Everton dreaming again under Ronald Koeman

first_img HEIGHTENED AMBITION – 6:30 a.m: Manchester United vs Leicester – 9 a.m: Bournemouth vs Everton – 9 a.m: Liverpool vs Hull City – 9 a.m: Middlesbrough vs Tottenham – 9 a.m: Stoke City vs West Brom – 9 a.m: Sunderland vs Crystal Palace – 9 a.m: Swansea vs Manchester City – 11:30 a.m: Arsenal vs Chelsea Tomorrow’s matches Ambition has soared at Everton since Iranian-British businessman Farhad Moshiri became majority shareholder in February. With greater financial power under Moshiri, Everton spent around $50 million on explosive winger Yannick Bolasie and Wales captain Ashley Williams in August, and almost broke their club record to sign Moussa Sissoko on deadline day before the France midfielder had a late change of heart and joined Tottenham. To top it all off, Koeman looks to be the real deal after replacing Roberto Martinez, fired in May after running out of ideas and patience among fans after three years in charge. Standards have suddenly risen at Everton. While the relaxed Martinez used overstatements and cringe worthy hyperbole to laud under performing players, Koeman has no issue in calling out players whose level drops. Rising star Ross Barkley was substituted at halftime in one match this season, for example. “Yes, there is a fear, definitely,” Everton captain Phil Jagielka said. “It is like being back at school with a new headteacher who is trying to be a little bit stricter.” Gareth Barry, Everton’s 35-year-old midfielder, has opened up about the difference between the Martinez and Koeman regimes. “The standards of the players were, for me, slightly slipping last season, on and off the pitch,” Barry said. “It was things like time-keeping, dress codes, training, everything really. “The confidence and everything had gone.” Now it’s back. Everton have beaten West Bromwich Albion, Stoke, Sunderland and Middlesbrough after opening with a draw against Tottenham, and the team looks stronger in every department. A leaky defence seems tighter with the presence of Williams at center back and energetic midfielder Idrissa Gueye – another summer signing – just in front, while Romelu Lukaku has returned to form with four goals in his last two games and, when at his best, is among the Premier League’s most dangerous and prolific strikers. MANCHESTER, England (AP): With his ‘headteacher’ aura and astute offseason recruitment, Ronald Koeman is making an immediate impact at Everton and getting the best out of the club’s strongest squad in a generation. It might be time for the blue half of Merseyside to start dreaming again, three decades after their trophy-laden heyday. Koeman, a highly respected ex-Netherlands and Barcelona defender, was lured from Southampton in June and has guided Everton to their best five-game start to a league campaign in 38 years. With a draw and four consecutive wins, Everton are in second place, behind Manchester City, in the English Premier League standings going into a game at 17th-place Bournemouth tomorrow. English football is already looking for the next team to “do a Leicester” and rise from nowhere to win the Premier League. Maybe it’s Everton’s turn, although Koeman has warned against any comparisons with the current champions. “Normally, we can’t win the title. I think what Leicester did last season was an exception,” Koeman said. “I am realistic. If I tell you we will fight for the title, I think most people will say, ‘That man is crazy.'” That winning the title is even in the conversation around Goodison Park is testament to work being done by Koeman, who appears to be at a club going places after their disappointing 11th-place finish last season.last_img read more

Can Jr. Lone Star Overcome Gambia’s Surprise on Saturday?

first_imgRejoicing Jr Lone Star players and right you can President Weah in a happy mood and to his right is former president Ellen Johnson SirleafLa Cote d’Ivoire meet Mali for 3rd PlaceThe on-going West Africa Football Union (WAFU) tournament in Monrovia has produced some unexpected results; the most notable one was The Gambia’s surprise victory over La Cote d’Ivoire, until then the tournament’s favorite.The Ivorians were the most favorite to have won the tournament because of the last three impressive results of their matches.Recall that before the Gambia eliminated them on penalties, the Ivorians had defeated Liberia 3-0; Guinea Bissau 4-1 and Sierra Leone 5-1.On the other hand, The Gambians drew goalless with Guinea, drew 1-1 against Senegal, and lost 1-0 to Mali before pulling up a surprise with the penalty victory over La Cote d’Ivoire.The above brief statistics showed how sports do not follow logic sometimes, and also re-emphasizes Coach Josiah Johnson’s position that ‘football is like the biscuit’ simply because results do not, on many occasions, happen as they are expected.While that argument could hold a modicum of truth, in most cases the teams have to be properly trained and well-motivated and with clever and creative players who come on top of competitive tournaments. Take for the example the tactics that The Gambian side used in their last four games that ensured that they avoid heavy casualties: The Gambians are effective in manipulating their defensive techniques to advantage.Besides the penalty kicks, they won 5-4 (1-1 regular time) against the Ivorians; they conceded two goals in their encounters against Senegal and La Cote d’Ivoire. It means that they are comfortable in their defense and also in their goalkeeper.Now they will be going against Junior Lone Star that have become the current favorites, simply also because they started their campaign with a 3-0 loss to the Ivorians but recovered with a 2-1 over Guinea Bissau before whipping Sierra Leone 5-1 and then 1-0 over Mali.While the Gambians may depend on their defensive tactics to frustrate their Liberian strikers, I am sure the Liberian technical team has followed The Gambia surprise with eagle eyes to be able to find an antidote just in case on Saturday, The Gambians decide to apply a system that has been effective for them.Their game is set for 6 p.m. while the first game between La Cote d’Ivoire and Mali is scheduled for 4 p.m. on Saturday at the Samuel Kanyon Doe Sports Complex. With their last three impressive showings, the Liberian youth may want to explore what has made them one of the remarkable teams in the tournament.However, they would have to be careful since their opponents are composed of a bunch of players who are good at  defense; that is, to deny the opponent a chance at penetration, before coming out to become adventurous.And playing at home with expected teeming fans that may include Chief Patron George Weah, the Liberians could play one of their best games in the tournament that could help them to win and win in style.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

MoCI, Int’l Trade Center Host Stakeholders Confab Today on Cocoa Value Chain

first_imgMembers of the visiting delegation with officials from MoCIAuthorities of the Ministry of Commerce and Industry (MoCI) and the International Trade Center (ITC), in collaboration with The Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs Mission to Liberia will today, October 10, host a one-day stakeholders conference on the development of Cocoa Value Chain for the Mano River countries.According to an MoCI statement issued yesterday, October 9, the Cocoa Value Chain is supported by the Netherlands Center for the Promotion of Imports (CPI) from developing countries and implemented by the ITC.Acting Commerce Minister A.E. Nyema Wisner said the initiative and support from ITC and CPI serves as a unique platform for experience and knowledge sharing that will enhance the human and institutional capacities of actors in both the public and private sectors.Wisner said the government has identified agriculture as Liberia’s competitive advantage and, therefore, is optimistic that such intervention will help to build the productive capacity of cocoa farmers and add value as well as help them to understand the dynamics of the international market.He said that the project will support the core objectives of the government’s Pro-poor Agenda for prosperity and development.“The Administration seeks to support all initiatives with the objective to make Liberian farmers pro-active in the economy, thereby creating job opportunities and ultimately reducing poverty,” Mr. Wisner said.The conference is in continuation of its consultative meeting on the development of Cocoa Value Chain, held from February, 14-15, 2018, in Freetown, Sierra Leone.According to the statement, a team from ITC and The Netherlands also held consultative meetings with different stakeholders working in the Cocoa industry in Liberia, which included producers, exporters, representatives of non-governmental organizations (NGOs), development partners and projects in support of the public and private sectors.At a meeting earlier with authorities of the ministry, the head of the ITC delegation pledged the organization’s commitment in developing Cocoa Value Chain in the country.The objective of the workshop is to gather policymakers and private sector’s stakeholders input on the current needs and opportunities for Liberia Cocoa Sector.Today’s conference is expected to bring specialists to the Cocoa Market and ITC Group, to share up-to-date information on the international market dynamics of Liberia.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Rehabilitated Vreed-en-Hoop to Hydronie roadway commissioned

first_imgThe Public Infrastructure Ministry on Wednesday commissioned the recently-rehabilitated 30.7km roadway on the West Coast of Demerara (WCD), which was part of a road improvement project that lasted approximately 40 months.A section of the upgraded roadThe project, budgeted at US$46.7 million, is the fourth of its kind that was funded by the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB), in collaboration with the Government. The contract was inked on November 22, 2014 under the previous People’s Progressive Party/Civic Administration and road works along the main access road on the WCD from Vreed-en-Hoop to Hydronie. The project was approved in the 2014 Budget.According to the Public Infrastructure Minister David Patterson, who was present at the ceremony, the project was conceptualised to increase efficiency and safety of all road users in Region Three (Essequibo Islands-West Demerara) as well as to foster development in all sectors.“The completion of the rehabilitation of this road is timely as the West Coast of Demerara and Region Three, as a whole, is a growing hub for continuous sectoral development. These developmental activities are only as good as the ability to access locations within and on the outskirts of the Region for which this provides the opportunity to link communities, reducing travel time and increasing productivity,” the Public Infrastructure Minister commented.Additionally, Minister of State, Joseph Harmon underscored the importance and positive outcomes of successful construction projects.“Construction plays a key role in the socioeconomic development of any country. It is through construction that vital infrastructure like roads, bridges and airports are put in place. Our public buildings such as schools, offices and hospitals are all realised through successful construction projects and activities,” Harmon stated.Some of the features which were added to the new roadway include a widened section for cyclists and pedestrians at key junctions, the installation of traffic signs, pedestrians and road markings, concrete drains and the construction of parking lanes along identified sections.Meanwhile, pedestrians and drivers were urged by the Junior Public Infrastructure Minister Annette Ferguson, to practise road safety drills on the refurbished roadway in an effort to reduce the traffic mortalities rate in Guyana.“I would like to make a public appeal to road users, especially drivers of motor vehicles to exercise the five Cs: care, caution, consideration, common sense, and courtesy when using the roadways. Let us avoid the use of reckless driving on our roadways which will aid in the reduction of deaths,” Ferguson said.With the WCD road works finally completed, the Ministry has indicated that the West Bank of Demerara (WCD) will see the rehabilitation of the La Grange to Wales road and Belle West Canal Number Two Old Road.last_img read more

‘Get Eddie Howe!’ – Everton fans want Roberto Martinez SACKED after Arsenal loss

first_img1 Everton head coach Roberto Martinez Everton fans are starting to lose patience with head coach Roberto Martinez, following their defeat to Arsenal.The Toffees lost 2-0 at Goodison Park after a shocking first-half display, with Danny Welbeck and Alex Iwobi netting for the Gunners.With the Merseyside club needing goals, Martinez opted to bring on John Stones at half-time, a decision which the fans did not agree with.They improved slightly in the second period, but never really threatened David Ospina’s goal in what turned out to be Everton’s eighth home defeat of the season.The Toffees have the 18th worst home record in the Premier League, and fans of the club are voicing their criticisms of Martinez after every game.We collect some of the best tweets concerning Martinez below…last_img read more


first_imgGolf News – Captain Joe Coyle’s Captain’s Drive in @ Ballyliffen golf clubYesterday’s captain’s drive in was won by the one & only PJ Nee with a fantastic score of 36 points in tough conditions.There was a fantastic turnout for this popular choice of captain & those who attended were not disappointed. Captain Coyle lead the troops down the first with an amazing teeshot splitting the fairway and leaving only 45 yards to the green!! What a way to open the new season.The gross prize was lifted by Keith Shiels who rolled back the years with an impressive 6 over par including an 8 at a par 3 and 5 birdies!!Entertainment in the clubhouse was provided by Sanj O’Brien who having only joined the society made such an impression he has been earmarked for a captain’s role in the very near future.Special thanks to Ballyliffen’s Liam Doherty White & Johnny McEleney who made the entire group feel welcome as always. Full results below:1st: P/J nee 36pt’s2nd: Ed Margey 34 pt’s3rd: Oisin Mc Avinney 33pt’sGross: Keith Shiels 30pt’s Category 1: Patrick Fud DunleavyCategory 2: Eugene GallagherCategory 3: Paul Barrett .1st nine: Geard Dunleavy 2nd nine: Mark DuffyGOLF NEWS: CENTRAL BAR GOLF SOCIETY RESULTS was last modified: November 18th, 2012 by BrendaShare 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)Tags:GOLF NEWS: CENTRAL BAR GOLF SOCIETY RESULTSlast_img read more

New West Ham boss Manuel Pellegrini could make PSG man his first signing

first_img Will Pastore swap Paris for east London this summer? 1 West Ham in talks to sign PSG midfielder Javier Pastore. PSG willing to sell this summer.€20m deal— Kaveh Solhekol (@SkyKaveh) June 1, 2018https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.jsPastore has, in the past, been linked with moves to Arsenal, Manchester United and Chelsea.He joined the Parisians in 2011 from Serie A side Palermo and has scored 29 goals in 189 appearances.center_img West Ham United are in talks with Paris Saint-Germain over a £20 million move for Javier Pastore, according to reports.New Hammers boss Manuel Pellegrini is looking to add quality to his side and could be about to make the Argentine his first signing.According to Sky Sports News, Pastore is being lined up for a move to the London Stadium.The 28-year-old endured a difficult year under the tutelage of new Arsenal boss Unai Emery while in Paris, featuring 14 times for the club with 11 of those coming from the bench.Kaveh Solhekol said: “West Ham in talks to sign PSG midfielder Javier Pastore.“PSG willing to sell this summer.€20m deal.”last_img read more

Declan Rice choosing England over ROI could be ‘terrible mistake’

first_img 2 Rice already has three caps for Ireland, earning high praise for his performance in a recent clash against the United States, but as all three of those games have been friendlies, he is still eligible to play for England.Born in London, the Hammers starlet began playing for the Republic of Ireland Under-16s through his Cork-born grandparents and has progressed right the way through to senior level.But he is now in contact with the Football Association, over a possible switch to the England ranks.However, former West Ham manager Allardyce has told the youngster to think hard before making a decision which is likely to shape his international career.“He’s got to sit down and have a real think about it,” Big Sam said on Tuesday’s Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast. 2 “Is it better playing for England and it ends up being less than ten matches, or is it better playing for Ireland and playing 60 matches at international level?“That’s the choice he has to make and it’s a very difficult choice at 19, because he still doesn’t really know how good he’s going to be.“But it’s a terrible mistake if he chooses England and then doesn’t play.”Listen back to Sam Allardyce on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast above! Rice has played three times for Ireland, though not any competitive games Rice has made one appearance for West Ham this season – in their 4-0 defeat to Liverpool Sam Allardyce has warned West Ham’s Declan Rice that he could be making a ‘terrible mistake’ by choosing to switch his international allegiance from Republic of Ireland to England.Ireland manager Martin O’Neill has confirmed reports that the 19-year-old London-born defender is deliberating whether to quit the team to pursue a career with the Three Lions, after he was left out of their squad to play Wales and Poland.last_img read more


first_imgYOU’VE got to hand it to the people who run Letterkenny’s Cavern Bar – they know how to pull a paint!This is the new look Cavern …All set for Euro 2012 – and painted in the colours of our nation.Of course those who drink there won’t care one pot (of paint) – as long as we win.  THE CAVERN GOES GREEN, WHITE & GOLD FOR EURO 2012 was last modified: June 2nd, 2012 by BrendaShare 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) Tags:THE CAVERN GOES GREENWHITE & GOLD FOR EURO 2012last_img read more


first_imgA man who fell asleep in court had to be awoken as he was snoring so loudly!Letterkenny court.The incident happened at today’s sitting of Letterkenny District Court. The man was waiting for his case to be heard when he nodded off and began to snore loudly.He had to be woken by well-known solicitor Patsy Gallagher.The man continued to fall asleep but did not distrb the court any further.SOLICITOR FORCED TO WAKEN MAN AFTER HE SNORED LOUDLY IN COURT! was last modified: July 21st, 2014 by StephenShare 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) Tags:Letterkenny District CourtPatsy Gallaghersnoringlast_img read more