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Kenwright seeking right successor

first_imgEverton chairman Bill Kenwright insists it is vitally important the club get a manager who is “equally significant” to the departing David Moyes. Press Association The Toffees chairman stressed there would be no instant decision – unlike when he recruited Moyes from Preston in 2002 – and they would be scouring far and wide for the best candidate. He added: “We’ve had a good 11-year adventure with David and it is my job and the club’s job to get a worthy successor and build on what David has brought to the club and hopefully move on from there. We will be out there finding the right man for this football club. “It is important from here on in Everton continues in the David Moyes tradition, in the Everton Football Club tradition, with an equally significant manager – because he has been a significant manager for 11 years. “Eleven years ago I made a decision and it was an instant decision when I met David, but I don’t think that can happen this time. We have to be very seriously out there looking to see what kind of candidate is out there who can take the club forward. “I won’t lie to you and say there is no-one in my head, no-one in Everton’s head or Everton supporters’ heads. “Everton fans are no fools. They took to David Moyes instantly. I’ll be looking to those supporters to get the kind of guidance that true football fans can give to a chairman. “It’s important they get the right man. Of course it is important the club get the right man but they know the adventure they’ve had for 11 years and they want it to continue and continue to grow and that is vital for them. It’s a very important part of my life to see that they are not let down because I don’t want them let down.” center_img The end of the Scot’s 11-year tenure at Goodison Park was confirmed when he was announced as Manchester United manager as successor to Sir Alex Ferguson. Moyes, whose contract expires in six weeks, will remain in place for Everton’s final two matches of the season before he officially takes over at Old Trafford on July 1. Kenwright’s job now is to find the right man to not only maintain his manager’s good work but also take the club forward. “He’s a great manager and Manchester United are very lucky,” said Kenwright. last_img read more

Madrid fans with a lot to celebrate, including a new No. 7

first_imgReal forward Mariano Diaz, front, celebrates with teammate after scoring his side’s third goal during a Group G Champions League soccer match between Real Madrid and Roma at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid, Spain, Wednesday Sept. 19, 2018. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)MADRID— In a familiar scene, Real Madrid fans jumped to their feet and cheered loudly after a superb goal by the No. 7.Only this time it wasn’t Cristiano Ronaldo. The player being celebrated on Wednesday was Mariano Diaz, a 25-year-old forward from the Dominican Republic who had just scored with a beautiful long-range shot in the team’s 3-0 win over Roma in the Champions LeagueADVERTISEMENT Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew The defense remained the same, led by veterans Sergio Ramos and Marcelo, and the midfield was still anchored by Casemiro, Toni Kroos and Luka Modric. The only player who was not in the starting lineup in the final in Ukraine was Gareth Bale, who so far has shown he can be a worthy replacement to Ronaldo. The Wales forward scored his 10th goal in as many matches this season.“I have a lot of very good players and they have been playing with great attitude,” Madrid coach Julen Lopetegui said. “That helps the team keep improving.”ABUNDANT OPTIONSMadrid did not make any major signings after Ronaldo left but the squad remained filled with talent.Bale and Diaz are not the only players helping fans forget the Portugal forward. Karim Benzema has also played well this season, scoring with ease and being crucial for the team’s new attacking front.Lopetegui’s biggest headache is deciding which Spain attacking midfielder to leave on the bench — Francisco “Isco” Alarcon or Marco Asensio. Both have impressed when they played but only one is getting to start under Lopetegui’s tactical formation.Isco’s superb opening goal from a set piece on Wednesday was reminiscent of Ronaldo’s remarkable free kicks.Lopetegui also has Lucas Vazquez as an attacking option, and in goal he is keeping Keylor Navas as a starter even though the club signed Thibaut Courtois, voted the World Cup’s best goalkeeper with Belgium.MODRIC’S FORMDiaz and Bale weren’t the only players loudly cheered in Wednesday’s match. Modric also got a standing ovation when he came off near the end, with the crowd calling him the best in the world, just like they often called Ronaldo when he was at the Bernabeu. 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Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA titlecenter_img Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum The fans started to get excited the moment Diaz was asked to warm up on the sidelines, and it soon got much louder.“I’m incredibly grateful for how I’ve been welcomed to the Bernabeu,” Diaz said. “I have a lot of respect for all the players who wore the No. 7 jersey in the past. It’s not a burden for me.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissDiaz, a promising talent from Madrid’s youth squad, was re-signed by the club without much fanfare after a season with Lyon. His impressive performance in the few minutes he played in his first match back gave fans plenty of reason to believe Ronaldo won’t be missed as much as initially feared.That was the impression Roma coach Eusebio Di Francesco got after seeing his team get dominated by Madrid. “I’m feeling better after having gone through the physical and mental strain of the World Cup,” said Modric, who led Croatia to the final in Russia. “I hope to soon be back at the level I was playing last season.”FUTURE STARSLopetegui still has the option of bringing up talented Brazilian teenager Vinicius Junior, who has been thriving with the “B” team after being bought for nearly 45 million euros ($52 million) from Brazilian club Flamengo.And next year Madrid will likely be able to use another promising Brazilian forward, Rodrygo, who was acquired for nearly the same price as Vinicius from Brazilian team Santos.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college LATEST STORIES MOST READ “This team has a lot of quality. If I were a Madrid fan I wouldn’t worry too much about not having Ronaldo,” Di Francesco said. “They lost a great champion, but they have many other champions in the squad who can compensate his departure.”There were indeed many signs in Madrid’s comfortable win to show that Di Francesco could be right.Here’s a look at why Madrid fans are optimistic about their team’s chances of winning a fourth straight European title despite Ronaldo’s absence:SOLID BASEDespite losing Ronaldo and coach Zinedine Zidane, Madrid faced Roma with 10 starters from the Champions League final against Liverpool.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

Tottenham and England star is the next Steven Gerrard… and he’s part of a dying breed

first_img1 Dele Alli This time last year Dele Alli had just scored for MK Dons in a 2-1 win over Swindon in League One.Fastforward 12 months and the 19-year-old was going toe-to-toe with the masterful Sergio Busquets and striking a sublime first England goal in a man of the match display against France at Wembley.‘DELE ALLI WON’T BE STAYING AT TOTTENHAM FOR LONG WITH PERFORMANCES LIKE THAT’Alli’s meteoric rise is no fluke. Without getting too ahead of ourselves, the Tottenham midfielder could well be the closest thing England has had to Steven Gerrard in his prime since the former Liverpool captain’s career began to wane.Gerrard’s leggy, languid style was the driving force behind every success Liverpool manifested in the last decade. He was intense, dynamic and, above all, a box-to-box midfielder – character traits becoming increasingly evident in Alli.Ali’s adeptness going both forwards and backwards is a rare commodity in modern football. The archetypal British box-to-box midfielder is a dying breed, with players nowadays far more specified and regimented within their individual roles and strengths.Midfielders are increasingly either a holding player or attacking player, with those nuances becoming more and more mutually exclusive. It’s a far cry from Gerrard’s all-action displays which would see him in both penalty areas in the space of 30 seconds.Bayern Munich star Arturo Vidal is perhaps the flagbearer in modern football for that type of midfielder, with his unrivalled dynamism a huge factor in his resonating impact felt all over the pitch. The Chilean’s performances lead by example and his achievements in the last year – spearheading Juventus to the Champions League final and Chile to Copa America glory – are testament to his influence.Alli is the poster boy of the next generation hoping to imitate Gerrard and Vidal. His former manager and a man he regards as a father-like figure, Karl Robinson, revealed the meticulous deliberations behind the decision to let the young midfielder leave for Tottenham in January, albeit returning to MK Dons on loan for the rest of the season.Alli plundered 16 goals from midfield as the Buckinghamshire club finally clinched promotion to the Championship after years of flirting with success, and understandably his form saw him coveted by a number of Premier League clubs.center_img Aston Villa and Newcastle also had offers on the table, so Robinson soon realised he couldn’t deny his prize asset his chance to make the step up.In hindsight, the switch to White Hart Lane has proved a masterstroke. Even Alli’s most ardent supporters probably couldn’t have predicted the integral role he has assumed in ensuring Spurs have remained unbeaten in the league since the opening day of the season.Robinson built the foundations, but if there was ever a manager to take Alli to the next level it would be Mauricio Pochettino. Nine of the last 15 England debutants have burst onto the international scene under the Argentine’s stewardship, with Alli and Eric Dier the latest on that list.And Alli’s rapid emergence has proven as refreshing as it has been surprising, particularly for the traditional romantics of the English game. Against the French he made himself at home throughout his appearance, but illustrated his supreme potential in one, breathtaking instant. After crashing into Morgan Schneiderlin with a fierce slide tackle, he demanded the ball off Wayne Rooney and drove forward before unleashing a quite brilliant strike past his helpless Spurs colleague Hugo Lloris. It had the feel of a watershed moment in Alli’s fledgling career.Liverpool’s reported snub of the then 18-year-old, a boyhood Reds fan, in summer 2014 is their loss and Tottenham’s gain, with north London and Pochettino’s regime now the perfect environment to nurture his development.Unlike Jack Wilshere, the last heir apparent to Gerrard’s throne, Alli appears to possess the drive and temperament conducive to unlocking his true potential. In fact, if the former’s fitness doesn’t show signs of improvement it could be Alli who takes full advantage ahead of Euro 2016. If Pochettino can manage him wisely, next summer’s finals could prove the stage for a star to be born.last_img read more