English football great Terry Butcher quits as Azkals coach before first game

first_imgNadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil View comments Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Peza offers relief to ecozone firms After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk 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 Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Texas gymnastics coach arrested, accused of child sex abuse Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ The shock decision by the 59-year-old — who had spoken ambitiously about taking the Philippines to the World Cup — comes as the Azkals head towards their first Asian Cup in January.Team manager Dan Palami said it was “unfortunate” that the former England manager had cited difficulty in carrying out his plans for the national team.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’“We understand and respect Mr. Terry Butcher’s decision not to continue with his role as national team coach of the Philippines,” Palami said in a statement.“It is unfortunate, however, that Mr. Butcher had expressed difficulty in executing his plans for the national team program,” he added. MOST READ ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Butcher said he had come to the conclusion that he was unable to build a “robust” programme for the Philippines team.“The vital issue for myself was to carefully build a robust plan to meet the football ambitions of the national team,” he said in a statement to Britain’s Press Association.“Regretfully, I’ve not been able to make this work in the way that I intended and I’ve decided not to continue in this role,” he added.Butcher was named in a shake-up to replace Thomas Dooley, who qualified the team for next year’s Asian Cup and guided them to an all-time high of 111th in the FIFA rankings in May.Ireland’s Scott Cooper, who had been appointed as Butcher’s assistant, will be handling the team as it prepares for its upcoming competitions.ADVERTISEMENT Their next major test will be November’s AFF Suzuki Cup, the Southeast Asian championship, before January’s Asian Cup, where the Philippines are grouped with China, South Korea, and Kyrgyzstan.   /vvpSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. England football great Terry Butcher has stepped down as the Philippines’ head coach without taking charge of a single game, saying he was not “able to make this work”.Butcher, a veteran of three World Cups who has managed in England, Scotland, Wales and Australia, lasted less than 50 days in the job after he was appointed on June 14.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Liberia’s Political Transformation is Irreversible’

first_imgAmbassador Designate Lewis G. Brown, former Minister of Information, Culture and Tourism (MICAT), has said that Liberia’s political transformation is irreversible. Speaking during the MICAT regular Tuesday press briefing in Monrovia, Mr. Brown, who was on Wednesday appointed by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf as an ambassador, said that the new governance model of increasing accountability to the people through steadier commitment to the democratic principle of checks and balances is being institutionalized. “Liberia’s transformation is indeed on its trajectory to build a more just and equitable society for all. This can be fashioned on the works of each of us. I thank the Legislature and the Judiciary for their cooperation. I understand that the tangibles- roads, ports and electricity- have understandably commanded public interest.“But I have seen our society leap forward on account of the changes in the intangibles. This is through the coordinated efforts of the three branches and evolution and consolidation of the new governance model in which the legislature has gotten stronger and judiciary more independent.“Even though politics prevents the public from admitting to this, the new democratic order continues to unfold, Liberians and friends of Liberia are settling in the truth that Liberia’s political transformation is irreversible.“I thank the Liberian media for their cooperation and support. Of course we have had our ups and downs but like we partnered against Ebola, I leave with the impression that that partnership can grow beyond the sidelines of the ‘watchdog’ into one which elevates the Liberian journalist to a place around the table of national decision making,” he said. Ambassador Brown said Liberia and the African continent need journalists who are partners in development because it is no longer enough that “you watch out for and merely report the news, but that you are in partnership with the government.”“The simple truth is that each action or inaction of the government affects all journalists, their families and friends. This, then, is why journalists must continue to advocate for that which makes our country better,” he noted.However, he said, such advocacies must be pursued fairly and justly so that the society can continue to be better, more peaceful and prosperous for all Liberians.“Over the course of my service, I became increasingly aware of various pressures on journalists. One important pressure is that more often than not, journalists are internationally celebrated by the deterioration in relations, or for the lack of a better descriptive, the perceived levels of antagonism between the government and the media,” he said.Amb. Brown said the evolving truth is that the government and the media must work together for the good of society, adding: “This is demanded in a democracy if either partner intends to succeed.” Ambassador Brown served as Minister of Information, Culture and Tourism (MICAT) for four years. He was yesterday appointed by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf as an ambassador. He has yet to be assigned a diplomatic post.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

‘Naive’ Rashford’s red card can’t temper Mourinho’s joy

first_imgThe 20-year-old reacted by putting his head into Bardsley’s face, earning the dismissal that prompted a critical assessment from United boss Mourinho.“I don’t know what happened. I would say it was naive. It was a kid and a very experienced man,” Mourinho told the BBC.“Bardsley’s been in the game for 20 years and Marcus is a naive boy.”Rashford had earlier won a penalty that was wasted by United midfielder Paul Pogba, who saw his effort saved by Joe Hart.The miss continued a troubled start to the campaign for French World Cup winner Pogba, who was criticised by Mourinho in the close-season for his erratic effort levels for United.“I never blame a player for missing penalties. I blame the ones who refuse to go up there. Paul’s scored some good ones for us,” Mourinho said.It was still a good afternoon for Mourinho despite the unwanted contributions from Rashford and Pogba.United’s win, secured by two Romelu Lukaku goals, steadied the ship after successive defeats against Brighton and Tottenham had condemned the club to their worst start for 26 years.On the day United fans flew a banner over Turf Moor that was critical of executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward — who has feuded with Mourinho over transfer policy — this was an encouraging result for the Portuguese coach.“It was a very, very good performance. They played very well as a team,” Mourinho said.“The three points were an important thing, the quality of the performance and happiness of the team is an Old Trafford response – the way Old Trafford reacted to the boys in the Spurs defeat was important.“We should score many more goals. The result shouldn’t have been open until the last minute.“There were lots of good performances but (Marouane) Fellaini was fundamental, together with (Chris) Smalling and (Victor) Lindelof.”0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Marcus Rashford saw red in Manchester United’s win at Burnley © AFP / Lindsey PARNABYBURNLEY, United Kingdom, Sep 2 – Jose Mourinho labelled Marcus Rashford as “naive” after the Manchester United striker was sent off for a headbutt in his side’s 2-0 win at Burnley on Sunday.Rashford saw red when Burnley defender Phil Bardsley appeared to kick out at the England international after a challenge.last_img read more