Championship debrief as Middlesbrough rivals appoint promotion specialist and first big Leeds exit

Leeds United manager Daniel Farke (left) and Archie Gray after defeat in the Sky Bet Championship play-off final at Wembley
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Burnley's extensive search for Vincent Kompany's successor is finally over as they appointed Scott Parker as their new head coach late on Friday evening.

Expected to be one the main contenders for automatic promotion along with Middlesbrough next season, Parker is tasked with helping the Clarets return to the Premier League at the first time of asking. He replaces Kompany at the helm, with the former boss moving to Bayern Munich and taking former Boro coach Aaron Danks with him to Germany.

Parker, who has previously led Fulham and Bournemouth to promotion from the Championship, said: “I’m really pleased to be here. I have been speaking with Burnley for some time now which has been a positive thing as I’ve now got a real feel for the people around the club.

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“To be around the training ground now you start to get that feeling again and I can’t wait to get on the training field and start work. For us to be successful this year is the most important thing. We have to win and build a team the fans and club can be proud of. This team can represent every single one of them in that aspect and that’s the aim.”

Burnley's task of appointing a new head coach hadn't been an easy one. While Parker was always in the running, Frank Lampard has previously been considered while Manchester United legend Ruud van Nistelrooy looked set to land the role recently before turning down the opportunity ahead of an expected return to Old Trafford as a coach.

Parker can currently rely on Kompany's former assistant Craig Bellamy after the former Wales international didn't join him at Bayern Munich. Bellamy has been acting as interim boss of the Clarets during the recruitment process and knows Parker, having played with him at West Ham. It remains to be seen if he stays at Turf Moor, however. Bellamy is the current favourite to be appointed Wales boss after Rob Page's departure.

Sheffield United takeover hope after big names depart

Sheffield United's preparations for the new season continue to be disrupted by an impending takeover, with this week seeing some big names leaving the club at the end of their contracts. John Egan, Ben Osborn, Oli McBurnie and Daniel Jebbison have all left, though McBurnie could still re-sign, with the ongoing takeover uncertainty said to be holding up a potential contract offer.

The Blades are in the midst of a takeover from a US-based consortium which is now in the hands of the EFL for approval. According to the Star, the process has moved a step closer and they say there should be further updates next week.

Former Boro boss Chris Wilder is currently trying to prepare for the new season, for which the Blades will start on minus two points. It's uncertain at this stage whether the takeover will impact his position as manager at Bramall Lane. They did make their first signing during the week, with defender Jamie Shackleton joining on a free after turning down a new contract offer from Leeds United.

Leeds United's first big departure of the summer

Leeds United are favourites to win promotion to the Premier League for the upcoming season, but they could find many of their key players stripped away from them this summer. Players like Illian Meslier, Crysencio Summerville and Wilfred Gnonto are all attracting interest, with the Whites' failure to win promotion last term potentially impacting their ability to keep them.

However, the first big departure from Elland Road came earlier in the week when young versatile midfielder Archie Gray joined Tottenham in a deal that was said to be worth £25-30 million. Also part of the deal, defender Joe Rodon returned to Leeds having spent last season on loan, with reports that the centre-back turned down Leicester and Ipswich to return to Elland Road.

Lofty Manning ambitions at Bristol City

Liam Manning has revealed he has lofty ambitions with Bristol City as he aims to build on the positives after his appointment last term to turn Bristol City into promotion contenders. Speaking to Four Four Two magazine, he said the aim is always promotion.

Asked if the dream for him as a coach was managing in the Premier League, the Robins boss said: "Of course - I want to work at the highest level I can. But I want to stay true to my values and treat people properly and if that gets me there then great.

"We had so many highs last season, beating West Ham in the FA Cup, and a few lows as well. Our defensive record was excellent. We want to add to different types of attacking players, we didn't score enough goals and if we get that right, hopefully we'll be competing.

"I go into every season trying to win the league - that should be the aim of every club. Everybody here is working flat out because we want to achieve something the club never has before."