Former Swansea manager Garry Monk speaks out after Swansea departure

first_img1 Former Swansea manager Garry Monk has described the sadness of leaving the Premier League club, for which he gave ‘blood, sweat, tears and more’. This week, the Welsh club ‘relucantly’ parted company with the 36-year-old after less than two years in charge, following a poor run of form. Monk, who was being tipped as a future England manager in the summer, guided Swansea to a record-high finish in the top division last season – his first full campaign in charge. He ends an 11-year association with the club after serving as a defender for ten years, making over 200 appearances. In a statement released through the League Managers’ Association, Monk said: “It’s with great sadness that I am leaving this special club.“It has been both an honour and a privilege to play for and manage this club.“I believe that whenever you join a football club, the supporters deserve your blood, sweat and tears. I can say for sure I gave all those things and more.“I have had too many amazing memories to mention them all. As a player captaining the club to three promotions, a League Cup winners medal and of course winning promotion to the Premier League via the Championship Play Off Final will be some of the best highlights. The biggest honour, for sure, was wearing the white jersey with pride.“Taking over as manager in February 2014 whilst the club was involved in a relegation battle, two points above the bottom three positions with 13 league games left, then helping guide the club to safety, comfortably, whilst also managing the club in the Europa League were both amazing and great learning experiences which gave me great confidence to take the club forward.“Then in my first full season taking the club to an historic 8th place finish and highest points tally in the Premier League, combined with starting this season so well leads to obvious disappointment of our recent run of results. “Everyone at the club from myself, my staff and the players themselves have been working tirelessly to change this loss of form, but unfortunately have not been able to in satisfactory time.“I have no doubt whatsoever that these players will start to show their true quality again very soon, and the club will be looking upwards once more.” Garry Monk center_img It’s with great sadness that I am Leaving this special club….. pic.twitter.com/iP2MFOGK6m— Garry Monk (@GarryMonk16) December 10, 2015last_img read more

Read More →

Celtic bow out of Europe with credible draw in Turkey

first_img1 A Kris Commons equalising header helped Celtic regain some pride in their doomed Europa League campaign against Fenerbahce at the Sukru Saracoglu stadium but once again the Hoops were scarred by another self-inflicted wound in a 1-1 draw.The Parkhead club had travelled to Turkey for the first time guaranteed to finish bottom of Group A after taking just two points from five fixtures.The Scottish champions had held their own in the first half with striker Nadir Ciftci missing a good chance but a howler in the 39th minute by keeper Craig Gordon allowed winger Lazar Markovic to score.An Efe Ambrose mistake just before the break when the two sides met at Parkhead in October led to the Hoops surrendering a two-goal lead.But this game changed in the 67th minute when Fenerbahce midfielder Diego, booked early in the first-half after an altercation with Hoops midfielder Stefan Johansen, was shown a straight red by Belgian referee Serge Gumienny for a kick at the Norwegian.Moments after replacing Scott Allan in the 73rd minute, Commons headed in a Mikael Lustig cross for the point which takes Fenerbahce into the knockout stages with Molde and offered some hope next season for Celtic. Kris Commons last_img read more

Read More →

In pictures: Arsenal’s new £7m signing poses in Gunners shirt for first time

first_img1 Arsenal have confirmed the signing of Mohamed Elneny from FC Basel. The midfielder becomes the Gunners’ first signing of the January transfer window, joining amid injuries to Santi Cazorla, Francis Coquelin and Jack Wilshere, with his fee understood to be in excess of £5m.Arsene Wenger is optimistic that Elneny will be registered in time for their Premier League clash against Stoke City on Sunday afternoon. Before his debut, Arsenal have posted images of their latest addition posing in the club shirt.Take a look at the Egypt international, donning the Gunners kit, below. Arsenal’s new signing Mohamed Elneny center_img PICTURES: Check out the first images of @ElNennyM in an @Arsenal shirt: https://t.co/WFHfZcdVte pic.twitter.com/sJXi2Zfv6x— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) January 14, 2016last_img read more

Read More →

Alli’s wonder goal v Palace like you’ve never seen it before (video)

first_imgTottenham starlet Dele Alli scored possible the goal of the season in January as he thwacked home an exquisite volley against Crystal Palace.He’s already seen it named Match of the Day’s goal of the month, while it’s now been named the Under Armour goal of the month by Spurs themselves.And to celebrate the incredible strike, which showed the unbelievable potential the young midfielder has, Tottenham have revealed this excellent hand drawn version of the goal courtesy of Rhiannon Brackpool and Lorna Wheele.You can check out the video above…last_img read more

Read More →

Questions arise about Pakistani power deal after bomb attack

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.On Friday, U.S. officials acknowledged that there was no clear basis for confidence that the two leaders could work cooperatively. Now that Bhutto had returned to Pakistan, they acknowledged their control over events was limited, as Thursday’s bombing showed. “There’s really not much left to say or do at this point,” one Bush administration official said, who asked to remain anonymous because he was not authorized to speak publicly about U.S. policy on Pakistan. “But there’s no clear indication that there is a foundation for both sides to work together cooperatively.” Bhutto used her time in exile to nurture influential connections within Washington’s power corridors. Still, the Bush administration had long kept her at arm’s length, in large part out of deference to Musharraf, who cast his lot with the White House after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. Two years ago, Bhutto could not even get the State Department’s top official for South Asia to show up at a posh dinner party in her honor. (A desk officer in charge of Pakistan was sent instead.) But in recent months that began to change. The U.S. courtship of Bhutto included a private dinner and a jet ride with Zalmay Khalilzad, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, and, over the last month, several telephone calls to Bhutto from Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. WASHINGTON – To lay the groundwork for Benazir Bhutto’s return to Pakistan, some of the highest-ranking officials in the Bush administration lavished attention on her as they worked to broker a power-sharing arrangement between Bhutto and her longtime rival, President Pervez Musharraf. But the violence that greeted Bhutto on her return after eight years in exile and the finger-pointing between her camp and Musharraf’s after the attack on her motorcade on Thursday has raised questions about whether the tenuous deal that the United States helped midwife can survive. Bush administration officials on Friday publicly played down the potential for a deepening rift between Musharraf and Bhutto, pointing out that the opposition leader herself had praised the rescue efforts of Pakistan’s security forces after Thursday’s attack and that Musharraf had called Bhutto to make sure she was safe after the blast. But unresolved questions about the attack have added a new layer of distrust to relations between Bhutto and the government, as well as new uncertainties for the Bush administration policy. In turning back to Bhutto, administration officials said they acted with reluctance, after Musharraf’s own political missteps and the mounting opposition to his military government had weakened his grip on power and threatened to plunge Pakistan deeper into turmoil. The administration concluded over the summer that a power-sharing deal with Bhutto might be the only way that Musharraf could keep from being toppled. They began quietly nurturing the accord, under which Bhutto’s party did not boycott Musharraf’s election in September, and the president issued a decree granting Bhutto and others amnesty for recent corruption charges, opening the way for her return. Administration officials say that Rice stepped up her personal involvement in September, when it seemed possible that Musharraf’s other political nemesis, former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, would make his own bid to return to power, and upset the deal. Still, even now, there is no great love in the Bush administration for Bhutto. While U.S. intelligence officials have been frustrated at times with Musharraf’s record in fighting the Islamic militants in northern Pakistan, they have also found a small level of comfort in dealing with him. Now they worry that Bhutto’s re-entry to Pakistan’s political scene will complicate their lagging efforts to pursue al-Qaida and Taliban insurgents. State Department bureaucrats also fret that her turbulent past will further inflame an already volatile country. Inside and outside the U.S. bureaucracy, there remains deep skepticism that the arrangement between two longtime enemies has a chance for long-term success. “This backroom deal I think is going to explode in our face,” said Bruce Riedel, who advised three presidents on South Asian issues and is now at the Brookings Institution. “Ms. Bhutto and Mr. Musharraf detest each other, and the concept that they can somehow work collaboratively is a real stretch.” Before she left for Pakistan and since her return, Bhutto has publicly pressed an agenda that should please U.S. policymakers: advocating democracy and attacking suicide bombing and Islamic militancy in words more forceful than those normally used by Musharraf.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

Read More →

E-mail forwarding mandate is on the table

first_imgKate Dean, executive director of the U.S. Internet Service Provider Association – a trade group whose members include AOL, Verizon and Comcast – said it will respond to Mortenson’s petition but declined to make any comments until then. Some companies, such as Yahoo and Google, allow their e-mail users to forward incoming mail to another address. There are other companies, such as Pobox.com, that also provide an e-mail forwarding service. Richi Jennings, an analyst with San Francisco-based Ferris Research, said he imagines the FCC could mandate that companies provide a free e-mail forwarding service, but he doubts that it would. “Such a forwarding service would cost the service providers money in network bandwidth, server utilization and operational overhead,” he wrote in an e-mail. “Service providers typically operate with low margins, relying on volume to make acceptable profit.” Art Brodsky, spokesman for Public Knowledge, a public interest group, said there’s ample consumer competition in the market and doesn’t think the FCC will do anything further. The company closed Mortenson’s account in December soon after the company learned it was actually opened by her son several years earlier when he was a young teenager. The account was still in his name, although Mortenson was paying for it. AOL spokeswoman Anne Bentley wrote in an e-mail to the Associated Press that AOL is still investigating the facts of Mortenson’s petition, but she said it has “strict policies to prevent minors from creating paid AOL member accounts.” She also said the company doesn’t think circumstances related to Mortenson’s account “present any issue of public policy.” Mortenson said she wasn’t given any warning and lost personal and professional e-mails, documents, contact information and other materials associated with her AOL screen name. She said the action hurt her business at the time and is considering a civil lawsuit against the Dulles, Va.-based company. Mortenson, who now has two e-mail accounts from different companies, said she complained numerous times to the company before filing the petition with the FCC. “`Many people think it’s a very stupid idea,” she said. “My reason for doing this is to get AOL’s attention. They didn’t care about the adverse effects this was going to have on me.”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.FCC spokesman Clyde Ensslin said he wasn’t aware of previous petitions regarding e-mail address forwarding or portability. While mainstream consumer groups have not taken up the cause, it is starting to gain some attention in Congress. A representative from the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, led by Rep. Henry Waxman, D-Los Angeles, contacted Mortenson on Monday to say they were watching to see how the FCC handles her complaint. A committee spokeswoman would not say whether it planned to take further action. Internet providers, including Time Warner Cable Inc., Comcast Corp. and Verizon Communications Inc., as well as Google Inc. and Yahoo Inc., which provide e-mail services, declined to comment. Several said it’s the first time they’ve heard about the issue. WASHINGTON – The post office forwards letters when a person moves, and telephone companies do likewise with calls. Should Internet companies be required to forward e-mails to customers who switch providers? There is no mandate governing e-mail forwarding, and industry officials say imposing one would be costly and unnecessary. But federal regulators are looking at the issue more closely after a complaint from a former America Online customer who claims an abrupt termination of service devastated her business. Gail Mortenson, a Washington-based freelance editor, in July filed a six-page petition with the Federal Communications Commission, which opened a 30-day public comment period that ends Friday, followed by another 30-day period for replies. Mortenson said in her complaint that she lost potential clients because they couldn’t reach her, and she requested that Internet service providers, such as Time Warner Inc.’s AOL LLC, be required to forward e-mail traffic from a closed account to a new e-mail address designated by customers for at least six months. last_img
Read More →

NHRA FINALS AT FAIRPLEX

first_img 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 MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre Jeg Coughlin Jr. and Matt Smith won series championships in Pro Stock and Pro Stock Motorcycle, respectively. Coughlin erased the 34-point lead of Greg Anderson, who also lost in the first round, and defeated upstart Justin Humphries in the finals. Smith – a second-generation driver like Schumacher, Pedregon and Coughlin – defeated Chip Ellis in a all-or-nothing final for both racers. Smith’s win in the finals ended the reign of Andrew Hines, who lost the 39-point lead he had built in the NHRA Countdown to the Championship. Read more NHRA action in Sports. Not only did Tony Schumacher turn back his clock Sunday, but also time as he once again pulled out a dramatic last-round victory at the NHRA season-ending Auto Club Finals at Pomona Raceway. • Photo Gallery: NHRA 2007 Day Four – FINALS & CHAMPS Just like in 2006, Schumacher won the event and denied Rod Fuller the Top Fuel dragster crown and its accompanying $500,000 check. Fuller was the points leader entering the event, but after losing in the first of four rounds, he sat powerless as Schumacher took his U.S. Army-sponsored car to the winner’s circle, defeating Bob Vandergriff in the finals. Tony Pedregon also lost in the opening round but had enough of a points lead to exit Fairplex as the Funny Car champion. The Chino Hills resident finished 19 points ahead of Robert Hight, who won the event by outrunning John Force Racing teammate Phil Burkhart Jr. in the finals. last_img read more

Read More →

Cadillac CTS named car of the year

first_imgDETROIT – Motor Trend Magazine has named the new Cadillac CTS its 2008 car of the year, saying it is proof that Detroit can build a world-class sedan. The award, to be announced today, is significant because it shows the world that Detroit is back in the car business after years of focusing on sport utility vehicles and trucks, said magazine Editor-in-Chief Angus MacKenzie. The car’s appearance, fit and finish, quality of materials and performance rival that of its German and Japanese competitors, MacKenzie said. “There’s really not a lot of difference at all between BMW, Mercedes and Cadillac,” he said in an interview Monday. Last year’s winner was the Toyota Camry. Last month, the magazine named the 2008 Mazda CX-9 its sport utility vehicle of the year.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 MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre The CTS, made by General Motors Corp., won in a field of 18 significant vehicles such as the Honda Accord and new Dodge and Chrysler minivans, Motor Trend said in a statement. To be eligible, vehicles must be new or totally redesigned and released in the 12 months prior to Jan. 1, 2008. Japanese-based automakers had five cars in the field, with seven U.S. models, four from Germany and two from Sweden. Motor Trend said the CTS was chosen from among one of the toughest fields in the award’s history. “The CTS obliterates the old-man image of Cadillac,” MacKenzie said. “This car will turn heads in the same way the elite European models do, but it is unmistakably American.” The CTS, with a base price of $32,990, is a bellwether for GM’s transformation to building world-class cars to be distributed worldwide, he said. The CTS was tested and developed in the U.S., Germany and China, he said. last_img read more

Read More →

GREAT DONEGAL SWINDLE: SOURCES WARN IT COULD BE TWO YEARS BEFORE CASH IS RELEASED

first_imgUPDATED: INTERPOL has seized millions of euro from accounts they believe is linked to the foreign national crook who has swindled dozens of Donegal investors, we can reveal today.The con artist, who has tricked dozens of Donegal investors out of their cash had referred to them as ‘turkeys’ and had boasted: “They’ll never see a cent.”The brazen foreign national crook has bagged millions of euro in a get-rich-quick scam which is being investigated by the Garda Bureau of Fraud Investigation. Tonight we can reveal that investors may get some of their money back – and may have to prove it is theirs to garda detectives – but that process could take up to two years.A reliable source revealed: “A number of bank accounts containing considerable sums have been frozen as the investigation continues.“The inquiry now has several different aspects and several different police forces are involved. The good news is that we have found several million euro, but we don’t believe that is enough to cover the investments.“However at a future stage, people could make claims and at least they will get something back. The downside is that may take some time and may well be after the court case. That could take a couple of years.” Detectives have already raided rented premises in a number of towns in Donegal as part of extensive international investigations into the swindler.Donegaldaily.com has been talking to a number of sources about how the fraudster operated his scam.He told cash investors they could get returns of up to 40% in a matter of months – and that he bought liquidated stock and companies and re-sold them at huge profit.The fact is that he just kept the cash. And now he is telling investors that if they want their money back, they should sue him.And he is also boasting: “They should have read the small print – the investment can go down as well as up.” But it is his brass-necked boasts – details of which have been passed to us – which will infuriate up to 90 out-of-pocket investors right across the county.Earlier this week we are told that when the crook was asked if people would get their money back, he said: “There are no guarantees in this life. If they (the investors) think they can have their money back, then they are a bunch of turkeys.”One source told us: “He is wrapping himself up in legals. He is basically saying the investments didn’t work and that’s the end of it. If people want to sue him, they can go ahead. He doesn’t care.”Detectives however believe the balding roly-poly swindler has tried to pull off the ‘perfect crime’ – persuading people with hidden cash to invest and hoping they won’t report it to the authorities for fear of being investigated by the Revenue Commissioners. One investor who has lost a huge six figure sum told us: “My money was legitimate and all declared. In fact I took it out of the bank to give to that fat bastard.“If he thinks he can come here and pull the wool over my eyes, he had better think again. I can’t begin to tell you how angry people are.”We have been told that four cars loaded with investors has been looking for both the swindler and his sales people in recent days.The crook ran a so-called Ponzi scheme, similar to the one run in the USA by conman Bernard Madoff. He is serving 150 years behind bars for conning investors out of billions of dollars.The Donegal con is believed to have involved up to €10M.The crook is currently winding up all his business concerns both here and in Belfast.GREAT DONEGAL SWINDLE: SOURCES WARN IT COULD BE TWO YEARS BEFORE CASH IS RELEASED was last modified: December 23rd, 2010 by gregShare 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)last_img read more

Read More →

Chelsea target plays down talk of Roma exit: ‘I know nothing’

first_img1 Antonio Rudiger only joined Italian giants Roma last week Roma defender Antonio Rudiger has palmed off questions over his future – amid talk of a £20m bid from Chelsea.New Blues boss Antonio Conte is a huge admirer of the centre-back, 23, and he will put him high on his list of transfer targets when he takes charge at Stamford Bridge after Italy’s Euro 2016 campaign.Rudiger is currently on international duty with Germany and insists his focus is solely on Euro 2016 rather than where he will be playing next season. “I know nothing about my future right now,” he told Sportitalia.“At the moment I am only focusing on the European Championship with Germany.”last_img read more

Read More →