Entry list for Sprint Cup race at New Hampshire

first_imgWATCH: Final Laps: Kenseth takes Chicagoland READ: Kenseth wins at rainy Chicagoland READ: Engine failure halts Logano’s fast Chase start Click here to see the entry list for this week’s race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Field includes 43 drivers in second race in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup MORE: WATCH: Post-Race Reactions GEICO 400last_img

Phish Explores 23+ Minute “Soul Planet” For Alpharetta Night Two [Photos]

first_imgLoad remaining images Photo: Christian Stewart After a funky jam-filled Friday night at Encore Park, Phish returned to Alpharetta on Saturday to an even giddier crowd. Although the show was equally as sold out as it was on the first of the three nights, Saturday’s energy appeared even stronger and the headcount even larger.Phish has spent the last couple of weeks blazing a trail of hot first sets, therefore, fans were sure to wedge their way into the 12,000-capacity venue before the first note of “Bouncing Around the Room.” The last “Bouncing” opener was back in 11/28/03 during the 20th-anniversary tour and oh, the places they have gone since then. A mild opening song selection led to one of their more rocking tunes in the diverse repertoire with “Chalk Dust Torture.” After Friday night’s praise-worthy “Ghost,” the band once again got into it early with a ripping “Chalk Dust” out of the gate. Mike Gordon held down the fort with a chomped-out bass and built the bridge for Trey Anastasio to safely test his pedals on. Trey jerked and wailed throughout which may have sparked inspiration for the following NC-17 rated selection, “Fuck Your Face,” which gave the hyped-up venue an added bump of energy.Gordon showed off his greased-up groove during “Wolfman’s Brother,” working together with Page McConnell as he revved up the Clavinet. Trey decided to melt a few more faces with a delayed Tru-Tron effect that high-stepped around the first half of the early-show funk. Page switched over to grand piano, cementing a foundation for Trey to make the guitar scream as the previous song suggested. The “Wolfman’s” served as the highlight of the no-filler first set and confirmed that the band was Gorilla Glue gelling with no end in sight. Page’s bouncy bluegrass “Things People Do” off the Big Boat album found Jon Fishman chugging along the tracks with a simple train beat before delivering a dreamlike vocal section in the form of “Lengthwise.” Following the Rift studio album guidelines of yesteryear, “Maze” followed and gave Page a chance to show off his maddening B-3 organ technique. Trey trailed behind Page to execute an unhinged guitar solo before handing the song back to Mike for the usual sludgy bassline.“Waiting All Night” soothed the wound-up crowd and gave the dad-rock enthusiasts on the grass a chance to show off their socks-in-sandals dance moves. “Divided Sky” kept things light and airy. As per usual, the band took an extended pause to soak up the energy from the grateful and enthusiastic room. While there are only six words in the entire Junta released composition, it tells a beautiful story and gives each member of the audience time to drift away for about 16 minutes. Since stepping on stage in Georgia, Phish has displayed more soul, patience, and cohesiveness. The spot-on execution of a straight-forward “Divided Sky” gave way to a juiced-up “Character Zero.” As suggested in the lyrics, Trey did not rush out of the first set with this closer, but instead foot fucked the whammy pedal to funkify this commonly played ditty and douse the excited crowd before the break.The commonly-covered Talking Head’s tune, “Crosseyed and Painless”, opened the second set to 12-minutes of fearless fury. The Trey-led fuzzed out transition into Type II terrain found the redhead leapfrogging on the pedals, modifying and thickening his tone ever so delicately. The jam lifted off thanks to Mike’s driving bass and ended with a boiling teapot effect courtesy of Trey and Page. While “Soul Planet” might sound more like a Broadway musical number and less like a jam vehicle upon first listen, it is important to remember that critics also had their opinions on “Light,” “Fuego,” “Gotta Jibboo” and a long list of other new songs before Phish proved them wrong. Once again on the Summer 2018 Tour, the quartet proved that this cuddle-puddle love fest of a song has legs, fangs, and the ability to kill. Space exploration was the overall theme here. The 23-minute full-band take-down was not only the highlight of this show but arguably the entire tour.Trey was a man on a mission, inserting a fluttering guitar riff in between the storm of dank basslines and organ thumps from Mike and Page to begin the euphoric jam. Displaying patience on the Clavinet, Page created otherworldly lift-off that Fishman soon dissected into a bigger-picture map of peaks and valleys. Towards the end of this masterpiece, Gordon switched gears and made the bass sound more like a talking Gremlin which influenced Trey to experiment with his rig as well, leading to an extraterrestrial ending. The 35-minute “Crosseyed Soul Planet” magic is why fans run, fly, swim, drive, and couch surf for this band.Keeping the ocean in site during set two, “A Song I Heard the Ocean Sing” allowed for more cosmic deep-sea Phishing. “ASIHTOS” didn’t drift too far from the shore, but the slow-skipping stone of a transition into “Piper” was a patient, collaborative effort that ensured night two, set two was another for the books. A slick echo effect provided by Trey signaled a swerving pit-stop and let Page take the wheel on several levels of the boards as Chris Kuroda guaranteed the installment was not only audibly, but visually stunning as well. Sailing upon a synth, “Piper” moved from a blissed-out safe space to something out of a sci-fi thriller. Mike rained down the fire bass sounds while Trey pierced the ears of attendees with pure diamonds before launching into another high-energy oldie-but-goodie in “Possum” for the third time this tour.Honky-tonk Page showed up to hammer away the grand piano and kept the tune right where it belonged while the crowd sang along to one of the band’s oldest and most played tunes. Trey showed the south that when marsupials are hit by cars, northeastern jam bands are inspired to play party hymns in memory. “Slave to the Traffic Light” finished off an encouraging, decade-hopping show that gave the Phish community hope for the future as the strongest song was also the most recently debuted.For those in attendance taking notes, Phish threw an inverted curveball when choosing Saturday night’s song placement, opening with the song that ends 1991’s Lawnboy (“Bouncing”) and closing the show with a song that introduces the album in “Squirming Coil.” Was there some type of intentionally-placed hidden message? The world may never know. Page finished the beloved “Coil” with a passionately executed solo as the rest of the band drifted off stage. The first two shows of the three-night weekend at Alpharetta have forcefully shifted the trajectory of tour and you know what they say about Sundays.You can download last night’s show via LivePhish here. The band concludes their run at Alpharetta tonight.Setlist: Phish | Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre at Encore Park | Alpharetta, GA | 8/4/18I: Bouncing Around the Room, Chalk Dust Torture, Fuck Your Face, Wolfman’s Brother, Things People Do, Lengthwise -> Maze, Waiting All Night, Divided Sky, Character ZeroII: Crosseyed and Painless > Soul Planet, A Song I Heard the Ocean Sing > Piper > Possum > Slave to the Traffic LightE: The Squirming CoilPhish | Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre at Encore Park | Alpharetta, GA | 8/4/18 | Photos: Christian Stewartcenter_img Photo: Christian Stewartlast_img read more

Power suits

first_imgHow do women rise to the top at The New York Times or Goldman Sachs, or get appointed to the president’s cabinet? They start by knowing who they are and not being afraid to take risks, even if that means failing now and then.That sound advice came during a gathering of elite women in media, business, and government in what Harvard University President Drew Faust called a “critical conversation” about the changing role of women and the challenges and opportunities they face today.“What does power require of me beyond a thick skin?” Faust asked in her introductory remarks Monday at Sanders Theatre. “Do women exercise power and, if so, do they choose to or do they have to? Does being a female leader offer someone a special opportunity in any way? Can it ever be an advantage?”Karen Gordon Mills ’75, M.B.A. ’77, former head of the U.S. Small Business Administration and now a senior fellow at Harvard Business School and Harvard Kennedy School and a newly elected member of the Harvard Corporation, put those questions to panelists Jill Abramson ’76, executive editor of The New York Times; Edith Cooper ’83, global head of human capital management and an executive vice president at Goldman Sachs; and Janet Napolitano, former secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and now president of the University of California system.As the Times’ top editor, Abramson talked about her recent decision to lead the front page with two photos and a story about a pair of female journalists who were shot by a police commander last week in Afghanistan while on assignment for The Associated Press.“I was very moved and, obviously, also extremely disturbed” by the deliberate attacks on Anja Niedringhaus, a Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist, and reporter Kathy Gannon, Abramson said. Niedringhaus was killed, while Gannon was gravely wounded.“I was stirred by their dogged and determined and completely passionate coverage over more than a decade of the story of Afghanistan and the impact of the war we’ve waged there, and also the efforts by people in Afghanistan to overturn the Taliban,” Abramson said. “Here are two women who just were so committed to that story, and I just felt attention should be paid to their work and, unfortunately, their deaths too.”Women do indeed have different leadership styles and skills from men, the panel agreed, something that should be viewed as a positive for the individual women and for the organizations they lead.“There’s no doubt in my mind,” Cooper said. “We adapt, we listen, listen, listen; we engage in that listening, which is incredibly important, incredibly powerful. There’s a level of thinking around, ‘What can I learn from that person?’ … and that is hugely, competitively advantageous.”“I think women are very good — because we have to be — at learning how to navigate,” said Abramson, recalling her earliest days at Harvard College in 1972, as part of the first class of women permitted to live in Harvard Yard. “It was hard to learn how to navigate through such a male-dominated place. It was also tremendous fun and wonderful in many ways, but it was a different culture than I was used to in New York City, which is where I came from.“The Yard was full of these preppy jocks who … thought the most fun thing ever was to scream out the window … all night long. It was just like, ‘What on earth is going on?’” she recalled. “But little by little, as the year progressed … you kind of learned how to feel a little bit more comfortable in a world that, at least for me, seemed so foreign to begin with.”Napolitano, who first ran for public office in 1998 in an otherwise all-male race, remembered how the local press treated her gender as a curiosity. “When I announced that I was going to run for [attorney general] of Arizona, I had a reporter call me and ask me, ‘Do you intend to run as a woman?’” she recounted. The question, she said, however laughable, was rooted in the idea that women see the world differently and operate accordingly.Perhaps the most critical steps that women can take as they pursue leadership roles, the panelists said, are to face difficult tests even when they’re not sure they can handle them, and to shrug off the slings and arrows that come with being a powerful woman.“It’s really important for you to take discomfort and being uncomfortable as an opportunity to challenge yourself and to learn. That’s not to suggest that I think the path to success is being tortured. I would say step out of the comfort zone because that’s what in my experience what really made a difference. And when you do that, be prepared to make a mistake,” said Cooper. “Because it’s learning from those difficulties that will also be some of the most incredible steps forward in your life and in your career.”“To become a leader, you have to be your authentic self. You just do. You can spin your wheels and spend an awful lot of effort trying to sandpaper off supposed rough edges other people, especially men,” ascribe to you, said Abramson, who was the subject of a blistering — and some say unfair  — Politico profile last year based largely on anonymous sources who criticized her leadership style.“I’ve been described as having some very rough edges. And maybe I do, but at the end of the day, to lead you have to make some difficult gut calls, you’ve got to believe in yourself. Not that you’re infallible, not that you don’t sometimes make mistakes or sometimes make hasty decisions, but you have to have a sense of your center and who you are in order to lead,” she said.last_img read more

Between Riverside and Crazy’s Stephen Adly Guirgis on How Prayer & Sweatpants Help Him

first_img What’s the first thing you do when you sit down to write? Find something else to do. I do 500 things before I sit down and write. When I actually have to try and write, I’ll pray. I’ll say a prayer, you know, after I smoke 500 cigarettes and check my email and whatever. Prayer helps. What essential items do you like to have on hand when you write? Unfortunately, cigarettes. I like a candle. And lately I’ve been wearing sweatpants—basketball sweatpants. I spend a lot of time at my desk when I’m not writing, and when I put the sweatpants on, that’s a reminder it’s time to go to work. Like a uniform.  What’s something you think all aspiring playwrights should know, do and/or see? All aspiring playwrights should see theater and also act and direct. I’ve done backstage, front stage, small parts, big parts, direct. It all helps. Get your hands dirty in the theater. Even if you’re sweeping up, you’re going to learn. You’ll learn more than you can read in a book or just focusing on your story. I try to write my plays in such a way that someone’s going to want to play every part.  Between Riverside and Crazy What play that changed your life? View Comments Show Closed This production ended its run on March 22, 2015 Was there a specific event that sparked the idea behind Between Riverside and Crazy? Yes, there were two events. The first was I moved in [to his sprawling Riverside Drive apartment] the night my mother died. I moved in to take care of my dad. The idea of him being alone just seemed impossible to me. The other event was the color of the day shooting: A white police officer shot a black undercover transit officer. It was a really sad case, and I knew I wanted to try and write about it. Though Stephen Adly Guirgis is the ultimate multi-hyphenate—he’s a writer, director, actor, educator and former co-artistic director of LAByrinth Theater Company—he is best known for his visceral and engaging plays. These include the Tony-nominated The Motherf*cker with the Hat (his only Broadway credit), Our Lady of 121st Street, In Arabia, We’d All Be Kings, Jesus Hopped the ‘A’ Train and many more. His latest work, Between Riverside and Crazy, is a semi-autobiographical piece that centers on a retired cop and the inhabitants of his Upper West Side apartment. Guirgis graciously invited Broadway.com into his writing space, answered a few questions about his process and even picked up a pen for us.center_img Related Shows How do you stay motivated to finish a piece? Deadlines! That’s the only real motivation. It’s a motivator even to start a piece. If I had an idea that I want to try to write something, I might call you guys and be like, “Hey, I’m doing a reading in a week, can you be in it?” I haven’t written anything, but now I’m like, “All right, I have to write something!” That will get me started. I keep creating those artificial deadlines, and then the real deadlines eventually kick in. Name a playwright that influenced you. What’s your favorite line in Between Riverside and Crazy? What’s the best piece of advice you ever received about writing? Writing is rewriting. I agonize over the first draft. Somehow I feel it needs to be birthed perfectly, but really the trick is just get that first draft out. You can revise and rewrite, and hopefully you’re going to make it better and better. What time of day do you get your best work done? Middle of the night. Definitely. When everyone else is asleep. When there’s nothing else to do and no one else to call. What’s the nitty gritty hard work of being a playwright that nobody ever told you? It’s hard. The hardest thing is doing it. It sounds like a simple answer: sit down and stay down. But if you sit down and stay down, something will happen. And you just repeat, repeat, repeat.last_img read more

How to assure examiners your IRR is being managed effectively – Part 2

first_imgIn a past article published this spring, I pointed out that there are better alternatives when considering A/LM models for managing Interest Rate Risk (IRR) than the traditional Net Economic Value (NEV) model. In this, the final article on this subject, I will provide further discussion on the advantages Earnings at Risk (EAR) has over NEV as an effective method for measuring and managing IRR.First let’s review the four points I raised in my article last spring.Point 1:To assure examiners that a credit union is in compliance with IRR regulations, credit union managers need to be able to show that their credit union:Is using an independently validated IRR measurement systemHas management and a board that is trained in how their IRR model works and is using it effectivelyConsistently applies the IRR model in on-going operations and planningPoint 2:IRR has some basic concepts: (1) IRR is the risk to earnings and capital arising from movement in interest rates; (2) IRR arises from the difference between the timing of rate changes and the timing of cash flows; and (3) in credit unions, the primary issue driving IRR is their long-term loans or long-term investments.Point 3:NCUA regulations are clear – there is no one IRR model that should be used to meet IRR regulatory requirements. Indeed, there is more than one IRR measurement model that a credit union can use. Unfortunately, many examiners are steeped in the belief that proper IRR modeling should utilize NEV.Point 4:NEV has many weaknesses when used to measure IRR risk in credit union operations. NEV applies a present value calculation against future cash flows to: (1) discount the value of assets; (2) discount the value of liabilities; then (3) subtracts the value of liabilities from the value of assets to arrive at Net Economic Value. Conceptually, this is the liquidation value of a financial institution. NEV is an effective concept when used in some financial applications, but it is a poor measure of a credit union’s IRR. NEV requires: (1) maturities of assets and liabilities; (2) market prices of assets and liabilities; and (3) applicable discount rates to use when valuing assets and liabilities. We can easily see the shortcomings trying to apply NEV to a credit union: (1) there are no maturities in non-maturity deposits (so, many NEV models use an arbitrary number); (2) there is no market price for checking accounts or savings accounts (again, many NEV models guess); (3) there is no market where one can “purchase” a credit union’s core deposit accounts; so (4) there is no way to establish a discount rate where there is no market place. Since so much of NEV is based on estimations and guesses for establishing discount rates and market prices, NEV is not an effective model to determine a credit union’s exposure to IRR.Earnings at Risk is a better model for measuring and managing IRR A better IRR management model is based on Earnings at Risk (EAR). NEV (sometimes labeled as Value at Risk) calculates the “liquidation value” of the balance sheet to be applied in the event of the sale of an institution. EAR, on the other hand, calculates the “on-going concern” value of the income statement. EAR is an operational measure and is a far better IRR model for credit unions especially when compared to NEV.EAR does not rely on assumptions to the extent that NEV does and therefore has greater value for CEOs and CFOs who are trying to forecast the effects potential changes in interest rates will have on profitability and equity. Effective EAR models project cash flows and impacts on profitability using actual payments coming from individual loans and investments in a credit union’s balance sheet. Better EAR models also take into account additional factors that affect profitability such as fee income, maturing CDs and operating expenses. EAR A/LM models assure validity by holding constant assets and liabilities in a balance sheet so as to measure the actual IRR in the current balance sheet. Once the “base” IRR is established, an EAR model can also be used for multiple simulations where management can vary inputs and view the impacts each change or combination of changes has on IRR, income and equity. Simulations may include: (1) increasing or decreasing loans and/or investments; in combination with (2) increasing or decreasing deposits (specific types or general) including changing the mix of deposits. All these simulations can be run using different rates of interest under consideration for deposits, loans, and so forth.It is important to note, that all A/LM models should include the effects of interest rate “shocks” that measure the impact possible changes in interest rates will have on balance sheets and profitability. Efficacious models measure the impact of two distinct possible rate shock scenarios: (1) an immediate, extreme (typically 500 basis points) increase or decrease in rates; and (2) small but sustained changes in interest rates (sometimes referred to as Stepped Shocks).A/LM modeling policies should include acceptable limits to risk relating to IRR. It is of note that there are now a handful of A/LM modeling providers that can help set A/LM limits using stochastic methods which are far better than using arbitrary or traditional methods.Once examiners understand the weaknesses in NEV and the strengths in statistically-validated and tested EAR models, they almost always accept EAR as a better alternative for measuring and managing IRR. Furthermore, since EAR provides a model that boards, CEOs and CFOs can more effectively use in their risk management and planning processes, regulators frequently become advocates of EAR. 8SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Dennis Child Dennis Child is a 40 year veteran credit union CEO recently retired. He has been associated with TCT for 25 years. Today, Dennis enjoys providing solutions and training for credit … Web: tctconsult.com Detailslast_img read more

CUNA engaged with FY2021 appropriations hearings this week

first_img continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Both chambers of Congress are in Washington, D.C. this week and CUNA will be engaged with a number of hearings covering credit union priorities. Appropriations bills for fiscal year 2021 will be the subject of several hearings.On Wednesday, the House Appropriations subcommittee on financial services and general government (FSGG) will conduct a hearing on its legislation. FSGG bills contain appropriations for several important credit union funds, including the Treasury’s Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) Fund, NCUA’s Community Development Revolving Loan Program, and the Small Business Administration’s 7(a) and 504 loan programs.Other hearings CUNA will be engaged with this week include:Tuesday, 9 a.m. (ET): House Ways and Means Committee hearing, proposed FY2021 budget for the U.S. Treasury;last_img read more

Cycling hit hard by coronavirus as races cancelled and teams pull out

first_imgIneos, also citing the death of sports director Nicolas Portal as a reason, will not take part in any race until March 23, so defending champion Egan Bernal, last year’s Tour de France winner, will be absent from the Paris-Nice stage race starting on Sunday.Mitchelton-Scott will not race at all until March 22.The European Cycling Union (UEC) said on Thursday that the BMX European Cup rounds in Verona on March 28 and 29 would be postponed.Paris-Nice organizers ASO have invited two teams, B&B Vital Concept and Circus Wanty Gobert, to make up for the withdrawals, also allowing eight riders per team instead of seven.With a peloton forming a 180-rider pack, riders sharing rooms and team buses, drinking from bottles prepared by team staff and often being close to fans, cycling is considered to be a sport in which the virus can spread easily.Most of the top races in March are being held in Italy, where more than 3,000 people have been diagnosed with coronavirus and over 100 have died.  Topics : The coronavirus outbreak continued to take its toll on cycling as teams withdrew from racing and organizers started to cancel events on Thursday.Race organizers in Italy, the European country most affected by the outbreak, said on Thursday they were cancelling Saturday’s Strade Bianche one-day race after Rome decided to hold events without fans.”RCS Sport will request the UCI [International Cycling Union], via the Italian Cycling Federation, to allocate a new date on the international cycling calendar for Strade Bianche and Strade Bianche Women Elite,” RCS said in a statement.center_img RCS has not yet said whether the Milan-Sanremo major classic and the Tirreno-Adriatico stage race – both scheduled for this month – will go ahead but some teams have already pulled out.”We have chosen to protect the health of our riders and staff and to take our responsibility for the society in not further spreading the virus,” said Astana manager Alexandre Vinokourov, whose team has withdrawn from racing until March 20.Team UAE Emirates also said they would not take part in Tirreno-Adriatico, Milan Sanremo and Paris-Nice while French team AG2R-La Mondiale said they would not participate in Italian races in March.Australia’s Mitchelton-Scott, Dutch outfit Jumbo-Visma, France’s Groupama-FDJ and Britain’s Ineos had already pulled out of at least the Strade Bianche race in the Siena province.last_img read more

La Nina to cause heavy rainfall across Indonesia until February: Weather agency

first_imgRead also: Jakarta braces for flooding as rainy season approaches, La Nina loomsAmong the regions that will enter the rainy season in October are the east coast of Aceh, part of Riau, Jambi, South Sumatra, Bangka Island, Lampung, Banten, part of West Java, part of Central Java, part of East Java, part of East Kalimantan, part of North Kalimantan, part of Sulawesi island, North Maluku and part of West Nusa Tenggara (NTB).La Nina, the periodic cooling of sea surface temperatures in the Pacific Ocean, tends to cause extreme weather in the archipelago. Herizal said heavy rainfall triggered by La Nina could result in floods and landslides. Therefore, the agency urged local governments and related agencies to optimize their integrated water management systems, from upstream to downstream, by, among other measures, optimizing the flow capacity of rivers and canals to handle excess runoff. (aly)Topics : The Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) has warned that the current La Nina weather phenomenon could increase accumulated precipitation in Indonesia by up to 40 percent, with heavy rainfall expected in several regions across the archipelago.“However, La Nina effects different regions in Indonesia differently,” BMKG’s climatology deputy head Herizal said in a written statement on Saturday.In October and November, increased rainfall may occur in all regions but Sumatra, while from December until February 2021, heavy rainfall could possibly continue in the eastern part of Kalimantan, Sulawesi, Maluku, North Maluku and Papua, he continued.last_img read more

Eidur Gudjohnsen tears into ’embarrassing’ Mesut Ozil after Europa League final defeat

first_imgEidur Gudjohnsen tears into ’embarrassing’ Mesut Ozil after Europa League final defeat Ozil stayed on the bench after the game, failing to join his team-mates on the pitch (Picture: GettyAnd Gudjohnsen, who was working as a pundit on BT Sport, accused Ozil of wanting a ‘standing ovation’ as he walked slowly off the field.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘The one thing is you tell me if you’re the manager of Arsenal… you’re 4-1 down in the final you take Ozil off and he’s walking at the slowest pace like he’s waiting for a standing ovation,’ said Gudjohnsen.‘I’m sorry if that’s me i’d feel embarrassed, head down and I sprint off the pitch.‘He’s a wonderful player, tremendous quality but as a manager I could never watch that in my team.’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 ArsenalEmery had won his previous three finals in the competition but tasted defeat for the first time in his fourth effort with Arsenal.The defeat means Arsenal will play in the Europa League for the third consecutive season and the Spaniard’s budget is expected to be around just £45m this summer.MORE: Eden Hazard says ‘goodbye’ to Chelsea and says he is ‘waiting’ on Real Madrid transfer Comment Mesut Ozil walked slowly off the pitch after being taken off in the 76th minute (Picture: Getty)Chelsea legend Eidur Gudjohnsen tore into Mesut Ozil after Arsenal’s crushing 4-1 defeat in the Europa League final and says the midfielder should be ’embarrassed’ of himself.The German failed to impact the game in Baku as Chelsea romped to a comfortable win to hand Maurizio Sarri his first trophy as a manager.Ozil was taken off by Unai Emery with 15 minutes to go when the score was 4-1 and the playmaker was replaced by youngster Joe Willock.The German walked slowly off the pitch, showing no urgency to get off the field so that the game could restart and he was seen mouthing off on the bench behind Emery’s bench.ADVERTISEMENT Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 29 May 2019 10:38 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link2.7kShares Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

Gary Neville reveals Sir Alex Ferguson’s special plan for stopping Arsenal and Thierry Henry

first_img Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 29 Apr 2020 10:22 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1.4kShares Ferguson didn’t want Vieira refereeing the games (Picture: Getty)‘He’d say things like, “I don’t want [Patrick] Vieira refereeing this game today. I don’t want [Tony] Adams refereeing this game, I don’t want [Martin] Keown refereeing this game today”. Little things like that in the dressing room. ‘He would never say, “I want you to intimidate the referee”. People think that happened, that would never happen. But he would say things like, “Don’t let these little things happen. They’re differences in matches.”‘Henry was singled out for special treatment, with Ferguson realising the French World Cup winner couldn’t be stoped by just one defender.More: Manchester United FCRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseEx-Man Utd coach blasts Ed Woodward for two key transfer errors‘Against Arsenal, certainly for two or three years, Darren [Fletcher] would come into the team, my brother would go into midfield, I would be at right-back with John O’Shea at left-back… we really would go with a far more solid unit and make sure,’ Neville added. ‘He [Sir Alex] used to say, “You can’t mark Henry with one person. First one goes in and then the second one comes in and then the third one”. ‘We used to have three or four players around them on that left-hand side, it would be me, Wes Brown, Darren Fletcher, Ole [Gunnar Solskjaer] or Becks [David Beckham] or whoever it was and the first person used to sprint and tackle, the second one had to get behind him and close and eventually you’d stop them. Advertisement Henry was singled out for special treatment (Picture: Getty)‘We had a very good record against them in that period when we started to adapt more. We couldn’t take them on punch for punch. Sir Alex’s view was, “Find a way”. He always used to say, “Find a way to win. It doesn’t matter how, just find a way.” ‘We’d have centre-halves up front for the last 10 minutes, four strikers, playing nobody at the back, goalkeepers going for corners… there was an element of madness to us in the last 10 minutes at times. AdvertisementAdvertisement‘But he always took risks to win matches. Sometimes those risks were attacking risks, sometimes they were defensive where we actually forgot a lot of our footballing principles. He would definitely look at those types of things before matches, especially big matches.’Follow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Advertisementcenter_img Gary Neville reveals Sir Alex Ferguson’s special plan for stopping Arsenal and Thierry Henry Comment Sir Alex Ferguson had special plans for Arsenal (Picture: Getty)Gary Neville revealed that Sir Alex Ferguson would deploy special tactics to ‘stop Arsenal playing’, while targeting the likes of Thierry Henry. Manchester United’s rivalry with Arsene Wenger’s Arsenal dominated the Premier League for several years at the start of this century, with the two teams going toe-to-toe to win the title. Ferguson was known to be a master of mind games and Neville admitted he looked for every possible advantage by riling up his players ahead of big matches. And he would send his team out with special messages ahead of clashes with the Gunners, to ensure they approached the game in the right mindset.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTRead the latest updates: Coronavirus news live‘There was probably two or three years against Arsenal, where we had a really good record against them, where purely the main tactic of the game was to stop them playing,’ Neville told Sky Sports. ‘He always had this feeling, Sir Alex, he felt like they couldn’t be tackled. He said, “Henry, [Robert] Pires… I see no other players tackling them. I see no other players getting around them. They’re all too busy thinking about trying to swap shirts with them”. ‘He used to say things like that. He said, “Forget about that nonsense!” and stuff like that before matches that would psychologically get into our heads about how we deal with these. last_img read more