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Manchester United: Solskjaer remains in post due to Woodward’s reluctance to fire him

An interesting dynamic that has not been explored during the crisis at Manchester United has been the impact of the imminent departure of Executive Vice President Ed Woodward from Old Trafford.

While many outsiders were left scratching their heads over not firing Ole Gunnar Solskjaer after last week’s 5-0 beating of Liverpool, some experts believe Woodward will be reluctant to ditch the Norwegian before he leaves, as it would provide a condemning final comment. in his time in charge.

Manchester United's reluctance to part ways with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is due to Ed Woodward

Manchester United’s reluctance to part ways with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is due to Ed Woodward

Fun and games at Wembley. Recently, the Football Association told staff that they would return to the office two days a week. Presumably, they weren’t counting on the latest setbacks at the unfit-for-purpose national stadium. Earlier this month, several staff members had to go home due to electrical problems, and plumbing problems emerged last week. An FA spokesman said maintenance work on the water tank was scheduled for Friday, given that it is a calmer day for the passage of the office, and those who had to work from home were asked.

Surprisingly, no British broadcaster has yet acquired the rights to the January Africa Cup of Nations. The 2021 tournament, hosted by Cameroon, has been rescheduled due to the pandemic and will run from January 9 to February 6. Although the tournament will see world stars such as Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane, Riyad Mahrez and Pierre. Emerick Aubameyang in action, Premier League fans may not be able to see their favorite players. Eurosport, which has normally screened the competition, decided not to seize the rights after the last tournament in 2019.

Newcastle’s new regime has reached out to agents who have a large number of academy players on their rosters. One of the first areas identified for improvement, aside from the obvious ones, is believed to be the youth facility at St James’ Park. In keeping with the issue, Sportsmail revealed last week that the Magpies would be moving in for Sunderland Under 23 boss Elliott Dickman.

Publishing the Media Playbook for the Winter Olympics is fine, but the International Olympic Committee might want to walk before they can run. Currently, there are ZERO flights available from the UK to China, which means that unless centralized arrangements emerge, it will be difficult to even get there, let alone comply with the Playbook rules. The British Olympic Association is considering all options.

It’s safe to say that not everyone appreciated the appearance of Megan Thee Stallion and her custom black suit at the United States Grand Prix in Austin, Texas. The American rapper made her way through the grid in a flashy outfit displaying an ad for the mobile payment service Cash App and was unable to answer Martin Brundle’s basic questions before security rudely interrupted him.

F1 bosses are furious at his breach of the ‘non-sponsor’ rule, while it can also be revealed that he left five minutes after the race started, doing nothing to suggest he was there for any reason other than connecting. to one of its partners.

Not everyone welcomed Megan Thee Stallion's appearance at the US Grand Prix.

Not everyone welcomed Megan Thee Stallion's appearance at the US Grand Prix.

Not everyone welcomed Megan Thee Stallion’s appearance at the US Grand Prix.

Lots of anger north of the border over Sky’s lack of coverage of the Scottish Premiership. On Wednesday night, Rangers hosted Aberdeen while Celtic traveled to Hibs in two of the strongest rivalries in the competition.

Indeed, the Ibrox crash took on additional significance after the passing of Rangers legend Walter Smith. Neither game was shown on Sky, which took sole control of the rights last season. Some believe the broadcaster is only interested in Old Firm matches, while others have wondered if the deal is an example of what is known in the industry as ‘storage,’ taking the rights to a competition to avoid. have a competitor project it.

Sky, who showed 41 out of 48 possible games last year, says he has a maximum allowance for home games and needs to make sure he has a balance remaining for the title and relegation games.

They added that the matches were pitted against the ‘premium’ Carabao Cup midweek matches and that they will show three midweek matches on three days in late November and early December.

Sky did not show the Rangers clash with Aberdeen, despite being the only rights holders.

Sky did not show the Rangers clash with Aberdeen, despite being the only rights holders.

Sky did not show the Rangers clash with Aberdeen, despite being the only rights holders.

The death of Walter Smith hit many hard, with tributes inundated for a man who seemed to be to everyone’s liking. An emotional Ally McCoist, Smith’s former Rangers forward, paid an eloquent tribute to her former boss, whom she described as “a second father” on talkSPORT. Clearly affected by the loss, McCoist took the next morning off.

Last week, the FA announced Starling Bank as a national partner for UEFA Women’s EURO 2022. The bank will appear to “show its commitment to health and wellness, empowerment and equality.” Hopefully the so-called commitment is somewhat stronger than what was shown to our British Olympians, as Starling Bank was the only sponsor to withdraw from its agreement with Team GB when the pandemic caused the Tokyo 2020 Olympics to end. postponed a year. .

While reporters are still unable to attend face-to-face press conferences at Premier League matches, the rules have been relaxed to allow the host broadcaster to access the tunnel for interviews. Previously, players and coaches had been spoken to on the court, which created some challenges. Sportsmail reported how Sky Sports allowed Spurs manager Nuno Espirito Santo to abandon his post-match interview after the North London derby after receiving X-rated abuse from his supporters.

Nuno Espirito Santo had to abandon his post-match interview after the North London derby

Nuno Espirito Santo had to abandon his post-match interview after the North London derby

Nuno Espirito Santo had to abandon his post-match interview after the North London derby

A statue honoring a footballer who should have been the first black man to play for England is now a reality after a crowdfunding campaign surpassed its target of £ 100,000.

Plymouth Argyle legend Jack Leslie was elected to England in 1925 and his manager broke the news. However, he never made it to the team, the story is that the FA board members withdrew the invitation when they realized the color of his skin. Fans of the entire game have raised a staggering £ 140,000 with an artist now tasked with designing a statue that will be located outside of Home Park. An opening is expected at the end of the season.

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