RON GOURLAY was today named as the new chief execu- tiveatChelsea,replacingPeter Kenyon who announced his departure yesterday. Gourlay, 46, said: It is a huge honourtobeofferedthechance to lead Chelsea. We have a fantastic team both on and off the field and those teams can move us on to even greater success. To be responsible for that is a fantastic challenge and I will be giving it my total commit- ment, drive and energy. All successful clubs strike the balance between the foot- balling and commercial sides and my role is to ensure this happens as it is a critical part of our strategy moving forward. Gourlay has been at Chelsea for five years in a variety of roles and until yesterday the chief operatingofficeratStam- ford Bridge. He has more than 25 years of experience in foot- ball and past senior jobs includeworkingatManchester United and Umbro. Chelsea chairman Bruce Buck said: Ron was the out- standing candidate for the job. It was not necessary to look outside as we had someone with all the necessary attributes inside which was important as it ensures conti- n u i t y a n d a s m o o t h transition. Gourlay was named as hot favourite for the job in earlier editions of LiteSport today. Buck said Gourlay had the full support of the board and the clubs owner, Roman Abramovich. He added: We are absolutely confident that he can now take us forward into the next stage of our development as a club and business. Kenyon, who insists he has at least one major challenge left, will continue at the club on UEFA and the ECA commit- tees and will be one of the representatives in the Gael Kakuta case, regardless of whether it is heard after his 31 October departure date. London Lite Thursday, 17 September 2009 33 ARSENAL P4 W2 D0 L2 Pts6 ARSENE WENGER hopes Robin van Persie will have shaken off a knee problem in time to face Wigan on Saturday. NEXT FIVE GAMES: Sat Wigan (h) Sep 22 WBA (CC R3, h) 26 Fulham (a) 29 Olympiacos (CL GRP, h) Oct 4 Blackburn (h) CHELSEA P5 W5 D0 L0 Pts15 ALEXS groin injury is being assessed closely this week as Carlo Ancelotti wants to know when hell be available. NEXT FIVE GAMES: Sun Tottenham (h) Sep 23 QPR (CC R3, h) 26 Wigan (a) 30 Nicosia (CL GRP, a) Oct 4 Liverpool (h) FULHAM P4 W2 D0 L2 Pts6 MARK SCHWARZER needs to prove he can overcome a stiff neck in order to face CSKA Sofia. NEXT FIVE GAMES:TonCSKASofia(EL Grp,a)SunWolves(a)Sep23ManCity(CC R3,a)26Arsenal(h)Oct1Basle(ELGrp,h) TOTTENHAM P5 W4 D0 L1 Pts12 JERMAINE JENAS has spoken about his joy to be back in the Tottenham first-team after an injury lay-off. He said: When youve been on the sidelines for so long it gets you down. NEXT FIVE GAMES: Sun Chelsea (a) Sep23 Preston (CC R3, a) 26 Burnley (h) Oct 3 Bolton (a) 17 Portsmouth (a) WEST HAM P4 W1 D1 L2 Pts4 MATTHEW UPSON insists the pressures of captaincy havent affected his game this season. You are probably aware of the responsibility a little bit more on the pitch but it doesnt affect the way I play, he said. NEXT FIVE GAMES: Sat Liverpool (h) Sep 22 Bolton (CC R3, a) 28 Man City (a) Oct 4 Fulham (h) 17 Stoke (a). CHAMPIONSHIP CRYSTAL PALACE P6 W1 D2 L3 Pts5 NICK CARLE is in line to start against Derby on Saturday as Neil Warnock attempts to notch Palaces first home win of the season. NEXT FIVE GAMES: Sat Derby (h) Sep 26 WBA (a) 29 Sheff Wed (h) Oct 3 Blackpool (h) 17 Cardiff (a) QPR P6 W1 D4 L1 Pts7 DEFENDER Fitz Hall faces a race against time to be fit for Saturdays match with Cardiff. The stopper has been nursing a groin injury. NEXT FIVE GAMES:SatCardiff(a) Sep 23Chelsea(CCR3,a)26Barnsley(h)30 Newcastle(a)Oct 3 Swansea (a) READING P7 W1 D3 L3 Pts6 BRENDAN RODGERS insists rumours of a take- over wont affect his players after last nights 1-0 defeat against Cardiff. NEXT FIVE GAMES: Sat Peterborough (a) Sep 26 Watford (h) 29 Preston (a) Oct 3 Middlesbrough (h) 17 West Brom (a) WATFORD P7 W3 D3 L1 Pts12 MALKY MACKAY has spoken of his delight at capturing Craig Cathcart on loan from Manchester United. He said: Hes an experienced Championship footballer who has played over 30 games for Plymouth. NEXT FIVE GAMES: Sat Leicester (h) Sep 26 Reading (a) 29 Coventry (h) Oct 3 Cardiff (a) 17 Middlesbrough (a) LEAGUE ONE BRENTFORD P7 W2 D4 L1 Pts10 SAM WOOD has earned high praise from boss Andy Scott since joining from Bromley two years ago. Scott said: His physical, mental and tactical improvement is a credit to everyone at the club. NEXT FIVE GAMES: Sat Bristol R (h) Sep 26 Yeovil (a) 29 Southend (h) Oct 3 Swindon (h) 9 Hartlepool (a) CHARLTON P7 W6 D1 L0 Pts19 LEON McKENZIE is poised to make his debut against his former club Norwich on Saturday. NEXT FIVE GAMES: Sat Norwich (a) Sep 26 Exeter (h) 29 Colchester (a) Oct 3 Leeds (a) 6 Barnet (h) GILLINGHAM P7 W3 D1 L3 Pts10 CHARLTON are certain to whack a 24-hour recall clause on any loan deal for striker Chris Dickson with Mark Stimson set to make his move before the weekend. NEXT FIVE GAMES: Sat Leeds (a) Sep 26 Norwich (h), Oct 3 Southampton (a) 6 Norwich (JPT R2, h) 10 Wycombe (h) LEYTON ORIENT P7 W1 D3 L3 Pts6 TWO TRIALISTS had a tough time as the reserves lost 4-1 to Gillingham yesterday. Samson King and Laurence Gaughan started alongside former Spurs winger Rohan Ricketts. NEXT FIVE GAMES: Sat Stockport (a) Sep 26 Millwall (h) 29 Norwich (a) Oct 3 Wycombe (a) 6 Brighton (JPT R2, h) MILLWALL P7 W1 D4 L2 Pts7 ASHLEY GRIMES pulled up with a hamstring during the reserve teams win over Eastbourne on Tuesday night and will be out for at least two weeks. NEXT FIVE GAMES: Sat Huddersfield (h) Sep 26 Orient (a) 29 Yeovil (h) Oct 3 Tranmere (h) 10 Swindon (a) SOUTHEND P7 W1 D5 L1 Pts8 DUTCH striker Prince Rajcomar is on trial at Roots Hall from KR Reykjavik. NEXT FIVE GAMES: Sat Brighton (a) Sep 26 Oldham (h) 29 Brentford (a) Oct 3 Stockport (a) 6 MK Dons (JPT R2,a) WYCOMBE P7 W1 D2 L4 Pts5 STUART BEAVON puts his impressive form down to an injury-free pre-season. Im feeling fitter than ever now, he said. NEXT FIVE GAMES: Sat MK Dons (h) Sep 26 Swindon (a) 29 Tranmere (h) Oct 3 Orient (h) 10 Gillingham (a) LEAGUE TWO BARNET P7 W4 D2 L1 Pts14 ALBERT JARRETT is on stand-by to fill in for Albert Adomah at Bradford. 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RE EUROPE (L&B 16/09) Spurs fans enjoy EastEnders tonight as Ill be watching Fulham in Europe! Paul WESTO (L&B 16/09) thanks for the player lesson. Surely that makes it worse, as at least Adebayor had a reason to do it! Henry was being purely provocative. Deano RE RENAULT (L&B 16/09) how stupid are Briatore and Symonds? Bad enough to ask a driver to crash, but one they must have already been considering sacking? Dave NETTIEG (L&B 16/09) why shouldnt Freddie refuse a central contract? He doesnt know yet if hell ever play again, so surely it makes sense to set up as big a pay- day as you can before its too late Sharkey NETTIEG (L&B 16/09) Flintoff is just the latest sportsman to show, despite all the badge kissing and all that, theres only one thing they care about. Nesbit RE FEDERER (L&B 16/09) John Lloyd has the nerve to question Roger Federers hunger after losing the US Open final. Remind us John, what did you ever achieve? Charles S To be considered for publication, texts must be submitted with name and address or postcode. Please restrict messages to 25 WORDS. Thanks. >>Text TELLUS to 65800 followed by a space and your messageEach text costs 50p plus standard network charges >>Text LL RANT to 65400 Terms apply. See thisislondon.co.uk/lite LITESPORT Gourlay named new chief exec at ChelseaBY NEAL COLLINS Cole fired up for his big return JOE COLE has given Chelsea a major boost after playing the full 90 minutes for the reserves in their 5-1 victory over Ipswich yesterday. Cole missed the start of the season after knee surgery in July. The England midfielder was named captain as the reserves strolled to victory at their training ground complex in Cobham. Portuguese defender Paulo Ferreira also made a successful comeback. WHERE WILL KENYON GO? Praise: Brentfords Sam Wood Do Ron, Ron: Gourlay, who was named Chelsea chief exec today Yesterday, Peter Kenyon said he had one last challenge left in him. Paddy Power are offering odds of 4-7 that means Man City, 9/1 on Spurs or Birmingham.