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    The FA has appointed MIKE RIGG as its head of talent identification. The role will be full-time for the first time, and Rigg will start on a permanent basis in January. In a position encompassing both men's and women's national teams, Rigg will oversee and align talent identification at all age groups, coordinate opposition analysis and devise a talent identification pathway (The FA). ... The Board of Control for Cricket in India has appointed RANJIB BISWAL as new Indian Premier League chairman (TIMES OF INDIA, 9/30). ... The Indian Premier League has named M.V. SRIDHAR as its new GM of cricket operations. Sridhar played 97 first-class matches in the late '80s and '90s. He "conveyed his acceptance to the BCCI on Sunday." Sridhar, who is also the secretary of the Hyderabad Cricket Association, "will be based out of Mumbai" (MUMBAI MIRROR, 9/30).

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    Former Man City Manager ROBERTO MANCINI "has reached an agreement" with Turkish side Galatasaray. Mancini "is expected to sign a three-year contract" worth €5.5M ($7.4M) in addition to bonuses which could see his total salary rise to €6M ($8M) per season. The 48-year-old "will replace Galatasaray legend" FATIH TERIM (TURKISH FOOTBALL, 9/29). ... Former England coach STEVE MCCLAREN returned to League Championship Derby County "as the new occupant" of NIGEL COUGH's managerial office on Monday night. McClaren arrived at Pride Park in the afternoon before meeting directors to finalize a three-year contract to succeed Clough, "who was sacked on Saturday evening following a 1-0 defeat at local Championship rivals Nottingham Forest" (LONDON GUARDIAN, 9/30). ... Former English cricketer MIKE GATTING said that he will "concentrate on the redevelopment of Lord's and on forging closer ties with poorer communities when his one-year presidency of the Marylebone Cricket Club" starts Tuesday. The renovation of the London facility "will cost as much" as $323M and includes "underground parking, extending the pavilion and replacing stands to boost capacity by 2,700." Building work is "scheduled to start next year and take 15 years" (BLOOMBERG, 9/30). ... Former National Rugby League side North Queensland coach NEIL HENRY has officially signed on as Gold Coast Titans mentor JOHN CARTWRIGHT's NRL assistant for '14 (BRISBANE TIMES, 9/30). ... Swedish football champion Elfsborg has sacked coach JORGEN LENNARTSSON after a "disappointing season" in which it failed to reach the Champions League group stage (REUTERS, 9/30). ... Serie B side Brescia Calcio "have appointed" CRISTIANO BERGODI as its new coach. The club was looking for a tactician after MARCO GIAMPAOLO "quit the club last week just months after his arrival" (FOOTBALL ITALIA, 9/30). … Serie A Genoa FC has "officially sacked" coach FABIO LIVERANI to bring back GIAN PIERO GASPERINI on a three-year contract (FOOTBALL ITALIA, 9/29).

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