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League One Side Southend Sacks Groundsman After Frozen Pitch Postpones Match

Published in SportsBusiness Daily Global on 01 / 24 / 17

League One side Southend United defended its decision to sack groundsman Ken Hare after its clash with Bolton "fell victim to the weather on Saturday," according to Harry Slavin of the London DAILY MAIL. Hare had been at the club for 27 years "before freezing conditions forced the match at Root...

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McLaren In Legal Dispute With Mercedes

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Ferrari Debuts Bigger 2017-Spec Tires

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Torquay United Takeover Collapses

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Bayern Considers Tie-Up With MLS Team

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Arsenal Cannot Compete With Rivals

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