Norman Manley top Back-To INSPORTS Five-a-Side

first_imgNorman Manley of Delacree Park are the champions of the inaugural Institute of Sports Back-To Street Five-a-Side football competition, which was held on Saturday at the Majesty Gardens basketball court.Norman Manley won the title after a 5-6 penalty-kick victory over Young Boyz from Selassie Gardens. This after both teams had played to 0-0 draw at full and extra-time.We Dem Boyz from Waterhouse won the third-place trophy after defeating Barber Shop of Majesty Gardens 4-3 on penalties. Both sides had played to a 0-0 draw.The competition, which attracted 20 teams from in and around Kingston and St Andrew, was sponsored by the Institute of the Sports (INSPORTS).Tayna Wright, executive assistant at INSPORTS, said the competition was successful.”INSPORTS was proud to play an integral part in the Back-To Street football competition,” said Wright.”The competition was a successful one and, in seeing that, INSPORTS hopes to be on board for next year’s staging,” she said.FOSTERING GOOD RELATIONSHIPSWright added that the competition helped to foster good relationships between the youth from various communities in and around Kingston and St Andrew.”This competition has helped to bring a lot unattached youth in the communities together and this helps to foster good relationships and sportsmanship in the sporting circle,” Wright noted.Lionel Francis, organiser of the championships, said it was exciting.”This was a very exciting league because it brought together a lot of youth from in and around the Kingston and St Andrew communities, and everyone had a good time.”It was violence-free, and the vibes and competitiveness among the players on the field and off was excellent,” said Francis.last_img read more

GALLERY: LeBron James Strive for Greatness Tour Manila

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UL, Norwegian University to Sign MOU

first_imgA four-man delegation from the Union of Liberian Association in Norway (ULAN) and the University of Tromso has arrived in the country to signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU)  between the University of Liberia (UL) and that Norwegian university.The MOU, which is expected to be signed between these two institutions of higher learning, is intended to provide opportunities for students of the UL to travel to that European country on a Student Exchange Program.The four-man delegation arrived in the country on Monday, April 7, and is expected to meet with other stakeholders in the Liberian education sector.The MOU signing ceremony, which is expected to take place Thursday, April 10, comes as a result of consultations mediated by the ULAN leadership between the administrations of the two universities, who have mutually consented to this effort.According to the head of the delegation, Emmanuel Suah, the initiative (the crafting of the MOU) is a dream of the Liberian association in that country, who have thought it wise to seek opportunities that will improve the learning capabilities of their compatriots and as well proffer better living conditions for Liberian students after the 14 years of war that have left everything in shamble.Dr. Percy Oware will be signing on behalf of Tromso University, while it is anticipated that Dr. Emmet Dennis will sign behalf of UL. The official signing ceremony will take place at the main campus of the University of Liberia.The delegation comprises the chairman of ULAN, Emmanuel Suah; the vice chairman, Michael Forster; Secretary General, Linford A. Gweh, as well as a senior faculty staff, Dr. Percy Oware, who is serving as a representative of Tromso.Mr. Suah plainly indicated that when signed, The MOU will create the opportunity for deserving Liberian students to pursue higher education in various disciplines at the University of Tromso.The ULAN boss said: “While in the country, the delegation will also meet the Ministry of Education, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and other stakeholders to discuss further details of the Student Exchange Program.“This is all meant to see how best we can help our brothers and sisters who are in need of higher education,” ULAN chairman Suah further stated.He noted that the ULAN has been very instrumental in the process of bringing the two universities together to have the program formulated and to help other Liberians to further their education.“Some of us have the opportunities and I think it is prudent to find means for our brothers and sister, too,” Suah told the Daily Observer.Meanwhile, ULAN, which was established in 2010, by a group of farsighted Liberians in the Norwegian City of Kongsberg, has over 30 at the UL already through its Student Aid Program (SAP).The ULAN SAP was intended to get those students who were affected by the civil conflict, back on track educationally, according to Secretary General, Linford Gweh.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Beaucoup D’argeant

first_imgDopeMusic Empire versatile artist Jodi Clarke makes MTV Base chart history this week becoming the first Liberian artist to occupy the popular America-based entertainment TV show.The “Baby I do” star continues with his brand new video titled “Beaucoup D’argeant” featuring Ivorian sensation Serge Beynaud. The two heavyweight acts teamed up in Paris to produce the massive “coupe decale” record, which is gaining heavy buzz across the continent. Jodi Clarke says the collaboration for him was a major accomplishment as a Liberian artist who grew up in the Ivory Coast and studied their style of music. “It’s a pleasure coming back years later to work with the biggest Ivorian artist Serge Beynaud. It is an expansion of my fan base,” he added. Not forgetting his previous collaborations with Bracket from Nigeria and EFYA from Ghana.Shot by highly revered French cinematographer Kyba and co-directed by SB, the crisp video was filmed in Abidjan. The video is now playing on MtvBase, TraceAfrica, SoundCity and Channel O.Meanwhile, Jodi has his interest set on promoting education, especially in Liberia. He recently released a statement about a collage/high school tour in the making aimed at promoting Liberian arts and culture through music and education.Jodi Clarke is one of the Liberian artists whose music is currently on the international platform. He has featured major African artists such as Bracket from Nigeria and Serge Beynaud.His videos are currently playing on Trace Africa, MTV Base, and Channel O. His music is currently playing on Trace FM, major radio stations in Ivory Coast and also radio stations at home in Liberia. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

A dance with stars

first_imgAwaiting the No. 12 seed 49ers is 5th-seeded Tennessee in the South Regional, which will take place in Columbus, Ohio. The LBSU game is set to tip off at approximately 11:45 a.m. depending on the length of the earlier game between Virginia and Albany. “It’s a compliment to our season as a body of work,” said Florida coach Billy Donovan, whose team rebounded to finish 29-5 after losing three games at the end of the regular season. Still, it’s hardly a guarantee the Gators will be in Atlanta for the Final Four on March 31. Last season, they won it all as a No. 3 seed, and not a single top-seeded school made it to the Final Four for the first time since 1980. Falling to a No. 2 was last year’s national runner-up, UCLA, which looked headed for a No. 1 seed until losing its last two games, including the quarterfinals of the Pac-10 tournament. But the real surprise came in the meager number of at-large bids handed out to mid-major teams. Only six of 34 spots went to the little guys, down from eight last year and 12 in 2004. South Regional in Columbus, OhioNo. 12 49ers vs. No. 5 Tenn. Friday, Time: appox. 11:45 a.m. Ch. 2 For ticket information go to Fill out your men’s bracket / B6 Florida will try to become the first team since 1992 to repeat as champion – and the first ever with the same five starters – and the Gators will do it with their first overall top seed in the tournament, leapfrogging Ohio State courtesy of three straight routs in the Southeastern Conference tournament. North Carolina and Kansas were the other No. 1 seeds, rounding out a group that all won both their regular-season and conference tournament championships. And joining the field for the first time since 1995 will Big West champions Long Beach State who got the automatic bid by defeating Cal Poly in the conference tournament on Saturday in Anaheim. It means fewer opportunities for a repeat of last year, when 11th-seeded George Mason – the commuter college in Virginia – struck a blow for the underdog in a stirring trip to the Final Four. “Last year, the impression was that the tournament committee had gone overboard in selecting mid-majors,” selection committee chairman Gary Walters said. “But when we start the process, we throw conference affiliation out the window … and it shakes out where it shakes out.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! NCAA Tournament brackets Printable brackets So much for the little guy. Big boys like defending champion Florida and No. 1-ranked Ohio State are among the top-seeded favorites, while the darling mid-major teams get surprisingly few chances to turn the NCAA tournament into a free-for-all for underdogs. March Madness officially began Sunday when the pairings were announced, kicking off office and online pools and triggering debate about seedings, who went where and who didn’t make it at all. last_img read more

Greek football league suspended after gun drama

first_img“We must all decide to ignore the political cost…It’s a question of will. Personally, I am determined to go ahead,” Tsipras said ahead of a meeting with a rival party leader.His deputy minister for sport, Yiorgos Vassiliadis, had earlier told reporters after an emergency meeting with Tsipras that the Superleague championship would “not start again without a new framework agreed by all.”Vassiliadis said the government was in close contact with European football body UEFA, which he said had been “shocked” by the incident.Police have issued a warrant for the arrest of PAOK owner, Greek-Russian businessman Ivan Savvidis, after he stormed the pitch on Sunday, accompanied by bodyguards, to confront the referee in protest at a 90th-minute disallowed goal in a top-of-the-table clash against AEK Athens.PAOK sports director Lubos Michel, a Slovak former FIFA referee, is also believed to have threatened referee Yiorgos Kominis.The match was interrupted as AEK’s squad walked off the pitch. The goal was later allowed.Vassiliadis said the government had “fought to clean up” Greek football for three years “and would not allow all this effort to be threatened”.“We await proposals from the federation and the league,” he said. “A tougher framework is needed.”He did not rule out the prospect of Greek clubs sitting out next season’s European matches, but insisted the national team would not be affected.PAOK and AEK are in a neck-and-neck race for the league title, which would be their first in over 24 years.Olympiakos have won the last seven championships under the ownership of Greek shipowner Vangelis Marinakis, who, like Savvidis, is one of Greece’s most prominent businessmen.The league suspension is the latest stopgap measure adopted by the Tsipras government to maintain order in a championship spiralling out of control.– Clashes –Less then a month ago, fans of the four most popular clubs — AEK, PAOK, Olympiakos and Panathinaikos — were banned from away games after recurring violence.This was after Olympiakos fans clashed with police on February 4 after a shock home defeat to AEK dealt a serious blow to their title defence.Yet a few weeks later, another match in PAOK’s Toumba stadium had to be abandoned after a cashier roll thrown from the stands hit the Olympiakos skipper.PAOK were initially docked three points, but managed to overturn the decision on appeal.A tobacco industrialist with extensive holdings in the northern port city of Thessaloniki, Savvidis controls the city’s top hotel and recently also bought one of Greece’s top newspapers, Ethnos.The 58-year-old, a former lawmaker with the party of Russian president Vladimir Putin, is considered a political ally of Tsipras.A police source on Monday said Savvidis was not sought over the gun, for which he has a license, but for the pitch invasion, a misdemeanour that carries no prison term.Savvidis, who owns companies that are leading sponsors of the Greek league, defended his behaviour.“Ivan (Savvidis) didn’t threaten anybody with a gun,” his media department told Russia’s Sport Express newspaper.“It means that the provocative headlines in certain media are totally untrue.“He carries weapons as he has a permission for it. It’s not prohibited in Greece…..Savvidis has allowed himself some excessive emotions but, once again, he didn’t threaten anybody with a gun.”Last year, Savvidis was part of a Franco-German consortium that won a bid for the privatisation of the Thessaloniki port authority.But the deal was postponed after a Russian bank backing Savvidis was placed under temporary administration.In a rare step, the US embassy in Athens later expressed concern over the issue, suggesting a lack of transparency over the funding behind the deal.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000The Greek football league has been suspended after PAOK president Ivan Savvidis, with a handgun in his waistband, confronted the referee after he disallowed a last-minute goal against AEK Athens in the top-of-the-table clash on Sunday © AFP / stringerATHENS, Greece, Mar 12 – Greece’s top-flight football championship was suspended indefinitely Monday, a minister said, hours after the owner of the PAOK team invaded the pitch with a gun strapped to his belt.Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras said he was “determined” to enforce order in the country’s oft-chaotic leading sport, which has repeatedly been marred by violence on and off the pitch.last_img read more

Samuel Eto’o signs for Qatar league side

first_imgThe club said on social media that it would “present the international star Samuel Eto’o” at a press conference.It is understood he underwent a medical earlier in the day.The four-time African player of the year will join former colleagues in Qatar, including ex-Barcelona teammate Xavi Hernandez, who plays for Al Sadd, and Wesley Sneijder who was at Inter with Eto’o.In 2009, Eto’o won the Champions League with Barcelona playing alongside Xavi. A year later he won the same trophy with Inter in the same team as Sneijder.The Dutchman now plays for Al Gharafa in Qatar’s domestic competition, the Qatar Stars League.The signing is a coup for Qatar Sports Club, who finished in mid-table last season and currently have little hope of winning any domestic titles.Earlier on Monday Eto’o said Ligue 1 clubs had contacted him after he announced he was leaving Turkey last week. The 37-year-old is now in the twilight of a fabulous career.He enjoyed five hugely successful seasons with Barcelona from 2004 to 2009, before helping Jose Mourinho’s Inter team to win the treble of Champions League, Serie A and Coppa Italia titles in his first season in Italy.He then had brief stints at Chelsea and Everton in the Premier League. Eto’o also scored 56 times for his country in 118 appearances and won two African Cup of Nations with Cameroon.0Shares0000(Visited 11 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000The former Barcelona, Inter Milan and Chelsea striker will be unveiled on Tuesday, said Qatar Sports Club, the latest big-name edition to Qatar’s domestic league as it gears up to host the 2022 World Cup.DOHA, Qatar, Aug 14 – Veteran Cameroon star Samuel Eto’o has signed for Qatar league side, Qatar Sports Club, it was announced Monday, just days after he ended a brief stay at Turkish side Konyaspor.The former Barcelona, Inter Milan and Chelsea striker will be unveiled on Tuesday, said Qatar Sports Club, the latest big-name edition to Qatar’s domestic league as it gears up to host the 2022 World Cup.last_img read more

Is Ozil the league’s most creative player? Top 10 creators per season ranked!

first_img 2. Frank Lampard (Chelsea) – 134 chances created in the 2008-09 season – Lampard’s mammoth total from the 2008-09 total was 17 more than anyone else for so long and looked unlikely to be surpassed. 1. Mesut Ozil (Arsenal) – 137 chances created in the 2015-16 season to date – Ozil’s total this season is staggering as he overtook Lampard’s record during the Gunners’ disappointing 0-0 draw with Sunderland on Sunday. It will take some player to beat this total. 9 3. Florent Malouda (Chelsea) – 117 chances created in the 2010-11 season – Perhaps a surprising player to make the list but the Frenchman’s form in 2010-11 was outstanding despite the Blues surrendering the title back to Manchester United. =4. Leighton Baines (Everton) and Cesc Fabregas (Arsenal) – 116 chances created each, in the 2012-13 and 2006-07 seasons respectively – Baines (2012-13) and Fabregas (2006-07) are joint fourth on the list. While the Spaniard makes his second appearance on this list, Fabregas has yet to replicate this kind of creativity at Chelsea. Baines, meanwhile, has probably seen his best days in the blue of Everton. 8. Mikel Arteta (Everton) – 108 chances created in the 2006-07 season – The Spaniard’s form in the 2006-07 season helped Everton qualify for the UEFA Cup as he won the club’s Player of the Year and was ranked the sixth-best player in the league. 7. Cesc Fabregas (Arsenal) – 112 chances created in the 2007-08 season – The third Spaniard on the list, Fabregas’ form during the 2007-08 season led to him being named the Arsenal captain for the following season. 9 9. Christian Eriksen (Tottenham) – 107 (to date in the 2015-16 season) – Eriksen has been one of the most creative players in the Premier League this season, already manufacturing 107 chances for his teammates as Spurs look set for a best-ever finish in the Premier League era. 9 The top assist makers of a season is always a good reflection of how well a player has performed but can also be slightly misleading.Assists, obviously, are only registered if a goal is scored and is therefore just as much down to the shooter as it is to the passer.A much fairer reflection of the most creative players is by ranking them by the number of chances created in a single season.Arsenal’s Mesut Ozil has the most assists in the league this season with 18 but how does his tally of chances created rate against the best in Premier League history?Click the arrow above, right, as talkSPORT rank the Premier League’s top chance creators in a single season. 9 6. Frank Lampard (Chelsea) – 114 chances created in the 2009-10 season – The first of two appearances Lampard makes on this list comes during Chelsea’s double winning season of 2009-10, but he was surprisingly overlooked for a place in the team of the season. 9 9 10. David Silva (Manchester City) – 104 chances created in 2012-13 – click the arrow, right, to see who is at number one – In City’s title defence of the 2012-13 season, Silva chipped in with a huge 104 chances created for his teammates despite rivals Manchester United reclaiming the title. 9 9 9last_img read more

Transfer FIGHT! Real Madrid join Chelsea and Man United in race for PSG star

first_imgReal Madrid have joined Barcelona, Chelsea and Manchester United in expressing an interest in Marco Verratti.The Paris Saint-Germain midfielder, 24, is being heavily linked with a move away in the summer after spending five years in the French capital.The Italy international has been the subject of interest from some of Europe’s top clubs.Champions League finalists Madrid are now also in the running, according to Diario Gol, after learning Verratti was having second thoughts about staying at the club.The Spanish club are likely to be in the market for midfielders this summer if they let one – or both – of Isco and James Rodriguez leave. The pair are attracting interest from clubs in England and Real may let them go to free up funds for a swoop for Verratti. 1 Marco Verratti: The 24-year-old’s future in the French capital remains uncertain last_img read more


first_imgSHOULD SHAY BE GOING TO THE EUROS?To be brutally frank, I’m surprised that Shay Given has got the green light for the Ireland squad for France. I know his experience at this level can be invaluable but his lack of game time this season is worrying and while he couldn’t be faulted for either of Belarus’s two goals in the friendly at Turner’s Cross last night – and did pull off a couple of decent stops – he surely cannot be at his sharpest should he be called upon in any of Ireland’s group games – or beyond.The Lifford man had originally hung up his well used gloves back in August 2012 but six months later indicated his availability again – the lure of international football and representing his country proving too strong a motivation to palm away. And represent his country he has done with more than distinction. And now here he is, 134 caps on, and firmly back in the green fold following Martin O’Neill’s decision to include him in his squad for Euro 2016.Don’t get me wrong, He can bring something to the party but I’m left wondering if he has somehow gatecrashed it at the expense of David Forde.The latter began the current campaign between the posts and hardly put a foot, or hand, wrong in those games he featured in including an heroic performance in Germany in the 1-1 draw.The big Galwegian came on in place of Given in Cork last night but it appeared to be a mere thank-you gesture on the part of the management team for his contribution to the cause rather than an indication that he had made the cut. A solid a ‘keeper as Ireland have in their ranks and, judging by his reaction after being told he was staying at home when he apparently still found the heart to sign countless autographs and pose for photos in Cork for fans, a solid being as well.Darren Randolph fully merits his place in the trio of travelling netminders having played a significant part in West Ham United’s impressive season in the Premiership just ended. And the cause for Kieran Westwood was also helped by his displays in Sheffield Wednesday’s push for promotion from the Championship that only saw them lose out to Hull City in the Wembley play-off final over the weekend.“Buzzing to be in the Ireland squad for Euro 2016,” Given tweeted shortly after the announcement.And this county will no doubt buzz with him now that he is getting another day in the sun.  But I’m just wondering if that sun might have set some time ago for the man who last night became the Republic of Ireland’s longest-serving player having broken the record of 19 years and 202 days held by Johnny Giles.A POINT TO PROVE AND HARPS PROVE IT A rot stopper and no mistake. And even a goal to boot. A decent return for Finn Harps at Tallaght on Sunday even if it did result in Bohemians leap-frogging over them on goal difference with their 5-1 dismantling of St. Patrick’s Athletic.On the plus side again was the defeat for the three teams below Harps in the Premier League table, two of them, Longford Town and Bray Wanderers, now both seven points behind their Donegal rivals.Ah, the old Sunday afternoon full fixture list again. Remember them? The Sunday dinner still making its way southwards as we headed to Finn Park at a time when floodlights in the League of Ireland were still a twinkle in the mind’s eye stage and we required natural daylight hours to get us through the ninety minutes. Interesting to see if attendances were up, down or remained the average same as a result of the temporary switch to facilitate the international at the Aviva Stadium on FridaynightWhatever, it brought a bit of light into Harps season after a couple of weeks of darkness and despair. Dave Scully took his equalizing goal well though the Hoops of Tallaght did squander a number of presentable opportunities even when they went a man down following the dismissal of Gary McCabe in the second half. And now the latest score from the studio of R.T.E.’s ‘Soccer Republic’. For the fifth week in succession, the panellists – on this occasion Trevor Croly and Stewart Byrne – failed completely to analyse any part of a Finn Harps performance. Needless to say, opponents Shamrock Rovers, were given in-depth dissection of their display but as far as Harps were concerned, it was limited to conceding that they had secured a “vital point” – something which those of us not getting paid by R.T.E. could have summarised.As I was watching on Monday night, I suddenly realised just why the Soccer Republicans don’t engage in any form of Harps analysis. It’s simply because they just don’t have a clue who pulls on the blue and white week in and week out – mainly because, apart, perhaps from Scully and Adam Hanlon – none of the current Finn Park squad would have mingled in the Dublin soccer circles.If you catch Messrs. Croly or Byrne, or even presenter, Peter Collins, on the hop – and I defy you to do it if you ever run into them in Copper Face Jacks or wherever – and enquired of them who exactly is Ciaran Coll or Damian McNulty or Keith Cowan or Packie Mailey they’d probably ask you in return what number did they reach in the charts.There is, of course, the old reliable, Kevin McHugh, for those analysts within The Pale who might some day be forced to name a member of the Finn Harps squad but the veteran striker apart, ignorance of all things Harps – apart from the fact that’s a long, long way to Donegal – would appear to be alive and well and currently residing among the footballing experts at Montrose.Next week, it’s the turn of Sligo Rovers to get the official rundown on ‘Soccer Republic’ following their game with Harps this Friday night.Get along and give some much needed backing, both verbally and financially, as the break approaches for the Euros and Harps are left struggling to find any – euros that is.FAREWELL DAVYIn the conversations and greeting exchanges that will oil the wheels during this year’s Joule Donegal International Rally in a couple of weekends from now, his name will inevitably feature. And for those rally participants and followers who will travel to the county for the event, there’ll be a sense of shock that he’s now gone from us – and them – and has taken up position in that great service station in the sky.Due to the illness that has been mark of his life for the past seven or so years, Davy Wasson may not have been a feature of recent rally events but his spirit undoubtedly was. And what a spirit.One of the great Letterkenny characters, his passing last week brought an untimely end to a life that was devoted to family and motor machinery.At his funeral service in Trinity Presbyterian Church on Letterkenny’s Main Street on Saturday, Rev. Tommy Bruce spoke of Davy’s days as an expert mechanic and his initial involvement in stock-car racing with his good friend, Jim Johnston from Trentagh.The Donegal Rally was an obvious follow-on for a man whose engine kept ticking over with plenty of banter between the stages. Davy both drove in the event and acted in an official capacity with the Donegal Motor Club – in the two capacities he gave whole-hearted commitment. And invariably that impish smile would light up his features as he rallied forth with one of his trademark quips.Sincerest sympathy to Margaret and the family from this column. Both you and Donegal sport have lost a great one.MORE CUP JOY FOR COCKHILL; MORE AGONY FOR ROVERSThe treble for Cockhill Celtic and a triple bogey for Letterkenny Rovers. Well, perhaps not quite a bogey seeing as this side reached the F.A.I. Intermediate Cup Final for the first time in their history and went within the width of a crossbar to knocking League of Ireland side, Athlone Town, out of the F.A.I. Senior Cup.Cockhill’s deserving win over the Rovers at Bonagee in the Donegal News Cup Final on Sunday evening capped a season of systematic success for Gavin Cullen’s troops. Sitting alongside their latest piece of silverware in the trophy cabinet at the Charlie O’Donnell Sports Ground is the Ulster Senior League crown and the Knockalla Caravans Cup – some return from a season of rich promise and richer reward.True, they were up against a Rovers side feeling the last few weeks catching up on them but nevertheless this was another impressive performance from the Inishowen team. That brace of first half goals from former Finn Harps striker, Garbhan Friel, didn’t just prove the difference between the sides – it emphasised it on an evening when the Letterkenny side never really got to grips with the game or the occasion.Even the arrival of one of the League of Ireland and the Irish League’s outstanding midfielders from a generation gone by, Anthony Gorman, into the fray with a quarter of an hour to go couldn’t propel Rovers into comeback mode and had they taken the other chances that came their way, the Celts could have inflicted a defeat of Crumlin United proportions on the local side.Meanwhile, congratulations to Milford United who were worthy winners of the Brian McCormack Cup courtesy of a 3-0 win over another Celtic, Castlefin, at Ballyare on Sunday.SKY DROPS IN ON TRIGGERJason McAteer in action for Ireland.The story goes – and it was straight from the horse’s mouth at last week’s Finn Harps and McGettigans’ evening hosted in Letterkenny’s Clanree Hotel  – that on the day back in 2009 John Barnes and his assistant Jason ‘Trigger’ McAteer were sacked by Tranmere Rovers, the pair opted to attempt to slip away as quietly as they could from Prenton Park.So there they were trying to load Barnes’ bicycle into the back of their car and enduring all sorts of difficulties in the process. Barnes had, apparently, wanted to ride away into the sunset but ‘Trigger’ advised that it would only result on a glut of tabloid headlines along the lines of ‘On Your Bike’.McAteer was struggling to get the bike into the back of the vehicle when his mobile phone rang. “You should try and get the wheels in first,” his friend on the other end advised.“Where are you? Are you nearby?,” ‘Trigger’ demanded looking round for a sight of his pal.“No, I’m watching you on SKY Sports trying to get that bicycle into the boot,” the friend responded.The departing Tranmere Two might have been better off with the ‘On Your Bike’ headlines.KERRLESS COMMENTBrian Kerr former Republic Of Ireland ManagerIf there was one criticism of Jason McAteer’s highly entertaining evening of anecdotes, it probably came in his “tribute” to former Ireland manager, Brian Kerr.“He didn’t have a clue what he was doing,” McAteer highlighted Kerr’s reign from January 2003 to October 2005.I always thought there was a bit of professional snobbery among some, at least, of the Irish squad at the time when the Dubliner was appointed.  He had won the League of Ireland title with St. Patrick’s Athletic and guided Irish under-age teams to international success including a bronze medal at the 1997 World Youth Championships and before going on to help both the under-16 and under-18 teams to glory at the European Championships.But there was invariably this belief that because he hadn’t managed at the top level in England, he wasn’t good enough for the senior Irish post.True, Kerr didn’t manage to secure respective qualification in either the European Championship (but it shouldn’t be forgotten the team were bottom of the group table prior to his arrival after a couple of defeats) or World Cup campaigns but his record at the end of his tenure read: 33 games played; 18 wins; 11 draws; and 4 losses.Far from the worst in Irish footballing history. And then along came Steve Staunton to take on the job.And it was significantly noticeable that ‘Trigger’ completely glossed over the latter’s managerial stint.SHOWPIECESTwo Irish teams play in Edinburgh (great game, Pro12 League Final, and no shame about the result); two Spanish teams play in Milan, dismal game, Champions League Final, and just a shame either of them had to win it; and an American performs at Croke Park (Bruce S. occupying full forward and playing for well over the seventy minute mark normally allotted for this venue).OPEN BIDSo Ballyliffen Golf Club has put in a bid to stage the Irish Open?  When all of us know, given the prestigious reputation of the links course, it should have been the Irish Open bidding for Ballyliffen.SHOULD SHAY BE ON THE PLANE TO FRANCE, HARPS PROVE A POINT – IT’S WALSHY ON WEDNESDAY was last modified: June 1st, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare 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:finn harpsmcateerShay GivenWalshy on Wednesdaylast_img read more