Added At: 2010-05-11 11:49 PM
Last Updated At: 2010-05-12 11:49 PM
Rooney hits hat-trick
LONDON: England and Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney has completed a hat-trick of awards after being named as the Premier League’s player of the year by sponsors Barclays. The 24-year-old had already collected the Professional Footballers’ Association and Football Writers’ awards
for this season. Barclays named
Harry Redknapp as their manager
of the year in recognition of his achievement in guiding Tottenham to a fourth place finish and a place in the final qualifying round of next season’s Champions League.
Lee wins PoY award
BOLTON: Korean player Lee Chung Yong has been named as Bolton’s Player of the Year (PoY) after an impressive introduction to English
football. Lee picked up the player
of the year award at the club’s end of season dinner and was also voted
the players’ player of the year and the best newcomer, nine months after
arriving from FC Seoul. “This season
I have had to adjust. Next season
will be better,” he said through an
interpreter. “My ambition was to
play as many games as I could. Now
I have done that, I am proud of what
I have achieved.”
Hammers sack Zola
LONDON: West Ham have sacked manager Gianfranco Zola, the Premier League club said on Tuesday. Zola was widely expected to leave Upton Park following a turbulent campaign which saw the club’s co-owner David Sullivan strongly criticise the Italian and his players following a series of disappointing results. Former Chelsea star Zola just managed to keep his side in the top-flight, but they finished only one place above the relegation zone and he has paid the price for his faltering relationship with the club’s owners.
McClaren in Germany
THE HAGUE: Former England manager Steve McClaren has left FC Twente to take over at German Bundesliga outfit Wolfsburg, the newly-crowned Dutch champions announced on Tuesday. The 49-year-old Englishman
has agreed to a two year contract for an annual salary of three million euros. McClaren took over as coach at the unfashionable side from Enschede in the north of the country in 2008 after being booted out of the England job for failing to reach the Euro 2008 finals.
Bolt, Bekele named
ZURICH: Zurich’s “Weltklasse” IAAF Diamond League athletics meet has attracted a star-studded line-up including sprint king Usain Bolt and long distance master Kenenisa Bekele, organisers said. Olympic and world champion Shelly-Ann Fraser of Jamaica will run in the 100m sprint in the Swiss city on August 19, while US 400m world champion Sanya Richards-Ross and Allyson Felix, a two-time Olympic silver medallist and three-time world champion in the 200m, will face off over one lap. The meeting will be one of the last in the Diamond League series which begins on Saturday in Doha, and act as a final for 16 of the 32 events.