Former National Rugby League sides Wests Tigers and Sydney Roosters CEO STEVE NOYCE has taken over for BRUNO CULLEN as interim CEO of NRL Cronulla Sharks, effective immediately. Noyce has been "promoted from his previous position as head of football operations" (NEWS LIMITED, 7/31). In Sydney, Michael Carayannis reported Noyce is "determined not to be a short-term fix as he tries to guide the embattled club through its problems with the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority." Noyce: "I think it is a vote of confidence in myself and shows the club is serious about leadership and making sure the club is moving forward. I am not sure of the word 'interim.' I know exactly what the challenge is and most people that know me know that I am not a title person." In another change, Cronulla COO GY WALLACE announced he would also leave the club. Wallace will stay on with the club for another six months, "largely overseeing its A$300M ($269M) property development." This will "allow the new directors a chance to familiarise themselves with the plans before his departure" (SYDNEY MORNING HERALD, 7/31).
Infront Sports & Media has opened a new office in Singapore. IAN MATHIE will serve as managing director of the Singapore office, which will provide a hub to exploit sports marketing opportunities in Japan, South Korea, Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, India, Singapore, Hong Kong, Australia and New Zealand (Infront). ... The French Cycling Federation announced on Wednesday that BERNARD BOURREAU has replaced LAURENT JALABERT as coach of the French national cycling team. Bourreau, 61, was previously coach of France's U23 national cycling team (EFE, 7/31). ... DANIEL IBAÑES has been hired as coach of Czech Republic futsal club Era Pack Chrudim. This will be Ibañes's first professional futsal experience outside Spain (MARCA, 7/31). ... Brasileiro Fluminense has hired former Real Madrid coach VANDERLEI LUXEMBURGO, who also coached Brazil's national team from '98-00. Luxemburgo replaces ABEL BRAGA, who was sacked on Monday after the club's fifth consecutive loss (IANS, 7/31). ... The Johor FA has promoted AZMI MOHAMED to coach Johor Darul Takzim for the Malaysia Cup next month (THE STAR, 7/30).
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