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Southend's Brown on Manager of the Month shortlist

Phil Brown's Southend side are currently 10th in League One. Credit: PA

Southend United boss Phil Brown has been nominated for the League One Manager of the Month award for November.

The Shrimpers ended the month unbeaten to lift themselves to just outside the play-offs having earlier been fighting relegation.

Brown is up against Scunthorpe United's Graham Alexander, Gillingham's Justin Edinburgh and Charlton interim manager Kevin Nugent.

Southend's run in the EFL Trophy is over though.

They were beaten on penalties by Oxford United at Roots Hall last night, while Norwich City's under 23s are also out of the competition after losing 1-0 to Swansea at Carrow Road.

Stevenage boss Sarll up for Manager of the Month award

Darren Sarll had a good month in charge of Stevenage. Credit: PA

Stevenage boss Darren Sarll has been nominated for the League Two Manager of the Month award for November.

Boro went the whole month unbeaten and picked up impressive away wins at Accrington Stanley and Portsmouth.

Sarll is up against Wycombe's Gareth Ainsworth, Blackpool's Gary Bowyer and Doncaster Rovers' Darren Ferguson for the prize.

Sarll will take his team to bottom of the table Newport County in League Two tonight, who are now managed by Graham Westley.


Nielson promises improvement as he takes charge of Dons

MK Dons unveiled their new manager at a press conference earlier this afternoon.

Robbie Nielson joins from Hearts and said he was delighted with the move.

"I'm delighted, It is a big move, it is a big step for me to come down to England but I just felt it was the right place to come, the chairman the set up at the club, the potential here it's a great opportunity for me... First and foremost the chairman, the stability he's given the ex-managers the support he's given them, the infrastructure that's here, the opportunity that's here. I had a great start at Hearts and I think I'm now ready to make the next step and I think this is the right place for me at the right time."

– Robbie Nielson

You can watch his press conference below

Watch our profile of the new Dons boss.

MK Dons confirm Neilson appointment

Robbie Neilson is the new MK Dons manager. Credit: PA

MK Dons have officially appointed Hearts boss Robbie Neilson as their new manager.

The 36-year-old takes over from Karl Robinson who left stadium:mk last month.

A compensation deal between the two clubs was agreed last night, and Neilson as well as assistant Stevie Crawford have now finalised personal terms.

The Scot takes over a Dons side currently sitting 19th in League One, and leaves Hearts 2nd in the SPL.

Caretaker boss Richie Barker will take charge of tomorrow's FA Cup game at Charlton, before Neilson is unveiled to the media on Monday.

It’s great to be here and I’m looking forward to developing the club, developing the players and moving the club forward.

The most important thing for me was picking the right chairman and the right club and this was the right match at the right time –it’s a Club that’s going places.

Hopefully the fans are ready for the ride. We want to create excitement but, most importantly, win football matches. With the squad that we’ve got here, we should be winning football matches – our job is to help them do that.

– Robbie Neilson, MK Dons manager

MK Dons agree deal for Neilson to become new boss

Robbie Neilson will become the new MK Dons manager. Credit: PA

MK Dons have agreed a deal with Hearts for Robbie Neilson to become their new manager.

A compensation package between the two clubs was struck last night, and Neilson himself has agreed personal terms.

It's expected he will travel down to Milton Keynes today to finalise the move where he will be joined by assistant boss Stevie Crawford.

Neilson leaves a Hearts side that are second in the SPL, while the Dons are currently 19th in League One.

Ann Budge, the Board of Directors and everyone at Heart of Midlothian Football Club would like to sincerely thank Robbie and Stevie for the enormous part they have played in helping to re-establish the club in the upper echelons of Scottish football.

The record-breaking 2014-15 Championship-winning season, which secured our promotion back to the top flight at the first time of asking, will long live in the memory of Hearts supporters, as will the highly impressive third-place finish and the return to European football which was achieved the following season.

They leave us in an enviable position, sitting second in the Premiership table with a healthy playing squad, rich with talent and promise. We wish them every success in their new challenge with Milton Keynes Dons FC.

– Hearts statement


Ranger commits his future to Southend United

Nile Ranger is staying at Southend. Credit: PA

Southend United striker Nile Ranger has agreed a new contract with the club.

The 25-year-old initially joined the Shrimpers in the summer following a trial but has impressed enough to earn a fresh deal that will run until 2020.

The former Newcastle United youngster has scored twice in his nine appearances for Southend and has helped Phil Brown's side climb to the brink of the play-off spots.

Peterborough United and Cambridge United respond to launch of police investigation into allegations of child sex abuse

Cambridge United and Peterborough United are both caught up in the allegations. Credit: PA Images

Cambridgeshire Police are investigating "multiple allegations" of sex abuse relating to Cambridge United and Peterborough United.

The force received the allegations from the NSPCC over the weekend and are now investigating.

Both clubs have released the following statements:

Cambridge United Football Club has received correspondence from Cambridgeshire Police. This follows the recent coverage about historical disclosures of child sexual abuse within football clubs.

The correspondence indicated that as a result of the publicity some referrals have been shared with Cambridgeshire Police. From what we have been told these date back to the 1990s and earlier.

Cambridge United will treat any and every allegation of this nature with the utmost seriousness. The Club is still awaiting further detail from Cambridgeshire Police and will co-operate fully in any investigation.

– Cambridge United Football Club

Peterborough United owner and chairman Darragh MacAnthony said:

Peterborough United will help the police, the FA, PFA and all other governing bodies of football in their investigations into historical child sex abuse claims.

If anyone is found guilty of any offences, we hope they will be severely dealt with by those authorities in a quick and timely manner.

We encourage anybody with any information relating to this matter to come forward so we can help the authorities as best we can going forward and trust me when I say as a Father of 3 young children, I am personally horrified by what is now coming to forefront in the press recently and will ensure our football club leads by example throughout this process with full transparency and honesty, top to bottom.

– Peterborough United

Hearts boss Neilson holds MK Dons talks

Video report by ITV News Anglia's Rob Halden-Pratt

MK Dons look increasingly likely to have a new man in charge by the end of the week.

Hearts' boss Robbie Neilson is expected to join the League One club after his side play Rangers in the Scottish Premier League tomorrow.

That means his first game in charge could be against his predecessor Karl Robinson's new club Charlton.

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