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

Promoter’s post is latest Benton County Speedway first for Dripps

first_img“We went home that night excited about a lot of things. That race gave us a great head start going into this year and things couldn’t have worked out better for us,” said Dripps, a long-time IMCA Modified driver. “Benton County Speedway is the first track I ever watched a race at. It’s the first track I ever raced at (in a pro stock, in 1992) and it’s the first track where I won a race. It’s always been special to me.”  They’d promoted a single event, the season-ending Arnold Motor Supply Dirt Knights Tour show, at Vinton, the traditional home track of the IMCA Modified division, last September. Dripps and his father Rick, partners in Specialty Racing Promotions Inc., will be in charge for their first full season at Benton County Speedway. “We’ve been talking with a lot of drivers,” he continued. “We’re excited about the season and the specials we have coming up.” Site of the first-ever IMCA Modified event in 1979, Benton County Speedway has now sanctioned the Modifieds and Stock Cars since 2001, Hobby Stocks since 2002, Northern SportMods since 2005 and Late Models since 2017. Nicknamed The Bullring, the quarter-mile dirt oval hosts the April 2 Frostbuster special before the first regular Sunday night show on April 19.  Special events for each IMCA division are scheduled throughout the season. The Dirt Knights Tour returns on Memorial Day, Kids With Cancer Night on May 31 and the Urbana 5 Memorial on July 2. In addition to the Modifieds, IMCA Sunoco Late Models, IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars, IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks and Karl Kustoms Northern SportMods run weekly through IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing season championship night on Aug. 23. “I’ve done a lot of different racing and IMCA has the best rules package for competitiveness and cost effectiveness,” Dripps said. “Beyond a doubt, IMCA is the best sanction for weekly racing.”  VINTON, Iowa – The track where Corey Dripps started his racing career nearly 30 years ago is the same track he’ll promote in 2020.  “This is an action track. We want to give drivers the best surface to race on and we’ve invested in the best equipment to do that,” said Dripps. “We built a new backstretch road, we’re buying a new PA system for the pits and installing a new scoring loop system.”last_img read more

Director of Sport hands over gear to Victoria Community

first_imgDIRECTOR of Sport, Christopher Jones,last Tuesday made a stop at the Victoria Community Centre where he handed over a number of Sports equipment and gear to members of the community.In making the presentation,the head of the National Sports Commission declared that it was a small contribution and promised more in the future.“I want to assure you, here (and)now, that this here is what I consider very minor, a very minute donation…so you can rest assured that the National Sports Commission (NSC) and by extension the Ministry of Youth, Sport and Culture will make further contributions to the development of your Village through the year.I understand that there is a proposal to enhance your ground to the tune of $3.5m GY…I want to say this now, that once that proposal is submitted to me,that would be on the priority list for 2017”, Jones promised to loud cheers from the villagers gathered.“Our aim at the NSC is to do everything possible to ensure that every village throughout the length and breadth of this country, the young people have a recreational space that they can go run, frolic, learn a particular sport and of course have an enclosed environment that is safe;so we are working on ensuring that these facilities are available in every community and village. Be assured that support will always be forthcoming from the NSC in the development of your community,” the Director reminded.Junior Minister within the Ministry of Health, Dr. Karen Cummings,who hails from that village thanked the Director for the kind gesture and urged the members to “care the equipment and make good use so that Victoria can move from one level to the next…think big,the sky is the limit.”Long-standing Club official of the Community’s pride – Victoria Kings FC – Calvin Marks introduced the Director and told the gathering that it was a historic moment for the village as it is the first time any Government official came to present any sport equipment to the village and that he was thankful.Marks also mentioned the exploits of the Victoria Kings FC and reminded that without the support of the Community there would be no Victoria Kings.The equipment received were for: Cricket, Lawn Tennis, Basketball, Football, Volleyball and Chess. (Ras Wadada)last_img read more