Football: Macari move put on hold

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LOU MACARI was the subject of lengthy but unproductive talks between Celtic and Stoke City yesterday, after the English club asked for compensation of around pounds 500,000 for losing their manager, writes David McKinney.

Celtic, who are prepared to pay pounds 75,000, cannot speak to Macari until a compromise has been reached. The former Parkhead player is the man Celtic want to replace Liam Brady, who resigned last week.

Peter Coates, the Stoke chairman, said: 'We have spoken to Celtic but have not reached agreement on a compensation figure.' The clubs are expected to have further talks today and tomorrow to sort out a settlement.

Leeds United are the first club to ask Everton to name their price for the transfer-listed Ian Snodin, the midfielder who left Elland Road for Goodison Park in an pounds 840,000 move in 1987.

The Sunderland chairman, Bob Murray, yesterday pledged to give his 51 per cent controlling ownership of the club to a charitable trust - on condition that the club's plans for a 40,000 all-seat stadium are given the go-ahead next month. Nissan, who have a local car manufacturing plant, have objected to the scheme because of anticipated traffic problems.

'It was never my desire to see ownership of Sunderland Football Club passed down to my family,' Murray said. 'This is the perfect opportunity for me to pass control of the club to the people of Wearside and the north-east.'

Southampton's England Under-21 defender, Richard Hall, needs an ankle operation and will be out for a further 12 weeks. He has not played since August.

Wimbledon's home Premiership fixture against Ipswich has been switched from Saturday week to Monday 25 October, and will be televised live by BSkyB.