Waterhouse, Arnett square-off for Jackie Bell KO crown at Sabina Park

first_img Last season’s champions, Arnett were knocked out of the race for the national league last Sunday when they drew 2-2 with Montego Bay United in the return-leg semi-final (they had lost the first leg 1-2), while Waterhouse struggled throughout that league and were saved from relegation on the final match day of the season. Now, the teams are ready to continue their long-time rivalry. Also, each team has won the title five times apiece and the winner would move one title behind the team to have won the most, Harbour View FC, with seven titles. Coach of defending champions, Waterhouse Anthony Patrick said his team is looking forward to ending the season on a high. “The team and community are optimistic. After a break, we returned to training last week. We are short on a few players for different reasons. However, the other players are upbeat,” said Patrick, who was in charge when the team won last season. Waterhouse’s self-proclaimed saviour, Jermain ‘Tuffy’ Anderson, Andre Leslie and Kenroy Howell are expected to lead the attack in their quest to retain the title. Meanwhile, Arnett will be coming with the same intention of finishing the season with silverware. “The motivation is always a factor after faltering in the Premier League,” Arnett’s long-serving coach Jerome ‘Jerry’ Waite told The Sunday Gleaner. “We know the importance of winning this trophy in memory of Jackie Bell. The physical condition is there, so we will continue to work on the mental aspect,” he said. Arnett will look to captain Oneil ‘Bigga’ Thompson, Ranike Anderson, Kemal Malcolm, Vishinul Harris, among others, to capture the title for the sixth time. Winthorpe ‘Jackie’ Bell died along with his close friend, Dennis Ziadie, in Mexico City while attending the FIFA World Cup Finals in June 1986. Bell was president and coach of Santos FC at the time. He was also a former national player. Relegation Defending champions Waterhouse and Arnett Gardens will battle today in the teams’ last chance at silverware this season in the Locker Room-Kingston and St Andrew Football Association (KSAFA) Jackie Bell Knockout football final at Sabina Park in Kingston, starting at 4 p.m. Both teams will look to make up for disappointment in the Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) by finishing the 2015-16 local football season on a high. The winning trophy apart, the teams will fight for the top cash incentive of $400,000 and, of course, bragging rights in the Corporate Area’s premier knockout competition. For the losers, the second place prize is $250,000. Third and fourth-place teams will earn $150,000 and $100,000, respectively.last_img read more

Mourinho misery extends United’s woes in post-Ferguson era

first_img0Shares0000Jose Mourinho’s stormy reign at Manchester United came to an end as he was sacked by the clubLONDON, United Kingdom, Dec 18 – Watching on at Anfield as Manchester United meekly surrendered 3-1 to Liverpool in what proved to be Jose Mourinho’s last match in charge, Alex Ferguson was caught shaking his head at the sight of what the empire he built has become.For the fourth time since Ferguson retired in 2013 after nearly 27 years in charge, with 13 Premier League titles under his belt, United are looking for a new manager. The volatile Mourinho was largely the author of his own downfall. He leaves the world’s richest club 19 points off the top of the Premier League and with an almighty struggle just to qualify for next season’s Champions League with a top-four finish.But his departure should sound alarm bells for United’s American owners, the Glazer family, as they struggle to find a manager capable of following in Ferguson’s footsteps.The fiery Scotsman signed off by winning the league. In the five years since, United have not even been in contention to win the title.Replacing one of the all-time greats was never going to be an easy task but even Ferguson, who also led United to two Champions League crowns, five FA Cups and four League Cups, would never have dreamed it would prove such a poisoned chalice.As a fellow Glaswegian whose relative success on a limited budget at Everton evoked memories of Ferguson’s breakthrough years with Aberdeen, David Moyes apparently had the skillset and background to follow his compatriot’s template in Manchester.But after Ferguson anointed him as his hand-picked replacement, Moyes proved completely out of his depth and lasted just 10 months of his six-year contract.Moyes’s penchant for conservative tactics, dour training sessions and a lack of man-management skills might seem familiar to members of the current United squad, who grew sick of Mourinho’s acerbic personality.By the time United were ruled out of qualifying for the Champions League, the writing was on the wall for Moyes, whose sacking in April 2014 made his the shortest United managerial reign for 82 years.Autocratic Dutchman Louis van Gaal was also a poor fit despite his impressive pedigree with Barcelona and Ajax. His football was too one-paced and predictable for fans fed on Ferguson’s aggressive approach for so long.Returning United to the Champions League with a top-four finish in his first season bought Van Gaal some time, but the only standard that matters at Old Trafford is winning the title.When they laboured to a fifth place finish 12 months later, even United’s FA Cup final win against Crystal Palace was not enough to spare Van Gaal.– ‘Whole club needs resetting’ –Mourinho’s self-proclaimed status as a serial trophy winner made him the obvious choice to take a role he had long regarded as his dream job.But the siege mentality that helped Mourinho inspire his players to remarkable success at Porto, Chelsea and Inter Milan was no longer such a convincing act for the pampered millionaires that inhabit the Old Trafford dressing room.Although Mourinho won the League Cup and Europa League in his first season, United finished a dismal sixth in the Premier League.It did not help that Mourinho’s dour game-plans in a trophy-less second season contrasted so sharply with Pep Guardiola’s stylish and successful Manchester City side, who romped to the title with a record 100 points.And at Liverpool, Jurgen Klopp has woken a sleeping giant and put them in contention for a first league title since 1990, adding defensive steel to attacking flair.Guardiola and Klopp were both on the market in the post-Ferguson era and passed United by.The club stated on Tuesday that time will be taken to find a successor, with a caretaker put in charge for the rest of the season.But there are concerns over who will make that decision, with the club increasingly obsessed with commercial interests rather than winning on the pitch.“There’s a multitude of issues, it’s more complex than the manager getting the best out of the players or not being backed. It’s a deep problem, it needs resetting, the whole club needs resetting,” said former United captain Gary Neville said on Sunday.“Five years ago, two huge figures (Ferguson and former chief executive David Gill) left that football club, two figures that had great knowledge of the game.“What happened was the financial and commercial people, that are fantastic at their jobs, were put in charge of the football side of things and they are not competent enough to do it.“They have to now hand it over to people that are good enough to run the football side of the club.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Ruairi Curtis unwisely got involved in serious dr

first_img“Ruairi Curtis unwisely got involved in serious drugs criminality and as a result is now in prison. The sentence handed to him at Dungannon Crown Court yesterday, 17 May, should act as a deterrent to others who supply drugs in our communities. “The PSNI will continue to seek out these individuals who are only interested in making money for their own personal gain and who do not care about the people they could end up killing by supplying these drugs in our communities, or the misery caused to the families of drug users. “I would ask anyone who has any information about the use of illegal drugs to contact police on the non-emergency number 101. “Alternatively, if someone would prefer to provide information without giving their details they can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers and speak to them anonymously on 0800 555 111.”POLICE WELCOME SENTENCING OF DERRY MAN FOR DRUGS OFFENCES was last modified: May 19th, 2017 by John2John2 Tags: ShareTweet Officers stopped and searched a Vauxhall Corsa being driven by Curtis on the Doogary Road, Omagh as part of a proactive operation in August 2016. Two large holdalls were found in the boot, one containing a quantity of herbal cannabis, with a potential street value of £120,000 and the other, a quantity of boric acid, a mixing agent commonly used in the production of Class A controlled drugs such as cocaine.Detective Inspector Tom McClure, from PSNI’s Reactive and Organised Crime Branch, said: “Police will continue in our efforts to make Northern Ireland a safer place to live and work by proactively investigating and arresting people involved in serious criminality. POLICE have welcomed the sentencing at Dungannon Crown Court of a 24 year old Derry man for drugs offences.Ruairi James Curtis, of Summer Meadows Park in the city pleaded guilty to possession of a Class B controlled drug, contrary to the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971; possession of a Class B controlled drug with intent to unlawfully supply it to another contrary to the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971; and encouraging or assisting an offence, believing it will be committed. He was sentenced to two and a half years on each count, to run concurrently, with 12 months in custody and 18 months statutory supervision. He was also disqualified from driving for 12 months and had to pay an offender levy. POLICE WELCOME SENTENCING OF DERRY MAN FOR DRUGS OFFENCESlast_img read more