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SPORTS AGENDA: David Moyes hires his SON as part of a revamp of the scouting department at West Ham

Chelsea are used to sending young players out on loan to gain experience but they have taken that policy a step further and extended it to their coaching staff.

James Simmonds, the west London club’s highly regarded Under 18s assistant manager, has joined AFC Wimbledon until December, where he will work with the League One side’s first team.

The groundbreaking move is seen as a win-win for all parties, however, some have joked that Simmonds — who played in the same Chelsea youth side as Jack Cork and Scott Sinclair — may come back a different person given the Dons’ continued embracing of the Crazy Gang culture. 

James Simmonds was in the same Chelsea youth team as Burnley midfielder Jack Cork (left)

Moyes hires son in scouting revamp 

David Moyes’ influence at West Ham is growing ever stronger as his son David Moyes Jnr is now working with his dad at the London Stadium.

Moyes Jnr has left his role as an agent with Wasserman to work in the scouting and recruitment department for West Ham.

Moyes, who signed a new three-year deal at West Ham earlier this month, has been looking to revamp the club’s recruitment department as he feels they are short of options and wants to bring a handful of scouts to the club — including his own son. 

More senior appointments are expected in the near future. 

West Ham boss David Moyes has hired his son (R) as part of a scouting revamp at the club

Taser-wielding officers patrolling England camp 

Police officers carrying Tasers are patrolling St George’s Park, with nothing left to chance. 

However, the bobbies are not allowed anywhere near the players and are forbidden from watching training. 

They have been told they are only permitted within the team bubble in the case of serious emergencies. 

England’s security at Euro 2020 will include police officers with Tasers at St George’s Park

Ed Woodward’s family to decide: England or Germany? 

The household of outgoing Manchester United executive vice chairman Ed Woodward will be split when England take on Germany on Tuesday night. 

Woodward’s wife is from Frankfurt and the couple’s twins are unsure who to support amid charm offensives from their parents, championing their own homelands’ causes. 

Sterling sponsors Junior Euros tournament

Raheem Sterling has sponsored a ‘Junior Euros’ in Gorton, Manchester. 

The Manchester City and England winger has sent kit, balls and has even had perimeter banners made for the tournament in one of the city’s most deprived areas. 

Sterling also sent a good luck message to those involved in the event, which took place on Sunday.  

England star Raheem Sterling sponsored a ‘Junior Euros’ in Gorton, Manchester 

EFL leave it late on Derby fine

The award for worst timing of a press release of the year has a winner and it is not yet July. At 11.38pm on Wednesday, the EFL saw fit to send out an email to media announcing that Derby County had been fined £100,000 over some of their accounting policies.

With fixtures due out the following morning, it could not have been left any later. The EFL have the option to appeal against the verdict and may call for a points deduction. If successful, such an outcome could see Wayne Rooney’s cash-strapped Rams relegated from the Championship.

The situation led to the bizarre creation of an interchangeable fixture list which included Derby and Wycombe, who would be reprieved should the Rams go down.  

Owls splash out on pre-season tour rather than pay wages

Frustrated Sheffield Wednesday players have been left fuming after the club paid £70,000 to go on a pre-season tour rather than pay their wages. 

The beleaguered League One club have failed to pay several players for as long as three months and they are also under a transfer embargo.

Despite their financial problems, the Owls still felt the need to splurge £70,000 on a 10-day training camp in Wales in preparation for the new season, much to the anger of those still owed wages. 

Sheffield Wednesday have splashed out on a pre-season tour rather than pay players’ wages

One rule for one, a different rule for another…

It would appear that there is one law for the All England Club and another, just a few miles down the road, at AFC Wimbledon.

The tennis tournament hosts have been given permission for a capacity 13,000 crowd on Centre Court for the finals and semi-finals — and they can even close the roof. 

However, the extension of lockdown measures means AFC Wimbledon now have to play their friendly with Brentford at Plough Lane on July 17 behind closed doors rather than in front of a restricted, socially distanced crowd of 3,500.

As reported, the All England Club insured themselves against losses last year, whereas the football club took no gate money last season. 

World swimming chief’s Twitter followers ‘inflated by bots’ 

The new president of world swimming’s governing body FINA, Husain Al Musallam, has made an impressive start attending competitions and events in eight different countries in the two weeks since his election. 

It is a shame, therefore, that the sizeable number of followers on his new Twitter account seems to have been artificially inflated with digital bots. Not a good look for someone trying to shake off corruption allegations in the USA. 

Crolla suffers another tough blow

Former world champion boxer Anthony Crolla has lost a gym to fire for the second time in 15 months. 

In March 2020, the likeable Mancunian saw his gym go up in smoke following an arson attack, and earlier this month, fire broke out at its replacement in Oldham.

Crolla is now looking to find a giant marquee, where he can continue to train young hopefuls with equipment salvaged from the blaze until repairs can be carried out.  

Anthony Crolla (pictured) has sadly lost a boxing gym to fire for the second time in 15 months 

UK Athletics in numbers row over streaming

UK Athletics chief executive Jo Coates was quick to defend her decision to stream the British Championships on their YouTube channel after the BBC refused to pay up, and her stance was commendable.

However, the figures do not stack up. Last year, the championships were watched by a peak audience of 1.4million on BBC2. Friday’s first day, which culminated in what looked like the end of Mo Farah’s career, was viewed around 136,000 times. 

Coates said she did not wish to devalue the sport or want it hidden behind the red button, which were valid points, but more people need to be watching at what is a crucial time. 

BOA take a firm stance – pay for business class yourself! 

With around 370 athletes expected to qualify for the Olympic Games, this could be the biggest British team to leave these shores since Barcelona 1992. 

Those wanting an upgrade on their flights to Tokyo, however, will all be checking their air miles as the British Olympic Association’s policy is to provide an economy class seat for all, regardless of status. 

Individuals are given the option to upgrade — but at their own expense. 

Constantly changing border restrictions are providing a headache for Olympic organisers

New restrictions provide headache for Olympic organisers

The constant changing of border restrictions to get into Japan has made planning for Tokyo 2020 a major headache for Olympic organisers, including the British Olympic Association.

The rules include multiple Covid tests and certificates being required, adherence to self-isolation rules and the requirement for 14-day whereabouts plans to be completed for every individual travelling to the Games.

After much conjecture as to how it will work the system will be tested this week as the first British Olympic staff fly out to Tokyo to set up facilities for the athletes. 

Contributor: Riath Al-Samarrai  

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