Chelsea failed with desperate last-ditch attempt to sign veteran defender

first_img Luisao Chelsea failed in a last-ditch bid to sign Benfica veteran Luisao, according to reports in Portugal.Blues boss Jose Mourinho submitted a late enquiry for the 34-year-old before the Premier League champions secured the services of Nantes defender Papy Djilobodji in a £4m deal.Luisao, who won 44 caps for Brazil and appeared in two World Cups, was made aware of Chelsea’s interest in his signature but Benfica quickly rebuffed any approach.It has been reported by O Jogo that the Stamford Bridge side were willing to offer the experienced centre-back a two-year contract, a deal in which was favourable to Luisao.However, Benfica’s longest-serving captain in the club’s history is now set to see out his career at the Estadio da Luz. 1last_img

Premier League round-up: Pressure on Steve McClaren as Newcastle lose again

first_img Newcastle United boss Steve McClaren 1 By Andy Lloyd-WilliamsStruggling Newcastle slipped to their fourth defeat of the season to pile the pressure on Steve McClaren as they lost 2-1 to Watford.Although the home side had the lion’?s share of possession, the Hornets always looked like hurting them on the break. Odion Ighalo put the men in yellow ahead when he punished Massadio Haidara’?s defensive slip with a crisp finish. He put the Hornets two up inside 20 minutes when Troy Deeney held off the challenge of Fabricio Coloccini, allowing Ighalo to round Tim Krul and stroke into the net.Daryl Janmaat did pull one back after playing a nice one-two with Moussa Sissoko, but there weren’?t too many uncomfortable moments for Quique Sanchez Flores’? men, who held out for a welcome second Premier League win on the bounce.The only team keeping Newcastle off the bottom of the table is arch rivals Sunderland. 300 miles south, down in Dorset, Eddie Howe’?s Bournemouth recorded their first home win in the top flight thanks to two wonder goals in the opening ten minutes, and sent the Black Cats bottom of the table on goal difference.The Cherries got their afternoon off to the perfect start when Callum Wilson showed great strength to hold off Younes Kaboul and thump low into the net, before Matt Ritchie crashed home an early contender for goal of the season. The much-hyped Scotland midfielder chested down a loose ball and hit a left-footed volley which peeled away right into the corner of the net.Jermain Defoe was unable to make an impact against the club where he?d made his name as a youngste,r by scoring a record ten league games in a row, and Kaboul was shown a late second yellow card on a miserable afternoon for Dick Advocaat’s men.Claudio Ranieri had joked about giving his Leicester players pizza if they kept a clean sheet at Stoke, but that was already off the menu inside the first quarter of an hour when Bojan found the net with relative ease.Jon Walters doubled the lead shortly afterwards, but the Italian must have had some inspiring words to share at half time, and they quickly pulled a goal back after the break when Danny Drinkwater was felled in the box to allow Riyad Mahrez to score from the spot. With the Foxes’ tails up, England forward Jamie Vardy finished off a flowing move with an emphatic equaliser to grab a 2-2 draw.All eyes were on Saido Berahino ahead of West Brom’s derby game at Aston Villa. Making his first start since claiming he would never again play for Baggies chairman Jeremy Peace after seeing his proposed transfer deadline day move to Tottenham Hotspur turned down, it was clear Berahino had a point to prove. The England Under-21 man stepped up to the mark by scoring the winner: not the greatest-looking goal, but he made a real statement with a toe-poked effort to give the Baggies the local bragging rights.Defences remained firmly on top on Roberto Martinez’s return to South Wales, which petered out to a goalless draw. Kevin Mirallas was needlessly sent-off for a studs-up challenge at the death, just 90 seconds after coming onto the field of play, while the man top of Jose Mourinho’s shopping list, John Stones, needed treatment for a clattering late Jack Cork challenge, but was able to continue playing.Premier League results:Aston Villa 0-1 West BromBournemouth 2-0 SunderlandNewcastle 1-2 WatfordStoke 2-2 Leicester CitySwansea 0-0 Evertonlast_img read more

Louis van Gaal: Wayne Rooney needed to score against Everton, says Manchester United boss

first_imgManchester United cruised to a 3-0 victory over Everton at Goodison Park, with Morgan Schneiderlin, Ander Herrera and Wayne Rooney scoring the goals. Louis van Gaal felt Rooney had answered his critics with his second league goal of the season and backed the forward to carry on finding the net for the rest of the campaign.“You are always doubting him,” the United manager said in his post-match press conference.“He scored now. I am very happy for him. For me it is not important if he scores or not scores.“He has to be an attacking point and do his job in the defensive organisation.“I am also happy when Herrera is scoring and (Anthony) Martial is scoring. Maybe it is the start for many goals because he needs this goal, I think.”When pushed to pick out one player for praise, Van Gaal singled out Herrera, who scored the second and had a hand in the other two goals.The Dutchman said: “I have seen a lot of individual players today who are playing very good but that is also because the result is very good.“When I have to mention one name, I have to mention Ander Herrera. He played very well and had a great contribution with the goals.”Van Gaal also discussed the importance of the win following their dismal 3-0 defeat to Arsenal before the international break.“It is more than a response. That is an understatement but I cannot find another word,” he said.“It was very difficult to prepare this match because we have lost against Arsenal in a horrible way.“I have a lot of meetings, individual and team meetings, 10 or 15 between Wednesday and this match and then you have to decide who is playing because of the opponent and the state of your players.” 1last_img read more

‘My mum used to buy me a Celtic kit!’ – New signing happy to join

first_imgEngland starlet Patrick Roberts has joined Celtic from Manchester City on an 18-month loan deal.The 18-year-old winger follows in the footsteps of Belgium defender Jason Denayer who won a Scottish Premiership and League Cup double during his spell away from the Citizens last season, as well as the PFA Scotland young player of the year award.Speaking at Celtic Park, Roberts, who signed for City from Fulham last summer for a fee reported to be up to £12million, was keen to move to the Scottish champions as soon as he became aware of their interest but also valued Denayer’s experience.“Man City know that I need to be playing football and they were happy for me to come here,” he said.“Jason Denayer did it last year and he did very well.“I spoke to him and he said it was a very, very good club. So I was happy with what he said and I was really excited.“He said he never wanted to leave. He enjoyed it so much he kept bragging on about it every time I asked him.“It is the biggest club in Scotland. They play in Europe, they play in a massive stadium like this, what’s not to know about them.“I am here for a long time and I want to be as successful as anyone else and win trophies.“I am very direct, I am very quick, I like to get them (fans) off their seats, which I hope to many, many times.”Roberts, who revealed he wore the Celtic kit as a kid – “my mum used to buy me one” – had his move ratified only hours before Manchester City confirmed that Pep Guardiola had agreed a three-year deal to become manager in the summer. Patrick Roberts in action 1last_img read more

Manchester United: Five youngsters to break through next season after Rashford

first_img 4. Ashley Fletcher (striker) – At 20, Fletcher is one of the older prospects hoping to make it at United, but he is benefitting from first-team football this season. The striker is currently on loan at Barnsley, where he has scored four goals in 14 games. Able to play on the wing as well as up front, Fletcher built a reputation for himself as a goalscorer in youth football, and he will be hoping that Van Gaal has been impressed by a series of impressive performances on loan. Manchester United have a proud history of bringing through youth players from their academy, with Marcus Rashford the latest star to have an immediate impact upon the first-team.Since October 1937, the Red Devils have had at least one youth product in every matchday squad, and Louis van Gaal has been continuing the tradition this season.Rashford has been joined by the likes of Cameron Borthwick-Jackson, Timothy Fosu-Mensah and Donald Love in playing for the senior team this season.The striker has been the biggest success, netting five goals in eight games, and talkSPORT take a look at more youth prospects who can break through at Old Trafford next season.Click the arrow above to see the top five academy players who can make it at Manchester United… 5. Demetri Mitchell (winger) – Comparisons to Cristiano Ronaldo may be coming too early for the 19-year-old, but Mitchell certainly shares many of the traits that the Portuguese star possesses. Renowned for his pace, Mitchell uses his athleticism to great effect, and combines this with a natural flair to beat opposition players. A raw talent, there is a need to learn how to play the team game and to use his strengths to benefit his teammates, but Van Gaal could do much worse than call upon the teenager as a wild card if he needs to rejuvenate his offensive play. 5 5 5 3. Callum Gribbin (midfielder) – Only 17-years-old, Gribbin is held in high regard. The midfielder was part of the Under-21 side last season, when still only 16, and was reportedly wanted by both Liverpool and Manchester City in the summer, only to sign a new contract with United. A creative playmaker, Gribbin has built a reputation as a player who can deal with pressure and fool opposition players with ease, showing a maturity beyond his years. He is also excellent at set-pieces, and labelling him as a midfielder seems to restrict just how influential he can be across the entire field of play. 5 5 1. Timothy Fosu-Mensah (defender) – At just 18 years of age, centre-back Fosu-Mensah has already made his debut for the Red Devils, playing 35 minutes of the 3-2 win over Arsenal in February. He has remained a part of Van Gaal’s squad, but it is not expected that he will feature much more with first-team regulars healthy. However, the former Ajax youngster should break through as a key first-team player next season, having already proven he can deal with the Premier League. He is young, but Fosu-Mensah has shown that he is tactically aware, and can physically match up with strikers much older than him. Click the right arrow to see the other Manchester United youth prospects who can break through next season… 2. Axel Tuanzebe (defender) – Tuanzebe has twice been named on the bench this season, without ever playing for United, but the English centre-back is one of the stalwarts of the Red Devils’ youth teams. He was named academy player of the year for 2015, and as a powerful and technical player, Tuanzebe is seen as the archetype for the modern day centre-back. He is highly rated by head coach Van Gaal, and if the Dutchman remains in charge next season, it could be Tuanzebe who is lining up in defence. last_img read more

Southampton set to beat Leicester to signing of Hungary Euro 2016 star

first_img Adam Nagy in action for Hungary 1 Southampton are set to beat Leicester to the signing of Adam Nagy.According to L’Equipe, the south coast club are in the driving seat to land the Ferencvaros star amid strong interest from Marseille and the Premier League champions.The 21-year-old is also wanted by Benfica following an impressive breakthrough season in Hungary, including his performances for his country at Euro 2016.But Southampton appear to be on the verge of landing him, although the deal must now be sanctioned by new boss Claude Puel.last_img

Job Vacancy: Mechanical Engineering Graduate required

first_imgJob Vacancy: McMenamin Engineering Ltd and Mantis Cranes Ltd are seeking to strengthen our technical ability to service our customer needs and are presently seeking interest from suitable candidates who are interested in pursuing a career within an engineering environment.We are seeking to recruit for our manufacturing facility in Lismulladuff, Killygordon, Co. Donegal a Mechanical Engineering GraduateThe role will suit a candidate who wishes to enhance their engineering ability in a manufacturing environment with an opportunity to improve their skills and progress their expertise at all levels of structural engineering.  While training will be provided, the candidate should have the following:A third level qualification in Mechanical EngineeringExperience in working with CADStrong technical and IT skillsAbility to work as part of a team.Good communication and organisational skillsAll applications should be sent by email to [email protected] by close of business Friday 6th of September 2019.Job Vacancy: Mechanical Engineering Graduate required was last modified: August 19th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:Job VacancyjobsKillygordonMantis Cranes LtdManufacturingMcMenamin Engineering LTDMechanical Engineeringstructural engineeringlast_img read more


first_imgDiver’s Hyundai in Letterkenny are giving away the ultimate weekend to celebrate Donegal’s appearance in the Ulster Final in two weeks time.The well-known garage is asking people to get behind Jim McGuinness and the boys by sporting Diver Hyundai Donegal GAA stickers.The stickers only have to remain on your car for the next two weeks until Donegal’s footballers make it a historic two-in-a-row (hopefully!) And in return Divers will give away a cracking prize.It includes two Donegal jerseys and two Ulster Final Tickets.And what better way to get to the final in Clones than in the new Hyundai Veloster – with a free tank of fuel thrown in.The sporty new Hyundai machine (as seen above) is certain to turn heads. Now all you need to do is to get down to Divers beside the new Dunnes Stores outlet and ask for your free sticker to be in with a chance.Each sticker is individually numbered and will be picked at random. YOUR CHANCE TO ARRIVE IN STYLE AT THE ULSTER FINAL! was last modified: July 9th, 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:Diver’s Hyundaifree carletterkennyUlster Finallast_img read more


first_imgANOTHER organisation is offering advice to parents in wake of recent suicides in the North West linked to trolls and cyber bullies.Parentstop has asked us to share the following information with our readers:Support and advice is available to parents in Donegal who are worried about cyberbullying. Whether you are concerned your child is being bullied or that your child is bullying others, Parentstop can help. The organisation shared the following advice on cyberbullying and how to talk about it with your child: Cyber (or text) bullying involves the use of web or social network posts; text messages; or phone videos/ pictures to embarrass, threaten, tease or ridicule someone. Cyberbullying is a behaviour issue, not a technology problem. It is the same as verbal or physical bullying but uses technology instead.If you are worried your child is being cyberbullied, let them know you are there to help, support and listen.If your child has come to talk to you about bullying, praise them for having to courage to do so.Advise your child not to reply to the messages. Save the messages (texts, photos, etc) as evidence of the bullying. Your child may also be able to use privacy tools to block the person/s who are bullying. Report the cyberbullying. If your child knows who is involved in the bullying (a former friend or someone in school) then get in touch with the school or the parents. You should also report the bullying via the service provider (for e.g. contact the mobile phone operator’s Customer Care or use the Report Abuse facility on Facebook). If the bullying is very serious (for e.g. racism, threats or harassment), you should also speak to the Gardaí.Ask your child to show you the phone tools and website they use to communicate with friends. Spend time getting to know and understand these websites/ tools as this will help you support your child if cyberbullying becomes an issue.Parents can help prevent cyberbullying by encouraging their child to respect others when texting and chatting online. Help them to understand that cyber and text bullying is as hurtful as bullying in person. It’s also important they understand how a joke is not always funny when shared online – it may come across as nasty or hurtful to others.Parentstop Manager, Patricia Lee, said: “We need to understand how our children are connecting and communicating today, welcome the benefits of technology by talking to them about the positives, and be prepared to support them if they come up against negative behaviours online. If your child is experiencing bullying in any way, he or she needs your reassurance, encouragement and support.”If you are facing this or any parenting challenge, get in touch with Parentstop. Parentstop is a free and confidential parent support service in Co. Donegal. If you want to ask a question, talk to someone in confidence, or see if you’re on the right track, then Parentstop is here to support you. There are no long waiting lists and the Parentstop team is available to talk to you once you make an appointment. With services in Donegal Town, Letterkenny and around Inishowen, one of our Parents Support officers will meet you, listen to you and give you support and advice. Whatever your concern – let’s get it sorted together. If you have family concerns and would like to speak to Parentstop, contact:074-9177249 for Letterkenny and surrounds074 9373493 for Inishowen areas086-8494038 for Donegal Town and surrounds You can also email [email protected] for more information.HEALTH: SUPPORT FOR PARENTS OF CYBER BULLIED CHILDREN was last modified: November 12th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:HEALTH: SUPPORT FOR PARENTS OF CYBER BULLIED CHILDRENlast_img read more


first_imgTobin’s Topaz/SPAR Express in Letterkenny has cleaned up at the National Q Mark Awards, scooping Best Forecourt for Hygiene and Food Safety in Ireland for 2013.Tobin’s Garage in LetterkennyProud store owner Eddie Tobin beat off stiff competition to come top in his category.The National Q Mark Awards are known as the Oscars of Irish business, with thousands of companies fighting it out every year to be short-listed for the honours. The Award for Best Forecourt for Hygiene and Food Safety is considered one of the toughest categories to win, but Eddie said it was all thanks to his hard-working team and loyal customers.He said: “This was a real team effort, and I’d like to thank everyone involved. Winning such a prestigious award shows how deeply committed we are at Tobin’s Topaz/SPAR Service Station to hygiene and food standards, and it would never have been possible without the hard work and dedication of everyone on the team.The superb deli at Tobins“I’d also like to thank all our valued customers. We are committed to maintaining our award-winning standards and providing all our customers with the very best shopping experience.”It was three in a row for the award-winning store, who also scooped the Best Forecourt prize in 2011 and 2012. Tobin’s SPAR Express Service Station is a family run business which employs 32 people.Sale & Retailer Advisory Services Director Malachy Hanberry said: “Food safety is the cornerstone of everything we do at SPAR. The EIQA awards are known as the independently assessed standards for food retailing in Ireland, which is why we’re so pleased for Eddie and all his team.“Their achievement is a testament to the commitment to food safety and customer service that is the hallmark of the SPAR group.”To top off the night deli staff member Anne Marie Daly won the top prize in the draw on the night in aid of St. Vincent De Paul of a walk on part for two people on Fair City!! LETTERKENNY STORE IS RIGHT ON ‘Q’ FOR TOP AWARD! was last modified: October 2nd, 2013 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:Q MarkTobin’s Garagelast_img read more