France's Macron to address situation in Lebanon on Sunday: Presidency    Thousands protest COVID-19 restrictions in central London    Iran prepares to impose new coronavirus lockdowns as cases rise    Al-Azhar urges Egyptians to confront destabilisation plots    Ethiopian PM says Addis Ababa has 'no intention of harming' Egypt, Sudan with GERD    Ukraine plane crash death toll rises to 26, with 1 survivor    Russia given 5 more months to fix 'deficient' doping plan    Liverpool boss Klopp backs Premier League sides helping struggling EFL teams    Manchester City's injured Jesus ruled out of Brazil qualifiers    UK pledges over $400 million for WHO, calls for end to 'ugly rifts'    Egypt's Assiut, Sohag int'l airports receive first Saudi Airlines flights since resumption of air traffic    Egypt's central banks cuts interest rates by 50 bps    'It's important to show our ingenuity': Nigerian collector promotes local artistic heritage amidst Black Lives Matter    EgyptAir receives 11th Airbus A220-300 from Canada    3 policemen, 4 prisoners killed in Cairo jailbreak attempt    Last-minute bids    Wust El Balad band gives a concert at the Fountain theatre    Khan Almaghraby gallery group exhibition is a must go    Egyptian insurance companies' premiums 9.6% up in five months    Egypt's President Sisi names new head of anti-corruption watchdog    Egypt's c.bank offers 18 bln pounds T-bills on Sunday    EgyptAir offering discounts for some international flights    Egypt records 212 new coronavirus cases, 14 deaths on Saturday    Egypt to require PCR coronavirus tests for airport travelers    Egypt sends 125 tonnes of glass by sea to Beirut    Legend Messi officially wants to leave Barcelona, hands transfer request    Global smartphone sales drop 20% in Q2, yet Apple's iPhone sales steady    Sisi: Egypt keen on establishing development projects with Iraq, Jordan    Egyptian megastar Amr Diab releases new hit music video    Making of Harry Potter will be available for fans at new park in Tokyo    Egypt's Senate elections official results to be announced Wednesday    Netflix Egypt is bringing megastar Amr Diab back with a new original    Egypt reopens Rafah border crossing for first time since April    Egypt's senate elections 2020 trending on social media in few days    African Champions League final will be played on Oct. 16-17, CAF says    No room to delay Egyptian Premier League games – EFA's board member    The Facebook Preacher's Search for Fame, and Egypt's Economy    Egypt calls on UNSC to address oil spill risks off Yemen coast    Egypt economically strong in face of COVID-19, reforms ongoing: International Cooperation Minister    Arafa Holding reports $144,000 COVID-19-related losses in April    Egypt's efforts in Libya to activate free will of Libyan people: Al-Sisi    Hyksos campaigns were internal takeover, not foreign invaders: study    COVID-19 affects Egypt sporting clubs    COVID-19 will soon turn to seasonal like swine flu: Presidential Health Advisor    ‘Egypt's Support' coalition convenes to discuss its Senate election list    Robbery attempt leads to discovery of Ptolemaic monuments in Qena    Flouting international guidance, Ethiopia unilaterally starts filling its Nile dam    Zaha speaks out after online racial abuse    







Thank you for reporting!
This image will be automatically disabled when it gets reported by several people.





Australian club that gave Bolt trial face uncertain future
Published in Ahram Online on 04 - 08 - 2020

Australian soccer club Central Coast Mariners, who brought in Olympic sprint great Usain Bolt for a high-profile trial in 2018, face an uncertain future with its chairman/owner saying on Tuesday he is leaving the team.
Mike Charlesworth, who helped save the Gosford-based strugglers from financial ruin in 2013, said he would sell his majority stake or hand it back to the A-League if he could not find a buyer.
“After 10 years of involvement with the Mariners, I feel the time is right for me to now step aside and to look for a new investor to take on the ownership of the Club,” the Briton said in a club statement.
The Mariners, who beat Melbourne Victory 3-2 in western Sydney on Monday in their last game of the season, will finish bottom for the fourth time in five campaigns.
Mariners Chief Executive Shaun Mielekamp told Australian media he was “optimistic” a buyer could be found to keep the team on the Central Coast but conceded its future was unknown.
Charlesworth's chairmanship started in 2013 with an immediate triumph as the Mariners claimed their maiden title under Graham Arnold.
But the club quickly fell on hard times and the chairman has angered fans for running the team on a shoestring budget.
The Mariners enjoyed a brief surge of global publicity when eight-times Olympic champion Bolt came to the sleepy Central Coast in eastern New South Wales state but the Jamaican was unable to agree terms and left after a few months.
England-based Charlesworth told Australian broadcaster SBS that he had tried to bring in investment from European clubs but the COVID-19 pandemic had changed everything.
“Everyone is suffering from top to bottom but even more so the small to medium-sized clubs,” he said.
“The global market has been very hard hit.”
(For more sports news and updates, follow Ahram Online Sports on Twitter at @AO_Sports and on Facebook at AhramOnlineSports.)


Clic here to read the story from its source.