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Top 30 best-paid football managers in the world… Sir Alex Ferguson only third and England boss Roy Hodgson is last as Jose Mourinho tops list

Revealed: The top 30 best-paid managers in the world… Fergie's only third and England boss Roy is last (according to some blokes in Brazil)

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13:44 GMT, 28 November 2012

A list has been published in Brazil which places Jose Mourinho at the top of managerial earners in world football – Sir Alex Ferguson is only third and England boss Roy Hodgson is last!

Brazilian sports business consulting firm Pluri Consultoria has ranked what they consider to be the highest earning 30 bosses in the game with former Chelsea manager Mourinho sitting pretty at the summit, allegedly earning 12.3m per year. More Special Wonga, than Special One!

Hodgson, reportedly on 2m a year, may have been a surprise choice to pip Harry Redknapp to the England post earlier this year but the former Tottenham manager’s services are being rewarded with a far more handsome pay check at Loftus Road.

Sadly for Hodgson, it seems his England role is not even the biggest job in international football either with rivals from China, Saudi Arabia and Qatar also offering bigger financial rewards.

Special wonga: Jose Mourinho is reportedly the highest-earning manager in the world game

Special wonga: Jose Mourinho is reportedly the highest-earning manager in the world game

Sir Alex Ferguson

Roy Hodgson

Laughing all the way to the bank: United boss Sir Alex Ferguson (left) reportedly earns 7.6m a year, while England head coach Roy Hodgson (right) is paid a 2m salary

In a list of the 30 highest earning managers, Hodgson is down in 30th on 2m along with Joachim Low at Germany but also with Martin O’Neill at Sunderland.

Redknapp’s 3.2m annual wage at QPR puts him 14th and narrowly behind Spurs successor Andre Villas-Boas in the list.

Carlo Ancelotti, is second with a salary of 10.9m at Paris St. Germain.

Ferguson is the highest earning Premier League manager on 7.6m at Manchester United, with six other bosses in the English top flight making the top 30.

The highest paid international manager is former England boss Fabio Capello, whose disastrous spell in charge of the Three Lions at the 2010 World Cup has done little to put off Russia who are paying the Italian 6.3m.

Four straight wins in qualification for the 2014 World Cup suggest Capello (who was on 6m annually in charge of England) is at least earning his wage. Hodgson may have to start beating teams better than Moldova to prove he is not being overpaid rather than underpaid!

TOP 30 MANAGERIAL EARNERS IN THE WORLD (according to some blokes in Brazil)

Arsene Wenger

1. Jose Mourinho – Real Madrid (12.3m)

2. Carlo Ancelotti – Paris St. Germain (10.9m)

3. Marcelo Lippi – Guangzhou (8.7m)

4. Sir Alex Ferguson – Manchester United (7.6m)

5. Arsene Wenger – Arsenal (7.5m, pictured right)

6. Guus Hiddink – Anzhi (6.7m)

7. Fabio Capello – Russia (6.3m)

8. Tito Vilanova – Barcelona (5.6m)

9. Jose Camacho – China (4.8m)

10. Roberto Mancini – Manchester City (4.8m)

11. Frank Rijkaard – Saudi Arabia (4.3m)

12. Jupp Heynckes – Bayern Munich (4.2m)

13. Andre Villas-Boas – Tottenham (3.6m)

14. Harry Redknapp – QPR (3.2m)

15. Jorge Jesus – Benfica (3.2m)

16. David Moyes – Everton (2.9m)

17. Manuel Pellegrini – Malaga (2.9m)

18. Paulo Autuori – Qatar (2.9m)

19. Abel Braga – Fluminense (2.8m)

20. Luciano Spaletti – Zenit (2.7m)

21. Antonio Conte – Juventus (2.4m)

22. Cesare Prandelli – Italy (2.4m)

23. Vanderlei Luxemburgo – Gremio (2.4m)

24. Muricy Ramalho – Santos (2.4m)

25. Tite – Corinthians (2.4m)

26. Ottmar Hitzfeld – Switzerland (2.1m)

27. Joachim Low – Germany (2m)

28. Marcelo Bielsa – Athletic Bilbao (2m)

29. Martin O’Neill – Sunderland (2m)

30. Roy Hodgson – England (2m)

Laura Robson: I won Junior Wimbledon at 14 and everyone assumed I"d be beating Serena the very next day

I won Junior Wimbledon at 14 and everyone assumed I'd be beating Serena the very next day

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UPDATED:

21:20 GMT, 17 November 2012

Laura Robson passed her driving test a year ago but she has been behind the wheel just once since then and, while she has won almost 200,000 in prize money this year alone, she does not own a car and makes do with a monthly allowance from her father.

At 18, she remains steadfastly grounded despite her rise towards the upper echelons of the game, an ascent accelerated by her success in becoming Britain's first woman tennis player to make the final of a WTA event in 22 years.

Laughing all the way to the bank: But Laura Robson is still paid only a monthly allowance by her father

Laughing all the way to the bank: But Laura Robson is still paid only a monthly
allowance by her father

But if her transition from Junior
Wimbledon champion at 14 to her current status just outside the world's
top 50 players has been slow and at times painful, Robson is quick to
point out just how big a leap she has had to make in those four years.

'I think everyone assumes that, if you win Junior Wimbledon, you can beat Serena Williams the next day,' said Robson last week.

'That's just not realistic. 'It's a
really tough transition from junior tennis to professional tennis and I
think it takes a strong person to do it. There are not a lot of juniors
that have come through to the top in the last few years.'

To underscore Robson's point,
Noppawan Lertcheewakarn, the teenager from Thailand she beat in the 2008
Junior Wimbledon final, struggled to make a meagre pay cheque in a
small event in India a week ago and, while Robson stands at No 53 in the
world, Lertcheewakarn is ranked at 207.

While Robson's childhood friends were
starting university courses this autumn, probably fearful of the day
when they must repay their student loans, she has been cementing her
place in the tennis public's consciousness – and boosting her bank
balance.

Not that she has access to the money.

'Absolutely, not!' said Robson. 'My dad's not stupid – the money is completely off limits.'

Off limits: Robson's father looks after her finances

Off limits: Robson's father looks after her finances

Her father, Andrew, an executive with Shell, manages his daughter's growing fortune.

'At the end of the season, he was nice enough to give me a bonus,' she said.

Her cash windfall was spent almost immediately on a shopping expedition.

In all, Robson has won nearly
350,000 in a carefully-nurtured career that took flight from the day
she won Junior Wimbledon in 2008.

Photographs of her cuddling the
trophy were published on the front page of almost every newspaper the
next morning and her triumph made the news bulletins on every TV
channel.

But the other side of success was
spelled out to her recently during a visit to the financial advisor her
father has brought in to watch over her burgeoning bank account.

'When we had a meeting at the bank
the other day, I was told that 30 per cent of footballers end up
bankrupt,' Robson explained.

Looking to the future: Robson is savvy with her money

Looking to the future: Robson is savvy with her money

'I think my dad is being very
cautious; not that I would ever go crazy. You just have to be aware that
it's a short career and do as much as you can to save for as long as
possible.

'I am not overly interested in what I
am worth because I don't get to spend it anyway. But I am becoming more
involved. Dad wanted to wait until I was 18 or interested in what to do
with what I earn. I have become interested, so I'll keep going to
meetings and learn from them.'

Despite the temptations to spend her
earnings, she does not possess any credit cards, has just one debit
card in her bag – and no inclination to move out of the family home in
Wimbledon.

'I like my mum's cooking too much to want to leave for a few years yet,' she said.

Her father may be planning for her
financial welfare but it is her mother, Kathy, a former professional
basketball player in Australia, where Laura spent the first 18 months of
her life, who has been visibly most supportive on the circuit.

Proud moment: Robson and Andy Murray display their Mixed Doubles Olympic silver medals

Proud moment: Robson and Andy Murray display their Mixed Doubles Olympic silver medals

Today, Robson and her mother will
leave for a warm weather training camp at Chris Evert's tennis academy
in Boca Raton, Florida.

They will fly out – economy class –
with her Croatian support team of coach Zeljko Krajan, fitness trainer
Dejan Bojanovic and hitting partner Mislav Hizak, who are all on her
payroll. Robson met Krajan at the Olympics at Wimbledon this summer,
where she won a silver medal with Andy Murray in the mixed doubles.

In Florida, Robson will build on her
team's hard, uncompromising boot camp, which has just wound down at the
National Tennis Centre at Roehampton.

But she will return in time for her
first Christmas at home for five years – and the opportunity to get the
better of older brother Nicholas during festive family board games.

'If I play any game against my brother, it gets quite ruthless,' said Robson.

'I used to cheat at Monopoly all the time.'

Rory Hamilton-Brown signs for Sussex

Hamilton-Brown returns to Sussex after traumatic season at Surrey

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09:24 GMT, 28 September 2012

Former Surrey captain Rory Hamilton-Brown has returned to his former team Sussex after being released from his contract at The Oval.

Hamilton-Brown sought a move away from Surrey in the wake of his long-time friend and team-mate Tom Maynard's death in June, and was placed on compassionate leave.

The 25-year-old, who had signed a new deal until the end of 2014 earlier this year, returned to action after a month away but struggled with his form.

Returning: Hamilton-Brown spent two years at Sussex from 2008 to 2010

Returning: Hamilton-Brown spent two years at Sussex from 2008 to 2010

Surrey team director Chris Adams announced at the start of September that Hamilton-Brown would be allowed to talk to other counties, and Sussex faced competition from Somerset for his signature.

Hamilton-Brown began his career at Surrey before joining Sussex ahead of the 2008 season. He returned to Surrey for the 2010 campaign, and was made captain at the age of 22 despite his limited first-class experience.

He helped Surrey win the Clydesdale Bank 40 in 2011 and to promotion to Division One of the County Championship.

Now Hove beckons again, with Sussex saying they are 'delighted' to have brought in the batsman on a three-year contract.

Success: Hamilton-Brown lead Surrey to the CB40 title last year

Success: Hamilton-Brown lead Surrey to the CB40 title last year

Hamilton-Brown said: 'Losing my best friend Tom in June was indescribably painful. We were extremely close but ultimately I know I will emerge from this awful tragedy with renewed strength and purpose.

'I am delighted to be returning to Sussex, a club where I was previously very happy. I would like to thank Mark Robinson, his coaching staff, the players, management and board at Sussex for welcoming me back so warmly.

'There is nothing like feeling wanted to raise spirits and I fully intend to repay the confidence they have shown in me.'

Robinson, Sussex's cricket manager, said of Hamilton-Brown: 'He is a very talented cricketer who is yet to reach his full potential, which makes him such an exciting and dangerous player.'

Leeds takeover: Bank Gulf Finance House claim to have signed agreement

Middle-Eastern bank confirm Leeds takeover deal with Bates on way out

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08:40 GMT, 27 September 2012

The Middle-Eastern investment bank, Gulf Finance House, have confirmed they have signed an exclusive agreement to lead a takeover of Championship side Leeds.

The financial future of the Elland Road club has been up in the air since Leeds, on June 26, revealed they had granted exclusivity to a potential investor.

Details remained thin on the ground after that, other than for the club to confirm the exclusivity period had ended, before, on Saturday, current owner Ken Bates broke his summer-long silence by admitting he was in talks with a group from the Middle East.

Getting what they wanted: Ken Bates is set to leave Leeds

Getting what they wanted: Ken Bates is set to leave Leeds

Leaving: Bates has been at the club seven years

Leaving: Bates has been at the club seven years

He entertained four businessmen in his box at the game against Nottingham Forest and on Thursday morning, in a letter released to the Bahrain Stock Exchange, GFH confirmed that one of their subsidiary companies, GFH capital, were the group operating on behalf of the potential purchasers.

The letter read: 'Further to the news published in the Gulf Daily News on the 25th and 26th Sep 2012, referring to the proposed acquisition of Leeds United Football Club (LUFC), GFH would like to confirm that GFH Capital Limited, a 100% subsidiary of Gulf Finance House, has signed an exclusive agreement to lead and arrange the acquisition of Leeds City Holdings, the parent company of LUFC.

'Due to a confidentially provision, no further details can be given about the commercial terms of the transaction.'

Any takeover of Leeds would end Bates' seven-year reign which has been largely dogged by supporter unrest.

Protests have regularly been staged against the former Chelsea owner for a perceived lack of investment.

There was no comment from the club on Thursday morning, although GFH did confirm to Sportsmail that the correspondence had come from them.

David Haigh, a Leeds fan, who is the deputy chief executive officer and chief operating officer of GFH Capital is thought to be the frontman of the takeover, but was also unavailable for comment.

Judd Trump holds off Mark Williams to clinch final spot in Shanghai Masters

Trump holds off Williams to set up final against Higgins in Shanghai Masters

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16:53 GMT, 22 September 2012

Judd Trump has suffered at the hands
of John Higgins before but believes he can topple the Scot to win the
Bank of Communication Shanghai Masters title.

Both won tricky semi-finals, Trump fending off Mark Williams to win 6-4 and Higgins overcoming Shaun Murphy 6-3.

Final chance: Trump

Final chance: Trump

And 23-year-old Trump, who as a qualifier lost to Higgins in the 2011 World Championship final, rates his chances of reversing that result.

'John's a great player and one of the best to ever play so it'll be tough, but I'm here to win it and I fancy my chances in the final,' Trump said.

Trump was relieved to withstand a gutsy fightback from Williams in the first semi-final.

The world No 2 was at one stage 5-1 ahead and on a break of 53, looking as though he would record a straightforward victory.

The match turned when Trump missed a red, Williams punished him and soon threatened to force a deciding frame.

But UK champion Trump kept his composure and strung together a tidy 58 when a chance came his way in the 10th frame.

Trump, who had earlier breaks of 62, 82, 53, 76, 62 and 82, said: 'I felt I played a lot better and I dominated the match to go 5-1 up. Then Mark turned things around and every time I thought I had him in trouble, he got out of it.

'It was getting tense at 5-4 so I was really pleased to get over the line.'

Four-time world champion Higgins fell 3-2 behind against Murphy, but the 37-year-old recovered and had breaks of 70, 94 and 135, the highest of the tournament so far.

Rory McIlroy wins Deutsche Bank Championship

McIlroy pips Oosthuizen to Deutsche Bank Championship with final round of 67

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22:47 GMT, 3 September 2012

Rory McIlroy put himself in pole position to take a 10 million dollar morale boost into the Ryder Cup with a sensational win in the Deutsche Bank Championship in Boston on Monday night.

The victory took the world No 1 to the top of the FedEx Cup rankings with just two tournaments to go and the mind boggling first prize within his reach when it is settled at the Tour Championship in Atlanta the weekend before Europe and the US do battle at Kiawah Island.

Champion: McIlroy lifts the trophy after shaking hands with Oosthuizen

Champion: McIlroy lifts the trophy after shaking hands with Oosthuizen

Champion: McIlroy lifts the trophy after shaking hands with Oosthuizen

Not that he needs the money too badly – Monday night’s victory was his second 1m payday in a matter of weeks after winning the USPGA Championship.

But his performance underlined the
sensational form the 23-year-old from Holywood has found in the second
half of his first full season on the US Tour.

Top form: McIlroy shot a 67 in the final round to win by one shot

Top form: McIlroy shot a 67 in the final round to win by one shot

Starting the day three shots behind former Open champion Louis Oosthuizen, he launched his charge with three birdies in the first four holes.

And after building a two shot lead by half way he clung on to finish 20 under par for the tournament, a shot ahead of the South African.

And even when he wobbled slightly on the 17th hole, chipping from the rough behind a bunker on one side of the green straight into the long grass on the other, he was let off when Oosthuizen missed a ten foot putt to also bogey the hole.

Edged out: Oosthuizen (below left) had started the day three shots clear

Edged out: Oosthuizen (below left) had started the day three shots clear

Edged out: Oosthuizen (below left) had started the day three shots clear

The South African then put his second shot at the 18th into deep rough, and although he produced a brilliant chip to get out of trouble he just missed the putt which would have taken the match to a play off.

The victory was all the more crucial as a morale boost because it means McIlroy will keep the upper hand of any Ryder Cup duel with Tiger Woods, who gave more evidence of his return to top form with a final day 66 to finish in third place on 18 under.

Morale boost: McIlroy finished two shots clear of Ryder Cup rival Woods

Morale boost: McIlroy finished two shots clear of Ryder Cup rival Woods

Rory McIlroy leads Deutsche Bank Championship by one shot

McIlroy leads the Deutsche Bank Championship by one shot at the halfway stage

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23:03 GMT, 1 September 2012

Rory McIlroy claimed a one-shot lead at the halfway stage of the Deutsche Bank Championship thanks to a second consecutive 65 at TPC Boston.

Starting from the 10th, the USPGA champion birdied three of his first six holes before an eagle at the 18th completed a back nine featuring six threes.

Another followed for a birdie at the first and although he dropped shots at the next two holes, successive birdies at the fourth and fifth saw the 23-year-old from Northern Ireland finish 12 under par.

Out in front: Rory McIlroy leads

Out in front: Rory McIlroy leads

'Now that I'm in the tournament, I just want to play as well as I can and maybe reassess things going into the last day,' world number one McIlroy said.

'But I was very happy with the two scores that I've got already and know that I need to go out and play just as good tomorrow to give myself a chance going into Monday.

'I got off to a nice start and sort of just kept the momentum going. Everything seemed to work pretty well out there.

Close behind: Louis Oosthuizen is just behind McIlroy

Close behind: Louis Oosthuizen is just behind McIlroy

'I felt like I drove the ball a bit better today and hit more fairways, which gave me some more opportunities to make birdies, and I was putting well enough to take a few of those.'

Former Open champion Louis Oosthuizen was McIlroy's closest challenger on 11 under after also carding a 65, while American duo Ryan Moore and Tiger Woods were another shot back after rounds of 68.

Famous fan: McIlroy on the back of a golf cart with girlfriend and tennis player Caroline Wozniacki

Famous fan: McIlroy on the back of a golf cart with girlfriend and tennis player Caroline Wozniacki

'I didn't make anything today,' said Woods, who missed all four of his putts between seven and 10 feet and three-putted the par-three 11th.

Overnight leader Noh Seung-Yul could not build on his opening 62 as he carded a level-par 71 to remain at nine under alongside Jason Dufner (66), Chris Kirk (70), DA Points (65) and former Masters champion Charl Schwartzel (65).

Schwartzel tore a muscle in his abdomen the week of the US Open and after finishing 38th at Olympic Club, took the next three weeks off to let the injury heel.

He returned to competition at The Open at Lytham and this week's event is his seventh in succession.

'I had the injury at the US Open and it set me back quite a bit,' Schwartzel said.

'I came back, lost a bit of confidence, and am just seeing if I can play myself back into it.

'There's been great signs of it sort of from Wyndham, just finishing poorly on Sunday. Same thing at Bethpage, I was up there, finished poorly on Sunday.

'It's there. Once again, I can feel the game is great, so just a matter of finishing it off.'

Deutsche Bank Championship leaderboard: Live leaderboard

Deutsche Bank Championship leaderboard: Keep up to date with the latest scores

The FedEx Cup play-offs continue this week with the Deutsche Bank Championship at TPC Boston.

Webb Simpson took the title last year and you can keep track of all the latest scores right here.

CLICK HERE FOR THE LIVE LEADERBOARD

Defending champ: Webb Simpson won last year's Deutsche Bank Championship

Defending champ: Webb Simpson won last year's Deutsche Bank Championship

Heather Watson loses in California

Elementary mistake, Watson! Brit Heather loses to world No 161 in California

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00:36 GMT, 19 July 2012

British tennis No 1 Heather Watson suffered a disappointing defeat by Taiwanese qualifier Yung-Jan Chan, ranked 161 in the world, in the second round of the WTA Mercury Insurance Open in Carlsbad, California.

The 6-3, 7-6 loss ended the Guernsey 20-year-old’s promising preparations for the Olympics, where she will represent Britain in the doubles with Laura Robson.

Out of reach: Heather Watson was beaten by a qualifier in California

Out of reach: Heather Watson was beaten by a qualifier in California

Watson, ranked world No 71, claimed her first WTA Tour title last weekend as she and partner Marina Erakovic beat top seeds Vania King and Jarmila Gajdosova in the Bank of the West Classic final.

Watson’s fellow Brit Anne Keothavong went out in the first round in Carlsbad, losing 6-4, 6-0 to New Zealander Erakovic.

Heather Watson reaches doubles final in Stanford

Watson flies the flag for Britain in Stanford as youngster reaches doubles final

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09:12 GMT, 15 July 2012

Heather Watson and doubles partner Marina Erekovic came out on top of a topsy-turvy match with Natalie Grandin and Vladimira Uhlirova to make the final of the Bank of the West Classic in Stanford.

The British 20-year-old and New Zealander Erekovic won it on a super tie-break to finally beat the third seeds 7-5, 6-7 (6/8), 10-8 in just over two hours.

The pair, who came back from 5-2 down in the second set and served for it at 6-5 up, will take on top seeds Jarmila Gajdosova and Vania King in the final.

Winning feeling: Heather Watson has reached the doubles final

Winning feeling: Heather Watson has reached the doubles final