Ashley begins manager search

first_img Press Association The sportswear tycoon, currently on holiday in Barbados, had already put the wheels in motion amid fevered speculation over the identity of the seventh permanent boss to occupy the St James’ Park hot-seat during his seven and a half year reign to date. Many of the names thrown up by the rumour mill have already been discounted by sources on Tyneside with current skipper Fabricio Coloccini and former York boss Nigel Worthington at the top of that list, while former Palace manager Tony Pulis and Tottenham counterpart Tim Sherwood are also understood not to be in the running. Newcastle owner Mike Ashley has launched the search for a new manager with Alan Pardew’s departure for Crystal Palace imminent. Managing director Lee Charnley is the man conducting the search on Ashley’s behalf, although the club is unlikely to make a snap decision and Press Association Sport understands Pardew’s assistant John Carver and first-team coach Steve Stone will take care of team affairs for Thursday’s Barclays Premier League fixture against Burnley and the FA Cup third round trip to Leicester two days later. Carver, who will be without striker Papiss Cisse for three games after he accepted a Football Association violent conduct charge for elbowing Everton defender Seamus Coleman on Sunday, could be considered an outside candidate for the job on a permanent basis, although current Hull manager and fellow Geordie Steve Bruce may have stronger claims. There has been popular support for the club’s football development manager Peter Beardsley, while St-Etienne boss Christophe Galtier has been linked with the club on several occasions. However, Ajax manager Frank de Boer has ruled himself out and Ashley’s unwillingness to pay compensation makes a move for Derby’s Steve McClaren, who signed a three-year deal in August, unlikely. But what is clear is that Newcastle are unlikely to deviate from the club’s established masterplan as they look for a way forward, and whoever slips into Pardew’s shoes will have to buy into the same model under which he has operated during his time at the club. That blueprint, which involves recruiting players with potential, developing them and selling them at a profit, as the club did with Yohan Cabaye and Mathieu Debuchy, is managed by chief scout Graham Carr, who like the manager, was handed an eight-year contract back in 2012, and he is likely to have a significant influence in identifying the number one choice. Reports have suggested that Pardew decided to call it a day after being told there would not be significant investment in the squad during the forthcoming transfer window, and fearing that key players, midfielder Moussa Sissoko among them, could be sold next month. But it is understood that he had been given assurances that the Magpies would remain “extremely strong” on that front and would not be allowing the likes of the France international, who has been linked with Paris St Germain and Arsenal, to leave in January. The Magpies sit in 10th place in the table after their 3-2 win over Everton, two places better off then they were when Pardew arrived in December 2010 as a hugely controversial replacement for Chris Hughton. What has transpired since has been eventful to say the least with the Londoner having ridden out a series of storms on and off the pitch, with Ashley repeatedly selling his best players from under him and not replacing them in the short term, but showing commendable support – other than his ill-fated decision to parachute in Joe Kinnear as director of football – in the face of fierce criticism from a vocal section of the club’s own support. His exit will bring an end to a difficult period in his managerial career, but the repercussions could prove equally intriguing back as Tyneside awaits developments. last_img read more

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El Atleti, the “talisman” of the watchman Manuel Pujadas against the covid-19

first_imgThe image of Manuel Pujadas began to go viral on Twitter on March 27. A video was enough. At his workplace, he is a caretaker at the Madrid Military Hospital, protected with his mask and protective suit. He began to unzip and suddenly what appeared was not ‘a normal shirt’ but a “talisman”, the one that accompanies you in these difficult days of the world crisis caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, in her vital work to help save lives: the red and white. But there would be more. Later Manuel would turn around to show what was behind him. It was a number painted on his EPI as a bib, the ’10’: “My tribute to an idol, @PauloFutre, today you play with us “. Jugones, from laSexta, has spoken with him. This is his story.“This is a situation that is undermining you, it is making a dent in your head. And in the end you need to pull some talisman. I put on my shirt to give me strength. In these crude moments, the shirt helps you push forward, “says Pujadas.” It is a talisman. We are face to face with the bug pulling patients out of cars. We are the ones who enter them “, he added after joking:” You can’t go white every day!“The rojiblanco spirit helps him, the spirit of never stop believing, every day a day less to take the black from these so difficult.”The people admitted here tell us that they have spent twelve, fifteen or twenty days without seeing their relatives. They know they come here to die alone, “he confessed sadly. The strength of Atleti in the hospital 🔴⚪💪 Incredible our Clark Kent @PujadaManuel in @ A3News 🙌🦸‍♂️🔟 A round of applause and infinite thanks to him and all our heroes #never stop believing 👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏 pic.twitter.com/iAPlF6RoPc– Paulo Futre (@PauloFutre) April 1, 2020Meanwhile, from the same day on March 27, Paulo Futre, the idol, started his search, also using social media. “Not all the heroes wear a coat. Can you help me find this crack? I want to send you a detail, “he launched, as a bottle in the digital sea. The question was accompanied by the video published by Pujadas. They have already been found. And Futre thanked again for his work, his gesture, with another tweet with Pujadas as destination: “The strength of the Atleti in the hospital. Incredible our Clark Kent. Superhero. An applause and infinite thanks for him and all our heroes”.last_img read more

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