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  • Tottenham Dismisses Manager Harry Redknapp After Wednesday Meeting

    Premier League Tottenham Manager Harry Redknapp "has been dismissed" after Chair Daniel Levy "refused to grant him the contract and assurance that he wanted," according to David Hytner of the London GUARDIAN. The manager was "forced to confront his exit strategy and has reached a settlement" on the final 12 months of his deal. The decision was made after lawyers from both sides met Wednesday night to discuss the remaining year of Redknapp's contract, worth £3M ($4.7M) (GUARDIAN, 6/13). THE HUFFINGTON POST reported that Levy "summoned" Redknapp for Wednesday talks "over what was believed to be Redknapp's compensation package" (THE HUFFINGTON POST, 6/13). THE SUN reported that Redknapp "thought he had done enough to earn an extension." However, Levy "was believed to be unhappy that Redknapp failed to secure Champions League football" despite occupying the third spot for most of last season (THE SUN, 6/13).

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  • Chelsea Makes Di Matteo Deal Official

    Chelsea has agreed on a two-year contract with Roberto Di Matteo as their permanent manager and first-team coach, according to Hughes & Butler of the LONDON TIMES. The "main issue to resolve" appears to have been over the length of Di Matteo’s contract. He "sought greater security" than the 12-month rolling deal he signed when initially recruited as an assistant to Manager Andre Villas-Boas last summer. While the club has announced a two-year deal, it is "likely to include a break clause" after one year (LONDON TIMES, 6/13). The AFP's Julian Guyer noted that no London club had ever won the European Cup or Champions League until Chelsea beat Bayern Munich in a penalty shoot-out in May. Di Matteo said, "I'm obviously delighted to have been appointed as manager and first-team coach" (AFP, 6/13).

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  • Washed Out Matches Leave Kent Cricket Club Facing Financial Headache

    Kent County Cricket Club CEO Jamie Clifford said that "no amount of planning could prevent big losses" as a result of bad weather, according to the BBC. Kent's last five matches "have been foreshortened by the weather," including a rain out in their Twenty20 opener against Sussex. Clifford told BBC Radio Kent, "I've worked in cricket for 12 years and I've never known a summer like it. It had a big impact on our business." The Spitfires' Twenty20 fixture against Sussex Sharks "was originally switched" from Tunbridge Wells to Canterbury "after flash flooding hit the Nevill Ground." It came after two days play was lost against Hampshire in the County Championship and "the abandonment of their match" against Northants in the Clydesdale Bank 40 on Sunday. Sources said that the bad weather for the 100th Tunbridge Wells Cricket Week "could cost the club" £50,000 ($77,780) (BBC, 6/13).

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  • Liverpool Plan To Improve Hospitality Market Runs Afoul Of Relocated Fans

    Some Liverpool fans are upset after the club has changed some season tickets "so it can develop the corporate hospitality market, according to Mark Johnson of the LIVERPOOL ECHO. Susan Roberts, whose two Anfield Main Stand seats have been in her family for 108 years, said long-standing fans have been treated in a “shoddy manner.” by the club, which "wanted to make changes to the stand in order to better link lounges and seating facilities in readiness for next season." Johnson wrote the area to be changed includes "the first five rows of the Main Stand." The move involves 55 season ticket holders, and they "were given the chance to select different seats elsewhere in Anfield" (LIVERPOOL ECHO, 6/13).

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