Danny Higginbotham believes Louis van Gaal’s management style will suit Manchester United in the Champions League this season. The Red Devils have been handed a relatively kind draw in this year’s group stages after they were paired with PSV Eindhoven, CSKA Moscow and Wolfsburg. Van Gaal’s side sealed their return to the Champions League with a comprehensive 4-0 win over Club Brugge on Wednesday in a game that saw Wayne Rooney return to form by netting a hat-trick. Former United man Higginbotham thinks United will be confident of progressing to the knockout stages and praised their manager’s tactical flexibility. “I think he’s well equipped for Europe and I think we saw yesterday what can happen when he allows them to express themselves,” Higginbotham told Drivetime. “People are saying it was only Brugges, but the movement was so much better in the second half when they went from 4-2-3-1 to 4-3-3 and it brought the best out of Rooney as well. “With the way Van Gaal is setting up, it might actually suit United more in Europe than it does in the Premier League. “It [the group stage draw] definitely could have been worse. It’s still going to be difficult but if you look at the other groups they could have got, I think they’ll be happy.”
11 19. Santi Cazorla (midfielder) 11 11 11 5. Gabriel Paulista (centre back) – click the arrow above, right, to see the possible Arsenal line-up against Chelsea in squad number order 11 11 6. Laurent Koscielny (defender) 14. Theo Walcott (striker) – George Graham’s view on whether Walcott should start ahead of Giroud 11. Mesut Ozil (central attacker) 33. Petr Cech (goalkeeper) Who should start up front for Arsenal against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge?Many fans have been speculating on Arsene Wenger’s striker options, with Theo Walcott scoring in the 2-1 Champions League loss in Zagreb where Olivier Giroud was sent off.GEORGE GRAHAM’S VIEW ON WHETHER WALCOTT SHOULD START AHEAD OF GIROUDSo here, talkSPORT has predicted the starting XI for the big Premier League clash. Let us know if you agree.HOW TO MAKE A CHELSEA FAN ANGRY? 11 18. Nacho Monreal (left back) 24. Hector Bellerin (right back) 16. Aaron Ramsey (right sided attacker) 11 11 11 11 17. Alexis Sanchez (left sided attacker) – 10 things you didn’t know about Alexis Sanchez 34. Francis Coquelin (midfielder)
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Jurgen Klopp gave his first press conference as Liverpool manager on Friday morning.Open, honest and humble, Klopp impressed the assembed media – as well as those watching on – as he outlined his ambitions for the club.Here’s some of the highlights…On becoming Liverpool’s 20th boss:“It’s the biggest honour I can imagine, one of the biggest clubs in the world. I’ve been given the opportunity to help in this situation, but it’s not so difficult as some people in this room think.“It’s not a normal, usual club, it’s a special club.”On what he has been up to since leaving Borussia Dortmund in May:“I had a normal holiday. I am 48 and most of the time in my life I had no money to take a holiday and then I had no time. Then I had four months. I played a lot of tennis, watched football all over the world. Of course I thought I had until next year.”On potentially becoming a Liverpool legend:“I don’t compare myself with genius managers of Liverpool.“It’s cool that some of you, and the fans are looking forward to the next few years and months, but none of these (past) managers said ‘my target is to be a legend’. This is a great club because of many, many great decisions in the past, now we have to work in the present.”“I had two very special clubs before and this role is the perfect next step for me.” On Liverpool’s long title drought:“Twenty-five years ago (Liverpool’s last title) is a long time. In this time all people have tried to get better, to improve, to take the next title. But history is only the base for us. It is all the people are interested in but you don’t take history in your backpack and carry it with you for 25 years.“We can wait for it but I don’t want to say we can wait 20 years. If we sit here in four years I think we’ll have won one title – I’m pretty sure.”On Liverpool’s much-criticised transfer committee:“It’s enough for me to have the first and last word. We only want to discuss really good players. I’m not a genius, I don’t know more than the rest of the world. I need the other people to get perfect information. It’s really easy to handle it.”On Jose Mourinho describing himself as the ‘Special One’ at his first press conference in England:“I don’t want to describe myself. I’m a totally normal guy, I’m the Normal One.”On the style of play Liverpool will adopt under him:“I haven’t met my team yet. (My style is) emotion inside, it’s speed, it’s a transition game. All the things that make football interesting for me I want to see on the pitch.“But it’s not the day for promising a certain style of football. Let’s start to work, let’s speak next week, let’s start normal work.”On the Liverpool squad he has inherited:“This is a great club with big potential, fast players, strong players, good defenders. Everything is there. Four or five strikers you can work with when they are not injured, midfielders, defenders are experienced and young, goalkeeper is really good.” 1 Jurgen Klopp is unveiled as Liverpool manager
Borussia Monchengladbach are eager to negotiate a permanent deal for Chelsea loanee Andreas Christensen.The defender is currently on a two-year loan at the German club and has swiftly nailed down a regular starting berth for the Bundesliga side.And now, according to Bild, Monchengladbach’s directors are prepared to buy out Christensen’s contract at Chelsea to keep him in Germany beyond 2017.Chelsea have high hopes for the young Danish centre-back but would be willing to listen to offers in the region of £12m.The Blues do have the option to cut short Christensen’s loan to see whether he can fit into their side next season but it is understood they will sell if their valuation of the player is met. 1 Andreas Christensen in action for Borussia Monchengladbach
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas CityFive months after LAPD officers fired rubber bullets into crowds of men, women and children and roughed up journalists at a May Day rally, the department this week is expected to release its long-awaited report on what went wrong. Widely seen as an overreaction to a few troublemakers, the LAPD’s response at the May 1 MacArthur Park rally prompted more than a 100 lawsuits and claims, two demotions and the creation of a special LAPD crowd-control unit. The report is expected to detail the Los Angeles Police Department’s account of what happened at the rally and why. So far, LAPD officials have refused to discuss its content, saying only that it will not name officers involved. But critics say the police response on May Day has further strained the LAPD’s relationship with the immigrant community. They want to see rank-and-file officers punished, and they say the report will be a key indicator of whether the LAPD is serious about reform. “What we want to have is real learning and consequence. Nobody needs to sugarcoat what happened. We all saw it,” said Angelica Salas, an organizer who was at the pro-immigrant rally in the park when police swept in. DETAILS: What happened five months ago and why is the subject of the review to be released Tuesday. By Rachel Uranga STAFF WRITER In addition to demoting two commanders and setting up a special crowd-control unit, LAPD Chief William Bratton has apologized for the conduct of his officers and has begun crowd-control training for all officers. A preliminary report on the melee blamed a breakdown in command structure and poor officer communication. The report due out Tuesday was written by the head of the department’s consent decree bureau, Gerald Chaleff, and the new crowd-control bureau deputy chief, Michael Hillman. “It’s a first step in the analysis,” said Anthony Pacheco, president of the civilian police commission that oversees the LAPD. Though Pacheco said that as of Friday he had not seen a draft of the Tuesday report, he said it should “give a level of transparency that is unmatched in the city’s history.” “My expectation is that this will drill down a lot further on what is the thinking going on and the role of the department.” But he said he is withholding judgment on officer punishment and further inquiries until he sees the report. Sources close to a separate, internal use-of-force investigation say three or four officers could be punished and that others involved have been passed up for promotions because of their actions that day. The fracas, which police have said was caused by agitators, created immediate public outcry in the immigrant community. Images of abusive police behavior were repeatedly broadcast – partly because journalists themselves were subject to some harsh treatment by LAPD officers. The incident forced Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa to cut short a trade tour in Mexico and Central America. For weeks afterward, Bratton did damage control, reaching out to members of the media and Latino community and calling the incident regrettable and an “aberration.” The preliminary report described a chaotic scene in which officers clad in riot gear forced thousands of people from the park, poking many with batons and firing rubber bullets. Dispersal orders could not be heard over the roar of a helicopter and when police barked orders in English many in the Spanish-speaking crowd could not understand. There was no media safety zone, as is LAPD policy, and it was unclear who provided commands to sweep everyone from the crowded park. Carol Sobel, who is representing more than a dozen clients in a lawsuit against the city over the incident, said the report should conclude that the LAPD failed to adequately notify the crowd to disperse and that nothing could have justified the aggressive officer response. “Anything less than that would be dishonest,” she said. Longtime LAPD observer and civil rights lawyer Connie Rice said rethinking the elite unit that was in charge of crowd control that day must be part of the review. “They need to have a ruthlessly aggressive analysis of Metro, which has not been touched by Bratton,” she said. “Metro is one of the last bastions of the Los Angeles Police Department’s elite that does what it wants and how it wants.” Still, even some critics say that the LAPD has turned a corner, responding quickly to the crisis and acknowledging mistakes. Police Commissioner John Mack, a longtime civil rights leader, said he is comfortable that Bratton “has been forthcoming about the terrible, terrible incident from the very beginning, acknowledging a lot of things went wrong.” [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat KingsThe 30-year transportation plan, which includes a regional report card, outlines all projects eligible for funding and explains how to pay for them. Some Los Angeles leaders said the region has no choice but to explore new ways to raise money for transportation projects – and they think voters can be convinced. “People understand that we need to do more, and that years of neglect and years of lack of vision have put us in the situation where we are really behind the eight ball in having a public transportation system that works,” said Los Angeles City Councilwoman Wendy Greuel, who heads the council’s transportation committee. “People are willing to look at things they never looked at before.” Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, who has championed the westward extension of the Purple Line – or the “Subway to the Sea” – has his office analyzing funding schemes for that project and other major mass transit expansions in the city. Southern California’s transportation system is so clogged that residents and businesses will have to pay up if they want swifter freeways and efficient transit systems, according to a regional plan released Thursday. Current funding falls far short of the estimated $545.3 billion needed to upgrade and expand the transportation system throughout the six-county Southern California area. And with $132 billion needed to fill the gap, the region should pursue pay-to-use programs including toll roads, benefit-assessment districts and cargo container fees, according to the plan by the Southern California Association of Governments. “It’s time to recognize the infrastructure problems that we’re facing,” said Ontario City Councilman Alan Wapner, who helped oversee the plan. “We’ve never really placed a value on private transportation.” “All options are on the table to fund that investment,” spokesman Matt Szabo said. SCAG Executive Director Mark Pisano said most of the proposed innovative financing schemes have been used before – Orange County has toll roads, and railroads pay users fees’ along the Alameda Corridor. “We are suggesting we learn from the lessons of the past and move them forward,” Pisano said. “The reason we haven’t moved forward is the state has been unwilling to give us the authority to do more of these types of projects.” Yet many of the concepts are unpopular. Critics deride toll roads as “Lexus Lanes” that get the wealthy out of traffic. And some lawmakers and state employee unions are wary of government partnering with private firms to develop roads or transit lines. “We are hopeful the public realizes the importance of raising the dollars,” said Gary Oviatt, a San Bernardino County supervisor and president of SCAG. “We see that the state is continually taking (transportation) dollars and putting them in other parts of the budget to balance it. Therefore it’s important that we try the tolling and some of these other efforts in hopes that this is the right time.” While existing local, state and federal dollars make up $413 billion – the bulk of money needed for the 30-year transportation blueprint – the plan suggests 12 options that could generate $132 billion to fill the gap. Those include: Raising the state and federal gas tax by 20 cents per gallon, which would generate $17 million. Benefit-assessment districts along the planned extensions of the Gold and Purple lines in which businesses and developers pay a tax for the “benefit” of sitting alongside them. Such districts could generate $3.7 billion. Public-private partnerships in which a private company would finance and build roads or a transportation line under a lease agreement, which could generate $8.4 billion. For example, a firm wants to build a Maglev-like train that could carry freight from LAX and the harbor to Ontario. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and some Republican lawmakers have been pushing for more public-private partnerships on infrastructure projects, but some state unions and Democratic lawmakers have resisted amid labor-related concerns. Schwarzenegger said he plans to introduce more proposals for partnerships in his 2008 State of the State address next month. [email protected] Staff writer Rick Orlov contributed to this article.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
The Christmas season will be officially launched in Letterkenny this evening with the big annual switch on of the town’s Christmas Lights.Santa will be dropping in from the North Pole to see the Town Mayor Gerry McMonagle flick the switch to light up the town. The evening starts at 6pm in Market Square.As the crowd wait for Santa they will be entertained with carols sung by The Conwall Singers. The young people from Encore Performing Arts Academy will then perform Christmas songs, some Disney classics and some dancing from their recent show.Of course there will be a special appearance from Santa who may have some goodie bags for all the children who’ll be gathered to watch Market Square light up into a magical wonderland of lights.The beautiful tree outside the court house, supplied by Coillte is once again decorated with red bows handmade by Aids Help North West/Letterkenny Helpline.The switch on ceremony welcomes in the festive season and Letterkenny Chamber invites everyone along to kick off what we hope will be a happy, prosperous and healthy Christmas for all. The town will be lit up for the whole of the Christmas season putting everyone in a festive mood to celebrate all that is great about Letterkenny.DONEGALDAILY.COM – OWNED IN DONEGAL, RUN IN DONEGAL, SUPPORTING JOBS IN DONEGAL© 2011 donegaldaily.com, all Rights ReservedThe copying, republication or redistribution of donegaldaily.com Content, including by framing or similar means, is expressly prohibited by law.Follow us on www.twitter.com/donegaldaily Follow us on www.facebook.com/donegaldailySell anything on www.donegaldailyclassifieds.comTHE BIG CHRISTMAS SWITCH-ON TAKES PLACE IN LETTERKENNY TONIGHT! was last modified: November 24th, 2011 by StephenShare 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:Christmas lightsletterkenny
Louis van Gaal has been told he will remain in charge of Manchester United next season, according to reports in Holland.The Dutchman was expected to be sacked at the end of the season, with Jose Mourinho the hot favourite to take charge at Old Trafford.However, according to De Telegraaf, Van Gaal has been assured by United’s board that he will still be in the hotseat next season and will see out his three-year contract with the club.An early exit in the Champions League and a stuttering league campaign had led to calls for Van Gaal’s departure from Old Trafford, but United’s recent upturn in form has quietened the 64-year-old’s critics.And it is understood that United will hold off from getting rid of Van Gaal should he guide them to a top-four finish and allow him the opportunity to build a squad capable of winning the title in his last season in charge. Louis van Gaal 1