Managerial merry-go-round in full swing

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The managerial vacancies at Leicester and Norwich City appeared no closer to being filled yesterday, while Luton Town's Terry Westley became the latest managerial casualty.

At Carrow Road there was official confirmation that Paul Franklin, the assistant manager, will take charge of the Norwich side for tomorrow's Coca-Cola Cup replay at Bolton following Martin O'Neill's departure.

But there was no comment from Filbert Street over reports that O'Neill could be about to move in. Mike Walker, the former Norwich and Everton manager, was interviewed by Leicester last week but he may now be approached by Luton.

O'Neill's resignation followed a dispute over lack of funds with the chairman, Robert Chase, who reiterated that 43-year-old O'Neill's resignation had not been accepted, meaning that compensation will be due to the club if O'Neill, appointed in the summer, accepts another offer.

If O'Neill does end up at Filbert Street, Walker could be on his way to Kenilworth Road after Westley's troubled six-month tenure was officially ended by "mutual consent". Westley, who succeeded David Pleat in July, has steered Luton to just four wins in 22 league games and the bottom of the First Division.

Westley's assistant, the former Ipswich manager Mick McGiven, was also shown the door by the Luton chairman, David Kohler, who revealed he was looking to appoint a new man before Saturday's game with Huddersfield. He refused to confirm or deny that the 50-year-old Walker was in the frame.

n Graham Kelly, chief executive of the Football Association, has launched an FA campaign to help English clubs in European competition. If the plan is approved, clubs will have four days clear of domestic fixtures before European matches and the option of a bye in the two-leg Coca-Cola Cup second round.

n Aston Villa's Dwight Yorke could be out for a month after an operation on his broken nose.

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