Cardiff City secure promotion

English Championship side Cardiff City have secured promotion to the Premier League, following their 0-0 draw with Charlton.  Cardiff are set to become the second Welsh side in the Premier League, and have claimed a spot in the top-flight for the first time in fifty-one years.  Although qualifying for the play-offs in the last three seasons, the Welsh side failed to reach the Premier League, but being thirteen points clear of third place in first place, and seven points above Hull City with only three games left in the season, the club has secured a spot in the top-flight.

“I am very proud of the football club,” Cardiff manager Malkay Mackay said. “It is an occasion the people of this football club have waited an awful long time for.

“There has been a lot of disappoint in that time and the backroom staff and directors here have been through some tough times. Obviously the players and especially the people of Cardiff have been waiting a long time to be back in the top division and we’ve never been in the Premier League.

“They have backed me and the team in the last eighteen months and for that I’ll be forever grateful. I hope this goes a little way to repaying the backing they have given me since I came in.”

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McDermott appointed Leeds manager

Leeds United have appointed Brian McDermott as manager on a three year contract, who will replace caretaker Neil Redfearn.  McDermott will inherit a side that currently sits in seventeenth place in the English Championship, and have lost all of their last four matches.  The Englishman takes over Leeds less than two weeks after Neil Warnock left Elland Road, and will have to engage in a relegation battle, which Leeds now sit in.

“We are delighted to have appointed Brian as our manager,” said the Leeds director David Haigh in a statement. “He is a man with a proven track record of success and shares our vision of the best way to return long-term and sustainable success to this great football club. Continue reading

Appleton sacked after only fifteen games in charge

Blackburn Rovers manager Michael Appleton has been sacked after only 67 days in charge of the English Championship side.  The thirty-seven-year-old took over as Blackburn manger in January after a short spell with Blackpool, and despite winning four of his first seven games in charge, the Englishman has been sacked following a poor run of form.  Appleton’s assistant manager Ashley Westwood, the first team coach Darren Moore, and the head of senior recruitment Luke Dowling have also been sacked, and reserve team manger Gary Bowyer has been put in charge until the end of the season.

“Blackburn Rovers FC can confirm that Michael Appleton has been relieved of his duties as manager along with assistant manager Ashley Westwood, first team coach Darren Moore and head of senior recruitment Luke Dowling,”  a club statement read.

Blackburn are without a win in their last eight games, and their last win was a 1-0 victory over Arsenal in the FA Cup Fifth Round.  Appleton won four, drew five and lost six games in all competitions out of his short fifteen match spell in charge and leaves Blackburn in eighteenth place in the English Championship.

Venky’s, Blackburn’s owners, will be looking for their sixth manager this season, with Appleton, Gary Bowyer, Henning Berg, Eric Black and Steve Kean all plying their trade at Ewood Park.