Poll: Which footballer’s house is worse – Sterling’s or Neville’s?

first_imgRaheem Sterling and Phil Neville have put their millionaire mansions are up for sale, and they’re both a sight to behold…Following his £49million move to Manchester City, Sterling is moving from his palace in Liverpool, which boasts a decorated swimming pool, a barbershop, and Liverpool themed cinema and…wait for it…a Michael Jackson themed private bar.Neville’s, meanwhile, is grey – so much grey – with a personalized Everton shirt pool table.But which is worse? Cast your votes now… 1 Poll: Which footballer’s house is worse – Sterling’s or Neville’s? last_img read more

I’ve been kicked in the teeth! Platini vows to fight eight-year ban from football

first_imgMichel Platini has blasted FIFA’s ethics committee and vowed to fight to overturn his eight-year ban from all football-related activity.The UEFA chief and FIFA president Sepp Blatter, the two most powerful men in world football, were sensationally kicked out of the sport on Monday.The pair were found to have abused their positions over a £1.3m ($2m) “disloyal payment” made to Platini by Blatter in 2011 following an investigation by FIFA’s ethics committee.The charges found proven included offering and accepting gifts, conflict of interest, and violating their fiduciary duty to world football’s governing body.Blatter pleaded his innocence on Monday and announced he will appeal the suspension, and Platini has followed his lead.The Frenchman, who had been due to stand for the FIFA presidency, said:  “What was the Fifa ethics committee doing between 2011 when I was paid and 2015? Was it sleeping?“Ah yes, it wakes up in a FIFA election year when I’m a candidate. It’s amazing!”Speaking to AFP, he added: “I will fight. But then I’ll take my responsibilities according to what happens.“Whatever happens, my reputation has been sullied, I’ve been kicked in the teeth: I’ve been put in the same bag as Blatter.“I’m struggling to understand. Why? How did we get to this? I did some work, I asked to be paid, I sent an invoice, I was paid, I paid my taxes on that. That was in 2011,” he said.“There was a debt that was settled, full stop! Then, in 2015, the Swiss court wanted more information.“Then it took off at FIFA and a lot of people at FIFA are happy that this issue happened. And here I am, suspended from all football-related activity for eight years.” 1 Michel Platini last_img read more

Mourinho won’t change Man United; those wanting LVG sacked need a reality check – opinion

first_imgMourinho might be available, and the chants from the club’s fans during their defeat to Norwich made it clear the Portuguese coach would be a welcome figure in Manchester. But what would he bring?Mourinho isn’t an attacking coach, he falls out often with players that challenge his authority, and his record of promoting youth players is dire. Not to mention his impossible-to-ignore third season syndrome. Is this really the man you want? Van Gaal isn’t a likeable character, with his autocratic style a major turn off at times, but there’s something about him that’s suited to Old Trafford. Maybe it’s his craving for power.For the past few weeks, and for the first time since his arrival, I can almost sympathise with Van Gaal; the chants from United’s own fans since Jose Mourinho’s departure from Chelsea will have even hurt his tough heart. He was right to cut short his latest press conference and to sarcastically wish everyone a Merry Christmas. During and after Manchester United’s defeat to Norwich City, the hashtag #LVGOUT was trending and subsequently various reports have stated the Dutchman is now walking on eggshells as far as his job is concerned.What’s wrong with you?So going out of the Champions League was tough to stomach, the style of play has been dreary, and all in all there has been little to cheer about over the past five months.But, so what? It happens.United are not a club in crisis, they are a club just nine points off top spot and going through a challenging spell, as most do at some stage in a campaign. If you want to know what a crisis really is, head over to Stamford Bridge. 5 5 5 Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal 5 5 The former Netherlands manager has been slightly more defensive in his approach, and cries of ‘attack, attack, attack’ may be just; but he cannot be entirely at fault for their performances. The likes of Wayne Rooney, Memphis Depay and Anthony Martial were kicking a ball long before they reached double digits – are United supporters suggesting Van Gaal’s coaching has limited such players to the extent that they have suddenly forgotten where the goal is? Please. The Old Trafford faithful were spoiled under Sir Alex Ferguson, but the simple fact of the matter is that towards the end of the Scot’s reign, their squad was alarmingly average. However, there has been no better manager at getting the best out of even the most ordinary of players and there may never be again.The concern now is that no coach will ever satisfy the club’s supporters; they want picture-perfect success and they are beginning to demand it now.Crashing out of the Champions League at the group stage does hurt, but their exit was far from unpredictable. Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester City could all have gone out at the same stage this season – a little luck, though, was on their side. And perfection in the Premier League simply isn’t possible, with the billions now being pumped into the top flight equipping those around them with the tools to significantly increase the quality in their respective ranks.It might be a cliché, but anyone really can beat anyone.And this is why the Premier League is the best competition in the world. United’s back-to-back defeats to newly-promoted Bournemouth and the Canaries isn’t good enough, but it’s not the end of the world. With little over a season-and-a-half to run on his contract, why can’t Van Gaal be judged then?This habit of crying out and demanding a manager’s head has to stop; it’s spoiling the rhythm of our beautiful game and is painting a poor – and almost embarrassing – picture of our beloved Premier League. The reality remains that the elusive 21st title could still arrive at the Theatre of Dreams, sooner rather than later.And Van Gaal could be the man to deliver it, even if it isn’t pretty.Leicester City will slip up…right?last_img read more

‘He needs a slap!’ Liverpool fans furious with summer signing

first_img Liverpool star Christian Benteke 1 Liverpool striker Christian Benteke just can’t catch a break.The Belgian was the match-winner against Leicester City on Boxing Day as his sliding strike to prod home a Roberto Firmino cross beat Kasper Schmeichel and gave the hosts a 1-0 win, but he still ended up being scalded by the Anfield faithful.With Schmeichel up for a throw-in as they game reached its dying stages, the Reds found themselves four-on-one with an empty net behind Wes Morgan. But, after charging forward, Benteke somehow hit the Jamaican international with the goal gaping.And supporters were furious, giving the £32million man plenty of stick at the ground and on social media.You can see how Liverpool fans reacted to Christian Benteke’s miss against Leicester City below…last_img read more

‘Sell him for £50m and get these players in after!’ LFC fans on transfer rumour

first_imgDaniel Sturridge could be going to France in the summer regardless of whether he makes the final England squad or not.The Liverpool striker has been linked with a £50m transfer to PSG, who are on the lookout to replace star striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic when the transfer window opens, with the 34-year-old and team-mate Edinson Cavani set to leave the French champions.Sturridge’s season has been interrupted by injuries, but when he is fit, he is one of football’s best finishers.So would you sell him if you were in charge at Liverpool? Here’s how some fans reacted to the rumour. Daniel Sturridge has been linked with a move to PSG, but would you sell him? 1last_img read more

Premier League prize money: How much your club earned through TV and positions

first_img 3. Man United earned £96,477,120 – Man United games were on TV 26 times and earned £19,878,480 for finishing fifth. 6. Liverpool earned £90,506,139 – Liverpool were on TV 23 times and picked up £16,151,265 for ending the season in eighth place. 12. Swansea earned £75,813,533 – Swansea collected £11,181,645 for finishing 12th and their games were shown on TV 10 times. 20 20 13. Watford earned £74,571,128 – Watford finished 13th and collected £9,939,240, while they were on TV eight times. 20 20 20 20 7. Chelsea earned £87,273,407 – Chelsea’s merit payment for finishing tenth came to £17,757,152 and they were on TV 22 times. 1. Arsenal earned £100,952,257 – Arsenal earned more than anyone because their games were shown on TV 27 times and their second place earned them £23,605,695. 20 20 20 19. Norwich earned £67,116,698 – This season Norwich, who went down with Villa, appeared on nine times. They picked up £2,484,810 for finishing 19th. 20 17. Sunderland earned a total of £71,845,274 – Sunderland earned £4,969,620 for finishing 17th and were on TV 13 times. 8. West Ham earned £85,765,168 – West Ham were on TV 15 times and for their seventh place finish picked up £17,393,670. 14. West Brom earned £73,328,723 – The Baggies finished 14th and picked up £8,696,835, while they were on TV 10 times. 15. Newcastle earned £72,846,635 – Newcastle were relegated and earned £3,727,215 for their final position, but were on TV 16 times. 20 10. Everton earned £83,039,314 – The Toffees finished 11th and earned £12,424,050 for that, while they were on TV 18 times. 20 20 20. Aston Villa earned a total of £66,622,215 for the 2015/16 Premier League season – click the arrow above, right to see who earned the most through TV dosh and league positions – Each club gets an equal share of both domestic (£21,924,800) and overseas TV income (£29,415,848) as well as a central commercial payment of £4,509,152 for things like sponsors. Each place is worth £1,242,405 and in addition there is a ‘facility fee’ for the number of times teams appear on TV. Every club gets a minimum of £8,782,088 for 10 live games or less, then an extra £747,922 for each televised game after that. This is what Villa earned for finishing bottom, while they appeared on TV 11 times. 18. Bournemouth earned £70,843,913 – Bournemouth were on TV eight times and earned £6,212,025 for their 16th position. 9. Southampton earned £84,763,807 – Ronald Koeman’s Saints finished sixth and their merit payment came to £18,636,075. They were on TV 12 times. Leicester are in the money, but even though they are the Premier League champions, they don’t top the prize money table.Official figures for the 2015/16 season have been released and here is how it is broken down:Each club gets an equal share of both domestic (£21,924,800) and overseas TV income (£29,415,848) as well as a central commercial payment of £4,509,152 for things like sponsors.There is £1,242,405 per place, which is the fee Aston Villa earned compared to the £24,848,100 Leicester collected.In addition there is a ‘facility fee’ for the number of times teams appear on the TV. Every club gets a minimum of £8,782,088 for 10 games or less, then an extra £747,922 for each televised game after that.Figures are from premierleague.com. 20 4. Tottenham earned £95,222,320 – Spurs picked up £22,363,290 for finishing third and were shown on TV 21 times. 11. Stoke earned £79,540,748 – Stoke games were televised 10 times during the season and their ninth place finish saw them pick up £14,908,860 20 5. Leicester earned £93,219,598 – Leicester were the champions and topped the merit payment table with £24,848,100. Their games were televised 15 times. 20 20 16. Crystal Palace earned £72,086,318 – Palace earned £7,454,430 for finishing 15th and were on TV 10 times. 20 2. Man City earned £96,971,603 – Man City collected £21,120,885 for scraping fourth and the club’s games were on TV 25 times during the season. 20 20last_img read more

England to face Group F runners-up Iceland in Euro 2016 last 16

first_img1 Euro 2016: Every Goal, Every Game, Every Day on talkSPORTEngland will take on Iceland in the first knockout round of Euro 2016 after a dramatic late goal from Arnor Traustason set up the tie.England were set to face Cristiano Ronaldo’s Portugal, who knocked them out of successive tournaments in 2004 and 2006, until Traustason’s stoppage-time finish against Austria took his side into second place in Group F, leapfrogging Portugal in the process.The teams will meet in Nice on Monday – LIVE on talkSPORT.Iceland are the lowest ranked side left in the tournament, rated 34th in the world by FIFA, and the smallest ever nation to qualify for the European Championship finals with a population of 330,000.That represents something of a let off for England, having finished second in Group B, but should they progress the possibility of hosts France in the quarter-finals remains.While England have a rich history with the Seleccao the same cannot be said with Iceland, with only two senior friendlies ever played between the sides.Their first meeting was a 1-1 draw in Reykyavik in 1982, with England winning 6-1 in their next meeting at the City of Manchester Stadium in 2004.Current captain Wayne Rooney played in that match, scoring twice, as did assistant manage Gary Neville. England v Austria will be live on talkSPORT last_img read more

Blake takes title in Sydney

first_imgAmerican James Blake capped his Australian Open preparations with his fourth career ATP Tour title, beating Russian Igor Andreev 6-2, 3-6, 7-6 (3) today in the Sydney International. Blake won the championship on his first match point when Andreev hit a backhand into the net. Blake appeared strong at the end despite the high humidity and temperatures around 86 degrees. Michaella Krajicek of the Netherlands won the Hobart (Australia) International with a 6-2, 6-1 win over practice partner Iveta Benesova on Friday. Andy Roddick advanced to the final of the Kooyong Classic exhibition tournament in Melbourne, Australia when Nicolas Kiefer retired with an injured ankle Friday. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! In the final set Andreev broke serve to take a 5-4 lead, but Blake broke back immediately to keep himself in the match. Blake is seeded 20th for the Australian Open, which begins Monday. center_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita Justine Henin-Hardenne overcame deficits in the last two sets to rally for a 4-6, 7-5, 7-5 win Friday over Francesca Schiavone in the women’s final of the Sydney International. Heineken Open Finland’s Jarkko Nieminen beat Croatia’s Mario Ancic 6-2, 6-2 in the final of the Heineken Open today in Auckland, New Zealand, winning his first ATP Tour title. Nieminen made swift work of Ancic, breaking his serve in the third and seventh games of the first set and in the fifth and seventh games of the second. Ancic made his 25th unforced error on match point, giving Nieminen the win in 61 minutes. In other events … Top-seeded Anabel Medina Garrigues won the Canberra (Australia) International on Friday with a 6-4, 0-6, 6-4 victory over South Korea’s Cho Yoon-jeong. last_img read more

Job Vacancy: Radisson Blu Letterkenny seeks full-time Breakfast Chef

first_imgIs BLU for you? Do you crave the taste of success? Because here at the Radisson Blu Hotel Letterkenny we’re looking for foodies just like you!At Radisson Blu Letterkenny, we stand out together as one team and make memorable moments for our guests. If you love a fast paced, inspirational environment, full of people who are powered by passion, then you are just what we need.Our Chefs are talented individuals and team players with a flair for finicky attention to detail.Breakfast Chef (Full-Time position)Key Responsibilities:To ensure the smooth running of the breakfast service on a daily basisTo guarantee excellent handover to colleagues on days offTo have excellent time keeping, and be totally aware of the responsibility for opening the kitchen each morningTo work with the executive and sous chef to implement company standards or any new developments that may ariseTo be capable of excellent customer service interactionTo possess a keen eye for presentation of buffets and plated dishesTo be capable of developing excellent working relationships outside of the direct kitchen team  The ideal candidate must be:Passionate about food and hospitalityPossess a professional ‘Yes I Can’! attitudeEager to learn and developHard-working, organised and flexible A team playerFluent in English Our mission is to be perceived by our employees as “The Employer of Choice”, demanding yet rewarding, offering great opportunities for professional and personal growth in a fun environment where “Yes I Can” attitude is a way of life.To apply, please email your CV to lynn.mclaughlin@radissonblu.comThe Radisson Blu, Letterkenny is an equal opportunities employer.Job Vacancy: Radisson Blu Letterkenny seeks full-time Breakfast Chef was last modified: October 10th, 2018 by Staff WriterShare 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:breakfast chefchefculinaryjobsRadisson Blu Hotellast_img read more

CASTLEFINN’S NORTH WEST GARDEN SHOW – IN PICTURES!

first_imgThousands of people turned up at the second annual North West Garden Show held in Castlefinn over the weekend.Dozens of exhibitors turned up at the event which showcased the best in garden companies from Donegal and further afield.From ride-on lawnmowers to arts and crafts and from barbeques to chemicals to make your lawn greener, there was something for everyone. It was no surprise that the show’s very special guest was kept busy over the weekend with questions from keen gardeners.But then again Diarmuid Gavin is no ordinary gardener having just picked up a gold medal at the Chelsea Flower Show.Our exclusive pictures of the two day show exactly how much both young and old enjoyed the occasion.Organisers say this year’s event surpassed the popularity of last year’s inaugural show and are already planning next year’s show. PICTURES BY KIND PERMISSION OF: NEWSPIXIRL CASTLEFINN’S NORTH WEST GARDEN SHOW – IN PICTURES! was last modified: May 29th, 2011 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)last_img read more