Carlo Ancelotti is seeking divine inspiration for his new job atChelsea by enrolling in a language school founded by an order of nuns.
Following advice from Roman Abramovich's latest guru, FA Cup-winning Dutchman Guus Hiddink, Ancelotti will undergo an intensive English course at the world-renowned Regina Coeli School, in Holland, before starting work on July 1.
Although Ancelotti does speak English, no chances are being taken after the communication breakdown that contributed to Brazilian Luiz Felipe Scolari losing his job at Stamford Bridge.
Ancelotti's language school was founded in 1903 by the Sisters of the Holy Order of St Augustine, although the nuns no longer teach there.
Top executives pay the school £2,500 a week for 10 to 12-hour days of intensive study, and Ancelotti will not be the only football manager enrolling this summer. Hiddink's fellow Dutchman, Louis van Gaal, will also be there to brush up on his German before starting work at Bayern Munich.
AFTER his tirades against the British tax system and women drivers, Arsenal star Andrey Arshavin has turned his attention to royalty.
'I know the Queen has traditional tea parties where she invites people who have achieved certain success,' he said. 'I hope that one day I'll win the Premier League with Arsenal and get invited by her.'
At least Her Majesty and Arshavin might find common ground on the question of income tax.
CHARLES VAN COMMENEE, who has put a few noses out of joint since taking over as UK Athletics head coach, is poised to strike again. This time it's Brunel University who will be crossing him off their Christmas card list.
UK Athletics plan to axe two of their four high performance centres and the sport's grapevine suggests Brunel will join Loughborough University in losing their elite athletes, who will relocate to remaining centres at Lea Valley and Birmingham.
The move would end Brunel's tradition, dating back to its days as Borough Road College, of producing Olympic medallists such as Alan Pascoe and Kathy Cook.
GOLFING celebrities Bruce Forsyth and Michael Parkinson are among Wentworth members expected to respond to the chance to own a piece of the club's rich history.
The much-maligned greens on the West Course are being torn up and all 4,000 square metres of turf are being sold to raise money for charity. Whether Open champion Padraig Harrington (pictured), a critic of the greens and a notable absentee from last month's PGA Championship at Wentworth, puts his hand in his pocket remains to be seen.
And finally.FORMER World Superbike champion Troy Corser is risking ribal dry by fronting a promotional campaign for a trendy energy drink called Pussy. After ahigh-profile presence at the Monaco Grand Prix, Aussie Corser will setup stall again at Donington Park later this month.