Can Lampard take Chelsea to the top?

first_imgThere’s no getting away from the fact that the manager’s revolving door has been getting good use at Stamford Bridge for the last fifteen years. Ever since Jose Mourinho started his first stint at the club in 2004 no less than 14 different people have been appointed. In terms of nationalities it has also been a veritable United Nations with representatives of Portugal, Italy, Spain, the Netherlands, Brazil, Israel and England.But now, one of Chelsea’s own is in the hot seat – and football followers everywhere are waiting to see how it’s going to work out for Frank Lampard.He certainly joins the club with a huge amount of goodwill behind him. After all, he’s the highest scorer for Chelsea of all time with 211 goals to his name and 429 appearances, second only to John Terry. He’s also known to be a man who has the ear of Roman Abramovich, for the moment at least. But, as so many of his predecessors have discovered, this is a situation that can quickly change.A step upHowever, amidst all this positivity there still remains a nagging doubt that Lampard may not quite have the experience to improve on last season’s 3rd place Premier League finish and Europa League victory as well as making the team a dead cert for fans of sports betting.After all, he’s only had a single season’s experience in charge of a club at Derby County. Having taken over from Gary Rowett he guided the team to the play-offs losing to Aston Villa and achieved a 6th place finish. His win rate was 42.11%, a little lower than Rowett’s 43.1%. Similarly, where the 2017-18 season saw the Rams picking up 75 points, under Lampard’s stewardship the total was 74.While these may not seem like amazing credentials for Premier League success there are a number of reasons why many are predicting that Lampard could be just the shot in the arm that the club needs.Youth v ExperienceIronically, the transfer ban imposed on the club for signing overseas under 18 players means that Lampard is poised to create a far more youthful side. This is something that managers like Mourinho, Sarri and Conte proved reluctant to do, despite the club having a very strong youth academy. Among the names being mentioned are the 19 year old right back Reece James who had a very successful season on loan to Wigan, 21 year old striker Tammy Abraham and even goalkeeper Karlo Ziger, 18, who is poised to take the place of the recently released Rob Green. As to whether this will be another case of Alan Hansen having to eat his words, we’ll just have to wait and see.So far we’ve only had a number of pre-season friendlies to see how the Lampard influence has started to play out and it has to be said that the signs are certainly encouraging. For example there have been victories over St Patrick’s Athletic at one end of the scale and Barcelona at the other. With Tammy Abraham already showing his scoring ability against the Spanish club here’s hoping that this could be a premonition of what could happen if the two teams come up against each other in the Champions League.The Hazard hazardOne of the biggest issues that Lampard could well have to confront will be the huge Eden Hazard-sized hole that’s been left following his departure to Real Madrid. All the youngsters in the world would have a hard task replacing the Belgian so Lampard will also be looking to the more experienced members of the squad like Willian, Pedro and Olivier Giroud to up their games, not to mention their scoring records.He’ll also have to deal with bigger egos than he’ll have managed at Derby. For example, there are reports that Callum Hudson-Odoi is demanding Hazard’s vacated No 10 shirt while some feel that, by rights, it should be Willan’s.So it’s undoubtedly going to be a tricky baptism of fire for Lampard. But with the natural goodwill that’s afforded to him by club and fans alike, plus the dogged determination that served him so well as a player, the signs are all looking good. Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebookby Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksRecommended for youApartments for Sale | Search AdsApartments in Dubai Might Be Cheaper Than You ThinkApartments for Sale | Search AdsUndoProperty Investment | Search AdsDubai Real Estate Investment Properties May Surprise YouProperty Investment | Search AdsUndoHealth & Human ResearchNever Eat These 7 Prediabetes Foods Again in Hong KongHealth & Human ResearchUndoRelocation Target7 Ways to Find a Cheap FlightRelocation TargetUndoDrhealthEveryday Foods you Should Never Keep in the FridgeDrhealthUndoTopGadgetAdvisorAre You Looking For a Remedy For Neck Pain?TopGadgetAdvisorUndoNutrition Expert7 Things That Happen If You Eat Celery Every DayNutrition ExpertUndoFlight Prices | Search AdsFlight Price from Tuen Mun Might Surprise YouFlight Prices | Search AdsUndolast_img read more

49ers mailbag: Where does win over Saints rank in past 20 years?

first_imgSANTA CLARA — The 49ers will have a tough time topping Sunday’s sensational win over the New Orleans Saints. They’re still playing high-stakes football, and fans are still abuzz, so let’s open up the Week 15 mailbag via Instagram and Twitter replies:Was that the best regular-season game you have ever covered? (@brandon.pride)Absolutely. It started with the best first half I’ve witnessed – four touchdowns apiece! – and the dramatics never stopped. I started covering the 49ers in 2000, and the …last_img read more

Over R1bn transferred via eWallet

first_imgeWallet Solutions CEO Yolande van Wyk said that the growth of eWallet could be attributed to its ease of use and its convenience. “We are pleased with the growth that we have experienced,” she said in a statement last week. The Financial World Innovation Awards have been running for more than a decade, recognising examples of creativity and vision within the financial services industry. The awards will take place on 1 December 2011 in London. “On average we are seeing over R3-million being sent daily to eWallets by FNB customers. This kind of activity illustrates how convenient our customers are finding eWallet.” According to Van Wyk, eWallet is proving to be extremely popular in those countries as well, showing similar month on month growth as was seen in South Africa. This allows for money to be sent even to people who do not have a bank account. When sent money in this manner, the recipient receives an SMS informing them that they have received money, and the necessary instructions to withdraw it from an FNB ATM. “We are constantly looking for ways to improve the service to add value to our customers,” she said. “We have seen the importance of being at the forefront of our industry in order to differentiate ourselves from our peers and other services available in the market.” They can also choose to send the money to another recipient and even buy prepaid airtime or electricity. Since its launch, more than 700 000 eWallets have been created. FNB customers can send money via cellphone banking, online banking and FNB ATMs, with cellphone banking being the most popular channel. Encouraged by the success of eWallet in South Africa, FNB has made the solution available in Botswana, Lesotho and Swaziland, in keeping with its strategy of expanding its products and services into the rest of the continent.center_img Cellphone banking most popular Van Wyk said that eWallet was not a solution specifically for a certain target market, as customers from any income bracket could benefit from using it. “Besides beign used for sending money to family or friends in remote areas, one can reimburse friends for lunch or use it to give children their pocket money,” she said. First National Bank says that over R1-billion has been transferred via its money transfer solution eWallet, which allows money to be sent to anyone with a valid South African mobile number, since its launch in October 2009. eWallet was recently shortlisted as a finalist for the Financial World Innovation Awards 2011 in the Innovation in the delivery of financial products – Multichannel and Mobile Banking. Innovation award shortlist 10 October 2011 SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

More Developers Start Working on Android Apps

first_imgFlurry Smart Phone Industry Pulse July 2009 Final Related Posts Tags:#Apple#E-Books#news#web Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting frederic lardinois EBooks on Mobile PhonesFlurry also took a close look at eBook applications and noticed that the number of active users there is showing tremendous growth. Flurry tracked nearly 3 million active users of eBook apps in July, up from just around half a million in March. While Amazon and Barnes & Noble both offer eBook apps for the iPhone (and B&N also offers one for the Blackberry), Sony remains the only major eBook player without a mobile app. Judging from these numbers, the real battle for dominance in the eBook market might not happen around hardware devices like the Kindle or the Sony Reader. Instead, whichever company can dominate the eBook market on mobile phones might have a serious advantage over its competitors.center_img A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… By the end of this year, Apple’s App Store will carry more than 100,000 apps. According to Flurry, which specializes in providing real-time analytics to mobile app developers on the iPhone, Android, JavaME, and Blackberry, new project starts among iPhone developers show no sign of slowing down. Flurry, however, also noticed that a growing number of developers have started to work on Android applications – maybe in reaction to Apple’s erratic App Store approval process. Over the past six months, the number of new Android apps that have integrated Flurry’s analytics doubled and the pipeline for new Android apps is also filling up quickly.Flurry currently tracks about 1,600 applications. The company argues that because developers often integrate analytics early on in the development process – as early as 6 months before an app ships – it can track “new project starts.” As always, we have to take these statistics with a grain of salt. After all, it’s possible that the number of developers who are integrating Flurry Analytics is growing and not the number of developers in general. Android Poised for GrowthStill, Flurry’s stats for Android are definitely encouraging, and there can be little doubt that more and more developers are starting to look at Android as an alternative platform – especially since Apple’s App Store approval process continues to be a mess.Flurry doesn’t track applications on Windows Mobile phones. Microsoft, however, is also trying to woo disgruntled iPhone developers and is now offering instructions for how to port iPhone apps to Windows Mobile. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Identifying Leads, Prospects, and Opportunities

first_img Get the Free eBook! Want to master cold calling? Download my free eBook! Many would have you believe that cold calling is dead, but the successful have no fear of the phone; they use it to outproduce their competitors. Download Now Christopher sent me a note on LinkedIn asking me to explain the difference between a lead and a prospect. I answered by telling him my version of the difference, and I added the definition of an opportunity to help him with his question.What Are LeadsA lead is the name of a company or a person. They might be on a list your company purchased. Or they might be on a list of people who attended your webinar or downloaded your white paper. They haven’t yet risen to the level of being a prospect because you can’t tell from their activity whether they are a prospect. To find that out, you have to pick up the phone and call them.What Is a ProspectA prospect is a person or company that has the kind of problems or challenges around which you can create value. If you call a lead and they don’t have these kinds of problems and challenges, they are not a prospect. You have to disqualify them if you cannot create value for them, or if they will never perceive the value you create.You know that I write the words “dream clients” a lot (that link takes you to a video that explains it in greater detail). These are like “super prospects.” They will perceive what you do as creating massive value. They are the very top of the stack when it comes to prospects. This is where you should spend your time.What Is an OpportunityAnd finally, we come to opportunities. In order for a prospect to become an opportunity, they have to agree that they have something that they want to change and they are considering you as a potential partner in helping them make that change. That change might be around a problem or a challenge. Or it might be helping them to take advantage of some future-oriented opportunity. But unless they agree that they are going to explore change and consider you, you still have a prospect.It doesn’t matter how much pain your prospect is in. It doesn’t matter how much better things could be. Unless they want to change, it’s a prospect. If they can’t benefit from what you sell, they are a lead worth disqualifying.last_img read more

IIT-Delhi alumnus donates Rs 10 crore for sports complex

first_imgNew Delhi, May 12 (PTI) An alumnus of the prestigious Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi has donated Rs 10 crore for the construction of a sports complex on the campus.Saurabh Mittal, who was one of the co-founders of the India Bulls group, received his B.Tech degree in Electrical Engineering in 1995.He subsequently received his MBA degree from Harvard Business School in 1999 where he was elected as a Baker Scholar.Mittal, who is presently the chairman of Mission Holdings, his private investment vehicle headquartered in Singapore, was in the national capital and presented a cheque of Rs 10 crore to IIT-Delhi Directer V Ramagopal Rao, an official from the institute said.The proposed sports complex which will be named as “Mittal Sports Complex” is likely to be completed by next year and an expenditure of Rs 22 crore is likely to be incurred on its construction. PTI GJS SMNlast_img read more