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Leeds appoint former Real Madrid director to club's board

Leeds appoint Ivan Bravo to board of directors Credit: PA

Leeds United have announced that former Real Madrid director Ivan Bravo has joined the club’s board with immediate effect.

Bravo served as director of strategy at Real, leading on both the sport and business fronts at the Bernabeu from 2003 to 2010.

More recently, Bravo became director general at the Aspire Academy for Sports Excellence in Qatar in 2011 - overseeing the growth of their football development programmes with network clubs in Qatar, Spain and Belgium.

Leeds United is a club steeped in prestige with an extremely proud fan-base and I am thrilled to join the Board of Directors.

I hope my experience gained across the game will add value for the club and I look forward to working with the ownership,management and the whole team to take Leeds United forward, on and off the pitch.

– Ivan Bravo on new role


Redknapp took Birmingham City job out of boredom

Redknapp has three games to help Birmingham preserve their Championship status. Credit: PA

Harry Redknapp has revealed he agreed to become Birmingham's new manager after getting "fed up" with his time out of football.

The 70-year-old has been confirmed as Gianfranco Zola's successor, and will be assisted by former Bristol City manager Steve Cotterill as he bids to preserve their Championship status.

I got fed up sitting around doing nothing. I will come and live up here until the end of the season.

If I can keep them up then we can sit down and talk about going forward.

I got a phone call last night from the people at Birmingham.

I drove to London, had a meeting for 10 to 15 minutes, sat down and said 'Yeah, I will do it, no problem'. I got home and my wife said: 'Are you mad?'

Birmingham is a proper club. It is a good club. They are in a precarious position and we have got the worst goal difference as well.

I've gone in there, said I will come and do it. The money I am not interested in.

– Redknapp to talkSPORT


Gary Rowett not worried by manager sackings at Derby

Gary Rowett has now been both a player and a manager at Derby Credit: PA

Gary Rowett insists he is not concerned by the long list of managers hired and fired by Derby after becoming the Championship side's fifth in 13 months.

Former Burton and Birmingham boss Rowett, 43, who made 120 appearances as a player for Derby between 1995 and 1998, has signed a contract until the end of the 2018/19 season.

Former England boss Steve McClaren was sacked by Derby on Sunday, five months into his second spell in charge and less than two years after his first dismissal in 2015.

Paul Clement, Darren Wassall, Nigel Pearson and McClaren have all come and gone since February 2016 but Rowett, sacked by Birmingham in December, said that was not a worry in his press conference streamed live on the club's social media pages.

I like a challenge. I embrace challenge. I don't expect anything to be easy and I expect some challenges.

But I think it's a really exciting opportunity. When you've seen this club playing in the Premier League, at the levels it's been at previously, I know there's a lot of work to do to get back there, but it's a really exciting challenge for me.

I understand what's gone on previously, but for me that's not really a concern.

My concern is what we're going to do from now and we'll try to move things forward as quickly as we can. We want to win games as quickly as we can. We want to try and find solutions to winning games in a tough league.

If that takes a week, a month, whatever it takes, we'll try to get there.

– Gary Rowett
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