Chelsea opinion: Conte, Simeone or Allegri – does it matter who gets the job?

first_imgI’m not in support of such ruthlessness, far from it. Chelsea, regardless of their success under Abramovich, have been embarrassing, arrogantly turning their back on some of the finest names on offer in management with no care for the image it has consequently depicted of the Premier League.  The return of the adored Mourinho, two summers ago, was intended to signify a change in such impatience at the club – that didn’t go quite to plan, did it? The Portuguese coach penned a four-year contract extension three months after lifting the English title, taking his expiration date to 2019. Another sign that Abramovich was finally determined on longevity. Mourinho himself confidently stated after agreeing the new deal, “I said when I returned here two years ago that I have a special feeling for this club and nothing changed. It is the club closest to my heart and I am very happy to know I will be staying here for a long time.”Four months later he was sacked. The speculation on who could take over at Chelsea in the summer has intensified.Guus Hiddink, since agreeing an interim position with the club two days after Jose Mourinho was sacked, has performed admirably, lifting the mood of a disconsolate Stamford Bridge faithful, with only one defeat, to Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League, in his 14 games in charge. All the while such glamorous names as Diego Simeone, Massimiliano Allegri and Antonio Conte have been linked with taking over on a permanent basis in the summer.But as the season approaches its final straight and the rumour mill picks up speed, I’ve been asking myself: who cares which manager gets the long-term job at Chelsea? Or rather, how important is the next man to take his seat in the Stamford Bridge dugout with a so-called permanent contract?Many rightly bemoan the contemporary habit of dismissing managers long before their contract expires, believing it’s detrimental not just to a club’s reputation, but future. However, Chelsea – or rather Roman Abramovich – have banished this notion. Chelsea’s next permanent coach will no doubt be handed a likewise lucrative lengthy deal, but it’s a hollow invitation. Whatever contract their next manager receives will be equally as meaningless.So whether it’s Simeone, Allegri, Conte, Hiddink, maybe even Manuel Pellegrini that next takes to the stage at Stamford Bridge, it simply doesn’t matter.We can spend our time discussing how the Blues might line up under the above managers, what formation they could utilise, the players that may top their transfer wish list.Ultimately, though, only one man influences proceedings at Chelsea Football Club – and it’s not the figure standing in the dugout, as John Terry has harshly been reminded. 4 4 After the Russian assumed ownership in 2003, the Blues have gone on to lift 15 trophies – under 10 different managers.Four Premier League titles, four FA Cups, three League Cups, two Community Shields, one Champions League and one Europa League have entered their now glittering trophy cabinet.Hiddink could add a fifth FA Cup, perhaps even a Champions League triumph. After all they’ve done it before under an interim boss, much to the amazement of their rivals. So, chopping and changing head coaches isn’t quite as destructive to a club’s success, it seems. 4 Roman Abramovich is currently searching for Chelsea’s next permanent manager 4last_img read more

A heckuva reason to hit the roof

first_img “I about had a heart attack,” said the 62-year-old West Hills woman. “I kept asking these people for their contractor’s license or a work order. They couldn’t give me anything – a business card, an order sheet. Even the owner couldn’t.” The roof was 10 years old and didn’t leak. David Paine, owner of Preferred Roofing in Van Nuys, who covered it with a tarp Saturday, said the repair would cost about $9,000. Hodge has homeowners insurance, but hasn’t yet filed a report. She asked Precision’s owner to fix it immediately. “He couldn’t even say he was sorry,” Hodge said. “He didn’t apologize. He just said, ‘It was a mistake. People make mistakes.’ “He said, ‘It would be nice if you would compensate me for this work.”‘ Elliott said he offered to fix her roof for free. “I’m trying to make a bad situation good so everyone walks away happy,” Elliott said. “Next thing you know she called the police and her attorney and we got kicked off the job.” A crime report was not taken because it appeared to be a mistake, said Lt. Paul Vernon, a police spokesman. Elliott said Precision Roofing has been in business 30 years. The Better Business Bureau of the Southland gave it a D rating in 2002 for not responding to a client’s complaint about a leaking overhang. The Reseda-based company has not been licensed by the Contractors State License Board since 2000. It was unclear why Precision Roofing did not have a license, said Pamela Mares, a spokeswoman for the board. Elliott said he was unaware his license was invalid. It is illegal in California to do contracting work for $500 or more without a license. “I strongly encourage anybody to report unlicensed activities. We will go after (unlicensed contractors), put them in jail,” Mares said. Monday, the Hodges were more concerned with damage control. Strong gusts whipped south from the Santa Susana Mountains, flapping the clear tarp. Brad and his father, Miles, spent several hours refastening the tarp. “It’s the middle of winter. It’s going to rain. What am I going to do?” Brad Hodge asked. The roof incident capped a frustrating week for Hodge, an alumnus of the University of Southern California. On Wednesday he watched his Trojans lose the college football national championship at the Rose Bowl. “Losing the game was disappointing, but it doesn’t affect my day-to-day life, except I have to take a lot of ribbing from my co-workers,” he said. “But having to come home and see the roof ripped off my house hits you, well, right at home.” Brad A. Greenberg, (818) 713-3634 Tips when hiring a contractor: Hire only licensed contractors Get three bids Be wary of people offering home-improvement work door-to-door Verify the contractor’s license by checking online at or via the Contractors State License Board’s automated phone service at (800) 321-2752 Don’t pay more than 10 percent down or $1,000 Don’t pay cash Contact the contractors license board if you have a complaint. SOURCE: Contractors State License Board160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! GRANADA HILLS – Brad Hodge went through the roof over his missing shingles. Portions of his roof were removed by an unlicensed contractor whose crew had been sent to 17722 Tribune St. – but showed up at 17722 Tulsa St. instead. “I understand delivering something to the wrong address, but I don’t understand starting a process like that without talking to the resident or the homeowner,” a dumbfounded Hodge said. Now Hodge and his parents, who own the single-story stucco house one block north of Tribune Street, are scrambling to get the roof replaced before the next Southern California downpour. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita Most reputable roofers, though, have waiting lists of three months or more. “My guys made a mistake and tore off the wrong roof,” said Precision Roofing owner Barry Elliott, whose business is not licensed by the state. The costly debacle started Friday about 8 a.m. when a Precision crew showed up at the home and nobody was there. “They were walking up and down the street, and they were looking at our house,” said John Cooley, who lives next door. “I thought they were lost. Evidently, they were.” When Gayle Hodge and her husband arrived two hours later to help with their son’s new air conditioner, the roofers were well into the demolition, flinging composite shingles onto the driveway and into a large truck. last_img read more

Buffalo lands knockout punch, 20-14

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 It happened after the Dolphins overcame a 17-0 deficit and were threatening to pull ahead. After marching the Dolphins 36 yards on seven plays, Gus Frerotte hit Brown with a short pass over the middle. Brown cut to his right and was caught from behind by London Fletcher. Clements ran up and stripped the ball before Brown was down, and Troy Vincent recovered on the Bills’ 18-yard line. “Today, our backs were up against the wall on several occasions and we did some good things,” Vincent said. “They were in a position to score and we got a fumble. It’s always huge.” Forget the apparent quarterback controversy that might suddenly be brewing in Buffalo after veteran backup Kelly Holcomb started in place of 2004 first-round pick J.P. Losman. Chalk this win up to a banged-up defense that overcame its suddenly maligned reputation after allowing 1,054 yards in its last three games. Clements forced Ronnie Brown’s fumble in the final minutes and preserved Buffalo’s 20-14 win over the Miami Dolphins on Sunday. “I’ve been trying to punch at it all day because that dude’s a load,” Clements said. “I just went for the ball and it came out.” ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. — Nate Clements had to act fast. The game was on the line and the Buffalo Bills couldn’t afford another loss. So when the Bills cornerback saw the ball coming loose, he provided one last punch to pry it free. center_img “This victory period is a big confidence boost,” Clements said. “This is something that can start a snowball effect. For us to come out on top, it’s huge.” Clements’ turnover was the fifth of the game for Buffalo (2-3) and helped snap the Bills’ three-game losing streak. The Bills offense also responded to a degree. Holcomb completed 11 of his first 15 attempts and engineered scoring drives on Buffalo’s first three possessions. Holcomb finished 20 of 26 for 169 yards passing and a touchdown. Willis McGahee had 86 yards rushing and a touchdown while Eric Moulds had 59 yards receiving and a touchdown. After scoring 17 points in the first half, the Bills were limited to Rian Lindell’s 47-yard field goal. The Dolphins (2-2), coming off a bye week, couldn’t overcome their undisciplined play. Miami committed a franchise-record 18 penalties for 108 yards. The costliest was a holding call against linebacker Donnie Spragan that negated Vonnie Holliday’s 8-yard sack on third down. The penalty gave Buffalo a first-and-goal at the Dolphins 3, setting up Moulds’ 2-yard touchdown catch that put the Bills up 17-0. Linebacker Zach Thomas shook his head in frustration. “We killed ourselves on defense, man,” Thomas said. “Let them beat you, don’t let yourselves beat you.” Coach Nick Saban wouldn’t pin the blame on Brown’s fumble, saying the Dolphins dug too big a hole for themselves in the first half. “We need to improve our ability to play with discipline, especially on the road, especially in the beginning of games,” Saban said. “That put us behind the 8-ball.” Limited to 106 yards in the first half, the Dolphins responded when Frerotte hit Will Heller for a 1-yard touchdown pass 10 minutes into the third quarter. Frerotte then found Randy McMichael for a 30-yard touchdown with 8 minutes left. Frerotte went 21 of 33 for 226 yards, with two touchdowns and three interceptions. Brown had 97 yards rushing. The Bills’ offense was just the opposite. It appeared strong in the first half under Holcomb, who threw in rhythm and relied mostly on quick outs or short throws over the middle, all things Losman appeared incapable of doing. It was a big turnaround for a Buffalo offense that managed 29 points — two touchdowns and five field goals — in the last 14 quarters. While pleased with Holcomb’s outing, coach Mike Mularkey refused to say who his starter was for next week’s game against the visiting New York Jets. “We needed a win and this team understood it,” Mularkey said. “We have to win close games at the end. And when we needed plays, guys made them at the end.” 160Want 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

Latest Donegal community signs up to launch text alert scheme

first_imgThe launch of the Ballybofey/Stranorlar Text Alert scheme will take place this Wednesday. Cllr Patrick McGowan has welcomed the latest area in Donegal to join the National Community Text Alert scheme.The launch will take place in the Finn Valley centre at 8pm. Guest speakers will be Garda Supt Michael Finan, Sgt Paul Wallace, Crime Prevention Officer and Vanessa Clarke Muintir Na Tire.The public are encouraged to attend so they can hear first hand how the system works and ask questions on the night about policing generally.Councillor McGowan said “Everyone is welcomed and hopefully this latest Text Alert scheme will leave no hiding place for would-be criminals who are surveying this part of Donegal.“There are Text Alert schemes set up in most area across Donegal and we need to ensure that the Garda have sufficient personnel and resources to support the public in tracking these criminals before they commit burglaries or more serious crimes in our communities.” Text alert forms are available at the BASE centre at Railway Road, Stranorlar.Latest Donegal community signs up to launch text alert scheme was last modified: November 21st, 2017 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:BalybofeydonegalGardaitext alertlast_img read more

Transfer gossip: Everton linked with Norwich City’s Wembley youngsters

first_imgJacob and Josh Murphy are being monitored by Everton, the Daily Mirror claim.The newspaper adds that Norwich City must give the 21-year-old twins from Wembley a pay rise in order to tie them to long-term contracts at Carrow Road.Speculation over the duo’s future comes after they recently changed agents.It is claimed that Everton are among “a clutch” of Premier League clubs showing an interest in the “in-demand” brothers.But the pair could be tempted to stay at Norwich if new chief executive Jez Moxey tables big contract offers, the Mirror say. Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Tripura chit fund director held

first_imgThe Tripura Police has arrested a top functionary of a chit fund company who was on the run after a case was registered against him 2013. In another development, the Special Investigation Team (SIT) of the State CID which is probing the Rose Valley chit fund scam is preparing to bring its owner Gautam Kundu from Kolkata this month for interrogation.The SIT had earlier failed to get Kundu’s custody after his lawyers stalled two sanctions of transit remand citing his ailment. Rose Valley held at least 80 per cent of deposits in non banking financial companies in Tripura, cheating thousands of people.Police arrested Tanoy Das, local director of Rubistar, a chit fund company, in connection with a case registered with east Agartala police station in 2013. He went into hiding after filling of the case.Rose Valley casesKundu is wanted in the State in reference to another case lodged in west Agartala police station in the same year. Besides Tripura, he is facing forgery and criminal conspiracy charges in West Bengal, Assam and Odisha where the CBI is conducting probe.‘BJP-CPI(M) nexus’Absence of CBI in ponzi scam investigations in Tripura is a big political issue with opposition Trinamool Congress alleging a ‘CPI(M)- BJP’ nexus to keep the central agency at bay. “CBI is completely silent in Tripura where chit fund companies collected hundreds of crores by cheating people with high interest rate and return”, TMC leader Sudip Roy Barman said.“Undoubtedly there is a connection between CPI(M) and BJP…they have nexus”, Mr Barman told The Hindu on Saturday. His party had earlier held street protests over the issue.SIT was constituted by the State government to enquire into financial scams committed by over one hundred chit fund companies. It has taken up probe into complaints registered with police under IPC Sections 420, 406, 34 and Section 3 of Tripura Protection of Interest of Depositors Act 2000.SEBI noticesSecurities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) earlier issued notices against two ponzi fund companies – Charka Infrastructure Limited and the Suncity Infracon Corporation Limited which raised fund in Tripura. Entities in the notices are named as Bijoy Das and Apu Saha and were summoned to its office in Kolkata, but they failed to turn up.last_img read more

Around the world

first_imgA dream project by the late Dr. Tonse Madhava Anantha Pai, Manipal University has transformed a barren Karnataka hilltop into an education hub. After completing his medical education from Madras University, he was all set to go to Hong Kong when his mother asked him to stay back and serve,A dream project by the late Dr. Tonse Madhava Anantha Pai, Manipal University has transformed a barren Karnataka hilltop into an education hub. After completing his medical education from Madras University, he was all set to go to Hong Kong when his mother asked him to stay back and serve the people of the region. Pai’s aim was to develop the rural areas of the district and rid the region of ill-literacy, illhealth and poverty. This led him to start schools in the remote areas of the district, followed by opening of Syndicate Bank and setting up of a private self-financed institution in Manipal by starting the Kasturba Medical College in 1953.H. S. BallalSo, on the hillock came up a medical college, and brick by brick other institutions came into being. H. S. Ballal, pro-chancellor, Manipal University explains, “As the institutions came up, the transformation of the barren hilltop began to take place. The open underdeveloped area paved way for commercial establishments to cater to the needs of the students. And as the number of students increased with the addition of more institutes, Manipal underwent a total change. All the institutions were under one umbrellaof ManipalAcademy of Higher Education. In 1993 we got the deemed University status. Only five colleges were present at that time. Today, the University has 22 institutions.” With the increase in the size of the university- institutions, students and staff-there has been a corresponding increase in the number of shops, eating houses and other commercial establishments. A number of residential complexes came up all over Manipal as the hill-top is also being considered as lucrative business by builders.The university has been able to cater to not just academic needs but also managed to attract a large number of students for its recreational facilities. “For the sports minded in particular the opportunities are limitless. The new indoor sports complex caters to a number of games and has a gymnasium, which has no parallel at least in this country. There are grounds for cricket, football and hockey, courts for basketball, volleyball and tennis and swimming pool to name a few,” says Ballal. It also offers students respite with tourist spots close to the campus. Mangalore which is only an hour away from Manipal, is very well connected. This coastal Tier-II city is beautiful and has scope for a variety of recreational activities. “Manipal has the Western Ghats on one side and the Arabian Sea on the other and the tourism department has developed good getaways to let your hair down,” reiterates Ballal.Rajneesh SoniThe university has always managed to churn out some of the most interesting and unique courses including the three-year degree course in jewellery management and the medical education programme, which is a tie-up with the Malaysian government. Malaysian students are admitted to the Melaka Manipal Medical College and, initially complete two and half years of pre-clinical studies at the Manipal Campus and then move on to the Melaka campus to complete their MBBS. Sagun SawhneyThe degree is conferred by Manipal University. In another programme, the International Centre for Applied Sciences has a programme with universities in the US, UK and Canada. The students get their degrees from whichever foreign university they study at.With Pai’s dream project expanding offshore, it will soon be an Indian force to reckon with. “Diversity is the key to engaging academics”After a 40-year association with Manipal University, H. S. Ballal feels there is a lot that the university offers. He discusses its inception and changes it has brought about.Q.What was the idea and vision behind setting up Manipal University?A. Dr Pai’s aim was to develop the rural areas of the district and rid the region of ill-literacy, ill-health and poverty. This led him to start schools in the remote areas of the district, He set up a private selffinanced institution in Manipal by starting the Kasturba Medical College in 1953.Q. Has the area around the campus witnessed any cultural changes since its establishment?A. Students from different backgrounds pool in their culture to create an amazing kaleidoscopic culture. Yes, Manipal has a lot of restaurants and hotels to cater to the students of different nationality and culture. Overall, this diversity has helped the ambience around change.Q. What makes this university stand out from the rest?A. Manipal University is synonymous with education of the best kind. Students choose it for higher education with this single thought in mind and are proud of the degree. Our diverse courses and international exposure add many feathers to the cap making it one of the most trusted.Another brick in the wallTechno drive: Research is given a lot of prominence and the Health Science Library is designed in a way that it considered to be the best in Asia and so are the Anatomy and Pathology Museums.Numero uno: The three-year degree course in jewellery management and the medical education programme which is a tie-up with the Malaysian government is one of a kind programme.Local rules: Students choose Manipal University for quality higher education but the recreational activities and the tourist getaways add colour and provide respite to them.23,000 students study at the Indian, Dubai and Malaysian campus.The university has 2,500faculty members teaching various disciplines.283 courses are taught in the ten departments of the university.There are 8 foreign associations including three international campuses.advertisementadvertisementlast_img read more

Full-on love affair: 6 quotes from what Apple CEO has said about India so far

first_imgApple CEO Tim Cook seems to be enjoying his maiden trip to India. Hours after his flight landed, he was seen sporting the tilak and the holy scarf around his neck at the famous Siddhivinayak temple in Mumbai. And later he had a fun evening at a party hosted by none other than the King Khan of Bollywood.Cook is relishing everything that India offers. Spirituality, Bollywood, cricket, talented techies… you name it. Last night he watched an IPL cricket match between Gujarat Lions and Kolkata Knight Riders. While one more day remains in his trip, already he has expressed his full-on love for the country. Here is what he is saying about India, including in the comments made in an interview to NDTV.  1- The main thing I have learnt about India is the warmth of people. It is unparalleled unlike any country I have ever been to, including my own.2- I travelled to India this week to learn about the culture, learn about the people and learn how business is done. I have learnt a lot about all those, I still have a lot to learn. But most of all, I will leave India inspired. I am deeply inspired by the vibrancy of the people that I have met, the energy enthusiasm and incredible talent.Also Read: Apple is in India fro next thousand years: Tim Cook 3- The talent here in the local area is incredible and we are looking forward to expanding our relationships and introducing more universities and partners to our platforms as we scale our operations.advertisement4- We are honoured to be here. We hope to be a key partner of the community here and hope for lifelong friendship together.5- India is much more strategic. We are thinking about a really long innings in the country. We are here for next thousand years. We are not making the most but the best. We will never make a product that we are not proud of.6- I found cricket unbelievably exciting , you can feel so much energy there, so much enthusiasm, I loved it, I’m totally hooked on it. Also Read: Tim Cook’s planned meeting with Modi puts focus on gays in Indialast_img read more