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<b>Monday 7 July:</b> Sir Alan crashes, Sir Howard quits and the Northern Quarter gets £30m

Published on July 7th 2008.

SIR ALAN SUGAR crashed his own plane at City Airport Manchester this weekend. The Apprentice star blamed himself for coming into the former Barton Aerodrome too fast and too high. The entrepreneur, who has been a pilot for 30 years, played down reports that the crash nearly cost him his life, saying he had more chance of dying from food poisoning from the sandwich he ate that day.

SIR HOWARD BERNSTEIN has quit his role in helping organise the London Olympics. Sir Howard will instead concentrate on his role as regeneration boss for Blackpool as well as his position as chief executive at Manchester town hall. Regeneration bosses scoured the UK to find a high-profile candidate for the post which they hope will help turn Blackpool into a world-class tourist destination.

THE NORTHERN QUARTER is reportedly going to be redesigned to become the Manchester version of London's Camden Lock. Plans for the £30m project could see the creative area transformed as early as 2010. It is expected to generate around 1,300 jobs and £35m a year for the city's economy, within the next five years.

REAL MADRID have backed down from their quest to sign Cristiano Ronaldo. Real Madrid president Ramon Calderon has admitted that the Spanish club's attempts to sign the Portuguese winger have reached a stalemate. He told the Telegraph: “We have not had any discussions with Ronaldo because Manchester United said they don't want to sell and we don't want to be disrespectful to them.”

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