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SBD Global/October 1, 2012/People and Pop Culture

Executive Transactions

The Football Federation of Ukraine announced that its national football team Coach OLEG BLOKHIN has resigned after accepting the job of head coach at Ukraine Premier League club Dynamo Kiev. Federation President ANATOLY KONKOV did not name any possible replacements for Blokhin (REUTERS, 9/28). ... World Squash Federation President N RAMACHANDRAN has been re-elected by acclaim for a further four-year term at the 42nd WSF Annual General Meeting in Stockholm, Sweden. European Squash Federation President HUGO HANNES was also elected a VP for the first time, joining re-elected VPs HEATHER DEAYTON (Hong Kong) and MOHAMED EL MENSHAWY (Egypt). Former WSF President JAHANGIR KHAN, of Pakistan, also accepted an invitation to continue as Emeritus President (WSF).

FORCED OUT?:
Championship club Blackburn Rovers FC Manager STEVE KEAN has resigned, saying he was forced into the decision as his position had become "untenable." Kean: "For reasons that I cannot discuss on legal advice, it is with deep regret, given my hard work and service for the club for a number of years, that I have been forced to resign as manager of Blackburn Rovers Football Club with immediate effect, due to my position as team manager becoming untenable" (PA, 9/28). The AFP noted Blackburn Caretaker Manager ERIC BLACK insists the club's Indian owners VENKY'S have "not meddled in team selection" after former boss Kean claimed his position with the Championship team had been made untenable. Black is adamant he had "never seen any interference and didn't have to speak to them" before naming his side for the Charlton match (AFP, 9/30).

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