As usual, the two international breaks at the end of the year become the time for Championship clubs to re-assess their managerial situations.
Even after the changes we’ve already had – now standing at eight for the season in the second tier of English football – we now have QPR, Fulham and Blackburn featuring in Skybet’s ‘next manager’ markets and replacements waiting to be lined up.
Of all the changes, the most important one for me is the appointment of David Wagner at Huddersfield Town.
Not just for Town, but for clubs up and down the country, I do hope it’s a successful move.
The move that Town are taking – giving priority to the Academy and the work Mark Lillis and his staff are doing – and working with a first-team coach whose job it is to bring those players through into the senior side, is one fans everywhere should be celebrating.
Because if it’s a model that proves successful, others will quickly follow.
I applaud the club for having the foresight to try and break the mould and think outside the box.
This is a strategy which could put their Championship future in jeopardy – there is a risk element – but at the same time it could cement them and provide a future of young players coming into the first team.
Yes, some of them might have to be sold on to bigger clubs, but they could set a platform where the Championship is not all about survival for Town, but it’s about pushing for the play-offs and maybe pushing for promotion at some stage in the not too distant future.
I remember as a kid at Fulham, myself, Paul Parker, Dean Coney, Jeff Hopkins and Jim Stannard were nowhere near the first team and the only reason we eventually got an opportunity was because the club went bankrupt.
All the senior player left and, almost immediately, the Fulham Youth team became the first team.
While the opportunity was presented to us, thankfully the whole group were strong enough and good enough to make the step through the door and grasp the chance.
That’s hopefully what the Wagner appointment will do for Town – it will ensure that opportunity is there for players when they are good enough and man enough to step into the fray.
As anyone who has watched the Class of 92 documentary about Salford City will know, a football dressing room is a brutal, ruthless place for hard men and strong characters.
If you don’t have those qualities and the ability to go with it, you might as well walk away.
So a week on Saturday at Sheffield Wednesday, let’s hope the Town fans are singing and Wagner is celebrating a win in his first match in charge.
All it takes at this stage is a couple of wins to push you right up the table, so let’s hope Town get them and that they have a very positive future to look forward to under the new head coach.