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 Posted by ESPN Staff
Sep 27, 2006

Round-up: Newell distances himself from Baggies

Luton manager Mike Newell has distanced himself from reports linking him with the manager's job at West Brom.

Newell was one of the names linked with the post at The Hawthorns following Bryan Robson's departure and was rumoured to have been given an interview.

But the 41-year-old insisted: 'There has been no contact with West Brom. I signed [a four-year contract] at Luton and I'm committed to the club.

'I've said in the past that I won't be here for life, but this is just speculation and I can't comment on speculation.'

QPR have completed the signing of Chelsea youngster Jimmy Smith on a month-long loan deal.

The 19-year-old midfielder, an England Under-19 international, is Rangers boss John Gregory's first signing since he took over at Loftus Road last week.

Smith made his debut for Chelsea in the final game of last season, coming on as a second-half substitute for Ricardo Carvalho in the Blues' 1-0 defeat at Newcastle.

Birmingham boss Steve Bruce is concerned Nicklas Bendtner's recent goalscoring exploits could see the Arsenal striker recalled from his loan spell at St Andrews.

Bendtner has scored five goals in 10 outings for Blues since arriving from Arsenal in August.

The loan deal is scheduled to run until January, although there is a verbal agreement for Bendtner to remain for the rest of the season unless the Gunners choose to recall him.

Bruce said: 'We just hope Nicklas can stay with us for the remainder of the season and that is our main aim.

'It is a double-edged sword though, because the better he does, the more difficult it is for us but we want him to do really well.'

Norwich defender Gary Doherty claims last week's training-ground bust-up is 'done and dusted'.

The club has been forced to admit that midfielders Dickson Etuhu and Youssef Safri came to blows in the build-up to Saturday's defeat at Plymouth, after newspaper reports incorrectly claimed the row occurred on the bus after the game.

Doherty saw the dispute unfold last Thursday, but insists no-one who knows about the day-to-day realities of football would be surprised.

'It happens a lot at all clubs,' the Irishman told the club's website.

'If you come down and watch training you will probably see it every now and again. But because results have not been going for us people have jumped on it.

'It's not a problem, it's all done and dusted. They are good friends now - it's just one of those sad occasions which happen sometimes.'

Leeds caretaker manager John Carver has handed a trial to Poland international midfielder Bartosz Karwan.

The 30-year-old winger, who has been capped by his country on 24 occasions, has been a free agent since his release by Legia Warsaw during the summer and will be assessed at the club's Thorp Arch training ground.

Bradford boss Colin Todd has lodged a complaint to the police and the League Managers' Association about the behaviour of a section of Doncaster fans during Tuesday's draw at Belle Vue.

Todd was so angry with alleged comments from home fans behind the dug-out he moved into the directors' box in the second half.

'It is something that the League Managers' Association are looking into because it cannot continue,' Todd told the Telegraph and Argus.

'Players and managers are expected to take all this abuse and then as soon as we have a little go back they are like a pack of wolves. You are trying to be sensible in what you are saying but you cannot tell them anything. Something needs to be done.'

Brighton have been rocked by the news midfielder Paul Reid has been ruled out for the rest of the season through injury.

A knee scan has confirmed the versatile Australian suffered a ruptured anterior cruciate ligament when his studs got caught in the turf during Saturday's defeat at Carlisle.

Bristol Rovers have signed England Under-19 striker James Walker on a month-long loan from Charlton.

Walker, who was the Addicks' top goalscorer during pre-season, goes straight into Paul Trollope's squad for the home clash against Hereford.

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