SPORTING AGENDA: Manchester United hire project manager for much-needed Carrington overhaul

Manchester United have hired a project manager to oversee the overhaul of their training center in Carrington.

The club are also set to appoint preferred partners for the redevelopment of Old Trafford.

United met with companies across a wide range of disciplines, including architecture, engineering, crowd modeling and transportation.

Meanwhile, the club has issued 1,000 tout-related penalties since the start of the season as part of a crackdown on those trying to sell tickets for big profits.

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Manchester United have hired a project manager to oversee their academy overhaul

The club met with companies in a wide range of disciplines as part of their project

The club met with companies in a wide range of disciplines as part of their project

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When Burnley’s new striker Wout Weghorst said his childhood dream was to play in the Premier League after his transfer, perhaps the most cynical observers rolled their eyes.

However, it looks like the Dutchman wasn’t just trying to score a few points.

Following Burnley’s 3-0 win at Brighton last month when he scored his first goal for the club, the target man’s reps contacted a number of newspapers asking for clippings of match reports to be included in the 29-year-old’s album.

Burnley striker Wout Weghorst scored his first goal for the club in the 3-0 win over Brighton

Striker Wout Weghorst scored his first goal for Burnley in the 3-0 win over Brighton

Palmer fury at the golf club

Carlton Palmer tangled straight away at his local golf club after his candidacy for membership was unanimously rejected.

The former Sheffield Wednesday and England midfielder tried to join 127-year-old popular club Abbeydale after being named and backed by ex-footballers.

However, a number of members were unimpressed and expressed concerns about his conduct, including stories previously reported by the press.

As a result, Palmer, 56, was denied membership and denounced what he describes as an “archaic” process.

Former England midfielder Carlton Palmer (above) was snubbed by his local golf club

Former England midfielder Carlton Palmer (above) was snubbed by his local golf club

Chelsea can accommodate the media

The government gave Chelsea and Roman Abramovich just a minute’s notice before announcing the oligarch had been sanctioned on Thursday.

Meanwhile, some of the license terms – which seem to defeat the purpose of making any sale more difficult – have left some rubbing their heads and others rubbing their stomachs.

The latter was the case at Stamford Bridge yesterday, when members of the press kit who feared media spread – one of the top flight’s best – would no longer be happy to see the usual pre-match fare. It turned out that Chelsea had prepaid the caterers for the whole season.

Kit Man’s joke brings a smile

It was hardly a laugh, but some smiles were raised when a misunderstanding followed mobile network Three’s decision to suspend their Chelsea shirt sponsorship, hours before they were due to face Norwich.

A reporter tweeted that there was ‘a kit man in Norwich now heading to Sports Direct to buy 20 plain blue football tops’, only to find other outlets then started reporting the ‘development “like real news.

The journalist had to clarify that the message was a joke.

Chelsea had three on their Norwich game shirts despite sponsorship deal suspension

Chelsea had three on their Norwich game shirts despite sponsorship deal suspension

Support call barring

UK cycling president Frank Slevin has been contacted by his Belgian, Swedish, Dutch and Norwegian counterparts – each offering support for his position – after calling for a ban on competitors from Russia and Belarus.

Slevin also wants the representatives of Russia and Belarus to be suspended from their functions within the management and organization committees within the Union Européenne de Cyclisme and the Union Cycliste Internationale.

Ramsey beefs up security

Aaron Ramsey is stepping up security at his £5million home in Wales with plans for a new boundary gate and pillars after a series of burglaries at footballers’ homes.

The Rangers star’s luxurious five-bedroom pad on loan includes a reading room, billiards room and helicopter landing pad.

Four years ago he received the green light from planners for a 15m x 37m swimming pool enclosure including a plunge pool and steam room.

Council officials are expected to make a decision on the new gate next month and there have been no objections so far.

Rangers midfielder on loan Aaron Ramsey tightens security at his £5million home in Wales

Rangers midfielder on loan Aaron Ramsey tightens security at his £5million home in Wales

Clarkson fires back

F1 host Tom Clarkson was left in a bit of a panic when seconds before the team principals’ press conference went live, mischievous Red Bull supremo Christian Horner tore up his script.

Clarkson responded by throwing the first question at Horner about their arch-rival Mercedes car and asking if he thought it was legal.

Yorkshire sets third EGM date

Yorkshire is scrambling to find contact details for all of its honorary life members – including Sachin Tendulkar – to finally hold their long-awaited EGM.

Last week, this column reported how the troubled county slammed members for spreading unfounded rumors ahead of what promises to be a turbulent high in the wake of Azeem Rafiq’s racist scandal.

sports mail also reported how the meeting – which could potentially pass key reforms and allow England games to return to Headingley – was called off for the second time due to an administrative error thanks to a ‘technical glitch’ which meant that notice that this was happening had not been sent to all members.

It has now been rearranged for March 31 – the ECB’s deadline day.

Yorkshire braces for rocky summit following Azeem Rafiq race scandal

Yorkshire braces for rocky summit following Azeem Rafiq race scandal

Who will fill the accommodation void?

There are growing concerns about the lack of bids to host major sporting events that have been stripped from Russia.

The Olympic world acted faster than Boris Johnson and Co to sanction the country following its invasion of Ukraine. But now there are grumblings about Western nations’ double standards that require sports bodies to pull dozens of elite events out of Russia and then refuse to offer to host them.

The fear is that it will drive the events into the arms of other nations who can afford to use the sport to wash their image, or that the events will be canceled altogether.

An example of this is the UK, which is only set to host one World Championship level event in 2024, with Ireland not yet hosting any.

UEFA move to London

UEFA is due to open an office in London next month.

Insiders believe the move is part of their attempt to sabotage any further moves on a breakaway European Super League, with a presence in the English capital allowing them to monitor future developments more closely.

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