Doom and delight in South Yorkshire
This morning two South Yorkshire clubs in the Championship begin their searches for new managers. Barnsley and Sheffield Wednesday called time on David Flitcroft and Dave Jones but elsewhere in the county, at Doncaster, there was good news for Burnley. Managerial vacancy at Hillsborough
You don't have to look too far to see what why the boards at Barnsley and Wednesday have acted. Just start at the bottom of the league and it is there for all to see.
Barnsley hit bottom spot on Saturday having lost at home to Birmingham; Wednesday are above them only on goal difference as they fell to defeat at Blackpool. They'd started the day one place higher but Yeovil's win at Watford has taken them a point clear of the bottom two.
There were strong rumours that Flitcroft, who replaced Keith Hill two days before the end of 2012, had lost his job a few weeks ago, but they gave him time to turn things round. One point in the last five games is the straw that has broken that particular camel's back.
Other members of his backroom team have gone with him but his assistant manager, former Claret Micky Mellon, has been put in temporary charge.
Over at Wednesday a shock 5-2 home win against Reading four weeks ago is their only win of the season. It allowed some light to shine in through the windows of Hillsborough but they haven't picked up a point since.
Jones has been on a knife edge for some time and it is something of a surprise that Milan Mandaric, given his hiring and firing record, has given him this long.
Early betting suggests a return to Oakwell for Danny Wilson, the manager who took them to the Premier League back in the 1990s, and over in Sheffield Stuart Pearce has been named as bookies' favourite for the post just ahead of Kevin Keegan and Paolo Di Canio.
Down at Doncaster we were thanking their full back Paul Quinn on Saturday. He scored their winner in the 89th minute against QPR to ensure we remained in the top two. Without that goal we would now be sat in third place.
They've done us some favours this season. Just days after we won there they beat Leicester and have now repeated it against QPR. By chance, I bumped into their Director of Football yesterday. I offered thanks on behalf of all Burnley fans and asked him to pass those thanks on to Quinn.
Steve McClaren is settling in well at Derby. They won at Wigan, and that's no mean task according to the Wigan manager. It's a third successive win for the Rams who have now moved up to fifth in the league, three points behind Blackpool and above Reading on goal difference.
Any sympathy for Wigan or their beleaguered manager Owen Coyle? He's been coming in for some criticism from the home fans after this third successive home defeat in a week. I suspect, following his words, there might be some more criticism coming his way.
He's told the Wigan fans to take a reality check and says they've been spoiled by eight years in the top flight.
"If it comes through expectation then so be it," said Coyle before dashing off to visit family in Scotland.
"The expectation can only come from being in the Premier League because it's not as if Wigan Athletic have been winning games every week for four or five years. Wigan Athletic have been in the bottom three for the last four, five years and managed a few times to escape,"
He added: "If people want to be ultra critical that's the nature of football these days. I'm old enough to deal with that and if they think there's something better then all well and good. That's why we love football, it's all opinion."
It doesn't look to me as if that augurs well for the future.
The weekend results and stats are below along with the leading goalscorers, the red and yellow card counts for each club, the ten highest and lowest attendances and this midweek's fixtures.The Results Tuesday 26th November CHARLTON 2 DONCASTER 0 Friday 29th November NOTTINGHAM FOREST 2 READING 3 Saturday 30th November BARNSLEY 0 BIRMINGHAM 3 DONCASTER 2 QPR 1 BLACKBURN 1 LEEDS 0 HUDDERSFIELD 2 BURNLEY 1 BLACKPOOL 2 SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY 0 LEICESTER 3 MILLWALL 0 BOURNEMOUTH 1 BRIGHTON 1 MIDDLESBROUGH 1 BOLTON 0 CHARLTON 0 IPSWICH 1 WATFORD 0 YEOVIL 3 Sunday 1st December WIGAN 1 DERBY 3
The Stats Biggest Win BIRMINGHAM 3-0 v BARNSLEY (away)LEICESTER 3-0 v MILLWALL (home)YEOVIL 3-0 v WATFORD (away) Total Goals Scored 33 (17 home - 16 away) Player Scoring Most Goals 2 - PAUL CADDIS (BIRMINGHAM) v BARNSLEYJAMIE VARDY (LEICESTER) v MILWALL Highest Attendance 23,679 - MIDDLESBROUGH v BOLTON Lowest Attendance 8,854 - DONCASTER v QPR Total Yellow Cards 43 Total Red Cards 2 Most Cards in a Game WIGAN v DERBY (7Y) Ref: DAVID COOTE
Leading Goalscorers (League Only) 12 ROSS McCORMACK (LEEDS) - includes 1 penalty 11 DANNY INGS (BURNLEY) - includes 1 penalty 10 JORDAN RHODES (BLACKBURN) - includes 3 penaltiesJAMES VAUGHAN (HUDDERSFIELD) - includes 2 penaltiesSAM VOKES (BURNLEY) - includes 2 penalties 9 DAVID NUGENT (LEICESTER) - includes 5 penalties 8 CHARLIE AUSTIN (QPR) - includes 3 penalties 7 ALBERT ADOMAH (MIDDLESBROUGH)CRAIG BRYSON (DERBY)TROY DEENEY (WATFORD) - includes 2 penaltiesLEWIS GRABBAN (BOURNEMOUTH) - includes 1 penaltyDAVID McGOLDRICK (IPSWICH)CHRIS O'GRADY (BARNSLEY) - includes 1 penalty 6
TOM INCE (BLACKPOOL) - includes 3 penaltiesADAM LE FONDRE (READING) - includes 2 penaltiesJESSE LINGARD (BIRMINGHAM)CHRIS MARTIN (DERBY) - includes 1 penaltyJAMIE VARDY (LEICESTER)
Hat Tricks Date Player & Game 10/08/13 3: TROY DEENEY - WATFORD v BOURNEMOUTH (home) 24/08/13 3: JAMES VAUGHAN - HUDDERSFIELD v BOURNEMOUTH (home) 14/09/13 3: CRAIG BRYSON - DERBY v MILLWALL (away) 21/09/13 4: JESSE LINGARD - BIRMINGHAM v SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY (home) 10/11/13 4: ROSS McCORMACK - LEEDS v CHARLTON (away)
Disciplinary Record (League and Cup) Club Y R Y R Club Y R Y R League Total League Total BARNSLEY 20 2 20 2 IPSWICH 20 1 21 1 BIRMINGHAM 31 1 38 2 LEEDS 22 1 25 1 BLACKBURN 29 3 31 4 LEICESTER 19 1 22 1 BLACKPOOL 31 3 32 3 MIDDLESBROUGH 27 3 27 3 BOLTON 32 1 32 1 MILLWALL 26 3 27 3 BOURNEMOUTH 30 3 32 3 NOTTINGHAM FOREST 39 2 45 2 BRIGHTON 33 2 34 2 QPR 24 0 25 0 BURNLEY 24 2 29 3 READING 29 2 33 2 CHARLTON 18 1 21 1 SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY 32 1 32 2 DERBY 35 2 41 2 WATFORD 35 0 40 0 DONCASTER 29 2 30 2 WIGAN 21 2 25 2 HUDDERSFIELD 24 1 28 1 YEOVIL 29 1 36 1
Highest and Lowest Attendances Highest Lowest Att Fixture Att Fixture 33,432 LEEDS v BRIGHTON (03/08) 6,149 YEOVIL v WIGAN (10/11) 30,416 LEICESTER v NOTT'M FOREST (09/11) 6,476 YEOVIL v LEICESTER (01/10) 30,367 LEEDS v MIDDLESBROUGH (23/11) 6,620 DONCASTER v YEOVIL (23/11) 28,276 NOTTINGHAM FOREST v DERBY (28/09) 6,769 DONCASTER v BOURNEMOUTH (31/08) 28,070 NOTT'M FOREST v BOURNEMOUTH (19/10) 6,873 YEOVIL v BRIGHTON (19/10) 27,912 BRIGHTON v BLACKBURN (09/11) 7,047 YEOVIL v DERBY (24/08) 27,755 BRIGHTON v NOTTM FOREST (05/10) 7,305 YEOVIL v READING (31/08) 27,657 BRIGHTON v WATFORD (28/10) 7,396 DONCASTER v BRIGHTON (02/11) 27,141 DERBY v BIRMINGHAM (26/10) 7,574 BOURNEMOUTH v BARNSLEY (17/09) 26,804 BRIGHTON v MILLWALL (31/08) 7,612 YEOVIL v NOTTM FOREST (26/10)
The Next Fixtures Tuesday 3rd December BIRMINGHAM v DONCASTER MILLWALL v NOTTINGHAM FOREST BOLTON v HUDDERSFIELD (20:00) QPR v BOURNEMOUTH BRIGHTON v BARNSLEY READING v CHARLTON (20:00) BURNLEY v WATFORD SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY v LEICESTER IPSWICH v BLACKBURN YEOVIL v BLACKPOOL Wednesday 4th December DERBY v MIDDLESBROUGH LEEDS v WIGAN
Source: Clarets Mad
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