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Manuel Pellegrini suffers another sporting setback after golf club tells him to join waiting list
The last minute weekend defeat by Chelsea isn the only sporting setback Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini has suffered recently.
Keen golfer Pellegrini, who is said to check out local golf courses as one of his first moves on changing clubs, wants to join the exclusive nine hole Hale club close to where he planning to set up home outside Manchester.
And the Chilean, who has enjoyed rounds as a guest at Hale, was expecting to receive membership straight away due to his high position in football, especially as the joining fee of 1,245 and annual subscription of 925 is hardly an issue.
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But Pellegrini was told that he would have to join the waiting list, just as everybody else, before being considered for membership.
A City spokeswoman said Pellegrini wanted to show his wife Carmen, who also plays golf, the Hale set up before committing to joining.
Meanwhile, another upmarket golf club Mobberley, whose owners are struggling to fund a 2.5m refurbishment that has received planning permission, would not comment on speculation inside the club that England star Gareth Barry may come to the rescue.
Paul Elliot has laid low during the FA recent racism issues as he contests a libel action brought by former Charlton star Richard Rufus. Rufus has issued High Court proceedings against Elliott for 150,000 aggravated damages after an n word text exchange was made public.
Elliott had to resign his FA and Kick It Out posts; he was favourite to head the FA inclusion advisory group and is trying to get the Rufus action struck out before it reaches court. Elliott was just one of numerous investors in a failed investment fund run by Rufus that has hit www.nflcardinalsofficialshop.com/John_Brown_Jersey_Cardinals problems here and in the US.
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Meanwhile, Wembley, who face long term competition from Tottenham proposed new ground as the home of an NFL London franchise, will be looking for the tickets for the three American football matches at the national stadium in 2014 to sell out fast to show there an appetite for NFL.
Stories are still emerging of Paolo Di Canio bizarre managerial reign at Sunderland. One is how he ordered the team bus to leave for the Premier League match at Crystal Palace without summer signing El Hadji Ba on board.
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The French midfielder had gone to collect a bag he left in his hotel room. A club spokeswoman said there was a designated leaving time but Ba received a lift and arrived at Selhurst Park before than Sunderland coach.
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