Championship, League One and League Two talking points: Five things to look out for on Saturday


Why should Scott Parker be getting more from Fulham?

Can this Nathan Jones’ opportunity at Stoke? Can Lincoln survive without the Cowleys?
Here are five things to look out for in the Sky Bet EFL on Saturday…
On paper, Fulham have one of the best strikes. Aleksandar Mitrovic would still walk into a No 9 function at a fair few Premier League clubs, Anthony Knockaert and Tom Cairney were the top players in the league final time that they featured in a full campaign at this level and Ivan Cavaleiro was also a star actor for Wolves who more than held his own when called upon at the Premier League.
Having blown Millwall it looked as though they had the ability but have stumbled to a 2-1 home defeat at an under-performing Cardiff against a draw and Nottingham Forest. There’s been a suggestion that beneath Scott Parker they could be overly predictable although they have the capacity to put a few goals.
«In comparison to a number of the recent supervisor appointments in Craven Cottage — specifically Felix Magath — Parker has really made a decent start to his managerial career,» Fulham podcaster George Singer told Sky Sports.
«But, there are a number of worrying trends that he wants to immediately rectify — notably his strategic stubbornness and poor in-game management. I am figuring he enhance in this regard. But he wants to fix it quick as time is ticking quickly if we need a realistic stab in automatic advertising, which is the club’s clearly stated goal.»
Parker faces his evaluation of the season so far as West Brom see Craven Cottage on Saturday, live. We are likely to learn a lot more about him then.
Stoke have cropped up a couple of times this season but, frankly, so long as a part of the status and ambition remain to prop up the division, they’ll be a subject to avoid.
The level of patience which the hierarchy of the club have demonstrated using Nathan Jones is remarkable, but there’s little doubting that things need to improve and it is known by him.
It would seem a decision to not use the opportunity of this break to change supervisors to then immediately fire Jones should they lose to Bristol City on Saturday, but yet another damaging defeat could be the tipping point.
A number of the data suggests they haven’t been acting as badly as their results, and it is individual mistakes in the ends of the pitch which have mostly cost them up to now.
«We are not hiding away from it, we haven’t been great enough and we want some big results,» admitted striker Sam Vokes, that has just scored in the Carabao Cup to date this year. «We’ve played some good soccer and had a bad luck along the way, however it is about getting those initial three things and we know it’s exactly what the fans want to see. Results haven’t been up to standard and there is just 1 way to flip it and we need a result Saturday.»
Rarely does a manager become so synonymous with a club in only three-and-a-half years since Danny Cowley — along with — brother Nicky — became Lincoln City, but inevitable nature of the English football pyramid is that their unbelievable victory at Sincil Bank was always going to direct them elsewhere .
There’s been a surprise that their second destination would be Huddersfield, who have struggled badly so much this season, but when you consider the human component — which Danny and Nicky have been PE teachers and part-time trainers not so long ago — and it gets easier to comprehend the inability to withstand the temptation of taking over a club which were at the Premier League just four weeks ago.
«Nicky and I have a burning ambition to battle ourselves at the greatest possible degree,» Cowley told Lincoln’s official website upon his death. «We don’t know whether an opportunity as good as this one is going to come around again and we never want to live with sorrow.
«It’s been the greatest privileges for Nicky and I, to handle Lincoln City FC. We’ll forever maintain this football club and with Concord Rangers FC it will always be the result that we search for. We’ll never ever forget the support we have had and know that we would not be in this blessed position without you all.»
Back-to-back also an FA Cup quarter-final look, an EFL Trophy win along with promotions as a non-league facet, the Cowley brothers are going to be a hard act to follow. First-team coaches Jamie McCombe and Andy Warrington take caretaker charge.
It actually is the start of a new age for Bolton Wanderers. A new manager from the dugout in Keith Hill and potentially a side on the pitch due to their trip to Rotherham.
Ignoring the facts of the situation — they are 16 points adrift of security as a result of their points deduction — it is set to be an afternoon for the Trotters of hope and enthusiasm in the New York Stadium.
Bolton declared nine new signings and all can take to the area in an attempt, apart from Joe Bunney, who was wounded at a road crash.
«Our season starts now, it is brilliant what the kids have done, they’ve been absolutely brilliant, we are extremely thankful for them but we are now starting our period,» said fresh boss Hill.
«We don’t need to play 39 friendlies, we want to be competitive in the league — and we’ll be. We are not here in order to write off this season and prepared the football club for next season, this season is kicking and alive.»
Dino Maamria might have led Stevenage to within a stage of the year, but this was sufficient to protect him seven winless earlier this week prior to being dismissed.
Comes the caretaker appointment of Mark Sampson, the former England Women’s head coach who had been sacked after four years at the helm amid a flurry of controversy in 2017.
36, sampson, was for over two months in Stevenage, was appointed as a coach in July. But his caretaker role’s announcement was immediately followed by a form of allegations of language against him, which were refuted by the team.
Sampson himself wished to focus on the departure of club legend Maamria and the game from Carlisle. «It has been a challenging period and it’s never pleasant when a member of staff, a colleague, loses their job and a person who was heavily joined to the football club over many years,» he said. «It is currently up for people to try and discover a way to move forward now.
«That amount of professionalism has been outstanding and their reaction since Sunday’s news has been a charge to them not only as players but as human beings. The staff and the participants have come together and actually helped develop a positive disposition and we are working really hard on the training pitch to have a positive effect on Saturday.»

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