Dolan unsure of future beyond weekend

first_img McDermott’s three-year tenure was ended, along with his assistant Nigel Gibbs, by Reading owner Anton Zingarevich following a four-game losing run that has left the club above last-placed QPR on goals scored only. With nine games remaining there is little time to find a replacement, with former Southampton boss Nigel Adkins and ex-Swindon manager Paolo Di Canio installed as the early favourites to take over. Dolan fronted the media for the first time on Thursday and, as well as refusing to be drawn on who might be tasked with leading the club’s relegation fight, he also said he did not know if a new appointment was likely to be made before the next trip to Arsenal on March 30. Dolan denied Zingarevich would play a part in picking the team for this weekend’s trip to Old Trafford – albeit after a long pause – adding: “Obviously not. He’s asked me to pick the team. “He’s talked to me about the team and trying to get a result – genuinely that is all he has said. I’m excited about going to Old Trafford. Really excited about that.” Dolan has been in regular contact with McDermott since he was axed and revealed the former boss had a simple message for the squad ahead of the trip to Old Trafford. “Brian is a great friend of mine. I’ve spoken to him each day,” he said. “He’s a great man. All he has said is: ‘Good luck, get a result’. All he wants is for Reading to get a result.” Dolan, formerly the head of the Royals’ academy, was handed the temporary reins after Brian McDermott was sacked on Monday. “It’s been a difficult week for everybody,” Dolan said. “The players were on the floor at the start of the week. The owner has asked me to take the team on Saturday. That’s my only thought. That’s the honest answer.” Caretaker manager Eamonn Dolan is unsure whether he will remain in charge of Reading beyond this weekend’s trip to Manchester United.center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Beat writers not optimistic on Syracuse’s chances against North Carolina in ACC tournament

first_imgNo. 11 seed Syracuse (20-12, 8-10 Atlantic Coast) moved on in the ACC tournament by beating Wake Forest, 74-63, on Tuesday night. That win set up a Wednesday showdown with No. 6 seed North Carolina (22-7, 11-7). The Tar Heels came to the Carrier Dome in late February, and although the Orange tied the game at 74 with about three minutes to play, UNC snuck out with a 78-74 win. Wednesday’s rematch has potentially even bigger implications for SU’s NCAA Tournament hopes.Here’s how our beat writers think it will go.Matthew Gutierrez (25-7)Fear the TheoNorth Carolina 70, Syracuse 62The thing to watch Wednesday night is North Carolina’s inside-out offense. That’s how the Tar Heels put up 78 points against Syracuse two weeks ago — UNC’s most recent win — planting Theo Pinson in the high post and dissecting the zone. The Tar Heels have the advantage in the half court, so there’s little doubt Syracuse may turn to a full-court press or half-court traps to try to speed up UNC. Also be on the lookout for rebounds and second-chance points. Roy Williams’ squad is big, out-rebounding SU 38-34 in the teams’ first meeting and holding a 19-12 advantage in second-chance points. SU’s best chance lies in buckling down on the boards and high post.Sam Fortier (23-9)Turn-and-heeledNorth Carolina 69, Syracuse 60AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSyracuse got back into the game against North Carolina two weeks ago because the Tar Heels went “brain-dead” in the second half against the press, Roy Williams said. UNC will be better prepared this time. The two most interesting things tonight to me are whether Marek Dolezaj can build on his career night and whether UNC plays a zone defense against the Orange, given that the scheme has given them fits this season. Though Syracuse will put up a good fight offensively, if last night was any indication, it simply won’t be enough to overwhelm a tough No. 6 seed in North Carolina.Tomer Langer (22-10)Brooklyn BluesNorth Carolina 81, Syracuse 65There were moments in the win over Wake Forest that Syracuse played the part of contender, like when SU opened up an early 20-4 lead. There were other times, like when Wake Forest closed it to within six at halftime and made a late push, that the Orange showed its flaws. Against a North Carolina team, flaws aren’t going to cut it. In fact, when these two teams matched up two weeks ago, UNC had more in-game mental mistakes and still pulled out a victory. SU is revitalized with the emergence of Dolezaj, but ultimately won’t have enough firepower against North Carolina. Comments Published on March 7, 2018 at 11:20 am Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more