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Sheffield United manager Nigel Clough has taken the unusual step of naming his team to face Hartlepool United in advance of tonight's game.
Pools welcome the League One side to Victoria Park in the Second Round of the Johnstone's Paint Trophy. The match is scheduled to kick-off at 7pm.
It will be Hartlepool's first game since Colin Cooper resigned from his role as manager on Saturday night.
Sheffield United team: Turner, Davey, Basham, McGahey, Harris, Campbell-Ryce, Reed, McGinn, De Girolamo, Porter, Baxter Subs: Doyle, Willis, Collins, McNulty, Murphy
Carlisle United manager Keith Curle believes that former Hartlepool boss Colin Cooper didn't have the full support of his club.
Cooper resigned from his role at Hartlepool after Saturday's 3-0 home defeat to Carlisle.
Speaking today, Curle said: "I think he felt that he wasn't being supported or getting the backing off the field".
Hartlepool United boss Colin Cooper says the deal which took striker Luke James to Peterborough 'had to be right' for the club.
The 19-year-old had been linked with Peterborough for several weeks and even submitted a formal transfer request in an attempt to force the move through.
But the clubs had failed to agree a deal until Peterborough made an improved offer on transfer deadline day which Hartlepool accepted.
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Hartlepool United have confirmed that striker Luke James has handed in a written transfer request.
A club statement read:
Pools striker Luke James has today handed in a written transfer request.
The club has acknowledged the request but advised Luke that he remains under contract to Hartlepool United.
There will be no further comment at this time.
The 19-year-old has risen through the youth ranks at Victoria Park and was voted the club's Player of the Year and the Players' Player of the Year last season.
Colin Cooper has made his second signing of the summer for Hartlepool United - the former Middlesbrough man Stuart Parnaby.
The club said Cooper was quick to make his move once he realised Parnaby was a free agent, because he can play anywhere across the back four or in midfield.
Parnaby grew up in County Durham and rose through the youth ranks at Middlesbrough. He was part of the Birmingham City side that beat Arsenal to life the League Cup in 2011.