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Barnsley FC chief executive to retire

Barnsley Club Chief Executive, Don Rowing, is to retire at the end of the month. He's been at the club for nine years, initially as General Manager, and lately as a Director and Chief Executive.

“Don has been the unsung hero at the club. In his position you draw fire for all the poor decisions made within the club, but get little credit for the good work done.

– Patrick Cryne, Barnsley FC owner

“I have thoroughly enjoyed my time with Barnsley and will miss working with the staff and my interaction with the fans. I have particularly enjoyed working with Patrick, but as his involvement with the club has gradually diminished and with my recent 70th birthday, I think it’s time to blow the final whistle. I will continue to support the club as a season ticket holder and wish the club and its fans every success.”

– Don Rowing

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McDermott 'to take over at Leeds'

Brian McDermott - new Leeds manager? Credit: PA

Calendar understands that former Reading boss Brian McDermott will be given the Leeds United manager's job "within the next 24 hours".

Sources close to McDermott - who was axed last month despite guiding Reading back to the top flight - suggest that he'll be in charge by the weekend.

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No decision yet on new Town boss

Academy coach Mark Lillis is likely to be in charge at Huddersfield Town until at least the middle of next week. Lillis has been in caretaker charge since Chairman Dean Hoyle sacked Simon Grayson two weeks ago, and he's overseen a win, a draw and a defeat.

Several candidates have already been interviewed, with former Scunthorpe and Southampton manager Nigel Adkins, and Graeme Jones, who's assistant boss at Wigan, still in the frame. Former England and Manchester United midfielder Nicky Butt is also an outside bet.

Today Lillis has been speaking about the managerial situation, the prospects for tomorrow's game against Championship leaders Cardiff, and last weekend's defeat against Derby County.

Huddersfield sack Grayson

Huddersfield Town have sacked manager Simon Grayson after the club's poor run of form. The Terriers have not won a game in the Championship since November 10 and they now sit in 18th place in the league table. Grayson won 17 of his 49 matches in charge of Huddersfield.

"In making this decision, we have thought long and hard. It has been made with both the short term and long term needs of the Club in mind. We brought Simon in with the immediate aim to lead the Club to promotion and he did that at the first attempt. It is an achievement for which we are grateful. "However, having worked so hard to get back into the second tier we have to do everything we can to consolidate that position. After exceeding all our expectations in the early part of the season, our results and performances as a team and from individual players have tailed off alarmingly."

– Dean Hoyle, Huddersfield Town Chairman

Sources close to the club say no one has been lined up to replace Grayson. Academy coach Mark Lillis will take charge for Saturday's FA Cup fourth round tie at home to Leicester City.

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