Kickboxing organization Glory named MARSHALL ZELAZNIK CEO, and he will lead the global growth of the company. Zelaznik opened the first UFC office in the U.K. and "created a raft of events in the burgeoning sport" of MMA in Britain (London TELEGRAPH, 1/23). ... Creative communication consultancy The Playbook appointed ANDREW BAIDEN as managing director. Baiden will oversee a 10-strong team looking after clients in the sport, technology and consumer sectors. He will also work on the agency’s strategic development with Chair GAVIN MEGAW (GORKANA, 1/23). ... RICHARD KREZWICK, a long-time AEG exec, was named SVP of AEG Facilities and will lead its new N.Y. office. Krezwick will relocate from AEG's London office and will oversee East Coast operations (AEG).
COACHES/MANAGERS: Premier League side Burnley Manager SEAN DYCHE signed a new long-term deal, extending his current contract by four-and-a-half years. The deal is worth £3.5M ($4.9M) a year and will see Dyche become the highest-paid employee at the club (London DAILY MAIL, 1/23). ... League One side Southend United appointed former player CHRIS POWELL as manager on a two-and-a-half year contract. He replaces PHIL BROWN, who was put on gardening leave on Wednesday after seven defeats in eight games (BBC, 1/23). ... League One side Milton Keynes Dons appointed former academy coach and England U16 Manager DAN MICCICHE as manager. It is his first club managerial role, as he replaces ROBBIE NEILSON (BBC, 1/23). ... PHIL NEVILLE was appointed head coach of England's women's national team through the 2021 UEFA Women’s Championship. Neville was previously an assistant coach at ManU and La Liga side Valencia (The FA).
Former England int'l JOEY BARTON claims "50%" of professional footballers bet on matches, and said that gambling is "culturally engrained" in the sport. The former EPL side Burnley midfielder, 35, was banned by the FA last April for "breaching betting rules." He was found to have placed 1,260 bets on football matches over 10 years. Barton said, "I think if they found out everyone who has been betting and cracked down on it, you'd have half the league out" (BBC, 1/23). ... Premier League side Huddersfield Town Chair DEAN HOYLE will spend the night before the club's match against Swansea City on March 10 "sleeping in a concourse at the club's stadium." Hoyle will be joined by Huddersfield supporters and local dignitaries raising money for charities supporting homeless people (BBC, 1/23). ... Scottish FA CEO STEWART REGAN will "face tough questions from some unhappy board members" after the failure to secure MICHAEL O'NEILL as the next Scotland manager. Regan, who led the search for GORDON STRACHAN's successor, will attend a board meeting at Hampden next week (BBC, 1/23). ... Horseracing trainer RICHARD WOOLLACOTT died, aged 40. He began training point-to-point horses in '05, saddling over 130 winners, and he was also a "keen rider in that sphere," claiming over 100 victories (London DAILY MAIL, 1/23).
CROWDFUNDED PAIR: Crowdfunded athletes MICA MCNEILL and MICA MOORE were included in a 10-strong Great Britain bobsleigh team for the PyeongChang Winter Olympics. The pair were "only able to compete on the World Cup circuit this season" after raising more than £30,000 ($41,995) following an overspend by their governing body. They finished in the top 10 in four of their eight World Cup races (BBC, 1/23).