Irvine asks fans for chance

first_img Press Association Irvine was the surprise name announced last weekend as Pepe Mel’s successor and some Albion supporters have hit out at the appointment, with talk emerging of an organised protest against chairman Jeremy Peace’s decision being planned. Peace did not attend a press conference on Wednesday where Irvine – flanked by Baggies technical director Terry Burton – was officially unveiled by the midlands outfit. New West Brom head coach Alan Irvine has called on the club’s fans to give him a chance – although he has no doubt the only way to win them over is with positive results. “It would be lovely if everyone was absolutely delighted and thinking this was the best appointment that could ever have been made, but the only way I’m going to prove that is by helping the team get success.” Irvine believes he is probably under even more pressure than incoming managers normally are given the reaction there has been in this instance, but is relishing the job nonetheless. He said: “People might not give me the time that they might have given someone else. But I hope that is not the case and people realise there is a lot of work to be done. “You don’t turn things round overnight and hopefully people will get behind us. I think the majority of fans will but, of course, it all comes down to results again.” Irvine has worked for many years as a coach. To take up this post, he is leaving his position as academy chief at Everton and before the Preston and Wednesday jobs, he was Toffees number two, assisting David Moyes. Moyes endured a tough time at Manchester United last term, but that was never going to put Irvine off when it came to the West Brom offer. “I didn’t think twice at all – I thought ‘what a fantastic opportunity’,” Irvine said. “I have missed the excitement of a Saturday, the thrill of being involved at first-team level, and I couldn’t even think about turning down this opportunity.” Irvine has already stressed the need for West Brom’s squad to be strengthened and he confirmed on Wednesday that Albion are in negotiations to sign former England defender Joleon Lescott. The 31-year-old centre-back, out of contract this summer after five years with Manchester City, worked with Irvine at Everton. Irvine said: ”There is an interest in Joleon, without a doubt. He is a player I know well. ”I believe negotiations are going very well at this particular moment. So hopefully we are able to meet Joleon’s demands. “Joleon has said he would be more than happy to work with me again.” But asked at the media gathering what his own message for West Brom fans was, Irvine said: “Keep supporting us and give us a chance – give us all the chance to make sure we can do the job. “I understand that I wouldn’t have been the name on everybody’s lips, but I’ve got this job now. “I know that the Albion fans are incredibly passionate, but I think they’ll find that I’m incredibly passionate as well and hopefully together we can help the team to get success.” Handed a 12-month rolling deal, Irvine has been tasked with turning the fortunes around for a club that finished 17th in the Barclays Premier League last season, just three points clear of the relegation zone. It is his first top-flight senior management role and his prior experience as a number one amounts to stints at Preston and then Sheffield Wednesday, with the latter coming to an end in 2011 when he was sacked with the club mid-table in League One. Tim Sherwood, who guided Tottenham to sixth in the Premier League last term before being dismissed, had appeared to be West Brom’s first choice to take over as their head coach and has claimed he was offered the job but turned it down – a situation Burton was reluctant to talk about on Wednesday. Irvine, meanwhile, simply emphasised his delight at the opportunity he had been given. And when asked about winning over those fans questioning his appointment, the 55-year-old Scot said: “The only way I can do that is by winning games, quite simply. last_img read more

Integrated Security Services Inc. inaugural golf tournament on today

first_imgINTEGRATED Security Services (ISS) Inc., one of the largest security firms in Guyana, has partnered with the Lusignan Golf Club to host its inaugural golf tournament today.It will tee-off at 12:30hrs at the Lusignan Golf Club.In discussion with LGC president, Aleem Hussain, ISS management noted that the precision required in the game of golf may be compared and likened to the precision required in the high level of security and other services that ISS provides, engaging no margin for error.ISS plans to use the LGC and golf to help in team-building activities for their staff.Meanwhile, today’s tournament is open to all golfers in Guyana and members of the public are invited to be spectators and at the same time to enjoy the ambience of the LGC course.For registration to play in this and any other tournament at the LGC or for an opportunity for free lessons to learn the game, please call 220-5660 or 645-0944.Do note the refreshing news also that the lighted driving range being developed by LGC partner MacCorp is expected to be completed shortly and will help to raise the standard of Guyana’s golf as it will then be open to golfers and learners for practice.ISS is located at 21 Peter Rose Street., Queenstown, Georgetown – telephone 223-4033 or 223 4039,.last_img read more

Day 4 observations from football training camp: the quarterbacks compete

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on August 8, 2013 at 7:14 pm Contact Trevor: tbhass@syr.edu | @TrevorHass Quarterbacks Terrel Hunt, Drew Allen, Charley Loeb, Austin Wilson, Mitch Kimble and Troy Green lined up single-file at midfield. Five equally spaced mats laid in front of them.The goal: to weave through each mat and throw a 15-yard pass to a team manager downfield.Hunt went first. He shuffled his feet rapid fire through all five mats and threw a strike.Allen went next. He did his best Fred Flintstone bowling impersonation, tiptoeing his way around the mats before delivering a tight spiral on target, coolly shifting to the side after his turn was done.After the four other quarterbacks smoothly completed the same drill, all six of them went back in the opposite direction, toward the left. Again, both Hunt’s and Allen’s passes were spot-on, and all six quarterbacks looked sharp.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThough the quarterback situation is still foggy as ever, this was the most skill-revealing drill the media has seen from the QBs all week, and highlighted Allen’s crisp form.No hints have been given by head coach Scott Shafer in interviews or practice about which quarterback will get the nod against Penn State, but it’s still early.“Game time”As they have the past four days, the first three offensive teams ran a slow-paced drill where they hiked the ball, the quarterback scanned the field and then delivered a straightforward pass.This time, there was a wee bit more intensity, especially from the first unit.Hunt ran three plays from the goal line to the 25-yard-line. The first was a completion to tight end Beckett Wales. The second a handoff to Prince-Tyson Gulley for a short gain. And the third another Hunt connection, this time to Ashton Broyld.Then, on the way back from the 25-yard-line to the goal line, the enthusiasm started to show. On the third and final play of the “drive,” offensive coordinator George McDonald yelled out, “last play from the 5 (-yard line) to win!”Hunt lofted a high-arching pass in wide receiver Adrian Flemming’s direction.Flemming floated upward, caught the ball in the end zone and firmly planted himself on the ground.“I see you, A(drian),” Gulley shouted. “I see you!”“Game time!” Hunt screamed out, jumping toward the end zone to greet his teammates.Not quite. Only 23 more days until Penn State.Daoust pushes the d-lineDefensive line coach Tim Daoust lost his voice on the third day of practice Wednesday.He’s already in midseason form, and he’s even crafted some creative encouraging remarks.“I love it!” Daoust hoarsely shouted to freshman Isaiah Johnson on Thursday. “You’re ready to go, 91!”“All the way from Delaware!” he bellowed. “You can see from side of the state to the other!”It’s a comment that seems out of place out of context. But not if you’ve been watching Daoust work his mojo all week. The man’s intense.Out of all the stations during Thursday’s practice, the defensive line workout was by far the most grueling and arguably the most entertaining.The players moved orange pads and a mini cart with two people on it. They reared down into the ground and pushed forward, swerving from one direction to the other like the initial swivel of a pendulum.At first, Daoust wasn’t pleased.“How ‘bout some energy?” he roared, his voice better than it was  Wednesday, but still rather raspy.The players did the drill again. This time Daoust loved it. His voice was much softer, and he nodded his head.“That’s better,” he said. “That’s better.”Soon enough though, he shifted back into machine mode.“Flip it!” Commentslast_img read more

Kilruane and Kiladangan reach North Tipp SHC final

first_imgIt’s being held at Kilruane’s ground to mark the role played a century ago by local man Thomas McDonagh in the Easter Rising. The former – who are through to the divisional decider for the first time since 1990 – beat Burgess 3-12 to 1-14 in the semi-finals of the competition.Kiladangan advanced on the back of a 2-25 to 1-10 win over Roscrea.The final will be played in Cloughjordan next Sunday.last_img

Sportium confirms 2-year extension to LFP La Liga partnership

first_imgShare Spanish operator Sportium has confirmed that it has renewed its official betting partnership with La Liga de Fútbol Profesional (LFP), the governing body of La Liga, Spain’s highest level of professional football for a further two years.Sportium the Spanish joint-venture firm backed by Ladbrokes UK and Spanish legacy gambling operator Grupo Cirsa has acted as LFP betting partner since 2014, gaining high exposure through La Liga, marketing initiatives, TV broadcasts and social media channel.Updating Spanish media, Sportium marketing stated that it was pleased to renew terms of its most successful sponsoring to date. The bookmaker detailed that it would continue to help with La Liga social and grassroots initiatives.Alberto Eljarrat, CEO of Sportium, added: “It has been a success since the start. It has given our brand great exposure and emphasises the fact that we share intrinsic values, such as fair play and integrity in sport.”Javier Tebas, President of La Liga, said: “After three years, Sportium has become a company with close ties to La Liga and our aims, which is why we want to extend our collaboration for a further two years. At La Liga we work with top-level brands. Sportium is the betting firm that shows the greatest level of commitment to integrity and is entrenched in sporting values, which it certainly shares with LaLiga.” Related Articles Codere avoids total collapse with 12-month credit line  June 22, 2020 StumbleUpon Blackstone reviews CIRSA options as pandemic wipes out IPO potential June 2, 2020 Submit CIRSA confirms Antonio Grau as inbound CFO July 17, 2020 Sharelast_img read more

Chelsea boss Ancelotti sets sights on Manchester United

first_imgChelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti challenged his players to win their five remaining games after closing the gap on Premier League leaders Manchester United.“We are six points behind and it will not be easy to close that,” said Ancelotti, whose team defeated Birmingham 3-1 on Wednesday.“Our aim is to win every game and after that see how our position is. It will not be easy but that is our aim.“We have to believe until the referee whistles for the end of the game.”Florent Malouda scored twice against Birmingham, including an early strike that set his team on their way to a comfortable victory.With Arsenal held 3-3 at Tottenham, the men from Stamford Bridge moved above the Gunners and into second place on goal difference. Chelsea have now won six of their last seven top-flight fixtures and have five games left to try to overhaul United and retain their Premier League title.Ancelotti’s team travel to Old Trafford for a match against United on 8 May, while the Red Devils also have to play Arsenal.“The game is not finished but Manchester United have a fantastic advantage,” added Ancelotti.“We now have two games at home and after that we will have to wait and see.”Chelsea went six top-flight games without victory between 14 November and 27 December and have not been as high as second in the table since the middle of that poor spell of results. But with his team hitting form at the right time, Ancelotti added: “In football, I learned that everything can happen in the game right up to the final whistle.“You can win the title in the last minute and you can lose the title in the last minute.“If we thought that one month ago we’d have a little chance to come back to fight for the title, I think that everyone could have said we were crazy.”Chelsea won the title with 86 points last season but currently have 64 points and cannot break the 80-point barrier this campaign.“To win the title we’ll need less points than last season,” reflected the Blues boss. “We won it with 86 last season. With [a total of] 80 points, United can win the title. They need 10 points [to reach that target].”But Ancelotti refused to confirm whether wining the title would improve his chances of remaining in charge next season.The Premier League is his team’s one remaining chance of winning silverware this campaign, but the Italian said: “Questions with ‘if’ are not good.“At the end of the season, we will have a big press conference, a strong and tough press conference.”Source: BBClast_img read more

Maradona wants to work with Guardiola

first_imgDiego Maradona would like to watch how Pep Guardiola trains his Bayern Munich team and said the freshly-crowned Bundesliga champions would be unbeatable if they had Lionel Messi as well.“I would like to work for a week with Guardiola to watch him in training. I would be very happy to visit Bayern Munich,” the former Argentina star player and coach, Maradona, told Wednesday’s edition of German weekly Sport Bild.The 53-year-old said that the Bundesliga has reached the same level as the Spanish Liga and believes that Guardiola “sensed this development early and is now utilising it at Bayern.”Munich won the treble last season and on Tuesday clinched the 2014 league title in record time with seven games to spare. Maradona singled out Bayern and Germany captain Philipp Lahm, saying that he “makes the difference.”Maradona, whose national team coaching career ended after a 4-0 quarterfinal defeat against Germany at the 2010 World Cup, said the Bayern team will be “perfect” once Polish striker Robert Lewandowski arrives in the summer from Borussia Dortmund.He added that only one player could top that up, compatriot Messi, whom Guardiola coached during his term at Barcelona, in an all-but-unlikely scenario of going to Munich as well. “Lewandowski and Messi? Then everyone else would play for second place. In every competition, in every league,” he said. “And if Bayern buy Messi I will become Guardiola’s assistant coach.”last_img read more

Women’s WCup: Nigeria, Cameroon restore African pride as USA smash Aussies

first_imgRound-up: The United States brought the Women’s World Cup to life on Monday as they rose to the top of the ‘Group of Death’ with a 3-1 win over Australia in front of a raucous crowd.–A day after the Ivory Coast were humiliated 10-0 by Germany, Nigeria and Cameroon restored African pride while Japan opened the defence of their title in Vancouver with a 1-0 win over Switzerland.Cameroon, who were making their first World Cup appearance, looked right at home on soccer’s biggest stage as Gaelle Enganamouit score a hat-trick to lead the 53rd ranked Les Lionnes to a 6-0 victory over South American debutant Ecuador.Nigeria and Sweden, who have appeared in all seven women’s World Cups, experienced some first up jitters in Winnipeg with Francisca Ordega grabbing a late equaliser for the Africans to earn a 3-3 draw in the so called ‘Group of Death’.No nation will face a tougher road to the final than those in Group D, which features three teams ranked in the top 10, the U.S. (2), Sweden (5), Australia (10) and the 33rd-ranked Nigerians, who are the top African nation. “The Nigerian team is a praying team,” said Super Falcons coach Edwin Okon, who knelt down to kiss the ground and pray after Ordega’s goal. “We knew it is not over until it is over.”The first appearance by the U.S. created an electric atmosphere as fans flooded across the border, filling Winnipeg Stadium with an amazing combo of red, white and blue flag-waving crowd.”A couple of players, I heard them as they were taking the pitch for warm-ups say, ‘it’s like we’re playing at home’,” said U.S. coach Jill Ellis.”It was tremendous, they were behind us, the Outlaws were there and friends and family but there were fans, just fans of soccer it was great to have that kind of noise and support.” The U.S. did their part as they extended their unbeaten run over the Matildas to 25 games as Megan Rapinoe scored twice and keeper Hope Solo produced some dazzling early saves.The victory set up an intriguing showdown with former coach Pia Sundhage’s Swedish side on Friday.Sundhage had spent five years with the U.S. team, leading them to two Olympic gold medals and a runner-up finish in the 2011 World Cup, before she returned to coach her native Sweden.–Follow Gary on Twitter: @garyalsmithlast_img read more

Live: Clippers in Houston for Game 5 of NBA West Semis

first_imgLive updates from Game 5 of the NBA Western Conference Semifinals series between the Los Angeles Clippers and the Houston Rockets from Los Angeles News Group staff at Toyota Center in Houston, including Clippers beat writer Robert Morales, sports columnist Vincent Bonsignore, NBA writer Mark Media and NBA columnist Mark Heisler.Viewing on mobile? Click here. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img

Olympia Council Seeks Members For Advisory Committees

first_imgFacebook0Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by The City Of OlympiaPositions Open on Four Citizen-Member Advisory CommitteesThe Olympia City Council is accepting applications for vacancies on four citizen-member, volunteer advisory committees.  The groups usually meet in the evening.Arts Commission – 1 positionDesign Review Board – 1 position for a person with a Heritage or Historical Architecture backgroundHeritage Commission – 2 vacanciesUtility Advisory Committee – 1 vacancyThe application form is posted on the City’s website, olympiawa.gov, as is information about each committee.  To be considered, submit your completed application by 5:00 p.m., Wednesday, August 7.  Interviews with the City Council’s 3-person General Government Committee are tentatively scheduled for the evening of Wednesday, August 14.Questions?  Contact Cathie Butler, Communications Manager, 360.753.8361, cbutler@ci.olympia.wa.us.last_img read more