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

Video: Man City held at home by Roma

first_imgManchester City discovered how hard they will have to fight to qualify for the Champions League knockout phase after they were held to a draw by Roma at Etihad Stadium.Sergio Aguero’s penalty put City ahead in the opening minutes but veteran Francesco Totti set the Serie A runners-up on the way to a fully deserved point when he became the oldest player to score in the Champions League with a clever equaliser before half-time.At 38 years and three days, he eclipsed Manchester United’s Ryan Giggs and left City still searching for their first win in Group E following their opening defeat by Bayern Munich in Germany.City will still feel confident of qualification from the group but, with Bayern favourites after two wins, Roma have demonstrated they will pose a serious threat to their aspirations of moving out of this tough section as Manuel Pellegrini’s side still have to visit Italy.Former Italy attacker Totti may be in the twilight of his marvellous career but he showed a guile and composure that often proved beyond City, who still seem to be searching for a self-belief in this competition that equates to the stature of the players in their squad.Totti takes record from GiggsUntil Francesco Totti scored against Manchester City, Manchester United legend Ryan Giggs held the record as the oldest man to score in European club football. Giggs was 37 and 289 days when he scored for United in a 1-1 draw with Benfica in a Champions League group game in September 2011.Roma, without injured midfield powerhouses Kevin Strootman and Daniele De Rossi, were combative in midfield and showed the sort of pace in attack that will trouble City in the return meeting.And in former England defender Ashley Cole, they have an accomplished player still more than capable of holding his own in the Champions League.City battled manfully but struggled to find the drive and quality to break down Roma, whose fans were far more satisfied at the final whistle than the home side’s followers.As expected, City goalkeeper Joe Hart was recalled after being rested for two games, but the first action came at the other end as the hosts took the lead from the penalty spot inside four minutes. Former City defender Maicon senselessly dragged Aguero back as he raced into the area. The veteran Brazilian looked mystified but his protests fell on deaf ears and Aguero sent Lukasz Skorupski the wrong way.If City thought this would smooth their path, Roma had other ideas and Maicon should have equalised almost immediately when he raced on to Totti’s pass and hammered a rising shot against the bar from an angle.Roma kept coming, however, and the equaliser they deserved duly arrived after 20 minutes. Totti was sent clear by Radja Nainggolan’s pass and took advantage of an unfortunate slip by Hart as he came off his line, showing wonderful touch and technique to score with a lofted finish.It had been an anxious first 45 minutes for City and their fans, with Pellegrini opting to introduce more solidity at the start of the second half by introducing James Milner for Jesus Navas.There was no immediate impact on Roma as Hart blocked crucially from Miralem Pjanic and the keeper was relieved to see his curling 25-yard shot drift inches wide seconds later. Pellegrini felt the need to add further experience after 56 minutes when Frank Lampard replaced the subdued Edin Dzeko – and he almost added to his tally of four goals in the past 10 days with a low shot that was turned aside by Skorupski.As Roma’s efforts took their toll in the closing minutes, David Silva almost grabbed a winner, but he could only turn Pablo Zabaleta’s cross wide at the near post.Aguero’s early penalty means he has scored six goals in his past six home Champions League games Maicon, who played 13 games for City in 2012-13, almost made amends for giving away a penalty when he smashed a shot against the barTotti scored his first Roma goal against Foggia on 4 September 1994Roma defender Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, who is on loan from Newcastle, kept Edin Dzeko quiet Former Chelsea team-mates Frank Lampard and Ashley Cole were on opposing sides at Etihad StadiumWatch videolast_img read more

President touts open-door-policy to unions

first_imgLabour Day 2018With a message that Government will not shut its door to unions representing the workers, President David Granger and his entourage spent Labour Day visiting a number of unions based in Georgetown.President David Granger along with several Ministers, including Minister of State Joseph Harmon, greeted by Guyana Teachers Union membersGranger was received with open arms by union members when he arrived at the Guyana Teachers Union (GTU) on Woolford Avenue. At the GTU, the President insisted that his Administration has an open-door approach to union issues.“Earlier this year, I met with [Guyana Agricultural and General Workers’ Union] GAWU. The important thing is the future of Guyana is in the hands of the workers and also the Government. We have to work together. This is my message to all workers.”“This Government is a listening Government; this Government is learning, and this Government is caring,” Granger informed media operatives. “No union leader can say the doors to the President are closed.”The President went on to visit the Guyana Local Government Officers Union (GLGOU) at Upper Woolford Avenue. There, he had lunch and interacted with union members.The Guyana Public Service Union, the Guyana Postal and Telecommunications Workers Union and the Clerical and Commercial Workers Union were also featured on the President’s schedule.On Tuesday, thousands braved threatening rain to march across the city and while there was a show of unity on Tuesday, Government has not had the best of relations with the unions over the past few months.With the dismissal of sugar workers, GAWU at one point was mulling taking the Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo) to court over its decision to pay thousands of dismissed and retrenched sugar workers part, and not all, of their severance purportedly this month end.In addition, Government relations with the GTU deteriorated to such a point that there was a walk out from a meeting between union officials and the Government. The issues of concern to the Union had included the stagnated negotiations between the GTU and the Education Ministry for increased teachers’ remuneration and outstanding payments among other matters.Additionally, the Union had expressed concern about a memorandum that could see teachers having to work during their designated lunch period. The Union had accused Government of side-lining and disrespecting it, resulting in the Union threatening a countrywide strike if the Government failed to take decisive action to address the concerns of the representative body.That strike was aborted after conciliatory measures from Government. A task force was also set up to examine outstanding problems, with a view to their timely resolution and to propose a new, multi-year agreement between the Government and the GTU.last_img read more

England set for more penalty shootout heartache at Euro 2016? Coral DD

first_imgCoral’s Simon Clare joins the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast to round up the latest sporting odds.England begin their Euro 2016 campaign against Russia on Saturday and are 19/20 to kick off the Group B opener with a win.The Three Lions, meanwhile, are 6/1 to be knocked out at the group stage, while they are 4/1 to crash out of the tournament on penalties.Coral is the official betting partner of the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfastlast_img


first_imgChristine Kelly who has lived in Birmngham for 40 years but it is stil flying the flag for DonegalTENS of thousands of Donegal fans descended on Croke Park as the countdown to the kick off is just 60 minutes away.The man in the middle, Laoise referee Maurice Deegan, will take charge of the throw in at 3.30 pm as Donegal chase its first Sam Maguire trophy since 1992. And for one fan he spelt out a clear message to Mayo manager James Horan on a placard outside Dublin’s Croke Park stadium: I can’t wait  foranother 61 years!!!Jimmy McGuinness fields an unchanged side from their scintilating performance in the All Ireland semi-final.Here is the Tale of the Tape:DONEGAL Paul Durcan, Paddy McGrath, Neil McGee, Frank McGlynn, Eamon McGee, Karl Lacey, Anthony Thompson, Neil Gallager, Rory Kavanagh, Mark McHugh, Leo, McLoone, Ryan Bradley, Patrick McBrearty, Michael Murphy and Colm McFadden. Meath manager James Horan also fields an unchanged side that upset Dublin’s dream of retaining Sam in Ireland’s capital city.Colm Doyle retains his place despite concerns he might not have been fit to face Donegal in the clash of the titans.MAYO: David Clarke, Kevin Keane, Ger Cafferkey, Keith Higgins, Lee Keegan, Donal Vaughan, Colm Boyle, Barry Moran, Aidan O’Shea, Kevin McLoughlin, James Doherty, Alan Dillon, Enda Varley, Cillian O’Connor and Michael Conr9y.Meanwhile, its full time in the minor football final with Dublin thumping Meath 0-14 to 1-5, even with a James McEntee consolation goal in added time.      LIVE ALL IRELAND FINAL FROM CROKE PARK: HOW THE TEAMS LINE OUT was last modified: September 23rd, 2012 by cassoscoopShare 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