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Volume 6 No. 234

Facilities

Man City Manager Pep Guardiola will move into the club's new "state-of-the-art dressing room" next week after work on the Etihad's redevelopment has been completed, according to Jack Gaughan of the London DAILY MAIL. The renovated circular home room is "based on the concept at the club's plush training complex nearby on campus." Man City has been "mindful of upgrading" its facilities "in line with European rivals." That includes a "complete revamp of the first team space underneath the Colin Bell Stand" and a hospitality suite coined Tunnel Club, as well as new rooms for visiting teams and officials. Club execs were "keen to own the latest advancements in preparation and recovery tools," with new hydrotherapy pools set to be installed for players to use immediately after games. Additional warm-up areas have also been built. The changing areas had not been altered since '11 and the club was "wary of falling behind direct rivals at home and in the Champions League." Guardiola reportedly gave feedback and "ultimately signed off on his new office at the Etihad," with the project in motion before the club "lured him from Bayern Munich last year." Both Man City and its opponents will be "on display in front of the corporate supporters through a glass tunnel as they head out" for kickoff. Broadcast interviews will also be "in full view" (DAILY MAIL, 8/10).

League One side Bristol Rovers "plan to remain" at Memorial Stadium for the long-term, club Owner Wael al-Qadi confirmed. After abandoning plans for a new ground at the University of West of England last week, al-Qadi said that the club will "now look to redevelop" its current ground. The club previously hoped to build a new 21,000-capacity venue (BBC, 8/9).

Edinburgh investment company Blue Thistle wants to raise £10M ($13M) to "lift the standard of the Musselburgh Old Course Golf Club" -- the oldest continuously played golf course in the world -- and "promote its heritage to a much wider audience." Blue Thistle representative Dominique von Prondzynski "faces a battle." The club, made up of 100 local members, is "opposed to the development plans" (LONDON TIMES, 8/10).

Homeowners living in the areas surrounding White Hart Lane have seen their property prices rise by a "staggering" 655% over the past 20 years, according to new data. The average home value has risen from £59,638 in '97 to £450,104 ($584,235) today. Figures collated by Halifax using Land Registry data show that Tottenham is the winner "when it comes to house price growth," while West Ham, Chelsea and Watford have "also seen a surge in local property prices over the past two decades" (London TELEGRAPH, 8/10).