Downing reveals regret at Clarke exit

first_img Downing does not know whether or not he will be in place for those games, but is ready and willing if asked. “I’ve not been given a specific time,” he said. “It’s been reported that I will be staying over the Christmas period, but it is a game-by-game basis. I am totally focussed on Hull. “I will take it from there and if required over Christmas I will do that, but for now it’s just Hull.” Downing has managerial experience of his own – albeit a short spell with Cheltenham six years ago – and says Clarke has told him to make sure he enjoys his time in charge. “I have to embrace it, even if it is under different and sad circumstances,” he added. “I have spoke with Steve and he told me it is an opportunity to have a go at it. I managed at Cheltenham for 15-16 months and, even though it was a smaller club, it was still managing.” Downing gave no indication as to whether or not he wanted to be considered for the job, but having minded the shop previously after Roy Hodgson’s departure, knows exactly what to do. “I sat here 18 months ago when Roy left, so I know what the position is,” he said. “I’ve been here for four years and the club know my support is there. “The powers that be will decide who comes in and who comes in with them. Dean and I will try and glue things together to make it as seamless as possible.” The Baggies are 16th and two places above the drop zone and although sad to see his boss leave, Downing knows results need to come quickly. “It’s very sad and I had a huge amount of respect (for Clarke),” Downing, who joined West Brom in 2009, said. “I have learned from a very good man who has been in the game a long time and been under a lot of good managers. “It’s sad if anyone loses their job and there is a tinge of responsibility as I was part of the team. “But he is an honourable man with integrity and he understood the decision. Now he has to forge a career elsewhere and he will do that. “We have had a decent week and the players have responded well. We need to make sure we get the right result because three points changes everything.” Downing will be assisted by Dean Kiely for the meeting with Steve Bruce’s men, with the fixtures coming thick and fast after that. Managerless Spurs are their Boxing Day opponents, with West Ham following on from that. Keith Downing will take charge of West Brom this weekend with a sense of sadness. The 48-year-old served as an assistant to Steve Clarke but, after the Scot was sacked last weekend, he will go it alone in caretaker charge against Hull. Some fans voiced their upset at Clarke’s departure but he exited on the back of a six-game winless run and with just three league victories all season. Press Associationlast_img read more


first_imgA research report commissioned by Donegal County Childcare will be the key focus of two important debates in the Dáil in the coming weeks.Avril McMonagleIt follows the innovative research work into childcare supports for working families and the implications for employment.The research entitled ‘Supporting Working Families – Releasing a brake on economic growth’ was carried out by Indecon International Economic Consultants for Donegal County Childcare and was launched by Minister Frances Fitzgerald in Dublin in December. Avril McMonagle, County Childcare Manager, who initiated the research project early in 2013, has been invited to provide a presentation on the findings of the report to the Oireachtas Joint Committee on Health and Children on Thursday 20th February.Minister Fitzgerald has already expressed her intention to be present for the presentation.Ms. McMonagle said she is delighted the report has generated a huge amount of interest from various Government Departments.“We already know that the findings and recommendations will be used to inform a review of childcare funding schemes during 2014. We are grateful to Sinn Fein Spokesperson for Children Caoimhghíin ó Caoláin and local TD Pádraig Mac Lochlainn for nominating us to present to the Joint Committee’. The Donegal Report will also provide the background information for the first Private Members Business debate in the term of the current Government specifically on childcare this week.This is being brought forward by Robert Troy, TD Fianna Fail Spokesperson for Children and local TD Charlie McConalogue.In order to address this issue, the Fianna Fáíl led debate will provide a platform for a range of childcare related issues including increased investment and will call for the implementation of many of the proposals put forward in the Indecon Report regarding the cost of childcare.The cost of childcare as a barrier to employment is an issue that has been debated for years without any tangible solutions being brought forward.The report shows that thousands of working parents, particularly mothers, face a stark choice of quitting work because of the high cost of childcare, or continuing their careers while losing money. The report puts forward key policy initiatives which could be undertaken to reduce barriers to employment which would have positive benefits for working parents in Donegal who are earning just above the threshold for family income supports.Avril said the DCCC is particularly delighted that a Donegal based organisation has been successful in taking this crucial national issue to central government.“For this reason we knew for the onset that not only did our report need to be evidence based and solutions focussed – most importantly it needed to be properly costed to ensure that it would be taken seriously. We are delighted that we have succeeded in doing this and that our report is now central to all future policy discussions in this area’.DONEGAL GROUP TO BRING COST OF CHILDCARE TO THE CORRIDORS OF POWER was last modified: February 9th, 2014 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:Avril McMonagledailDonegal Childcare Committeelast_img read more