Football: Chapman transfer-listed as Leeds rebuild: Championship heroes are to be released as Wilkinson makes plans for the future

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LEE CHAPMAN, the 33-year-old Leeds United striker, was put on the transfer list yesterday as the Yorkshire club began rebuilding after a hugely disappointing season in which they finished 17th in the Premier League and failed to win an away League match.

Chapman, who scored 82 goals in 172 League and cup games for the club, including the goal at Bournemouth that secured promotion from the Second Division three years ago, is one of three players from the 1991- 92 League Championship winning squad to be released by the manager Howard Wilkinson.

Also on offer are defender Chris Whyte and striker Carl Shutt, who will be remembered for one of the few happy moments in Leeds' season - the goal that beat Stuttgart in the European Cup first-round 'replay' in Barcelona. Two other players surplus to requirements are defender Dylan Kerr and the reserve striker, Damian Henderson, who is given a free transfer.

'After a season in which the whirlwind pace of previous years has seemed to take its toll, I have decided that what was a process of evolution will in part become a revolution this summer,' Wilkinson said, adding that he had money to spend on 'two, possibly three, top quality players'.

Alex Ferguson, the Manchester United manager, was named Barclays Manager of the Year, in succession to Wilkinson, after his club's first title for 26 years. Ferguson, the first manager to win championships in England and Scotland, received a trophy plus a cheque for pounds 5,000.

Gary Johnson has been appointed Cambridge United manager following Ian Atkins' departure yesterday. The former youth team manager gets a second opportunity after being passed over for Atkins in December, after a nine-match spell as caretaker.

Birmingham City have completed the signing of the Exeter City goalkeeper, Kevin Miller, for around pounds 250,000.

Portsmouth may give a debut to Paul Hall, a 20-year-old signing from Torquay on deadline day, in tomorrow's First Division play-off, first leg against Leicester at Nottingham Forest.

Ronnie Moran, Liverpool's long- serving coach, has been granted a testimonial by the club after more than 30 years service at Anfield.