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Emile Heskey"s Australian club Newcastle Jets issued winding-up order

Heskey's Australian adventure in jeopardy as Newcastle Jets issued with winding up order

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UPDATED:

14:47 GMT, 14 December 2012


So soon Emile Heskey's time at the Newcastle Jets could be over

So soon Emile Heskey's time at the Newcastle Jets could be over

Emile Heskey faces an uncertain future after his Australian side the Newcastle Jets were issued with a winding-up order this week.

The Australian Taxation Office is chasing unpaid taxes of approximately 1.76million from Nathan Tinkler's Hunter Sports Group, which owns the Jets and NRL club the Newcastle Knights.

Heskey moved to the club in the summer which resulted in much fanfare, with many suggesting his move, and that of Alessandro del Piero to Sydney FC, would put the A-League on the map.

The former England international, 34, signed a one-year deal with the A-League club and has scored five goals in 11 appearances.

But federal court documents filed in Sydney on Wednesday revealed Australia's Deputy Commissioner of Taxation had applied for the winding-up order with a hearing date reportedly set for February 20.

In a statement on the Jets website they claimed the ATO would be paid in full before that date and that it remained 'business as usual'.

Despite that Football Federation Australia chief executive David Gallop has met with senior officials for Tinkler, a Singapore-based mining magnate, over the past two days to ensure the club's viability.

Happy days: Heskey was scoring at a decent rate in Australia but unforeseen circumstances could curtail his time there

Happy days: Heskey was scoring at a decent rate in Australia but unforeseen circumstances could curtail his time there

The Jets' tax bill is reportedly less than half of the total amount owing with Gallop hopeful a repayment schedule can be agreed.

'The FFA has been given assurances by Hunter Sports Group, owner and operator of the Newcastle Jets, that the club's operations will not be affected,' Gallop told The Australian.

It had been alleged some payment to the Knights players had been missed but members from the Jets, who suffered a fourth defeat in five games 3-0 at Perth Glory today, confirmed they have so far been paid in full.

Poster boys: Shinji Ono, Heskey, and Alessandro Del Piero

Poster boys: Shinji Ono, Heskey, and Alessandro Del Piero

'We've just got to go out there and do our best, and things will either work out or won't,' stand-in captain Ruben Zadkovich said.

'I don't think the Newcastle Jets are in any danger at the moment.'

Meanwhile Perth Glory owner Tony Sage has given up hope of luring David Beckham to Australia following a chance meeting with the former England captain in London this week.

Sage bumped into Beckham at the premier of the Spice Girls-inspired stage show 'Viva Forever' at London's O2 Arena and revealed he had been rebuffed when asked if a move Down Under was possible.

Viva Forever: David Beckham with his family at the launch of the musical based on the Spice Girls

Viva Forever: David Beckham with his family at the launch of the musical based on the Spice Girls

'I got the chance to chat to David, and of course I asked him about coming to Australia,' Sage, who was a guest of Spice Girl Mel B, told footballaustralia.com.au.

'He looked me in the eye and basically said, “That would be nice, but it's too far away from my businesses”.

'It would have been great to have him at Perth Glory, but it looks like that won't be happening. I just don't think he'll be coming to Australia, full stop.'

Triumphant days: Beckham enjoyed a successful time with LA Galaxy

Triumphant days: Beckham enjoyed a successful time with LA Galaxy

Beckham is looking for a new club after calling time on his five-year stay with the Los Angeles Galaxy last month.

Beckham's announcement came days after the Football Federation of Australia claimed it was in talks with the 37-year-old's representatives about the possibility of him signing a short-term deal to play in the A-League.

Despite those claims being almost immediately rubbished by Beckham and his agent, Sage and a number of Australian clubs had retained an interest in trying to sign the veteran midfielder.

Lee Westwood watches Golden Hoof win on his phone

Ryder Cup hero Westwood watches Golden Hoof win on debut at Kempton

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UPDATED:

19:47 GMT, 5 November 2012

Golfer Lee Westwood watched his Golden Hoof make a winning debut over hurdles at Kempton via his phone.

His manager Chubby Chandler, who part-owns the four-old-gelding trained by Nicky Henderson, said: ‘Lee’s out in Shanghai at the moment and was watching on his phone.

Debut win: Andrew Tinkler rides Golden Hoof to victory at Kempton

Debut win: Andrew Tinkler rides Golden Hoof to victory at Kempton

‘He (Golden Hoof) is a big baby. Nicky didn’t give us that much encouragement but everything turned out well. It’s terrific fun and we just enjoy the day out.’

Golden Hoof, sent off at 7-2, cruised through much of the race under jockey Andrew Tinkler before scooting clear to beat Rysbrack four and half lengths.

The big disappointment of the race was smart Flat performer Ransom Note who jumped sloppily throughout and eventually finished a well beaten seventh.

Richard Lee praying for more rain at Sandown

Trainer Lee praying for more rain but Hannon is downcast

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UPDATED:

16:31 GMT, 26 April 2012

Drenched Britain is on course for the
wettest April on record but trainer Richard Lee is praying for even more
rain at Sandown for his Bet365 Chase favourite Le Beau Bai.

Lee fears that it the ground will
not be testing enough for his Welsh National winning mudlark who is the
6-1 favourite for Saturday's chase.

Soft option: Trainer Richard Lee

Soft option: Trainer Richard Lee

The two-day mixed fixture opens on Friday with a Flat programme on heavy ground but the chase course is only good to soft, soft in places.

Lee added: 'It is not as soft as some people think at Sandown so we are hoping for more rain. He is not well handicapped but the going is what really matters for this horse.'

Le Beau Bai, who was pulled out of the Grand National when the ground dried up, will be ridden for the first time by Jamie Moore because normal jockey Charlie Poste is suspended.

Meanwhile, connections of Richard Hannon-trained Dubawi Gold have warned they will pull out of their clash with Dermot Weld's Famous Name in the Bet365 Mile if conditions are too extreme.

Hannon has won six of the last eight running of the group two contest and his colt makes his British comeback after an abortive trip to Dubai where he had to be pulled out of the Dubai Duty Free won by Cityscape after kicking out in the starting stalls and skinning his leg.

Tim Jones, racing manager to owner Andrew Tinkler, said: 'We are just hoping the ground will be bearable. None of the horses in the race will have experienced ground like it. If it looks absolutely atrocious by race time there is a chance we won't run. There is no point ripping the heart out of him at this stage of the season.'