FA facing £72m bill for Wembley upgrades if sale falls through
The FA have warned that they face a £72million bill for upgrades to Wembley if they do not sell to Fulham owner Shahid Khan.
In an apparent last-ditch attempt to garner support for the £600m sale ahead of Thursday's crunch meeting on the proposed deal, the FA's chief financial officer Mark Burrows even claimed they would be better off 'handing over' the stadium than retaining ownership.
Burrows spelled out the expected costs during a presentation to county FA chiefs. With £2m worth of work needed on the floodlights — as well as improvements to the pitch, the roof, cabling and beer delivery systems — the bill would be around £18m this year.
Fulham owner Shahid Khan is attempting to buy Wembley Stadium for £600million
In January the FA said it would finally finish paying for Wembley by the end of 2024, 17 years after it opened.
He said: 'Wembley is profitable and we do not need to sell — I would be happy to keep running it and would enjoy doing so. This is a serious and very credible offer and it's a far better deal than we would have got in the market. A forced seller would not get a deal like this.
'And the FA will save £72m in capital expenditure over the next six years. It's £18m this year. We are immediately off the hook for this and it's the biggest number in the turnover equation. So we would be better off by handing over the stadium to them, never mind the £600m.'
The FA are set to repeat these warnings at Thursday's FA council meeting about the potential sale, at which 127 councillors will hear details of the deal tabled by American-Pakistani billionaire Khan.
Although no decision will be made on Thursday — the councillors will return to vote on October 24 — FA chairman Greg Clarke will be keen to leave Wembley having persuaded those who are still opposed to the idea.
Clarke is not interested in rubber-stamping a deal if he can only achieve a small majority on the council and is aiming instead for a 'significant majority' amounting to a 60-40 split.
Wembley needs £18m of maintenance work this year and a total of £72m over the next six
The FA will have to pay £2m to complete essential upgrade works to Wembley's floodlights
In addition to any concerns over the way the FA would spend the significant windfall from the sale, councillors are likely to be aware of claims of corruption at Fulham made by a former employee.
The FA and EFL are examining allegations by Fulham's former assistant director of football Craig Kline that he has 'key evidence of systemic corruption relevant to the Wembley vote'.
Police are also investigating reports by Kline of non-recent threatening behaviour by Khan and Fulham's chief executive Alistair Mackintosh.
A spokesman for Khan has dismissed the claims as 'nonsense' and 'bogus'.
Khan wrote a two-page letter to FA council members this week committing to being a 'responsible owner and operator of Wembley Stadium' if he is successful in buying it.
He also suggested the formation of a 'committee of FA council members who would play a meaningful advisory role on all FA-related stadium matters to guarantee that your voice and counsel will always be heard and respected.'
The Premier League and Sport England also wrote to the FA council.
On Thursday Martin Glenn and FA board will present to FA council having approved the sale
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p><p>The Celtics began their 2018/19 campaign on Tuesday night with a 105-87 win over the Philadelphia 76ers.</p><p>The win saw the return of Kyrie Irving and Gordon Hayward, after both had their seasons cut short last year through injury.</p><p>The Celtics are one of the bookies favourites to go all the way and challenge for the NBA title.</p><p>Their job has been made undoubtedly easier by the fact that LeBron James departed the Eastern conference for the West, moving from the Cleveland Cavaliers to the Los Angeles Lakers.</p><p>Jackson, however, believes that the reason the Celtics will do well is because of their depth.</p><p>“They’re the only team in the NBA that has ten guys on the roster who could start for any other team,” Jackson said.</p><p>“What separates them and what makes us not have to worry about guys worrying about shots or guys worrying about getting their numbers is that coach does a great job of making everyone feel confident.</p><p>“And he makes sure everyone feels like a number one player.</p><p>“Even last night you see Kyrie didn’t get going, he didn’t get frustrated.</p><p>“He started giving the ball to Tatum and the other guys.</p><p>“Because he understands that he’s not going to be the only player on that team."</p><p>Jackson praised head coach Brad Stevens for creating a positive locker room, and said with him they can go all the way.</p><p>“You have to give credit to coach Stevens for giving all the players confidence,” Jackson said.</p><p>“Even the guys coming off the bench are coming on with confidence, and that’s why they were successful last year.”</p><p> See today's front and back pages, download the newspaper, order back issues and use the historic Daily Express newspaper archive. </p>
unty.</p><p>The 21-year-old scored a stunning free-kick at Wales beat the Republic of Ireland at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin.</p><p>“I have messaged Klopp a few times,” Wilson said.</p><p>“I know he is keeping an eye on the loan players to see how they are doing. I am fully focused on getting that promotion at Derby first.</p><p>“The Klopp advice? Well, we all know the way Jurgen wants his teams to play. We all see the system and how we could fit in. But I have to be focused on what my club manager wants at Derby.”</p><p>Wilson is benefitting from regular game time and also working under the management of Frank Lampard, who is a perfect mentor given his career as an attacking midfielder.</p><p>“When you are playing for a manager who had a career like he has you have to take as much as you can off him,” Wilson added.</p><p>“When he is pulling you aside in training or anytime he says something to you then you have to take it on board and try to improve.</p><p>“If you watch Derby and the way we are playing we are trying to pass the ball. Pass and move. That’s the way he wants us to play and the lads are buying into it well. It’s a great education.”</p><p>Ryan Giggs seems to be a big fan of Wilson and has shown his faith in the midfielder since taking over as boss.</p><p>“It is always important to play week in week out, You feel fit, you hit a rhythm and you feel strong. Hopefully it will stand me in good stead for going back to Liverpool,” Wilson said.</p><p>“Ryan Giggs has been great too, has backed younger lads to come in and do a job for him. We have to take our chances.”</p><p>The youngster admitted that Gareth Bale will be back taking free-kicks when the Real Madrid star returns to action.</p><p> See today's front and back pages, download the newspaper, order back issues and use the historic Daily Express newspaper archive. </p>
in the summer.</p><p>Hazard, 27, put the Spanish giants on red alert, revealing it’s his dream to play at the Bernabeu.</p><p> Chelsea news: Eden Hazard is ready to snub Real Madrid </p><p>They say the Blues have offered their talisman £300,000-a-week to say in west London - and the winger is ready to accept in the coming weeks.</p><p>Hazard will earn around £15.8m-per-year after tax.</p><p>The Belgium attacker has scored eight times this season, with Hazard shining under new boss Maurizio Sarri.</p><p>Speaking earlier this month, the attacker said: “Real Madrid is the best club in the world.</p><p>“I don’t want to lie, it is my dream since I was a kid. We will see. I don’t want to talk about this every day.</p><p>“I don’t have time, but we will talk about my future soon.</p><p>“It is also when you have a dream and you want to make it happen.</p><p>“It is like I have said a lot of times: if I leave I will be happy, I know if I stay I will be happy.”</p><p>However, ultimately, new Chelsea boss Sarri convinced his star man to stay in west London.</p><p>When asked what Sarri said to keep him with the Blues, Hazard replied: “He just told me that he wanted me to be one of the best players in the world. That’s it.</p><p>“And he tried to give me this confidence... and he asked me to score goals.</p><p>“When I speak with him he always says, “You can score three goals every game”.</p><p>“But you know sometimes he is hard, but I try to do my best.”</p><p> See today's front and back pages, download the newspaper, order back issues and use the historic Daily Express newspaper archive. </p>
e it was made public that Butler wants to be traded.</p><p>He returned after weeks in the wilderness in dramatic fashion at a training session, calling out team-mates and staff.</p><p>Minnesota have stated they will honour Butler’s trade request but no deal has been reached as of yet and the 29-year-old is set to play in their season opener tonight.</p><p>Butler has already admitted he expects boos from the Minnesota fans. Expect fireworks either way and here’s how to watch the game for FREE.</p><p>Sky Sports have taken over the rights to broadcast the NBA in the UK for the next four years.</p><p>The announcement was made this week, leaving fans with little time to either subscribe for a Sky Sports package or looking at other avenues to pay to watch.</p><p>However, there is a way for fans to watch the action for free - through the NBA League Pass.</p><p>There are numerous packages the NBA League Pass offers with the premium account offering coverage from every team, every game and exclusive features for an annual fee of £214.99.</p><p>The next one down covers every team and every game for an annual fee of £184.99 while if you wanted to stick to just one team then it will cost £99.99 for the season or a day pass will cost £4.99</p><p>However, the NBA League Pass have put on a promotional offer for those unsure whether they want to subscribe.</p><p>Fans can sign up to the League Pass between now and October 22 to enjoy seven days for FREE.</p><p>Golden State Warriors bt Oklahoma City Thunder 108-100</p><p>Milwaukee Bucks at Charlotte Hornets 12am BST (7pm ET)</p><p>Memphis Grizzlies at Indiana Pacers 12am BST (7pm ET)</p><p>Atlanta Hawks at New York Knicks 12:30am BST (7:30pm ET)</p><p>Cleveland Cavaliers at Toronto Raptors 12:30am BST (7:30pm ET)</p><p>New Orleans Pelicans at Houston Rockets 1am BST (8pm ET)</p><p>Minnesota Timberwolves at San Antonio Spurs 1:30am BST (8:30pm ET)</p><p>Dallas Mavericks at Phoenix Suns 3:30am BST (10:30pm ET)</p><p>Denver Nuggets at LA Clippers 3:30am BST (10:30pm ET)</p><p> See today's front and back pages, download the newspaper, order back issues and use the historic Daily Express newspaper archive. </p>
nt” by the media.</p><p>Merson reckons the pressure is getting to the United boss but feels it would be no surprise if the Red Devils left Stamford Bridge with a win.</p><p>“Not clubs where if you win, you win, and if you lose, it's not news - if United even draw games there's an inquest.</p><p>“He just looks tired and frustrated, and when that happens to you it's not a good recipe.</p><p>“He's been around long enough to know how far they are off the title.</p><p>“Why change when you have a template that's won everything? People have this thing in life, saying don't ever change anything that's not busted.</p><p>“It works for him. The way he manages his team, the way he sets them up, he's won leagues everywhere. So why should he change?</p><p>“Manchester City have spent more money, but they've also bought better.</p><p>“I’m a Chelsea fan, and when we won the league a couple of years ago, and when we were 2-0 up at half-time you knew it was going to be 2-0 at full-time too.</p><p>“Man City are the best team in Europe, I wouldn't say he's getting shown up by them. If they get in the top four, that's pulling up trees for them at the moment.</p><p>“Football's a funny old game, and they could go to Chelsea, win 3-0 and it's a mastermind result. You just don't know with Mourinho.</p><p>“I’d never have a go at him - he's done too much in the game. I've been a manager at a lower level, I know how hard it is, so to do what he does - my god.”</p><p> See today's front and back pages, download the newspaper, order back issues and use the historic Daily Express newspaper archive. </p>
laims he will start working again at the beginning of next year.</p><p>“There are associations, national teams, it could also be in Japan. From my 22 years at Arsenal, I have big experience on different levels. There are enquiries from all over the world.”</p><p>Wenger has been linked with a move into a directorial role at PSG while he could be interested in a number of top level jobs that could be vacant in the coming months.</p><p>Julen Lopetegui’s position at Real Madrid is under threat, while Niko Kovac has started poorly at Bayern Munich.</p><p>There was even a suggestion from the Sky Sports pundits Jeff Stelling and Paul Merson that Wenger should be the next Manchester United manager with Jose Mourinho’s situation deepening.</p><p>“First of all, Jose Mourinho is 1/7 on to be the next manager to be sacked,” Stelling said on Soccer Saturday earlier this month.</p><p>“Zinedine Zidane doesn’t speak English by the way, I don’t know how big a drawback that is, he’s favourite to come in.</p><p>“But I’ve got an idea and I know that this is going to be perfect and Manchester United fans will love me.</p><p>What United want is Champions League qualification, year in year out. Great, attractive, attacking football. Someone who can get the best out of Alexis Sanchez, who’s not in a job at the moment.</p><p>“Arsene Wenger has got to be the next Manchester United manager!”</p><p>“That seriously is not the worst idea,” Merson said.</p><p>“You have to look at what Wenger done. He doesn’t have to go out and buy £80m and £70m players. Some of the gems he’s got in time. What price is he?”</p><p>Wenger was also quizzed about German football and his former player Mesut Ozil.</p><p>"I believe that Germany needs Ozil. I hope that Joachim Low (Germany boss) can convince him that he will come back," Wenger said.</p><p>"Ozil is a super football player, who was not the worst in the World Cup. I did not love that he left the German national team.</p><p>"I love it when the players are as good as possible. He loses a bit if he does not play at an international level."</p><p> See today's front and back pages, download the newspaper, order back issues and use the historic Daily Express newspaper archive. </p>
Wolves tried their utmost to keep him at the franchise.</p><p>Head coach Tom Thibodeau held a number of crunch meetings to try and persuade the shooting guard to stay.</p><p>Miami Heat and LA Clippers had opened negotiations regarding a trade deal but those talks broke down.</p><p>Butler then turned up to practice and caused a scene among his team-mates to try and force through a deal.</p><p>But he has since cleared the air and is set to start the league-opener against San Antonio Spurs.</p><p>Ahead of the new season, Wolves owner Glen Taylor has stripped back Thibodeau’s responsibilities for the foreseeable future, although he did confirm the coach's job is not on the line.</p><p>“Thibs and I are lined up on this,” Taylor told Minneapolis Star Tribune. “We need to be looking at a trade.</p><p>“No, no, the only thing now is we are starting to play games and I am asking him to concentrate on coaching.</p><p>“GM Scott Layden will help to see if any trades are available.</p><p>“Well, I’m OK with it. Initially, when Butler told [Thibodeau] he wanted to leave, you know Tom did everything he could to try to keep Jimmy here and I understand that.</p><p>“They have a close relationship. Thibs brought him here so that he would stay here.</p><p>“We will get through this. The changes we have to make, we will get through this.</p><p>“I’ll just keep working and doing the best I can on it to keep our team very competitive.”</p><p>Meanwhile, Thibodeau refused to discuss the trade deal ahead of the clash with the Spurs.</p><p>“We’re not going to keep getting into that,” Thibodeau said.</p><p>“We’re going to talk about the Spurs. That’s what we’re going to talk about. I mean, you guys want to keep the drama going. We’re not going there.”</p><p> See today's front and back pages, download the newspaper, order back issues and use the historic Daily Express newspaper archive. </p>
called off as the rain continues to pour in Pallekele.</p><p>The England and Wales Cricket Board has defended the rationale behind touring Sri Lanka in the rainy season, insisting the congested international schedule left no 'wriggle room'.</p><p>The ongoing series has been blighted, perhaps predictably, by inclement weather, with the opening fixture washed out after 15 overs and the second won by England on Duckworth-Lewis-Stern when thunderstorms curtailed the Sri Lanka innings.</p><p>England's third one-day international is at risk of being called off due to rain</p><p>Supporters were forced to huddle under umbrellas as the rain fell at Pallekele Stadium</p><p>The ECB were forced to defend decision to tour in the rainy season, citing a packed schedule</p><p>The third game was due to get under way at 10am BST at Pallekele Stadium, but the arrival of more rain meant a delayed start to proceedings at best.</p><p>As players from both sides waited in the pavilion for skies to clear, the ECB opted to pre-empt further criticism by outlining the slim window available to fulfil its commitment to a three-format visit to the island.</p><p>The message read: 'In respect of touring Sri Lanka at this time of year: The Future Tours Programme is congested involving 13 Boards whose schedules all interconnect, so there are unfortunately a number of tours that have to take place outside prime match-staging periods.</p><p>'After hosting England, Sri Lanka spend the rest of the 18-19 season touring New Zealand, Australia and South Africa. They play their first match in New Zealand on Dec 8, which left very little wriggle room given our final Test in Sri Lanka finishes on Nov 29.'</p><p>The ground was completely covered and the stadium empty on a miserable day in Sri Lanka</p><p>Some supporters, however, continued to brave the rain and pray that play would get underway</p><p>Supporters were forced to watch on, huddled under umbrellas, as the rain engulfed the stadium in Pallekele. </p><p>England's preparations for the series were also rain-affected, with a DLS finish to their first warm-up match and the second called off without a ball bowled at Colombo's P Sara Stadium.</p><p>The ECB statement does not shed any light on the wisdom of scheduling three of the five games to be day/night affairs - at a time when conditions are typically better earlier in the day - or the fact that only the second and fifth ODIs were given the safety net of a reserve day. </p><p>Do you want to automatically post your MailOnline comments to your Facebook Timeline?</p><p>Your comment will be posted to MailOnline as usual.</p><p>Do you want to automatically post your MailOnline comments to your Facebook Timeline?</p><p> We will automatically post your comment and a link to the news story to your Facebook timeline at the same time it is posted on MailOnline. To do this we will link your MailOnline account with your Facebook account. We’ll ask you to confirm this for your first post to Facebook.</p><p>Part of the Daily Mail, The Mail on Sunday & Metro Media Group</p>
ld Trafford that Evra's revelation will have come as a big surprise to most.</p><p>The Frenchman, who played for United during the years of 2006 and 2014, has claimed that his dressing room playlists were so upbeat that even Ferguson would show off his dance moves.</p><p>Patrice Evra has revealed Sir Alex Ferguson used to dance to his music in the changing room</p><p>Ashley Young added new music to the Man United playlist, prompting Evra to have his say</p><p>Evra claimed this while in conversation on Instagram with current United star Ashley Young, who is collecting some new songs for the changing room playlist. </p><p>33-year-old Young wrote on Instagram: 'Adding some new tunes to the changing room… what shall I add??'</p><p>And Evra quickly replied to put Young back in his place before digging out former team-mate Rio Ferdinand: 'I can see people trying to replace me even off the pitch.</p><p>'Bro even Fergie was dancing when I was the DJ but you can't be worse DJ than Rio Ferdinand, so it's cool.' </p><p>Evra's music clearly motivated Ferguson and his former team-mates, with the left-back winning five Premier League titles, one Champions League, three League Cups during his time at United.</p><p>Evra replied to Young on Instagram, saying: 'Bro even Fergie was dancing when I was the DJ'</p><p>Do you want to automatically post your MailOnline comments to your Facebook Timeline?</p><p>Your comment will be posted to MailOnline as usual.</p><p>Do you want to automatically post your MailOnline comments to your Facebook Timeline?</p><p> We will automatically post your comment and a link to the news story to your Facebook timeline at the same time it is posted on MailOnline. To do this we will link your MailOnline account with your Facebook account. We’ll ask you to confirm this for your first post to Facebook.</p><p>Part of the Daily Mail, The Mail on Sunday & Metro Media Group</p>
Kyle Kuzma, Josh Hart and Brandon Ingram, the team announced this week.</p><p>The expected moves put Ball, Kuzma and Hart under contract through their third NBA seasons and Ingram through his fourth.</p><p>James brings a wealth of experience that boasts 13 straight years of reaching the playoffs and three NBA Championships.</p><p>Ahead of their season opener against the Portland Trail Blazers, Lakers coach Luke Walton has revealed the impact the star has had on his new team-mates.</p><p>"I think they see the additions we added to the team this summer and how that helps our chances, and they’re excited,” Walton said.</p><p>"You don’t want them to be in awe. I mean, obviously we all respect that he’s one of the greatest players our game has ever had.</p><p>"But as team-mates and peers, you want guys that are going to be out there to make plays next to him. Not just throw him the ball and hope that he gets it done.</p><p>"There’s definitely a respect that you see. When he’s talking in practice, they’re listening.</p><p>“He’s leading the team with the way that he’s practicing, the way that he’s communicating. They all follow his lead."</p><p>Fans in the United States can watch the game on TNT, or locally on Spectrum SportsNet.</p><p>The game will be shown live on Sky Sports Arena in the UK and can also be streamed via the Sky Go app.</p><p>Non-existing customers can still access the game through a NOW TV sports pass or NBA League Pass.</p><p>The clash will broadcast on Spectrum SportsNet and ESPN in the states.</p><p>The game will be shown live on Sky Sports Arena in the UK and can also be streamed via the Sky Go app.</p><p>Non-existing customers can still access the game through a NOW TV sports pass or NBA League Pass.</p><p>Fans in the United States can watch the game on NBA TV, or locally on Spectrum SportsNet.</p><p> See today's front and back pages, download the newspaper, order back issues and use the historic Daily Express newspaper archive. </p>