Pardew: We are not in control

first_img Press Association Pardew angrily rejected an initial £10million bid from Arsenal for Cabaye on Monday, a matter of hours before his side kicked off their new Barclays Premier League campaign with a 4-0 defeat at Manchester City. But the Gunners and Paris St-Germain are both reportedly poised to make improved bids while Pardew battles to add to his squad as he heads towards the final week of the transfer window. Pardew said: “We’re the sort of club that is not in the bracket where we can dictate a transfer. “We sometimes have to respond, because we are not in the position where we have got the luxuries of Tottenham or Liverpool. “For us, we’re poised waiting to see what happens, and we want to make sure we bring in one or two players that affect our first team.” Pardew spent part of this week meeting Magpies owner Mike Ashley in the south of France to mull over potential new targets, but he is acutely aware time is running out to strike more deals, with on-loan Loic Remy still the club’s only signing of the summer. Pardew added: “This is the big week where everything comes up. I do think there will be business this week across the board, and I certainly hope we’re part of it.” In a week Pardew described as “not the easiest”, few things irritated him more than the timing of Arsenal’s offer for Cabaye, which unsettled the player to such an extent he was left out of the mauling at City. Pardew has still not decided whether to include Cabaye against West Ham at St James’ Park on Saturday, but his hand may be forced by injuries to both Jonas Gutierrez and Cheick Tiote. Pardew added: “I think the situation with Yohan is an ongoing situation and we will take each day as it comes. “There’s been one bid and I’ve turned that down, and that’s really all I’m going to comment on that today.” center_img Newcastle manager Alan Pardew has warned Magpies fans they could face more pain in the transfer market as he struggles to hang on to star French midfielder Yohan Cabaye.last_img read more

Ranking the Cowboys’ Jason Garrett replacement candidates if Jerry Jones fires head coach

first_img1. The big college names1.Urban Meyer3/12.Lincoln Riley5/13.Jim Harbaugh12/14.Nick Saban40/15.Dabo Swinney50/16.Chip Kelly66/17.Bob Stoops100/1It’s interesting Urban Meyer is the betting favorite above everyone else. He’s been outstanding as a Fox college football analyst, but there’s a strong feeling he might return to a college job at some point, so extending that to the top NFL opening isn’t a stretch.Meyer’s ability to deliver championships in short, combined with his organizational and motivational skills and special teams acumen, would be ideal for Jones to get his team over the Super Bowl hump, despite the lack of pro experience. He obviously knows offense well and has a direct connection with Ezekiel Elliott.Lincoln Riley, the offensive wunderkind, makes a ton of sense, too, but the trick there is giving him enough incentive to leave a cushy spot at Oklahoma after replacing Bob Stoops, who may not want the stress of high-pressure NFL coaching as his return.Jim Harbaugh is always in play for the best NFL gigs. Nick Saban will retire before ever giving the NFL another try after the Dolphins debacle. Dabo Swinney is a demigod at Clemson, and replacing Saban at Alabama is the only way he might consider leaving. Going Chip Kelly to replace Garrett doesn’t sound like an upgrade. With Jones having Super Bowl expectations for his team, more struggles against winning teams may push him to make another big coaching change. And if the Cowboys don’t fire Garrett, whose current contract expires after 2019, they could simply choose not to re-sign him to a new contract for 2020 and beyond.MORE: Will the Cowboys fire Jason Garrett?The Cowboys, a marquee franchise with a talented roster built to win it all now, would have endless high-profile options with whom to best replace Garrett. And Jones is always willing to back up the Brinks truck for anyone he feels will get the job done.Using futures odds, per, as a point of reference, Sporting News ranked the seemingly bottomless pool of potential candidates who could replace Garrett if he’s fired. (James D. Smith/Dallas Cowboys) (Getty Images) (Getty Images) (Getty Images) 6. Cowboys assistants1.Kris Richard16/12.Kellen MooreN/A3.Rod MarinelliN/AFile Kris Richard in the “master motivator” column, given he, like Norton, did a great job firing up troops under the high-energy Pete Carroll. Rod Marinelli has that Lions head-coaching experience, but it’s not a good one.Handing the keys to Kellen Moore, despite the fact he’s only 31, seems like very much in play for Jones; it’s the kind of move he would make to copycat the rest of the NFL, given Garrett’s conservatism has been at odds with Moore’s successful aggressive passing attack at times. Too bad there aren’t odds for Moore, because outside of Urban Meyer, he may actually be the most appealing Garrett replacement. 3. Hot NFL assistants1.Josh McDaniels4/12.Robert Saleh5/13.Nick SirianniN/A4.Matt EberflusN/A5.Eric BieniemyN/AJosh McDaniels would certainly be in play again for every coach-seeking team after it didn’t work out with the Colts last year. Jones, after losing to the Patriots, may want to tap into Bill Belchick’s top play-caller and think Dallas would work out better than Denver.Robert Saleh looks ready to lead a team to big things with his energy after what he’s doing with the 49ers defense. The other three are probably not splashy enough for Jones. 7. Big Cowboys names1.Tony Romo150/12.Jason WittenN/A3.Barry Switzer500/14.Jimmy Johnson500/15.Jerry Jones500/1Tony Romo returned to Dallas to call the game on Thanksgiving, where Jones further appreciated his former quarterback’s amazing football knowledge. It’s hard to see Romo ever giving up his prized CBS gig to go into a totally new job with no experience, unlike what happened with Jon Gruden, “Monday Night Football” and the Raiders.Jason Witten is already a player-coach, but should he actually retire after 2019, watch out. He’s been in head-coaching headlines before with those wacky Tennessee rumors.Barry Switzer, 82, and Jimmy Johnson, 76, gave Jones his most recent Super Bowl titles, but of course they’re not coming back to help Jones much later in life. 2. The big NFL names1.Sean Payton6/12.Peyton Manning150/13.Bill Cowher250/14.Mike McCarthyN/ASean Payton is under contract with the Saints until 2022, so this is a longshot, unless Jones, as the Cowboys’ GM, can pull off a blockbuster trade for him. But there’s no doubt Jones once loved Payton as his offensive coordinator and thought he would be running his team one day. For Payton to get out of his situation, he would need to think Drew Brees is hanging it up soon, but that’s likely not happening, either.Peyton Manning and Bill Cowher have less stressful things to do than coach in the Dallas fishbowl. Going Mike McCarthy feels like it would be a sub-lateral move away from Garrett. Should Jerry Jones and the Cowboys become so frustrated with their failure to make the playoffs in 2019 to the point of parting with Jason Garrett, it would open up arguably the most desired coaching job in all of American sports for the first time in a decade.Garrett, 53, has led Dallas since taking over for Wade Phillips halfway through the 2010 season, with three playoff trips and two playoff wins on his resume. After losing its grasp on its third division title in five seasons, Dallas gave the weak NFC East to Philadelphia. (Getty Images) 4. Other college names1.Mike Leach20/12.Chris Petersen25/13.Tom Herman33/14.Mike Gundy50/15.Lane Kiffin66/16.Matt Rhule66/17.Gary Patterson80/18.James Franklin80/1This has a very Big 12 “close proximity to Dallas” feel to it, doesn’t it? Tom Herman, Mike Gundy, Matt Rhule and Gary Patterson are currently head coaches in that conference, and Mike Leach used to be. Chris Petersen looks like he could make a nice transition from Washington to the NFL, but he just took a break from coaching.Forget about Lane Kiffin, who took a job at Ole Miss, and James Franklin, who could bring more volatlity vs. the stability of Garrett. Overall, there’s a feeling that most of these guys would be in over their heads under Jones’ rule. Getty Images (Getty Images) 5. Other NFL assistants1.Ken Norton Jr.16/12.Dan Campbell25/13.Gus Bradley33/14.Jim Schwartz33/15.Mike Muchak33/16.Todd Haley40/1Ken Norton, Dan Campbell and Todd Haley all have Cowboys ties as guys Jones has liked in the past, a la Garrett. Norton has that Super Bowl glory day appeal and Campbell is rising again under Sean Payton in New Orleans.Gus Bradley deserves another shot in a situation that isn’t the Jaguars, and he’s still young. Jim Schwartz and Mike Munchak aren’t big enough for Big D, despite their previous head-coaching experience. That leaves Jerry Jones, 77, pulling a Ted Turner and coming down from the owner’s/general manager’s box to lead his team himself. He could simply let Moore and Marinelli continue calling plays and hire situational analytics folks to do the rest of the in-game stuff.OK, maybe not. But with “them Cowboys” and Jones, you can’t completely rule it out.Meyer and Moore are the sneaky best feasible replacements, however, while Norton and Richard, for the moment, are the top sleepers.last_img read more

Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal refuses to comment on Neymar rumours

first_imgManchester United manager Louis van Gaal has refused to comment on speculation the club are in about a bid for Barcelona star Neymar.Rumours surfaced on Friday night about the Red Devils’ interest in the player and after a 0-0 draw, where they lacked firepower, the Dutchman was questioned about his interest in the play.Van Gaal though was adamant he would not talk about any transfer talk.“I don’t enter into this discussion,” he said.“You can ask about all the players in the world and you are doing it in every press conference and in everyone I have to say the same.“I have to protect the interest of Manchester United. I have to protect the players in my selection. I have to protect the people in my organisation and you can say anything, you can mention any player but I can’t answer these questions.“I know your problem because the media wants to know but I cannot say anything.”And then when asked if he would be looking at signing any forwards at all, he replied: “No, because three times we were the better team.”last_img read more

Photo library: Countryside 18

first_img{loadposition tc}Click on a thumbnail for a low-resolution image, or right-click on the link below it to download a high-resolution copy of the image.» Download Countryside contact sheet (1.6MB) » Download full image library contact sheet (10.5MB) Free State province: Sunflower fields in the Western Free State. Photo: Graeme Williams, » Download high-res image Free State province: Hay bales in the green farmland of the Eastern Free State. Photo: Graeme Williams, » Download high-res image Free State province: Hay bales in the green farmland of the Eastern Free State. Photo: Graeme Williams, » Download high-res image Free State province: Water pump on a sheep farm in the Eastern Free State. Photo: Graeme Williams, » Download high-res image Free State province: Water pump on a sheep farm in the Eastern Free State. Photo: Graeme Williams, » Download high-res image Free State province: A reservoir filled by a wind pump on a sheep farm in the Eastern Free State. Photo: Graeme Williams, » Download high-res image Free State province: A reservoir filled by a wind pump on a sheep farm in the Eastern Free State. Photo: Graeme Williams, » Download high-res image Free State province: A sheep farm in the Eastern Free State. Photo: Graeme Williams, » Download high-res image Free State province: A sheep farm in the Eastern Free State. Photo: Graeme Williams, » Download high-res image COUNTRYSIDE 18: {loadposition cs}Having trouble downloading high-resolution images? Queries about the image library? Email Janine Erasmus at [email protected]last_img read more

5 days agoPartizan Belgrade manager Milosevic urges fans to behave against Man Utd

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Partizan Belgrade manager Milosevic urges fans to behave against Man Utdby Paul Vegas5 days agoSend to a friendShare the lovePartizan Belgrade manager Savo Milosevic has urged fans to be on their best behaviour against Europa League rivals Manchester United.The Aston Villa legend, who now manages the Serbian team, said he understands why there might be some concerns ahead of the game.He told The Sun: “Sure, and I, as a former player with friends throughout the world, will do everything to make sure our guests will feel comfortable and to think only of a game of football.”I will say to our fans: ‘A big club, a giant club, is coming to visit us – and we should be honoured to play against Manchester United for the first time since 1966’.”We have to be proud to host the players, coaches, leaders and fans of such a great club.” last_img read more

2 dead 3 treated released after fishing boat goes down off Vancouver

first_imgTOFINO, B.C. – Two people are dead and three others were treated and released from hospital Sunday after a fishing boat went down off the west coast of Vancouver Island near the remote tourist community of Tofino.All five people on board the vessel were taken to shore Sunday afternoon, but health officials later confirmed that two of them had died, Coast Guard spokesman Dan Bate said in a statement.The 8.5-metre-long catamaran was fishing for halibut near Bartlett Island, north of Tofino, B.C., on Sunday afternoon, he said.Someone on the boat made a distress call around 1:20 p.m., said Sub-Lt. Melissa Kia with the Joint Rescue Co-ordination Centre in Victoria.“We were able to talk with the vessel, live, to confirm that the five passengers were abandoning into the water. While the boat was attempting to get in a better position to speak with us via cellphone, it lost communications with the Joint Rescue Co-ordination Centre,” she said.Coast guard rescue boats, a Royal Canadian Air Forces helicopter and a plane from CFB Comox were all dispatched to look for the passengers, and a broadcast was put out asking marine vessels in the area to search the area.Two commercial float planes also responded to the call for help, Kia said, and one of them spotted the people in the water and directed rescuers to the location.“All five people were recovered from the water by two vessels of opportunity (non-coast guard boats) that were very close to the position,” Kia said.Jason Bertin said a float plane from his Tofino company, Atleo River Air Service, spotted the vessel and was able to pinpoint its location for rescuers.“We got called by a local who asked us to go look, so we dispatched a float plane and we dispatched a helicopter out of the airport,” he said.Bertin said he was in the helicopter but turned back after the vessel was spotted by the other aircraft.Bate said the boats linked up with the coast guard, and an off-duty paramedic provided CPR to one passenger while a Coast Guard Rescue Specialist tried to resuscitate another.All five people were taken to emergency health services in Tofino. A spokeswoman for Island Health said Sunday that the survivors were treated and released.What caused the vessel to take on water remains unclear.Kia said the sea was about two to three metres high Sunday afternoon and lighting conditions in the area were good. She said the water temperature off the west coast of Vancouver Island is between about eight and 10 degrees at this time of year.Bertin said the vessel was located in waters “very close” to where the whale watching vessel Leviathan II capsized in October 2015 with 27 people on board. Six people died in that incident.The Transportation Safety Board has yet to complete its investigation into the cause of the tragedy. In the days immediately following the sinking, investigators said Leviathan II passengers had been standing on one side of the top deck when a wave hit the opposite side of the vessel.last_img read more