Rumours on Chelsea’s new boss and five reasons why this manager is the perfect candidate to succeed Jose Mourinho

first_img 3. He knows how to spend on a budget – Over the past three seasons, key players Radamel Falcao, Diego Costa and Arda Turan have left the Spanish capital, while the likes of Fernando Torres, Sergio Aguero and David De Gea, too, moved on to new pastures earlier in Simeone’s Atleti career. The Argentine, however, has not panicked in the wake of such departures nor struggled to sign their replacements. Upon Diego Costa’s departure, for example, Antoine Griezmann was quickly signed and has become an instant hit at the club. While much of their mastery in the transfer market can be credited to the work of those behind the scenes, what’s crucial is Simeone’s experience in challenging for major honours without the luxury of a £100m+ budget to fall back on, of which he has had few complaints, as Mourinho so often has done. Chelsea’s summer activity was minimal, suggesting that Abramovich is no longer as willing to provide a large transfer kitty. This may ward off a few of Europe’s leading managers; it’s unlikely, however, to be an issue for Simeone. 5 5 5 5 4. It could be his time for a new challenge – Atletico Madrid have arguably overachieved in the past few seasons. Their lifting of the title and reaching the Champions League final in the 2013-14 season was little short of an astonishing 12 months for the Spanish side. It may, however, be some time before they challenge Barcelona and Real Madrid in La Liga or threaten in Europe, as the clubs around them continue to grow stronger. There is only so much that the Argentine can do with Atleti, and it may now be time for him to assess his options. Chelsea would be a serious challenge, but one that could be appealing, particularly given the array of world-class talent, such as Eden Hazard, whose revival he could be credited with. Jose Mourinho could be running out of time to save his job at Chelsea, with defeat to Liverpool at the weekend almost unthinkable. Pep Guardiola, Guus Hiddink, Carlo Ancelotti and Diego Simeone are all rumoured to be on the wish list of Roman Abramovich, should he opt to dismiss the Portuguese manager.And, out of the candidates listed, Simeone appears to be the overwhelming favourite to take over.So, talkSPORT has put together five key reasons why the Argentine could be an ideal replacement to Mourinho.To discover our reasons, click the yellow arrow above, right. 5 2. He’s unfazed by winning the ugly way – Simeone simply hasn’t the personnel to challenge Barcelona and Real Madrid in their style of play, yet he has still remained within touching distance of the La Liga giants. In the season in which Atleti won the title, their tally of goals scored (77) was far inferior to Barca (100) and Real’s (104), yet their defence stronger, as they conceded just 26 goals – seven less than the current champions’ side and 12 less than Los Blancos. Simeone builds a strong unit – starting from the back – a quality that is key in the Premier League. 1. He knows how to get the best out of Diego Costa – to see four more reasons why Chelsea should consider Simeone, click the arrow above – Diego Simeone can firmly take the credit for Costa earning his European recognition prior to his move to Stamford Bridge two summers’ ago. It was the Brazil-born striker’s 27 goals in the 2013-14 season that fired Atleti to their first La Liga title in 18 years. Simeone warmly wished Costa well after his transfer to Chelsea was agreed, and it could be such affection that the centre-forward needs to rediscover his scoring boots. The Argentine appears to maintain effective relationships with his former players – take Filipe Luis as an example – which should be a key quality needed if Chelsea begin their search for a manager capable of staying in the job for the long-term. 5. Manchester City could be the more appealing project for Pep Guardiola – While the rumours linking Pep Guardiola to Chelsea have been met with raised eyebrows, there’s no question that the Spaniard would deliver the style of play that Roman Abramovich has so craved since his takeover in 2003. Arguably, Arsene Wenger has only avoided the axe in north London because of the philosophy that he has maintained at the club – and it may be the failure of Chelsea’s managers to continue to play attractive football during difficult spells that has resulted in the reign of those appointed by the Russian businessman having become notoriously short. However, if Guardiola sees out his Bayern Munich contract in the summer and receives offers from Chelsea and Manchester City, the latter may be the more appealing. Players such as Sergio Aguero, David Silva and Kevin De Bruyne would provide the former Barcelona manager with the tools to perform the stylish football that he is renowned for, while the financial prowess of the club’s Shiek owners would be an immense comfort.last_img read more

Jose Mourinho will NOT appeal against Stoke stadium ban

first_img Jose Mourinho 1 Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho will NOT appeal against the  stadium ban that will keep him away from tomorrow’s game at Stoke City.The Blues boss “admitted a Football Association charge of misconduct regarding his language and/or behaviour towards the match officials in or around the dressing room area” at Upton Park and was fined £40,000 alongside the stadium ban.Only an appeal against that penalty would have allowed Mourinho to enter the Britannia Stadium, but he has accepted the sanction.Asked if he would appeal, Mourinho said: “No. Because the match is tomorrow and I know the result of that appeal already. I decided to give up. I don’t speak about it.“It’s stupid to fight a fight that you know you have already lost.”Chelsea, the reigning champions, are 15th in the Premier League after six losses in the opening 11 matches.You can listen to Stoke v Chelsea exclusively live on talkSPORT from 5.30pm BST on Saturday.last_img read more

Papiss Cisse could miss Newcastle’s entire Christmas schedule admits Steve McClaren

first_img1 Papiss Cisse Newcastle striker Papiss Cisse could miss the entire holiday programme after an initial scan on his damaged groin proved inconclusive.The Senegal international limped off 33 minutes into Saturday’s 1-1 Barclays Premier League draw with Aston Villa at St James’ Park after landing awkwardly, and is not only a major doubt for the Boxing Day clash but for the games which immediately follow.Head coach Steve McClaren said: “He’s had a scan and he needs a second opinion on another to gauge the severity, how long [he will be out]. We still don’t know, but he’s a doubt for the weekend.”That represents a blow to McClaren, who has preferred Cisse to summer signing Aleksandar Mitrovic for the last four games, although the Serbia international came off the bench at Tottenham on December 13 to cancel out Eric Dier’s opener and then set-up fellow substitute Ayoze Perez to clinch victory.However, he has received better news on the injury front with a quartet of players – defenders Jamaal Lascelles and Steven Taylor, who both have hamstring problems, midfielder Rolando Aarons and striker Emmanuel Riviere, who are recovering from foot and knee injuries respectively – either back in training or ready to resume within days.McClaren said: “Jamaal trained this morning for the first time; Rolando will train at the end of the week and Manu will be training by the end of the week.“Steven Taylor is coming on really well, so a fortnight into January he could be back training as well, so it’s good news on that front.”The Magpies play at 5.30pm on Boxing Day and will be in training on Christmas Day as they put the final touches to their preparations.McClaren said: “We’ll train as normal. We’ll be in nice and early and prepare for Everton. We have to be professional when others are enjoying it a little bit more and just make sure we focus and keep our intensity.“The players will be in during the morning and then home. It will be normal preparation – with lots of present opening on Christmas Day.”last_img read more

Sunderland offer player to Swansea as part of deal for Andre Ayew

first_img1 Sunderland are willing to offer Fabio Borini or Jordi Gomez as a makeweight in a deal for Andre Ayew.The Black Cats are desperate to land the Ghana international, who has scored seven goals for Swansea since joining them in the summer from Marseille.Seven months ago the Welsh club snapped up the 26-year-old on a free, but they have already rejected an offer of £10m from Sunderland.So now, according to Foot Mercato, Sam Allardyce is ready to use striker Borini or midfielder Gomez as part of any deal for Ayew.Sunderland hope the inclusion of a player will persuade Swansea to part with their top scorer.However, after their victory of Watford on Monday, coach Alan Curtis insisted that the club have no plans to sell Ayew. Andre Ayew last_img

Mauricio Pochettino a target for Chelsea? ‘He’s worked wonders with Tottenham’, former Blues goalkeeper tells talkSPORT

first_imgMauricio Pochettino has emerged as a leading candidate to take over as manager of Chelsea, but former Blues goalkeeper Mark Bosnich has told talkSPORT that Tottenham should fight for their boss.Reports on Wednesday have claimed the Argentine coach is one of five names, along with the likes of Diego Simeone and Didier Deschamps, on Chelsea’s shortlist to replace interim boss Guus Hiddink.Pochettino has impressed in his two seasons in the White Hart Lane hotseat, transforming Spurs into potential Premier League title contenders with his attacking ethos and focus on the development of young players.His methods and manner, which is in stark contrast to axed manager Jose Mourinho’s harsh nature, are thought to appeal to Chelsea as they search for their next long-term chief.And, when asked about the rumours, ex-Blues glovesman Bosnich told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast: “Pochettino is hot property, everyone has seen what he’s done with Spurs.“Tottenham were a side that looked fine when everything was going well for them, but when it started raining, metaphorically, they’d go under. But he stopped that.“I still think they’ve got an outside chance for the title as well, so they’d be very wise to keep him.”last_img read more

SHOCK REPORT! Leicester planning audacious move for Roma legend Francesco Totti

first_img1 Leicester have been linked with an audacious approach for Roma legend Francesco Totti.The former Italy international has fallen out publicly with coach Luciano Spalletti and reports are suggesting the 39-year-old is preparing to leave the club at the end of the season.Totti, who has made over 700 appearances for Roma, is expected to call time on his illustrious career at the end of the campaign.However, according to Gazzetta dello Sport, Leicester manager Claudio Ranieri is trying to persuade the veteran to have one final hurrah in the Premier League.Ranieri still believes Totti has a lot to offer and wants to use his compatriot’s wealth of experience to help Leicester in the Champions League next season. Francesco Totti last_img

World’s 1st fair for divorce fails to draw crowds

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Detectives were ready to catch a spouse in the act, mediators to help ease the pain of separation, a laboratory to conduct paternity tests, and, of course, lawyers to do everything else. So where were all those in struggling marriages? The Austrian capital would seem a good venue for the event, with its 66-percent divorce rate, near the top for European cities. The country itself has a rate of more than 50 percent. In the United States, the rate is thought to be between 40 and 45percent. But only a few dozen clients meandered through the two conference rooms of a downtown luxury hotel in the space of an hour, and bemused exhibitors were kept busy mostly by TV crews lining up to interview them. “It doesn’t matter,” said real estate agent Christian Novotny, there to offer advice on how to sell homes for splitting couples – or to buy ones for new singles. “Tomorrow’s another day.” “Too many cameras,” said Berhard Spernern, one of the few at the event hoping for a divorce. “I think that’s part of the problem – a lot of people don’t want to be seen or be photographed here.” Spernern said he was happy to have come nonetheless, saying a talk with a lawyer was helpful in letting him know that he has an automatic right to divorce after a three-year separation. And he said he would suggest to his spouse – who he said does not want to end their marriage – to join him in mediating their dispute with one of the experts he made contact with here. Most of the 16 firms with stands at the fair offered standard divorce fare – legal services, private investigations, mediation and conflict management. But some catered to more unusual needs. “Many people come to us when they are already in the middle of divorce proceedings,” said Susanna Haas, whose $600 DNA analysis promises to end bickering about why the little one does not look like daddy. “Proof of parenthood can play an important role in divorces.” In the next room, Isabella Stozek, whose “Hairdreams” offered hair extensions, volume treatments, highlights and other regimens, said such makeovers were important to women looking for a new look to accompany their new start. “They want to leave their old lives behind, and how better to do that than with these?” she says, sweeping her hand over a display of wigs, ponytails and braids. At a stand close by, brochures for “MyDates” promised those interested a chance to “meet 25 singles in two hours.” Even the Roman Catholic Church got into the mix, with a stand to offer advice for newly single parents, and social workers from the city of Vienna were ready to counsel women in sudden need. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! By George Jahn THE ASSOCIATED PRESS VIENNA, Austria – In a city where “I do” often turns into “I want out,” a fair for those wanting to untie the knot seemed a sure hit. But journalists easily outnumbered those looking for advice on how to end their marriages on Saturday, the first day of what was billed as the world’s first divorce fair. last_img read more

All but 4 fires contained; weekend wind expected

first_imgEven as firefighters closed in on four blazes still burning in Southern California on Tuesday, they also were bracing for a return of moderate Santa Ana winds, with warm dry gusts up to 50 mph expected Friday and Saturday. The same type of winds were a major factor in the rapid spread last week of massive wildfires that devastated the region, but forecasters said Tuesday the new winds will likely not be nearly as strong those 75-100 mph gusts. An offshore system Friday “will bring very dry and warm conditions, with potential strong gusts of up to 50 miles per hour,” Cal Fire spokesman Daniel Berlant said. “We have augmented our staffing for Southern California and will be preparing for this next system to move in.” In San Diego County, winds will be in the 25 to 35 mph range in the passes and canyons over the weekend, said weather service spokesman Stan Wasowski. Temperatures are expected to drop to the low 80s. The four blazes that are still burning are the Witch, Harris and Poomacha fires in San Diego County and the Santiago in Orange County. Seven wildfires in Los Angeles, San Diego, Ventura and San Bernardino counties are considered contained. The fires have also contributed to at least seven deaths and more than 140 injuries to firefighters and civilians. Deputies said Tuesday that a boy playing with matches started the Buckweed Fire in north Los Angeles County that consumed more than 38,000 acres and destroyed 21 homes last week. The boy, whose name and age were not released, was interviewed a day after the fire began Oct. 21, said sheriff’s Sgt. Diane Hecht. The boy was released to his parents, and the case will be presented to the District Attorney’s Office, the sergeant said. The fire began near Agua Dulce and was quickly spread by fierce desert winds. Meanwhile, as the recovery effort continues in areas where the blazes have been contained, state and federal officials are working on several assistance efforts, including a federal tax relief bill that could move through Congress by the end of the year. Modeled after a bill created for victims of Hurricane Katrina, the California Wildfire Tax Relief Act would let people withdraw up to $100,000 penalty-free from their company retirement plans or IRAs to make repairs or pay bills. It also makes any nonbusiness debt discharges tax free, and – in an attempt to spur charitable giving – suspends the limits on individual and corporate tax deductions. “I’m confident the bill will pass by the end of the year,” said Rep. Joe Baca, D-Rialto, who introduced the legislation. “We have to look at the more than 2,000 people who lost their homes.” Baca said that by Tuesday evening about 20 lawmakers had signed on to the legislation, including a handful of Republicans. The state Board of Equalization also is offering state tax-filing extensions to business and personal tax filers who live in the affected areas. Staff Writer Lisa Friedman and the Associated Press contributed to this story.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Staffing includes an additional 25 fire engines, 14 bulldozers, 28 hand crews and additional aircraft including helicopters and a DC-10 air tanker. In Los Angeles County, the National Weather Service is expecting sustained winds of 15 to 25 mph along the coasts and in the valleys Friday through the weekend. Winds will be a little stronger in the Santa Clarita Valley near the 5 Freeway pass, with gusts of 20 to 30 mph on Friday and Saturday. The conditions meet the minimum definition of Santa Ana winds, said NWS weather specialist Stuart Seto. “It doesn’t look like a strong Santa Ana,” Seto said. “The winds at 10,000 feet are not strong enough to really give this thing a big boost like the last one we had.” last_img read more

18 KILLYBEGS BOATS BANNED FROM HERRING FISHERY BY MINISTER – MOONEY

first_imgSenator Paschal Mooney has called on the Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney TD to allow the fishing fleet out of Killybegs to fish for herring in the Celtic Sea.The Leitrim Senator questioned Minister Coveney at a meeting of the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Agriculture and Fisheries today (Thursday, 19 July) about why his new policy excluded 18 out of 22 pelagic fishing boats in Donegal from the largest herring pelagic fishery in the Celtic Sea.Senator Mooney explained: “As a result of new criteria set down by Minister Coveney for herring fishing opportunities in the Celtic Sea, the Donegal fishing fleet has been denied access. “The criteria are based on providing access to those with a recent track record in herring fishing.  The quota wasn’t fished in ‘track record’ period by vessels the affected as the quota was too low.“This has had a serious impact on the local economy. As a result of the fleet being denied access to the Celtic Sea herring stock, 200 to 300 workers employed in fish processing facilities in South West Donegal will lose several weeks work as no herring is being processed.” 18 KILLYBEGS BOATS BANNED FROM HERRING FISHERY BY MINISTER – MOONEY was last modified: July 20th, 2012 by BrendaShare 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:18 KILLYBEGS BOATS BANNED FROM HERRING FISHERY BY MINISTER – MOONEYlast_img read more

PARTNER OF BANNED DONEGAL BUSINESSMAN GETS NEW LICENCE TO COLLECT REFUSE

first_imgThe daughter and partner of a Donegal businessman banned from collecting household waste because of multiple criminal convictions have been granted a licence to operate a new company – from the same premises.Ferry’s RefuseJim Ferry (58) has faced 28 criminal charges for illegal dumping and received four suspended jail sentences.Ferry’s Refuse Ltd had its licence revoked last July by the National Waste Collection Permit Office. However, national newspapers reports say a new company Ferry’s Refuse & Recycling Ltd was set up by Ferry, from Rossbracken, Letterkenny, in November 2011 listing his 24-year-old daughter Louise as a company director.Last July, Ferry resigned as a director, with his partner, 51-year-old Carol Elliott, taking over.Just before Christmas the new company was given a licence at the same address.Ferry has numerous criminal charges against him. He had a €250,000 judgment against him from the Revenue and is being taken to court by a council for non-payment of €330,000 in fees.Ferry’s company was this month also fined €7,500 for running bin lorries on agricultural diesel.He was also fined €3,000 for failing to have tax on two of them.He still hasn’t paid €42,000 in fines and fees after a conviction for illegally dumping household waste in a Co Donegal quarry in 2010. PARTNER OF BANNED DONEGAL BUSINESSMAN GETS NEW LICENCE TO COLLECT REFUSE was last modified: January 22nd, 2015 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:banneddonegalferry’s refuseNEW LICENCElast_img read more