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The Sport Matrix: Tuesday 17 December 2013

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Gianfranco Zola resigns as manager of Watford

Gianfranco Zola has resigned as manager of Sky Bet Championship club Watford.

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The former Chelsea player took the Championship club to the play-off final last season

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Neil Warnock: Why return to management? Because I’m hooked on the buzz – it’s why we keep coming back when the only certainty is the sack

Looking at the managerial merry-go-round the last few weeks, with eight managers fired in 24 days, you must wonder what keeps us coming back for more. I suppose the answer is the satisfaction you get out of it – not just winning a game, but achieving something like promotion or staying up. The buzz you get from that you can’t really put into words. The adrenalin it delivers can be addictive. That feeling you have when the whistle blows and you’ve done what you set out to do… you miss it when you’re not in the game. That is why I was tempted last week when Milan Mandaric asked me to consider taking over Sheffield Wednesday.

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Neil Warnock rules himself out of the running for vacant Sheffield Wednesday job

The former Blades boss admits taking over the Owls would be too divisive and that it's time to 'put myself to bed'

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Championship round-up: Connor Wickham pegs back Leicester while Harry Redknapp enjoys reunion with Bournemouth

Leicester City saw their three-point lead in the Championship evaporate as they were beaten by managerless Sheffield Wednesday at Hillsborough while Queen's Park Rangers won 3-0 over Bournemouth. On a dramatic evening the bottom three clubs – Wednesday, Barnsley and Yeovil – all won, two of them having sacked their managers at the weekend.

The Sport Matrix: Tuesday 3 December 2013

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Neil Warnock once joked that he would take over Wednesday and try to get them relegated

'Blade' Neil Warnock in running to rescue Sheffield Wednesday

Neil Warnock once joked if he ever became Sheffield Wednesday manager he would do his best to get them relegated, instead he may become the man tasked with keeping the Championship club up.

Neil Warnock makes a point on the touchline at Leeds

Neil Warnock surprise candidate for vacant Sheffield Wednesday managerial position despite links with rivals United

Former Sheffield United manager is coveted by Wednesday chairman

Chris Wood fires a shot at goal during Leicester's 3-0 win over Millwall

Championship Round-Up: Leicester go top thanks to Millwall victory while Burnley suffer defeat at Huddersfield

Elsewhere there were wins for Blackpool and Yeovil while Barnsley's 3-0 defeat to Birmingham sees David Flitcroft sacked

Joey Barton praised after QPR snatch draw against Reading

The midfielder equalised 12 minutes from time

Damian Martinez has joined Sheffield Wednesday from Arsenal on a one-month loan

Transfer news: Arsenal prospect Damian Martinez joins Sheffield Wednesday on one-month loan

21-year-old is regarded as a star of the future at the Emirates

Ex-Sheffield United manager David Weir

Time for Steel City to show mettle

With Wednesday winless and United sacking David Weir Sheffield is desperate, writes Simon Hart

Danny Mills and Howard Wilkinson will both form a part of Greg Dyke’s commission

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