Mourinho fired by Man U, career at crossroads

first_imgMANCHESTER, England (AP): Jose Mourinho was fired by Manchester United yesterday after failing to restore the club’s status as a major European force in a turbulent 30-month spell marked by clashes with players and increasing disgruntlement at the team’s style of play. The end for Mourinho at English football’s most prestigious club came two days after a 3-1 loss at Liverpool, which was the latest reminder of just how far United have slumped behind the top teams in the Premier League and Europe. United said it will not hire a permanent replacement for Mourinho until the off season. The club will appoint a caretaker manager for the remainder of the season in the coming days. Mourinho, a serial winner of trophies throughout his coaching career, arrived at Old Trafford in 2016 as a supposed quick fix for United following their struggles after the retirement of long-time manager Alex Ferguson three years earlier. He leaves with United sixth in the Premier League – 19 points off the lead after 17 games – and with his coaching career at a crossroads, with critics questioning if his abrasive approach to management, on and off the field, still suits modern-day football. United won two titles in Mourinho’s first season – the English League Cup and the Europa League – but failed to capture a trophy in his second season, although second place in the league was their highest finish since Ferguson left. REPLACEMENT Mourinho has historically encountered problems in his third season in charge at clubs he has managed, and it was no different at United. His relationship with Paul Pogba, United’s record signing at US$116 million and the marquee arrival in Mourinho’s reign, appeared broken following a spat that started in the off season. Mourinho had also been unhappy that United’s board failed to back his wish to sign a central defender in the off season. United have already conceded more goals in the league (29) than they did in all of last season. Then there was United’s pragmatic and often ponderous style of play under Mourinho that always seemed at odds with United’s preference down the years for free-flowing, attacking play. Mourinho’s final match in charge was the loss at Anfield, after which he said his players were brittle and couldn’t cope with the intensity and physicality of Liverpool – historically United’s biggest rivals. United also lost 3-1 to neighbours Manchester City in the league in recent weeks in another display that highlighted the team’s demise. Mourinho lasted the same length of time at United as he did in his previous job at Chelsea, when he was also fired just before Christmas in his third season after accusing his players of “betraying” him. In his six major coaching stints – at Porto, Chelsea, Inter Milan, Real Madrid, Chelsea again and United Mourinho has only lasted more than three years once. That was in his first spell at Chelsea. Having signed a new contract with United in January until June 2020, the Portuguese coach will reportedly receive compensation of £24 million. BROKEN RELATIONSHIPS Whoever replaces Mourinho – Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino is among the favourites with British bookmakers, while former Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane is out of work – will take over a team that reached the last 16 of the Champions League, where it will play Paris Saint-Germain over two legs in February and March. More important, the interim coach needs to claw back an 11-point deficit to fourth-place Chelsea in the race for Champions League qualification the minimum requirement for big teams like United at the start of the season. In some of Mourinho’s final public comments as United manager, he said, “for sure we are going to finish in the top six … but the best we can get is fourth position.” It smacked of a lowering in standards that he used to criticise other managers of having. By the end, the old magic that marked Mourinho out as one of the greatest coaches of his generation had gone. Assistant coach Michael Carrick will take charge of training until a caretaker coach is announced. United’s next league match is against Cardiff on Saturday as the team looks to bounce back from its worst 17-game start to a league campaign since the 1990-91 season.last_img read more

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Archer outshines Bravo in Hobart win

first_imgHOBART, Australia, CMC – Barbadian fast bowling sensation Jofra Archer starred yet again as he helped power Hobart Hurricanes to a six-wicket win over Dwayne Bravo’s Melbourne Stars in the Australian Big Bash here Monday. The 23-year-old, currently eyeing selection for England’s World Cup campaign, snatched three wickets which restricted Stars to 155 for five off their 20 overs at Bellerive Oval. Sent in, Stars were set back early when Archer removed both openers inside the first six overs, with Travis Dean (11) and Ben Dunk (10) both departing cheaply with 32 on the board. Captain Glenn Maxwell then stroked 47 from 31 balls with five sixes, reviving the innings in an 87-run, third wicket stand with Nick Larkin whose 45 required 33 deliveries. When both fell in successive overs to leave the Stars on 123 for four in the 16th over, Marcus Stoinis chipped in with a 15-ball unbeaten 22 to keep the innings going. However, there was no such enterprise from Bravo who laboured for a run-a-ball 12 before holing out to square on the leg-side. Archer finished with three for 25 from his four overs. In reply, captain Matthew Wade hit 52 off 37 balls, putting on 55 for the first wicket with D’Arcy Short who made 34. Ben McDermott (28) and George Bailey (27) added 52 for the third wicket to keep Hobart on course for victory. Bravo’s first over leaked 20 runs and overall conceded 38 runs from three overs.last_img read more

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No signs of slowing down for Gonzaga despite playing in both PVL and PSL

first_imgView comments LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “I’m exhausted but I have a high morale right now and that’s the attitude I have right now,” said Gonzaga in Filipino. “I’m not thinking of anything right now, I just want to play.”“If we lost, for sure this fatigue would be worse, but we’re winning so it’s a great feeling.”Gonzaga has another match on Thursday when Cignal takes on Petron in a do-or-die for a finals berth.Gonzaga is allowed to play in two leagues since she’s a uniformed personnel in the Armed Forces of the Philippines that makes her an employee of the Philippine Army while Cignal is her mother club.“I always tell myself that playing this hard is my way of giving back because coach (Kung Fu Reyes) has been so understanding of my situation,” said Gonzaga, who had 24 points against the Flying Titans.ADVERTISEMENT ONE: Gina Iniong eager to showcase her best in 1st fight of 2020 Roger Federer: Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic ‘will win more’ The 27-year-old opposite spiker plays for Cignal in the Philippine Super Liga and for Pacifictown-Army in the Premier Volleyball League and on Wednesday, she just had her second match in two days with a third one coming onThursday.Fortunately for Gonzaga, she’s 2-0 so far.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSAllen Durham chews out Meralco: Everybody played like sh*tSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsThe HD Spikers overcame Petron in five sets, 25-20, 10-25, 16-25, 27-25, 15-11, in the PSL All-Filipino Conference on Tuesday with Gonzaga contributing 15 points in the victory.Another five-setter came her way with the Lady Troopers winning a marathon over Choco Mucho, 39-41, 19-25, 25-19, 25-20, 15-12 , in the PVL Open Conference in a grueling match that had Gonzaga winded. Coco Gauff vs. Venus Williams in 1st round of Australian Open Robredo hits Mocha over false post: Why let gov’t pay a fake news purveyor? Lacson on Albayalde, ‘ninja cops’ indictment: The law has a ‘very long memory’center_img “He doesn’t make me exert too much effort in training so the way I play is how I return the favor.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ WATCH: Robredo repacks relief goods with ‘mocha’ behind her OSG petition a ‘clear sign’ of gov’t bid to block ABS-CBN franchise renewal — solon WNBA playoff picture clearing up, Aces, Sun, Mystics clinch Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award PLAY LIST 01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award03:05Malakanyang bilib sa Phivolcs | Chona Yu01:26Homes destroyed after Taal Volcano eruption02:48ABS-CBN franchise has ‘natural deadline,’ no need for quo warranto — Gatchalian03:06Tahimik, Mapanganib | Jong Manlapaz00:49Sweet! Indian bakers make world’s ‘longest’ cake CONTRIBUTED PHOTOMANILA, Philippines—Jovelyn Gonzaga knows a thing or two in playing through immense fatigue.Gonzaga is the only player who plays in the two major volleyball leagues in the Philippines and this dual duty makes the Army corporal play in as many as three days in a row.ADVERTISEMENT BREAKING: DOJ indicts ex-PNP chief Albayalde for graftlast_img read more

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Pelosi, Murtha journey to Iraq

first_img160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! BAGHDAD, Iraq – House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Rep. John Murtha, both vocal war critics, were in the Iraqi capital Friday at the head of a delegation of House members on a fact-finding mission as the White House and Congress dueled over the expansion of U.S. forces in Iraq. The Pelosi delegation visited the heavily fortified Green Zone, site of the American Embassy, and met with Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki. “We come out of the meeting with a greater understanding of the others’ point of view,” Pelosi, D-Calif., said, in brief remarks after the meeting. She said the delegation also came “to convey to our troops the appreciation of the American people for what they’re doing, to applaud their patriotism.” Pelosi has been a sharp critic of the Bush administration’s conduct of the war and has led a drive in Congress against sending 21,500 more troops as part of a new security crackdown in Baghdad. In Washington on Friday, President George W. Bush challenged skeptical lawmakers not to prematurely condemn his buildup, saying “I’m the decision-maker.” Murtha, a Pennsylvania Democrat and Vietnam veteran, has been a longtime critic of the war. In Islamabad on Friday, visiting U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of State John Gastright confirmed that a congressional delegation led by Pelosi would visit Pakistan and meet with President Pervez Musharraf. The dates of the trip have not been made public.last_img read more

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City of Fort St John issues evacuation alert

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The City of Fort St. John has issued an evacuation alert for part of the City above the Old Fort Landslide.At 16:30 hours on October 10, 2018, the City of Fort St. John issued an Evacuation Alert for the southern-most section of the City’s South Sewage Lagoons. There are no residential properties in the identified area; the Evacuation Alert was issued as a precautionary measure due to the proximity of the area to the Peace River Regional District Evacuation Orders. This will allow the City of Fort St. John to effectively respond if required.This is simply precautionary due to the proximity of the Peace River Regional District Evacuation Orders and a portion of the City’s South Sewage Lagoons.— City of Fort St John (@fortstjohn) October 11, 2018- Advertisement -The alert area contains two lagoon cells which are dormant and empty. The eastern-most cell has been decommissioned, while the other is utilized for emergency storage capacity. City staff are working in conjunction with the Peace River Regional District Emergency Operations Centre, Ministry of Environment, and other agencies to monitor the situation and plan for any disruptions to the lagoons or discharge pipe. The one-month emergency capacity provides plenty of time to implement alternatives to manage the effluent discharge. All of our lagoons are actively monitored in real-time and our effluent is tested regularly and meets or exceeds all environmental discharge conditions.See a larger map here: http://www.fortstjohn.ca/node/29289Advertisementlast_img read more

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Terror threat against N.Y. firm not credible

first_imgNEW YORK – The FBI is investigating anonymous mailed threats against the Goldman Sachs investment firm but does not consider the warnings to be of “high credibility,” an investigator said Friday. The letters, handwritten in red ink on loose-leaf paper and signed “A.Q.U.S.A.,” were mailed to 20 newspapers, authorities said. The letters contained the warning: “Hundreds will die. We are inside. You cannot stop us.” A federal law enforcement official familiar with the investigation told the AP that the FBI “does not assign high credibility to the threat” because of the circumstances surrounding the letters, including their brevity and the nonspecific nature of the threat. The investigator spoke on condition of anonymity. Michael DuVally, a Goldman Sachs spokesman, said the firm was working closely with law enforcement authorities, adding that authorities told the firm they don’t believe the threat is credible. Investigators said they also will be looking for DNA evidence that may have been contained in saliva left when the envelopes were sealed. In addition, they will be examining the postal bar codes routinely stamped on letters to pinpoint exactly where the letters entered the mail stream. Goldman Sachs is based in New York, and has offices in London, Frankfurt, Tokyo, Hong Kong and other cities.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “We take any threat to the safety to our people seriously,” DuVally said. “We have a broad range of security measures in place to counter all likely threats and we’re monitoring the situation closely.” New York FBI spokesman James Margolin said the bureau was trying to determine the origin of the letters. “All threats are taken seriously,” he said. The letters, postmarked in late June from the New York boroughs of Queens and the Bronx, were being analyzed by FBI and U.S. Postal Service inspectors at the FBI crime lab in Washington, D.C., and at the Postal Service lab in Dulles, Va., said Tom Boyle, a spokesman for the Postal Inspection Service. Another investigator familiar with the case told the AP it could be difficult to isolate the fingerprints of whoever sent the letters because others have touched the envelopes after they were deposited in neighborhood mailboxes. The investigators who spoke on condition of anonymity did so because they were not authorized to discuss the case with the media. last_img read more

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Napoli, Inter Milan and Liverpool to battle it out for Argentina international?

first_img1 Napoli and Inter Milan are reportedly set to battle it out for long-term Liverpool target Lucas Alario.According to the Italian media, Napoli are keen to land the Argentina international as a direct replacement for the injured Arkadiusz Milik.Liverpool were in talks over the summer with River Plate about a possible deal for Alario before the 24-year-old decided to remain in his native country.However, Serie A now looks the most likely destination for the forward, who has been capped twice by Argentina.Both Napoli and Inter are expected to pursue their initial interest in January with Liverpool also set to revive their efforts to bring Alario to Anfield. Lucas Alario in action for River Plate last_img

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QUIZ: Can you name England’s starting XI against Germany in that 5-1 win

first_img1 On 1 September, 2001 England beat Germany 5-1 in Munich. You may have heard about it.It was a World Cup qualifier, with England winning the group on goal difference and although Germany were humiliated on home soil, they did actually reach the 2002 World Cup final. England, meanwhile, were knocked out in the quarters by Brazil.But do you remember the 11 players who lined up for the famous qualifier?//cdn.playbuzz.com/widget/feed.js Do you remember England’s starting XI from this game? last_img

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Football Talk: Dembele link and Henderson’s Italian job

first_imgThe winter transfer window doesn’t officially begin until 2018 but Scottish clubs seem eager to jump the gun this time around.Celtic have already completed a deal for defender Marvin Commper to get things moving and the Parkhead revolving door looks set to spin throughout the window.Brendan Rodgers said earlier on Friday it would be wrong to stand in the way of any of his Hoops squad making big money moves.That follows Brighton boss Chris Hughton declaring his interest in Celtic forward Moussa Dembele. Meanwhile, midfielder Liam Henderson is apparently set to head for Italy, with a trial at Serie B outfit Bari lined up in the new year.Hearts winger Jamie Walker, who was at the centre of a summer transfer tug-of-war between the Tynecastle club and Rangers, has appeared on the radar of English League One leaders Wigan, with the Latics prepared to shell out £300,000 for his services.Meanwhile, exiled Rangers forward Michael O’Halloran will return to Ibrox in the new year according to reports.last_img read more

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LISTEN BACK: Sligo’s AFL International Cup winner Rachel Fox

first_imgPICTURE: AFL Media – Scott Barbour. Sligo native Rachel Fox was part of the Alfa Irish Banshees team that won the AFL International Cup in Melbourne at the start of August.Donegal was also well represented on the team, with Tir Chonaill natives Aisling Gillespie, Rachel McGee, Carolann Cassidy, Fiona Roarty, Roisin McFadden and Leona Russell all part of the team.Rachel Fox spoke with Ocean FM’s Darragh Cox about the experience…last_img

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