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Breaking News ! Hello and welcome to Saturday's live blog! At roughly 6:10pm this evening it will have been four whole weeks since Lee Johnson left Ashton Gate following that 1-0 Severnside Derby defeat to Cardiff City. A month on from that moment and the Robins are yet to name his successor and, although this is maybe rooted in blind optimism, it does feel that a decision might be close. Chris Hughton, Dean Holden, Paul Cook and possibly Alex Neil are all in contention to take over but there are also one or two as yet unknown candidates who could also be in the running. A Saturday announcement would be rogue, given everyone's attention tends to be focused elsewhere but, then again, City don't always conform to convention with these kind of things. Keep an eye on below for updates throughout the dayKey EventsPaul Cook resigns10:12Latest odds 09:2017:14Max BakerThat's all from usThanks for joining us today, we'll be back in the morning with more City news.14:49Max BakerICYMI - Paul Cook's full statementYou may not have seen that Paul Cook finally stepped down as Wigan boss this morning following days of speculation.He is on the shortlist to be the next Bristol City manager, but his decision to step down has nothing to do with other available jobs.13:10Max BakerICYMI - City keeping tabs on Wigan defenderBristol City are keeping tabs on Wigan defender Chey Dunkley, according to the Mail.Watford are also thought to be interested after Wigan's relegation to League One, with the Latics needing to unable to tie him down to a new deal.He would be a cheap option for City as a free agent in a position that the club likely need to bolster for the coming season.Read more here.Chey Dunkley challenges Leicester's Harvey Barnes12:53Max BakerState of play regarding contractsBristol City are in limbo, with no big decisions being made until a new man is appointed at the helm.Korey Smith, Ashley Williams and Niki Maenpaa are currently waiting to find out whether their futures lie at Ashton Gate next season and the Robins have a whole host of players with just one year remaining on their current deal.Whoever the new manager is, he'll have a lot to pack in before the start of the Championship season on September 12, with contracts, transfers and more to decide on.As the decisions over the out of contract players remain unanswered, we rounded up the remaining years on each Bristol City player's contract and the extension options in each contract.Read more here.12:37Max BakerOne year of KaseyNot been the easiest season for the former Chelsea man...11:45Max BakerMajor Championship transfersSilly season is underway and there have been plenty of deals completed so far.From Matty Taylor to Jude Bellingham, Troy Parrott to Josh Laurent, some big names have left and joined Championship clubs.
.Matty Taylor, Jude Bellingham and Troy Parrott have all found new clubs since the transfer window opened (Image: Getty)11:04Max BakerOdds shake upThe odds for the next City manager have had a shake up since Paul Cook's departure:Sky Bet:Paul Cook 5/4Chris Hughton 11/4Alex Neil 4/1Dean Holden 12/1Nigel Adkins 12/1Chris Hughton during his time in charge of Brighton & Hove Albion10:12KEY EVENTPaul Cook resignsPaul Cook has resigned from his role as Wigan Athletic manager amid links to the Bristol City job.The former Portsmouth manager has left the club following their relegation League One, which was confirmed on the final day of the Championship season after the club were deducted 12 points.The Latics entered administration shortly after the return of Championship football and were imposed with the points deduction. Despite a late surge of form, which saw Wigan lose just one of their final nine games, they finished the season in 23rd.Read more here.09:51Max BakerNext coach wanted elsewhereLooking for a new challenge?09:20KEY EVENTLatest odds Preston boss Alex Neil, Chris Hughton and Paul Cook are all joint favourites to be the next Bristol City manager.It's now almost a month since the Robins parted ways with Lee Johnson and are still yet to pick a successor as they agonise over who the man to take them to the Premier League should be.Mark Ashton, Steve Lansdown and the City board have spent the last weeks drawing up a shortlist and conducting interviews, with an announcement expected to be made in the coming days.Read more here for the latest odds.09:01Max BakerOTD: Mickey Bell signsA City stalwart...Eliasson edges closer to exitMaybe we’re jumping a bit far ahead of ourselves but, according to reports in Turkey, Niclas Eliasson has held talks with Fenerbahce over a potential transfer.It appears at this stage, probably irrespective of who takes over at BS3, that Eliasson is going to sign a new contract - although, granted, circumstances could change.With one year remaining on his contract, City are in a position, therefore, where they simply have to sell him to the highest bidder.Read the full story HERENiclas Eliasson in action for Bristol CityKorey Smith in limboThe Bristol City captain is now, gulp, former Bristol City captain and midfielder as he’s a free agent with his contract coming to an end.As it stands, and it’s influenced by the lack of a new man at the helm, Smith hasn’t heard from City since the final game of the season on July 22.Read the full story HEREKorey Smith in action against FulhamGood morning!And thanks for joining us. We’ll be keeping you up to date with events at Ashton Gate and elsewhere across the day.
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