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 who they are tipping for the top this season:

Gianfranco Zola (Watford)
"Obviously there are the teams who were relegated last year, they are good teams. On top of that you have Brighton, who did well last year, and teams who missed out in the Play-Offs - Blackpool, Birmingham, Cardiff - it's going to be a very challenging division."

Gus Poyet (Brighton and Hove Albion)
"The three that came down - it doesn't look like they are going to lose very many players so they should be strong. Leicester will be higher, for sure, I've got no doubt about that. They have plenty of power. Blackpool showed they are different to the rest and they are difficult to play against. Then there's another six or seven - Leeds will be better, Ipswich will be better, Hull with Steve Bruce, Cardiff, Forest have a new group and manager, as do Watford.

"Huddersfield and Sheffield Wednesday also look good, so that's a lot.

"It's incredible and absolutely unique. I was talking to a few managers and what we were saying was what you see in the Championship you can't compare to any other league. In the Premier League, you know there's three or four teams that can win the league. In League 1, it's more or less the same, and League 2 is similar."

Chris Powell (Charlton Athletic)
"I think every side has got a chance, more this season than any other. There are the three that are coming down and then you look at the Leicester's, the Nottingham Forest's - so many teams; Cardiff, who got into the Play-Offs again last year, they are all going to have a chance. It will be a tough, tough year, for sure."

Kenny Jackett (Millwall)
"The bookies are never too far wrong and they've gone for the likes of Wolves, Bolton and Blackburn, added to Cardiff and Leicester. Those five clubs seem to be mentioned for the Championship at the moment. And also, Blackpool seem to defy the odds season after season so I wouldn't rule them out either."

Malky Mackay (Cardiff City)
"The three teams coming down are going to be very strong. I think you've got the teams that were there or there abouts last season that are still in with a shout. And you've got a couple of teams that have had some investment put into them so it's going to be a tough but the Championship never changes, it's always a tough league."

Simon Grayson (Huddersfield Town)
"It's hard to pick out individual teams, probably Leicester have the spending power but you could probably say anybody in the Championship, a bit like last year. Anybody will think they can beat anybody and achieve anything this year so I think it's going to be very competitive and that'll make it really exciting."

Steve Bruce (Hull City)
"You've always got to look at the teams coming down from the Premiership with the parachute payments, your Bolton's and your Blackburn's I'm sure will be extremely strong. For me, Wolves are the same; I think they're the ones to beat."

Tony Mowbray (Middlesbrough)
"You'd have to say the relegated teams again. The three relegated teams last year finished in the top six and you'd have to say Wolves don't seem to been shedding a lot of players, Bolton don't seem to be shredding a lot of players and I think the odd players that have left Blackburn have been replaced, so I think they will all be strong.

"It'll be interesting to see if any of the promoted teams can do what Southampton did last year but the usual suspects I think will be strong. Leicester City have had some money to spend over the last year or two, Cardiff are always there or there abouts and I hope we are in the mix as well. Lets wait and see."