Mustangs stun the nation’s No. 1 team, Christ the King

first_imgMustangs stun the nation’s No. 1 team, Christ the King Seize the moment. That’s what Marlboro High School’s volunteer coach Ed Zucker told the Mustangs before they took on New York’s Christ the King, the No. 1 ranked team in the country. And seize the moment they did. The Mustangs stunned the nation’s top-ranked team, rallying from nine down (49-40) in the final five minutes to score an uplifting 59-53 win at Asbury Park’s Convention Hall Sunday. It’s a win that brings legitimacy to the Mustangs. “It was just an incredible win,” noted Zucker. “The rap has been that Marlboro hadn’t won a big game. This turns the corner for the program. “The girls were excited about playing the No. 1 team,” he said. “They knew it was a great opportunity for them. It was the first time they didn’t feel the pressure to win.” Defense made all the difference for Marlboro as the Mustangs put the clamps on Christ the King’s offense in the final minutes, coming up with one huge steal after another. Sharnee Zoll and Chakhia Cole started the comeback with their steals, which were parlayed into five quick points by Cole and suddenly, the Royals were in for the fight of their lives. Marlboro’s momentum did not slow over the final minutes of the game as Zoll, Jenna Gatto and Brina Pollack all joined in the action. “They (Christ the King) were shocked,” said Zucker. “We backed them into a corner. The girls could sense that they had a great opportunity to win it.” Cole’s two free throws with 46 seconds left gave Marlboro its first lead of the quarter, 55-53. After a defensive stand resulted in another Royal turnover, Pollack sealed the upset, making two more free throws with 13 seconds left that opened up a 57-53 lead. When the Mustangs slowed the Royals down, their half-court defense proved too tenacious. Marlboro would outscore Christ the King 21-8 over the last quarter. “We did a very good job clogging the middle and getting steals,” said Zucker. “Zoll did a great job of defense on the ball. It was a team effort.” Also important was Marlboro’s offensive balance. While Cole was heroic with her game-high 21 points, Pollack added 13 and Christi Kastner chipped in with nine. Gatto and Zoll each contributed eight points as the Mustangs spread the wealth and made the Royals defend everyone. — Tim Morrislast_img read more

Benfica and Sevilla secure Europa League wins

first_imgBy Toby DavisA stunning late goal from Benfica’s Lima left Juventus’ hopes of reaching a home Europa League final hanging in the balance after a 2-1 first-leg defeat, while Sevilla won 2-0 against Valencia in Thursday’s all-Spanish last-four clash.Benfica scored early through Ezequiel Garay and were resolute in defence for 73 minutes, before Carlos Tevez calmly slotted home to end a European goal-drought stretching back to April 2009 and give the visitors a priceless away goal.Yet the smiles were wiped off their faces with a flash of Lima’s right boot as the Brazilian forward arrived late in the penalty area to drill the ball into the top corner and put the hosts ahead in the tie heading into next week’s return leg in Turin, where the showpiece final will also take place on May 14Sevilla took the lead with an improvised backheel from Stephane Mbia in the 33rd minute of their clash with La Liga rivals Valencia and doubled their advantage three minutes later through Carlos Bacca.Pitching the newly-crowned Portuguese champions against a Juventus side blazing a trail in Serie A, the match in Lisbon promised entertainment but delivered a typically cagey opening to a European first-leg clash.“It was a great game, a game of champions,” said Benfica coach Jorge Jesus. “We knew we had to be perfect defensively, we were almost there. Their goal was a great individual play by Tevez. But this is the first defeat of Juventus in the Europa League.”Benfica were unbeaten in 12 home European encounters and were quick out of the traps, snatching the lead when Garay was allowed to leap unchallenged to head Miralem Sulejmani’s corner powerfully past a scrambling Gianluigi Buffon.While the Italians were caught cold they swiftly recovered their composure and took the sting out of the tie by hogging possession and restricting space for the Benfica attackers.It all looked to be going to plan when Tevez kept his head and his footing to ride a challenge in the Benfica area and sidefoot beneath keeper Artur for his first European goal since scoring for Manchester United against Porto five years ago.The away goal had put the visitors firmly in the box seat, but Lima’s crunching 84th-minute piledriver means they will have win the return leg to have a chance of reaching final in their home stadium.“The fact that I scored is not important, the important thing is that the tie is still alive,” Juve’s Tevez said. “We still have 90 minutes to play and Juve can do it, we have a lot of hope.”Sevilla coach Unai Emery knew opponents Valencia inside-out having managed them for four years until 2012, and while his team got off to a slow start they grabbed the lead with a piece of improvisation from Mbia.The midfielder got his legs in a tangle trying to control Ivan Rakitic’s inswinging free kick, but showed sharp instincts to backheel the ball into the net from close range.If that was scrappy, the second goal came from an incisive break with Bacca playing a one-two with Vitolo before surging past the Valencia rearguard and coolly slotting home.The only sour note for Sevilla was their failure to increase their advantage and bury Valencia in the tie with Federico Fazio missing two good headed chances either side of halftime.Valencia are no strangers to dramatic second-leg comebacks having overturned a 3-0 reverse against Basel in the last round.“It was a good game from us against a strong rival in Valencia but despite this result it is still going to be difficult there,” Sevilla goalscorer Bacca told reporters.“One of the most important things was to make sure we didn’t concede a goal. We could have got a third but they also did well themselves. The game in Valencia is going to be like a final which anyone would want to play.”last_img read more

Constitutional Crisis in Guyana

first_imgThe refusal of erstwhile President David Granger to obey the pellucid command of the Constitution to proclaim an elections date by Sept 18, three months after the NCM had been ruled as validly passed on June 18 by the CCJ, has triggered a constitutional crisis in our country. The US introduced the norm of a written constitution in 1897 and since that time they have faced several constitutional crises, including one brewing in the present. As such, their perspective might be useful to our much younger republic to handle our present crisis.In May of this year, the media group Vox solicited the opinion of several constitutional experts on the nature of constitutional crises and we offer them as background for discussion here.Peter Shane, law professor, Ohio State University explained: “The purpose of a constitution is to structure legitimate government, so that the exercise of power over an entire citizenry by a relatively small handful of elected and appointed officials is morally justified. In a democracy, that moral justification depends on several things: the protection of human rights; adherence to the rule of law; structures and practices that help assure, in public policymaking, genuine consideration for the interests of everyone who is subject to the government’s authority; and opportunities for all citizens to participate as meaningful political actors in the processes of collective self-determination.“I define a constitutional crisis as a situation in which existing constitutional arrangements no longer realistically promise to serve the foundational values of democratic constitutionalism.” Under this test, Granger has definitely precipitated a constitutional crisis. In parting he noted the foundational value that Granger lacks: “A 19th-century British prime minister once said, “Every political constitution in which different bodies share the supreme power is only enabled to exist by the forbearance of those among whom this power is distributed.” Granger has shown he lacks this restraint with the power he was conferred.A second pertinent and analytical perspective was offered by Keith Whittington, politics professor, Princeton University: “I think a constitutional crisis is best understood to be moments when the constitutional system itself seems to be breaking down. This can happen in two ways: a crisis of operation and a crisis of fidelity.“A crisis of operation occurs when important political disputes cannot be resolved within the existing constitutional framework. An effective constitution is one that provides a structure for contesting and resolving political disputes. When a constitution can no longer do that and our disputes spill outside the constitutional framework, then the constitution itself is in crisis.A crisis of fidelity occurs when important political actors are simply unwilling to adhere to the constitutional commitments as they understand them. If consequential political actors determined that a constitutional rule or a prescribed constitutional outcome should be ignored because some other political priority than following the constitution is more important, then the Constitution’s ability to guide and constrain political behavior has, to that degree, been cast into doubt.”Granger is ignoring the dictates of Art 106 (6) and (7) because he prioritises the fortunes of the PNC over that of the country.Finally, Jessica Silbey, law professor, Northeastern University pointed out: “All members of government swear an oath to uphold the US Constitution, which provides rules for governing as well as for debating changes to those rules. Refusing to follow these rules is one feature of a constitutional crisis.” Here Granger swore an oath to protect our constitution but now traduces it by seeking to influence the elections process.Sibley warns of the consequences of this move: “But if the enforcers are cheating, and the rules for electing new government are constrained by the existing ruling party — constraints such as … limiting access to the ballot — the people cannot solve the crisis within our democratic and constitutional norms. This kind of constitutional crisis can lead to revolution because of the profound inequality, the constraints on liberty the consolidation of power creates, and the feeling of hopelessness both produce.”last_img read more

Cancer poses one of the greatest public health threats of the 21st century

first_imgDear Editor,First I wish to applaud Annand Boodram for his excellent and timely article on alcohol and some of its major effects on this society, and the issue of alcohol in our culture.Nowrang Persaud, thankfully, has acknowledged the impact of alcohol on domestic violence, road traffic accidents and suicide – but that is only the tip of the iceberg.Along with my colleagues in the medical profession we are left to deal with the devastating effects of alcohol on a daily basis.Alcohol is among the five most addictive substances of abuse which are; heroin, crack cocaine, tobacco, diazepam and alcohol. It also shrinks the brain of chronic alcoholics and some experts feel it may be one reason why some don’t understand the implications of drinking on an industrial scale.Alcohol is responsible for significant morbidity and mortality – it is responsible for seven types of cancers and more than 600,000 deaths globally every year – which include head & neck, oesophagus, liver, colon, rectal and breast – the problems of alcohol are immense. It includes heart disease, heart failure, rhythm disturbance, stroke, pancreatitis, acute and chronic liver disease, liver failure and liver cancer which has a dismal prognosis. No diabetic should drink alcohol, it is neurotoxin and damages the nerves.The full scope of the effects of alcohol cannot be addressed in this letter.Towards this end the Guyana Cancer Prevention Society (GCPS) is pleased to announce that one of its main objectives is to increase Public Awareness that Cancer poses one of the greatest public health threats of the 21 century. More than 80-90 per cent of all cancers are PREVENTABLE, yet more than 80 per cent of all cancers present, advance to stages 3-4 cancer, with afflicted persons living six months to a year if they have the best standard of care.In 2014, some 14 million people globally were diagnosed with cancer and there were 8.2 million deaths – by 2030, 22 million people will be diagnosed with cancer and more than 14 million deaths will be registered.The tragedy is some 65 per cent of all cancers will occur in low and mid-income countries like Guyana. This alarming rate of increase in new cancer cases and in the number of deaths, tell a clear story – we are failing to control cancer, and carrying on business as usual is unthinkableThe cost to the global economy by 2020 will exceed US.2 trillion. Quite clearly we cannot spend our way out of this crisis.The GCPS’ mission is to educate the public and change the arc of literacy on cancer.We recognise that the following are the main causes of Cancer – and our mission is to prevent the preventable cancers and provide screening for early detection to cure cancer.Tobacco is the number one preventable cause of cancer and responsible for more than 70 per cent of all cancer deaths. Every year tens of millions people start smoking.The GCPS will work with the Ministry of Health and support the introduction of the strongest legislation to curb tobacco use, and prevent more tobacco-related cancer deaths.Alcohol is the second most preventable cause of cancer and like tobacco is addictive. I am not certain how many people adhere to the mantra “drink responsibly – two drinks only,” too many people make poor choices and lack discipline -” two drinks only – that is just to get us started” is what we hear too often.OBESITY and a LACK OF PHYSICAL ACTIVITY is another preventable cause of cancer – too many calories, sugar, salt and fat, fuel the Obesity epidemic.Sexually transmitted viral infections causes five major cancers, all of these Cancers are preventable, remember, safe sex – the most frequent sexually transmitted viral infection is the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV), which causes several cancers, the most well-known is cervical cancer – which Is preventable with the HPV vaccine and screening for early detection and appropriate treatment as required. HIV-Aids 4 cancers, Hepatitis, B&C, HPV, and HTLV1.Again we will work with the Ministry of Health and all organisations to ensure that no woman need die from this preventable and curable cancer.We as a nation can and must do better – together we can all make a difference.It is Time for Action.Yours faithfully,Carl NiamataliPresident: GuyanaCancer PreventionSocietylast_img read more

Euro 2016 Fantasy Football: 10 bargain stars to sign!

first_img Mikael Lustig (Sweden) – €5.0m – The Celtic star is no stranger to goals from full-back. He netted five times for Celtic this season and grabbed one against Wales for his national team on Sunday. He’s worth a punt. Arkadiusz Milik (Poland) – €7m – Already dubbed the ‘New Lewandowski’ even though he’ll be playing just off him in France. The Pole has done well with Ajax, netting 21 goals in 31 Eredivisie games last season, while 10 in 24 international appearances is pretty handy too. 10 Andre Schurrle (Germany) – €7.5m – Unlikely to start, but the Wolfsburg man can still do damage, just like he did at the World Cup in Brazil where he ended up with three goals and an assist, despite playing only 244 minutes. He would allow you to spend more on your midfield/defence depending on the formation you choose. 10 10 Stephan Lichtsteiner (Switzerland) – €5.5m – Juventus star Lichtsteiner should be one of the first names on the team sheet for the Swiss. He’s capable of flying up the flank and aiding team-mate Xherdan Shaqiri so we wouldn’t be surprised to see him get a goal or an assist. Renato Sanches (Portugal) – €4.5m – If you want to have some expensive stars in your ranks, you’ll need at least one dirt cheap midfielder. After his stunning rise to the top this season, Sanches has earned a big-money move to Bayern Munich and a place at Euro 2016. Likely to be only a bench star, he’s a good option to pick up the odd point and may even find himself starting if he makes an impact. 10 10 Michael McGovern (Northern Ireland) – €4.5m – The Hamilton Academical star is one of the cheapest goalkeepers likely to start at Euro 2016 and only 1% of people have signed him up. He’s not a bad shout given he’s only conceded seven goals in 11 caps, so far. Pair that with the fact his nation only conceded eight in qualifying and the case is strong for his inclusion. Laurent Koscielny (France) – €6m – Arsenal’s centre-back is an automatic starter following injuries to some of Didier Deschamps’ squad. They’re in a decent group at Euro 2016, so we think a clean sheet or two isn’t out of the question. Olivier Giroud (France) – €8.5m – OK, the price might not seem a snip but the Arsenal man is likely to start for Didier Deschamps’ men and has hit seven goals for his nation since last September. We think he’s worth a shot. Emil Forsberg (Sweden) – €5.5m – A talented young prospect currently with RB Leipzig in Germany, he announced himself to British fans with his goal against Wales at the weekend. We fancy he could do similar in the group stages. 10 10 10 Jason Denayer (Belgium) – €4.5m – Click the right arrow above for more Euro 2016 Fantasy Football bargains… – Belgium have several superb centre-backs but lack good full-backs. A recent change by Marc Wilmots gives us the impression he will use the Manchester City youngster, who impressed on loan at Galatasaray last season. 10 10 Euro 2016 is finally here and so is the return of Fantasy Football.It’s been a tough couple of weeks since the end of the Premier League campaign but now we can pretend we’re Claudio Ranieri and manage our own teams.For the tournament, as always, UEFA are running their own game, which you can sign up to for free.And here at talkSPORT, after plenty of tinkering with our own teams, we’ve got some top tips for bargain players to put in your 15-man squads.Click the right arrow above to see who we think should make the cut…last_img read more

Tiger Woods’ father dies

first_imgCYPRESS, Calif. (AP) — Earl Woods, who was more determined to raise a good son than a great golfer and became the role model, architect and driving force behind Tiger Woods’ phenomenal career, died Wednesday morning at his home. He was 74. “My dad was my best friend and greatest role model, and I will miss him deeply,” Tiger Woods said on his Web site. “I’m overwhelmed when I think of all of the great things he accomplished in his life. He was an amazing dad, coach, mentor, soldier, husband and friend. I wouldn’t be where I am today without him, and I’m honored to continue his legacy of sharing and caring.” Woods was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 1998 and was treated with radiation, but the cancer returned in 2004 and spread throughout his body. Last month, he was too frail to travel to the Masters for the first time. His son finished tied for third. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl event160Want 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

New law aid to retiring employees

first_imgAnother proposal endorsed by the NCPA and the Brookings Institution, making a lifetime annuity the default payout option when a worker retires, was not included in the law, but proponents are hopeful the issue can be revived in the future. The Pension Protection Act does include a significant provision making permanent the higher contribution limits to employer defined-contribution plans and individual retirement accounts approved in 2001 but set to expire after 2010. For example, the basic annual IRA contribution limit, now $4,000 and slated to rise to $5,000 in 2008, would have reverted to $2,000 in 2011. Many people “have been figuring on IRA contributions of $4,000 or $5,000 a year into their retirement funding, having no idea this was set to be scaled back,” said Slott, editor of a national newsletter on IRAs ( www.irahelp.com). “But now their plan might just work out the way they thought.” The law also makes permanent a saver’s credit, which would have expired after this year, for lower-income and middle-income taxpayers contributing to retirement plans. Also made permanent are Roth 401(k) and 403(b) defined-contribution plan options that became available only this year and would have expired after 2010. Under such plans, employees don’t get a tax deduction on their contributions as they do with a traditional 401(k) or 403(b). But they don’t have to pay taxes when they take the money out in retirement. Humberto Cruz offers personal finance advice. Write him at AskHumberto@aol.com.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe Christmas Truce of 1914 proved that peace is possible“If this does not get you saving for your own retirement, then you have really missed the boat here,” Slott said. The problem with defined-contribution plans – or the opportunity, depending on how you look at it – is that we, not our employers, are responsible for the investment decisions, and the results. Numerous studies have shown many workers don’t contribute or contribute too little and invest too aggressively or too conservatively. Addressing those concerns, the Pension Protection Act includes widely supported provisions – backed by both the conservative National Center for Policy Analysis and left-of-center Brookings Institution, for example – that provide incentives for employers to make certain decisions unless employees specifically opt out. These decisions include automatic enrollment of new employees into 401(k) and 403(b) plans, automatic increases of contribution rates when workers receive a raise, and automatic investment in diversified portfolios. The law also will make it easier for employees who hold company stock in their plans to sell the stock to seek greater diversification. “This is the first step in making 401(k)s more accessible and valuable to workers,” said Matt Moore, senior policy analyst for NCPA. Automatic enrollment alone could boost participation from the current 66 percent of eligible employees to 92 percent, according to estimates by the Employee Benefit Research Institute and the Investment Company Institute. After poring over the much-ballyhooed Pension Protection Act of 2006, this much seems clear: When it comes to saving for retirement, we’ve got many opportunities. But more than ever, our retirement financial security is up to us. The 900-page-plus legislation, signed into law last month, is ostensibly designed to shore up the deficit-ridden federal pension insurance system and to strengthen defined-benefit plans that guarantee workers a lifetime pension. But I agree with Ed Slott, a certified public accountant and retirement tax law expert in Rockville Centre, N.Y., who believes the law may have the opposite effect. “There are so many new rules, hurdles, reporting and funding requirements that many companies might just say `the heck with this’ and discontinue those plans,” Slott said. On the other hand, the new law makes it easier for workers to contribute more money to their retirement plans, including employer-sponsored “defined contribution” plans such as 401(k)s and 403(b)s. last_img

Democrats may reclaim congress

first_imgAt the same time, Democrats said unexpected opportunities for gains keep coming their way – including House races in Minnesota, Idaho and Nevada – and they have the money needed to battle Republicans to the end. “We have enough to play defense in the blue states and offense in the red states,” said Sen. Chuck Schumer of New York, who heads the Democratic senatorial committee. Spending freely After months of stockpiling their millions, candidates and the parties are spending freely in the final days before Election Day. The National Republican Congressional Committee has spent more than $3 million to hold the seat of Ohio Rep. Bob Ney. Ney, who recently pleaded guilty to corruption charges, has yet to resign and is not seeking a new term. WASHINGTON – Democrats hold solid leads for four of the six Republican seats they need to capture the Senate and about 10 of 15 required to win the House, according to officials in both parties. Numerous additional races remain highly competitive. After two weeks of adverse publicity linked to the Mark Foley scandal, public and private polling suggested partial recovery for some endangered Republican incumbents, and senior party officials made a concerted effort to project confidence. “By many measures, there are strong indications of a right-of-center base that is engaged and committed,” party chairman Ken Mehlman said Friday in a memo written for public consumption. The assertion was a response to independent polls that show disapproval of President George W. Bush’s policies, including on the Iraq war, and discontent with Congress have made Democrats more eager to vote on Nov. 7 than Republicans. The GOP has invested more than $8 million into the Philadelphia suburbs and a northeast Pennsylvania district, where Republican Reps. Michael Fitzpatrick, Curt Weldon, Jim Gerlach and Don Sherwood face strong challenges. Democrats have put in nearly $7 million. In Connecticut, GOP Reps. Chris Shays, Nancy Johnson and Rob Simmons face difficult challenges, although Republicans hope that Sen. Joseph Lieberman’s independent candidacy will help them. By contrast, Republicans have few opportunities to take away House or Senate seats belonging to Democrats. Georgia, where the GOP is aiming at two House seats, is one such case. In the battle for the Senate, public and private polling shows Democratic challengers leading incumbents in Pennsylvania, Montana and Rhode Island as well as in Ohio, where the entire GOP ticket is struggling. Officials who discussed the private surveys did so on condition of anonymity, saying they were not authorized to speak publicly. Eager to offset likely losses, the National Republican Senatorial Committee has aired television commercials in New Jersey, hoping that Tom Kean Jr. can defeat Sen. Bob Menendez. Democrats countered quickly, with four times as much money. Republicans apparently have not abandoned all hope in Michigan, either. Bush is scheduled to campaign for challenger Mike Bouchard on Thursday. A party-financed television advertising campaign is possible, as well, aimed at toppling Democratic Sen. Debbie Stabenow. Biggest surprise Increasingly, though, officials in both parties said the battle for Senate control probably will come down to close races in Missouri, Tennessee and Virginia. All three are Republican-held seats where Democratic challengers have exceeded precampaign expectations. Under most scenarios, Democrats would have to win two of the three to gain a majority. In Tennessee, Republicans concede that Rep. Harold Ford has proved to be the most adept of the Democratic challengers this year. Democrats say Republican Bob Corker’s campaign has been sharper and more effective since a staff shake-up this month. Democrats in Missouri hope challenger Claire McCaskill will benefit from support for statewide initiatives on stem cell research and a higher minimum wage. She is running against Sen. Jim Talent. Foley scandal The closeness of the Virginia race, where Jim Webb is taking on Sen. George Allen, is the biggest surprise of the campaign season. Like other Republicans, Allen has begun edging away from Bush’s war policy. “The situation there is one that needs adjustments, that needs changes in tactics,” he said Friday. Many Republicans turned pessimistic about their party’s chances of holding the House when the Foley scandal broke. The Florida congressman abruptly resigned Sept. 29 after he was confronted with sexually explicit Internet messages he had written teenage male pages. The House Ethics Committee is investigating, and Republicans are working to shift the campaign spotlight elsewhere. “National security, border security and the economy: These are the issues that matter most to the American people as we confront challenges domestically and abroad,” House Majority Leader John Boehner, R-Ohio, advised fellow Republicans. Despite Mehlman’s efforts at reassurance, some candidates remain concerned. “The Republicans are a bit disillusioned,” said Rep. Chris Chocola, struggling in his bid for a third term in Indiana. The House Republicans in greatest danger of defeat include Reps. Charles Taylor of North Carolina and John Hostettler of Indiana, and Sherwood and Weldon of Pennsylvania, according to private polls. Of those incumbents, only Hostettler is not campaigning against a backdrop of scandal, either personal or political. In addition, Democrats lead for open seats currently in Republican hands in Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Ohio and Texas. The situation in Foley’s former district is unpredictable.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

AFC Wimbledon appoint ‘Crazy Gang’ legend Wally Downes as their new manager

first_imgWally Downes has been appointed AFC Wimbledon manager, the Sky Bet League One club have announced.The 57-year-old former Dons midfielder succeeds Neal Ardley, who left Kingsmeadow last month and has since taken charge at Notts County. The statement added: “We have talked at length with Wally about this (and) we are satisfied that these do not represent Wally’s views. We have agreed a series of actions with Wally that we believe will demonstrate his commitment to the club’s values.”Downes added: “I apologise for my previous use of social media – my comments were meant to be humorous but on reflection they were a mistake.“I am very aware of my responsibilities as Wimbledon’s manager and immensely proud to have been appointed.” BREAKING NEWS | It’s official! Wally Downes is the new #AFCW manager. Welcome home Wally! More here: https://t.co/DLi5aXT0qM pic.twitter.com/tYNywF8dLX— AFC Wimbledon (@AFCWimbledon) December 4, 2018Downes told the Dons’ website: “I am very proud to be appointed as manager of a club I love dearly.“I am now looking forward to working flat out to help to keep the club in League One.”The appointment was not without controversy, with the club’s announcement referencing social media posts by Downes that are “not consistent with our values”. He takes charge of the League One side 14 years after his first and only other managerial job, in charge of Brentford between June 2002 and March 2004.Downes made over 200 appearances as a central figure in the Wimbledon “Crazy Gang” which rose through the Football League in the 1980s, before the club was moved to Milton Keynes and replaced in Wimbledon by the new club formed by supporters.He then spent several years working as an assistant to manager Steve Coppell at Crystal Palace, Brentford and Reading and spent two years as Bees manager in his own right after Coppell left the club.He has also coached at Southampton, West Ham and Indian side Jamshedpur. 2center_img 2 Downes spent two years as a coach at West Ham Wally Downes has been appointed manager of AFC Wimbledon last_img read more

‘Newcastle fans must give Steve Bruce a chance’ – Gazza’s message to Toon Army

first_imgPaul Gascoigne has urged Newcastle United fans to ‘give Steve Bruce a chance’ after the club confirmed the 58-year-old’s appointment as their new manager on Wednesday.Northumberland-born Bruce left his role at Sheffield Wednesday to return to his native North East, signing a three-year contract at St James Park.However, the former Sunderland boss’ arrival has not been met with cheers from the Toon Army, many of whom have been underwhelmed by owner Mike Ashley’s choice to succeed their beloved Rafael Benitez. Gascoigne said he ‘always played for the fans’ at Newcastle, and has urged them to back new manager Steve Bruce 3 Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summer Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti Steve Bruce’s ties to arch rivals Sunderland will do him no favours with Newcastle fans getty 3 Chelsea confident of beating Man United and Liverpool to Sancho signing TOP WORK moving on Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January “Fans have been saying they’ll boycott the club for 30 years, but they’ll still turn up,” Gazza added.“They work all week just to watch the game on a Saturday, they live for that Saturday. All the fans do.“Boycotting it, that’s not going to change anything, all that’s going to happen is the fans are going to miss out on their team.“If the fans do boycott it, you’ve got to look at Ashley’s financial situation – he’s mega rich. So whether he is going to be bothered by that or not, that’s a different thing. Boycotting is not going to help the cause whatsoever. REVEALED LIVING THE DREAM Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father 3 LATEST GETTY The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star Few supporters see Bruce as the right man to take the Magpies forward.But Gascoigne disagrees and has told the Tyneside faithful to back their new boss.“For me, Steve Bruce is a great appointment,” Gazza told talkSPORT host Jim White on Wednesday.“He’s from the North East, he played for Wallsend Boys Club like Alan Shearer, Lee Clark and Steve Watson, all them, you know?“He’s a great guy and everybody knows he’s a winner, he’s won so many medals, so he knows how to win games and knows how to win championships.“Obviously the fans are upset and they’re voicing their opinion… but give Steve Bruce a chance.“They’ve got to give him a chance, they’ve got to. He’s played with the best.” targets “But, Mike Ashley has got to give the manager money to spend. This can’t go on season after season.“He has got to spend. He’s gone through a few managers and not given them any money. The main one he gave money to was Benitez and he left!“Steve Bruce has been around and done well for himself in management, I think it’s a good appointment and they should give him a chance.“Newcastle fans want succeed and they want it now but it’s going to take some time.”Listen back to Jim White’s interview with Paul Gascoigne IN FULL above three-way race getty targets LATEST TRANSFER GOSSIP Gazza has pleaded Mike Ashley to back Bruce in the transfer market this summer to boost his ailing squad Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ Liverpool’s signings under Michael Edwards – will Minamino be the next big hit? Gascoigne also insisted plans to boycott the club this season will ‘not achieve anything’.Many fans have threatened to boycott their club following Benitez’s departure, having failed to agree a new contract with Ashley.Supporters on social media vowed to give up their season tickets, stop going to games and stop purchasing club merchandise until Ashley sold the club to new investors.However, Gascoigne told talkSPORT he has heard that all before and says Newcastle’s loyal fanbase will find it almost impossible to stay away, despite their anger and frustration with how their club is being run.He did, though, send a message to Ashley to back the newly-appointed Bruce with transfer funds this summer, following the departures of a number of key players.last_img read more