Managers come and managers go
It's all about managers again in the Championship this week with two appointments, one walk out and then, as is just about to be expected now, one sacking.
It's hard to keep a track on things and the incredible statistic is that ten Championship clubs no longer have the manager they started the season with and three more, Birmingham, Hull and Watford, changed manager during the summer.
This week's manoeuvres have all come in the last 48 hours or so starting with the appointment of Michael Appleton at Blackburn in a move that looks very much as though Derek Shaw and Paul Agnew, the Preston pair, have got one over on our friend Shebby Singh whose future at Ewood must now be in some doubt.
Appleton, of course, started the season with Portsmouth and was linked with each and every Championship job that became available. There was strong speculation that he was interviewed for the Burnley job but eventually replaced Ian Holloway at Blackpool.
It didn't take him long to get fed up there and this week, just 67 days after becoming their manager, he jumped ship to Blackburn and that's left former Claret Steve Thompson in temporary charge again.
They lost yesterday at Charlton and Thompson, who has put his name forward for the job, said: "It's not the perfect scenario when yet again these lads (the players) are coming in and there is no manager.
"The manager has worked with them for two months on how he wants them to play, and the next minute he's gone. It's my job to galvanise those players and get their belief back because they have had the stuffing knocked out of them again."
Chairman Karl Oyston, who didn't seem to make much effort to keep Appleton, just said he'd gone because Blackburn were able to offer him more money.
With that all settled it probably didn't come as much of a surprise that Derek McInnes went at Bristol City yesterday after a 4-0 defeat at home to Leicester. When we were there in November it as obvious that their fans weren't happy with him and there has certainly been no improvement since.
Meanwhile at Barnsley every man and his dog has been turning the job down including out of work Sean O'Driscoll and Inverness Caledonian Thistle manager Terry Butcher. So, they've given up looking for a new man now and given it to the one person who always wanted the job, caretaker David Flitcroft.
Bristol City and Barnsley swapped places yesterday but remain the bottom two. That's because Barnsley won the Yorkshire derby against Leeds. Peterborough dropped back into the relegation zone when Sheffield Wednesday won a sensational game at Hull in front of the television cameras.
It was a game that poor Hull's Swiss goalkeeper Eldin Jakupovic won't particularly want to remember. He was at fault with the first two Wednesday goals, was fortunate to see another strangely ruled out, and was then stretchered off after the second goal with a facial injury.
Thankfully the facial injury wasn't serious and he should be able to continue after making his debut three weeks ago, becoming the third of four goalkeepers they've used this season.
Despite the defeat, Hull remain second and that's because the two teams directly below them both lost. Palace were beaten against us and Middlesbrough went down to a 2-1 home defeat against Watford.
Those results mean Leicester, who have scored ten goals in two league games in 2013, go third. two points behind Hull. Cardiff are now eight points clear at the top with Watford the other club in the play off positions.
Despite our win yesterday, we remain four points behind the play offs and eight points behind fifth place.
The latest results and stats are below along with the leading goalscorers, each club's disciplinary record, the highest and lowest Championship attendances and next weekend's fixtures.The Results Friday 11th January Wolverhampton Wanderers 1 Blackburn Rovers 1 Saturday 12th January Barnsley 2 Leeds United 0 Charlton Athletic 2 Blackpool 1 Bolton Wanderers 1 Millwall 1 Huddersfield Town 1 Birmingham City 1 Brighton & Hove Albion 2 Derby County 1 Hull City 1 Sheffield Wednesday 3 Bristol City 0 Leicester City 4 Middlesbrough 1 Watford 2 Burnley 1 Crystal Palace 0 Nottingham Forest 2 Peterborough United 1 Cardiff City 0 Ipswich Town 0
The Stats Biggest Win Leicester City 4-0 v Bristol City (home) Total Goals Scored 29 (14 home - 15 away) Player Scoring Most Goals 3 - Chris Wood (Leicester City) Highest Attendance 25,464 - Brighton & Hove Albion v Derby County Lowest Attendance 11,564 - Burnley v Crystal Palace Total Yellow Cards 33 Total Red Cards 0 Most Cards in a Game Wolverhampton Wanderers v Blackburn Rovers (8Y) Ref: Dean Whitestone
Leading Goalscorers (League Only) 22 Glenn Murray (Crystal Palace) - includes 7 penalties 20 Charlie Austin (Burnley) - includes 3 penalties 16 Jordan Rhodes (Blackburn Rovers) - includes 2 penalties, 2 with Huddersfield TownChris Wood (Leicester City) - 11 with Millwall 15 Luciano Becchio (Leeds United) - includes 4 penalties 14 Matej Vydra (Watford) - includes 2 penalties 13 Tom Ince (Blackpool) - includes 3 penalties 12 Marlon King (Birmingham City) - includes 3 penaltiesDavid Nugent (Leicester City) - includes 1 penalty 11 Craig Mackail-Smith (Brighton & Hove Albion) - includes 2 penalties 10 DJ Campbell (Ipswich Town)Troy Deeney (Watford)Scott McDonald (Middlesbrough) 9 Sam Baldock (Bristol City) - includes 4 penaltiesSylvan Ebanks-Blake (Wolverhampton Wanderers) - includes 2 penaltiesBilly Sharp (Nottingham Forest) - includes 2 penalties 8 Sone Aluko (Hull City)Craig Davies (Bolton Wanderers) - includes 1 penalty, 8 with BarnsleySteven Davies (Bristol City) - includes 2 penaltiesLukas Jutkiewicz (Middlesbrough)Theo Robinson (Derby County)
Hat Tricks Date Player & Game 01/09/12 3: Pete Whittingham - CARDIFF CITY v Wolverhampton Wanderers 15/09/12 3: Charlie Austin - BURNLEY v Peterborough United 22/09/12 3: Glenn Murray - CRYSTAL PALACE v Cardiff City 22/09/12 4: Craig Davies - Birmingham City v BARNSLEY 23/09/12 3: David Nugent - LEICESTER CITY v Hull City 29/09/12 3: Emile Sinclair - Hull City v PETERBOROUGH UNITED 02/10/12 3: Charlie Austin - BURNLEY v Sheffield Wednesday 23/10/12 3: Marlon King - Millwall v BIRMINGHAM CITY 06/11/12 3: Glenn Murray - CRYSTAL PALACE v Ipswich Town 17/11/12 3: Jordan Rhodes - Peterborough United v BLACKBURN ROVERS
Disciplinary Record (League and Cup) Club Y R Y R Club Y R Y R League Total League Total Barnsley 37 1 42 2 Huddersfield Town 49 4 54 4 Birmingham City 41 3 43 3 Hull City 30 1 30 2 Blackburn Rovers 36 0 38 0 Ipswich Town 35 0 37 0 Blackpool 36 0 37 0 Leeds United 46 2 52 2 Bolton Wanderers 49 1 52 1 Leicester City 29 1 29 1 Brighton & Hove Albion 34 1 38 1 Middlesbrough 35 0 41 0 Bristol City 34 0 37 0 Millwall 49 2 52 2 Burnley 49 1 57 2 Nottingham Forest 45 4 45 5 Cardiff City 45 2 48 2 Peterborough United 43 1 46 1 Charlton Athletic 42 1 43 2 Sheffield Wednesday 46 1 50 1 Crystal Palace 38 2 44 2 Watford 47 4 50 4 Derby County 35 1 36 1 Wolverhampton Wanderers 30 1 34 1
Highest and Lowest Attendances Highest Lowest Att Fixture Att Fixture 28,707 Nottingham Forest v Derby County (30/09) 5,435 Peterborough United v Bristol City (18/09) 28,595 Wolverhampton W v Ipswich Town (29/12) 5,633 Peterborough United v Blackpool (01/12) 28,582 Sheffield Wednesday v Leeds United (19/10) 5,997 Peterborough Utd v Blackburn Rovers (17/11) 28,229 Middlesbrough v Sheffield Wednesday (09/11) 6,188 Peterborough United v Millwall (21/08) 27,437 Derby County v Sheffield Wednesday (18/08) 6,348 Peterborough Utd v Huddersfield Town(23/10) 26,727 Brighton & Hove Albion v Watford (29/12) 6,600 Peterborough Utd v Bolton Wand (23/12) 26,684 Brighton & HA v Nottingham Forest (15/12) 6,612 Peterborough Utd v Middlesbrough (08/12) 26,670 Nottingham Forest v Leeds United (26/12) 7,339 Peterborough Utd v Bristol City (01/01) 26,598 Sheffield Wed v Bolton Wanderers (22/09) 8,088 Barnsley v Bristol City (01/09) 26,594 Brighton & HA v Sheffield Weds (14/09) 8,195 Barnsley v Crystal Palace (23/10)
The Next Fixtures Friday 18th January Leicester City v Middlesbrough Saturday 19th January Birmingham City v Brighton & Hove Albion Leeds United v Bristol City Blackburn Rovers v Charlton Athletic Millwall v Burnley Blackpool v Cardiff City (17:20) Peterborough United v Hull City Crystal Palace v Bolton Wanderers Sheffield Wednesday v Wolverhampton Wanderers Derby County v Nottingham Forest (13:00) Watford v Huddersfield Town Ipswich Town v Barnsley
Source: Clarets Mad
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