Man Utd’s form may have improved but Pochettino’s shadow will loom large over Ole

first_imgTHE consolation for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is that it happened now and not during the last international break.If Mauricio Pochettino had been sacked then, the clamour for him to take over at Manchester United would have been overwhelming.3 United made it clear that Mauricio Pochettino becoming available changes nothingCredit: Getty – ContributorThe dispiriting defeat at Newcastle had left United looking nervously over their shoulders at the drop zone — and some fans calling for a change of manager.As it is, Solskjaer is sitting more comfortably in the Old Trafford hotseat having overseen five wins from seven in the last block of fixtures.The word from the United hierarchy is that they very much want this to work with their former striker.Executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward said last month: “Whatever manager we have has to buy into our philosophy and Ole is a walking, talking version of that.“Let’s let this play out with Ole in terms of the culture reboot.”And yesterday the message from Old Trafford was clear: Pochettino becoming available changes nothing.Even so, until the ex-Spurs boss takes another job, his shadow will loom large over  Solskjaer.The bookmakers have already decided United are  favourites to be the Argentinian’s new club.And it is not difficult to see why he was — and still might be — an attractive option for them.United legend Gary Neville said after Jose Mourinho’s departure that he felt Poch was perfect for the role.He said: “They need someone who meets the three key principles of that football club: the promotion of youth, entertaining football and to win football matches.“I see Pochettino — and he’s done an incredible job.“People will say, ‘He hasn’t won a trophy yet’ but Manchester United have tried managers who have won European Cups, managers who have won multiple leagues, managers who have had that solid grounding in the Premier League.”3 Gary Neville claimed Mauricio Pochettino was a good fit for United after Jose Mourinho’s departureCredit: Getty Images – GettyLast Christmas Poch was the first pick in the eyes of many supporters.But Woodward knew it would be almost impossible to get him out of Spurs at that time.Pochettino was also keen to stay and lead Tottenham into their new stadium and they were  going well in the Premier League and Europe.But the feeling  then was that things could be different by the summer.So when appointing Solskjaer as caretaker manager until the end of the season, the idea was to see who was available at the end of 2018/19.But then the Norwegian surprised everyone with the start  he made.After their amazing win in Paris in the spring, Woodward could no longer ignore the calls to make the appointment permanent.And having done that he had to stand by his man — even when last season finished so disappointingly.That remained the case through an unconvincing start to the current campaign.Woodward is desperate for it to work. The last thing he wants is to get rid of another manager  he appointed.Yet at the back of their minds United will know this could be their one and only chance to get Pochettino.Don’t forget, this time four years ago, United were thinking of offering Louis van Gaal a new deal.3LATEST MAN UTD NEWS Live Blogunited newsMan Utd news LIVE – Latest updates from Old TraffordMAN DOWNUtd and City face TWO-WEEK summer if they reach Euro finals before new Prem seasonDEPAY CHARTMan Utd flop Memphis used computer data and analytics to quit Old TraffordODS ON?Ighalo to leave Man Utd TOMORROW unless dramatic extension can be reachedPEA SHOOTERHernandez: Man Utd ‘still haunted’ by ‘mistake’ of Moyes replacing FergusonDEVIL’S ADVOCATEEx-Man Utd star Chadwick dreaded being picked for Keane’s team in trainingPicturedTRAINING DAYFernandes back in his Mini while Pogba arrives for training in yellow FerrariMARCSMANWatch Rashford floor Man Utd team-mates with ‘naughty’ bit of skill in trainingPicturedHOMER WINEngland and Dortmund star Sancho shows off new Simpsons and Sonic tattoosGossipBERN IT UPMan Utd, Arsenal and Chelsea on alert after Bernardeschi reveals Prem plansBut the chance to hire  Mourinho that summer came along and it was too good to turn down.Poch needs a break right now but is unlikely to be short of offers when he is ready to return.Solskjaer will be hoping he gets fixed up quickly — or the spectre is unlikely to go away.Man United set to seal Gareth Bale transfer in JANUARY…and could send Paul Pogba to Real Madrid in returnlast_img read more

Rosetti: “We don’t want the VAR to re-arbitrate the games”

first_imgRosetti insisted that the International Football Association code Board (IFAB) provides for “clear evidence” of the error to justify VAR intervention. In the last days there were cases “limit” in the English Premier League, in which the technology annulled by a few millimeters a goal to the Portuguese Pedro Neto in Liverpool-Wolverhampton and to the English Jack Grealish in the Burnley-Aston Villa.Also on Saturday there was a similar case in the 3-0 win of Real Madrid in the Getafe field, with a French goal Raphael Varane who was validated after VAR control to determine a New position very fair. “The VAR is noticeable especially when it is not available. It is non-negotiable, it does justice, but it should not alter the spirit and fluidity of the game. The VAR controls everything that refers to the four planned cases: goals, penalties, red cards and identity errors. Silent control is something ordinary that should not be noticed. It lasts 16 seconds and does not interfere in the match. The important error is usually noticed in about 27 seconds, “Rosetti explained.“If the interruptions are very long, with ten or fifteen repetitions and four or five different cameras, it means that it is not a clear and obvious error, but a subjective interpretation of the referee that the VAR should not correct, “he concluded. The Italian Roberto Rosetti, president of the UEFA Referees Committee stressed that the VAR should not change the decision of the collegiate in cases of gameplay by a matter of few centimeters, in which “several minutes” are necessary to determine The effective position of a player. “We want the VAR to intervene only when the images show a clear error, not to re-arbitrate the matches. If not, the decision made in the field is better, “Rosetti said in an interview published this Saturday by the Italian newspaper”La Gazzetta dello Sport“.“Any part of the body, except the arms, closer to the goal than the ball and the last defender is out of play. Theoretically, one millimeter is enough. But if to decide if there is an offside of a few centimeters it takes several minutes to position the lines and there is a real difficulty in determining if it is out of play, always it is better not to change the decision made in the field, “he added.last_img read more

Marotta: “Arturo Vidal is one of our goals”

first_imgThe Milanese club, trained by Antonio Conte, works to reinforce the squad for the second leg of the season, in which he will fight for the league title with Juventus Turin, in addition to competing in the Europa League and in the Italian Cup. In this sense, Conte considers Vidal as an element capable of giving a boost to the center of the field, which is suffering in recent months because of a long series of injuries suffered by Nicoló Barella or Stefano Sensi, who returned to the group in the last days after several weeks of absence. The Inter coach already knows Vidal for having worked with him from 2011 to 2014 when training Juventus. At that stage, Conte and the Chilean midfielder won three consecutive league titles. Giuseppe Marotta, CEO of Inter Milan, said Thursday that the Chilean Arturo Vidal, midfielder of Barcelona, ​​is “one of the objectives” of the Milanese club in this winter market session. “Vidal is one of the objectives. It is well known that important things happen in this market at the end of January,” Marotta said on the sidelines of an event organized by the Italian Serie A League in Milan.. “We are working to improve the quality level of our group. To do so we must have important objectives and this entails some difficulties,” added the director of Inter.last_img read more

More than 80 Spaniards signed for a foreign club in January

first_imgDuring the winter market, Spanish soccer players and coaches also arrived in England (5), Bolivia, Gibraltar, Japan (4), Thailand, Romania, Andorra, Germany, Portugal (3), France, United Arab Emirates, Poland, Indonesia, Australia (2 ), Austria, United States, Finland, Israel, Morocco, Hong Kong, Iceland, Dominican Republic, Malta, Ecuador, Malaysia, Ireland, Russia and China (1).Olmo and Marí, protagonistsDani Olmo Y Pablo Marí they were the big names of the market in code ‘Spanish for the world’. The Catalan midfielder left behind his stage at Dinamo Zagreb to finish at the RB Leipzig, where he will continue his progression playing the Champions League. Marí, meanwhile, landed on loan at Arsenal after conquering the Brasileirao and Copa Libertadores with FlamengoOthers of the great protagonists of the market are Mikel Susaeta, who will play in Melbourne City, Carlos Pérez Salvachúa, who was appointed coach of the Melbourne Victory; Angeliño Tasende, who will share costumes with Dani Olmo at RB Leipzig; Edu Pérez, new coach of the Indonesian PSS Sleman, or Diego Capel, who will play the remainder of the season at the Maltese Birkirkara.Open marketsAlthough February ended the transfer periods in most European countries, both the American and Asian markets could continue to take Spanish soccer players abroad in the coming weeks. Also the European, where countries such as Poland or Romania promise to continue increasing the number of soccer players born in Spain who will play away from home in 2020.Without going any further in the next few hours, the arrival of Antonio Dominguez to LKZ Lodz from Algeciras. Toni Segura is also expected to play in Poland, which he will sign with the Warsaw Legia subsidiary after disconnecting from Las Palmas. Rodrigo Navas will close his incorporation to the Romanian Poly Timisoara in the next few hours and Diego Liz will arrive imminently to the Samtredia of Georgia. February arrived and with it the transfer market was closed in countries such as Spain, Germany, France or England. Also in destinations as exotic as India or Malta. In total, during the first month of 2020 there were more than 80 Spaniards who signed for a foreign club. 32 countries from up to four continents incorporated soccer players or coaches born in Spain during the winter market.The country that more Spaniards incorporated (7) during the month of January was Italy, where the arrivals of Carles Pérez Y Gonzalo Villar to Rome or the rise of Guillermo Abascal, who replaced Paolo Zanetti on the bench of the Ascoli, Serie B. Raúl Asencio left on loan to Cosenza; Iago Falqué returned to Genoa and Alejandro Marqués left FC Barcelona to sign for Juventus. There were also seven Spaniards who arrived in Greece during the month of January. Alberto Gallego replaced Juan Ferrando on the bench of the Volos NFC, which also incorporated Iker Guarrotxena and Nacho Cases; Jorge Casado returned to Xanthi, Carlitos López and Anuar Tuhami arrived at Panathinaikos and Jesús Fernández arrived on loan to Panetolikos.On the other hand, there were six Spaniards who ended up in Indian football. Mario Rivera took the reins of East Bengal and Albert Roca returned to the Asian country to sign with Hyderabad. Manuel Onwu scored on loan to Odisha, Nili Perdomo landed in Bengaluru, David Grande signed with Jamshedpur and Victor Mongil reinforced ATK’s defense. Three of the five Spanish footballers who arrived in Cyprus in January will play together at AEK Larnaca. This is the case of José Naranjo, who signs on loan from Tenerife, Abraham González and José Manuel Fernández.last_img read more

Wretched West Indies against the ropes

first_imgMELBOURNE, Australia (CMC): Another wretched batting collapse left a deflated West Indies hanging by a string against Australia and staring another humiliating defeat in the face after only two days of the pivotal second Test. Under severe pressure after Australia piled up a daunting 551 for three declared in their first innings, the Windies displayed little character in reply, and their innings lay in ruins at 91 for six, on a chastening day at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. There were initial hopes the tourists would banish the nightmares of the Hobart first Test, when opener Rajindra Chandrika, who made 25, and partner Kraigg Brathwaite, who got 17, added 35 for the first wicket. But West Indies lost wickets in clusters. Three tumbled for 15 runs to leave them tottering on 50 for three, and after Jermaine Blackwood, who struck 28, and Darren Bravo (13 not out) put on 32 for the fourth wicket, the Caribbean side lost another three wickets for a single run in the space of 15 deliveries, to crumble again. The damage was done by left-arm spinner Nathan Lyon (2-18), along with fast bowlers Peter Siddle (2-19) and James Pattinson (2-36), all of whom picked up two wickets apiece to wreck the Windies innings. Left-hander Bravo, who has faced 75 balls in a defiant knock, will carry his side’s fight on the third day along with debutant all-rounder Carlos Brathwaite, who was unbeaten on three. Captain Steve Smith had earlier punched his sixth century of the year and 13th of his career with an unbeaten 134, while Adam Voges, at age 36, notched his fourth century of his debut year, as Australia built on their overnight 345 for three. The right-handed Smith, unbeaten on 32 at the start, struck eight fours in an innings lasting 177 balls, while Voges counted 12 fours off 166 deliveries, to follow up his brilliant unbeaten 269 in Hobart. Together, they posted 223 in an unbroken fourth-wicket partnership as the Aussies added a further 206 before declaring an hour before tea, with West Indies all but deflated. Fast bowler Jerome Taylor, who bowled just four overs on Sunday, finished with two for 97.last_img read more

Serena Williams shooting for Slam history

first_imgNEW YORK, NY – SEPTEMBER 08: Serena Williams of the United States reacts during her Women’s Singles finals match against Naomi Osaka of Japan on Day Thirteen of the 2018 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 8, 2018 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. Elsa/Getty Images/AFPSerena Williams has adopted a low profile ahead of the Australian Open, but rival players admit the American’s shadow looms large in Melbourne as she eyes a record-equalling 24th Grand Slam crown.Williams won her 23rd title and seventh at Melbourne Park while eight weeks pregnant two years ago, and now attempts to match Margaret Court’s mark of 24 singles majors on the Australian’s home soil.ADVERTISEMENT While the 21-year-old has appeared level-headed since her breakthrough at Flushing Meadows, she said she was still getting used to the spotlight.“For me one of my biggest goals is to be more mature, like to mature as a person,” the fourth seed said.“I feel like in a way I am, but in other parts I’m very, like, three years old mentality, you know? I feel like just levelling that out is one of my biggest goals I had during the off-season.”Local hopes will rest on Ashleigh Barty after the 22-year-old Queenslander went on a seven-match winning streak before losing the final of the Sydney International to Czech Petra Kvitova on Saturday.Maria Sharapova has failed to impress since returning from a doping ban and, now ranked 30, is looking some way from the player who won five Grand Slams. Two-time major champion and former number one Garbine Muguruza was another who had an injury-blighted 2018 which saw her drop out of the top 10.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers Kelly Oubre, Deandre Ayton lead Suns past West-leading Nuggets In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award She achieved a career milestone last year to claim her maiden Grand Slam at Melbourne Park, but also revealed she was suffering the debilitating auto-immune condition rheumatoid arthritis.But the 28-year-old insisted she was managing her illness and was relishing the prospect of defending her crown.“All I can say is that I feel good. I feel like I’m hitting the ball well,” she said.Wozniacki’s vanquished opponent in last year’s final, Simona Halep, arrives in Australia with the world number one ranking and her confidence overflowing after winning the French Open.The Romanian said she was untroubled by the back injury that curtailed her 2018 season and was mentally stronger as a result of last year’s loss in the decider.“I didn’t want to think that much about that match because it was really painful to lose it, but I learned some things from that match,” she said.“Now I know how to manage better if that happens again.”Mature OsakaSecond-ranked Angelique Kerber has already indicated her priority for 2019 will be the French Open, the only Slam to elude the 30-year-old German in her career.Osaka is the leading contender among the younger generation of players, warming up for Melbourne by making the semi-finals of the Brisbane International. The 37-year-old’s last outing on tour was her meltdown in losing the US Open final to Naomi Osaka in September and she enters the season-opening Slam as the 16th seed.Yet she has proved in the past that such numbers mean little to her and Osaka said most in the locker room believed the veteran remains the one to beat in Melbourne.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back Chriss“I’m pretty sure (that’s the case),” said the Japanese star.“But there’s a group of players that I think everyone thinks is very difficult to play against, especially in Grand Slams,” Osaka added. Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebracenter_img LATEST STORIES Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Serena’s 2017 triumph Down Under gave her the outright Open-era record for singles majors ahead of Steffi Graf’s 22, leaving only Court’s tally of 24 titles — 13 of which were earned in the amateur era before 1968 — for her to chase.Defending champion Caroline Wozniacki admitted Serena, already hailed by many as the greatest of all time, was an unknown quantity in Melbourne after sitting out the end of the 2018 season following the US Open blow-up.“I haven’t seen her play a match, so I don’t really know,” Wozniacki responded when quizzed about the American’s form. The Danish third seed preferred to concentrate on her own prospects, dismissing concerns health problems were affecting her game.Painful lossADVERTISEMENT Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? 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Measles Outbreak: 4 Deaths; 363 Suspected Cases

first_imgOfficials of the Ministry of Health are reporting an outbreak of measles in the country. The news of the latest pandemic comes at a time when Liberians are sitting tightly and patiently waiting pronouncement from the World Health Organization (WHO) that their country has reached the 42-day period and are now Ebola-free. As it stands, Liberia would be declared Ebola-free on May 9, 2015 if a new confirmed Ebola case is not reported.The deadly Ebola virus disease (EVD), like the years of civil war in Liberia, has had devastating impacts on every sector of the nation’s recovery.Unlike the EVD, which affects every person, who comes in direct contact with an affected person irrespective of age, the measles virus mainly only affects children and can be easily vaccinated against.Measles, also known scientifically as morbilli or rubeaola, is a highly contagious infection and is also an airborne disease, which spreads easily through the coughs and sneezes of affected children.The sickness brings with it a red, flat rash which usually starts on the face and then spreads to the rest of the body. It typically begins three to five days after the start of the symptoms.In Liberia, though the Ministry of Health had been carrying out vaccination campaign against it, most Liberian parents and guardians of children affected, can administer, in addition to the vaccine, an unorthodox therapy — CANE JUICE. Cane juice is the locally produced fermented liquid from sugar cane. The children are made to drink a quantity of the juice and some are rubbed on the children’s skins.Giving an update to media executives over the weekend about the measles outbreak in the country, Pharmacist Adolphus T. Clarke, Deputy Program Manager, Expanded Program on Immunization (EPI) at the Ministry of Health, said as it stands at least 363 cases from 10 of Liberia’s 15 counties, have been reported.Mr. Clarke also stated that 245 children, who are between the ages of nine to 59 months are the group most affected. They made 67 percent of the total number.Touching on their response effort so far, he added that response measures are being intensified with non-selective vaccination to six to 59 months old children.Counties worst affected yet are Grand Bassa with 134 cases, followed by Margibi with 85. Montserrado with 65 comes next in line as Sinoe with 26 follows. The least recorded figure so far is in Nimba –2; as Bomi, Grand Kru, Grand Cape Mount, Maryland and River Gee reporting no case(s) yet.Mr. Clarke said it only take two confirmed positive case to declare an outbreak and epidemic. According to the latest statistics, at least 35 cases have been declared positive so far.Despite the Health Ministry’s response effort in Lofa, Grand Bassa, Margibi and Montserrado Counties, sadly, four deaths from this preventable disease, have been reported in Margibi (3) and one in Montserrado.Clarke said in Grand Bassa, they were able to vaccinate at least 959 kids, while in Margibi 5,674 in Lofa 3,324 and Montserrado 3,151.Vaccination activities are presently ongoing in Gbarpolu, Bong and Grand Gedeh. Response activities are also still ongoing in Margibi and Grand Bassa.The Ministry targets children zero to 59 months, totaling 683, 573 – 17 percent – of the total Liberian population.According to, people at high risk for measles include children less than 1 year of age (although they have some immunity passed from their mother, it is not 100% effective); people who have not received the proper vaccination series; and people who received immunoglobulin at the time of measles vaccination.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Grande Prairie RCMP Searching For Missing Woman

first_imgGRANDE PRAIRIE, A.B. – Police in Grande Prairie are asking for the public’s assistance to locate a missing woman.31 year-old Dawn Michelle Pfahler was reported missing on June 14th. Earlier this week, Pfahler contacted her family in Ontario by phone, but has not been in touch since. Pfahler is described as Caucasian, 5’5” tall, weighing 120 lbs. with curly brown hair, and brown eyes. RCMP would like to locate and speak with Pfahler as soon as possible as there is a concern for her well being.Anyone who knows of Dawn Pfahler’s whereabouts, or has recently been in contact with her can call the Grande Prairie RCMP Detachment at 780-830-5701 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.- Advertisement – PFAHLER-Missing PFAHLER1last_img

‘You’re a Chelsea legend, but you have to think about retirement’ – fans’ view

first_img Chelsea captain John Terry 1 Should Chelsea hand John Terry a new contract?That’s the question many are asking after the Stamford Bridge legend’s comments following his the 3-3 draw with Everton. Terry spoke of his desire to extend his future in the summer, when his current deal expires, and see out his career with the defending Premier League champions.But what do Chelsea fans think of this? Have his performances warranted a new deal? Should he consider retirement.Here’s what a section of the club’s supporters had to say, on Twitter, and it might be a surprise…last_img


first_imgTHE club is preparing to send a team to compete in the National Half Marathon Championships in Waterford on September 3. Club captain, Gary Crossan and Ciaran O’Donnell are planning this race if anyone needs further information.Congratulations to Maria McCambridge on finishing second place in the Women’s National Lottery Frank Duffy 10 mile race at the Phoenix Park at the weekend. Well done Maria.The Grand Prix action this week switches to Brocagh for a four mile run tonight (Friday). Last Saturday the club athletes were again to the fore in the Ballyare 10k. Pauric McKinney won the race in a time of 33.25 followed in second spot by Johnny Patton (34.25). Marty Gormley finished fifth with a time of 37 minutes dead while Jude O’Donnell was a second behind him in seventh place. Well done to Sheila Regan, Seamus Morrisson, Lee Gildea and Gerard Mullen who also performed well.Marty Gormley travelled to Moville for the 10k on Saturday and after the 10k in Ballyare the night before still ran a very impressive 37.50.The lotto numbers last Saturday night were: 3, 7, 15 and 23. Match three winners were Paddy Gaffney, Sinead Davenport and Elaine Bradley. The jackpot this Saturday night is 790 euro.ATHLETICS: LAC CLUB NOTES was last modified: August 23rd, 2011 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more