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EFL: Four familiar faces back in the dugout

13 October 2016

There are some new faces in EFL dugouts this week following a number of recent managerial appointments. Well, when we say new...

Four clubs who have made stifling starts to the season have opted for experience and know-how in a bid to make their way up their respective divisions. Here are the men in charge...

Sky Bet Championship

Neil Warnock – Cardiff City


The first of the managerial changes saw Warnock take the vacant position at Cardiff. The 67-year-old's most recent job saw him guide Rotherham United to Sky Bet Championship survival last term, while he boasts seven promotions in his extensive career.

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He takes over from Paul Trollope with the Bluebirds sitting 23rd in the division, and they face Bristol City on Friday night in one of three weekend games screened live on Sky Sports.

Warnock's promotion parties:

1986/87 – Scarborough
1989/90 – Notts County
1990/91 – Notts County
1994/95 – Huddersfield Town
1995/96 – Plymouth Argyle
2005/06 – Sheffield United
2010/11 – Queens Park Rangers

Steve McClaren – Derby County

“Finishing what we started” is the aim for Steve McClaren, whose return to Derby was confirmed this week.

The 55-year-old suffered Championship Play-Off Final defeat with the Rams in 2014, and they went on a late slide out of the top six the following season. But he's back at the iPro, and kicks off his second spell at home to Leeds United.

McClaren's Rams' record:

Games – 95
Won – 51
Drawn – 22
Lost – 22

Steve Bruce – Aston Villa

Two promotions with Hull City, two with Second City rivals Birmingham City. Now it's Villa for Bruce, who left his role with the Tigers following last season's Championship Play-Off success.

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He takes the reins from Roberto di Matteo, and his first task is a local derby with Wolverhampton Wanderers on Saturday evening.

Steve's second-tier success:

2001/02: Birmingham City – Play-Off winners
2006/07: Birmingham City – Runners-up
2012/13: Hull City – Runners-up
2015/16: Hull City – Play-Off winners

Sky Bet League Two

Graham Westley – Newport County


Westley takes charge of the EFL's bottom club for the first time, following his appointment at Rodney Parade last Friday.

He watched on as the Exiles halted a three-game losing run a day later, and the former Stevenage, Preston North End and Peterborough United boss takes his troops to Yeovil Town this weekend.

Westley's EFL openers:

Draw – Stevenage 2-2 Macclesfield Town (Following promotion as National League champions)
Lose – Preston North End 0-2 Leyton Orient
Win – Stevenage 1-0 Hartlepool United
Win – Bradford City 0-2 Peterborough United

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