With 5pm today being the emergency loan deadline for clubs in the Football League – the last player movement league clubs can take advantage of before January – you’d think we would be talking about exciting loan moves.  You’d think we’d be discussing the “will he, won’t he” moves and the agony of  clubs trying to dig out their fax machine in order to fax the necessary paperwork by the 5pm deadline (seriously guys, ever heard of email)? You’d think that, wouldn’t you.

Think again.

Steering clear of the non-league match fixing scandal and while there have indeed been some exciting moves within the League pyramid, the day has once again been dominated by a further League One managerial sacking, with news that Sean O’Driscoll has been sacked as manager of Bristol City.  The Bristol City board acted to remove Sean O’Driscoll from head coach duties due to their poor league position.  O’Driscoll took over at City in January and was unable to prevent the club from sliding out of the Championship, however the drop in divisions has done nothing to arrest the slump and the club find themselves third from bottom in League One.

In a development from yesterday’s news of Richie Barker’s sacking, Crawley Town have placed chief scout Martin Hinshelwood and striker Gary Alexander in interim charge.  Hinshelwood, 60, spent 14 years as head scout at Brighton and Gary Alexander, 34, signed for Crawley in August.  This comes on the back of the Reds sacking assistant manager Anthony Williams this morning.


Also as a hangover from yesterdays news, Preston have won their appeal against Neil Kilkenny’s red card at Port Vale.

North End must be over the moon.

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However, Joe Garner, scorer of two goals has correctly been given a three game ban.  Not sure how that benefits Port Vale now, but it appears some sort of parity has been restored.

Joe Garner now serves a three game ban, which is a blow as the striker has been in a rich vein of form recently, scoring 7 goals this season.

In the Championship, negotiations with investors Sequentia Capital have fallen through at Doncaster Rovers.  The current board have confirmed that no deal could be reached.  Ex-Chairman, John Ryan stepped down over the proposed investment earlier this month, declaring that it must happen for him to continue. Sequentia had offered to spend £20million to push Rovers into the Premier League and a heads of terms agreement was signed, subject to contract.  However the deal is now off and Rovers continue under current ownership.

Scunthorpe United have announced that caretaker manager Russ Wilcox will continue into the New Year after guiding the club to successive away victories after Brian Laws sacking.  The Irons went away to Fratton Park and turned over Portsmouth 2-1, and then had an impressive 4-0 victory at Rochdale on Tuesday night.


Fear not, there have been some eye catching loan moves  today.  Perhaps one of the biggest loan moves of the day is simply an extension.  Birmingham City have extended the loan of the impressive Jesse Lingard from Premier League champions, Manchester United, until 1st January.

Barnsley have allowed striker Chris Dagnall to join Coventry on loan, while replacing him with Nottingham Forest’s Marcus Tudgay until January 3rd in what appears to be a like for like swap out for the South Yorkshire club.

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Meanwhile, Coventry have also added Yeovil’s central defender Dan Seaborne to their squad.

Shrewsbury have made two loan signings.  They have re-signed Cameron Gayle from West Brom, as well as bringing back big striker Tom Eaves from Bolton – both on loan until 5 January.

Burton Albion, fresh from having to recall 50 year old Kevin Poole to the bench as goalkeeper cover on Tuesday night have signed the Swiss Under-21 ‘keeper Benjamin Siegrist from Aston Villa.

Villa have also allowed England Under-17 winger Jordan Graham to join Ipswich Town on loan until 4 January.

With last season’s  top scorer Paddy Madden on the transfer list,  Yeovil Town are set to seal the loan signing of Ishmael Miller from Nottingham Forest.

Ishmael Miller

Rotherham United have signed Newcastle United full-back James Tavernier on an emergency loan deal as cover for their options in the enforced injury absence of Mark Bradley.  While Richard Brindley is adequate cover, there is no cover should he get injured.  It is likely that Tavernier walks straight into the threadbare Miller’s squad this weeked for the game against Gillingham.

Notts County have agreed to sign Morgan Fox and Bradley Jordan on loan from Charlton.

Michael Keane is set to leave Manchester United on loan, with Wigan Athletic likely to be the club that captures his loan signature.

Championship side Doncaster Rovers sign Aston Villa full-back Enda Stevens on loan until 1 January.


Ronnie Moore has moved to boost his sides defensive options by bringing in Blackburn Rovers central defender Ryan Edwards on a month’s loan.

Further north, Carlisle United have signed Liverpool midfielder Craig Roddan on loan with a view to a permanent transfer.

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Oldham were rocked with the news that Cristian Montano, Edijs Joksts and Kirk Miller are all out injured, but moved swiftly to sign Ellis Plummer from nearby Manchester City and Wade Joyce from Barnsley on loan as emergency cover.

Cheltenham Town have been busy and have signed three players on loan until 4 January. Kemar Roofe has joined from West Brom and is highly thought of at the Baggies. Connor Goldson, a central defender has signed from Shrewsbury, and has featured 18 times for the Shrews already this season.  Toby Ajala, a winger from Bristol City, has signed on loan too.

Bury have signed Scott Harrison on loan from Sunderland, and Dagenham & Redbridge have taken Reading midfielder Lawson D’Ath until 29th December.

Current list of loan deadline day signings (as of 5.35pm):

Toby Ajala [Bristol City – Cheltenham] Loan

Chris Dagnall [Barnsley – Coventry] Loan

Lawson D’Ath [Reading – Dagenham & Redbridge] Loan

Tom Eaves [Bolton – Shrewsbury] Loan

Ryan Edwards [Blackburn – Tranmere] Loan

Cameron Gayle [West Brom – Shrewsbury] Loan

Connor Goldson [Shrewsbury – Cheltenham] Loan

Jordan Graham [Aston Villa – Ipswich] Loan

Scott Harrison [Sunderland – Bury] Loan

Wade Joyce [Barnsley- Oldham] Loan

Ellis Plummer [Man City – Oldham] Loan

Craig Roddan [Liverpool – Carlisle] Loan

Kemar Roofe [West Brom – Cheltenham] Loan

Danny Seaborne [Yeovil – Coventry] Loan

Benjamin Siegrist [Aston Villa – Burton] Loan

Enda Stevens [Aston Villa – Doncaster] Loan

James Tavernier [Newcastle – Rotherham] Loan

Marcus Tudgay [Nottingham Forest – Barnsley] Loan


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