|Dates||2 August 2019 – 22 July 2020|
West Bromwich Albion
Wigan Athletic (subject to appeal)
|Average||(2.46 per match)|
|Top goalscorer||Aleksandar Mitrović|
|Biggest home win||Wigan Athletic 8–0 Hull City |
(14 July 2020)
|Biggest away win||Sheffield Weds 0–5 Blackburn |
(18 January 2020)
Luton Town 0–5 Reading
(4 July 2020)
The 2019–20 EFL Championship (referred to as the Sky Bet Championship for sponsorship reasons) is the 16th season of Football League Championship under its current title and the 27th season under its current league division format.
Effects of the COVID-19 pandemic
The season was halted, following a decision on 13 March 2020 to suspend the league after a number of players and other club staff became ill due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The initial suspension was until 4 April, which was then extended until 30 April. On 13 May, following a meeting, the clubs decided to continue with the season with plans for players to return to training on 25 May.
In May, 1014 tests were carried out across all of the English Football League and funded by the clubs. Two people from Hull City returned positive results. Later in May, Elliott Bennett of Blackburn Rovers tested positive for the virus as did two unnamed players from Fulham. In further tests, Jayden Stockley of Preston North End tested positive as did one unnamed person from both Cardiff City and Middlesbrough. On 31 May, the EFL stated plans to restart the league on 20 June, with the play-off final being scheduled for around 30 July, subject to safety requirement and government approval being met.
On 7 June, two Championship clubs reported one person each to have tested positive of coronavirus, during the latest round of testing. A total of 1,179 people were tested in the duration of four days and those tested positive were required to self-isolate, as per EFL guidelines. On 8 June, the first round of fixtures was released. The first set of fixtures following the restart was scheduled for 20 June with the first fixture being Fulham against Brentford with a 12:30pm kick-off. In a further round of testing on 8 June, Stoke City manager Michael O'Neill tested positive for the virus having tested negative in five previous rounds of testing. A practice game between Stoke and Manchester United was called off at short notice with the Stoke players already in United's Carrington training ground.
The following teams have changed division since the 2018–19 season.
Promoted from League One
Relegated from Premier League
Promoted to Premier League
Relegated to League One
Personnel and sponsoring
- 1 Pep Clotet was initially appointed as caretaker manager, then Birmingham City made the appointment permanent on 4 December 2019.
- 2 Derby County captain was Richard Keogh until his contract was terminated on 30 October 2019.
|Team||Outgoing manager||Manner of departure||Date of vacancy||Position in table||Incoming manager||Date of appointment|
|Luton Town||Mick Harford||End of caretaker spell||4 May 2019||Pre-season||Graeme Jones||7 May 2019|
|Queens Park Rangers||John Eustace||5 May 2019||Mark Warburton||8 May 2019|
|West Bromwich Albion||James Shan||14 May 2019||Slaven Bilić||13 June 2019|
|Middlesbrough||Tony Pulis||End of contract||17 May 2019||Jonathan Woodgate||14 June 2019|
|Swansea City||Graham Potter||Signed by Brighton & Hove Albion||20 May 2019||Steve Cooper||13 June 2019|
|Hull City||Nigel Adkins||End of contract||8 June 2019||Grant McCann||21 June 2019|
|Birmingham City||Garry Monk||Sacked||18 June 2019||Pep Clotet||20 June 2019|
|Nottingham Forest||Martin O'Neill||28 June 2019||Sabri Lamouchi||28 June 2019|
|Derby County||Frank Lampard||Signed by Chelsea||4 July 2019||Phillip Cocu||5 July 2019|
|Sheffield Wednesday||Steve Bruce||Resigned||15 July 2019||Garry Monk||6 September 2019|
|Huddersfield Town||Jan Siewert||Sacked||16 August 2019||20th||Danny Cowley||9 September 2019|
|Millwall||Neil Harris||Resigned||3 October 2019||18th||Gary Rowett||21 October 2019|
|Barnsley||Daniel Stendel||Sacked||8 October 2019||23rd||Gerhard Struber||20 November 2019|
|Reading||José Manuel Gomes||9 October 2019||22nd||Mark Bowen||14 October 2019|
|Stoke City||Nathan Jones||1 November 2019||24th||Michael O'Neill||8 November 2019|
|Cardiff City||Neil Warnock||Mutual consent||11 November 2019||14th||Neil Harris||16 November 2019|
|Luton Town||Graeme Jones||24 April 2020||23rd||Nathan Jones||28 May 2020|
|Middlesbrough||Jonathan Woodgate||Sacked||23 June 2020||21st||Neil Warnock||23 June 2020|
|Bristol City||Lee Johnson||4 July 2020||12th|
|Birmingham City||Pep Clotet||Mutual consent||8 July 2020||17th||Aitor Karanka||31 July 2020|
|Huddersfield Town||Danny Cowley||Sacked||19 July 2020||18th||Carlos Corberán||23 July 2020|
||Qualification or relegation|
|1||Leeds United (C) (P)||46||28||9||9||77||35||+42||93||Promotion to the|
|2||West Bromwich Albion
|3||Brentford||46||24||9||13||80||38||+42||81||Qualification to the|
|9||Preston North End||46||18||12||16||59||54||+5||66|
|13||Queens Park Rangers||46||16||10||20||67||76||−9||58|
|22||Charlton Athletic (R)||46||12||12||22||50||65||−15||48||Relegation to|
|23||Wigan Athletic (R)||46||15||14||17||57||56||+1||47|
|24||Hull City (R)||46||12||9||25||57||87||−30||45|
Rules for classification: 1st points; 2nd goal difference; 3rd number of goals scored.
(C) = Champion; (R) = Relegated; (P) = Promoted; (O) = Play-off winner; (A) = Advances to a further round; (Q) = Qualified to the phase of tournament
|Brentford||0 3 3|
|Swansea City||1 1 2|
|Fulham||2 1 3|
|Cardiff City||0 2 2|
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