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Championship

* Coventry City The manager Iain Dowie said he is looking to bring in new players during next month's transfer window, following the Sky Blues' takeover by SISU Capital group last week. "I always have a shopping list ready just like any manager," he admitted. "There are one or two areas we would like to look at."

* Wolverhampton Wanderers Manager Mick McCarthy admits the likely absence of Michael Kightly during the congested Christmas fixture list could affect the club's promotion chances. "Kites might be another couple of weeks yet," McCarthy said. "We do miss a lot with him being out because he drags the ball up the field and takes people on."

* Southampton Three board members at St Mary's have resigned following the breakdown of takeover talks. Jim Hone, Ken Dulieu and Andy Oldknow have all departed the club following prospective buyers SISU Capital's decision to purchase Coventry City instead.

* West Bromwich Albion Chris Brunt said he is happy to play a supporting role at the club after setting up five of the Baggies' last nine goals. "It's my job to create," he said.

* Crystal Palace Victor Moses has signed his first professional contract with the club. "Signing a contract for Palace is a perfect Christmas present," the midfielder said.

* Burnley The club are to appeal against Joey Gudjonsson's dismissal during the 3-2 defeat to Preston last weekend. The Iceland international was sent off for an alleged stamp.

League One

* Brighton and Hove Albion Manager Dean Wilkins has revealed midfielder Dean Cox was dropped from the squad for last weekend's win over Swindon for a breach of discipline, but refused to divulge the reason. "Dean was left out for disciplinary reasons," the manager said. "That is as far as I will go on that."

* Leeds United The club are awaiting updates on the fitness of captain Jonathon Douglas after he suffered a knee injury in the 1-1 draw with Walsall last week. "It's a big disappointment if we do lose him," manager Dennis Wise said. "Hopefully it won't be as bad as we think."

* Walsall Michael Dobson maintains hopes of featuring for the club over the festive period as he recovers from a knee injury. "The Christmas period is a very important time," the midfielder said. "Hopefully I will be part of it.

League Two

* Milton Keynes Dons The manager Paul Ince praised the recent contributions of captain Keith Andrews. "There have been occasions this season when teams have tried to stop Keith playing," the Dons manager said. "But if you do that, you've got Colin Cameron to worry about and if you stop him, it's someone else."

* Mansfield Town The Stags manager Bill Dearden has warned striker Danny Reet he needs to lose weight if he wants to continue his career. "Danny knows he has to do something," Dearden said. "And if he doesn't, then he will struggle to make a living in the game."

* Brentford The Bees caretaker manager, Andy Scott is confident the club will climb the table. "I hope they [the fans] recognise the ability which we have," he said. "And with a couple of additions they will soon see us climb."

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