‘Newcastle have got the wally with the brolly!’ – Micky Quinn’s damning McClaren verdict

first_imgNewcastle United legend Micky Quinn has delivered a damning verdict on the club’s current struggles, saying they have the ‘wally with the brolly’ and not the man who succeeded abroad in new manager Steve McClaren.The former England, Derby and FC Twente boss only took over in the St James’ Park hotseat this summer, but he is already under the intense spotlight on Tyneside, with the team still searching for their first win of what has so far been a ‘car crash’ season.And the pressure only intensified this week, as Newcastle became the biggest casualties of the League Cup third round with a defeat to a weakened Sheffield Wednesday.McClaren admitted after the shock at St James’ Park that the club were ‘close to crisis’, and Quinn believes the Magpies’ next four games will determine his future in charge.Speaking on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast, Quinn said: “McClaren wasn’t my choice as the next Newcastle manager, and at the beginning of the season I wondered which Steve McClaren we were going to get.“Were we going to get the guy who was sacked by Derby, the wally with the brolly at England, or the guy who did a good job at Middlesbrough and FC Twente?“I thought he’d come in for a fresh start, especially with talented new players coming in over the summer, but I’m afraid it’s just been a car crash.“And at the moment, Newcastle have got the wally with the brolly in charge…and the next three or four games will define his tenure.“From day one he’s looked under pressure, he doesn’t look like he’s enjoying the job.“He keeps moaning that it’s a tough job, but it’s a privilege to manage Newcastle United! Yes, it comes with a bit of pressure, but you should enjoy it.“If you can’t enjoy playing in front of 52,000 fans at St James’ Park, what are you in professional football for? I think they’ve lost sight of that.“The Watford game [a 2-1 defeat at St James’ Park] was a pathetic, inept and embarrassing performance in front of 52,000 fans. If you’ve not going to play in that black and white shirt, then get off. It’s just not good enough.“There’s no hunger, no desire and I’m afraid for McClaren that if they keep playing in the same way in their next two games – against Chelsea and Manchester City – it’s going to be a cricket score.”last_img read more

Goal of the weekend? Sheffield Wednesday star scores screamer – watch here

first_imgLewis McGugan scored arguably the goal of the weekend during Sheffield Wednesday’s Championship clash with Preston on Saturday [although Alexis Sanchez may have something to say about that!].The midfielder spotted Jordan Pickford off his line in injury-time and unleashed a brilliant drive from 45 yards to seal a 3-1 win for Wednesday.Check out the goal above.last_img

Fasten your seat belts! Liverpool legend Dalglish expects thrilling ride under Klopp

first_img1 Jurgen Klopp Kenny Dalglish believes Liverpool supporters will love Jurgen Klopp.The 48-year-old cut an impressive figure during his first press conference as Reds boss on Friday as he described himself as the ‘Normal One’.The German, who has signed a three-year deal to succeed Brendan Rodgers, outlined his title ambitions and vowed to bring ‘full throttle’ football to Anfield.Fans were certainly impressed with the former Borussia Dortmund boss – as was Dalglish, who is expecting a thrilling ride with Klopp at the helm.The Liverpool legend, the last manager to bring the league title to Anfield back in 1990 and a winner of six league titles and three European Cups with the Reds as a player, said: “I just heard Klopp’s press conference and he sounds very, very impressive.“I think the supporters will need to fasten their seat belts – I’m sure they will really enjoy him,” said Dalglish.“He seems to be somebody who’s not in love with himself, which the Liverpool supporters can relate to. I’m sure they will take him to their hearts. He’s described himself as ‘the normal one’ and that will do them fine because they regard themselves as being pretty normal.“I don’t know him – I’ve only seen snippets on TV or radio but he came across very, very well this morning and I think that augurs well for everybody.”Klopp’s reign begins with a difficult trip to Tottenham a week on Saturday, followed by home outings against Rubin Kazan and Southampton in the Europa League and Premier League respectively.Dalglish added: “He’s got off to a fantastic start but it’s a really difficult run of games coming up and I’m sure, as he said this morning, he is going to work as hard as anybody else and if everybody works together it’s not rocket science – (if) everybody works together you’ve got a much better chance of success.”last_img read more

Chelsea line up v Aston Villa: Shocked by who Jose Mourinho could drop?

first_img 11 4. Cesc Fabregas (centre midfield) 11 22. Willian (right winger) 6. Abdul Baba Rahman (left-back) 11 11 8. Oscar (attacking midfield) 11 19. Diego Costa (striker) 26. John Terry (centre-back) 11 11 11 17. Pedro (left winger) 28. Cesar Azpilicueta (right-back) 11 5. Kurt Zouma (centre-back) 11 1. Asmir Begovic (goalkeeper) – see our complete line up, in squad number order, by clicking the arrow above! Agree or disagree with our prediction? Let us know by leaving a comment below Chelsea welcome fellow Premier League strugglers Aston Villa to Stamford Bridge on Saturday afternoon, where the home crowd will be hoping that the international break has refreshed their underperforming side. The latest team news centres upon the fitness of Branislav Ivanovic, with the right-back ruled out for three weeks after suffering a hamstring injury with Serbia. As such, it’ll be interesting to see how Jose Mourinho replaces the defender who, despite his poor performances, has been a regular starter since the beginning of the season. His absence could result in Abdul Baba Rahman being handed a first appearance in the Premier League, with Cesar Azpilicueta shifted over to the right. What’s more, along with a certain fiery striker, having served his three-match ban, set to make his return, a number of notable names could be dropped. Will Ruben Loftus-Cheek replace Nemanja Matic? Willian or Pedro? Oscar or Ramires?With such speculation over the Blues team, talkSPORT has put together a predicted XI.Take a look at how we think Chelsea will line up in west London on Saturday afternoon by clicking the yellow arrow above, right.  11 36. Ruben Loftus-Cheek (centre midfield)last_img read more

Swansea consider approaching Manchester United icon as potential replacement for Garry Monk

first_imgSwansea are reportedly considering approaching Manchester United assistant coach Ryan Giggs about their vacant managerial post.Garry Monk’s 22-month tenure as Swans boss came to an end yesterday after he was relieved of his duties following a run of just one win from 11 games.Former Swans manager Brendan Rodgers and David Moyes were the initial front-runners to succeed Monk, but The Independent believe the Welsh club regard Giggs as a viable candidate too.Giggs has worked closely with Louis van Gaal since the Dutchman took the Old Trafford reins in summer 2014 after initially acting as caretaker manager when Moyes was sacked at the back end of the 2013/14 season.While many see Giggs as an ideal candidate to graduate into Van Gaal’s successor when his United contract expires in 2017, The Manchester Evening News claim the former Wales international is open to the idea of leaving the club.Swansea chairman Huw Jenkins has a track record of appointing young managers after overseeing the arrivals of Roberto Martinez and Brendan Rodgers, so a move for Giggs – the Premier League’s record appearance maker – would be in keeping with his philosophy. Ryan Giggs 1last_img read more

Porto put £38million price tag on Stoke midfield target

first_img1 Porto midfielder Giannelli Imbula Porto have slapped a £38million price tag on Giannelli Imbula’s head – almost double the bid Stoke City tabled for him earlier this month.The French midfielder only joined Porto from Marseille last summer but has made just 15 appearances so far this season.Stoke have been keeping a close watch on the 23-year-old’s progress this term and made an offer of around £20m last week.That was quickly rejected by Porto, who are reluctant to sell Imbula so soon after signing him.However, according to LeSport10, if Porto were to receive an offer in the region of £38m then they would be willing to negotiate a transfer.The demanded fee is expected to prevent Stoke from pulling off any deal this January, as they are unlikely to be able to afford that plus the player’s salary demands.last_img read more

COLLEGE FOOTBALL NOTEBOOK With Markey out, UCLA’s young depth is a concern

first_imgBy Brian Dohn STAFF WRITER With UCLA ahead by 19 points and less than four minutes remaining in last week’s 26-point win at Oregon State, Bruins tailback Chris Markey carried three straight times to finish a scoring drive. Instead of getting experience for sophomore tailbacks Chane Moline and Christian Ramirez, an already hurting Markey scored with 2:12 to play to put UCLA ahead, 40-14. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas CityThe repercussions could be felt Saturday when the Bruins host Notre Dame at the Rose Bowl. Bruins coach Karl Dorrell said it is “unlikely” Markey will play because of turf toe, so the inexperienced duo of Ramirez and Moline will step in to back up Kahlil Bell. “I’m anxious to watch (Ramirez and Moline) play,” Dorrell said. “I’m pretty confident they’ll do well.” Markey, who is averaging nearly 16 carries a game, did not practice this week because of turf toe, which, according to Wikipedia, is a sprained metatarsalphalangeal joint. After carrying three times in the first half at Oregon State, Markey took an injection in his right big toe and carried 16 times in the second half. The injection numbs the pain, but also can cause a player to do more damage to his injury. The Bruins also received another scare when Ramirez took a hit from an overzealous scout teamer while fielding a kickoff in Thursday’s practice, and had his right knee examined. Ramirez was limited the rest of practice, but Dorrell said he expected Ramirez to play. Since carrying five times in UCLA’s opener, Ramirez has one carry. In practice he worked on running with his pads lower. “When you have a big ‘ol linebacker smacking you in the mouth every play, you have to learn to get lower,” Ramirez said. “And it’s also taking care of the ball. When I first started out, I was running too high, and the ball was getting stripped out. Now, get lower and hold the ball tighter, it’s not a problem any more.” Moline missed UCLA’s first two games of the season because of a broken hand, and has seven carries this season. “I haven’t been getting many carries, but I feel like I can step in and run the ball,” Moline said. “I’ve been practicing for so long with it, it’s normal.” Dynamic duo ready Dorrell said senior receiver Marcus Everett (ankle) and left guard Shannon Tevaga (knee) would both be available against the Irish. Both missed the last two games. Tevaga will play, but Micah Reed will make his first career start at left guard, Dorrell added. Bruin bits Defensive end Nikola Dragovic (groin) was limited in practice, but may play, Dorrell said. … Defensive tackle Brigham Harwell (knee) and quarterback Patrick Cowan (knee) continue to rehab, but remain at the minimum, a few weeks away from returning, according to Dorrell. … An MRI on receiver Gavin Ketchum’s sprained ankle was normal. He could return Oct. 20 against Cal. Around the nation Michigan: The Wolverines won’t have to forfeit any football games for using an ineligible freshman player, the Big Ten ruled. Michigan last month reported an administrative error involving safety Artis Chambers to the Big Ten. Chambers played in three games, including a 14-9 victory over Penn State, but wasn’t eligible under the conference’s freshman rules. He can continue practicing, but he will miss the rest of the season, the university said. Florida: The State Attorney’s Office has started processing the felony burglary case involving Florida safety Tony Joiner, but it’s still unclear whether the senior starter will play at top-ranked LSU on Saturday. Coach Urban Meyer said the charge would have to be reduced today for Joiner to play for the Gators. The Associated Press contributed to this notebook.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

MLB NOTEBOOK Pirates fire Tracy after dismal year

first_imgFrom news services Jim Tracy was fired as manager of the Pittsburgh Pirates on Friday after two seasons filled with long losing streaks and little discernible progress. Tracy’s patience and back-patting weren’t enough to turn around the Pirates. He produced records of 67-95 in 2006 and 68-94 this season, the shortest run of any non-interim Pirates manager since Bill Virdon was fired late into his second season in 1973. “What we needed to do is change the culture here to a culture of success,” new team president Frank Coonelly said. “We needed a new direction and a new focus.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas CityTracy’s departure and that of three in the baseball operations department means the Pirates will have new front office and on-field leadership in 2008, headed by Coonelly, General Manager Neal Huntington and a still-to-be-hired manager. Coonelly and Huntington took over last month, and spent the five days since the season ended weighing a decision on Tracy. Tracy’s departure appeared imminent since former general manager Dave Littlefield, who chose Tracy two years ago, was fired Sept. 7. Tracy was to make $1 million in the final year of his contract. Coaches Jim Lett, Jim Colborn, Jeff Manto, Jeff Cox, John Shelby and Bobby Cuellar were not fired but encouraged to seek other jobs. The new manager will have the choice of keeping any of them. Huntington said the team has an “internal list” of potential managerial candidates. “We’re not married to a date,” he said. “We need to do our homework, and when the right candidate presents himself we will know.” Also let go Friday were senior director of player development Brian Graham, who once worked with Huntington with the Indians; scouting director Ed Creech and director of baseball operations Jon Mercurio. Huntington suggested the Pirates’ inability to draft and develop prospects, and evaluate players at all levels, created the shake-up. Around the leagues Athletics: Third baseman Eric Chavez will have back surgery next week and is expected to be ready by spring training. The injury-plagued six-time Gold Glove third baseman had surgery on his right shoulder early September. His back surgery will be Tuesday in Los Angeles. Mariners: Manager John McLaren will have an almost completely new coaching staff in 2008. The Mariners announced that third-base coach Carlos Garcia, pitching coach Rafael Chaves, bench coach Mike Goff and bullpen coach Jim Slaton will not return next season. Additionally, first-base coach Gary Thurman will return to the Mariners minor-league staff. Thurman joined the major-league club in July after McLaren was named manager and Goff became his bench coach. Mets: Pitcher Tom Glavine declined his $13 million option, making himself eligible for free agency. The 41-year-old lefty, who got his 300th win this year, gets a $3 million buyout in addition to his $7.5 million salary this year. Orioles: Vice president of baseball operations Jim Duquette resigned after two seasons with the struggling franchise. Duquette’s responsibilities diminished greatly when the Orioles hired Andy MacPhail as president of baseball operations in June. Padres: Outfielder Milton Bradley was fined but not suspended for his confrontation last month with umpire Mike Winters. Winters previously was suspended for inciting Bradley. White Sox: The team shuffled its coaching staff, letting third-base coach Razor Shines go and reassigning bullpen coach Art Kusnyer within the organization. Yankees: Public address announcer Bob Sheppard will miss the division series because of a bronchial infection, ending his streak of working 121 consecutive postseason games at Yankee Stadium. Sheppard, who is in his late 90s, said doctors are monitoring his progress.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

Eye on the future

first_imgBy the time they graduate, many students are either certified in their chosen field and can be competitive in the workplace, or are set up to continue their education in college. “This isn’t something that is brand-new for us,” said Superintendent Sandra Thorstenson. “At the 10 academies we already have, the students are so enthusiastic about learning and school,” Thorstenson said. “They understand there is an interconnectedness to all of the subjects they’re studying.” Currently, California High has five academies, the most among Whittier Union schools. They cover health, business, auto technology, architecture/engineering and the culinary/hotel management industries. The latter academy at Cal High, dubbed the Hospitality House, has seen its graduates go on to attend the prestigious Culinary Institute and Johnson and Wales University, said Assistant Superintendent Ron Carruth. Other academies in the district cover the business, computer, entrepreneurship, graphic arts and teaching fields. “It’s a fabulous opportunity because at such a young age – as young as sophomores – the students get a clear sense of whether this is the career path for them,” Thorstenson said. “How nice that they’re able to make that decision as a sophomore in high school, rather than as a sophomore in college.” Whittier High Principal Loring Davies said the new sports medicine academy coming to his campus next year is a “very interesting area because so many people are fascinated by sports, athletics and fitness.” “For varying reasons, not everyone can participate at the level they want because they’re gifted athletes,” Davies said. “But with this academy, students will have an opportunity to participate in those events and activities, even if they don’t have great athletic skills.” The district’s plans for new academies don’t stop next year; officials plan to add one more academy to each campus in the 2009-10 school year. “This is something we’ve believed in for a long, long time,” Thorstenson said. “It helps to ensure students are obtaining the skills they need not just to do well on state tests, but in their futures as well.” tracy.garcia@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3051160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WHITTIER – From sports medicine to public service careers like firefighting and law enforcement, students in the Whittier Union High School District will have more opportunities to combine their high school education and career goals beginning next fall. Officials at the 13,000-student district say they will add five career academies at four schools in the 2008-09 school year, on top of the 10 academies currently in the district’s five regular high schools. They will include a new public service academy at Pioneer High that focuses on fire/ police/paramedic careers; two academies at La Serna High on sports careers and film; a sports medicine academy at Whittier High; and a mechanical/architectural drafting academy at Santa Fe High. The academies combine high-school core classes such as English, math, social studies and science with career training from 10th grade to graduation. last_img read more

Wedge wins AL Manager of the Year award, Melvin honored in NL

first_imgNEW YORK – Eric Wedge and Bob Melvin, former backup catchers who found far more success in the dugout than on the field, were honored Wednesday as managers of the year. Wedge became the first Cleveland manager to win the AL award, picked by a wide margin after the Indians tied Boston for the best record in baseball. Melvin won the NL prize for leading the young Arizona Diamondbacks to the top mark in the league. Wedge received 19 of the 28 first-place ballots and got 116 points, finishing ahead of the Angels’ Mike Scioscia (62 points). Joe Torre, who left the Yankees, was next with 61 and Terry Francona of the World Series champion Red Sox got 13. Melvin was chosen on 19 of the 30 first-place ballots and got 119 points. Philadelphia’s Charlie Manuel (76), Colorado’s Clint Hurdle (58) and the Cubs’ Lou Piniella (25) followed. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre Wedge, a no-nonsense guy with a John Wayne calendar in his office, guided the Indians to a 96-66 record. Cleveland made its first playoff appearance since 2001, then lost to the Red Sox in Game 7 of the AL championship series. Melvin, 46, was chosen for his steady hand in leading a team that sometimes started six rookies to a 90-72 mark. Back in the playoffs for the first time since 2002, Arizona swept Chicago in the first round and then got swept by Colorado in the NLCS. Wedge and Melvin are among nearly a dozen former catchers who manage in the majors. Many of them were far from standout players – in fact, Wedge and Melvin each hit .233 in their careers. The 39-year-old Wedge played 39 games for Boston and Colorado in the early 1990s. He’s done a lot better with the Indians since starting out 68-94 in 2003 in his first season as a manager. The Indians stayed near the top of the AL Central all season, and took over first place for good on Aug. 15. They went a major league-best 31-13 to finish the season. C.C. Sabathia, picked as the AL Cy Young Award winner Tuesday, and Fausto Carmona each won 19 games to lead Cleveland. With a mix of veterans and younger players, the Indians were in good hands and the team rewarded Wedge with a three-year contract extension in July. Melvin played 10 years in the majors with seven different teams. He managed Seattle in 2003-04, then took over in Arizona in 2005. A year after Arizona went 76-86 and tied Colorado for last place in the NL West, the Diamondbacks surged to the top. They did it despite getting outscored by 20 runs, becoming the first team in the majors since the 1906 Chicago White Sox to have the league’s best record despite the worst batting average. Melvin’s evenhanded approach meshed well with his young team, which lost stars Randy Johnson and Orlando Hudson to season-ending injuries. After losing eight of 10 going into the All-Star break, Arizona went 43-29 in the second half. Eric Byrnes and rookie Chris Young led the offense, and Melvin could always count on ace Brandon Webb and closer Jose Valverde. Melvin also benefited from the experience of bench coach Kirk Gibson. Seven managers got votes on the NL ballot. Manuel received seven first-place votes after Philadelphia won the NL East, Hurdle got four first-place votes with the NL champion Rockies and Piniella got two first-place tallies after winning the Central in his first season with Chicago. San Diego’s Bud Black, Washington’s Manny Acta and Milwaukee’s Ned Yost also received votes. Scioscia got four-place votes after leading Los Angeles to the AL West title. Torre, since hired by the Los Angeles Dodgers, got the other five first-place votes. The NL Cy Young Award will be announced Thursday. San Diego’s Jake Peavy, who led the league with 19 wins and topped the majors in ERA and strikeouts, is the heavy favorite. Boston’s Dustin Pedroia and Milwaukee’s Ryan Braun were voted the Rookies of the Year on Monday.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