Paul Merson predicts who will win the Premier League and Champions League

first_imgAdvertisement / Read More Paul Merson has predicted who will win the Premier League and Champions League (Picture: Getty)Paul Merson has backed Liverpool to end their long wait for a Premier League title and explained why Manchester City will not win the Champions League this season.Jurgen Klopp’s Champions League holders are still six points clear at the top of the table despite drawing 1-1 with arch-rivals Manchester United on Sunday.The Reds fell agonisingly short last season, eventually finishing just one point behind Manchester City, but Arsenal legend Merson believes the title will be heading to Anfield this time around. PLAY The Arsenal legend is expecting big things from Liverpool this season (Picture: Getty)‘The gap is still six points and that’s still a lot,’ Merson told Sky Sports. ‘Forget about where Manchester United are, that was always going to be a difficult game for Liverpool.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT Manchester City won the Premier League title last term (Picture: AP)And Merson can see the Reds conquering Europe again this term after raising question marks over fellow contenders Man City, Juventus and Bayern Munich.‘City are a very good team, but they are not going to win the Champions League, playing against the best teams in Europe, with two holding midfielders in defence,’ Merson said.‘They need Aymeric Laporte back. I thought Juventus would be one of the dangers, but I watched them the other night and they are not going to win it.AdvertisementAdvertisementMore: FootballBruno Fernandes responds to Man Utd bust-up rumours with Ole Gunnar SolskjaerNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira moves‘When Bayern Munich rinsed Tottenham the other week, I didn’t think they were the team to beat. I didn’t think that at all if I’m being honest. I thought they looked quite open.‘I still think Liverpool are the team to beat. They lost in the final two seasons ago and then won it last season. Who’s got better form than that?‘They hardly ever lose at home, if ever. No one wants to go and play at Anfield. I still think Liverpool will be there or thereabouts come the end of the competition.’MORE: Paul Merson slams Unai Emery’s Arsenal and says nothing has changed since Arsene Wenger left Advertisement Coming Next Manchester United captain Harry Maguire Paul Merson predicts who will win the Premier League and Champions League by Metro 1/1 Read More Read More SPONSORED Rio Ferdinand tells Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop struggling center_img Read More 1 min. story About Connatix V67539 Skip Video Settings Read More Full Screen Top articles Visit Advertiser website GO TO PAGE ‘It’s the biggest game of the season for both teams so neither side is lying down for the other.‘Liverpool found a way to get back into the game, and it’s the sort of game you’ll look back on later in the season and think that was a big point.More: 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‘Despite not playing very well, they kept going and got what could prove to be a big goal. There’s always going to be pressure on Liverpool because they are the top team at the moment, everybody wants to beat them.‘The gap is still six points and they haven’t lost a game in the league yet this season. Six points is a big gap at this stage of the season, so I thought Sunday’s result was a good one for Liverpool.’The Gunners hero added: ‘They didn’t do anything wrong last season, did they? Manchester City won their last 14 games of the season. They pulled up trees. What can you do about that? You can’t do anything about that. Skip Ad Metro Sport ReporterTuesday 22 Oct 2019 12:11 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link733Shares Comment Jurgen Klopp: VAR still has its problemsTo view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 11:10FullscreenJurgen Klopp: VAR still has its problemshttps://metro.co.uk/video/jurgen-klopp-var-problems-2031490/This is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.‘They just have to worry about themselves. That’s all you can do. They’ve got to keep going and they are still favourites in my eyes.‘Liverpool need to win next weekend [against Tottenham]. Manchester City play before them and if Pep Guardiola’s side get a win then the gap is down to three points.‘There will obviously be a game in hand, but the pressure will be different as Liverpool will need to win. Jurgen Klopp’s Champions League holders are top of the Premier League (Picture: Getty)‘They then play Man City in a few weeks and if Jurgen Klopp’s side win the game and go nine points clear, you’d probably say goodnight to the title race.‘Liverpool would have to throw it away big time from there.’Despite missing out on the Premier League title last season, Liverpool still enjoyed a brilliant campaign, lifting the Champions League after beating Tottenham in Madrid.last_img read more

Press Conference: Ghana FA to address media on recent happenings In Football

first_imgThe Ghana Football Association (GFA) is holding a press briefing on Friday at 1pm at the GFA secretariat to address the media on recent events in Ghana football.The briefing will take place immediately after the FA’s Executive Committee meeting.It will address issues on Ghana’s 2014 World Cup money, the First Capital Plus Premier League and other key issues affecting the game.You are kindly invited to attend the event at 1pm today at the GFA conference room and also to get all the answers to your pertinent questions concerning the country’s continues problem in the game Football..last_img read more

Cowley College brings Wellington campus proposal to the public in 2 Monday forums

first_imgDr. Dennis Rittle at Cowley College community forum in Wellington Monday. by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Using a combination of business opportunity for Cowley County Community College, and a need for higher learning opportunities within the confines of Sumner County, a proposal is on the table to open a Wellington campus.Dr. Dennis Rittle, President of Cowley College, said he hopes to have a Cowley College – Wellington Campus by the spring of 2018.Rittle was the featured speaker at two community forums Monday at the Wellington High School auditorium. The forum brought in about 115 people combined — 50 in the morning and 65 in the evening.Cowley College is proposing to initially build a two or three building facility in Wellington, location unknown at this time, that would work seamlessly with its three other facilities in Mulvane, Winfield and its main campus in Arkansas City.Some of the classes Cowley County hopes to offer range from teaching, nursing, fire fighting, law enforcement, CNC programmers, electrician and HVAC technicians, as well as general education classes for high school students.Rittle would not specify the exact classes that would be offered in Wellington but the curriculum will be based specifically on the demands from the high school and business community.The forums were hosted through the Sumner County Economic Development and Wellington Area Chamber of Commerce. Currently, there is an offer on the table to pay a half-cent sales tax to fund the construction of the facility.The proposal is currently in the hands of the Sumner County Commissioners, who must decide whether to put it on the November ballot, make it a special mail in election perhaps in the winter or spring of 2017, or not allow an election all together.Rittle expressed the desire of having a mail-in ballot away from the general election.“We would prefer to stay away from the emotion of the general election,” Rittle told the crowd.Rittle said Sumner County, especially to the south and west are underserved areas. One of the keys to community college education is convenience. Surveys have found that people like to take classes within a 10 to 12 mile radius due to time constraints especially with employment and child care issues.Cowley has been looking into expanding into Wellington for some time, Rittle said. So over the past 12 months it has been conducting surveys that included 700-plus high school students from the seven county schools and 131 local professionals.“The results were startling to us,” Rittle said. “Eighty-six percent of the students wanted to stay in the area. Usually, we see a higher percentage of students who just want to get out and move away. But we didn’t find that here.”He also said up to 92 percent of the high school students, who took the survey, would consider taking a college course and a staggering 70 percent of the adult learners would take one as well if offered“These are extraordinary figures and lead us to believe that such a campus in Wellington would work well,” Rittle said. “We learned there is tremendous overall community support for this special project, and that the breadth and depth of a high school partnership is strong.”Of course, one of the on-going questions is Cowley’s appearance in Wellington before that ended in failure in the 1990s.Rittle said there were several reasons for this. At the time, there was no local funding stream, no local administrative support from the college level, there was a minimal sense of community while students attended classes, the design was temporal in nature, partnerships were fragile and marketing was modest.This proposal is at a different level, Rittle said.For one thing, new buildings will most likely be built by Cowley which makes it an exclusively college facility. Also, sales tax funding will be for 10 years which means there is long-term finance involved. Eventually, depending whether the Wellington campus will be successful or not, there could be dormitories, although Rittle said that probably won’t happen for another five or 10 years.He said the courses offered will be an evolutionary process depending what is demanded by the industry and high school students. Some classes will be more expensive than others.Rittle answered several questions from the community at large, which all seemed positive to the idea. A representative from GKN even made an impassioned speech saying how much easier it is to hire Cowley County because they are a more trained workforce.“A facility like this can only help Sumner County,” she said.Rittle said community colleges are the greatest return on investments to the state of Kansas because it procures so much federal and state dollars.Colleges are key to a skill workforce which attracts industry, economic development and community enrichment, Rittle said.“Those communities with a community college will not let them die no matter what ,” Rittle said. “They know just how important they are to their well being.”Follow us on Facebook.Follow us on Twitter. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! 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Thank you for your input. -2 Vote up Vote down Machinist 101 · 210 weeks ago “A representative from GKN even made an impassioned speech. . ..” Who might this be? “. . .saying how much easier it is to hire Cowley County because they are a more trained workforce.” Why is this? More trained? because kids with specialized CNC training fresh out of technical school or college are cheaper to hire than finding laid off workers from the Wichita area that have actual years of experience and are expected to be paid more for what they are actually worth? Report Reply 1 reply · active 210 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down Been There · 210 weeks ago Excellent point. I worked with CNC operators at both Boeing and Spirit whom made super-tight tolerance test coupons in the Engineering Machine Shop for material testing. While a normal aircraft part may have a tolerance of +.003 to +.030 in some instances, test articles produced for modulus testing require to be +.0003 or less. Another words, as perfect as could be produced. That’s ten-thousands for those who can’t do math easily. I was Engineering Electronics Technician and a lead technician over a Material Test System lab and High Bay Structures lab. I was tasked with strain gage installation and collecting data on test coupons and structures by electronic methods. I was also tasked with measuring those super-tight tolerance coupons with high-end measure methods/equipment to assure compliance to standards. I once spoke to a young former CNC machinist from a local plant in Wellington. His salary had topped out @ $19 an hour. Upon his hiring at Spirit, he immediately went to $28 an hour. He moved his family from Wellington to Derby within 6 months and when I retired he was making $38 an hour. I doubt GKN or any other machine facility in Wellington will be matching those wages. Yes, he got his experience here, but quickly moved away. That is likely what will happen, the same with welding or HVAC trainees. Report Reply -4 Vote up Vote down southsideresident · 210 weeks ago Yes, I too support Cowley College in Wellington, a good investment. However, until the hospital and schools are more secure financially by the expansion of Medicaid to pay for uncompensated care and a better plan for the school it’s like putting the cart before the horse. CC would help train students for jobs. Any industry or business has as one of it’s two priorities good schools and good health care plus recreational facilities. We have our schools funded for another year but after that ???? . Our governor and legislature opposed expansion of Medicaid that would put our hospital be on better financial footing. Vote for Don Shimkus for KS Senate Dist. #32, Michelle Schiltz, for KS House Dist. #80, Jo Roitman, for KS House Dist. #116. Check them out before the Nov. election. They will support expansion of Medicaid and adequate funding of our public schools. 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