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Tegat calls for ruthless MBU

first_imgAs Montego Bay United prepare to host teams in Group Three of the 2016 Caribbean Club Championship at the Montego Bay Sports Complex, the club’s head coach Paul ‘Tegat’ Davis says he wants his strikers to be ruthless in front of goal irrespective of the opponent. Davis, who has been putting the players through a rigorous training regimen since last week, told The Gleaner that if his players perform anywhere as impressively as they currently do in the Red Stripe Premier League, they should finish on top and advance to the next round. “Playing these games at home offer us no distinct advantage because all the teams participating are professionals and will be coming to play hard football,” said Davis. MBU will first tackle Cayman’s Scholars International on Wednesday before taking on Trinidad’s Central FC on March 13. Before that, Scholars meet Central on March 11. MBU are in a rich vein of form, winning four of their last five matches in the domestic league with forward Owayne Gordon having the time of his life. Gordon, who has 13 goals so far this season, struck back-to-back braces recently in league play and will be hard to contain. Speedy winger Alan Ottey along with the engine of the team’s midfield, Jermaine Woozencroft, captain Dwane Ambusley and goalkeeper Jacomeno Barrett will all play key roles for MBU.. But the hosts may have to make do without two key defenders in John Barrett and Cordel Simpson, both of whom are nursing injuries. Davis, however, is cautiously optimistic on the defenders being ready in time for either of their two assignments. “John and Cordel are two of our better defenders and we will need them to be fit and ready, but if that’s not possible we will have to win without them. I am very confident in the abilities of my players,” he said.last_img read more

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Japan sends largest delegation to Asian Games with sights set on Tokyo Olympics

first_imgThe Japan News/Asia News Network PhotoJAKARTA — Around 45 countries and regions with about 15,000 athletes and officials will participate in this 18th edition of the Asian Games, held mainly in Jakarta through Sept. 2. The first Asian Games event was held in India in 1951, and the Games have been held every four years since the second edition in 1954 in Manila. Japan has hosted the Asian Games twice, in 1958 in Tokyo and in Hiroshima in 1994. This is Indonesia’s second time to host the Asian Games, after hosting the 1962 edition.ADVERTISEMENT Peza offers relief to ecozone firms WATCH: Highlights of the 2018 Asian Games opening ceremony  Yamashita has said in a statement that Japan’s participation in the Asian Games is considered an “important step toward the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics that is only two years away.” The past five Asian Games, Japan has finished third in number of medals won. China has dominated, while South Korea has finished second in the past five Games. Japan will be competing against these two Asian powerhouses, though Yamashita has not spelled out a specific goal for its medal tally. One medal hopeful for Japan at the Asian Games is swimming star Rikako Ikee. The 18-year-old high schooler won the women’s 100-meter butterfly at the Pan Pacific Swimming Championships held earlier this month in Tokyo.Ikee clocked 56.08 seconds in Tokyo in her main event to set a Japan record.ADVERTISEMENT Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins 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 awardcenter_img LATEST STORIES  “I am excited to be part of the history,” said Daariin Purwanto, 19, a college student who is volunteering at the event. “I look forward to help people from other countries.” According to the organizing committee of the Asian Games, there are about 12,000 volunteers supporting the event.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’ This Asian Games will include 40 sports and 465 events, from baseball, softball and sports climbing to karate — all to be included in the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games. According to the Japanese Olympic Committee, Japan is sending its largest delegation to the Asian Games, with 1,096 members including 762 athletes. The delegation is led by Yasuhiro Yamashita, a former judo gold medalist and a senior official of the JOC.  Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal MOST READ In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil  Ikee also took silver in the women’s 200-meter freestyle. “I want to win all individual events I enter [at the Asian Games],” Ikee said when leaving for Jakarta earlier this month. “If possible, I want to be chosen the Games’ MVP.” In athletics, two speedsters will likely compete against each other for the men’s 100 meters. Aska Cambridge, 25, who won a Grand Prix series in Karlstad, Sweden, in July, will vie with Ryota Yamagata, who won the International Athletics Meeting in Liege, Belgium. Cambridge’s personal best for the event is 10.08 seconds, while Yamagata’s is 10.00.Japan’s only sub-10 second sprinter Yoshihide Kiryu, whose best is 9.98 seconds, did not earn a slot for an individual race at the games, but he is expected to make a big contribution to the 4×100-meter relay along with Cambridge and Yamagata. In badminton, Kento Momota is another strong medal hopeful for Japan. The lefty won the men’s singles at the world championships earlier this month, becoming the first Japanese to achieve the feat.RELATED VIDEO DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced View commentslast_img read more

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AFL Commences Regional, Community Isolations

first_imgThe Liberian government, through the Armed Forces of Liberia, has begun to isolate regions and communities that may be considered as sites that are severely hit by the deadly Ebola outbreak in Liberia.The soldiers have set up a blockades stopping people from entering or leaving some regions, counties and communities affected by the Ebola outbreak.Addressing the nation late Wednesday night on the state-owned Liberia Broadcasting System (LBS) when she declared a 90-day state of emergency,  President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf said under the state of emergency, the government will institute extraordinary measures including, if need be, the suspension of certain rights and privileges as mandated by the Constitution. These extraordinary measures, it is believed, have to do with free movement and assembly.AFL personnel on Wednesday, August 6, began setting up blockades stopping people from the Western region that includes Grand Cape Mount, Bomi and Gbarpolu counties, from entering Montserrado, including Monrovia. Similar measures are also being taken in Lofa County where the Ebola virus first hit when it crossed over from Guinea.It is also reported that government will today begin isolating communities in Monrovia and its environs.The military blockade is stopping people from the western region, where Ebola is prevalent.Counties in this region largely rely on Monrovia for their goods.These measures by the government are in compliance with an agreement reached at a MRU Summit in Conakry, Guinea last week.  The MRU leaders, Presidents Sirleaf, Alpha Condé of Guinea, Ernest Bai Koroma of Sierra Leone and Ivorian Health Minister, Dr. Raymonde Goudou Koffie, representing President Alhassan Ouattara, signed a Joint Declaration.  The first three MRU countries, Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone, are affected by the virus.The MRU Summit, among other things, agreed to impose a cross-border isolation zone at the epicenter of the outbreak at the regional and intra country levels, considered the world’s worst-ever outbreak of the disease.This move, according to the leaders, is aimed at eradicating the deadly disease that has already claimed the lives of over 900 persons. In Liberia, there are over 500 cases reported with 271 fatalities.On Wednesday, residents of Tubmanburg were alarmed over the presence of several personnel of the Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL) who were being transported in the city in truckloads.  This was prior to declaration of the State of Emergency by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.In Lofa, according to county sources, the Ministry of National Defense Thursday deployed armed personnel of the AFL. The AFL troops are stationed in Voinjama, where the Telewoyan Hospital is located and Foya Districts, respectively.Reports from Foya Care Center also say that out of over 30 persons that were admitted from Barkedu, the seat of Quadu Gboni District, since the outbreak, 9 have died and the others are responding to treatment.Thursday, according to health workers, six persons were transported from Quadu Gboni (4 from Barkedu Town and 2 from Wormanor Town) to the Foya Care Center.Barkedu town, which is the biggest town in Quadu Gboni District and the center of the outbreak in Quadu Gboni District, is located an hour’s drive from Voinjama City.  And it is predominantly inhabited by Muslims from the Mandingo tribe. There are calls from many citizens of the county that Barkedu Town, which is known as one of the epicenters of the Ebola virus outbreak, should be quarantined.   President Sirleaf, when declaring the State of Emergency, said the virus threat continues to grow as a result of ignorance, poverty as well as entrenched religious and cultural practices, which continue to exacerbate the spread of the disease, especially in the counties.Some stakeholders in the health sector have accused government of not being proactive enough in handling the situation, declaring the State of Emergency at a time when several Liberians have already been victimized by the virus.Many have said that while the State of Emergency is necessary, people should have been given ample time to prepare. Residents of Tubmanburg had begun to complain of the shortage of rice, the national staple, and other commodities.Meanwhile it is reported that Sierra Leone is ahead of Liberia in implementing the MRU agreement. In Sierra Leone the security forces have now imposed a complete blockade of the eastern region that has been hit by Ebola.The head of the police in the east of the country said police and soldiers had imposed a “complete blockade” of the Kenema and Kailahun districts.No vehicles or persons are being allowed in or out of the districts, except those bringing in essential foods and medicines.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Bong University Students Volunteer for Ebola Fight

first_imgShare this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) The Bong University Students Union (BUSU), has volunteered the services of its membership in the fight against Ebola.BUSU groups Bong County students from all universities across the country and constitutes the umbrella organization of the county’s higher education student community. It leadership has therefore expressed the hope that the county administration and Ebola Taskforce would take advantage of the students offer.“Since the outbreak of Ebola, you have not seen us as sons and daughters of this soil, but as of today, September 27, you can begin making use of our volunteerism in whatever meaningful way you want us to serve in the fight against the Ebola menace,” BUSU President, Germue Kwenah declared.According to him, the fight against the dreaded Ebola virus disease (EVD) is the responsibility of all Liberians, and henceforth, the student union decided to contribute its human resources to obtain victory over the virus.Kwenah made the statement when BUSU donated an assortment of anti-Ebola materials to the county’s Ebola Taskforce at the weekend. Items donated by the BUSU leadership included 20 kg of chlorine, two hand-washing buckets and 1,000 pieces of flyers containing anti-Ebola messages.Bong County Development Superintendent, Anthony Sheriff, who received the items, thanked the students for the donation, which he described as “a worthy gesture.”He then promised to turn over the items and convey the students’ pledge to volunteer their services to Bong County Superintendent, Selena Polson Mappy.Sheriff observed that the students would be better placed in the areas of awareness and mobilization as there continues to be Ebola-related situations that must be addressed through awareness, sensitization and mobilization.last_img read more

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“We Have No Desire to Assassinate the President”

first_imgFormer Vice President of Liberia, Joseph N. BoakaiFormer VP Boakai clarifiesFormer Vice President Joseph Nyuma Boakai has refuted allegation from the Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC) that the opposition community is planning to assassinate President George Weah.Former VP Boakai, who is also the standard bearer of the Unity Party (UP), in his statement last Thursday at the ceremony which marked the signing of the ‘Statement of Commitment’ by the four collaborating opposition political parties held at the UP headquarters in Monrovia, stated that the opposition community consisting of the Unity Party (UP), Liberty Party (LP), Alternative National Congress (ANC) and the All Liberian Party (ALP) have no desire to assassinate the President as stated by the Party Chairman Mulbah Morlu in a recent Press conference.In a recent press conference organized by Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC), the ruling party’s National Chairman Morlu accused the opposition of planning to assassinate President Weah.Based on this accusation, Mr. Boakai said, the opposition community detests all recent incendiary comment and false accusations made against them, adding that, “No one in the opposition Parties have desire to assassinate or harm any national leader. Any such claims are ludicrous, dangerous and reprehensible,” he said.According to him, Liberia and Liberians face daunting challenges and multifarious problems not least are concerns about the excruciating level of hardship and the reported unchecked waves of public corruption across government and the freedom of the press; “On there we owe no apology, we have no interest in seeing Liberians suffer again because we are agents of peace, unity, reconciliation and our parties, sympathizers, members and supporters are positive agents of transformation not violence or crime.He also disclosed that the opposition community wants businesses thrive again, children to attend schools without hesitation, demand quality education for youth, women and girls and a society free of gender based violence.“We want agriculture to thrive and to feed ourselves, want industries to flourish but these cannot be achieved in anarchy or state orchestrated violence and amid false hood and mediocrity,” Hon. Boakai said.Buttressing the former VP’s remarks, the Liberty Party (LP) standard bearer Cllr. Charles W. Brumskine also refuted the assassination claim and said that members of the opposition parties are peace loving and change makers who are not involved in violence as stated by CDC National Chairman.“I have been into politics and contested the past three (3) elections with the intention of becoming President of Liberia, unfortunately I didn’t win any of those elections. I took my case to the Supreme court to address my problems but I have never gotten engage in violence, neither did I encourage my supporters to get involve in situations that will interrupt our peace.“None of us are prone to violence so we are not and will never be,” Cllr. Brumskine said.He stated that politics must be about meeting the aspirations of the people and not to criticize the opposition parties.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Jubilation Over Adolph Lawrence’s Death Does Not Speak Well for Reconciliation

first_imgOn March 25 Liberians woke up to the shocking death news of Montserrado County District 15 Representative, Adolph Lawrence.  He is the second from the National Legislature to die after Senator Geraldine Doe-Sheriff.Unlike Senator Doe-Sheriff who met her demise after some period of illness, Representative Lawrence had left for Buchanan, Grand Bassa County to celebrate his birthday and when returning to Monrovia, he died in a tragic motor accident, leaving his dear wife, Senator Nyonblee Kangar-Lawrence and the rest of his families grief stricken.Representative Lawrence was a member of the ruling Coalition for Democratic Change, especially the original Congress for Democratic Change (CDC) that formed the coalition with other parties.  He won on its ticket in the 2011 presidential and legislative elections.However, he could not continue with the CDC because of his critical views on how the ruling party has been proceeding.  Just before going to celebrate his birthday, he had written the House Plenary last week to invite the Justice Minister and the Finance Minister to account for the death of Matthew Innis who was said to have died from a “hit and run” accident, and the US$25 million to which  investigative reports have linked the Governor of the Central Bank and the Minister of Finance Samuel Tweah.In the wake of his tragic and untimely death, the public is witnessing grievous comments on social media posted by people claiming to be supporters of President George Weah and the CDC.In one post, the poster said, “They think they can bring our government down, but God will bring them down one by one.  Adolph Lawrence is gone; it remains Darius Dillon, Yekeh Kolubah, Henry Costa, and Martin Kollie.”In another post, a poster said that the death of Adolph Lawrence brings to pass the prophecy of Isaac Winker, the Resident Bishop of the Dominion Christian Fellowship, who proclaimed one time that God will bring an end to anybody who speaks against George Weah or lifts up his hands against him.There are several followers who continue to make derogatory comments in support of these posts, and some are even calling on the radio expressing their delight for Adolph Lawrence dying in a tragic motor accident only because he was critical on how things are going.What also appears to be tacit approval to these inhumane statements is the fact that even some government officials are reported to have made derogatory comments about the deceased in the wake of his passing in a tragic motor accident over the weekend.Even more disturbing is the fact that highly placed officials of the CDC appear to be saying or doing nothing to curtail the avalanche of irresponsible banter from CDC supporters hailing the tragic passing of Representative Lawrence, all because he dared express opposing views to government.This is downright appalling, degrading and a gross reflection of the depths of moral bankruptcy and depravity to which this nation under the leadership of President Weah appears to be sinking by the day.This paper, the Daily Observer, thought to flag out this issue not to dignify the ignorance and depravity displayed by the social media posters, but to remind President Weah that he pledged under the Liberian Constitution before God and man to reconcile Liberians and leave a positive mark on the country.While addressing the United Nations General Assembly last year, Mr. President, you promised to reconcile Liberian people to get on par with other countries that have taken such an approach.Since the CDC government took over, Liberians have been expressing themselves in peaceful protests calling for the establishment of a war crimes court to bring justice for victims of the past war.In response, President Weah, who prior to his ascendancy to the presidency had promised to bring the court, made an abrupt about-turn and told Liberians to choose between war crimes court and “development,” though the process leading to the desired development remains murky and at best directionless.If your desire for reconciliation is to be taken seriously, Mr. President, you have to use the local media to sensitize your followers not to make you appear to the public as an enemy to the rest of the people who are not supporters of the CDC.Remember that the victory you claimed through popular votes in 2017 did not come only from the CDC, but from many Liberians who had no option but to elect you after their candidates had been kicked out.Jubilation by supporters of the CDC over the death of Representative Adolph Lawrence is just fertilizing the ground for entrenched animosity that will divide Liberians more than they should be reconciled, and it is time that, Mr. President, you take firm action to halt this wanton display of crude madness. Indeed Mr. President, this newspaper holds the view that the character of this nation cannot be defined by the action of soulless zombies intent on spreading hate and animosity just for a few pennies.In view of this, the Daily Observer is once again constrained to warn President Weah of the implicit danger posed to national peace and stability by CDC supporters bent on stoking fires of hatred. This newspaper calls on President Weah, as usual, to take charge and lead or accept to be led to an unkind and untimely fate.Beware, Mr. President, that the bells now tolling for Adolph Lawrence could also toll for you or any of your supporters, for that matter.The great English poet John Donne in his master piece “Devotions Upon Emergent Occasions, Meditation XVII” reminds us,  “… any man’s death diminishes me, because I am involved in mankind, and therefore never send to know for whom the bells tolls; it tolls for thee.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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India’s Govt willing fund additional cost – Diplomat

first_imgFormer Indian High Commissioner Venekatachalam MahalingamOgle/Diamond bypass roadThere is a possibility that the Indian Government would provide the additional funding that will be needed to construct the much anticipated East Coast/East Bank Demerara Bypass Road.Back in 2016, Finance Minister Winston Jordan had signed a US$50 million loan with the Export-Import (EXIM) Bank of India for the construction of road, which will provide an alternative route connecting the East Coast of Demerara at Ogle to the East Bank at Diamond.The preliminary cost of the project was pegged at US$104 million. However when he presented the 2019 budget last year, the Finance Minister revealed that the projected cost is some US$120 million and as such, Guyana will either have to approach its bilateral partner for more funds or just await revenues from the impending oil and gas sector.However, former Indian High Commissioner to Guyana Venekatachalam Mahalingam recently told Guyana Times that his Government could come up with the extra funds but there will have to be a formal proposal from the Guyana Government.“There had been informal discussions between the Government of Guyana and the Indian High Commission a couple of times. I have also flagged this issue to my government and I don’t think there will a problem to get additional finances from the government of India because we wouldn’t want to leave the road halfway,” he stated.Mahalingam, who wrapped up a five-year tour in Guyana last month, explained that with the oil revenues that are expected to be streaming in after oil production commences early next year, getting additionally money is more likely.“I’m also going to tell my successor (Dr. K. J. Srinivasa) that this might happen and we should look at it positively to finance the extra cost so that whole road is financed by the Government of India,” the former High Commissioner noted.Since the Indian Government is funding the project, it is required that the contracts be awarded to companies from that country and as such, a 10-month design consultancy project was awarded to India-based RITES Limited. The consultants have submitted a Detailed Project Report detailing the draft final design of the bypass road.Public Infrastructure Minister David Patterson told the National Assembly in May that the project is turning out to be much of a bigger scale than previously envisioned.“What was previously envisaged when the loan was taken was a single road linking house lot developments (but) what has been designed and is being reviewed at the moment is a dual carriageway, which is not just for linking house lots; it is actually an additional new entry way into the city. So it’s is new bypass road (design), so therefore it is vastly improved than what was initially perceived,” Patterson had told the Committee of Supply as he successful sought additional funds.The Minister requested an additional $67.410 million to cover payments for consultancy services provided by the Indian firm as well as to carryout preparatory works on the route earmarked for the new bypass road. He explained that along the area identified for the new link road, there is a ‘swampy’ section and part of the monies sought will be injected into clearing that area.“The surveyors would have walked the entire length from the East Coast all the way the pass Diamond and Grove (on the East Bank) and then encountered a swampy section of about 30 acres of swamp land. So as we have the time now, we want to drain that so that by the time we start construction – hopefully very shortly – it will be drained and ready to have the road (works started)… The scope of the works is obviously enormous… (and) the more we can do upfront will make the project far easier when we do come to full implementation,” Patterson explained.When the final design is approved by government, the project will go to tend for a contractor, which will also be an Indian firm.This Diamond-Ogle Bypass project will see some 26 kilometers of road constructed, linking two of the country’s main thoroughfare. This new road link will also be connected to key communities in Georgetown and along the East Bank of Demerara. These includes Diamond, Mocha, Eccles – all on the East Bank – and Aubrey Barker Road in Georgetown.Technical Services Manager attached to the Public Infrastructure Ministry, Nigel Erskine, had previously explained to the Guyana Times that the road will be a four lane main alignment with a 40 metres reserve in the middle. According to Erskine, government is looking, sometime in the future, to use the reserve in the middle for a rapid rail that would run from the Timehri airport to Ogle in a short span of time.This was confirmed by Finance Minister Winston Jordan bank in March.“[The bypass road] is being designed to cater for a rail system in the middle so we don’t have to break up the road if want to go down a railway [system in the future] and with the kind of resources we expect from oil and so on, a high speed railway will become a reality of getting from Georgetown or East Coast straight to the Cheddi Jagan International Airport,” Jordan had stated.Furthermore, plans are also afoot for major developmental projects along the new road including housing schemes and commercial outlets. Meanwhile, the Coalition government has indicated its intention of extending the bypass road from Diamond all the way to the CJIA in Timehri. This extension will come under a second phase of the project. Erskine had revealed that sometime this year, the Public Infrastructure Ministry is hoping to move ahead with the design consultancy process.In an effort to reduce traffic congestion for commuters on the East Bank of Demerara, which leads to the country’s main point of entry – the Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA), the previous People’s Progressive Party Civic (PPPC) regime initiated the bypass road project to link the East Coast to East Bank and subsequently sought funding from the Indian Government before leaving office in 2015.last_img read more

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Should Manchester United sack Jose Mourinho?

first_img0Shares0000Jose Mourinho is under mounting pressure at Manchester United © AFP / Oli SCARFFMANCHESTER, United Kingdom, Aug 28 – Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho is fighting to save his job just three games into the new Premier League season after back-to-back defeats against Brighton and Tottenham.Spurs’ 3-0 win at Old Trafford on Monday was the heaviest home defeat of his coaching career and the team looked a long way from being realistic title challengers. So should United bite the bullet and fire the Portuguese coach or give Mourinho time to try and turn things around?AFP Sports looks at the pros and cons of keeping him in charge.Third-season syndromeNow in his third season at Old Trafford, United might have already seen the best Mourinho has to offer.In two spells at Chelsea and at Porto, Inter Milan and Real Madrid he always won the league in his second campaign. However, his third seasons at Chelsea and Madrid ended acrimoniously.Jose Mourinho (centre) has had a tense relationship with Paul Pogba in recent months © AFP / Oli SCARFFMourinho won the League Cup and Europa League in his first season at United and finished second in the Premier League last season — albeit a record 19 points behind Manchester City.But there is little evidence from an illustrious career of an ability to turn things around once the going gets tough.Mourinho’s relationship with key players appears fractured. There have been high-profile tensions with World Cup star Paul Pogba and his French compatriot Anthony Martial.The Portuguese has always been a results-driven manager, able to point to a trophy-laden CV, and not feeling an overriding responsibility to enthral his fan base with entertaining football.That approach caused friction at United even when results were positive in his first two seasons as it did not fit with the attacking traditions of the club under Alex Ferguson and Matt Busby.Across town, Pep Guardiola has served up some spectacular football at Manchester City and Jurgen Klopp has produced a thrilling attacking side at Liverpool.But the more prosaic Mourinho now does not even have results to fall back on.United already trail Liverpool, Spurs and Chelsea by six points and City by four. Unless swift action is taken they risk missing out on the top four and the Champions League next season, while a title challenge already looks unlikely.Rot predates MourinhoMourinho is not the only figure to blame at Old Trafford, where the team have not won the Premier League since Ferguson’s last season in 2012-13.Last season’s second-place finish was United’s highest league position in the past five years and many of the club’s fans have laid the blame for the relative under-achievement at the door of executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward.Fans were hoping the team could push on and mount a serious challenge to City but Woodward did not deliver the centre-back Mourinho wanted in the transfer window despite booming revenues.Woodward handed Mourinho a new contract until 2020 as recently as January and oversaw the failed reigns of David Moyes and Louis van Gaal before the Portuguese arrived.“Woodward gave him a contract last season, only seven or eight months ago, and he should see that contract through to the end and do the job,” said former United captain Gary Neville.But luck does not appear to be on the manager’s side.Mourinho summoned a positive response to the team’s defeat at Brighton during a dominant first-half display against Spurs that saw Romelu Lukaku miss a gilt-edged chance before the visitors took control after the break.If the club opt to dispense with his services there is not an abundance of candidates to take his place — with Guardiola, Klopp and Mauricio Pochettino all tied up elsewhere.As Mourinho defiantly said himself, he has more Premier League titles than the other 19 managers in England’s top flight put together.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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Premier League team of the weekend: Liverpool, Tottenham and Man United stars included

first_img 11 11 Right wing – Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City) – The Belgian’s brilliance this season will be an added thorn in Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho’s side at the moment. If De Bruyne isn’t scoring goals he’s laying them on and against Southampton he netted the first and created the other two in a 3-1 victory. He looks well worth the £55m they handed Wolfsburg for his services. 11 11 Goalkeeper – Costel Pantilimon (Sunderland) – Sam Allardyce believes clean sheets are the key to the Black Cats’ survival this season and the Romanian shot stopper is helping them do that after two wins in a week. The ex-Man City man made a key save from Jonathan Walters at 0-0, allowing Sunderland to go on and win 2-0. His form will be vital to their hopes of remaining in the Premier League. Central midfield – James McArthur (Crystal Palace) – Not only did the Scotland star score a couple of goals, he played a key role in the Eagles’ demolition of Newcastle United. While Wilfried Zaha and Yannick Bolasie left their opponents dazzled, McArthur kept the entire game ticking over, completing 92 per cent of his passes. 11 Left wing – Robbie Brady (Norwich City) – As the Canaries held an injury hit Arsenal side to a 1-1 draw, Irish star Brady came out of the match with plenty of praise. He got the assist for Lewis Grabban’s goal but also worked tirelessly throughout to ensure Alex Neil’s men hung on for a vital point against the Premier League title challengers. Attacking midfield – Ross Barkley (Everton) – Following a tough campaign last year and criticism from Roy Hodgson, Barkley is looking close to his best again. His late strike against Bournemouth should have handed Everton a win, but was cruelly denied the glory by Junior Stanislas’ second of the match in a 3-3 draw. He’s been doing his homework by studying stars like Paul Scholes and Zinedine Zidane and it looks like it’s paying off. 11 Attacking midfield – Yannick Bolasie (Crystal Palace) – The skilful Selhurst Park star showed no mercy against Newcastle United as he hit two goals against them in a 5-1 win. Bolasie’s dazzling dribbling skills gave the Toon no end of problems and he’s reaching the form which saw manager Alan Pardew rate him at £60m at the end of last season. Cente-back – Daley Blind (Manchester United) – Playing in a back three against Leicester City, the Dutchman was in excellent nick and helped the Red Devils claim a 1-1 draw by plonking a first-half corner on Bastian Schweinsteiger’s head. Chris Smalling has taken most of the plaudits this season but Blind deserves credit too, especially after this display. 11 11 It was another record-breaking Premier League weekend as Jamie Vardy scored for the 11th successive match as Leicester City drew 1-1 with Manchester United.Around the rest of the division there were plenty of thrills, spills, comedy errors and late goals.But who were the stars of the action? talkSPORT names its team of the weekend here.Click the right arrow above to see how made it into our line-up… Cente-back – Toby Alderweireld (Tottenham) – The Belgian has been imperious for Spurs this season and was superb again against Chelsea. Having to deal with the roaming threats of Eden Hazard, Pedro, and Oscar, he and Jan Vertonghen came out on top, restricting the Blues to just one shot on target. He made 15 clearances during the match and pulled off some brilliant passes on a tricky afternoon in the swirling wind. 11 11 11 Left-back – Alberto Moreno (Liverpool) – The marauding Spanish star is getting back to his best at Anfield, which will please manager Jurgen Klopp. He made six successful tackles against Swansea City and five interceptions in an excellent display. Right-back – Adam Smith (Bournemouth) – The former Tottenham academy graduate came into the match at half-time but made an excellent impact on the Cherries’ clash with Everton. He scored a stunning strike for Eddie Howe’s men and played a part in their late, late equaliser as they dramatically drew 3-3. Striker – Jamie Vardy (Leicester City) – Who else? The England star took his record-breaking goal well, following Christian Fuchs’ outstanding pass, but his all-round display was also superb. His work rate is phenomenal and he’s happy to get stuck in defensively as well as scoring goals.last_img read more

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Ronaldo and five other Zlatan Ibrahimovic replacements at PSG revealed

first_img 6 1. Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid) – read all about it below, then click the arrow above to check out five more possible replacements to Ibrahimovi? – Recent reports from Spain have claimed Manchester United have been offered the chance to re-sign the Portuguese for £48.2m at the end of the season. With Old Trafford far less glamorous than it once was, though, it’s difficult to envisage a reunion. Not to mention the player is 31, so Ed Woodward may not be so willing to part with his cash. Paris seems an excellent fit for Ronaldo. He would immediately replace Ibrahimovi? as the main man in the French capital – suiting his self-importance as well as his desire to continue playing at the highest level. 6 6 6 6 3. Gonzalo Higuain (Napoli) – Reports at the beginning of the year claimed the Argentine is not interested in a contract renewal at Stadio San Paolo – his current deal expires in 2018 – suggesting he is assessing his options. He has been on fire this season, leading the Serie A goalscoring charts with 30 goals. But while he remains an integral part of Napoli, a major offer could tempt the Italian outfit into selling. 2. Romelu Lukaku (Everton) – Reports in the Mirror have stated Lukaku is at the top of PSG’s striker wish list and Blanc will allegedly be given the tools to make this deal happen at the end of the season. The 22-year-old has scored 18 goals and six assists so far this season and Everton will find it a challenge to keep hold of their no.10 in the summer. Manchester United are also allegedly interested. 4. Daniel Sturridge (Liverpool) – At the end of March, Sturridge was reported to be a £45m target for the Ligue 1 champions in the summer. The Daily Mail claimed scouts from PSG were sent to watch him take on the Netherlands in England’s friendly defeat. The striker has struggled with injuries over the past two seasons, forcing Liverpool to bring in reinforcements. While he has recently returned to fitness, there remains an air of uncertainty over his future at Anfield. Whether Les Parisiens’ interest in his signature is serious, though, remains to be seen. 5. Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal) – This speculation has been a surprise. According to reports from Chile, Laurent Blanc is an admirer of Sanchez and could be tempted to persuade the PSG board into making an offer with Ibrahimovi? on his way out. While often deployed out wide, the Chilean can play as a centre forward and could fill the void left by the Swede. It would, however, take one hefty offer to persuade Arsène Wenger to let him go. Zlatan Ibrahimovic is on his way out of Paris Saint-Germain.The Sweden international’s contract is up in the summer and recently joked he would stay only if his club replace the Eiffel Tower with a statue of him.It seems, therefore, the striker will say farewell to the Parc des Princes in May, leaving Laurent Blanc with the difficult job of signing his replacement.So who could fill his boots in the French capital?talkSPORT has taken a look at six players who might be on Blanc’s wish list – view the slideshow above to check them out.ASSESSING IBRAHIMOVIC’S SUMMER PREMIER LEAGUE OPTIONS 6 6. Robert Lewandowski (Bayern Munich) – Who wouldn’t want Lewandowski? The Poland international has scored 25 goals in the Bundesliga and, apart from Higuaín, there are few other superior centre forwards in Europe. The Bayern striker has previously been linked to Real Madrid and, at the beginning of the year, was said to be attracting interest from Paris.last_img read more

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