Monty Finds Buyer, but It's Not Jose; SPORTS AGENDA

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Monty Finds Buyer, but It's Not Jose; SPORTS AGENDA


Byline: CHARLES SALE

RYDER CUP hero Colin Montgomerie's painful divorce will move a crucial step nearer completion with the imminent sale of the family mansion in Oxshott, Surrey.

The [pounds sterling]6million house, reduced in price in June due to the slow property market, is expected to be sold within the next fortnight to a businessman - and not Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho, as has been rumoured throughout the summer.

Montgomerie has described losing the house to help fund his divorce settlement with former wife Eimaer as 'incredibly difficult'. He said: 'It is emotional, there's no question. I put many, many years of strife and pressure and all my job into this house.

It is all I could have wished for. And now I have to leave.' Mourinho has not even looked around the property despite the house being ideally situated near Chelsea's new training ground at Cobham.

He prefers to rent a central London home in Belgravia.

Monty, who now lives in Battersea, has transferred his football allegiance from Leeds to Chelsea, where he was a guest in the directors' box for the recent home win over West Bromwich.

ENGLAND'S inscrutable cricket coach Duncan Fletcher didn't even twitch when his controversial fielding substitutions were mentioned in speeches at the cricket writers' dinner.

Yet Graham Thorpe's autobiography reveals pundit Geoff Boycott got under Fletcher's skin two years ago during the home series against South Africa - to the extent that there is still friction between them.

Thorpe writes: 'Duncan asked me in the West Indies in 2004 to let a matter lie, but I reminded him how upset he had been the previous year when Geoff Boycott wrote a piece criticising Duncan's attitude towards county cricket. I didn't think Duncan had yet made his peace with Boycott.'

ITV football presenter and supermum Gabby Logan, who gave birth to twins just six weeks ago, isn't waiting for Chelsea's Champions League opener against Anderlecht next week to return to work. …

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