Rob Edwards is thoroughly enjoying his Championship baptism with battles against very different coaches.

Paul Heckingbottom and Sheffield United was up first with Steve Bruce of West Bromwich Albion and Burnley's Vincent Kompany completing a tough trio of opening fixtures.

All three have very different backgrounds but the Watford boss is using the matches as part of a very steep learning curve, both about his own abilities and those of his side.

Edwards said: "There were areas where we can improve in [from the 1-0 win over Sheff Utd] and there are areas we were good at so we will reflect on that with the players. 

"We always make it about what we do well but we can always make little tweaks for each game.

"What I learned from the Sheffield United game was there was a lot of unity there. 

"We know that in the Championship that every game is different but every game is tough and brings different challenges. 

"We’ve come up against three good and experienced coaches but in different ways. 

"We’ve got one has coached over 1,000 games, one who has won promotions and then Vincent Kompany next week whose coaching journey is different and his playing background is different. 

"That’s the beauty of the Championship. 

"If you’re not at it and not running and fighting and working for each other, you don’t really stand a chance, no matter who you are playing." 

Steve Bruce and West Brom are up next with a trip to The Hawthorns on Monday night and the chance to lock horns with the man who is in elite company in the 1,000 games managed club.

And it is another chance to compare notes.

"Steve is someone I have a lot of respect for," said Edwards, almost exactly 22 years the junior. 

"I’ve worked with and under a lot of coaches and there are things I thought were good and things where I thought I’d do it differently 

"I have to be myself and try to be the best I can be but of course I will continue to learn from everyone I’m working with. 

"There is more I don’t know than do know so I have a lot to learn but a lot of my experiences have got me to this point and am looking forward to hopefully being in a better position at the end of this season." 

As for the match itself though, Edwards believes they would be in for a tough examination regardless of who is in the opposite dugout.

The Watford manager said: "It’ll be another very difficult game I’m sure. It doesn’t matter who’s coaching West Brom in the Championship, they’ll always be a formidable force. 

"Steve has a record four promotions from this league so there is nobody who knows how to be successful than him. 

"He has recruited some good players and they will be a difficult to beat, especially at their place. 

"But we’re going there to win, of course, and I think it will be difficult for them. 

"It should be a good game, there should be some good players on show. 

"They have some players who could hurt us in the right moments but we have to be ready for that. 

"And we’ve got good creative players too."