Arsenal have begun the interview process for new manager as Freddie Ljungberg struggles in interim role

first_imgAdvertisement Freddie Ljungberg is very unlikely to get the Arsenal job on a permanent basis (Picture: Getty Images)Arsenal have already begun interviewing candidates to take the role as permanent manager, although they are only focusing on targets who are currently out of work.The Gunners crashed to a 2-1 home defeat to Brighton in the Premier League on Thursday night, leaving interim boss Freddie Ljungberg without a win in his two games in charge.The Swede was also at the helm for the 2-2 draw with Norwich at Carrow Road at the weekend and has now overseen Arsenal drop to 10th in the table, just five points above the relegation zone.The Telegraph reports that even before the surprise loss to the Seagulls at the Emirates, the club had started speaking to potential new managers.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTEdu, the technical director at the Emirates, is leading the search and is currently just looking at people not employed so they can take over as soon as possible.The same source reports that the club do think very highly of Ljungberg and would, in theory, be happy to let him remain in charge for the rest of the season, but if results do not pick up that looks extremely unlikely.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 CityThere are numerous candidates to take the reins from the Swede, with former Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino and ex-Juventus boss Massimiliano Allegri near the top of the list of those currently without a club.The other potential replacements are all currently employed, with Mikel Arteta working as a coach at Manchester City, Carlo Ancelotti in charge at Napoli, Brendan Rodgers at Leicester and Nuno Espirito Santo at Wolves.The Athletic reported that Luis Enrique was the first choice of Arsenal’s head of football Raul Sanllehi, but he has now returned to his role as Spain manager.The Gunners are back in action on Monday night in the Premier League away to West Ham as they look to halt a run of results that has seen them winless in nine matches.MORE: Tony Adams blasts ‘lightweight’ Arsenal players after Brighton defeatMORE: Arsenal target Shanghai SIPG manager Vitor Pereira to replace Freddie Ljungberg Arsenal have begun the interview process for new manager as Freddie Ljungberg struggles in interim role Phil HaighFriday 6 Dec 2019 7:52 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link935Sharescenter_img Comment Advertisementlast_img read more

U.S. reach World Cup final with dramatic win over England

first_imgBy Simon EvansLYON, France (Reuters) – Defending champions United States reached the women’s World Cup final for the fifth time after an incident-packed 2-1 win over England, who missed a late penalty, yesterday.In a tournament that has earned unprecedented attention, the much-anticipated game certainly delivered with an abundance of excitement and relentless effort, topped by moments of wonderful skill.It was business as usual for the three-time World Cup winners but for England there was agony as skipper Steph Houghton missed an 84th-minute penalty that could have pushed the game into extra time.After a powerful start from the Americans, Christen Press, replacing the absent Megan Rapinoe, opened the scoring in the 10th minute with a fine header but the Lionesses fought back, levelling nine minutes later with Ellen White’s sixth goal of the tournament.The U.S. restored their advantage in the 31st minute through Alex Morgan’s header from Lindsey Horan’s perfectly floated ball – a goal which Morgan, on her 30th birthday, celebrated with a mocking ‘sip of tea’ gesture.England thought they had levelled in the 69th minute, through another excellent White finish, but the goal was ruled out for offside by VAR video review.VAR did provide England with a lifeline though, a penalty awarded for a foul on White, but Houghton’s soft spot kick was saved by Alyssa Naeher.England had defender Millie Bright sent off for a second booking three minutes from the end.The drama on a remarkable night began before the game when the team-sheets showed that Rapinoe, who had scored four goals in the last two games, had been left on the bench, most likely with an injury although the absence was not explained by U.S. team officials.There was an unwelcome surprise for England too with goalkeeper Karen Bardsley missing out with a hamstring injury and Carly Telford drafted in.As so often, the Americans were fast out of the traps and launched a wave of early attacks and high pressing which England’s defence struggled to cope with.Telford was called into early action to parry a fierce shot from Rose Lavelle after the midfielder had slipped the ball through the legs of Bright and, luckily for the Lionesses, Morgan blasted the loose ball over the bar.The early lead the defending champions had threatened came in the 10th minute when Kelley O’Hara whipped in a cross from the right and Press lost her marker Lucy Bronze and headed firmly past Telford.With the U.S. fully exploiting the space they were given in midfield, England were in danger of letting the game slip out of their control but against the run of play they levelled in superb style.Keira Walsh’s sweeping cross-field pass found Beth Mead on the left and her ball inside was met first time by White, who lifted a side-foot shot in off the far post.The Lionesses were back in the game but they soon needed Telford again to keep out a fierce snap-shot from the excellent Lavelle.But the quality of the Americans in the final third was displayed in perfect fashion when Press collected a ball from deep on the left flank and fed Horan, whose delightful lofted pass was met by Morgan with a pinpoint header that flashed past Telford.Walsh forced Naeher into a full-stretch save with a powerful strike from 20 metres out but England needed the tactical adjustments that coach Phil Neville made at the break.The improved approach looked to have paid dividends when Jill Scott’s defence-splitting through ball was slotted home by White but to the agony of the Lionesses the VAR signal was made and the review showed the England striker offside by the tightest of margins.The next time the signal was made for review, it was after White went down in the area under challenge from Becky Sauerbrunn and after some delay the Brazilian referee pointed to the spot.But Houghton, so dependable in so many ways for England, let the nerves get to her and a soft kick was easily saved by Naeher.It was the killer blow for England and a major let-off for the Americans. When Bright was dismissed any chance of a late upset went with her.last_img read more

Cazenovia football drops sectional playoff classic to Solvay

first_img Tags: Cazenoviafootball Cazenovia and Solvay, two Central New York football programs with grand legacies, battled it out Friday night on the turf at Al Merola Field in the opening round of the Section III Class B playoffs, with one side answering the other through a flurry of big plays and momentum shifts.But the last push belonged to the Bearcats, who overcame four different deficits and scored 21 unanswered points in the latter stages to defeat the Lakers 42-28.Absent from the sectional playoffs for a full decade, state no. 6-ranked Solvay had gone 7-0 in the regular season, a clean sweep of the B West division where it scored 40 or more points in every game. That unit now tested a Cazenovia defense that five times had allowed fewer than 10 points. Romagnoli found Bailey again on a three-yard TD pass after his own 50-yard kick return set it up. Solvay responded this time with a 71-yard drive, all on the ground, with Blaine Franklin accounting for most of the yards until Elijah Wright scored on fourth and goal with 1:21 left in the half.Intermission arrived with the Lakers and Bearcats level at 21-21, but they were far from done exchanging momentum.Bailey’s spectacular one-handed interception midway through the third quarter was followed, seconds later, by him catching a 26-yard screen pass from Romagnoli and Ty Freyer finding the end zone one play later.Solvay absorbed this and, trailing for the fourth time at 28-21, had Bagozzi throw 41 yards to Bowen to launch another drive that, on fourth-and-goal, ended with Bagozzi throwing four yards to Scott in the end zone.When A.J. Rothfeld blocked Ethan Bigelow’s extra point to preserve a 28-27 Cazenovia lead, the Lakers appeared poised, with one more drive, to put a halt to Solvay’s dream season.But as it had done throughout the season when tested, the Bearcats came up with big plays, none more important than defensive end Brad Lando’s interception of a Freyer screen pass inside the Cazenovia 15 that led to Wright’s go-ahead two-yard TD run in the first minute of the fourth quarter.Bagozzi ran in for two points, and Solvay led for the first time, 35-28. More importantly, its defense began to contain Cazenovia’s multifaceted attack, making three crucial stops as the game went down the stretch.To put the game away, Bagozzi made two big completions – 15 yards to Scott, 13 yards to Russell Tarbell on fourth down – which led to Jaimen Bliss going 15 yards for the clinching score with 1:49 left.Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story center_img Yet it was the Lakers striking first, pinning Solvay inside its five-yard line with the opening kickoff and forcing a bad punt that set up a short field and Ryan Romagnoli’s 15-yard touchdown run less than four minutes into the game.As it would do all night, the Bearcats answered, Brock Bagozzi’s passes setting up a 16-yard scoring strike to Justin Scott. They stayed 7-7 through the end of the first quarter, each side fumbling the ball away on consecutive plays.Not even a minute into the second period, Romagnoli scored again on a 15-yard run after setting up the TD with a 29-yard pass to Keegan Bailey. Two minutes later, it was tied again, 14-14, two long Bagozzi pass plays leading to an eight-yard strike to Zach Bowen.last_img read more

Florida man stole $1M yacht, crashed it and abandoned it

first_imgA Florida man stole a million-dollar yacht, then abandoned it after accidentally crashing it into some pilings, police say.Pinellas County Sheriff’s deputies say Donnovan Russell Jester stole the 46-foot 2019 Jeanneau Leader with a value of $899,179 back in March.According to an arrest report, he cruised off, but slammed into four channel-marker pilings and quickly abandoned the boat, leaving it to drift into an oyster bed.Investigators found a left thumbprint on the cabin door that was matched to Jester.He was arrested and charged with grand theft of a vessel on Thursday.last_img read more