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The week that was (18/5-24/5)

25 May 2015 recaps last week’s news regarding the Sky Bet Championship and its clubs...

Preston promoted via the play-offs
Preston North End joined the Dons in the Sky Bet Championship after a convincing 4-0 win over Swindon Town in the League 1 play-off final at Wembley.

The Lilywhites, who finished third in the table, secured their spot in English football’s second tier largely thanks to a hat-trick from Jermaine Beckford - Paul Huntington grabbed the other goal.

Hull relegated, Newcastle survive
Hull City (pictured) were relegated to the Sky Bet Championship after Newcastle United beat West Ham United to take the issue of survival out of their hands.

Steve Bruce’s side needed a win to give themselves any chance of avoiding the drop but they were held to a goalless draw by Manchester United.

Hull will join the two other relegated Premier League sides QPR and Burnley in the Championship next season.

Friday 22nd
Wolves snap up Wallace
Wolverhampton Wanderers signed midfielder Jed Wallace from Portsmouth for an undisclosed fee.

The 21-year-old shone during the 2014/15 campaign, scoring 17 goals in all competitions and also bagging eight assists. He has penned a three-year deal with the Molineux club.

Speaking to Wolves’ official website, Wallace said: “It’s a big step for me from League 2 but I am looking forward to getting going.”

Darren set for Blues departure
Birmingham City confirmed that goalkeeper Darren Randolph will leave the club after turning down the offer of a new deal.

The Ireland international made 92 appearances for the Blues since signing from Motherwell in 2013 but is now expected to join a Premier League club.

Birmingham boss Gary Rowett said: “Unfortunately Darren has informed us he will be leaving the club and naturally we are sorry to see him go.”

Duo reject Rotherham contracts
Ben Pringle and Craig Morgan look set to leave Rotherham United are rejecting contract offers.

Pringle played 43 times for the Millers last season while captain, and former Don, Morgan featured on 38 occasions. Both players were part of Rotherham’s promotion-winning squad of 2013/14.

“I am obviously disappointed that both have decided to move on from a simply stunning three-year period,” Evans said.

Reading announce released players
Reading have announced the players that will be leaving the Madjeski Stadium – a list which includes the likes of Danny Guthrie, Yakubu and Zat Knight.

Goalkeeper Mikkel Anderson and left-back Jure Travener have also not been offered new contracts, along with young professionals Ryan Edwards, Dan Lincoln, Jonathan Henley, George McLennan and Aleks Gogic.

Reading are, though, in talks with soon-to-be free agents Adam Federici, Alex Pearce, Jem Karacan and Stephen Kelly.

Wednesday 20th
Rosler the new Leeds boss
Leeds United appointed Uwe Rosler as their new manager.

The former Brentford boss has signed a two-year deal as he looks to help the Whites on their 15th-place finish in the Championship last season.

Rosler said: “I am driving and aiming for top 10 – I think it’s an achievable target.”

Tuesday 19th
Ramsey confirmed as R’s boss
Chris Ramsey will manage Queens Park Rangers in the Championship in 2015/16 after being confirmed as the club’s head coach on a permanent basis.

The 53-year-old took temporary charge of the Loftus Road outfit in February following Harry Redknapp’s departure and despite overseeing relegation from the Premier League, he impressed the board enough to earn a three-year deal.

“This is a fantastic opportunity for me and one I am tremendously excited about,” Ramsey told QPR’s website.

Burnley release winger Ross
Burnley will not offer Ross Wallace a new contract next season but veteran defender Michael Duff may stay for another year.

Wallace made 18 appearances in 2014/15 while Duff, who has begun contract talks with the club, has featured 22 times.

“Ross will be leaving and, of course, we thank him for his contribution,” Dyche said.

Monday 18th
Hunt brothers exit Ipswich
Stephen and Noel Hunt will leave Ipswich Town after not having their contracts renewed.

Paul Anderson, Darren Ambrose and Richard Chaplow are also being let go, although manager Mick McCarthy has not ruled future deals.

He said: “I have not closed the door on those players. We might be good for them and they might be good for us but there is nothing happening with them at the moment.”

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