Cording moves up to take charge of Standard sport

Steve Cording, a previous sports news editor at the Daily Mail, has been promoted to head the sports desk at the single-edition London Evening Standard. It is also understood that another former Mail sport man,Tim Nichols, has been installed as his deputy.

Cording has been appointed Associate Sports Editor. He replaces Steve McKenley, who walked out before Christmas, reportedly in a dispute over pay.

McKenley’s departure coincided with the announcement of a single-edition Standard and the axing of five jobs from the sports desk.

Like McKenley, Cording also comes with experience of previously working on one of London’s freebies, having worked as sports editor of Metro.

Cording gained some unwanted notoriety in 2006 when, under his own byline as deputy sports editor, he ran a backpage splash announcing Steve Gerrard’s appointment as England captain – on the day when John Terry was given the job.

Management at the Standard, owned by former KGB agent Alexander Lebedev, refused to comment on the appointment.

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Map of UK media job cuts in 2009

McKenley and Smith to leave Standard sports desk

Sport magazine sacrificed in Observer redesign

Another 70 jobs under the axe at Express group

Rugby writer Roche is latest Sun casualty

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Cox and Cheers leave Guardian sport

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