Staunton puts forward name to continue Robins' work

Former Ireland manager interested in taking over at League Two high-flyers
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The former Aston Villa and Liverpool defender Steve Staunton has expressed his interest in replacing Mark Robins as the manager of League Two side Rotherham.

The 40-year-old former Republic of Ireland manager was last employed as Gary McAllister's assistant at Leeds, but the pair were sacked in December last year. He is now looking to make a return to full-time coaching and is keen to replace Robins at the Don Valley Stadium after the former Manchester United striker joined Barnsley yesterday.

"Of course I'd be interested in the Rotherham job, they've got a strong squad of good players, and are riding high at the moment. They've got a very strong chance of going up," Staunton said.

In the Championship, Sheffield United goalkeeper Paddy Kenny may appeal against his nine-month suspension, according to his lawyer, Stephen Taylor Heath. The 31-year-old has been banned until April by the Football Association after he tested positive for banned substance ephedrine in May.

Heath, of Yorkshire law firm Lupton Fawcett, said: "One of the bases of mitigation is that it did not find its way into his system to enhance performance. Paddy was having trouble with his chest and took a remedy which his partner had previously used and had worked. The commission accepted he did not know what he was taking. The words of their response, however, make it quite clear they are looking to send a message to others."

Nottingham Forest's plans to build a new stadium as part of the city's 2018 World Cup bid have been criticised by Nottinghamshire County Council. Gamston was chosen by the club as a suitable location for the 45,000-seater stadium. However, the land at the proposed site is owned by the county council and they have refused to support any plans to build on the greenbelt.

The county council leader, Kay Cutts, said Forest acted like a "centre-forward prima donna" by announcing the proposals for the new location on Monday. "We've made it very clear we would only support a bid on the existing Forest site. Our land at Gamston is not for sale," Cutts said. "We don't believe that changing the location of our premier ground is a good move – it's bad for football, bad for business, bad for local people and risks scuppering our bid to be a World Cup city."

The Doncaster manager Sean O'Driscoll has handed a short-term deal to Scottish midfielder Jack Wilson, who was released from his contract at Hibernian by mutual consent.

The chairman of League One side Swindon Town, Andrew Fitton, has confirmed the club have agreed a fee for Plymouth's teenage duo Dan Evans and Seb Broomfield. The Robins have avoided a tribunal after paying Plymouth a five-figure sum for the pair last week. "We finally settled it and they were registered to play on Friday," Fitton said.