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Five Things We Learned

Posted: Mon 09 Dec 2013
Author: Mark Ridgway

What you might have missed over the weekend

This weekend may not have been particularly productive for Blackpool, but we have learned plenty including where The Seasiders will be on the first weekend of January.

The managerial merry-go-round has continued in The Championship, whilst the league leaders has once again changed, here are five things we learned.

FA Cup Draw

Blackpool may have avoided one of the big boys in the FA Cup, but we have got a Lancashire derby to look ahead to.

In a re-make of the 1953 final, Blackpool travel to Bolton in the third round, hoping to progress further than last season, where Fulham knocked Pool out at this stage.

This means Blackpool will have two away games to open 2014, with Sheffield Wednesday on New Year’s Day.

On The Road

That FA Cup draw concluded a long week where Blackpool have travelled a massive 776 miles, after two tricky away games.

After an almost 550 miles round trip to Yeovil on Tuesday, Pool then travelled 238 miles to get to Derby and back on Tuesday.

Supporters can breathe a sigh of relief though, with Pool’s next four away fixtures taking place in the north of England.

Burnley Go Top

The next of those trips is to Burnley in two weeks to face the team who went top of The Championship on Saturday.

The Clarets beat Barnsley 1-0 to leap-frog Leicester and return to the summit.

The top three are now separated by one point at the top.

New Man At Wigan

Prior to the 3pm kick-offs on Saturday Wigan announced they had named Uwe Rosler as their new manager.

The German was taken from Brentford, where he guided them to the League One play-off final last season.

Rosler replaces Owen Coyle at Wigan, who currently sit in 14th place on 22 points.

Gray Wants Wednesday Stay

Sheffield Wednesday could be the next team announcing a new manager, after Stuart Gray announced he wants the job permanently.

The caretaker manager has been in charge for the last two games, and beat high-flying Leicester on Tuesday night.

Despite a 1-0 defeat to Nottingham Forest on Saturday, Gray, who has managed Southampton and Northampton in the past, is keen to be given his chance.