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Are Leeds, Reading,Ipswich & Palace Picking Jackett’s Pocket

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.

Thanks for reading Neil Gentleman-Hobbs

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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.

STMI Biopic
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)
Playing position Striker
Contracted Until June 30 2013
Current club Wolverhampton Wanderers
Number 9
Youth career
1999–2002 Cambridge United
2002–2004 Manchester United
Senior Stats
Years Team Apps
2004–2006 Manchester United 0 (0)
2005–2006 Royal Antwerp (loan) 9 (4)
2006–2008 Plymouth Argyle 74 (23)
2008–2013 Wolverhampton Wanderers 193 (64)
2008 England U21

Leeds Send For Ex-Imp – But Hughes & O’Neil Favourite

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.

Team From To Record
P W D L Win %
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.

STMI Biopic
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)
Playing position Midfielder
Current Tenure
Club Leeds United
(Development Squad Manager / reserve team manager)
Youth career
1981-1982 Nottingham Forest
Senior career (League)
Years Team Apps
1982–1984 Bolton Wanderers 35 (1)
1984–1986 Lincoln City 100 (13)
1986–1987 Doncaster Rovers 46 (14)
1987–1989 Crystal Palace 57 (10)
1989–1990 Watford 24 (3)
1990–1991 Oldham Athletic 62 (16)
1991–1998 Barnsley 292 (72)
1998–1999 Charlton Athletic 30 (3)
1999–2000 Bradford City 17 (1)
2000–2001 Wigan Athletic 22 (7)
2001–2002 Halifax Town 42 (6)
2002–2004 Boston United 54 (12)
2004 Rochdale 9 (0)
2004–2006 Scarborough 61 (18)
2006–2007 Bradford Park Avenue n/a (n/a)
2007 Stocksbridge Park Steels n/a (n/a)
2007 Frickley Athletic n/a (n/a)
2007–2008 Bridlington Town n/a (n/a)
2008 Emley n/a (n/a)
2008 Salford City n/a (n/a)
Total 851 (176)
Teams managed
2001 Halifax Town (caretaker)
2002 Halifax Town (caretaker)
2005–2006 Scarborough
2007 Northwich Victoria
2008 York City (caretaker)
2012 Leeds United (caretaker)