Chairman supports Wilkinson

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Bill Fotherby, the chairman of Leeds United, yesterday backed Howard Wilkinson, the club's manager, and denied speculation that Kenny Dalglish was being lined up to take over at Elland Road.

The rumours linking Blackburn's director of coaching with Leeds surfaced after the Caspian group were given clearance in the High Court to complete their takeover of the Yorkshire club, but Fotherby pledged to support Wilkinson. "It's all rubbish," Fotherby said. "Howard is in the job and will now have the kind of financial backing he's not had in the last eight years."

Nottingham Forest have completed the signing of Nikola Jerkan, the Croatian international defender. The pounds 1m deal to take the 31-year-old from Spain's Real Oviedo was held up for more than a fortnight while Forest waited for a work permit.

Mark Hateley's return to Scotland to join Kilmarnock from QPR has fallen through. "The deal is dead and buried after the two clubs couldn't agree a fee," Dennis Roche, the player's agent, said.

Swindon have signed the former Liverpool winger Mark Walters on a free transfer from Southampton, as well as Scott Leitch, the Hearts midfielder. They will also give a fortnight's trial to the 29-year-old French defender Frederick Darras.

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