BT Text Aid passes £100,000 target in first three weeks

first_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Howard Lake | 28 December 2006 | News Tom Baker’s voice also features on a new dance version of the Kinks rock classic “You Really Got Me”. The download-only track is on sale now and can be purchased for just 79p from online retailers including iTunes, HMV Digital, Virgin Digital, Napster and eMusic.BT will donate 2p from every text message sent to or from a BT landline and all of its proceeds from the sale of the download straight to Shelter via the Text Aid campaign. Tagged with: Digital Research / statistics BT Text Aid passes £100,000 target in first three weekscenter_img  21 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis BT’s Text Aid Christmas fundraising campaign has raised £108,490 in the first three weeks since it launched on 1 December, passing its £100,000 target.The campaign’s income will be donated to homelessness and housing charity Shelter and Focus Ireland. With 11 days to go until the campaign ends, BT is hoping it can double its original target.The initiative centres around BT’s text-to-landline service, which features ‘voice of text’ Tom Baker back for a limited period to read out your festive texts. Text messages sent to any UK landline will be translated into a message spoken by the former Doctor Who and Little Britain narrator and delivered to a home phone. Advertisement About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving.last_img read more

Sailors from USS Emory S. Land, USS Louisville Continue to Help Malaysian Community

first_img View post tag: community Sailors from USS Emory S. Land, USS Louisville Continue to Help Malaysian Community View post tag: Navy Back to overview,Home naval-today Sailors from USS Emory S. Land, USS Louisville Continue to Help Malaysian Community View post tag: land View post tag: sailors View post tag: Naval View post tag: Louisville View post tag: Emory View post tag: Help April 9, 2012 Sailors from submarine tender USS Emory S. Land (AS 39) and Los Angeles-class fast attack submarine USS Louisville (SSN 724) help improve the quality of life for children at Bukit Harapan Therapeutic Community Orphanage in Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia, April 5.Bukit Harapan Orphanage is a non-profit organization for the physically and mentally handicapped. Established by founder Anne “Mama Anne” Keyworth on Nov. 8, 1989 under the Malaysian Trustees Ordinance Act, this facility offers children and adults the trust and love of a family; a family that Sailors from Land and Louisville are now a part of, said Keyworth.“Everyone who helps out my children, the orphans, is considered family,” she said. “I’m so glad that the children deem themselves brothers and sisters with Sailors from the U.S. Navy.”Bukit Harapan currently has 46 residents from ages four to 54 years old, some of whom live with cerebral palsy and other special needs. According to Keyworth, a couple of the orphanage’s objectives are to help special needs children understand, handle and develop their emotions in a proper direction; foster, as much as possible, the healing of their mental, emotional and physical health; and ultimately train them according to their individual capabilities so they may become self dependant. “Everything my staff and I do is for the children and women who stay here,” said Keyworth. “We are not government funded, so everything is donated. We do as much as we can to help them succeed. Truly the Sailors’ efforts here today are a blessing that we will never forget.”Land’s religious ministries department worked together with the orphanage and the Kota Kinabalu Rotary Club to put the event together, with 30 Sailors and one civilian mariner volunteering during their off time to perform maintenance and socialize with the children.“It’s the people that drive community service projects,” said Religious Program Specialist 1st Class Norman Oehring. “If it wasn’t for all the volunteers who showed up to help, this never would have been accomplished. The orphans greatly valued all of our support.”Originally, Sailors planned to spend the day playing with the children. However, several Sailors from Land’s repair department went to the site to conduct repairs on a basketball hoop, the facility’s water reservoir, playground equipment and even the roof of the orphanage itself. “I’m just glad I could help out,” said Hull Maintenance Technician 2nd Class (SW) Josh Taylor. “Seeing the kids’ faces as they play on the equipment that we fixed is definitely well worth my time.”Another eager volunteer, Chief Sonar Technician Submarine (SS) Winfred Cameron, attached to Louisville, said that their involvement had a major impact on the community. “It couldn’t have gone any better,” Cameron said. “It was a chance for the tender and submarine to interact with children who needed our help and care.”According to Keyworth, it has always been the goal of Bukit Harapan to aid the helpless, from young to old. The orphanage is grateful that many individuals from the local community, including the U.S. Navy, give their support in the form of donating time, effort and smiles.“The Sailors not only helped with repairs and play time,” she said. “They helped the orphans find confidence in life again, and to look forward to the future.”The U.S. Navy has been the first military service to provide support to the orphanage.Land is in Malaysia conducting a coordinated tended mooring with Louisville as part of a theater security cooperation and good will mission in the region. Land is currently on an extended deployment to Guam serving as 7th Fleet’s lead afloat fleet maintenance activity from the ship’s permanent home port of Diego Garcia.[mappress]Naval Today Staff , April 09, 2012; Image: navy View post tag: S View post tag: News by topic Share this article Training & Education View post tag: continue View post tag: USS View post tag: Malaysianlast_img read more

Hempstead Driver Shot, Crashes Into Kids, Dies

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A 45-year-old man died after being shot while driving in his hometown of Hempstead and then crashing into the bleachers at a middle school, hitting three boys, Nassau County police said.Jonathan Wade was driving a Lexus westbound on Albermarle Road when he witnessed a group of young people causing a disturbance on his mother’s lawn, called 911 to report the incident, circled the block and then was shot near the corner of Henry Street shortly after 6 p.m. Tuesday, police said. The incident came a day after Wade was arrested for reckless endangerment, prohibitive use of a dangerous weapon and possession of a dangerous weapon.“The incident on the 29th, to my knowledge is [that] he responded to the location after learning his mother was assaulted” Capt. John Azzata, commander of the Homicide Squad, told reporters Thursday at police headquarters. “I can’t get into his mind, but being a son, if your mother is telling you she’s been assaulted, I think the natural reaction of any offspring would be to either call the police and then respond or go there to see if you could help your parent in any way, shape or form.”Wade was carrying a shotgun that did not require a permit when he was arrested on Monday, but police say that he did not have the gun in his possession when he was killed. Prior to this incident, Wade had one prior conviction for disorderly conduct, Azzata said.The victim drove off westbound to Henry Street, through a fence at Alverta B. Gray Schultz Middle School and struck three boys that were playing on a section of the bleachers.The children who were taken to a local hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries, police said. One of the victims had a fractured knee and other injuries, and the other two suffered superficial injuries. All of the boys are expected to make a full recovery.Wade was taken to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead two hours later.Azzata emphasized that any reports indicating that the gunshot wound that killed Wade was self-inflicted are false.Homicide Squad detectives are continuing the investigation and ask anyone with information regarding this crime to call Nassau County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-244-TIPS.  All callers will remain anonymous.last_img read more

Oklahoma-Oklahoma State: How Each Team Fares Against the Spread

first_imgWhile you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. The Sooners are 11-2 straight up in their last 13 games. They are 9-2 against the spread during that time period.On OSU’s 7-game win streak this season, they are 5-2 against the spread. They have recorded three *upsets*, according to Vegas odds, in that time. They were considered to be underdogs in wins over K-State, West Virginia, and TCU.Oklahoma State has a 16-point average margin of victory in all three upset winsTeams with winning records are 2–13 straight up in their last 15 games against OU.On OU’s 8-game win streak, they are 5-3 against the spreadOSU’s record in week 14 games: 1-4 in the last five games playedMason Rudolph is 1-0 against Oklahoma (don’t @ me)May the odds be ever in your favor. Oklahoma State travels to Norman on Saturday, where for the fourth time in Bedlam history it will feature both teams in the top 10 of the rankings. The Cowboys opened up as two-touchdown underdogs, and according to Vegas Insider, are currently considered 11-point dogs in the Big 12 title game.For gambling purposes, what does that mean, and how does OSU and OU stack up in their recent track record against the spread? Well, recent history doesn’t bode well. Here’s a breakdown of seven key statistics to know with how each team fares against the spread, all odds and statistics from oddsshark.com.last_img read more

Victor Salako Invited to Philadelphia Eagles Rookie Minicamp

first_imgOffensive lineman Victor Salako was not selected in the NFL draft and did not sign an undrafted free agent deal like several other departing Cowboys, however he’s still getting a shot at the next level.According to SB Nation, Salako is one of 20 players who is being brought in on a rookie minicamp tryout with the Philadelphia Eagles, which began on Friday. Salako joins Tulsa quarterback Dane Evans and Tulsa wide receiver Keevan Lucas among local products getting a shot with the franchise.Salako joined the football program in 2015 after the UAB football program dissolved and was an immediate plug-and-play left tackle for OSU, proving to be one of the more durable and reliable big men on the offensive front that produced 2,550 yards on the ground and helped freshman running back Justice Hill earn All-American status in the 2016 season.The Eagles signed just one undrafted free agent offensive lineman, center Tyler Orlosky, and did not draft an offensive linemen in the NFL draft. While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more

Oklahoma State’s Style Draws Offensive (and Defensive) Players to Stillwater

first_img“I look at bump-and-run corners. Not too much of a zone corner. So if you’re a man corner the Big 12 is the place to be. Not only Oklahoma State, but this is where I’m at so I’m rooting for Oklahoma State.”The Big 12 (and Oklahoma State) have traditionally lacked more compared to other conferences when it comes to interior defenders (although Joe Bob Clements is doing his best to rectify that). But I thought that was such a great point by Williams.If you’re a safety or a corner, why wouldn’t you come to Stillwater or Austin or Norman to play college football? Why would you go to Auburn or Athens or Nashville where you might defend only two or three passes a game?The Big 12’s reputation has a long way to go, but I think it can be a place (just like Stillwater can be a place) where elite offensive players attend school and just-as-elite defenders follow them. As Williams pointed out, it’s a smart route to take if you want to get better and eventually end up getting drafted in the first round like Gilbert. It wasn’t a surprise to us to hear offensive players talk about the allure of playing in a high-tempo offense like the one Mike & Mike have constructed in Stillwater. Oklahoma State’s lineage of elite, NFL-like receivers is growing, and more and more recruits want to be a part of it.“The offense,” said redshirt sophomore transfer Tyron Johnson. “They’re throwing it around. It’s something a receiver like me wants to be in. Any receiver actually. You see a team throwing it around like that it will catch your eye. That expectation has been met. Here they throw it a lot. A lot.”“It’s the offense,” said senior Chris Lacy. “Being a receiver we like to catch passes, and Oklahoma State is known for throwing the ball and putting receivers in the league. That’s what I wanted to do is come here and catch passes so I’m loving it.”AdChoices广告This pair will make up two of the cogs in what should be one of the best passing games in the country. It helps the reputation of your offense and school when you’re catching passes from pros, too. What was a bit of a surprise is that this same high-flying offense that averaged 2.89 points per drive last season tempts defensive players to come to Stillwater, too. Or the fact that other teams in the Big 12 have to toss it all over the yard to keep up with the OSUs of the world does, anyway.“I got to run into (Justin Gilbert) at the spring game,” said redshirt freshman corner Rodarius Williams. “I got to talk to him, him being a first round pick. He told me, ‘It’s a bunch of man to man so you’re going to get a lot of exposure with the ball.’ I was like, ‘I’m that type of corner that wants to be thrown at.’ So I was like, ‘I’m committing on the spot.’ He told me I’m making a great decision.”center_img While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more

King of The Game: OSU vs. Tulsa

first_imgCarlie GoekelerBet against the Spread: OSU by 21There are bound to be mistakes in this game from OSU simply because it’s the first. However, there is no way Tulsa beats the spread.More Catches: TulsaOkay I’m drinking the orange kool-aid and all but Tulsa will have more catches than Washington. With a receiving core as strong as ours, there is no way Washington has a chance.Over/Under: UnderTulsa did win 10 games last year and their coach doesn’t accept sloppy play. I think this game will be fairly clean overall.King of the Game: Ramon Richards.I’m all in on Ramon and this position change. It sounds like this bet was made for Ramon. Someone who you have always cringed while watching but also the first guy you send off the sidelines when OSU is up 1 with 5 seconds left and OU is on our 20. Ramon seems to be the guy who is in the right place at the right time and we all know he has the competitive spirit to do something crazy.Prop bet: Tyron Johnson takes the first returnable kick to the house.I’m really excited to see what this caged ex-tiger can do. Listening to him talk to the media, you can tell he’s really excited for the opportunity to play for a team that makes plays that result in 7s instead of 3s. While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. We are starting a new weekly post this football season. A weekly competition I like to call “King of the Game.”The rules are simple. Each week five people will make predictions about the upcoming game. The predictions will vary each week. Plus, each contestant get’s the opportunity to earn bonus points by making a wild prop bet.Our contestants will consist of myself, Kyle Cox, Nick Welch, someone from the enemy’s side, and an OSU fan contributor. This week’s picks from the enemy come from Hunter Hart of Reign Cane Sports, an independent Tulsa Sports Blog. Basically, it’s the Tulsa version of PFB.Our fan picks come courtesy of Carlie Goekeler. How could we not pick her after this tweet?AdChoices广告I hate to pull the woman card, the alum card, the homecoming queen card, the Coop fan card but I did. There are my cards. Pick me.— Carlie Goekeler (@carlizzle93) August 28, 2017She offered a little insight into herself.“My name is Carlie Goekeler and I am a 2016 alum of Oklahoma State. I am currently pursuing my D.O from OSU’s College of Osteopathic Medicine. Being a medical student takes up 99% of my time so the Pistols Firing Blog is my lifeline in the fall (my favorite part being the podcasts). My parents met at OSU and have been taking me to all the home football games since 2001. I’m a total OSU fanatic and perfect evidence that even a part science nerd/part sports junkie/part girly girl can win homecoming queen.”We begin our competition with this Thursday’s season opener against Tulsa! The Cowboys and Golden Hurricane are facing off for the first time since 2011 (has it been that long?).Here are this week’s bets:Bet Against the Spread: OSU -17More Catches: James Washington or all of TulsaOver/Under: +2.5 turnover margin for OSUKing of the Game: Defense (OSU or Tulsa)Prop BetWithout further adieu…center_img Phillip SlavinBet Against the Spread: OSUI think Tulsa’s offense will try to run the ball in the first half (unsuccessfully) and be forced to throw in the second, which won’t go well either. OSU will be slow out of the gate as they have been the past few years, but get things rolling in the second quarter and win handily.More Catches: TulsaOSU will want to get its various wide receivers opportunities. If the Cowboys are up big in the second half, which I think they will be, they’ll get other guys the chance to show in-game what they can do.Over/Under: OverWhen Tulsa is forced to throw the ball in the second half to keep things from getting ugly, Ramon Richards and A.J. Green are going to have fun against an in-experienced starting quarterback.King of the Game: Chad WhitenerTulsa should try and run the ball a lot, especially in the first half. They have a solid offensive line, which should open up opportunities for the linebackers to get tackles. I’m going with Whitener to lead the team in tackles this game.Prop Bet: Oklahoma State gets three defensive scores.Saying one isn’t interesting, neither is saying two. I’ll go with one on special teams, a blocked punt or field goal run back, and two more by the defense. Maybe a pick-six and a scoop-and-score.Kyle CoxBet Against the Spread: TulsaI’ll go with my prediction from my summer preview which was a 38-24 win. So, the Cowboys get it done but do not cover. This is still the first game of the year and there might be a couple of bugs to work out. Still, I think it’s a handily-won victory. Somewhere around 32-7 in the second half and Gundy gives it to Justice and J.D. King to grind out the clock.More Catches: TulsaThey are retooling and at the time of this yet to name a starting QB. But think of them as Art Briles’ Baylor-lite, or extra-lite or however that works. Regardless, Philip Montgomery coaches a system that works and it get his playmakers in space. Tulsa averaged 20.5 catches per game last year and I don’t expect that to drop off too much. Besides, James Washington has never had double-digit catches in a game his entire career.Over/Under: OverWhoo momma! Let’s swing for it and say two picks from the greenish QB (whoever it is) and a forced fumble. Hopefully, that’s all it takes to win that battle 3-0.King of the Game: Ramon RichardsThis feels like a Ramon interception game. He’ll get at least one of those. On Tulsa, I’ll go with senior free safety Jordan Mitchell who had nine pass breakups last year. They’ll need to get a lot from their secondary to stay in this one.Prop Bet: Oklahoma State will go for it on fourth and 2-plus yards early in the game.Nick WelchBet Against the Spread: OSUI’ll take the over, so higher than 17-point difference.More Catches: TulsaTulsa>WashingtonOver/Under: OverI’ll take the over, probably like three.King of the Game: Darrion DanielsMy own opinion, TU has an average O-Line, with an inexperienced quarterback and I think he gets a coverage sack or two, maybe a fumble recovery.Prop Bet: Eight different Oklahoma State receivers catch a ball.Is that crazy enough? If not, OSU kicks and makes a 45-plus yard field goal.Hunter HartBet Against the Spread: I’ll take OSU here.OSU has had struggles with teams like Central Michigan, Texas Tech, and Iowa State which gives me hope, but Tulsa has too many unknowns offensively to score the points necessary to ultimately keep it close.More Catches: Easy choice here, I’ll take all of Tulsa.I know Tulsa has never faced a receiver like Washington, but they did play Courtland Sutton last year. Sutton is expected to be a 1st- round draft pick, and he had 8 catches in that game. With all the options that Rudolph has, I see Washington getting around that same number. TU will probably throw about 20-25 passes, so I think (hope) that we will complete more than 10 of those.Over/Under: Under.Last year Tulsa was middle of the road in turnover margin, but the lead RB only lost the ball 2 times out of 264 attempts. I trust him, and I don’t think Coach Montgomery will put our new QBs in situations where they can make mistakes.King of the Game: Chad Whitener. Tulsa needs to run the ball effectively on Thursday. I think that TU’s offensive line will give a good push, but if Whitener is able to stuff the run then the Hurricane will be in for a long day. Additionally, Whitener will need to stay disciplined on the read option which is typical of a Montgomery-run offense. Prop Bet: Tulsa will have more yards than OSU after the first quarter.TU traveled to Ohio State last season, and after the first quarter TU had more yards on offense than the Buckeyes. It is a different team this year, but I still think TU will be able to run the ball effectively. Honestly, I don’t know how TU’s defense will stop OSU, but prop bets are supposed to be wild and fun!last_img read more

Brazil pray as Neymar in race to be fit for World Cup

first_imgWorld Cup Brazil pray for Neymar as PSG star faces three-month race to recover for World Cup Miles Chambers Last updated 1 year ago 21:05 1/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(10) Neymar PSG Getty World Cup Brazil Neymar PSG Ligue 1 Any setbacks in the forward’s injury recovery could cost him a spot at the tournament in Russia this summer, the national team’s doctor confirmed Neymar faces a race to be fit for the World Cup after Brazil’s national team doctor stated his recovery will take an estimated three months.The Paris Saint-Germain forward suffered a broken metatarsal in Sunday’s victory over Marseille and his club confirmed on Wednesday that he is to undergo surgery on his injured foot.The attacker, who became the most expensive footballer in history with last summer’s transfer from Barcelona, now looks a major doubt to play another game for PSG this season. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp If Brazil’s doctor, Rodrigo Lasmar, is correct in his prognosis then Neymar also faces an anxious wait to regain full fitness before the World Cup kicks off in mid-June.”It was a small fissure [in the fifth metatarsal of the right foot], a major fracture of a bone in the middle of the foot, and the operation will be on Saturday morning in Belo Horizonte,” Lasmar told Globo TV upon landing in Rio de Janeiro on Thursday.”We do not have the exact time, but the surgery will certainly be on Saturday. It will be two and a half months to three months of recovery for Neymar.”After surgery we will have more details about this time. He is sad, upset, but understands that he has no alternative but to recover as soon as possible “Although Neymar might be heart-broken behind the scenes, he put on a brave face on Instagram this week for his millions of adoring fans at home and abroad.He wrote: “Obstacles can’t hold you down. If there’s a wall in your way, don’t give up. Find out how to climb it.”Neymar wheelchair GFXPSG had reportedly been keen to avoid surgery but the player’s father, Neymar Sr, who is also the 26-year-old’s agent, had pushed for his son to have it.The French club should comfortably cruise to Ligue 1 – they are 14 points clear of second-place Monaco with 11 games to go – but their dreams of European glory have taken a major blow.Real Madrid lead 3-1 heading into next Tuesday’s last 16 second leg at Parc des Princes, and many will have pinned their hopes on Neymar inspiring the Parisiens to a comeback against the reigning champions.Brazil, similarly, had been hoping that Neymar could be the beating heart of a talented squad that includes Barcelona’s Philippe Coutinho, Chelsea’s Willian, Liverpool’s Roberto Firmino and Real Madrid’s Casemiro.The former Santos star had been cruelly denied a chance to lead Brazil to glory on home soil four years ago when injury ruled him out of their semi-final against Germany, which they lost 7-1 to the eventual champions.last_img read more

Eriksson: England will never win World Cup

first_imgEngland Eriksson: Why ‘tired’ England will never win the World Cup Chris Burton 19:39 1/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(2) Former England manager Sven-Goran Eriksson. England World Cup Premier League The former Three Lions boss believes global glory will remain elusive for as long as the Premier League refuses to introduce a winter break England have been warned by Sven-Goran Eriksson that they will never win the World Cup for as long as the Premier League refuses to introduce a winter break.The Three Lions will go in search of global glory once again this summer, with Gareth Southgate the latest man to be charged with the task of delivering on expectation.There is slightly less pressure on the current boss than Eriksson faced during his spell at the helm, with the Swede having worked with the so-called ‘Golden Generation’ between 2001 and 2006. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp He suffered two quarter-final defeats on a World Cup stage and fears England will struggle to progress much past that point while players continue to be pushed to breaking point domestically.Eriksson told The Offside Rule Exclusives : “In 2006 I thought we should win it, I thought there wasn’t any team better than us, so that was a huge disappointment.”He added on the class of 2018: “I think they have a good chance and I’m positive they will do well. They have a lot of new young players who are doing great in the Premier League but they need luck with injuries.“That’s always a big problem for England, that and tiredness. I’ll say it again, they will never win the World Cup if there isn’t a winter break.”Pressed for any advice he would offer to Southgate, Eriksson said: “Do it your way, use your head, don’t listen to other people and don’t read the press.”Eriksson has spent time in domestic and international management since leaving the England post, with Manchester City, Leicester and Mexico among the sides he has worked with.He is now 70, but there remains a desire on his part to stay in football and he has not ruled out taking ownership of a team at some stage in the future.Sven-Goran Eriksson GFX“I will probably go into football in another way. Maybe on TV,” he explained. “Then I think about buying a football club somewhere, not in England, it’s so expensive.“It won’t be in Sweden either because of the rules about club ownership. But, I am planning something which is going to be on a very low level in another country.“I’m not quite ready to slow down. Football has been my life and I miss it. I miss the Saturday or Sunday afternoons when the adrenaline in the body goes up, it’s just not the same watching it on the TV.”last_img read more

Wenger’s last chance saloon to save Arsenal job

first_imgUEFA Europa League AC Milan clash is Wenger’s last chance to save Arsenal job Chris Wheatley Arsenal Correspondent Last updated 1 year ago 16:51 8/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(5) Wenger graphic Goal UEFA Europa League Arsenal Arsène Wenger Milan v Arsenal Milan The Gunners face a tough European tie against Rino Gattuso’s in-form side and surely only victory can save the Frenchman from losing his job There are some stadiums which instantly get the hairs on your back standing up when you hear their name; the Santiago Bernabeu, Old Trafford and the Maracana are just three examples. The San Siro, or Stadio Giuseppe Meazza, is undoubtedly another and on Thursday night Arsene Wenger will take his Arsenal side to the historic arena to face an AC Milan team who have been inspired by former player and new manager Rino Gattuso.Milan are on a 13-game unbeaten run and haven’t conceded a goal in almost 600 minutes of football. They are solid, organised and playing like a team capable of challenging heavyweights Atletico Madrid and Borussia Dortmund for the Europa League trophy.In stark contrast, Arsenal’s last six games in all competitions have seen them defeated four times – including at home to Swedish side Ostersunds FK – while their last victory in the Premier League was over a month ago against Everton. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp The Gunners have only won seven points from their eight league games so far in 2018, while they are 33 points behind league leaders Manchester City and, perhaps more relevantly, 13 points adrift of fourth-place Tottenham in the race for the final Champions League spot.Indeed, Wenger has more pressing issues than qualifying for the Champions League through domestic competition – and he’s already admitted that the chances of Arsenal finishing in the top four are ‘unlikely’.For over two decades Arsenal’s qualification for the Champions League seemed like a sure bet under Wenger, but a worrying decline has seen them slip further away from the pack in both England and Europe – leaving the very real chance of a second season without Champions League football.What was initially described via clichés such as a ‘breath of fresh air’ and an ‘opportunity to compete’ in the Europa League has been replaced by a mountain of pressure for a match in which Wenger’s immediate future could hinge on.Chief executive Ivan Gazidis began exerting his influence last summer with the appointments of Darren Burgess as Director of High Performance and Huss Fahmy arriving as a legal expert.Those changes have been taken up a notch recently with Raul Sanllehi signing on as Head of Football Relations and Sven Mislintat coming in as Head of Recruitment. The latter was heavily involved in all three of Arsenal’s January signings and will play a huge part in the club’s recruitment drive on the playing side this summer.Meanwhile, Gattuso’s appointment at Milan is certainly something Arsenal should take note of. Club legends returning to their former clubs to coach should only be accepted if the appointment is made on merit, not sentiment – with Thierry Henry recently reiterating his desire to become Gunners boss one day.Another option is Mikel Arteta who is succeeding with Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City side, while coaching staff roles for the likes of Dennis Bergkamp, Robert Pires and Martin Keown surely make sense at a time when Arsenal look devoid of creativity, defensive nous and the ability to score.WengerGennaro Gattuso AC Milan Europa LeagueThose who are questioning the confusing and far from transparent ownership dealings at Milan will almost certainly be the subject of envy from Arsenal fans. They have interested owners whose line of communication to the fans has been to hire a club legend.Arsenal executive director Josh Kroenke is currently in London on a three month review of the workings at the club, yet he wasn’t present for the Gunners’ latest Premier League defeat to Brighton on Sunday. Was he too busy or indifferent to what happens on the pitch?“We have a saying over at Arsenal, victory through harmony,” Kroenke recently told the Woj Podcast. “I think that victory through harmony can take a lot of different meanings, but for me victory through harmony comes from communication.”Communication is indeed key for an Arsenal side who look like a mess on the pitch at the moment. Victory at San Siro wouldn’t achieve the harmony Kroenke alludes to but it would give Wenger and his team some breathing space amid a packed schedule.European glory and a passage into the latter stages of the Europa League could be enough to salvage what has been Wenger’s worst campaign as Arsenal boss since he arrived in 1996.Ultimately, the undeniable truth is that Wenger needs Arsenal more than they need him and that has been the case for quite some time now. There is no better test of a team’s resolve than coming out on top in a tricky European away game and if Arsenal can surpass the new and improved AC Milan to salvage something from their disastrous season, then it could keep Wenger in a job until the end of the season at the very least.last_img read more