In the Championship ? Billy has a tantrum

Last updated : 03 June 2006 By Tony Scholes
Billy Davies - set for Deepdale exit
Davies made comments after their play off defeat to Leeds that suggested all was not well at Deepdale, and the ‘Job Done' manager was at it again when he just about let it be known that he had got the Charlton job. As it happened he hadn't got it but he blew a fuse when he was refused permission to talk to Derby regarding their managerial vacancy.

He's under contract at Preston and so chairman Derek Shaw, well within his rights, refused Derby permission to speak to Davies, just as he had done with Leicester during last season.

This time though the little man has reacted. “I am not happy at all with the chairman deciding which clubs I can and cannot speak to,” said Davies, adding: “I think that is unacceptable and I have asked my legal advisers to look into the situation.”

Shaw has responded, he will not change his mind on Derby. He's also offered Davies an olive branch but admits that it now looks as though the manager does want to leave. It's in Shaw's hands though, Davies is under contract, and he can prevent him from taking another job. Get him on gardening leave Derek, and with Steve Cotterill so busy and him being a neighbour he can perhaps look after Steve's garden as well.

Now to Barnsley, and well done to Andy Ritchie's team on winning promotion. They clinched it with a penalty shoot out win against Swansea. The Swans missed two penalties whereas Barnsley tucked away all four of theirs. It is a well deserved promotion, I don't think there can be a better footballing side in the division, although I wouldn't go so far as to say it is quite like watching Brazil.

The number of clubs searching for new managers right now means they dominate the weekly look at the league, and Davies isn't the only boss to be refused permission to speak to another Championship club.

On Friday Stoke, as expected, approached Plymouth to try and get Tony Pulis back at the Windy City. Pulis was sacked last summer because he hadn't signed enough foreign players. But Stoke is no longer an Icelandic club, it is firmly English again and they want Pulis back.

Bobby Williamson - attacked internet fans
I suspect they might get him in the end but for now Plymouth are saying no and have made it clear they would like Pulis to stay with them. Meanwhile former Plymouth boss Bobby Williamson has hit out at internet fans, particularly those who question managers' tactics and accuse them of being tactically naïve. “Managers can't win,” he said. “Too many people are in the business of running our game down, we should be talking it up.”

Along the south coast at Southampton it is a fans' message board that has hit out at the club. Members of the PR company used by the club have been posting secretly under three assumed names and they have been exposed by the moderators on the board who researched the IP addresses being used.

More managerial news, and neither Cardiff nor Coventry will be looking for new managers this summer. Dave Jones at Cardiff and Coventry's Micky Adams have both signed new two year deals to remain at their clubs. Cardiff in particular moved quickly with a number of other clubs keen to talk to Jones.

One of those clubs were Ipswich and they have interviewed Northampton boss Colin Calderwood and West Brom's assistant manager Nigel Pearson. It looks as though Calderwood could be on the way to Forest which would leave the way clear for Pearson. West Brom don't want him to go but Bryan Robson has said he won't stand in his way if he does want to take the job.

One last bit of news on managers concerns Crystal Palace. Iain Dowie left a week ago, and today has taken up the job at Charlton. Everything seemed to be going very smoothly at the Valley during the press conference to reveal the new manager. That was until writ servers, representing Crystal Palace appeared.

They were prevented from serving the writ but Palace chairman Simon Jordan is an angry man and is claiming Dowie made fraudulant statements when he gave his reason for leaving. It means Charlton have got him without compensation. There's more to come on this one.

The Legend of Hull himself has thrown his name into the ring for the Palace job. Now didn't he say recently that his future was at Hull when he supposedly turned down Charlton. It looked all along as though Charlton had turned him down and this looks to be confirmed now with him already keen to speak to Palace. Graeme Souness is still the favourite to take over at Selhurst Park, where the short list is being compied by Bob Dowie, the previous manager's brother.

Kevin McNaughton - on his way to Cardiff
I think that's it as far as the managerial merry-go-round is concerned for now but there's little to talk about regarding transfers. The only one confirmed is Kevin McNaughton's move from Aberdeen to Cardiff although there could be more transfers this week.

Cardiff's Cameron Jerome looks to be on his way to Birmingham after the two clubs agreed a fee that could reach £3.5 million. The latest news is that Jerome looks certain to make the move to St Andrew's, but the recently relegated club are far from happy at the news breaking ahead of the deal.

Former Birmingham striker Andy Johnson is on the move. It was Wigan, then Bolton but he's opted for Everton and an £8.5 million move from Palace will go through once he's completed his medical. He's not the only Championship player David Moyes wants, Wolves have turned down a bid for defender Joleon Lescott. They have not revealed the identity of the club but it is believed to be Everton. Lescott does look to have played his last game for Wolves.

Norwich goalkeeper Robert Green will miss the start of next season following the injury he picked up in the England B game last week but there is better news for Sunderland full back Stephen Wright. He played two games last season in the Premiership, he collected a knee ligament injury in the first that required surgery and was sent off on his return to action before facing the knife again with the reconstruction of his ankle. He's hoping to be fit for pre-season training.

Colchester's former Blackburn midfielder Neil Danns has decided to leave the newly promoted club and it looks as though he has one or two options – already Sunderland, Coventry, Norwich, Cardiff and Birmingham have made moves to sign him.

Finally, Cardiff's new stadium. Will it ever happen? The latest news is that the Council Executive Committee have extended the deadline for the development agreement until the end of September. Are the Welsh club finally set to move out of the 1970s? Don't hold your breath.