Huge managerial switch among two of Sheffield United's Championship promotion rivals
While Sheffield United set themselves up for a well-planned summer in their attempts to get back into the Premier League, elsewhere in the Championship, things have not been quite so calm and measured.
The Blades announced Slavisa Jokanovic as their new boss soon after last season’s campaign came to an end, with the Serb working quietly and remotely behind the scenes to ensure everything was ready for his arrival in Sheffield this coming week.
Fellow relegated side West Brom spent a chaotic period attempting to bring in a new manager to replace Sam Allardyce – they all but sealed Chris Wilder and then David Wagner before complications ruled those two out – eventually settling on Barnsley manager Valérien Ismaël last week.
And down south, things are even more chaotic as we edge closer to a new season.
Sky Sports are reporting that Scott Parker is to leave Fulham this week, moving to Bournemouth who have apparently told Jonathan Woodgate that he will not be kept on at the Vitality Stadium.
The two clubs are understood to be in negotiations over compensation for Parker who will repotedly leave the role in the next 48 hours and almost immediately head to Bournemouth to take charge there.
The new Championship season kicks off on August 7 with the fixtures having been revealed this past week.
Bournemouth will take on West Brom at home on the opening day, while Fulham will host Middlesbrough.
Sheffield United’s campaign will begin with a home fixture against Birmingham City.