Senegal, Japan play out 2-2 thriller

first_imgMidfielder Keisuke Honda came off the bench to salvage a 2-2 draw for Japan against Senegal, as both teams were locked at the top of Group H following an entertaining encounter at the Ekaterinburg Arena on Sunday.Veteran Honda, 32, who became the first Japanese player to score in three different World Cups, replaced Shinji Kagawa in the second half with his team down 2-1 and fired the equaliser in 12 minutes from time after a bad error by Senegal goalkeeper Khadim N’Diaye.Senegal thought they had won the match as Moussa Wague drilled the ball into the top of the net on 71 minutes to make it 2-1 after Sadio Mane’s fortuitous first-half opener was cancelled out by Takashi Inui’s curling shot. But Honda ensured things ended level and deservedly so.The result leaves both teams, who beat Colombia and Poland respectively in their opening matches, on four points from two games and within reach of a spot in the last 16.ROBUST DEFENDINGSenegal began the match strongly and their robust defending neutralised any early threat that the Japanese front line posed, allowing their own attackers to push up in numbers.The Africans went ahead in the 11th minute, although there was an element of luck to their goal.A poor headed clearance landed right at Youssouf Sabaly’s feet and although goalkeeper Eiji Kawashima managed to parry the defender’s stinging shot from the left, the ball rebounded into the net off Mane’s knee.Forward Ismaila Sarr, who troubled Japan from the start with his pace and power on the right wing, was unlucky not to double Senegal’s lead on 21 minutes as he volleyed into Kawashima’s hands from close range.Japan slowly regained composure and responded with a well-taken goal with their only shot on target in the opening period to level the score at 1-1.Yuto Nagatomo controlled a long pass with a deft first touch before rolling the ball into the path of Inui, who cut in from the left and fired a curling shot past a diving N’Diaye.Senegal appeared to step off the gas towards the end of the half, and the effects were still evident after the restart, as they resorted to long-range efforts that failed to test the Japanese goalkeeper.They nearly paid for allowing their opponents to run at them, as Yuya Osako narrowly failed to connect with a ball across the box on the hour mark before Inui’s powerful shot struck the bar with the goalkeeper beaten.Wague appeared to have ended hopes of a Japanese comeback as he drilled Sabaly’s low cross into the top of the net to send Senegal’s supporters into raptures.But the Asians were not done and hit back again through Honda, who tapped in into an empty net after goalkeeper N’Diaye stepped off his line and failed to punch the ball away.last_img read more

Mbala: Archers will repeat

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite Luis Manzano jokes about Mikee Morada’s proposal to Alex Gonzaga: ‘Baka nagtali lang ng sintas’ Palace: Crisis over ABS-CBN franchise unlikely LATEST STORIES Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town Ben&Ben, IV of Spades, SB19 win big at 5th Wish Music Awards Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member Bulacan inmates, jail guards raise donations for Taal victims Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextcenter_img Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos MOST READ DILG to lock shops in Tagaytay City, other areas near Taal View comments “We would like to make it back-to-back with coach Aldin (Ayo),” Mbala said Thursday after receiving the Smart Collegiate Player of the Year award from the UAAP and NCAA Press Corps during the Collegiate Basketball Awards at Montgomery Place in Quezon City.Ayo and Jamike Jarin, the new National U coach who led San Beda to the NCAA crown, shared the Coach of the Year award.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return Anne Curtis talks about renewing faith in God amid the world’s ‘noise and clutter’ La Salle’s Ben Mbala (Mighty Sports Mythical Five/Smart Player of the Year). Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netThere will be no let up in Ben Mbala’s quest for glory for the La Salle Green Archers.Having bagged almost every individual and team honor last year, the 6-foot-7 Cameroonian vowed to take his game to the next level as the Green Archers try to retain their UAAP championship in Season 80 late this year.ADVERTISEMENT Kramer welcome addition to Phoenix in playoffs pushlast_img read more

#L3GACY: Dwyane Wade goes out a winner in Miami

first_imgLATEST STORIES Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Sarah Geronimo’s ‘Tala’ enters Billboard’s world digital song sales chart Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Bam Adebayo scored 19, Justise Winslow scored 16 and Hassan Whiteside added 15 for the Heat. The Heat were aware that Memphis had a big lead against Detroit, a must-win for the Grizzlies to keep Miami alive in the playoff race, but the Pistons rallied.“It still was a beautiful night,” Spoelstra said.Wade’s career will end Wednesday in Brooklyn, when Miami plays its regular-season finale. He checked out for the last time with 1:02 left, embracing teammates and his son Zaire — who was on the Heat bench.We’re not crying. You’re crying. 😭— Miami HEAT (@MiamiHEAT) April 9, 2019Greg Monroe scored 18 points and Ben Simmons scored 16 for Philadelphia, which entered Tuesday already locked into the No. 3 seed for the Eastern Conference playoffs and rested Joel Embiid and J.J. Redick. Simmons played only 21 minutes, Tobias Harris shot 3 for 16 in 20 minutes and Jimmy Butler scored only four points in 16 minutes.Butler did get one prize — he was the recipient of Wade’s final postgame jersey exchange with an opponent.“Special, to see my brother get as much love as he deserves,” Butler said. “He’s one of the greatest to play this game and I’m so happy he gets to go out on his terms.”Jonathon Simmons scored 14 for the 76ers, who knew they were witnessing Wade history. Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade waves to the crowd after playing his final home game, against the Philadelphia 76ers, Tuesday, April 9, 2019, in Miami. Wade is retiring. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)MIAMI — Dwyane Wade’s wife was slapping his backside in celebration.His oldest son, the heir to the Wade basketball throne, was on the Miami bench for the final minutes.ADVERTISEMENT Comelec assures no disruption in operations with retirement of execs Former President Barack Obama sent a video. John Legend and Chrissy Teigen were courtside. The “M-V-P” chants rained down while Wade played, one more time, the last Miami steps in this season-long One Last Dance.Wade’s final game in Miami was everything he wanted, and then some. He scored 30 points in the tribute-filled game, and the Heat sent him off a winner by defeating the Philadelphia 76ers 122-99 on Tuesday night. It was festive, all the way to the end, even though the Heat learned during the third quarter that they were eliminated from playoff contention.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubs Miami exit spoils Dwyane Wade farewell as Detroit edge closer to playoff spot P260,000 each in aid to displaced Marawi folk released by US — NBA (@NBA) April 10, 2019“Wade County,” Wade shouted to the crowd after the game after he jumped up onto the courtside table where Heat managing general partner Micky Arison sits, one last time, one last celebration. “I love you.”They loved him back. They have for 16 years. They will for 16 more, and 16 more after that, and 16 more after that, too.“I’m still just amazed, even after all these years,” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. “I’ve seen him go into his bag of tricks so many times and just compartmentalize. But I’m truly amazed that he was able to perform like that tonight.”ADVERTISEMENT Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award ‘Duterte legacy:’ Gov’t boasts achievements so far ⚡️3⃣⚡️The @MiamiHEAT honored @DwyaneWade ahead of his final home game! #OneLastDance #L3GACY #HEATCulture Heat: Udonis Haslem — also a three-time Heat champion, like Wade — played most of the fourth quarter with Wade. It took Haslem less than a minute to do one of the things he does best — take a charge. … Wade played in 575 games in a Heat uniform at home. Miami won 401 of them, and he scored 13,323 points in those contests.McGRUDER DECISIONMiami will not be a tax team this year, saving about a $5 million payment because Rodney McGruder was claimed Tuesday by the Los Angeles Clippers — two days after he was waived by the Heat. If Miami had won at Toronto on Sunday, McGruder would likely still be with the Heat. “That was one of the tougher franchise moves our organization has had to make,” said Spoelstra, who raves about McGruder.REST DAYThe 76ers plan to sit Embiid and Redick again Wednesday, and will also give Ben Simmons and Harris the night off. “Some people like to have a rhythm going into it, some people like to have time off. I don’t think you can appoint the perfect formula,” Brown said.UP NEXT76ers: Host Chicago on Wednesday.Heat: Visit Brooklyn on Wednesday. Tim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’ Sarah Geronimo’s ‘Tala’ enters Billboard’s world digital song sales chart “To see him be celebrated that way was the only positive of the night,” 76ers coach Brett Brown said.Wade scored the first basket of the game on a dunk, Philadelphia scored the next eight — and it was all Miami the rest of the way. Winslow had three 3-pointers and Wade scored six points in a 22-2 Heat run that put Miami in control early, and the outcome was never in question again.The final minutes were all Wade. He swished a 3-pointer. He banked in a pair of them. He got slapped on his backside by a fan — in this case, it was permitted, since the fan was his wife Gabrielle Union-Wade. He scored 14 of his points in that final quarter.It was his night.The game was the sideshow.The 20,153 fans came to see him.Wade did not disappoint, one last time.“I’m the most thankful person in this city,” Wade said.TIP-INS76ers: This is the first time Philadelphia has posted consecutive seasons of 50 or more wins since 1984-85 and 1985-86. … Philadelphia missed 17 of its first 18 tries from 3-point range. MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college View commentslast_img read more

SEA Games: Charly Suarez punches way to his 3rd boxing gold

first_imgLava gushes out of Taal Volcano as villagers flee No need to wear face masks in Metro Manila, says scientist Thailand reports case of coronavirus from China View comments Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:11SEA GAMES 2019: PH’s Nesthy Petecio boxing featherweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)08:07Athletes treated to a spectacle as SEA Games 2019 officially ends06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold05:02SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball05:21Drama in karate: Tsukii ‘very sad’ over coach’s bullying, cold shoulder03:24PH’s James Palicte boxing light welterweight final (HIGHLIGHTS) LATEST STORIES NFA assures ample rice supply in ashfall, eruption-affected areas Microsoft ends free Windows 7 security updates on Tuesday SEA Games: Team Lakay’s Jerry Olsim strikes gold in kickboxing Taal Volcano’s lava fountain weakens, but Phivolcs says it’s not sign of slowing down Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ ‘People evacuated on their own’ Philippines’ Charly Suarez celebrates after defeating Thailand’s Pidnuch Khunatip to claim the gold medal during the 30th South East Asian Games 2019 Men’s Lightweight (60 kg). INQUIRER PHOTO/ Sherwin VardeleonMANILA, Philippines—Charly Suarez came out of a tough scrap against Thailand’s Khunatip Pidnuch to take the gold medal in the men’s boxing lightweight division of the 2019 Southeast Asian Games Monday at PICC Forum.Both fighters were aggressive throughout the bout but it was Suarez who landed the better haymakers en route to the unanimous decision win.ADVERTISEMENT Despite getting pinned on the ropes, Suarez used his footwork to create separation and land a devastating left hook in the second round.Suarez then forced a standing 8-count after a flurry of punches rocked Pidnuch.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSAndray Blatche has high praise for teammate Kai SottoSPORTSBig differenceSPORTSAlmazan status stays uncertain ahead of Game 4“My opponent was tough because even though I was hitting him with my power shots he’d just get groggy but get stable immediately,” said Suarez in Filipino. “I was really challenged during the fight.”Suarez, who went back to the amateur circuit while his pro career (3-0) is on hold, earned his third gold medal in the SEA Games. Leonardo DiCaprio, Taika Waititi, other stars react to Oscar nominations Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

First Lady meets CSEC top performer

first_imgFirst Lady Sandra Granger met with Guyana’s Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) top performer, Fatima Karim and her mother Khadijah Karim at the Office of the First Lady at State House.First Lady Sandra Granger converses with CSEC top performer Fatima Karim and her mother Khadijah Karim on FridayThe First Lady said that she was happy to meet with Karim and was also excited to hear not only of her achievements at this year’s CSEC examinations, but of the young woman’s aspirations in petroleum engineering, in light of Guyana’s future in the oil and gas sector:“I was very excited to learn that that was her interest, because she is not only entering a field that is new to Guyana but as a female, she is entering a field in which women have not really taken part, so I congratulate her on it.”The First Lady added that she knows that while there will be challenges as Karim pursues this career, she is certain that she will bring her own skills and perspective to the fore. First lady Granger also encouraged Karim as she focuses on her academics, to also focus on enjoying life:“She should] have fun with it and remember that life is more than just work. I wish her all the success and I hope she does great things.”Karim said that she was very excited to meet and speak with the First Lady, who she said is one of her role models. The St Rose’s High School student received much public attention after topping the country with 19 Grade Ones and One Grade Two at the CSEC examinations. She said she felt proud that she was able to achieve such results, explaining that it called for her to balance her academic pursuits with her co-curricular activities: “It’s about knowing yourself; knowing how much you need to study. I knew I had to study at least once a week for each subject, so I can still talk with my friends and do other things.”Offering words of encouragement to other students, Karim said that as they aspire to their academic heights, the key is to believe that they can do it.She cited the words of another one of her role models, Malala Yousafzai, Pakistani activist and youngest Nobel Peace Prize laureate, who said, “Let us make our future now and make our dreams tomorrow’s reality.”She said that these words helped to motivate her, and in turn, she wishes to motivate students that if they believe that they can achieve a certain goal then they should strive to do so at all costs−now.last_img read more

Amerindian leaders object to land CoI

first_img…says Govt sidelined Indigenous leaders on proposed commissionSeveral heads of Amerindian organisations have come out in protest at the objectives that would be driving the Commission of Inquiry (CoI) into all issues of land titling in Guyana.President David Granger addressing the Commissioners following the swearing-in ceremony on FridayIn a strongly worded letter to the editor, the heads of the following organisations: Amerindian Peoples Association, Guyanese Organisation of Indigenous Peoples, The Amerindian Action Movement, South Central Peoples Development Association, and the National Amerindian Development Foundation, stated that they are objecting to any suggestion that the commission should address both “land extension” for Indigenous communities and “ancestral lands in coastal communities.” They contend that these issues are not connected, nor should they be; and point out that they will not accept the linkage of these issues in any commission or otherwise.“We see no basis for any link between these disparate issues, and consider that the announced course would only result in further delay on desperately needed action on Indigenous land rights,” the letter to the editor has stated.These objections have been ventilated even as President David Granger installed a six member CoI on Friday. The Commissioners are: Chairman Rev George Peter Chuck-A-Sang, and the members are David James, Carol Khan-James, Professor Rudolph James, Lennox Caleb and Paulette Henry. According to the Government, the commission would seek to resolve all the issues and uncertainties surrounding the individual, joint or communal ownership of lands acquired by free Africans, and also Amerindian land-titling claims.In remarks made at the simple ceremony held at State House, President Granger said Guyana boasts the size of Scotland and England combined, and if put together with Suriname, has a land mass much larger than Germany. Guyanese should therefore be able to rely on this land space, since, according to him, “land is life”.During an address on emancipation of the African slaves in 1838, President Granger had said the acquisition of land was foremost on the minds of the freed Africans. The Head of State had said Government recognises that land issues have not been settled, thus the Administration had taken a decision to ensure that people can live in Guyana without worrying about their future. The Indigenous people, who have been in Guyana from time immemorial, have strong cultural, material and spiritual connections to the land, he had said, and this was recognised at the time that Guyana became independent.Amerindian leaders currently feel that if the Government is of the view that the concept of “ancestral lands in coastal communities” warrants attention, this can and must be done separately from the actions it has promised and is obligated to undertake with respect to Indigenous lands. More importantly, the leaders contend that there has been no attempt to secure the participation of Indigenous peoples and organisations in this proposed commission, or in determining its terms of reference.last_img read more

Annandale woman busted with ganja

first_imgA 47-year-old female resident of Annandale, East Coast Demerara, is currently in Police custody after she was nabbed with a quantity of narcotics on Wednesday afternoon.The illegal substance amounted to some 2.311 kilograms of cannabis sativaShe was arrested sometime around 17:40h at the Bartica Stelling, Region Seven (Cuyuni-Mazaruni).According to Police reports, acting on information received, ranks went to the said location, where they intercepted the woman and conducted a search on a bag she was carrying.The ranks subsequently discovered the illegal substance in taped parcels amounting to some 2.311 kilograms of cannabis sativa.The woman is currently being processed for court.last_img read more

Chewing on idea jerky with Mark Twain and Will Rogers

first_imgI do this job for one reason only. Or one reason aside from how I get to read e-mails from complete strangers telling me that I look funny. And that one reason is how I get to foist my opinions off on a tolerant readership that often asks, “Where do you get those idiot ideas?” Well, many are plucked out of thin air while others are clipped from periodicals and carefully stored on my desk until they become idea jerky. Problem is, most of these items can’t fill an entire column. But neither can I let them go. Take a recent story about Sen. Larry Craig, R-Screwed, where he never says: “I have personal issues that I need to work out. Please understand that I am a frail human being who nonetheless cares very much about the the problems facing the West.” And I like this report from England, where a drive to serve healthful meals in school cafeterias led to kids spending their lunch money on convenience store junk food. Meanwhile, in Little Rock, Ark., six elderly Roman Catholic nuns of the Army of Mary were excommunicated – much as the Angels were by Boston – after the Vatican judged them heretics for believing that their order’s founder, 86-year-old Marie Giguere, is the reincarnation of the Virgin Mary with God speaking through her. The nuns stated that the church had better “open their eyes before it’s too late” and that they only believe that God “communicates through Giguere.” Silly nuns. For starters, God communicates through the pope, who, in any case, will not tolerate female criminals in a church that has yet to excommunicate or even discipline some of the male sex offenders in its ranks and those who aided them. “An ethical man,” wrote Twain, “is a Christian holding four aces.” Or, as I see it, all the cards. Speaking of God, a man named Andy Schlafly of New Jersey was horrified by the “information” offered by the online encyclopedia Wikipedia. Wanting to correct all that crazy talk about the Earth being older than 10,000 years, he created, which is designed to tell certain people that what they already believe is absolutely correct. Now consider Peter Tork of the made-for-TV Monkees, which recorded 10 Top 20 singles in the 1960s. He claims that Rolling Stone editor Jann Wenner is blocking the group’s induction into the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame. Wenner is, of course, an antique mired in a time before Americans expected their music idols to be complete fakes. Still, by comparison to many of today’s contrived sensations, the Monkees were Mozart. Then there was this quote from Dr. Ellen Laan of the University of Amsterdam: “I think that it’s progress when we can spend two hours in this performance-driven society admitting that maybe we don’t know what we’re talking about.” Her frightening statement came at the end of an Orlando medical conference on women’s sexual health, during which the expert assembly admitted to knowing next to nothing about what causes sexual arousal and orgasm in women. Or as Twain once quipped, “Neither do I!” Now take Michigan Democrat Rep. John Dingell’s lunatic suggestion that we reduce carbon emissions by removing the mortgage-interest tax deduction from all homes over 3,000 square feet. How killing with taxes people who own larger existing homes would help air quality remains a mystery. But he did make me recall Will Rogers, who once said, “I don’t belong to any organized political party. I’m a Democrat.” And 25 years ago, a scientist at Carnegie Mellon invented the colon-hyphen-parenthesis sideways smiley face that haunts the world like anthrax. I want to find that guy. Boy, do I want to find him. I said that. I want to hear your comments. Connect with me at or send a letter to Daily Breeze/John Bogert, 5215 Torrance Blvd., Torrance, CA 90503-4077.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas CityPersonally, I’d advise Craig to think about something Mark Twain once said: “A man is never more truthful (and endearing) than when he acknowledges himself a liar.” Instead, he’s denying lewd conduct charges while – I love this – insisting that it is inappropriate and unpatriotic to discuss his bathroom behavior “while the nation is at war.” Then there is a study out of the Max Planck Institute suggesting that a sense of fair play is a uniquely (and I’d say rare) human trait not shared by our chimp relatives. Which brings to mind another Twain quote: “I believe that our Heavenly Father created man because he was disappointed with the monkey.” Only I think that it was the other way around. Now take Roberto Madrazo, a former Mexican presidential candidate who disappeared midway through the recent Berlin Marathon, then suddenly reappeared to win with an age-group record. Or as Twain once observed, “Nature knows no indecencies; man invents them.” last_img read more

Theft may have prompted slaying

first_imgPICO RIVERA – Detectives said they are almost certain that the July 3 killing of a 49-year-old limousine driver in Pico Rivera began as a robbery. Authorities said they have discovered that the dead man may have had $400 in cash in his pocket when he was approached and shot at about 2:40 p.m. Stephen Smith was gunned down in the hallway of his apartment complex in the 5600 block of Rosemead Boulevard. Neighbors told investigators they thought the sound was fireworks, so Smith’s death wasn’t discovered until minutes later. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2By the time deputies were called to the scene, about 15 minutes later, the gunman was long gone, said Los Angeles County sheriff’s homicide Sgt. Kenneth Clark. Clark said he hopes new witnesses will come forward. Smith may have been on his way to return $400 to his employer when he was shot, said Steve Henderson, owner of Exquisite Transportation Associates Inc. in Gardena. Smith had worked Saturday until about midnight driving a group of women around Los Angeles to a spa and restaurant in a limousine, said Henderson. When he returned the limousine to the office, he did not want to leave the $400 in cash he was paid in a lock box. He was scheduled to return the money to his office the day he was killed, Henderson said. “My assistant spoke with him at about 1 p.m. that day,” said Henderson. “He was getting ready to come to the office. I later found out that where he got killed, he was near his car. He was probably coming to the office.” Henderson and Smith’s apartment manager said he was a reliable, hard-working, easy- going man. He always paid his rent on time and lived in the apartment complex for about three years, the apartment manager said. According to detectives, his family lives on the East Coast, and he was not married. He listed his sister in New Jersey as his emergency contact at work, said Henderson. Henderson first met Smith while he was working as a driver for another company. He liked him, and asked him to apply at his company. “He worked for me about two months,” said Henderson. “He was a nice guy. He was pretty sharp, very personable and approachable.” Anyone who may have seen anything or anyone suspicious near the 5600 block of Rosemead Boulevard at about 2:30 p.m. July 3 can call Lt. Al Grotefend at (323) 890-5500. (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3026160Want 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

Sam Allardyce confirmed as Everton manager on contract until 2019

first_img1 Sam Allardyce (left) in the stands with Everton’s majority shareholder Farhad Moshiri Sam Allardyce has been confirmed as Everton’s new manager after signing an 18-month deal at Goodison Park.Everton’s majority shareholder Farhad Moshiri told talkSPORT’s Jim White on Wednesday that the 63-year-old had agreed a contract to take over. The former England, Newcastle and Sunderland boss will take charge of the Toffees for the first time time in Saturday’s Premier League clash at home to Huddersfield.Allardyce said: “I’ve always thought Everton was a great club. It is a great club. Obviously, the club has gone through a difficult spell and hopefully I can put that behind us as quickly as possible and start looking upwards again.”Allardyce had ruled himself out of the running for the Everton job only two weeks ago, telling talkSPORT he did not feel wanted enough by the club after holding initial talks.But further discussions with Moshiri tempted him to return to management at Goodison – seven months after he quit Crystal Palace and declared he had ‘no ambitions’ to take another job.Everton announced on Wednesday afternoon that they were finalising a deal to secure the services of Allardyce more than a month after sacking Ronald Koeman.The 63-year-old had a watching brief as the Toffees put on their best display of the season to beat West Ham 4-0 at Goodison Park on Wednesday.That was the final game of an eight-match spell in caretaker charge for under-23s boss David Unsworth and an uplifting way to finish what had been a difficult run.Defeat against the Hammers would have seen Everton drop into the relegation zone but instead Allardyce takes over with the side having climbed to 13th, five points clear of the bottom three.“The attraction of the club itself, the people I’ve known at the club – Peter Reid is one of my best mates, so are Andy Gray and Paul Bracewell, whom I worked with at Sunderland – these people have always made me aware of just how special and unique a club Everton is and I feel really enthused and energised to come in as manager,” said Allardyce.“Ultimately, it’s the ambition of the club, the ambition of the owner and the board, allied to the fact that it’s Everton and all the fantastic history, which have proved to be key for me.“Ambition is important for any manager or coach, owner or director. It’s what you need to have and hopefully we can deliver to the fans to get this club high up the league. That’s what we’re aiming for.“Let’s try to get a healthy spirit around the club. That’s difficult when you’re losing but the win last night over West Ham and the magnificent atmosphere around Goodison, which was just brilliant, well that’s lifted everybody around the club.“Last season showed what the club is trying to build and we need to demonstrate that level of ambition and assuredness again. We can. It’s a question now of putting in the work to do that and I’m really enthused by the prospect.”last_img read more