EPL Newcastle United has given "a bold declaration of its belief" in Manager ALAN PARDEW by awarding him an eight-year contract. The deal is the longest given to an EPL manager, and has been designed to not only provide stability and security for Pardew and his coaching staff, but also to make it "financially disadvantageous to clubs who may be interested in poaching them in the future." The new contracts run until the end of the '19-20 season, and will provide "suitable compensation should they be terminated early." The club was aware of stories linking the 51-year-old with the vacant manager's position at Liverpool over the summer but never received any approaches for him (London TELEGRAPH, 9/27). REUTERS' Toby Davis wrote "the effort to impose stability at the club is in contrast" to its recent history where it has had nine permanent or caretaker managers in the last eight years. Newcastle Managing Dir DEREK LLAMBIAS said, "If you look at clubs like Manchester United and Arsenal, ALEX FERGUSON and ARSENE WENGER have shown that stability gives you the best platform to achieve success, and that is the model we wish to emulate here," managing director Derek Llambias said on the club website" (REUTERS, 9/27).
SAY HELLO: Football Federation Australia has announced BEN WILSON as the new FFA Director of Referees, replacing MARK SHIELD. Wilson has a long and successful history as one of Australia’s top match officials. He began officiating at the age of 15 and his first professional match came as an NSL Assistant Referee in '96. Wilson’s appointment as FFA Director of Referees will see him take over the running of the FFA Referees Department (FFA).
IN AND OUT: Basketball Bundesliga club Bayern Munich has "fired Head Coach DIRK BAUERMANN less than a week before the club's season opening game against Quakenbrück on Wednesday." As the reason for the surprising release of the former German national team coach are the club stated "differences in opinion regarding the team's future and development" (SÜDDEUTSCHE ZEITUNG, 9/27). ... Serie A Cagliari Calcio President MASSIMO CELLINO has "announced his resignation." The 56-year-old "draws the consequences of a dispute concerning safety of the stadium in Cagliari" (SID, 9/26). ... Bundesliga club Bayern Munich has "found a successor for resigning CFO KARL HOPFNER." The 45-year-old finance expert JAN-CHRISTIAN DREESEN "will take over Hopfner's position at the beginning of next year" (DPA, 9/26). ... Football League One Colchester United appointed JOE DUNNE as the club's permanent manager following the dismissal of JOHN WARD last weekend. The 39-year-old is a former U.S. defender, who worked as assistant to Ward and has spent the last 16 years at the club (PA, 9/27)
AUTHORITY TO CHOOSE: Former Indian cricketer SANDEEP PATIL has been appointed Board Of Control For Cricket In India National Selection Committee Chair, while MOHINDER AMARNATH was sacked after serving just one year on the panel. Patil’s appointment “came as a surprise, as his name was not even being talked about as a possible candidate.” ROGER BINNY (South), VIKRAM RATHORE (North), SABA KARIM (East) and RAJINDER SINGH HANS (Central) make up the rest of the new panel. Former national team player CHNADRAKANT PANDIT was named chair of the junior selection committee (PTI, 9/27).
The father of young ManU midfielder RYAN TUNNICLIFFE became £10,000 ($16,000) richer when the 19-year-old "came on for his debut" in the 76th minute of Wednesday night's Capital One Cup win over Newcastle United. MICK TUNNICLIFFE placed a £100 ($162) bet when his son was nine that he "would one day play" for ManU (at odds of 100-1). There "could be worse to come" for bookmakers William Hill. They also took another bet from Tunnicliffe's dad of £100 at odds of 350/1 that the young midfielder will one day play for England at some stage in his career (London DAILY MAIL, 9/27). ... The Football Association has found Chelsea defender JOHN TERRY "guilty of a charge that he directed abusive language with racial connotations" at Queen Park Rangers' ANTON FERDINAND last October. Terry has been banned four games and fined £220,000 ($356,752) (London GUARDIAN, 9/27). ... Mercedes team principal ROSS BRAWN has said the team face a "difficult decision" over the future of MICHAEL SCHUMACHER. Mercedes has offered McLaren driver LEWIS HAMILTON a contract, and "some senior Mercedes figures" believe 43-year-old Schumacher, who is said to want to continue, should retire (BBC, 9/27).
GIVING THE FAR EAST A TRY: NBA player D.J. WHITE has signed a contract to play for the Chinese Basketball Association team Shanghai Sharks for the '12-13 season. The 6-9 player has spent the last four seasons in the NBA playing for the Oklahoma City Thunder and Charlotte Bobcats. White will "pair up alongside" former NBA Development league player ELIJAH MILLSAP, who was officially signed two weeks ago, filling the Sharks' spot for two imports this year (NIUBBALL.com, 9/27). ... The Chinese Olympians "will compete for more glory" at the CCTV Sports Personality of the Year awards ceremony, also known as China's "Sports Oscars." Olympic swimming champion SUN YANG and men's table tennis Gold Medalist ZHANG JIKE are two of the competitors for Male Athlete of the Year. World record holding swimmer YE SHIWEN, Olympic sailing champion XU LIJIA and women's table tennis Gold Medalist LI XIAOXIA "are strong contenders" for Female Athlete of the Year, and the women's fencing team, which claimed the first Gold Medal for China in the event, "will be a strong contender" for Best Team of the Year. The first round of the selection process will be completed by the middle of December and the winners announced on Jan. 13 (CHINA DAILY, 9/27).
Europe's Ryder Cup team captain Jose Maria Olazabal said that the team is free to use Twitter, "but they need to be careful over what they say," according to the AFP. Ryder Cup participants Ian Poulter, Rory McIlroy and Lee Westwood "are all avid users of the popular social network" and have hundreds of thousands of followers between them. The Ryder Cup, "where team-bonding is essential and great secrecy surrounds who will be playing with whom in the foursomes and fourballs, are a potential minefield for Twitter users." Olazabal, however, "has decided to take an even-handed approach." Olazabal: "What I've said to them is that they have to be careful on what they say, how they say it and when they say it." There "seemed to be no problem with using Twitter either on the U.S. side," with captain Davis Love writing on his account - "Fans loving the Red Pants!" - a reference to the team outfits his players wore in practice on Wednesday (AFP, 9/27).
The Telegraph's Paul Hayward: "Bubba Watson looked right on the edge of tears throughout his Ryder Cup press conference. He always is. Show him a kitten and he'd weep."
English footballer Rio Ferdinand: "Congrats to Alan Pardew on his new 8yr contract!!"
The Telegraph's Paul Kelso: "Pardew's 8-year deal may prove theory that contracts worth less the longer they're for. If he's still there in 2020 I will delete this Tweet"
Daily Mirror's John Cross: "Where does the fight against racism in football go from here? Back to square one, I'd suggest. How can it be worth little more than a foul?"
Yahoo!'s Venkat Ananth: "That’s my first glance at the BCCI Annual Report. Might do a detailed study and post later. If you ask me, I’d give them 6.5/10 for this."
English footballer Wayne Rooney: "Thanks to everyone who helped make my book a bestseller this week, appreciate it"