Liga MX side Puebla has announced that coach MANUEL LAPUENTE will be replaced by RUBÉN OMAR ROMANO. Romano: "I respect and admire Manuel's work, but football is like this. I am thankful to the people of Puebla and we are going to give it everything we have. I am excited and it motivates me to know that there is support from the club's leadership" (LA AFICION, 8/13). ... FIFA VP JIM BOYCE will "play a key role in selecting the match officials for the Brazil 2014 World Cup as new head of its referees committee." Boyce replaces ANGEL MARIA VILLAR as chair (WORLD FOOTBALL INSIDER, 8/14). ... Timeline Television has recruited SIMON LITTLER "to head up its operations team at BT Sport's new production hub" in the former Olympic Int'l Broadcast Centre at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. Littler will be responsible for a five-year managed services contract with BT Sport "to run and operate its technical facilities." As well as managing the technology deployment, "he will recruit and lead 70 full time staff and a large pool of freelancers including studio crew, post-production staff, engineering support and logistics." Prior to joining Timeline Television, Littler "was head of production development at Dock10 in MediaCityUK, Salford" (RAPID TV NEWS, 8/14).
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