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By Owen Phillips

All times stated are UK

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  1. Get Involved

    Were Norwich right to sack Alex Neil? #bbcefl

    Dr David:  Completely wrong to sack Neil. Nothing but destabilising thinking we can go in to EPL like that.  

  2. Knock-ing on the Premiership door

    Brighton v Derby (19:45 GMT)

    Derby have just one win in eight league games and Brighton had a few worries after back-to back defeats against Newcastle and Nottingham Forest. But a no-nonsense win over bottom-club Rotherham got them back on track.

    And being blessed with goalscorers wherever you look does plenty for self-belief.

    Four men have managed 49 of the 60 they have scored in Championship this season.

    Glenn Murray has 17, Anthony Knockaert (pictured) has 12, and Sam Baldock and Tomer Hemed, who is on the bench, both have 10. Useful.

    Anthony Knockaert
  3. Home comforts

    Brighton v Derby (19:45 GMT)

    Still, on the plus side for the visitors, at least Derby are facing a team who struggle to win at home...

    Brighton home points info
  4. Radio coverage

    Brighton v Derby (19:45 GMT)

    Unfortunately a right's issue means we are unable to stream live BBC local radio commentary of the match online.

    However, if you are in Sussex or Derbyshire, BBC Sussex and BBC Radio Derby will have full commentary on the wireless. 

  5. Among the goals

    Brighton v Derby (19:45 GMT)

    If we are going to get goals tonight then there's a fair chance that one - if not both - of these two fellas will be heavily involved... 

    Murray v Ince infographic
  6. Team news

    Brighton v Derby (19:45 GMT)

    Derby opt for experience in attack with Darren Bent and David Nugent both selected.

    But they are without the injured Bradley Johnson in midfield.

    Derby starting XI:  Derby: Carson, Christie, Baird, Pearce, Olsson, Ince, de Sart, Butterfield, Vydra, Nugent, Bent.

    Substitutes:  Bryson, Russell, Anya, Hughes, Lowe, Mitchell, Bennett.

  7. Team news

    Brighton v Derby (19:45 GMT)

    Time for the team news and line-ups, starting with Brighton.

    Chris Hughton makes one change from Tuesday's 2-0 win at Rotherham - top-scorer Glenn Murray starts in place of Tomer Hemed.

    Brighton starting XI: Stockdale, Bruno, Huenemeier, Dunk, Rosenior, Knockaert, Stephens, Kayal, Skalak, Murray, Baldock.

    Substitutes: Walton, Tomori, Sidwell, Norwood, March, Akpom, Hemed.

  8. Get Involved

    Tweet us via #bbcefl

    Were Norwich right to sack Alex Neil? Correct decision, wrong time? 

    Or just plain wrong?

    Get Involved and let us know your thoughts on the latest Championship manager to get the chop. 

    Get in touch using #bbcefl on Twitter.

  9. Faltering after the festivities

    Brighton v Derby (19:45 GMT)

    Things are not looking so rosy for the Rams.

    Steve McClaren's side could do little wrong up until Christmas time. But since the season of goodwill, it's been pretty darn miserable and they are now in tenth, 10 points off the play-off spots with 10 games remaining.

    Derby are dangerously close to entering must-win cliche territory here.

    Derby points info
  10. Back to business with Brighton

    Brighton v Derby (19:45 GMT)

    Back to tonight's action for the moment and yes, Championship promotion chasing is on the agenda. Brighton can give themselves a nine-point buffer to third-placed Huddersfield with victory - albeit the Terriers will have played two games fewer.

    A nine-point gap with nine matches to go? You'd probably take that as a Brighton fan.

    April also has a seemingly favourable fixture list for the Seagulls, with home games against Blackburn, Birmingham, Wigan and Bristol City.

    Championship top six
  11. 'Alan Irvine has massive experience'

    Reaction to Alex Neil sacking

    Dean Ashton

    Former Norwich striker on BBC Radio Norfolk

    It wouldn't surprise me to see a totally different performance and a victory tomorrow. I'd be amazed if they could go on the run they need to to get in the play-offs. It's happened too late, it should have happened a while ago.

    Alan Irvine has massive experience. He'll be able to put the team together and I fully expect them to win that game [against Blackburn].

  12. 'He deserved more respect'

    Reaction to Alex Neil sacking

    Rob Butler

    BBC Radio Norfolk sport

    It does say something about where the board is at the moment, saying he's not going to get sacked and then pull the rug from under him.

    Are the board arguing with each other, can they not make decisions? It's a really unfair way to treat him.

    He deserved a little bit more respect than to be pushed out there and the rug pulled from under him.

  13. What the club said

    Reaction to Alex Neil sacking

    Here's the Norwich club statement:

    "The board has taken the tough but unanimous decision, believing it is in the best interests of the club for a new manager to be in place through a crucial summer transfer window and into next season.

    "The directors would like to place on record their sincere gratitude to Alex for all of his hard work and for the fantastic achievement of guiding us to the Premier League in 2015, via a memorable play-off final success against Middlesbrough at Wembley.

    "Through tough seasons last year in the Premier League and this year in the Championship, Alex has always given his all to the club and we wish him every success in his future career."

    Alex Neil Wembley
  14. Listen to Neil's last news conference

    Reaction to Alex Neil sacking

    If you want to listen to Alex Neil's final news conference as Norwich boss in its entirety, you can do so by clicking on the player below.

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    Video caption: Alex Neil says he can't wait for the summer to arrive to start off-loading players.
  15. 'I'm surprised by the timing'

    Reaction to Alex Neil sacking

    Dean Ashton

    Former Norwich striker on BBC Radio Norfolk

    I'm surprised at the way it's happened and the timing. Clearly something's gone on this afternoon.

    It's a little bit harsh on the manager to have done the news conference and talked about the summer and then been sacked.

    It's a bit like Chris Hughton [when he was sacked by Norwich in 2014]. it should have happened a lot, lot sooner.

  16. 'It's way too late'

    Reaction to Alex Neil sacking

    Rob Butler

    BBC Radio Norfolk sport

    I think the majority of fans will be happy, but it's way too late. They should have done this a long time ago and Norwich would have a chance of the play-offs.

    What the club have done to Alex Neil is not on. It's absolutely right he shouldn't be the Norwich manager any more, but what's happened today wasn't on.

    He's always honest, he's always courteous. They've made him go out there today and talk about what he's going to do in the summer. Four hours later they sack him.

  17. Neil sacked by Norwich

    Alex Neil

    Manager Alex Neil has been sacked after over two years in charge,  following a five-game winless run that has left the Canaries nine points outside the play-off places.

    The 35-year-old took part in today's news conference prior to the match against Blackburn, but instead it will be first-team coach Alan Irvine in charge tomorrow.

    There is plenty of reaction coming up...

  18. Neil sacked by Norwich

    But before we get into the nitty-gritty of tonight's Championship offering, it's time to get up to speed with some managerial upheaval in England's second tier within the last hour.

    It's come at Norwich City... 

  19. Derby's Dirty Dozen

    Brighton v Derby (19:45 GMT)

    Amex Stadium

    Evening all. Brighton can go top of the Championship tonight. They just need to win 12-0.

    Now I know that things have been bad for Derby of late, winning just once in their past eight matches, but that's clearly not going to happen.

    Without getting greedy, a plain old simple home win for Chris Hughton's Seagulls and they go level on points with leaders Newcastle and well on course for automatic promotion.