Two Champions League-winning managers plying their trades in the second tier of any football league is unprecedented.
However, this will be the reality for the Championship this season as Newcastle United and Aston Villa will be managed by Rafa Benitez and Roberto Di Matteo respectively. Everyone football fan is buzzed about the competitiveness of the Premier League, but the Championship promises to be equally competitive and boosts some big names in football management this season.
Leeds United have appointed former Swansea City manager Gary Monk as their new manager while Reading have handed their reins to Manchester United legend Jaap Stam. Former Leicester City boss Nigel Pearson has also made his return to football management and will be in charge of Derby.
Brighton, managed by Chris Hughton, and Norwich City, managed by Alex Neil, will also be the forces to reckon with this season. Wolverhampton Wanders, under the new ownership of Chinese group Fosun International, have appointed much-travelled Walter Zenga as their new manager.
The 2016-2017 Championship season, which promises to be one of the best in history, will kick off on Friday with Newcastle’s visit to Fulham.