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US$ 40M Water & Sanitation Projects for 3 Counties Launched

first_imgThe Liberia Water and Sewer Corporation (LWSC) in Partnership with the African Development Bank (AfDB) May 2, 2014 launched a US$ 40 million sanitation and water projects for three counties in Kakata City Margibi County.Speaking at the official launch in Kakata City last Friday, Urban Water Supply and Sanitation Project Manager at the LWSC Gabriel S. Flaboe, Sr. pointed out that the water and sanitation projects have three critical components for implementation, comprising infrastructure, institutional capacity building and project management.In a specific breakdown of the sanitation projects, Manager Flaboe disclosed that the total cost of the Buchanan, Kakata and Zwedru’s sanitation and water works include US$535, 701.85.For the Zwedru sanitation and water project the AfDB has provided US$199,274.66 while Kakata and Buchanan sanitation projects have received US$336,427.19In related development, Manager Flaboe disclosed that a team from the LWSC would be officially visiting Kakata City in Margibi County to turn over and break ground for the construction of pipe-borne water facilities.The LWSC executive also disclosed that the water supply facility is the provision under the infrastructure component of the AfDB’s financial and technical assistance to Liberia’s water system.He added that with regards to the Institutional Capacity building component, the LWSC has hired several professional consultants that have rendered some valuable services to the LWSC’s management programs.In order for Liberians to benefit the impact of the capacity building component, Mr. Flaboe also explained, the project has awarded scholarships to six LWSC staffers who are currently pursuing studies at the Kwame Nkrumah’s University in Kumasi, Ghana.  Pursuing courses in procurement, engineering and financial managements, the six are expected to return to Liberia in September this year with post graduate degrees aimed at institutional, financial and engineering development of the water agency.The UWSSP’s focal person at the LWSC said that the water entity team was in Kakata to turn over the site and break ground for the construction of the vital sanitation facility in Margibi County.He further intimated that the sanitation facility is divided into three components and the ones for Kakata and Buchanan are placed on one lot owing to the projects’ proximity.Manager Flaboe also disclosed that a week ago the LWSC team turned over sites and broke ground for the construction of sanitation facilities in Buchanan City, Grand Bassa County and Zwedru City in Grand Gedeh County.The LWSC official however reminded the officials of the Margibi County administration that the hired contractor would start work on the sanitation project in 15 days at the Kakata sanitation site. He said the contractor is expected to complete work in six months, for official dedication for use by the citizens and residents of Margibi County.Manager Flaboe stressed the need for the residents and citizens of Margibi County to consider the sanitation facilities as their own property and urged them to maintain a sustained posture in its management.“We want for the AfDB’s officials to come and see the sanitation facilities in hygienic conditions so that more money would be given for other important projects in Liberia,” Manager Flaboe concluded.For his part, the Institutional Expert at the LWSC, Chris Sherman, said his entity was excited about the sanitation project and urged the residents to work hard on the sustainability components.He noted that how the sanitation facilities would be taken care of by the residents that could encourage other donor partners, want take same projects to another level.He also disclosed that the LWSC would soon form committees that would be charged with the cardinal responsibility to manage and sustain the sanitation facility in Kakata City, Margibi County.Mr. Sherman also disclosed that the community women would be prime targets in the sustained management of the sanitation facilities in Kakata, Margibi County.Speaking earlier, Margibi County Inspector J. Tarr Sackie said Liberia has suffered a lot and many infrastructure facilities were destroyed as a result of the 15 years civil conflict.“We must now retrospect our past, correct our present and protect our future against the carnage and destruction that befell our nation,” Inspector Sackie pleaded.I and my team of administrators will take the sanitation facilities as our own property so that same will not be abused and misused by anyone in Kakata City,” Inspector Sackie assured.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Prison rioting feared

first_imgState prison officials hoped that 2,260 inmates would volunteer for the transfers, but the response was far less than they had hoped. Just 460 inmates took the offer. In response, Corrections Secretary James Tilton announced earlier this month that California will begin forcing transfers. The state hopes to move up to 5,000 inmates to private prisons in Arizona, Indiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma and Tennessee.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Two state employee unions, including the one representing prison guards, challenged the order on two points. They said it violates the Emergency Powers Act and a provision in the state constitution that prohibits using private companies for jobs usually performed by state workers. Union attorney Gregg Adams said state law reserves emergency declarations for unforeseen disasters that overwhelm local authorities. It should not be used to address predictable situations such as crowding in prisons, he said. “It makes no sense to me that an illegality can be justified by a danger to the public,” he said. Sacramento County Superior Court Judge Gail Ohanesian said Schwarzenegger’s declaration might have overstepped state law but delayed a decision in the case. The judge said she will consider whether the public safety threat outweighs any harm to the unions. The prison guards and the Service Employees International Union filed suit in October, after the state entered no-bid contracts with two companies that operate private prisons. SACRAMENTO – Overcrowding is fueling violence inside California’s prisons and creating an atmosphere primed for a major riot, a state attorney said Friday during court arguments over Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s decision to send prisoners to other states. As an example, Deputy Attorney General Vickie Whitney cited a Dec. 30 brawl by hundreds of inmates at the California Institution for Men in Chino that injured more than 50 inmates. “It’s because of very crowded situations, and it’s a miracle that something more dangerous hasn’t occurred that’s going to imperil not only correctional officers but inmates and the public,” Whitney told reporters after the court hearing. Severe overcrowding prompted Schwarzenegger to declare an emergency in October and order thousands of inmates to be transferred to private prisons in other states. last_img read more

Determined Uruguay ready to spoil French World Cup party

first_imgA low-key start and an 89th-minute winner that gave them a forgettable 1-0 win over an Egypt side missing Mohamed Salah has now given way to real hope they can win their third World Cup.With a defence built around the central pairing of Jose Gimenez and the vastly experienced 32-year-old Diego Godin — they also play together at Atletico Madrid — Uruguay have won all four games in Russia, conceding a solitary goal.They are also the only side to have beaten Russia, overwhelming them 3-0 in the group stage in what appeared to be a reality check for the host nation before they want on to stun Spain in the last 16.Uruguay extinguished Cristiano Ronaldo’s Portugal on a thrilling night in Sochi to reach the quarter-finals, with Edinson Cavani scoring two brilliant goals.Next up the grizzly, experienced World Cup campaigners take on a young France — including the exciting Kylian Mbappe and Atletico’s Antoine Griezmann — in Nizhny Novgorod on Friday, bidding for a place in the semi-finals.It is a tough assignment for France and any hope that their stars will enjoy the same space they found in their 4-3 win against a disorganised Argentina have already been extinguished.Edinson Cavani is an injury doubt for Uruguay © AFP / PIERRE-PHILIPPE MARCOU“France’s strongest points are the attackers, Griezmann and Mbappe,” Uruguay’s veteran coach Oscar Tabarez said in his understated yet determined way after the Portugal victory.“If you let France have space it will be very difficult.”“El Maestro” Tabarez has been in charge of Uruguay for 12 years and has not only forged a strong team who rarely fail to deliver on the big stage, but also a side with an immense work ethic and huge experience.At this World Cup, goalkeeper Fernando Muslera and star striker Luis Suarez both collected their 100th caps.The main doubt for France is Cavani, who has a calf muscle injury that forced him off against Portugal. He did not train on Tuesday. Cavani has played 105 times for his country. If he has not recovered in time, he could replaced by Cristhian Stuani, who has played 42 times for Uruguay, just 16 fewer than Griezmann has appeared for France. And they are marshalled by Godin, currently 121 caps and counting.“We always think about not letting our opponent play, that’s one of the things that bothers them,” midfielder Diego Laxalt told AFP.“We try to make sure that strikers don’t feel comfortable, it’s a good option.” – Turning over new leaf –But in this topsy-turvy World Cup, one thing for Uruguay has notably changed.Surprisingly, the team that have received the fewest yellow cards in Russia — just one — are Uruguay, known in the past to resort to the dark arts to win.At the last World Cup, Luis Suarez was involved in a notorious biting scandal and as back in 1986 Uruguay were labelled “liars and cheaters” by Alex Ferguson after a bad-tempered match against Scotland. This time, only Rodrigo Bentancur has been booked.It is a remarkable transformation.They have five fewer yellow cards than France and it is the Europeans who have to reshuffle because of a suspension to Blaise Matuidi.“In reality, I think Uruguay has been a strong, aggressive opponent, but without any bad intention towards the opponent,” said Suarez on Tuesday, adding that they should be proud of their disciplinary record in Russia.Uruguay also have a reputation as World Cup party poopers — including Ghana in 2010 — and history is on their side.The two nations have met three times in the World Cup and Uruguay have not lost once.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Uruguay are marshalled by defensive stalwart Diego Godin © AFP / Odd ANDERSENNizhniy Novgorod, Russian Federation, Jul 3 – Streetwise and tough yet with a razor-sharp edge, Uruguay have moved serenely into the World Cup quarter-finals, side-stepping the chaos that has swamped former winners Argentina, Germany and Spain.Uruguay have shown in Russia they are extremely difficult to beat yet sometimes underwhelming — factors you could have predicted from them before the World Cup.last_img read more

Rangers confirm Sarver approach

first_img1 Rangers Robert Sarver, the majority owner of the Phoenix Suns NBA basketball team, has made an approach to Rangers which may lead to an offer being made for the company, the club has announced to the Stock Exchange.Reports emerged on Sunday that an £18million takeover bid from Sarver had either been lodged or was about to be and on Monday the club confirmed interest from the 53-year-old.“The Company notes recent press speculation and confirms that it has received an approach from Robert Sarver (or a vehicle to be established and controlled by him) (“Mr Sarver”) that may or may not lead to an offer being made for the Company,” Rangers said.“There can be no certainty that an offer will be made, nor as to the terms on which an offer may be made. A further announcement is expected shortly.”The statement added that Sarver must make an offer or withdraw his bid by 5pm on February 2.It is another twist to a seemingly never-ending saga, but Press Association Sport understands the financier may now be prepared to back Dave King and the ‘Three Bears’ group’s attempts to seize control of the club.He lodged his offer in an email to Rangers International Football Club chairman David Somers just after Christmas.Sarver – a keen sports fan whose sons are interested in the game – asked the Rangers board to call a general meeting to vote on a plan which would have seen enough new shares issued to hand him a 51 per cent stake.He was also prepared to spend up to £15million buying out any remaining shareholders as he sought a 100 per cent stake in the club.Sarver, who also owns the Phoenix Mercury Women’s NBA team, submitted his offer at the same time to WH Ireland, which manages RIFC’s listing on the Alternative Investment Market.But it remains to be seen if he will press ahead with his bid after former oldco director King followed the ‘Three Bears’ group of Douglas Park, George Letham and George Taylor in buying up significant tranches of equity last week.King now holds a 14.57 per cent share, while Park, Letham and Taylor are responsible for 19 per cent.It’s understood the Three Bears have had tentative talks with Sarver but there is no deal in place.However, it seems unlikely that he will now be able to take control of the club following the moves made by King and the Three Bears.At least 75 per cent of shareholders would have to agree to new shares being issued to a non-shareholder at a general meeting, after resolution nine was defeated at the annual general meeting in December.Somers has already rejected a £16million investment plan offered by King which would have seen the South Africa-based businessman receive a controlling stake and seats on the board.last_img read more


first_imgDeputy Charlie McConalogue says the Health Minister’s failure to bring the health service under control has led to dramatically increased waiting lists at Letterkenny General Hospital.Letterkenny General HospitalThe Donegal TD claims that under Leo Varadkar’s watch waiting lists for out-patient and day cases at the hospital have soared, by 70% and 50% respectively.Deputy McConalogue said, “Month on month we see the situation at Letterkenny General Hospital deteriorate further under this Minister who is more concerned with spin than he is real action. “Over the past year the number of people waiting more than 12 months for outpatient appointments at the hospital has jumped by 1,634 and now stands at 3,967. That’s almost 4,000 people who may be suffering from pain or who are worried about their symptoms and are waiting for diagnostic tests. The longer they are being forced to wait the more anxious they become, and unfortunately the ever increasing waiting lists at Letterkenny General Hospital are showing no signs of being brought under control. In fact, things are getting worse.“The same can be said of waiting lists for day cases at Letterkenny, which have experienced a 50% increase in the past 12 months. Since Leo Varadkar’s appointment as Health Minister, there has been a marked deterioration in the services across the board. Not only are waiting lists escalating, the number of people on trolleys in Emergency Departments has reached record levels. Here in Donegal, despite promises to reopen the rheumatology clinic, patients are still being forced to travel to Manorhamilton for treatment. On top of this, we’re now facing the downgrading of the NowDoc service. It’s just one thing after the other and it is simply not good enough.“Instead of improving the health service, all Minister Varadkar has done is change the goalposts by extending the waiting list targets. Patients and frontline medical staff are suffering while the Minister only sees fit to comment on situation without doing anything about it. The rhetoric has worn thin; we need to see some real action to tackle the crisis in Letterkenny and across the country”.ALMOST 4,000 PEOPLE WAITING A YEAR FOR OUTPATIENT APPOINTMENTS was last modified: August 14th, 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:donegalhospitalletterkennyoutpatientslast_img read more


first_imgDONEGAL goalie Shay Given says his Ireland team are disappointed with the draw with Slovakia – but must now move on in time for the clash with Russia on Tuesday.“We are disappointed. We had the home advantage and we couldn’t take advantage of that but we are still very much in the group,” insisted the Lifford man.“Slovakia are a good team. They have beaten Russia already in the group. They are no mugs. We knew it was going to be a tough game. They keep the ball very well. They had some chances as well.” Shay said it was unfair of critics to have a go when Friday night’s opponents were very good.Said Given: “It is easier said than done to control the game at home. You don’t dominate teams like Slovakia. They are a top team in Europe. I don’t think it’s easy to dominate any team in Europe.“If one of our chances had gone in, we’d be standing here talking about a great victory. We had 2 or 3 very good chances that didn’t go in for us. On other nights they would have went in.”He added: “We’ve got a game against Russia on Tuesday night, which is another huge game for us. I don’t know what our approach will be on Tuesday. We are just getting over this one now. We know it’s a huge game again. Russia had an important win tonight. They will be huge favourites but we have to keep our spirits up for a huge game.” Shane Long is ruled out of the trip to Moscow.SHAY: WE’RE DISAPPOINTED, BUT MUST LOOK FORWARD was last modified: September 3rd, 2011 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:IrelandLiffordShay Givenlast_img read more


first_imgPortsalon Golf ClubPortsalon Open Week As the professional golfing elite moved to Portrush for the Irish Open, the amateur golfers from the North West descended to the Kingdom for the Portsalon Golf Club’s Open week competitions. On Saturday the competitions commenced with the traditional fourball competition sponsored by the Value Centre Letterkenny. Due to the adverse weather conditions many of the golfers did not start until mid-afternoon. The winners were Connor Connolly & Noel Nicholl with 45 points, runners up Paddy Sheridan & Tony Morrison with 41 points, Gross Kevin Mc Gonagle & Stephen Connolly 36 points, 3rd John Strain & Sean Mc Cormick 40 points, visitors prize went Ballybofey pair F Wilson & T Griffin. On Sunday with a vast improvement in weather conditions, it was a ladies and gents open stableford competition sponsored by Mc Gees Butchers Letterkenny The gent winners was Ivan Brunt with 41 points, runner up Sean Barrett 39 points, Gross Eamon Mc Dermott 32 points, 3rd Fergus Callaghan 39 points. Best nines went to Aidan Langan and Tony Morrison. Visitor’s prize went to Frank Mc Gurk Foyle golf club.On Monday it was the Dunleavy XL Store Portsalon sponsored stableford competition. Playing in ideal weather conditions the winner was Kevin Mc Gonagle (7) with 41 points, runner up Noel Gillespie (26) 41points gross Sean Kelly (9) 31 points, 3rd Odhran Mc Gowan (15) 40 points, visitor Martin Regan Nairn/Portnoo 37 points. Best nines went to Diamuid Coll and Gerard Mc Cormick. The CSS was 37 pointsThe Portsalon golf club’s open week continues on Friday 6th July it’s the Donegal Sports sponsored ladies and gents stableford competition. Saturday 7th July the Whoriskey Heating Oils sponsored gent’s fourball stableford competition. The open week concludes on Sunday 8th July with the B Coyle and Sons ladies and gents stableford competition. Presentation of prizes will take place in the clubhouse on Sunday evening at 8.30 p.m. All prize winners from Thursday to Sunday are asked to be in attendance. The Captain D P Logue and members of Portsalon Golf Club would like to express thanks to the main sponsors for their continued and generous sponsorship of the clubs open week activities.To ensure that you have your place on the remaining days of the open week competitions, contact the clubhouse on 074 91 59459 for your tee time or go online at www.portsalongolfclub.comEvents Saturday 14th July the course is reserved for the Motor Neurone Golf Classic. For further details and contact the clubhouse 074 91 59459 for your tee time or go online at www.portsalongolfclub.comLady Captains DayNoreen Mc Conigley’s Lady Captains prize will be staged on Saturday 21st July. The Lady Captain has a gents members section and gents tee times on Saturday 21st July will be from 7 am to 10 am and from 3.30 pm to 5 pm. To book contact 0749159459 or go online to The Captain D P Logue and members of Portsalon golf club wish Marie success on this her special day at Portsalon golf cloub.Match PlayThis seasons match play competition at Portsalon has reached the quarterfinal stage and the players are reminded that all matches must be played by 31st July.Sympathy The members of Portsalon golf club were shocked and saddened to hear that their former member and colleague Danny Clinton had passed away at his residence recently. Danny for many years graced his beloved Portsalon ‘’Banks’’, where he displayed his natural golfing ability. It was indeed our pleasure to have known him and to have such a local talent play on the ‘’Banks’’.Danny during his golfing career represented Portsalon Golf club throughout Donegal and Ulster in the various competitions. Over the past number of years we were deprived of his golfing talents as he had sustained an injury which prevented him from participating in the game he so loved. However, Danny always kept in close contact with his golfing friends at Portsalon and was always willing to share his opinion and to pass on his extensive knowledge of the golfing game to those in need of advice. The Portsalon Captain D P Logue, President Wm Mc Cleary and the members of Portsalon Golf Club would like to extend their deepest sympathy to Mary, Seamus, Dana and Pamela his brother and sisters on this sad occasion of Danny’s death. May Danny be reaping his eternal rewards on the fairways of heaven. May he rest in peace.On Line BookingMembers and visitors to Portsalon Golf Club should note that on line booking is now available for all competitions at Portsalon at the flick of a button go to Divot BagsMembers and visitors please note that divot bags are now available on entry to the first tee box. Please ensure that you pick up a bag and assist with the course maintenanceGOLF NEWS: PORTSALON GOLF CLUB NOTES was last modified: July 5th, 2012 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:Portsalon Golf Club Noteslast_img read more


first_imgDonegal goal scorer: Odhran Mac Niallais.Donegal 1-12 Armagh 1-11Donegal remain on course to win their second All-Ireland Senior Football Championship title in three years after defeating Armagh by a single point in a thrilling  quarter-final clash at Croke ParkThe Ulster champions had to come from behind on two occasions and it took two late, late points to earn Jim McGuinness’s side a semi-final date with  either Dublin or Monaghan. Michael Murphy gave Donegal the lead in the third minute, putting a free over the bar from 30 yards.Tony Kernan drew Armagh level  five minutes later with an excellent point from play from 45 yards.The game threatened to boil over in the 10th minute as players and officials got involved in a “bit of handbags” in front of “Hill 16” during which the Donegal team doctor was pushed to the ground.When the game restarted after a two-minute delay, Aaron Kernan put a free over the bar to put Armagh in front for the first time. Wing forward Aiden Forker extended the Armagh lead when he floated over a lovely point in the 20th minute and the same player should have scored again a minute later but he put his shot wide when in a good possession.The game burst into life in the 22nd minute when  MacNiallais found the bottom corner of the Armagh net for his first ever championship goal to put Donegal into a one point lead on a scoreline of 1-01 to 0-03.However, the lead last only lasted three minutes as first, Stefan Campbell and then Andy Mallon put the Orchard County back in front.A brilliant free swung in from distance by Michael Murphy brought the Tir Chonaill county back on level terms a minute later and he put over another to put Donegal back in front with five minutes of the half remaining.Full-back Neil McGee pushed up to double the advantage with an excellent score before Armagh’s Kyle Carragher put over the bar to reduce the deficit to a single point. Following another “handbag” confrontation between the players in the Armagh goalmouth, Michael Murphy put over another free to send Donegal in at half-time with a two-point advantage on a scoreline of 1-05 to 0-06.A McFadden point in between two Tony Kernan scores saw Donegal lead by a single point after ten minutes of the second half.Scores from McFadden and Patrick McBrearty put three points between the sides for the first time before Aaron Kernan brought in back to two on the 48 minute mark.A brilliant long-distance free by Michael Murphy, making his 42nd Championship appearance, put three between the sides again in the 55th minute. Tony Kernan put over a brilliant point in the 58th minute to reduce the deficit before the lucky goal put the Orchard County in front- a Campbell palmed effort came back off the post and struck the heel of goalkeeper Paul Durcan to trickle into the back of the net for a rare own goal in Gaelic football.MacNiallais brought Donegal level before Murray put Armagh back in front with six minutes remaining.Playing a captain’s role, Murphy put over a point from play to level the scores with two minutes remaining before McBrearty pointed a minute later.Tony Kernan had two chances to level the scores in injury time but both his frees from distance failed to reach their target and were cleared by the Donegal defence.DONEGAL LEAVE IT LATE… BUT WE’RE HEADING BACK TO CROKER was last modified: August 9th, 2014 by johngerardShare 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:allall-irelandarmaghcrokedonegalfinalFootballIrelandparkquarterSeniorlast_img read more


first_imgNa Rossa GAA NewsThe clubs committee & players would like to take this opportunity and thank Cork inter county footballer Eoin Cadogan for his time last weekend and the 2 terrific training sessions he took with the team.The junior A championship draw took place at the weekend and we find ourselves in a 3 team group with Lifford & Downings. Congratulations to Arianna Bonner on her inclusion the Donegal Ladies minor panel. From all at the club.Congratulations also to our minor footballer Kevin Mcmonagle who recently won the Ulster boxing title.The clubs membership is now due and over the next week or so a club representative will call to your house. Prices are as advertised locally.Good luck to our representatives in the senior St Columbas school team who play Pobascoil Gweedore this week in the Ulster Markey cup semi final, John, Christian, Odhran, Sean, Ryan, Adam & Conor GAA NEWS: NA ROSSA PAIRED WITH LIFFORD AND DOWNINGS IN JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIP was last modified: March 3rd, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:NoticesSportlast_img read more

Jose Mourinho ‘has full backing of Man United board’ amid Zidane rumours

first_imgThe manner of that loss intensified the scrutiny on United’s players and manager, with the odds on Mourinho becoming the first manager to be sacked this season tumbling.But the club appear to have thrown their support behind the Portuguese coach.Asked about the Zidane speculation, a senior Man United source has been quoted as saying: “Why would we discuss him when there is no job available?”Press Association Sport has also reported that they understand Mourinho ‘retains the full backing of the club’s hierarchy’. 3 Mourinho is now the bookmakers’ favourite to be the first Premier League boss to get the sack this season 3 Zidane has been linked as a potential replacement for Mourinho as Man United manager It is also said United chiefs began the new campaign ‘confident’ the so-called third-season syndrome will not strike Mourinho at Old Trafford this term.However, that has not stopped Mourinho’s critics – with Lee Sharpe telling talkSPORT on Tuesday there is ‘no plan’ at United and that he expects the boss to be gone by Christmas.center_img Former Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane has been linked as a potential replacement at Old Trafford, amid claims this could be Mourinho’s last season in charge.However, a ‘senior source’ from the club has dismissed the speculation.Mourinho is thought to be under pressure after a poor start to the new Premier League season, which has triggered reports of a fractured dressing room at Old Trafford.A frustrating summer of disrupted pre-season preparations and a lack of new signings led Mourinho to forewarn of a “difficult season” for the Red Devils.And they have not had a greatest start – scraping a 2-1 home win against Leicester City before a shambolic 3-2 defeat at Brighton on Sunday. Jose Mourinho has Manchester United’s ‘full backing’ as manager, according to reports. 3 Mourinho tries to get a point across to his players during the 3-2 defeat at Brighton last_img read more