No new signings for Spurs

first_img When asked what percentage he would put on Spurs signing anyone before the Friday night deadline of 2300, the Tottenham manager said: “Zero.” There is always a focus on Tottenham every deadline day because of Levy’s history of last-minute signings. Rafael van der Vaart, Mousa Dembele, Hugo Lloris and Robbie Keane have all signed for Spurs on deadline day in recent years. The Spurs chairman has frequently asked Sherwood if he needs any new players, but, after the club made seven additions to the squad last summer, the head coach feels there is no point in making an already bloated squad bigger. “Daniel’s asked if I want to strengthen in this area or need any help, but I’m confident with the players we’ve got,” Sherwood said. “I don’t need anyone else, thank you very much. “They (Levy and technical director Franco Baldini) can bring them in (but) they won’t play. We’re in this together. Unless we’re all in agreement they don’t bring them in, because there’s no point because they won’t play. “It’s not always the (right) way, just to buy players. We need to put things together, like a jigsaw here, and I’ve got real trust in the players that we’ve got.” Spurs have been linked with Dimitar Berbatov, Nani and Yevhen Konoplyanka this month. Chairman Daniel Levy is renowned for his love of an 11th-hour deal, but Sherwood ruled out the possibility of any late incomings at White Hart Lane. Tim Sherwood says there is a “zero per cent” chance of Tottenham signing any new players before the transfer window shuts. Berbatov has been linked with a dramatic return to Spurs, where he enjoyed the most prolific two years of his career, but the Fulham striker looks set to join Monaco instead. When asked if there was a possibility of signing Berbatov, Sherwood said: “No. I like him and think he’s a very good player, but we’ve got strikers here who can do a very good job. “It’s very, very unlikely (any more will come in). If it closed now, it would be fine.” Konoplyanka looks set to leave Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk, but Liverpool are favourites to sign the Ukraine winger. “I don’t think there’s any mileage in Konoplayanka (coming to Spurs),” Sherwood said. If Spurs are to be involved in the transfer market on Friday, then all their activity looks set to be concentrated on outgoings. Midfielder Lewis Holtby has left White Hart Lane to join Fulham on loan until the end of the season. Sherwood hopes the popular German, who has been at Spurs for just 12 months, will play for the north London club again. “I think he’s got a Tottenham future,” Sherwood said. “I can’t see him not playing regular football in the Fulham side and we look forward to welcoming him back in the summer.” France midfielder Etienne Capoue also looks to be agitating for a move away from Spurs. Capoue has only been at Tottenham for six months, but he has been linked with Napoli after finding his first-team opportunities restricted under Sherwood. Capoue told L’Equipe: “It’s hard. I went from undisputed holding midfielder to someone applying to play. This is the first time I saw that. “If I do not play, it will be difficult (to be at the World Cup). If something presents itself, we will discuss.” Capoue is unhappy that he has had to play part of this season at centre-back. “I’m not surprised (about having to play there),” he said. “This is the English mind. They do not know much about foreign players.” Sherwood confirmed that long-term absentees Paulinho, Jan Vertonghen and Younes Kaboul are fit to play against Hull on Saturday. Erik Lamela (thigh), Andros Townsend (hamstring) and Sandro (calf) remain sidelined, however. Press Associationlast_img read more

Ayew, Ghana’s mister consistent

first_imgIn 2012, during the last confrontation between Ghana and Tunisia at AFCON, Andre Ayew won the game for the Black Stars by scoring the winning goal in the quarter-final against Carthage Eagles. Seven years later, the captain of Ghana wants to cross the Tunisian hurdle again. For Ayew, Ghana “is hungry for a trophy”.Having a father as a football legend is difficult for some players to take on. But among the Ayew family, direct descendants of Abedi Pelé, it is a key element.Unstoppable support for his boys, the former CAF Player of the Year has been able to transmit his passion. Andre, a copy of his father also followed his footsteps as a midfielder.When Andre talks about the golden generation that won the Africa Cup of Nations in 1982, along with Abedi Pelé and current coach James Kwesi Appiah, someone he admires. “These are different times but they have advised us to stay calm and to have no regrets “.The years when young Andre seemed frail are now behind him. Thanks to a rich experience of more than ten years, the Turkey-based player has made his way to the captaincy of the Black Stars.He joined the national team at a very young age. Starting first at the U-20 level, before his promotion to the first team in 2007, then under the captaincy of Stephen Appiah, now Team Manager of the current technical staff. In a few years, the young man has grown to become a man who makes a bold declaration at every tournament. As captain of the Black Stars, the 29-year-old works in the continuity of his predecessors. “We have to have to stay calm to hold this. Our country loves football so much that there is a lot of pressure on the players, the federation and the coach, but I think I have to keep doing my job, which is to lead the team also in my own way. I learnt a lot from seniors such as Stephen Appiah, John Mensah and Asamoah Gyan. I try to apply their leadership techniques to mine. “The atmosphere in the group is “perfect,” he says. With the younger ones, the integration was done in a natural way. Having the opportunity to evolve with your brother is a bonus for the older brother. Often together at the same club, (Olympique Marseille and Swansea City) or in Ghana Black Stars, the complementarity of the brothers could be observed over the matches.Andre knows that Ghana is “hungry for a trophy”. The next match against Tunisia will be tough. “I had the opportunity to play several AFCON editions; the group stages and the knockout phase are two different things, and that’s when you lose and you go home.”In 2012, the opportunist Andre was the hero of the Ghana – Tunisia quarter-final clash. During the extra time, as the two teams struggled to break the tie, the midfielder took advantage of goalkeeper Aymen Mathlouthi’s blunder to score Ghana’s winning goal. Can the Ghanaian captain pull his team again to victory? The answer this Monday, July 8th.last_img read more

Health Minister-designate Vows to Absorb Health Workers on GOL Payroll

first_imgThe Minister of Health-designate, Dr. Bernice Dahn, has hit the ground running to make peace with health workers by vowing to do all in her capacity, if confirmed by the Senate, to absorb health workers into the Government’s payroll system.This has been one of the contentious issues between the Ministry of Health and the National Health Workers’ Association of Liberia (NHWAL). Health workers, through their president, Mr. Joseph Tamba, have said that they want all of their colleagues to be included on the payroll. More than 2000 public health workers are not on the GOL payroll although some of them receive other incentives.Dr. Dahn made the commitment when she officially closed the three-day Health System Assessment and Investment Plan Consensus Meeting, which was being held at the Paynesville City Hall.    The Minister-designate’s first public pronouncement, just hours after being appointed by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, was about the health workers who had threatened through their leadership to oppose her appointment. She would have to be confirmed by the Senate before performing the functions of the Health Minister-proper.Dr. Dahn, who has served as Deputy Minister for Health Services for the last eight years, requested Senator Dr. (MD) Peter S. Coleman and Representative Johnson Toe Chea to grant a team from the Ministry to convey to lawmakers the importance of putting more money into the health budget so that health workers can be included on government’s payroll.“We will do all we can to get them on the payroll. Even if it means sitting in hot offices at the Ministry just to get them on the payroll, that will be done. We are willing to make the sacrifices in order to get our health workers on the payroll,” Health Minister-designate Dahn assured everyone in the hall.As she left the stage, she received a standing ovation from the conferees, including international and local health partners.Dr. Dahn’s statement has been received in good faith by Mr. Joseph Tamba, president, NHWAL.  As his personal response, he stated, “I want to thank Dr. Dahn for this initiative. I look forward to see it coming to pass.” He, however, added that the health workers’ association was waiting to see what happens.Speaking earlier, Senator Dr. Peter Coleman said discussion on the issue of extra funding to put all the health workers on payroll is now going to be easy for him and other lawmakers who advocate for them (health workers) to their fellow lawmakers.Dr.  Coleman, a former Minister of Health and Social Welfare, further stated that the deadly Ebola virus disease has taught a lesson that there is a need to give health workers good pay.In his remarks, Rep. Johnson Toe Chea also reiterated the need for health workers to be adequately compensated in line with their jobs because their lives are always at risk.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

GARRY JENNINGS GRACIOUS IN DEFEAT AFTER TIME PENALTY ROBS HIM OF RALLY WIN

first_imgRALLY Driver Garry Jennings has been gracious in defeat at the Donegal rally after a three minute time penalty cost him the title.The team of Sam Moffett and James O’Reilly took the championship after after a time penalty on front runners Jennings and Neil Doherty.“It was a tough pill to swallow but just had to take my oil and move on,” said Jennings.. “I’d like to thank all my sponsors and supporters for getting behind myself and Neil over the weekend.“I’m sorry if I’ve disappointed any of my supporters…me & Neil give it our best to take time back but we just ran out off tar.“What a powerful weekend’s rallying and fair play to Donegal motor club for a super event.”He also had words for the winner. “Congratulations to Sam what a great achievement from a great young driver and I’m sure there’s more to come from Sam,” said Garry. GARRY JENNINGS GRACIOUS IN DEFEAT AFTER TIME PENALTY ROBS HIM OF RALLY WIN was last modified: June 23rd, 2013 by BrendaShare 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:GARRY JENNINGS GRACIOUS IN DEFEAT AFTER TIME PENALTY ROBS HIM OF RALLY WINlast_img read more