AHEAD THE GAME: Harry Kane’s brother Charlie is criticized for his handling of Tottenham’s star attempt to leave the club… but agent was NOT involved in six-year contract negotiations
- Harry Kane Is Considered The Only Client Of Charlie’s CK66 Player Management
- The FA will find out next week if England are playing a game behind closed doors
- The English Champions League quartet will find out if their fans can travel abroad
- West Ham must bolster their ground crew after Monday’s field embarrassment
Harry Kane’s brother Charlie has been widely criticized for his handling of the England captain’s bid to leave Tottenham this summer.
But he was not responsible for the six-year contract that gave the club such a strong hand and ultimately led to their talisman striker staying in north London.
Kane’s contract was negotiated by his previous representatives, Unique Sports Management, who were unable to arrange an escape clause when that deal was signed in the run-up to the 2018 World Cup.
Kane then left USM to join the agency founded by his brother, CK66 Player Management, for whom he is their only known client.
Charlie Kane (top right) was not responsible for negotiating his brother Harry’s six-year deal
The contract gave Tottenham a strong hand as they fend off Manchester City’s interest
Watch the gap! Top four continues to splash the money on wages
The Premier League’s top four are in danger of further diverging from the rest of the top in terms of purchasing power, with none of their rivals willing to impose wages of more than £100,000 a week this summer.
Manchester City, Liverpool, Manchester United and Chelsea were already clearly visible in the wage competition and the gap looks set to widen as the financial impact of the pandemic becomes apparent.
Elite clubs such as Manchester City and Chelsea continue to far outperform most of the league
While Arsenal, the fifth-placed payer, has been active in the market spending £130m, the club has also made a clear effort to cut their wage bill, offering relatively modest terms to the largely young players they have signed. .
Martin Odegaard and Ben White both signed deals worth around £70,000 a week, with Aaron Ramsdale getting around £50,000, while Emile Smith Rowe and Kieran Tierney both signed contract extensions for less than £100,000.
Tottenham and Everton are keeping wages tight, unlike the lavish deals given to the likes of Jack Grealish, Romelu Lukaku and now Cristiano Ronaldo.
England brace for fan suspension after chaos at Wembley
The FA will find out next week if England will be forced to play one of their UEFA Nations League matches behind closed doors at Wembley later this season as punishment for the crowd disturbances that marred the European Championship final.
The governing body received four separate charges from UEFA relating to fan misconduct at Wembley before and during England’s penalty defeat to Italy, with possible penalties ranging from a fine, a conditional closure of the stadium to a ban on fans from playing matches. of the national team.
The first five games of the season in England are all FIFA World Cup qualifiers, so any stadium closures would apply before the start of their next UEFA Nations League campaign next spring.
English fans are in the dark about travel rules
Fans of Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City and Manchester United are still in the dark about whether they will be able to attend away games from the Champions League this season, after Thursday’s draw produced several ravishing ties.
Chelsea and City fans in particular would normally plan exciting trips to see their teams play against Juventus and Paris Saint-Germain, but UEFA has yet to decide whether away supporters will be allowed to participate.
Manchester City fans hope to witness a repeat of last season’s win at Paris Saint-Germain
The European governing body banned travel support from the preliminaries this summer and that ban could be extended to the group stage.
FIFA has opted to prevent traveling fans from attending next month’s World Cup qualifiers, preventing England fans from traveling to Hungary and Poland.
Hammers don’t pitch perfectly
West Ham have taken immediate action to try and improve the quality of their pitch, which was shown as subpar to live television audiences during Monday’s Premier League win over Leicester, by bolstering their ground staff.
The club are looking for two more members to join Groundsman Dougie Robertson’s squad at London Stadium, where the playing surface appeared uneven for some time after Sportsmail revealed it had suffered an outbreak of mold earlier this year.
Manager David Moyes applauds the club’s effort to give his side better playing conditions, although the condition of the pitch didn’t stop them from beating Leicester 4-1 to top the league table.
West Ham have taken swift action to improve the quality of their East London pitch