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Arsenal chief exec Ivan Gazidis gain £1m bonus despite no trophies

Arsenal chief executive Ivan Gazidis received an extraordinary annual bonus of more than £1million in a year when the club won no silverware and commercial revenues were flat.

In total, Gazidis was paid a whopping package of £2.648m, making him the second highest paid football club executive in the Premier League behind Manchester United's executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward.

The numbers are included in the Arsenal club accounts sent to shareholders. Gazidis's pay rose by nearly £400,000 for the year ending June 2016, despite Arsenal's lack of success. Woodward is understood to earn around £3m a year but United's complex accounting system does not reveal the exact figure.

England captain Wayne Rooney now has former FA media chief Mark Whittle in his corner.

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Whittle, one of the casualties of the mass FA redundancy programme, has joined the Triple S agency to work with agent Paul Stretford in looking after Rooney. 

Wayne and wife Coleen's PR, including all the crises on and off the field, has been handled for the last 13 years by the formidable Ian Monk. It is not clear what Monk's future role might be with the Rooneys or Stretford.

Unlike the FA, who had no plan in place following Sam Allardyce's demise, the European Ryder Cup captaincy looks to have a plan of succession for the next three editions. 

So it is expected to be Thomas Bjorn in 2018, Padraig Harrington in 2020 and Lee Westwood in 2022, which also shares the leadership around three countries.

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