Roy Keane: Sunderland chiefs ‘need to have a good look at themselves’

first_img1 Former Sunderland manager Roy Keane has told club chiefs to ‘have a good look at themselves’ as they start their search for a tenth permanent boss in ten years.The Black Cats find themselves without a head coach after Dick Advocaat resigned from his post on Sunday, despite signing a new deal to stay on as manager in the summer.Keane’s own reign at the Stadium of Light came to an end after a little less than 27 months in December 2008 after his relationship with owner and chairman Ellis Short deteriorated.Asked if he was surprised by head coach Dick Advocaat’s departure on Sunday, the Republic of Ireland’s assistant manager, speaking to the media in Dublin on Tuesday, said: “No.”Asked why not, he replied: “It’s Sunderland, isn’t it? It’s a brilliant club, but I don’t know, I really can’t comment on why different managers have left or have been sacked.“But people in the background probably need to have a good look at themselves.”Asked further if he was referring to people who were at the club during his spell on Wearside, he said: “Yes”, before adding with a smile: “If they’d let me alone, I’d probably still be there now and I wouldn’t be having to chat to you.”Keane’s comments came as Short continued to assess the potential field for a key appointment, which could ultimately come down to hard cash.The Black Cats have identified Sam Allardyce as the leading candidate for the vacancy, however the noises coming from those close to him have been mixed in recent days.Former Sunderland defender Allardyce has already attracted support from the club’s fans, but he is in a position of strength having indicated he wanted to take time out of the game following his exit from Upton Park at the end of last season.He is currently in Spain, but will return later this month, when he is scheduled to embark upon a tour to promote his autobiography.Allardyce, who will inevitably be linked with most Premier League jobs when they become available given his track record, can perhaps afford to pick and choose and has already indicated that when he does return, it will be for the right opportunity and not necessarily the next one.Burnley’s Sean Dyche, who has publicly distanced himself from the opening at the Stadium of Light, is also held in high regard by the hierarchy on Wearside, but crucially his appointment would involve a significant compensation package and that may not work in his favour.David Moyes and Nigel Pearson – the latter available after leaving Leicester – are not understood to be among the names at the top of Short’s list, and it may be that, should the men the American wants prove unavailable, he may have to become creative and look further down the page at up-and-coming candidates such as MK Dons’ Karl Robinson and Burton’s Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink, who might prove less costly to attract. Roy Keane last_img read more

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Championship round-up: Derby leapfrog Brighton to go second while Hasslebaink is denied first QPR win

first_img1 Queens Park Rangers manager Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink Earlier in the day, Middlesbrough ended Brighton’s club-record run of 22 games unbeaten with a 3-0 win, and Derby County took full advantage, leapfrogging the Seagulls to go second after narrowly overcoming a stubborn Ipswich Town.Tom Ince scored his fourth goal in only five days as the Rams closed in on Middlesbrough at the top of the table with a 1-0 victory to leave supporters looking ahead to the New Year with excitement.Meanwhile, a late strike from Bristol City’s Aaron Wilbraham crushed Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink’s hopes of sealing his first win as Queens Park Rangers manager since replacing Chris Ramsey at the beginning of December.Junior Hoilett opened the scoring for the Hoops, but Steve Cotterill’s side fought back late on to leave their opponent’s newly appointed boss frustrated.Bolton Wanderers almost stunned manager-less Fulham to comeback from a goal down at the Macron Stadium, before a late goal from the visitors saw the clash end 2-2.Luke Garbutt, on loan from Everton, netted the first of the game to put the visitors in control, but a superb second half double from the Trotters’ Zach Clough left the visitors trembling. Ross McCormack, however, saved the day late on to leave Bolton devastated.A six-goal thriller saw Brentford cruise to a 4-2 victory over strugglers Huddersfield Town.After suffering a disappointing 3-2 defeat to Cardiff City mid-week, the Bees were out to quickly bounce back, and they succeeded, with goals from Lasse Vibe, Sergi Canos and Alan Judge putting to bed any misery from their previous result.Promotion contenders Burnley clinched their first victory in seven games against second-from-bottom Charlton Athletic, coasting to a 4-0 victory at Turf Moor.The first half was a tight affair, before two goals early on in the second half, from Scott Arfield and Andre Gray, saw the vistors’ heads drop and left the hosts with what was an ultimately comfortable win.Karl Robinson’s 300th game in charge of MK Dons wasn’t quite the fairy-tale imagined with Nottingham Forest spoiling the party with a 2-1 victory.Nélson Oliveira and Ryan Mendes scored two early goals to leave Forest in control, and despite an inspired second half, including a saved penalty from Nicky Maynard and a late finish from Josh Murphy, their efforts proved too little too late.Rotherham United put in an outstanding performance to beat a Hull City side looking to go second in the league, winning 2-0 in front of a thrilled home crowd.Sitting only two points above bottom-placed Bolton Wanderers, the Millers can afford few more slip ups, and goals from Lee Frecklington and Joe Newell resulted in a rare clean sheet and a standing ovation from the supporters. Full Championship results:Brighton 0-3 MiddlesbroughBolton Wanderers 2-2 FulhamBrentford 4-2 Huddersfield TownBristol City 1-1 Queens Park RangersBurnley 4-0 Charlton AthleticIpswich Town 0-1 Derby CountyNottingham Forest 2-1 MK DonsRotherham United 2-0 Hull Citylast_img read more

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DEAL DONE! Steven Naismith completes move to Norwich from Everton

first_img Steven Naismith Norwich City have completed the signing of Steven Naismith from Everton.The Scotland international forward moves to Carrow Road for an undisclosed fee and has penned a three-and-a-half-year contract.Naismith, 29, has been a long-term target of Canaries boss Alex Neil.He is the fifth signing made by Neil in the January transfer window, following deals for Matt Jarvis, Ivo Pinto, Timm Klose and Ben Godfrey.Naismith told the club’s official website: “I’m very happy to have signed because now I can concentrate on the football side of things.“Norwich have displayed class in the way they’ve done their business all the way through. They’ve shown how much they wanted me, which is great, and I’m delighted to be here.”Norwich are understood to have paid out around £8million to secure Naismith’s signature.The former Rangers star scored 18 Premier League goals in 103 appearances for the Toffees, but has mainly been used as a substitute this season.Neil said of his new signing: “We are delighted to conclude this deal and bring Steven to the club. “He’s a proven performer at Premier League level and an established international with Scotland so arrives with excellent pedigree.” 1last_img read more

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Gary Neville to steal Mario Suarez from Watford?

first_imgValencia are trying to beat Watford to the signature of Mario Suarez, claim reports in Spain.The midfielder only joined Fiorentina in the summer after spending five years with Spanish side Atletico Madrid.However, since making the move, the 28-year-old has struggled to settle and he is already hunting for a new club.?talkSPORT told you yesterday that Watford have held talks with Suarez but, according to AS, Valencia are now trying to get in on the act.Boss Gary Neville is said to be a fan of the Spaniard’s talents and believes he could add some much-needed steel to his team’s midfield.It is now expected to be a straight fight between Valencia and Watford for Suarez’s signature. 1 Mario Suarez last_img

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A penchant for procuring loans

first_imgREDONDO BEACH: For companies in need of money, Funding 911 can be a godsend. By Muhammed El-Hasan STAFF WRITER AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas CityWhen a struggling business sends out the SOS, Marshall Lebovits responds with 911. The owner of Funding 911, Lebovits helps small and mid-size firms secure loans from lenders. Lebovits, 48, runs the business from his Redondo Beach home. He began the one-man company in 2002 after many years in the finance industry. He at first expected to work as a “matchmaker” for equipment financing but had enough requests for other types of loans that he broadened his scope. For more than two decades, Lebovits worked for companies that provided financing to businesses. He went out on his own to “feel I was more in charge of solutions.” Today, Lebovits calls himself a business loan matchmaker. What does your job entail? I help with introductions to the right lenders and with assistance in telling their story the right way. It saves them a lot of time and in the long run can save money. It’s just me. I have to do everything from planning to marketing to sales to screening deals. I work primarily on a success-fee basis. So I take on assignments that I have evaluated with lenders so I know I have a reasonable chance of achieving their goals. How do you do screen? The first thing I do is ask them questions, review their financial information and call lenders to pre-screen them. I tell them I have a business with these assets and collateral and they need this amount of money. And they tell me if it’s possible. The lenders like that I can cut to the chase and give them the information they need to know to give me an indication of their level of interest. How long is the screening process? I’ll get back to you hopefully within 48 hours and tell you if there’s real interest from a financier to get your deal done. How long does it take for you to secure a loan for a client? I’ve closed some deals in a matter of weeks, and some have taken six months. What happens if no lender is interested? Once a deal is pre-screened and if I tell them I can’t help them, then we’re done and they don’t owe me a dime. What happens if a lender does show interest? If I think I can help them, then we sign a contract based on a success fee. So they don’t owe me money upfront. What do you do for clients that they can’t do themselves? I help them tell their story the right way. Often a small business owner is really knowledgable about their business, but they don’t know what is important for a lender. So they may not put their best foot forward. So I help them put their best foot forward. Give me an example. I spent time with a client and reviewed their financial statements, and it turned out that their tax documents didn’t fully tell the story of the company’s finances. They had non-recurring costs. The company had great customers and the owner had invested a lot of money in the business – which wasn’t being taken into account. Once I told that story, I had banks begging to do business with this company. What size loans do you deal with? I deal with all size loans from as little as tens of thousands to tens of millions. Since I’m working on a success-fee basis, I’ll only work on a loan that I feel has a probable chance of working and is worth my time. If you come to me with a $100,000 loan request and I know it will take me a couple of phone calls to resolve, I’ll take it on. But if you come to me with a $4 million proposal, but I don’t see it having a chance of success, I won’t take it. How much do you charge? It’s usually a percentage of the funding raised. From as little as 1percent to as much as 5 percent. It varies depending on the size of the deal, degree of difficulty and the difficulty of the client. Sometimes you charge an aggravation fee. What kind of aggravation? Sometimes they are not very cooperative. They may not share the information with me that they need to. And it makes my work more difficult because without that information I can’t be the advocate they want me to be. Who are your clients? I deal with all business types as long as they have assets for collateral. Only if they have assets for collateral can I help them. If they have no collateral but good financials, they can walk into any bank and get a line of credit on their own. I often work with companies in hyper-growth situations. Often times it means that they are an early-stage company. Banks get nervous that you’re growing too fast because their infrastructure may not keep up with growth. Also companies trying to stave off financial difficulties are my clients. What the most challenging part of your job? Finding the golden nugget in the story because that’s what lenders are looking for. Lenders have a lot of money to lend, but it has to fit their profile. So I must dig into some of these deals that already have been rejected and find the golden nugget that gives the lenders comfort to give the loan. What’s the best part of your job? I get to meet a lot of interesting people or at least talk to them. I don’t get to meet all of my clients. And they have a lot of great stories. What’s the worst part of your job? I like people. Being a one-person company means sometimes you’re here at the house all by yourself. How I offset that is I’m out on a lot of networking events and I’m on the phone a lot. Otherwise, it’s just me and the cat. Is there humor in your work? Absolutely. I always tell prospective borrowers that lenders want to know that they have character as opposed to being one. In my line of work, I run across a lot of characters who don’t have any. muhammed.el-hasan@dailybreeze.com160Want 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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New hopeful emerges for county office

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.The 2nd District covers a section of South Los Angeles that includes Culver City, Inglewood and Carson. “The fact of the matter is, once it’s determined that you’re in, then you go. You do it with a full sense of purpose and determination, and my support will be broad and deep,” Ridley-Thomas said.. “I believe that empowerment of people is the signature of my commitment and service in public life. There is ample evidence of that and I will continue to innovate with participatory democracy, civic engagement, trying to raise the intelligence quotient with respect to the consciousness in our communities,” Ridley-Thomas said. By City News Service Sen. Mark Ridley-Thomas, D-Los Angeles, and City Councilman Bernard Parks are on a collision course, as both plan to run for the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors seat being vacated by Yvonne Brathwaite Burke. Ridley-Thomas, 52, of Leimert Park, recently formed an exploratory committee and Thursday filed papers of intention to run that allow him to begin raising funds. Parks, 63, of Baldwin Hills, announced in August that he also intends to run for the 2nd District seat occupied by Burke, who is not seeking re-election in the June 3 election. 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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Off-duty officer is injured on 105

first_imgBy City News Service An off-duty Los Angeles police officer was hurt Wednesday when he fell down an embankment while trying to help a motorist who may have been driving drunk on the Glenn Anderson (105) Freeway in Lynwood, police said. The incident occurred on the eastbound 105 Freeway at Atlantic Avenue about 1:15 a.m., said Los Angeles police officer Ana Aguirre of the Media Relations Section. The officer, whose name was withheld, was on his way home when he stopped to assist a motorist whose vehicle had crashed into a light pole, Aguirre said. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.As he was helping the motorist out of the vehicle, the light pole shifted and struck him, and he fell down an embankment, Aguirre said. The injured officer was taken to St. Francis Medical Center, said county fire dispatcher Ray Dong. He was reported to have stable vital signs, Aguirre said. The motorist fled, Aguirre said. Authorities arrested the suspect near the accident site a short time later, said California Highway Patrol officer Jose Nunez. 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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Mahony assaulted near L.A.’s cathedral

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat Kings“Somebody recognized him and attacked him,” Pilato said Mahony told the gathering. “It was shocking because it was an act of violence and it was someone we know and respect.” Mahony declined to comment on the reports. “Whatever conversation might have taken place between the priests and their bishop was a private conversation and not meant to be public,” said Carolina Guevara, a spokeswoman for the Los Angeles Archdiocese. Mahony told the priests that after his attacker recognized him, the man began shouting expletives and knocked him to the ground, said another priest who asked not be identified. Leading up to the $660million settlement, Mahony came under fire from victims and attorneys who say he moved sexually abusive priests to different parishes and then blocked efforts in court to keep records of abuse and suspect priests secret. Coupled with an earlier settlement of $114million given to 86 claimants, the total represents the largest payout for sexual abuse by any archdiocese in the country. Church officials have said Mahony made a concerted effort to reach out to victims, meeting with many of them and their families in person and offering free counseling to those who need it. Barbara Blaine, national president of the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, or SNAP, a support group for victims, said attacks on church officials are rare. “I think that incidents like this alleged incident are pretty rare because most abuse victims turn their pain inward and engage in self-destructive behaviors,” Blaine said. “If this happened, we feel sorry for Mahony as we do anyone who’s been assaulted in any way.” It was not known whether Mahony’s attacker was a victim. Those at the October conference at Our Lady of the Angels said Mahony shared the story about the assault within the context of the sexual-abuse scandal. Priests described the confession as both deeply moving and, because of the violence, disturbing. Mahony was telling the priests they all had a price to pay for the sexual abuses perpetrated by their brethren when he relayed the story of the assault as an example of the personal toll he’s endured, several priests said. Bruised after the attack, he said it gave him a deeper understanding of the suffering the victims of the sex scandal have endured, the priests said. “The main message was that his wounds healed within a month, bruises and all, but the victims of child abuse are still suffering after many years, that their wounds are far deeper than what he experienced,” Pilato said. He apparently decided not to go public with the assault, and Los Angeles Police Department officials said they were unaware of any such incident. “Roger Mahony’s name hasn’t been mentioned around here,” LAPD Lt. Roger Mora said Monday. Mahony also revealed at the conference that he thought he might be attacked earlier when tensions over the allegations of sexual abuses by priests were at their peak, said the priest who did not want to be identified. The priest said he thinks Mahony and others mismanaged the scandal by not removing priests who were sexually abusing children sooner and failing to settle cases earlier. That lack of action has damaged the church’s reputation and cost it millions of dollars, he said. Still, the fact that Mahony was attacked over the scandal and chose not to make it public impressed the priest. It appeared to him that Mahony was telling those gathered that if he needed to endure the assault to help people get through this trying time, so be it, that he “should just take it because people were so mad, and rightly so,” the priest said. “I was moved. I really was,” he said. The Rev. Joseph Shea, pastor of Holy Family Catholic Church in Glendale, sees Mahony’s reaction to the attack as Christ-like. “Like Jesus, we must offer our lives and even suffer for Christ, even for things we didn’t do,” said Shea, who was also at the convocation.Some of the priests in attendance said Mahony should have reported the assault to police, while others were shocked that something like that could happen to the leader of the more than 4million Catholics in the Los Angeles Archdiocese. “That’s the kind of world you live in,” Shea said. “People do some crazy things sometimes.” rick.coca@dailynews.com 818-713-3329 For more news and observations about crime in Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley, check out the Daily News’ crime blog by clicking here.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Cardinal Roger Mahony was physically assaulted by a man enraged by the Catholic Church’s sexual-abuse scandal within days of a record settlement with hundreds of victims, the Daily News has learned. Mahony, 71, revealed the attack during an annual conference in October before hundreds of stunned priests, saying a man assaulted him because of the scandal, according to four priests who attended the conference. News of the assault comes as the bulk of the church’s $660million settlement with victims began being paid out Monday, with more than $500million in checks going out in the mail. The settlement with 508 alleged victims was approved by a Los Angeles Superior Court judge July 16. The attack on Mahony occurred in July near Our Lady of the Angels Cathedral in downtown Los Angeles, and it took the cardinal about a month to heal, said the Rev. Sal Pilato, principal at Junipero Serra Catholic High School in Gardena. 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‘There will always be a Chelsea, with or without John Terry’ – Ron Harris

first_imgChelsea’s record appearance holder Ron Harris insists there is no man greater than the club, as the uncertainly over John Terry’s future at the club continues.The 35-year-old Blues captain announced in January that he will end his long Stamford Bridge career at the end of the campaign, having not been offered a new deal by the club.Chelsea, however, maintain the possibility of a contract extension remains.Frank Lampard, for example, penned a one-year deal in 2013 after months of uncertainty over his future, although the all-time leading scorer did leave the following summer.Terry’s exit would be a shock for fans, who have so long relied on the defender, but Harris insists Chelsea will still be Chelsea even without their long-term skipper.He also admits the situation may change following Antonio Conte’s appointment as manager.“I remember having a bet with Frank Lampard and John Terry that they won’t beat my record,” said Harris, who made 795 appearances for the Blues.“I am still confident if John stayed there next season, he is still 70 or 80 games short.“But I don’t want to get involved in whether they should keep him if it’s the club’s policy that if people reach a certain age…like has happened to other players.“There will always be a Chelsea with or without Ron Harris, Frank Lampard and John Terry.“Maybe things might change now that a new manager has come on the scene.“We’ll have to wait until nearer the time to see whether John will be at Chelsea next season, or looking for another club.” John Terry – Will he stay, or will he go? 1last_img read more

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Conte could try to sign Pogba for Chelsea, ex-Juventus director tells talkSPORT

first_imgFormer Juventus sporting director Alessio Secco has told talkSPORT he wouldn’t be surprised if Chelsea made a move for Paul Pogba this summer.Incoming Blues boss Antonio Conte managed the Juve midfielder during his time in Turin and has regularly talked up his talents.Pogba is likely to command a huge fee given his status as one of the world’s best players, but that would not deter Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich, and Secco reckons he is likely to be on Conte’s radar.Speaking on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast, Secco said: “Pogba has incredible value and very, very few clubs can afford him. Chelsea is definitely one of them.“We are talking about one of the best midfielders [in the world] so I wouldn’t be surprised if he [Conte] went for him.”Former Juventus director tells talkSPORT: ‘Antonio Conte has everything to be a great success at Chelsea’last_img read more

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