Sam Allardyce 1 Sam Allardyce is expected to hold talks with Sunderland on Friday about their managerial vacancy.The former West Ham boss, who left Upton Park at the end of last season, is understood to be Black Cats owner Ellis Short’s first choice to succeed Dick Advocaat.Allardyce is believed to have reservations about taking charge of the Premier League strugglers, who have yet to win in the Premier League this season.But he has agreed to have discussions with chairman Short and sporting director Lee Congerton on Friday – and they are hopeful of convincing him to take the post.The 60-year is a former Sunderland player and his track record of establishing Premier League clubs makes him the ideal candidate in Short’s eyes.Advocaat described the current squad as ‘simply not good enough’ after quitting last week.But Sunderland are convinced Allardyce can transform the mood around the Stadium of Light and lift the club out of danger.
Eddie Howe has committed his long-term future to Bournemouth by penning a new contract.The 37-year-old has overseen a remarkable rise during two spells at the club, taking the Cherries from the foot of League Two to the Premier League.He was named the Football League manager of the decade last season and is widely considered to be England’s brightest managerial prospect.“I am delighted that Eddie has committed his future to the club,” Bournemouth owner Maxim Demin said. “Eddie and I have a very close relationship, we speak everyday and we trust each other implicitly when making decisions that affect the football club. “The mutual respect we have for each other has helped create a unique bond at the top of the club and has acted as the foundation for all of our recent successes. “Together we have managed to achieve a great deal in a short space of time, and I have complete faith in Eddie and his management team to establish AFC Bournemouth in the Premier League over the coming seasons.” 1 Eddie Howe
Louis van Gaal has walked out of a press conference after becoming annoyed about speculation regarding his future as Manchester United manager.Rumours have been rife this week that the Dutchman is about to be sacked and replaced by Jose Mourinho, who was dismissed by Chelsea last Thursday.But, after less than five minutes, Van Gaal refused to take any more questions and walked out, saying as he passed a table of mince pies and wine that had been laid on for the media: “I wish you a merry Christmas and also maybe a happy new year when I see you.“Enjoy the wine and a mince pie. Goodbye.”The Dutchman only answered three questions from the broadcast media and then refused to take any questions from the written press.It was clear the 64-year-old, who is halfway through his three-year contract, was in an angry mood from the moment he took his seat in the media room at the club’s training ground in Carrington.“Has anybody in this room not a feeling to apologise to me? That’s what I’m wondering,” he snapped after being asked about Arsene Wenger’s claim Van Gaal’s treatment had been “disrespectful”.“I think I was already sacked, I have read – I have been sacked. My colleague [Jose Mourinho] was here already.“What do you think that happens with my wife or with my kids or with my grandchildren or with the fans of Manchester United or my friends? What do you think? They have called me a lot of times and also Arsene Wenger is saying something about that. Do you think that I want to talk with the media now? I’m here only because of the Premier League rules. I have to talk with you. But I can only see when I say something that you use my words in your context“I want to say only that I have tried to lift the confidence of my players, I have done everything this week. I hold meetings, evaluation meetings with the players, with my member of staff, I hold a Christmas lunch, I have held a speech and I feel the warmth and support of everybody in Carrington, this AON training complex. But I didn’t feel that in the media and, of course, I can imagine that you can write about that subject. We are not in a good position but four weeks ago we were first in the Premier League and in about four weeks we can again be back in that position.” Manchester United Louis van Gaal 1
1 Real Madrid have been chasing the signature of David De Gea for a long time and were minutes away from securing it during the summer transfer window.However, a faulty fax machine scuppered the move and resulted in the Spain goalkeeper signing a new contract with Manchester United.Los Blancos were expected to come back in for De Gea this summer, but a ban on registering players for two transfer windows seems to mean the 25-year-old will remain at Old Trafford for the foreseeable future.Real Madrid can still sign players, but they cannot register them to play until 2017 under the terms of the ban, although they are appealing the decision.And Manchester United fans have rejoiced at the news there will not be a repeat of the drawn-out De Gea saga again this summer.See the best reactions from social media below! David De Gea could be staying at Man United following Real Madrid’s transfer ban
Pedro Obiang would be a “perfect fit” for Napoli – but is happy to remain at West Ham, according to his agent Jose Miguel Gonzalez.The Spaniard, who joined the Hammers in the summer, has struggled to hold down a regular place in Slaven Bilic’s starting team.Obiang has made just eight starts for the club this season, which has led to reported interest from Serie A leaders Napoli over a potential January move.“Napoli are very strong, doing well in the league and are looking for reinforcements in midfield,” Gonzalez told Tutto Mercato.“Obiang would be perfect for their needs, but I have not received any calls from Napoli.“He is unlikely to leave West Ham in January. The club want to keep hold of him, he is happy in London and happy with his team-mates.” 1 Pedro Obiang
Thosago Nkopodi could not believe it after shooting over from close range 1 If you thought yesterday’s Drive video was miss of the season – think again! That opportunity was one squandered by Sony Norde – see his attempt here – but this one from the South African Premier Division match between SuperSport United and Jomo Cosmos is even worse! The ball is squared across goal and the defender’s failed clearance takes the sting out of the pass. It set up nicely for the Cosmos’ Thosago Nkopodi to tap home from THREE YARDS, but he hit the bouncing ball over – see above!
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Clark County District Attorney David Roger declined to comment. Simpson and the others are charged with kidnapping, armed robbery, assault, burglary and conspiracy in the Sept. 13 encounter in a Las Vegas casino hotel room between Simpson and memorabilia collectors Alfred Beardsley and Bruce Fromong. Simpson also faces a felony charge of coercion, alleging that he took a cell phone from Fromong. Simpson has said he wanted to retrieve personal items that belonged to him, and his lawyers have maintained that no guns were used. But Cashmore will testify that Walter Alexander and Michael McClinton, two men who entered the room with Simpson, had guns, Miley said. Miley said Cashmore was unarmed during the alleged robbery. LAS VEGAS – A co-defendant in O.J. Simpson’s armed robbery case will plead guilty to a reduced charge and testify that guns were involved in the theft of sports collectibles from two memorabilia dealers, the man’s lawyer said Friday. Charles Cashmore is accused of being one of five men who joined Simpson in a hotel-room confrontation with two sports memorabilia dealers. He will testify that two of the other men who entered the room with the former football star were armed, Cashmore’s lawyer, Edward Miley, said. Miley said Cashmore will plead guilty Monday to being an accessory to robbery, a felony that could get him up to five years in prison. A court hearing is set for Monday, a court clerk confirmed. “He was just in the wrong place at the wrong time,” Miley said of Cashmore, a 40-year-old laborer, bartender and disc jockey who lives in Las Vegas. “The only people with guns that he knew of were Alexander and McClinton,” Miley said, adding that Cashmore’s crime was failing to immediately go to police and turn over the items he carried out of the room. Cashmore surrendered to authorities six days later and turned over the items, after police released images from hotel security videotapes showing him carrying a box from the room. Lawyers for Simpson, McClinton and most of the others did not immediately respond to requests for comment.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Donegal North East Fianna Fáil TD Charlie McConalogue has welcomed the decision by the IDA not to close its Letterkenny office.Deputy McConalogue has also commended the IDA on its application to the Department of Finance for permission to appoint a new North West Regional Manager.Deputy McConalogue said: “These are positive moves and I welcome the IDA’s response to the concerns that I raised in the Dáil and with Minister Bruton in relation to the need to maintain a Letterkenny office and to ensure that a North West Regional Manager is appointed with responsibility for attracting employment to the north-west region. “However I would now urge the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Richard Bruton to immediately work with the Minister for Finance to ensure a derogation is given for the appointment of a new North West Regional Manager for the IDA.“I would also be seeking that this new regional manager would be based, as before, in the Letterkenny office. I am concerned that although the news that the Letterkenny office is to be maintained is welcome, I believe the operations at that office would be significantly hindered by not basing the regional manager in the town.“Having the North West Regional Manager based in Letterkenny has worked for Donegal and I think it has also been successful for the wider region. As the IDA has now committed to keeping the office open, I see no reason as to why the new manager would not be based there. Anything less would amount to a very real downgrading of the role the office has played in recent years in attracting employment to Donegal and the north west”.“I am urging Minister Bruton to take this point up with the IDA. I certainly will be working to ensure the IDA is aware of the importance of this. It has always been more difficult to attract jobs to the regions than to other, more central, parts of the country. That is why the Letterkenny office, and the appointment of a North West Regional Manger to be based there, is so critical. Deputy McConalogue concluded: “I will certainly be keeping the pressure on the Minister and the IDA to follow-through on the appointment of a regional manager and the retention of the Letterkenny office to the extent that it can make a substantive contribution to the task of attracting new business and employment to the North West region and to Donegal.”McCONALOGUE WELCOMES IDA DECISION was last modified: July 15th, 2011 by gregShare 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:Charlie McConalogueletterkenny ida office
Check out this classic FA Cup final clip ahead of Saturday’s clash. Crystal Palace and Manchester United will meet in the 2016 final, 26 years after playing out an exciting final over two matches at the old Wembley. After drawing 3-3 first time around, the final would be replayed just five days later. A 1-0 victory for Manchester United signalled the first of many trophies under Sir Alex Ferguson, with Lee Martin scoring the game’s only goal just before the hour mark – see above.Below, you can see highlights from the 3-3 match, where Mark Hughes hit a double for United, Bryan Robson scoring their other goal.Ian Wright also netted two for Crystal Palace, after Gary O’Reilly had opened the scoring.
Spain prepared for Euro 2016 by easing to a 6-1 win over South Korea on Wednesday. Vicente del Bosque’s men, the current holders of the tournament, were always comfortable at the Red Bull Arena in Salzburg as they led 3-0 at the break. Celta Vigo forward Nolito hit a double, as did Arsenal target Alvaro Morata. Real Madrid are expected to activate their buy-back clause for Juventus striker Morata this summer – for around £23m. Los Blancos could instantly cash in for the 23-year-old and Arsenal may have to stump up around £50m for his services. Hector Bellerin, who was a surprise inclusion in Spain’s final Euro 2016 squad, impressed at right-back while the other scorers in the victory were Cesc Fabregas and David Silva. Morata got his first of the game early in the second half – his side’s fourth of the game – when he headed home Thiago Alcantara’s corner. Then, with just one minute left on the clock, he doubled his tally to make it six with a well-taken effort from an acute angle. See below! 1 Spain 4-0 South Korea (Morata, 50) Spain 6-1 South Korea (Morata, 89) Alvaro Morata is an in-demand striker this summer – see why below… And David Silva’s free-kick earlier in the game…Spain 1-0 South Korea (Silva, 30) WATCH: Bayern Munich star David Alaba produces own goal howler in Euro 2016 warm-up clash