Carlo ­Ancelotti the ‘wrong choice’ to replace Freddie Ljungberg, says Arsenal hero Alan Smith

first_img Metro Sport ReporterFriday 13 Dec 2019 10:57 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link Alan Smith says Ancelotti is the ‘wrong choice’ for Arsenal (Picture: Getty)Despite his success in Europe, Ancelotti would be the ‘wrong choice’ for Arsenal, according to club legend Smith, who instead believes the Gunners should target Mikel Arteta.ADVERTISEMENT‘Arsenal cannot lean on a solid rearguard, and that obvious lack of resilience and organisation makes the task so much harder for the new man,’ Smith told the Evening Standard.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘That’s why I repeat my firm belief that the situation demands an innovative, inspirational coach, someone with the ability to quickly instil a decisive vision and culture on the training ground that transfers to match days in a positive way.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘For me, someone like Carlo ­Ancelotti would be the wrong choice.‘As successful as the Italian has been, he’s more of an old-school manager who steadies the ship through clever man-management. Arsenal’s predicament has moved beyond that.‘It requires a tough visionary who can grab hold of this squad and fashion a way of playing that, in the short term, will achieve better results by making the team harder to play against. Carlo Ancelotti has been linked with a move to Arsenal following Unai Emery’s sacking (Picture: Getty)Alan Smith says Arsenal need to appoint an ‘innovative and inspirational’ manager and has urged his former club against targeting Carlo ­Ancelotti.Ancelotti, 60, has emerged as a candidate to join the Gunners following Unai Emery‘s sacking at the end of last month.The Italian, who was axed by Napoli last week, has won three Champions Leagues and domestic titles in England, Italy, France and Germany. Freddie Ljungberg has been placed in temporary charge of the Gunners (Picture: Getty)‘I said it last week and I’ll say it again. Mikel Arteta has what it takes. I just hope that the Arsenal board feel the same way.’Freddie Ljungberg has endured a mixed start to his managerial career at the Emirates and Arsenal sit ninth in the Premier League ahead of Sunday’s clash with defending champions Manchester City.The Gunners have won just five of their 16 league games this season but beat London rivals West Ham on Monday evening.MORE: Martin Keown hails Arsenal star Gabriel Martinelli and slams ‘lucky’ Freddie LjungbergMORE: Napoli to submit £21m transfer offer for Lucas Torreira if Arsenal reject loan deal Commentcenter_img Carlo ­Ancelotti the ‘wrong choice’ to replace Freddie Ljungberg, says Arsenal hero Alan Smith Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

Boeheim family comes together on the court in Syracuse’s win over Cornell

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on December 2, 2018 at 12:12 am Contact Billy: wmheyen@syr.edu | @Wheyen3 On one Syracuse possession late in Saturday’s first half, Buddy Boeheim received a pass on the right wing with his 18-month older brother, Cornell’s Jimmy Boeheim, in a defensive stance in front of him. The Carrier Dome crowd’s noise level rose in anticipation. Buddy jab-stepped twice, but then just passed the ball off. On a night when SU head coach Jim Boeheim’s sons played against each other, that was about as close as they came to going one-on-one.“I was so worried about the game and what was going on, I wasn’t really thinking about that to be honest with you,” Boeheim said. “I really wasn’t. Their mother can think about that. I’m thinking about trying to get us to play better.”In the end, Boeheim and Buddy came out on top, as Syracuse (5-2) beat Cornell (4-4) and Jimmy, 63-55, in the Carrier Dome. Buddy made one of his two 3-point attempts. Jimmy tallied nine points, six rebounds and four assists. The two bumped hips a few times on the floor, and Jimmy guarded Buddy on at least two possessions. Cornell hung around, but in the end Syracuse found the edge.“It’s tough because we really were right there, we had a really good chance to win,” Jimmy said. “It’s definitely in my mind. It might be there for a while.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textAlexandra Moreo | Senior Staff PhotographerWhen Jimmy checked in first, with 15:03 to go in the first half, the crowd cheered at a decent volume. He grabbed a couple boards and an assist, and then about four minutes into his court time, he leaked out as Steven Julian grabbed a steal.Julian led Jimmy toward the basket, and even as SU’s Elijah Hughes trailed the play looking to pin Jimmy’s shot to the backboard, the sophomore didn’t waver.“He’s starting to realize how tall and long he is,” Cornell star Matt Morgan said of Jimmy. “Offensively and defensively he can get to the rim whenever he wants to.”Naturally right-handed but a lefty jump shooter, Jimmy got to the glass with his right hand and finished for two. He knocked down a 3 a few possessions later. Juli Boeheim and Jamie Boeheim, Jim’s wife and daughter, stood and cheered with two other people who’d accompanied them. They were the only group in their section of the Carrier Dome cheering.“He hasn’t made any 3s,” Boeheim exaggerated. “He would have to make one against us.”Two minutes after Jimmy’s 3, Buddy answered with one of his own. He’d missed his first attempt from beyond the arc, but when Frank Howard swung the ball to Buddy on the left wing, he rose up and knocked it down.Again, Juli and Jamie stood and cheered. They weren’t the only ones, that time.“Buddy got a good look, and he had another chance to get a good look and we’re not smart enough to get him the ball,” Boeheim said.Alexandra Moreo | Senior Staff PhotographerAt one point in their time on the court together, Jimmy and Buddy lined up along the free throw lane. For most of the game, Jimmy said he didn’t think about the fact that they were playing each other.But lined up next to each other, Jimmy noticed.“He came down and stood next to me,” Jimmy said. “And I was like wow, that’s pretty crazy. In that moment, it clicked.”With 18 seconds to go and Syracuse finally having stemmed a Cornell rally, Jimmy took one more shot. He caught the ball near the top of the key, drove right, and put it off glass over Marek Dolezaj, again with his right hand.Then with five seconds left, Boeheim subbed Buddy back in for the closing seconds. When the buzzer sounded, the family didn’t leave the court yet. Instead, Jamie and Juli joined the three competitors.They had to pose for a photo.“My mom told me that was gonna happen,” Jimmy said. “I tried to run out of there before. But she grabbed me, and I don’t think I really had a choice … She wants that to be our Christmas card.”Senior Staff Writer Matthew Gutierrez and Senior Staff Photographer Alexandra Moreo contributed reporting.center_img Commentslast_img read more

Tipperary cyclist Sam Bennett extends contract.

first_imgThe 23 year old has had a highly impressive opening year with Team NetApp Endura picking up wins in the Clasica de Almeria, the German classic Rund um Köln, and a stage of the Tour of Bavaria.  He already had a contract for 2015 but has decided to remain with the squad until the end of 2017.The German based team has a new title sponsor in the form of Bora for next season – they have also announced the signing of New Zealander Shane Archibold for from Bennett’s former home An Post Chain Reaction.last_img read more

Minor parties aim for major impact

first_imgTomorrow’s South Australian state election is expected to go down to the wire.It is estimated that the ballot will come down to a handful of votes, in a handful of seats.Experts are forecasting that Labor will retain government by the narrowest of margins, with only one seat going to an independent.Which is why preferences are going to be so important.Enter the Fair Tax party, headed by Greek-Australian mortgage broker George Kargiotis.Mr Kargiotis is standing for an upper house seat, while ten of his Greek-Australian colleagues vie for lower house preferences.The Fair Tax Party was founded earlier this year in protest against what Mr Kargiotis terms “unfair taxes”.“We have real stories to tell,” he says.“A pensioner forced to sell the family’s much-loved holiday shack because he was hit with a huge land tax bill he couldn’t pay.“A young entrepreneur who can’t grow his business in his home State because payroll tax is killing him.“Middle-aged couples who suddenly find the plans they made to take care of themselves in retirement are going to cost them more in tax than they’ll make in income.”Despite only having 300 members, he is confident that his party can snaffle some votes and swing the preferences their way.”Our preferences in the lower house will be going to the Liberal Party. They are in the nine marginal seats, and that is being deliberately done so we can swing those votes over,” he says.“We know we’re a long shot but we’re optimistic, and we’ve done everything we can to try and get the best result we can on Saturday.”But not everyone is convinced that his stance has the best interests of the majority in mind, accusing the Fair Tax Party of standing for the interests of wealthy investors.“I can see that, but the way it works is that if you have a land tax bill, you’re going to try and recoup it from somewhere.“Now it’s more than likely that if you own a residential property and you’ve got a land tax bill of $10,000, how are you going to recoup that?“You’re going to recoup that by putting the rent up. Now the tenant’s going to be paying an extra twenty or thirty dollars a week. Who’s really paying for the land tax bill?”Also running for an upper house seat is Director of the Plastic Surgery Department of the Royal Adelaide Hospital, Dr Jim Katsaros, for the Save RAH Party.Dr Karatsos is standing to prevent the Rann government from spending $1 billion on a new hospital and instead wants to upgrade the current Royal Adelaide Hospital to a world-class standard.In an open letter to South Australians, Dr Karatsos questions the Rann government’s commitment to improving health care standards.“The state government says it has a plan for all Adelaide hospitals.  There is no evidence that it has any credible plans because it does not know how much money it is able to spend on our health system,” he says.“In truth, we are all left to speculate about what it is trying to do about our future health.” Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more