Max Allegri distances himself from Arsenal job and says he will not return to management until June

first_img Metro Sport ReporterThursday 5 Dec 2019 9:34 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1.3kShares Emery was sacked last Friday with Ljungberg taking over on an interim basis (Picture: Getty)Asked when he intends to return to management, Allegri told ESPN: ‘In June. I don’t know if you can call it a sabbatical or not.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘Giovanni [Branchini – Allegri’s agent] and I immediately came to that decision. As soon as the relationship with Juventus came to an end the decision was to take a year out.’He continued: ‘I had 18 years as a player and I’ve been in coaching for 16. I stopped this year after 34. I’m happy.‘I have a chance to reflect, go and talk to people, do things in my private life that I’m passionate about like going to the theatre, some art exhibitions, reading books.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing ArsenalMaking it clear that he will pick his next club very carefully, Allegri added: ‘Next year will be an important year. Important for the choice I end up making and the need to be prepared for it.‘After a year out and five years at Juventus, I don’t want to go back into the game and do badly. That would do my head in.’ Allegri wants to test himself in the Premier League and has been learning English (Picture: Getty)One question mark hanging over Allegri is whether his English is good enough to manage a Premier League club, but the Italian has confirmed that he has been taking lessons.He continued: ‘I am taking lessons here in Milan. I manage to speak quite well. I find the listening part a bit more difficult.‘If I’m talking to someone who helps me out by speaking a little slower then I understand. I watch films [in English] and if I read something in English I understand it fine.’MORE: Nicolas Pepe unhappy over Unai Emery sacking at Arsenal but highlights Freddie Ljungberg positiveMORE: ‘No team can defend against that’ – Freddie Ljungberg teaches new approach in Arsenal trainingMore: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City Advertisement Commentcenter_img Advertisement The Italian coach will bide his time before deciding his next move (Picture: Getty)Former Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri says he will not be returning to management until the summer, ruling out the possibility of taking over at Arsenal midway through the season.The Italian – who won five straight Serie A titles during his time in Turin – has been out of work since the end of last season and is one of the main contenders to take over from Unai Emery full-time at the Emirates.Freddie Ljungberg has been handed the role on an interim basis while Arsenal’s hierarchy assess potential candidates, though Allegri has made it clear he’s not available right now. Max Allegri distances himself from Arsenal job and says he will not return to management until Junelast_img read more

Cricket News Smriti Mandhana key as India aim to bounce back against White Ferns in Women’s T20I

first_imgIndia lost the first Twenty20 International by 23 runs.India lost nine wickets for 34 runs in the Wellington T20I.Smriti Mandhana scored a fifty off just 24 balls in the first match. highlights For New Zealand, the win against India in the Wellington match continues their resurgence after being hammered in the first two ODIs by Mandhana’s consistency. Leah Tahuhu and Devine are the stand-out performers in the White Ferns set-up and they were boosted by contributions from Leigh Kasperek and Amelia Kerr. New Zealand is a strong force in Twenty20 Internationals and they will be keen to get Mandhana’s wicket in order to increase the pressure.With short boundaries and a flat wicket on offer, the Eden Park venue offers spectators a chance to see plenty of big hits. For New Zealand, if they get Mandhana cheaply, then they will be at an advantage considering the team does not have Mithali. For India, they will be hoping that they avoid another collapse if they stay alive in the series. For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: “I would say I have to bat till 20 overs, which is the best option. The more I bat till 18 overs, we won’t collapse because if the top three or four batters can bat till the 18-20th overs then the rest can revolve around them.” Smriti Mandhana’s cyptic comment on the state of the Indian batting and the collapse during the first match in Wellington sums up the prevailing mood in the camp. Mandhana blasted a fifty off 24 balls, the fastest by an Indian but India suffered a dramatic collapse by losing nine wickets for 34 runs to lose by 23 runs. In the 2018 World T20, India had lost eight wickets for 34 runs in the semi-final against England to crash out in dramatic circumstances.Apart from Mandhana and a solid contribution from Jemimah Rodrigues, the rest of the batting floundered. Priya Punia, whose debut cap was handed by Mithali Raj, failed to live up to expectations while Harmanpreet Kaur struggled. With Harmanpreet not firing and with Mithali also not part of the Twenty20 set-up in the long run, the Indian cricket team is missing the services of a finisher.The bowling was also put under pressure with Sophie Devine scoring a blazing century. India’s spinners, who had worked well on the slow pitches in the West Indies during the middle overs, applied some pressure but in the death overs, they were found wanting.last_img read more

Yadram, Persaud in WI U-19 squad to tour South Africa

first_imgBATTING sensation Bhaskar Yadram and wicketkeeper batsman Joshua Persaud have been included in the West Indies Under-19 squad for the tour to South Africa next month.While the entire squad is yet to be made public, secretary of the Guyana Cricket Board, Anand Sanasie, confirmed on Wednesday that the two Guyanese will feature in the squad.Both players were a part of the West Indies Under-19 training camp held last December. Subsequently Yadram represented the West Indies Under-19 team in this year Regional Super50 tournament before making his first-class debut against the Leeward Islands Hurricanes in the just concluded West Indies Cricket Board’s Professional Cricket League (PCL).Persaud, who plays for the Guyana National Industrial Corporation (GNIC) was part of the West Indies Under-17 team that tour the United Kingdom in 2015.The tour is part of the region’s preparation for their title defence of the International Cricket Council’s Under-19 World Cup.The Caribbean side will play five 50-over games against the South Africa Under-19s and two warm-up matches against local opposition, in a tour set to run from June 30 to July 27. The Caribbean side will also journey to Zimbabwe for further ODI engagements.The World Cup is scheduled for New Zealand, January 12 – February 4, 2018.last_img read more

The Latest: Philadelphia clarifies ban on public events

first_img Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___City of Philadelphia officials have clarified their ban on public events, opening up the possibility the Eagles would be allowed to have fans in the stadium if the city changes its rules before or during the season, assuming the NFL plays games this season. The city on Tuesday banned all large public events that require public permits through February 2021. Teams will be permitted to play without fans in Philadelphia.The Phillies will host the Miami Marlins next weekend when the major league baseball season begins.___The Baltimore Ravens won’t have fans at their training camp this summer because of the coronavirus pandemic.The team announced Wednesday that it will adhere to NFL/NFLPA protocols that prohibit fans from attending practices, even if state and local government regulations would eventually permit them to do so. The Latest: Philadelphia clarifies ban on public events July 15, 2020 The OVC says it plans to reschedule for a date closer to the start of the season, which is slated for Sept. 3, a Thursday night.The conference’s meetings were held virtually in June for the first time in league history.___The Denver Broncos are telling season ticket holders that Empower Field at Mile High won’t be at full capacity this season because of the coronavirus outbreak and face masks will be required if local officials allow a limited number of fans to attend games to maintain social distancing.The Broncos told season ticket holders in a memo that they’ll get priority for any single-game tickets that are sold this season whether or not they opt for a full refund for 2020 or a credit for 2021. ___The Tennessee Volunteers report multiple positive results for COVID-19 after the university ran a batch of tests last week.The tests were conducted after the Fourth of July holiday weekend. A spokesman confirmed Wednesday that the positive tests spanned “multiple sports.”Tennessee previously had two basketball players test positive, with both clearing quarantine. A graduate assistant for the football team tested positive and was quarantined for 14 days.Tennessee is bringing athletes back to campus in phases, with football the first to return on June 8. Associated Press The team’s ticket office will contact season ticket holders about game and seat availability after local capacity guidelines are established, according to the memo sent Wednesday.The memo also outlined enhanced safety precautions at the stadium in addition to face masks and social distancing requirements, including cashless concession options, touchless bathroom fixtures, sanitation stations, and “the latest air purification technology.”–Arnie Stapleton reporting from Denver.___The Head of the Charles Regatta is going virtual because of the new coronavirus, only the second time since 1965 that the two-day rowing event has been canceled. center_img With 44 players invited, the event was part of USA Hockey’s selection process in determining its team to compete at the world junior championships in Alberta in late December.Without citing the coronavirus pandemic, USA Hockey executive John Vanbiesbrouck said it was in everyone’s best interest to cancel the event.___The Green Bay Packers say they won’t admit fans to any training camp practices or preseason home games due to the coronavirus pandemic.This also applies to the annual Packers Family Night, an annual event that features a practice and other activities. The Family Night event will still take place at Lambeau Field and will be televised statewide, though the date and time haven’t been announced yet. The Phillies will host the Miami Marlins next weekend when the major league baseball season begins.___The University of Michigan says fewer fans, if any, will attend games at “The Big House” if the Wolverines play college football games this year.The athletic department says a final decision will be made after conferring with medical experts, the school’s leadership and the Big Ten Conference, along with government officials and agencies.Michigan’s policies include the elimination of season tickets for the 2020 season. Paperless tickets will be available for individual games to only season ticket holders, not the general public, if there is a season and spectators are given access to the 107,601-seat Michigan Stadium. Plans regarding attendance for regular-season games haven’t been announced yet. Season ticket holders have the of opting out of the chance to buy tickets this year without losing control of their tickets for next season.The Packers have already conceded their regular-season home games will have a “significantly reduced” capacity, if there are any spectators at all.___The Philadelphia Eagles won’t be allowed to have fans in the stadium if the NFL plays games this season. The city banned all large public events that require public permits through February 2021. Teams will be permitted to play without fans in Philadelphia. Since 2011, up to 2,000 fans a day have attended camp at the team facility in Owings Mills, Maryland.Ravens president Dick Cass said the team believes the decision is in the best interest of the public and the organization.The defending AFC North champions have not announced the starting date for training camp, which usually begins in late July.___The Ohio Valley Conference announced Wednesday that it has postponed the league’s Virtual Football Media Day scheduled for Monday. The competition scheduled for October will instead go virtual, allowing rowers to take part by racing a 2.9-mile (4.7 km) course on their own bodies of water using a GPS device, or on an ergometer.The Head of the Charles is the world’s largest two-day rowing race, with 11,000 competitors from around the world.The race was also canceled in 1996 during a rain and wind storm.___USA Hockey has called off holding its world junior summer showcase, set to be held in Michigan in two weeks. Josiah-Jordan James, a sophomore guard on the basketball team, spoke to reporters last week about how tough it was seeing two teammates test positive for COVID-19. He said that drove home the seriousness of the pandemic and the need to follow all the safety precautions even when he doesn’t feel like wearing a mask.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sportslast_img read more