Facebook hired Eurosport CEO PETER HUTTON to "head up the social network’s efforts to broker worldwide deals for live-streaming sports." At Facebook, Hutton will focus on "securing global sports rights" and be based in Silicon Valley, according to sources. He will report to Facebook Head of Global Sports Partnerships DAN REED, who was previously with the NBA (VARIETY, 1/21). ... Welsh Premier League side Bangor City announced Chair GORDON CRAIG and secretary NICK WOOD "resigned from their positions with immediate effect" (BBC, 1/18).
COACHES/MANAGERS: Guinea sacked national football team coach LAPPÉ BANGOURA following the side's failure to qualify for the quarterfinals of the African Nations Championship in Morocco (BBC, 1/19). ... Ligue 1 side Girondins de Bordeaux named GUSTAVO POYET head coach. Poyet succeeds JOCELYN GOURVENNEC, who was dismissed last Thursday (Bordeaux). ... Bundesliga side Hamburg sacked Manager MARKUS GISDOL following the club's 2-0 defeat at home to Cologne. Hamburg said that its board of directors and Sporting Dir JENS TODT "came to the decision to let Gisdol go," along with assistant coaches FRANK FROEHLING and FRANK KASPARI (AP, 1/21). ... EPL side Watford sacked Manager MARCO SILVA, blaming Everton's approach for the Portuguese in November as the "catalyst for this decision." The club has won one of its last 11 Premier League games and is 10th in the table. Spaniard JAVI GRACIA was announced as Silva's replacement on Sunday (BBC, 1/21).
PELÉ is receiving treatment in Rio de Janeiro after suffering from "severe exhaustion." The Brazilian, 77, "had been due to fly to London for a tribute event" organized by the Football Writers’ Association on Sunday (LONDON TIMES, 1/20). .... ManU midfielder HENRIKH MKHITARYAN agreed to join Arsenal, with ALEXIS SÁNCHEZ "set to move in the opposite direction in a straight swap" (BBC, 1/21). ... Former Formula 1 driver STIRLING MOSS "decided to retire from public life following a long illness." A statement from his son said that he made the decision because of his "slow recovery" from health problems (BBC, 1/19). ... Tongan flagbearer PITA TAUFATOFUA, "who garnered worldwide attention when he carried the Tongan flag oiled up and shirtless" at the Rio 2016 opening ceremony, qualified for next month's Winter Olympics. He is Tonga's "first-ever skiier to qualify for the Winter Olympics" (NEW ZEALAND HERALD, 1/21). ... ManU manager JOSÉ MOURINHO confirmed that club captain MICHAEL CARRICK "will retire at the end of the season and will join the Old Trafford coaching staff as he pursues his post-playing career." The 36-year-old veteran "has been plagued by injury and illness concerns this season" (London INDEPENDENT, 1/20). ... Rugby League "Immortal" GRAEME LANGLANDS died, aged 76. The Immortals are eight players named by Rugby League Week magazine as Australia's "greatest ever." Langlands played 45 games for Australia between '63 and '75, which was a record when he retired (London GUARDIAN, 1/20).
AUSSIE POST: GRAHAM ARNOLD was confirmed as a candidate to take charge of the Socceroos but he "remains long odds to lead Australia" at the 2018 World Cup in Russia, with Football Federation Australia leaning toward "appointing an interim coach for the tournament." In a sign of the "tapered expectations" for Australia at the World Cup in the wake of ANGE POSTECOGLOU's "abrupt" exit last November, FFA's priority is fixed to "hiring a high-profile foreign coach on a short-term contract for the World Cup" before seeking a permanent Socceroos' coach (SYDNEY MORNING HERALD, 1/21).