Huddersfield name Macari

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The First Division strugglers Huddersfield Town have named the former Scottish international Lou Macari as their new manager.

The First Division strugglers Huddersfield Town have named the former Scottish international Lou Macari as their new manager.

Macari, who has been given a two-year contract, has been in caretaker charge at the McAlpine Stadium since the departure of Steve Bruce earlier this season. He has brought in the former Manchester United and Scotland striker, Joe Jordan, who has had managerial spells at Bristol City and Stoke City, as his assistant to work alongside the first-team coach, John Deehan, who stays at the Yorkshire club.

Macari, who has previous managerial experience at Swindon, West Ham, Birmingham and Stoke, said: "It is a big challenge and one I am looking forward to. We are a three-man management team and we will share the workload."

David Kemp has left his coaching job at Portsmouth to take over as manager of Oxford United. He will be assisted by the former Millwall manager, Alan McLeary. The former Wimbledon manager, Joe Kinnear, has also joined the Second Division club as director of football until the end of the season.

The veteran former West Ham striker, Tony Cottee, has completed his departure from Norwich City to take over as player-manager at Barnet.

The American international goalkeeper, Brad Friedel, whose only senior appearances in the last year have been in the Olympic Games, is set to move from Liverpool to Blackburn Rovers. Friedel, 29, who has not played for Liverpool since October 1999, is now the third-choice keeper at Anfield behind Sander Westerveld and Pegguy Arphexad.

Friedel has also been denied a work permit to keep playing in Britain, but Rovers have launched an appeal that should be heard by a tribunal later this week. If successful, Friedel could make his debut for Rovers against Stockport County at Ewood Park on Saturday.

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