Manchester United: Solskjær is still in a job due to Woodward’s reluctance to fire him

An interesting dynamic, which has not been explored during the crisis at Manchester United, has been the impact of Executive Vice President Ed Woodwards’ impending departure from Old Trafford.

While many outsiders stood back and scratched their heads over the lack of firing of Ole Gunnar Solskjær after last week’s 5-0 match against Liverpool, some insiders believe that Woodward will be reluctant to part with the Norwegian before he leaves, as it would give a damning last comment on its time in charge.

Man United's reluctance to part with Ole Gunnar Solskjær is due to Ed Woodward

Man United’s reluctance to part with Ole Gunnar Solskjær is due to Ed Woodward

Fun and games at Wembley. Recently, the Football Association told staff that they would return to the office two days a week. Presumably, they did not count on the recent hiccups at the unsuitable national stadium.

Earlier this month, a number of employees had to go home due to electrical problems, and last week plumbing problems surfaced.

An FA spokesman said maintenance work on the water tank was put on hold until Friday – as it is a quieter day for the office – and those who were going in were asked to work from home instead.

Surprisingly, no British television station has yet recorded the rights to the January Africa Cup of Nations. The 2021 tournament, hosted by Cameroon, has been rescheduled due to the pandemic and is due to run from 9 January to 6 February.

Despite the tournament wanting to see world stars Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane, Riyad Mahrez and Pierre Emerick Aubameyang in action, Premier League fans may not be able to see their favorite players. Eurosport, which has normally screened the competition, decided not to take up the rights after the last tournament in 2019.

Newcastle’s new regime has reached out to agents who have a large number of academy players on their books. It is believed that one of the first areas identified for improvement – apart from the obvious – is the youth lineup in St James’ Park.

In line with the theme, Sportsmail revealed last week that the Magpies were to move for Sunderland Under 23 boss Elliott Dickman.

The release of the media Playbook for the Winter Olympics is in order, but the International Olympic Committee may want to go before they can run.

Currently, there are ZERO flights available from the UK to China, which means that unless centralized agreements arise, it will be difficult to get there at all, let alone comply with the rules of the Playbook. The British Olympic Federation is looking at all possibilities.

It is safe to say that not everyone welcomed Megan Thee Stallion and her bespoke black cat costume at the US Grand Prix in Austin, Texas. The American rapper came through the net in an eye-catching outfit that had an ad for the mobile payment service Cash App and was unable to answer basic questions from Martin Brundle before security grossly interrupted him.

F1 bosses shudder at her breach of the ‘no sponsor’ rule, while it can also be revealed that she traveled five minutes after the race started and she did nothing to suggest she was there for any reason other than joining one of its partners.

Not everyone welcomed Megan Thee Stallion's performance at the US Grand Prix

Not everyone welcomed Megan Thee Stallion’s performance at the US Grand Prix

Much anger north of the border over Sky’s lack of coverage of the Scottish Premier League. On Wednesday night, Rangers hosted Aberdeen, while Celtic traveled to the Hibs in two of the competition’s strongest rivals.

In fact, the Ibrox clash gained extra significance after the death of Rangers legend Walter Smith. None of the matches were shown on Sky, which took sole control of the rights last season. Some believe that the TV company is only interested in the Old Firm battles, while others have wondered if the deal is an example of what is known in the industry as ‘stock’, which takes the rights to a competition to prevent a competitor in screening it.

Sky, who showed 41 out of 48 possible matches last year, says they have a maximum subsidy on home matches and must ensure they have a remaining balance for the title innings and relegation.

They added that the matches were up against ‘premium’ midweek Carabao Cup games and they will show three midweek matches in three days at the end of November and the beginning of December.

Sky did not show Rangers clash with Aberdeen, despite being exclusive rights holders

Sky did not show Rangers clash with Aberdeen, despite being exclusive rights holders

Walter Smith’s death hit many hard, and tributes poured in for a man who seems to be universally liked. An emotional Ally McCoist, Smiths former Rangers striker, praised his ex-boss in a talkative way he described as ‘another father’ on talkSPORT. Clearly affected by the loss, McCoist took time off the following morning.

Last week, the FA announced Starling Bank as a national partner for UEFA Women’s Euro 2022. The bank will apparently ‘demonstrate its commitment to health and well-being, empowerment and equality’.

Let’s hope that the so-called commitment is somewhat firmer than it was shown to our British Olympians, as Starling Bank was the only sponsor to withdraw from their deal with Team GB when the pandemic caused the Tokyo 2020 Olympics to become postponed by one year.

While journalists are still unable to attend face-to-face press conferences at Premier League matches, the rules have been relaxed to give the host broadcaster access to the tunnel to conduct interviews. Previously, players and managers had been talked to on the pitchside, which created some challenges.

Sportsmail reported how Sky Sports allowed Spurs boss Nuno Espirito Santo to give up his post-match North London derby interview after receiving X-rated abuse from supporters.

Nuno Espirito Santo had to give up his interview after the match after the North London derby

Nuno Espirito Santo had to give up his interview after the match after the North London derby

A statue in honor of a footballer who should have been the first black man to play for England is now a reality, after a crowdfunding campaign sailed past his £ 100,000 goal.

Plymouth Argyle legend Jack Leslie was selected to England in 1925 and got the news from his manager. However, he never joined the squad – the story is that FA board members withdrew the invitation when they realized the color of his skin.

Fans from across the game have raised a staggering £ 140,000 with an artist now tasked with designing a statue that will be located outside the Home Park. One hopes for a revelation at the end of the season.


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