‘Top four gone…Louis van Gaal gone?’ Man United fans react

first_img1 The pressure on Louis van Gaal was increased on Saturday as Manchester United lost 2-1 at Sunderland. The club are reported to have had secret talks with former Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho and another loss will only fuel that speculation. The Red Devils are six points behind fourth spot in the Premier League and they have won just three of their last ten league fixtures. The Dutchman’s contract at the club runs for another season, but could his time in the Old Trafford hotseat be up?See some of United’s fan reaction below: Louis van Gaal last_img read more

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Real Madrid news: Ronaldo criticises team-mates after 1-0 defeat to Atletico

first_img Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo Cristiano Ronaldo launched an astonishing criticism of his team-mates after Real Madrid lost 1-0 to local rivals Atletico, claiming: “If we were all at my level maybe we would be leaders.”Antoine Griezmann hit the only goal of the game in the 53rd minute to give Atletico a third consecutive league win at the Bernabeu, strengthening his side’s grip on second place in the Primera Division table and stretching their lead over their local rivals to four points.Speaking to reporters in the mixed zone after the game, Ronaldo criticised the performance of his team-mates and lamented the absence of injured players Gareth Bale, Marcelo, Pepe and Karim Benzema, the Frenchman forced off at half-time with a hip problem.“If we were all at my level, maybe we would be leaders,” Ronaldo said, quoted in Marca.“I don’t want to disrespect anyone, but when the best players aren’t available it’s harder to win. I like to play with Karim, with Bale, with Marcelo.“I’m not saying the others like Lucas [Vazquez], Jese and [Mateo] Kovacic are not good players – they are very good players – but it’s not the same.”The forward also hit out at the assembled journalists for their perceived criticism of his form, declaring: “For all you guys it seems I am s***, but I don’t listen to what the press say. The statistics and numbers don’t lie.” 1last_img read more

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Circumnavigation

first_imgBy Raphael G. Satter THE ASSOCIATED PRESS LONDON – He was hit by a car in Colorado, attacked by a crocodile in Australia, detained as a suspected spy in Egypt and survived illness and periods of despair. On Saturday, British adventurer Jason Lewis finally came home, completing a 13-year, 46,000-mile human-powered circumnavigation of the globe. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas CityThe 40-year-old carried his 26-foot yellow pedal craft the last few miles up the River Thames, pushing it across the Meridian Line at Greenwich, where his expedition began in 1994. “I’m overwhelmed,” Lewis told Sky News television after arriving. He struggled for words as he described his feelings at the close of an odyssey that took him around the globe, powered only by his arms and legs – on a bicycle, a pedal boat, a kayak and inline skates. “It’s been my life, for 13 years, I’ve put everything into this,” he said. “To be honest I didn’t know it was going to happen. There were many times in the trip where it should have failed.” Lewis was recruited by fellow adventurer Steve Smith, who first dreamed up the idea of going around the world using only human power in 1991. The pair had little experience at sea, but Lewis thought the prospect of hiking and biking across the world was “wildly romantic.” “The three and a half years the expedition was projected to take sounded like an acceptable amount of time to rejuvenate from the wearisome London scene without totally going AWOL,” Lewis wrote on the expedition’s Web site. Trouble began early. After two years of planning and fundraising, the pair set out in July 1994 only to get “horribly lost” on their way to the English coastal town of Rye, where their pedal boat was waiting. After crossing the English Channel to France and then cycling to Portugal, the pair pedaled their boat in shifts across the Atlantic Ocean, reaching Miami in February 1995. Along the way, they survived close encounters with a shrimping trawler, a whale and a giant wave that swept Smith overboard. By the time they reached America, the two adventurers had been cooped up in a broom closet-sized space for 111 days with little in the way of food, and their relationship had begun to deteriorate. They crossed the U.S. separately, with Lewis strapping on his inline skates for the 3,500-mile trip to San Francisco. It was on this leg of the journey that he was hit by a car in Pueblo, Colo., breaking both legs. He spent nine months recuperating. Smith and Lewis reunited in San Francisco and eventually pedaled from the Golden Gate Bridge to Hawaii, where the two split for good. Smith went on to write a book, Pedaling to Hawaii, while Lewis continued on to Australia. He biked across the Australian Outback, dodged supertankers in the Singapore straits and hiked the Himalayas. From Mumbai, India, he pedaled his boat across the Indian Ocean to Djibouti and made his way north by bicycle through Sudan and Egypt. Accidents and sickness dogged the trip. The collision in Colorado nearly cost Lewis his leg. The trip across the Pacific left him sore, inflamed and depressed. While kayaking across the Barrier Reef off Australia, he was attacked by a crocodile, which bit off a piece of his paddle. Local authorities were a problem, as well. Lewis logged “interesting experiences” with Alabama police and gun-wielding locals in the United States. He had to cycle through Tibet at night to avoid detection by Chinese roadblocks. And when he crossed into Egypt from Sudan, he was thrown in jail by the military on suspicion of being a spy. After his release from prison, he biked through the Sinai desert and across Jordan, Syria and Turkey. He then powered through Europe over the summer, arriving in Greenwich, in southeast London, to cheers from family, supporters and the Duke of Gloucester, the expedition’s British patron. Lewis broke the trip up into 16 legs and took breaks ranging from several weeks to several months in various parts of the world. He also picked up corporate sponsors for each leg of the trip, including sports clothing, gear and supplement companies; satellite phone and global positioning system firms; and M&M’s, which provided chocolate for the trip across the Pacific. Lewis said he hoped to use the expedition to raise funds for humanitarian causes and draw attention to environmental issues. He has already raised $66,000 for causes ranging from an orphanage in East Timor to kindergartens in Bangkok. “Instead of running away from England (as I think I was at the beginning) it is now more a question of riding forward on the back of ideas that I feel passionately about,” he wrote on his Web site in April.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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Some SUVs give poor side protection

first_imgWASHINGTON – Some sport utility vehicles don’t provide the protection in a side crash that one might expect from such large vehicles, according to tests released this week by the insurance industry. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave marginal scores in side-impact tests of 2008 versions of the Chevrolet TrailBlazer, Jeep Grand Cherokee and two SUVs built by Nissan Motor Co. – the Pathfinder and Xterra without optional side air bags. In similar side testing, the Toyota 4Runner and Pathfinder and Xterra models equipped with side air bags received top marks of good in the side testing. The Ford Explorer and Mercury Mountaineer received the second-highest rating of acceptable. “The performance of some of these models in the side test was surprising,” said David Zuby, the institute’s senior vice president. “SUVS should have an advantage in side crashes because the driver and passengers ride higher up than in cars.” 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 MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.“People often think they’re safer in one of these vehicles, but many cars hold up better than some of these midsize SUVs in this test,” he said. In the institute’s side test, vehicles are struck with a barrier moving at 31 mph to reflect the force of a pickup or sport utility vehicle hitting the vehicle. The TrailBlazer and Grand Cherokee, built by General Motors Corp. and Chrysler LLC, respectively, lack air bags that protect the chests and abdomens of front-seat occupants. The combination of weak side structures and the lack of chest protection led to high forces on the driver dummies’ chests and abdomens, Zuby said. last_img read more

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Jackson ordered to pay overdue attorney fees

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.In July, Chalfant said Jackson would have to pay the law firm $256,000 for unpaid fees. Jackson’s attorneys have appealed. Monday’s award compensates the law firm for having to hire a lawyer to sue Jackson. The firm had asked for nearly $450,000. “We’re very happy with today’s outcome,” Jackson’s attorney Thomas Mundell said. Asked whether his client would pay the firm, Mundell said “You’d have to ask him that.” The bills keep piling up for Michael Jackson. A judge on Monday ordered the singer to pay $175,000 in overdue attorneys’ fees to a law firm that sued the pop singer. Superior Court Judge James Chalfant’s order means Jackson’s legal bill to the firm, Ayscough & Marar, now totals more than $430,000. The firm sued Jackson in February 2006, claiming he didn’t pay for services it rendered on his behalf. The firm said it had obtained court orders to delay discovery in civil cases and kept information from being released during the singer’s 2005 child molestation trial, according to the lawsuit. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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Verplank is leading the parade at Disney

first_imgFrom news services Scott Verplank and Tag Ridings are separated by one shot atop the leaderboard at Disney and by more than $2.76 million in season earnings. One is playing out the season and enjoying time with his family, the other is fighting for a job going into the weekend at the Children’s Miracle Network Classic in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. Verplank had a second straight 6-under-par 66 and a one-shot lead over Ridings, Stephen Ames and Ryan Armour. U.S. Open champ Angel Cabrera shot an 8-under 63 to take the lead midway through the event, while Ernie Els shot a 5-over 76 that left him likely to miss the cut. Thirty-seven players failed to finish the round because of darkness Mizuno Classic Volvo Masters Justin Rose had a 3-under 68 for a four-shot lead over European Order of Merit rival Padraig Harrington at the halfway point of the season-ending event in Sotogrande, Spain.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Els had a two-round total of 6-over 148. Missing the cut would be more painful than usual for Els, as he chose to play this event rather than the season-ending Volvo Masters in Spain, jeopardizing his chances of topping the European Tour Order of Merit. Phil Mickelson struggled and is in a tie for ninth, six shots off the pace. Laura Davies showed no hangover from losing on the final hole last weekend, making seven birdies for a 7-under 65 that gave her a one-stroke lead in Shima, Japan. Japan’s Chie Arimura and American Reilley Rankin are one stroke back of Davies. Singapore Open last_img read more

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Pioneer High superheroes to join fundraiser

first_img• Photo Gallery: Super Heroes Save Titan City WEST WHITTIER – Look, up in the sky! It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s a staffer from Pioneer High School, dressed up in a superhero costume! That’s right – nearly two dozen teachers, school staff and administrators from Pioneer High will don tights and muscle-baring costumes to face their biggest critics this week in an annual spoof that raises thousands of dollars for the school’s drama department. “It’s really remarkable,” said Pioneer drama teacher Leticia Cervantes-Lopez, 50, who began planning months ago for “Super Heroes Save Titan City,” which takes place 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday in the school’s cafeteria. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat Kings“It can be really hard to get staff to put aside time to do something like this,” Cervantes-Lopez said. “But our staff does it – in fact, 50 percent of the cast is always in it every year, like (teachers) Javier Gonzalez, Babak Eskandari and (administrator) Victoria Cuevas. “And I really appreciate that they do this for us.” The fundraiser, which in previous years has spoofed fairy tales and the musical “Grease,” usually sells out and brings in an additional $1,800-$2,200 for the school’s drama department, Cervantes-Lopez said. That’s just one of the benefits of being involved in the production, said Gonzalez, 43, a math teacher who plays Superman. “It also gives the students an opportunity to see us in a different setting, where they can laugh at us and enjoy us impersonating these characters,” he said. “And it also brings us closer together as a staff.” Even second-year Principal Alex Flores will get in on the fun as Titan City’s mayor – which is fitting, given that his new school privilege system was the inspiration for the superhero play. “He brought in this system of the four Ps: performance, preparedness, punctuality and participation,” Cervantes-Lopez said. “The bad guys in the story want to know why Titan City is so successful, and they want to find the secret of its success but they’re too busy fighting with each other,” Cervantes-Lopez said. “But in the end, they find out the secret is the four Ps. That’s what we’re trying to teach the kids.” The fundraiser also acts as good training for advanced drama students, who act as the play’s producers and set designers. “This gives them a real project to work on,” Cervantes-Lopez said. “They do the ticket sales, publicity, they build the stage – it serves as part of their curriculum” and prepares them for the school’s big spring musical. “I think more schools should do something like this,” said senior Jazzmin Martinez, 17. “I mean, sometimes we think, `Oh I hate that teacher, he’s mean, gives us too much homework, she’s too strict,” the teen added. “So it’s nice to see them on stage acting silly every year.” Tickets are $5 and are available in advance at the school. For information call (562) 698-8121, Ext. 5000. tracy.garcia@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3051160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img
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FISHERMEN OPPOSE BARMY EU FISH-DUMPING LAWS

first_imgDONEGAL fishermen are opposing barmy new EU laws aimed at banning the practice of throwing fish they can’t sell back overboard.They say they have no choice in the matter…and the EU fails to understand anything about the industry, particularly off the Donegal coast, where fishermen inevitably net species they don’t want and then return them to the sea.The Federation of Irish Fishermen has welcomed the publication by the country’s Marine Institute (MI) and Bord Iascaigh Mhara (BIM) of the “Atlas of Demersal Discarding,” described as an atlas of discarding profiles by the Irish demersal fleet with a “toolbox” of mitigation measures. FIF say the document clearly identifies the complex nature of discarding and provides a range of workable and stock specific potential solutions rather the “simplistic and populist” approach adopted by barmy EU Fisheries  Commissioner Damanaki.FIF Chairman Seán O’Donoghue said:  “This atlas is a positive step by Ireland in addressing in a meaningful way the extent of  discarding in certain demersal fisheries and in putting forward a range of options for reducing discards. Discards must be tackled with a view to their reduction to the lowest practicable level on an EU-wide platform – not just by Ireland.”FIF has “trenchantly” expressed the view that  Commissioner Damanaki’s stated objective for the future Common Fisheries Policy of banning discards and forcing fishermen to land fish which has no prospect of sale –  which would then have to be transported great distances to be processed as fishmeal –  is totally unacceptable, uneconomic and most importantly will not contribute to the sustainable exploitation of stocks.“The Commissioner’s approach demonstrates only a superficial and PR-driven approach to the issue. The EU measures taken must of course address conservation issues but also must be practical and allow the fishing fleets operate in an economic manner,” they say. A key component of the Atlas, say FIF, is the substantial treatment given to modifications to fishing gears and other measures to reduce discards. Irish fishermen already have taken a “leading role” in promoting such measures:For FIF say seasonal closures for cod fisheries off the North coast (Greencastle Box) and off the South-east coast (Celtic Sea Box), promoted and supported by the Irish industry are proving highly beneficial with a resultant major improvement in Celtic Sea cod stocks for example and whose value is accepted scientifically at EU level.© 2011 donegaldaily.com, all Rights Reserved.The copying, republication or redistribution of donegaldaily.com Content, including by framing or similar means, is expressly prohibited by law.Follow us on www.twitter.com/donegaldaily Follow us on www.facebook.com/donegaldailySell anything on www.donegaldailyclassifieds.comFISHERMEN OPPOSE BARMY EU FISH-DUMPING LAWS was last modified: November 8th, 2011 by BrendaShare 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:barmy EU lawsdonegalfishermenlast_img read more

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Westley chats to Adrian Durham in first interview since Peterborough sacking

first_img 2 Sacked Peterborough manager Graham Westley chatted to Adrian Durham It has not been an easy season for Peterborough fans and here, Adrian Durham – a supporter all his life – sat down with Graham Westley, who recently lost his job as Posh manager, to talk about the last few months…Graham Westley was a shock appointment at Peterborough United back in September, but he hit the ground running with results good enough to lift the club from the bottom half of League One and into the play-off places.Top goal scorer Conor Washington was sold for £2.5m in January, and after an epic FA Cup battle with West Bromwich Albion in the same month, performances and results completely fell off a cliff and Westley was sacked after yet another home defeat at the weekend. He lasted seven months and Posh are now searching for a fourth permanent manager in 14 months.This is Westley’s first interview since he left Posh…You flew to Florida where the chairman is based, however, before that he hadn’t publicly displayed much of an appetite to appoint you, so what happened over there?GW: When I first spoke to Darragh MacAnthony by phone, we struck up a fantastic rapport. The bulk of our chat was around ambition, football philosophy and attitude to winning. I think we both instantly felt on a common page. Florida just cemented that. I’d been to watch the team play at Oldham in the meanwhile and our chat was much more player specific. But we talked relentlessly and our rapport just grew. By the time I flew back I was expecting to be offered the job. It took a few days, but a contract offer arrived and a deal to 2018 was quickly agreed.You must have known Mark Cooper, Jim Gannon and Dave Robertson all lasted only months at Posh, and Darren Ferguson, the most successful manager, was sacked twice by the chairman, so what made you think you’d be different?GW: It is evident from outside that Darragh is a tough bloke to work for. Tough has never scared me. I believe in my ability to succeed in a tough situation. In seven months, I produced two full internationals, gave the Club a great Cup run, in Barry Fry’s wordsplayed the ‘best football’ in his 20 Posh years, sold Conor for a considerable multi million pound fee, helped develop several other lads into valuable commodities (Anderson, Forrester) and lifted the club from relegation candidacy in 18th to mid-table safety in 14th. I won 44 per cent of my games having inherited a team with a poor win record. All that with an inherited squad not my squad.How did you turn a below average League One striker, Conor Washington, into a £2.5m player in four months? What did you do or say to him?GW: To this day, Conor and I are in very close contact. He is a fantastic lad. When he left Peterborough, he wrote me a message outlining the specific changes that he had made to his game under my management in seven key areas; technically, tactically, physically, personally, professionally, mentally and as a team player. Those changes were simple but significant ideas that he had taken on board and that were central to his evolution as a player. So, for instance, I worked hard to teach Con the ways of finishing different types of chances in the most regularly profitable way. The key to Conor was himself; he both wants to learn and can learn. He realises that learning is in what changes you make to what you do, not what changes you say you are going to make. He is an international goal scorer now and he can go all the way.Were you told what would happen to the club if Conor wasn’t sold in January?GW: When I joined I knew that I would have to sell a key man in January – it was essential. It was expected to be Jermaine Anderson, but his knee injury blew that away.I recently played back the West Brom Cup replay and Posh were magnificent. Why did it go so wrong so quickly after that?GW: Our team against WBA was Alnwick; Baldwin, Bostwick, Zakuani, Fox; Samuelson, Forrester, Beautyman, Taylor; Angol, Coulthirst. I remember that off the top of my head to this day. On that night, I played a 4-4-2 system, which went against the club philosophy of playing a midfield diamond. I couldn’t see the diamond coping with WBA and was afforded some freedom to ditch club policy and play an extra defender at full back by Smith’s suspension. On the night, the lads played ‘up’. They ran further distance and further high intensity distance than they ever did before or after. The television coverage, spotlight and opportunity of round five clearly turned them on. Learning to play with ambition and the relentless intensity that ambition creates is a huge challenge for the Posh players. It is their big opportunity. 2 The last time I saw you and the chairman together it looked like you had an awesome relationship – how did that turn sour?GW: My relationship with Darragh is strong. I enjoy his conversation and his banter. I wrote him a private note on Monday to say thank you for everything and wished him very sincere good luck. I will look forward to meeting him for a beer and a craic when he is next in London. We enjoyed some great moments together and I know he appreciates what I did achieve. He and I disagree on certain players. That is the long and short of the big problem between us. It became a bit destructive between us really. Nobody is really silly enough to think the chunky losses of Alnwick, Elder, Bostwick, Zakuani, Forrester, Anderson, Angol, Washington weren’t going to derail results. Everybody in football I have spoken to acknowledges the massive damage those losses would make. As positive as we both are, in our hearts we both must realise that smaller clubs like ours need our big players fit. We had a dodgy run of results, but we got back on a winning track, won four of my last eight once I got some big hitters back and were giving youngsters valuable game time when losing. Don’t believe that results were the issue. The squad was not deep enough in experience, strength or quality to cope without those senior lads, especially whilst I was still learning who could do what in the squad. You can’t sell Conor and expect a Conference North, U21 or League Two striker to replace him within five minutes. Let’s be serious. They’d be going for millions themselves if they were ready to be Conor!They needed time. They still need time. They have the potential, for sure and bit by bit they will all prove that.The problem for me was that the job next year was about winning a league title. The chairman believed in lads and attitudes that I didn’t. And I believed in lads and attitudes that he didn’t. That is it. That caused our friction. But it was all professional. Nothing personal. Maybe he is right. Maybe I am right. We’ll never know. But he wants a manager who believes in his players. He feels he has a title winning combination. I tried hard to believe in all his men. But I couldn’t see it his way. I couldn’t believe in the same vision of a team as him. So he is heading where he believes he will win next year’s title. I respect that. I really do. I could have piped down. I could have kept my head down. But I wanted to win the title and I didn’t want to fall short by not fighting for what I believed in. I fought; I lost. I didn’t want to be sacked. But I wasn’t going to fail by not being strong about my beliefs. Just as he wasn’t going to fall short by backing my views that he didn’t believe in. We both move on. But firmly as friends. I’d work with him again. He is a winner. Which is why he has won promotions. And I would certainly not back against him winning his title next year. Just because I cannot see his way to the title does not mean that it won’t happen. There is more than one way of skinning a cat.Your team selection left us all baffled on too many occasions – it bordered on the bizarre. Why so many changes? The results were awful so the constant wholesale changes clearly didn’t work. Honestly, what were you doing?GW: Come on! I inherited a squad I didn’t know. I quickly looked at a few combinations. Then found a ‘best team’. That team found serious form. I was Manager of the Month in November and we won six out of six. Alnwick; Smith Santos Bostwick Elder; Forrester Anderson Taylor Oztumer; Angol Washington. That team was awesome at League One level. Injury, suspension, international call ups and cup tied players tore that team to pieces and created loads of selection problems. I tried all sorts of combinations of players that I was learning to deal with the problems, which kept on coming. But I didn’t crack it from within the squad and in the face of the relentless issues.On Sunday, Ranieri dropped Albrighton and played Schlupp because he knew that losing Vardy took something from his team that he couldn’t replace 1 on 1. Selection does give a manager those kind of issues. So, yes; some of my selections may have looked complicated but always with good reason. I believe in selection stability. Trust me. Our November results bear testament to the benefits of that.Four months were superb, three months were terrible – was the chairman right to sack you?GW: I answered that above. I think I could have delivered him his stated desire of the League title. But I’d sooner be sacked now arguing than sacked down the line for failing without sticking to my guns.My view of Posh now is that we sell players and sack managers and that’s it. What, if anything, do you think is wrong with my club?GW: Posh will always have to sell players and that will constantly set the Club back. But without transfer funds, the Club won’t fund a wage bill to get anywhere close to Bolton, Sheffield United, Bradford, Coventry, Charlton… and the many other, much bigger clubs competing in League One. You can sell and win. I won a League title at Stevenage immediately after selling Steve Morison. So it is possible, but I signed an experienced striker to replace him, believing that was necessary. I felt a youngster would set us back as we tried to step up. Getting the balance right between signing youngsters with potential and experienced lads with winning know how is the challenge for Posh in my opinion. Too little experience allows too many young habits to flourish.Is the chairman getting it wrong?GW: The chairman has a tough gig in front of him. He lives in America, runs the Club across the seas and from time to time in the UK, and he has his global business to run, too. It must be tough for him. From where I stand, he has given his everything and he needs help. The Club has huge stadium costs and every lost season ticket or match day ticket hurts him personally. He is even meeting season ticket holders personally to encourage renewal. That is an incredible effort for a man to commit. He has left his family in the States to come across and meet season ticket holders. There aren’t many people who would give that much. Darragh MacAnthony has led three promotions in nine years. Not many chairmen will deliver that. Those who do deserve respect.It feels to me like you missed a golden opportunity at Posh, is that how it feels to you?GW: I was managing a fantastic crop of players. Lads like Jermaine, Ricardo and Forrester can go all the way and many others will cut it in the Championship. With the right culling, and the right additions, I honestly believe that we could have created a title winning team. But the Chairman did not share my vision. I am not convinced that I could have delivered his vision. I don’t see the same route to winning that he does from where we were. But I’ve said that already.Finally, Ricardo Santos, football genius. Sometimes I think he’s brilliant, other times I’m not so sure. Tell me what you see that makes you so sure he can go all the way?GW: Ricardo has physical and footballing attributes that are rare. Size, pace, technique. When he is aggressive he is awesome. On the training ground, I managed to produce it. Never quite in games, and not consistently, but aggression and consistency can be taught.And I think he will learn both because he is a good lad.Catch Adrian every weekday on talkSPORT Drive between 4pm and 7pmlast_img read more

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Wales v Russia: Live commentary stream for Euro 2016 game here

first_imgWales v Russia is live from Toulouse on talkSPORT 2 at 8pm BST on Monday 20 June – commentary stream here.Every game of Euro 2016 is live on talkSPORT. Victory for Wales would see them progress to the knockout stage and manager Chris Coleman could name the same team which lost 2-1 to England.HOW ENGLAND AND WALES CAN QUALIFY FOR LAST 16Whilst everybody will look at this game as the be all and end all, whether we progress or not it’s not the end of the journey for this team,” Coleman said.Catch all the build up to the game on talkSPORT from 7pm and here are the different ways you can listen. 2 Russia and Wales’ Group B clash is live on talkSPORT 2 at 8pm center_img 2last_img read more

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