Huge Manchester United boost as David De Gea ‘ready to sign new contract’

first_img David De Gea 1 David de Gea is set to perform a sensational U-turn and commit his long-term future to Manchester United, according to reports in Spain.The Spaniard, who has only one year left on his contract at OId Trafford, wanted to join Real Madrid in the summer and has not been selected by Louis van Gaal so far this season.But, after Real made their move for the 24-year-old on deadline day, the proposed switch collapsed in dramatic fashion, with both clubs blaming each other for the failure to get a deal done.Now, according to El Confidencial, De Gea has had a change of heart over his future and is set to stay at United long-term.The newspaper is reporting that De Gea’s agent, Jorge Mendes, has fallen out of favour with the Real Madrid hierarchy and is trying to agree a bumper new United contract.De Gea is understood to have held clear-the-air talks with Van Gaal earlier this week and could be recalled for Saturday’s visit of Liverpool.last_img read more

Official: Liverpool announce Jurgen Klopp as new manager

first_img Jurgen Klopp Liverpool’s owners Fenway Sports Group have moved swiftly and decisively to appoint the 48-year-old after sacking Rodgers following Sunday’s 1-1 draw at Everton.Klopp has signed a three-year deal and will likely bring with him Bosnian Zeljko Buvac, his assistant both at Dortmund and Mainz before that, and coach Peter Krawietz.In preparation for that the club began a clear-out of many of predecessor Rodgers’ backroom staff earlier in the day.Assistant manager Sean O’Driscoll and first team coach Gary McAllister – who were only brought in over the summer in an overhaul of coaching personnel – have both left their posts.Head of performance Glen Driscoll and head of opposition analysis Chris Davies, who followed Rodgers to Anfield from Swansea in 2012, have also lost their jobs.Former Reds midfielder McAllister has been offered an ambassadorial-type role within the club but has yet to decide whether to take it up.The former Scotland international took training this morning along with one member of staff Pep Lijnders, promoted in the summer from the club’s academy as a player development coach, who has kept his job.It appears the position of head of fitness and conditioning Ryland Morgans, another Rodgers recruit from Swansea, is also safe for now.Jurgen Klopp has agreed to become Liverpool’s new manager and will officially sign his contract when he flies into Merseyside on Thursday evening.All negotiations have been completed with the former Borussia Dortmund boss and confirmation from the club is likely to follow later today.Liverpool’s owners Fenway Sports Group have moved swiftly and decisively to appoint the 48-year-old after sacking Brendan Rodgers following Sunday’s 1-1 draw at Everton.Klopp is expected to sign a three-year deal and is likely to bring with him Bosnian Zeljko Buvac, his assistant both at Dortmund and Mainz before that, and coach Peter Krawietz.In preparation for that the club began a clear-out of many of predecessor Rodgers’ backroom staff earlier in the day.Assistant manager Sean O’Driscoll and first team coach Gary McAllister – who were only brought in over the summer in an overhaul of coaching personnel – have both left their posts.Head of performance Glen Driscoll and head of opposition analysis Chris Davies, who followed Rodgers to Anfield from Swansea in 2012, have also lost their jobs.Former Reds midfielder McAllister has been offered an ambassadorial-type role within the club but has yet to decide whether to take it up.The former Scotland international took training this morning along with one member of staff Pep Lijnders, promoted in the summer from the club’s academy as a player development coach, who has kept his job.It appears the position of head of fitness and conditioning Ryland Morgans, another Rodgers recruit from Swansea, is also safe for now. Liverpool have officially announced Jurgen Klopp as their new manager after the sacking of Brendan Rodgers.All negotiations were completed with the former Borussia Dortmund boss after he flew into Liverpool on Thursday afternoon.There will be a press conference to unveil the new boss at 10am on Friday morning. In a short statement on Twitter the club said: “Liverpool Football Club are delighted to announce Jurgen Klopp has been appointed as the club’s new manager.“The German coach has signed a deal to take the helm at the Reds and will be presented at a press conference at Anfield on Friday morning.” 1 It’s official – Jürgen Klopp is the new manager of Liverpool Football Club #KloppLFC pic.twitter.com/QfAxM9sT97— Liverpool FC (@LFC) October 8, 2015last_img read more

Pep Guardiola’s agent unsure on Spaniard’s future amid Manchester City link

first_imgPep Guardiola’s agent insists he is in the dark over the Bayern Munich manager’s future plans.Guardiola is out of contract at the Bundesliga club next summer and Manchester City have been heavily linked with a move to try and secure the Spaniard’s services.City’s chief executive Ferran Soriano and football director Txiki Begiristain worked with Guardiola at Barcelona and are understood to be determined to prise him to the Etihad Stadium.The 44-year-old’s future should become clearer soon, with Bayern chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge revealing last week that talks are planned over his intentions in December. But his agent, Josep Maria Orobitg, says Guardiola has given no clue as to whether he will extend his contract or seek a new challenge elsewhere.“Not even I know what Pep’s intentions are,” Orobitg said.“We’ve had some intensive talks in the past few days, but when it comes to things like this, he’s very private.“He will make up his mind entirely based on his own impressions.”Guardiola has led Bayern to back-to-back Bundesliga titles, while they are five points clear at the top with a third of the current campaign gone.Orobitg said Guardiola is “very happy” in Munich but added: “At the end of the day, it is a decision he is going to take by himself.“One thing is for sure, however, and that is everybody around him will accept his decision, no matter what it is.” 1 Pep Guardiola last_img read more

Liverpool fans are so happy because of this big change at Anfield

first_imgLiverpool’s 1-0 win at home to Swansea City lifted the Reds from 10th to sixth in the Premier League.The Reds are four points behind fourth-placed Arsenal and trail leaders Manchester City by six points, with all to play for as the season enters December.Next up for Jurgen Klopp’s resurgent side is a Wednesday night trip to Southampton in the League Cup quarter-finals, followed by struggling Newcastle United away in the league on Sunday.Three points from the visit of Swansea came hot on the heels of Europa League qualification and the 4-1 thrashing of Manchester City.While victory over the Swans was a close run thing, there is no doubt that the mood among Liverpool fans has improved along with the club’s results since Klopp took charge in October.Here is a selection of the reaction on social media to the Swansea win. Jurgen Klopp is all smiles after Swansea win 1last_img read more

Man City should have had a penalty, insists Manuel Pellegrini after Everton draw

first_img Raheem Sterling challenged by John Stones in injury time 1 Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini was in no doubt his side were denied a late penalty as a frustrating goalless draw with Everton ended in controversy.Raheem Sterling appeared to be brought down by John Stones in injury time as City looked to make their dominance of a lively Barclays Premier League clash tell.But referee Roger East gave only a goalkick and City’s last chance to claim another three points for their title challenge was lost.Pellegrini said: “I don’t think I need to give my thoughts about that action. The whole stadium could see it was a penalty. It was so clear, so near for the referee and both legs of Raheem were taken. It was a clear foul from Stones but if the referee doesn’t whistle for it, we can’t say anything about that.”Despite the scoreline, the contest was an entertaining one, with both sides having opportunities in the first half. City upped the tempo after the break and created several good chances but Everton, and most notably goalkeeper Tim Howard, held firm.Pellegrini said: “We did enough to win the game, especially in the second half. In the first 45 minutes it was a very close game with not many chances, maybe one or two in each box, but in the second half it was complete dominance by us – of possession, of shots, of saves from their goalkeeper.”last_img read more

Man United injury update as Martial and Smalling join the long list of absentees

first_img 14 14 14 14 6. Wayne Rooney – out injured since February 13 (Sunderland 2-1 Manchester United) – Injury: Knee – Due back early April 12. Phil Jones – out injured since January 2 (Manchester United 2-1 Swansea) – Injury: Ankle – Due back late February 14 10. Ashley Young – out injured since January 17 (Liverpool 0-1 Manchester United) – Injury: Groin – Due back in March 13. Antonio Valencia – out injured since October 25 (Manchester United 0-0 Manchester City) – Injury: Foot – Due back early March 14 1. Anthony Martial – out injured since February 25 (Manchester United 5-1 FC Midtjylland) – click the arrow above to see who else is injured and when they are due back – Injury: Hamstring – Unknown when due back 14 3. Will Keane – out injured since Feb 22 (Shrewsbury 0-3 Manchester United) – Injury: Groin – Unknown when due back 7. Matteo Darmian – out injured since February 13 (Sunderland 2-1 Manchester United) – Injury: Dislocated shoulder – Due back late March 14 Louis van Gaal overcame two potential banana skins this week as Manchester United claimed victories over Shrewsbury and FC Midtjylland.However, next up for the under-fire Red Devils manager is the task of overcoming Arsenal at Old Trafford, and do so with the most injury-ridden squad in the Premier League.Despite the return of Marcos Rojo on Thursday night, United’s injury troubles worsened as first Chris Smalling and then, ten minutes prior to kick off, Anthony Martial were ruled out.That brings United’s injury toll up to 14, meaning the likes of Joe Riley and Marcus Rashford, who both played brilliantly in the Europa League, are needing to fill the gaps in the first team.United’s injury list is scheduled to be clear in the next two months with many predicted to be back in contention by the end of March.Click the arrow above, right, to see who is out and when they are expected back in a Red shirt again. 11. Bastian Schweinsteiger – out injured since January 9 (Manchester United 1-0 Sheffield United) – Injury: Knee – Due back early March 8. Marouane Fellaini – out injured since February 7 (Chelsea 1-1 Manchester United) – Injury: Muscle injury after ‘too many games’ – Unknown when due back 14 14 5. David De Gea – out injured since February 18 (FC Midtjylland 2-1 Manchester United) – Injury: Knee – Due back possibly Sunday 2. Chris Smalling – out injured since Feb 22 (Shrewsbury 0-3 Manchester United) – Injury: Shoulder – Unknown when due back 14 14 14 9. Adnan Januzaj – out injured since January 23 (Manchester United 0-1 Southampton) – Injury: Hamstring – Due back late February 4. Cameron Borthwick-Jackson – out injured since February 22 (Shrewsbury 0-3 Manchester United) – Injury: Unknown – Unknown when due back 14 14. Luke Shaw – out injured since September 15 (PSV Eindhoven 2-1 Manchester United) – Injury: Broken leg – Due back in Aprillast_img read more

‘It should not be done’ – Hiddink refuses to condemn Hazard after shirt swap

first_img1 Guus Hiddink has told Chelsea fans ‘not to overvalue’ Eden Hazard’s half-time gesture in their Champions League defeat to Paris Saint-Germain.The Ligue 1 side edged the last 16 second leg and Blues fans were angered by the Belgian playmaker at the interval.As both sides headed for the changing rooms, with the score 1-1, Hazard swapped shirts with former Manchester United attacker Angel di Maria – something Hiddink did not approve of, although he refused to condemn the 25-year-old.“I’m aware. It should not be done,” the Dutchman said.“But in some countries it’s usual that you do it (at half-time) and not after the game. Maybe they’re both used to doing that.“Don’t overvalue this issue.” Eden Hazard limped of with a knock in the second half last_img

Board of Supervisors wants power lines more secure

first_imgConcerned about the role power lines may have had in last week’s wildfires, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors directed officials Tuesday to investigate strengthening lines most susceptible to collapsing during high winds. “It’s not officially confirmed, but widely suspected, that in the case of the Malibu fire power lines were blown down (and ignited the fire),” Chairman Zev Yaroslavsky said. “We can’t underground all the power lines. It’s exceedingly expensive. But beyond that, what can we do to better secure those lines? This isn’t the first time this has happened, or the second time, but the 18th time fires have been started because of downed power lines.” The supervisors directed Fire Department and other officials to examine why power lines may have failed and determine what measures can be taken to strengthen them. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! But beyond the expense of putting power lines underground, funding for such efforts is heavily restricted. Certain sources of funding, for example, may not be combined with other funds to pay for putting lines underground. Yaroslavsky said such restrictions should be lifted in areas deemed high fire hazard zones. Supervisors also directed officials to assess the county’s response to the recent fires and whether it offers any new lessons. “The fire and sheriff’s departments worked extremely collaboratively to evacuate and save thousands of lives and property,” Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich said. “A large part of their success in managing this disaster is the result of lessons learned from prior disasters and ongoing emergency preparedness exercises.”last_img read more

Man to be charged in slaying

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat KingsDetective Ty Labbe of the sheriff’s Homicide Bureau declined to comment on a possible motive for the killing. But he said it appears the Lams were in a dire financial situation. Records show the Lams filed for bankruptcy on June 10, 2002. The FBI has also said that David Lam has a gambling problem. Lam was arrested Nov. 17 on Batam Island, Indonesia by the Indonesian National Police at the request of the FBI. He was turned over to the sheriff’s department Tuesday night. FBI spokeswoman Laura Eimiller said FBI agents in Jakarta and Singapore followed up on leads, some of them old, that led to Lam. A murder suspect found hiding in Indonesia will be arraigned Monday on charges he strangled his wife and buried her in their Rowland Heights backyard two years ago. David Lam, 45, will make his first court appearance at the West Covina branch Superior Court. The former Rowland Heights resident is being held at the sheriff’s East L.A. station in lieu of $1 million bail. A fugitive since 2005, Lam is suspected of killing his 49-year-old wife, Susan. Her remains were unearthed Sept. 23, 2005 in a shallow grave in the backyard of a house the couple rented in the 2600 block of Doubletree Lane. Details of how Lam survived while on the run are still sketchy. “According to Indonesian police, he’d been working odd jobs,” she said. Officials from the Indonesian Consulate General in Los Angeles didn’t return phone calls Wednesday. The Lams didn’t have children. Labbe said to his knowledge, Susan Lam was unemployed. Relatives reported Susan Lam missing on Sept. 13, 2005. They had last talked to her two days before. Shortly after his wife was reported missing, David Lam took a leave from his job at the Bicycle Casino in Bell Gardens and disappeared. Deputies later found what looked like two graves behind the Rowland Heights house and started digging. “It was late on the 22nd when we knew a body was found in the back yard,” Labbe said. Authorities got word David Lam had left the country. “We had information he fled to Singapore then Indonesia,” said Eimiller of the FBI. “What we believe is he fled there immediately after the crime … that’s where we focused the fugitive investigation. Ultimately he was found on that island.” She said Lam may have been living on Batam the entire time he was a fugitive. But added that it’s also possible he lived in other parts of Indonesia. ruby.gonzales@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3026160Want 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

OVEN GLOVES OFF! McCONALOGUE V MacLOCHLAINN IN COOK-OFF

first_imgTwo Donegal TDs are lined up for a face-to-face “Cook Off” on Friday 9thMarch to help promote The Food Coast – Donegal’s Good Food Initiative.The evening will begin with Community Chef Brian McDermott demonstrating a classic fish dish using Greencastle fish and other Donegal produce.Next up will be TDs Pádraig MacLochlainn and Charlie McConalogue goinghead-to-head to cook a main course using local ingredients from a mysterybasket of produce. The Dáil deputies will be assisted by two students from the Letterkenny Institute of Technology’s Tourism School.It isn’t the first time the TDs have met in a competitive cooking event, withCharlie McConologue coming out on top on the previous occasion when hecooked an omelette in under 42 seconds.The event is being organized by the Donegal County Enterprise Board food initiative “The Food Coast” and will take place in Redcastle Hotel at 7pm as part of Enterprising Donegal Business Week 2012.  The evening will finish with a tasting of local produce.“It should be great fun” says Michael Tunney, Chief Executive of DonegalCounty Enterprise Board.  “Brian McDermott always provides superbdemonstrations that showcase local produce and we’re expecting greatthings from Charlie and Pádraig”. Brian McDermott has achieved national recognition as the Community Chefworking with community and sports groups to raise awareness of healthyfood made from fresh local ingredients.Cooking professionally for 20 years, Brian has worked in product development with Kerry Group before setting up his own award-winning restaurant “Finnegan’s”.He has also cooked in the award winning “Harry’s” in Bridgend and “Kealy’s Seafood Bar” in Greencastle and more recently with Raymond Blanc at theMichelin-starred Le Manoir.He launched his first book, “Reunite with Food”, in October 2011 and he has a weekly radio slot with BBC Radio.  The common theme of his work is using fresh local ingredients that help keep us all healthy and that support the local economy at the same time.‘The Food Coast – Donegal’s Good Food Initiative’ is a campaign toestablish Donegal as a county with a vibrant food culture and foodeconomy. The initiative has four main goals – to encourage new foodbusinesses, support existing food businesses, promote the sourcing oflocal produce and drive awareness locally and nationally of the fantasticfood we have on our doorstep in Donegal.The initiative is open to anyone with an interest in the County’s food sector, from start-up businesses to part-time food producers, from on-farm artisan food producers to manufacturers, distributors, retailers and restaurateurs.To attend the free ‘cook off’ and demonstration or for further informationabout Enterprising Donegal Business Week 2012, contact Celine Carroll,Donegal County Enterprise Board on 074 9160735 or emailccarroll@donegalenterprise.ie Alternatively, you can visit the DonegalCounty Enterprise Board’s website at www.donegalenterprise.ie and registeronline.OVEN GLOVES OFF! McCONALOGUE V MacLOCHLAINN IN COOK-OFF was last modified: February 21st, 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:OVEN GLOVES OFF! McCONALOGUE V MacLOCHLAINN IN COOK-OFFlast_img read more