Peterborough United appoint Graham Westley as new manager

first_img1 Peterborough United have announced the appointment of Graham Westley as their new manager.The former Stevenage boss joins the League One outfit after a long recruitment process from the club, who had been without a permanent boss since the sacking of Dave Robertson in early September.Westley, 47, has also been without a job since his departure from the Boro hotseat in May after losing the League Two play-off semi-final.Upon his appointment on Monday, Westley said: “I’m thrilled. This is a great opportunity, it’s a great football club.“There’s not too many other clubs in League One spending around £4m putting a squad together. £1.5m came off the bench on Saturday, so there’s real strength and depth, and the opportunity to work with a talented squad at a place that knows how to win is fantastic for me.”Westley becomes Peterborough’s sixth permanent manager in just over five-and-a-half years and said he will retain caretaker-boss Grant McCann on his coaching staff. The length of his contract was not disclosed.He replaces Robertson, who was dismissed after a run of three wins from 17 games in all competitions.Since his sacking, Posh beat Oldham 5-1 and drew with the high-flying Saddlers under caretaker McCann, who Westley said “would play a big part” at the club under his management.Westley flew out to the United States to meet Posh chairman Darragh MacAnthony, who said in a statement he did not judge him on an “his apparent obsession with fitness and physicality over style, flair and fast free-flowing football” from his time at Preston.“I will never as chairman of this football club sit back and watch what could be described as hoof ball or direct and ugly uninspiring football,” MacAnthony added in a statement on the club’s official website.“So understand that Graham Westley is clear on his objectives, what I want and the job that needs to be done at our club and quickly.” New Peterborough United boss Graham Westley last_img read more

Premier League managers react to Jose Mourinho sacking

first_imgJose Mourinho’s sacking as manager of Chelsea for the second time has come as a shock to his fellow Premier League managers.The likes of Louis van Gaal and Manuel Pellegrini have shared their shock and disappointment of the news, while Sam Allardyce called it a ‘bad indictment on the players’ should they perform for the new boss.With Guus Hiddink set to reprise the interim manager role he performed so well in in 2009, Mourinho’s colleagues were sorry to see the back of him.See below for the reactions of Mourinho’s now former Premier League rivals.Louis van Gaal:“It was a big surprise for me, I didn’t expect it. A fantastic manager with a record that nobody has in this football world, but it is still possible. What I have said in my own press conference last week was that the main thing is always the results first and second the chemistry between the players and the managers and his staff. I cannot judge what was happening in Chelsea, but I was very surprised.”Tony Pulis:“I’ve just got great respect for what he has achieved in the game. There are a lot of people who talk a good game and they underachieve and get away with underachieving, but he has always achieved and overachieved. He is one of the great managers. You look at some of the titles he has won – not just in this country but wherever he’s gone – and he’s a winner, 110 per cent a winner. All the managers of the top clubs in Europe will be looking over their shoulders at the moment because a top man is available again.”Sam Allardyce:“I’m shocked to say the least. I think they must have somebody lined up to have done it now. I’m sad to see Jose go because I got to know him quite well and as I have said before, he is a great manager with great character and is a loss to the Barclays Premier League I think. It’s a pretty bad indictment on the players if they actually go and perform better than they have done recently, just because Jose’s lost his job. There seems to be that reaction from a squad of players when a manager goes and they wait to see which new manager is coming in.”Manuel Pellegrini:“I think that the Premier League will miss him, of course. I don’t have to miss anyone, but if you ask me I prefer the Premier League with Mourinho than without Mourinho. With the best players and the best managers working here, I think the Premier League will be better.”last_img read more

Birmingham confirm deal for former Everton striker

first_img1 Birmingham have landed James Vaughan on loan from Huddersfield until the end of the season – when he will sign a permanent deal.The 27-year-old has spent the last month on loan with the Blues and has racked up six appearances for Gary Rowett’s side.He has yet to open his account for the club but has made a positive impression and the Terriers were happy to let him extend his stay at St Andrews.The former Everton striker, who holds the record as the youngest ever scorer in the Premier League at just 16 years and 271 days, is out of contract at the end of the season.And Birmingham have confirmed Vaughan will pen a permanent one-year contract when his loan ends, which will include the option of a further year. James Vaughan last_img

LISTEN: England boss on Rooney, Wilshere, Euro 2016 and MORE!

first_imgRoy Hodgson was in the talkSPORT studios on Tuesday to talk all things England. The Three Lions boss joined Adrian Durham and Darren Gough on Drivetime and he discussed whether he will take captain Wayne Rooney [depending on fitness], Arsenal’s Jack Wilshere and other players pushing to make the 23-man squad. Hodgson said how the future is bright for the national team, with a number of exciting prospects emerging, and also the expectation ahead of the European Championships in the summer. Listen to the full clip, above!last_img

Nokia Theatre opens in downtown L.A.

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.The peaceful easy feeling extended to the parking lot. On a night that had the Clippers playing across the street at Staples Center and a video-game expo occupying the Los Angeles Convention Center next door, streets were clear and there was plenty of parking in the surrounding lots. “Parking was so easy I couldn’t believe it,” said Long Beach resident Robin Morris, who works in the import-export business. “I didn’t expect to be able to park across the street and just walk right over.” The 7,100-seat, $100 million concert hall is part of a project that will eventually include a hotel, a nightclub and the Grammy Museum. The Nokia has already booked shows through the middle of next year, including a Chinese New Year’s celebration, rock acts and comedians. “Everybody seems to be in such high spirits,” said Charlene Hatago, a marketing assistant from Rowland Heights. “It really is spectacular. The lighting is really great outside. It brings a really friendly, happy feeling. It’s a lot of fun.” Cell-phone cameras clicked in the courtyard and one employee had a video screen attached to his back to give guests a closer view of the sport and music clips. “It`s so alive – which is unusual for a Thursday night,” said Shirley Kawashiri, an Alhambra legal assistant. “And it’s not even the weekend.” [email protected] (818) 713-3676160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! A light-hearted atmosphere of camaraderie and fun Thursday marked the opening night of the Nokia Theatre, L.A.’s newest concert venue. The plaza across from Staples Center was festooned with video screens showing sports and music clips, while concert-goers mingled, had drinks or munched pizza at an outdoor cafe. The curtain rose with a string of dates starring the Eagles and the Dixie Chicks. “There’s so much to look at,” said Judy Larsen of Santa Clarita, who works in the travel industry. “It’s such a nice surprise to see all of this.” last_img

Mexican trip is now convenient

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.“Not only that,” Catalan added, “but it is a very affordable place and now only two hours from Los Angeles.” A one-bedroom condo on the beach will run you about $160 a day, according to Rafael Venezuela from Rocky point reservations. “That includes use of kayaks, a great gym, as well as access to a variety of sporting activities and more all with a stunning view of the Sea of Cortez,” she said. There are no billfish in this part of the Sea of Cortez. Anglers usually fish from seven to 15 miles offshore and focus mostly on bottom fish. “It is not unusual to catch 50 to 100 fish per angler on many trips,” said Barbara Olszewski from Rocky Point Boat Charters. “April through June is a great time to catch grouper in the 80- to 125-pound class as well as pinto bass from 20 to 35 pounds and many other species. We have very few trips where our anglers don’t catch anything and we catch fish year-round.” Other species caught in Puerto Penasco include flounder, red snapper, rock bass, sierras, triggerfish and at times, good yellowtail fishing. You can charter an entire boat for 6 anglers for as little as $360 for a day on the water. There is also spectacular clamming available for $10 a trip. “We go out about one hour before low tide from the middle of September to the end of June,” Olszewski said. An added bonus about Puerto Penasco is that there is so much to do for those traveling who may not like to fish. “The coldest water temperatures here are the same as the warmest water temperatures in Southern California,” said Edna Gonzalez Bertheau, director of Aditurpp in Puerto Penasco. “There are great spas for the ladies, wonderful weather in the winter, huge tidal flows, scuba diving, snorkeling, seafood cuisine, ecotourism, all at a price that is far less than Cabo San Lucas.” “With Aero Mexico now flying from Los Angeles to Puerto Penasco, our hope is that more Californians will try this as a fishing, vacation or stress-relieving destination,” Catalan added. You can contact Phil Friedman via e-mail at [email protected] Send “Catch of the Week” photos to [email protected] or mail them to Daily Breeze Sports Department, 5215 Torrance Blvd., Torrance, 90503-4077.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Aero Mexico announced on Wednesday that beginning October 30th, it would offer direct flights from Los Angeles International Airport to Puerto Penasco in the Mexican state of Sonora. The cost will be $260 plus tax for roundtrip airfare and will take approximately two hours from Los Angeles. Direct flights will depart LAX on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays. Puerto Penasco, also know as Rocky Point, was first established as a fishing village along the sandy beaches of the Sea of Cortez in the 1930’s. As the blue shrimp population declined, Puerto Penasco started its transformation from a small fishing village to a popular vacation destination. In 2006, Puerto Penasco attracted 2.1 million visitors. “Puerto Penasco has so much to offer,” said Veronica Catalan, liaison from the Mexico Tourism Board in Los Angeles. “It is a family-oriented place with beautiful sandy beaches, warm Sea of Cortez waters, golf, Bird Island (Isla San Jorge) where you can swim with sea lions and see a vast variety of different birds. There are fantastic natural wonders like El Pinacate Volcanic Reserve with over 600 craters and great sportfishing.” last_img read more


first_imgUPDATED: A SENIOR Donegal lawyer today warned investors in a scam Ponzi scheme to take legal advice – or face losing their money.The lawyer spoke out as we revealed the that anti-fraud officers in the North have frozen assets and accounts worth an astonishing £6.8M (€8.1M) can reveal that the UK’s Financial Services Authority has also been granted a restraining order preventing the crook behind the scam from continuing to operate his Ponzi scheme. And we can now put a figure on how much the convicted fraudster managed to rake in from investors north and south of the Border….an incredible €17,500,000!Yesterday we were shown documents relating the to the investigation and how the FSA in the North and the PSNI fraud squad are working to unravel the scheme.A restraining order has been granted by a High Court judge allowing the FSA to seize the assets and prevent the crook from accessing cash or continuing to run any sort of investment scheme.Cops and financial regulators here in the Republic and in Germany are on the trail of €12M in cash and assets. We now understand that the crook attempted to siphon off the cash in €4.5M chunks, but the move was reported to the authorities by a concerned bank official.A spokesman for the FSA in the North would only say: “I can confirm that we have frozen some assets and secured a restraining order.”Any monies seized would only be returned to investors once all the agencies in Ireland, the UK, Germany and Estonia were complete.That, said the FSA source, could take months and perhaps a year.Asked what advice he would give to Donegal investors, he said: “I would say they should seek legal advice as soon as possible and report any losses to the authorities.” He also suggested that anyone who didn’t declare an interest, but had taken money out of the scheme or made a profit before the scam was uncovered could be prosecuted for earning cash from the proceeds of crime.“That would certainly be the view in our jurisdiction,” said the source.Gardai will not comment while their investigations are ongoing, except to repeat that premises in the county have been searched and items seized.However today a well-known solicitor familiar with the scam in Donegal told us: “Anyone who is waitng for another email promising the return of monies is potentially throwing this money away. “My strong view would be that any monies that do exist are now in the hands of state agencies north and south and that is where investors should be concentrating their efforts for recompense.”SCAM UPDATE: ‘TAKE LEGAL ADVICE’ PLEA AS INVESTIGATORS SEIZE CASH was last modified: January 20th, 2011 by gregShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more


first_imgThe Shandon Hotel.The former owner of the Shandon Hotel has objected to the granting of a license for the hotel.Mr Dermot McGlade appeared at Falcarragh District Court this morning when a license application by the new owners of the Portnablagh-based hotel was heard.The hotel was recently purchased at an All-Sops Auction in Dublin for approximately €800,0000 but was once value at almost €6M. New owner Mr Warren McCarthy appeared in court to give evidence of his plans for the hotel.His solicitor Mr Brendan Twomey said he was aware that the hotel’s former owner Mr Dermot McGlade was objecting to the granting of the license.However he said that the court was no provision to hear Mr Glade’s objection during the court sitting.Donegal Daily understands the objection relates to a right-of-way at the hotel but no reference was made to this in court. Mr McCarthy gave evidence that although he had no experience in the bar trade, he had acquainted himself with the alcohol laws.He said he planned to move a management team in to run the hotel and they would operate it under him.He said the hotel needed some renovation but no structural works but rather works to address some damp and leaking roofs.He said that he did not envisage the hotel will open in the summer but may be open before Christmas.Judge Paul Kelly explained to the former owner Mr McGlade that he did not have the right to object at the current court but could do so during the annual licensing court in September. Judge Kelly also advised solicitor Mr Twomey to inform his client of the situation with regard to Mr McGlade’s objection to the hotel.FORMER OWNER OBJECTS TO LICENSE FOR SHANDON HOTEL was last modified: May 20th, 2015 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:donegalobjectionPortnablaghshandon hotellast_img read more

Bundesliga ever-present being eyed by Liverpool – all you need to know

first_imgFootball stats experts WhoScored delve deeper into the facts you need to know about a German international defender linked with Liverpool…“His yellow card”, Jurgen Klopp said, was his reason for taking off Dejan Lovren at half-time when his Liverpool side were two goals to the good at Southampton on Sunday. In his place came Martin Skrtel, who ultimately succeeded in costing the Reds all three points at St Mary’s. Minutes after his introduction, Skrtel gained his own place in the book having conceded a penalty for a foul on Graziano Pelle.While Simon Mignolet spared his blushes to deny Sadio Mane from 12-yards, Skrtel didn’t aid his cause, with the centre-back at fault for Mane’s second and Saints’ decisive third goal of the game in a 3-2 defeat. An underwhelming display to say the least contributed to a rating of 4.7, the fourth lowest of all outfield players in the Premier League this season. While Skrtel was one of Brendan Rodgers’ first choice centre-backs, the 31-year-old Slovakian could be one of the first to be shown the Anfield exit this summer.The signing of Joel Matip has already been confirmed, but he is unlikely to be the last defensive arrival when the transfer window re-opens. Conveniently following Skrtel’s cataclysmic half of football, Liverpool have been linked with another centre-back in the form of Niklas Sule. The gargantuan German may not have performed to his full potential this season, but at 20 years of age, there is plenty of time to improve.Given Hoffenheim’s perilous position in the Bundesliga, no player for the side has exactly covered themselves in glory this season, though performances have improved since Julian Nagelsmann’s appointment last month. Indeed, Sule has provided the foundations with which to build upon in Hoffenheim’s recent up-turn in form.Sule (2430) is one of four outfielders – one of which incidentally is Matip – to play every minute in the Bundesliga this season, which is all the more impressive considering Sule sustained a cruciate ligament rupture in December 2014.Widely regarded as one of the hottest defensive prospects in Bundesliga, interest from Liverpool comes as little shock. Former Hoffenheim attacker Roberto Firmino would be all too familiar with the youngster’s ability, while Klopp is another who would be well aware of Sule’s talent as a result of his time as Borussia Dortmund boss.Of course, the young defender’s lack of speed could well be cause for concern given Klopp’s preference to adopt a high pressing approach. However, what Sule lacks in pace, he makes up for in a commendable ability to alleviate pressure on his side’s goal. Sule has made more clearances (169) than any other player in the Bundesliga this season, bringing to light the proactive side of his game.Furthermore, Sule is a centre-back who would go to any length to ensure his goalkeeper is rarely troubled, with the German willing to put his body on the line for the good of his team. Again, only soon-to-be-Liverpool centre-back Matip (25) has blocked more shots than Sule (24) in Germany’s top tier this term, reinforcing his statistically calculated strength of ‘blocking the ball’.Given Mignolet’s indifferent form between the sticks, a player of Sule’s talent would improve Liverpool’s defence, with his commendable reading of the game masking his lack of speed. With Matip on board, one would not put it past Klopp to raid the Bundesliga for Sule, particularly if Hoffenheim fail to consolidate their spot in the top-flight of German football this season.For more stats on Niklas Sule, click here to view his player page Niklas Sule in action for Hoffenheim 1last_img read more

Villarreal chief confirms club ready to sell Eric Bailly to Manchester United

first_img Eric Bailly [right] in action for Villarreal 1 Villarreal are ready to sell Eric Bailly to Manchester United, according to the Spanish club’s CEO.The Ivorian defender has emerged as a key transfer target for new United boss Jose Mourinho and reports have suggested that a £30m switch could be on the cards.And now Villarreal have confirmed that they have no intention of standing in Bailly’s way if United stump up the cash to sign the 22-year-old.The club’s chief executive Fernando Roig Nogueroles told Marca: “There is a team that is very interested and if the three parties agree there will be no problems.“If the player wants to leave and Manchester are interested and pay, we will reach an agreement.”last_img