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Dougie Freedman has managerial experience in the Championship with Crystal Palace and Bolton

Gareth Southgate at Boro

Comment: Give Gareth Southgate a chance - the FA had few options in their task to appoint a new England Under-21s manager

Young English coaches deserve not to be written off so early in their careers - including the former Middlesbrough manager

Nottingham Forest 3 Bolton 0 match report: Jamie Mackie, Andy Reid and Henri Lansbury send Forest top

Billy Davies' side continue impressive start to the season with comprehensive win against promotion rivals

Gary Bowyer

Gary Bowyer eager for Blackburn to claim first victory of the season

Rovers have only one point to show from their first two matches

Leicester’s David Nugent shoots during the 0-0 draw with Leeds

Weekend review: Wolves make the best of small-time exile

Shortly after Labour had disastrously lost the 1992 general election, which since Neil Kinnock is a rugby rather than a football man is best described as a series of missed penalties under the posts, one of his colleagues was told by a Conservative Cabinet minister: "Don't worry, the first 13 years in opposition are always the worst."

Troy Deeney scored a hat-trick for Watford

Watford 6 Bournemouth 1 match report: Troy Deeney hat-trick send Hornets top of the league

Striker was in jail last year but now he’s helping club escape Championship

Darius Henderson celebrates his last minute winner against Blackburn

Blackburn 0 Nottingham Forest 1 match report: Last gasp winner from Darius Henderson gives Forest rare back-to-back victories

Only the second time Forest have won at Ewood Park in 36 years

Steve Evans

League Cup: Rotherham rewarded for Sheffield Wednesday triumph with second round trip to Aston Villa

Former champions Liverpool will face Notts County after they enter the competition at the second round having missed out on Europe

Derby’s Jamie Ward, left, challenges Scott Dann, right, of Blackburn

Derby County 1 Blackburn Rovers 1 match report: Leon Best bounces back to rescue Gary Bowyer’s debut

While Nigel Clough is now the Championship’s longest-serving manager, Gary Bowyer was the fifth used last season alone by Blackburn Rovers, upheaval which would doubtless provoke convulsions from Derby’s board.

Henri Lansbury

Nottingham Forest 1 Huddersfield 0 match report: Henry Lansbury gives Billy Davies' side opening day victory

Nottingham Forest netted just their second goal in seven opening day fixtures to start their Sky Bet Championship campaign with a closely-fought win over Huddersfield.

Harry Redknapp faces a challenge in getting QPR back to the Premier League

The Championship kick-off: Can Harry Redknapp stop QPR going way of Wolverhampton Wanderers?

Manager is old hand at this level but this is football's most unpredictable league

Charlie Austin

QPR delighted to have signed 'out-and-out goalscorer' Charlie Austin from Burnley

Harry Redknapp expects striker to raise his game at Loftus Road

Risky business: Ryan Bertrand is focusing on his Chelsea career

Ryan Bertrand ready to graft to make it at the Bridge after turning down Liverpool move

Bertrand opts to stay at club he joined as a 15-year-old from Gillingham in hope of being Cole's successor

Falling flat: Norwich striker Grant Holt has scored six League goals this season against 15 last time around

From the bottom to the top, Norwich City striker Grant Holt steps down again to move to Wigan Athletic

The story of the English striker is one of the more remarkable in modern times

James Perch

Wigan complete signing of Newcastle defender James Perch

27-year-old leaves Magpies after Joe Kinnear's announcement that players will be moved on

Steve McClaren joins QPR with eye still on England Under-21 job

Steve McClaren has returned to English football, as a coach at Queen’s Park Rangers, for the first time since he left Nottingham Forest in October 2011, with his long-term aim being the England Under-21s manager’s job.

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