Run over in San Siro –

first_imgThe punch that did not have the charrúa was brought out by those of Gasperini. Perhaps the Italians are not Brazil of the 70s but in the catenaccio classes they made pellas. They came to the tie with the poster of the third most scoring team in Europe and made honor and glory of it. The Atalanta has a defined style and with it he managed his corrective to Valencia. In the end there were four goals that Jaume conceded, as could have been some more. The passivity of the black and white defense of all, not only of Mangala and Diakhaby, that the sticks have to be distributed among ten, contributed to the win. Because Ilicic and Freuler hit him from the front with as much soul as little opposition, while Hateboer made the fourth which rag rabbit in greyhound race.Valencia, everything is said, perhaps deserved to leave San Siro with a goal more than Cheryshev’s, which was going out through Guedes and kissing the saint. But the final siege attempt only served to highlight the offensive impotence that the black and white had last night and to verify that the fort of Atalanta is not precisely their defensive defense. It’s the only thing to hold on to facing the turn. That and what is played in Mestalla. And Celades to take candles to where he believes so that Rodrigo and Coquelin will recover. Valencia lived exclusively from the inspiration of Ferran Torres. Guedes playing Rodrigo is neither Rodrigo nor Guedes. While Maxi Gomez let’s say that, being benevolent, he has had better days than he had in San Siro. So any attack from Valencia either went through Ferran or stayed at nothing, which were the most. The Foios, who still does not renew, also write it down in the planning duty, sent a ball to the post and put three centers that any striker in the world would like for himself. But what was said, Maxi Gomez had the aim at least in Bergamo and the game was played in Milan. Valencia took a corrective of those who leave their mark on San Siro. There are matches that mark the end of a cycle and against Atalanta it gave the feeling that Valencia that was champion in May has passed to a better life. Maybe he already did it in the Super Cup in Arabia, as seen in Mallorca or in Getafe. But it is the Champions League that puts everyone in their place and Atalanta set foot and a half in the quarterfinals. Only the goal of Cheryshev gives rise to hope, that which is under minimums just turned off the TV after watching the game and that however will go to more as Mestalla’s game approaches. But of course if Valencia plays as it did in Milan, not even the old Mestalla lifts the tie.The Atalanta arrivals were clean, in zafarrancho mode, with at least three players stepping on the Jaume area every time they approached her. The attacks also had an artistic touch when the ball was driven by Papu Gómez. The Argentine has the face of a mischievous old man, speed as a teenager and his thing is pure art making shrimp. Papu Gómez took as stubble by ditch how many black and white crossed him in the race. To Wass, Soler, Ferran, Mangala, Kondogbia. To all. The ball that sent to the bottom of the Hateboer network, a side that did not reach Valencia in August for Thierry Correia to do so, slipped from the little foot of the Bergamo captain. Poetic justice to the planning of Lim.center_img That goal reflected what the game was being. Valencia left San Siro complexed, diminished by the casualties, but also without the personality demanded by the Champions League. The Celades did not know if they were coming or going. Because if they pressed up, the Atalanta mounted a ballroom kickback. In fact before Hateboer had it Palisic. But if they chose to try to get strong from the back to the front, the funk was still older. Each ball that passed through Mangala and Diakhaby was a melon to open. Valencia knew from December that Gabriel Paulista would not play this tie by penalty and the subsequent injury of Ezequiel Garay came to confirm that in January, and not now in a rush to just play in the League, is when they should have signed a central. Another applause to the planning.last_img read more

PH golden golfers donate over P16M incentives to NGAP golf dev’t program

first_imgThe chance to represent the country in future tournaments and pursue their golfing dreams in the US NCAA was worth a whole lot more than P16 million.ADVERTISEMENT That was the cost for Yuka Saso, Bianca Pagdanganan and LK Go had to give up to retain their amateur status as the country’s golf heroines donated all their incentives for their two-gold, one-bronze performance in the Asian Games to the National Golf Association of the Philippines’ golf development program Thursday, the same day President Duterte bumped up the bounty for Asiad champions to a total of P8 million.“Due to immutable circumstances … we are unable to accept any and all forms of financial reward,” the trio said in a joint statement forwarded to media outlets Thursday. “At present, two of us are actively playing in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) in the United States, with the third, soon to follow.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back Chriss“We will automatically lose our amateur status the moment we keep these incentives, as well as the opportunity to continue representing the Philippines in the future.”The three were supposed to receive at least P16.5 million in total, with Saso, the individual gold winner, due to receive P10.6 million. Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown LATEST STORIES Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award The Inquirer managed to obtain a copy of the Royal and Ancient’s opinion, where it said cash awards offered as incentives are based on performance and thus fall under the rules on prizes.Thus, if the players kept their incentives, they would lose their amateur status and make them ineligible for the national team and in the US NCAA.“We unanimously agreed that if it were possible to donate this money to support the national golf program—and thus help other aspiring golfers reach their goals—this would be the best scenario for us. After consulting the world golf governing body, The Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews, we were advised that this was a viable option. We are thus confident that the [NGAP] will allocate these resources in a prudent, equitable, and ideal manner, consistent with our intentions,” the three golfers wrote in their joint statement.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college MOST READ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Another windfall: Duterte makes it an added P2M for Asiad gold medalists President Duterte threw in another extra P2 million for gold medalists in the Asian Games during the release of incentives Wednesday at Malacañang Palace, according to the Philippine Sports Commission.The PSC had announced earlier that the bonus from the President would be worth P1 million but Mr. Duterte upped it by another million.The cash pot is on top of the P2 million granted by law via Republic Act 10699. Gold medalists will also get P1 million each from Siklab Foundation of Sec. Dennis Uy and Ambassador to Indonesia H.E. Lee Hiong Tan Wee, plus a P2 million bonus from the POC.“We were touched by the decision of the girls to donate their cash incentives to our golf development program,” said Bones Floro, the NGAP’s secretary-general, who also told golfers and their parents of the legal opinion sent by the Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews regarding the impact of the incentives on the girls’ amateur status.“The girls and their parents were very appreciative of the situation and they knew what they wanted and it wasn’t a hard decision for them to make,” Floro added.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

Open Letter to Henry Costa

first_imgJames M. FromayanBy James M. FromayanMr. Costa,On Wednesday morning, November 14, 2018, I was driving towards central Monrovia from Paynesville.  At some point, I began monitoring your show (The Costa Talk Show) on a local radio station. You accused people you referred to as “progressives” for a host of ills, including “fomenting of troubles” in the country.   Progressives in this context refer to Liberians, who were and have been in the vanguard of the struggle for social justice and equality.Interestingly, but not surprisingly, you failed to make reference to “reactionaries,” opportunists and people, who sat on the fence and dared not speak out in the face of injustice in the country even if such was glaring and obvious.You began your erroneous narrative by making the following wild allegations: That according to your twisted logic and warped interpretation of history, Liberia was very good under President William R. Tolbert, Jr. until the “progressives” entered the political scene and “started inciting” Liberians against the establishment.Additionally you claimed that it was the “progressives” who told the Master Sargent Samuel  K. Doe and his People’s Redemption Council (PRC) colleagues to execute the 13 former officials of the Tolbert government. You further claimed that it was the Israeli Intelligence Agency, the Mossad that spearheaded the assassination of President Tolbert, Why? Because according to you, the Israelis built the Executive Mansion, and so they knew their way to the President’s bed room.Quite frankly, your reasoning and logic beats the imagination given the hard facts provided by former National Security Minister Wilfred Clark that it was he, given his intimate knowledge of the Executive Mansion, who was using a VHF radio handset (walkie talkie) directing  President Tolbert’s assassins on that fateful morning of April 12, 1980.  This is by Mr. Clarke’s own admission on oath when he appeared before the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC).  I really do hope you can provide some empirical evidence to support your claim to convince the public of the “Mossad” connection to the April 12, 1980 Military Coup that led to the killing of President Tolbert.Mr. Costa, the notion that Liberia was a “Paradise” until the arrival of the “progressives” is as absurd as the belief that the world is flat, a notion purveyed  by the little ill-informed person, whose ignorance of Liberian history is indeed telling.  For your information and enlightenment,  Liberia was a de facto one-party state in which women were denied the right to vote until 1947, and one in which the right to one man one vote was restricted due to laws requiring individuals to own property to be considered eligible to vote.It is also worth noting that Liberia under the True Whig Party (TWP) Government, was a de facto one party  state where civil servants were forced to make monthly contributions from their salaries to support the TWP machinery. The EdwarJ.Roye Building in Monrovia stands  as testimony to the compulsory deductions paid by civil servants to the construction and completion of that building.In the face of suppressive laws on the books and harsh measures meted against political opponents, it was the “progressives” who stood up against such measures using the laws of the land, not guns or  other violent means in clamoring for democratic change under a multi-party system.Mr. Costa, here are some of the issues that the “progressives” fought against during the period under review: The Gambling Bill of 1973- The TWP Government had intended to make gambling legal in the country. It took patriotic and decent Liberians, including the veteran and renowned  human rights advocate, Albert Porte and the “progressives” who mobilized Liberians from diverse backgrounds to defeat that infamous bill that was poised to be passed into law. There was even a dangerous bill known as the “age of consent.”What that bill literally meant was that at age 13, a girl was now considered a woman and could  therefore engage in sexual activity. This was happening in a government run by a head of state, who was also once President of the Baptist World Alliance. The Vice President, Reverend Bennie Warner was simultaneously serving as Bishop of the Methodist Church. That proposed bill was killed not with guns, but by citizens’ action organized by the “progressives” and other well meaning Liberians.Let me also inform you, Mr. Costa that in 1978, two Lebanese merchants residing in Monrovia strangulated a young Liberian store boy, named Gberi to death. Gberi was reported to have stolen a candy, which led to the Lebanese killing him. It was the Student Unification Party led ULSU government that mounted pressure on the TWP Government, which led to the arrest, imprisonment, trial and conviction of the two Lebanese.There was also this primitive and backward property clause law, which I mentioned earlier,  that was designed to keep away the masses from participating in elections, and equally so contesting elective posts. That law which was on the books until the 1986 Constitution came into effect, required people who were desirous of contesting for elective offices to own property in fee simple.  Opposition to that law, however  did not move the TWP Government.The 1979 Rice Protest: This episode is a long story that requires a long narrative to put it in the proper historical context, to debunk the pseudo intellectuals, who have the audacity to distort history due to their lack of knowledge of the event they often wish to discuss.In a nutshell, the Tolbert Government had intended an increment in the price of rice, which meant a US$5 for a 100 pound bag, which was at the time sold at US$9.50 per bag. The reason the TWP Government gave for the proposed increment was that it would “boost” local rice production, thus enabling farmers to “earn” more money from their harvests. The government was not truthful in its plan to increase the price of rice.For there was no way that a subsistence farmer using backward farming tools, such as cutlasses, axes, hoes would have been able to feed his household, let alone to talk about a commercial venture. People who stood to benefit from any increment in the price of rice were few wealthy farmers, and the importers of rice which counted wealthy Liberians, including  Frank Tolbert, the President’s brother.As a student leader at the University of Liberia at the time, I took part in the 1979 Rice Protest opposing the increment in the price of the commodity. At the Buzzi Quarters Gas station, I saw a soldier beating a police officer. The military were in effect against the increment in the price of rice. The reason why I presumed the soldiers of the Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL), refused to support the position of the government was simple.They were at the very bottom of the  government salary scale. Besides, the living quarters of the rank-and-file members of the AFL was very deplorable at the Barclay Training Center (BTC). The BTC zinc shack residences of the AFL was infested with flies. It was simply hell on earth. Therefore it was little wonder why the army stood on the side of the people unlike the Police. The indiscriminate killing of protesters by police officers on that day left more than 60 persons dead.  A school mate of mine, Ms. Irene Nimpson was killed by a strayed bullet.Mr. Costa, I would like to educate you on what happened during the 1979 Monrovia Mayoral election period. A member of the “progressives” Dr. Amos C. Sawyer, in an attempt to draw official attention to the need for a credible voters roll, threw a challenge to the TWP candidate for the office of Mayor of Monrovia, Chuchu Horton. After a century plus in power, the TWP was unprepared for democratic election. Faced with a challenge from an independent candidate, the party was caught pants down.Unable to play the game by their own rules, the TWP Government under the leadership of President Tolbert, kept postponing the election for fear of imminent defeat by an independent candidate. What broke the back of candidate Chuchu Horton was when his younger (biological) brother, Steve Horton endorsed Dr. Amos Sawyer in an opened letter that was published in one of the local dailies at the time. In this case, it was the TWP that was running away from the ballot box. And Mr. Costa you want people to believe you when you falsely blame “progressives” for the ills of our society.What annoys me the most and I am inclined to believe that it is an insidious and malicious attempt to paint the “progressives” as evil minded individuals is when you claimed that we were “responsible” for the execution of the 13 former officials of the Tolbert government. Mr. Costa, I think this falls below the standard of journalism. It is a pure act of a mercenary posing as a journalist. As catalogued above, we had disagreement with the TWP Government on policy issues.Our disagreement with the TWP Government did not in any way suggest that we wanted to see President Tolbert and his officials dead. Mr. Costa, you only fell short of saying that it was the “progressives” that planned and executed the 1980 Military Coup d’etat. We all know that the AFL has always been under the training and mentorship of the United States Army, and that its influence was used to usher in violent regime change in the country.Don’t venture into a terrain that you lack knowledge of Mr. Costa.  You need to read Victoria Tobert’s book in which she laments the fact that those that called her husband, a friend had the worst things to say about him behind his back, and they dared do even in the Executive Mansion. I can understand that you have great dread for the establishment of a war and economic crimes court, because of your strong ties to individuals with a tainted past.As a matter of fact, I still see President Tolbert as the most progressive Liberian leader in history since 1944. His development agenda was all embracing with considerable emphasis on education and agriculture and the political inclusion of indigenous sons and daughters in national governance although he had his faults..Mr. Costa, you may recall that in April 2017, you claimed on your talk show that when I served as Chairperson of NEC, I “offered” my friend, John H. T Stewart, a “consultancy” worth US$5,000 a month. In your tirade, you failed to indicate what the “consultancy” was about neither did you offer any proof of your imaginary claims, including check stubs or returned checks or anything of the like.Up till today, you have still not produced such evidence. This simply goes to show that you were hired by certain interests to tell such lies in order to distract attention from accountability issues at the NEC. That was such a blatant lie concocted by you and your paymaster at NEC during that time. I once more challenge you and your paymaster to produce any evidence that shows that John Stewart ever worked for NEC under my leadership as a consultant.  You have since failed to establish any evidence to support your bogus claims.Finally Mr. Costa, as a young man, you have the potential to be a good journalist. You are articulate on radio and you do a little bit of research over our average journalist. I think it’s about time that you choose between being a credible journalist or a rented mercenary. Above all do not forget that the freedom, which you now enjoy to even cuss people on radio did not fall from the sky. It came through bitter sacrifices by committed individuals dedicated to the cause of freedom, justice and equality in Liberia.Thank you.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

14-year-old girl allegedly attacked, injured by men in Lethem area

first_imgA fourteen-year-old girl is now suffering from head and throat injuries which she received while attempting to evade two men on her way home on Friday.The teen of Tabatinga, Lethem, Region Nine (Upper Takutu-Upper Essequibo), had reportedly visited the library in that area after which she headed over to her teacher’s residence to receive further assistance in order to complete her assignment in a timely manner.However, as she was returning home on her bicycle she heard two males, whose faces were masked, screaming and running towards her. Speaking about the incident, President of the Guyana Women Miners’ Association (GWMA), Urica Primus explained that the teenager began to pedal faster but the men continued to pursue her.“It was actually quite a long chase because she stopped riding and started to run… she dropped her school bag and ran all the way to Takutu River but the men threw a wood hitting her to the head. She fell into the river and she called for over 15 minutes for assistance.”Primus explained that it was a fisherman in the area that heard the child’s screams and went to her rescue.F Division Commander Kevin Adonis“She was screaming for help and there were a number of persons there. Sadly, she said between everything, she could hear them mocking her. Some persons said that she was on drugs or she got problems but she was just a 14-year-old girl that was running for her life.”She also stated that the teen’s mother took the child to the hospital in Lethem on Friday where they “got very little assistance”, hence the reason the GWMA intervened.“She was admitted and discharged and now her throat is swelling and we are trying to get her back to the hospital…so we are trying to call ahead to see if when she goes there now someone can be ready to receive her.”Meanwhile, Commander of F Division (Interior locations), Kevin Adonis explained that the teenager was reportedly returning home from classes that were held in Brazil.“It was while she was crossing the Takutu Bridge, the incident occurred. The two men were returning to Brazil after reportedly working in Tabatinga area. However, from what I was told, the child, while trying to evade them and slipped and ended up in the river. Another child, who witnessed the event, related this,” the Commander stated.In addition, he noted that police ranks in his Division are investigating the matter, and although it may not have occurred in the Guyana Police Force’s jurisdiction, statements are being taken and the file will be sent to the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) for advice on the way forward. (Kristen Macklingam)last_img read more

Colter Young competes in Saskatoon

first_img**Submitted    Colter Young of the Blizzards finished a solid 18th place in his first Category 1-2 stage race in Saskatoon over the weekend. The event finish was determined by a time trial, road race and criterium (circuit) race. Mark McDonald of the ERTC club won, overall. Ex-Blizzards featured in the finish order with Dan Wood 4th, Robin Baillie 11th and Jon Wood 16th.    Locally, the Sunday ‘King of Spring’ race was snowed out for only the second time in its 13 year history and will be rescheduled when the weather gods smile down upon us.- Advertisement –    Coming up:-Tuesday Duathlon #4 at 7 pm at Baldonnel-Thursday Baldonnel time trial at 7 pm-Sunday Challenge Cup ‘Snake Pit’ road race in Dawson Creek at 2 pm.     www.ferrisfastcycles.comlast_img read more

Crash and fuel spill from tanker carrying crude prompts B.C. ministry monitoring

first_imgThis report by The Canadian Press was first published Nov. 18, 2019.The Canadian Press VICTORIA — A tanker truck that crashed and burned over the weekend near the B.C.-Alberta boundary was carrying 40,000 litres of crude oil.The Ministry of Environment in B.C. says much of the lost crude was likely consumed in the fire on the Pouce Coupe River Bridge, although a boom has been placed across the river in an effort to catch oil from getting downstream.It says in a statement the fiery crash happened Saturday on Highway 49 and the bridge will remain closed until an engineer certifies it as safe for operation.- Advertisement -The driver of the truck was taken to hospital with undetermined injuries.The ministry says an environmental contractor, hired by the company responsible for the vehicle, has taken water samples and installed wildlife deterrents to keep animals away from the site.A large crane was used to remove the burned-out wreckage of the truck on Sunday and the cause of the crash is still being investigated.Advertisementlast_img read more

Mourinho warns Pogba no player is bigger than Man United

first_img0Shares0000“Manchester United is bigger than anyone and I have to defend that,” Mourinho said.LONDON, United Kingdom, Sep 28 – Jose Mourinho has warned Paul Pogba that no player is bigger than Manchester United.His comments follow a turbulent week in the pair’s relationship which saw Mourinho inform Pogba he will never captain the side again under him after the French midfielder criticised his tactics in last weekend’s 1-1 draw with Wolves. The pair then had a disagreement in front of television cameras at training on Wednesday, when Mourinho appeared to take issue with an Instagram post from Pogba during the previous night’s disappointing Carabao Cup defeat by Derby County.Speaking at his press conference on Friday, Mourinho said he felt compelled to act.“Manchester United is bigger than anyone and I have to defend that,” Mourinho said.“After weeks of analysing and exchanging opinions with my coaching staff, we made the decision that from now Paul is just a player and not a captain.“So, the decision is made.”Despite the tension between the pair, Mourinho insisted their relationship has not broken down and confirmed Pogba is set to play against West Ham on Saturday.“The relationship between player and manager is good. It is not any more a relationship between captain – or one of the captains – and manager,” Mourinho said.“Nobody trained better than Paul on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. Some trained as well as him but nobody trained better than him and tomorrow he plays.“No player is bigger than the club. If I am happy with his work, he plays. If I am not happy with his work he does not play. I am happy with his work this week, really happy.“The team needs good players. He is a good player. The team needs players with the personality to play. He has [it].“So he plays tomorrow.”Mourinho was defiant when asked why he chose to confront Pogba when he knew there were cameras filming the training session.“I don’t care about the cameras,” the United manager said.“What confrontation? It was not a confrontation. Do you think it was a confrontation?“What happened the other day, happens many days. Conversations with players, I have many, many times. It was not the case but loud critiques, loud instruction happens every day. Coaching is about that.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Ryckebosch does it all for volleyball team

first_imgLANCASTER – Amy Ryckebosch didn’t know what her role would be when she joined Antelope Valley College’s women’s volleyball team. “I had (no idea) where I was going to play,” she said. “I didn’t even know if I was going to play.” Ryckebosch has found her niche with the Marauders, who after several injuries have relied heavily on her energy and ability to play multiple positions. Antelope Valley (7-3, 3-1 Foothill Conference), seeking its first conference title since 1993, will count on Ryckebosch’s versatility next week in critical road games against defending conference champion San Bernardino Valley on Wednesday and perennial conference power Chaffey of Rancho Cucamonga on Friday. Both matches begin at 5 p.m. “I think it’s a big accomplishment that I can play every position on the court,” she said. Her ability to play middle blocker although she is only 5-foot-9 has raised eyebrows. “A lot of people were surprised,” Ryckebosch said. “It’s a challenge sometimes, because I’m not that tall, but it’s not that big of a deal. I just try to find a way to hit around them.” Ryckebosch’s smarts and communication skills have helped the Marauders, too, said AVC outside hitter Jennie Nua – Kristy’s older sister – who leads the team with 146 kills and 16 blocks. “(Ryckebosch is) just really good at the mental part of the game,” Jennie Nua said. “She plays in the back row right behind me, and she always tells me where to hit it. She’s always telling me, ‘Hit it long’ or ‘Hit it down the line.’ She’s helped me a lot.” Gideon Rubin, (818)713-3607 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week A former Quartz Hill High standout, Ryckebosch got her first taste college volleyball several weeks into the season, stepping in when tendinitis in middle blocker TaMesha Jefferson’s knee flared up. She’s also played in place of outside hitter Kristy Nua, who has been dogged by shoulder and knee injuries. Ryckebosch has played every position for AVC except setter and libero. “The fact that she can step in and play different positions really helps us,” AVC coach Jane Cwayna said. Ryckebosch believes she was utilized in different positions during high school and club volleyball after coaches noticed her directing traffic during rotations. last_img read more

Why Ian Holloway would be perfect for the Swansea job

first_imgThere’s no doubt in my mind that Ian Holloway would be the right man to take over from Brendan Rodgers at Swansea.The likes of Dennis Bergkamp and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer have been linked with the job and while they are big names who achieved a lot as players, I think Ollie has the edge in terms of experience. He’s also an excellent man-manager.Most importantly, he would continue the brand of football Rodgers and Roberto Martinez introduced at Swansea.I certainly wouldn’t have been able to say that about him a few years ago and I know he’d be the first to admit that.But the great thing about Ollie is that he’s developed so much as a manager and has embraced new ideas.During his time out of the game after he left Leicester, I went to see him at his house in Bristol and we spoke for ages about how his ideas had changed.OLLIE’S MANAGERIAL PATH1996-2001: Bristol Rovers2001-2006: QPR2006-2007: Plymouth2007-2008: LeicesterSince 2009: BlackpoolWhen I played under him at QPR he had a certain way of doing things, but since his experience at Leicester he’s taken stock.He’s studied the game and looked at new ways of doing things, and that’s been highlighted by what he’s done at Blackpool.When I visited him he said that he’d be a much better manager when he got back into the game. He realised what he’d been doing wrong and spoke passionately about the need to play a more open, expansive game.He wanted to get away from the old way of doing things, with 4-4-2 and balls into the channels. He’d studied forward-thinking coaches and talked about the 4-3-3 system he now favoured – a similar style to the one Rodgers has since used at Swansea.He was saying to me ‘Imagine how good you’d be in a system like that’ – this from the man who’d previously wanted Dan Shittu to bang the ball forward as early as possible and favoured the kind of anti-football a lot of managers focus on these days.When he got the job at Blackpool, I spent pre-season training with them and saw at first hand the immediate impact he had there.It was a surprise to many people how well they did in his first season, but I’d seen straightaway that he really meant business and had come back a much more complete manager.One of his great strengths is his excellent man-management skills– and that’s really important. He’s down-to-earth and deals with players in the right way.Yes, someone like Bergkamp, who was brought up on total football at Ajax, would have a lot of gravitas. But would he be able to man-manage at a club where there are no obvious stars?Ollie definitely would be able to get the best out of that group of players. He’d be ideal in that respect.I also know from my time as a Cardiff player that there’s an intensity in Wales that any manager of Swansea will need to understand.Again, I think Ollie is well equipped. He has the personality to manage in that environment and also has experience from his years in Bristol, where there’s something similar with City and Rovers.Ollie’s done a brilliant job at Blackpool with the resources he’s had there and definitely deserves another crack at the Premier League.I also think having someone continue the Rodgers-Martinez way is really important – not only for Swansea, but for football in this country.We need more managers who play football the way it should be played.Modern-day managers seem to be moving in the opposite direction, but the modern-day Ian Holloway is a refreshing alternative.He’d be great for Swansea and Swansea would be great for him. It’s the perfect fit. Follow Richard Langley on Twitterlast_img read more

BSP breaks electoral ties with INLD

first_imgThe Bahujan Samaj Party on Saturday announced that it was breaking its almost ten-month-old electoral alliance with the Indian National Lok Dal and will contest the upcoming Lok Sabha and Assembly polls, due this year, with the Loktantra Suraksha Party in Haryana.BSP Haryana in-charge Meghraj said that following the orders of BSP national president Mayawati, the party has decided to end the alliance.Rebel BJP MP“The BSP today ends its alliance with the INLD and has decided to tie-up with the Loktantra Suraksha Party,” Mr. Meghraj told journalists here. The LSP is the political outfit floated by rebel BJP MP Raj Kumar Saini. The candidate fielded by him in the Jind bypoll had put up a better performance than INLD’s Umed Singh Redhu.Mr. Meghraj added that the BSP and the LSP will jointly contest the upcoming Lok Sabha and Assembly polls in Haryana. Seat sharing“While the BSP will contest eight seats, the LSP would fight two parliamentary seats. As far as the Assembly elections are concerned, the BSP will contest 35 seats and the LSP will fight 55 seats,” he said.The INLD and the BSP had announced an electoral alliance in April last year for the Lok Sabha and Assembly polls. The alliance was under strain after the INLD was defeated in the recently held Jind bypoll.Mr. Meghraj added that the decision to snap ties was taken after considering the demand of the people of Haryana. “Our leader gave them a chance for staying united. When we entered into an alliance, the INLD was one party. But after the Chautala family split, we got a chance to judge them in the Jind bypoll,” he said.The BSP leader said the objective of ousting the BJP was unachievable with an alliance with the INLD.Meanwhile, INLD leader Abhay Singh Chautala said: “The INLD always respected BSP leaders and workers. Now, why the BSP has decided to end ties with the INLD, its for their (BSP) leaders to answer.”(With PTI inputs)last_img read more