Claridge Kicks Off
Hello, and welcome to 'Claridge Kicks Off' , the Football League video blog where Steve Claridge tackles all the big talking points in the Championship, League One and League Two.
This week, in his first blog of 2011, Steve looks at the flurry of sackings in the last few days in all three divisions, firstly focusing on George Burley's exit from Crystal Palace and Darren Ferguson's departure from Preston.
He reflects on Burnley's decision to replace Brian Laws, and the decision by the bottom clubs in Leagues One and Two, Walsall and Barnet, to get rid of Chris Hutchings and Mark Stimson and look for new managers too.
Steve also answers questions on whether the impending takeover at Watford could affect the Hornets' impressive recent form in the Championship, and on what is behind the upturn in Gillingham's fortunes in League Two in recent weeks.
And he takes a wry look at the incident that saw Preston's mascot Deepdale Duck ejected from the ground during their defeat by Derby on Saturday, plus the decision by Sheffield United's mascot Captain Blade to hold an on-pitch protest in support of his feathered friend at half-time of their game on Monday.
Charlton boss Phil Parkinson and Stockport manager Paul Simpson both lost their jobs AFTER Steve had filmed this week's blog but he will take a look at the situations at The Valley and Edgeley Park next week.
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