Championship round-up: McInnes sacked by Robins
Derek McInnes became the eighth managerial casualty in the Championship this season when he was sacked by Bristol City last night, as Blackpool closed in on the appointment of Sean O'Driscoll as Michael Appleton's replacement.
McInnes was relieved of his duties at Ashton Gate after yesterday's 4-0 home defeat against Leicester and is the 12th manager to leave his job in the division since September. The 41-year-old lost 31 of his 62 games in charge following his appointment in October 2011 and leaves Bristol City bottom of the Championship.
Director Jon Lansdown said in a statement: "This is a decision we felt we had to make for the good of the football club. Derek has been a pleasure to work with; he is disappointed but he understands the decision. We want to give ourselves the best possible chance of getting out of the situation we are currently in and we have got 20 games to do that." The assistant manager, Tony Docherty, has been put in temporary charge.
Blackpool are set to unveil O'Driscoll as their new manager following Appleton's move to Blackburn on Friday. Blackpool's assistant manager, Steve Thompson, took charge for yesterday's 2-1 defeat at Charlton, but O'Driscoll, sacked by Nottingham Forest on Boxing Day despite taking them to the fringes of the play-off places, is expected to take over. Appleton signed a two-and-a-half-year deal at Blackburn just 65 days after joining Blackpool from Portsmouth.
Elsewhere in the Championship, Ian Holloway admits Crystal Place are waiting for Wilfried Zaha to make a decision on his future. Zaha is wanted by Manchester United and Holloway said: "We will wait to see what Wilfried, if he ever does, actually goes for and we can talk about that if and when it happens."
In League One, Charlie MacDonald has joined Leyton Orient on a free transfer from MK Dons and made his debut in yesterday's 1-1 draw with Crewe.
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