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Weather causes fixture havoc across the Football League

Four of Saturday's Sky Bet Championship matches have fallen victim to the weather. Credit: PA

Four of Saturday's Sky Bet Championship matches have fallen victim to the weather in a weekend sporting programme badly affected by snow as Premier League clubs monitor the situation.

The Championship clash between Ipswich and Hull, Barnsley's home game against Norwich and Cardiff's trip to Brentford were called off on Friday, adding to the postponement of Sheffield United v Burton a day earlier.

Seventeen matches across League One and League Two have also been postponed.

All seven Premier League clubs hosting matches on Saturday were hopeful of their fixtures going ahead, with Southampton confirming their intent to press ahead with their 3pm clash with Stoke.


Middlesbrough appoint Tony Pulis as new boss

Tony Pulis was sacked by West Brom and replaced by Alan Pardew. Credit: PA

Middlesbrough have appointed Tony Pulis as manager following the departure of Garry Monk.

The Sky Bet Championship club parted company with Monk on Saturday after the 2-1 victory at Sheffield Wednesday left them ninth in the table.

Pulis has been out of work since November when he left Premier League strugglers West Brom, but the Teesside club have now announced he will be the man they hope can lead them to promotion.

Only way is up for Leeds, says Christiansen

Hernandez celebrates his goal. Credit: PA

Leeds head coach Thomas Christiansen expects his side to climb back up the Sky Bet Championship table after a 2-1 win against Middlesbrough.

Pablo Hernandez and Gianni Alioski struck goals in either half to put Leeds 2-0 up before Britt Assombalonga ensured a nervous finale by converting a controversial 76th-minute penalty.

When asked if victory had seen Leeds turn a corner, Christiansen said: "Yes of course. The team is alive. They have been the whole time, believing in taking the three points always."

Leeds had slipped from top of the table to 11th after losing six of their previous seven league games, but are back up to seventh, level on points with Middlesbrough.

"When you fail you have to work harder and during these two weeks we have analysed a lot, worked a lot and there has been a good atmosphere in the team," Christiansen said.

The Leeds boss said he had no sympathy for Boro counterpart Garry Monk, who was given a hostile reception by a large section of Leeds fans in a crowd of 33,771.

"No. Garry or me, we are not playing," Christiansen said. "It's the players who have to respond on the pitch.

Sunderland release home shirt in Bradley Lowery's memory

Bradley Lowery passed away in July after a battle with neuroblastoma. Credit: PA

Sunderland have released a special edition home shirt in memory of Bradley Lowery, the six-year-old Black Cats fan who lost his battle with neuroblastoma in July.

The Championship club have launched 'For Bradley', a fundraising campaign aimed at creating a holiday home for sick children and their families.

Sunderland players will wear the shirt - which features the words 'For Bradley, For Everyone' on the front - for the game against Millwall at the Stadium of Light this weekend.

The players' shirts will be auctioned off while replicas will be sold in the club shop and online, with all proceeds going towards the campaign.

Bradley's mother Gemma said: "One of our favourite memories is taking Bradley on holiday to Scarborough.

"We are absolutely thrilled that Sunderland AFC suggested that we could create similar memories for other families.

"Since Bradley's sad passing in July we have worked tirelessly to ensure a positive legacy will come from his personal fight and I'm sure Bradley will be watching over everyone and be very proud that his legacy will now help others."


Football League clubs 'In favour' of early transfer window closure

Jota moved to Birmingham for a record-fee once the Championship season had already begun. Credit: PA

English Football League clubs have indicated they are in favour of closing the summer transfer window early from 2018, the governing body has announced.

Premier League clubs have already voted to close the window early from the 2018-19 season but there is no guarantee other major European leagues will follow suit.

The consensus among managers is that signing players once the season is under way causes unnecessary disruption to their squads and preparations.

Premier League teams did not vote unanimously with Manchester United, Manchester City, Watford, Swansea and Crystal Palace voting against, while Burnley abstained.

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