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By Andrew Aloia

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  1. Adios, in more ways than one...

    Well, it has been roller coaster evening.

    Barnsley have their 130th anniversary celebrations dampened by a convincing 3-0 defeat by Aston Villa at Oakwell.

    And that was not even close to being the most interesting aspect of one crazy night in the English Football League, as three managers are moved on.

    Heading the list, Harry Redknappp as he becomes the first Championship manager sacked this season.

    Turns out he was only the first EFL boss to go on the night, as Gary Caldwell was sacked by Chesterfield in League Two and and Michael Brown parted ways with EFL bottom side Port Vale.

  2. The final Championship headlines

    Harry Redknapp
    • Harry Redknapp becomes the first Championship managerial casualty of the season, parting company with Blues after a 3-1 home defeat by Preston North End.
    • Millwall produce an inspired display to beat Leeds United and end the Championship leaders' unbeaten start to the season.
    • Hull City and Sunderland's losing streaks come to an end with a 1-1 draw.
    • Middlesbrough edge out QPR at the Riverside, Britt Assombalonga scoring the winner in a five-goal thriller.
    • Bristol City, who've also only lost once, thrash Derby County 4-1 at Ashton Gate, while Diogo Jota gives Wolves victory at Nottingham Forest.
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    And here's some reaction from an Olympic gold medal-winning hockey player and a hollywood actor. No, really...

    British hockey player Samantha Quek: Harry Redknapp leaving Birmingham is another strange one. 6 losses is bad, but when you sign that many new players they need time to bed in.

    Homeland star and staunch Blues fan David Harewood: Sacked.#Redknapp

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    Here's some reaction to Harry Redknapp's departure from the world of football on Twitter...

    Ex-Birmingham striker Mikael Forssell: Unbelievable Harry Redknapp has been sacked this quickly by @BCFC but of course six defeats in a row is a real problem.

    Former Blackburn, Chelsea and Celtic forward Chris Sutton: Harry Redknapp sacking is another shocker.... No time to build anymore

  5. Birmingham and Redknapp part company

    Harry Redknapp

    And, at last, we have a club statement from Birmingham City too! Here it is:

    "Unfortunately due to the poor start to the campaign which sees the club second from bottom of the Championship, we are left with no choice but to terminate the contract of the manager with immediate effect.

    "We thank him for all his efforts and wish him good luck for the future.

    "Lee Carsley, Blues' head professional development coach, will step in as caretaker manager.

    "There will be no further comment at this time."

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    Kazim: Redknapp definitely made an impact...14 signings! A shame about the results, but there's a good squad for his successor to inherit.

    Simon French: Managers like Redknapp and Hodgson well passed sell by date, shows if you give young guys time they deliver Neil Harris at Millwall

  7. BreakingVale part company with manager Brown

    Here is more on the night's latest EFL sacking.

    Michael Brown leaves Port Vale bottom of League Two after eight games.

    Vale part company with manager Brown

    Michael Brown

    League Two's bottom club Port Vale part company with manager Michael Brown after seven league games without a win.

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  8. Brown leaves Port Vale

    So here's what the Port Vale chief executive Colin Garlick has had to say on the departure of manager Michael Brown:

    “We are all very disappointed with the start to the season

    "I know Michael and his staff have worked extremely hard to try to rebuild the club and achieve the results that we were looking for but unfortunately this has not happened.

    "I would like to thank Michael for his hard work and wish him and his family all the very best for the future”.

  9. BreakingBrown leaves Port Vale

    And Michael Brown's departure from Port Vale has now been confirmed by the club. More information coming up shortly...

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    With the late game over and done with we'd normally be packing our bags about now, but with another manager on his way we're not going anywhere just yet.

    Get in touch with your reaction to the three sackings via #bbcefl on Twitter.

  11. BreakingBrown leaves Port Vale

    Michael Brown

    They say bad luck comes in threes, right?

    It now appears as though we're set for our third EFL managerial departure in the space of about an hour, with BBC Radio Stoke reporting that Michael Brown has lost his job at Port Vale.

    As always, we'll bring you more as we get it.

  12. Birmingham and Redknapp part company

    Some more chat from Harry Redknapp, who was talking to BBC WM after the loss to Preston:

    “If you’d have told me at half-time that was going to happen, I wouldn’t have possible believed you. But they got on top of us and we couldn’t handle it. We defended terribly for the goals.

    “It is so difficult, you look at the league, Leeds get beat today, Derby get beat today… This Preston team are a surprise package.

    “They could give anybody a game. They’re a good outfit. They looked sharper than us.”

    By the way, assistant manager Kevin Bond also has left, but Paul Groves and Kevin Hitchcock are to remain.

  13. More from Oakwell

    FT: Barnsley 0-3 Aston Villa

    You can now check out our match report from Oakwell, after Aston Villa eased past Barnsley to end a run of three successive draws and earn only their second Championship win of 2017-18.

    Barnsley 0-3 Aston Villa

    Keinan Davis

    Aston Villa ease past Barnsley to end a run of three successive draws and earn only their second Championship win of 2017-18.

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  14. 'Indescribable moment'

    FT: Barnsley 0-3 Aston Villa

    Teenager Keinan Davis, who scored his first Aston Villa goal, told Sky Sports: "I can't really explain it, scoring that goal is something I've looked forward to since I joined the club.

    "This is out first away victory, so hopefully now we can get started and get momentum going."

  15. 'Deserved victory'

    FT: Barnsley 0-3 Aston Villa

    Aston Villa's Albert Adomah, who scored twice against Barnsley, told Sky Sports: "We needed that because we have drawn three games in a row. This is our first away win of the season and we really deserved it."


    Barnsley 0-3 Aston Villa

    Aston Villa celebrate

    Aston Villa do it easy in the end, triumphing away from home in the league for the first time in seven matches.

    Albert Adomah came up with two first-half goals, while Keinan Davis completed the win and a fine individual performance with his first goal for Villa.


    Barnsley 0-3 Aston Villa

    Conor Hourihane goes into the book late on for Aston Villa as he brings down Ike Ugbo.

    The free-kick is played in field, but the chance comes to nothing as a tame shot from Adam Hammill flies into the grasp of Sam Johnstone

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    Barnsley 0-3 Aston Villa

    Three minutes of added time to be played at the end of this.

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    Barnsley 0-3 Aston Villa

    Barnsley's biggest chance comes with less than three minutes remaining.

    The ball is played into the feet of Mamadou Thiam on the edge of the area, and the attacker shows great strength to force a pass in the direction of the oncoming Ike Ugbo.

    While the on loan Chelsea teenage does well to control the ball at pace, he fires wide of the far post. It must be said that Aston Villa goalkeeper Sam Johnstone did a good job, making himself big, forcing Ugbo to try find the corner.

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    Barnsley 0-3 Aston Villa

    Barnsley v Aston Villa

    Aston Villa are now just five minutes away from their first win in four matches.

    Victory, which sees them extend their unbeaten run to five matches in all competitions, will lift Steve Bruce's side up to 13th in the table.