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SPORTS AGENDA: Ed Woodward and Richard Arnold skip Manchester United’s Watford humiliation

One could imagine that given the background and potential significance of the match, Manchester United’s top brass would have been at Watford in large numbers on Saturday.

But no. Agenda understands that neither Ed Woodward nor the man touted as his successor, Richard Arnold, were on Vicarage Road when the club stumbled to another low point under their watch.

The 4-1 beating confirmed what everyone outside of Old Trafford’s power backs already knew and was Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s last match in charge.

Neither Ed Woodward (R) nor Richard Arnold (L) were present on Vicarage Road on Sunday

Neither Ed Woodward (R) nor Richard Arnold (L) were present on Vicarage Road on Sunday

The absence of Executive Vice President Woodward drew attention, given that he is the key decision maker and is based in Barnes, southwest of London, which is just a million miles from Watford.

Think of directors John Murtough and Michael Edelson, who stayed to watch the disaster, accept the condolences of their hosts, and then report back to headquarters.

But at least United’s popularity continues off the pitch. Various sizes of their jerseys won’t be available until mid-January, both at United Direct, adidas, and various retailers, including Kitbag and Sports Direct.

The Premier League is lining up Peter McCormick as the interim replacement for outgoing President Gary Hoffman, who announced last week that he is resigning.

Harrogate-based attorney McCormick, considered a safe pair of hands, has a similar role in the FA before Debbie Hewitt, who will take over at the same time as Hoffman’s departure.

McCormick, 69, was previously acting president of the Premier League and would remain in office until a permanent successor is found. He stepped into the gap at the FA to replace Greg Clarke, who resigned following the language he used when speaking to MPs about diversity. Hoffman announced his decision to leave after it became clear that he would not survive a club vote following his involvement in the Newcastle inauguration.

He retained the support of some, who felt that his hands were tied and that he was a scapegoat.

Gary Hoffman announced last week that he will step down as president of the Premier League.

Gary Hoffman announced last week that he will step down as president of the Premier League.

Gary Hoffman announced last week that he will step down as president of the Premier League.

Everton defender Michael Keane bought a £ 3 million house alongside his former Burnley teammate Tom Heaton.

The luxurious six-room apartment in central England features a gym, steam room, cinema, study and summer house. Now he wants to splurge on an extension of the back pool and has applied to the city of Mere, Cheshire, for a building permit.

The lack of a strong statement from the International Olympic Committee on the disappearance of Chinese tennis star Peng Shuai has been widely criticized. The IOC has been urging “quiet diplomacy” to solve the problem, which some say is an attempt to appease the Chinese and minimize the risk for next year’s Beijing Winter Olympics.

Fortunately, her position is at odds with that of many others in Olympic sport. Last week Tony Estanguet, president of Paris 2024, broke ranks and called for ‘greater transparency’.

Peng Shuai has been missing since she posted that former Chinese Vice Premier Zhang Gaoli forced her to have sex three years ago and that they had been in an on-off relationship.

Peng Shuai has been missing since she posted that former Chinese Vice Premier Zhang Gaoli forced her to have sex three years ago and that they had been in an on-off relationship.

Peng Shuai has been missing since she posted that former Chinese Vice Premier Zhang Gaoli forced her to have sex three years ago and that they had been in an on-off relationship.

Concerns for Peng were raised when she disappeared, having alleged on November 2 that she had been sexually assaulted by Zhang Gaoli, a former high-ranking member of the Chinese Communist Party.

The British Olympic Association has joined the sporting bodies in expressing concern for the well-being of the 35-year-old Peng, echoing the German and Dutch Olympic committees in asking for “urgent clarification.” A video call with Shuai launched last night offered reassurance, but serious concerns about his well-being remain.

Michael Vaughan may have stayed to reflect on his decision-making after a turbulent week for the former England captain after Azeem Rafiq claimed he made a racist comment to him and three other players ahead of a match in 2009. .

A public relations expert offered his services and was told they were “not necessary.” Within hours, and with the furor mounting, Vaughan had seen fit to write an article for the Telegraph, in which he again denied commenting. And in fact, a consultant was subsequently hired.

Meanwhile, Rafiq conducted no fewer than 17 media interviews the day after testifying in parliament in a 48-hour whirlwind for the whistleblower.

Michael Vaughan may have stayed to reflect on his decision-making

Michael Vaughan may have stayed to reflect on his decision-making

Michael Vaughan may have stayed to reflect on his decision-making

Several Premier League and EFL clubs have banned staff from wearing costumes at their upcoming Christmas parties.

Officials have acted amid concerns that some may dress inappropriately and be caught on social media, putting their clubs to shame.

There could be other reasons for the move. As one anonymous senior executive explained: “Forced diversion is regrettable and should be prohibited, regardless of whether people are offended.”

British Cycling President Frank Slevin will say at today’s annual general meeting that ‘ours is a team that is comfortable with itself and wins the right way’, which some may see as a bold call. given the long-running medical court involving a disgraced former physician. Richard Freeman.

In fairness, Slevin will refer to past issues and talk about the fact that many doubted whether it was possible to prioritize the well-being of athletes and still win medals.

Concerns that gold medalists will not be invited to this year’s reduced Sports Personality of the Year appear to be unfounded.

Some had feared they would not be asked to attend as December party numbers are likely to be restricted, but BBC insiders have insisted that will not be the case.

Brighton owner Tony Bloom is the latest to do his bit for the environment. Agenda previously reported that Leeds star Patrick Bamford was trading his McLaren for an electric car and the supreme Seagulls showed up at Villa Park for Saturday’s game in a striking BMW i8, a plug-in hybrid sports car.

Reporters covering England’s game in San Marino stayed to reflect on the slightly chaotic nature of it all. Following a problem with the lights, resolved before the start of the match, those who had traveled were asked to wait outside a small hut to receive packages of food and water. The kiosk was closed and a butler, armed with a bunch of keys, stepped in to save the day, only to find that none of them worked. Then he shrugged and opened the door. Problem solved.

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