He will get the best out of players“I read a piece this week where he said he’s pretty happy with what he’s got at Liverpool and doesn’t feel it needs wholesale changes. Too often managers go into a new job and three months later complain the players aren’t fit enough, they’re not good enough and that he needs ten new players. This guy says, ‘no, no, I think this squad is alright’. Of course he will want one or two players in key positions but, if you look at his Dortmund team, he brought these players in and he got the best out of them. There were three players in recent years he turned from nobodies into world-class players and all three of them left – Nuri Sahin, Shinji Kagawa and Mario Gotze. They all left the club and they all failed. So that means he brings out the best of players. People say his players leave and can’t play in a different system. No, no, I’m not interested in what players do when they leave Liverpool, I want him to bring the best out of players, and he did that at Dortmund and I’m pretty sure he will do it at Liverpool. And if you’re not on board and you’re not prepared to sacrifice yourself for the team then I don’t think you’ve got a future at Liverpool.” He will change the perspective of the fans and the club“The club is at a crossroads now. One Champions League campaign in the past five or six years is not good enough and there have been a lot of poor decisions made in terms of recruiting players. The icing on the cake was sacking the backroom staff last summer and keeping the manager. That was the worst decision ever and was never going to work. It’s a terrific opportunity with a new manager for a new dawn because there will be that buzz around the town and you’ve got to rise that wave of emotion and use it as a positive. Liverpool is not the Liverpool it was 30 years ago. It was the most successful club in the 70s and 80s but it’s not anymore. You can’t think, ‘we are Liverpool, and we are the best’. No, we’re not. Liverpool at the moment is a top six team, nothing else. We have to be more humble and put things into perspective. We can’t treat people like sponsors and such like as people who want to come into a top club like Barcelona or Madrid or Munich, which Liverpool was 30 years ago, because it’s not. And from a fans’ point of view, Klopp coming in does not make Liverpool title contenders overnight. They will do well to finish in the top four [this season]. They have enough quality in the team to do that, but this does not make Liverpool title contenders. This is a new era and at the moment Liverpool are fortunate to attract a manager who is one of the best four or five in Europe at the moment. With him coming in, if people don’t take things for granted, show humility and work hard, and the fans support them, I’m sure the future will be rosy and I’m very hopeful and confident it will be.” Jurgen Klopp is expected to be confirmed as Liverpool’s new manager by the end of this week. But what will he bring to Anfield? Kop favourite and Istanbul hero Dietmar Hamann reveals five things that will change under the former Borussia Dortmund boss…The style of play“Brendan Rodgers has told us for the past three years that Liverpool like to pass the ball and play the beautiful game, but it’s very hard to do that and be successful. Only one team has managed that – Barcelona – and to a certain extent, Bayern Munich now, but they are two of the best teams in Europe. I felt at times in the last three years Liverpool did pass the ball, yes, but there was no purpose. They passed the ball for the sake of it and that’s not what I want to see. At times it was pedestrian and it was painful to watch. You will see a more direct approach with Klopp. He likes to play a high energy game and press very early, to turn the ball over in the opponent’s half if possible so you have got only 20 or 30 yards to the opposition’s goal. So you will see a game which is played a lot quicker and a lot more direct than it was in the last few years.”He will be honest after games“Too often in recent years the team disappointed and we heard from the manager about the great character in the team. I’m a supporter so I’ve got a rough idea what’s going on on the pitch and what I’ve just seen. I don’t want the manager to tell me the team showed great character when they didn’t, and he [Klopp] will tell the people what’s he’s seen and what he thinks about the team. He will give an honest assessment and it will be what the fans want to hear. Too often with Brendan he tried to tell people things that weren’t true. And this is why people got fed up in the end because it was the same all over again.”This team WILL have character“My biggest criticism of Brendan Rodgers’ team was he was telling us how much character the team had got, but if it was lacking one thing it was character. Every time the chips were down they failed. They got battered by Aston Villa at Wembley in an FA Cup semi-final, they lost in the semi-final of the League Cup to Chelsea, they got knocked out of a Champions League group that included Ludogorets and Basel, they lost a League title they should have won – with three games to go it was almost impossible they could lose it – but it’s worth nothing if you fall at the last hurdle and don’t take that next step. If you knock on the door several times it will open. What Brendan’s team did over the last few years is they knocked on the door and ran off. They didn’t try to go through the door. They knocked on it and ran off. That team was lacking character and I don’t think you’ll see that with Klopp because he believes in hard work and the players will have to go back to their roots because you’ve got to work hard and then you can start playing football. I think at Liverpool in recent years it was the other way around. We played football and then, if we had to compete, we did so. But by then it was too late.”
getty Louis van Gaal admits Memphis Depay has not lived up to expectations since his £25million move to Manchester United.With Wayne Rooney, Anthony Martial and Marouane Fellaini unavailable, Van Gaal could ask Depay to lead the line for United at Watford on Saturday.Should he be restored to the starting XI, it will be the first time Depay has started a Barclays Premier League game in seven weeks.Earlier this summer, Van Gaal hailed Depay as the “greatest talent of his age”, but the Dutch forward has looked nothing like the man who topped the Eredivisie scoring charts with 22 goals for PSV Eindhoven last season.When asked if he expected more of his compatriot, Van Gaal said: “Of course, because otherwise he was still in the team.“Otherwise I don’t look for another solution and (that is why) I have kept Jesse Lingard and Andreas Pereira, for that option.”Depay’s confident persona is said to have not gone down well with some at United, but Van Gaal insists the forward is applying himself correctly in training.“Now he has to fight back and he does it, so I am satisfied (with him),” Van Gaal said.“There is always a chance (he will play on Saturday). I have to see and compare players.“He is always looking very good.“Jesse Lingard has played very well, but it’s a question if he is consistent and that we have to wait and see.“I don’t have any problems with players but sometimes they are out of the team because their competitor is in that moment in a better shape but that doesn’t mean that I have a quarrel with the player. It’s a matter of form.” Depay says he was treated like a child by Van Gaal 1
Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal admitted he was ‘worried’ by his side’s shortage of goals as the Red Devils were held to a potentially costly 0-0 draw at home to PSV.United prompted throughout but were left frustrated by the final whistle at Old Trafford, leaving them requiring a better result than the Dutch champions in the last round of Champions League group games to clinch qualification to the knockout stages.The Red Devils have excelled defensively this season but have often struggled to break teams down, and Van Gaal confessed he harbours concerns.“I am worried but I know goals are coming and going,” said the Dutchman.“We could have scored at least three today, they were not the most difficult chances but we didn’t score.”Asked in his post-match press conference why his players couldn’t muster a breakthrough, Van Gaal replied:“They are human beings. The real reason you never know.“We didn’t play so well – in the first half it was average – but in the second half, in spite of my changes, it did not improve.”
1 Stoke manager Mark Hughes Stoke City manager Mark Hughes admits he was flattered by speculation linking him with the full-time job at Chelsea, but played down the rumours and insisted he is “very happy” at the Potteries.Reports this week have suggested the Welshman is among several candidates for the permanent role at Stamford Bridge.But when asked about the rumours on Thursday, Hughes – whose side are ninth in the Premier League table – said: “It’s just speculation.“There is a little bit of speculation about certain roles in the Premier League at the moment, and at some point, if you have a decent spell, you get mentioned in dispatches. I think it is no more and no less than that.“I think everyone just tries to cover all bases and mentions everybody, and this week I got a mention.“It’s nice to be mentioned I suppose, because that reflects well maybe on me but more so on the players and how well they are doing, which is how it should be because we are having a decent season.“But we are fully focused here and enjoying what we are doing.“It is a good time to be at Stoke. Everybody feels we are going in the right direction and building something. So I’m very happy.”Hughes, whose contract with Stoke runs until 2019, also dismissed talk of the club preparing to enter talks with forward Bojan Krkic over a new deal.“I’m not quite sure where that’s come from,” Hughes said.“Bojan has two-and-a-half years left on his contract, so it seems a little bit premature to be talking about that.”Hughes was speaking ahead of Saturday’s FA Cup fourth-round trip to Crystal Palace, where Stoke will be without midfielder Charlie Adam.Adam was forced off in Tuesday’s contest with a calf tear, and Hughes revealed on Thursday the Scot is facing five to six weeks out.There was more positive news regarding skipper Ryan Shawcross, who had been ruled out for up to a month earlier this week by a back problem.“He feels a lot better and the injury seems to be settling down,” Hughes said of the defender.“Initially we said three to four weeks, but hopefully it will be sooner than that.”
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.In northern Los Angeles County near Agua Dulce, a fire ran through 10,000 acres in just a few hours as about 250 firefighters tried to get a handle on the flames. Authorities said 10 buildings were destroyed, but couldn’t say how many of them were homes. Between 500 and 800 people were evacuated and three people were injured, authorities said. Meanwhile, in Malibu, about 700 firefighters worked to protect hundreds of homes in several upscale communities nestled in the hills, officials said. About 1,500 people had been evacuated, officials said. Firefighters and law enforcement officers from in and around the San Gabriel Valley went to assist in battling the fires in Malibu and Agua Dulce. Sixteen people from the Pasadena Fire Department, joined by firefighters from Glendale, Burbank and other cities, left for the blaze in Malibu early in the morning, said Pasadena fire spokeswoman Lisa Derderian. Pasadena’s firefighters were initially assigned the task of protecting structures from the fire, Derderian said. MALIBU – More than a half-dozen wildfires driven by powerful Santa Ana winds spread across Southern California on Sunday, killing one person near San Diego, forcing hundreds to evacuate north of Los Angeles and destroying several homes and a church in celebrity-laden Malibu. No details were immediately available about the death in San Diego County, but four firefighters and four other people were injured and taken to hospitals, said Roxanne Provaznik, a spokeswoman for the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection. The fire was among at least 10 blazes that burned more than 20,000 acres, stretching from north of Santa Barbara to San Diego, as hot weather and strong winds marked the height of the traditional wildfire season. The fire responsible for the death and eight injuries burned about 2,500 acres near a highway about 70 miles southeast of San Diego. A second charred about 8,000 acres in northern San Diego County near an area that was ravaged by a pair of wildfires in 2003 and was threatening homes near Witch Creek, authorities said. A Pasadena fire battalion chief also assisted with the fire in Agua Dulce, she said. Firefighters were also drawn from Los Angeles County Fire Department stations throughout the region, officials said. Fire Station No. 118 in Industry contributed four firefighters and two engines to the blaze in Malibu, said Los Angeles County Fire Department Capt. Robert Cormack. Other stations contributed whatever manpower and equipment could be spared, Cormack said. The sheriff’s Industry Station sent nine deputies and two sergeants to the fires, said Industry sheriff’s Lt. Liam Gallagher. Three deputies from the sheriff’s Walnut/Diamond Bar Station were at the scene as well, officials said. The Malibu blaze, which started in Malibu Canyon, had charred at least 1,200 acres and destroyed a church and several homes, one of them a landmark castle. No one was injured, Los Angeles County Fire Chief P. Michael Freeman said. The winds carried embers across the Pacific Coast Highway, closing the popular road and setting fire to cars and trees in the parking lot of a shopping center where a supermarket, drugstore and other shops were damaged. TV footage showed several buildings in flames in the area, including clusters of beach-side homes. “This fire is zero percent contained, which means we’re at the mercy of the wind,” acting Malibu Mayor Pamela Conley Ulich said. Five homes and two commercial buildings had been confirmed lost throughout the Malibu area, Freeman said. Nine homes were damaged, he said. The fire is expected to burn for another two to three days, he said. Until the blaze is extinguished, “there will literally be thousands of homes that will be threatened at one time or another,” he said. Fire crews early Sunday found downed power lines, which may have started the fire, Capt. Mike Brown said. Late Sunday morning, palm trees bent in half and embers were carried through the air as winds gusted to 60 to 65 mph. Thick smoke obscured the sun. Susan Nuttall sat in her black Mercedes in a cul-de-sac just off the Pacific Coast Highway, saying she had fled her condo just below Pepperdine University. “We’re all scared to death, and we have nowhere to go,” said Nuttall, 51, still wearing a bathrobe and holding her Chihuahua. Flames also consumed the landmark Castle Kashan, a stately fortress-like home with turrets and arched windows, as about a dozen residents watched from across a street. Chunks of brick fell from the exterior of the burning building overlooking the coast. Erratic wind gusts hampered efforts to drop water from aircraft and pushed flames toward HRL Laboratories, a research and engineering facility jointly owned by Boeing Co. and General Motors Corp. about a mile north of Pepperdine. One outbuilding caught fire, Boeing spokeswoman Diana Ball said. Flames engulfed Malibu Presbyterian Church, which had been evacuated, said youth pastor Eric Smith. “That’s the really good news, that everyone’s out and safe,” Smith said. Faculty and staff at the 830-acre Pepperdine campus had been urged to evacuate in the morning and students were instructed to gather in the school’s cafeteria and basketball arena. But by early afternoon, the campus was “secure,” Freeman said. Flames were no longer visible in the hills around the school and that power to the campus had been restored, Pepperdine spokesman Jerry Derloshon said. About 200 homes had been evacuated in the communities of Malibu Colony, Puerco Canyon, Monte Nido and Sweetwater Canyon, Brown said. High fire danger signified by red-flag warnings is expected in the coming days throughout the Southland, said Derderian, of the Pasadena Fire Department. Officials are working to ensure there will still be enough firefighters on-hand to handle any local emergencies, she said. Other wildfires burning in Southern California included: Firefighters were focused on protecting Piru, a Ventura County town of 1,200 people across a small lake from the 1,500-acre blaze. A condor preserve was also potentially threatened. Also in Ventura County, crews mopped up a wildfire that burned 35 acres of brush in a rural area near Moorpark. One home had damage to its roof but no injuries were reported. More than 450 acres had burned five miles northeast of Los Olivos in Santa Barbara County. No homes had been destroyed or damaged, but fire officials issued a voluntary evacuation order for the Woodstock neighborhood. A blaze that burned around 25 acres was stamped out in an unpopulated canyon area in the Porter Ranch area of the San Fernando Valley. Downed power lines were found in the area, but officials didn’t know if they had caused the blaze. Correspondent Brian Day contributed to this story. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
LOS ANGELES: Council doesn’t need to approve payout for ex-transit chief. By Kerry Cavanaugh STAFF WRITER City Attorney Rocky Delgadillo and City Councilman Bernard Parks approved a $95,000 payout Monday to former Los Angeles transit chief Gloria Jeff, who claimed she was unfairly fired by Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Delgadillo and Parks were the two supporting votes on the three-member Claims Board, which can authorize settlements up to $100,000 without council or mayoral approval. The mayor’s representative on the board, attorney Tom Saenz, did not attend the meeting. Under the settlement, Jeff will agree to drop the appeal of her termination, along with any other legal claims she may have against the city. The voter-approved city charter empowers the mayor to hire and fire general managers. However, some African- American community leaders and council members said the mayor unfairly fired Jeff, giving her an ultimatum to resign immediately or be fired, with no explanation, after he personally recruited her to the $200,000-a-year job. Villaraigosa’s office has said Jeff was warned that her management of the Department of Transportation was deficient and after that she was encouraged to seek communications and leadership training. Jeff was hired in March 2006. She’d previously worked as director of the Michigan Department of Transportation and as a federal transit official under former President Clinton. [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Chelsea striker Diego Costa found himself mired in controversy again on Saturday night as he was sent off against Everton in their 2-0 FA Cup quarter-final defeat.The Blues star confronted Gareth Barry after a challenge and after butting the player appeared to open his mouth and place it over the midfielder’s neck.But was it a bite like those Luis Suarez has done in the past? Check out the video below and let us know in the comments… 1 Diego Costa is sent off against Everton
1 Oscar in action for Chelsea Juventus are set to reignite their interest in Chelsea midfielder Oscar in the summer.The Old Lady expressed an interest in signing the Brazilian international in January but any attempts to make contact with the player’s representatives were quickly blocked by Chelsea.However, according to Tuttosport, Antonio Conte wants to revamp Chelsea’s midfield if he is announced as the club’s next manager and Oscar may not be included in the Italian’s future plans.Juventus are ready to fork out £24m for the 24-year-old and pounce on a period of change at Stamford Bridge.Oscar joined Chelsea from Internacional in 2012 and has won the Premier League, League Cup and the Europa League with the club.
Emmanuel Eboue was yet to make an appearance for the Black Cats 1 Sunderland have terminated the contract of Emmanuel Eboue after he was handed a one-year playing ban by FIFA.Eboue has been sanctioned by FIFA’s disciplinary committee for failing to pay his former agent Sebastien Boisseau, and will be banned for one year unless he settles his debt.The 32-year-old former Arsenal man only joined Sunderland earlier this month following a successful trial.But the club have stated they were not made aware of the ongoing dispute when he signed as a free agent on March 9, and have therefore revealed their intension to cancel his contract at the Stadium of Light.A statement published on the club’s official website read: “[Eboue’s] suspension relates to a monetary dispute between the player and a former agent, which precedes his time at Sunderland AFC and was not something that the club was made aware of by the player.“Eboue signed a contract with Sunderland AFC until the end of the current season and the club has therefore given notice of its intention to terminate the contract. The player has two weeks in which to appeal this decision.”Eboue has yet to make his debut for the Black Cats, but was in line to play his first game against West Brom this weekend.The news will have come as another blow to manager Sam Allardyce, who recruited the experienced defender to assist in the club’s battle for Premier League survival.Allardyce has already lost former England midfielder Adam Johnson from his squad after the club sacked him following his admission of sexual activity with a child, and the player has since been jailed.
1 Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has warned Villarreal that Anfield awaits after his side’s 1-0 defeat in their Europa League semi-final first leg.Substitute Adrian Lopez capitalised on a momentary lapse in concentration in the second minute of added time to give the home side the advantage ahead of the return in a week’s time.On Liverpool’s last European appearance at home they staged a dramatic comeback to beat the then-favourites Borussia Dortmund and although the late drama went against them in Spain, Klopp remains confident.However, he cautioned against another similar performance like the one against the German club.“I am pleased with the performance, a lot of parts we did really good. Villarreal are a good side but Liverpool are a good side too,” he said.“After controlling a game like this in most parts of the game a 92nd-minute counter-attack it sounds like it is – not too good and everyone knows it and it should not happen.“I’ve seen some unbelievable mistakes but I don’t think about things like this. It happens.“It was not too smart. There are lot of things we could ask but it makes no sense.“It is not a moment for disappointment. If the players want to be angry for 10 minutes then do it and move on.“To be honest it is the first leg. My first thought was ‘Sorry, but it is not over, you have to come to Anfield too and we will be ready’.“With the help of Anfield we can do it – but please don’t compare with Dortmund.”Midfielder Joe Allen had Liverpool’s best chance in just the fifth minute but when left-back Alberto Moreno, who rifled a late shot into the side-netting with substitute Jordon Ibe better placed in the middle, got caught upfield it left Kolo Toure exposed to the much younger Denis Suarez who squared for Lopez.“We had this great moment with Alberto and a header from Christian (Benteke). Maybe the youth (inexperience) came through. Until then it was really a professional performance,” added the German.“Things are possible with 1-0, it is not the biggest result in the world. Villarreal know a lot more about us and they will respect us.“Now we have to find solutions to a few things but I saw we are in a good way. I saw a lot of things that show we can.” Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp