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Charles Sale: Robson suited for a night in Rome?
Published : 13 May 2009 00:40:02
Manchester United legends Bryan Robson and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer are being considered to lead the team up to receive their Champions League medals in Rome if UEFA boss Michel Platini continues with his mad capwish for a club figurehead in a suit. The ridicule heaped on Chelsea chief executive Peter Kenyon and the obvious embarrassment of United's Sir Bobby Charlton when they were first up for the 2008 medal ceremony in Moscow had led to strong speculation that this year's finalists would decide to ditch the idea. But Platini will have the final say and he has yet to make his mind up on the issue. So United are taking the precaution of preparing one of their three ambassadors Charlton,Robson and Solskjaer for this totally unnecessary role. Platini's desire for a non-participant to take the Champions League limelight is all the more remarkable in view of the fact that he has insisted the UEFA lifetime achievement award in his gift always goes to a footballer Charlton and Alfredo Di Stefano rather than the administrators honoured by predecessor Lennart Johansson. The fall-out from the Barclays Premier League's responses this week to Culture Secretary Andy Burnham's questions about football governance has revealed yet more tensions between the FA and Premier chiefs. The Premier decision to go it alone in their reply to Burnham was coloured by their concerns that FA chairman Lord Triesman would turn it into a Soho Square production. There is some unease within Burnham's Department at the time taken since he asked his questions last October for the FA to supply their answers, which are still in draft form. Manchester United chief executive David Gill has enquired during FA board meetings about their progress. Multi-millionaire motor racing legend Sir Jackie Stewart will give the Monaco Grand Prix a miss next week for the first time in more than 40 years because he does not want to foot his own hotel bill. The thrifty Scotsman (pictured) traditionally stays in a suite at the five-star Hotel de Paris, but the impoverished Royal Bank of Scotland, for whom Stewart works as an ambassador, were not prepared to pay the e53,000 (£47,300) cost of his five-day stay. Portsmouth's financial problems are now serious enough to be causing major concern to the Premier League. They are worried that the club may not be able to continue much longer as a going concern with sustainable debt especially now the League have announced they are strengthening their monetary checks and improving transparency of ownership on the back of questions about football governance by Culture Secretary Andy Burnham. It is proving difficult to unravel the exact state of Portsmouth's finances because the ultimate company that owns the club is based in the financial labyrinth of Luxembourg, where Pompey owner Alexandre Gaydamak has varied interests. Baker in, Holmes out BBC 5 LIVE host Danny Baker's move to a new two-hour Saturday morning show from September means that the Beeb are dumping the Eamonn Holmes show after five years. Axeman, controller Adrian van Klaveren, told staff via email:'Bringing Danny's unique brand of comedy to Saturday means the Eamonn Holmes programme will sadly come to an end.' BBC Sport showed scant regard for licence-payers' money by flying out Inside Sport presenter Gabby Logan with a camera crew to Las Vegas for an interview with Andre Agassi and Steffi Graf when they're coming to Wimbledon shortly. It doesn't say much for the three football authorities that, having commissioned new Sport England chairman Richard Lewis to produce a report on youth development, they discarded his main recommendation for the setting up of the joint Professional Game Youth Development Board after a handful of meetings. The decision was sparked by England coach Fabio Capello having had enough after attending just two summits.