Former Sportfive media rights chief MATHIEU FICOT has been appointed French professional football league (LFP) economic development director (SPORT, 3/20). ... German Hockey League (DEL) club Thomas Sabo Ice Tigers Nuremberg "have after yet another disappointing season cut ties" with Managing Dir LORENZ FUNK and head coach BENGT-AKE GUSTAFSSON, whose expiring contract will not be extended (NORDBAYERN, 3/21). ... Australian Football League club Geelong will make off-field history next month when it hires the first woman club boss in the AFL. ROSIE KING will take on the CEO's role only in an acting capacity, the man she will temporarily replace, BRIAN COOK, "predicted that a full-time woman chief executive would soon serve at an AFL club" (THE AGE, 3/22).
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