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Former Crystal Palace owner Simon Jordan plotting return to football after rediscovering appetite for the game

Simon Jordan

Former Crystal Palace owner Simon Jordan is ready to return from Spain if an opportunity in English football attracts him.

Jordan, one of the most high-profile figures in the game during his decade in charge of Palace, has recovered his appetite for football during six years in Marbella.

Despite investing £30million in the south London club, he was forced to walk away from Selhurst Park when they went into administration.

Jordan, who railed against the football authorities and agents while owning Palace, has no set role in mind. But he says he is refreshed and ready to make another contribution, having watched the way football is going.

‘I’ve had a very expensive education in football which I can put to good use, especially as the game is becoming entwined with the entertainment business,’ said Jordan. ‘I can even see myself involved in an ethical agency helping clubs and players — despite how critical I’ve been about agents in the past.

‘Pirate streaming of matches is becoming a major problem and I think that’s one of the reasons why the arrogant Big Six clubs in the Premier League are rowing back from going it alone. They need the collective power to control the problem.’


The one certainty about the FA Cup fifth round draw on The One Show next Monday is that it will not prove anywhere near as amusing as its Scottish equivalent this week.

The hilarious antics of Rod Stewart, as he theatrically swooped with his hand to draw the balls out of the bag, having made the most of the hospitality at Airdrie while cheering on Celtic, is YouTube comedy gold. Jake Humphrey, Robbie Savage and Gareth Southgate, who are due to conduct the draw on the BBC, have a lot to live up to.

It hasn’t been the best of times for Kate Gallafent QC, who was replaced as the head of the FA’s inquiry into child sex abuse when it emerged after her appointment that she was also involved defending the Catholic Church on the same subject.

Gallafent was the barrister representing Jamaican sprinter Nesta Carter in his failed appeal, following a positive drugs test that has cost 4x100m relay colleague Usain Bolt one of his nine Olympic gold medals.

The ECB look like they have settled on the Desert Springs complex in Almeria, southern Spain, as their warm-weather base after director of cricket Andrew Strauss led a delegation there last week.

The plan is for the academy to move there during winter months, whenever the Loughborough headquarters do not meet requirements. Desert Springs is where England head coach Trevor Bayliss got to know the players on a training camp before the 2015 Ashes triumph.

The Lawn Tennis Association, in their wisdom, have chosen general headhunters Spencer Stuart to find them a chief executive rather than a specialist sports recruiter. It is understood the LTA made the choice because the appointment is likely to come from outside sport. Yet what the LTA need is a leader with a strong knowledge of high-performance tennis.

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