Kevin Blackwell takes over at Sheffield United

It was officially announced by the club last night, that manager Bryan Robson and his assistant Brian Kidd had left Sheffield United.

It has been suggested that Bryan Robson was offered another job within the club but decided not to take the position in a meeting with the chairman and Sheffield United owner in Brussels.

Robson and Kidd will be replaced until the end of the season by former Luton Town and Leeds United manager Kevin Blackwell, and his assistant Sam Ellis.

For more information visit the official Sheffield United website.

Andy Cole scores hat-trick for Burnley

Andy ColeFormer Manchester United, Newcastle and England striker, Andy Cole still has an appetiite for scoring goals. Last night he scored a hat-trick for Burnley against Queens Park Rangers.

Cole has now scored four goals in two games while on loan from Premiership Sunderland and was the difference between the two Championship teams yesterday. QPR fans gave Cole a standing ovation as he left the pitch and several called BBC Radio Five Live to compliment Cole’s classy performance.

QPR went into a two goal lead before Andy Cole helped Burnley win the match 4-2.

He told Radio Lancashire:

“It felt as good as it did on Saturday when I got my first [against Colchester]. It’s the same as when I was a kid – nothing changes.”

The three points helps Burnley climbed to seventh in the Coca-Cola League Championship table, one place and one point behind Ipswich Town and the play-off places.

Watford – top of the Coca-Cola Championship

Watford go back to the top of the Coca-Cola Football League Championship Table after a 1-0 win over Ian Holloway’s Leicester City.

Darius Henderson scored just before half-time, two minutes after Watford had been reduced to 10 men. John-Joe O’Toole, the man with a name like a jockey, was sent off for pulling back Stephen Clemence.

Watford manager Adrian Boothroyd didn’t disagree with the foul by O’Toole but did disagree with the sending off as he said he could see a covering defender.

Leicester are now seriously fighting for survival just two places above the relegation zone, having played more games than all four teams below them.

Leicester manager Ian Holloway told the BBC:

“The chairman will not be happy, I know. We’ve lost our last three games, I’m a manager and I’m paid to win games but I accept that.”

Watford go one point clear of Bristol City, and two points clear of Stoke City in third.

Bristol City sneaked a 1-0 win away to Scunthorpe.  While Stoke held on to a 3-0 half time lead to beat Southampton 3-2.

West Bromich Albion drop to fourth place after a goaless draw against Sheffield United at The Hawthorns.