Football: Megson on way out at Stockport

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THE STOCKPORT County manager, Gary Megson, is likely to be dismissed today, following a board meeting to discuss his future. Megson's relationship with his chairman, Brendan Ellwood, has deteriorated and the former Sheffield Wednesday player's two-year reign looks set to end this morning.

County had a disappointing end to the season when they were almost dragged into the First Division relegation frame, and Ellwood is understood to want a new man at the helm.

The Sunderland manager, Peter Reid, is set to sign the versatile Ghanaian international Alex Nyarko from Lens in a pounds 2m deal. Nyarko can play centre half or midfield and is expected to fly in for talks during the next couple of days.

Stuart McCall, the Bradford City captain, will miss the start of the new season because he needs a hernia operation.

Leicester's highly rated Northern Ireland international, Neil Lennon, has signed a new four-year deal with the Filbert Street club.

Bolton Wanderers must overcome Third Division Darlington in their efforts to secure another Wembley appearance, after the draw for the first round of next season's Worthington Cup was announced yesterday.

Wanderers were runners-up in the competition four years ago, when Liverpool defeated them 2-1. It will also be a return journey to the North-east for Colin Todd's side, after defeating Hartlepool at the same stage last year.

Ipswich Town, who also suffered play-off disappointment, travel to Griffin Park for the first leg of a tricky first-round tie against Brentford, the Third Division champions.

Burnley will be seeking revenge for last season's 6-0 defeat by Manchester City when they face Joe Royle's side in a Lancashire derby. The Clarets travel to Maine Road in the first leg.

Cheltenham Town, the Third Division newcomers, will have a difficult Worthington Cup baptism against First Division Norwich City.

The Brighton-Gillingham tie presents an intriguing tenant-versus-landlord contest as the Seagulls meet last year's Second Division play-off final losers in both legs at the Priestfield Stadium.

Managerless Stoke City will be hoping to impress potential candidates after the departure of Brian Little by gaining revenge on Macclesfield, who defeated the Potters at the same stage last year.

Blackburn and Charlton are the only First Division sides not involved in the first round, the first legs of which take place in the week commencing 9 August.

Worthington Cup draw, Digest, page 31

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