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Good news for Mariners' fans travelling to Wembley

Highways England is giving a helping hand at the weekend to Grimsby Town fans heading to Wembley as their team bids to return to the Football League after an absence of 5 years.

Highways England is carrying out major improvements on the A180 – a key route out of the town – and had planned to close the westbound carriageway between the Brocklesby and Stallingborough Interchanges for much of the weekend.

However, following the Mariners’ success in the play-off semi-finals this weekend’s working arrangements have been reviewed and – depending on the weather - the road works should be lifted early on Sunday morning meaning fans heading to Wembley will get a clear drive out of Humberside along the A180 with no road works on their return on Sunday night either.

Fans are advised to check traffic conditions before setting out. Sections of the M1 on the route to London have Smart Motorway road works with narrow lanes and 50 mph speed limits in place past the road works.

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Football League: Goalless result stands in abandoned Terriers match

The 0-0 score between Blackpool and Huddersfield Town at the time of their Championship match being abandoned earlier this month has officially been recorded as the final result of the match, The Football League has confirmed.

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In addition, the Blackpool have been charged with failing to fulfil a fixture and the matter will be heard by a Football Disciplinary Commission.

Huddersfield Town may be compensated with ticket refunds to supporters.

The fixture was halted 48 minutes in when supporters poured on to the pitch in protest at Blackpool chairman Karl Oyston and, after staging a sit-in demonstration in the centre circle for over an hour, referee Mick Russell eventually called the fixture off.

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Cellino leaves Leeds press conference for cigarette

Cellino popped out for a cigarette, as you do. Credit: PA

Today's Leeds United press conference took a bizarre twist when Massimo Cellino decided to leave the room for a cigarette break, leaving director Adam Pearson to face the media alone.

"What we are trying to do is put things in place and make sure we don't make mistakes again," Pearson said.

Asked if Redfearn, without contact in 12 days, had been cut adrift, Pearson added:

"He hasn't been cut adrift. I would encourage Massimo to do things that he sees fit. He does things that he thinks are right for the football club. I would ask you to give him more time."

Cellino sets new Leeds promotion deadline

Massimo Cellino says he will sell Leeds United if the club is not promoted to the Premier League by 2017.

"We have to start fixing this club. It is a sleeping giant but it will take time to fix it. I want to be in the Premier League," he told reporters at a press conference.

Speaking alongside new club director Adam Pearson, Cellino said the club is not for sale at the moment - and admitted he isn't sure if Neil Redfearn is the right man to take the club forward.

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Leeds owner Cellino casts doubt over Redfearn's future

Leeds owner Massimo Cellino has cast doubt over the future of manager Neil Redfearn by claiming he isn't sure whether he is the right man for the job.

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Cellino told reporters in press conference:

"Who put Redfearn in that position? Me. Who wants Neil to succeed more than anyone? Me. It was my choice.

"I took the risk but I don't know what's happened in the last 10 games. No-one called me.

"Is Neil best for the future? Are you sure that he's good or is it that you're a coward with the fans because you won't change it.

"I have to find the right coach for this club and not because I want to please the fans for 15 days."

He was speaking alongside new club director Adam Pearson.

Massimo Cellino: Leeds United is not for sale

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Leeds United owner Massimo Cellino has told reporters the club is not for sale, admitting that it's time to fix the club 'once and forever'.

In a joint press conference with new director Adam Pearson, he said Pearson is the 'right man' for the club.

Leeds United release former captain Rodolph Austin

Leeds United have released former captain Rodolph Austin.

Rodolph Austin Credit: EMPICS Sport

The club have also announced that senior squad members Aidan White, Stuart Taylor and Michael Tonge will not be offered new deals.

Players released:

  • Daniel Atkinson
  • Rodolph Austin
  • Luke Booker
  • Alex Cairns
  • Afolabi Coker
  • Stuart Taylor
  • Zac Thompson
  • Michael Tonge
  • Aidan White

Players retained:

  • Lewie Coyle
  • Tyler Denton
  • Eric Grimes
  • Luke Parkin
  • Kalvin Phillips
  • Alex Purver
  • Jake Skelton
  • Lewis Walters

Dean Saunders appointed as new Chesterfield manager

Chesterfield have appointed Dean Saunders as their new manager.

He takes over from Paul Cook, who left for Portsmouth on Tuesday, and has been given a two-year contract.

It is a great opportunity as this is a club on the rise, run by good people, and I am inheriting a very good team from Paul Cook.

Taking over now gives me a full pre-season to make a fresh start, put my plans in place and work with the squad, which is a great position to be in.

The profile of the club has been raised in the last few years and there has been an impressive increase in attendances so it is an exciting prospect and I can’t wait to get started.

– Dean Saunders

When chairman Dave Allen and I met Dean, it was clear that he shared our vision for the future of the club. He has infectious enthusiasm for the job and he is in the enviable position of joining a club with solid foundations.

– Chris Turner, Chesterfield chief executive
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