Revealed! The top 10 coolest football managers – agree?

first_imgHipsters favourite Jurgen Klopp has taken over at Liverpool.He became a hugely popular figure during his time at Borussia Dortmund and now he is bringing his excitable style to the Premier League.But who is the coolest manager in football? It’s a question talkSPORT has tried to answer but if you disagree with our selection let us know?Click the yellow arrow above, right, to see our top 12.Think we’ve left someone deserving out of the list? 4. Carlo Ancelotti – Pirlo’s favourite – Click the yellow arrow above, right, to see more of football’s coolest managers – Can you smell what Carlo’s cooking! The Rock has nothing on the Italian who has won trophies at Milan, Chelsea and Real Madrid. 10. Slaven Bilic – rock star boss – to find out who rank as the coolest managers in football, click the arrow above – Bilic acts as if it’s normal to take West Ham to Man City, Liverpool and Arsenal and leave with all three points. 10 7. Marcelo Bielsa – El Loco is a deity among other coaches – click the yellow arrow above, right, to see more of football’s coolest managers – What would football be like if Bielsa didn’t exist. When Pep Guardiola refers to you as ‘one of the best coaches in the world’, then you’re doing something right. 9. Joachim Low – A World Cup winner, yet not a hair out of place – click the yellow arrow above, right, to see more of football’s coolest managers – Or a bead of sweat on his forehead 10 1. Pep Guardiola – click the yellow arrow above, right, to see more of football’s coolest managers – Best dressed manager, whose teams play the best football and who made the defensive midfielder role cool 10 3. Diego Simeone – the Don – click the yellow arrow above, right, to see more of football’s coolest managers – Dressed like a character from a Martin Scorsese film, Simeone has turned struggling Atletico into a European power and had them competing with those preening millionaires down the road in Madrid 10 8. Jose Mourinho – winner – click the yellow arrow above, right, to see more of football’s coolest managers – He doesn’t care who he upsets en route to winning everthing 5. Manuel Pellegrini – Pardew wishes he was him! Click the yellow arrow above, right, to see more of football’s coolest managers – Nothing ever seems to faze this title winning manager 10 10 2. Jurgen Klopp – he’s definitely not ‘the normal one’ – click the yellow arrow above, right, to see more of football’s coolest managers – He is a manager who prefers ‘heavy metal football’ who was in charge of football’s coolest club 10 6. Mauricio Pochettino – Mr calm – click the yellow arrow above, right, to see more of football’s coolest managers – A nice guy who always knows what he wants 10 10 10last_img read more

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How Ireland can get to Euro 2016

first_img1 By Robert CottinghamIreland have something to hold on to in the second leg of their Euro 2016 qualifier against Bosnia.It finished 1-1 in Zenica in Friday’s first leg and Martin O’Neill’s men will be disappointed they couldn’t hold on having taken the lead late on through Robbie Brady. However, a place in France is within touching distance and here are the key battles Ireland need to win in order to secure their place.Richard Keogh v Edin DzekoKeogh produced a man of the match performance on Friday that kept Bosnia’s talisman largely quiet and provided the basis for Ireland’s solid defensive display, particularly in the first half. Ciaran Clark performed well, but he is set to be replaced by the returning John O’Shea who is Keogh’s regular central defensive partner at international level and their understanding could be crucial in stopping Dzeko. Despite being largely shackled by the Derby County defender, the striker, who is on loan at Roma from Man City scored a late equaliser, finishing just ahead of Keogh’s outstretched leg and will be keen to impose himself from the offset tonight. Dzeko has 45 goals in 75 appearances for his country and Keogh needs to be at his best once again to keep the forward from adding to his tally.Glen Whelan v Miralem PjanicAfter performing admirably to limit Pjanic’s effectiveness, Whelan will likely be tasked once more with reducing the playmaker’s influence on proceedings. Ireland may approach the match in a compact manner knowing that even a goalless draw will be good enough to take them to the finals and Whelan will need to put in another committed display to deny the Bosnian time and space to dictate play. Pjanic has been linked with a host of top clubs over the past couple of seasons but was kept quiet by Whelan after being deployed in a deeper role on Friday. However, the technical midfielder has shown time and again he only needs a moment to change a match and now he and Dzeko are team-mates for both club and country, the growing understanding between the two could prove decisive.Jonathan Walters v Emir SpahicThe Stoke City striker will return from suspension tonight and looks nailed on to lead the line in the crucial match after manager Martin O’Neill praised his striker’s character ahead of the match. The forward will need to be at his combative best to get the better of Bosnian captain Spahic, though. The Hamburg centre back helped keep Daryl Murphy largely anonymous on Friday and his return from international retirement helped get his country’s qualifying campaign back on track following their defeat against Cyprus in 2014. The defender has a hard man reputation having previously served a ban for head-butting a steward and it is set to be a fierce battle between him and Walters tonight.LISTEN: ASMIR BEGOVIC ON THE DANGERS POSED BY JON WALTERS Richard Keogh keeps an eye on Edin Dzeko last_img read more

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Jurgen Klopp backed to lead Liverpool to League Cup glory – Coral Daily Download

first_imgDave Stevens joins the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast to round up the latest sporting odds.The Coral spokesman says Liverpool are now 6/5 favourites win the League Cup after their semi-final first leg victory at Stoke.Stoke are 16/1, while Manchester City are 13/8 despite losing to Everton in the first leg of their last four clash, with the Toffees priced at 4/1.Coral is the official betting partner of the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfastlast_img

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Help the poor quit smoking

first_imgBlack smokers, about 70 percent of whom smoke menthol cigarettes, have disproportionately higher rates of smoking-related cancers and other diseases. Interestingly, some studies have even shown that nicotine intake per cigarette for blacks is 30 percent greater than in whites, perhaps because black smokers primarily use mentholated brands. Menthol flavored cigarettes comprise about one-fourth of all cigarettes sold in the United States. Because the menthol produces a cooling sensation in the throat, decreases the cough reflex and acts to cover up the dry-throat feeling smokers often experience, menthol cigarette smokers tend to inhale more deeply and hold the smoke in longer. People who smoke menthols are less likely to try to quit and are less likely to be successful when they do try. A recent study by the President’s Cancer Council recommends that tobacco-cessation services and medications be a standard part of all health insurance. And according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, helping people quit is one of the most cost effective health-care benefits available. Yet the media tend to ignore the issue of smoking cessation because helping people quit isn’t controversial, and there is no quick fix. Smokers typically try to quit and fail at least six times before succeeding. The bottom line is most smokers actually want to quit – they just don’t have the help they need to overcome their addiction. As the governor, Legislature and lobbyists debate health-care reform, helping smokers reform should be their top priority. Ugo Barnaby Nnaji is policy director of the California Black Health Network.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! By Ugo Barnaby Nnaji In the State Capitol, everyone seems to have a lobbyist these days – except regular people. Take health-care reform. While the big players are working behind closed doors to put their stamp of approval on new legislation, working folks who need the attention of our lawmakers the most are left behind. At the center of the health-care issue is one of the oldest health threats – smoking. Poorer Americans are more likely to begin smoking, more likely to be current smokers and less likely to quit smoking. But smoking adversely affects the bottom line for us all. Californians pay more than $8 billion annually in health-care costs related to smoking. That’s more than $700 a year for every family. And businesses suffer from smoking, too. Smokers spend 8 percent of their work days on smoking-related habits. The average smoker costs the employer more than $1,700 in lost productivity and more than $1,600 in excess medical expenditures, translating to more than $3,400 per year per smoker. If policymakers are serious about cutting health-care costs to expand access to health care, getting low-income Californians to quit smoking is a logical place to start. The smoking rate among California adults is 15percent, but among poor families it’s about twice that. Unequal access to evidence-based cessation treatment is a likely factor in low quit rates among the poor. The consequences of these low quit rates are clear. For black people in particular, smoking and other tobacco use contribute to their leading causes of death – heart disease, cancer and stroke. And black people have a higher prevalence and greater hospitalization rates due to asthma attacks, which can be triggered by cigarette smoke. The good news is that offering smokers help in quitting is as cost-effective as childhood shots and more cost-effective than treating widespread ailments like high cholesterol. That’s why any health-care-reform package should include Assembly Bill 594 by Assemblyman Mervyn Dymally, D-Compton. AB 594 would require Medi-Cal to offer counseling as well as all Food and Drug Administration- approved smoking cessation medications to help smokers quit. Research on the brain tells us that nicotine is one of the hardest drug dependencies to break – just as hard as cocaine or heroin. What used to be known as a “habit” is now known as a true addiction. But according to the federal Department of Health and Human Services, 70 percent of smokers want to break their addiction, but fewer than 7 percent who try to quit can remain smoke-free for one year thereafter. last_img read more

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Afghan road risky even near capital

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.We were driving only 45 miles south of the capital, Kabul, on Highway 1, Afghanistan’s main thoroughfare. Later that night gunmen fired machine guns on worshippers praying at a mosque we had passed. Two were killed and 12 wounded. I have been in Afghanistan for more than a year, so I’m familiar with the dangers of overland travel. But those signs of recent bombings were an eye-opener to me and even to a veteran like Associated Press reporter Amir Shah. It showed that travel is now a risky affair, even on the country’s main road an hour outside the capital. Reporters in Kabul increasingly complain they can no longer safely travel by road to Helmand and Kandahar provinces, as they could for several years after the Taliban’s ouster in 2001. Now the danger seems to be migrating north. American and Afghan military officials say part of the reason is that military operations in Helmand, Kandahar and Ghazni provinces are squeezing insurgents out of those southern regions. “I don’t think they’ll try to come closer to Kabul,” said Gen. Mohammad Zahir Azimi, the Defense Ministry spokesman. “It’s only the pressure of the security forces that made them move into Wardak.” In the mid-1990s, the Taliban moved north from a southern power base to take control of Kabul. Though Taliban leader Mullah Omar would like to repeat that bit of history, it won’t happen with 50,000 international troops in Afghanistan. The U.S. is building a new forward operating base in Wardak, where on Sunday an estimated 50 to 75 Taliban insurgents ambushed a patrol of U.S. soldiers with rocket-propelled grenades and gunfire. Twelve 82nd Airborne paratroopers were wounded. “These guys knew what they were doing. These guys were trained,” Staff Sgt. Stephen Edging told an embedded reporter from The Fayetteville (N.C.) Observer. Just two or three years ago, a trip to Wardak province was regarded as relatively safe. But Taliban fighters have moved into the area this year through the cover that ethnic Pashtun communities provide, from southern Kandahar province north through Zabul and Ghazni provinces. Taliban fighters are primarily ethnic Pashtun. It’s in the Ghazni and Wardak region that 23 South Koreans and two Germans were kidnapped in July. Private truck drivers have faced an increasing number of ambushes on Highway 1, but those attacks cost poor Afghans, too. The World Food Program has seen 35 of its trucks attacked in the last two years – with 30 ambushes this year alone, said Rick Corsino, WFP country director. The attacks wasted 1,000 tons of wheat, vegetable oil and beans intended for Afghan villages. “More recently, we’ve seen some attacks in the places you’ve been describing, in Maydan Shah in Wardak and in Ghazni, all since the beginning of August,” Corsino said. My trip with Amir Shah last week took us to Ghazni city, where President Hamid Karzai recently named a new governor who was raised in the province and appears to have the respect of the people. Some 50 insurgents already have turned in their weapons to Gov. Faizanullah Faizan, and he thinks even more fighters can be persuaded to join the government in a region now known for the kidnappings of the South Koreans. Fighter Abdul Manan Akmal said he and 25 of his men turned in their weapons because “it’s cruel to the nation to fight,” but also because of the governor’s reputation as a hero of the anti-Soviet mujahedeen in the 1980s. “The governor gave me this idea to reconcile, and the governor helped us come over,” Akmal said. Akmal denied that he or his fighters are Taliban, and the crew turned in 24 AK-47 assault rifles and two rocket-propelled grenades to the government.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! HIGHWAY 1, Afghanistan – “Take off your sunglasses and put this around your head,” my Afghan colleague said, with apprehension in his voice as he handed me a checkered scarf. It was a sure sign our road trip was entering Taliban territory. Moments later, our taxi passed two bomb-blast craters in the road, then a burned-out semi-truck lying on its side. “See, it is not safe, this area,” my colleague Amir Shah said, with one hand on the steering wheel, the other pointing at the wreckage. But our journey was not through the wild mountains of eastern Afghanistan or the poppy fields of Helmand province, the Taliban insurgency’s flashpoint this year. last_img read more

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Teacher on lam with boy arrested in Mexico

first_img“He’s OK,” said Raya, 47, of Yuma, Ariz. “I just told him to stay over there in Mexico and the FBI is going to take care of everything.” Dawson County Attorney Elizabeth Waterman said Saturday she knew about Fernando’s immigration status but did not know how it was going to affect her case against Peterson. “That’s one of the things we need to evaluate so I really don’t have an answer at this time. Peterson is charged with kidnapping, child abuse and contributing to the delinquency of a minor in Nebraska. She’s also faces federal charges of transporting a minor across state lines or a foreign border for sexual activity.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! LEXINGTON, Neb. – A teacher accused of running away with a 13-year-old student planned a romantic life with him in his native Mexico, but she was near broke when they were captured there, authorities said Saturday. Their border crossing during a week on the lam may mean the teen, an illegal immigrant, will not be able to come back to the rural Nebraska town where he was an eighth-grader. The boy’s relatives told police he had called home asking for money, leading investigators to a shopping mall in the border city of Mexicali on Friday. Kelsey Peterson, 25, and Fernando Rodriguez, 13, were taken into custody without incident in the parking lot. Peterson, a sixth-grade math teacher and basketball coach at Lexington Middle School, fled with the boy after police began investigating whether the pair had an intimate relationship, authorities said. Court documents said the boy was last seen Oct. 26. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre An international hunt was under way after Peterson’s car was spotted crossing into Mexico on Tuesday. “They didn’t have a very well-defined plan, it was basically to continue driving into Mexico to hide,” said Alfredo Arenas, the Baja California state police official who detained Peterson. “This was a mutual agreement to flee after the story came out that they were having sex.” The Associated Press generally does not identify people who may be victims of sex crimes, but the boy’s name had been widely publicized as police searched for him. Peterson was turned over to the FBI early Saturday. The boy was turned over to relatives in Mexicali because he was an illegal immigrant in the United States and was not allowed to return. Fernando’s uncle, Pedro Raya, said he spoke to the boy Saturday and they agreed he would go to the family’s rural hometown in the southern state of Guanajuato, mainly because of his immigration status. last_img read more

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MORE TREES, LESS TREES, BUS SHELTERS, ZEBRA CROSSINGS, NAME PLATES AND MORE ATTRACTIVE ARCHES DEMANDED FOR LETTERKENNY!

first_imgLETTERKENNY town Council may have spent almost €1 million upgrading its Main Street but it’s still far from perfect according to local councillors.A number of councillors last night raised motions and questions about the Cathedral Town’s main thoroughfare at the town council meeting.In fact there are no less than SIX changes, upgrades and uprooting needed. First off Cllr Dessie Larkin is not a happy camper about the number of trees lining the street.Instead of stopping at Market Square, Cllr Larkin wants the street to be evergreen right down to Lower Main Street.And trees are also on Cllr Victor Fisher’s mind.He has a major problem with the tree outside the town’s post office and claims it is blocking the view of drivers who can’t see people crossing the road. And speaking of road crossings, Cllr Jim Lynch is far from happy at the state of the ornate arches under which Letterkenny folk are passing to cross the road.Cllr Lynch wants something or even anything done with the arches more attractive or even more practical!If road crossings are your thing, then Cllr Gerry McMonagle wants the town council to place zebra crossings at….err……well every crossing.The newly erected seats on the Main Street may be a welcome resting place but they haven’t been quite ‘signed off’ on just yet.Cllr Victor Fisher is demanding that the names of some of the town’s best known residents including the late Dick Duffy, Dr.John Farrelly, Johnny Gallagher and Nora McConnell be inscribed on the seats as had been agreed. And finally, if it’s a bus you’re waiting for on the Main Street, then Cllr Fisher is again your only man.He is demanding that a bus shelter be placed outside the post office.Which kind of makes you wonder ……..why all this wasn’t done before the cheque was signed off on for the developers of the Main Street’s refurbishment?Another €100,000 of taxpayer’s money should do it! EndsMORE TREES, LESS TREES, BUS SHELTERS, ZEBRA CROSSINGS, NAME PLATES AND MORE ATTRACTIVE ARCHES DEMANDED FOR LETTERKENNY! was last modified: February 14th, 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

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Leicester City transfer news: Juventus join chase for Foxes sensation

first_imgJuventus have emerged as serious contenders to sign Leicester midfielder N’Golo Kante, according to reports in Italy.The France international played an influential role in the Foxes’ incredible Premier League title triumph last term, and he is now one of the most in-demand players in Europe.Juventus are still unsure over the future of star man Paul Pogba but it is claimed by Tuttosport that they will use the funds from his possible sale to make a huge bid for Kante.Leicester are still confident they can keep hold of their imperious midfielder, having already persuaded Jamie Vardy to snub a move to Arsenal and sign a new deal.Paris Saint-Germain and Real Madrid are keeping a close watch on Kante’s situation and are expected to make approaches for him after Euro 2016.But they now face competition from Juve, who have reportedly made contact with the player’s agent to offer him a huge salary increase. N’Golo Kante in action for France at Euro 2016 1last_img read more

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LOCALS OUTRAGE AFTER GAOTH DOBHAIR BEACH USED AS DUMPING GROUND

first_imgThe stunning Port Arthur beachLocals concerns regarding domestic waste dumping, littering and vandalism at one of Gaoth Dobhair’s main tourism spots, Port Arthur beach.The area has been blighted with an assortment of litter including mattresses, tiles and beer cans.Well-known local community activist Aodan O Gallchoir said “It’s disappointing to see so little respect being shown to our beautiful area. I’m not going to point fingers by saying who did it because I just don’t know, no one knows. A missing ring-buoy at the beach“Our aim now, as we are coming into the summer months that we get this cleared before it gets out of hand. Rubbish such as this will be cleaned up for gaoth Dobhair to maintain its pristine reputation of cleanliness which I am extremely proud of.”Locals said they were now calling on Donegal County Council to clean up the area or face losing tourists throughout the summer months. Some of the rubbish at the beautiful beachLOCALS OUTRAGE AFTER GAOTH DOBHAIR BEACH USED AS DUMPING GROUND was last modified: April 13th, 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:dumpGaoth DobhairPOrt Arthur beachlast_img read more

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NORTH WEST 10K REACHES €656,000 AS THIS YEAR’S CHARITIES REVEALED

first_imgCommittee members and sponsors of this year’s North-West 10K at last night’s launch.The North West 10K road race and walk has raised a staggering €656,000 for 29 deserving Donegal charities, it was revealed last night.The amazing figure was disclosed as details of this year’s event in Letterkenny were announced.Proceeds from the race, which takes place on Sunday May 4th, will go to two charities – the Conwal Parish Church Restoration Fund and the Letterkenny Branch of the Dyslexia Association of Ireland. Once again both Donegal Daily and Brian McCormick Sports are the main sponsors of the event.Grace Boyle sees how far this year’s t-shirt sponsorship with Evolve Menswear will stretch to!It is hoped that more than 3,000 walkers and runners will again get under starter’s orders for this year’s event which gets underway at 2pm.Editor of Donegal Daily, Stephen Maguire, said the website was delighted to once again get behind the event.“The North West 10K gets bigger and better each year. It is a real community event which puts everything back into the community. “We are proud to get behind it and to support the two  man charities and many other charities which will also benefit from the event,” he said.Entry fee for runners will be €15 while walkers will be €10.Pre-entry will be available in the days before the event to avoid the queues.The first 2,500 will once again be guaranteed the cool NW 10K t-shirts which many are still wearing during their training regimes since last year’s event.We will bring you regular updates leading up to the event on Donegal Daily. In the meantime you can also log on to www.northwest10k.comNORTH WEST 10K REACHES €656,000 AS THIS YEAR’S CHARITIES REVEALED was last modified: March 4th, 2014 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:Conwal Parish ChurchdonegalDyslexia AssociationletterkennyNorth West 10kracelast_img read more

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