While the press and public continue to stick knives into Steve McClaren’s management of the England team, off the pitch there are some big moves being made in the world of business. The focus of attention are the TV rights deals for England and FA Cup matches in the UK.
The four year contract is close to being finalized with BBC, ITV, Setanta and others involved in the mad scramble. Today, The Daily Express newspaper is reporting that ITV (Independent Television) is close to winning the rights. If so, it could mean BBC’s team of Gary Lineker, Alan Hansen, Mark Lawrenson and Alan Shearer will be broken up.
The article goes on to say that Setanta is believed to be working with ITV on a joint bid, which would allow ITV to broadcast all of the England matches and first-choice FA Cup ties, while Setanta would own the rights to the other FA Cup matches not selected by ITV.
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Jose Mourinho has admitted that Tottenham Hotspur are potential title challengers ahead of their clash with Chelsea on Sunday and refuses to rule out moves for Harry Kane and James Vardy. The Portuguese also denied that his Chelsea side have an advantage over Spurs, despite an extra two days’ rest […]
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Since Jürgen Klopp arrived to manage Liverpool, a feeling of positivity and progression has reverberated around Anfield. Even during the sequence of draws before his first win, the squad showed encouraging signs of believing in his tactics, specifically the all-important gegenpressing. And while it is taking longer to mirror his […]
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Remi Garde has been appointed Aston Villa’s new manager. Here, we lists some fact about the 49-year-old Frenchman. 1. Remi Garde was born in L’Arbresle, which was also the birthplace of French composer Claude Terrasse. 2. Garde started his career at Lyon and played for the club for six years, helping them to promotion to […]
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