Month: December 2019

first_imgManchester United players are being suffocated by Louis van Gaal’s regimental tactics, former Red Devils defender Danny Higginbotham has told talkSPORT.Norwich were the latest team to beat United when they visited Old Trafford on Saturday, despite only averaging 31 per cent possession.With Jose Mourinho now available, the pressure is mounting on Van Gaal and Higginbotham says it is the Dutchman’s tactics which are preventing the current crop of stars from performing to the levels they are accustomed to.“I’m not saying they’re becoming robotic but they’re doing things that are not natural to them,” said Higginbotham.“They’re doing exactly what is asked of them off the pitch. When you’ve got great players in these fantastic football teams, you want to see them do some things off the cuff.“I’m not seeing that with Manchester United at the moment and that’s the really disappointing thing. The biggest thing is that I’m looking at players out there and thinking to myself ‘they’re being hindered here’.“They’re not being able to give everything that they want to give because they’re having to play a certain style but it’s to the detriment of themselves.”last_img read more

first_imgSwansea City moved out of the relegation zone with a win over Watford in front of new manager Francesco Guidolin at the Liberty Stadium on Monday night.The hosts dominated the first half but failed to break the deadlock until the 28th minutes when captain Ashley Williams nodded in his first goal from nearly two years.Watford came back into the game during the second half but Swansea managed to hold out and claim three vital points.The victory means Newcastle drop back into the bottom three, while Watford remain when they were in 12th.Swansea began Alan Curtis’ final game in sole charge promisingly as Gylfi Sigurdsson poked the ball through for Ki Sung-Yueng, but the South Korean had strayed offside.The Swans dominated possession without creating anything clear-cut and the Hornets nearly stung them on the break when Troy Deeney fizzed in a cross, only for Odion Ighalo to head wide.The first goal of the game finally came just before the half-hour mark when Ki’s cross from the right was met powerfully by Ashley Williams, who barged his way through a crowd of players to score.Ki then had a chance to double the lead but his left-footed shot on the edge of the area was wild and finished in the stands of the Liberty Stadium.Watford shot out of the blocks after the break with Jose Jurado looking the most dangerous when he first cut in from the left and shooting wide before making a great run only to fire over the bar.Swansea had a rare second-half foray into the Watford third and almost came away with a second goal but Jack Cork shot wide from Andre Ayew’s header.There was a heart-in-mouth moment for Swansea with five minutes remaining when Neil Taylor’s wayward header landed at the feet of Jurado who volleyed just wide of Lukasz Fabianski’s left-hand post.Bafetimbi Gomis nearly clinched it right at the death as he bundled into the box before striking the ball against the post, but it did not matter, as Swansea claimed a valuable three points. 1 Ashley Williams last_img read more

first_img2 Whether it be in January or in the summer, Marseille sensation Michy Batshuayi is set to be a hot property on the transfer market. It’s likely to be a matter of when, not if, the French side sell and it appears West Ham have joined the battle for his signature.WhoScored.com have the stats to support him moving to the Premier League. Check out lots of brilliant West Ham statistics here, and read on for WhoScored’s take on the Belgian forward…It’s becoming increasingly harder for teams across Europe to protect their young talents from the watchful eyes of the elite on the continent. The increase in coverage means clubs have greater access to younger players, which in turn is making it more difficult for smaller teams to hang onto their prized assets. One such talent set to draw more and more attention in the coming weeks and months is Batshuayi.The young Belgium international has quickly established himself as Marseille’s first choice striker in the wake of Andre Ayew and Andre-Pierre Gignac’s respective departures for Swansea and Tigres. Having featured sporadically last season, Batshuayi has started 21 of 22 games in Ligue 1 season, with his performances contributing to a WhoScored.com rating of 7.09. Michy Batshuayi 2 His goalscoring exploits can’t be called into question, with his 12 league goals bettered only by Zlatan Ibrahimvic (17) in Ligue 1 this season, accentuating his statistically calculated WhoScored.com strength of ‘finishing’. Yet, the 22-year-old isn’t just a goalscoring striker, as his seven assists indicate. Only Angel Di Maria (9) has registered more than the youngster this term, highlighting his commendable ability to bring others into play.While teams were fully aware of his potential last season, Batshuayi’s performances have perhaps exceeded expectations considering Marseille’s major overhaul last summer. Marcelo Bielsa’s exit following the opening day defeat to Caen left the club at a crossroads, though replacement Michel deserves credit for ensuring they remain in with a chance of securing Champions League.In that regard, Batshuayi is crucial for the French side. Of the 33 players to score 10 or more goals in Ligue 1 since the beginning of last season, only four are scoring a goal more frequently than Batshuayi (every 131.8 minutes). While a number of big hitters have been credited with an interest in the Belgian, it’s West Ham who seemingly lead the way in their quest to secure the striker’s services.Batshuayi may have signed a new contract with Marseille earlier this month, but in the January transfer window, rumours remain abound of ‘this club’ signing ‘that player’. The Hammers are no different, with their current crop of strikers struggling for form and regular fitness. Factor in the impressive performances of summer arrival Dimitri Payet, who continues to excel in his debut campaign in east London, and a move to West Ham could certainly benefit player and club.The duo played together at Marseille last season and while Batshuayi rarely featured due to Gignac’s impressive form, the pair would certainly have the potential to strike up a deadly partnership in the final third. Only three players have played more key passes in the Premier League this season than Payet (57), despite the Frenchman missing almost two months of the campaign with an ankle problem.With Euro 2016 looming, Marseille must be hoping that Batshuayi’s price tag will rise, particularly with the frontman expected to be part of the Belgium squad that travels to France this summer. It would, therefore, be in the Hammers’ best interests to get a deal completed sooner rather than later, especially if Batshuayi enjoys a prolific European Championship that would see interest in his signature increase significantly.Some players are hyped despite playing only a handful of games, but Batshuayi looks the real deal. His already evident striking qualities and scope to improve means he is a striker that any team in Europe could utilise. If West Ham manage to beat their rivals to the punch, then it would be seen as another real coup by the east London outfit.For more stats on Michy Batshuayi, click here to view his WhoScored.com player pagelast_img read more

first_imgHere are the top transfer-related stories in Wednesday’s newspapers…Jose Mourinho has told friends he believes he WILL be the next Manchester United manager. Sources close to the former Chelsea boss Mourinho have claimed it is almost a ‘done deal’ that he will succeed Louis van Gaal at Old Trafford in the summer. The 53-year-old Portuguese, axed by Chelsea in December after leading them to his third Premier League title last term, is now said to be very confident of locking horns across Manchester with old La Liga rival Pep Guardiola. (Daily Mirror)Manchester United and Manchester City are going into battle with all guns blazing for Barcelona ace Neymar. Neymar is the No 1 target of new Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola. And United have been chasing the Brazil superstar since last summer when they were ready to pay his £144m get-out clause to bring him to Old Trafford. (The Sun)Manchester City are planning a sensational bid to make Dimitri Payet the first signing of the Pep Guardiola era. City want the West Ham star as part of a major squad overhaul at the Etihad Stadium following Guardiola’s arrival on a three-year deal. They have already begun the process of sounding out whether a deal would be possible this summer — and would go up to as much as £30million to get their man. (The Sun)Max Allegri has been offered the job as Chelsea manager — and will take it — according to the Italian’s ex-boss Giovanni Galeone. Juventus have quelled rumours their head coach is set to leave the Serie A club and dismissed reports linking him with the vacant Stamford Bridge job in the summer. But Allegri’s former manager Galeone believes the offer from the Blues is too good to turn down. (The Sun)Real Madrid want to tie up a deal for Chelsea winger Eden Hazard, 25, before Euro 2016 begins in the summer. (El Chiringuito)Chelsea’s Loic Remy is the latest player targeted for a move to the Chinese Super League. Shanghai Shenhua – who tempted Demba Ba, the man Remy replaced at Stamford Bridge in 2014, to the Far East last year – are ready to offer the Blues £11million for the 29-year-old’s services. (Daily Mirror)Crystal Palace captain Mile Jedinak is being targeted for a summer switch to China. The Australian international benefits from having AFC Nation Status, meaning he does not count as a foreign player under the league rules. (Daily Mirror)Riyad Mahrez is in line for a new contract in the summer following his huge impact in Leicester’s title charge. The Algerian, a contender for player of the year accolades, only signed fresh terms last summer, is understood to be worth around £35,000 per week. But he is likely to significantly enhance his earnings when discussions take place. (Daily Mail)Laurent Blanc has admitted that Paris Saint-Germain are keeping tabs on Hatem Ben Arfa. The former Newcastle forward been in sensational form this season, scoring 11 goals in 24 Ligue 1 appearances to help Nice to third in the table. (Daily Mail)And here are the latest talkSPORT.com headlines…?Manchester City transfer news: Busquets says Guardiola could tempt him to leave BarcelonaLille chief denies bids for Manchester United-linked Sofiane BoufalLiverpool transfer report: Ajax starlet linked with Reds tipped to make AC Milan moveTransfer report: Barcelona, Bayern Munich and Manchester City all chasing Serie A strikerBarcelona star lined up for mega-money move to China – blow for Chelsea and Manchester United?Robert Lewandowski’s agent rubbishes transfer speculation amid Real Madrid and Man United linkslast_img read more

first_imgWHY DID YOU START THIS BUSINESS? I felt the people weren’t getting the proper help they needed through the state, and most people were afraid to ask the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control questions. WHERE DID YOU GET THE IDEA? As a former investigator for the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control, I recognized this unserved market and thought that I could make a real difference in helping small-business owners. HOW LONG WAS IT FROM CONCEPT TO OPENING? One year. WHAT DID YOU DO DURING THAT TIME? I read and reread the Alcoholic Beverage Control Act (a book), and I learned all the related business and practice statutes. I also met with other consultants, ABC investigators and licensees to see what their real needs were in the liquor field. WHAT WERE YOUR STARTUP COSTS, AND HOW DID YOU FINANCE THE BUSINESS? $25,000, from savings and a loan. WHOM DID YOU RELY ON FOR ADVICE? My family as well as a network I developed at the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control. WHAT HADN’T YOU CONSIDERED BEFORE OPENING? I underestimated the number of small businesses that could benefit from my services. WHAT IS YOUR EXPECTED REVENUE THIS YEAR? More than $100,000. WHAT GOALS DO YOU HAVE FOR THE COMPANY? To be the No.1 liquor-license consultant in California and to help as many licensees and new applicants that I can.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.OWNER: Russell Bloom ESTABLISHED: 2001 NUMBER OF EMPLOYEES: One DESCRIBE YOUR BUSINESS: I help people secure liquor licenses for restaurants, nightclubs, convenience stores and wholesalers throughout California and complete all liquor-license applications for them. I also help licensees get conditional-use permits from the city zoning department for the sales of liquor on and off the premises along with securing dancing and live-entertainment permits, and I represent them at administrative hearings when the state accuses them of selling to minors and/or decoys. IS THIS YOUR FIRST BUSINESS? Yes BUSINESS NAME: Alcoholic Beverage Control Specialists BUSINESS ADDRESS: 20929 Ventura Blvd. No.47-112, Woodland Hills, CA 91364 PHONE: (818) 345-2226 E-MAIL: [email protected] last_img read more

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Karl Dorrell said Cowan will play against Washington State Saturday, and that he’ll return to practice today. “We’re trying to get some other quarterbacks ready to play, just in case,” Dorrell said. “Pat, I did not want to practice him today to get him more rest time. He could have practiced, but I chose not to have that happen just to get him more rest. “He did a lot of reps (Tuesday) and we pulled him back at the end of practice. It started getting a little bit tight on him.” Cowan suffered a partial tear of the medial collateral ligament against Washington and didn’t return until he led UCLA to its victory against Cal on Saturday. Cowan missed some of Tuesday’s practice, then walked gingerly down some stairs long after practice to talk to reporters. Dorrell said Cowan was fatigued on Tuesday, a sentiment echoed by Cowan. No one said anything about fatigue on Wednesday. By Jill Painter STAFF WRITER Starting quarterback Patrick Cowan didn’t practice Wednesday – he didn’t even participate in drills with the other quarterbacks – raising obvious questions about the health of his right knee. What was even more telling was that true freshman Chris Forcier practiced with the second team, a day after quarterbacking the scout team, and Cowan spent a considerable amount of time tutoring Forcier on the side. Dorrell said he’d travel with four quarterbacks “just in case something happens.” MacLeod Bethel-Thompson ran the first team on Wednesday. Osaar Rasshan is expected to be one of the four quarterbacks traveling to Pullman, but he didn’t get much work in on Wednesday. If Forcier were to play, he would have to burn his redshirt, something he said wouldn’t be a problem earlier this season. Jay Norvell, UCLA’s offensive coordinator, is assembling a game plan all of the quarterbacks can execute. Part of Cowan’s success is his ability to run, but there’s no telling how much he’d be able to do. “(Cowan) going to have some limitations, but hopefully the rest of the guys can come together for him,” Norvell said. “We hope he’s going to be fine for Saturday. He’s a pretty resilient guy. He’s found a way to get us in position to win two games. “We’ve got to prepare him the best we can with some of the physical limitations. I think he can play. We still have (Thursday), all day Friday and most of Saturday before we play.” Ben Olson is still out with a knee injury, so if Cowan wasn’t able to play, UCLA would go with a quarterback who’s never started on the road. “We’ve put in the things we needed to do that are thing all the guys can do,” Norvell said. “We’ll be smart with certain things.” Dorrell had his assistant coaches step aside for a bit after practice, while he had a discussion with players in the post-practice huddle. Players agreed with the message. “He wanted to keep our focus more than anything,” Rodney Van said. “He felt our focus lacked a little bit. As a senior group, we all noticed it, and we addressed it. We need to practice like we did for Cal.” “Practice was not up to our standards,” Shannon Tevaga said. “Focus was the main thing we talked about.” Linebacker Christian Taylor (concussion, seizure) has not been cleared by doctors and will not play against Washington State. … Safety Chris Horton walked off the field holding his right hand. Dorrell said he sustained a cut. … UCLA will travel with just five defensive tackles to Pullman. … Defensive end Thomas Blake (bruise above the knee) didn’t practice for the second consecutive day. … Brian Price is expected to start at defensive tackle with Jess Ward out. Dorrell is focused Bruin bits Stanford loses Evans Stanford running back Jason Evans will miss the rest of the season with an injured left knee, becoming the latest Cardinal running back sidelined this year. Evans tore his ACL in last Saturday’s 21-20 victory at Arizona, when he rushed for a career-high 78 yards and a touchdown on 21 carries. The AP contributed to this notebook.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

FIRES’ TOLL RISES

AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Sheriff’s deputies found the bodies of a couple in their hilltop home in suburban Escondido. Later in a day that included a visit from President Bush, Border Patrol agents found four charred bodies in what was believed to be a migrant camp east of San Diego, near the Mexican border. The San Diego County Medical Examiner’s Office said it couldn’t judge how long ago those victims – tentatively identified as three men and a woman – died. “They could have been out there awhile,” said Paul Parker, a medical examiner’s spokesman. The area was burned by the Harris Fire, the same blaze that killed a 52-year-old man who refused to leave his house in nearby Tecate on Sunday. The total number of fire-related deaths for now is 12. By Elliot Spagat THE ASSOCIATED PRESS SAN DIEGO – On a day when firefighters methodically beat back several of the wildfires menacing Southern California and thousands of evacuees were allowed home, authorities said Thursday they had found the bodies of six people burned by the flames. The discoveries in the ashes of two fires that ravaged the San Diego area highlighted the contrasts: While shelters were emptying and threatened homes were spared, the full extent of destruction is still being tallied and several new areas were evacuated ahead of blazes that firefighters hadn’t corralled. About 24,000 homes remained threatened Thursday, as several major fires were no more than 30percent contained in San Diego County and the Lake Arrowhead mountain resort area in mountains east of Los Angeles. Still, tens of thousands of people evacuated earlier in the week were allowed home. Mandatory evacuation orders were lifted for most residential areas of San Diego. Evacuees responded by abandoning emergency shelters. Qualcomm Stadium, which had housed as many as 10,000 people, would be closed as an evacuation center today, San Diego’s mayor said. A mandatory evacuation order was lifted for Ramona, where 10,000 homes had been evacuated, after homeowners pressured officials, reasoning that the danger had passed. The concern had been an insufficient water supply, said San Diego County Supervisor Dianne Jacob – fleeing residents had left on their sprinklers and hoses, draining a local reservoir. Firefighters aided by calmer winds and lower temperatures continued to fight fires that have raced over 487,000 acres – about 761 square miles – since they began breaking out late Saturday. Firefighters already have contained several large Los Angeles County blazes. Meanwhile, some areas are still off-limits. And evacuation orders were being issued, including in an area south of San Diego where rural communities on the Mexican border were under threat. “It’s all slowed down a lot, but there will be some runs up the hills so we have to watch that,” said Capt. John Hisaw of the Lakeside Fire Department. But on many of the fire lines, crews were making major progress, aided by a massive aerial assault that resumed Wednesday after Santa Ana winds, which had gusted as high as 100 mph or more earlier in the week, subsided. Record high temperatures of recent days also began succumbing to cooling sea breezes. So far, losses from the fires total more than $1 billion in San Diego County alone, where officials said 1,470 homes have been destroyed along with a third of the state’s avocado crop. In all, about 1,800 homes have been lost. The losses are only half as high as those in Southern California’s 2003 fires but are certain to rise as more damages are totaled throughout the region. At their height, this week’s fires forced more than 500,000 people to flee, the largest mass evacuation in California history. With many now leaving shelters, San Diego County spokeswoman Lesley Kirk said authorities were moving into recovery mode. Local assistance centers, with representatives of the Federal Emergency Management Agency on hand, were being established in three of the county’s most affected communities. Even with the slackening winds, the county remains a tinderbox: More than 8,500 homes were threatened. Rural towns scattered throughout the county remained on the edge of disaster, including the apple-picking region around Julian, where homes burned four years ago. Authorities also evacuated Jamul, a community of about 6,000 in a hilly region about 20 miles east of San Diego. David and Brandy Hradecky, who defied evacuation orders with their daughters, said a small percentage of residents chose not to evacuate Jamul. David Hradecky said he spent 2 days using his bulldozer to create firebreaks around seven homes and said his daughters even used 5-gallon buckets to put out hotspots and quench the thirst of farm animals. “Where are you going to go? They were evacuating the evacuee places. We know what to do. We took care of all the people’s houses,” said Brandy Hradecky. In the Lake Arrowhead resort area, where two wildfires had destroyed more than 300 homes, fire officials said 16,000 homes were still threatened Thursday. Both fires remained out of control, but were being bombarded by aerial tankers and helicopters. The total burn area stretches in an arc from Ventura County north of Los Angeles east to the San Bernardino National Forest and south to the U.S.-Mexico border. In the middle of that arc is the Santiago Fire in Orange County, which has burned nearly 26,000 acres and destroyed nine homes. Only 30 percent contained Thursday, it is the only major fire believed to be the result of arson. It had been 50 percent contained Wednesday, but firefighters lost ground overnight as it moved into the Cleveland National Forest. Four men, in San Bernardino and Los Angeles counties, have been arrested this week after police said witnesses saw them igniting other small fires that were quickly extinguished. At least 52 firefighters and about 30 other people have been injured because of the fires. Seven other people died of various causes after being evacuated. The bodies of John Christopher Bain, 58, and his 55-year-old wife, Victoria Fox, were discovered hours apart, on Wednesday and Thursday, in the rubble of their Escondido home. Border Patrol agents also found bodies in an area where illegal immigrants cross into the United States from Mexico.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! read more

first_img“It was not something that was contemplated,” Lalas said of making a coaching change, but then immediately added it was certainly possible. “Given the results and where we were in the standings, we felt it would be an appropriate time to give permission (for Yallop to talk to the Earthquakes).” It’s a disingenuous claim. Even if Yallop had continued next season, as he said he would as late as a week ago – while Lalas remained ominously silent – he would have been on a short leash. Given the choice between a three-year contact in San Jose and uncertainty with the Galaxy, it’s not hard to see why Yallop jumped ship. He would not have forgotten that then-coach Sigi Schmid was put on notice in 2003 when the Galaxy barely scraped into the playoffs after starting the season with eight straight road games while the team awaited the completion of Home Depot Center. Schmid was out the following August after a seven-game winless stretch, even though the Galaxy were first in MLS at the time. Lalas dropped a broad hint Monday he won’t give Schmid or any other MLS retread a call. “There is certainly an interest in a high-profile, for lack of a better word, a sexy type of candidate,” Lalas said. “We’re looking to bring in someone who can do something different at the Galaxy. “The criteria is not that you have to be an international coach or you have to be a domestic coach, you have to be a good coach. We are going to use this as an opportunity to once again push the envelope and do something that has not been seen in MLS.” Translation: the Galaxy will go after a big-name foreign coach, despite their almost collective unfamiliarity with such arcane American sports edicts as the salary cap or draft. You can forget Orange County resident Jurgen Klinsmann or former Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho, though. Both would demand complete control of on-field affairs and neither would tolerate the propensity for Galaxy suits to have their say. Think Manchester United assistant Carlos Queiroz, who briefly coached in New York and may be tired of waiting for Alex Ferguson to retire. Or former Real Madrid Coach Fabio Capello, a title winner with every team he has ever coached who has been linked with MLS before. A fall-back candidate could be abrasive former Red Bull coach Bruce Arena, but only if the Galaxy run out of overseas options. There’s not much time, though; the real expansion draft is just weeks away. [email protected] local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The MLS expansion draft began early when Coach Frank Yallop left the Galaxy to rejoin the new edition of the San Jose Earthquakes that begins play next season. The Galaxy received a third-round draft pick as compensation, a negligible price for a two-time MLS Cup-winning coach that’s indicative of how much the club wanted to get rid of him. Yallop’s flight is an apt culmination to the most turbulent and eventful year in team history. What began so promisingly with the signing of David Beckham ended with the club’s front office in free-fall, bereft of any shred of credibility with fans or media. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre The suits’ meddling on the playing side in a desperate attempt to salvage a season sabotaged by corporate greed undermined Yallop’s authority and autonomy. And the hiring of Paul Bravo as director of soccer in late August added another management layer designed to distance General Manager Alexi Lalas from the catastrophic season. From the Galaxy’s perspective, Yallop’s move resolved a delicate public relations dilemma. A man of candor and integrity, Yallop remained a popular figure with the media and many fans. So now Lalas can claim, as he did Monday, that the team did not make Yallop a scapegoat because he left of his own volition. last_img read more

first_imgUPDATED: GAA LEGEND Anthony Molloy is said to be ‘devastated’ after flogging investments in a scheme run by convicted fraudster Francois de Dietrich.He is the second GAA star to be named as being an agent for ETIC Solutions, the Ballybofey-based business run by French crook de Dietrich.Molloy has refused to comment on how or why he became involved with de Dietrich. Donegaldaily has tried for a number of weeks to get a comment from Mr Molloy.Now a close friend has told us: “Anthony has had such a hard time. He believed in Francois and believed the investment scheme he introduced so many friends to was legitimate. Many did get good returns.“Others however appear to have lost a fortune. Now it is sinking in that de Dietrich is a convicted conman with a very long record in France.“It also appears he cleaned out other people before setting up ETIC. Anthony is so sorry he was taken in by him. He is entirely innocent in all of this. “He is still getting over the (car) crash as well.”Three weeks ago Mr Molloy survived a car crash in south Donegal which left a Sligo man dead.Tonight a source close to Molloy told us: “Anthony cannot apologise enough to people who lost money. He is hoping that all of them will get their money back and is advising people to take legal advice and to make a claim to the Financial Services Authority in the North who have seized Stg£20M.”Last week another leading GAA figure in the county – Tommy Ryan – was named as an ETIC agent in a Dublin High Court case taken by two Donegal businessmen who successfully froze an AIB Ballybofey account with €1.7M lodged in it.De Dietrich is on the run – wanted by cops in the North after fleeing a Europe-wide warrant for his arrest. The UK Financial Services Authority has frozen account and assets worth more than £20M.Cigar-smoking de Dietrich has already been sentenced to 18 months behind bars for contempt.MORE TO FOLLOW:Send your stories in confidence to [email protected] FRANCOIS INVESTIGATION: GAA LEGEND ANTHONY MOLLOY ‘DEVASTATED’ BY SCHEME was last modified: February 12th, 2011 by gregShare 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)last_img read more

first_imgBrendan Rodgers has described the Celtic managerial vacancy as an opportunity for someone to go to one of the world’s iconic clubs after declaring himself ready to return to management.The former Liverpool manager has been listed among the bookmakers’ favourites for the task of succeeding Ronny Deila when the Norwegian steps down at the end of the season.When the prospect of taking over at Parkhead was put to him, the Northern Irishman told Sky Sports News HQ: “Well, it’s an incredible club, a club that family and everyone support.“Obviously the league isn’t so competitive but Celtic are one of the great iconic clubs in the world, a huge club.“I think Ronny has done a great job there, it looks like they will go on and win the title so that is two titles in a row.“So I’ll be sad to see him go but there is an opportunity for somebody there to go to a great club.”When asked directly if he could be the man, Rodgers said: “At this moment of time I’m just enjoying my time off and I’ll wait and see what offers come in and, at this moment, there is nothing concrete.“I’m just really enjoying the rest. I have had no concrete offers but certainly in the summer I want to get back to work again.“I’ve had a great break, enjoyed it and I’ll be refreshed and ready for the summer.” Former Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers 1last_img read more

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