Championship

Hull City stopper targets Premier League future, new Huddersfield Town boss speaks out on Lincoln City exit - Championship gossip

The Championship action will be back with a bang this weekend, and second tier sides will be eager to hit the ground running after the early break, as they look to push forward positively into the next stretch of the season.

As always, there's plenty of big talking points and rumours doing the rounds in the Championship, as off-the-field developments simmer away in the background. Scroll and click through the gallery to see all the latest news and gossip from the division...

Brentford skipper Pontus Jansson has expressed his delight at seeing his former Malmo coach Andreas Georgson join the Brentford set-up, after the club announced the backroom staff appointment. (Football League World)

1. Bees captain reunited with former coach

Brentford skipper Pontus Jansson has expressed his delight at seeing his former Malmo coach Andreas Georgson join the Brentford set-up, after the club announced the backroom staff appointment. (Football League World)
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Middlesbrough look to have been dealt a blow ahead of the Championship's return this weekend, after Rudy Gestede suffered a thigh injury while on international duty with Benin. (The 72)

2. Boro striker injured on international duty

Middlesbrough look to have been dealt a blow ahead of the Championship's return this weekend, after Rudy Gestede suffered a thigh injury while on international duty with Benin. (The 72)
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Wolverhampton Wanderers are still keen on Leeds star Kalvin Phillips despite him signing a new long-term deal, as his new contract apparently has a 'get-out' clause should the Whites not secure promotion. (Daily Star)

3. Premier League side still monitoring Leeds United ace

Wolverhampton Wanderers are still keen on Leeds star Kalvin Phillips despite him signing a new long-term deal, as his new contract apparently has a 'get-out' clause should the Whites not secure promotion. (Daily Star)
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Stoke City manager Nathan Jones has urged the club to give him the time necessary to turn around their fortunes this season, as his side currently sit slumped at the bottom of the table. (Stoke Sentinel)

4. Potters boss requests more time to pick up points

Stoke City manager Nathan Jones has urged the club to give him the time necessary to turn around their fortunes this season, as his side currently sit slumped at the bottom of the table. (Stoke Sentinel)
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