Yorkshire latest: Hasselbaink never wanted Leeds, Mandaric protects Gray

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‘Hasselbaink was never interested in Leeds job’

Former Leeds United striker Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink says he was never interested in becoming the head coach at Elland Road.

The current Burton Albion boss was linked with the role when Leeds owner Massimo Cellino pulled the trigger on former boss David Hockaday.

‘Mandaric hands Gray backing’

Sheffield Wednesday chairman Milan Mandaric has implied Stuart Gray’s position as manager is safe.

The Owls are in the bottom half of the Championship table after a recent run of poor form, which has created doubt over Gray’s position as manager. Mandaric has suggested that all the side needs is a little bit of luck.

“The team is playing well. We have had a few games where we have had penalty shouts which have not gone our way. We just need a little bit of luck,” he told the Sheffield Telegraph.

‘Paterson leaves Huddersfield’

Huddersfield Town star Martin Paterson has joined League One outfit Fleetwood on loan.

He’s signed a short term deal to dip down to League One until January 3 as he looks for regular games and to improve his match fitness.

“I’m delighted to come, I know the manager and I just want to get to work - I spoke to the gaffer at Huddersfield he said he’d let me come and play some games,” said the forward.

‘Minister urges Blades not to make Evans commitment’

First Minister Carwyn Jones has urged Sheffield United not to hand a contract to convicted rapist Ched Evans.

News broke earlier this week that the Blades were allowing Evans to train with them, prompting speculation they could offer him a contract for the rest of the season.

“If you are a role model and you are convicted of a serious offence such as rape, and you don't apologise at the very least, you don't say you accept that you committed a serious offence, you can't go back to a job like footbalj,” said Jones.

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