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Mark Cooper has been announced as Notts County’s new manager following the dismissal of Jamie Fullarton, after the club’s 4-1 home defeat to Exeter City on Saturday.
Cooper becomes the club’s tenth manager since 2010 after Fullarton saw his tenure at Meadow Lane last just 12 games.
Owner Ray Trew said of Fullarton when appointing him on 10 January: “I don’t think I have ever been as impressed by someone at an interview as I was by Jamie.
“He had us all captivated throughout what turned out to be a lengthy assessment of his suitability for the role.”
But eight defeats in his 12 games saw the former Spireite and Scotland Under-21 international relieved of his duties, with Cooper appointed on a temporary basis.
However, should Cooper reach an undisclosed points total by the end of the season, his deal will be made permanent by the club.
Wordsworth Soldiers On
Southend midfielder Anthony Wordsworth secured the Shrimpers a vital point against Gillingham on Saturday – despite finding it hard to move.
Wordsworth’s strike on 21 minutes was cancelled out by Luke Norris but Southend were able to hold out for a draw which leaves them just three points of the play-offs in Sky Bet League One.
And Wordsworth, whose strike took his tally to four this season, told the Echo after the game that he had been playing the vast majority of the match through the pain barrier.
“I took a knock quite early on and was limping for about 80 minutes so it was nice to be able to get the goal especially as my brother was here watching,” said the 27-year-old.
“It was disappointing it wasn’t the winner and that we didn’t get the three points with the chances we had but I thought a draw was probably a fair result in the end.
“It was important we didn’t get beaten and a point against Gillingham isn’t really a bad result either.”
Chris Powell says he sympathises with Charlton Athletic’s frustrated supporters who have staged protests against Belgian Owner Roland Duchatelet in recent weeks.
Powell, who played for the London club in three different spells before becoming manager at the Valley between 2011 and 2014, believes that a recent statement from the club in relation to supporter protests – in which Duchatelet claimed some fans ‘want the club to fail’ – shows a deep alienation between the club and its followers.
“Whether you like protests or not, the fans feel they need to be heard,” the 46-year-old told BBC Radio London.
“They want answers and, quite clearly, they are not getting them.
“They made the statement last week which I don’t think any supporter could understand.”
Some Charlton fans have formed a campaigning group called CARD (Coalition Against Roland Duchatelet) which is calling for the the Belgian to sell the club.
Several protests took place at their last home match against Middlesbrough including a mock funeral, beach balls being thrown onto the pitch to halt the game and a walk-out by supporters in the second half.
“It quite clearly shows there is no synergy between the owners, the higher management and the fans.
“I don’t know what will happen. I’m sure many thousands of Charlton fans would like that question to be answered.
“The only person who can answer that question in Roland Duchatelet – but he hasn’t. I think it is right for him to say ‘This is my plan for your football club.'”
O’Dowda On Form
Callum O’Dowda has admitted that he regrets his temporary departure from Oxford United’s League Two promotion push for international duty.
O’Dowda, 20, will fly out with the rest of the Republic of Ireland Under-21 squad to prepare for qualifiers against Italy and Slovenia.
The midfielder leaves the Michael Appleton’s side in blistering form, having bagged an eye-catching brace against Barnet on Saturday.
“It’s the third time I’ve gone away after scoring,” he told BBC Radio Oxford. “But I’ll be fully buzzing when I come back for the run-in.”
Oxford-born O’Dowda was named runner-up for the Republic Under-21 player of the year award on Sunday behind Preston midfielder Alan Browne.
And he believes experience in international football has boosted his development as a player.
“I spoke to the manager when I last went and he said it’s only going to benefit my game,” said O’Dowda, who has scored seven goals in 45 appearances so far this campaign.
“Being with a different manager and a different team broadens your experience.
“There’s a lot more one-touch passing involved in international football and there’s a real structure of play in terms approaching the game.”
Will Hughes hopes to be available for the Derby’s final eight games of the season as his recovery from knee ligament damage nears a conclusion.
The 20-year-old midfielder suffered serious injury in the club’s opening game of the season against Bolton Wanderers, but is set to return to match action during the international break.
Already at full fitness, Hughes has been pencilled in to feature in Shaun Barker’s testimonial at the iPro Stadium, while a training match against Burnley has been earmarked for the England Under-21 international.
“Will has looked very good in training,” Rams head coach Darren Wassall told the Derby Telegraph.
“All being well he will feature in Shaun Barker’s testimonial and we are going to arrange an U21 game for him to play in.
“Then, if all goes well, he will be available for selection for the final eight games of the season.”