Carver: I pick the team

first_img Press Association Asked if he would be happy to be a “yes man”, he replied: “Let me tell you, I am definitely not that kind of person. “The conversations I’ve had with the club have been honest and frank and straight about the team. Obviously I’ve got to give my opinions about individuals and I’ll give my honest opinion about what I think. “What I won’t have is anybody telling me, for example, what team to pick. ‘Should you not pick him ahead of him?’ – I won’t have that and I won’t stand for that. As soon as that situation – If that situation – started to develop, then I would stop it straight away. “I’m quite happy to work under the parameters of being the head coach, organising the team, running the team and picking the team. I’m happy with that. “But once we go into the realms of other people telling me which team to play and all that, that’s not the realm of the head coach. “In fairness, myself and (managing director) Lee (Charnley) have a good understanding on that because we both made it quite clear at one of our first meetings when we sat down and discussed it. “I can guarantee to people out there that I’m definitely not going to be a yes man. I’m going to be myself, I’m going to do it the way I want to do it. If I’m successful, then great. If I’m not, at least I can say at the end of the day that I did it my way, and then I’ve got nobody else to blame.” Last Saturday’s 3-0 victory at Hull – the first of Carver’s reign to date – was a case in point with the 50-year-old revealing he exchanged text messages with Charnley before the game in which the line-up was never discussed. He said: “I’ve got to tell you, we played Hull last weekend and I got a text message from Lee Charnley saying, ‘Good luck’, so he didn’t even know what the team was. “I have texted him the team some times this season, but I didn’t at Hull and I won’t be doing so this weekend. “I won’t be telling him – I don’t have to. I pick the team. I don’t pick the Rangers team, mind.” Just who does pick the Rangers team has been a topic of intense debate in recent days, but Carver was steadfast when asked if his five loanees have it written into their contracts that they must play if they are fit. He said: “Absolutely not. If they go up there and aren’t good enough to get into the team, that’s our problem. “Could you imagine me being the Rangers manager and all of a sudden these guys come to Rangers and they’re saying these lads have got to play?” Carver was also quick to dismiss suggestion from full-back Davide Santon’s girlfriend that the Italian was pushed out by the club to re-join Inter Milan on loan. He said: “I’ve got to be honest I think it’s a great move for him. It’s the club he’s come from, it’s where he’s from and maybe his girlfriend just finds it difficult because she’ll have to move over there. “From a footballing point of view, it’s a great situation for him and for us. He wasn’t pushed out.” Newcastle head coach John Carver has insisted he would not stand for boardroom intervention in team selection. Carver, who has been handed the reins at St James’ Park until the end of the season, is adamant he and he alone will pick the team amid claims that Rangers boss Kenny McDowall has been told he must play the five loan players the Magpies have sent up to Ibrox on loan. Derek Llambias, the former Newcastle managing director now running day-to-day affairs at Rangers as chief executive, has since denied that, but Carver would not truck any interference of that nature at St James’ Park. last_img read more

The Latest: Mbappe, others send support to health workers

first_imgSpanish media reported that the 30-year-old Smolov flew home on a private jet for the 18th birthday of Maria Yumasheva. She is the granddaughter of former Russian President Boris Yeltsin. Smolov published photos on Instagram in January showing him and Yumasheva together on vacation.Smolov says he is abiding by an “obligatory” quarantine and remains in constant contact with Celta’s coaching staff to follow team protocol. He says he will return “as soon as the club requires.”___The Russian track federation says it will no longer give national team places to some athletes with past doping bans.The federation said Sunday it won’t select athletes who were given bans since November 2015 for a range of doping and doping-related offenses, or who work with a coach who was banned since that date. April 6, 2020 Reims Mayor Arnaud Robinet told Le Parisien newspaper Bernard Gonzalez “is a collateral victim of COVID-19 because he had tested positive and was in isolation for 14 days. I know he had left a note to explain his decision.”Officials at the club say Gonzalez died Sunday. He was 60.Gonzalez had worked at the club for 23 years.Reims remembered Gonzalez as a man with the “soul of an artist” who was in love with the six-time champions.___ Kylian Mbappe and Paul Pogba were among the stars in a video released by the French soccer federation expressing their gratitude to the country’s under-pressure health workers.France has been severely hit by the virus with more than 8,000 dead and about 100,000 known infections.Mbappe says “we sing and clap for you.”___Buffalo Bills general manager Brandon Beane has launched a fundraising campaign to support local charitable groups addressing critical needs stemming from the coronavirus pandemic. Celta Vigo forward Fedor Smolov has left his confinement in Spain to be closer to his family back home in Russia.Smolov says he informed the Spanish club of his plan and had its support. The club could not be immediately reached to confirm whether it had authorized the player’s departure.Spain is expected to remain in a nationwide lockdown because of the coronavirus pandemic until April 26. The country has more than 135,000 confirmed cases of the new virus with more than 13,000 deaths.Smolov wrote on Instagram that because of the closure of borders “I have found myself obligated to return to Russia to be closer to my family.”Smolov says he is “very grateful to Celta for its support and I want to emphasize that I informed the club about every step.” Beane is donating $20,000 to the community’s United Way chapter and providing incentives for Bills fans to get involved.Fans who make a donation to the Western New York COVID-19 Community Response Fund between Monday and April 17 will be eligible to win seven Bills-themed experiences or prizes.The prizes include joining Beane on the phone when the GM submits Buffalo’s first draft pick. Other prizes include a one-on-one Zoom interview with Beane, lunch with the GM, four tickets to Buffalo’s home opener, and a jersey autographed by quarterback Josh Allen.Proceeds will go to the community response fund. The fund aids area food banks and provides resources to health care providers and front-line responders.Beane praised the work being done by doctors, nurses, pharmacists, grocery-store workers and others for putting their health at risk to serve the community. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___World Cup champion France has sent support to hospital workers engaged in the fight against the coronavirus. ___Dutch national team players, the country’s national soccer association and the sport’s main sponsor will contribute to an 11 million euro ($12 million) fund to support clubs in the Netherlands during the coronavirus pandemic.The Dutch soccer association says players on the men’s and women’s national teams are contributing to the fund to help amateur clubs that have been closed across the country.The country’s 3,000 soccer clubs have 1.2 million players but have seen income such as bar proceeds dry up amid the health crisis.___center_img ___Bayern Munich players have returned to training in small groups despite restrictions in place because of the coronavirus pandemic.The decision by the German champions came after some rival clubs made similar moves. Borussia Dortmund and Wolfsburg have had players train in pairs or small groups.Bayern said Sunday that the training session would “be done in coordination with government policy and the relevant authorities.” The club added that “it goes without saying that all hygiene regulations will be strictly observed.”German league games have been suspended until at least April 30. Clubs and the league have discussed resuming the league without fans and with regular virus tests for players and staff. The move could be subject to a legal challenge. The Court of Arbitration for Sport has struck down similar national selection rules before if it deems they impose extra punishments on athletes who have served their doping bans. CAS overturned a British Olympic Association rule in 2012 that athletes previously banned for doping could not be selected for the Olympic team.The rules come as the Russian federation’s new management tries to mend its relationship with World Athletics. Russia has been suspended from international track competitions since 2015 for widespread doping.The federation last month formally admitted wrongdoing in a case where fake medical documents were used to give a Russian athlete an alibi for being unavailable for testing. It is facing a $10 million fine and a cap of 10 athletes for its track team at the next Olympics.___A doctor at French soccer club Reims has killed himself after getting infected with the coronavirus. Associated Press No German league games have been played since March 8.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 Two more golf events on the European Tour have been called off because of the coronavirus pandemic.That ensures there will be no play until the end of June at the earliest.The Trophée Hassan II in Morocco from June 4-7 was postponed and the following week’s Scandinavian Mixed tournament in Stockholm was canceled and will now be played in 2021.Eleven tour events have been either postponed or canceled because of the virus outbreak.The next potential tournament is the BMW International Open in Germany from June 25-28. The Latest: Mbappe, others send support to health workerslast_img read more

Activist begins fourth drive to replace cross

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita “He felt the cross was inappropriate for being on the seal. You know what, we can disagree. But when he was the main force in preventing the people from voting on the issue, I thought that was wrong.” Yaroslavsky, who has served as a county supervisor since 1994, has argued the cross on the seal is unconstitutional. “The voters have three times already rejected the idea of wasting time and money on an election over the county seal, which would be a complete waste since it’s a constitutional, not a statutory matter,” said Yaroslavsky’s spokesman Joel Bellman. “The voters of Redlands wisely rejected such a measure when it was put on the ballot there. And we would expect Los Angeles County voters to show the same good sense a fourth time as this attempt goes forward.” The effort is part of an ongoing nationwide controversy over the constitutionality of religious symbols on government and public display. GLENDALE – At a rally Monday, a San Fernando Valley activist kicked off his fourth signature-gathering campaign to return the cross to the Los Angeles County seal. Valley Glen resident David Hernandez also said he is running for county supervisor on June 6 against incumbent Zev Yaroslavsky, one of three supervisors who voted to remove the cross from the seal. Hernandez, a retired insurance adjuster, said he started going to the Board of Supervisors meetings several years ago to protest the planned closure of several Valley health clinics where his daughter was being treated for hip and knee problems. Hernandez said his complaints fell on deaf ears. “Time after time, I’ve gone down there and it really came to a head with the cross issue when Supervisor Yaroslavsky basically spearheaded the drive not to put it on the ballot,” Hernandez said. “I respect his decision. The issue ignited in early 2004 after the American Civil Liberties Union threatened to sue the county, claiming the cross on the original 1957 seal was unconstitutional. In several 3-2 votes, the supervisors ordered the cross removed and hundreds of thousands of dollars have been spent replacing the original seal on thousands of vehicles, buildings and uniforms. Supervisors Gloria Molina, Yvonne Brathwaite Burke and Yaroslavsky also voted against a motion to give voters a chance to decide the fate of the cross on the seal. Despite three unsuccessful attempts to collect 170,606 signatures to put the issue on the ballot, supporters at a rally Monday said they have a new plan they believe will be successful in collecting enough signatures by the April 10 deadline. The last effort came the closest of all, getting 141,000 signatures. Supporters plan to raise $150,000 and mail petitions to about 200,000 people who have signed previous petitions, asking them to sign it, get two more people to sign it and mail it back. Volunteers also plan to gather signatures. Glendale KIA Chief Executive Officer and owner Onnik Mehrabian is providing financial backing and helping Hernandez raise the funds. The dealership is located in Los Angeles, just outside the city of Glendale. “We need to have about 250,000 of the 10 million people in the county take time out of their busy lives to save the cross on the county seal,” Mehrabian said. Troy Anderson, (213) 974-8985 [email protected] 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