We have spent the last couple of weeks catching up with managers around the country to get their thoughts and feelings on three topics ahead of the new season; their pre-season campaigns, their expectations, and the teams they are tipping for the top.

A selection of npower Championship bosses tell us what their expectations are for 2012/13:

Gianfranco Zola (Watford)
"Our expectation is to do better than we did last year, which isn't an easy task but that's what we're looking for."

Gus Poyet (Brighton and Hove Albion)
"I think we should be aiming to get better. Of course, you cannot aim to finish 10th, if you finished 9th. Sometimes you may finish 11th but you were better or more consistent or in control of more games than the previous year but I want to get better. For sure, it means I want to be in the top 10."

Chris Powell (Charlton Athletic)
"Just to make sure we compete, make sure we build on what we did last season and look to make sure we keep moving forward as a football club.

"We have had many years of despondency and last season was a magical season for everybody, but it's gone now so we have to keep progressing and if we consolidate in the league that's fine.

"If things go better than that, we will take it. If they don't, we will do our best to make sure that the club is on the right path for moving forward again."

Kenny Jackett (Millwall)
"We want to do better than last year, and try to be the surprise package if we can and get into the top six. It's our aim and ambition to do that - we will need a very good season and steer clear of injuries to do that but we are capable and I have a lot of belief in the club and the squad."

Malky Mackay (Cardiff City)
"We managed to get into the Play-Offs last time and we'd certainly love to be in and around that area again."

Simon Grayson (Huddersfield Town)
"I think it's like most promoted teams that you want to make sure in a year's time you're in the same division. We are trying to gather a group together that's going to make us competitive but the Championship is so exciting with some good teams and good players in there - anything is achievable for any team."

Steve Bruce (Hull City)
"Of course there is an expectation, we did okay last year and we hope we can go one better. We were in the top six for a long time last season so let's see if we can try and do the same if we possibly can and then go from there."

Tony Mowbray (Middlesbrough)
"A club like Middlesbrough has to aim to get back to the Premier League and I think that the Championship is becoming full of more and more teams with that expectation.

"I think at teams that have been in the Premier League in the past, and clubs of our size, the supporters demand it and I think the owners hope that will be the case.

"For me, every manager wants to manage in the Premier League and having experienced that I want to get back to doing it."