Mourinho has made Hazard a scapegoat… Chelsea boss MUST back Belgian

first_imgJose Mourinho has been urged to put his trust in Eden Hazard in order to turn Chelsea’s fortunes around.Hazard, the reigning PFA Player of the Year, has endured a severe dip in form this season.He has scored just once in 11 games and was hauled off after an hour on Saturday against Liverpool as the Blues crashed to a sixth Premier League defeat.But Cascarino believes Mourinho should shoulder the blame for the Belgian’s recent struggles, and says the Chelsea boss must start showing faith in the playmaker.“Jose been critical of Hazard and has made him one of the scapegoats for what has happened,” the ex-Chelsea striker said, speaking on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast.“Eden Hazard now is looking for the substitution. If he is doing things that are not quite right, a bad ball, he knows his number is coming up. He is looking at the sidelines.“Jose should be saying to him, ‘I’m not taking you off today, you are staying on for 90 minutes and I am going to let you do what I know you can do’.“Eden Hazard is the one of the biggest players for Chelsea who can change the outcome of a football match and now he is looking over at the sidelines wondering if he is going to be subbed.”Saturday’s loss to Liverpool intensified speculation over Mourinho’s future, with many newspaper reports suggesting he has two games to save his job.But Cascarino believes the Portuguese – the most successful manager in Chelsea’s history – can turn things around if given time.He continued: “It’s the biggest week of Jose’s career. The results this week will determine whether he will stay for a longer period. Can he do it? Of course he can.“He has been an incredible manager. No one doubts Jose – will all owe know that he is that good.”last_img read more

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‘He has got EVERYTHING’- Harry Redknapps tips Tottenham youngster for greatness

first_imgHarry Redknapp believes Dele Alli is destined to be a Premier League and England great.The 19-year-old midfielder has impressed for Tottenham since arriving from MK Dons and could make his full debut for the Three Lions against France on Tuesday night.Alli has already won three caps for his country from the bench, and Redknapp believes it is just a matter of time before he becomes a cornerstone of the team.Speaking on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast, the former Spurs boss said: “Dele Alli I think is a future big star. He has got everything.“For a midfield player, he has got great size. He can play, he can tackle, he can head it. It looks like he has a great head on his shoulders, a great attitude. “I think he is going to be a real big player in the Premier League and for England for years to come.”Redknapp believes Alli is not the only Spurs star who is set to play a major role for England over the next decade.He rates Harry Kane as the brightest striking prospect in the country and thinks the 22-year-old will only get better.“Harry Kane is there to stay, I have got no doubts about that,” added Redknapp.“He is a fantastic striker. He has got everything. He holds the ball up, he brings people in to play and he can score goals.”last_img read more

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£32m DM linked, Brazil ace wants to try luck in England and more AFC rumours

first_img 7 7 1. Alexandre Pato: Brazilian wants another crack in Europe – Click the yellow arrow above, right, to see more Arsenal transfer rumours – If Arsenal are serious about wanting another striker then it seems Pato would be keen. The former Milan striker has been on loan at Sao Paulo from Corinthians in his native Brazil, but has spoken highly about the Premier League, calling it “number one in the world”. In the Mail on Sunday he revealed: “My dream is to come back to Europe. I think it has to be to a club that plays to be champions. [A club] that challenges and has ambition.” 7 5. David Ospina: Besiktas want to take Arsenal no.2 away – Turkish club Besiktas would like Ospina to join them, vice chairman Ahmet Nur Cebi said. However, he did point out that “just because we want him does not mean he will come.” 7 2. Aleksandr Kokorin: Wenger to look at the striker again? – The rumour from Russia is Arsenal and Dynamo Moscow are locked in talks about the possibility of Kokorin coming to north London. A fee for the 24-year-old striker who has scored four goals in eight league games, could be agreed by the end of the month. It is not the first time the club have been linked with Kokorin. 3. William Carvalho: Expensive midfielder to plug hole? – Following a succession of injuries to key midfielders, Carvalho has been linked with a move to Arsenal in January. He could cost around £32m, which doesn’t seem like a very Arsene Wenger thing to do in winter. To sustain their Premier League title push, Arsenal may need to add a few players in January.The volume of injuries to members of the first team squad will obviously concern manager Arsene Wenger, who likes to avoid splashing cash unnecessarily.Here, talkSPORT looks at the latest transfer news surrounding the Gunners – click the yellow arrow above, right, to see them all.For more Arsenal news and to stay up to date click here. 7 7 7 6. Lucas Perez: Scouts in Spain to see winger – There are reports in Spain that Arsenal are keeping an eye on Deportivo La Coruna winger Lucas Perez and scouts have been to see the 27-year-old in action. 4. Victor Wanyama: Wenger likes the Southampton man – Wenger is a fan of Wanyama but says Arsenal “are not on the case”. The Southampton midfielder was highly praised by Gunners hero Robert Pires recently, with the Frenchman labelling him ‘world class’. 7. Joel Campbell: Merson thinks the club should cash in on him – Paul Merson believes the only way Campbell will play regularly for Arsenal is if they have injuries, otherwise he’s down the pecking order. He told Sky Sports the club may get as much as £8m or £9m for him if they sell in January.last_img read more

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Chelsea MUST win FA Cup to make up for Premier League season, says Blues star

first_img Ruben Loftus-Cheek 1 Ruben Loftus-Cheek has branded the FA Cup “a competition we’ve got to win” as Chelsea fight to save their season.The teenage midfielder fired his first senior goal as Chelsea eased past Scunthorpe 2-0 at Stamford Bridge on Sunday, booking their place in the fourth round.Diego Costa’s fourth goal in three games set the Blues on course before Loftus-Cheek sealed the win in the second half.Guus Hiddink guided Chelsea to FA Cup glory in his first short-term Stamford Bridge stint in 2009 and now Loftus-Cheek believes the Blues must throw everything at helping the Dutchman repeat that triumph.“Even if we were doing really well in the Premier League it’s still a competition we’d want to win,” Loftus-Cheek told Chelsea TV.“But this season I think we should really want to win it.“The Premier League hasn’t gone that well, so I think this is a competition we’ve got to win.”Interim boss Hiddink admitted Loftus-Cheek could be called into more regular action in the weeks and months ahead after impressing in training.Chelsea’s 19-year-old academy product joked he would play in defence to get onto the field, before thanking the club’s supporters for their strong backing.“Right now I’m happy to play anywhere – right-back, left-back, wherever!” said Loftus-Cheek, when asked his preferred midfield role.“I just want to get on the pitch, get some minutes and enjoy my football.“The fans have been so supportive of me, right through from when I joined the first team.“I feel a bond with the fans and it’s a really good feeling to have them behind me.”Defender Gary Cahill echoed Loftus-Cheek’s sentiments in calling on Chelsea to focus on cup glory this year, to atone for the horrendous Premier League form that cost Jose Mourinho his job.“I think the FA Cup and the Champions League can be two massive competitions for us, and two that we want to go as far as we possibly can in,” Cahill told Chelsea TV.“Every game’s important, but the FA Cup is definitely important for us this year.”last_img read more

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Man United news: Mata in and Rashford out? Predicted XI for Liverpool clash

first_img 17. Daley Blind (centre back) 11 11 11 8. Juan Mata (right wing) 21. Ander Herrera (attacking centre midfield) 11 7. Memphis Depay (left wing) 36. Matteo Darmian (right back) 11 9. Anthony Martial (centre forward) 16. Michael Carrick (centre midfield) 11 11 5. Marcos Rojo (left back) 11 11 28. Morgan Schneiderlin (centre midfield) 12. Chris Smalling (centre back) 11 11 1. David De Gea (goalkeeper) – Click the arrow, right, to see the full Manchester United lineup in squad number order After defeat to West Brom on Sunday all but ended Manchester United’s top four hopes, the Europa League clash with Liverpool now takes on added importance.Liverpool v Manchester United is – in terms of global viewing figures – the biggest fixture in football, but Thursday night is the first time the two rivals will do battle on the European stage.Winning the Europa League now represents the only chance for either side to be in the Champions League next season.Louis van Gaal loves the rivalry between the sides and has won all four of his games against the Reds since his arrival at Old Trafford.It is also the game that Anthony Martial announced himself to the Premier League earlier this season, with a stunning solo goal to seal a 3-1 win at Old Trafford.United’s chances have been boosted with the return of a number of senior players to full training, such as Bastian Schweinsteiger, Phil Jones and Antonio Valencia.Jesse Lingard will miss the Anfield trip on Thursday through suspension, while Adnan Januzaj is cup-tied and Timothy Fosu-Mensah is ineligible.Click the arrow above, right, to see the predicted Manchester United XI for the crucial Europa League first leg against Liverpool.last_img read more

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Understand workplace do’s and d’ohs

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas Citycent): “This is a sure sign you’re not getting enough sleep or bored out of your mind with the work you do,” says Andrea Kay, a career consultant and author. “If it’s the latter, find work that will stimulate you or you’ll find yourself without a job. Employers don’t take kindly to people who sleep on the job. I know several people who have been fired for it. Sometimes, it turns out people were taking prescription medication, but in two cases I know of, that didn’t save these people’s jobs. If this is your situation, talk to your manager about it before it happens.” Kissing a co-worker (39 percent): “Assuming you kiss a co-worker who wanted to be kissed by you, it’s still not a smart move at work,” Kay says. “It gets tongues wagging, which leads to questions ranging from favoritism (if you’re a manager who kissed a worker) to whether work is getting done. You will lose credibility as a professional. You’re there to work. Control yourself.” Stealing from the office (22 percent): “A lot of people rationalize this. `The company owes me who’s going to miss a box of paper clips?’ Stealing is stealing. Refrain from slipping a package of pencils in your briefcase,” Kay says. Spreading a rumor about a co-worker (22 percent): Says Kay, “If you’ve got a beef with someone, talk to him or her about it. This isn’t junior high.” If you’re a fan of “The Simpsons,” you’ve seen Homer kicked back in his chair at the nuclear power plant, feet up on his console, sound asleep. You’ve also witnessed him stealing office supplies and drinking alcohol rather than working. Oh, and then there was that almost kiss with co-worker Mindy. Homer may be the king of workplace taboos, but he’s certainly not the only one to commit them. A recent CareerBuilder.com survey of more than 5,700 workers, conducted by Harris Interactive, found an alarming number of workers have committed these and other indiscretions. The most common workplace taboos that workers admitted to taking part in include: Falling asleep at work (45 per- Consuming alcoholic beverages while on the job (21 percent): “I know people who have been fired for this, too,” Kay warns. “Their reputations have been tainted. This is a tough one to explain when you’re job hunting and the employer asks, `So why did you leave your last job?”‘ Snooping around in files and other people’s offices after hours (18 percent): “I’d think good and hard about this: What if you’re caught? Is it worth it? Is this information you should have anyway? If it is, is this something you can get in a more direct way?” Kay says. Lying about an academic background (4 percent): “I think the numbers are probably higher on this one ,” Kay says. “If and when an employer finds out, you’re in deep trouble. I’ve known people who were desperate to get hired and rationalized that this was the only way to be competitive. They listed degrees they didn’t have or schools that they had never attended on their resumes. Of the people I know who did get hired but were later found out, they were typically fired from the job they worked so hard to get. Think about the consequences before you do it: Is it worth it?” Taking credit for someone else’s work (2 percent): Comments Kay: “This is not only a taboo, it can come back to bite you. You may be portraying yourself as someone with knowledge and expertise you don’t have and later get assigned a project you can’t handle. It’s also a sure-fire way to alienate co-workers who did the work. A big part of work is developing relationships with co-workers and people who work for you. This will create enemies, not allies. If you have to take credit for others’ work, you need to look at why that is.” For more information Books: Life’s a Bitch and Then You Change Careers: 9 Steps to Get Out of Your Funk and On to Your Future by Andrea Kay; The Simpsons Handbook: Secret Tips from the Pros by Matt Groening Web sites: http://monster.typepad.com/ monsterblog/2006/02/at_work_bad_can.html; http://abcnews.go.com/Business/Careers/ story?id=1311842&Business=true Dawn Anfuso is a South Bay-based business writer and former managing editor of Workforce magazine. If you have workplace or job-search questions, write to Dawn Anfuso, c/o Daily Breeze, 5215 Torrance Blvd., Torrance, CA 90503-4077, e-mail Dawn at dawnanfuso@yahoo.com. Writers will remain anonymous.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img
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Tough decisions

first_imgRe “Running deep in the red” (Nov. 16): The article quotes many of our city officials who proclaim that “We must make tough decisions.” Why did they not make the tough decisions before they spent our tax dollars? There are three prime examples of excessive spending that the voters would probably never have approved if they’d had the chance. These three “tough decisions” would have eliminated the new elephant compound at a reported $30 million, the gorilla compound at a reported $19 million and the Children’s Museum, which is still being built and will cost a lot. None of these excessive expenditures was necessary. Our decision makers are not living up to their fiduciary responsibilities, and now they want the taxpayers to bail them out because they did not make the tough decisions when they had the chance. – Patricia Higgins AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre Calabasas Got the guts? Re “Brewer digs in heels on reform” (Nov. 16): Does David Brewer have the fortitude of Gen. Patton or Adm. Halsie or Gen. Doolittle? He must have that quality of fortitude to reform the Los Angeles Unified School District – whatever it takes, regardless of who or whom or what entrenched bureaucracy it may upset. Another question I present is: Does he have the authority to do the things that must be done? – Allen C. Heatherly Reseda Not my money Re “Sue away” (Our Opinions, Nov. 14): Sue the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency? Not with my money. If the editorial board of the Daily News wishes to sue the EPA, then I suggest the editorial board of the Daily News hire a bunch of lawyers. As the federal government is supreme, I do not wish to sue and sue again to simply lose millions of taxpayer dollars. The Daily News claims that these new rules “would cut carbon emissions by one-fourth over the next 12 years.” And whose model are we using to achieve these world-saving numbers? Lawyers’ model? If these rules become law, the evil auto industry estimates that 70 percent of today’s cars and trucks would be unsalable in California. Do not believe me? Ask Bob Lutz, vice president of General Motors. I will believe the evil auto giant before a self-serving, want-to-be senator, Schwarzenegger. – Gavin Feehan Granada Hills Global warming Re “Sue away” (Our Opinions, Nov. 14): So-called global warming is not an issue that should be decided by the court system. The Supreme Court decided that they are polluting every time they speak. I tend to agree with that – just not in quite the same way. These are issues that should be decided with reasoning and science, not lawsuits. – Jeff Clarke Simi Valley Court a winner Re “Program becomes a ticket to a new life” (Nov. 15): It is great to know that there is finally someone out to help those with alcohol problems instead of simply throwing them in prison. Van Nuys Community Court is really strengthening the general public by establishing a program to help those with substance-abuse problems. We can’t just keep throwing people into prison and hoping for the best after they are released. This program has helped many people already, and I hope it will continue to flourish. – Frances Zapanta Los Angeles Little extra help Re “Program becomes a ticket to a new life” (Nov. 15): As a founding member of the Van Nuys Community Court, I have had the privilege to watch dozens of individuals change their lives. The police department, the City Attorney’s Office, the Public Defender’s Office, the court system and The Volunteer Center have all worked together to improve the quality of life in Van Nuys and change the lives of those who have participated in the program. We can never give up on our loved ones. Sometimes it takes just a little extra help. The Van Nuys Community Court does exactly that. – Candido Marez Northridge Same group Re “Silent majority” (Nov. 14): Your article claims that group is conversing through the Internet. Many of this same group were the overly mouthy minority protesters of the Vietnam era who demanded our soldiers come home, having lost no battles and having to leave 3 million Vietnamese to be killed by the Communists. Perhaps this time they have rightfully decided not to cause the same fate for the Iraqis by our pulling out now. – Paul Vaughn Van Nuys Sex abuse Re “Boys focus of sex-abuse inquiry” (Nov. 15): The most disturbing aspect of the article was the reaction of the father of one of the boys. His son acted in a way that was predatory and extremely unusual for an early elementary school student; yet the father is promising “a major showdown once we get to court.” Rather than focusing on his son’s behavior, he is attacking the school for investigating the matter before notifying him. One wonders what is going on inside that home; I hope Child Protective Services is planning to find out. – Angela Fitzmorris West Hills Lost sheep The fact that Pat Robertson has endorsed Rudy Giuliani for president is good-enough reason for rational people to vote for someone else. Robertson, a self-proclaimed born-again Christian, has called for the assassination of a foreign leader and proclaimed that the Katrina flood was God’s response to an immoral America. The problem here is not that Robertson is a certified nutcake and a hypocrite as a Christian; the real problem is that so many lost sheep believe him and Fox News. Christians who vote Republican should remember Christ was the Prince of Peace and taught us to turn the other cheek. I will turn the other cheek and the channel when Fox News promotes Giuliani with Robertson. – Denis F. Cremins Simi Valley Teaching Often I read about failing schools. This indicates that California’s political, legal and economic system has not pooled in and is not coordinating activities for this all-important matter. Teaching young people means instructing the future, and that is serious. Disciplining kids is an oversized responsibility for any one facet of government to handle. With these agencies working together, greater deeds can be reached. Education must be free of all the barriers in order to achieve excellence. – John J. Curti Tarzana Zero evidence Re “Liar’s club” (Your Opinions, Nov. 13): The reference letter said President Bush lied about weapons of mass destruction. There is actually zero evidence to support this assertion. An author who talked to the CIA agent who debriefed Saddam for nine months after his capture reports that even Saddam’s own generals were fooled by the WMD ruse created to keep Iran at bay. Most likely, Bush weighed conflicting intelligence on WMD and decided in favor of caution in light of 9-11. The Bush haters postulate that he lied, get angry at the postulation and then just keep repeating the mantra. This is the real lie. Anyway, doesn’t lying require creative thinking, something Bush haters say he lacks? Can’t have it both ways. – Tom Reilly Thousand Oaks Self-made Re “Bush not liar” (Your Opinions, Nov. 5): Sharon Hess writes that the Democrats are trying to ruin the Bush presidency. No need to, as Bush is capable of doing that himself. – Mike Kirwan Venice160Want 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

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Reports: Striking writers may change strategy of talks

first_img160Want 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 MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champAlthough the union has not made any public comments this weekend, entertainment columnist Nikki Finke says the union told its members that it plans to start individual talks Monday. Finke wrote in her column that WGA negotiators will start contacting individual production studios starting Monday. The Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers’ Jesse Hiestand fired back by dismissing the possibility that the union could conquer the studios by dividing them. The producers group “may have different companies with different assets in different businesses, but they are all unified in one common goal – to reach an agreement with writers that positions everyone in our industry for success in a rapidly changing marketplace,” he said in a written statement. Negotiations between the WGA and producers group ground to a halt two weeks ago. The Writers Guild of America plans to begin negotiations with individual production companies starting Monday, in an effort to “divide and conquer” the coalition of Hollywood studios and networks after six weeks of strike. A spokesman for the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers shot back that the WGA initiative is “grasping at straws.” The news comes amid reports that David Letterman is seeking a separate contract with his WGA- jurisdiction employees, allowing his CBS late night show to return to the air with its regular staff just after New Year’s Day – regardless of whether there is a nationwide WGA settlement. The New York Times reported that NBC employees Jay Leno and Conan O’Brien may return to the air as early as Jan. 2 without their union writers. Letterman, as owner of his own show, has the advantage of creating his own contract offer to his union shop, whom he has been paying out of pocket for six weeks. last_img read more

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Plan to land new job in new year

first_imgShortchanging your resume. Go over your past job experiences and reframe every description in a fresh, positive light. Make the language interesting and the descriptions compelling. Make your personality and individuality jump off the page.Showing up unprepared for interviews. Before interviews, Google typical questions and prepare answers. Research the company. Have questions prepared. Select your outfit. Do a dry-run drive-by to avoid getting lost. Arrive early. Be positive and flexible.Giving up or being lazy. Treat job seeking like a part-time job. Attend an industry show in your field of interest and meet at least 10 new people. Join job forums at online job sites and pick up tips from other job seekers. Read articles and research industries and companies.Happy New Year and good luck.Dawn Anfuso is a South Bay-based business writer and former managing editor of WORKFORCE magazine. If you have workplace or job-search questions, email Dawn at dawnanfuso@yahoo.com. Writers will remain anonymous.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! With the New Year nearly here, you might be thinking of getting a fresh start with a different job.Go about the job search wisely, or you’ll end up in just another dead end.Nicholas Aretakis, career coach and the author of “No More Ramen: The 20-Something’s Real World Survival Guide,” provides these common mistakes job seekers make, and offers tips to help you avoid them:Setting your goals too low. Don’t settle for a job that doesn’t challenge you, help you develop skills, or advance you toward an ultimate career dream. Instead, think big – where you want to be 10 years from now. Then figure out what you have to do to get there, and set interim goals. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan ClarksonLimiting your search. Don’t be too anxious to land a job and forget to be creative. Identify your interest – like music – and then spend time brainstorming all the ways you could be involved with it. How can you know what your dream job is until you dream?Not articulating your dream. After you’ve set your goal, develop a clear, one-line pitch that’s specific and differentiates you from the pack. For example, “I want to find a job that uses my science skills,” is less compelling than “My dream is to work for an aerospace company designing rocket engines.”Being the same as everyone else. It’s competitive out there. Take a page from the marketing universe and brand yourself. Figure out what makes you different – then flaunt it. In stationery, dress, manners, attitude and speech, differentiate yourself from your competition.Going it alone. A recent Monster.com poll found that about half of job seekers landed jobs through peers and friends. Talk with family, friends, former co-workers and professors about your goals. Ask if they know someone in your field and would be willing to introduce you. Set up 30-minute informational interviews with as many contacts as possible.Burning bridges at past jobs. Make an effort to maintain regular contact with key players in your last job – they can be references, provide job referrals and give you advice.last_img read more

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