New power move for Scudamore
22:11 GMT, 10 October 2012
Richard Scudamore, chief executive of the Premier League and arguably the most influential individual in English football, may be given a new role that would further increase his powerbase.
Scudamore, who has just masterminded a 3billion TV deal to bankroll the Premier League, is understood to be broadly in favour of the moves to make him an executive chairman.
Headhunters Odgers have been charged by a Premier League nominations panel led by Chelsea chairman Bruce Buck with finding candidates to succeed PL chairman Sir Dave Richards, who retires at the end of the season.
Moving on up Richard Scudamore could be made executive chairman of the Premier League
But promoting Scudamore is one strategy being discussed, although there are sure to be a number of clubs who would have reservations, despite his undoubted success.
However Buck, who will have one of the biggest says in the chairman’s appointment, is believed to be in favour of his shooting-party pal Scudamore assuming even higher office.
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Sky mix up over Premier League rights
Barney Francis, overlord of Sky Sports, admitted at this week’s Leaders in Football conference in London that his station, who used to pride themselves on their TV rights intelligence expertise, did not know whether they were competing with either BT Vision or Al Jazeera after the first round of the Premier League tender.
Sky paid 2.3bn for five packages — far more than they wanted — and it seemed one of the casualties was media rights chief Rik Dovey, who left shortly afterwards. Francis said Dovey resigned from his 400,000-a-year post voluntarily.
Departing Van Commenee says gold medalist are not perfect
Charles van Commenee, who quit as UK Athletics head coach having failed to deliver his pre-Olympics medal target, is still being hard on the GB track and field team — even the gold medal heroes.
Commenee, who has no plans as to what he does next, told Leaders in Football that double Olympic champion Mo Farah was ‘technically not great’ and heptathlon queen Jessica Ennis ‘has weaknesses’.
Muamba to meet Blatter to discuss health issues
Fabrice Muamba, who will perform an ambassador’s role at Bolton during the final year of his contract that expires at the end of next season, has found it difficult to watch the team play since his cardiac arrest at Tottenham.
Muamba, frustrated at not being on the pitch, has been to only three games this season, preferring to take his three-year-old son Joshua swimming.
New role: Bolton ambassador Fabrice Muamba is set to meet with Sepp Blatter to discuss health issues in football
However, world football wants to engage Muamba, who has a meeting with FIFA chief Sepp Blatter this month about an ambassadorial role concerning football health.
Stuart’s culture show
England rugby coach Stuart Lancaster gave Leaders in Football delegates the same PowerPoint presentation that had so impressed Roy Hodgson.
Lancaster gave his football counterpart a sneak preview of the laptop lecture — on how he had brought about a culture change in England rugby — during a chat over a coffee at Wembley, where they had found much in common.
The FA’s introduction of a code of conduct has plenty of similarities with Lancaster’s rules and regulations — part of a blueprint for altering attitudes since the 2011 World Cup debacle. Lancaster believes culture comes before performance and says he spends 80 per cent of his thinking time on culture-related strategies.
Impressive stuff: England Rugby head coach Stuart Lancaster addressed the Leaders in Football conference
Lancaster said his first week with the players training at a grass-roots Leeds club was crucial to a switch of mindset — as was dispensing with the ‘dysfunctional leadership group’ from New Zealand, where Jonny Wilkinson, Mike Tindall, Lewis Moody and Simon Shaw had differing views that led to the team fragmenting under pressure.
Warner curse hits Webb
The curse of former FIFA ExCo rogue Jack Warner, who derailed England’s 2018 World Cup bid with his attack on the FA at a Leaders in Football conference, has struck this week’s event.
Jeffrey Webb, Warner’s successor as CONCACAF leader, was due to talk about how he has cleaned up the confederation.
Alas, Webb withdrew, having required hospital treatment after falling ill on his transatlantic flight.