3 Managers With the Toughest Test Ahead of Them in the Championship Next Term

Steadying the ship or maintaining a club's course are the fundamentals of being a football manager, although some gaffers certainly have it easier than others.

With the Championship due to kick-off in early August, a select trio of bosses have a gruelling schedule ahead of them during an arduous 2017-18 campaign - so here are the men with the toughest tests at their respective outfits.

1. Steve Bruce - Aston Villa

Steve Bruce will have the weight of Villa's fans on his shoulders next season, after the 'Villans' toiled through a less than impressive previous campaign, after being regarded as a strong promotion favourite

Snagging Chelsea legend John Terry was one way of proving his intent, as leaders are certainly needed on the turf in the squad if they're to reach their goal in climbing back towards the Premier League once more.

But, as many clubs will admit, relegation from the heights of the Premier League is a slippery slope and Bruce and co. will be desperate to stop a potential rot at Villa Park.

2. Daniel Farke - Norwich City

Daniel Farke will have a task on his hands if he's to maintain Norwich City's push for promotion next term, with a number of notable departures in the squad during the transfer window so far.

The Canaries are vying to shed weight on their wage bill, a measure which has subsequently seen John Ruddy move to Wolverhampton Wanderers, and Jonny Howson switch to Middlesbrough in particular.

Norwich were in and around the top ten last season, although the prospect of the play-offs evaded their efforts which saw them finish 8th - the German boss will want more from his dwindling squad next time around.

3. Simon Grayson - Sunderland

Sunderland failed to maintain their Premier League status last term after languishing 20th in the standings, thus meaning a drop to the Championship was their damning fate.

Simon Grayson - who left Preston North End to take the vacant position at the Black Cats - will understand the pressures of being a manager at the club, with the Wearsiders' die-hard fans being painfully tough critics at the best of times.

Emulating North East rivals Newcastle United will be paramount to Sunderland's success next season, although the duty of picking up a deflated squad after such a dismal previous campaign will be hard-fought ordeal indeed for Grayson.