Social media has descended into something of a playground for a number of EFL clubs, who have been using their Twitter accounts to engage in childish point-scoring and name calling.
Sports Agenda has heard one Championship manager was so angered by a tweet taking the mickey out of a rival that he demanded it be taken down immediately.
Leeds were criticised after mocking Derby following their play-off final defeat to Aston Villa
The EFL, who have already warned clubs not to target referees on their social media accounts, are expected to remind officials of their respect campaign at their annual summer jaunt to Portugal later this week.
Meanwhile, Premier League side Newcastle were quick to tweet their congratulations to Lee Bowyer after their former player led Charlton to victory over rivals Sunderland in the League One play-off final.
Brentford and Fulham were involved in a pathetic spat following the latter’s relegation
Ahead of the Cricket World Cup, journalists and photographers were invited to a security briefing at the Oval. Around half an hour after the International Cricket Council’s head of security gave a presentation on the robust plans in place, a Getty Images photographer discovered that most of his gear — worth more than £10,000 — had been stolen.
Police were called and CCTV footage has been provided from Surrey’s indoor facility, where the theft took place.
A Cricket World Cup spokesperson declined to comment, other than to point out that security at the event was the responsibility of the venue and not the ICC.
A Getty Images photographer discovered that most of his gear had been stolen at the Oval
Former Arsenal defender and current academy coach Per Mertesacker was a surprise sight at Tottenham’s Enfield training base in recent weeks. The German was studying for his coaching badges on enemy territory.
Ramsey avoids kitchen nightmare in Cardiff pile
There will be no kitchen nightmares for Aaron Ramsey after the outgoing Arsenal man had plans to build an extension at his £6million Cardiff home approved.
The 28-year-old, who is heading to Juventus, had already been given the go-ahead to build a tunnel to an outdoor swimming pool at his residence.
Now he has the green light to extend the kitchen at the five-bedroom pile, which boasts a three-hole golf course, championship-standard tennis court and helicopter landing pad.
Aaron Ramsey’s plans to build an extension at his £6million Cardiff home have been approved
IOC give Coe cold shoulder
Eyebrows have been raised that Gianni Infantino and Seb Coe are once again not among those put forward for International Olympic Committee membership at the organisation’s annual congress in Lausanne later this month.
As presidents of world football and world athletics, their absence has made key IOC figures uncomfortable when their disgraced predecessors, Sepp Blatter and Lamine Diack, were elected to the committee.
IOC president Thomas Bach has suggested it would be inappropriate for Infantino and Lord Coe to become members this year when both are standing for re-election in the coming months.
It is claimed there is a further complication that Lord Coe remains chairman of sports marketing agency CSM, a role he is reluctant to relinquish when it is his main source of income.
Insiders suggest it suits Lord Coe not to be an IOC member right now as he and Bach have not seen eye-to-eye on major issues, such as the Russian doping scandal. He enjoys that independence, even if the smart money suggests both he and Infantino will be elected to the IOC in 2020.
Seb Coe is not among those put forward for Interntional Olympic Committee membership
The FA has sensibly decided to take a low-key approach should England triumph in the Nations League.
Sports Agenda has learned there are no plans for a victory parade or celebration for Gareth Southgate’s young side. Instead, a picture of the team disembarking from the plane with the trophy is the most likely outcome if they end up victorious.
Chelsea had a similar view and, unlike opponents Arsenal, decided not to arrange a parade for winning the Europa League. Their decision, Sports Agenda understands, was due to the amount of planning — the process has to start at least two months in advance.
There are no plans for a victory parade or celebration if England triumph in the Nations League
Despite there being no British players in this week’s junior singles events at the French Open, it emerged that the head coach at one of the new Lawn Tennis Association Academies will not be employed full-time.
Leonardo Azevedo, the Brazilian recruited to head up the operation in Stirling, will only work on a 35-week annual contract.
The LTA’s efforts at producing future stars is based on opening two elite academies for young players — at Stirling and Loughborough — in the hope that an idea which has not worked in the past will now come good. However, Nick Cavaday, who will be head coach at Loughborough, will work there full-time.
Gina Bryce hosted BBC Radio 5 Live’s broadcast of the Investec Derby at Epsom on Saturday, in a move which seems to indicate Bryce is in pole position to host their coverage from next year’s Cheltenham Festival. The spot is vacant after John Inverdale stepped down from that role.
Gina Bryce is in pole position to host the BBC’s coverage from next year’s Cheltenham Festival
Villa fans were stunned to see former owner Tony Xia at Wembley last Monday and club officials left him to his own devices in the directors’ box.
Xia retains a place on the board with his minority stake following the takeover by Nassef Sawiris and Wes Edens, but has no influence in running Villa.
Given he took the club close to administration, his appearance struck many as taking a liberty. ‘Fraud,’ tweeted the club’s former CEO Keith Wyness when Xia tried to take some credit for Villa’s promotion.