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  • Ligue 1 Side Monaco Bids For Majority Stake In Second Division Belgian Club

    Ligue 1 side Monaco made a bid to purchase a majority share of Belgian second division side Cercle Brugge. The Brugge board will study the proposition before making a decision at the end of February. The project is part of Monaco’s plan to develop young talent. The club also hopes to benefit from the “Belgian School” of football while respecting the traditions of Cercle Brugge (Monaco). REUTERS’ Robert-Jan Bartunek reported Ligue 1 leader Monaco has already loaned out young players to Cercle and said that “the aim was to build on this exchange” (REUTERS, 2/16).

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  • Mercedes F1 Team Hires James Allison As Technical Director

    Mercedes "hired James Allison as technical director," just weeks before the start of the Formula 1 season, according to Rebecca Clancy of the LONDON TIMES. The former Ferrari technical director had been "widely tipped to join the Brackley-based team" after the departure of Paddy Lowe to Williams. Allison left Ferrari last July so that he could "spend time back in England with his three children after the sudden death of his wife Rebecca." A "well-respected" figure in the paddock, Allison previously held senior roles at Renault and Ferrari, winning world championships with both (LONDON TIMES, 2/16). The BBC reported Allison will report to Mercedes Motorsport Dir Toto Wolff, who said, "It wasn't an easy task to find the right personality who can strengthen our experienced group of engineers, give our talented young team members the space to develop and also bring his own vision to this role" (BBC, 2/16). In London, Giles Richards reported Allison will head a technical group which includes Engineering Dir Aldo Costa, the former Ferrari technical director, and Technical Dir Geoff Willis, formerly of Red Bull (GUARDIAN, 2/16).

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  • Sutton United Set For Bumper Payday As It Hosts FA Cup Fifth Round

    Win or lose, National League side Sutton United is "set for a bumper payday" when it hosts 12-time winner Arsenal in the fifth round of the FA Cup on Monday, according to Alan Baldwin of REUTERS. Defeat for the lowest-ranked club left in the draw, a side that beat League Championship club Leeds United 1-0 in the previous round, could see it "bow out with up to" £700,000 ($874,000) "in the bank." And an "unthinkable" victory at the club's 5,000-seat Gander Green Lane ground would "likely add another nought to the eventual total." Winning the fourth-round tie secured prize money of £90,000 ($112,400) and a fifth-round victory "would double that sum, according to the FA's figures." To that, Sutton can add £144,000 ($179,900) from live TV coverage of the Leeds match and £247,500 ($309,200) for Monday's game. The possibility of a subsequent away trip to another Premier League "glamour team," such as ManU or Chelsea, means Sutton is "effectively playing for a potential" £1M ($1.25M) "bonanza" on Monday (REUTERS, 2/15).

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  • Franchise Notes: Chinese State TV Confirming Sale Of Milan To Sino-Europe Sports

    Reports suggest Chinese state TV has "confirmed the sale" of Serie A side Milan to Sino-Europe Sports. The consortium is "in the process of buying" the club from Silvio Berlusconi and his Fininvest holding company, "with the deal to be completed by March 3." MilanNews reported CCTV5 confirmed the 99.9% stake has been acquired by Sino-Europe Sports (FOOTBALL ITALIA, 2/16).

    Scottish Premiership side Rangers is "advertising for fans to join the club's matchday team on a voluntary basis." The club is "looking to improve communications between supporters and the club during matchdays." The voluntary workers "will act as contacts for fans to report to, should there be any problems which come up around or inside the ground" (SCOTSMAN, 2/16).

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