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Leeds United call press conference to unveil new head coach

Leeds United have called a press conference for this afternoon to unveil their new head coach.

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A statement said that club director Adam Pearson will present Neil Redfearn's replacement to the media.

Redfearn's future has been up in the air since owner Massimo Cellino's press conference earlier in the season, where he revealed he had doubts about the coach's credentials.

According to reports, former Brentford and Wigan boss Uwe Rosler will be the new head coach.

Brownlee delighted with Leeds triathlon coup

Olympian Alistair Brownlee says he is delighted with news that Leeds will host a leg of World Triathlon Series next year.

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The event will take the place of World Triathlon London, as Hyde Park will be under construction in 2016 to allow for the building of a cycling superhighway throughout the city.

It’s fantastic news that Leeds’ bid has been successful. I am sure the crowds will come out in force to see a major triathlon event in Leeds for the first time, and I’m sure it will be a brilliant event.

– Alistair Brownlee

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Wakefield confirm James Webster's departure

Wakefield Trinity have confirmed the departure of head coach James Webster with immediate effect.

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It is with a heavy heart that I have today agreed the release of James Webster from his position of Head Coach. James rescued us last season from the threat of relegation and for that I am truly thankful. I wish James and his family every success and happiness in the future, and thank him for all his hard work in his 4 years here. We will now be conducting the search for a new Head Coach. In the interim, Stuart Dickens will take charge of first team affairs, until we can make an appointment.

– Michael Carter, Chairman

I felt now was the right time to allow someone else the opportunity to take the team forward. In taking this decision my hope is it will allow the club to fulfil its goal and remain in super league. I would like to thank both Michael and Chris for the opportunity and wish everyone at the wildcats the best for the future.

– James Webster

The Wildcats are currently seven points adrift at the bottom of the league.

Reports: Wakefield set to part company with James Webster

Wakefield Wildcats are set to sack head coach James Webster, ITV News understands.

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The Super League club suffered a shock Challenge Cup defeat to Leigh on Sunday.

Wildcats have lost 12 of their last 13 matches in all competitions and are seven points adrift at the bottom of the league.

Confirmation of Webster's departure is expected later today.

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Yorkshire's Root named cricketer of the year

Yorkshire's Joe Root has tonight been named England's player of the year.

Yorkshire's Joe Root scored more than 1,100 runs at an average of almost 95 Credit: Press Association

The Sheffield born batsman, who last week was named the Test vice captain, took the award ahead of James Anderson, Moeen Ali and Yorkshire team mate Gary Ballance after 12 months in which he scored more than 1,100 runs at an average of almost 95.

It's a nice thing to achieve, and I hope it's the start of what could be another good year. It would have been good, a lot nicer, to win it in a year where we have done really well. I think, even though the results haven't gone well, there have been a lot of really good individual performances through the whole team. I hope we can put those all together now.

– Joe Root

Head coach Cooke leaves Dons

Doncaster have parted company with head coach Paul Cooke following their winless start to the Kingstone Press Championship season.

Paul Cooke at Hull Kingston Rovers Credit: Press Association

The South Yorkshire club have announced the 34-year-old former Hull and Hull KR stand-off has left by mutual consent.

Assistant boss Chris Spurr has also left the Keepmoat Stadium with the club saying they are looking "to go in a new direction".

Doncaster have lost their opening 13 games in the Championship.

A statement read: "Doncaster RLFC can today confirm the departure of head coach Paul Cooke with immediate effect.

Also departing with 34-year-old Paul Cooke is assistant coach Chris Spurr.

Both have agreed to end their stay at Keepmoat Stadium by mutual consent, as the club look to go in a new direction and climb the Kingstone Press Championship table."

Furman among 11 players released by Doncaster

South African midfielder Dean Furman is among 11 players released by Doncaster Rovers.

Furman was a key player for Doncaster this season despite the club failing to gain League One promotion. Credit: Press Association

Jamie McCombe, Theo Robinson, Abdul Razak, Reece Wabara and Stephen Bywater have also been told they can leave the Keepmoat Stadium.

Released:

  • Jamie McCombe
  • Theo Robinson
  • Abdul Razak
  • Reece Wabara
  • Dean Furman
  • Stephen Bywater
  • Lewis Ferguson
  • Alex Peterson
  • Aron Gordon (Not offered professional contract)
  • Alexander Head (Not offered professional contract)
  • Jack McClaren (Not offered professional contract)

Retained (offered new deals):

  • Rob Jones
  • Kyle Bennett
  • Ben Askins (6 month contract until 31/12/15)
  • Mitchell Lund
  • Harry Middleton
  • Liam Wakefield
  • Billy Whitehouse
  • Matthew Davies (Extended scholarship)
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Dawson hopeful Man United win will keep Hull up

Michael Dawson will lead his side on Sunday. Credit: PA

Hull City captain Michael Dawson believes a win over Manchester United at home on the final day of the season will see them survive.

The Tigers are currently two points adrift of Newcastle and need three points on Sunday to give them a chance of staying up.

They say in the Premier League there'll be a twist and hopefully it'll go our way.

The pressure is on Newcastle and Sunderland as well, but we know we have to win and I believe if we do win we'll have enough to stay in this league.

If Newcastle and Sunderland win they are obviously safe but they are playing with pressure.

We beat Liverpool at home and hopefully we can have another performance and result like that.

Hopefully a win will be good enough, it's out of our hands.

– Michael Dawson
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