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Cowley resigns as Braintree Town manager

Danny Cowley looks set to take over at Braintree Town. Credit: PA

Braintree Town manager Danny Cowley has resigned and taken over at fellow Conference side Lincoln City.

The PE teacher led the Essex part-timers to the play-offs this season before they eventually lost to Grimsby Town in the semi-finals.

Chairman Lee Harding admitted that he couldn't stand in Cowley's way.

It's a shame for us but, first of all, I would like to thank both Danny and Nicky for their efforts throughout their year at our club. What they have achieved with the players has been remarkable.

It seems the offer of a £500,000 playing budget and full time status has proved to be too good for them to turn down.

I think it is an incredibly brave decision on their parts, but I really do hope it works out for them - they are good people.

– Lee Harding, Braintree Town chairman

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Northampton Town's Wilder appointed as new Sheffield United boss

Chris Wilder is the new man in charge at Northampton Town. Credit: PA

Northampton Town manager Chris Wilder has left the club to take over at Sheffield United.

The Blades moved quickly to land the Cobblers boss after sacking Nigel Adkins earlier today.

Wilder is a self-confessed Sheffield United fan, and leaves Northampton on the back of promotion to League One last season.

A lot of supporters already know me and those who don't will soon realise that I am loyal, hard-working, straight-talking, thorough and whole-hearted in everything that I do.

Obviously, people know my connection with the club as a supporter and former player and I want Bramall Lane to return to be an intimidating place - I don't want the players to feel it is a burden, playing in front of 20,000 fans.

Alan Knill will be joining the club too, we have worked together for a long-time and he has been instrumental in the success at Northampton Town.

– Chris Wilder, Sheffield United manager

From Wembley to woe - Norwich City's up and down year

Norwich City are facing up to life back in The Championship today after suffering relegation last night.

We've been looking back at another rollercoaster season at Carrow Road which ultimately ended in the Canaries surrendering their top flight status.

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Finance expert: 'Norwich city can bounce back with wise spending'

A financial expert says Norwich City will still have an advantage over many of their opponents in The Championship next season - despite missing out on a huge bumper Premier League TV deal.

The Canaries will receive millions of pounds in parachute payments, and Mark Curtis from Norwich firm Larking Gowen has backed them to bounce straight back - providing they spend wisely in the transfer market.

As long as Norwich have structured themselves to prepare for the possibility of relegation, they should have a war chest to come back again next year.

We know the club have geared themsleves well in the past, and I see no reason why they can't bounce back with sensible finances this time as well.

– MARK CURTIS, FINANCE EXPERT
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