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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

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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
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