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The appointment of Holland coach LOUIS VAN GAAL as the new ManU manager "will not be announced until after the end of the season," according to James Ducker of the LONDON TIMES. It "had been anticipated" that Van Gaal’s appointment as DAVID MOYES’s successor at Old Trafford "would be confirmed this week but an announcement is now expected to be delayed until next week." A deal with the 62-year-old Dutchman "has all been agreed," but ManU is "thought to want to wait until the club have played their final league game of a miserable campaign, away to Southampton on Sunday, before going public" (LONDON TIMES, 5/7). In London, Mark Ogden reported RYAN GIGGS "will remain United's interim manager for their final game." Giggs "must then negotiate his own future at the club, which could involve remaining as a player, coach, or both, or leaving to pursue his managerial career elsewhere." Van Gaal will remain with the Dutch national team at the World Cup "before officially taking over at Old Trafford" (TELEGRAPH, 5/7).
The U.K. Motor Sports Association has appointed BEN TAYLOR as managing director of Int'l Motor Sports Ltd., the MSA’s wholly-owned commercial subsidiary, following an internal restructuring in the wake of the departure of former CEO ANDREW COE last week. Taylor has held the position of MSA development and communications director since '11. Taylor will continue to be responsible for those MSA activities in addition to leading the promotion of Wales Rally GB, the U.K.’s round of the World Rally Championship, and the sporting organization of the British Grand Prix at Silverstone through the IMS subsidiary (MSA). ... GRAHAM ARNOLD will be named coach of A-League club Sydney FC on Thursday. He has "signed a three-year deal" worth A$1.8M ($1.7M) and "will be given total control of the club." He "had been in the sights of Perth Glory, Newcastle Jets and the New Zealand national team, but opted for what will be the biggest challenge in his coaching career" (THE AUSTRALIAN, 5/7). ... EPL side Swansea City appointed GARRY MONK "as their permanent manager after a spell in caretaker charge." The former defender "has signed a three-year contract" having been given the role of head coach following the dismissal of MICHAEL LAUDRUP in February. Monk "will be assisted by" current coach JOSEP (PEP) CLOTET (London TELEGRAPH, 5/7). ... The Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) introduced ALBERT CELADES, "who until now coached Spain's U16 football team," as the new coach of the Spanish U21 team. Celades replaces JULEN LOPETEGUI, who was hired by Portuguese side FC Porto on Tuesday (EL MUNDO, 5/7). ... Argentine first division side Racing coach REINALDO CARLOS MERLO resigned from his position on Wednesday (LOS ANDES, 5/7).
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Bangladesh fielding coach COREY RICHARDS "resigned from his post" and "became the third member from the national cricket team support staff to tender his resignation in the space of the last 11 days" (DHAKA TRIBUNE, 5/7). ... BBC Trust Chair CHRIS PATTEN has announced that "he will be standing down with immediate effect on health grounds following major heart surgery." Patten said that he "had been admitted to hospital with chest pains" on April 27 and "had successful heart surgery the following day." Doctors have advised him he "cannot continue to work at the same pace" (BBC, 5/6). ... National Rugby League New Zealand Warriors player KONRAD HURRELL "has been censured and fined" A$5,000 ($4,666) by the club "over his use of social media to share a sex video that was leaked on to the Internet." The Warriors launched an investigation on Monday, a day after the clip, "reportedly depicting the 22-year-old engaged in a sex act while driving a car, surfaced on the Internet." Warriors CEO WAYNE SCURRAH said, "Konrad is full of remorse over what has happened" (SYDNEY MORNING HERALD, 5/7).
MESSI CONTRACT EXTENSION: A Barcelona source said that LIONEL MESSI "will sign an improvement to his contract with Barcelona next week that will see him earn" €20M-€22M ($28M-$31M) annually in gross salary. With this "substantial contract improvement," Messi will become "the best-paid footballer in the world." In addition to his gross salary, "the contract will also have incentive bonuses" which could increase his pay to €30M ($42M) per year. The "contract improvement will keep Messi in Barcelona through June '18, and Messi has also agreed to share part of his image rights with the club" (EFE, 5/7). ... Former EPL side Fulham Owner MOHAMED AL-FAYED has accused successor SHAHID KHAN "of failing to invest in the team to stave off relegation" from the Premier League. Al-Fayed: "Now he has [Khan] had his lesson. To bring the club up, he has to pay a lot of money to bring in top players and top managers. The guy is very rich. Financially, he can do that. I hope he’s waking up and I’m waiting for him to maybe give me a call and I’ll try to give him some advice" (LONDON TIMES, 5/7).
FIFA President SEPP BLATTER: "Congratulations and good luck to Helena Costa @ClermontFoot. Great news for women in football today."
AP's STEVE WILSON: "British bookmaker Labrokes offers odds of 10,000-to-1 on Federer/Federer vs Federer/Federer mixed doubles final at Wimbledon one day. #twins"
London Telegraph's PAUL HAYWARD: "Ok, City tried and failed. The point was about PSG, who aren't objecting to their punishment. Uefa's scale of justice not working."
London Daily Mirror's OLIVER HOLT: "Idea that FFP is there to protect the smaller clubs is a fallacy. It's there to protect the elite, to stop smaller clubs ever breaking thru"
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