City consider exit from Maine Road

Manchester City could be set to leave Maine Road and move to a new 70,000 capacity stadium.

Francis Lee, the club's chairman, has confirmed the First Division club are looking at moving to a new venue which is under construction at Eastlands for the Commonwealth Games in 2002.

Lee was speaking as plans were unveiled at Maine Road, City's home of 77 years, for a second temporary stand to fit in an extra 2,000 fans for the forthcoming season.

Wolves have lost their appeal against the pounds 250,000 they were ordered to pay Leicester for goalkeeper Zeljko Kalac. The Molineux club were told to pay the money last September, despite not signing the Australian due to problems over a work permit. Leicester successfully argued then that Wolves had reneged on buying the player.

Des Hamilton, the Newcastle wing-back bought for pounds 1.25m from Bradford, is expected to be out of action for only a few weeks, rather than a few months which was feared after he injured his right ankle in Sunday's 3- 2 friendly defeat by Juventus.

Brentford are looking for a new manager five days before the start of the new season after Dave Webb accepted the role of chief executive.

Norwegian defender Jon Olav Hjelde has completed his pounds 600,000 move to Nottingham Forest and is likely to take the place of Colin Cooper for Saturday's match at Port Vale.

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