September 22, 2020

Man U offer Coach Solskjaer £7m payoff

first_imgRelatedPosts Man U complete £40m Van de Beek deal Ndidi linked with Man U move EPL: Man U draw West Ham, move to third spot Manchester United will have to pay £7 million in compensation to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer if they sack him.That’s less than a year after they paid £19.6 million to Jose Mourinho for his dismissal, said The Sun.The Norwegian succeeded Mourinho as United boss in December last year, and a flying start prompted the club’s board to offer him a permanent deal.However United have had a remarkable slump since, picking up just 17 points in as many games in the league.The 46-year-old has overseen the club’s worst start to a season in 30 years – with their next match against Liverpool at Old Trafford on October 20.Should United fail to get a result in that match, they would be in danger of slipping closer to the bottom three, and potentially costing Solskjaer his job.Tags: Ole Gunnar Solskjaerlast_img read more

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September 22, 2020

Cross River athlete emerges winner of maiden Ikogosi Marathon

first_imgRelatedPosts Oyo APC leaders storm Fayemi’s home for reconciliation Fayemi appoints two Tutors-General At swearing in of Perm Secs, Fayemi reiterates commitment to transparency Cross River State-born Sadjo Ismael on Saturday made history by becoming the winner of the maiden edition of Ikogosi 10km Marathon race. He beat over 2,000 other athletes to the finish line to win the N1 million prize in an impressive time of 30 mins 40 seconds. Sadjo was trailed by Plateau-born Adamu Shehu Mu’azu, who came second at 31mins 22seconds, while Oyebode Dada Samuel from Osun State came third at 31mins 48seconds. The State Governor, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, who was the Special Guest of honour at the event, presented the winners with their prizes and congratulated all the participants for daring to take part in the epoch making event. Fayemi said his administration would not only invest in the education and human capital development of the youth, but will continue to partner with relevant private sector players in providing them platforms to showcase their God-given talents. The overall winner, Sadjo smiled home with N1 million; the first runner up got a prize of N500,000; while the second runner up got N300,000. The race was flagged off by the State’s Deputy Governor, Otunba Bisi Egbeyemi, in Aramoko-Ekiti, headquarters of Ekiti West Local Government at 9:25am. There were also winners in other categories, including the female elite category, where Rose Akuso from Plataeu State came first in 36 mins 51 seconds. She was trailed by David Abiye from Ondo State who came second in 36 mins 59 seconds, while another runner from Plateau State, Oman Sale, came third. They also received N1 million, N500,000 and N300,000 respectively as their prizes. In the female Indigene category, Adewole Hannah Jumoke from Ikere Ekiti came first by reaching the finish line in 38 mins 49 seconds. She got N1 million. She was followed by Sehinde Favour (43mins 32 seconds) and Folorunso Fayokemi (44m, 38s), who took the second and third positions respectively. Others in the indigene category are Abolaji Iyanu, who came fourth in 45m, 74secs; Oduluyi Jumoke, who came fifth in 46m 42secs, Ekundayo Olajumoke (47m, 42s), Anyigor Serah (49m, 11s), John Mary (49m, 36s) and Ajeyomi Bukola (49m, 49s). In the Male Indigene Category, Shedowo Adewale came first at 34mins 51s, while Lawal Azeez came second at 35 mins 16 seconds. Arowolo Tunde came third with 36m, 17secs. Fourteen-year-old Dolapo Morakinyo, from Oke Imesi-Ekiti, was apparently the youngest participant in the race and was the cynosure of all eyes as she got to the finish line. No fewer than 10 ambulances manned by health professionals were deployed on the Aramoko-Erinjiyan-Ikogosi route, while the police, officials of the Federal Road Safety Corps and the state’s Peace Corps provided security and crowd control along the route. Governor Fayemi, who revealed he was excited at the positive attitude of the young men and women that participated in the race, said government would continue to provide incentives to her sports men and women in different sporting activities. The Ikogosi Marathon race was organised by the Ikogosi Marathon Initiative in partnership with the Ekiti State Government. Over 5,000 registered for the race online, while close to 2,500 collected racing materials which qualified them for the race on Saturday. Tags: Dr. Kayode FayemiIkogosi MarathanSadio Ismaellast_img read more

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September 22, 2020

Pearson overwhelmed by fans support after Watford sacking

first_imgRelatedPosts Ighalo: My best moment as ‘Red Devil’ Ings not interested in leaving Saints, Southampton manager says Live stream Premier League, La Liga, Serie A on Showmax Pro this weekend Nigel Pearson says he was overwhelmed by the support he received from Watford fans after being sacked by the club on Sunday with two games of the Premier League season remaining.Pearson was hired on a short-term contract in December with Watford bottom of the league, and sparked a transformation in form with four wins in his first seven league matches. The Hornets have struggled since the restart of the season after the COVID-19 break, sitting one place and three points above the drop zone with two games left, prompting the club to part ways with Pearson.The 56-year-old said on Twitter: “I’ve been overwhelmed by the well-wishes I’ve received from Watford supporters and the football community. Thank you all for your kind messages.“Although unable to finish the task I was brought in to achieve, I wish Watford all the best for their final two games.”Former Leicester City manager Claude Puel is one of the candidates tipped to take charge of the club at the end of the season, according to British media.Watford’s last two games are against Manchester City and Arsenal. Reuters/NAN.Tags: Nigel PearsonPremier LeagueWatford FClast_img read more

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September 21, 2020

Howley frustrated by Wales display

first_img Wales trailed by 30 points to three early in the second half as tries from Simon Zebo, Cian Healy and the magnificent Brian O’Driscoll put Ireland in command. The hosts bravely rallied but they had left themselves far too much to do and tries from Alex Cuthbert, Leigh Halfpenny and Craig Mitchell were not enough to prevent an eighth successive defeat. “It is frustrating and disappointing. With the way we started we allowed Ireland a foothold,” said Howley. “The key in any international game is territory and possession and we came second by a very long way.” Press Association Interim head coach Rob Howley bemoaned a nightmare start to Wales’ RBS 6 Nations title defence after his side’s comeback effort fell short in a 30-22 defeat to Ireland in Cardiff.center_img He added: “Ireland’s kicking game, combined with our lack of accuracy at the contact area, allowed them field position, the pressure built and built and built and they took their opportunities. “On the other hand, in the second half we played a lot of good rugby, had a good impact off the bench and scored three tries. But in that first 20 minutes we need to focus – we spoke all week about starting well and we didn’t.” While Wales now face the daunting task of a trip to face France in Paris next weekend, Ireland will host England with valuable momentum behind them. The imperious O’Driscoll was a central figure in their victory, and Ireland coach Declan Kidney hopes he will grace this tournament for at least another year. “Brian will make up his own mind. I would not like to sway him one way over the other,” he said. “The bottom line is you would love to have the guy around forever wouldn’t you? But if you look at the performance he put in today, that is not easy on the body. “Huge credit to him, given the amount of game time he has had, to come out and give such an international-class performance like he did today. “It is wrong to say it doesn’t surprise you, as normally you should not be able to pull out a performance like that with the amount of game time he has under his belt. With Brian it is just a privilege to be working with him.” last_img read more

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September 21, 2020

Hughton: We can’t rely on Ricky

first_img The former Birmingham boss, who is also hoping to sign England Under-21 winger Nathan Redmond from his former club for £3.5million, added: “I don’t believe with how tactical and the speed of the game nowadays that you can just be a goal scorer, first and foremost you have to be a team player. “The responsibility Ricky has is a normal one for a football player, he wants to do well. If there is a pressure on any individual, the nature of those type of people is to welcome it and not shy away from it. “You have to go out and cross that white line in front of thousands of people and there is always that responsibility, but that is what these players enjoy.” Van Wolfswinkel earned his second senior Dutch cap against Indonesia in June, and is confident he can make a quick transition from the Portuguese league to the hustle-and-bustle of the English top flight. “I want to show from day one what I can do and I hope for a great season,” he said. “At the beginning, it will be new for the defenders who play against me, that will change after a while – but if they know how I play or if they don’t know how I play, it will always be up to me to do well for the team. “I know my qualities fit in the English league.” Norwich manager Chris Hughton insists his side’s Barclays Premier League fate next season must not rest solely at the feet of £8.5million striker Ricky van Wolfswinkel. The Norfolk club shattered their record transfer fee with the acquisition of the Holland forward from Sporting Lisbon. For much of the second half of last season Hughton’s team struggled to find the net, which saw the Canaries dragged back into a survival scrap before eventually scoring four against West Brom and then three in the win at Manchester City to finish 11th. While Hughton is hoping Van Wolfswinkel will give his side a cutting edge in the final third, the Norwich boss is cautious against heaping too much responsibility on him. He said: “We have brought Ricky in here for a particular reason, but he is a team player, first and foremost, that has a responsibility to the team to lead the line and ultimately score goals, but that comes with the territory.” center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

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September 21, 2020

Parker delighted with Fulham move

first_img The Cottagers announced the capture of the 32-year-old on a three-year contract on Monday night, paying an undisclosed fee for the England midfielder’s services. Parker will meet his new team-mates at training on Tuesday and takes with him a wealth of experience at the top level. He has won 18 caps for England – captaining them in 2012 – and has more than 300 Premier League appearances to his credit. “I’m delighted to be joining Fulham and I’m looking forward to meeting my new team-mates at training,” he told Fulham’s official website. “Fulham is an established Premier League club and I look forward to trying to help the team progress even further over the next three years.” Parker makes a short hop across London in order to join Martin Jol’s men and Fulham will be the fifth capital club he has played for. He started his career at Charlton, before moving to Chelsea. He then then headed to Newcastle, but returned ‘home’ for a successful spell with West Ham during which he was named as the Football Writers’ Association Player of the Year. The Hammers’ relegation from the Premier League paved the way for Parker to move to Spurs and it was while at White Hart Lane that he was asked to captain England in a friendly against Holland. He started every group match at Euro 2012 and arrives at Craven Cottage as a stellar name. “I’m delighted that Scott has joined us,” manager Jol said. “He’s a midfielder who works tirelessly for his team and is a fantastic player both on and off the ball. “It is wonderful to see a player of his stature playing for Fulham Football Club as he has shown his qualities in the Premier League and for the England team for many years. “I’m happy that he’s here and joins us for training ahead of our first home match of the season.” Scott Parker is ready to help Fulham achieve their Barclays Premier League goals after joining them from Tottenham.center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

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September 21, 2020

Di Canio accepts his punishment

first_img His frustrations centred around the decision not to allow a Jozy Altidore’s ‘goal’ that would have tied the match at 2-2. Instead of playing the advantage Atkinson pulled play back for a free-kick against Bacary Sagna, ignoring the fact that Altidore went on to score. An FA statement read: “Sunderland manager Paolo Di Canio has been fined the standard penalty of £8,000 after he admitted an FA misconduct charge in relation to his behaviour during his side’s game against Arsenal on Saturday 14 September 2013.” Di Canio, although worse off financially, at least avoided a ban from the dugout. Sunderland, in a brief statement of their own, added: “He (Di Canio) is free to take his place on the touchline when Sunderland visit West Brom this weekend.” Meanwhile, Di Canio is refusing to hit the panic button despite seeing his team slip to the foot of the table. Saturday’s 3-1 home defeat left the Black Cats with just a single point from their opening four games and a daunting fixture list ahead of them. But as he prepared for next weekend’s trip to West Brom and the visits of Liverpool and Manchester United to the Stadium of Light which follow it, Di Canio was remaining positive. Di Canio was involved in a lively exchange with referee Martin Atkinson late in the 3-1 defeat by Arsenal on Saturday and was eventually sent to the stands. The Italian later said he had invited Atkinson to “complete a perfect job” by sending him off. Sunderland manager Paolo Di Canio has been fined £8,000 by the Football Association having admitted a charge of misconduct. He said: “After 20 games, if you are still at the bottom and you are 10 points, 12 points from the fourth place from the bottom, you can start to think, ‘Eighteen games to go, okay, plenty of points, but it’s difficult’. “But now we are all there and we are starting to play good football.” Sunderland did indeed play some good football against the Gunners, but belatedly so. In truth, the game really should have been over by half-time but Di Canio was nevertheless buoyed by his side’s second-half display and is confident things will turn sooner rather than later. Asked how he intends to maintain the spirits of his players, he said: “We have to be intelligent because many times I have experienced that if you stay at the bottom, some belief can go far from your brain. “But the fact is that they are intelligent and we are a work in progress and we will be knuckling down and working hard together for the next few weeks. “We know that we can lose some games, especially now with us – it can happen with Manchester United. “It’s important that we keep going and believing that during the training sessions daily and weekly, we have to work so hard because only in this way can we gel quickly together and we can have a quick togetherness from the kick-off. “I know it’s difficult. I am sure the players many times, especially at this moment, that must be how they are thinking. “But the half-hour that they played together was a very good half-hour. “It is not easy to play this football against Arsenal, and we created the chances to complete the comeback because we came back well and we deserved to go on top at that moment. “In the first half, we can say we deserved to be 2-0 down, probably. It didn’t happen, we didn’t sink, we didn’t lose our belief. “In the second half, we came out better, we adjusted something on the field and we came out with more motivation. The lads were very good, very good, very good because it’s not easy. “It didn’t look like a team that hadn’t played together for many years for half an hour, so that has to be our belief, our positive energy.” Press Associationlast_img read more

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September 21, 2020

Arsenal top after Swans victory

first_img Gnabry slalomed his way between three Swansea players to find the striker unmarked, but he dragged wastefully wide. Gnabry was the man to finally force one of the keepers to make a save as he fired tamely at Michel Vorm five minutes after the break. The German then gave the Gunners the lead as he rounded off a lovely, flowing passage of play with Ramsey at its heart. The visitors worked Swansea from one side of the pitch to the other before picking them off through the middle as Giroud and Ramsey teed up Gnabry to shoot low beyond Vorm and become Arsenal’s second-youngest Premier League goalscorer. It should have been 2-0 a matter of moments later. Ramsey drove at the heart of the Swans’ defence to find an unmarked Mesut Ozil, but Vorm stood up well to make the save. But there was no reprieve in the 62nd minute. Arsenal again broke with purpose as Jack Wilshere and Giroud found Ramsey, who kept his cool to adjust and fire home, despite Vorm getting a hand to the shot. Swansea had sent on Wilfried Bony between the two goals, but the Ivorian’s introduction already appeared a case of too little, too late for the hosts. Nathan Dyer forced Szczesny into a flying save, before Bony shot straight at the keeper after seizing on a Wilshere back pass. They did manage to pull one back with nine minutes to go, Davies and Bony exchanging passes for the left-back to poke past an exposed Szczesny. Arsenal had to survive a late penalty appeal when Bacary Sagna’s attempted clearance appeared to strike Mathieu Flamini on the arm, but they were not to be denied another three points. Press Association Arsenal have now won nine on the trot and owner Stan Kroenke’s public backing of Wenger proved particularly timely given how they have responded from defeat to Aston Villa on the opening day, and the clinical edge with which they dispatched a Swansea side finding some form. Ramsey was as key on this occasion as he has been throughout Arsenal’s excellent run, and his mix of poise and composure in possession was too much for Swansea to handle. But even the Wales international struggled to enlighten a first half which produced a total of zero shots on target. There were pleasing passages of play, but little in the way of goalmouth action as the two sides cancelled each other out. Jonjo Shelvey, back at the Liberty for the first time since his startlingly mixed performance against Liverpool, initially played a prominent part in a bright Swansea start, his range of passing helping get the hosts in motion. The midfielder also had the first meaningful effort on goal – one of very few during the opening 45 minutes – bringing down a high ball and fizzing a fierce drive narrowly over Wojciech Szczesny’s bar. Arsenal began to find their rhythm with Ramsey delivering a pinpoint cross for Per Mertesacker to head wide, before the Welshman arrowed a low shot around a yard wide from the edge of the area. A lull followed, but Olivier Giroud should have had Arsenal ahead in first-half stoppage time. In-form Ramsey teed up Serge Gnabry for the 58th minute opener, before scoring his eighth goal of the season just four minutes later to seal the win and Arsenal’s 12th consecutive victory on the road in all competitions. Swansea gave as good as they got during a tight first half, and Ben Davies pulled a goal back, but it proved a mere consolation in a competitive encounter at the Liberty Stadium. Arsene Wenger enjoyed a dream 17th anniversary as Arsenal boss as his side went top of the Barclays Premier League table thanks to an Aaron Ramsey-inspired 2-1 victory at Swansea.last_img read more

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September 21, 2020

Bruce charge confirmed

first_imgHull manager Steve Bruce’s misconduct charge following last weekend’s 1-0 defeat at Tottenham has been confirmed by the Football Association. Press Association The Tigers boss revealed on Wednesday night that he had already received notification of the charge, after he described referee Michael Oliver’s decision to award a late penalty at White Hart Lane on Sunday as “a joke”. “I’ve been charged,” Bruce said, following his side’s penalty shoot-out defeat, also at Spurs, in the Capital One Cup. center_img “Mike Riley (head of the Professional Game Match Officials Board) rang me on Monday morning telling me they’ve made a huge mistake. What am I supposed to say? “What is the law and what is it supposed to be? I’ll argue my case. It will cost me a few quid, but I’ll do it.” The FA confirmed the charge on Thursday morning in a statement which read: “Hull City manager Steve Bruce has been charged for misconduct by The FA in relation to post-match media comments he made following his side’s game against Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday 27 October 2013. “It is alleged Bruce’s comments called into question the integrity of the match referee, and/or implied that the match referee was motivated by bias; and/or brought the game into disrepute, in contravention of Rule E3(1). “Bruce has until 6pm on November 4 to respond to the charge.” Despite the charge Bruce was unwilling to take a backward step after Wednesday night’s loss, claiming Hull games were not officiated by the most high-profile referees. “We don’t get the big referees. Are we not as important as the big clubs?” he said. “Although I suppose Michael Oliver is supposed to be one of the top referees… but I can’t seem to remember Howard Webb coming to Hull very often. “We’ve had a bad decision and a bad couple of days but we’ll see what the FA say.” last_img read more

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September 21, 2020

Wenger: Giroud compares favourably

first_img “We have high moral grounds. We take information about the moral level of the player and when there is any moral restriction we do not buy the player.” Arsenal will have midfielder Mikel Arteta back from suspension after his red card against Crystal Palace. Combative midfielder Mathieu Flamini, though, remains sidelined with his groin problem as does Serge Gnabry (ankle), while Theo Walcott is still recovering from minor abdominal surgery. Wenger maintains his squad are determined to show their title aspirations are not unfounded with an impressive display against the Reds, as they look to avoid what would be a third successive home defeat following the Champions League loss to Borussia Dortmund and so maintain momentum with a return European tie in Germany next week ahead of the trip to Manchester United on November 10. “It is an important period of course, but I am quite confident and am quite relaxed because I have the complete confidence that we will deal well with it,” the Arsenal manager said. “I take it as an opportunity to show our strengths and I am completely sure that the players will be up for it and take this opportunity. “We are a very stable team who, since January 1, has taken more points than anybody else. “I learnt a lot about my team through the spring period when we had our backs to the wall and had to win every single game. I know how strong these guys are and how much they want it.” Wenger added: “We are in a strong position in the Premier League, that is why our mood is positive. “We want to be and I think we are title contenders, and Liverpool as well. “You have four other teams certainly, or five, who will be title contenders this year. “It is a big game for us, massively important, but I don’t worry about where the teams are (in the table). “Between the team who is 14th and the team who is eighth, there are two or three points. At the moment, the table has no real significance.” Had things turned out differently this summer, then controversial Uruguay forward Suarez could well have been leading the Gunners attack, rather than netting six times in the five games since returning to action for the Reds from a 10-match ban imposed after biting Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic. However, in Giroud Arsenal also posses a serious goal threat of their own, with the former Montpellier frontman taking his tally to eight with a late header which sealed a 2-0 win for the 10-man Gunners at Crystal Palace last weekend. Press Association Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is in no doubt “real centre-forward” Olivier Giroud will turn on the style again when the Frenchman looks to win the battle of the strikers against Liverpool frontman Luis Suarez at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday. Wenger is confident Giroud will not get lost in the hype surrounding comparisons with Suarez as his team focus on producing the required response following their midweek Capital One Cup defeat by Chelsea and look to stay top of the Barclays Premier League. “If some clubs were interested in buying him (Suarez), then it is because he was playing quite well, but what is important for me are the players who play for Arsenal tomorrow against Luis Suarez,” Wenger said. “I believe that Giroud has proven since the start of the season that he is an exceptional striker and I am convinced that he will be up for it. “They have different styles. Giroud is a real centre-forward who uses his power – he is really central. Suarez is more a player who goes on the flanks and is more a dribbler.” Wenger continued: “I think our target is to have the ball and master the situation because we are dominating and we have more of the ball than our opponents – and if we have the ball a lot we do not need to worry too much about our opponents and that will be the target tomorrow.” There had been some discontent among sections of the Arsenal supporters at the thought of signing a player who also served a ban for racially abusing Manchester United defender Patrice Evra in October 2011. Wenger, though, would have had no issues had the transfer been completed, with Liverpool rejecting a specific £40, 000,001 offer which was expected to have triggered a supposed get-out clause. “The player has been punished for what he did,” Wenger said. last_img read more

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