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Steve Bruce keen to push on after managerial award

Hull City can consolidate their position at the top of the Championship table tomorrow when they travel to Burnley, one of their main rivals for promotion.The Tigers are currently four points ahead of third placed Burnley, whom they beat convincingly 3-0 at the KC on Boxing Day.

City have won their last six matches in all competitions - a run that saw Steve Bruce named Championship Manager of the Month. But he agrees that the award is often a poisoned chalice.

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


Hull City scoop monthly Championship awards

Hull City manager Steve Bruce and striker Abel Hernandez have won the Sky Bet Championship Manager and Player of the Month awards for January.


Bruce guided his side to six wins from six games in January, taking the Tigers to the top of the Sky Bet Championship table and into the fifth round of the FA Cup. He beat Sean Dyche (Burnley), Gary Rowett (Birmingham) and Dougie Freedman (Nottingham Forest) to the award.

Hernandez scored six goals in four appearances and netted a hat-trick in a 6-0 win against Charlton Athletic.

January was a really good month for us and we look forward to the next challenge now. It’s a big pat on the back for all of the staff here, too. The manager gets the trophy, but the staff here work tirelessly to support me in what we do so it’s congratulations to them as well.

– Steve Bruce

I’m very happy to have been voted the Player of the Month in the Championship. I hope to continue the form I have shown in January and to keep performing well for the team.

– Abel Hernandez

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

Leeds Utd programme issue 16b for superstitious Cellino

Leeds United have revealed the matchday programme cover for this Saturday's game against Nottingham Forest.

The programme is labelled "Issue 16b" - Leeds United owner Massimo Cellino is famously superstitious and believes the number 17 brings bad luck.

At the beginning of the season Cellino had the pitch blessed and the team went on to achieve a 1-0 win against Cardiff City.

He also famously hates the colour purple.


Tigers complete two deals on Deadline day

Hull City managed to get two signings over the line on transfer deadline, including Manchester United midfielder Nick Powell on loan until the end of the season.

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The Tigers also signed Slovakian international goal keeper Dušan Kuciak on an 18-month deal from Legia Warsaw.

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Spireites capture midfielder Gary Liddle

Gary Liddle has joined Chesterfield from Bradford City for an undisclosed fee, signing a long-term contract.The 29-year-midfielder, who can also play in central defence, played under Spireites boss Danny Wilson at Hartlepool United.

Liddle was part of Middlesbrough's FA Youth Cup-winning side in 2004 and also played for Notts County before joining Bradford in the summer of 2014.

I'm delighted to get it all sorted. I'm predominantly a midfielder but I can play at centre-back as well.

The chance to work with the manager again really appealed to me and that was a major factor in my decision to sign because Danny is one of the best managers I've worked for. I know Ritchie Humphreys as well and he's told me about the club.

– Gary Liddle
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