Jurgen Klopp would be ‘comfortable’ with Liverpool’s transfer committee, insists German football expert

first_imgJurgen Klopp is tailor-made to coerce with Liverpool’s infamous transfer committee should he fill the vacant Reds managerial role, according to German football expert Raphael Honigstein.Klopp is the firm favourite to replace Brendan Rodgers in the Anfield hotseat after the Northern Irishman was relieved of his duties following Sunday’s 1-1 draw with Merseyside rivals Everton.Reports in the last 24 hours suggest the 47-year-old is on the verge of agreeing a three-year deal at Anfield, with the Reds hoping to announce their new manager by the end of the week.Rodgers’ departure was hardly a surprise after a dreadful run of results but his relationship within the club’s transfer setup was fractured at best and is regarded as another huge factor in bringing his three and a half year tenure to an end.But Honigstein is convinced that, where Rodgers failed, Klopp can succeed by working with a committee because of his experiences with a similar system at Borussia Dortmund.“He’s a coach first and foremost – the transfer committee sounds bad but the system itself is one that he’s fairly comfortable with,” Honigstein told Hawksbee and Jacobs.“He needs somebody who does that [brings in players] for him and he needs to trust these guys to be clever and smart enough to bring in the best players.“90 per cent of the players at Borussia Dortmund weren’t signed by Klopp – but they weren’t signed against his wishes either.”Despite Dortmund’s blistering start to the Bundesliga season, aside from a 5-1 mauling at Bayern Munich at the weekend, Honigstein also believes Klopp could lure some of his former players to Anfield.He added: “Of course he will try and there may be a few players who aren’t playing at the moment who can see themselves in the Premier League and will be tempted.”last_img read more

Per Mertesacker hails Arsenal’s counterattacking game plan in brilliant Bayern Munich win

first_imgArsenal defender Per Mertesacker hailed Arsenal’s counterattacking game plan as the Gunners clinched a famous and dramatic 2-0 win over Bayern Munich to keep their Champions League last 16 hopes alive.Substitute Olivier Giroud and Mesut Ozil struck in the final 15 minutes in an absorbing encounter at the Emirates, with Arsene Wenger’s side going some way to avenging two aggregate defeats to the German giants in the last four years.The Arsenal defence repelled everything the Bundesliga champions threw at them, and Mertesacker felt their patient approach would always pay dividends.“No one was expecting us to drop that deep and to get them on the break. That was a good game plan – we had to keep the clean sheet as long as possible,” said the German defender.“In the second half we knew we would get our chances and it worked completely for us.“We are pretty delighted with the performance, with the defensive unit and obviously how we executed it at the end.”While Arsenal still sit bottom of their group after three matches, they know their destiny remains in their hands ahead of the return trip to Bavaria in two weeks’ time.last_img read more

Liverpool news: Jurgen Klopp gives injury updates on key trio ahead of Newcastle clash

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp admits he was too optimistic about Philippe Coutinho’s injury and he may not yet be ready to return.Having just got key players Daniel Sturridge and Jordan Henderson back from long absences the Reds boss is now waiting for the return of his Brazilian playmaker, who has missed the last three matches with a hamstring problem.He was expected to make his comeback against Newcastle but his recovery is taking longer than expected.“I like optimism, really, but with Phil we were too optimistic,” said the German.“Sometimes it happens like this and there is nothing to criticise – he has tried everything he can.“He trained nearly normally but he doesn’t feel comfortable and we have to take care of this because the muscle is a dangerous thing when you always feel it a bit.“He is training and we will wait. I can wait every day, it is no problem if someone tells me ‘Now he is available’ and next time he will play with us, no problem.“Yesterday no-one gave me this sign so today we have to wait again.”The absence of Coutinho is offset by the returns of Sturridge, who scored twice in Wednesday’s 6-1 demolition of Southampton in the Capital One Cup, and Henderson.Both are in line to start at Newcastle on Sunday – Henderson could be promoted from the bench as midfielder Emre Can serves a one-match suspension – as Liverpool’s squad edges closer to full strength.Klopp accepts Sturridge’s comeback has to be managed after the length of his time out with thigh, calf, hip and knee problems.“I think it is completely normal with a player with along injury history,” he added.“Obviously he did well in the last game and the plan before the game was to play about 55-60 minutes so that is what we did.“Of course he felt each muscle after the game, that is normal because it was intensive, but in this moment he is available for the weekend and we will see.” 1 Daniel Sturridge, Philippe Coutinho and Jordan Henderson read more

Andean crash survivors meet with rescuer

first_imgMONTEVIDEO, Uruguay – The Chilean livestock herder who first spotted survivors of a 1972 Andean plane crash made famous by a best-selling book and Hollywood movie was reunited Friday with some of the men he helped rescue 35 years ago. Sergio Catalan was welcomed at the Montevideo airport by crash survivors whose 72-day ordeal stranded in the snowcapped Andes was recounted in the book “Alive: The Story of the Andes Survivors,” by Piers Paul Read, and made into a movie in 1993. A Uruguayan air force plane carrying a private college rugby team crashed in a rugged mountain pass while en route from Montevideo to Santiago, Chile, in October 1972. Of the 45 people aboard, 16 survived more than two months on the freezing slopes by eating flesh from the bodies of other passengers killed in the crash, several later said. Two months passed without rescue, prompting a few survivors to leave the barren crash site to seek help. Eleven days later, in the foothills of the Chilean Andes, two of them came across Catalan, who rode his horse to the nearest town to alert rescuers. 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.One of those men, Roberto Canessa, joined other survivors in welcoming Catalan at the airport Friday, marking the 35th anniversary of the doomed flight. Catalan, now 82, lifted his sombrero and smiled before heading to a meeting with Uruguay’s vice president, Rodolfo Nin Nova, who thanked him for his role in the rescue. Catalan was to be honored at a dinner with crash survivors on Friday night.last_img read more

South Bay `English Major Bandit’ found guilty of bank robberies

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Charges connected to an additional bank robbery in Whittier were dismissed before deliberations began. All the bank employees and customers who testified during Armijo’s four-day trial in Torrance Superior Court had identified the registered sex offender as the robber. The jury also found to be true an allegation that he used a gun in one of the holdups. Armijo returns to Judge James Brandlin’s courtroom Dec. 13 for sentencing to an expected 150 years to life in prison, according to Deputy District Attorney Steve Schreiner. Armijo earned his nickname from law enforcement officials poking fun at grammatical errors in the demand notes he used during most the heists. By Denise Nix STAFF WRITER Jurors deliberated for a little more than an hour Tuesday before returning guilty verdicts on five counts in the trial of the so-called English Major Bandit bank robber. Robert Armijo, 42, of Long Beach robbed two Torrance banks on Feb. 17 and three others before then, including one in Gardena. He was arrested after police identified him from a cellular telephone he dropped while fleeing the second Torrance robbery, at the Union Bank at 24030 Hawthorne Blvd. About 25 minutes before that crime, he held up the Citibank at 2700 Pacific Coast Highway. A security surveillance camera captured the robbery on tape, which the jury of 10 men and two women watched. Armijo was put under surveillance, then arrested while possibly casing another bank. Also arrested and charged was Gary Cruz, 46, of Long Beach, the getaway driver. Cruz previously pleaded no contest to two charges and is serving 11years in state prison. Armijo denied involvement when he was first arrested. But when confronted with still photographs from the surveillance camera, he admitted it was him. The other bank robberies were at the California Bank in Gardena on Jan. 8, an IndyMac Bank in Covina on Feb. 8 and an IndyMac Bank in Artesia on Jan. 16. Armijo’s criminal history includes convictions for voluntary manslaughter, aiding and abetting a sexual assault, robberies, burglaries and narcotics violations, according to court and prison records. [email protected] 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

Bigger fires are here to stay in our sizzling Southland

first_imgTHERE’S something about the smell of a wildfire on the crisp, dry wind of October in Southern California that instantly transports me back to my days as a kid reporter in the “Inland Empire.” It was the early 1990s and I was working for the Riverside Press-Enterprise in the far-flung bureau of Banning (near the Morongo Casino and those life-sized dinosaurs). My beat stretched for miles and included the wide pass area and the adjacent stretches of San Bernardino mountains on one side, the San Jacinto mountains on the other. I soon discovered that this near-desert territory had four distinct seasons – winter, spring, summer and fire. Whenever the Santa Ana winds would come roaring through the pass in late summer and autumn, anything remotely hot could spark a fire. A cigarette tossed out of a speeding car on Interstate 10, the sparks from an arcing transformer, or the lightning from frequent, freaky flash-rain storms. One time, a devastating fire was inadvertently set by someone’s lawn mower. But the gigantafires that we experienced this week and four years ago in Southern California are part of a new and not so happy phenomenon, one likely to become common in the 21st century. In particularly fortuitous moment, “60 Minutes” aired a segment last Sunday night about megafires in the American Southwest even as one was forming in Southern California. I rarely watch the show, but had just spent two hours glued to live news coverage of the fires and didn’t have the energy to change the channel when the program began. Good thing, because it helped put in context the conflagrations exploding all around me. At the time of the firestorms of 2003, in which 22 people died and more than 3,000 buildings were destroyed, this type of monster blaze seemed an aberration brought on by a rare confluence of just the right factors. Apparently, I was wrong. Tom Boatner, chief of fire operations for the federal government, told the newsmagazine that fires are getting bigger and worse. In reference to a blaze this summer in Idaho, he said: “A fire of this size and this intensity in this country would have been extremely rare 15, 20 years ago. They’re commonplace these days.” Environmentalists and fire officials are noting that the megafires are a result of the perfect storm of a climate change, overenthusiastic land management, massive development and super-dry conditions that make the wet season shorter and the fire season longer. “Fires are burning hotter and bigger, becoming more damaging and dangerous to people and to property,” U.S. Forest Service Chief Gail Kimbell told the San Francisco Chronicle last week. “Each year the fire season comes earlier and lasts longer.” What does this all mean? Clearly, it means Southern California, and in fact all of the Southwest, should get used to regular firestorms, just as the people of the Banning pass used to be used to the regular, and now comparatively mild brush fires of yore. Mariel Garza is a columnist and editorial writer for the Los Angeles Daily News. She blogs at www.insidesocal.com/friendlyfire. Write to her by e-mail at [email protected] 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.As the cops reporter, part of my responsibility was covering the region’s fires. During fire season, I often came home reeking of smoke after chasing California Department of Forestry crews down bumpy fire roads in the middle of the night, trying to get a handle on what was burning. Even for years after I stopped covering fires, that smell, like 1,000 crackling campfires, still had the power to wake me up in the middle of the night, ready to throw on some old jeans, jump into my car and follow the smoke. This musing does actually have a point, one that seems awfully relevant as much of Southern California was so recently reduced to a smoldering cinder. And this is it: Although I spent most of my life in Southern California – my younger years in the badly burned San Diego, and many of my adult ones chasing brush fires around Riverside and San Bernardino counties – I have never experienced anything like the firestorms of 2004 or 2007. Never. Not that I didn’t want to. The unfortunate truth about journalists is that – shamefully, secretly – part of us wants every bad situation to get worse. It just makes for a better story. But, thankfully, that never happened. The few “devastating” fires I’ve covered ate up a few isolated mountain communities and relatively little acreage, which bounced back within a couple of years. And sure, California has had some bad fires, like the Old Topanga Fire in which more than 200 homes burned in Malibu, and the Oakland Hills fire. Those fires were notable, however, not because they were huge, but because they occurred in such heavily populated areas. last_img read more

Spice Girls unleash pop nostalgia at LA show

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat Kings Thirteen songs in (give or take a few covers) and you may wonder if you may go into Spice overload, but then you remember you waited 10 years to remind yourself what the madness was all about. And with all the dancing, singing, reminiscing and girl-on-girl loving – Mel B. (Scary Spice) affectionately grabs a few bums or two – you’ll have just enough to take you through another 10 years – until the next reunion tour. The Spice Girls of the new millenium have not slowed down since exploding on the scene in the mid-90s. All five of the British pop stars revived a number of hits (many that you may not have remembered existed) at the Wednesday night show at L.A.’s Staple Center. Decked out in custom-made Cavalli gear (with not a hem left un-sequined or un-glittered, it seemed) the other Fab Five gave a jam-packed, choreographed one hour and half of straight pop singing (live, for the most part), some pop and locking, and a log of affectionate grabbing that led you from their opening “Spice Up Your Life” to the inevitable ending of the single that started it all, “Wannabe.” The screams of the crowd began at the door, and intensified when Victoria Beckham’s (Posh Spice) Galaxy star husband David was spotted in his private box directly facing the stage, just 10 minutes before the show started. But as much as one might expect a bland offering of what was once the biggest girl group of its time a little more than a decade ago, the reunion tour was actually a well executed and entertaining production that omitted any opening act or intermission (as if fans hadn’t waited long enough) and had the five Spice Girls (Posh, Baby, Scary, Ginger and Sporty) running up and down the stage and stairs, without missing a beat (or losing a stiletto). 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

Drive under way to make turning left easier, safer

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat KingsGreuel, who chairs the council’s Transportation Committee, said the signals are part of a complicated citywide transit solution. “We have a traffic crisis in Los Angeles and people demand immediate relief,” Greuel said. “No longer will you have to play chicken with oncoming traffic to see if you can make it through the light.” City traffic engineers say the lights can reduce accidents by up to 66percent and reduce waiting times for motorists. The move comes as part of Villaraigosa’s efforts to return to dealing with traffic issues as one of his priorities. Intersections in the Valley that will get the new signals include Balboa and Burbank boulevards, Branford Street and San Fernando Road, Glenoaks Boulevard and Osborne Street, Glenoaks Boulevard and Tuxford Street, Glenoaks and Van Nuys boulevards, Hazeltine Avenue and Riverside Drive, Lankershim Boulevard and San Fernando Road, Lankershim Boulevard and Tuxford Street, Laurel Canyon and Osborne Avenue, and Laurel Canyon and Roscoe Boulevard. Also, Osborne Street and San Fernando Road, Plummer Street and Woodman Avenue, Reseda and Victory boulevards, the San Diego Freeway at Sherman Oaks, San Fernando Road and Sheldon Street, San Fernando Road and Van Nuys Boulevard, Sherman Way and Winnetka Avenue, and Vanowen Street and Winnetka Avenue. Expanding a program started last month to increase the number of left-turn signals and improve city traffic, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa on Wednesday launched a new initiative under the banner of “The Right to Turn Left” campaign. At the busy North Hollywood intersection of Lankershim and Laurel Canyon boulevards, Villaraigosa and Councilwoman Wendy Greuel announced that 100 more intersections throughout the city will receive the left-turn-lane signals. Villaraigosa said 60percent of the intersections that will receive the signals are in the San Fernando Valley. “Every commuter in this city has a fundamental right to turn left,” Villaraigosa said. “Logjams created by intersections without left-turn signals are responsible for some of the worst gridlock in the city.” The program, expected to cost $3million out of the Department of Transportation’s budget, is expected to be completed by June 30. [email protected] 213-978-0390160Want 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


first_imgBUSINESSMAN Eamonn Blaney – son of the late TD Neil T Blaney – is quitting Ireland, he said today.Writing in a blog on his website, Mr Blaney said the country faced economic oblivion unless the Government changed direction.The member of the Blaney dynasty, who stood as an independent candidate in Dublin in this year’s General Election, said he’d had enough and was getting out. The owner of Letterkenny’ Central Bar and former chairman of the Donegal Motor Club launched a scathing attack on the banks, revealing that one of them wouldn’t even open an account for his election bid!He said it was time Ireland pulled out of the euro, brought back the punt and linked it to our biggest trading partner – Britain.Mr Blaney wrote today: “Quietly and behind-the-scenes the Government must decide to show real leadership.“The type of leadership that will galvanise the people behind the Government, the type of leadership that inspires and, most importantly, demonstrates that what is right by the many, must come before what is profitable for the few. “This leadership will have to make the most difficult decision faced by any government since the founding of the State.“That decision is that they inform the ECB that, due to the illegality of the banks representatives’ behaviour, we must withdraw the bank guarantee and the Irish people cannot be expected to pay for a private company’s losses.“Simultaneously, we must withdraw from the euro and return to our own currency which we would devalue by about 20 per cent and, most importantly, peg its exchange rate to sterling.”Mr Blaney said however that unless people elected a government that would change, the necessary changes needed are unlikely to happen.He went on: “Until such time as the majority of the voters in this country come to the same conclusion I have been left with no practical alternative but to emigrate and join the 70,000-plus Irish people who have gone already.” You can read his entire article here: www.donegaldaily.com/2011/05/29/eamonn-blaney-on-quitting-ireland-his-blog-in-full/EAMONN BLANEY: ‘I’M GETTING OUT OF IRELAND’ was last modified: May 29th, 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)Tags:banks crisisdonegaleamonn blaneyemigrationletterkennylast_img read more

Does Delph really see dead people or is it his ‘old Villa mates?’ Video here

first_img1 PSG v Man City is live on talkSPORT at 7.45pm on Wednesday 6 April – click here for ways to stream.Man City midfielder Fabian Delph has revealed he “sees ghosts all the time.”Answering some questions from fans on the club’s YouTube channel, Delph went into detail after one asked if he not only believed in ghosts, but what he would do if he saw one.The 26-year-old then went on to reveal some of his experiences with the dead.The jokes will fly after this and leading the way right now is this comment on the video from BlueMoonRising: “‘I SEE DEAD PEOPLE’” – really nice to hear that Fabian still finds time to hang around with his old Villa teammates. Top bloke.?”? Watch the video to see Delph talk about his encounters with ghosts last_img read more