemouth 10/1; Swansea 14/1; Cardiff, Middlesbrough, Stoke, Nottingham Forest 16/1; Blackburn, Barnsley 20/1; Reading, QPR, Millwall 25/1; Preston, Bristol City 33/1; Luton, Coventry, Birmingham, Hull 40/1; Huddersfield, Derby 50/1; Peterborough, Blackpool 66/1.