Pep Guardiola – Possible destinations in the Premier League

first_img Odds: 2/9 :: CHELSEA Jose Mourinho could be replaced permanently by his nemesis, if owner Roman Abramovich can persuade the 44-year-old he has the vision not to resort to the axe if things do not immediately go according to plan. London will likely appeal, but will Guardiola gamble with a club with a history of hiring and firing? Odds: 9/2 :: MANCHESTER UNITED Louis van Gaal’s position is less than secure, with even sponsors Adidas criticising United’s style of play. After David Moyes and the Dutchman, Guardiola could be the successor to Sir Alex Ferguson that United have been looking for. The chance to revive a giant could appeal. Odds: 10/1 :: ARSENAL :: MANCHESTER CITY The Catalan worked with City’s chief executive Ferran Soriano and director of football Txiki Beguiristain during his time at Barcelona. He may wish to reprise the relationship and take inconsistent City to the next level domestically and in Europe, with Manuel Pellegrini’s position less than stable. Press Association Pep Guardiola on Tuesday announced he wishes to move to the Premier League when he leaves Bayern Munich at the end of the season. Here Press Association Sport looks at his potential destinations and why he might choose them. Arsene Wenger is in his 20th year as Arsenal boss and the Gunners will have the challenge of finding his successor at some point. If London is where Guardiola wishes to be, Arsenal may offer a ‘safer’ alternative than Chelsea, with the stability and resources in place to thrive. Odds: 14/1 (All odds from Ladbrokes) last_img read more

Bahamas Deputy Prime Minister Underscores Need for GB Economy to be Strong

first_img— Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, October 26, 2017 – Nassau – Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, the Hon. K. Peter Turnquest says the government is convinced that the health and strength of Grand Bahama’s economy is vital to the nation’s overall growth and development.“I can’t stress that enough because people don’t necessarily understand how important Grand Bahama is to the entire health of this country, because it is still the second largest economy in the country, never mind that Abaco is gaining on our heels every day and other islands like Exuma are holding their own,” added Minister Turnquest, who was the guest speaker at the 12th Annual Northern Conference of The Bahamas Association of Compliance Officers, which was held at Pelican Bay Resort, October 25, 2017.“If (Grand Bahama’s economy) fails, it will cause enormous pressure on the rest of the country,” added Minister Turnquest.   “So, I can’t understate how important it is for us to get Grand Bahama right.”In his address to Compliance Officers, Minister Turnquest said his government feels it has an obligation to do what it can to ensure that Grand Bahama succeeds.   He said that is just the first step in delivering on the commitments the government has made to the people of Grand Bahama and for the people of The Bahamas.“The economic transformation of Grand Bahama requires growth,” said Minister Thompson.   “According to the IMF World outlook, The Bahamas is forecasted to grow by 1.8 percent in 2017 and by 2.5 percent in 2018.   However, that growth will not happen and be sustained if the government does not do its part to facilitate economic transformation.“And again, getting Grand Bahama’s economy going is a key, critical component to achieving those goals. In fact, the country cannot progress without undertaking reforms that lead to better business conditions.   These reforms are critical to achieve better living standards, moderate inflation, low inflationary concerns and high growth rates.”The Finance Minister noted that The Bahamas fell in its rankings on the “ease of doing business” ladder since last year and to a large extent that fall was not because of something the Bahamian government did, but rather what they did not do.“In other words, if we continue to stand still, thinking that we are doing okay, we are going to fall further and further behind because the rest of the world is moving forward,” Minister Thompson pointed out.   “For example, Jamaica has made tremendous strides in its utilization of technology in order to facilitate and make the ease of doing business much better. And they have leap-frogged ahead of us.“We have an obligation and we have a commitment to make the improvements, to make the changes that we need to make in order to ensure that we keep pace, at a minimum. But I challenge my people every day to make a quantum leap to ensure that we get ahead.”By: Andrew Coakley (BIS)OPENS BACO CONFERENCE – Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, Hon. K. Peter Turnquest was the guest speaker to open the 12th Annual Northern Conference of The Bahamas Association of Compliance Officers (BACO) one-day conference, which was held on October 25, 2017 at Pelican Bay Resort.(BIS Photo/Lisa Davis) Related Items:center_img Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

Mario Gomez reveals why he turned down Real Atletico Madrid

first_imgVfB Stuttgart striker Mario Gomez revealed why he chose to join Fiorentina instead of either Real Madrid or Atletico Madrid in 2013.After falling behind Mario Mandzukic in the Bayern Munich pecking order, Gomez decided to end his four-year stay at the Allianz Arena after scoring 113 goals in 174 games along with winning two Bundesliga titles and the Champions League.The former Germany international had the choice of going to Spain with either Real or Atletico but instead made a surprise €20m transfer to Fiorentina in the Serie A.Gomez made the decision to turn down, what many would view as a once in a lifetime opportunity, both Real and Atletico in favour of Fiorentina due to a new-found desire to be the “hunter” once more after having so much success at Bayern.“At the time, I relatively quickly made the decision to join Fiorentina,” Gomez told Bild.“However, my agent, Uli Ferber, kept telling me that the Spanish top clubs Real and Atlético Madrid also asked about me.Sergio Ramos, Real MadridZidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.“Two days before the end of the pre-season training camp with Bayern, he asked me if he should really say no to them.“From a sporting point of view, that may not be understandable to many people. But Fiorentina showed me exactly which way they wanted to go.“With a high-quality team and a new stadium, they wanted to compete with Juventus in the long run.”“After four years at Bayern München, the thought of being in the position as the hunters attracted me and ultimately made me want to make the move.”Ultimately though Gomez’s time in Italy didn’t turn out the way he had hoped for with just 14 goals to his name in 47 appearances before going out on loan to Turkish side Besiktas and leaving permanently in 2016 for VfL Wolfsburg.At the age of 33, Gomez returned to his boyhood club Stuttgart last January.last_img read more

PCB rules out immediate return of tainted duo

first_imgThe Pakistan Cricket Board has ruled out an immediate first-class return for the tainted duo of Salman Butt and Muhammad Asif, saying that they would have to attend further anti-corruption rehabilitation programs to regain the PCB’s trust.Najam Sethi, Chairman of the PCB’s influential executive committee, said the Board had planned special rehabilitation programs for the two players whose spot-fixing bans expire on September 1, allowing them to return to cricket. Sethi revealed that there were lots of players including some members of the Pakistan team, who were not happy that Butt, Asif or Mohammad Aamir should be rehabilitated back to top cricket. “I don’t think they have to go into first class cricket straightaway when the ban ends. They will have to attend the rehabilitation program of the PCB for two to three months,” Sethi said on Geo Super channel. “We had written to the ICC seeking clarification on some points and they have in reply left it to the PCB to complete the rehabilitation process of these players.” Also Read – A league of his own!Asked about the players who were not happy to see the tainted trio coming back, Sethi declined to take names but said even former Test captain Ramiz Raja had mentioned this in a recent column. “Obviously we have to talk to these players, convince them and give them time to develop trust once again in the players coming back. The PCB itself needs to be very sure that they wouldn’t repeat the past because what happened in 2010 in England was very embarrassing and damaging for Pakistan cricket,” Sethi said.  Also Read – Domingo named new Bangladesh cricket coachPCB to launch logo of long-awaited PSL next monthThe Pakistan Cricket Board said it would launch the official logo of its much-delayed Twenty20 Super League on September 19. A top official, however, said a decision on the venue for hosting the five-team franchise tournament would be taken in two weeks time.“We have two options either hold the PSL as planned in February in Doha or wait until April and host it in Dubai and other venues in the UAE,” he said. He said a recent visit to Dubai to meet the officials there to discuss the use of venues had failed to yield results since in February the Masters championship was being held in Dubai. “They have given us the option of hosting it in April. Our delegation also went to Qatar where their national Olympic committee and cricket association were very welcoming and keen to host the PSL.“Qatar is staging major international events now but cricket has remained out of their calendar but now they want cricket as well and their officials assured us they would offer all cooperation and help to make the PSL a big success in Qatar,” the official said. “Their Olympic committee and cricket association also told us they have got government permission to have the PSL with us,” he said. The PCB official also ruled out any chances of the PSL being put off for a third time in three years’ time.last_img read more