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Charles Sale: And the winner is... Clan Beckham

18 Dec 2010 00:21:18

Charles Sale: And the winner is... Clan Beckham

The BBC have guaranteed that the winner of the Sports Personality of the Year will be upstaged by the David Beckham show. The former England captain is the youngest recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award, which will be presented by Sir Bobby Charlton, 73, who received the honour only two years ago. Beckham is celebrating the occasion by taking his whole family to the event, where they will undoubtedly be the centre of attention whoever wins the main trophy, for which Tony McCoy, Graeme McDowell and Graeme Swann are the front-runners. Team Beckham: David, wife Victoria and two of their three children, Romeo and Cruz, at a basketball game The biggest Beckham gathering at a sports event will include wife Victoria, sons Brooklyn, Romeo and Cruz, parents Ted and Sandra and sister Joanne as well as Victoria's parents Tony and Jackie, brother Christian and sister Louise. There had been suggestions that relationships between David and his dad were strained after Beckham singled out his late grandfather Joe as his football inspiration during his speech at the final 2018 World Cup bid presentation.   More from Charles Sale... Charles Sale: So sorry, Stubbsy but Kia's not here17/12/10 Charles Sale: TV row on 'sale' of listed World Cup15/12/10 CHARLES SALE: Premier League clubs aim to collar extra shirt money14/12/10 Charles Sale: Plane speaking with Lord Coe cost Sir Keith Mills FA top job13/12/10 Charles Sale: Vauxhall step up international drive with £5million deal10/12/10 Charles Sale: Shane Warne heads for a right royal £3m playing in India09/12/10 Charles Sale: England's Ashes heroes can score more zeros in the IPL08/12/10 CHARLES SALE: FIFA hosts launch corruption probe after World Cup scandal07/12/10 VIEW FULL ARCHIVE But Ted's presence in Birminghamtomorrow will demonstrate there is no rift and it is understood Beckhamfocused on his grandad because he died last December while Beckham wasin Cape Town for the 2010 World Cup draw. There has been interest from West Ham, Everton and Blackburn about taking Beckham on loan before his next MLS season with LA Galaxy starts in April. But it's likely to take an offer from a top-six Premier League club before the subject is broached with his Galaxy employers. Even with the Beckham clan turning out in force, BBC Sport have wisely decided to dispense with their roped-off VVIP area at the after-party. The Beeb have managed to hack off many a VIP guest in the past by inviting them to the bash, only for them to find they were barred from an inner sanctum full of BBC personnel zealously guarding their private territory. Thailand's discredited FIFA ExCo member Worawi Makudi, who never intended to support England 2018 despite the FA foolishly agreeing to an international in Bangkok to win his vote, is in danger of losing his role. Prince Ali of Jordan is one of three credible opponents competing for Makudi's seat at the Asian Football Confederation congress next month. Roy Keane's confrontational management style is again the focus of attention with his Ipswich job hanging in the balance this weekend. The Irishman's super aggressive reaction certainly stunned his former Ipswich captain Jon Walters after he announced he wanted to join Stoke. Keane said at the time about the stormy encounter: 'It was not a ruck, but more an exchange of views.' Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti was given another reminder this week that things are never quite what they seem at this Russian-owned football club. Security personnel at the Chelsea staff Christmas party at Stamford Bridge asked to see Ancelotti's pass before allowing him entry to the function. Richards backs DeinThe biggest obstacle to David Dein'sascent to the FA chairmanship was cleared yesterday by his arch-rivalSir Dave Richards promising unqualified support. Premier Leaguechairman Richards, who has a history of rivalry with the former FA andArsenal vice-chairman, had been expected to use his influence to blockDein's appointment. But Richards, who says he is playingno part in the selection process, pledged to back Dein (below) '310 per cent'if he is the recommended choice at the FA board next Wednesday. Richards is also prepared to step down as chairman of Club England, believing the FA chairman should have overall responsibility for England team matters. Richards says he only took the role, with its potential conflict of interests with his Premier League duties, in the leadership void following Lord Triesman's exit. You would imagine the Professional Footballers Association would do their best to warn their thirsty membership about the dangers of the demon drink. So perhaps it wasn't the best idea to include a wine vintage chart in the official 2011 PFA diary.  Explore more:People: Graeme Swann, David Beckham, Graeme McDowell, Roy Keane, Carlo Ancelotti Places: Bangkok, Cape Town, Thailand, United Kingdom


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