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The week that was: 6/6 – 12/6

14 June 2016

Club News

The week that was: 6/6 – 12/6

14 June 2016 takes a look back at the biggest news stories from last week in Sky Bet League One...

The biggest news story came on Friday when the EFL agreed a number of new initiatives following their 2016 summer conference.

EFL Clubs have agreed to pilot a new format for the EFL Trophy as part of their ongoing commitment to creating more and better home-grown players.

Central to the competition will be the introduction of a new group stage format with 16 regional groups of four teams.  The top two teams will progress to the knockout stages of the competition with the final staged at Wembley Stadium in April 2017. 

Also at their 2016 Summer Conference, EFL clubs approved proposals aimed at tackling the under-representation of coaches and managers from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) backgrounds.

The new measures, which will take immediate effect, include the introduction of mandatory new recruitment practices for coaching positions in Academy football and a Voluntary Recruitment Code in first team football, which will be piloted by at least 10 clubs during 2016/17.

EFL clubs have, too, discussed the Whole Game Solution proposals put forward recently by the EFL Board.

The final decision in respect to these proposals will need to be taken by clubs in June 2017.

Here’s what else happened in Sky Bet League One last week...

Friday 10th June
Bolton move for Bradford boss
Ex-Bradford City boss Phil Parkinson was named manager of Bolton Wanderers.

The 48-year-old has moved to the Macron Stadium on a two-year deal after the Trotters and Bantams agreed a compensation deal.

Bolton had been without a permanent manager since Neil Lennon left in March.

Paddy agrees Cobblers player-coach role
Goalkeeper Paddy Kenny joined Northampton Town as a player-coach.

The 38-year-old, who has played 636 career games, was released by Rotherham at the end of last campaign, and replaces previous keeper coach Carl Muggleton.

Rovers renew a third deal
Bristol Rovers tied defender James Clarke to a new contract – the third player in as many days to extend their future at the Memorial Ground.

Rovers, preparing for their first season back in League One, signed forward Billy Bodin to a two-year deal on Thursday, a day after agreeing a similar deal with defender Daniel Leadbitter.

Thursday 9th June
Shrimpers boss banned
Southend boss Phil Brown was given a four-match touchline ban by the Football Association for misconduct.

Brown, who was charged by the FA after the  3-2 loss at Bury on the final day of the League One season, was also fined £3,000 after admitting four breaches.

Stopper extends Sheff Utd stay
Sheffield United goalkeeper George Long agreed a two-year contract extension with the Bramall Lane outfit.

The 22-year-old, who made his debut at the age of 17, made 38 appearances for the Blades last season.

Shrews tie down duo
Defender Junior Brown and goalkeeper Callum Burton signed new contracts with Shrewsbury Town.

Brown was converted to left-back at Town after joining a year ago, while Burton made his first-team debut in the final game of last term.

Monday 6th June
Addicks appoint Slade
Charlton Athletic appointed Russell Slade as their new manager on a three-year deal.

Slade left his head of football role at Championship side Cardiff City to join the Valley outfit and replace Jose Riga, who announced his resignation on the final day of the 2015/16 season.

Posh swoop for defensive pair
Peterborough United signed -back Andrew Hughes and centre-back Ryan Tafazolli.

Hughes has agreed a two-year deal with Posh after rejecting an offer from Newport County, while Tafazolli, also 24, has move to the ABAX Stadium from Mansfield Town on a three-year deal.

Also, former Derby County coach Lee Glover has been named as Grant McCann's assistant manager.

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