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Idiot! What Zara Phillips told Mike Tindall when he bought 12k horse at auction (but it"s now a winner and worth 200k)

Idiot! What Zara Phillips told Mike Tindall when he bought 12k horse at auction (but it's now a winner and worth 200k)
Rugby player Mike Tindall bid for racehorse he knew nothing aboutHe did not intend to win the animal at auction with his low bids of 10,000 and 12,000The horse went on to win the Welsh Grand National and a hefty 200k pricetag

By
Mail On Sunday Reporter

PUBLISHED:

22:42 GMT, 19 January 2013

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UPDATED:

01:22 GMT, 20 January 2013

Zara Phillips branded her husband Mike Tindall an ‘idiot’ when he splashed out 12,000 at auction on a racehorse he knew absolutely nothing about.

But the Queen’s granddaughter has been forced to eat her words after Monbeg Dude emerged victorious at the Welsh Grand National – and his value raced to the 200,000 mark.

The former England rugby star explained: ‘I like to bid at auctions without meaning to actually win things. I only went for a bite to eat and a night out. No horse had gone for less than 28,000 so I thought my first bid of 10,000 was pretty safe, likewise when I upped it to 12,000.

Proud: Owners Mike Tindall and Mike Scudamore with their racehorse Monbeg Duke, now worth 200k after an initial 12 pricetag

Proud: Owners Mike Tindall and Mike Scudamore with their racehorse Monbeg Duke, now worth 200k after an initial 12k pricetag

‘I knew nothing about the horse, hadn’t checked the brochure and couldn’t even see the Dude, as I was sitting with my back to the sale ring.’

Fortunately for Tindall, Michael Scudamore – son of champion jockey Peter – and fellow rugby players James Simpson-Daniel and Nicky Robinson agreed to share the burden of the cost.

Scudamore had to make a 30-minute drive from the sale room to his home in Cheltenham so he could pick up a lorry to transport the impromptu purchase.

Athlete: Zara Phillips is known for her prowess in the equestrian field

Athlete: Zara Phillips is known for her prowess in the equestrian field

He said: ‘I drove home, collected the
lorry, drove back to Cheltenham, picked up the Dude and took him back to
the yard. It was past one in the morning before we were done.’

Scudamore admits he didn’t have high hopes for the horse at the Welsh Grand National at Chepstow two weeks ago.

‘I just felt the ground would be too soft, that the course was too demanding and the opposition too experienced,’ he said.

After the success, Dude is believed to be worth 200,000 but Tindall and his friends insist they have no plans to sell him.

Tindall said: ‘Zara will take Monbeg Dude over showjumping poles at home and improve his technique.’

His next racing outing could be at the Cheltenham Gold Cup in March.

Tindall said: ‘The soft ground and the undulating course suits Dude well.’

He added: ‘The whole thing is ridiculous. We’re beginning to dream that we might one day do even better than the Welsh Grand National.

‘And it’s all because people didn’t turn up to a sales night and I took their place with no plans to end the evening as an owner with a horse I knew nothing about, or even saw. You couldn’t make it up, could you’ he laughed.

Happy couple: Zara Phillips called her husband an idiot for buying a racehorse without knowing anything it, but now has to eat her words

Happy couple: Zara Phillips called her husband Mike Tindall an idiot for buying a
racehorse without knowing anything it, but now has to eat her words

Nottingham Forest have sacked Frank Clark, Mark Arthur and Keith Burt

Ruthless Forest owners wield axe with long-serving Clark shown exit alongside Arthur and Burt

By
Paul Collins

PUBLISHED:

19:45 GMT, 17 January 2013

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UPDATED:

20:23 GMT, 17 January 2013

Nottingham Forest have sacked chief executive Mark Arthur, director of recruitment Keith Burt and club ambassador Frank Clark from their roles at the club.

Clark featured in Forest's 1979 European Cup-winning side during his four years as a player, and then returned to manage at the City Ground in 1993.

In 2011 he was appointed chairman of the club, and he has described the decision to get rid of him as 'a real shock.'

Frank Clark (right) had spent many years involved with Nottingham Forest

Shocked: Frank Clark (right) had spent many years involved with Nottingham Forest

Burt ends a seven-year association with the Championship outfit, having played a key role in Sean O'Driscoll's extensive summer recruitment drive.

O'Driscoll was dismissed as manager following Forest's 4-2 Boxing Day victory over Leeds, making way for Alex McLeish.

When contacted to confirm reports of his exit, Clark said: 'Yes that's true, yes. I don't want to say any more about it, for obvious reasons, but that is true.

'It's a shock, it's certainly a shock. Right out of the blue – a real shock.'

Forest have had a big clear-out since sacking Sean O'Driscoll

Wholesale changes: Forest have had a big clear-out since sacking Sean O'Driscoll

James Anderson: I"ll turn down IPL millions to stay fresh for the Ashes

Anderson: I'll turn down IPL millions to stay fresh for the Ashes

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UPDATED:

22:27 GMT, 22 December 2012

James Anderson will turn his back on Indian Premier League riches in a bid to add significantly to his record haul of international wickets for England – and other leading players could follow suit.

IPL commissioner Rajiv Shukla suggested last week that England's 2-1 Test series victory on the subcontinent must have caught the imagination of franchise owners, with Anderson lined up for a massive payday.

Shaping up: Playing for England is now James Anderson's priority

Shaping up: Playing for England
is now James Anderson's priority

India captain MS Dhoni added another nought or two to Anderson's worth by nominating the 30-year-old as the difference between the teams in the Test series.

However, the Lancashire fast bowler, who could probably have earned more than 500,000 for two months' work, has placed a premium on international appearances in 2013. It is a year that starts with him being rested from the one-day series in India and concludes with back-to-back Ashes campaigns.

'I won't be putting my name forward,' said Anderson, who equalled Sir Ian Botham's record 528 victims in an England shirt during his man-of-the-match performance in the draw in Nagpur last week.

'We've got a huge 12 months ahead of us and, as appealing as the IPL is, I don't think this year is an appropriate time to go.'

The appeal of the IPL is based on the eye-watering sums the teams are prepared to fork out for premier performers. Kevin Pietersen earned 750,000 in a month with the Delhi Daredevils this year while Stuart Broad was valued at 250,000 by King's XI Punjab.

Dale Steyn netted just under 1million – proving that top-class pacemen are worth their weight in gold in a competiton dominated by big-hitters and all-rounders.

But Anderson will not be budged. He entered the auction 12 months ago with an asking price of 250,000, and even though there were no buyers then, his stock has risen during England's successful tour of India.

James Anderson of England celebrates the wicket of Sachin Tendulkar

He said: 'People have said our profiles have never been bigger and this might be our chance, but I just don't feel it is the right thing to do. England is my priority and I want to be in the best shape I possibly can for the series ahead. I would rather concentrate on keeping fresh and fit for the challenges that lie ahead for us as an international team.

'We've got Test and one-day series in New Zealand and it would mean going straight from there to the IPL, then straight back into another home series against New Zealand. Then there is the Champions Trophy leading into the Ashes, so there isn't much respite. During this big 12 months I want to be involved as much as I possibly can be.

'Hopefully, in the future, that IPL opportunity will still be there because I would relish the chance to take part at a later date.'

Next year's IPL is scheduled to begin on April 3 – a week after England finish their tour of New Zealand – and runs until May 26. Centrally contracted players are permitted to feature for a three-week block, but only Pietersen and Eoin Morgan are on existing deals – with Delhi Daredevils and Kolkata Knight Riders respectively.

Those wanting their names to go forward for the January auction must notify their intentions within the next week, but Graeme Swann is thought to be among those who will put recuperation before rupees.

In Anderson's case, the chance to showcase himself as a limited-overs bowler in Asia has been removed once more. Last winter, he was 'rested' from the 5-0 one-day whitewashing by India. He will now not return in any capacity after Christmas, having originally been scheduled to play three of five matches.

'I do want to play one-day cricket and I don't like missing any games for England, but with how my body feels, a rest is probably the right decision,' said Anderson.

'After eight weeks on the subcontinent, getting through the volume of work that is required in a Test series over there, there is going to be some wear and tear on the body.

'There is nothing majorly wrong with me; I am just physically tired after a tour like that. One of the reasons I enjoyed it so much is that I feel I proved to a few people, and to myself – which is the most important thing – that I can bowl out there.

'I knew taking wickets was going to be difficult, especially after the first two matches, when I only had two to my name, so it was pleasing to reach the levels I did. I have standards that I want to keep no matter where I am playing or who I am playing against.'

Anderson's contribution to his 13th series win of the 26 he has appeared in as a Test cricketer was a dozen wickets at 30 apiece, and upping that number of victory celebrations will be at the forefront of his mind this Christmas. 'We know exactly what we want to achieve: to win back-to-back Ashes in Australia would be incredible for an England team. Having experienced it last time, it is definitely something I have an appetite for,' said the seam bowler.

'Personal landmarks are really nice, but the things I will definitely remember for ever are the moments I shared with my mates in the dressing room.

'After our win in Mumbai recently, we stayed for about four hours, chatting and listening to music. It felt euphoric having a beer after that game, as it did having a beer on the outfield at Sydney.

'Those times outweigh any of our own personal achievements.'

Premier League chairman come closer to implementing financial control rules

Financial control rules to curb football's lavish spending move closer

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UPDATED:

18:29 GMT, 18 December 2012


Money men: Manchester City owner Sheikh Mansour and the rest of the Premier League chiefs may soon be adhering to new rules

Money men: Manchester City owner Sheikh Mansour and the rest of the Premier League chiefs may soon be adhering to new rules

English Premier League clubs have moved a step closer to voting on financial controls designed to prevent a new influx of television money from being blown on increased player wages.

Leaders of the 20 clubs who met in London on Tuesday have asked the Premier League to work on two proposals to ensure that the world’s richest league remains financially stable.

The first would be modelled on UEFA’s Financial Fair Play (FFP) system and would require clubs to move towards breakeven, while the second would place an annual limit on the how much salaries could increase.

The support of 14 clubs would be needed for any proposal to be adopted.

The Premier League is set for a big increase in television revenues from next season when BSkyB and BT will pay a billion pounds ($1.6 billion) per season for domestic TV rights, in a new three-year deal worth 70 percent more than the current one.

Sales of overseas rights are expected to bring in up to two billion pounds over the next three years.

Wages use up around 70 percent of revenues at Premier League clubs, leaving very little profit for many of them.

Struggle: High wages take up around 70 per cent of revenues at clubs

Struggle: High wages take up around 70 per cent of revenues at clubs

Manchester City last week reported a net loss of almost 100 million pounds in 2011-12 despite winning the top-flight title for the first time in 44 years.

Clubs like City and Chelsea, who won the Champions League last May, have fabulously wealthy owners who have spent hundreds of millions of pounds on building successful teams.

UEFA’s FFP rules mean clubs have to curb their losses or risk exclusion from top European club competitions from 2014-15.

Details of sanctions for breaking any new Premier League curbs have yet to be worked out but current thinking is they should focus on measures like transfer embargoes, rather than points deductions.

Roberto Mancini: Manchester City wanted Fernando Torres but 50m price tag was too high

Mancini: We wanted Torres but the 50m price tag was too high

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UPDATED:

00:05 GMT, 25 November 2012

Roberto Mancini has revealed he wanted to sign Fernando Torres – but pulled out because the price was too high.

The Manchester City manager chased Torres when the Spaniard was
regarded as one of the world's top strikers and looking to leave
Liverpool in January 2011.

Just the ticket: Roberto Mancini and his players wait at Stockport station for train to London on Saturday

Just the ticket: Roberto Mancini and his players wait at Stockport station for train to London on Saturday

Roberto Mancini

Roberto Mancini

Made in Italy: Mancini catches the eye in his natty hat and City scarf

But when the figures quoted were regarded as too high even for City's ultra-wealthy owners from Abu Dhabi, Mancini opted to sign Edin Dzeko from Wolfsburg for 27million, just over half the record 50m Chelsea ended up paying for Torres in the same transfer window.

Mancini's revelation adds an intriguing twist to this afternoon's game at Stamford Bridge when Chelsea will be led out for the first time by Rafa Benitez and City defend the last remaining unbeaten league record in England this season.

Mancini said: 'We were interested in Torres two years ago. There was a moment when we had a chance but the price was too high and we decided on other players. Now he's at Chelsea.

'We had four or five strikers in mind but, in the end, we signed Edin. We talked about this player [Torres] but we were probably missing a player with different qualities like Edin. He's strong in the air and is different from Fernando.

Target man: Man City wanted Fernando Torres

Target man: Man City wanted Fernando Torres

'I still think Torres is a good player. Every striker can have a difficult moment, but for me he is always dangerous.'

Torres has scored just once in his past eight games for Chelsea and managed only 19 goals in 87 appearances overall since his record transfer to Stamford Bridge.

One of the reasons Benitez has been hired by Roman Abramovich following the sacking of Roberto Di Matteo is to get his former Liverpool striker firing again like he did at Anfield.

Mancini warned: 'Fernando had a problem after Liverpool, but he's scored important goals for Chelsea and he won the Champions League with them.'

Roman Abramovich and Glazers aiming to stop footballers earning mega money

EXCLUSIVE: Millionaire owners plot new rule to stop players and agents pocketing profits from 5bn TV deal

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UPDATED:

10:19 GMT, 4 November 2012

Premier League owners, including Roman Abramovich and the Glazer family, are close to agreeing a crackdown on players’ wages.

Talks have already taken place between all 20 top-flight clubs about introducing their own version of financial fairplay and a formal outline could be agreed later this month when Premier League chairmen meet in London on November 15.

There is a growing desire among the Premier League’s international owners to keep a big slice of what could be 5billion from the new television deals that start next year, rather than see it all go to players and their agents.

On board: Big names like Roman Abramovich are close to agreeing a dealOn board: Big names like Roman Abramovich are close to agreeing a deal

On board: Big names like Roman Abramovich are close to agreeing a deal

They are about to agree new rules on ‘wage restraint’, prohibiting clubs from increasing their wage bill by more than five per cent annually. Clubs spent 1.5bn on wages in 2010-11, 69 per cent of their income, and they had debts of 2.4bn, more than the amount they brought in.

Among the more radical proposals is that member clubs should be made to break even, something that even UEFA’s fairplay rules do not insist on. And West Ham chairman David Gold wants a points deduction for those whose debt exceeds a certain level of turnover.

Significantly, there is a will among even the richest owners — Abramovich at Chelsea and Sheik Mansour at Manchester City — to stop making huge losses. And the new breed of American owners — John W Henry (Liverpool), Ellis Short (Sunderland), Stan Kroenke (Arsenal), the Glazers (Manchester United) and Randy Lerner (Aston Villa) — are desperate to see a return on their investment.

Premier League clubs made cumulative losses of 361million, according to figures for 2010-11, with City (197m), Chelsea (68m), and Liverpool (49m), most in the red.

Listening: The Glazer family want a return on their investment

Listening: The Glazer family want a return on their investment

An historic agreement by clubs would mark the end of escalating salaries enjoyed by elite players since the Premier League began in 1992. And that would be welcomed by ordinary fans who feel the gravy train has created a generation of stars who are out of touch.

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Potential: Manchester city owner Sheikh Mansour (centre) and his fellow owners could be part of a historic deal

Executives from all top-flight clubs met in September in three regional meetings. But the get-together in 11 days is the first real chance for formal progress.

Fourteen of the 20 clubs have to agree to a new rule and it is believed only Fulham are explicitly against any form of financial fairplay, with chairman Mohamed Fayed worried the restrictions would deter a potential buyer in the future.

UEFA FFP rules allow clubs to make losses of €45m over three years. Many would like it to be compulsory for clubs to break even but a compromise might have to be reached.

Clubs like City, who have invested hugely since a takeover in 2008, would be given time to meet requirements and newly-promoted clubs would also be given dispensation on the five-per-cent wage rule.

With negotiations at a delicate stage, most chairmen are reluctant to go into too much detail, but West Ham’s Gold was candid for the website, Huffington Post.

Regulation: David Gold spoke candidly

Regulation: David Gold spoke candidly

‘We need to regulate spending, reduce debt and ensure profit — and quickly,’ he said. ‘We have to stop clubs running up debt or we’ll have an even more desperate situation. We can’t have clubs running with large percentage of debt against their turnover.

‘The lower leagues have implemented new regulation, and the Premier League must do the same.

‘I would propose that there is a robust and clear debt cap — enforced by a transfer ban on incoming players or a points deduction.

‘Of the bottom 12 clubs in the PL most will lose money and three will be relegated. But with proper governance, those 12 clubs, including the three to be relegated, could make 100m. It’s infinitely more desirable to get relegated having made 10m than having lost 10m.’

Wise Dan powers to Mile victory with Excelebration finishing fourth

Wise Dan powers to Mile victory with Excelebration claiming fourth place

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UPDATED:

01:06 GMT, 4 November 2012

Excelebration proved no match for US ace Wise Dan in The Mile as the Aidan O’Brien-trained colt could only finish fourth under Joseph O’Brien.

America’s top rated horse broke the Santa Anita track record with a time of 1.31.78 as he beat Animal Kingdom by a length and a half with third-placed Obviously holding off Excelebration by a nose.

Excelebration would have had a near perfect record if he had not run into Frankel in Europe.

Running free: Wise Dan heads for glory

Running free: Wise Dan heads for glory

But he was unable to add to his career-best victory in Ascot’s Queen Elizabeth II Stakes on October 20 in what is expected to be his last run.

O’Brien said: ‘It is only 13 days after Ascot but that might have taken the edge off him but we had to have a go. It has not been a bad day.’

Earlier O’Brien had won the Juvenile Turf with Ryan Moore-ridden George Vancouver.

His Coolmore Stud owners also had a half share in Todd Pletcher’s Juvenile winner Shanghai Bobby, whose rider Rosie Napravnik is only th second female jockey to win a Breeders' Cup race.

The feature $5million Classic, run without European representation, was won by Ian Wilkes-trained Fort Larned after the Brian Hernandez jnr ridden colt came out on top in fierce home-stretch battle with Mucho Macho Man.

Premier League owners hatch plot to stop footballers earning mega money, including Roman Abramovic and Glazer family

EXCLUSIVE: Millionaire owners plot new rule to stop players and agents pocketing profits from 5bn TV deal

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UPDATED:

22:30 GMT, 3 November 2012

Premier League owners, including Roman Abramovich and the Glazer family, are close to agreeing a crackdown on players’ wages.

Talks have already taken place between all 20 top-flight clubs about introducing their own version of financial fairplay and a formal outline could be agreed later this month when Premier League chairmen meet in London on November 15.

There is a growing desire among the Premier League’s international owners to keep a big slice of what could be 5billion from the new television deals that start next year, rather than see it all go to players and their agents.

On board: Big names like Roman Abramovich are close to agreeing a dealOn board: Big names like Roman Abramovich are close to agreeing a deal

On board: Big names like Roman Abramovich are close to agreeing a deal

They are about to agree new rules on ‘wage restraint’, prohibiting clubs from increasing their wage bill by more than five per cent annually. Clubs spent 1.5bn on wages in 2010-11, 69 per cent of their income, and they had debts of 2.4bn, more than the amount they brought in.

Among the more radical proposals is that member clubs should be made to break even, something that even UEFA’s fairplay rules do not insist on. And West Ham chairman David Gold wants a points deduction for those whose debt exceeds a certain level of turnover.

Significantly, there is a will among even the richest owners — Abramovich at Chelsea and Sheik Mansour at Manchester City — to stop making huge losses. And the new breed of American owners — John W Henry (Liverpool), Ellis Short (Sunderland), Stan Kroenke (Arsenal), the Glazers (Manchester United) and Randy Lerner (Aston Villa) — are desperate to see a return on their investment.

Premier League clubs made cumulative losses of 361million, according to figures for 2010-11, with City (197m), Chelsea (68m), and Liverpool (49m), most in the red.

Listening: The Glazer family want a return on their investment

Listening: The Glazer family want a return on their investment

An historic agreement by clubs would mark the end of escalating salaries enjoyed by elite players since the Premier League began in 1992. And that would be welcomed by ordinary fans who feel the gravy train has created a generation of stars who are out of touch.

/11/03/article-0-01C5982600000514-699_468x286.jpg” width=”468″ height=”286″ alt=”Potential: Manchester city owner Sheikh Mansour (centre) and his fellow owners could be part of a historic deal” class=”blkBorder” />

Potential: Manchester city owner Sheikh Mansour (centre) and his fellow owners could be part of a historic deal

Executives from all top-flight clubs met in September in three regional meetings. But the get-together in 11 days is the first real chance for formal progress.

Fourteen of the 20 clubs have to agree to a new rule and it is believed only Fulham are explicitly against any form of financial fairplay, with chairman Mohamed Fayed worried the restrictions would deter a potential buyer in the future.

UEFA FFP rules allow clubs to make losses of €45m over three years. Many would like it to be compulsory for clubs to break even but a compromise might have to be reached.

Clubs like City, who have invested hugely since a takeover in 2008, would be given time to meet requirements and newly-promoted clubs would also be given dispensation on the five-per-cent wage rule.

With negotiations at a delicate stage, most chairmen are reluctant to go into too much detail, but West Ham’s Gold was candid for the website, Huffington Post.

Regulation: David Gold spoke candidly

Regulation: David Gold spoke candidly

‘We need to regulate spending, reduce debt and ensure profit — and quickly,’ he said. ‘We have to stop clubs running up debt or we’ll have an even more desperate situation. We can’t have clubs running with large percentage of debt against their turnover.

‘The lower leagues have implemented new regulation, and the Premier League must do the same.

‘I would propose that there is a robust and clear debt cap — enforced by a transfer ban on incoming players or a points deduction.

‘Of the bottom 12 clubs in the PL most will lose money and three will be relegated. But with proper governance, those 12 clubs, including the three to be relegated, could make 100m. It’s infinitely more desirable to get relegated having made 10m than having lost 10m.’

Arsene Wenger says no to Rugby World Cup at Emirates Stadium: CHARLES SALE

Wenger sends rugby men packing as Arsenal boss vetoes World Cup use of Emirates

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UPDATED:

21:30 GMT, 17 September 2012

Arsene Wenger, famous for his selective vision when Arsenal are at fault, can’t see any point of 2015 Rugby World Cup matches being staged at the Emirates Stadium.

Wenger is understood to have been the Premier League manager most opposed to hosting games in a tournament that will use big football grounds to reach the target of selling 2.9million tickets and bringing in 100m.

The Emirates was on the first list of potential venues but Wenger was adamant he didn’t want to risk damaging the pristine Arsenal pitch or affecting their fixture schedule whatever the financial benefits to the club.

Home for football: Arsene Wenger doesn't want rugby at Emirates Stadium

Home for football: Arsene Wenger doesn't want rugby at Emirates Stadium

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson might have been expected to have been just as protective of Old Trafford. But he is believed to be more sanguine on the issue because of the input of trusted Twickenham groundsman Keith Kent, who was previously at United.

Liverpool City Council were enthusiastic about Anfield being one of the 2015 grounds, but the Fenway Sports Group, owners of the club, are not keen on being involved.

The Olympic Stadium has taken the Emirates’ place as one of the three prospective London venues along with Twickenham and Wembley.

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Refreshments

Andy Cosslett, hardman chairman of the 2015 Rugby World Cup organisers, is remarkably open for an RFU powerbroker in explaining why he replaced his chief executive Paul Vaughan with LOCOG director of sport Debbie Jevans when the project was on schedule.

Cosslett, chief executive of Fitness First who ominously for 2015 executives likes to ‘refresh management when necessary’, says: ‘Debbie brings new value to the team that Paul wasn’t in a position to do.’

Lucky charms

There has been speculation that the turquoise bracelet worn by Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas as he celebrated his team’s first Premier League win of the season at Reading may be some kind of jade gemstone with spiritual meaning and chakra balancing energy power – ‘the ultimate symbol of calm and serenity’.

As it turns out, the good-luck charm was a gift from his daughters.

Phase One

Spurs, who would have been the subject of nationwide anger had they gone ahead with their proposal to bulldoze the now iconic Olympic Stadium, will instead start building work in the next fortnight on their alternative Northumberland Development Project.

The first phase of the new stadium, appropriately situated in Tottenham rather than Stratford, begins with the construction of a 72,000 sq ft Sainsbury’s supermarket that will help fund the building of the venue and create 250 jobs.

Lewis swerves Jordan

Lewis Hamilton, who is deliberating whether to stay with McLaren or join Mercedes, certainly made up his mind to snub BBC pundit Eddie Jordan at the Monza Grand Prix.

Swerve: Lewis Hamilton chose to avoid a meeting with Eddie Jordan

Swerve: Lewis Hamilton chose to avoid a meeting with Eddie Jordan

Jordan, who first suggested Hamilton might be on his way to Mercedes, was waiting with Beeb colleagues Jake Humphrey and David Coulthard to have a word with Hamilton after his race victory.

But the driver sidestepped the trio when he saw Jordan, who still enjoys full access to the McLaren motorhome at races.

Humphrey, meanwhile, is understood to have been first tempted by BT Vision’s lucrative offer to host their Premier League football coverage next season – to be announced on Tuesday – because it will mean a lot less travelling when his wife Harriet is expecting their first child.

Lee McKenzie, who stood in for Humphrey during Euro 2012, is sure to be on the shortlist to be his permanent replacement.

Good relationships

The super-close relationship between FA chairman David Bernstein and England manager Roy Hodgson is being used as one of the main reasons why Bernstein should be allowed to extend his time in office past his 70th birthday next May to the end of England’s 2014 World Cup campaign, at least.

And 60-somethings Bernstein and Hodgson aren’t just joined at the hip during England weeks. With the ‘Keep Bernstein’ campaign gathering momentum, they were sitting next to each other at the QPR v Chelsea match last Saturday.

Neil Warnock wants Paddy Kenny and Luke Varney for Leeds

Warnock targets Kenny and Varney after agreeing to stay at Leeds

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UPDATED:

21:31 GMT, 2 July 2012

Neil Warnock will look to complete swoops for Paddy Kenny and Luke Varney this week after agreeing to stay at Leeds.

The future of the veteran manager had been unclear after he was forced to put his transfer plans on hold while the club continued negotiations over fresh investment.

Your move: Paddy Kenny could be set for a switch to Championship Leeds

Your move: Paddy Kenny could be set for a switch to Championship Leeds

The former Queens Park Rangers boss missed out on signing Portsmouth defender Joel Ward as the club resolved issues of financing.

Alerted to the uncertainty over his future, Warnock became a target for new Nottingham Forest owners, the Al-Hasawi family, who are close to completing their takeover at the City Ground.

In the market: Neil Warnock is on the lookout for new signings

In the market: Neil Warnock is on the lookout for new signings

But the 63-year-old has pledged his immediate future to the Elland Road club after being told he will be given money to strengthen his squad this summer.

Warnock will make QPR keeper Kenny his first new signing in the next few days and open talks with Pompey striker Varney.