It seems like the memory of Spygate lingers on Chelsea boss Frank Lampard. The Blues have applied for planning permission to install seven pole-mounted CCTV cameras at their training base in Cobham.
Chelsea’s architects say they want to provide a ‘proportional and unobtrusive plan to adequately protect the site from identified risks or security breaches’.
The new measures will feature “industry-leading camera and software technology to ensure that attempts to breach the perimeter are identified in real time and responded appropriately.”
Chelsea has applied to install CCTV at their Cobham training base in London
Frank Lampard was involved with Spygate when Leeds United spied his former club Derby
There will be a state-of-the-art mix of ultra-low-light cameras – which can distinguish an image in low light, and fixed thermal and infrared cameras – which can record images in the dark.
Marcelo Bielsa’s Leeds, who was stunned when he sent a worker to spy on training sessions while Lampard was a manager at Derby, will renew their rivalry with the West London club in December.
ENGLAND SNUB PENNYHILL FOR LENSBURY
England will shun Pennyhill Park and the £ 3 million performance center that the Rugby Football Union has paid for in cash to stay at the Lensbury hotel for the upcoming internationals.
Insiders say Pennyhill Park, which has a pitch to match the dimensions of Twickenham, is unpopular with players given its remote location in Bagshot, Surrey.
The training complex was built for the 2015 World Cup and was handed over to South Africa after England’s early exit.
England has shunned the Pennyhill Park training base to stay at the Lensbury Hotel
RFU sources say the decision was made because the Lensbury can separate their workforce from customers and is more economically viable because they don’t have to take over and pay for the whole complex. An RFU spokesman said, “The Lensbury provided the best performance option for our training bubble.”
Insiders added that England expects to be back at Pennyhill in the future.
MEDIA GURU TAKES ROLE WITH LIONS
The British and Irish Lions have appointed Tim Percival as head of communications for next year’s trip to South Africa. Percival, who is seconded to Northampton Saints for 12 months, previously worked as communications manager for the England team.
PAYET MOSAIC INCLUSION ANGERS HAMERS FANS
Not the best start to the season for West Ham, who seem to be finding new ways to upset their supporters. The hapless Hammers, who have lost their first two Premier League games, have created a mosaic around the outside of the London Stadium to mark the club’s 125-year history. However, the decision to place a photo of Dimitri Payet, whose bitter departure still disturbs some, between legends Sir Geoff Hurst and Martin Peters MBE has provoked an angry reaction.
“Talk about a thorn between roses,” said one. “Payet was a brilliant player, but the way he left was a shame and it doesn’t make sense.”
A mosaic celebrating West Ham’s 125th birthday, featuring a divisive ex-player
Former West Ham stat Dimitri Payet is featured on the mosaic alongside Hammers legends
West Ham sources say the mosaic sequence consists of two players from the past flanking one of more recent times and that there is a belief within the club that fans have softened towards Payet in the three years since he moved to Marseille left.
At least the Hammers have something right: a statue of Hurst, Peters and Bobby Moore is being built outside the former Olympic site.
BBC SPORT CHIEF AMONG TOP EARNERS
It may have gone unnoticed last week, but there was a newcomer to the Beeb’s top earner list. Ben Gallop, BBC Sport’s head of digital and radio, made between £ 150,000 and £ 154,999.
Readers of this column may recall that Gallop was the senior management member who released the news in a terse email that Chief Executioner Mike Carr, heavily involved in weakening content as part of the ongoing pursuit of a younger audience , went away. “He’s the boss in the department,” an insider explained, “so it’s no surprise he makes the list.” As expected, Carr has set up a new podcast company along with former former Beeb employees Steve Jones, Tom Fordyce and Louise Gwilliam.
BBC Sport, head of digital and radio, Ben Gallop is one of the Beeb’s top earners
TOPFLIGHT CLUBS GROW FRUSTRATED WITH THE GOVERNMENT
The government is growing frustrated among Premier League clubs about lack of clarity about the return of supporters. Many have already started making contingency plans with Manchester United, for example sending text messages to supporters who paid for season tickets to offer them a refund.
BIELSA REQUESTS EXTENSIVE MEDIA OBLIGATIONS
Leeds boss Marcelo Bielsa and the club’s communications team had talks with Premier League officials last week over the top flight’s media demands. Insiders say concerns have been raised about the number of interviews required with rights holders, adding that the discussions were amicable.
Bielsa isn’t a big fan of speaking one-on-one with the media and would rather treat them all equally, but the club was told the rules are the same for everyone and the Argentinian performed all his duties after 4-3. victory over Fulham on Saturday.
Marcelo Bielsa and Leeds United have questioned the Premier League’s media demands
LOOK FOR MARKETING CHIEF AT PREMIERSHIP RUGBY
Premiership Rugby is seeking a new chief marketing officer from the incumbent to retire after less than seven months in the position. Zoe Clapp joined UKTV on February 24th after 15 years and was responsible for overseeing marketing and branding, events, communications, social and digital products.
Clapp moves to YouTube, where she becomes UK Marketing Director. Insiders say Clapp is leaving to pursue a once in a lifetime opportunity and will be missed.
YAYA MISSES ON BORO MOVE DESPITE QUARANTINING
Think about poor former Arsenal forward Yaya Sanogo who saw a move to Middlesbrough collapse earlier this month.
The Frenchman, a free agent after leaving Toulouse, had spent two weeks in quarantine at a hotel on the Rockliffe training ground in Middlesbrough before making the switch, but failed to receive medical treatment as his hopes for a return to English football was out of control.
The news also dealt a blow to Covid-suffering Middlesbrough boss Neil Warnock, though he soon brought in another former shooter, Chuba Akpom of Greek club PAOK.
Yaya Sanogo missed a move to Middlesbrough despite 14 days of quarantine