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Championship – teamtalk.com 21 Oct 16:38

Football League Watch: Wigan on the up? Praise for Jackett

Ahead of the latest Football League fixtures, Ross Gibson puts Wigan, Rotherham, Bradford, Sheff United and Carlisle under the spotlight.

Will Wigan turn their fortunes around?

Reigning League One champions Wigan Athletic have suffered a very slow start on their return to the Championship, and but for the poor form of Rotherham United they’d more than likely be bottom.

As it stands, the Latics are second-bottom on 11 points, but interestingly also on a goal difference of only -2, which suggests the team aren’t too far away from getting things right, and that the losses are only narrow ones. The stats back this up to – six losses in total, none have been by more than one goal.

A recent run of four games without a loss (one win, three draws) will give the team and fans the confidence that they will soon start to climb the table, and that the lack of luck in some of the losses they’ve suffered may be over.

They host the high-flying Seagulls this weekend, who are now above Huddersfield in third. The match will provide the Latics with a huge test, and will be a good indicator as to whether the side are slowly moving away from their slow start, or if there should still be an element of worry around the club.

Can Kenny Jackett work his magic at Rotherham United?

After just one win in 13 games thus far this season, including six consecutive defeats, it came as no surprise that Alan Stubbs was sacked as the manager of Rotherham on Wednesday.

Tuesday night’s defeat to Birmingham left the Millers six points adrift of safety, and on an incredible goal difference of minus 18.

Followers of the club on Twitter seem to have taken well to the news of Jackett’s appointment, but more so the Wolves fans (Jackett’s last club), who have been full of praise for their former gaffer.

Jackett has just one day to prepare his team for their home match with 10th-placed Reading on Saturday. The Royals are without a league victory in four games, which will fill the new manager with hope that he can kick-start his new job with a bang.

Can second-placed Bradford overcome in-form Sheffield United?

Without a doubt the most talked-about game this weekend in League One will be the one that takes place at Valley Parade on Saturday, between Bradford City and Sheffield United.

Bradford have sat in second place for over 20 days now, but that could come to an end should the Blades emerge victorious, and Bolton drop points.

United are unbeaten in the league since late August, and a run of seven wins out of nine has been key to their rise up the table, after a slow opening month on the whole.

Bradford had gone the whole season unbeaten until their loss to Oxford United last Saturday, and that was followed up by a disappointing draw at home to lowly Southend United on Tuesday.

With Bradford looking to get back on the winning streak, and Sheffield United keen on keeping up their good run, it’s sure to be a fantastic game – but one I’d suggest will be a low scoring one.

Keith Curle’s Carlisle to remain FL’s only unbeaten side?

Bradford’s previously mentioned loss to Oxford last weekend meant they lost their unbeaten start to the season, which left Carlisle United as the only side in the Football League to have started the season without recording a loss. Impressive.

Keith Curle has guided his side to third place in League Two, on 25 points, four points behind first-placed Plymouth Argyle, and one point behind second-placed Doncaster Rovers. They would likely be even hotter on the tail of the two sides above them, but seven draws from the opening 13 games has hampered them – if only a little.

The Cumbrians travel to Stevenage this Saturday, a side currently 18th in the league, before they then host Crawley a week later who are sat just outside the Play Offs in 9th.

Should Carlisle begin to turn some of those draws into wins, it will be very hard for the sides below them to keep up to their pace, considering they’ve already shown so far how hard a side they are to beat.

At the start of the season, I think any followers would have chopped their hand off to be sat where they are now, and there’s nothing to suggest they can’t finish at least third come May – meaning the promotion celebrations could ensue?

Best bets

This week I’m going to do things a little different and go for an accumulator of the games that I have spoken about:

Wigan DRAW
Rotherham LOSS
Sheffield United DRAW
Carlisle WIN – 44/1 with Betfair

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Championship – teamtalk.com 21 Oct 13:24

Jackett confirmed as new Rotherham boss

Kenny Jackett has become Rotherham’s fifth manager in the last 14 months.

The 54-year-old takes the reins at the New York Stadium following the sacking of Alan Stubbs on Wednesday and he is tasked with ensuring the Millers’ Sky Bet Championship status.

That will be no mean feat as he inherits a side already six points adrift of safety and one that have lost their last six games.

The club confirmed on Friday morning that Jackett has been appointed on a three-year contract.

Chairman Tony Stewart told themillers.co.uk: “It was probably the best interview I have had with somebody since I took over the club.

“Kenny was available and we acted swiftly because we knew that he has got the experience, he has managed a great club like Wolves and if you check the stats out his record is superb.

“We had a good feeling he would be right, then when we sat down to interview him I liked his enthusiasm. We talked about the players, the style of play and he was talking our language – he was talking Rotherham football.

“We had long meetings with him, he spoke with confidence and the board members who were present were very impressed with what he had to say, and what he could do for Rotherham United.

“I’m not looking for miracles, I’m looking for a guy that knows what he is doing and can get the systems working like we have seen in the past and start making statements in the Championship, but more importantly getting the points that we feel we’ve lost.”

Jackett has been out of work since leaving Wolves in the build-up to the new campaign and arrives in South Yorkshire with a wealth of experience, having taken charge of over 800 games.

He has managed in the Championship with Watford, Millwall and Wolves while also taking the latter two to promotion from League One – an achievement that may have been taken into consideration by the Millers board owing to their current plight.

Jackett’s appointment sees him become the fifth manager in the Millers hotseat since September 2015, following in the footsteps of Steve Evans, Neil Redfearn, Neil Warnock and Stubbs.

Stubbs was appointed on a three-year deal in June but became the club’s shortest-serving manager, getting fired after just 14 games, and he leaves with statistically the worst record in the club’s history with a win ratio of just seven per cent.

Jackett’s first game in charge will be Saturday’s Championship visit of Reading, where the Millers will hope to avoid equalling a club-record seven straight defeats in a single season.

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Championship – teamtalk.com 21 Oct 08:39

Harry Redknapp runs over his wife: ?It was just a freak accident?

Harry Redknapp’s wife returned home from hospital with her ankle in plaster yesterday after she was run over by a Range Rover driven by the former Tottenham boss.

Sandra Redknapp, 69, apparently got her coat caught in the car as Harry pulled away whilst dropping her off for a shopping trip in Westbourne.

Speaking to the BBC, the former Bournemouth, West Ham and Portsmouth boss said: “It was just a freak accident you know.

“Sandra went across the road and unfortunately she had gone behind the car to cross over the road and as I went to drive off I drove over her ankle.

“Its lucky, if the full weight of the car had gone over the ankle god knows what would have happened to her. We’re ok.

“She had an operation on her ankle that went well.”

Tomorrow's front page exclusive: Harry Redknapp runs over his wife leaving her screaming in agony https://t.co/ysRFkW2xCQ pic.twitter.com/15l22aXUMl

— The Sun (@TheSun) October 19, 2016

The Sun newspaper yesterday reported Mrs Redknapp “yelling in pain” as she fell to the ground in Poole Road, Bournemouth.

South Western Ambulance Service confirmed crews were called to Poole Road, in the Westbourne area, at 11:49 BST.

Her son Jamie told the Daily Mail: “My mum is back home and on the way to a full recovery. The only thing she is upset about is that she might not be fit to go to watch Louise on Strictly this Saturday. She doesn’t like to miss it.”

The couple returned home 24 hours after the accident took place and Mrs Redknapp was pictured walking on crutches with her right leg in a cast.

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Championship – teamtalk.com 19 Oct 18:16

Exclusive: Blackwell in frame for Rotherham role

Former Leeds and Sheffield United boss Kevin Blackwell is in the frame for the vacant manager’s job at Rotherham United, sources have told TEAMtalk.com.

Rotherham are searching for a new manager after Alan Stubbs was sacked on Wednesday with the Millers rock bottom of the Championship table.

Stubbs, who took charge of Rotherham in the summer, recorded just one win in 13 games in charge of Rotherham and the South Yorkshire club have decided to act by sacking the former Everton and Celtic defender as they look to bring in a new man to rescue their season.

Blackwell is understood to high on Rotherham’s wanted list with the 57-year-old highly-regarded within the corridors of power at the New York Stadium.

Blackwell was assistant manager to Neil Warnock at Rotherham last season and he played in an instrumental role in helping the Millers pull off their unlikely survival bid in the Championship last season.

Blackwell is currently assisting Warnock again at Cardiff City, but Rotherham are hoping to tempt him away by offering him the chance to become a manager again.

His first job as a manager came with Leeds in 2004, soon after their relegation from the Premier League and despite a massive overhaul of the squad at Elland Road due to the club’s financial problems he guided them to the Championship play-off final in 2006, only to lose to Watford.

Blackwell also enjoyed success at Sheffield United leading them to the play-off final in his first full season in charge, before leaving in 2010.

Rotherham are now ready to turn to Blackwell to try and replicate the success of he had last season when working alongside Warnock as they look to avoid relegation to League One.

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Championship – teamtalk.com 19 Oct 17:01

Rotherham sack manager Stubbs after 13 league matches

Championship strugglers Rotherham have confirmed the sacking of manager Alan Stubbs.

Former Hibernian boss Stubbs was only appointed during the summer but he has found life south of the border in the Championship tough, winning just one of his 13 league matches in charge.

The Millers have conceded 32 goals in those games and a six-match losing run means they are already six points adrift of safety at the bottom of the table.

Stubbs’ last game in charge was Tuesday night’s 4-2 defeat at Birmingham and he departs along with assistant manager John Doolan and first-team coach Andy Holden.

A statement released by the club on Wednesday afternoon said: ”Rotherham United have parted company with first team manager Alan Stubbs, assistant manager John Doolan and first team coach Andy Holden with immediate effect.

”Following a board meeting this morning it was felt that a change of first team management was needed to give the club the best possible opportunity to preserve our Championship status.

”The club would like to place on record our thanks to Alan, John and Andy for their effort and professionalism, and we wish them well for the future.

”The board have now started the process of appointing a new first team manager. The club will be making no further comment at this stage.”

Rotherham won an unlikely battle against relegation last season after parting company with Neil Redfearn in February and appointing Neil Warnock until the end of the campaign.

Warnock, now in charge of the Millers’ Sky Bet Championship rivals Cardiff, kept the club up comfortably in the end thanks to an 11-game unbeaten run and turned down the chance to remain as manager at the New York Stadium.

Stubbs was appointed in the summer, fresh from winning the Scottish Cup and ending the club’s 114-year wait for the trophy, but has won only one match as Millers boss – a 1-0 home success against Brentford in August.

The 45-year-old lost nine of his 13 league games at the helm, as well as overseeing an EFL Cup defeat to League Two side Morecambe.

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