The International Cricket Council (ICC) has announced that chief executive Manu Sawhney has left the organisation with immediate effect amid allegations of misconduct.

Geoff Allardice will continue as acting chief executive of the ICC and will be supported by the governing body’s leadership team working closely with the ICC board.

Sawhney has been chief executive of the ICC since April 2019 but was placed on leave in March due to accusations of bullying against staff. The ICC did not officially disclose reasons for Sawhney’s departure.

English League One football club Bolton Wanderers has named Neil Hart (pictured left) as its new chief executive.

Hart previously served as chief executive of Premier League club Burnley, where he spent seven years. He will take up the role at Bolton immediately.

Hart’s time at Burnley included a spell leading the club’s Burnley FC in the Community programme. He previously spent eight years at Watford developing the club’s community engagement programme.

Jamey Rootes has stepped down as chief executive of Major League Soccer team Houston Dynamo after just two weeks due to personal reasons.

Rootes, the former president of the NFL’s Houston Texans, joined the Dynamo last month.

Rootes resigned as Texans president in February after 20 years in the role. His role with the Dynamo marked a return to MLS after he previously worked as president and general manager of Columbus Crew.

In a statement reported by the Houston Chronicle newspaper, the Dynamo said: “It is with great regret that Houston Dynamo Football Club announce that Jamey Rootes will step down, effective immediately, as CEO. Due to personal reasons, Jamey will take a leave of absence from the organisation. We ask that Jamey’s privacy be respected during this time.

“The club, led by president John Walker, will continue to ably manage and execute the growth initiatives that majority owner and chairman Ted Segal has previously outlined for the organisation. At an appropriate point, we look forward to welcoming Jamey back to the club as a senior advisor to Ted Segal and the organisation.”

Stephen Marriott (pictured right) has been appointed director of operations at the Sheffield Olympic Legacy Park.

Marriott has been appointed by Scarborough Group International following a development agreement with Sheffield City Council. He will oversee the development of the company’s operations at the Park.

Marriott previously worked with SGI as general manager of the Copthorne Hotel Bramall Lane in Sheffield. The Sheffield Olympic Legacy Park will include a new 2,500-seat stadium which is due to open in 2022.

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