Raul Sanllehi’s Arsenal exit to impact Mikel Arteta’s role in future transfers

first_imgAdvertisement Raul Sanllehi’s Arsenal exit to hand Mikel Arteta final say on transfers Metro Sport ReporterSunday 16 Aug 2020 8:32 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link2.8kShares Advertisement Sanllehi, left, spent just under three years at Arsenal (Picture: Getty)Former Barcelona director of football Sanllehi was brought in by Ivan Gazidis to remove the enormous authority Arsene Wenger had enjoyed over transfers during his long reign.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTBut after an investigation into the £72million deal he conducted for Nicolas Pepe, it was decided that a different framework was required.Arteta will now work closely with technical director Edu to decide transfer targets, with Venkatesham signing off budgets, and the Arsenal head coach will be given the final say on all incomings and outgoings.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing ArsenalThe Spaniard’s influence had already been growing prior to Sanllehi’s exit, having convinced the club to hand Bukayo Saka a substantial new deal.He was also the driving force behind the deal for 32-year-old free agent Willian, who has signed a three-year contract with the club, and has been crucial to the push to get Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to stay at the Emirates.center_img Edu and Arteta will work together to decide transfer targets (Picture: Getty)Arsenal’s transfer business will not be affected by the many changes happening – with a number of high-profile scouts also axed – with targets decided some time ago, and Arteta is looking to push ahead with deals for a centre-back and midfielder.Speaking after his exit was confirmed, Sanllehi said: ‘Working with Vinai, we have built a top team for the future. Mikel has made an extremely positive impact since his arrival and has formed a strong team with our technical director, Edu.’MORE: Ian Wright sends message to Arsenal board over Mikel Arteta following Raul Sanllehi’s departureMORE: Arsenal transfer boost as Man Utd pull out of Gabriel race to focus on signing Monaco starFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Comment The Spaniard’s influence will grow in the wake of Sanllehi’s sudden departure (Picture: Getty)Mikel Arteta will be given a more prominent role in Arsenal’s transfer business following the shock exit of head of football Raul Sanllehi, with the Spanish coach to have the final say on all transfers.The north London club announced on Saturday that Sanllehi would be leaving his post as part of a restructuring behind the scenes, with managing director Vinai Venkatesham absorbing his role.But it is not only Venkatesham who will enjoy a bigger say in the goings on at Arsenal, with The Times reporting that Arteta will now have more control over transfers.last_img read more

Germany’s aba blasts inclusion of occupational pensions in KID regulation

first_imgThe German pension fund association (aba) has criticised the fact an ECON report on Key Information Documents (KID) for investment products – also known as PRIPs regulation – will include occupational pension plans within its scope.In July 2012, the commission published a draft for the PRIPs regulation that excluded all occupational pension schemes.Only a few months later, however, a number of lobby groups vowed to fight the proposal.The ECON Committee of the European Parliament has now put forward an amended draft of the regulation that could include most of the occupational pension vehicles after all – particularly in Germany – according to Klaus Stiefermann, managing director at the aba. He told IPE the new proposal “shocked and surprised” many in the industry, as “nobody thought to track the PRIPS negotiations any further, especially as the EMPL committee (dealing with the occupational pension sector) was not involved”.In the new draft of the proposed regulation, occupational pension schemes and individual pension products are only excluded provided that a “financial contribution from the employer is required by national law and where the employer or employee has no choice as to the pension product or provider”.According to the aba’s interpretation, this would include all German occupational pension plans, as contributions are neither mandatory nor are employers limited in their choice of provider.The ECON report states: “Investment products with the purpose of accumulating savings for individual pensions should remain in scope because they often compete with the other products under this regulation and are distributed in a similar way to the retail investor.”The amended report is to be voted on in two weeks’ time, on 21 November, but the deadline for feedback on the proposal is 13 November.Should the proposal go through without alteration, some pension funds would have to draw up KID similar to the ones given to private investors when buying a retail investment product.German Green MP Sven Giegold – also a founding member of consumer lobby group Finance Watch, which aims to improve the regulation of financial products – is responsible for bringing the amendments forward. While the aba said it was unopposed to additional reporting requirements or member information, it argued that the inclusion of KID-type requirements in the PRIPS regulation “made no sense”. “We are expecting the draft of the IORP II Directive to be published by the end of the year, and this will include additional reporting requirements anyway,” Stiefermann said.He suggested the PRIPs Regulation and the IORP II Directive might ultimately be considered incompatible and even “collide”, and questioned whether all members of the ECON Committee who voted in favour of the changes had been fully aware of their scope.For more on Key Investor Documents, see the Letter from Brussels column in IPE magazine’s December issuelast_img read more

Church ‘no cash cow’

first_imgMembers and specially invited guests worshipping at Prayer Warriors International Fellowship and Prayer Centre. (Picture by Cheryl Harewood.)Based on God’s word, the Church was not started as a cash cow for some whose integrity and scruples are seemingly questionable.So says Pastor Courtney Selman, head of Prayer Warriors International Fellowship and Worship Centre.He made this statement at his Pasture Road, Haggatt Hall, St Michael church recently during a service to mark the eighth anniversary of the Quarter Hour Of Prayer Power radio programme, of which he is the host.The outspoken preacher lambasted those who used church funds for personal gain, while explaining that his speech was not “to target or single out hard-working, sincere, honest, dedicated and committed Christian leaders”.To the guilty, he said: “Please forgive me if I inadvertently ruffle your feathers or step on your toes. You can either say Amen, or ouch! I shall speak the truth and set my conscience free.”The morning service, which included special ministry in song, was charged with prayer, praise and worship prior to and after Selman’s address.He told the congregation he was acutely concerned with the direction that the Body of Christ was taking, as it pertains to money and the church.“The church was not set up to provide misguided greedy [people] with private jets, Mercedes, BMWs, big ride SUVs, $5 000 suits, hundreds of pairs of expensive shoes – [those who jet-set] all over the world on the backs of poor people, [those who have] big bank accounts with thousands, if not millions of dollars in them,” he charged.“I am not saying that all churches or church leaders are like that. There are a number of churches that reach out to the poor and needy. One that quickly comes to mind is the Salvation Army [Church],” he explained.Those within earshot sat glued to their seats as Selman reminded the “shepherds of the flocks” of the reasons why the church was started and why Jesus came into the world.“Dr Luke said Jesus was anointed to preach the gospel to the poor, heal the broken-hearted, preach deliverance to the captives, recover the sight of the blind, and set at liberty those who are bruised, he stressed.“Acts 20:28 says, ‘You are overseers to feed the Church of God, which He hath purchased with His own blood.’“Don’t you raise four, five, seven or 40 million dollars to buy megachurches? Don’t you raise $50 000 or more to buy church buses?“Don’t tell this brother you cannot put a programme in place to raise $10 000, $20 000, $30 000 or $50 000 yearly to feed the homeless, poor and needy and provide for them!”Selman urged his “brothers and sisters in Christ” to revisit Hebrews, Chapter 11, Verse 1, and claim it.He also said, “Let us wrap Philippians, Chapter 4, Verse 13, around our minds and allow it to come alive in our hearts. It says you can do all things through Christ.“Don’t only speak it and preach it, but I challenge you to let it come alive in your actions.”Selman spoke of a programme at the Hanson Place Church in New York (his former church) where 200 people were fed regularly and extensive work was done to provide for the less fortunate.By Cheryl HarewoodNation News Tweet Sharing is caring! FaithLifestyle Church ‘no cash cow’ by: – February 27, 2012 Sharecenter_img Share Share 30 Views no discussionslast_img read more

Obama calls Trump’s virus response a ‘chaotic disaster’

first_imgThis Dec. 13, 2019 file photo shows former President Barack Obama speaking at the Gathering of Rising Leaders in the Asia Pacific in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. AP More than 78,400 people with COVID-19 have died in the United States and more than 1.3 million people have tested positive, according to the latest estimates from the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University. (AP) Obama also reacted to the Justice Department dropping its criminal case against Trump’s first national security adviser, Michael Flynn, saying he worried that the “basic understanding of rule of law is at risk.”center_img WASHINGTON – Former President Barack Obama harshly criticized President Donald Trump’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic as an “absolute chaotic disaster” during a conversation with ex-members of his administration, according to a recording obtained by Yahoo News.last_img read more

New hours announced at the Batesville Memorial Library

first_imgBatesville, IN—The Batesville Memorial Public Library is now offering expanded hours to better serve the public. The new hours are:Monday – Thursday 9 am to 8 pmFriday – 9 am to 5 pmSaturday – 10 am to 3 pmlast_img

Poyet hits out at referees

first_img “So with everything on the table we will make decision whether to appeal.” Poyet’s temperature rose when he was asked about the standards of refereeing in the country. The former Chelsea midfielder clearly thinks referees are not owning up to mistakes and believes the whole process of improving officiating standards is not good enough. “That showed it doesn’t matter what you say, they’re going to say what they want to support the referees and that is not honesty,” Poyet said. “They need to be more honest – the ones who are checking on the referees. “We are human beings. I made a decision today. I didn’t change early enough to stop that penalty happening. That was my decision and I can make a mistake. “So they need to accept that as well and not hide. Because at the moment they’re hiding a little bit. “The referees have to get better. There are too many (mistakes) every day.” The refereeing controversy is likely to take the focus away from the fact that United put in yet another sub-par performance at Old Trafford – particularly in the first half. Ander Herrera, Antonio Valencia and Radamel Falcao were wasteful on going forward and United fans become despondent on several occasions, urging their team to attack. The worst performer of the afternoon was Angel di Maria. The Argentinian looked anything but a £59.7million player and was substituted at half-time. United manager Louis van Gaal said Di Maria was removed because of his poor performance and not due to injury. “I want to win as a manager and I have to observe and analyse and I have to take the steps that are necessary,” Van Gaal said when asked about substituting the most expensive player in British football. “I always thought in theory that I could change Angel for Adnan Januzaj and then we were in the second half better. “We have to give Angel more time to adapt to the Premier League; it’s not so easy with the high tempo. I want to give him time, it’s also not easy to change a player of his quality, but I have to make these decisions.” Before the match Van Gaal complained he did not have a 20-goal a season striker, but Rooney took his penalty well and also nodded in an 84th minute second to seal the win. “He said to me, and he was right, that he usually hits penalties high into the goal. Today, he shot along the ground because of their tall goalkeeper and I was very happy that was the case,” Van Gaal said after the win, which moved United up to third with 11 games left. Replays showed John O’Shea had pulled the Colombian back and Brown swept around the side of the striker as he fell to the floor. But, to the astonishment of Poyet and the Sunderland players, referee East showed a red card to Brown, rather than O’Shea. In a statement released via the Professional Game Match Officials Limited (PGMOL), East insisted it was not a case of mistaken identity and he did in fact mean to send Brown off as he believed the former United right-back committed a foul on Falcao. But Poyet was puzzled by the decision. “He (East) told the players there were two fouls. One committed by John O’Shea and one committed by Wes Brown,” the Sunderland boss said. “He gave the Wes Brown one so that’s why he sent him off. Wes Brown didn’t touch anyone, so I don’t know what he saw… How can you give a penalty that didn’t happen?” Poyet said he will wait until the submission of the report before deciding whether to appeal Brown’s three-match ban. “We need to realise there is a report and there’s something that referee saw which we think didn’t happen,” the Uruguayan said, calmly. Gus Poyet hit out at the standard of refereeing in England after he was left baffled by Roger East’s decision to dismiss Wes Brown in Sunderland’s 2-0 defeat at Manchester United. Press Association Sunderland were on course for a 0-0 draw at Old Trafford before Wayne Rooney scored from the penalty spot in the 66th minute. East awarded the penalty after Radamel Falcao went down in the box. last_img read more

Bush rightfully forfeits trophy, but remains true winner

first_imgBush may have been crying when he was awarded the Heisman but he is probably shedding tears now that he lost it.[/media-credit]What sucks more: Just flat out not winning the Heisman Trophy or having to give it back five years later?It’s like giving a kid a puppy and letting him name it and everything then two weeks later taking it away. It’s just better to never make that puppy your friend.Reggie Bush may have decided to forfeit his trophy on his own rather than wait around for the Heisman Trophy Trust to make a decision, but it was still probably one of the hardest choices he’s had to make.But whether it was a hard decision or not doesn’t matter. In 2005, Bush was ineligible due to receiving improper agent benefits. Ineligibility means no Heisman – to put it simply.There’s no denying that 2005 was Reggie Bush’s year. In 2005 alone Bush ran for 1,740 yards in 200 carries – averaging 8.7 yards per carry – with 16 touchdowns. He won the Heisman Trophy fair and square.Alright, maybe not so fairly or so squarely.In what is really a blazing epidemic throughout college football, Bush enjoyed his junior, Heisman-winning season a little more than he should have. By no means is he the only one that can’t resist a taste of what the professional life would be like, but he’s definitely dealing with it a lot more publicly than the rest – with good reason.Due to his ineligibility that season there was no way he should have won the Heisman – the rest of us found out about his status just a few years too late though.So because Bush couldn’t wait just two more years to receive proper agent benefits, he became ineligible his junior year.Bush never let the Heisman Trophy Trust make their decision as to whether to take away his award, but still, for the first time ever, the trophy has been vacated. Although the Trust didn’t have to decide, it shouldn’t have been up to them anyways. Bush was given the trophy for his performance on the field, not for his actions in everyday life. He outperformed everyone that year; he deserved to win.Trust me, if Bush had been on steroids or any type of performance enhancing drug I would be singing a very different tune. But he wasn’t. What he laid on the field in 2005 was his pure athletic talent (Reggie Bush, if you ever say you did steroids I will personally yell at you for ruining this part of my argument).By giving his Trophy back, I think Bush did a very noble thing. It shows he (finally) owned up to his actions off the field that year and he knows he was wrong. Hopefully his actions will inspire college football players to stop taking a dip in the professional pool – until they actually reach professional status.Honestly though, what is the point? Any college player could completely avoid any suspensions, ineligible statues or being stripped of any trophies they’ve won by not even considering agent benefits. I mean, I hate to break it to the guys, but you are in college, you aren’t supposed to be paid to play. You already enjoy massive scholarships I only wish I could get my hands on. People praise you because of your athletic talent and ability to win a game. I love football, I love football players, but by no means should you be paid in addition to your incentives to be an athlete at a university.Despite all this, I agree – yes Bush should get his trophy taken away – but by no means should it be awarded to anyone else from that year (sorry Vince Young).The Trust did decide to leave the trophy vacated for 2005, which by all means is the best decision possible. As I said, 2005 was Bush’s season, he ruled the field. While Bush may have given his trophy back, 2005 will always be his season.But if it’s any indication on how much this trophy means to players just take a look at Vince Young. Last week he claimed if the Trust came knocking on his door to give him the 2005 trophy he would respectfully refuse. Yet only this week he indicated he would be more than happy to accept the award.Even if the Trust decided to give Young the trophy it would only be his in a secondary, not-as-special sense. Although the trophy is being vacated for that season it will always be known as Bush’s trophy. But Young shouldn’t be too upset, no one can take away his national championship ring.While Bush decided to give back college football’s biggest trophy and has come off almost like a sad puppy with its tail between its legs, through this whole thing, he still helped bring the Lombardi trophy to New Orleans for the first time – which is arguably not as awesome a trophy as the Heisman, but still, who can complain about that?last_img read more

Mikel Jones, running game up in this week’s stock watch

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on September 24, 2019 at 2:04 am Contact Eric: erblack@syr.edu | @esblack34 An up-and-down start to the season continued on Saturday for Syracuse (2-2, 0-1 Atlantic Coast), as the Orange took down Western Michigan, 52-33, in convincing fashion.SU’s point total was more than it scored in its first three games combined, as Tommy DeVito’s break-out performance led Syracuse to 545 yards of total offense. DeVito was responsible for the longest run of the season for the Orange (60 yards) as well as their longest passing play, a 59-yard completion to Trishton Jackson.Syracuse needed just two quarters to equal its previous season-high in points and fought off a second-half comeback attempt by the Broncos, who cut SU’s lead to five before the Orange pulled away in the fourth quarter.Here’s whose stock is up or down after Syracuse’s highest-scoring game of the season thus far.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textKevin Camelo | Co-Digital EditorThanks in part to DeVito’s career-best day on the ground, SU racked up 258 rushing yards, a season-high. After a shaky start to the season in which Syracuse ran for just 277 yards in three games, Moe Neal exploded for a season-high 123 yards and two touchdowns against the Broncos. With the Orange’s newfound willingness to turn DeVito loose to run, the added dimension to the offense opened up lanes for Neal, who dominated the SU timeshare in the backfield, 26 carries to Abdul Adams’ nine. The senior running back was able to consistently break off solid gains, while the bulk of DeVito’s yards came on a 60-yard run in the first quarter and his 36-yard touchdown scamper in the second.Kevin Camelo | Co-Digital EditorOne of the key pieces in Syracuse’s goal line and special teams units the past two years, Hackett broke out against Western Michigan with a career-high six catches, 48 yards and two touchdowns. The junior tight end was instrumental for DeVito’s success through the air, serving as his quarterback’s safety valve when the outside receivers were covered. Hackett caught the first and last passing touchdowns of the day, the former coming on a shovel pass in the first quarter and the latter a nine-yard lob pass to the back of the end zone in the fourth. Significantly involving a tight end in the passing game was another revelation for the SU offense, which developed a few new tendencies versus the Broncos.Kevin Camelo | Co-Digital EditorThe last time Jones was named in stock watch was after week 2 when the true freshman struggled in Syracuse’s 63-20 loss to Maryland. While all SU’s defense had issues across the board against the Terrapins, Jones specifically struggled, missing a handful of tackles and taking poor routes on running plays. In an expanded role versus Western Michigan, Jones looked significantly more confident and capable. He made his first career start as Syracuse’s third linebacker in a 4-3 set, which it decided to use on Saturday due to injuries to its defensive backs, and finished tied for second on the team with six tackles, including a team-high five solo tackles.Kevin Camelo | Co-Digital EditorThe injury bug bit Syracuse’s defensive backfield last week, as All-American safety Andre Cisco and starting cornerback Ifeatu Melifonwu both missed Saturday’s game due to lower-body injuries. Antwan Cordy and Scoop Bradshaw started in their places and played well, as Cordy totaled six tackles and a forced fumble while Bradshaw made three stops and recorded a pass break-up. But then Cordy went down too, on a collision with Western Michigan running back LeVante Bellamy. Both players left the game and never returned, the lone negative for Cordy in a game in which he was one of Syracuse’s best players. While his replacement, Eric Coley, recorded an interception, SU likely doesn’t want to test its defensive back depth any more than it already is.Kevin Camelo | Co-Digital EditorWhile Syracuse impressed in many of the aspects of its victory, it was uncharacteristically undisciplined in terms of mistakes versus the Broncos. They began in the first quarter, when center Airon Servais was called for penalties on back-to-back plays, which pushed SU back to its own 5-yard line. Later on in the fourth quarter, while Western Michigan was attempting to mount a comeback, Syracuse was called for defensive pass interference on consecutive plays as well. The Orange avoided any negative repercussions from the fouls on Saturday, but can’t risk committing 13 penalties in the future. Commentslast_img read more

Liverpool Midfielder, Leiva Joins Lazio

first_img“But the less I have been able to play, the more I have realised that I need to go to another club if I want to play as much as I possibly can.“The easiest thing for me to do would be to stay here for as long as I can even if I do not expect to play so often, but that would go against everything that I believe in as a footballer and as a competitor.“My sadness at leaving Liverpool is accompanied by a real excitement that I will be representing one of Italy’s great clubs.”Lucas will be a direct replacement for Argentine midfielder Lucas Biglia, who has joined AC Milan.Lazio finished fifth in Serie A last season and will compete in the Europa League under manager Simone Inzaghi.Liverpool despite never being a regular fixture in the Reds midfield.His versatility meant he was also used as a centre-back – a position he found himself in many times during his 31 appearances last season.He was a popular player at Anfield, being named Young Player of the Year in 2010 and Fans’ Player of the Year in 2011.The departures of Xabi Alonso in 2009 and Javier Mascherano in 2011 saw Lucas became an integral part of the team but he suffered a cruciate ligament injury at Stamford Bridge in December 2011, meaning he missed the rest of the season and Liverpool’s League Cup final win over Cardiff.Lucas scored seven goals in his Liverpool career but just one in the Premier League – a header in the 3-0 win over Newcastle in May 2009.He played 45 minutes at centre-back alongside Joel Matip in the friendly against Tranmere Rovers on Wednesday last week but missed Friday’s draw with Wigan.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Liverpool midfielder Lucas Leiva has completed his £5m transfer to Lazio.Lucas, 30, was Liverpool’s longest-serving player, having joined in 2007 for the same fee from Brazilian side Gremio.He played 345 games for Liverpool, including 247 in the Premier League.“Liverpool is one of the greatest clubs in the world, and my intention had always been to spend the rest of my career here,” the 24-times capped Brazilian said.last_img read more

Watch Photos: Police armoured car conveyed Kotoko players out of Baba Yara Stadium

first_imgA police armoured car had to convey Asante Kotoko players out of the Baba Yara Stadium after colossally disappointing fans following their elimination from the CAF Champions League on Sunday.The Porcupine Warriors were beaten 2-1 in front of a partisan crowd by Algerian side MC El Eulma to be eliminated by the same scoreline on aggregate after a 0-0 first leg result.The exasperated fans wanted to vent their spleen on players after questioning their commitment levels.Kotoko players being conveyed in an armoured car at the Baba Yara Stadium.last_img read more