AHEAD OF THE GAME: West Ham could head for an American recovery

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West Ham director Tripp Smith is setting up a US consortium to purchase a controlling stake in the club co-owners, David Sullivan and David d’Or.

The American billionaire, who heads the private equity firm Blackstone Group, bought 10% of the club’s shares with personal funds three years ago, but stayed in the background and was rarely seen at London Stadium.

As part of the deal three years ago Smith also supplied West Ham with a £ 9.5 million interest-free loan, which is only repayable following a change of owner.

West Ham can be settled for an American takeover as a consortium is led by Tripp Smith

To add to the intrigue, a restrictive covenant in the terms of West Ham at London Rental Stadium which prevents it from Sullivan and selling Gold expires next year, so Smith has time to put together an offer public purchasing.

A group from the Middle East are also thought to be eyeing West Ham, but given Smith’s investment and good relationships with Sullivan and Gold, an American in care is considered the most likely in the long term.

A Middle East group is also thought to be lively, but an American is more likely to take charge

A Middle East group is also thought to be lively, but an American is more likely to take charge

ARSENAL IS BEFORE MORNING, PRESS THE CALL BUTTON

Arsenal stretched the new flexible working vogue to its limits this week by hosting a press conference with Mikel Arteta for a preview of Saturday’s Premier League game against Brighton at 7:30 a.m.

Journalists were at least spared the rush hour of traffic on the M25 to get to the Arsenal training ground at London Colney as the press conference was held online, but the period did was not convenient, especially for those with young families.

In the evening, press the call button is far from Arsenal media operations under Arsène Wenger, who usually holds one of his conferences at 8:30 a.m.

Arsenal held a virtual press conference evening in advance of their trip to Brighton on Saturday

Arsenal held a virtual press conference evening in advance of their trip to Brighton on Saturday

FIRST LEAGUE BOSS OF SPIRIT ON BBC VIEWERS

Premier League executives nervously await news of the Saturday figures display clash between Bournemouth and Crystal Palace, the first high-flying game show live on the BBC since 1988.

While the expected Premier League audience record of more than 10million would boost competition in the short term, there are fears among executives that huge numbers will only increase the pressure on them for some number of top-flight games are made available on free television channels, which would reduce the value of the next contract issue.

As Sportsmail released on Thursday, there are already tensions between the Premier League and its main domestics, rights holders, Sky Sports and BT Sport, on all matches must continue to be broadcast live from the next season until that fans are allowed to return to the stadiums.

KINES OF THEIR DISTANCE

Premier League clubs are using physiotherapy teams and teamwork masseurs to ensure their players receive the necessary treatment, while respecting social-distancing guidelines.

Under the Premier League to resume training, protocols, players with muscle injuries are limited to 15 minutes of practice on treatment to reduce the risk of infection.

If some clubs have asked their medical teams to work in teams of four, change staff every 15 minutes so that they can provide one hour of treatment.

Premier League physiotherapists work in teams to respect social distance

Premier League physiotherapists work in teams to respect social distance

CORONATION OF KLOPP ROIS WILL NOT BE FREE

Sky Sports’ desire for the future of Merseyside derby available for free by screening on their Sky channel selection was a key factor in ensuring that it could take place at Goodison Park, as scheduled, rather than be moved to a neutral location.

This is the reason that greater access to television would prevent crowds from gathering outside the stadium in anticipation of the celebration of Liverpool winning their first Premier League title at the home of their city rivals. .

Following Manchester City’s victory over Arsenal however, Liverpool cannot seal the championship until Crystal Palace visits Anfield on Wednesday, although this game will only be available on Sky subscription channel.

Liverpool possible title-win match against Crystal Palace will not be in the open

Liverpool possible title-win match against Crystal Palace will not be in the open

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