Mourinho was considered for Liverpool job in 2004 but Reds preferred Rafa Benitez

first_imgJAMIE CARRAGHER revealed how Liverpool considered appointing Jose Mourinho in 2004 but instead opted for Rafa Benitez.The Reds were in the market for a new manager after former boss Gerard Houllier left by mutual consent.4 Jose Mourinho was considered for the Liverpool job in 2004Credit: Getty Images – GettyMourinho had just stunned the football world by winning his first Champions League title with Porto.He had also guided the Portuguese side to the league title as his stock in world management rose rapidly.Benitez, on the other hand, had also exceeded expectations by guiding Valencia to a historic double with the league and Uefa Cup titles.Carragher, a senior squad member at the Reds in that time, revealed how a select few players were being kept up to date in the managerial search.And he claimed how the club opted against the former Chelsea and Manchester United boss because of his erratic behaviour in the dugout.Speaking to Sky Sports, the 42-year-old said: “Gerard Houllier had lost his job, and (chief executive) Rick Parry had interviewed Rafa Benitez at some stage.”He was just keeping the senior players informed about where they were up to, and he did mention Jose Mourinho.”I knew much more about Rafa Benitez because of the Spanish football and what he’d done, and it looked that (appointing him) was quite far down the road anyway.”But I think the feeling was that Jose Mourinho couldn’t be a Liverpool manager.”Possibly because of the way he conducted himself at times.”I think even that run down the line, even though it was great, at Old Trafford, the feeling was at the club and maybe from certain players that it wasn’t really the Liverpool way of doing things.”So I always thought we’d go for Rafa with him being a little bit more standoffish.”4 Liverpool instead opted for Rafa BenitezCredit: Getty – Contributor4most read in footballTHROUGH ITRobbie Keane reveals Claudine’s father was ’50-50′ in coronavirus battleTOP SELLERGavin Whelan has gone from League of Ireland to David Beckham’s InstagramPicturedAN EYEFULMeet Playboy model and football agent Anamaria Prodan bidding to buy her own clubI SAW ROORodallega saw Rooney ‘drinking like madman’ & Gerrard ‘on bar dancing shirtless’ExclusiveRIYAD RAIDMan City’s Riyad Mahrez has three luxury watches stolen in £500,000 raidNEXT STEPJonny Hayes set to move to English Championship having been let go by CelticREF RELEASEDChampions League ref Vincic released by cops after arrest in prostitution raidKEANE DEALEx Man United youth ace David Jones says Roy Keane negotiated a contract for himNICE RONCristiano Ronaldo goes on family bike ride with partner Georgina Rodriguez & kidsREF RAIDChampions League ref Vincic ‘arrested in raid into drugs and prostitution ring’Benitez instantly achieved success at the Reds by lifting the Champions League in his first season in charge.He also won the FA Cup a year later before eventually for Inter Milan in 2010.Spurs boss Mourinho instead went to Chelsea which gave birth to the ‘Special One’ tag before winning back-to-back league titles.4 Jamie Carragher revealed how Liverpool almost appointed MourinhoCredit: Getty Images – GettySpurs boss Jose Mourinho helps put together care packages in Enfield to help out coronavirus relief effortslast_img read more

Reinier, therapeutic quarantine

first_imgThe pause in soccer due to the coronavirus is, in a way, an oxygen balloon for Reinier (18 years old). The last signing of the Real Madrid is taking advantage of quarantine to apply with Spanish and recharge batteries as the demanding schedule had not allowed him. The transition from South American to European football took Reinier on vacation. In his country the design of the season is different from that of Spain, extending throughout the calendar year, with the preseason starting in January. The promotion of the playmaker, who was entering the first team of Flamengo, and the good results of those of Jorge Jesus prolonged the work until the end of 2019, with the Club World Cup. Objective: train with the first teamAfter a recently completed season and with transoceanic flights in between, Reinier arrived on January 3 at Teresópolis to prepare the competition in which the Brazilian Under-23 would get their ticket for Tokyo 2020. André Jardine and his coaching staff paid close attention to the player, the youngest in the squad, to protect him from physical and mental fatigue, with the added factor of his signature for Madrid in between. 19 It was during the tournament, at the concentration hotel of the Mengao, where the agent and the player’s family met so that everyone knew that Real Madrid was seriously going after the crack. From the last game at Brasileirao, on December 8 against Santos, to the semifinals in Qatar, on 17, there was no room to breathe. The same as since the World Cup final, on the 21st, with a 1-0 defeat in overtime against Liverpool, at the concentration for the Pre-Olympic. Before traveling to Colombia and her new destination was officially announced, the day after she came of age and debuted with the Olympic, gave a muscle scare in the first trial. The accumulation of game minutes and hours of airplane weighed, but it was known to recover. As soon as he finished the successful Pre-Olympic, he had to move to Rio and from there, to Madrid, to start his new life. Again without rest. Now, while fulfilling the plan of the Madrid physios, Reinier can take a little air. Also meet better conditions for study spanish, a task that started in January at the Comary Farm, by WhatsApp, with the same teacher who taught his family. The ’19’ wants to invest this time in revitalize the muscles, assimilate everything that has happened lately and move forward with the language. In the background, one goal: his first training session with the Zidane squad. Further away, with the pandemic in the foreground, the decision about his future remains: the tour, Castilla with increases with the elderly, a loan …last_img read more

Calabar’s Taylor runs fast 100m

first_imgWorld Youth 400 metres champion, Calabar High’s Christopher Taylor, impressed with a fast 100 metres run at yesterday’s Camperdown Classic at the National Stadium.The versatile 16-year-old stopped the clock at 10.44 seconds to take heat nine of the boys’ Class Two 100m, with the fastest time overall.The Camperdown Classic is the final stop in the Corporate Area leg of the 2016 Digicel Grand Prix Athletics Championship. Taylor, the defending Grand Prix 400m champion, is expected to run his pet event at next week’s Grand Prix finals at the G.C. Foster College.Taylor said he was satisfied with yesterday’s effort.”This was just to see how good I was at that event,” he told The Sunday Gleaner, while adding that he is fit and ready for more success.Teammate Tyreke Wilson also clocked a fast time, 10.52, in heat eight for second overall, while another Calabar sprinter, Michael Stephens, cruised to 10.56 in heat eleven for third. Dejour Russell rounded out the top four for Calabar with 10.61 in heat 12.Stephens also won the Class Two boys’ long jump with a leap of 6.64m, while Kymonie Matthews of St George’s College and Owayne Owens finished second and third with 6.57m and 6.45m, respectively.In the eagerly anticipated clubs and institution’s men’s 400m, former Calabar star Javon Francis of Akan Track Club was fastest overall with 46.21, Javere Bell of Mico University was second in 46.75 ahead of Nathon Allen of St Jago (46.85) while Racers Track Club’s Zharnel Hughes finished fourth in 46.95.Racers sprint stars Warren Weir and Yohan Blake had to settle for seventh and 16th overall in 47.30 and 48.41, respectively.In the boys’ Class One 100m, Xavior Angus of Calabar was first with 10.50 as schoolmate Fabian Hewitt took second overall in 10.54.Jamaica College won the Class One boys’ 4x100m in 40.06 seconds from Calabar, 40.56, and St Catherine High, 41.20.Andrenette Knight of St Jago High School sizzled in the girls’ 400m hurdles with a new meet record of 59.01 seconds. Camperdown High’s Shadae Newell clocked 1:00:38 and Jody-Ann Petrie of St Jago, 1:03:63.last_img read more

To help spread messages about Ebola, Community Radios Receive 1,448 Fuel Coupons

first_imgThe Grand Coalition of Liberian Organizations (GRANDCOALIO), a group comprises over 200 organizations in Liberia has presented 1,448 gallons of fuel coupons to community across Liberia to help with propagation of messages against the spread of the deadly Ebola virus.The organization in addition to the coupons also turned over 25 bags of rice with cans and boxes of juice to meet the needs of health workers in isolation camps due to the Ebola outbreak.Making the presentation on August 12, 2014 at the headquarters of the Liberian Business Association (LIBA), the head of the organization, Dee Maxwell Saah Kemayah, Sr. stressed that the fight against Ebola is not to be left with the Government alone, but collaborative efforts of all Liberians.He said the media being a major partner in the fight must be capacitated to give the message out as it has been doing, and on the basis of this role media institutions play, the Grand Coalition of Liberian Organizations (GRANDCOALIO) saw it expedient to give the fuel coupons to empower functional community radios to help propagate the information.Mr. Kemayah went further to state that the outbreak of the Ebola virus is the first deadest in history, and that fighting it does not require Government alone but participations of all.He lauded the media for the work done over time since the outbreak, noting that media is an indispensable partner that must be empowered to reach the message to the people.In response to the gesture, Press Union of Liberia’s president, Kamara A. Kamara said the gesture was timely as many people call on them every day to asking for help to community radios build their capacity.Mr. Kamara noted that gesture by the Grand Coalition of Liberian organizations serves as sign that Liberia will be victorious in the fight against Ebola and that every person should follow warning messages provided the public.He urged reporters to report on the Ebola crisis in a balance way that areas and individuals affected will not be stigmatized.For National Health Workers leader, Joseph Tamba, he commended GRANDCOALIO for the assistance provided those in isolation camps and promised that they will work to ensure that in the next one month Ebola will be eradicated or suspected cases will be no more.He recalled that about eight health workers have died from the disease over the time.  He added that about 50 persons have survived from it, urging the public not to be afraid but to go along with the precautionary measures being publicized.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Ronaldo will break the ice against Sassuolo, insists Allegri

first_img0Shares0000“Break the ice”: Massimiliano Allegri expects Cristiano Ronaldo will finally score in his fourth game. © AFP / Marco BERTORELLOMILAN, Italy, Sep 15 – Cristiano Ronaldo is sure to break his scoring duck Sunday against Sassuolo, Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri insisted as he backed the Portuguese star to win the FIFA world player of the year award.Ronaldo skipped Portugal’s Nations League win over Italy to focus on his new club after failing to score in their opening three Serie A games. “Cristiano worked well and I think tomorrow he will score and break the ice,” Allegri told a press conference ahead of Sunday’s game against second-placed Sassuolo.“I don’t expect Ronaldo to do more or less than what he did in the first three games, everyone was waiting for Ronaldo and he set up (Mario) Mandzukic.“I believe tomorrow could be his day.”And Allegri insisted the five-time Ballon d’Or winner should lift the FIFA world player award for a sixth time after his performance for Real Madrid last season.Ronaldo has been shortlisted alongside Croatian World Cup star Luka Modric — who beat the Portuguese to the UEFA player of the year prize — and Egyptian Mohamed Salah.“With no offence to Luka Modric, I’d give the Ballon d’Or to Ronaldo for what he did last season. I think he deserves it,” said Allegri.Ronaldo scored 44 goals for Real Madrid last season including 15 in the Champions League on the way to a third straight title.Meanwhile, Allegri said he would make changes against Sassuolo — second in the league behind Juventus — with a view to next week’s Champions League trip to Valencia.“This is where the season starts in earnest.“Our first objectives are to qualify from our Champions League group and lead the way in the league in order to be fighting on all fronts come March.”German midfielder Emre Can should get his first start since arriving from Liverpool during the summer, with Miralem Pjanic and Giorgio Chiellini likely to be rested.“It should be the first start tomorrow for Emre Can, who came from a different style of football and it was only natural he would need a period to adapt, especially after an injury,” said Allegri.The Juventus boss insisted there was room for Argentine forward Paulo Dybala, the club’s top scorer last season, despite the arrival of Ronaldo.“When you have this much talent in the squad, someone has to sit out,” he said.“Paulo’s quality is not up for debate, but I have to pick 11 players plus another three to come off the bench.“Paulo has to prove he deserves his place in the starting line-up.“I’m very happy with the way he came off the bench in Parma for the last 15 minutes, as he already had a completely different approach.”0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

The 10 BEST pictures of Gervinho’s shocking hair: UNBELIEVABLE?

first_imgFormer Arsenal star Gervinho was the talk of the internet for all the wrong reasons yet again, after an image appeared online of the Ivory Coast striker’s apparent hairline (or lack of it).The state of Gervinho’s receding hairline is nothing new to football fans, but in his bid to hide it from view he has been wearing a pretty sizable bandana for the last 12 months. However, fans were given a glimpse of what could be under the bonnet, as what appears to be a FAKE image showed him with what can only be described as a ‘skullet’ during Roma’s 2-0 victory over Cagliari.Unfortunately for internet trolls, the hitman seemingly played with his bandana on throughout the match, but that doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy images of perhaps the greatest fringe in football.Click the arrow to see more glorious images of Gervinho’s shiny head. 10 7. Click the arrow to see more images – Here’s a beautiful ‘bird’s eye’ view of Gervinho’s bonce 10 10. Click the arrow to see REAL images of Gervinho’s hairline 10 10 10 4. Click the arrow to see more images – As was the African Cup of Nations. 9. Click the arrow to see more images – Back in 2007 Gervinho had a wonderful head of hair. 10 2. Click the arrow to see more images – After making his switch to Roma, Gervinho has been a revelation. Perhaps it has something to do with his mystical bandana? 5. Click the arrow to see more images – The World Cup was treated to Gervinho’s infamous hair. 6. Click the arrow to see more images – Arsenal fans may not have seen the best of Gervinho, but they will certainly remember that hairline. 10 3. Click the arrow to see more images – The curtains would soon come down on his Arsenal career however. 8. Click the arrow to see more images – Whether it’s domestically or on the international scene, Gervinho’s hairline is always centre stage. 10 10 1. Click the arrow to see more images – This is Gervinho, playing against Cagliari. Note the bandana on his head throughout the match. 10last_img read more

Liverpool finally unveil Naby Keita and fans are laughing at Man United

first_img— Jack (@Jxckcameron) June 27, 2018 It appears Naby Keita is already a popular man in Liverpool… A long awaiting…. and finally he is here! Can’t wait to see him in this squad #LFC— GAMK Group (@InfoGamk) June 27, 2018— Jay Barnfield (@JayBarnfield17) June 27, 2018 Me : Looking forward to see Fabinho and Keita Hope Fekir behind Mane Firmino Salah— Suresh (@sureshv99) June 27, 2018 1 He may not officially become their player until Sunday, but the Reds clearly couldn’t wait as they finally unveiled their £52million midfielder on Wednesday – to the jubilation of their supporters.Twitter immediately exploded with posts of sheer joy from fans, and the excitement levels reached another level when it was confirmed the 23-year-old will be taking Steven Gerrard’s No.8 shirt – especially when they learned the Anfield legend was the one who gave it to him.And some supporters couldn’t help but poke fun at Manchester United while they were at it, laughing at their rivals’ expense following reports they are trying to convince Marouane Fellaini to pen a new deal.Check out how Liverpool fans reacted to Naby Keita’s long-awaited arrival below: Welcome Keita. #YNWA— Yazeed Alanzi 🎧 (@YAZEED_YNWA) June 27, 2018 Liverpool announcing Keita whereas Manchester United bending over backwards to give Fellaini a new contract, I love this game.— Taha Memon (@TheKopiteLad) June 27, 2018 Naby Keita becomes the first Liverpool player that isn’t Steven Gerrard to wear the number 8 jersey since the 🐐— DondaR (@DondaMakhathini) June 27, 2018 Liverpool officially unveiling Naby Keïta, perhaps the best young Central Midfielder in the world. Whilst Man United desperately clinging on to FellainiLevels.— Its coming home (@JackTee01) June 27, 2018 Big shoes to fill, all the best lad.— Taha Memon (@TheKopiteLad) June 27, 2018 With great power comes great responsibility. Can’t wait for Naby to hit some Gerrardesque rockets at the Kop End. #NK8 #K8A— Kieran Wilson (@therealkieran_) June 27, 2018 When your rivals announce they are keeping a midfielder that none of the fans want…So you announce one of the best in Europe just to rub it in…— The Redmen TV (@TheRedmenTV) June 27, 2018 Love that❤️ He is definitely worthy of owning the 8 shirt! Such a quality player we have on our hands🔥⚽️ #NK8— Adam. (@AdamMeredith17) June 27, 2018last_img read more


first_imgWE all need some ‘bread’ at the moment – and Donegal’s leading bakery is set to give lots of it away…in a massive Golden Ticket cash prize!Gallaghers Bakery are biting back in style with the launch of a massive cash giveaway which will see one lucky customer win €1,000 cash a week!Each week Gallaghers Bakery will put 20 lucky golden tickets into their famous White Sliced Pan with one ticket holder walking away €1,000 richer. Gallaghers Bakery bread lovers must simply enjoy their white sliced pan, check the inside of their bread wrapper for their golden ticket, contact Gallagher’s Bakery and quote the promotional code before the expiry date and they will be entered into a random draw along with the other lucky ticket holders.Declan Gallagher, who returned as the new owner of the famous bakery on May 1 says the new campaign is sure to get people talking…..and eating!Declan told donegaldaily: “The ‘Grab a Grand’ a week campaign will certainly whet appetites and stir the taste buds of our customers.“It also affords us the opportunity to give a little back to all our loyal bread lovers.  We are delighted to have the bakery back in the Gallagher family in Ardara and we look forward to driving our business forward. “With the commitment of our great team at Gallagher’s Bakery and the support of our loyal customers we will ensure that job creation, product improvement and quality are to the forefront in our daily business activities.”* To be in with your chance to Grab a Grand pick up your Gallaghers white sliced pan from any store, enjoy the new and improved recipe and keep your fingers crossed for the lucky loaf with the golden ticket.  You can find out more details about the Grab a Grand promotion on the Gallaghers Bakery Facebook page. Terms and conditions apply and can be download from the facebook page.DONEGAL BAKER LAUNCHES GOLDEN TICKET CASH GIVEAWAY was last modified: June 9th, 2011 by gregShare 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) Tags:ArdaraGallagher’s Bakerygolden ticket cash giveawaylast_img read more


first_imgA former Donegal County Councillor has been ordered to hand over all his phones to Gardai after being accused of harassing his former partner.Former county councillor Gareth ReidGareth Reid, a former Fine Gael councillor, faces numerous charges including thirteen of domestic violence. The 31 year old father-of-three appeared in court today after being detained in custody for a week after revoking his bail conditions.Reid, of Lawnsdale, Ballybofey, faces numerous charges including domestic violence and criminal damage.A previous court sitting heard claims that he had phoned the woman 30 times over one weekend.The woman was so in fear of Reid that she has left Co Donegal and was living elsewhere.Solicitor Kieran Dillon said a week in custody had had a major effect on his client.“A week has passed and my client is a different person. He has had time to reflect in the past seven days and he has a different perspective on life.“His employment is just there and if he is not back at work as a lorry driver it will have consequences. It is also a very special time of year and there will be consequences for that if he is not working,” said Mr Dillon.However Garda Inspector Michael Harrison told the court that Gardai had no choice but to object to the granting of bail.He also said he wanted an order to recover ALL of Reid’s phone and not just “a select one.”Judge Paul Kelly replied “I take it that you suspect he has other phones?” to which he was told that was the suspicion.Inspector Harrison said he had good reason to oppose bail.“There is an injured party who constantly calls Gardai. If it was a one off we would not object (to bail.)“There are court orders here and he just seems to ignore them. There are domestic violence charges – thirteen of them and two for criminal damage. He has failed to sign on up to ten times.“He has pleaded guilty in the past and it’s not that he doesn’t know the consequences of what he is doing and he continues to breach the orders of the court. We just can’t consent to it,” he saidHowever Judge Paul Kelly agreed to release Reid on bail with a number of conditions.They include having not contact with the injured party and that he hand over all his phones to Gardai.FORMER COUNCILLOR ORDERED TO HAND OVER ALL PHONES IN HARASSMENT CASE was last modified: November 25th, 2013 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) Tags:Donegal County CouncilGareth Reidharassmentphoneslast_img read more


first_imgOver the bar…sorry, over the moon. The happy couple with Fr PatCongratulations to Darren Gallagher and Leanna O’Donnell who confirmed their love at a beautiful ceremony in St. Mary’s in Kincasslagh yesterday.There will never be a row in their house over club football.Both of them play for Naomh Muire!  NAOMH MUIRE PLAYERS DARREN AND LEANNA SAY: ‘WE DO’ was last modified: August 22nd, 2014 by John2Share 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) Tags:Darren GallagherKINCASSLAGHLeanna O’DonnellNAOMH MUIREweddinglast_img read more