Arsenal latest: £29m midfielder, ex-Barca star and Ligue 1 hotshot linked

first_img 6 6 We may only just be about to broach November but transfer plans are well underway at Arsenal by the looks of it.Injuries and flaws in their squad have been made apparent and it appears manager Arsene Wenger is keen to patch up his men going into the second half of the season.The Frenchman is exploring the options available to him as the transfer window approaches but just who will the Gunners go for? talkSPORT takes a look.Click the right arrow above for all the latest transfer news coming out of the Emirates… Hakan Calhanoglu (Bayer Leverkusen) – Find out which Argentine superstar could join Arsenal for FREE, next – Dubbed the new Mesut Ozil in some circles, the Bundesliga’s premier dead-ball specialist is currently attracting plenty of interest from Europe’s biggest clubs. When Calhanoglu isn’t slotting free-kicks into the back of the net he’s sliding team-mates through on goal and Arsenal are among those alert to his availability. The Gunners would have to stump up at least £29m to land the player, according to Bayer Leverkusen chief executive Michael Schade. Anthony Modeste (Cologne) – Click right to see which £29m-rated man is wanted by Arsenal – He was unable to prevent Blackburn’s relegation to the Championship in 2011/12 but Arsene Wenger reckons French star Modeste can bolster his forward line in January, according to reports. The 27-year-old currently plays in the Bundesliga and has hit six goals in 10 games so far this season after decent spells with Hoffenheim and Bastia. Nolito (Celta Vigo) – Click the right arrow to find out about a possible defensive addition… – With injuries dogging his attacking players, Wenger may want to land another forward in January. Celta Vigo’s 29-year-old hotshot, Nolito, is one player the Frenchman is said to be keen on, but the Gunners will have to move quickly as his former employers at Barcelona are interested in re-signing him when the transfer window opens. 6 6 6 6 Daniele Rugani (Juventus) – Arsenal are being challenged in the race for this young Italian defender after it was reported Serie A side Napoli were keen on loan deal. Arsene Wenger did want to mount a permanent move for Rugani but a temporary switch seems to be more to the liking of Juventus, who are keen on keeping the player in the long-term. Michy Batshuayi (Marseille) – See which ex-Barcelona star is on Arsenal’s radar by click the yellow arrow above, right… – The Ligue 1 side might be struggling this season but the Belgian striker is still hitting the back of the net regularly with eight goals making him the top scorer in France so far this season. This form has reportedly caught Wenger’s attention and Batshuayi could be seen as the solution to their striker woes. Ezequiel Lavezzi (Paris Saint-Germain) – Click the right arrow to see which Ligue 1 hotshot is tempting Arsene Wenger… – Arsene Wenger is looking to complete a superb swoop for Argentina international Lavezzi next summer when the player will be available on a free transfer. Barcelona are reportedly keen to get a deal done for the 30-year-old, but Arsenal could launch a last-ditch to tempt him to the Premier League in the coming days. last_img read more

Man United £70m bid, Arsenal swoop, Liverpool for ex-Gunner, Guardiola sacked? Sunday’s gossip

first_imgHere is a selection of stories from today’s newspapers…Manchester United are pondering a £70m bid for Borussia Dortmund striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. (Daily Mail)United’s Marouane Fellaini is being tapped up by agents for a lucrative move to the Chinese Super League. (Daily Star)Arsenal believe Mesut Ozil will stay at the Emirates, despite reports of interest from Barcelona. (Sunday Telegraph)Arsenal are interested in Leicester’s N’Golo Kante. (Mirror)Bayern Munich could sack Pep Guardiola before the end of the season, because the management in Munich are unhappy about his impending appointment as Manchester City boss, despite the German club chasing major honours on all fronts. (Express)Guardiola would like to sign Austria left-back David Alaba from Bayern for City, and it’s reported he would cost a world record £40m for a full-back. (Daily Star)Manchester City may use Wilfried Bony, Jesus Navas or Eliaquim Mangala as part of a deal to sign John Stones from Everton. (People)Yaya Toure will decide his future in the summer, according to Manuel Pellegrini. (Express)Liverpool are keeping tabs on Borussia Moenchengladbach’s former Arsenal trainee, Norwegian defender Havard Nordtveit. (People)Tottenham are close to securing a deal that would see them play Premier League matches at Wembley and cup games at MK Dons’ stadium, for one season while their new ground is being constructed. (Mail) Sunday’s newspapers 1last_img read more

Hiddink admits ‘concerns’ over fitness and form of under-fire Chelsea star

first_imgChelsea interim boss Guus Hiddink has “concerns” about Eden Hazard’s fitness and form.Hazard was booed as he was substituted with a hip and groin problem during Wednesday night’s Champions League exit to Paris St Germain, when his half-time shirt swap with Angel Di Maria invited the fans’ fury.The Belgium playmaker’s father Thierry told Belgian newspaper Le Soir that Hazard has had the injury for up to four months – it first occurred under Jose Mourinho, whom Hiddink replaced in December – but has had to play on.Hiddink says Hazard is “desperate” to feature in Saturday’s FA Cup quarter-final at Everton.“His father made a fair judgement. He is not absent of injury,” Hiddink said.“What is an injury? You can have an injury where you cannot play, or where you can play when you are not fully fit.“I have my concerns about him as well: whether he should play, when he’s not top, top fit, an hour at full intensity or another part of the game (as a substitute). We’re trying to help him.“He will be available (against Everton). He’s desperate to participate in a team performance.”Thierry Hazard told Le Soir his son’s injury is “not serious, but the pain, once it appears, is a stabbing pain”.He added: “Instead of giving him time to rest and to cure totally, they need Eden to play, especially when it’s a very important match, and then to force him. He doesn’t have any choice.”Hazard’s condition appears to be perplexing Hiddink, who spoke to Chelsea’s medical staff on Thursday and analysed statistics in the absence of “emotion”. The statistics from training and matches do not point to a problem, the Dutchman says.Hiddink added: “I try to exclude a lot of emotion in that and see whether his working radius is okay. The intention he is doing in training and in the game, it’s not what you think. You think sometimes ‘oh, he’s not doing enough’. That’s not true.“We have to find another entrance to get him on this level. Working harder is possible, but not with stupidity. Or maybe one or two days off might help.”Hiddink discounted an extended leave, although that option is available now Chelsea are out of the Champions League.He added: “I like to have (players) near to see what is best.”Hazard senior conceded his son’s bad form came before the injury, saying “he’s not a machine”, while he also dismissed the prospect of a summer switch to PSG. Hazard is under contract at Stamford Bridge until 2020.Hiddink added: “His father was very humble and made a very good comment about this. Some players have difficult times, although they are trying.“Most of the time we have the idea ‘he’s not in big, big form, let’s try to punish’. Most of the players ask for a little bit of help.“Every now and then I see that he (Hazard) is capable of doing beautiful things, very efficient things. We try to help him and find a path where he can grow and it’s a different approach for everyone.”Striker Diego Costa is undergoing treatment for a hip problem which forced him off against PSG and is a doubt for the trip to Everton, but captain John Terry will return to contention after a six-match absence with a hamstring problem.Hiddink said: “He worked rather well the past days. I would like him to travel to Liverpool.”Terry scored an equaliser in the eighth minute of stoppage time to earn a 3-3 draw with Everton in January’s Premier League clash at Stamford Bridge.The defender lifted the FA Cup in 2009 during Hiddink’s first caretaker spell as manager and the Blues boss is eager for further success in the competition, but not at expense of climbing further up the Premier League table from 10th position.“It’s a very important cup to go for,” Hiddink said. “But you have to focus also on the Premier League and not neglect that.” 1 Eden Hazarc pictured during Chelsea training last_img read more

Big names may bring film slump to a close

first_imgIt’s a good thing I was able to take in both “Elizabeth: The Golden Age” and “Michael Clayton” this week because the multiplexes are positively jammed with new releases starring the likes of George Clooney, Cate Blanchett, Mark Wahlberg, Joaquin Phoenix and Tyler Perry. This slate of high-profile films, as well as reigning champ “The Game Plan,” will try to stop a three-week box-office slide. If not reversed, the growing slump could derail the movie industry’s hope of setting an all-time record for revenue to go along with its record summer at the box office. With such a crowded field, it’s unlikely that any of the movies will completely dominate although several should have at least $10 million-plus openings. KING GEORGE: The Clooney-headlined “Clayton” has enjoyed stellar reviews and strong business in limited release. As it expands to more than 2,000 theaters today, the film should manage to hold its own with a weekend take of $12-15 million. THE OUTLOOK: Year-to-date revenue is still 6.73 percent ahead of 2006 but the first $10 billion year in Hollywood history could be in serious jeopardy if some of the films in this week’s crop don’t flourish. (818)713-3758160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.QUEEN CATE: Queen Elizabeth I may have reigned over the British empire, but “Elizabeth: The Golden Age” probably won’t have enough power to upstage “Clayton” and some of the other films. Blanchett reprises her Oscar-nominated role from 1998’s “Elizabeth” and should be a shoo-in for another nod from the Academy for her performance in this film. But that won’t be enough to propel it past a $10 million debut. SEEKING OWNERSHIP: The crime-thriller “We Own the Night” also has a cast with a tremendous acting pedigree, including Oscar nominees Wahlberg and Phoenix as well as Oscar winner Robert Duvall. This is the only real action-packed flick among the newcomers so it should at least match or possibly exceed the debut of “Clayton.” Either way, these two flicks should finish close. WEDDING BELLS: With a string of strong opening weekends for Tyler Perry films like “Madea’s Family Reunion” and “Diary of a Mad Black Woman,” I figure “Tyler Perry’s Why Did I Get Married?” will have a decent slice of the box office wedding cake. Opening today in about 2,000 theaters, “Married” should gross more than $10 million. I’d predict a lot higher if the movie was opening in February like “Diary” and “Madea” did. STILL IN GAME: Despite the glut of films, Disney’s “The Game Plan” remains the only family film in the market so it could emerge in first place for the third weekend in a row after grossing $16.6 million last weekend. But it will have to enjoy just a slight drop in business in order to reign again. THE LIMITED: If you’re interested in seeing Owen Wilson’s latest film “The Darjeeling Limited,” it gets easier starting today with the film expanding to 95 locations. The unique Ryan Gosling film, “Lars and the Real Girl” is in seven theaters before its wide release next weekend while the remake of “Sleuth” bows in nine venues. The foreign film, “Lust Caution,” expands to 77 spots and the musical “Across the Universe” is now wide in 954 theaters. last_img read more

Domestic violence survivors get free cars

first_imgPASADENA – Getting around got a lot easier for 16 domestic violence survivors Sunday. In the Rose Bowl parking lot, each of the survivors received a completely refurbished and certified used car, thanks to a local auto parts wholesaler and a slew of area repair shops he recruited for the donations. “We think it’s a great thing,” said Dan Hanson, vice president of sales and marketing for wholesaler Hanson Distributing Co. and Hanson-Merrill Corp., who spearheaded the effort. “It was a lot of work, but we feel good about it,” he said. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Hanson purchased 16 used vehicles, none older than 1995, then tapped 16 members of the Southern California Bumber-to-Bumper Certified Service Centers to help refurbish the cars and supply needed parts and accessories. He also connected with 1-800-Charity Cars, a nonprofit car-donation group, which in turn connected the cars with domestic violence victims at local shelters. Women seeking refuge at such shelters often arrive “with nothing,” having hastily left behind their homes and their belongings, said Charity Cars spokeswoman Rose Hill. “Having a vehicle helps rehabilitate them and get them back on their feet,” she added. The timing of the giveaway could not be more ideal – October is both Domestic Violence Awareness Month and Car Care Awareness Month, Hanson noted. His company, along with auto repair centers in Pasadena, Sierra Madre, Monrovia, La Puente, San Gabriel and elsewhere – all of them members of the Automotive Aftermarket Alliance – worked collectively to get the vehicles ready for donation. Although some of the cars needed quite a bit of work, many of the mechanics involved in the project looked at it as a labor of love. “It’s a good thing that they’re doing,” said Moe Marshal, owner of Moe’s Automotive in Sierra Madre, which performed service work on one of the cars. “Whoever is getting this car is getting a real nice car,” he added. Marie Hull, who runs Hull Automotive in Pasadena with her husband, Alan, said her repair shop was eager to jump in and refurbish a 2001 Dodge Intrepid given away Sunday. “I think it’s a great opportunity for us to be involved and give back to our community,” she said. “We wanted to jump in to do something – it makes us feel good to volunteer our services.” (626) 578-6300, Ext. 4586 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Interactive map aids Reseda residents

first_img“We’re asking neighbors to talk about strengths and challenges in their neighborhood,” said Neal Richman, director of the Center for Neighborhood Knowledge at the University of California, Los Angeles. “It’s about encouraging people to enjoy their neighborhood. I want them to feel empowered.” One of the reasons Reseda was selected is because of its high homeownership level – a sign people were invested in the community, Richman said. The participants concentrated on a six-block area along Reseda Boulevard and Sherman Way. Among the improvements they would like to see: bike lanes, pedestrian-friendly walkways, bus stops with benches and covered kiosks, a small park, landscaping, mixed-use projects and the restoration of the Reseda Theater for use as a nightclub or other business. While most participants were from Reseda, the city allowed residents from neighboring communities to contribute. Cathy Cole, of Van Nuys, said she wants to give her input on redeveloping Reseda’s business district. “Reseda has a lot of potential and it’s been kind of ignored,” she said.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! RESEDA – Residents from high school students to retirees took to the streets recently to photograph Reseda’s good, bad and ugly for an innovative, high-tech neighborhood improvement project. The photos of graffiti-covered buildings, vacant storefronts and benchless bus stops – along with positive images – are part of an interactive map to give city leaders a better idea of what the community wants. More than a dozen residents will share their findings today at 5:30 p.m. with policymakers, developers and business owners at West Valley Regional Public Library. The online database and mapping system is being developed by the UCLA Center for Neighborhood Knowledge, in partnership with the Los Angeles Neighborhood Initiative (LANI), a city-sponsored program designed to revitalize communities. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.One of the benefits is that it brings everyday people into the planning process. “Reseda is crying out for help and attention for some major changes,” said Lilia Miranda, a CSUN graduate student who participated on the grass-roots project. “I hope this serves as my voice. This is how I feel and this is how I want to be represented as a resident.” The group snapped pictures and took notes Oct. 20 and uploaded the material last week. The Web site, which uses geographical information system (GIS) technology like the kind used by Google Earth, will be launched early next year. It will also include Sun Valley, Boyle Heights and Highland Park – three other communities selected for the project aimed at breathing new life into transit-dependent, urban neighborhoods. The new project, known as Land Opportunities Tracking System, has included citizens through the entire process. last_img read more

How to invest at every age

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre Equally important, the implicit assumption in creating a time-dated mutual fund is that the cookie-cutter approach will be appropriate for every person and household, regardless of the differences in their circumstances. In fact, there are gigantic differences between people during their careers and at retirement. The differences should be reflected in the allocation of financial assets. We accumulate financial assets because we eventually have to replace our faded human capital – the skills, talent and energy we bring to the workplace as young workers. How our savings are invested needs to reflect the security and prospects of our work and our age. You can’t do that with a cookie-cutter target fund. Here are some examples: In your 20s, you should be more conservative with your investments because your career is uncertain and you are faced with a major series of expensive projects: paying for education loans, getting married, buying a house, etc. So it’s better to take a bit less risk in your investments to support your mobility and career uncertainty. In your 30s and 40s, you should be most aggressive with your investments because your employment is relatively secure, you’ve bought a house, and you may be able to take more risk. Even there, a tenured college professor can take more risk than a high-tech sales manager. In your 50s, you need to dial back your risk because you are more vulnerable on several fronts. The 50s is a period of substantial life risk – health, marriage, employment and career. In your 60s the amount of risk you take will depend on what retirement resources you have and when you intend to use them. A worker who will have a pension, for instance, should be a more aggressive investor than a worker who has only a 401(k) plan. A worker who retires without paying off a home mortgage should be more cautious than one who has no mortgage. A lower-income worker with Social Security benefits, a pension and a mortgage-free home can be more aggressive than a high-income worker who will depend on investments for the bulk of her retirement income. The cookie-cutter target funds don’t take any of this into consideration. That’s why I favor the construction of portfolios that fit your particular circumstances and risk tolerance. Questions about personal finance and investments may be sent by e-mail to or by fax to 505-424-0938. Please visit my Web site at to comment on any of my articles, find referenced Web links or to discuss personal finance topics on my forums.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Q uestion: Can you talk about the pros and cons of creating your “Five-Fold” portfolio versus investing in a targeted retirement mutual fund? Could you also touch on the practical aspects of trying to create and rebalance a Five-Fold portfolio with a variety of accounts at different investment companies. I’ve considered consolidating my 401(k) plans into existing IRAs at one firm, but I like the reduced fees, distribution flexibility and borrowing capability associated with 401(k) plans. – B.R. Answer: The Five-Fold portfolio is one of the Couch Potato Building Block portfolios. It is constructed with inexpensive index funds or ETFs and represents a moderate level of portfolio risk that remains constant. The target retirement funds – available from many mutual fund companies – are a great example of how marketing trumps actual thought in the financial services business. While their actual asset allocations differ, the common feature of these funds is that they suggest holding many equities when you are young and fewer when you are old. This is the conventional wisdom, but a growing body of research suggests it is wrong. last_img read more

Propeller park plan revving up at Van Nuys Airport

first_imgThe first phase of construction – demolition of the Old National Guard site on the west side of the airport – is being funded by the airport as a way to entice potential developers to the project. Birk said the airport is committed to finding a tenant to develop the propeller park quickly. “We know that every pilot has to start somewhere, so it is extremely important to protect that part of the industry,” she said. But owners of propeller-driven planes remain skeptical, continuing to fear that the park will not be done before many are forced to leave the airport. The park was approved in January 2006 as part of the airport’s master plan to guarantee propeller planes would remain at the airfield as jets expand their presence. While officials had estimated a year ago that the project would be completed by 2009, now the park is not expected to open before 2010. Aviation companies such as Maguire and Skytrails Aviation are already notifying tenants that they will have to move to make way for renovations aimed at increasing space for jets. “They are squeezing us out,” said Lawrence Rabbe, a small-plane owner and member of the airport’s Citizen Advisory Council. Rabbe, who has already moved around the airfield several times because of parking and hangar-rate increases, said her landlord – Skytrails Aviation – has already announced intentions to develop its hangar space for jets. Month-to-month tenants such as Rabbe could be forced out as early as January. Rabbe said she is not against the development of the airport, just the exclusion of propeller aircraft. “I am a flight attendant, a private pilot. I love planes,” Rabbe said. “But if small planes continue to be pushed out for these big, fancy jets, Van Nuys will no longer be a general-aviation airport.” Talk of a propeller park started years ago while the airport was negotiating its master plan, a process that took 15 years. The park was supposed to ensure that propeller planes – whose numbers have been dwindling at the airport – continued to have a space on the airfield. The number of propeller planes based at the airport has dropped from 1,100 in 1983 to just 485 last year. During that same time, jets at the airport have increased from 83 to 209, including 20 military jets. Plans for the propeller park helped the airport gain community support for its master plan. Neighbors have fought any construction efforts at the airport because of the noise pollution that jets cause. Mark Sullivan, owner of Skytrails Aviation, said he is going out of his way to accommodate propeller-plane owners. He is leasing a seven-acre parcel from the airport and paying $500,000 to clear space that was previously used as a parking lot. Sullivan will also pay for moving small portable hangars to the site. He added that the tie-down cost for planes in the temporary facility will remain the same. His current average tie-down fee for planes stored outdoors on the tarmac is about $185 a month. “I can’t even afford an airplane, and here they are complaining about being relocated,” Sullivan said. “Fact of the matter is, where they are being displaced (to) will be a better space than where they are now.” Mike Pupitch, owner of a vintage World War II B-25 plane that has sat at the airport for about three decades, is also being displaced by Skytrails’ renovations. He said the open-air tie-down space that is being offered is not acceptable. “A tie-down outside is a slow death on the airplane,” Pupitch said, contending that wind and sun would wreak havoc on his historic plane. Pupitch is hoping a hearing with airport officials Monday will help him find a place for his vintage plane. Pupitch and a few community residents want to convert one of a few public hangars left on the field into an airport museum that would house Pupitch’s plane and highlight the airport’s long history with propeller aircraft, he said. Longtime airport tenant Margie Oldenkamp, president of MPG Inc., questioned the airport’s commitment to the propeller-aircraft community. Oldenkamp, a founder of the Van Nuys Propeller Plane Association, said airport officials have failed to expedite the propeller park and have made rent very expensive for potential developers. “They are giving us the space but making it impossible to actually do something with it,” Oldenkamp said. Currently, airport officials have set the minimum rent per year for the propeller park area at $15,000 per acre. Oldenkamp, who is planning to bid on the park, said if she develops it, it will be for the public good and not for profit. The minimum rent the airport charges is not affordable to owners of propeller planes, she said. Propeller-plane owners pay $100 to $150 a month to tie down their planes on the field. In preliminary designs for the park, as many as 259 propeller planes were expected to be able to use the area. While the situation for small-plane owners is difficult, business owners at the airport could be faced with even tougher circumstances. Ken Miller, owner of the Van Nuys Flight Center, said his facility – which still had 11 years left on its lease – recently changed ownership. Now Miller’s building is scheduled to be demolished, and Miller said he has been told he could be evicted as early as January. Miller was hoping to become an anchor tenant at the airport’s new propeller park, but he said he could be forced to relocate to another airport if it isn’t completed in time. “I don’t know what’s going to happen; there is nothing conclusive,” Miller said. Miller said several propeller pilots have already left the field and the situation could get worse unless the airport boosts its efforts. “If you want to attract businesses, you need to have facilities for them and services that make it ideal to accommodate their needs,” Miller added. “But a prop park done right could literally be an asset to the community, somewhere you could take your children. It could make Van Nuys a destination.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! VAN NUYS – After years of contentious discussions about plans for a long-awaited propeller park, officials at Van Nuys Airport say construction on the 39-acre site will begin by March. Plans for the park, hailed as a key for small-plane owners and the businesses that cater to them at the nation’s busiest general-aviation airport, have faltered for years while airport officials have sought an operator. But now, despite not yet having an operator, officials said they are moving forward with plans anyway. “There have been no intentional delays, but we have had to take consecutive actions for each item, and some have taken longer than we would have liked,” said Selina Birk, general manager of Van Nuys Airport. last_img read more

Galaxy seek `sexy’ name for coach

first_img“We are going to use this as an opportunity to once again push the envelope and do something that’s not been seen in MLS.” That would seem to preclude Bruce Arena, the most accomplished American coach who also became available Monday when he was fired by the New York Red Bulls. Arena won two MLS Cups with D.C. United before coaching the United States in the last two World Cups. A Galaxy player, speaking on the condition of anonymity, said he was told the team was focusing on a European coach. Klinsmann, Mourinho, and Capello all have links to either the Galaxy or Major League Soccer. Klinsmann has worked as a consultant for the Galaxy in the past and served as an advisor to parent company AEG during construction of the Home Depot Center. The Times of London reported in September that AEG was preparing an offer for Mourinho, and Capello told Gazzetta Dello Sport in July that he was mulling an offer from MLS. “It would be a new experience that would intrigue me, not for the money, but to see if anyone could make American soccer take off,” Capello said. Asked what say Beckham would have in the decision, Lalas said that while he continuously talks with players, they wouldn’t be involved in this decision. While the Galaxy may be considered a plum MLS job with Beckham and Landon Donovan – arguably the most talented players in the league – the league’s structure, with salary caps, smaller roster sizes and far less interest – is far different from the best foreign leagues. For all the impact Beckham may have had off the field, the Galaxy won just one of eight games in which he participated. “It would be an adjustment,” Lalas acknowledged. “It would have to be somebody with incredible patience, perspective and an excitement for a challenge. “For a lot of coaches, at the end of the season, it’s `Mr. Chairman, how much money do I have to spend?’ Then you ask for a little bit more and get enough players to hedge your bets. It might rule out some candidates.” Lalas said the decision would be his to make, but he would consult his higher-ups, presumably AEG president Tim Leiweke. He suggested that AEG, which signed Beckham to a five-year, $32.5 million contract, wouldn’t let money stand in the way of a new coach, either. “There’s a method to any perceived madness to anything we do, and there’s sound business to anything we do,” he said. Lalas also brushed aside criticism from Donovan, the Galaxy captain, over the firing of Yallop. Donovan said Sunday night that Yallop was “handcuffed” and “wasn’t allowed to coach. People were trying to make decisions for him” – criticisms that were directed at Lalas. “I don’t take any of it personally nor particularly seriously,” said Lalas, who wouldn’t say whether Yallop would have been back if San Jose hadn’t come calling. “A player’s reality and the perception of a certain situation can be very different.” Despite his disappointment over Yallop’s departure, Donovan won’t be going anywhere soon – either to San Jose with Yallop, or anywhere else. Donovan has a no-trade clause in his contract and said Sunday night he has no intention of waiving it. “I’ve got my wife here, my family, my house,” said Donovan, who is married to actress Bianca Kajlich. “You never say never, but I’m going to be here.” billy.witz@dailynews.com160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! MLS: Club wants successor to Yallop to be a proven commodity. By Billy Witz Staff Writer With a head coaching vacancy to fill, Galaxy president Alexi Lalas seemed intent Monday on proving he can reach for the stars. The looming question is whether he’s trying to do it with his head in the sand. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre A day after Frank Yallop was allowed to leave for expansion club San Jose in exchange for a third-round draft pick, Lalas did nothing to indicate that there was a coach out there whose credentials were too big for the Galaxy. Jurgen Klinsmann, the former German national team coach living in Huntington Beach who already turned down the U.S. national team job? Jose Mourinho, the self-proclaimed “Special One” who led Chelsea to a back-to-back Premiership crowns before walking out in September? Fabio Capello, who coached Real Madrid and David Beckham to the La Liga title last June and was summarily fired? “We’re certainly interested in a high-profile, sexy type of candidate,” Lalas said during a conference call Monday evening from Vancouver, where he flew with the team for an exhibition game Wednesday. “All the people you have mentioned are quality coaches. . . . last_img


first_imgThe number of people employed in the Donegal Gaeltacht declined by 243 in 2010, figures released by Udaras na Gaeltachta have revealed. A total of 194 new jobs were created leaving the number of people employed on a full-time basis by Udaras at 2,007.A total of €16.7million was invested in providing the 193 jobs, many of which will come on stream in 2011 and subsequent years. The majority of job losses occurred in the Largo Foods group of companies based on the Gaoth Dobhair Business Park. In 2009, Largo Export Foods Ltd announced that the group needed to restructure as a result of increased competitiveness in the market place, unfavourable exchange rates and high production costs.A reduction of the workforce was necessary to allow for restructuring and the lay-offs are evident in the 2010 employment figures.“We are encouraged however by the significant investment made by Largo Foods group last year to redevelop their business to target the healthy snack food niche market.  An tÚdarás is confident that employment numbers will rise again when this development is implemented,” said an Udaras spokesman.The spokesman added that companies in the tourism sector and companies related to the construction industry also saw a drop in employment numbers.JOBS IN DONEGAL GAELTACHT DROP BY 243 IN 2010 was last modified: January 24th, 2011 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more