‘Mini-Mourinho’ breathing new life into struggling Hull

first_img Transformation At his presentation as Hull’s third permanent coach in a six-month span, Silva said survival in the Premier League would be a “miracle”, but urged fans to believe in him. Somehow, though, he’s turning things around, just like he did in his first coaching job at Portuguese team Estoril, which he transformed from a second-tier club on the brink of financial ruin to Europa League qualifiers in two seasons. Silva has worked wonders in the transfer market and on the field. Operating under financial constraints, he saw key midfielders Robert Snodgrass and Jake Livermore sold from under his feet and reacted by making seven signings predominantly players on loan and rejects from bigger clubs. Striker Oumar Niasse, for example, arrived from Everton, where he had made five appearances and had not scored a single goal in the past year; winger Lazar Markovic (from Liverpool) and Omar Elabdellaoui (from Olympiakos) were among others looking to relaunch their careers. On the training ground, Silva worked hard on team shape and organisation, with defender Curtis Davies saying the coach literally dragged players into the positions he desired. Days off were cancelled. Silva was hard, but fair. His impact has been astonishing. Hull have won all four of their home matches under Silva, having failed to win any of their previous five at KCOM Stadium. Among the defeated teams were some stellar names, Manchester United in the League Cup and Liverpool in the league last weekend. Hull also ground out a 0-0 draw at United in the league and were regarded as unlucky to lose 2-0 at runaway leaders Chelsea, when midfielder Ryan Mason fractured his skull. Hull a team with an eclectic mix of youngsters, misfits and journeymen have climbed to 18th place and within a point of safety. A trip to Arsenal tomorrow suddenly holds no fear for Silva’s team, and why should it? The last time Silva was in the dug-out at Emirates Stadium, he was in charge of Olympiakos, and the Greek side stunned Arsenal 3-2 in the Champions League in September 2015. SLUMPING LEICESTER I am a worker Is there some hope for the chasing pack? Holding a nine-point lead with 14 games left, Chelsea heads to a team that has won nine of its last 10 homes games in all competitions. Burnley’s only loss at Turf Moor since early October was against Manchester City. MANCHESTER, England (AP): It seemed Marco Silva had taken on a near-impossible job when he was hired as manager of Hull at the start of January. The promoted club from northern England was up for sale, in last place in the Premier League, and was planning to sell some of its best players. Money was tight, fans were disgruntled and a squad short on big names had been struck by injuries in key areas. Silva, a 39-year-old Portuguese coach, labelled ‘Mini-Mourinho’ by some after his illustrious coaching compatriot, was new to the English game and was facing a tough and gruelling immediate run of matches across three competitions. CHASING CHELSEA “I am not a miracle worker,” Silva said, “but that is not important. I am a worker. I want to work and keep our goal in our minds always, but my feet always stay on the ground.” It’s a good time to be playing Arsenal, too. Almost inevitably, Arsene Wenger’s side is starting to implode at a key stage of the season, with back-to-back losses to Watford and Swansea dropping Arsenal to fourth place and virtually ruling it out of the Premier League title race. The annual debate over whether Wenger should stay or go at the end of the season has resumed and the atmosphere inside the Emirates could be toxic if Hull continue where they left off against Liverpool last week. “They didn’t have good results in their last two games,” Silva said Thursday, “and, of course, the last time I played there, it was a great result for us, for Olympiakos. But now it’s different. Different competition, different moment and different clubs.” Leicester, the struggling defending champions, have slumped to within one point of the relegation zone after a run of four straight losses. Only four teams stand between the champions and last place, and they play one of them on Sunday Swansea. Points standing ON THIS WEEKEND Tomorrow 7:30 a.m: 10 a.m: Man United vs Watford 10 a.m: Middlesbrough vs Everton 10 a.m: Stoke City vs Crystal Palace 10 a.m: Sunderland vs Southampton 10 a.m: West Ham vs West Brom 12:30 p.m: Liverpool vs Tottenham Sunday 8:30 a.m: Burnley vs Chelsea 11 a.m: Swansea vs Leicester Monday 3 p.m: Bournemouth vs Man Citylast_img read more

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Man United’s transfer window priorities – Revealed: The players the fans want

first_img Ajax ace Daley Blind 1 Man United began the new Premier League season miserably with Swansea beating them 2-1 at Old Trafford.Their defeat highlighted a number of problem positions and fans on Twitter explained who the club needs.Some point to the defence with Marcos Rojo, Mehdi Benatia and Daley Blind three players mentioned as well as midfield steel in the shape of Kevin Strootman and Arturo Vidal.Who do you think Louis van Gaal and Ed Woodward should target?last_img

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De Gea on his way out but replacement goalkeeper not a guarantee, talkSPORT told

first_imgDavid De Gea is already on his way to Real Madrid after Manchester United agree a €35m deal, Marca’s Juan Castro told talkSPORT.The transfer has dragged on all summer, so much so that Louis van Gaal refused to play De Gea this season, saying his mind was not in the right place.But Castro said the deal is done and will be made official in the next couple of hours.“Everything is almost done but nothing is confirmed by the club but we expect him to be a Real Madrid player by tomorrow,” he told Drivetime.“We expect an announcement in some hours and we even think David De Gea could already be travelling to Madrid.“There is an agreement but officially nothing is confirmed, I insist and the price will be €35m.”There have also been reports that current Real Madrid first-choice goalkeeper Keylor Navas will be included as part of the deal but Castro said that despite it making sense, is not necessarily the case.“We have no news about that but it could be because Keylor Navas cannot stay in Real Madrid,” Castro added.“He is no.1 at the moment but if David De Gea comes then he must go away and United needs a new keep and it could be him. We have nothing confirmed about that though.“The money is the only situation that was not agreed. They were fighting for the more money, MU want €40m and Real Madrid want to pay less. In the end it will be €35m but the disagreement was the fee of the transfers and nothing else.”last_img read more

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England training session gate-crashed as member of public intrudes

first_imgEngland’s first training session ahead of Euro 2016 was gate-crashed by a member of the public, just days after the Old Trafford security scare.Roy Hodgson’s squad, minus those involved in the Europa League and FA Cup finals, were taking a break from a practice match when a man, seemingly in his early to mid-20s and wearing England training gear, ran on to the pitch.His presence caused minimal drama among the players, who did not appear concerned by, or perhaps aware, of his presence, as he was allowed to enter and leave the pitch without alerting security staff.The interloper did nothing more threatening than aim a couple of wayward strikes at an unguarded net but coming just days after the abandonment of Manchester United’s Premier League match with Bournemouth, and on the eve of the European Championship, this was an unwanted episode.The Football Association has promised action against the individual in a statement released to Press Association Sport.“The person in question was the son of an invited Club Wembley member who had to follow a formal registration process on entry to St George’s Park,” a spokesperson said.“The FA were aware of his identity and we will take appropriate action in due course as a result of this unacceptable behaviour.”The incident occurred midway through an hour-long training session at St George’s Park, where media watched the session alongside Club Wembley members.The individual took to the field during a drinks break, entering the field from the same stand as invited spectators – appearing to avoid the attention of security staff.Some of the players and coaching staff noticed him sprinting in their direction but did not appear flustered.His intentions remained unclear as he kicked a couple of loose balls towards an empty net and walked off again.Stewards by now appeared to have been alerted to the situation and grabbed the intruder as he returned to the stand.It is an unwelcome episode in the build-up to a tournament when the safety of fans and players is already a hot topic.November’s attacks in Paris involved explosions outside the Stade de France, which will host the Euro 2016 final, and were followed by the Brussels bombings in March, heightening fears the tournament could be targeted.England boss Hodgson, in the wake of Sunday’s incident at Old Trafford, said he was hopeful of the competition passing without incident, as was left-back Ryan Bertrand.“No, not really,” he said when asked if he was worried about security.“I’m sure people in charge of that will do their job correctly and thoroughly. I’m fully focused on enjoying the tournament.” 1 The England coaching staff watch on at St George’s Park last_img read more

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A changing opinion on retirement

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2“I am absolutely dismayed,” wrote Jon Baker, a reader in California. “I have relatives, friends and co-workers who are past midlife and have set either nothing or very little aside. I even have a close friend who jokes that his retirement plan is a rocking chair and a room at our place.” I do hope that’s a joke, because depending on others is not going to cut it in retirement. People all over the world are realizing that. So says a major new study that explored people’s attitudes about retirement in 20 countries and territories around the world, including the United States. One key finding: People no longer believe governments alone will provide for them in old age, and they prefer providing for their own retirement by means of “government-enforced” personal savings. “In the advanced economies, there is still a strong view that governments should provide for our old age, but little confidence that they will,” said the study, funded by the London-based financial firm HSBC and authored by the University of Oxford’s Institute of Aging. In the less developed countries – let’s learn from them – “there is an overwhelming acceptance that governments should not and will not look after us in our old age,” the study said. “Overwhelmingly, it is going to be up to the individual,” said Ken Dytchwald, a San Francisco-based gerontologist with the think tank Age Wave, and adviser to HSBC. But the survey, based on interviews with more than 21,000 adults in countries that account for 62 percent of the world’s population, also found that people “need help in helping themselves … they want governments not just to encourage more private savings but to force more private savings,” Dychtwald said. For the first time, research shows support globally “for some form of compulsory savings for retirement,” said Sarah Harper, director of the Oxford Institute. (For details on the study, visit www.thefutureofretirement.com.) I prefer people summon up the discipline to save on their own, just as Jeffrey Hansher has. A 42-year-old teacher in Wisconsin, Hansher has been contributing to his school system’s tax-deferred retirement plan since he was 25. Despite a modest salary, he’s accumulated “quite a sum for retirement,” he told me in an e-mail. But when Hansher tries to encourage other teachers to do as he has, “I am met with resistance and apathy,” he said. Here’s another way to save without having to be forced: Ask yourself whether you really need – or even want – the latest high-end electronic gadget. Laura Mrachek, a reader from San Antonio, confided that a home-theater system that turned out to be more complicated than she and her husband realized was “the worst buying decision” they ever made. “The remote control is incredibly complex to use and house guests are constantly messing up the system because they don’t know what buttons to push,” Mrachek said. Her conclusion – and I don’t blame her for it: “All that these high-tech products do is further complicate our already-complicated lives.” That, and bleed our budgets dry. Humberto Cruz offers personal finance advice. Write him at AskHumberto@aol.com.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! I don’t have proof. But I get the unmistakable sense that many Americans are coming to terms with the fact their poor savings habits have them headed for trouble – and it’s up to them to straighten themselves out. My main “evidence” is a significant attitude change I’ve noticed whenever I write a column about how little Americans save or how ill-prepared aging baby boomers are for retirement. For years, such columns have invariably precipitated an avalanche of “hate mail” calling me names and blaming Americans’ financial troubles on anybody and anything but our own propensity to live beyond our means. But lately, I’ve detected far more apprehension and much less inclination to blame others. I’m also hearing more from readers who are alarmed about what they see and taking responsibility for their own futures. last_img read more

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Leeds ‘wanted Conte, Ranieri and Martinez as manager’ before appointing Bielsa

first_img Every Championship club’s best signing of the decade, including Taarabt and Dack Daniel Dubois sends stern warning when asked about future fight vs Anthony Joshua Most read in Championship Watch astonishing moment heavyweight out on his feet turns tables and floors prospect MONEY Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade Leeds United were interested in hiring former Chelsea boss Antonio Conte as their new manager before the appointment of Marcelo Bielsa, according to Andrea Radrizzani.Radrizzani, the Leeds owner, oversaw the stunning appointment of Bielsa earlier this summer, with the Argentine starting his reign at Elland Road in brilliant style. Leeds have been flying under Bielsa silverware impact Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update GETTY 3 BEST OF latest Radrizzani pulled off something of a coup to hire Bielsa CONFIDENT The Whites have won all four matches under Bielsa, three of which have been in the league, to sit second place in the second tier; Leeds are the only Championship team to still have their 100 per cent record intact.Given such a brilliant start to the season, there is a belief Leeds may finally secure their long-awaited return to the top flight, but things could have been so, so different if Radrizzani had gotten his way.The Italian businessman has revealed how he originally wanted to hire Antonio Conte, the former Chelsea manager, while also admitting talks were held with ex-Leicester boss Claudio Ranieri, as well as Roberto Martinez, the Belgium head coach. Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT Leeds moved on to Bielsa after approaches for other targets collapsed, and Radrizzani has explained how he believed securing the legendary Argentine was going to be ‘impossible’.He continued: “At the end of May, I spoke with our director of football [Victor] Orta and he said Bielsa would be ideal, but that it would be impossible [to get him].“Those words just motivated me even more and we negotiated for a few days then reached an agreement at £3million, which he shares with his staff, and a one year plus one year option as duration. “We finished negotiations after ten hours of conversation in Buenos Aires. He’d studied 20 of our games and already knew all the players, including the youngsters.“It seemed impossible to get him here, but he’s our top player. We are a Premier League club, and even more so with him.” smart causal England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won predicted SHOCK “Conte [was on the list] and with him, we would have been certain of promotion to the Premier League,” Radrizzani told La Gazzetta dello Sport, as quoted by ESPN. “I would even have offered him €20million.“Then I interviewed [Claudio] Ranieri who was attracted by our interest, but declined as he was waiting for a call from a top-flight club. I even spoke to [Roberto] Martinez, but Belgium were an obstacle.”Conte was sacked by Chelsea over the summer and replaced by Maurizio Sarri, despite winning the Premier League and the FA Cup in his two seasons at Stamford Bridge. Conte was on Leeds’ list of managerial targets gameday cracker How Everton could look in January under Ancelotti with new signings 3 3 Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade last_img read more

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Man seeks’Josie’ who looked after his family in 1960s

first_imgA man who lived in Ballybofey in the late 1960s has reached out in a bid to find a woman who worked in his house.Peter Morrison lived in what was the Northern Bank House in the late 1960s until 1971.He was a very small boy but remembers a young woman working and living in the house and her name was Josie. Now Peter wants to meet up with Josie once again to thank her for the kindness and friendship she showed his family.Peter contacted Donegal Daily in an effort to find Josie through social media.He takes up the story.“I lived in Ballybofey in what was the Northern Bank House in the late 60’s until 1971. I was a very small boy then. “We had a young woman who lived in with us and we all loved her. Her name was Josie. I only know that her family lived in a traditional thatched cottage outside of the town.“My mother was very close to Josie as was my father and two brothers. Josie I understand went to work in a hotel in Portrush or Portstewart after staying with us.“Would any of your readers know of this Josie’s whereabouts so I can meet her and say thank you. I am sorry I do not know her surname.”Peter can be contacted at petertwickers@googlemail.comMan seeks’Josie’ who looked after his family in 1960s was last modified: June 4th, 2018 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:BallybofeydonegalJosieNorthern Bank Houselast_img read more

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QPR to confirm defender signing

first_imgQPR’s signing of Nigerian left-back Taye Taiwo is expected to be confirmed later today.Taiwo, 26, is to join the R’s from AC Milan on an initial loan deal with a view to a permanent move in the summer.The former Marseille player required a work permit before his move to England could be rubber-stamped.He is likely to make his debut in Saturday’s FA Cup match against Chelsea.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img

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Free trade area to link Cape and Cairo

first_img22 May 2015 The Tripartite Free Trade Area stretching from Cape to Cairo – which has been in the works since 2008 – will be launched on 10 June in Sharm el-Sheikh, in Egypt.Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies gave the date in a media briefing ahead of his budget vote in the National Assembly, in parliament, Cape Town, on 21 May.The zone will stretch from Egypt to South Africa and will connect consumers in the 26-member countries of three existing trade blocs: the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (Comesa), the East African Community (EAC), and the South African Development Community (SADC).“The Tripartite Free Trade Area. will signal that we are on track to create a market of over 600 million people with a combined gross domestic product [GDP] of over $1-trillion,” he said in his budget vote.“Later in the same month, in South Africa, negotiations will be launched for the establishment of a Continental FTA that will embrace the entire continent – a market of 1.3 billion people with a combined GDP of over $2-trillion.”Those negotiations will be launched at the 25th AU Summit, taking place in South Africa from 7 to 15 June.In announcing these moves, Davies said South Africa had been playing a prominent role in championing developmental integration in the regional economic communities of which it was a member, and in the African Union.“These developments follow the extraordinary SADC Summit held last month which approved a SADC Regional Industrialisation Strategy and Roadmap. South Africa strongly supports regional and continental efforts to build more industrialised and diversified economies and reduce member states’ overdependence on primary products.”Speaking to the media on the sidelines of his budget vote, Davies said South Africa supported the T-FTA because it believed that such a zone could contribute to the regional value chain. While it would be launched officially next month, he admitted there were still some “tariff schedule agreements” that needed to be finalised.These were unpacked in his budget vote delivered to the National Council of Provinces a day earlier, on 20 May.“There has been a concerted effort to enhance access for South African products, especially value-added exports in international markets. Africa remains at the centre of our efforts, where we have been actively championing continent-wide industrialisation and an ambitious development integration programme,” he said in explaining South Africa’s involvement in the T-FTA.“[Its] launch signifies the conclusion of negotiations on the legal instrument and will be followed by a process to finalise negotiations on tariffs and Rules of Origin, the key elements of a functional free trade area. This is an important milestone in the implementation of the development integration agenda in Africa aimed at promoting market integration, based on industrial and infrastructure development.”The African market was crucial for South Africa’s industrialisation and job creation efforts as one of the key destinations for its value-added exports, Davies explained to the council of provinces.The T-FTA will account for half of the membership of the African Union and 58% of the continent’s GDP, according to a statement issued following the Tripartite Sectoral Committee of Ministers in Bujumbura, Burundi, on 25 October 2014.“The Tripartite FTA, popularly known as the Grand Free Trade Area, will be the largest economic bloc on the continent and the launching pad for the establishment of the Continental Free Trade Area (CFTA) in 2017,” reads part of the statement.“It offers significant opportunities for business and investment within the Tripartite and will act as a magnet for attracting foreign direct investment into the tripartite region. The business community, in particular, will benefit from an improved and harmonised trade regime that reduces the cost of doing business.”last_img read more

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Rahul Gandhi misled nation, says Narendra Modi

first_imgPrime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday said Rahul Gandhi’s ‘childishness’ had been exposed in the manner in which he was raking up the Rafale deal and asserted that the Congress leader was misleading the country on defence procurement.“You must have seen how the country’s first woman Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman elucidated a critical subject like defence and her inner truth in Parliament yesterday using her skill and competence,” Mr. Modi said at a public rally here. “I congratulate Nirmalaji for the accomplishment,” he added.“The Defence Minister has exposed the intentions of those who misled the country, played politics with national security and used Parliament for their own entertainment, besides their childishness, before the country,” Mr. Modi said.Sustaining his attack on the Congress over defence procurement, Mr. Modi said: “Now, the country can see through how a conspiracy was hatched to weaken our defence sector between 2004 and 2014 and figure out all finer points of the plot. When our government is bringing the defence personnel from the clutches of the conspirators, it is stinging them like thorns.”The Prime Minister also returned the fire on ‘chowkidar chor hai’ barb of the Congress president saying, “at any cost they want to get rid of the ‘chowkidar’ from their path. Anywhere, ‘choron ki jamat’ [troop of thieves] in a society or house or in an apartment tries to remove the security guard first.‘Secret is out’“The truth is now stinging them because their secret is getting exposed. Recently, media reported about a middleman in helicopter purchase… Christian Michel, who had been extradited from abroad. One of his letters has come out in public domain. It reveals that he had contacts with top leadership of Congress and ministers,” Mr. Modi said.“He had access to the Prime Minister’s Office. He used to have knowledge of every file movement in the PMO. Perhaps, the middlemen had more information than the Prime Minister used to have. Moreover, proceedings of Cabinet Committee on Security, which takes crucial decisions on national security and procurement of weapons, were being supplied to the middlemen. He used to send the information overseas and sell details of decisions taken by Ministers outside,” alleged the PM.“It cannot be understood if Congress had run a government or managed durbar [court] of Michel mama [uncle]. I am now making it clear that that those who had a role in safeguarding interests of middlemen instead of the country would be taken to task.“My government is constantly taking big and important decisions. Should we not rectify the wrong decisions taken by previous governments? Should not those who had done injustice to defence personnel be taken to task? I assure you that law will not spare anybody,” said Mr. Modi.last_img read more

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