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Premiership club eyes Sunderland’s rival manager as Leeds playoff fate sealed.

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Sunderland have little to play for on Saturday’s Championship final, but they might still play a significant role in the relegation battle. Mike Dodds’ side hosts Sheffield Wednesday at the Stadium of Light, and their guests could be relegated, though this is currently improbable. The Black Cats might go as high as 13th or as low as 16th.

In other news, the automatic promotion race is far from finished, but Ipswich Town only need a point at home against Huddersfield Town to secure their second successive promotion and long-awaited return to the Premier League. There is also a struggle for the play-offs, with one of Norwich City, Hull City, or West Brom losing out.

The Championship will always have drama, and that feeling will be amplified on the final day. The Sunderland Echo has all of the latest league news ahead of Saturday’s games.

McKenna lined up

If Roberto De Zerbi leaves, Brighton are expected to hire Kieran McKenna as manager. According to the Guardian, contingency measures are being implemented at the AMEX, and De Zerbi is drawing interest from some of Europe’s finest clubs.

McKenna has had an amazing season at Portman Road, with Ipswich only one point away from regaining promotion to the Premier League after a 22-year absence. The Tractor Boys only moved up from League One last season, but they’ve kept up with Leeds United and Leicester City while playing an exciting style of football.

Brighton are allegedly prepared to pursue McKenna regardless of whether Ipswich win promotion, seeing themselves as an upgrade and an established Premier League club. It is unclear whether the 37-year-old would agree to the move or desire to stay on Portman Road.

Play-off verdicts

Micah Richards believes Leeds will eventually succeed in the play-offs if that is their only path to promotion. Anything other than a win over Southampton and a defeat for Ipswich would see Daniel Farke’s side enter the post-season knockout round, where they have failed in all five prior efforts.

Their final-day opponents, Southampton, have already earned a play-off spot and fourth place, with two of Norwich, West Brom, or Hull to complete the four-team group by 2.30pm on Saturday. Another intense race for promotion is on the horizon.

“I’m gonna go for Leeds in the play-offs,” Richards told The Rest Is Football. “They’re going to bring an army down in the play-offs. Ipswich go automatic, I’m going to say Leeds in the play-offs.” Fellow pundit Alan Shearer backed Southampton to win at Wembley.

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