‘If Pogba says he’s leaving, he’s leaving’

first_imgPaul Pogba will likely depart Manchester United but he could clash with Zinedine Zidane if he joins Real Madrid, according to the man who helped start the midfielder’s career.The World Cup winner has been consistently linked with a transfer to Los Blancos since declaring he wanted a new challenge prior to the Red Devils’ pre-season commencing.But the man who played a key role in discovering the superstar midfielder says Pogba is always likely to clash with his managers – citing the issues with Sir Alex Ferguson that saw him leave Manchester United the first time. Article continues below Editors’ Picks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream “If Paul has a coach with a strong personality around him, in time there will be a clash somewhere,” Le Havre head of recruitment Franck Sale told Optus Sport. “When he left for Juventus a few years ago, with Alex Ferguson that was very complicated too. Paul didn’t concede because he has such a strong character. So when he says, ‘I’m leaving’, he’s leaving.”If tomorrow he goes to a big club like a Real Madrid, he’ll still have his conflicts, even with Zizou [Zidane].”Sale’s scouts spotted Pogba playing in Paris when he was 12 years old and in a two-year period he was signed by Le Havre to continue his football development.And he believes the Frenchman has become too comfortable at Old Trafford and that he’s ready for a new challenge away from the club.”Paul is a man who needs to be challenged. I think he is becoming too comfortable at United. It’s not as demanding for him as it was a few years ago,” Sale said.”I think he is ready for a new challenge, that’s obvious. I can see him leaving for another big club searching for this new challenge.”Sale also revealed that Pogba displayed leadership qualities when he was a young player and that he has always been mentally strong and with the confidence to play the game his way.”It was him who led everyone, so I’m not surprised by his strong personality today,” he said.”You could see that he was already technically skillful. He possessed a strength of character and had a self-assurance that some would call arrogance.”He was someone that was sure of his fate, sure of his qualities.”last_img read more

NHL adds Seattle as league’s 32nd team, play begins in 2021

first_img GO By STEPHEN WHYNO, Associated Press Published: December 4, 2018, 9:39am The decision was widely expected after the Seattle Hockey Partners group impressed the board’s executive committee in October with a plan that had all the ingredients the NHL was looking for. Strong ownership led by billionaire David Bonderman and producer Jerry Bruckheimer, a downtown arena in a sports-crazed city and a season-ticket drive that drummed up 10,000 orders in 12 minutes all cleared the way for the NHL to add another team less than three years after approving a franchise in Las Vegas.The owners will pay a $650 million expansion fee, up from the $500 million the Vegas Golden Knights paid to join the league. The NHL will also realign its two divisions in the West for the 2021-22 season: Seattle will play the Pacific, home to its closest geographic rivals like Vancouver, Calgary and San Jose, and the Arizona Coyotes will move to the Central Division.The remarkable debut by Vegas in 2017, which included a run to the Stanley Cup Final, gave the league more confidence about moving forward so quickly.Seattle will benefit from the same expansion draft rules Vegas had. Its front office is expected to be led by Dave Tippett, a former coach who would lead the search for the club’s first general manager and staff. Tippett signed on to the project because of a connection to president and CEO Tod Leiweke, a major force in delivering an NHL team to Seattle. Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan, right, high-five’s Washington Wild hockey team wing Jaina Goscinski, 11, as Tod Leiweke, CEO of NHL Seattle, looks on during a news conference Oct. 2 in Seattle. The NHL Board of Governors is meeting Tuesday in Sea Island, Ga., to give final approval to Seattle’s bid to add the league’s 32nd team. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File) Seattle has become a city of transplants due to the booming local economy. A hockey franchise would provide those newcomers a team to rally around, much like what happened when the Sounders of Major League Soccer arrived in 2009 — the last team added to the city’s sport landscape. The Sonics were the first, joining the NBA in 1967, followed by the arrival of the Seahawks in 1976 and Mariners in 1977 after construction of the Kingdome.There have been several attempts at solving Seattle’s arena issues and landing either an NHL or NBA team in the years since the Sonics left, but none had the support of the city or the private money attached until now.While Seattle basks in the news, it’s not clear the NHL will be satisfied at 32 teams even with the new team providing balance between the Eastern and Western conferences and a natural, cross-border rival for the Vancouver Canucks.Deputy NHL Commissioner Bill Daly said recently that there’s no magic number, even though no major North American sports league has ever grown beyond 32 teams. He said simply that expansion is appropriate when it adds value to the league. Houston, Quebec City and Toronto have all been touted as possible new homes someday. NHL adds Seattle as league’s 32nd team, play begins in 2021 By signing up you are agreeing to our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service. Receive latest stories and local news in your email: Leiweke got his start in hockey with the Minnesota Wild. He also worked in Vancouver and most recently helped build Tampa Bay into a powerhouse in the Eastern Conference. Leiweke left the Lightning in 2015 to become the COO of the NFL and didn’t have any interest in leaving the league office until the project in Seattle began to gain traction.Leiweke’s job will be to capitalize on a market whose demographics have changed significantly since he left the NFL’s Seahawks in 2010 after being largely responsible for the team hiring coach Pete Carroll. Seattle is the largest market in the country without a winter pro sports franchise and has seen an influx of wealth in recent years. Even when he was running the Seahawks, Leiweke believed Seattle was ripe for the NHL and the response to the season-ticket drive only strengthened that belief.The NHL’s launch in Seattle will show how starved fans are for another team. Basketball is embedded in the DNA of the region thanks to 41 years of the SuperSonics and a lengthy history of producing NBA talent. When the rain of the fall and winter drive young athletes inside, they grab a basketball and head for the nearest gym to play pickup games. Basketball courts and coffee shops seem to be on every corner, but ice rinks are scarce.A lot about Seattle is different from 2008, when the Sonics moved to Oklahoma City. The skyline is filled with construction cranes. Amazon has taken over an entire section of the city, joined nearby by satellite offices of Google and Facebook. The amount of wealth now in the Seattle market is part of the reason Tim Leiweke, Tod’s older brother and the CEO of event facilities giant Oak View Group, has regularly called the city “a brilliant marketplace” and one of the most enticing expansion opportunities in pro sports history. Share: The Columbian is becoming a rare example of a news organization with local, family ownership. Subscribe today to support local journalism and help us to build a stronger community. Share: Subscribe Today SEA ISLAND, Ga. — The National Hockey League is expanding to Seattle.The NHL Board of Governors unanimously approved adding Seattle as the league’s 32nd franchise on Tuesday, with play set to begin in 2021 to allow enough time for arena renovations.The as-yet unnamed franchise will be the Emerald City’s first major winter sports team since the NBA’s SuperSonics left town in 2008.“Today is an exciting and historic day for our league as we expand to one of North America’s most innovative, beautiful and fastest-growing cities,” NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman said. “And we are thrilled that Seattle, a city with a proud hockey history that includes being the home for the first American team ever to win the Stanley Cup, is finally joining the NHL.”The announcement came a few moments after Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan let the news slip at a watch party in Seattle, prompting cheers: “I got a call from a mole in the room and it was a unanimous vote. We’re getting hockey.”last_img read more

Syria Ban strongly condemns deadly bomb attacks in Homs

Initial media reports indicate that at least 39 people were killed, of whom 30 are schoolchildren between the ages of six and nine. “The Secretary-General reiterates his call on all warring sides in this brutal and bloody conflict to stop the indiscriminate use of any weapons immediately,” his spokesperson said in a statement which extended condolences to the bereaved families. Mr. Ban appealed appeals to all Syrian, regional and international actors “to redouble their efforts to bring this horrific conflict to an end and help reach a long-overdue political solution,” according to the statement. According to media reports, the two blasts occurred as children were leaving the Ekremah al-Makhzoumi primary school in Homs.The attack is being called one of the deadliest in the area in months. read more

Body found with single gunshot wound to head

The dam where the body was found.The body of a 45-year-old man was this morning discovered at a dam at Naarstigheid, West Coast of Berbice (WCB).He has been identified as Suraj Sookdeo, also called “Terry”, of Number 11 Village, WCB.Suraj Sookdeo (left)According to his sister-in-law Bebi Bacchus, the man was last seen by the family at about 19:00h on Wednesday.According to the Bacchus, Sookdeo was in the habit of using of using illegal drugs and is a “known character” to the police.Police in Berbice are currently investigating the matter.Sookdeo, who lived with his brother and his wife, leaves to mourn one daughter. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Related5 men charged with murdering Corentyne fishermanJune 3, 2016In “Court”Man stabbed by father died from perforation to lungsSeptember 10, 2018In “Crime”Berbice man found hanging with hands tied behind his back; cops launch probeFebruary 28, 2018In “latest news” read more