Wolverhampton Wanderers star Sylvan Ebanks-Blake is being targeted by Crystal Palace, Leeds United , Reading FC and Ipswich Town, making for an interesting first day for Kenny Jackett. Jackett’s pocket is rarely picked but Sylvan Ebanks-Blake is a talented but expensive free agent on June 30th so he will be unlikely to stay. With Adam Le Fondre, aka ALF, already the centre of much attention and therefore costing money The Royals and Leeds could be competing on the same side of the negotiating table over SEB.
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Our dark horse for the job almost a month back Kenny Jackett is definitely the man for the revival, as his time at Millwall proved. Wolves have suffered the post Premiership free-fall that can set a club into terminal decline, but the owners have an ambitious, yet humble and modest, manager who just needed the platform and cash a club of this stature can provide. He can rebuild wisely and emulate Norwich’s back-to-back promotion feat. A shrewd move for play-maker Richie Wellens, coming to the end of his Leicester career, could get the new midfield clicking.
Jackett will need the owners to come good, given he will need to shift some of the dead wood and that will certainly cost some money on its own. Sylvan Ebanks-Blake comes into that category, at 27, any move for him is good news even though he is a free agent His 4 and a half year contract, signed in 2008, has become a burden that Jackett will certainly be able to utilise elsewhere. Indeed on previous experience he could probably get half a team.
The overtures of Palace, Middlesbrough, Leeds United, Reading FC and Ipswich Town will hardly be seen as vultures to the incoming manager, who will want horses for courses in League 1, a place where many a thoroughbred has been cut down to size. Mick McCarthy, meanwhile, is now at Ipswich and has to be a favourite. He was the former manager, who gave Sylvan his current deal, plucked him from Plymouth obscurity (plus £1.5m) and made him the goal machine he can be at Championship level. Mr McCarthy will also be able to impress that Palace and the requirements of the Premiership may not be the path he should tread. The striker got just one goal in the Premiership under him, but plundered 25 in the Championship the season before and 23 in 2007/8 split between Plymouth and Wolves.
|Full name||Sylvan Augustus Ebanks-Blake
|Date of birth||29 March 1986 (age 27)
|Place of birth||Cambridge,|
|Height/Weight||5 ft 8 in (1.73 m) 13st 2lb (83.45kg)|
|Contracted Until June 30 2013|
|Current club||Wolverhampton Wanderers|
|2005–2006||Royal Antwerp (loan)||9||(4)|
Leeds have joined, Sheffield United, Huddersfield Town, Crystal Palace, QPR, Plymouth, Notts County, Oldham et al in dispensing with the services of Neil Warnock with 6 games to go. Mark Hughes and Martin O’Neil may be the favourite to take over but Leeds have been quick to replace Warnock with Neil Redfearn who played 100 League games as a midfielder for The Imps between 1984 and 1986 scoring 13 goals
Rumours suggest that Redfearn may be in charge until the end of the season. The Reserve Team and Development Squad Manager has been caretaker manager before, taking over from Simon Grayson in 2012. During his February stint United won 2 and lost two of his 4 games. Many managers would be delighted with a 50% success rate.
|Leeds United||18 February 2012||1 April 2013||63||23||15||25||36.51|
|Total Matches Managed||1,308||528||369||411||40.37|
Here is a biopic of Neil Redfearn.
|Full name||Neil David Redfearn|
|Date of birth||20 June 1965 (age 47)|
|Place of birth||Dewsbury|
|Height||5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
(Development Squad Manager / reserve team manager)
|Senior career (League)|
|2006–2007||Bradford Park Avenue||n/a||(n/a)|
|2007||Stocksbridge Park Steels||n/a||(n/a)|
|2001||Halifax Town (caretaker)|
|2002||Halifax Town (caretaker)|
|2008||York City (caretaker)|
|2012||Leeds United (caretaker)|