Sport-Fachhandel, the German trade publication, reports that there have been major changes in the management of Sport Eybl & Sports Experts in the aftermath of the big Austrian retailer's announcement that it was going to ax a significant number of employees, as we reported before. Now it has become known that the company ousted Michael Rumerstorfer as head of marketing, followed by Fritz Ortbauer and Wolfgang Baffel, who served the company for about three decades each, most recently as buyers of skis and bicycles, respectively. Rumors say that the company has to reduce its total staff by 15 percent rather than by the 11 percent that was formally announced earlier this year. It is no secret that Eybl badly needs money to improve its financial strength, certainly after it invested €15 million in its flagship store called World Store, and another €18 million in its recently refurbished warehouse. Various powerful names have been mentioned as possibly having an interest in taking over Eybl, including Décathlon and even Intersport Germany (which has denied the rumor). A new name that is circulating is that of Sportmaster, the Russian sporting goods retail giant with more than 300 doors in Russia and 36 more in Kazakhstan, Belarus and Ukraine. Reports indicate that Sportmaster has continued to look westward for further expansion, notably into Eastern European countries such as the Czech Republic.