Following Tuesday night’s 3-2 Carling Cup exit at the hands of Port Vale, Gary Waddock was demoted to assistant manager at Queens Park Rangers, and was replaced by noted Bruce Springsteen fanatic John Gregory (above).
Gregory suggests that his long period of unemployment can be blamed on “innuendo” surrounding his transfer dealings while boss at Aston Villa. At the moment, there’s no shortage of attention being paid to such matters, so perhaps John should’ve just said something about how the Seeger Sessions was really growing on him.
Dennis Wise, a Chelsea player during Bates’ time as chairman, is the early favourite for the job, although the former Millwall player-manager is only months into a three-year contract with Swindon. Others thought to interest the Leeds owner are Alex McLeish and Claudio Ranieri, formerly of Rangers and Chelsea respectively, and Luton Town’s Mike Newell.
Man City, Fulham and Middlesbrough all suffered 2nd round Worthless Cup knockouts at the hands of Chesterfield, Wycombe and Notts County respectively.
In Premiership action, a ridiculous chip shot goal from some 70 yards out by Xabi Alonso was the undeniable highlight of Liverpool’s 2-0 home win over Newcastle Tuesday, text-message enthusiast Craig Bellamy was involved in a post-match incident that may or may not have included physical contact with former teammate Stephen Carr.