Fernandes admits QPR mistakes

first_imgQPR chairman Tony Fernandes has given a blunt assessment of his time at the helm of the club, admitting his mistakes contributed to the club’s recent relegation. Fernandes will preside over a major overhaul of the squad at Loftus Road this summer, less than two years after buying up the majority shareholding. Speaking in Monte Carlo, where his other major sporting investment, Caterham, are competing in this weekend’s Monaco Grand Prix, Fernandes said: “With QPR we are right back at the drawing board, and we are going to go back to my principles of life.” He added: “You learn a lot when you are going down. You don’t learn a lot when you are doing great. “I am not predicting we will bounce back up straight away, but I am working hard to make sure we have the right culture and right type of people in the club. If that means staying in the Championship for a couple of seasons to get it right, then that is worth it.” The AirAsia boss certainly has a full portfolio to deal with, and though the day-to-day running of his airline must take precedence, he admits things might be different at QPR and F1 back-markers Caterham had he been able to give either more of his time. “The difference between QPR, Caterham and AirAsia is that AirAsia is something I live and breathe every day,” he said. “With all due respect, if I’d spent every day at Hingham [Caterham’s headquarters] and every day at Loftus Road, I dare say it would have been a bit different. It’s easy to say I’ve spread myself too thinly, but I don’t think that’s the case. What I should have done is delegate more. “I am not that involved in my other businesses as much and I should have been like that, but this is the danger when passion conflicts with common sense.” Asked whether he had taken his eye off the ball, Fernandes replied: “It is an an experience, and I’m just a bit different to everyone else. Take Formula One. Everyone in the paddock has made huge errors in their life. They don’t stand up and say ‘I f***** up’. I have. It’s the same in the football world. I don’t think every single chairman has made a decision that’s right all the time. But I have decided to step up and say I could have done it better.” center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

O’Mahony: Murphy can handle England

first_img Murphy made a late cameo off the bench in Ireland’s 13-10 defeat to England at Twickenham in last season’s Six Nations, the last time head coach Joe Schmidt’s men have suffered a loss. Ireland can equal their all-time record with a 10th consecutive victory this weekend, and O’Mahony believes 23-year-old Murphy is a different player a year on from that Twickenham defeat. “I think he has come on since then: he’s developed hugely,” said O’Mahony. “The more experience and game time he is getting between Leinster and Ireland over the last couple of weeks, you can do nothing but develop.” Ireland have retained 31-year-old Heaslip in their squad despite the 70-cap number eight being unable to face England. The Leinster stalwart could yet miss the rest of the tournament after suffering three fractured vertebrae from lock Pape’s crude knee to his back, that landed the France veteran a 10-week ban. Ireland have called Ulster’s Roger Wilson and Munster’s Billy Holland into their 36-man training squad as they step up preparations to host England at the weekend. England will travel to Dublin still buoyed by their 21-16 opening-weekend win against Wales in Cardiff. Captain Chris Robshaw imposed his authority off the field and on it that night, waving away Wales’ late arrival to the pitch before strong-arming the hosts’ much-vaunted back-row. Ireland’s bullish blindside O’Mahony admitted Schmidt’s men are well aware of the influence the Harlequins talisman exerts over Stuart Lancaster’s side. “I think he’s a quality player,” said O’Mahony of the England skipper. “He’s been certainly in the forefront of what England have done over the last three weeks. “He’s been hugely physical. Their win away in Wales was particularly impressive. “It’s a tough place to go and play against a good side. I thought he was at the forefront of that.” Loose forward Murphy is primed to step in at number eight for Ireland, with Jamie Heaslip recuperating from the back injury inflicted by Pascal Pape’s knee in the 18-11 victory over France on Valentine’s Day. Leinster back-rower Murphy is expected to start against England in Heaslip’s absence, and his selection case has been strengthened by Tommy O’Donnell still battling the after-effects of concussion. Munster captain O’Mahony and Leinster’s Sean O’Brien will add experience and steel around the talented but green six-cap Leinster star Murphy when the Six Nations’ two unbeaten sides slug it out at the Aviva Stadium. O’Mahony believes 23-year-old Murphy has all the credentials to cope with England’s bullish back-row trio of James Haskell, Chris Robshaw and Billy Vunipola. “Jordi is a quality player: he’s well rounded, well able to carry hard and do the grunt-work, but he’s got a good set of skills,” said O’Mahony. “He’s got a lovely pass and he’s a good lineout option: he’s a quality all-rounded player. “England are a hugely physical side and that always starts with your pack. Guys like Haskell have brought a huge physicality to what they do. Vunipola, guys like (Dave) Atwood are really stepping up to the mark. “They are physical guys: they are always looking to get them on the front foot. Whenever England are on the front foot, it stems from their pack.” Back-rower O’Donnell suffered a concussion in Munster’s 25-25 Pro12 draw with the Scarlets on Saturday, and is progressing through the raft of testing required to be cleared for action. Murphy was most likely front of the queue to replace the injured vice-captain Heaslip in any case, and O’Donnell’s continued concussion wrangles could clear his selection path. Jordi Murphy can handle the “huge physicality” of England’s back-row in Sunday’s pivotal RBS 6 Nations showdown in Dublin, according to Ireland team-mate Peter O’Mahony. Press Associationlast_img read more

Tams rip Eagles, force do-or-die

first_imgMOST READ Tolentino anchored the Tamaraws’ strong start, while Cani sparkled in the last two quarters as FEU lived to fight another day, while dealing Ateneo its second straight loss of the season, counting the setback to rival La Salle at the end of the second round of the eliminations.“I don’t feel any regret transferring to FEU and wishing I was still with Ateneo, because they (Tamaraws) accepted me wholeheartedly,” said Tolentino in Filipino.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSBack on the throne“The FEU mentality, the spirit, I’ve already adopted it at the start of the season.”The rubber match, which will determine La Salle’s opponent in the best-of-three finals, is set this Wednesday at Mall of Asia Arena. Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ LATEST STORIES Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene No taming the mighty Red Lions Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netIt’s been two years years since Arvin Tolentino and Hubert Cani left Ateneo for Far Eastern University, but the duo made sure the Blue Eagles felt the impact of their departure with the Tamaraws’ season on the line.Returning to haunt their former team, Tolentino and Cani starred in each half as the Tamaraws dealt the top seed Eagles a stunning 80-67 defeat on Sunday night to forge a do-or-die clash for the second finals seat of UAAP Season 80 at Smart Araneta Coliseum.ADVERTISEMENT Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set “It’s a sweet win, of course, but as coach Olsen (Racela) said, this game is finished and we have to focus on the next game,” said Cani, who poured eight of his 11 points in the second half.“We know Ateneo is difficult to beat because they’re a very disciplined team.”Ron Dennison fired 17 points and grabbed eight boards for the Tamaraws, who held the Eagles to a season low output in what FEU Racela described as his team’s best game of the season yet.On his final year for the Tamaraws, Dennison said he was determined to prolong his career to one more game.Dennison’s play rubbed off on his teammates as they seized control early and stopped every Ateneo counter in the second half where the Tamaraws led by as much as 17 points on Cani’s triple with under three minutes remaining.ADVERTISEMENT “I didn’t want my UAAP career to finish today,” said Dennison.“I want to play in the finals. In our last practice, I told the team to give everything and leave our fears behind.”The Tamaraws played with a spring in their step, closing out on Ateneo’s gunners, while beating them to offensive rebounds on the other end, particularly in the second half, where they had 14 second-chance points.Richard Escoto had nine points and grabbed five offensive boards, typifying FEU’s workmanlike display on both ends of the floor.“Definitely, this is our best game,” said Racela. “We were confident that we can finish strong. But what we did was take Ateneo’s twice-to-beat advantage. But we’ll have to play better them again on Wednesday.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View commentslast_img read more