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Volume 10 No. 22

People and Pop Culture

Arsenal has "admitted that they want, and expect," ARSÈNE WENGER "to sign a new contract that would potentially extend his tenure at the club into a third decade," according to Jeremy Wilson of the London TELEGRAPH. Arsenal CEO IVAN GAZIDIS "is refusing to publicly disclose the details of any discussions with Wenger," whose contract expires next year, but said he does anticipate an announcement "when things are all put in place.” Arsenal and Wenger "have generally agreed three-year contracts in the recent past" and, if that was repeated, a new deal would take him to '17 and beyond 20 years at the club. Gazidis said, "We think we have got a fantastic manager. We hope that he wants to do what he is doing for the long term. I believe he does." Such an endorsement "will divide opinion among Arsenal supporters." There "has been mounting frustration over recent seasons at the failure to win a trophy" since '05, but equally, there "is appreciation for the achievement of finishing in the top four in each of his 17 years at the club" (TELEGRAPH, 6/6). In New York, Jamie Uribarri wrote "While nobody in their right mind believes a new manager would be able to lead Arsenal to an undefeated record, the consensus among Wenger's critics is that a change may be needed after almost two decades of the same old thing." But as far as Gazidis is concerned, Wenger is still "the perfect man for the job." Gazidis: "I think he is still ambitious, still driven and sees the potential of the club as he looks forward and I think he is very excited by that" (N.Y. DAILY NEWS, 6/6).

Premiership rugby side Northampton Saints Chair LEON BARWELL will step down "with immediate effect." Barwell has "taken the decision on medical advice" (BBC, 6/6). ... EPL Tottenham will appoint former England Assistant Manager FRANCO BALDINI as technical director. The Italian left his post at Roma Wednesday and "will take charge of Spurs' scouting and transfer policy" (BBC, 6/6).

COACHES: Greek basketball coach FOTIS KATSIKARIS will not coach Spanish Basketball League (ACB) club Bilbao Basket next season (EL PAIS, 6/6). ... Spanish Basketball League (ACB) side Unicaja Malaga has announced the hire of JOAN PLAZA as the club's new coach. Plaza replaces JASMIN REPESA, who was released in May (EL PAIS, 6/6). ... Former European Footballer of the Year HRISTO STOICHKOV "is poised to be named coach of his former club," Bulgarian side CSKA Sofia. The "surprise announcement" came only a few days after Stoichkov said that "he would continue his work as coach of Litex Lovech" (REUTERS, 6/6). ... Spanish Second Division side Mallorca Manager GREGORIO MANZANO "won’t be managing" the club next season (INSIDE SPANISH FOOTBALL, 6/6). ... La Liga side Granada has agreed to an "agreement in principle" that will have coach LUCAS ALCARAZ remain with the team for next season (EFE, 6/6).

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South Africa's all-time leading scorer BENNI MCCARTHY "has retired from football" at age 35. McCarthy has been playing for the Orlando Pirates since '11 after leaving West Ham (BBC, 6/6). ... Malaysian junior state cyclist MOHD SHAFIQ IMRAN SYAHRIL was killed during training in Terengganu, Malaysia. Shafiq, 15, was training when he crashed into an oncoming trailer (THE STAR, 6/6).

Comcast Sportsnet San Francisco's RAY RATTO: "I simply refuse to believe that the British fought beside us on D-Day so that we could reward them 70 years later with Jaguars-Bills."

Reuters' KAROLOS GROHMANN: "@FCBayern already sell out 16 of 17 league home games for next season. Nine weeks to go to season start. #fcbayern"

London Guardian's MIKE SELVEY: "Good that Fawad Ahmed is joining Aus A in England. Maybe help some Aussies to understand inclusion here of British citizens born abroad."

Former Indian Premier League Commissioner LALIT MODI: "Brands who have built there brands over years will surely be thinking about disassociating with IPL & CL. Sad what they have done to brand"

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