The Yorkshire derby between Huddersfield Town and Leeds United kicks off this weekend’s action, but there’s plenty more for fans across the county to look out for.
Managerial bows will be made, clubs will try and arrest long losing streaks and teams will try to make the top of the table their own.
Here are four things to look out for in Yorkshire football this weekend:
Jackie McNamara manages York City for the first time
Jackie McNamara developed a good reputation for himself in Scotland before being dismissed by Dundee United in September after a bad run of results. It belied two seasons that saw his side finish fourth and fifth. He steps into the dugout for the first time in England against Accrington Stanley on Saturday. The Minstermen have struggled in League Two so far this season, but the first round of the FA Cup could provide a welcome break. McNamara had success in the cup in his time with the Terrors, reaching two cup finals and three semi-finals, something he’ll be hoping to replicate at his new club to build momentum going forward.
Rotherham United look for their first win under Neil Redfearn
The departure of Steve Evans left Rotherham in a flux, but appointing Redfearn seemed like a sensible decision by the Millers. The former Leeds United head coach has had a tough run of games to contend with to begin his spell at the New York Stadium, including difficult trips to Middlesbrough and Derby in his last two games, but needs to start getting wins. United are bottom of the Championship, and if they want to start climbing the table, a victory against Ipswich Town would be a good place to begin. The Tractor Boys are well below where they would want to be this season, which could make it a perfect time for Rotherham to play them.
Lee Johnson seeks FA Cup comforts after league struggles
Things are not going particularly well at Oakwell, with Barnsley not having won for seven games, as far back as September 26’s visit to Gillingham. However, they have won in the cup more recently, a Johnstone’s Paint Trophy victory against Bradford City on October 13. Lee Johnson will be hoping that his club can alleviate the pressure with another cup victory on Saturday as they visit Altrincham. On paper, it should be a game Barnsley will win, but given their recent form, there could be a cup upset on the cards.
Hull City look to make top spot their own
City’s form has been up and down this season, but they’ve finally put a good run together and have climbed to the top of the Championship. Competition is fierce, with only one point separating them and Derby County in fifth. Fourth-placed side Middlesbrough are the visitors on Saturday, and the Tigers could really outline their title credentials with a victory against Aitor Karanka’s side. Anything less than a victory and it would not be a surprise to see them overtaken. The shifting sands of the second tier promotion battle mean there is never a good time to rest on your laurels.