Chelsea to rival Manchester United for Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino

first_imgAdvertisement Mauricio Pochettino is wanted by both Chelsea and Manchester United (Picture: Getty)Roman Abramovich has notified Maurizio Sarri his future at Chelsea is in jeopardy and is ready to rival Manchester United for the services of Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino.Chelsea returned to winning ways with crushing 5-0 victory over Huddersfield on Saturday following their midweek humiliation at Bournemouth, after which Sarri locked is players in the dressing room and launched a 50-minute inquest.The Sunday Express claims the Chelsea owner is already losing patience with the Italian whose side are locked in a three-way battle with Arsenal and United for the final Champions League qualifying spot.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityThe FA Cup holders were reported to be interested in Pochettino last summer, before earmarking Sarri as the ideal candidate to succeed Antonio Conte.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTSarri made an instant impact at Stamford Bridge but results and performances have dipped since he suffered the first defeat of his reign against Pochettino’s Spurs side back in November.It would cost Chelsea around £50million in compensation to prise the Argentine from north London but the former Southampton manager’s preference remains United, should he opt to call time on his five-year tenure at Spurs. Comment Metro Sport ReporterSaturday 2 Feb 2019 10:55 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link37Shares Advertisement Ole Gunnar Solskjaer wants to keep the Man Utd job on a permanent basis (Picture: Getty)United parted company with Jose Mourinho in December and interim manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer presided over an eight-game winning run before Wednesday’s 2-2 draw against Burnley at Old Trafford.‘This job is like a wheel spinning round,’ said the former United striker, before Sunday’s trip to Leicester.‘I have to make the players ­perform better. If I can get the team playing better, get the ­players to respond to me, see the results get better and show that the playing style is there, then that will be a big plus for me.‘But this has never been all about me. I’m not here to talk about myself and other so-called big-name managers.What is a big name?‘For me, it’s about how you work with the players and work with the club.’More: Manchester United FCRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseEx-Man Utd coach blasts Ed Woodward for two key transfer errors Chelsea to rival Manchester United for Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettinolast_img read more

Ex-Eagles captain picks Keane ahead of Drogba as his toughest opponent

first_imgFormer Everton center-back, Joseph Yobo, has named Ex-Tottenham Hotspur striker Robbie Keane as his toughest opponent, describing him as very clever. Loading… “Keane was one of the cleverest I played against in the EPL. His movement was very difficult because we were of different sizes. “I always love playing against Drogba, who I can feel, and [Samuel] Eto’o, who I can pin down. But when he drops you’re with a choice of going all out and leaving behind the space or staying back in my position.” Besides playing for Inter Milan and Tottenham, Keane featured for Liverpool and had a short stint with West Ham United before leaving for LA Galaxy in 2011. Yobo played for Standard Liege, Marseille and spent a short time with Norwich City before his retirement from professional football in 2016. read also:Yobo: Why I joined Everton ahead of Juventus, Arsenal The 39-year-old also enjoyed great success on the international scene and featured in three World Cup tournaments, in 2002, 2010 and 2014. The defender also captained the Super Eagles to their third Africa Cup of Nations title in South Africa in 2013. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 center_img The former Super Eagles captain spent ten years at Goodison Park and featured in 220 Premier League games before he joined Fenerbahce in 2012 permanently. During his time in the English top-flight, he faced a number of top strikers and has picked the Republic of Ireland legend as the most difficult among them. Yobo also revealed Arsenal legend Thierry Henry and Chelsea icon Didier Drogba gave him though times during their playing years in the Premier League. “There were a few that gave me problems, the likes of Didier Drogba. Thiery Henry used to stretch me a lot,” Yobo told Brila FM during an Instagram live chat. “I used to look up to the duels with him [Henry]. He was so quick, talented, and skillful. You have to be fit to face Henry because he will embarrass you and score a hat-trick, but that never happened with me. “Keane plays in a position that was very difficult – off the main striker. So when he drops off the striker, it’s difficult to mark him.last_img read more

Skerritt set for talks over GCB crisis

first_imgST JOHN’S, Antigua (CMC) – High-level Cricket West Indies (CWI) officials will hold talks with stakeholders in Guyana over the next few days, aimed at starting to address the governance crisis afflicting the Guyana Cricket Board.CWI president Ricky Skerritt and chief executive officer, Johnny Grave, will discuss the matter with cricket administrators and government officials, as well as examine India’s planned tour of the Caribbean starting in August.The move is part of a wider plan by CWI to strengthen governance at the local level, in keeping with Skerritt’s Cricket First Plan which he campaigned on during his recent bid for the presidency.“This initial short visit will focus on discussions related to the hosting of India matches during the upcoming home series in August, but it will also hopefully give me a more detailed introduction to the legal and administrative issues that are currently prevailing in Guyana,” he said.“Guyana has produced some of the best players in the world and CWI wants its rich legacy to continue to be built on.”The GCB has been embroiled in controversy for nearly a decade now. Elections have not been held since 2012 and only last month, the High Court here ruled the GCB executive invalid.Skerritt last month described the Guyana cricket situation as “troubling” and “riddled with uncertainty”, but pledged CWI’s support in helping to rectify the matter.The trip to Guyana will be the fourth for Skerritt since he was elected president in March. He has previously met with government officials in Jamaica, Leeward Islands and Trinidad and Tobago.Skerritt and vice-president Dr Kishore Shallow defeated three-term incumbents Dave Cameron and Emmanuel Nanthan at CWI elections in Jamaica on March 24.last_img read more

Chelsea sparkle but Man City battle back for crucial win

first_imgBy Simon EvansMANCHESTER, England (Reuters) – Manchester City returned to winning ways with a 2-1 success over Chelsea yesterday at the Etihad Stadium, ending the Londoners’ run of six straight victories and keeping Pep Guardiola’s side nine points behind leaders Liverpool.City’s loss at Anfield before the international break made this a key game for them but they were made to work for their three points, coming from behind against Frank Lampard’s enterprising side.“Chelsea are an incredible team; we knew it but we beat them,” said City manager Guardiola. “It was a typical high-level game. Our back four played so good today. In the most difficult period of the game we scored on the counter. We created enough chances to score more goals.”It was a game where Chelsea showed, once again, that they are a team with huge potential but not yet the steel and defensive solidity to compete with the very best. And while City will be relieved to have emerged with the points, Guardiola will be concerned that his team still look substantially short of their top form.The Spaniard made five changes from the loss at Anfield with, most significantly, goalkeeper Ederson returning from injury.Chelsea welcomed Jorginho back into their midfield and American winger Christian Pulisic was passed fit despite having struggled with a groin injury. Lampard’s side started brightly, bubbling with confidence and moving with such speed and invention that City were struggling to keep up but it was a move of direct simplicity that opened the scoring in the 22nd minute.Mateo Kovacic superbly picked out N’Golo Kante’s forward burst and the French midfielder held off compatriot Benjamin Mendy before smartly slipping the ball past the advancing Ederson.But six minutes later Belgian midfielder Kevin De Bruyne brought the champions level when the ball fell to him on the edge of the box and he cleverly wrong-footed the Chelsea defence before unleashing a low drive which took two deflections before rattling past Chelsea keeper Kepa Arrizabalaga. Chelsea had looked the slicker and sharper of the two teams – and indeed enjoyed the rare status of having more possession at the Etihad – but it was Guardiola’s side who went in with the advantage at the break.Riyad Mahrez cut in from the left and, with Chelsea’s defence backing off. He drove a left-foot shot into the far bottom corner to make it 2-1.Chelsea nearly put themselves out of the game two minutes before the break when Kepa gifted the ball to Sergio Aguero but the Argentine’s shot from distance crashed off the bar.AGUERO WORRYA limping Aguero had to be replaced by Gabriel Jesus in the 77th minute and Guardiola said he appeared to have a muscle injury.“It doesn’t look good,” said the Spaniard. Aguero will undergo tests today but could face several weeks out of the side.Inevitably there was some VAR controversy before the end, with Raheem Sterling’s stoppage-time effort ruled out for what appeared to be a very tight offside call. The encounter was the first home match under Guardiola that City did not enjoy the majority of possession – they had just 46.7 percent.“We were controlling the game, we were playing some great stuff and we felt in control but you can’t be absolutely in control against Manchester City,” said Lampard.“It was bad luck for their first goal, and absolute quality from Riyad Mahrez for the second and that changed the game.“Maybe we were a bit slow with our movement at the back, I know we were giving them a good game but I am disappointed with the small details.”last_img read more

Syracuse basketball recruiting: Orange offers 2016 point guard Alterique Gilbert, per his coach

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Gilbert is a four-star recruit on Scout.com and ESPN, and has received offers from Connecticut, Georgia, Miami (Florida), Illinois and a host of other power-conference schools, according to Scout. Scout lists him at 6 feet, 0 inches and 160 pounds. ESPN ranks him as the 44th-best player in its Top 60 recruits for the Class of 2016.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSU currently has one player, four-star small forward Matthew Moyer, verbally committed in the Class of 2016. Moyer, who is finishing his junior year at Lincoln (Ohio) High School, is currently ranked 58th in ESPN’s Top 60. Comments Published on April 20, 2015 at 10:20 pm Contact Jesse: jcdoug01@syr.edu | @dougherty_jessecenter_img Syracuse has offered Class of 2016 point guard Alterique Gilbert of Miller Grove (Georgia) High School, his high school coach, Sharman White, announced in a tweet Monday night.last_img read more

Dominic Solanke: Nigeria Not on His Mind

first_imgNigeria Football Federation President, Amaju Pinnick, has repeatedly indicated interest in footballers with Nigerian background playing for European countries at the youth levels. He often wooed them to play for the Super Eagles. However, Pinnick may not go far with the best player at the recently concluded U-20 World Cup in Korea Republic, Dominic Ayodele Solanke, as he is dreaming more about playing for England, writes Kunle Adewale The NFF boss once said it had always been the dream of the present NFF board to build a young Super Eagles team that would go on to conquer the world by 2022, adding that the federation was monitoring several Nigerian players making waves in the various leagues in Europe.“The initial plan was to take our players in the various clubs, but now, what we are trying to do is what we call VIP scouting – talking to these young players that are playing abroad to play for their father land. I am yet to see a Nigerian that is regretting being a Nigerian. No Nigerian, even if they have four or five passports, they are always excited being Nigerians. I can assure you that we shall get them to play for us at appropriate time,” he assured. However, after piloting England to their first international success since 1966, Solanke has set his eyes on playing for the Three Lions and not many doubt his ability to lead England to glory at the senior level.After a successful World Cup winning campaign that saw him scoring four goals in six games, Solanke has been drawing praises from every corner. Despite only playing one senior game of English football during his time at Chelsea, the striker’s time at Vitesse and dominance at youth level have seen him show enough to get fans and coaches excited about his ability.He gave Reds fans a taste of what he could do with a solid World Cup campaign for the Under-20s and being named player of the tournament. It wasn’t just in front of goal, however, that Solanke impressed as his movement; off the ball, work rate and ability to defend from the front have all been noted by his coaches.“His pressing ability is really something pleasing about him. Defending starts from the front and he is aware of that. You cannot afford to carry anyone defensively and we certainly don’t. While forwards are the match-winners and they get the glory, the other side of it is important too. The best teams all have that. He is a really good, solid lad who is very hard-working, very humble and very talented. I think he is going to have a very good career,” Andy Edwards, England’s out-of-possession coach told Sky Sports.Former Chelsea youth Coach, Adi Viveash was equally full of praise for the talented, young star: “I have been very lucky as I have worked with some very talented players. But Dominic is right up there at the top of that list. He is an outstanding footballer. He’s intelligent and has great movement. He plays like a No. 9 and a No. 10 put together.”This praise echoes previous comments made by the likes of Tore Andre Flo, John Terry and Jose Mourinho who have all worked closely with the young talent.Mourinho indeed declared two years ago that he would have failed if Solanke was not playing for England in three or four years’ time.“My conscience tells me that if, for example, Lewis Baker, Izzy Brown, and Dominic Solanke are not national team players in a few years, I should blame myself. “‘They are part of a process the club started without me. In this moment, we have players who will be Chelsea players. And when they become Chelsea players, they will become England players, almost for sure,” Mourinho said.The former Chelsea youngster once trained with England senior national team after Daniel Sturridge’s withdrawal left coach Roy Hodgson with a striker shortage.The 19-year-old striker could make Blues rue the day they sold him to Jurgen Klopp’s contenders as the Liverpool’s summer swoop for Chelsea whizkid appears to be paying off already. And Solanke has wasted no time in making his presence felt. He is regarded as one of the brightest young English talents; a player who Jose Mourinho once confidently stated would play for the Three Lions.Solanke, who was born in Reading, has been a Chelsea player for over half of his life. He joined the club at seven years old and, like countless boys of that age, had dreams of becoming a professional footballer.Unlike many a young hopeful, however, Solanke had the talent and ambition to achieve that dream. And as he progressed through the different age groups, the striker’s innate ability became evident. He is a natural goal scorer.Chelsea’s coaches recognised this early. It is why, while still an under-15 player, Solanke was handed a debut for the club’s under-18 side in February 2013.Despite playing against opposition defenders three years his senior, Solanke was not intimidated and he ended that season with two goals in 10 appearances.He had made his mark and the 2013-14 campaign would be a landmark year for the striker. Still only 16, he cemented himself as the under-18s No9. His talent shone through once again. He scored 20 times in 28 appearances that season to help Chelsea win the FA Youth Cup.Solanke would also taste international success with England at the end of the campaign as he scored four goals as the Young Lions won the 2014 Uefa European Under-17 Championship.If Chelsea felt they had a gem on their hands in the summer of 2014, and you sense they did considering he signed his first pro deal that September, they knew for sure a year later that Solanke was something special.He scored an incredible 41 goals in 39 games for the under-18s during the 2014-15 campaign, which helped Chelsea win another FA Youth Cup and the Uefa Youth League. It was during that campaign that Solanke made his Chelsea debut.The then 17-year-old was introduced by Mourinho as a 73rd-minute substitute in a 6-0 win over NK Maribor in the Champions League. That appearance turned out to be the only competitive game the striker played for the Blues.It was clear by the summer of 2015 that Solanke had outgrown his surroundings in the Chelsea academy.He needed a bigger challenge and, as they have done with several of their young players, Solanke was loaned to Dutch club Vitesse Arnhem. But his spell in Holland was slightly underwhelming. Perhaps Blues fans’ expectations were too high given that the step up to first-team football is greater than many imagine.Solanke was not able to plunder goal after goal and an Achilles tendon injury he sustained at the beginning of February kept him out for over a month.But his return of seven goals in 27 matches was respectable and he had certainly made an impression on former Vitesse and Ajax defender Ferdi Vierklau.He said: “He is clinical. Sometimes, with the most impossible balls he knows how to do something beautiful from nothing. In that way, he is reminiscent of Zlatan Ibrahimovic. He is doing so well.”Last summer, the Blues hoped to loan Solanke out to a Premier League club. They wanted him to play games and continue to develop. But first they wanted him to pen a deal.He had only 12 months remaining on his contract and, understandably, Chelsea did not want to let him depart without knowing his long-term future would be at Stamford Bridge. But negotiations stalled and by February it was clear talks had ended. There is no doubt this has been a wasted season for Solanke.He has played just six games, all for Chelsea’s Under-21 side, in which he has scored twice. However, he will hope the ends justify the means.Chelsea will be disappointed to have lost Solanke, a player they have spent money and 12 years nurturing. But the lack of first-team opportunities academy graduates are afforded at Stamford Bridge was one day going to come home to roost.According to reports, Solanke has agreed a £20,000-per-week deal with Liverpool because he believes he has a better chance of establishing himself in the Reds first-team.Celtic were interested, RB Leipzig too, but it is Anfield that the England Under-21 international now calls home.Chelsea will receive compensation, as Solanke is under 23 and was offered a contract, thought to be around £3m. For a player of Solanke’s talents, that could well prove to be a bargain.He initially joined the Reds’ Under-23 side but, if history is anything to go by, Solanke will quickly be moved up.It would not come as a surprise to any Chelsea fan – or coach for that matter – to see Solanke making an impact in the Premier League next season.For the Blues, they will always wonder what might have been. Solanke may prove to be the star they let slip away.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Geneva based health agency to send vaccination mission to Haiti

first_imgIn Haiti, 69 children out of every 1,000 born alive still die before their fifth birthday, and many of those deaths are from diseases that are preventable by vaccination. Gavi’s deputy chief executive officer, Anuradha Gupta, who is leading the mission, will push Haiti’s new government to increase its budget for immunizations and health. “The fact they have new leaders, new people at the helm of affairs – this really gives us hope and optimism that we can have a renewed dialogue,” said Gupta. She noted that Gavi brings together developing countries and donor governments, the World Health Organization, UNICEF, and the World Bank. Other partners also include the vaccine industry in both industrialized and developing countries, research and technical agencies, civil society, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and other private philanthropists.High infant mortality rate Gavi, a public–private global health partnership committed to increasing access to immunization in poor countries, will be joined by representatives from other health-financing donor groups. These include the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the US Agency for International Development (USAID). The Geneva-based Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization (Gavi) has announced plans to send a mission to Haiti due to concerns about the country’s low immunization coverage and high child mortality. Haiti government urged to increase budget Gavi has committed almost US$50 million to Haiti until 2020 as part of its commitment to increase access to immunizations in poor countries.last_img read more

Jamaica Requests Access to IMF’s Rapid Financing Instrument

first_imgDr. Nigel Clarke KINGSTON, Jamaica  – The government of Jamaica has requested access to the International Monetary Fund’s (IMF’s) Rapid Financing Instrument (RFI), in the wake of the COVID-19 global pandemic.This was disclosed by Finance Minister Dr Nigel Clarke in a statement on Thursday.“The open-ended nature of the pandemic and its economic spillovers, therefore, pose intolerable balance of payments risks to Jamaica that threaten the economic gains of our seven-year reform effort,” said Clarke who also pointed to mitigating factors that provide the ability for Jamaica to absorb economic shocks.He said that these include reasonable stock of foreign reserves and contingency financing options that arise from  – the availability of cash resources programmed for accelerated debt repayment; the availability of domestic sources of financing and untapped capacity available from other multilateral institutions such as the Caribbean Development Bank, Inter-American Development Bank and the World Bank, including by redirecting existing projects.The RFI provides rapid financing to IMF member countries with balance of payment needs but without the requirement of having a full-fledged IMF programme, ongoing reviews and conditionality.On April 6, the IMF substantially increased the amounts that member countries could access under the RFI window.CMClast_img read more

Too much demands from match officials forced me out of football – Tony Yeboah reveals

first_imgEX-Ghana striker Tony Yeboah has relinquished his interest in raising a football club over incessant demands from match officials.The former Hamburg star formed his own juvenile club, Yegoala FC, in the Ashanti Region after retiring from football.The juvenile club was set up to help unearth and hone the several young talents within the Ashanti Region and various parts of Ghana.It also served as an alternative professional route for most of the homeless youngsters who could have easily ended up in any of the social vices while also serving as a feeder club for some of the top clubs in the country.But Yeboah, 48, claims the increasing rate of bribes paid to match officials in order to give his side fair officiating has become just too much for him to accommodate.And for that reason he has quit doing football in the country and has disbanded his club. “I am very much relieved to have stopped doing football in Ghana. It has taken the pressure off my finances,” he told Peace FM.“On every match day, referees come to my hotel for money in order to officiate my matches fairly.“I use to tell them to go and do their work diligently and that even if my team ends up losing, I will give them money for a good job done.“These are the reasons why I stopped doing football in this country.”There have been several reports of increasing bribery and corruption amongst club officials, referees and even players in the various tiers of Ghana football. These claims have however fallen short of tangible proof for officials to latch on for prosecution.last_img read more

Medeama sporting director Evans Adotey engages media in a tetchy interaction

first_imgMedeama SC technical director Evans Adotey was not friendly to the media after he was asked a question about the club’s head coach Tom Strand.Adotey supervised the team’s 1-0 defeat at the Golden City Park to Berekum Chelsea in an outstanding Premier League game on Wednesday.Head coach Tom Strand, who has been linked with a move away from the club after he abandoned his duties at half time during this month’s pulsating 2-2 draw with Asante Kotoko, is alleged to have held secret talks with the Porcupine Warriors.Read what ensued between a journalist and the livid Evans Adotey after being asked about the whereabouts of the SwedeJournalist:  “Coach many are of the view that there is some form of destabilization, we know of the issue of Tom Strand….”Coach Adotey quickly interjected and stated: “ Please please cut this question off, cut it off before I will continue, you saw Adotey on the bench today- the head coach is not around and  I am the technical director so don’t bring this issue up.”The journalist then came in and said:“That is the same question…”A furious Adotey for the second time came in and asked the journalist to drop the issue.“Cut the question.” The journalist pleaded with the technical director to hear him.“Coach , allow me to end the question and you will appreciate what I want to ask you.”All attempts proved futile as coach Adotey stood his grounds.“You saw coach Adotey on the bench so I have nothing to explain. I was with the national team ( Black Maidens) and we ended our qualifiers on Saturday and I was called by the club president to rush down and here I am because the head coach is nowhere to be found.”Medeama SC 13th on the league standings with just 4 points after five games played.  –Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @JoySportsGH. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img read more