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Swansea City transfer news as stance on two managerial candidates revealed and ex-Arsenal starlet linked
Here's your round-up of all the latest Swansea City news for Wednesday, June 14. Hoefkens and Maloney links played down Swansea City insiders have played down links with Belgian boss Carl Hoefkens. Reports in Belgium claim the 44-year-old has emerged as a candidate for both Swansea and Leicester City, who are looking for a new boss this summer themselves following the expiration of Dean Smith's short-term deal at the club. READ MORE: Former Swansea City and Chelsea manager John Hollins dies aged 76 However, sources in the East Midlands claim Enzo Maresca, Scott Parker, and indeed Smith, are likely to all be ahead of Hoefkens in the pecking order to take over at the King Power. Likewise, there are already doubts that the former Club Brugge boss will take the reins at SA1, although a move hasn't been categorically ruled out. Similarly, Wigan boss Shaun Maloney isn't believed to be a serious contender at this stage, despite recent links. Hoefkens' representatives declined to comment on the links when approached by WalesOnline. Davies admirers grow Football Scotland is the latest outlet to tip Chris Davies as the front-runner for the Swansea City Job. WalesOnline has already learned that Davies, who's been out of work since leaving his assistant's role at Leicester City, is a leading contender to take over, although there are believed to be at least two other candidates under consideration. And our colleagues in Scotland have now suggested Brendan Rodgers, who's seemingly set to seal a return to Celtic, may now have to look elsewhere for a number two. Rodgers and Davies have enjoyed a hugely successful working relationship, which ironically began when the Northern Irishman was in charge of the Swans. They have since gone on to work together at Liverpool, Celtic and, most recently, Leicester City. The suggestion is Davies is keen to make it on his own as a manager, although the same report claims Swansea aren't the only ones believed to be interested in offering him a head coach role, while Ange Postecoglou is also keen on making Davies part of his new-look coaching team at Tottenham Hotspur. Southampton officially a Championship club Southampton's status as a Championship club has now become official, as their wrangling over compensation for Swansea City boss Russell Martin continues. The clause in Martin's current Swansea contract dictates that a Premier League club would have to pay a higher compensation fee than a Championship club if they were to prise Martin away. Despite being relegated from the Premier League, Swansea initially suggested the approach for Martin was made when the Saints were still a Premier League club. There has since been a suggestion that Southampton would be prepared to wait until their Championship status was fully ratified by the EFL, before pushing a move for Martin through. The saga has now drawn on into a third week, and it's understood that Southampton's status as a second-tier side was officially confirmed at the EFL's AGM, which was held towards the end of last week. However, at the time of writing, there hasn't yet been any movement on Martin's potential exit. Swans eye Swanson Swansea City are reportedly keeping tabs on Portsmouth right-back Zak Swanson. According to Football Insider , the 22-year-old has caught the attention of the Swans and Championship rivals Coventry City, having impressed for Portsmouth last season. Swanson made 25 appearances for Pompey in all competitions last term, netting two goals and chipping in with an assist. The defender joined the club last summer, after coming through the ranks at Arsenal, and had a loan spell in Holland with MVV Maastricht in 2020. He had previously been training with Arsenal's first team and was named on the bench for a number of Premier League games in the 2021-22 season. READ NEXT: Swansea City unveil new main shirt sponsor in 'nostalgic reunion' with former fan favourite Swansea City legend Lee Trundle signs for team in third tier of Welsh football Swansea City announce US-based businessman Nigel Morris has joined board and made investment in club Football Association of Wales appoint its first ever chairwoman to board
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Star Wars Director Says It's About Time A Woman Makes A Star Wars Movie
Jan 02, 2024
Oscar-winning documentary filmmaker Sharmeed Obaid-Chinoy is directing an upcoming Star Wars movie that brings back Daisy Ridley in the role of Rey. Obaid-Chinoy will become the first woman to direct a Star Wars film, dating back to the franchise's origins in the 1970s. Speaking about this, Obaid-Chinoy told CNN that she is "very thrilled" to make the movie and create something that is "very special.""We're in 2024 now, and I think it's about time we had a woman come forward to shape the story in a galaxy far, far away," she said.Obaid-Chinoy won Best Documentary, Short Subjects Academy Awards for Saving Face (2012) and A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness (2015).In 2020, Lucasfilm boss Kathleen Kennedy told the BBC that a woman would eventually direct a Star Wars movie, saying that would "absolutely" happen, "without question." Victoria Mahoney was a second unit director on The Rise of Skywalker, but a woman has never claimed a top directing credit on a Star Wars movie.On the TV side of things, The Mandalorian has featured a number of female directors, including Deborah Chow and Bryce Dallas Howard. Chow went on to direct the Obi-Wan TV series, too.Another high-profile franchise that has never had a female director is James Bond. Producer Barbara Broccoli and Skyfall director Sam Mendes have both said they want to see a woman direct a future 007 film.As for Obaid-Chinoy's Star Wars movie, little is known about it apart from the fact that Ridley will come back to play Rey. It is expected that this film will be the first of the three new Star Wars films to come to theaters, possibly releasing in December 2025.According to a report, Peaky Blinders creator Steven Knight is writing the Rey movie, taking over for Damon Lindelof and Justin Britt-Gibson.
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NBA Names Clare Akamanzi CEO Of NBA Africa
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The NBA named Clare Akamanzi – an accomplished business executive and international trade and investment lawyer – as CEO of NBA Africa. Akamanzi will start her position on Jan. 23, 2024, and report to NBA Deputy Commissioner and Chief Operating Officer Mark Tatum. In this role, Akamanzi will oversee the NBA’s business and basketball development efforts in Africa and will be responsible for continuing to grow the popularity of basketball, the NBA and the Basketball Africa League (BAL) across the continent, including through grassroots basketball development, media distribution, corporate partnerships, and social responsibility initiatives that improve the livelihoods of African youth and families. For the last six and a half years, Akamanzi was CEO of Rwanda Development Board (RDB), where she spearheaded Rwanda’s economic development by enabling private sector growth. Under Akamanzi’s leadership, RDB implemented several business policy reforms and initiatives that led to significant investment and development for the country, including through partnerships with the BAL, Arsenal FC, Paris Saint-Germain FC, FC Bayern Munich and TIME Magazine, among others. “Clare’s business acumen, international experience and familiarity with basketball and the NBA make her the ideal executive to lead our business in Africa,” says Tatum. “NBA Africa and the Basketball Africa League are well-positioned for continued growth, and under Clare’s leadership we believe these initiatives will transform economies, communities and lives across the continent.” “I’ve seen firsthand how sports can positively impact businesses, families and communities in Africa, and the NBA and the BAL are a perfect example of that,” says Akamanzi. “The NBA has done an incredible job growing basketball and the economy around it across the continent, and I’m excited about the enormous opportunities ahead to build on that momentum.” Previously, Akamanzi was Chief Operating Officer of RDB and Head of Strategy and Policy Unit, Office of the President of the Republic of Rwanda. She has extensive international trade, business and diplomatic experience, having previously worked for the Rwandan Government at the World Trade Organization in Geneva, Switzerland and at the Rwandan Embassy in London, England. Akamanzi has worked or studied in seven different countries and holds an honorary LLD from Concordia University in Montreal, Canada, in recognition of her work in Rwanda. She earned a master’s degree in public administration from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where she was the recipient of three prestigious awards for academic excellence and distinguished contribution to the community: the Lucius N. Littauer Fellows Award, the Raymond & Josephine Vernon Award and the Robert Kennedy Public Service Award. In addition, Akamanzi holds a Master of Laws degree in international trade and investments from the University of Pretoria in South Africa, and a Bachelor of Laws degree from Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda. Akamanzi has served on several company boards, including the World Health Organization (WHO) Foundation, ECOBANK and Aviation, Travel and Logistics (ATL) company. She was recognized by Forbes as one of Africa’s Top 50 Powerful Women in 2020.
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