Mourinho feels heat against Leicester as Wenger marks anniversary

first_img0Shares0000Jose Mourinho finds himself under fire less than two months into his United reign after three successive defeats and an unconvincing League Cup win at third tier Northampton © AFP/File / Jon SuperLondon, United Kingdom, Sep 23 – Jose Mourinho has vowed to silence the critics when Manchester United host champions Leicester, while his old rival Arsene Wenger hopes to celebrate a memorable milestone with a rare success against Chelsea on Saturday.Mourinho finds himself under fire less than two months into his United reign after three successive defeats and an unconvincing League Cup win at third tier Northampton. United are already trailing six points behind Premier League leaders Manchester City and another setback at Old Trafford this weekend would be a huge blow to Mourinho’s bid to stamp his authority on a team that has underachieved in recent years.After winning their first three league matches under Mourinho, as well as beating Leicester in the Community Shield, United lost to City and Watford, either side of a Europa League defeat at Feyenoord.Mourinho’s tactics and team selections have been called into question, while there have been suggestions the manager’s public criticism of individual players, including injury-plagued defender Luke Shaw, has not gone down well in the dressing room.Manchester United’s Michael Carrick (2R) celebrates scoring a goal with teammates during their English League Cup third round match against Northampton Town at the Sixfields Stadium in Northampton, central England on September 21, 2016 © AFP/File / Ben StansallSeeing off minnows Northampton did little to quell the rising tide of discontent but, in typically bullish fashion, Mourinho has come out fighting.“It’s a learning process,” Mourinho explained about his singling out of players.“You make a mistake, especially the kind of individual mistake, you have to learn with what that means for the team.“The critique is part of the evolution, the critique is part of the process, the critique helps people to learn how to cope with critics.“It’s their life. From you, they cannot expect other thing than be ready to smash them when they have periods of not so much success.”That Mourinho is at a low ebb on the same weekend that Wenger celebrates his 20th anniversary as Arsenal manager won’t have been lost on the Frenchman — nor, although he brushed it aside on Friday, will the remark the Portuguese made in a biography being serialised this week in the Daily Mail that ‘One day…I will break his (Wenger’s) face’.Frenchman Arsene Wenger celebrates 20 years as Arsenal manager this week © AFP/File / Lindsey ParnabyWenger, who has endured many other barbs from Mourinho in the past, faces Chelsea looking to improve on a woeful record of five wins in his last 31 meetings against the Blues.His last major milestone — his 1,000th match as Arsenal manager — was spoilt by a 6-0 thrashing at Stamford Bridge.But having seen a second-string team win 4-0 at Nottingham Forest in the League Cup in midweek, following a 4-1 success at Hull last weekend, Wenger is confident the depth of his squad will help restore order after a sluggish start to the season.“We have four days to prepare for the (Chelsea) game, let’s focus on that now,” Wenger said.“The performance shows that the players who played at Hull need to be on their toes and that’s what we want — competition for places.”– New situation –Liverpool’s Jordan Henderson (L) fights for the ball with Chelsea’s Eden Hazard during their English Premier League match at Stamford Bridge in London, on September 16, 2016 © AFP/File / Adrian DennisChelsea go into the London derby buoyed by a 4-2 League Cup win at Leicester in which they came from 2-0 down.Whilst in the Mourinho era Wenger could have expected a glacial reception but the present incumbent Antonio Conte is full of admiration for his longevity at Arsenal.“I think Wenger is doing a good job. It’s fantastic for someone to stay for 20 years in the same club,” Conte told reporters on Friday.“Sometimes I think it’s important for a manager not only to win, a good manager must show his value with his work during the week.”Table-topping City head to Swansea for the second time this week after winning 2-1 at the Liberty Stadium in the League Cup.City have won all nine matches under boss Pepe Guardiola, including five in the league, and the Spaniard kept his team in south Wales to aid their recovery time during a busy period.Even so, changes are certain as Sergio Aguero is back from suspension and captain Vincent Kompany is struggling with an injury suffered in midweek.“I want us to recover well, and train well, prepare as well as possible for our game in Swansea, for our game in the Champions League and for Tottenham away,” Guardiola said.Manchester City’s Kelechi Iheanacho (L) and John Stones celebrate at the end of their English Premier League match against Bournemouth, at the Etihad Stadium in Manchester, on September 17, 2016 © AFP/File / Oli ScarffSecond placed Everton travel to Bournemouth aiming to bounce back from their first defeat, a midweek League Cup loss to Norwich, since Dutch coach Ronald Koeman took charge.Fixtures (1400 GMT unless stated)SaturdayArsenal v Chelsea (1630 GMT), Bournemouth v Everton, Liverpool v Hull, Middlesbrough v Tottenham, Manchester United v Leicester (1230 GMT), Stoke v West Brom, Sunderland v Crystal Palace, Swansea v Manchester CitySundayWest Ham v Southampton (1500 GMT)MondayBurnley v Watford (1900 GMT)0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Explosives not confirmed to have blown up garbage can in Charlie Lake

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — The City of Fort St. John is retracting its claim from yesterday saying that explosives were definitely used to blow up a garbage can near the Charlie Lake boat launch last week.Yesterday, the City of Fort St. John issued a press release saying that the RCMP had confirmed that the waste container at the Charlie Lake boat launch had been vandalized with the use of explosives.Police advised city staff that it appeared the garbage bin had been exploded from the inside out. The bin’s damaged lid, which was found some distance from where the bin used to stand has been recovered, and there is also a hole in a chain link fence near the bin that appears to have been caused by an object travelling at high velocity.- Advertisement -This morning, the city issued another statement saying that that Mounties have not been able to confirm whether t explosives were used to destroy the bin.Anyone with information about the incident, which took place between October 16th and 19th is asked to contact the Fort St. John RCMP at (250) 787-7100, or Crime Stoppers at 1 (800) 222-TIPS.last_img read more

Aboriginal hockey team hosting Pub night at Brewhouse

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The local Canadian Brewhouse is teaming up with Outlaw Aboriginal Youth hockey team for a Pub night this weekend.The event will feature door prizes, silent auction and a 50/50 draw. Tickets are $10 a piece and include a free drink and entry fee. Members of the team will be in their jersey’s selling tickets at locations around the city including Enerplex and Totem Mall on Saturday.The event takes place on Saturday from 7:00 to 10:00 p.m.- Advertisement -For more information or to purchase tickets text/call 778-256-9720.Poster of the event.last_img read more

Tommy Lake Fire now 40 percent contained

first_imgInterface: Interface Interface FirePrevious evacuations have been rescinded.As of 1615 on June 1,2018, the Peace River Regional District rescinded the Evacuation Alert for Electoral Area B.More informationOn May 27, 2018, an Area Restriction Order was put in place for Crown Land in the vicinity of the Tommy Lakes wildfire. This restricts public access to the active wildfire area and access roads within the Tommy Lakes wildfire boundary and surrounding area. For more information regarding the restricted area please refer to the attached order and map.The public is asked to respect this order to ensure your safety as well as the crews working on the Tommy Lakes wildfire. Public and crew safety is the number one priority of the BC Wildfire Service.Advertisement Location: Approximately 29km northeast of mile 109 Hwy 97 (Alaska Highway)• See approximate location of this wildfire on an See Map interactive map• View an interactive map of all active Wildfires of Note.Discovered: Tuesday, May 22, 2018Size: 22,000.0 hectaresStatus: Active• 40% containedAdvertisement On the northwest side of the fire, crews along with heavy equipment are working to complete the guard on the west side of the Beatton River. Crews are also working on a contingency guard along the western flank.On the southwest flank, crews are mopping up hot spots from 6 km east on the South Nig, and well site 74 off Beatton road.On the east flank, crews are working to complete mop-up and patrols along and in the vicinity of the North Nig road. They are also mopping up east of the Beatton Road and continue with direct attack west of the 71km mark on the Beatton Road. Crews are also working to complete mop-up from the North Nig road working south towards the 76km mark on the Beatton Road.On the northeast flank, crews continue to patrol and mop-up guards and hose trails constructed off the North Nig and Tommy Lakes roads, and complete the Wellsite access road at 74 km. They are working to construct new guard and support mop up along pipeline guard with crews in the southwest.In the vicinity of the fire, smoke may be visible to the public.The Tommy Lakes (G80340) is the result of the amalgamation of the former Beatton Lake (G80340) and the Tommy Lakes Road (G80341). This amalgamation occurred on May 25, 2018. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Tommy Lakes Wildfire is now 40 percent contained.  According to the B.C. Wildfire Service, the fire is now 22,000 hectares and did receive some rain on Saturday.The cooler temperatures and decreased wind, have enabled firefighters to get the upper hand and contain the fire.There are 234 firefighters building and reinforcing guard working to increase containment supported by 8 helicopters along with 22 pieces of heavy equipment.- Advertisement -The Peace River Regional District removed the evacuation alert for a small farming community near the fire Friday.Here is the full update from the B.C. Wildfire Service:Tommy Lakes (G80340)Last updated: Sunday, June 03, 2018 at 10:18 AMAdvertisement Cause: Lightning Lightning CausedResources• 234 firefighters• 8 helicopters• 22 heavy equipmentThe decrease in area to 22,000ha is due to more accurate mapping.Today (June 3rd),there was no growth on the Tommy Lakes wildfire and some sections of the fire did receive rain. The cooler temperatures and higher relative humidity continue to aid fire suppression efforts. The crews have made great progress to date and the fire is currently 40% contained.Today, there are 234 firefighters building and reinforcing guard working to increase containment supported by 8 helicopters along with 22 pieces of heavy equipment.The primary objectives are to establish machine guard and if conditions permit conduct controlled burning operations, in order to protect oil and gas infrastructure, communities and other values in the vicinity of G80340.Advertisementlast_img read more

Should city bail homebuyers out?

first_imgHousing experts painted a grim picture of Los Angeles’ real-estate market Tuesday as City Councilman Richard Alarcon called for city, state and federal funds to help bail out city homeowners who can’t pay their mortgages. Warning that the region is embroiled in a foreclosure upheaval, Alarcon said he’s also considering asking lawmakers to declare a state of emergency to direct state and federal money to counseling and loans for people about to lose their homes. “We’re in a crisis. We don’t need bureaucrats who are going to sit on their thumbs and not get things done. Who do we go to in federal government to ask for emergency assistance to help solve this crisis?” Alarcon asked city housing officials Tuesday during an emergency hearing on foreclosures. “It seems to me we’d better kick the federal government in the butt to get into action to help us solve the problem, and I don’t think we’re doing any kicking now.” The hearing came as economists were chewing on new default numbers that show the trend is worsening. Foreclosures hit a record level in California last month and officials said 1,074 homes were foreclosed on in Los Angeles County – up more than 600 percent from last year. Notices of default, the first step in the process and usually taken when payments are at least three months late, increased 145.3 percent, to 4,009, in L.A. County. The Inland Empire continues to be one of the most affected areas in the state. Last month, the San Bernardino/Riverside counties region had 1,697 foreclosures, an annual increase of 832.4 percent. Default notices spiked 198.2 percent, to 4,720. For all of California, foreclosures soared 517 percent, or 7,240 properties. The numbers have fueled growing concern, with consumer advocates in Sacramento on Tuesday to push for a moratorium on foreclosures. Some federal legislators also are pitching a bailout for homeowners facing default as their adjustable-rate mortgages shift to higher rates and their monthly payments significantly increase. Alarcon has proposed using city money for an emergency-loan program to help homeowners on the verge of foreclosure. But he and housing advocates acknowledged that the problem is growing so quickly that $5 million or so in city money would only help a fraction of the homeowners in default. “We’re seeing people who borrowed $600,000 and can only afford $300,000,” said Lori Gay, president and CEO of Los Angeles Neighborhood Housing Services. Her group tracks foreclosures through a title company and has recently seen an average of 400 default notices and 100 foreclosures each week in Los Angeles. “If the city does not take a leadership position … your numbers are going to stay where they are and get worse,” she said. But some are more wary of local government involvement. “Is there a fix? It’s hard to imagine the fix for people who have to pay $1,500 more a month and don’t have a way to pay it,” said Dan Blake, director of the San Fernando Valley Research Center at California State University, Northridge. “It’s a real dilemma. People bought houses they couldn’t afford and can’t make their payments now. Does local government want to subsidize people who made an irrational purchase?” Others have opposed bailing out mortgage lenders and buyers who engaged in risky loans while the market was hot but are seeking help now that housing prices are stagnant. “There has to be some element of personal responsibility here,” said David Wolfe, legislative director with the watchdog group Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association. “Is that a good use of taxpayer dollars to, in effect, bail out people who should have known the consequences of those mortgages when they signed them?” But Alarcon argued that people should be concerned about the larger impact mass foreclosures will have on the community and the ability of people to qualify for homeownership. “When you step back and look at it, this is a societal problem,” he said. “We have created a negative situation for everybody.” Take Evalyn Burnie, 51, who was born and still lives in the same Pacoima home her family has owned for decades. She refinanced the home in 2004 to help cover medical bills as she battled breast cancer. During the treatment, she lost her job. So when her loan adjusted to a higher rate after two years – and Burnie’s $831-a-month mortgage jumped to $1,055, and later to $1,200 – she was in trouble. Her relatives have helped cover many of the monthly payments so she won’t have to sell the longtime family home. But when she sent the lender a $1,400 check, the bank sent it back. “They want to know why I’m not making consistent monthly payments, but I’m only staying afloat with the help of my family,” Burnie said. “Cancer is a battle, this is a battle and it’s not that I don’t want to pay them. I’ve tried.” After the four-hour hearing Tuesday, housing experts said education and counseling are crucial. Many original lenders have sold their mortgages to secondary firms, and borrowers now in trouble have a hard time finding and negotiating a loan-restructuring plan with the new mortgage holder. Nonprofits and housing advocates can help, but they need funding. Alarcon said he will ask the council to endorse several measures, including asking the federal government to help fund more homebuyer-assistance programs and make adjustments that would lower the cost of mortgages for Angelenos. He also wants legislation that requires mortgage education classes for first-time homebuyers. Foreclosures soared 800 percent both in Los Angeles County and the state in the second quarter, with the state recording a record 17,409 homeowners losing their properties. That number totaled 2,581 in L.A. County, according to DataQuick. No relief is expected. “We’re in for another quarter of record activity,” said John Karevoll, DataQuick’s chief analyst. Leslie Appleton-Young, vice president and chief economist at the California Association of Realtors, said some adjustable loans taken out in 2005 and 2006 still have to reset, and it could result in more homeowners being unable to make their payments. In fact, the market might not start rebounding until late next year. “We have definitely not seen the bottom yet,” she said. “I know this is not going to be a quick turnaround.” kerry.cavanaugh@dailynews.com (213) 978-0390160Want 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

‘It is a lie that I will follow Guardiola to Man City’, says Bayern Munich star

first_img Pep Guardiola and Thiago 1 Bayern Munich midfielder Thiago will not fellow Pep Guardiola to Manchester City.The Spaniard is set to takeover from Manuel Pellegrini at the Etihad in the summer and new signings are expected.Thiago is one of those players linked with a move to Manchester City, but the Spain international has poured cold water on those claims.“There are always rumours, but it is true that Guardiola will go to City and we have to respect his decision, but it’s a lie that I’ll follow him to Manchester City,” Thiago told Mundo Deportivo.“I wouldn’t have signed a new contract if I wanted to change clubs. I renewed for one reason because I like life in Munich.“I enjoy the city and the life here, and I have no intention of a change of scenery.”last_img read more

Two mayors

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’Burbank One is enough Re “Two L.A. mayors?” (Dec. 12): It seems we can barely keep track of one globe-trotting mayor – now two? Perhaps the supervisors could elect one of them to act as mayor. Or perhaps the addition of a position with staff for half a million dollars or so, is planned to be financed by each county supervisor’s allocating one-fifth of his or her budget? Or perhaps the excess of funds in the county coffers must be spent on something. (There is excess, isn’t there?) Maybe there should be talk of reducing expenditures. I thing the supervisors are doing an excellent job in running the county, and the need for one central person to complain to is unnecessary. Re “Two L.A. mayors?” (Dec. 12): Zev Yaroslavsky’s proposal to create a county mayor is frightening. If this becomes a reality, it means that the voters of the city of Los Angeles, with a vastly greater population than the balance of the county, would effectively choose that mayor. Excuse me, but haven’t the voters of L.A. packed their own City Hall with inept, indifferent and corrupt political hacks? Didn’t they just finish letting these hacks scam them into extending their terms? If there is a county mayor, it means that the concept of the inmates running the asylum will extend into Santa Clarita, Torrance, Glendale and every other community that has worked so hard not to be a part of this madness. Zev, thanks but no thanks. – John S. Soet – Ron Spindler Encino Tokofsky bows out Re “Tokofsky departs” (Our Opinions, Dec. 12): Not all will miss David Tokofsky from the Los Angeles Unified School District board, as your article suggests. While touting his support of the LAUSD inspector general, the article ignores that reports from the inspector general are routinely covered up and concealed from the public. A glaring example is Tokofsky’s speech to a class of hundreds of graduating district intern teachers touting what great service LAUSD had done for them while the board was, at the same time, covering up an inspector general report on how the district had cheated those very same teachers, reneging on pay promises made to them and hoping they wouldn’t find out. – Phil Pearson Agoura Hills Voting for David Re “Tokofsky departs” (Our Opinions, Dec. 12): While most members of the Los Angeles Unified School District community will look back fondly on David Tokofsky’s years on the school board, I would like to point out some omissions in your editorial. David was elected three times, not two. He represented portions of the east San Fernando Valley, generally not too far from San Fernando Road, from 1995 until the latest round of gerrymandering created current school board districts. In 1995, as well as in 1999 and 2003, he was supported by United Teachers Los Angeles. As a UTLA activist in 1995, I remember knocking on doors in the Sun Valley community of my youth, asking my neighbors – not to mention my mother, then 78 years old – to vote for David. – Ed Kaz Chapter chairman, Reseda High School Voting travesty Re “End state travesty of a rigged system” (Their Opinions, Dec. 12): One hundred percent of the vote? Not in Xavier Becerra’s district. I didn’t vote for him. Yes, he had no opposition, but 100 percent of the district voters did not vote for him. A better statistic would be the percentage of the total district vote that was cast for the unopposed candidate. This would more accurately determine the quality of the politician’s mandate. – Gary D. Barry Los Angeles Alarcón’s competition Re “Uncompetitive edge” (Our Opinions, Dec. 13): Regarding your editorial on Richard Alarcón, I am dismayed that you would accept only one candidate for the 7th District council office, someone whose only interest in running for the council is to secure his pension with the city of Los Angeles. His track record shows that he is not willing to complete anything. Candidate Monica Rodriguez, who did not cut a deal to leave the race, will be competitive, engage the residents of the 7th District and address the issues confronting the 7th District. – Juan J. Rodriguez Arleta Boyle’s curmudgeon Re “Peter Boyle of `Raymond,’`Frankenstein’ dies at age 71” (Dec. 13): Needless to say that we all will miss Peter Boyle, since he was a superb actor who was different from the “Nancy boys” he loved to describe in the Raymond series. Playing the part of a conservative curmudgeon, he warmed my heart every time he ridiculed his less-than-manly sons on the TV show. In real life, the media and their supporters are packed with “Nancy boys” who like to take aim at conservatives without any real reason, except that they think differently. Now we have the real Nancy (Pelosi) who brings the gay-Bay philosophy to Congress. I predict that she will fail in a big way. Rest in peace, Peter. You made many of us old conservatives happy. – Sion Colvin Woodland Hills U.N. policy Re “U.N. ambassador” (Your Opinions, Dec. 13): Unfortunately, “America bashers” at the United Nations are growing in leaps and bounds, but Bolton was courageous enough to stand against them. The U.S. pours millions of dollars into the U.N. each year; yet, the U.N. stonewalls the U.S. all the time and never decides on a request in a timely manner. Corruption is rampant in the U.N., but nobody is convicted or admonished. The only thing the U.N. has going for it is it’s good for New York City’s economy. – Pamela Franklin Granada Hills Slo-mo Bush So, Bush is going to release his “new direction” for Iraq, but not until after New Year’s Day? I wonder how many young Americans and innocent Iraqis will be killed or injured while he decides on a method to support his madness. I see the reports every day. These are not sports scores. These are not just numbers. They are living, breathing souls whose lives are being snuffed out. Their blood is now and will forever be on the hands of this incompetent president and those who allowed it to happen. How much longer must we suffer this boorish bully? Congress, please wake up. Stop Bush. Now. – Eddie Johnson Panorama City Still exists It’s hard to believe that anti-Semitism still exists in the 21st century, but it does. Seattle-Tacoma International Airport is guilty of this. Rather than put up one menorah, airport officials chose to take down the Christmas trees. Their reason: They did not want to be exclusive. But they were. And when the rabbi said he would not sue, the airport promptly put the Christmas trees back. And so they still are exclusive. Seattle-Tacoma International Airport owes its Jewish travelers an apology for its racist behavior. And it better get a menorah in the airport before Friday at sundown, the first night of Hanukkah. – Pauline Roth Santa Clarita Good all around Re “Helping others: Finding meaning through volunteerism” (Dec. 13): It’s uplifting to see an article (no matter how small) reminding us that people still care about one another. The article reported a 34 percent increase in volunteering since 1974. With the endless bombardment of hatred, killing and crime reported in the news we often forget that there is good in the world. Generous acts by kind people often are minimized or completely left out of the news and public sight. We have to be extremely vigilant to see them, nevertheless good things and people are all around us. – Andres Estrada Woodland Hills160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

‘Pochettino doesn’t want any new players at Tottenham’, claims Harry Redknapp

first_imgTottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino is content with his current squad and does not want to sign any new players this month, according to Harry Redknapp.Spurs have been linked with several potential signings over January, as they consider bringing in cover for injured duo Harry Kane and Dele Alli.The England stars are both expected to be out until March at least, and they have been sorely missed in a miserable week for Tottenham, who were dumped out of the EFL Cup and FA Cup in the space of four days. 3 moving on targets TRANSFER LATEST ON TALKSPORT.COM Harry Kane and Dele Alli are huge misses for Tottenham With a week to go until the transfer deadline, time is running out for the club to make amends after their barren summer and strengthen the team.But while transfer reports continue to link the club with potential new arrivals, former manager Redknapp believes Pochettino is not so keen to add to his squad.“I don’t think Poch wants anyone,” Redknapp said on Monday’s Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast.“He’s not been desperate. People tell me they [the club] have come up with players but he likes a small squad and he’s happy. He feels like he’s got players there who can come in.“Harry Kane is irreplaceable, obviously, but he’s lost very key players, you take three players like that out of any team… Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland 3 Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star LIVING THE DREAM Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summer center_img 3 REVEALED Trippier missed a penalty as Spurs most 2-0 to Crystal Palace in the FA Cup fourth round on Sunday RANKED Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ LATEST “Erik Lamela and Lucas Moura have come in, there are not exactly fools, these are players that cost £20m or £30m, they are not cheap players.“You would have still thought there is enough cover there to pick up a couple of more results, though.“It’s difficult to replace people – where are you going to find a top class player who is going to come in for just four and five weeks, but when Harry Kane is back fit you’ll be on the bench? It’s very difficult to find somebody.”It looks very likely Pochettino will end his fifth season in charge of Tottenham without winning a trophy after their double cup exit, losing to Chelsea on Sunday before a 2-0 defeat to Palace in the FA Cup fourth round.Spurs are currently third in the Premier League and way off the pace of the leaders, while few expect them to mount a realistic challenge in the Champions League ahead of their last-16 clash against Borussia Dortmund. targets Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father IN DEMAND Supporters have been left frustrated by yet another failure to lift silverware and Redknapp has also admitted his disappointment, having tipped the team to end their wait this term.“Tottenham have got an incredible team and they have been decimated by injuries, but they do need a trophy for sure,” he added.“I said this season they will definitely win a trophy, but it’s looking tougher now, there’s only one left they can win and that’s the Champions League.“Fans will be disappointed, but at the same time they love the manager and quite rightly so. He’s done a great job there.“But they do want to see a trophy on the sideboard sooner or later, it’s got to happen at some stage.”Listen back to Harry Redknapp on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast IN FULL abovelast_img read more

Patrick Roberts expected to sign for Celtic next week

first_imgCeltic expect to complete the signing of Patrick Roberts on a season-long loan next week.Manchester City have agreed to allow Roberts to return to Celtic Park, with only minor details to be ironed out. The Scottish champions have been keen to take the winger back to Glasgow but have had to wait as Manchester City settled on their plans for the 20-year old. Roberts returned for pre-season training with Pep Guardiola’s side and was on the bench for a friendly against Girona earlier this week.  Southampton and Nice were among the interested clubs who were keen to take the Englishman on loan but Roberts was clear he favoured Celtic ahead of all other parties.Roberts played 47 times for Celtic under Brendan Rodgers last season, scoring 11 times as the club went through the domestic season without defeat, lifting all three major trophies.Official announcement of the deal is expected next week but Roberts would not be eligible to play in the Champions League play-off second leg against Astana on Tuesday.last_img read more

Hibs suffer blow as McGregor ruled out for ‘several weeks’

first_imgHibs have been dealt a blow with news that defender Darren McGregor will be out for “several weeks” with injury.McGregor suffered an abdominal injury during his side’s 5-3 win over Morton in the League Cup on Saturday.The centre-back was substituted immediately and, after the injury was assessed , has been told he will spend several weeks recovering.Hibs are scheduled to play St Johnstone on Saturday and travel to play Motherwell the following weekend. After the international break they are on the road again, playing Kilmarnock at Rugby Park on September 14 with the Edinburgh derby against Hearts at Easter Road on September 22.In a brief statement on the club website, a spokesman said: “Darren McGregor will be out of action for several weeks after sustaining an abdominal injury in the 5-3 Betfred Cup win over Greenock Morton Saturday.“Darren was replaced by Adam Jackson just 14 minutes into the game after sustaining the injury while playing a pass.“As you would expect from Darren, he has thrown himself into his rehabilitation process with the specialist staff at the Hibernian Training Centre and we all look forward to seeing him back in action when he’s fully fit.”last_img read more