Cow­ley sacked by Hud­der­s­field as Barns­ley get late hope of sur­vival

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Cham­pi­onship round-up

Danny Cow­ley has been sacked as Hud­der­s­field man­ager, de­spite he and his as­sis­tant, brother Nicky, help­ing the club all but se­cure their Cham­pi­onship sur­vival.

The pair were dis­missed two days af­ter Hud­der­s­field beat se­cond-placed West Bromwich Al­bion to leave them three points clear of the bot­tom three with one game re­main­ing. Al­though not math­e­mat­i­cally safe, they have a far su­pe­rior goal dif­fer­ence to Lu­ton, in the fi­nal rel­e­ga­tion place.

The duo took over from Jan Siew­ert in Septem­ber but won just 13 of their 40 games. Hud­der­s­field have said they are not seek­ing ap­pli­ca­tions for the va­cant po­si­tion.

Chair­man Phil Hodgkin­son said: “I would like to place my thanks on record to Danny and Nicky for their hard work and ded­i­ca­tion to­wards se­cur­ing the club’s place in the Sky Bet Cham­pi­onship for next sea­son.

“That was the clear pri­or­ity when they were ap­pointed in Septem­ber and we are very grate­ful that has been achieved. How­ever, we have made this de­ci­sion in the be­lief that, in the long term, it is in the best in­ter­ests of the club as we move for­ward. We have a dif­fer­ent vi­sion for the way we op­er­ate the club, and how our am­bi­tions can be achieved.”

It prom­ises to be a fran­tic fi­nal Cham­pi­onship day on Wed­nes­day with no team yet rel­e­gated af­ter Barns­ley lived to fight an­other day fol­low­ing sub­sti­tute Pa­trick Sch­midt’s 93rd-minute win­ner against Not­ting­ham For­est.

The 1-0 vic­tory meant they leapfrogge­d Hull City, who are on the brink af­ter Kazenga LuaLua’s late win­ner for rel­e­ga­tion ri­vals Lu­ton put them level on points with fourth-bot­tom Charl­ton, fol­low­ing the lat­ter’s draw with Wi­gan.

Hull de­fender Ryan Tafa­zolli apol­o­gised to an­gry sup­port­ers. “We’re sorry, we re­ally are,” he said. “There are peo­ple cry­ing in the dress­ing room. No one went out there in­tend­ing to lose. Hon­estly, we’re all hurt­ing. It af­fects our fam­i­lies, it af­fects our liveli­hoods.”

Mid­dles­brough and Birm­ing­ham City, 19th and 20th, are not yet confirmed safe while 13th-placed Wi­gan, who have a 12-point de­duc­tion for en­ter­ing ad­min­is­tra­tion loom­ing, are only 10 points clear. Sh­effield Wed­nes­day, eight points clear, also have the threat of a points de­duc­tion re­gard­ing a long-stand­ing English Foot­ball League mis­con­duct charge.

At the top, fourth-placed Ful­ham have an out­side chance of au­to­matic pro­mo­tion, re­quir­ing vic­tory at Wi­gan, cou­pled with a de­feat for West Bromwich Al­bion by Queens Park Rangers and any­thing less than a win for Brent­ford.

Mean­while, Avon and Som­er­set Po­lice have launched an in­ves­ti­ga­tion af­ter Bris­tol City’s Fa­mara Died­hiou was racially abused on­line af­ter miss­ing a penalty in his side’s 1-0 loss at Swansea.

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