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Piers Morgan admits he was ‘spectacularly’ wrong about Gareth Southgate

first_img 3 Southgate has masterminded England’s march to the quarter-finals Piers Morgan says he was wrong about Gareth Southgate Piers Morgan admits he got it ‘spectacularly’ wrong about Gareth Southgate.The Good Morning Britain presenter was referencing his interview with talkSPORT in 2016 when the Football Association appointed Southgate as England manager. 3 Here’s what I said on @talkSPORT about Gareth Southgate when he got the England job.I’m retweeting it because it’s important in life to acknowledge when you get something, or someone, spectacularly wrong. He’s turned out to be the perfect choice. https://t.co/7FPMPGxZdx— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) July 4, 2018center_img “He’s got the job by complete default. He’s kind of like the only English manager left on the rack. We’ve lassoed ourselves to the idea that we can only have an English manager – for reasons that completely baffle me.“And so, it has to be Southgate because Big Sam fell on a sword of his own making and there’s really nobody else left except for [Alan] Pardew, and he can barely hang on at Crystal Palace.”During his time with the U-21s, Southgate led England to Toulon Tournament success as the young Three Lions picked up the trophy for the first time since 1994.And despite his less travelled route into English football’s top job, Morgan insisted that ‘ticking a box’ shouldn’t be enough to land one of the most high profile jobs available.“I would say that is the perfect reason not to hire him. The FA is absolutely swimming in cash. If the three of us went down there now and tried to count it, we’d be there for the next billion years.“Why are we not out in the market trying to lure one of the world’s top managers, to what is one of the most high profile jobs in world football? And you’ll get all the fans coming on going: ‘oh you can’t get them.’ It’s the same argument I hear at Arsenal.“Miraculously, in the last six months; Jurgen Klopp, Pep Guardiola, [Antonio] Conte all seem to be available and hired by other people. There are a legion of better managers than Gareth Southgate in the world, if you are prepared to pay the right kind of money.“Money is not an object for an England manager. What should be an object, is dragging the current England football team out of its abyss, following its worst ever performance at a major tournament and dragging us kicking and screaming – under the tutelage of a brilliant, dynamic new manager –  into the next phase of our existence.“Instead, we’ve gone for the easy option – the cheap option – the only option by the strict criteria of: he’s got to be English and barely useless, and that’s where we are and I don’t get it.”Now, following England’s progress at the 2018 World Cup, the diehard Arsenal fan praised Southgate and tweeted about his talkSPORT interview: “It’s important in life to acknowledge when you get something, or someone, spectacularly wrong. He’s turned out to be the perfect choice.”Now that cannot have been easy for him to do. 3 Southgate got the job on a permanent basis in 2016 following the departure of Sam Allardyce, stepping up from his role as under-21 boss. He was in charge for four games on an interim basis before getting the top job and Morgan believed the FA opted for the easy option instead of scouring the globe for a better alternative.“I’m not as excited as he is, and I’m not entirely sure how he thinks he has proven himself,” he said at the time.“He’s been in charge for four games – we’ve beat Malta – and frankly we could have put my pet terrapin in charge of the team, and they would have beaten Malta.“We drew with Slovenia; that world force of football. We beat Scotland which we would expect every England manager to do, and we’ve squandered a two goal lead over Spain to draw.“I’m not sure how that makes him so ecstatically certain he’s the right man for the job. The truth is – I have nothing against him – I only know him as the guy who starred in pizza adverts when England were humiliated in the past. England players celebrate reaching the World Cup quarter-finals.last_img read more

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Orphanage in Mexico gets Lions’ share of gifts

first_imgMONTEBELLO – Christmas celebrations came early for an orphanage in Tecate, Mexico, when more than a dozen members of the Montebello Lions Club arrived bearing gifts, food and money.In its first Orphanage Christmas Party on Dec. 10, the club showered toys, games, clothes, books and several computers on the 29 children at San Juan Bosco Orphanage.A past president of the Montebello club, Valente Herrera, owns a tile and flooring factory in Tecate. After witnessing the scarce resources at the orphanage, Valente decided to ask the club to unofficially “adopt” the facility earlier this year, said member Jerry Banuelos.“The place is run by volunteers,” said Banuelos, who is also the crime-prevention coordinator for the Montebello Police Department. “It’s a state facility, so like is often the case here in the U.S., they didn’t have enough staff for the 40 kids they used to have. They had to relocate some of them. It’s a mid-sized town which has a need for facilities for orphans.”Banuelos said the club hosted a barbecue, where Montebello City Clerk Bob King served as one of the chefs. The children feasted on carne asada, chicken, hot dogs and hamburgers.Those who wish to donate to the orphanage should contact Valente Herrera at (323) 721-9759. [email protected](562) 698-0955, Ext. 3029 AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake160Want 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

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VD Linde lifts FIA Academy Young Driver Award

first_img22 July 2014South African motor racing prodigy Kelvin van der Linde was awarded the Driver of the Year award for the 2014 International Automobile Federation’s (FIA) Young Driver Excellence Academy at a graduation ceremony at the Paul Ricard circuit in France on Friday.The 18-year-old was presented with a trophy and certificate at the culmination of a seven-month programme that included five different workshops attended by 10 young racing drivers from eight countries. Van der Linde was the official representative of the African continent.The Young Driver Excellence Academy is an initiative of the FIA Institute for Motor Sport Safety and Sustainability.Intensive selection processVan der Linde earned his place at the 2014 Academy after an intensive selection process that involved events around the world at the end of 2013. Each FIA National Sporting Authority (NSA), including Motorsport South Africa, nominated a driver to attend the selection process. Five qualifiers were chosen and were joined by five wild card participants.The Academy offers a fully-funded training programme to help develop the participants’ motor sport careers, while increasing safety skills and promoting fairness and responsibility on and off the track.‘Expert tutelage’Drivers benefitted from the expert tutelage of former Formula One driver Alex Wurz of Austria and former World Rally Championship co-driver Robert Reid of England.As part of Van der Linde’s prize, Wurz and Reid will assist him in his career progression, ensuring he has the chance to meet key people and develop opportunities in the sport.‘A well-deserved winner’Wurz commented: “Selecting a winner is never easy. However Kelvin’s performance across the entire range of the Academy was outstanding and makes him a well- deserved winner.“It’s always at the end of the Academy during this last workshop that you realise you work with such promising talent and appreciate the friendships you have built with such extraordinary young people like this year’s Academy graduates.”Reid said: “Kelvin is a well-deserved winner of the Academy. He has performed well throughout, but also learnt a lot and improved on all levels.”ImpressedAccording to the Academy, Van der Linde, the 2012 South African VW Cup champion and 2013 European VW Scirocco R-Cup champion – he is the youngest to have won either of these titles – impressed not only with his speed on the circuit, but with his willingness and enthusiasm to engage with the Academy programme, which is aimed at developing and improving motor sport safety and sustainability and promotes excellence and achievement in all areas of motor sport.He also demonstrated a strong appreciation and understanding of key safety aspects of the Academy throughout the year.Van der Linde, who currently leads the ADAC GT Masters Championship for GT3 sports cars in Europe at the halfway stage in a Prosperia C. Abt Audi R8 with German co-driver Rene Rast, was thrilled to be named Academy Driver of the Year and said he is excited to continue implementing the lessons he has learnt.‘This is amazing’“I’m really speechless right now. To come to the Academy as the African representative where, despite being a large continent, racing is still growing and to win this is amazing,” he said.“I came here with an open mind, ready to learn, and gave it my best. It’s great to win and receive this trophy, but the real work starts now.”That work includes a return to the “real world” and catching up on his matric preliminary examinations at school. He missed the first three exams because of last week’s final Academy workshop in France and will be working hard to catch up this week.“While a motor sport career is what I have chosen for myself, I realise the value of completing my school education and intend to achieve as good a matric result as I can,” Van der Linde said.SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

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World Cup semi-final against India was fixed, says former Pak cricketer Haider

first_imgAllegations of match fixing have once again clouded the Pakistani cricket team after former wicketkeeper Zulqarnain Haider, who had fled to London alleging he had been threatened by bookies, demanded a formal probe into the team’s defeat to India in the ICC World Cup semi-final.Saying he was not surprised by Pakistan’s poor performance and defeat in Mohali on Wednesday, Haider questioned poor performances by several players including wicketkeeper Kamran Akmal. He alleged that fixing has been part of the Pakistani cricket culture.He accused the Akmal brothers of controlling the way the national team functions and alleged that they did not allow any player to settle down in the team.Speaking to Pakistani channel Dunya News from London, Haider said he had run away from the team hotel in Dubai after being harassed by Kamran’s younger brother Umar Akmal. Haider questioned why Kamran was still in the Pakistani team despite dropping a number of catches.Haider had fled from the hotel in Dubai, where the Pakistani team was staying, alleging threat from a fixer in November 2010.He alleged that some national selectors took money from players to select them. He urged the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), government and the International Cricket Council (ICC) to look into the assets of the selectors to get to the bottom of the truth.last_img read more

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DNA Will forge forward despite loss reengineering of party to come

first_img Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, May 15th 2017: DNA Leader, Branville McCartney is uncertain whether he will remain at the party’s helm. Following Wednesday’s poll, the Party leader took responsibility for the DNA’s performance at the 2017 General Election.  He adds his future will be determined by the Party’s board. In his message titled ‘the way forward’, which comes post Wednesday’s election, McCartney says his party accepts the choice of Bahamians, and assures its supporters that the DNA will not fold.The party in acknowledging the loss at the second consecutive poll it has contested, says in the coming weeks and months “those who continue to support a two-party system”, and even its own supporters, will witness a re-engineering of the DNA, as it seeks to become the “real change which Bahamians demand and deserve”.McCartney thanked the hundreds of Bahamians who stood by the DNA with their unwavering support, describing them as “the glue that has kept the organisation together”. In continuing his direct message to his supporters, he thanked them for “believing in the dream of the DNA and for making the often-unpopular choice to be different”, as they “have affirmed his belief that a third party can and will have a place in our country’s political story”. He adds that the DNA may not have gotten it right this time, “but Bahamians can be certain that every action, every plan and every policy position taken by the Democratic National Alliance has been in pursuit of an ideal which he believes most Bahamians believe in”.The Party leader, took time to extend congrats to FNM leader, Dr.Hubert Minnis on his “resounding victory at the polls”.  McCartney wished the newly elected Prime Minister and his new administration great success over the next five years, and called on them to live up to the “mandate given to them by the people of this country and truly create better lives for all Bahamians”.The election marks the party’s six year anniversary since its inception in November 2011.#MagneticMediaNews#BahamasGeneralElections2017#DNAGreenParty#BranvilleMcCartneylast_img read more

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