Premier League team of the season: No Lloris, De Gea or Courtois!

first_img Diego Costa has been one of the best performing strikers 1 David De Gea, Thibaut Courtois and Hugo Lloris have been lauded for their displays in goal this season.However, according to the EA Sports Player Performance Index, which is created using data from Opta, West Ham no.1 Adrian has been the best keeper so far.Leighton Baines, Phil Jagielka and Nathaniel Clyne were also among the top performing defenders, with Dusan Tadic, Raheem Sterling, Alexis Sanchez and Charlie Austin other notable mentions.Premier League 2014/15 team of the season so far: Do you agree with the team of the season so far – who would you pick? 1last_img read more

End of road work in sight

first_imgThe westbound side will be closed today, and the eastbound side will be shut down Thursday, Rivas said. It’s all worthwhile, said Councilwoman Cathy Warner, who lives on that side of the city. “It’s just like your house,” Warner said. “You have to do a new roof every so many years. This is just regular maintenance that has to be done.” If the city did nothing, the streets would be in even worse shape, she said. The project is part of the city’s five-year maintenance plans, Warner said. The idea is to repave every street once every five years, she added. WHITTIER – Just get through this week. That’s the message for Mar Vista Street residents and commuters who have been enduring the repaving of a large portion of the busy thoroughfare. Work on the street from College Avenue to Ocean View Avenue has been under way for the past couple of weeks, but by Friday it should be completed, said Sebastian Rivas, foreman for Hardy and Hardy Inc. of Santa Ana, which was awarded the $202,000 contract from the city. But this week won’t be easy, with paving planned for that area today and Thursday. For people driving on Mar Vista, David Pelser, Whittier’s public works director, said they should be careful. “As always if you’re going through a construction zone, you want to slow down, be alert and be prepared to yield the right of way,” Pelser said. (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3022160Want 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_imgThe news broke on Donegal Daily late on Friday night that Donegal manager Jim McGuinness has stepped down from the position.Social media went into overdrive, with the story going viral in a matter of minutes.There can be no doubt of the influence that Jim has had on Donegal football. He has taken the role of the manager in GAA to a new level.His tactics have been broken down and analysed and many have tried to imitate his ‘system’ ever since they brought Donegal to the All-Ireland Final in 2012.Jim Mc Guinness has nothing to prove.He set out a 4 year plan when he took over the managerial position in 2010 and he had achieved his objectives within 2 years. In his 4 years as manager of Donegal, he has taken the team to:
1 x national league title in 2013, 
3 x Ulster Football championship titles in 2011, 2012 and 2014 and 
1 x All Ireland Senior Football Championship title in 2012…Not bad for a man the Donegal County Board turned down for the job on numerous occasions.On one of these occasions, he intended to deliver a PowerPoint presentation during his interview. No one anticipated that a plug socket might have been needed during the interview process. The County Board quite literally weren’t ready for Mc Guinness’s level of professionalism.During this time Jim was approached by other counties offering him managerial positions, but he held firm and was determined to get the Donegal managerial role.Jim himself said in an interview the week before they won the 2012 All Ireland Final that when he applied for the job in 2010;
“I was the only candidate and I struggled to get it”. Fortunately someone finally saw sense and Jim was appointed to the role.When you look back at the Donegal team that Jim inherited when he took over the role you can start to see the volume of work that he achieved over the last 4 years.
Donegal hadn’t won anything in the championship in 19 years and his more experienced players hadn’t won so much as a match in the Ulster championship in four years.Donegal, in the four years since Jim’s appointment, have won 20 of their 24 championship matches. Jim has overseen victories over some of our toughest opponents – Dublin, Kerry, Mayo, Cork, Armagh, Tyrone, Monaghan, Derry and Down.He never missed key training sessions, despite also holding down a full time position with Glasgow Celtic FC. Jim’s commitment, drive and focus to the role was on a level that has never been seen before in Donegal GAA.He is leaving behind a legacy that will be extremely tough to follow for whoever decides to apply for the managerial position.It is not just his victories that they will have to emulate.Jim has captured the hearts of the people of Donegal; posters were painted, songs were written and statues were erected.He has become an icon not only in the GAA circles, but in every household around the county and over the country.An evaluation of Jim’s career as manager of Donegal GAA is simple.Has he been successful in his role during his tenure?Yes.Has he left the team and football in Donegal in a better state than when he took over in 2010?Yes.Jim has seen football restored in Donegal and has left plenty of smiles in his wake.But, as he said himself that was what it was always about for him.“I’m very aware and have always been very aware of what football means to the people of Donegal, I’ve said it all along, seeing smiles on people’s faces makes everything worthwhile.”And smile we did.#TrainSmart
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