SBD Global/January 3, 2018/People and Pop Culture

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    League Championship side Sheffield Wednesday appointed KATRIEN MEIRE as its CEO. The 33-year-old Belgian held the same position at League One club Charlton Athletic for four years before leaving at the end of '17. One of her first jobs will be "to help find a replacement" for head coach CARLOS CARVALHAL, who "parted company" with the club on Dec. 24 and is now in charge at EPL side Swansea City (BBC, 1/1). ... Tech entrepreneur MARCUS RULE was named chair at rugby brand Rhino, succeeding ANDREW MOSS. Rule founded Rule Financial in ’97 and grew the IT group to a turnover of £60M with 800 staff in six countries before selling it last year to German business GFT (RUNNING RUGBY, 12/27). ... ANDY BURNHAM was appointed president of the Rugby Football League, succeeding DEAN ANDREW. He will assume the position in July (RUNNING RUGBY, 12/27).

    COACHES/MANAGERS: Liga Iberdrola side Real Madrid named VÍCTOR MIGUEL FERNÁNDEZ its coach, replacing JESÚS NÚÑEZ, who was sacked on Dec. 12. His first game will be on Saturday, when Real Madrid will face Rayo Vallecano (EFE, 1/2). ... MLADEN KRSTAJIĆ was named coach of the Serbian national football team on a permanent basis after a two-month period as its caretaker, FA of Serbia Sports Dir GORAN BUNJEVČEVIĆ said on Friday. Former Yugoslavia defender Krstajić took over in October from SLAVOLJUB MUSLIN after the latter "steered" Serbia to the 2018 World Cup, its first major tournament as an independent nation in eight years (REUTERS, 12/29). ... League Championship side Nottingham Forest sacked Manager MARK WARBURTON "after nine months at the City Ground." Nottingham Forest also sacked assistant DAVID WEIR, while Dir of Football FRANK MCPARLAND "left the club." Academy Manager GARY BRAZIL will take over as caretaker manager (BBC, 12/31). ... STEVE MCCORMACK resigned as head coach of Scotland’s rugby league side. McCormack, 44, leaves after 13 years in the role, having led (BBC, 12/28).

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    Liverpool defender JON FLANAGAN pleaded guilty to assaulting his girlfriend. The 25-year-old appeared at Liverpool magistrates court on Tuesday accused of beating RACHAEL WALL (PA, 1/2). ... Rugby player JARRYD HAYNE is "expected to press ahead with his long-awaited return" to National Rugby League side Parramatta Eels training this week, despite a rape allegation stemming from a U.S. civil suit "hanging over his head." The "ongoing saga is likely to overshadow Hayne's return to Eels training." He signed with the club following his World Cup stint with Fiji (AAP, 1/1).

    MURRAY MALAISE: Tennis player ANDY MURRAY said that he "may have to consider surgery" after withdrawing from the Brisbane Int'l because of his long-term hip injury. The 30-year-old is "down to 16th in the world," having not played since July. Murray said on Instagram that surgery was a "secondary option, something I may have to consider but let's hope not." The Australian Open starts in Melbourne on Jan. 15 and Murray added that he would decide by the weekend "whether to stay in Australia or fly home" (BBC, 1/2).

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