Today in the Football League

Wednesday 05 March 2008 01:00

The Championship

Stoke City Wigan goalkeeper Carlo Nash has moved to the Britannia Stadium on a three-month loan. The signing follows the recall of Marton Fulop by Sunderland last month, leaving the Potters short of cover for Steve Simonsen. "Carlo is a very good goalkeeper and will play a part in the rest of the season," manager Tony Pulis said of the deal for the 34-year-old, which is subject to clearance from the Football League. Meanwhile, City defender Andy Griffin has won his appeal against the red card he received during the 3-0 defeat at Queen's Park Rangers on Sunday and he will not now serve a suspension. Griffin was dismissed following a tackle on Hogan Ephraim but referee Andy D'Urso later admitted he had made a mistake by dismissing Griffin. Midfielder Liam Lawrence has been named Championship Player of the Month, after scoring four goals in six games during February.

Hull City Midfielder Jay-Jay Okocha admits he is considering retiring at the end of the current campaign. "I am just thinking until the end of this season," the 35-year-old Nigerian said. "After Hull that is it, I think that will be me done. I feel that this is my last bus stop."

Leicester City Manchester City midfielder Kelvin Etuhu has joined the Foxes on loan for the rest of the season. The 19-year-old joined too late for the visit of Preston but could make his debut against Bristol City this weekend. "We are absolutely delighted to have Kelvin on board," manager Ian Holloway said. "He's got absolute pace and he loves to run at people and take them on. He's still a young lad and I am sure he will be able to help us as we help him."

Blackpool Assistant manager Tony Parkes and first-team coach Steve Thompson have both signed new deals with the club, keeping them at Bloomfield Road until 2010. The pair were part of the club's promotion last year to the second tier of English football for the first time in 29 years. "We feel we're punching above our weight," Parkes said. "What we have done has been above expectation."

Cardiff City The chairman Peter Ridsdale has admitted the club face the threat of administration if they lose their court case with their major creditors. Financial backers Langston claim the club owe £24m and want the money paid back immediately. "I hope we can resolve things around a table because it must be in everybody's interests," Ridsdale said. "Both to ourselves and those we owe money to."

Preston North End The Lilywhites have signed Craig Beattie on loan from West Bromwich Albion until the end of the season.

League One

Southend United Chairman Ron Martin has dismissed reports suggesting Kevin Maher is to join Gillingham on loan. Manager Steve Tilson has opted to field Nicky Bailey and Alan McCormack in centre midfield ahead of Maher in recent matches. "I'm sure it has been a very frustrating time for Kevin playing second fiddle," Martin said. "Particularly when he has also been captain for a number of seasons."

Brighton & Hove Albion Manager Dean Wilkins has welcomed the loan signing of Leeds midfielder Ian Westlake. "He is exactly the calibre of player we want to bring in to strengthen the squad," Wilkins said. "He has experience of playing in the Championship, and will give us another dimension in midfield."

Crewe Alexandra The Sheffield Wednesday midfielder Kenny Lunt has had his loan with the Railwaymen extended until the end of the season, subject to confirmation from the Football League. The 28-year-old, in his second spell at Gresty Road, has made three starts since arriving back on loan last month.

Oldham Athletic Leeds forward Leon Constantine has moved to Boundary Park on loan. Injuries have limited his chances at Elland Road and the 30-year-old was expected to make his debut against Hartlepool last night.

Millwall Lions midfielder Danny Spiller is to undergo a hernia operation in a bid to solve a long-standing problem.

League Two

Shrewsbury Town Caretaker manager John McMahon has called Gary Peters' decision to leave the Shrews the "ultimate sacrifice". The 53-year-old parted company with the club by mutual consent earlier this week, with the club lying in 16th place with 12 matches left. "The decision has been made because the situation was hurting him," McMahon said. "He's done it for the good of the club and no one else."

Macclesfield Town Former manager Ian Brightwell maintains he could have saved the club from relegation had he not been dismissed last week. "I've been in the game long enough to know that our league position wasn't what it needed to be," the 39-year-old said. "I still remain confident that we would have got away from the bottom two and I still think that now."

Rochdale Assistant manager David Flitcroft admits to being flattered by reports linking him with the Chester managerial vacancy but insists he wants to remain at Dale. "That is the job I want to see through," he said. "But if you are linked with other jobs it means other clubs appreciate what you are trying to do."

Hereford United Defender John McCombe believes the Bulls can improve on recent poor form and return to winning ways against at Accrington Stanley on Saturday. The club won five successive league matches prior to two defeats last week. "We've got to try and make sure our blip is not long," McCombe said.

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