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Eric Bailly splitting opinion of Manchester United staff amid transfer rumours

first_imgEric Bailly splitting opinion of Manchester United staff amid transfer rumours Comment Metro Sport ReporterSaturday 16 Feb 2019 11:13 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link639Shares Bailly was linked with Arsenal in January (Picture: Getty)Manchester United staff are split on whether Eric Bailly is good enough to succeed at the club, according to reports.The centre-back was hailed as the man to save United’s defence when he was signed by Jose Mourinho, but has seen a drastic decline in form in the last year.Bailly is still considered by many fans as United’s best defender, but has barely played under caretaker boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer since he took over. (Picture: Getty)The 24-year-old has started just four games in all competitions under Solskjaer and the Independent claim the United staff at at odds over what to do with Bailly.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTHalf of the staff believe Bailly possesses the physicality that has been sorely missing from United’s backline.United’s fragility at the back was laid bare in the 2-0 defeat to Paris Saint-Germain and the club are targeting a big name addition this summer.But while Bailly may be considered by some as the centre-back to partner the incoming defender, other staff members are concerned about his ‘purer footballing ability’.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man Citycenter_img Bailly is yet to see his fortunes turn around under Solskjaer (Picture: Getty)The signing of a new centre-back will mean the exit of a current Red Devil, and Bailly could be facing the axe.An injury and red card stifled Bailly’s emergence under Solskjaer and speculation was rife in January United were prepared to offload the Ivory Coast international.Arsenal were linked with a move for Bailly, but were reportedly knocked back in their advances as United decided to keep hold of their under-performing defender.MORE: Benfica expect Manchester United target Joao Felix to seal Barca or Real transfer Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

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Norway’s Askøy municipality weighs founding separate pension fund

first_imgThe Norwegian municipality of Askøy is considering setting up its own, separate pension fund for employees, once its current arrangement with pension provider Storebrand comes to an end.The local authority, which lies within the county of Hordaland around the west Norwegian city of Bergen, has put out a tender notice on the EU’s TED service, looking for potential service providers for a separate occupational pension fund.Many Norwegian public sector employers have had to look for alternative pension fund provision arrangements for staff since commercial providers Storebrand and DNB Livsforsikring announced two years ago they were pulling out of the public service pensions market.In the tender notice, Askøy kommune said its chief councillor was now preparing a case on the future provider of the occupational pension for employees. The local authority currently has an occupational pension for its employees in Storebrand, it said, adding that the case would be decided by Askøy’s municipal council.“The establishment of a separate pension fund will be a real alternative,” it said.Askøy said it was inviting tenders for a turnkey system for a separate pension fund in accordance with the main tariff agreement in the KS (the Norwegian Association of Local and Regional Authorities) tariff area.This is to include tenders for all the necessary liabilities and assets services, it said, with the exception of the manager, board and auditor.The Askøy municipality pension scheme had 1,750 active members in 2014, and 650 pensioners.Total premiums were NOK115m.The local authority said the contract would be subject to two possible renewals, starting 1 January 2016.It said it envisaged inviting three providers to tender.The deadline for receipt of tenders or requests to participate is 13 April.Following the exits of Storebrand and DNB Livsforsikring, the only external provider that will be left in the sector is Kommunal Landspensjonskasse (KLP).KLP is the second-largest provider of public service pensions in Norway after Statens Pensjonskasse (SPK), and has been expanding rapidly over the last year as municipalities and other public sector employers transfer their existing schemes to it.It has said it is taking in 150,000 new members as a result of the corporate exits by the end of 2014.DNB Livsforsiking has blamed its decision to leave the public service pensions business on the tightening of requirements and regulations, and the intense competition that exists in the market.Storebrand said it would have had to put a high level of investment into systems and processes to continue direct provision of public service pensions.Earlier this month, KLP reported a 100% rise in contributions last year to NOK62.5bn in 2014 from NOK30.9bn the year before, as municipalities continued to transfer their pensions to the scheme.In 2014 alone, KLP said 58 local authorities and 203 public businesses had transferred their pensions to it.Some local authorities have already moved to set up their own pension funds, however.Last October, Tromsø regional council in the north of Norway established the new Tromsø Municipal Pension Fund with 5,000 members and NOK2.5bn in assets under management.last_img read more

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