Exclusive – Gerrard to Chelsea was a ‘done deal’, claims Clarke

first_imgFormer Chelsea assistant manager Steve Clarke admits the club thought Steven Gerrard’s switch to Stamford Bridge was a ‘done deal’ in 2005.The Reds skipper reneged on the move though, following the Anfield club’s stunning 2005 Champions League final victory, and the Blues missed out on their man.Jose Mourinho admitted, prior to the two side’s 1-1 Capital One Cup semi-final first leg draw, he was disappointed to have missed out on the 34-year-old.And Clarke, who was coaching at the south west London club during the Portuguese’s first spell in England, has told talkSPORT just how close Chelsea came to signing the ex-Three Lions skipper.“There was a stage when Chelsea thought they had him signed,” he told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast show. “At the time we thought it was a done deal. He decided to stay at Liverpool and obviously he’s had a fantastic career.“He was great last night and has been a fantastic servant for Liverpool and is probably leaving the Premier League a little bit early.”last_img read more

Stars in battle with destiny against Taifa Stars

first_img“If you lose the first game it is important to win the second in this kind of competition. If we are to sustain our dream of qualification, we have to go in the field and show our qualities. We have to start the game from the first second and if we do that it’s possible,” Migne stated.Stars had a torrid performance in the first half against Algeria where Baghdad Bounedjah and Royad Mahrez struck to punish them, but improved in the second half, though without shaking the net.With three points against Algeria, Kenya can dare dream as a point in their final game against Senegal on Sunday might secure them a spot as one of the top four best number three teams.Harambee Stars defender Abud Omar passes the ball under pressure from midfielder Ismail Athman Gonzalez during their first training session at the June 30 Stadium training ground on June 20, 2019Migne expects a tough Tanzania side who also must win to remain in the competition but he believes his team will have the chance to pick maximum points from the duel.“Against Algeria we were shy offensively but it will not be the same with Tanzania. Algeria game was very tough but the level will not be the same with Tanzania. It will be a tough game because it will be a derby but we are able to compete and compete well,” the tactician stated.He added;“Kenya has not won a game with stake at AFCON. Now, we have the chance. We will try to write a good story and win a game with stake and after, everything is possible. Maybe it will be time to dream,” Migne added.A side of the team that has been lacking over the last few games has been the offensive bit. Apart from the game against Ethiopia in Nairobi where Stars won 3-0, they have not been able to score more than one goal each game since the tie against Ghana.Harambee Stars players line up before their Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) match against Algeria at the June 30 Stadium in Cairo on June 23, 2019.They beat the Black Stars 1-0 at home (own goal), lost 0-1 away and over the last two friendly matches, won 1-0 against Madagascar (penalty) and drew 1-1 against DR Congo.One man who will be tasked to write a different story on Thursday is striker Michael Olunga who has been Kenya’s ever present man in the opposition box. Against Algeria, he and skipper Victor Wanyama were closely guarded, but now he says he has to work and get a goal.“For us every game is an important game. This will be even tougher because Tanzania are our neighbors and we know each other well. The most important thing for us is to go there and get victory,” Olunga said.He added; “I believe we have the quality to compete against Tanzania. We have three points to play for and we are going there to fight, not compete. We will give our best,” stated the Japan based striker.Migne will make do without Joash Onyango for the second game after he failed to recover in time from the ankle injury he sustained last Saturday while right back Philemon Otieno will also not start.Harambee stars Head Coach Sebastien Migne shares words with deputy captain David Owino during a training session at the Kenya School of Monetary Studies on September 5, 2018. PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaIn his place, the experienced feet of David ‘Calabar’ Owino will slot into right back with the defender coming in to start his first match since Migne took charge of the team. Owino, a mainstay at the defense line fore the Frenchman’s arrival has not been exactly one of his favorites.For Tanzania, they will once again look on for inspiration from Genk striker Mbwana Samatta who just like Olunga and Wanyama against Algeria was not give space by the Senegalese.Head coach Emmanuel Amunike knows it will be a tough game for his side but reckons they have charged themselves up to earn victory in the do or die tie.0Shares0000(Visited 4 times, 2 visits today) 0Shares0000Harambee Stars head coach Sebastien Migne gives instructions to the players during a training session in Cairo on June 26, 2019.CAIRO, Egypt, Jun 27 – If their primary target of getting into the round of 16 of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations is to remain floating, then Kenya’s Harambee Stars have to beat neighbors Tanzania when the two clash in the East Africa Derby at the 30th June Stadium in Cairo on Thursday night.Both teams kicked off their campaign with identical 2-0 losses against Algeria and Senegal respectively and the match on Thursday will as much of a derby as it is a final; lose and you go home or win and have hope.last_img read more

‘It makes a change from the abuse’ – United fans applauding their ‘future boss’

first_img1 Ryan Giggs’ career as a Man United first team player began on this day (02/03/91) 25 years ago and fans have been celebrating the winger.He was 17 when he came on for Denis Irwin against Everton in a 2-0 defeat, but by the time he finished playing in 2014 he was a total winner.He scored 168 goals in 963 appearances and won 13 league titles, four FA Cups and the Champions League twice.Many fans hope to see Giggs as a Man United manager one day – watch his fantastic volley against West Ham in 1991 here. Ryan Giggs made his Man United debut on 2 March, 1991 last_img


first_imgOlympic boxers Paddy Barnes and Michael Conlan have been talking a lot of “bull” after claiming they were planning to spend a few quiet days relaxing in Bundoran.The hard-hitting duo revealed last week that they were going to the Co Donegal seaside town to unwind after their London heroics.And yesterday Paddy even tweeted that he was enjoying himself in Bundoran tweeting a picture of famous Bundoran pub The Chasin Bull. He claimed “In the Chasin’ Bull this morning for a few drinks, Bundoran is class!”But it appears that Michael and Paddy are talking a lot of Bull.Because the pair are nowhere near Bundoran or Ireland for that matter but sunning themselves with pals in Ibiza.Paddy’s agent Alex McGreevy of MG Sports Management said “I’ve had a lot of requests form journalists and others in Co Donegal to see if they can speak with him. “I’m having to tell people that this is just his sense of humour, that e is really in Ibiza,” he said. OLYMPICS BOXERS ARE TALKING A LOT OF BUNDORAN BULL! was last modified: August 19th, 2012 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:bundoranIbizaMichael ConlanPaddy BarnesThe Chasin Bulllast_img read more

Liverpool star Mohamed Salah will be fit to play for Egypt at the World Cup

first_img 1 EFA president Hani Abu Reda, national team coach Hector Cuper and doctor Mohamed Abou El-Ela met with Salah on Wednesday in Valencia, where the 25-year-old is undergoing treatment and rehabilitation.A post on the federation’s Facebook page read: “The delegation of the national team was briefed on the recovery programme for the player, who is walking well and aims to join the squad in the World Cup, as well as the determination of the great player to catch up with his team-mates.“For his part, Mohamed Abou El-Ela said that the period of absence of Salah due to injury will not exceed three weeks.”Egypt’s opening World Cup match takes place on June 15 against Uruguay, with their second against hosts Russia coming four days later.Should Salah not return in time for either of those games, he could still appear in Egypt’s final group match against Saudi Arabia on June 25. The Egyptian Football Federation has announced it does not expect Mohamed Salah’s shoulder injury to keep him out for longer than three weeks, paving the way for him to feature at the World Cup.The Liverpool forward is in a race against time to be fit for the start of the tournament in Russia next month after being forced off the pitch in tears during Saturday’s Champions League final.last_img read more

Leicester confirm signing of Monaco winger

first_imgHe has joined for an officially undisclosed fee, reported to be in the region of £10m.“I’m very excited and very happy to be here,” Ghezzal told LCFC TV.“I know the coach from Lyon and this is where I want to be.“It’s a good club and an ambitious one too. Leicester City has many great players and I hope we will have a great season.”Manager Claude Puel added: “I’m very pleased to welcome Rachid to Leicester City Football Club.“He’s an exciting addition to our group who will bring creativity and competition ahead of an important season for us.“I know his qualities from my time at Lyon, where he was in the academy, and I look forward to seeing him test himself in the Premier League.”Ghezzal played 35 times for Monaco last season and can be utilised on either wing or as an attacking midfielder. His most frequent position is on the right hand side.He is the Foxes fifth signing of the summer after the arrivals of Ricardo Pereira, Jonny Evans, James Maddison and Danny Ward Leicester have completed the signing of Rachid Ghezzal from Monaco.The Algerian winger, seen as a potential Riyad Mahrez replacement, has signed a four-year contract with the club. 1center_img Ghezzal is set for a move to the King Power last_img read more


first_imgA number of key school projects across Co Donegal have been overlooked in the five-year School Building Programme published today, according to Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Children Charlie McConalogue.The Donegal North East TD commented, “I welcome the confirmation that construction on a new Educate Together primary school in Letterkenny will begin in 2015/2016. In addition to this, construction on extension at the Little Angels Special School in Letterkenny and an extension at Deele College in Raphoe will begin in 2014/2015.  This is very welcome news indeed for the children and staff attending these schools and will make a great difference to the facilities available to them.“However, a number of schools that were on the same list as these projects last year and were ready for design stage have been completely omitted. These include Scoil Naomh Fiachra in Letterkenny, Glenswilly National School, Scoil Mhuire in Stranorlar and St Eunan’s College Letterkenny. In the case of St Eunan’s, tender documents had already been prepared.  There will also be no new premises in Buncrana for either Scoil Iosagain or the new Crana College Campus. “The Government had billed this School Building Programme as a major announcement, but it has fallen short of the mark for many Donegal schools that had very legitimate claims on investment in their premises over the next five years.  Certain crucial projects that had already proceeded to design or planning have been ignored leaving this a very disappointing announcement for students, staff and families who depend on these schools.“I intend to challenge the Education Minister Ruairí Quinn about the schools he has overlooked, and impress on him the importance of these projects to our communities in Donegal and the value of investing in our schools to create the optimum learning environment for our children,” concluded Deputy McConalogue. KEY DONEGAL SCHOOL PROJECTS ‘COMPLETELY IGNORED’ – TD was last modified: March 12th, 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:KEY DONEGAL SCHOOL PROJECTS ‘COMPLETELY IGNORED’ – TDlast_img read more


first_imgFianna Fáil Senator Brian Ó Domhnaill has questioned the Government’s decision to pump €36 million into CIE in the same week that it shut down a vital HSE bus service from Donegal to Dublin costing less than €100,000.The Donegal Senator was commenting after the Cabinet this week approved a multi-million euro injection of funds into CIE to plug a hole in its books.Meanwhile the Government has refused to even consider maintaining a bus that has provided a valuable service to Donegal patients for nearly 4 decades. “This raises very serious questions about the Government’s priorities,” said Senator Ó Domhnaill. “From tomorrow, there will no longer be a specialised HSE bus to take Donegal patients to Dublin hospitals for treatment because the Government wants to cut costs. Meanwhile, they are pumping millions into CIE that they managed to get from elsewhere in the transport budget.“It’s all very well to pump funds into Iarnród Éireann, Bus Éireann and Dublin Bus to keep it afloat, but people are wondering exactly where this money is coming from. This cash injection will result in cuts to other areas within the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport.“However the Government has so far refused to reveal what areas will be affected. This is simply not acceptable. Community groups involved in tourism and sport that are depending on the funding they have been promised and they must be provided with some certainty.“This entire announcement reveals skewed priorities, poor planning and a lack of understanding of the most basic economics,” said Senator Ó Domhnaill O’DOMHNAILL SLAMS GOVERNMENT PLANS TO PUMP €36M INTO CIE was last modified: July 26th, 2012 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)last_img read more


first_imgA GARDA was asked to drive an ambulance to Letterkenny General Hospital because no paramedic was available, a county councillor claimed today.Cllr Liam Blaney says the incident happened just a few hundred metres from the hospital.It follows another incident where the mother of a seriously ill child had to drive her own car to Letterkenny last November with a paramedic in the back seat because just one paramedic had gone to her home. After that incident the HSE insisted the advanced paramedic had taken that decision to get the mother to drive her car because of the state of the boy; and that another ambulance crew was en route at the time.Cllr Blaney said he has raised the latest incident with HSE.“This incident I have learned of was before Christmas. A person was injured in a road accident near the hospital,” he said today.“One paramedic attended the scene and a Garda who was also at the scene had to drive the ambulance back to the hospital.” Cllr Blaney said he was fearful that there aren’t enough ambulance crew in the county.“It just takes one or two staff to go off sick and then there isn’t enough cover,” said Cllr Blaney.“I’ve asked the HSE for a report on this incident and so far they haven’t been able to give them a response. I have provided them with the details I am aware of.“I am very very worried about what would happen in a case if this was in Fanad or Inishowen.”The HSE says it is investigating Cllr Blaney’s complaint. ‘GARDA HAD TO DRIVE AMBULANCE DUE TO STAFF SHORTAGE’ – COUNCILLOR was last modified: March 27th, 2013 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:’GARDA HAD TO DRIVE AMBULANCE DUE TO STAFF SHORTAGE’ – COUNCILLORFanadLiam Blaneylast_img read more


first_imgBREAKING NEWS: A 53-year-old man has been killed following a crash on the outskirts of Ballybofey.A man was killed on the outskirts of Ballybofey this evening.The man, named locally as John O’Donnell from Curraghmone, was killed following the crash at 7.50pm last night.It is understood the accident involved a jeep and a van at Creggan, Welchtown on the outskirts of the town. It is not understood the person in the other vehicle was injured.The scene was preserved by Gardai overnight.Mr O’Donnell, a married man with grown-up children, was a highly-respected building contractor who was very popular in the area.A full investigation into the cause of the crash is to taking place at first light this morning. Anyone with information is asked to contact Ballybofey Garda Station 074-9858530 or the Garda Confidential Line 1800 666 111.INVESTIGATION LAUNCHED AFTER MAN KILLED IN ROAD SMASH was last modified: November 20th, 2013 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:BallybofeycrashdeadGardaiWelchtownlast_img read more