Roberto Martinez reacts to Everton fans’ anti-chairman banner: ‘We MUST be together!’

first_img1 Everton fans protest against chairman Roberto Martinez has called for the Everton faithful to fully get behind the club after fans flew a banner of protest against under-fire chairman Bill Kenwright during Saturday’s victory at Southampton.Travelling Toffees supporters enjoyed a brilliant away day as two goals from Romelu Luakau and a second-half stunner from Ross Barkley secured a commanding 3-0 win.But the triumph was marred somewhat by a protest against Kenwright and the Everton board, with a banner reading “KENWRIGHT AND CO. #TIME TO GO NSNO” flown over St Mary’s.The stunt, supposedly staged by fans disgruntled by last weekend’s frustrating home draw with newly-promoted Watford, went largely under the radar as the football thankfully took centre stage.But, when questioned about the protest by press, Martinez called for fans to ‘push in the same direction’.“I just heard about it,” Martinez said. “I never saw it but what I saw today was a day to celebrate at Everton.“There were nearly 4,000 away fans, who started the tone of our performance.“I will never shy away: we are a big club, we’ve got a big history and an incredible expectation.“We need to be together, we need to help each other and we need to push in the same direction because that makes a difference.“But as a manager and as football players we understand that, we embrace those expectations and the way to get everyone excited and happy is performing in the manner we did on the pitch.“The chairman is an incredible Evertonian, who has done a fantastic job over the years. Only he knows the effort he had to put in for the football club.”last_img read more

‘Liverpool bring in Ancelotti as Director of Football – would that force Brendan Rodgers out?’

first_img1 Reports have emerged that Liverpool have held talks with Carlo Ancelotti with a view to the Italian succeeding Brendan Rodgers as manager at Anfield.Sources at the club have dismissed these rumours, but that hasn’t stopped fans from discussing the possibility of having Ancelotti on Merseyside.A former AC Milan, Chelsea, Paris Saint-Germain and Real Madrid coach, Ancelotti is the only man to have equalled Liverpool legend Bob Paisley’s record of winning three European Cups as a manager.Ancelotti helped Roma reach the European Cup final against Liverpool as a player in 1984, but missed the showpiece through injury.He went on to win back-to-back European Cups as a midfielder with AC Milan, and guided the Serie A giants to the Champions League in 2003 and 2007, winning the latter final against Liverpool, following defeat to the Reds in the memorable 2005 Istanbul match.As Chelsea boss he led the Blues to their first League and Cup double, in 2010, before ending Real Madrid’s wait for a record 10th European Cup in 2014.Here’s what’s been said by Liverpool fans (and one Carlisle supporter) about the prospect of Ancelotti taking over from Rodgers at Liverpool… Liverpool Carlo Ancelotti news last_img read more

Republic of Ireland star ruled out of crucial Poland qualifier

first_imgGoalkeeper Shay Given is out of the Republic of Ireland’s Euro 2016 qualifying showdown with Poland on Sunday night.The 39-year-old was carried from the field on a stretcher after damaging his right knee shortly before half-time in Thursday night’s 1-0 Group D victory over Germany.He is to return to club Stoke and Newcastle’s Rob Elliot has been drafted in as his replacement.A Football Association of Ireland statement said: “Rob Elliot has been called up to the Republic of Ireland squad for the UEFA 2016 European Championship qualifying game against Poland in Warsaw on Sunday, October 11.“The Newcastle United goalkeeper comes in as a replacement for Shay Given, who suffered a knee injury in the 1-0 victory over Germany and will report back to his club for further assessment.”However, manager Martin O’Neill has been boosted by the return of defenders Seamus Coleman and Marc Wilson from hamstring and calf problems respectively.Victory in Warsaw would see the Republic qualify automatically for next summer’s finals in France, and they are already guaranteed a play-off place at worst. Shay Given 1last_img read more

WEST ROUNDUP Devils slip past Cougars

first_imgFrom news services Thomas Weber kicked a 37-yard field goal with 50 seconds left to lift No. 18 Arizona State to a 23-20 win over host Washington State on Saturday, keeping the Sun Devils undefeated under Coach Dennis Erickson. Washington State had a chance to tie with 12 second left, but Romeen Abdollmohammadi’s 46-yard field goal missed left and Arizona State held on despite scoring its fewest points of the season for Erickson, who coached at Washington State from 1987-88. Rudy Carpenter completed 19 of 27 passes for 217 yards, with two touchdowns and two interceptions for Arizona State (6-0, 3-0), which came in averaging 39 points. Ryan Torain gained 116 yards on 24 carries and did most of the work on what turned out to be the game-winning drive. San Jose State 28, Idaho 20: Adam Tafralis threw a pair of touchdown passes and James T. Callier rushed for two touchdowns as the host Spartans won their third straight. Callier helped San Jose State (3-3, 2-0 WAC) re-establish its running game, going for 93 yards on 31 carries as the Spartans recorded their first 100-yard rushing game of the year. WAC rushing leader Deonte Jackson, slowed by a sprained ankle, gained 94 yards on 22 carries for Idaho (1-5, 0-2), which lost its fourth straight. San Diego State 24, Colorado State 20: Quarterback Kevin O’Connell ran for three touchdowns, the third coming with 43 seconds left in the game, as the host Aztecs extended the Rams’ losing streak to 12 games. O’Connell had 15 carries for 42 yards and completed 14 of 27 passes for 187 yards for San Diego State (2-3, 1-0 Mountain West). Caleb Hanie was 15-for-27 for 196 yards but with a costly end zone interception for Colorado State (0-5, 0-2). Wyoming 24, TCU 21: Hoost Marsh caught two touchdowns while Devin Moore and Wynel Seldon combined for 235 yards rushing for the host Cowboys. The Horned Frogs (3-3, 1-2 Mountain West) scored back-to-back touchdowns in the fourth quarter, but that wasn’t enough to cross an 18-point gap Wyoming (3-1, 1-0) created on two touchdowns and a field goal earlier in the half. Air Force 31, UNLV 14: Chad Hall scored two touchdowns and ran for a career-high 169 yards to lead the Falcons to a win at home. Hall’s personal-best 52-yard scamper in the third quarter gave Air Force (4-2, 3-1 Mountain West) a 14-7 lead and put the Falcons ahead of UNLV (2-4, 1-1) to stay. Hall’s 169 rushing yards were the most by an Air Force running back since Jason Jones had 171 yards against Notre Dame in 1991. 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 MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas CityWashington State (2-4, 0-3), which came in with the worst defense in the Pac-10, has lost three in a row and four straight to Arizona State. Alex Brink completed 27 of 50 passes for 369 yards, with two touchdowns and one interception, and set a Washington State record for career yards passing with 8,923. Jason Gesser had the old record with 8,830. The Cougars ate up nearly seven minutes of the fourth quarter with a 77-yard drive that began on their 2 and ended with Abdollmohammadi’s 38-yard field goal that tied the score at 20 with 3:58 left in the game. Oregon State 31, Arizona 16: Yvenson Bernard ran for 140 yards and a pair of touchdowns, then caught another score for the host Beavers. Sean Canfield completed 17 of 30 passes for 139 yards for Oregon State (3-3, 1-2 Pac-10), which built a big early lead but did not surrender it like it had in the previous two games. Willie Tuitama, who went into the game ranked atop the Pac-10 with an average of 320 yards passing, completed 18 of 38 passes for 222 yards for Arizona (2-4, 1-2). Tuitama was intercepted three times after throwing four interceptions through the first five games. Fresno State 49, Nevada 41: Freshman Ryan Mathews ran for 171 yards and three touchdowns, Clifton Smith scored on a 67-yard punt return and A.J Jefferson returned a blocked field goal 40 yards for another score for the visiting Bulldogs (3-2, 2-0 WAC). Nevada freshman quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who replaced the injured starter Nick Graziano in the second quarter, completed 20 of 31 passes for 330 yards and three touchdowns for the Wolf Pack (2-3, 0-1 WAC). last_img read more

Revealed: Every Premier League team ranked by the amount of dribbles attempted

first_img 6. Liverpool have attempted a total of 411 dribbles this season in the Premier League 14. Leicester City have attempted a total of 318 dribbles this season in the Premier League 10. Crystal Palace have attempted a total of 374 dribbles this season in the Premier League 20 20 20 18. West Bromwich Albion have attempted a total of 282 dribbles this season in the Premier League 17. Swansea City have attempted a total of 303 dribbles this season in the Premier League 20. Burnley have attempted a total of 173 dribbles this season in the Premier League – Click the right arrow above to see who has attempted the most… 20 20 11. Middlesbrough have attempted a total of 371 dribbles this season in the Premier League 20 20 5. Arsenal have attempted a total of 412 dribbles this season in the Premier League 9. Manchester United have attempted a total of 389 dribbles this season in the Premier League 1. Chelsea have attempted a total of 489 dribbles this season in the Premier League 20 12. Stoke City have attempted a total of 330 dribbles this season in the Premier League 20 20 20 13. Sunderland have attempted a total of 325 dribbles this season in the Premier League 20 20 19. Hull City have attempted a total of 219 dribbles this season in the Premier League 8. Everton have attempted a total of 398 dribbles this season in the Premier League 4. Bournemouth have attempted a total of 417 dribbles this season in the Premier League 20 20 20 20 20 7. West Ham United have attempted a total of 403 dribbles this season in the Premier League 20 2. Tottenham Hotspur have attempted a total of 475 dribbles this season in the Premier League 3. Manchester City have attempted a total of 429 dribbles this season in the Premier League 16. Southampton have attempted a total of 309 dribbles this season in the Premier League 15. Watford have attempted a total of 312 dribbles this season in the Premier League Watching a player glide past opponents en route to goal can be a glorious sight on a football pitch.The art of dribbling has long been a part of the game, even if some sides now prefer to twist teams out of shape with neat passing football.It’s not always the top teams who are the most adept at it either, with stars like Wilfried Zaha, Adama Traore, Adnan Januzaj, and Gaston Ramirez all fond of scrambling forward runs.But which Premier League side are the kings of the dribble? Click the right arrow above to find out… 20last_img read more

Burton 1-1 Blackburn: Marvin Sordell denies Tony Mowbray first win

first_img The Albion striker struck a late equaliser at the Pirelli Stadium 1 Marvin Sordell lashed home a stunning equaliser for Burton that meant new Blackburn boss Tony Mowbray had to settle for a 1-1 draw in his first match in charge.A headed own goal from Matty Palmer had given Blackburn a 31st-minute lead, as Mowbray led Rovers after taking over from Owen Coyle.But Sordell levelled soon after the break and Burton’s Lasse Vigen Christensen was then cruelly denied a late winner when his 20-yard effort hit both posts but stayed out.Both sides were desperate for a victory to ease relegation worries but more importantly neither side could afford to lose.Albion finished the night six points ahead of the bottom three in the Sky Bet Championship after a productive five points from three games in the last week, with Mowbray left to reflect on his side sitting two points from safety.Rovers looked anything but a bottom three side as they tore into Albion from the opening whistle and deservedly led at the break through Palmer’s own goal. Danny Graham’s right-wing corner flicked off the head of the Burton midfielder at the near post and looped into the opposite corner.Although fortuitous in nature, the goal was just reward for a vibrant first-half performance from Rovers.Neat one-touch passing and intelligent movement belied a club languishing in the bottom three of the Sky Bet Championship and it was not long before they had Albion penned back for long periods.With Marvin Emnes pulling the strings going forward, their fluidity caused Burton numerous problems. The Dutchman was constantly picking out men in blue and white and stretching the Burton defence.Emnes was also proving a danger in the box, his very presence just behind John Mousinho forcing two hurried clearances as crosses came into the Burton box in the first half.Sordell’s equaliser, eight minutes after the break, capped a good spell of pressure from Nigel Clough’s men. Picking up the ball from Christensen he cut inside and sent a curling shot over the stranded Jason Steele from 25 yards.Mowbray surprisingly substituted Emnes with just under a quarter of the match remaining, sending on Lucas Joao as part of a double change that saw Graham replaced by Sam Gallagher.Although Rovers continued to press without Emnes, Albion were able to deal with the visitors attacking threat more comfortably, however Rovers’ late substitute Connor Mahoney caused plenty of problems following his introduction.Albion were only denied an unlikely stoppage-time winner by both posts.Christensen took aim and watched in frustration as his sweet shot hit both uprights before Steele was able to grab it on the line. It would have been extremely harsh on Rovers had they left the Pirelli Stadium without so much as a point.last_img read more

Celtic best place for Moussa Dembele to develop, says Rodgers

first_imgBrendan Rodgers believes Moussa Dembele is in the perfect place to develop after making a storming start to his Celtic career.The French forward claimed the Premiership Player of the Month prize for September after hitting a hat-trick in the 5-1 win over Rangers.Dembele also produced an excellent performance in the 3-3 Champions League draw with Manchester City while he also scored during the international break with a strike for France U21s.His form has led to links with some of Europe’s top clubs but Rodgers says Glasgow’s east end is the perfect place for the teenager to thrive. He said: “He is loving his life in Glasgow, playing for Celtic and knows he is at the best club for learning and developing.”last_img read more

Davie Hay: Brendan Rodgers in same class as Jock Stein

first_img“It would be some achievement; the treble is the one they will really be targeting.”Hay said Rodgers has brought a distinctive style to the team.“I remember early doors saying they are playing a Celtic way, they are playing attacking entertaining winning football,” he said.“If you look at the progression they have made, even in the Champions League, they improved their performances throughout the campaign and the big test next season is the qualifiers.“I look back to the team that played last year in the semi-final and look how this team has come under Brendan Rodgers.”He added: “They were winning last season in the league as well but this season it’s the style of football and that is one of the reasons they have gone unbeaten.“Celtic are playing the attractive football and winning football that you would associate with Celtic.” “He has been fantastic. Apart from the players, he deserves a great amount of credit as do Dermot Desmond and Peter Lawwell for appointing him.“There is a chance, I’ve said for a while there is a chance [of going unbeaten], they still have difficult games.”He added: “Saturday will be a difficult game despite what happened on Sunday, they have a big test up at Pittodrie because Aberdeen will want to put a marker on them before the cup final.“So it is not done and dusted but it is getting close to it, but I think the real target they are going for is the treble. It is right to talk about Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers in the same breath as previous managers Jock Stein and Martin O’Neill, according to Davie Hay.Hay, who played for and managed Celtic during his career, says there is a real chance of Celtic going the entire season unbeaten as well as winning the treble.The Hoops legend also hailed Rodgers for getting his side to play “the Celtic way”.He said: “If it were to happen he would go down in history and I think it would just be the start of a long-term legacy with Brendan in charge of Celtic.last_img read more

Rangers unveil kits for Gerrard’s first season in charge

first_imgRangers face Bury in a pre-season friendly on Friday, before turning their attention to Europa League action against Shkupi. Rangers have unveiled their home, away and third kits for Steven Gerrard’s first season as manager.The Ibrox side announced a new sponsorship deal with Hummel earlier in the summer which sees the Danish manufacturer tasked with creating Rangers’ kits for at least the next three seasons.The home kit retains Rangers’ traditional royal blue colourway, with chevron stripes down the sleeves. The away kit is white, with a red and blue diagonal stripe across the front of the jersey.Finally, the third kit sees Rangers return to an orange jersey, which the club last worn during the 2002/2003 season.last_img read more

Your HR Certification is Worthless (#SHRM15)

first_imgI had the distinct pleasure of seeing my friend Steve Browne speak this morning at SHRM. His session was intended to fire up the audience, and I’d say it was a smashing success. One of his comments was powerful, and I thought it deserved to be repeated here because I talk about certification quite a bit.If your certification is purely about getting recertification hours, having letters after your name, and trying to use that as a way to get credits, then you’re wasting your time and your organization’s time. Go ahead and leave. Or let it lapse. There’s no real value in that sort of attitude.However, if you pursued certification as a way to make yourself better at delivering HR services for your employees, then you’re on the right track.If you prepared for months, studied endless hours to pass an incredibly difficult exam, and sat there with sweaty palms as you waited for the pass/fail notification at the end just so you could use something you learned to make your workplace better, you did it for the right reasons.If your certification is less about making yourself look good and more about how you can make your organization look good for candidates and employees, then you understand the true value of the certification process.Whether you’re carrying around a PHR, SPHR, SHRM-CP, SHRM-SCP, HRBP, or some other type of credential, remember the end goal. The test is not the goal. Studying is not the objective. Using what you learn to make your organization better is.How has your certification helped you? What additional impact did you have on your organization once you picked up those almighty letters behind your name?last_img read more