Championship News Round-Up Week 8

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Austin injured

QPR lost talisman Charlie Austin to injury during their disappointing 4-0 defeat to Fulham with reports saying that he will be out for four weeks. Having turned down big money offers to keep Austin at Loftus Road this could have a major impact on QPR’s season as Austin has started brightly with seven goals in nine matches and is their main source of goals. QPR will now be looking for other players to step up to the mantle particularly after such a poor performance against Fulham.

Evans departs after victory

Steve Evans has left Rotherham United despite winning their last two games and taking the team out of the relegation zone and upto 20th. In a statement, the club said “During a meeting it became clear that both the manager and Chairman at the present time wished to head in a different direction.” Evans took Rotherham from League Two to the Championship in successive seasons after taking over before narrowly avoiding relegation last campaign. Stuart Gray is the early favourite to succeed Evans.

Marinus Dijkhuizen out at Brentford after nine games

Brentford also made a change at the top this weekend, axing Marinus Dijkhuizen after their poor start to the season having only taken eight points from eight games this season. Lee Carsley will take over for the rest of the season, Carlsey has impressed as coach of the U21s at Brentford and it will be interesting to see how he handles the step up.

Peterborough make winning start under Westley

Graham Westley’s appointment was greeted by much negativity amongst Posh fans when it was announced however those fans will be feeling happier now after two goals in the space of two second half minutes sunk Bradford at Valley Parade. Much of the negativity towards Westley focused on his preference for direct football however that was not on show here with Peterborough putting together some intricate passes in an impressive performance.

Newport County finally get their first win

Newport became the last team to get a win in the Football League this season after winning 1-0 against Carlisle United. QPR loanee Tyler Blackwood headed home in the second half to clinch the points for Newport having only arrived at the club on Thursday. Newport have now kept consecutive clean sheets and will be hoping that their defensive form can help them away from the foot of the table.

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