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Lee Johnson leaves Barnsley for Bristol City

Lee Johnson has left his role as Barnsley manager after being appointed as the new head coach of Bristol Rovers on a three-and-a-half year contract.

Johnson was in the stands at Bristol City today Credit: PA

The 34-year-old was given permission to speak to the Robins on Friday after the Championship strugglers triggered a release clause in his contract at Oakwell.

Paul Heckingbottom and Tommy Wright have take responsibility for first-team matters for the time being at the South Yorkshire outfit.

Tug of war championships come to Huddersfield

The 2016 British and Irish indoor tug of war championships is taking place at Huddersfield Leisure Centre today.

Representative teams from England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland will be taking part.

Each team will consist of eight pullers. There will be two weight categories contested in the mens division, and there will also be a mixed weight class, with teams consisting of four men and four women.

The event started at 9:30am this morning and finishes at 5pm.


Barnsley boss Lee Johnson given permission to speak to Bristol City

Barnsley have given their head coach Lee Johnson permission to speak to Bristol City concerning their managerial vacancy.

Credit: Press Association

In a statement the club said it had given Johnson permission because it believes that 'the structures that we now have in place must be the key to our future success rather than dependence on a single individual'.

This morning we gave permission to Lee Johnson to speak to Bristol City concerning their managerial vacancy. We gave this permission because we believe that the structures that we now have in place must be the key to our future success rather than dependence on a single individual. If Lee decides to stay with Barnsley Football Club we will be delighted, but if he chooses to move on, we will continue unabated with the plan we have in place for the progression of our Club.

– Barnsley FC

Injury blow for Jessica Ennis-Hill

Sheffield athlete Jessica Ennis-Hill is to miss the indoor athletics season after suffering an Achilles injury while training.

Jessica Ennis-Hill Credit: Press Association

The reigning Olympic and world heptathlon champion has not put a time-scale on her recovery but said she hoped to be able to enjoy a full outdoor season, starting at the Hypo Meeting in Gotzis in late May and building up to the Olympics in Rio.

Asked if the injury puts her participation in Rio in question, Ennis-Hill told Sky Sports News: "At this stage I'm hoping that's not the case. We're still in February, there's a lot of time before the Olympics.

"I'll be going away and sitting with the medical team to go through everything. Hopefully it won't impact on my summer."

Rotherham terminate contract of Simon Lenighan after investigation into assaults

Rotherham have terminated the contract of midfielder Simon Lenighan after an internal investigation.

The 21-year-old was suspended by the Millers in early December, just a week after signing for the club, after being convicted of assaulting three women back in February 2015.

Lenighan avoided jail but was sentenced to a community order for 12 months, including 150 hours of unpaid work, and ordered to pay damages.

The former Leeds academy product did not make a first-team appearance during his time with Rotherham.

Following an internal investigation in to the matters recently in the press and following the reported conduct of the player, Rotherham United can announce that it has terminated the contract of Simon Lenighan. The club will be making no further comment on this matter.

– Club statement
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