Championship clubs use international break to shuffle the deck

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The international break appears to be giving Championship clubs the opportunity to shuffle the pack, as Nigel Pearson finally leaves Derby County, Steve Bruce is set to be appointed at Villa today, and Neil Warnock arrives at Cardiff City.

Nigel Pearson left by mutual consent after less than five months at Pride Park, bringing an end to the suspension imposed on him last month following a heated exchange with chairman Mel Morris.

As of Wednesday, Derby are believed to be in talks with Steve McLaren, only 17 months after being sacked by the same club.

Steve Bruce left a troubled Hull on bad terms in July, but with his stock high having guided them to the Premier League, certainly has the CV to give Villa fans hope. His exploits at Hull were his fourth promotion to the top flight.

Villa parted ways with Roberto Di Matteo last Monday, after just 124 days in charge, scraping just one win in ten games. They currently sit 19th in the Championship table, and host Wolves on Saturday.

Just a day later, relegation-threatened Cardiff waved goodbye to Paul Trollope, who managed just two wins in eleven. Neil Warnock has since been busy at the Bluebirds, signing Junior Hoillett, ex-Arsenal and Crystal Palace striker Marouanne Chamakh, and ex-Leeds defender Sol Bamba.

Kieran Richardson has been training with the Cardiff squad, with a decision whether or not to sign him to be made today. Warnock has eight promotions under his managerial belt.

All three clubs can be reasonably happy with dearth of Championship experience these changes bring, but with Newcastle, Norwich and Huddersfield and a handful of others starting to cement their position at the top of table, it will be interesting to observe if any of them can salvage anything from this season.