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David Gill to step down at Manchester United

Ferguson pays tribute to the man he's had 'a million arguments' with as United chief exec Gill announces decision to step down

: October – Appointed vice chairman of the Football Association.
2013: February 20 – Announces he will step down as chief executive of United plc on 30 June 2013, but will remain a director of the football club.

Upon announcing his decision to stand down, he said: 'It
has been the greatest privilege to serve Manchester United for 16
wonderful years – the last 10 of which as its chief executive.

'I have worked alongside the finest
manager in the history of the game and been part of what I consider to
be the best club in the best sport in the world.

'It has been a very hard decision
because I love this club and, as the fans’ banner says, it is, ‘more
than a religion’. I’ve experienced some incredible highs, such as the
Treble in 1999 and the League and Champions League double in 2008, and
lows, like losing the title with the last kick of the season last year.

'But that is what makes this club and this sport so compelling.'

Gill,
who will remain a director at the club, was appointed vice chairman on
the Football Association in 2012 and has been nominated as its candidate
in the upcoming UEFA Executive Committee elections later this year.

He added: 'I am looking forward to
continuing my involvement on the club board. And I hope to be able to
make a contribution to the game on a wider national and European level.'

Warming up: A scarf seller sets up outside Old Trafford

Warming up: A scarf seller sets up outside Old Trafford

Looking on: Ferguson oversees United's 2-1 win over Reading on Monday evening

Looking on: Ferguson oversees United's 2-1 win over Reading on Monday evening

Ken Bates programme notes: No mention of Chelsea but he blasts UEFA and FIFA

Leeds chief Bates snubs Chelsea in his programme notes… and blasts UEFA and FIFA's 'antics'

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UPDATED:

20:14 GMT, 19 December 2012

Leeds chairman Ken Bates has not mentioned Chelsea in his programme notes ahead of the sides' Capital One Cup clash.

Bates used to be the Blues' owner and in the build up to the game even described Wednesday night's clash as 'like getting a new Bentley with your mother-in-law in the passenger seat and watching it go over a cliff'.

He was at Stamford Bridge for 21 years before leaving in 2004, and taking over at Elland Road.

Strong words: Ken Bates is unimpressed with both UEFA and FIFA

Strong words: Ken Bates is unimpressed with both UEFA and FIFA

Instead of writing about his former
club he has blasted UEFA’s decision to spread Euro 2020 across different
countries and has suggested countries will be awarded matches in return
for votes in forthcoming elections.

UEFA president Michel Platini
confirmed recently that Euro 2020 will take place in more than one
venue, prompting fears that many fans will not be able to afford to
travel.

Writing in the
match programme ahead of his club’s Capital Cup tie against Chelsea,
Bates said: 'The antics of UEFA and FIFA continue unabated (no pun
intended).

Who are ya

Football fans often like asking their opponents the question 'who are ya' when they full well know who they are.

But both Leeds and Chelsea supporters would be entitled to look at this team-sheet handed out at Elland Road and wonder just who 'Marko Marvin' was.

Marko Marvin

German attacker Marko Marin admittedly
hasn't featured much for the Blues since his summer switch – but you
wouldn't have thought he'd been out for long enough for people to forget
his name.

'UEFA’s latest daft idea is that the European Nations Cup is played at venues throughout Europe.

'This could mean the games are staged at anywhere from Dublin to Moscow, Belgrade or even Jerusalem!

'The logistics of implementing this idea would be horrendous, least of all for the PBF (Poor Bloody Fans).

'The competition coincides with the height of the holiday season, which will put pressure on aircraft seat capacity, trains and hotel rooms, to say nothing of the cost involved.

'You can expect two or three small countries to get a venue, thus securing their votes in the next UEFA/FIFA elections.'

Bates also turned his attention to FIFA’s decision to award to 2022 World Cup finals to Qatar.

'There have always been suspicions about staging the World Cup in Qatar,' said Bates.

Shake on it: Rival managers Neil Warnock and Rafa Benitez exchange pleasantries before the game

Shake on it: Rival managers Neil Warnock and Rafa Benitez exchange pleasantries before the game

Daft! Bates' verdict on Michel Platini and UEFA's decision to host Euro 2020 across the continent

Daft! Bates' verdict on Michel Platini and UEFA's decision to host Euro 2020 across the continent

'(FIFA president) Sepp Blatter claimed the reason is by going to new countries it is spreading the word and helps take football to a much wider audience.

'But Australia, who lost out, has a much higher population of over 22 million, compared to Qatar, approximately 1.8m. The climate in Qatar in summer often exceeds 100F, but now there is the suggestion it be switched to winter.

'That’s nothing compared to the irreversible financial damage it would do to domestic football. This madness must be stopped in its tracks.

More reason for anger: Sepp Blatter and FIFA were also a target because of their decision to host the 2022 World Cup in Qatar

More reason for anger: Sepp Blatter and FIFA were also a target because of their decision to host the 2022 World Cup in Qatar

'The Association of European Leagues, the FAs and domestic leagues should join common cause and say enough is enough.

'If FIFA persists with this scheme they should collectively boycott the event and not make their players available. The ultimate sanction will be to resign from this incompetent organization and see it collapse.

'Both UEFA and FIFA speak with forked tongue. They say that clubs should reduce the size of domestic competitions to reduce players’ fatigue, at the same time increasing international fixtures includes fatuous friendlies, all for profit.'

David Haye must wait to fight Vitali Klitschko

Haye left to sweat over Klitschko showdown as Vitali focuses on political career

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UPDATED:

17:50 GMT, 30 October 2012

David Haye must wait until the end of the year to discover whether his desired showdown with Vitali Klitschko will materialise.

Bernd Boente, manager of the WBC world heavyweight champion and his brother Wladimir, insists Vitali will take his time over deciding whether to retire.

The 41-year-old's UDAR party was elected into the Ukrainian parliament with 13 per cent of the vote and now the wrangling over the formation of an opposition coalition begins.

Plans: Vitali Klitschko's UDAR party came third in the Ukrainian elections

Plans: Vitali Klitschko's UDAR party came third in the Ukrainian elections

'Vitali will not make a decision before December or the beginning of next year,' Boente said.

'He's under no pressure. The WBC see him as their champion and he only had a fight at the beginning of September. No champion will fight twice in three months.

'Whether Vitali fights on depends on the political situation and the coalitions formed.

'His party was only founded two years ago but it received 13 per cent of the vote. He's in parliament now as the party leader.

'We will have a clearer picture of the political landscape in mid-December and after that Vitali will make a decision.'

Boente describes a report that the Ukrainian brothers have signed a five-fight deal with RTL, Germany's largest private free-to-air broadcaster, as premature.

Making it count: Klitschko, and his wife Natalia cast their votes

Making it count: Klitschko, and his wife Natalia cast their votes

It was reported that the fact the contract was split between Wladimir – the IBF, WBA and WBO champion – and Vitali indicated the latter's determination to box on.

But Boente said: 'The deal has not been signed yet. We are in negotiations and it should work out well.

'We've inserted a general clause that it will be either brother, which we've always had.

'Should Vitali retire, Wladimir is the only guy involved. If Vitali fights on then he will take a portion of those fights.'

Haye has declared the only fight he will accept is against Vitali, having dropped a wide points decision to Wladimir in July last year.

Boente insists Vitali has no interest in facing Haye, yet it is the most attractive – and lucrative – fight in the heavyweight division.

Keeping in shape: David Haye is hoping for a showdown with Klitschko

Keeping in shape: David Haye is hoping for a showdown with Klitschko

Due to the one-sided nature of their first showdown there is no mileage in a return against Wladimir, but his fading and worn older brother is an easier prospect.

Boente remains dismissive of Haye, who has refused to meet rising British heavyweights David Price and Tyson Fury, but the fight would an easy sell.

'It's always the same with Haye, we don't take him seriously. He's a like a little dog that barks all the time,' he said.

'When the big dog – Vitali Klitschko – comes around the corner he runs away.

'Look at what happened against Wladimir, we don't care about it him any more. He talks but who cares'

Vitali Klitschko"s fight with David Haye hangs in the balance after Ukrainian elections

Haye's showdown with Klitschko in the balance after Vitali's party come third in Ukraine elections

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UPDATED:

09:09 GMT, 29 October 2012

David Haye's hopes of fighting Vitali Klitschko hang in the balance after the heavyweight champion’s political party came third in the Ukrainian election on Sunday.

Klitschko’s UDAR (Punch) party was forecast to have won 15 per cent of the vote which should be enough to send the 41-year-old into parliament – and possibly retirement.

But while Haye faces a wait to see if he will tackle the elder brother, the WBO are considering naming him as the mandatory challenger to Wladimir, who beat the Brit over 12 lop-sided rounds in 2011.

The future is unknown: Vitali Klitschko's UDAR party came third in the Ukrainian elections

The future is unknown: Vitali Klitschko's UDAR party came third in the Ukrainian elections

Vitali, who was disappointed with his party’s performance, must now attempt to form an opposition coalition after the ruling Regions Party looked set to retain its parliamentary majority.

‘I had said that we had tremendous potential,’ he said. ‘We must still analyse everything: why we could have won more votes but failed to do so.’

Confusion continues to reign meanwhile about whether the long-reigning champion will hang up his gloves for a second time.

Casting his vote: Klitschko goes into the polling booth

Casting his vote: Klitschko goes into the polling booth

Before stopping Manuel Charr last month he said: ‘First of all, I have to win the parliament election. Step by step by step. After that, I can give you an answer.

‘Right now, there are many discussions about [retirement]. I’m not ready to announce about my retirement. Maybe one fight, maybe two fights more. And after that, I am retired. I am active in politics.’

But his manager Bernd Boente believes electoral success would mean the end of his tenure in the ring.

Making it count: Klitschko, and his wife Natalia cast their votes

Making it count: Klitschko, and his wife Natalia cast their votes

‘If Vitali gets a role after the elections where he can make a difference, I suppose that would be the end of his career,' he told Sport Bild.

‘As a friend and manager, that’s what I would advise. The fight for democracy and against corruption is more important than a fight against David Haye.’

But the Londoner insists a contract has already been agreed for the 10million superfight to take place next year.

Full of hope: Klitschko was keen to be elected into the Ukrainian parliament

Full of hope: Klitschko was keen to be elected into the Ukrainian parliament

‘The fight has already been agreed, the contract’s done – the money, the split, everything. We don’t need a new contract,’ he claimed.

Should the veteran choose to concentrate on his political career, Haye may instead seek revenge on his 36-year-old sibling.

Wladimir holds the WBA (Super), IBF, WBO and IBO belts which he will defend against Mariusz Wach on November 10 in Hamburg.

Keeping in shape: David Haye is hoping for a showdown with Klitschko in 2013

Keeping in shape: David Haye is hoping for a showdown with Klitschko in 2013

He eased to a unanimous points victory over Haye in the same city and the 31-year-old was later ridiculed for blaming defeat on a broken toe.

But the WBO are set to name either Haye, Denis Boytsov or Seth Mitchell as the mandatory challenger for their title.

Russian Boystov is undefeated, and largely untested, after 31 professional fights while American hope Mitchell hopes to extend his unbeaten run to 27 when he faces Johnathon Banks in New Jersey next month.

Manchester United chief David Gill named as FA vice-chairman

United chief executive Gill named as FA vice-chairman

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UPDATED:

17:36 GMT, 18 October 2012

Manchester United's chief executive David Gill has been appointed as a vice-chairman of the Football Association.

The 55-year-old was put forward by the Professional Game Board to replace Premier League chairman Sir Dave Richards in the role. The recommendation was endorsed by the FA Board and then approved by the FA Council.

New job: United chief executive David Gill

New job: United chief executive David Gill

Gill said: 'I'm delighted to have been appointed vice-chairman of the Football Association. The health and success of the Football Association is vital to the future of the game in England and I hope to justify the board's faith in me by helping to shape discussions and actions to deliver that.'

Gill, an FA board member for six years, will join Roger Burden, who represents the amateur game, as one of two FA vice-chairmen.
He is also the FA's nomination for the UEFA executive committee at the elections in May.

United we stand: Gill and Sir Alex Ferguson last year

United we stand: Gill and Sir Alex Ferguson last year

David Haye agrees terms with Vitali Klitschko

Haye ready to fight Vitali after agreeing 'slave contract' with elder Klitschko brother

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UPDATED:

17:37 GMT, 17 October 2012

David Haye has revealed he has agreed terms to fight Vitali Klitschko – but must now wait for the results of the Ukrainian elections.

The elder brother, 41, hopes to be voted into Ukraine's parliament on October 28 and although
he has yet to announce his retirement, his future plans are uncertain.

Haye, 32, admitted that if the fight with
Vitali does go ahead, he will have consented to the Ukrainians' 'slave
contract' whereby he must face either of the brothers twice more should he win.

Swansong: David Haye (right) wants to fight Vitali Klitschko next year

Swansong: David Haye (right) wants to fight Vitali Klitschko next year

'I'm ready to fight Vitali now but they'll give you as little notice as possible,' he said.

'Very rarely do they get the contract
signed off so a lot of fighters can't afford to train because they're
waiting for their advance.

'It's one of the tricks they pull but they won't catch me with that one.

'The fight has already been agreed, the contract's done – the money, the split, everything. We don't need a new contract.

'The contract's not as good as it was against Wladimir but I don't expect that because I'm the challenger now.

'It's fair, I'll survive, and it gives me a chance to get the WBC back.

'I will have to have a rematch with Vitali or Wladimir, whoever they decide, then against one of them again after that.

Campaign trail: Vitali Klitschko hopes to be elected into Ukraine's parliament

Campaign trail: Vitali Klitschko hopes to be elected into Ukraine's parliament

'As long as I get the opportunity to win that title.'

Haye also denied he could be tempted into an all-British showdown with David Price, who beat Audley Harrison at the weekend but called on Tyson Fury to continue his trash talking.

Fury is potentially facing censure
from the British Boxing Board of Control for a series of inflammatory,
expletive-filled rants aimed at Price.

'I'm only going to fight someone whose name is Klitschko. I've had my domestic dust-ups,' Haye added.

'What Fury is doing is good. The more he talks the bigger the fight with Price will be.

No thanks: Haye has no plans to fight David Price who beat Audley Harrison

No thanks: Haye has no plans to fight David Price who beat Audley Harrison

'He should keep talking because he isn't really fighting anyone at the moment.

'If you're not fighting anyone you need to do something to keep your name out there.'

While the prospect of facing Price
fails to inspire Haye, he was impressed by his rout of Harrison, an
opponent he took three rounds to knock out.

'David was punch perfect. There was nothing to criticise in what he did, all you can do is praise him,' he said.

'I believe David Price is the best out there at domestic level.

'In a couple of years he will definitely be knocking on that world title door.'

Vitali Klitschko beats Manuel Charr

Time to make Haye Klitschko dominates Charr but could yet retire from boxing

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UPDATED:

10:18 GMT, 9 September 2012

Vitali Klitschko ended Manuel Charr's perfect record with a clinical defence of his WBC heavyweight title in Moscow.

In what could prove to be the Ukrainian's last-ever bout before embarking on a career in politics, a cut over Charr's right eye brought proceedings to an end with 56 seconds remaining in the fourth round.

It was a one-sided contest from the off, with Klitschko stalking the ring behind his jab and landing a couple of early shorts.

Furious: Manuel Charr was disgusted that the fight was ended early

Furious: Manuel Charr was disgusted that the fight was ended early

He put the former kickboxer down in the second round, landing a left hook which saw Charr counted to eight. And, when a similar shot wounded Charr in the fourth, the referee stepped in.

Charr was disgruntled with the call, kicking the ropes, but the amount of blood he was losing meant it was impossible for him to carry on.

Dominant: Vitali Klitschko (right) made light work of his unbeaten opponent

Dominant: Vitali Klitschko (right) made light work of his unbeaten opponent

Klitschko will now turn his attention the Ukrainian parliamentary elections on October 28 and refused to be comment on a future fight with David Haye.

The British heavyweight was recently welcomed back into the WBC, seemingly paving way fro a 10million superfight with Vitali.

Still champion: Klitschko defended his WBC heavyweight title

Still champion: Klitschko defended his WBC heavyweight title

'I'm facing major tasks and not only in sports,' Klitschko said. 'I'll
fly to Kiev in the morning and will be fully occupied with preparations
for the parliamentary elections [in October] as the leader of the party.

'I'm 41 and I'm still boxing, but one cannot trick nature – I will have to hang my gloves on a nail soon.'