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

Jaguars hopefuls commence outdoor training

first_imgDESPITE some light showers for the most part of yesterday morning, members of the Guyana Jaguars training squad had their first outdoor training, under the guidance of head coach Esaun Crandon, assistant coach Rayon Griffith, Michael Hyles Franco and Clive Grimmond at the Guyana National Stadium, Providence.The players went through their regular fitness drills along with a number of routine exercises.The biggest concern for the squad in terms of preparation remains the weather, but Griffith isLeon Johnson is assisted by Clive Grimmond during his training yesterday.optimistic that the players will make full use of whatever outdoor preparations are made available.The Guyana Jaguars will do battle in Group B of the Super50 which runs from January 24 to February 18 in Antigua and Barbados.Group B comprises last year losing finalists Barbados Pride, Combined Campuses and Colleges Marooners, Jamaica Scorpions and ICC Americas.Meanwhile, title-holders Trinidad & Tobago Red Force, Leeward Islands Hurricanes, Windward Islands Volcanoes, the West Indies U-19s, and visiting English County Kent Spitfires have been installed in Group A.last_img read more

Game 10 rewind: Running game powers Trojan win over Arizona

first_imgThe setup: After a thrilling 34-33 victory over Arizona State at the Coliseum, the No. 20 Trojans traveled to Arizona to play the role of spoiler.The story: The Trojans rode the back of redshirt junior tailback Marc Tyler and the defense did just enough as USC held on to defeat the then-No. 17 Arizona Wildcats 24-21, vaulting them into a tie for third place in the Pac-10.Fond memories of last weekend greeted the Trojans as the Wildcats started the game off missing a 34-yard field goal.The Trojan offense turned that missed field goal into points as sophomore quarterback Matt Barkley led the offense down the field, completing five passes for 49 yards and ending the drive with a one-yard rushing touchdown to give the Trojans a 7-0 lead.Minutes later, senior cornerback Shareece Wright forced a fumble the Trojans recovered, putting the offense in good field position to extend the lead. Three plays later, the Trojans were up 14-0 after a seven-yard touchdown strike from Barkley to redshirt junior tight end Rhett Ellison.All facets of the Trojans offense — passing game and running game — were clicking in the first half, but the second half would be left up to the defense to close out the game on the road.Defense bends but doesn’t break: The Trojans entered the game ranked 97th in total defense, allowing almost 424 yards per game, and have struggled at times while the Wildcats ranked 19th in the nation in total offense at 450.6 yards per game.This had all the ingredients for a high-scoring affair, but the Trojan defense managed to contain the Wildcats offense just enough to secure the victory.A recurring problem for the USC defense all year has been the inability to get any stops on third down and Saturday was no different as the Wildcats finished 11-16 on third-down conversions.But every time the Wildcats completed long third-down conversions, they weren’t always able to convert those offensive drives into points.With the Wildcats down 21-14 at halftime, their first drive in the second half proved critical. The Trojan defense allowed two long third-down conversions, and Wildcat quarterback Nick Foles led the offense down the field into USC territory.Senior linebacker Malcolm Smith forced a fumble the Trojan defense recovered. Again, the offense capitalized off the turnover on a 30-yard field goal by senior kicker Joe Houston that turned out to be the game-winner.Tale of two halves: A high-scoring first half saw an efficient USC offense score 21 points. Barkley completed 15 of 20 passes for 124 passing yards with a touchdown pass and a rushing touchdown, while Tyler rushed for 79 yards and a touchdown.Though Barkley looked almost perfect in the first half, he would be far from it in the second half, completing only six of 15 passes for 46 yards and one interception.The first half featured offense, but the second half would be an entirely different story as defense reigned supreme for both teams. The Trojans only managed a field goal, while the Wildcats scored on a late touchdown pass with about a minute left in the game.Run, Marc, run: The Wildcats entered the game leading the Pac-10 in rushing defense at 102.7 yards per game, but the Trojans established the run game early and relied on of Tyler, who finished with a career-high 160 rushing yards and one touchdown.“I felt good, I was in the zone and I was just running hard,” Tyler said.Establishing the run game allowed the Trojans to control possession of the ball and to manage the game clock, which kept the Wildcats’ high-octane offense off the field.“We were consistent every run … gaining five, six, seven yards and getting that first down and chewing up the clock,” senior center Kristofer O’Dowd said. “We just wanted to be consistent with that and it really clicked. We did what we had to do to pull out this victory.”In Arizona’s two conference losses against Stanford and Oregon State, both teams outgained the Wildcats in time of possession by 14 minutes and 13 minutes respectively — Saturday, the Trojans outgained the Wildcats, keeping the ball for 15 more minutes.“We’re all in the mindset of finishing this out and ending on a good note,” Barkley said. “Not only to send this into a good offseason, but to just finish it for the seniors … for the guys who won’t be coming back. To end on a good note is exactly what we’re trying to do.”last_img read more