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

JQuery Upgrade Causing Trouble for Twitter?

first_imgTags:#hack#tips How to Write a Welcome Email to New Employees? 7 Types of Video that will Make a Massive Impac… Twitter engineer Dustin Diaz tweeted this evening “Turns out #NewTwitter has some major slowness due to upgrading from jQuery 1.4.2 to 1.4.4 – We will be downgrading.” According to Diaz, users have been complaining for the past couple weeks that the service has been slow.Diaz provided more details via Twitter for those curious about the details. Diaz’s comments might prove useful to others working with JQuery. Why You Love Online Quizzes Growing Phone Scams: 5 Tips To Avoid The new version of JQuery was released in November. Is anyone else having trouble with it? Related Posts klint finleylast_img

6 Microphone Pickup Patterns Every Filmmaker Should Know

first_img5. Lobar (Unidirectional)Perfect for: narrative film, controlled setsWhile there is technically no such thing as a true unidirectional mic, a lobar pattern is the most directional pickup pattern you can use. While it may be appealing to a filmmaker to get a microphone with a lobar pickup pattern, you should seriously consider how difficult it will be to use a lobar microphone.The only microphone that can have a lobar pickup pattern is a shotgun mic, so you’ll almost always need someone to assist you when operating a microphone with a lobar pickup pattern. If your boom pole is typically operated by a careless PA, you might want to opt for a supercardioid mic instead, as the pickup pattern will be more forgiving.Notable lobar mics:Sennheiser MKE 600 – $329Sennheiser MKH 8060 – $1,249 6. Bidirectional (Figure 8 Pattern)Perfect for: podcasts, radio interviewsA bidirectional microphone is a mic designed to pickup audio equally from the front and back of the mic. Typically, bidirectional microphones are used for radio interview recording or podcasting. You will probably not find much use for a bidirectional microphone on a film set, but they can sometimes be used as a backup mic for talk shows when placed on the hosts desk.Notable bidirectional mics:Blue Yeti – $99Studio Projects B3 – $159Rode K2 – $699 4. Supercardioid (Shotgun)Perfect for: reality television, scripted contentSupercardioid mics are the most popular types of microphones for indie filmmakers because they give users the ability to isolate audio while still allowing for a slight margin of error. Supercardioid pickup patterns are typically only found in shotgun mics which are used on boom poles or mounted to the top of a camera. It should be noted that a supercardioid pickup pattern does pickup some audio from behind the microphone. So if you mount a supercardioid mic to your camera, you’ll need to keep your operating noise to a minimum.Notable supercardioid/shotgun mics:Rode VideoMic Pro – $193Rode NTG2 – $269Schoeps Colette – $1,622 3. Hypercardioid (Mini-Shotguns)Perfect for: on-camera mics, documentary recording, and instrument recordingA hypercardioid pickup pattern is a directional pickup pattern that is great for isolating audio. While you may find some lav mics with hypercardioid pickup patterns, you’ll typically only see this pickup pattern in shotgun mics. While every brand is different, the biggest difference between a hypercardioid mic and a supercardioid mic is how much of the rear and side noise is picked up. Hypercardioid mics are typically used for instrument recording.Notable hypercardioid mics:Audix SCX1-HC – $479 Sennheiser MKH-416 – $999  2. CardioidPerfect for: documentary recording, weddings, eventsA cardioid pickup pattern is a highly flexible pickup pattern that is great for all-purpose use. Cardioid microphones come in all shapes and sizes. A cardioid mic, while slightly directional, should not be confused with a hypercardioid or supercardioid mic. Cardioid mics will still pickup background noise if they are not in a controlled environment.Notable cardioid mics:Polsen SCL-1075 Shotgun Mic – $55Rode VideoMicro – $59Audio-Technica Pro 70 Lavalier – $129 Don’t pick the wrong mic! Find out when to use certain microphones by learning these six essential microphone pickup patterns.A film is only as good as its audio. While it can be easy to get captivated by the visual side of a film, audio should be high on the priority list of any director or producer. Bad audio can quickly turn off an already distracted audience, so it’s important to pick the right mic for the job. Let’s take a look at six essential microphone pickup patterns that every filmmaker should know.There is no one-size-fits-all solution when recording audio on a film set. You will likely want to bring a good assortment of lavs and shotgun mics to accommodate different shooting scenarios on set.1. OmnidirectionalPerfect for: interviews, moving subjectsOmnidirectional mics are the easiest to understand. Simply put, omnidirectional mics record audio from every direction. Typically you will want to use an omnidirectional mic when recording audio that you can’t control very well (like ambience, a press conference, or a moving talking head). Omnidirectional mics are the most flexible mics, but they are also the noisiest. It’s certainly a balancing act when on set. In a filmmaking context, you will almost exclusively see omnidirectional pickup patterns in lav mics.Notable omnidirectional mics:Polsen OLM-10- $22Rode smartLav+ – $79Sennheiser MKE-2-PC – $399Sennheiser EW 112-P G3 Wireless System – $629 Overview of Mic Pickup PatternsIf you want to learn more about microphone pickup patterns (and hear audio examples of each mic in action), check out this awesome video created by Videomaker. The video touches on all of the microphones included in this post.What’s your favorite microphone to use? Let us know in the comments below.last_img read more

LeBron James gets triple-double, Lakers top Anthony Davis-led Pelicans

first_imgLATEST STORIES SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? Anthony Davis had 30 points and 20 rebounds for the Pelicans, who lost their third straight game. Julius Randle had 21 points in his first game against the Lakers at Staples Center, and Jrue Holiday had 18 points and 10 assists.Davis and James shared the court for the first time since James recently declared in an interview with ESPN that it would be “amazing” if the Lakers traded for the Pelicans’ biggest star. James’ comments prompted allegations of tampering.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefNew Orleans coach Alvin Gentry said before the game that Davis will not be traded to the Lakers or anywhere else as long as he remains under contract to the Pelicans.All five Lakers starters scored in double figures, with Brandon Ingram getting 18 points after missing seven games because of a sprained left ankle. Rajon Rondo had eight points and nine assists off the bench after missing 17 games because of surgery on his right hand. LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño BREAKING: Corrections officer shot dead in front of Bilibid Pelicans’ Alvin Gentry defends LeBron James on tampering charge View comments Kuzma and Lonzo Ball hit 3-pointers on consecutive possessions to put the Lakers up 107-98 with 6:13 to play, and Los Angeles held on after losing its previous two games.The Lakers led by as many as 13 in the third quarter, but Holiday hit a 3 with one second left to cut the Pelicans’ deficit to 94-88 going into the fourth.TIP-INSPelicans: Davis had a bandage placed on his left pinkie finger during the first quarter and appeared to be trying to shake out the injury as the game went on. … New Orleans committed 13 turnovers leading to 20 points for Los Angeles. The Pelicans got 11 points off 13 Lakers turnovers. … Nikola Mirotic missed his fourth straight game because of an ankle injury.Lakers: James had seven assists in the first quarter, his most in any quarter since joining the Lakers. … Zubac got the start with JaVale McGee out because of illness and scored eight of the Lakers’ first 16 points. McGee missed his third straight game.ADVERTISEMENT Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issuecenter_img LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – DECEMBER 21: LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers reacts in front of Anthony Davis #23 of the New Orleans Pelicans after a 112-104 Laker win at Staples Center on December 21, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. Harry How/Getty Images/AFPLOS ANGELES — LeBron James had 22 points, 14 assists and 12 rebounds, and the Los Angeles Lakers beat the New Orleans Pelicans 112-104 on Friday night.James got his third triple-double with the Lakers and No. 76 for his career, helping Los Angeles to its sixth consecutive home win. Kyle Kuzma had 23 points, and Ivica Zubac set season highs with 16 points and 11 rebounds.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. UP NEXTPelicans: At Sacramento on Sunday.Lakers: Host Memphis on Sunday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more