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Five Things We Learned

Posted: Mon 16 Dec 2013
Author: Mark Ridgway

Catching up on Championship news

After another productive weekend for Sheffield Wednesday and Barnsley, there could  be some important decisions made soon in South Yorkshire.

Wigan have a spring back in their step too, after victory over local rivals Bolton, whilst similar joy is currently felt at Derby.

Here are five things we learned from the weekend in The Championship. 

Debut delight for Rosler

Wigan supporters will be breathing easier after the weekend, as Uwe Rosler won his first league game in charge.

Rosler’s men beat Bolton 3-2 on Sunday, after they’d been knocked out of the Europa League in mid-week.

The German took over after Owen Coyle was relieved of his duties earlier this month.

Powell on fire

Nick Powell scored a fine over-head kick in that Wigan victory, and now looks set to return to his parent club Manchester United in January.

The striker has seven goals to his name this campaign, and has impressed with The Latics, so David Moyes looks set to have a further look at him.

Derby plough on

Another manager who has enjoyed a positive start to life in the manager’s seat is Steve McLaren at Derby.

The former-England manager has now won six on the trot and has lost just one of his ten games in charge.

After Saturday’s 2-0 win at Charlton The Rams sit fourth, three points off an automatic promotion spot. 

Flitcroft backs friend

Meanwhile, former-Barnsley manager David Flitcroft has backed Micky Mellon to be his successor.

The former-Blackpool midfielder had been Flitcroft’s assistant, and has been in temporary charge since his departure.

Mellon has been given time to prove he is the right man, and has won one and drawn one of the three games he has been in charge.

Gray stakes claim

Another man hoping to impress is Stuart Gray at Sheffield Wednesday.

Similarly to at Barnsley, Gray has been in charge since David Jones’ departure and has taken six points from nine available.

On Saturday he guided The Owls to a first away victory of the season at Watford.