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The FA confirm Hull City name change appeal

Hull fans are strongly opposed to any name change. Credit: PA

The Football Association has confirmed that Hull City will appeal the FA Council's decision to reject an application to change the Premier League club's name.

In a statement, the FA revealed that Hull City have "chosen to commence an arbitration under Rule K of the Rules and Regulations of The Football Association to challenge the decision of The FA Council."

Although FA rules state that any such challenges must remain confidential, they have decided to confirm the arbitration "in the interests of the supporters" and promised to make a further announcement once a decision has been reached.

In April 2014, the FA Council rejected an application from Hull City owner Assem Allam to change the club's name to Hull Tigers.

Owner Cellino watches match with Leeds United fans

Leeds United's Italian owner Massimo Cellino endured his side's 2-0 defeat at Brentford sat amongst the supports.

Fans tweeted a picture of Cellino in the stands.

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Darko day for Milanic

New Leeds United manager Darko Milanic admits his side's defeat away at Brentford was "a bad result" for the Whites.

Darko day: New head coach Milanic admits it was a bad result after Leeds lost 2-0 at Brentford Credit: Press Association

Milanic was appointed Leeds boss last week and took charge of a side unbeaten in their last four Championship games, having won three of those fixtures under caretaker boss Neil Redfearn.

Redfearn did not travel to Brentford as part of the Leeds' coaching staff and Milanic watched his side go behind in the final minute of the first half when Jota hit the back of the net.

Then, with Leeds chasing the game at Griffin Park, Brentford made sure of the points when Alan McCormack saw his shot deflected in, putting the hosts 2-0 up and condemning Milanic to defeat in his first match as Whites boss.

"For me it's a big day, to have my debut in the Championship. It is a bad result for us and I have to congratulate the home team, they played very well," the Slovenian told LUTV.

"If we look at all the game we had some problems with the opposition. We started better in the second half. For 15 minutes we played very well, we controlled the game, we had good possession, we had some shots.

"But after that, and before that also, it was very difficult."At the end we had to risk more because of the goal and they were very dangerous on the counter attacks."

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Oldham Athletic v Scunthorpe United

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Dagenham and Redbridge v York City

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Football: Saturday's fixtures

Follow all today's match action as it happens Credit: Press Association

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Hull City v Manchester City - kick off 3pm

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Brentford v Leeds United - kick off 3pm

Cardiff City v Sheffield Wednesday - kick off 3pm

Huddersfield Town v Millwall - kick off 3pm

Ipswich Town v Rotherham United - kick off 3pm

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Barnsley v Swindon Town - kick off 3pm

Bradford City v Port Vale - kick off 3pm

Chesterfield v Notts County - kick off 3pm

Oldham Athletic v Scunthorpe United - kick off 3pm

Sheffield United v Gillingham - kick off 3pm

Walsall v Doncaster Rovers - kick off 3pm

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Dagenham and Redbridge v York City - kick off 3pm

Stevenage and Mansfield Town - kick off 3pm

Hull hoping for City slip-up

Hull captain Curtis Davies is hoping Manchester City's quest for multiple trophies trips them up when the sides meet on Saturday.

Captain Davies hoping for City to slip-up Credit: Press Association

The Barclays Premier League champions visit the KC Stadium just three days before an important Champions League assignment against Roma and three after thrashing Sheffield Wednesday 7-0 in the Capital One Cup.

While many of the champions' top-flight rivals used the midweek cup fixtures to rotate their squad, Manuel Pellegrini used nine of the players who had drawn with Chelsea last Sunday.

And Davies, whose side go in as heavy underdogs despite home advantage, hopes Manchester City's divided focus counts against them on this occasion.

Manchester City have got such strength in depth so to see some of the players they used in the cup surprised me, they must really want to win that competition. When I saw they had won 7-0 that was pretty shocking but I'm hoping that come the weekend they've burnt their legs out a little bit. They're also looking forward to a Champions League game next week that they will feel they have to win and hopefully they might just take their eyes off the ball a little bit and if so we might be able to take advantage.

– Curtis Davies

Despite the mitigating factor of the fixture list, Davies knows he will be coming up against opponents who are highly likely to be fighting for the title at the end of the season and will arrive in East Yorkshire with a confidence to match.

But it is a challenge he has no intention of shirking.

We're Hull City, they're Man have to be honest, the onus is on them to do well. The onus will be on them to win every game and anything we can do to upset the apple cart is good for us. Anyone who wants to play in the Premier League should want to play against these players. If not you may as well stay in the Championship or League One, wherever. You come to the top level to test yourself against the best and there's not many better than Manchester City, with the (Sergio) Agueros and (Edin) Dzekos of this world. It's going to be difficult, you can never get away from that, but you have to thrive on that fact.

– Curtis Davies

Hull could have hoped for easier opponents as they attempt to solve defensive problems that have seen them throw away winning positions four times this season, including each of the last three three matches.

It may be too much to ask for a shutout this time around, but Davies is still expecting a significant improvement.

I can't put my finger on what it is but for me as a centre-half it's very frustrating. Last year we worked on solid bases, keeping clean sheets and nicked a few 1-0s, but this year we're getting the required goals but we can't keep the clean sheets. We need to work on it as a back four and as a team because it's not good enough really.

– Curtis Davies


Cellino sacks consultant in row over Reading fixture

Leeds owner Massimo Cellino has sacked consultant Graham Bean over a row about next week's rearranged fixture against Reading.

Cellino sacks consultant in row over Reading fixture

Bean, 53, a former Football Association compliance officer who ran day-to-day operations at Elland Road, has been dismissed four months after joining the club.

His departure follows a disagreement over the club's decision to agree to a request from Reading to switch their league game at Leeds next week to Wednesday instead of Tuesday.

Reading asked for the game to be put back 24 hours as their match against Wolves this weekend, to be televised by Sky Sports, has been moved to Sunday.

Cellino, who was away at the time, was not involved in discussions in July about the rearranged fixture and subsequently terminated Bean's 12-month contract.

Bean has overseen much of the club's administration during his time at Elland Road and was involved with players' contracts.

I wish the club and all the staff at Leeds all the best, I've enjoyed working with them.

But I can't say the same about Mr Cellino. I can't really comment.

But if anybody thinking of working at Leeds United under the current regime asks my advice, I'd say stay well clear.

The club deserves much better.

– Graham Bean

Tigers defeated by late West Brom fightback

Two late goals from Gareth McAuley and Saido Berahino stole victory from Steve Bruce's men.

Hull looked to have sealed the win with goals from Tom Ince and Robbie Brady cancelling out Brown Ideye's opener.

But the Baggies fought back and two goals in the final five minutes turned the tie on its head.

Owls fall to rampant Citizens

Stuart Gray's Sheffield Wednesday failed to translate their early season form across to the League Cup.

The Owls got to half time with the scores level at 0-0 but four goals in fifteen minutes, including a Yaya Touré penalty following a red card for Kamil Zayatte, set the tone for the second half and it finished Man City 7 - 0 Sheffield Wednesday.

Milanic meets reporters on first day at Elland Road

He has already been compared to a water melon by his employer, Massimo Cellino, but Darko Milanic seemed unfazed by the Italian's eccentricities as he met reporters for the first time today.

The Slovenian is United's first manager from outside the British Isles and joins from Austrian side Sturm Graz.

Chris Dawkes reports:

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