(BBC) – Brazil winger, Willian, has confirmed he has left Chelsea after seven years at the club.Willian, 32, missed Chelsea’s Champions League defeat by Bayern Munich on Saturday with an ankle injury and is now out of contract.BBC Sport reported last week that Arsenal were closing in on a deal for the midfielder.“The time has now come to move on,” Willian wrote in an open letter to Chelsea fans.“I leave with my head held high, safe in the knowledge that I won things here and always did my best in a Chelsea shirt.”He made 339 appearances for the club after signing from Russian side, Anzhi Makhachkala, for £30m in 2013, becoming one of the most popular players at Stamford Bridge in the process.He has won five major honours with the Blues, including two Premier League titles and the Europa League, and won the club’s players’ player of the year award twice.“There were so many happy times, some sad, there were trophies and it was always very intence,” he added.
While former ESPN executive John Wildhack won’t be introduced as Syracuse’s next Director of Athletics until Tuesday, Interim AD Daniel French and Rick Burton discussed the hiring on Wednesday.Take a look at what they said at the press conference. Comments Related Stories 8 things to know about new Syracuse Director of Athletics John WildhackStorify: Syracuse community reacts to Syracuse naming John Wildhack its new ADStorify: ESPN employees react to Syracuse hiring John Wildhack as new ADSyracuse University hires former ESPN exec John Wildhack as new Director of Athletics Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on July 6, 2016 at 4:53 pm
Whilst all UK bookmakers undertake major adjustments to their retail portfolios in 2019, countering FOBTs reduction impacts, Irish bookmaker Boylesports is reported to be preparing for its UK highstreet debut.The Irish Examiner reports that Dundalk-based Boylesports, Ireland’s second largest retail bookmaker is the final stages of acquiring a number of independent bookmakers located in northern Britain.Ever since 2014, Boylesports has mulled competing against UK legacy bookmakers within the crowded retail betting scene, with John Boyle Founder and former Chief Executive of the firm, stating that the bookmaker had reached its ‘peak operating capacity in Ireland’.In 2016, John Boyle launched a £100 million bid to acquire Ladbrokes-Coral’s 350 betting shop ‘merger off-cuts’ which were forced for sale by the UK Competitions & Markets Authority (CMA).Boyle’s 2016 attempt to enter the UK market, would be dashed by established incumbents Betfred and Stan James, who won the CMA bids to takeover Ladbrokes Coral merger betting shop offloads.Now led by Conor Gray (CEO), Boylesports is reported to acquiring approximately 100 independent bookmakers, seeking to establish an initial northern UK presence.The Dundalk enterprise chooses to make its UK debut, in what analysts firmly believe will be a year of rupture for all UK retail betting incumbents, as the government approved FOBTs £2 stake reduction comes into effect in April 2019.Undaunted by the tough UK prospects, Boylesports executives’ detail that the company will deliver a comprehensive betting solution in 2019, in which its new UK retail network enhances its established UK digital presence, boosting future corporate growth. Share BoyleSports signs Coventry City sponsorship August 21, 2020 GVC ‘surprised’ at widening of HMRC’s Turkey investigation July 21, 2020 Related Articles Submit StumbleUpon Share GVC absorbs retail shocks as business recalibrates for critical H2 trading August 13, 2020