Man City manager unfazed by Pep Guardiola rumours

first_imgManuel Pellegrini accepts speculation linking Pep Guardiola with his job at Manchester City is inevitable.But the City manager claims he could not work properly if he let such rumours affect him.Bayern Munich’s much-coveted former Barcelona boss has been a reported target of City for several years, dating back even before Pellegrini arrived at the Etihad Stadium in 2013.The stories have resurfaced in recent days because Guardiola has suggested he will make an announcement about his future in the next week.But Pellegrini, who was displaced by Jose Mourinho at Real Madrid in 2010, said: “We don’t know what Pep will do next season. There are rumours, speculation about what he wants to do.“I think Pep is one of the best coaches in the world so if he doesn’t continue at Bayern, maybe a lot of teams can try to have him manage their team.“In my case, I don’t have any pressure about that. Maybe there are a lot of rumours – not only this season but going back to the other seasons – but the only pressure I feel is the pressure I put on myself to win.“When you have experience and manage so many big clubs you know with every result that is not the result the club wants, the media will start with different rumours about different things, but if you are worried about that it’s impossible to work in a big team.”Pellegrini guided City to Barclays Premier League title success and the Capital One Cup in his first season in charge. Their defence of their league title last season was poor but they still finished second and are the favourites to take the crown this term.Such facts weigh heavily in Pellegrini’s favour and, given the recurring speculation over his future, he could perhaps argue that his achievements are under-appreciated.But he insists he feels no such thing and is not motivated by any desire to change people’s perceptions of him.The 62-year-old said: “I don’t think like that. For me it’s not important. For me the only important thing is to see what I did in my career.“If I finish this season winning the Premier League, and in three years winning two Premier Leagues with one runner-up, that is very important. If something is not considered important I can’t be arguing with different media. I’m very happy about my career and my work.“I would not be happy if I don’t win silverware this season but all the other things I cannot be thinking about. Everyone can have their opinions.“You’re going to have good performances, bad performances, you’ll be criticised, receive praise – different things – but you can’t be too concerned about those things.”Reclaiming the title and perhaps winning other silverware this season would make any decision to remove Pellegrini next summer, even if Guardiola was available, seem particularly harsh.But the Chilean, who is contracted to 2017, said: “I cannot talk about what other people want to manage the club. Every owner has the right to see what is the best future for their club.“It’s not my problem because I don’t think for them. My thinking is to try to win and continue in a job where I am happy. After that it’s not my decision.” Manuel Pellegrini 1last_img read more

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Manager latest: Van Gaal hints he could quit before he is sacked

first_img Louis van Gaal Louis van Gaal has hinted he could quit as Manchester United manager, rather than wait for the sack.The Red Devils lost a fourth match in a row on Boxing Day lunchtime, a 2-0 defeat at Stoke City which extended their winless run to seven games.Fans are demanding the Dutchman’s dismissal and, with Jose Mourinho available following his dismissal by Chelsea earlier this month, speculation is rife there will be a change in the Old Trafford hot-seat.But Van Gaal might not hang around to be given his marching orders.“I can also quit by myself,” he told the media when asked about his future following that loss at the Britannia Stadium. “But that is something I discuss with [executive vice-chairman] Ed Woodward not you.“It is not always the club that has to fire or sack me. Sometimes I do that by myself, but I am the one who wants to speak first with the board of Manchester United and my members of staff and my players, not with you.” 1last_img read more

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Norwich have £11m bid for defender Kalidou Koulibaly rejected by Napoli

first_img1 Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly Kalidou Koulibaly has revealed that Norwich City have had a £11m bid for him rejectedThe Napoli defender was chased by several clubs in the summer, with sides in England taking a particular interest.Norwich were one of those to heavily scout the 24-year-old, who has flourished at Napoli since joining from Genk in 2014.And Koulibaly has now revealed that the Canaries even had an £11m bid for his services knocked back by the Italian club.“Some teams have tried to sign me, but Napoli said no to several offers, such as €15m from Norwich,” Koulibaly told L’Equipe.“[Napoli boss Maurizio] Sarri believed in me, and this gave me a lot of confidence.”last_img read more

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De Gea commits future to Man United, Leeds starlet chooses West Ham over Everton, Chelsea ‘favourites’ to sign Berahino – Paper review

first_imgHere’s the top transfer-related stories in Tuesday’s newspapers…Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea has told Real Madrid to forget about signing him in this transfer window, even if they successfully appeal their transfer ban. (Daily Star)However, Leicester goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel, 29, could replace De Gea if he does quit Manchester United. (The Sun) Chelsea are favourites to sign West Brom forward Saido Berahino this month, despite longstanding interest from London rivals Tottenham. (London Evening Standard) Spurs, meanwhile, want to sign £7.5m Toulouse striker Wissam Ben Yedder as an alternative to Berahino. The 25-year-old Frenchman has scored 12 goals in 21 games this season. (Daily Mirror)However, it is also claimed Newcastle are set to land Berahino as part of a double swoop with and Tottenham winger Andros Townsend. The deal will take their January spending beyond £100million. (Daily Express)  The Magpies have been told they must meet the £14m asking price for Townsend after having a £10m bid rejected by Spurs last week. (The Guardian) Newcastle United owner Mike Ashley has given the board permission to break the club’s transfer record this month as the Toon aim to avoid relegation from the Premier League. (Chronicle) West Ham have beaten Everton to the signing of Leeds full-back Sam Byram, 22, after both clubs had a £3.7m bid accepted last week. (The Guardian) Sunderland could make a second bid for Swansea striker Andre Ayew, 26, after having a £10m offer rejected. (South Wales Evening Post)Aston Villa winger Scott Sinclair, 26, is close to re-joining former club Swansea in a £2m deal. (Daily Mirror) Tottenham could be forced to continue paying former striker Emmanuel Adebayor, even if he signs for a new club this month. Spurs are still paying the Togo star £100,000 per week, despite leaving the club in September. (Daily Mail)Serie A leaders Napoli are interested in signing £25m-rated Newcastle midfielder Moussa Sissoko in January. (The Independent)And here are the latest talkSPORT.com headlines…Morgan Schneiderlin insists David de Gea is ‘fully committed’ to Manchester United amid Real Madrid talkWilfried Bony will STAY at Manchester City for the rest of the season, says the player’s agent‘Really?! No, no, no, NO!’ Danny Murphy reacts to reports linking Shane Long with £8m Liverpool switchExclusive – Danny Murphy urges Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp: ‘Give Jordon Ibe a chance!’Juventus sensation Paulo Dybala tipped to leave Italy as Man City linked with big-money swoopTransfer report: Fight on for Fulham starlet Moussa Dembele as Juventus plot £3m bid for Tottenham targetLiverpool and Chelsea to miss out with midfield target Antonio Candreva set for Inter Milan switchJuventus insist Alvaro Morata going nowhere amid Arsenal and Real Madrid linksBesiktas midfielder Veli Kavlak rules out Slaven Bilic reunion at West Hamlast_img read more

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Bournemouth forward Lee Tomlin joins Bristol City on loan

first_img1 Bournemouth forward Lee Tomlin Bristol City have signed forward Lee Tomlin from Bournemouth on loan for the rest of the season.Tomlin will be included in interim-boss John Pemberton’s squad for Saturday’s home game against Birmingham.“We’ve been monitoring his situation at Bournemouth and it’s great that we’ve been able to bring him on board,” Pemberton said.“He wants to play football and he’ll bring us ability and experience.“We’ve already spoken about the way we want to set the team up with a tighter backline but we can’t neglect the fact we need to score goals.”Tomlin was signed by Peterborough from Rushden & Diamonds in 2010 before he joined Middlesbrough, initially on loan, in January 2014.Bournemouth paid £3.5miilion to sign Tomlin in the summer following their promotion to the Barclays Premier League, but he has been restricted to one goal in ten appearances this season.last_img read more

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Atletico Madrid, Chelsea and Juventus all want PSG striker

first_imgAtletico Madrid, Chelsea and Juventus are ready to battle for Paris Saint-Germain striker Edinson Cavani this summer.The Uruguay international has struck 14 times for the French champions this season but is considering a move away.The 29-year-old has been forced to play second fiddle to Zlatan Ibrahimovic on several occasions and, despite the Swede’s impending departure, Cavani is ready to jump ship.That, according to TMW, has alerted clubs across Europe and Atletico Madrid, Chelsea and Juventus are keen to hold talks with the striker’s representatives.Cavani has previously been linked with Arsenal and Manchester United, but if he is to head to England it has been suggested that he is most likely to crop up at Stamford Bridge.Atletico, though, are seen as a serious threat to the Blues’ summer swoop as they look to splash the £31m they gained from the sale of Jackson Martinez to Guangzhou Evergrande. Edinson Cavani 1last_img read more

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Employee benefit plans should be reviewed during open enrollment

first_imgIn addition, many companies are setting up disease-management programs with free drugs to treat chronic conditions such as diabetes or asthma, or underwriting preventive screening tests such as mammograms. And some are adding “spousal surcharges” if workers seek to cover spouses who have access to insurance through their own employers. “Families have to look at the benefits both (spouses) are offered and decide what to do,” Billet said. “In some cases, it might make sense to pay the surcharge, while in others, you won’t want to do that.” Sara Taylor, head of open enrollment at Hewitt Associates, suggests that workers focus on what she considers to be the most important offerings – health care insurance and retirement savings plans. “Workers don’t have to pick all the benefits – and many can’t afford to – so go for the big-bang ones,” she said. Taylor added that not making a choice for medical coverage can have ramifications, too. Pick or they’ll do it “If you don’t select a health plan, some employers will say, `You will stay in what you have today,”‘ she said. “Others, if you don’t act, will decide that they’ll move you to another plan of their choosing. “And some have become very aggressive, saying `If you don’t enroll, we’ll put you into the `no coverage’ category for medical.”‘ Randy Stram, vice president of MetLife Employee Benefits, a division of the New York-based insurance company, said a survey of workers found that the majority would like more help in selecting benefits, with six in 10 saying they would like employers to suggest benefits most appropriate for their ages and lifestyles. “Twenty years ago, employees didn’t need to make any decisions because there were no choices,” Stram said. “Today, benefits have become more complicated, and employers have shifted more of the decision-making responsibility to their employees. But employees are saying, I’m ill-prepared to make these decisions.” `Rules of thumb’ MetLife has developed some “rules of thumb” guides for workers in various life stages, available on its Web site at www.metlife.com. When it comes to health insurance, for example, single workers are told that if they’re young and in good health, they should consider high-deductible plans; new families are told that while health management organizations may be cheapest, a family is likely to want a wider selection of doctors and should consider other plans. Stram said that according to the latest survey, workers still rate medical insurance as their most important benefit, just ahead of paid vacation. Other prized benefits, in order of preference, are 401(k) retirement accounts, prescription drug benefits, dental benefits, sick leave, pensions, vision coverage, life insurance, disability insurance, flexible work schedules, long-term care coverage, financial planning services, homeowners and renters insurance, income annuities, auto insurance and banking services.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! NEW YORK As the open enrollment season begins at most companies, workers need to re-evaluate their health insurance plans and other benefit offerings to determine which best satisfy their needs. But studies indicate that many people allot a half-hour or less to the task, and then simply renew last year’s selections without weighing the changes in their benefits or in their lives, said Bill Mullaney, president of MetLife Inc.’s institutional business. That’s a problem because employees are being asked to take more responsibility for selecting – and funding – their benefit programs at a time when the costs for many of them are going up, he said. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas CityOne of the most expensive benefit categories is health care, and costs are expected to rise nearly 9 percent next year, according to Hewitt Associates, a global human resources company based in Lincolnshire, Ill. As a result, the average employee can expect to pay about $330 more in health care costs in the coming year, or about $3,600 in premiums and out-of-pocket costs. Tom Billet, a senior consultant with Watson Wyatt Worldwide Inc., a human resources consulting company based in Arlington, Va., said it’s important for workers to educate themselves about their options during open enrollment “because making the right choices can lead to savings of thousands of dollars, while making the wrong ones can potentially cost thousands of dollars.” Billet said this means workers should read the benefit packages their employers provide and not hesitate to ask questions about them at human resources offices or call centers set up by benefit providers. So what, aside from price, could be so different year-to-year? For one thing, companies increasingly are providing incentives and tools to encourage healthy behavior, such as losing weight or quitting smoking, and adding penalties or boosting premiums for those who don’t make lifestyle changes, Billet said. last_img
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World War II veteran’s loss reveals price of freedom

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre Most of the regulars in the game had been playing cards with him since the early 1990s, and they thought they could read Charlie pretty well. They were wrong. They couldn’t read him at all. The young guy had backed off and apologized for making a wisecrack when Charlie suggested they donate $1 from each pot to buy some new poker chips and playing cards for a group of disabled vets he knew. Everyone had agreed except the new guy. He thought they should buy their own chips and cards. “Do you know how hard it is to stop a poker game in the middle of a hand?” says Tom McArdle, who was one of the players over at Charlie’s West Hills home that night. Charlie Mykietyn sat at the poker table chewing on a wisecrack made by a new player in his Friday night game about old vets always wanting something else that cost more money. It didn’t sit right with Charlie. He was an old vet. “You have no idea what the expense of your freedom was,” Charlie finally said to the younger man, laying all his cards on the table. Everybody froze. This wasn’t like their old poker buddy. He was a lovable, soft-spoken, 86-year-old guy with an easy smile – especially when he was trying to bluff you. “Well, Charlie stopped it dead. We all sat back and looked at him differently. There was something about this man we didn’t know.” The guys asked Charlie about his own military experience, but he was reluctant to talk about it, McArdle said. Finally, he opened up about his three years in the Army as a tank commander during World War II, and all the buddies he saw blown away on D-Day and at the Battle of the Bulge. He should have been killed 10 times over himself, Charlie said, but he was lucky. He made it home alive. His younger brother, Genio, wasn’t so lucky. The expense of freedom for him was his life. The players at the Friday night poker game sat mesmerized, listening to Charlie talk about the expense of freedom. No one played any more poker that night. Charlie found the letter he wrote to his sister Helen on Saturday, Dec.9, 1944, in the scrapbook holding all his old black-and-white Army pictures. There was his older brother, Walter, laughing with some of his pals in the Army Signal Corps. And there was Genio, his baby brother, pretending to stab one of his buddies with a bayonet. He was barely old enough to shave, but here he was, an 18-year-old Army grunt, fighting his way across Germany with hundreds of thousands of other American soldiers, trying to put Adolf Hitler out of business. Three brothers fighting one war – and a mother and five sisters back home in New Jersey worried sick about them. “Charlie brought the letter to the next poker game at my house, and each of the players read one page out loud,” McArdle said. “It was spellbinding.” “Dear Helen, a few days ago when Walter was over to see me, he said he hadn’t heard from Genio for quite some time. He asked me if I heard from Genio, so I said no, I hadn’t heard from him for some time, either. “It wasn’t anything unusual and I didn’t think much of it ’cause sometimes a guy hasn’t the time to write and I thought Genio was probably busy so we let it go at that. “That night I had a dream I was home and who should come home, too, but Genio. Boy, was I happy to see him. I hugged him and clung to him and was so very happy we were home together.” McArdle finished reading the first page and handed the next page to one of the other players while Charlie sat there listening to words he had written when he was a 23-year-old tank commander and his heart was breaking. “It was just before dinner time and we got word to get ready to go up to the front. Just then the mail came in and I had three letters. Two from Gert (another sister) and one from you. “I didn’t have time to read them so I put them in my shirt pocket. We were going down the road and things were quiet so I thought I’d read one of Gert’s letters. The letter was alright (sic). Gert wrote she heard from Genio and he was alright. “Then I started to read the other letter and she tells me she is sick and heartbroken. She gives me the tragic news that mom got a telegraph saying Genio was killed in action.” Charlie took a deep breath as the letter he wrote home 63 years ago was handed to the next player. “It was touching, hearing them read my words out loud, and I got a little emotional,” Charlie said Friday, sitting in the backyard of the West Hills home with Dee, his wife of 61 years. “I haven’t shown that letter to many people over the years.” “I couldn’t believe it at first, Helen. I had to read it again, then tears came in my eyes running down my cheeks. I couldn’t help it, but I started crying like a baby all the way up to the front. “Doughboys along the road were looking at me crying, but all I thought of was Genio, Genio, Genio, and I just kept on crying. “I didn’t know what to do, jump out of the tank or what. Then I thought of the boys in the tank and the other tanks, and the unpleasant job we had to do. So I got ahold of myself and we did the job we set out to do. “I know mom took it hard, Helen. Try to comfort her as much as you can. Tell her not to worry about Walter and me. We’ll be alright. I’m so proud of mom and pop for having a son like Genio. “Your loving brother, Charles.” The expense of freedom remembered on another Veterans Day.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

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WELFARE CRACKDOWN ACROSS INISHOWEN

first_imgA huge crackdown is underway on those doing the ‘double’ along the Donegal border.Social Welfare Inspectors are currently in the middle of a blitz and are calling on various small construction sites and other premises to catch people claiming the dole and working.The blitz is targeting a number of towns and villages around Inishowen including Buncrana, Muff, Carndonagh, Moville and Malin. The investigation is also targeting workers from across the border who are claiming dole in both jurisdictions and working casually also.Donegaldaily.com understands that in recent days a number of vans have been stopped coming across the border and the occupants interviewed.A source at the Department of Social Welfare said the investigation is a routine operation although he did admit that the recession has resulted in people going to any lengths to survive.“There is a lot of double-jobbing going on. Boys will travel to do even the smallest of jobs if there’s a few pound in it. “They have their dole and they’re trying to top it up. But it’s a big risk to take if they’re caught.“We have been out there and we have been setting up checkpoints and calling to workplaces,” admitted the source.EndsWELFARE CRACKDOWN ACROSS INISHOWEN was last modified: March 25th, 2011 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:buncranaCarndonaghdolefraudMalinmovillemuffwelfarelast_img read more

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Chelsea star to hand in transfer request, Kane to sign new Spurs deal – GOSSIP

first_imgHere are the top transfer-related stories in Friday’s newspapers and online..Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois is ready to hand in a transfer request after being involved in a bust-up at the club. (The Sun)Nemanja Matic looks set to leave Stamford Bridge this summer, with a £20million move to Juventus already agreed. (Daily Star)Harry Kane is expected to sign a new Tottenham deal which will double his £50,000-a-week salary and smash Spurs’ existing ceiling of about £80,000 per week. (Daily Mail)Manchester United are stepping up their pursuit of Real Madrid defender Raphael Varane, but will have to compete with several top teams also chasing the signature of the 23-year-old. (Le 10 Sport)Leicester manager Claudio Ranieri has said he is ’99 per cent’ sure star playmaker Riyad Mahrez will not leave the Foxes after their Premier League title win. (Daily Mail)West Ham have offered £31million to Marseille for in-demand striker Michy Batshuayi, but face competition from a host of European clubs including Juventus and Tottenham to sign the Belgium striker this summer. (The Guardian)Arsenal are preparing a raid for AZ Alkmaar’s Dutch striker Vincent Janssen as they look to overhaul their squad this summer. (Daily Mirror)Yaya Toure thought he was being approached by Manchester United, not Manchester City, when his agent told him of the interest while he was at Barcelona in 2010. (Daily Mirror)Louis van Gaal will lose out on more than £1million of his annual salary if Man United fail to qualify for next season’s Champions League. Apparently, more than half of his £8million annual package is based on a series of performance-related, loyalty and image rights clauses. (The Times)Jose Mourinho will reportedly NOT wait for the Red Devils if they decide to postpone bringing him in to replace manager Louis van Gaal beyond this summer. (Daily Mail)And here are the latest talkSPORT.com headlines…???EXCLUSIVE: Leicester City vice chairman Aiyawatt Srivaddhanaprabha tells talkSPORT Foxes WON’T challenge for Premier League next seasonWhy would Gareth Bale want to leave Real Madrid? ‘He is so happy playing in Spain’ – Ex-Wales striker John HartsonI was shocked and disappointed by Tottenham’s actions in Chelsea draw – Danny Murphy tells talkSPORT‘I’d be surprised’ if Daniel Sturridge is still a Liverpool player next season, says former Red Danny Murphy‘Leicester’s Thai owners are proud people, they’re not sellers!’ – Former Foxes chief Milan MandaricArsenal transfer boost! Gunners make contact with highly sought-after Leicester City midfielder N’Golo KanteLiverpool and Tottenham put on red alert as Borussia Dortmund have £12m bid rejected for Rennes’ Ousmane DembeleChelsea FC latest: Blues threaten to drop Dominic Solanke to youth squad unless he drops £50k wage demandsArsenal transfer report: Arsene Wenger’s Gunners monitoring Barcelona’s Arda TuranLeicester City transfer report: Foxes eye Belgian starlets Thorgan Hazard, Dennis Praet and Zakaria Bakkalilast_img read more

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