Division Three News

Last updated : 04 April 2004 By Matt Carrington

Ex-Hull City boss Brian Horton has been appointed as manager of Macclesfield Town until the end of the season. Horton has been linked with the vacant managerial position at Third Division rivals Swansea City but he denied ever applying for the post. Caretaker boss John Askey has returned to his assistant manager position after failing to get the club away from the relegation zone.

Swansea City are set to appoint QPR assistant manager Kenny Jackett as their new manager following the departure of Brian Flynn. Meanwhile, winger Brad Maylett is set to sign a new contract that will see him stay at the Vetch Field until 2006.

Bury manager Graham Barrow has signed a new rolling deal that will mean he will be in charge of the club at the start of next season.

Huddersfield Town manager Peter Jackson has been named as Third Division manager of the month for March. The Terriers took 13 points from a possible 18 during the month and currently occupy an automatic promotion place. Jackson is also hoping to extend goalkeeper Paul Rachubka's loan spell at the club from Premiership side Charlton until the end of the season.

Carlisle United have been hit with the news that both Chris Billy and Will McDonagh are set to miss the rest of the season. Billy is struggling with a torn thigh muscle whilst McDonagh have suffered bone bruising.

Scunthorpe United have completed the signing of Paul Groves until the end of the season. The former Grimsby Town boss joined the club on loan at the end of February and has since made seven appearances scoring two goals. However, Darren Holloway has left the club and returned to Wimbledon following the end of his one-month loan deal.

Cheltenham Town boss John Ward has completed the permanent signing of Brian Wilson from First Division Stoke City. The 21-year-old defender has already had two loan spells at Whaddon Road this season and joins the club after the Robins agreed an undisclosed fee with Stoke.

Leyton Orient have added youth team coach Alex Inglethorpe to their playing squad after losing three of the strikers at the club to injury. Meanwhile, captain Gary Alexander has signed a three-year contract extension with the club.