‘My Wanyama is going nowhere’- Koeman

first_img0Shares0000Southampton’s Victor Wanyama, left, evades the challenge of Swansea City’s Andre Ayew during their English Premier League soccer match at St Mary’s, Southampton, England, Saturday, Sept. 26, 2015. PHOTO/PALONDON, December 24- Ronald Koeman has warned Victor Wanyama’s admirers nobody will be leaving Southampton next month.Tottenham failed to prise the midfielder out of St Mary’s in the summer, and Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger was this month forced to deny he is planning a January move. Southampton host the Gunners on Boxing Day, and ahead of that game Koeman has made it clear any bidders will be wasting their time.“They can prepare whatever they like to prepare,” he said. “Don’t spend time trying to buy a player from Southampton because it’s impossible.“They talk about players from Southampton because we have some good players and there is always interest in players. And the ambition of players is about playing Champions League.“We know what we like to do and how we like to do our business. That means in January nobody will leave Southampton.”Saints go into Christmas with just one point from their past five games, and Koeman admits his job could be under threat if that run continues despite the club’s seventh-placed finish last season.“Every manager is under pressure,” he said. “If you sack Jose Mourinho, if you sack Garry Monk from Swansea – then we know.“It’s all about the philosophy of the club, the chairman, and the board. It’s still quiet in Southampton but maybe in one month it can be different.“We know if you are a long time in football what can happen and I’m not worried about that. If it happens, it happens. I do my job, I do my best for the club and do what I have to do, and nothing else.”-By Sky Sports0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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Motherwell 3-0 Rangers (6-1 agg): Miserable Gers miss out on promotion to Scottish Premiership

first_img1 Rangers defender Marius Zaliukas reacts after he deflected in both of Motherwell’s first two goals Rangers missed out on a third successive promotion, and a long-awaited return to the Scottish Premiership, as play-off final rivals Motherwell completed an emphatic 6-1 aggregate victory at Fir Park.Thursday’s 3-1 defeat at Ibrox left Stuart McCall’s team needing a miracle in the second leg.But strikes from Marvin Johnson and Lionel Ainsworth – both of which deflected off Gers defender Marius Zaliukas – and a late John Sutton penalty ensured Rangers’ lower-league nightmare will go on for at least another year, despite having Scotland’s second biggest budget.Their were shameful scenes at the end as Gers substitute Bilel Mohsni threw punches and kicks at Motherwell’s Lee Erwin, sparking a mass brawl.Home supporters also flooded onto the pitch to taunt the visiting fans despite several warnings to remain in their seats.McCall was back at his old workplace for the first time quitting as Motherwell boss last November but his return could not have ended any worse, with his hopes of landing the Ibrox job he has held on an interim basis since March appearing to be in tatters.The Light Blues knew they were seriously up against it after their first-leg collapse, and the visitors knew they had to set the pace as they chased a lifeline.Kris Boyd was on the end of his side’s first chance two and a half minutes in but headed straight at George Long, while Well defender Stevie Hammell had to scramble clear after Lee Wallace caused some panic with a long throw.But the Ibrox side struggled to maintain their early tempo and Motherwell, growing in confidence, had chances to kill the tie stone dead before a goalkeeping howler from Cammy Bell saw the hosts finally break the deadlock seven minutes into the second half.Former Kiddieminster Harriers player Johnson’s strong effort looped off a luckless Zaliukas but it was Bell who was at fault for the goal, the goalkeeper mistiming his punch to instead bat the ball into his own net, when he looked well placed to gather.And there was worse to come after 70 minutes. Johnson’s pace again proved the difference as he outstripped Nicky Law before squaring to Ainsworth, whose low shot skipped up off Zaliukas to wrong-foot Bell for a second time.Well were in a party mood by the time Erwin won a stoppage-time penalty after tricking Wallace into a rash penalty, with Sutton tucking away the spot-kick.But there was drama to follow when Mohsni lashed out at Erwin as Gers’ campaign ended in disgrace.last_img read more

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Marinelli hired by Lions

first_img“There’s one voice for discipline. Mine,” the Vietnam veteran said during his introductory news conference. “There’s one voice for leadership. Mine.” Lions president Matt Millen acknowledged the team he began crafting five years ago – which has compiled a league-worst 21-59 record – has been soft. ALLEN PARK, Mich. – The Detroit Lions hired Rod Marinelli because they hope he’s the tough coach they need to turn around the team that has been the NFL’s worst since 2001. Marinelli, a Rosemead native who spent the past 10 seasons in Tampa Bay as defensive line coach, certainly sounded like the right fit Thursday. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card“That’s my fault,” said Millen, who later added he never will quit his job in Detroit. Millen interviewed 12 coaches the past two weeks in a process that was in stark contrast to the brief searches leading to the hirings of Steve Mariucci and Marty Mornhinweg. “It was a learning experience for me,” he said. Marinelli, who has a four-year contract, bristled at the notion of facing a difficult learning curve next season when he is a head coach for the first time at any level. He had the title of assistant head coach added by the Buccaneers in 2002, a role he also had at Arizona State and California during his 20 years as a college coach. center_img “That has prepared me to be a head coach,” the 56-year-old Marinelli said. Millen is not bothered by Marinelli’s lack of head coaching experience. “It’s been done before, there have been guys that have come from the same route,” Millen said. “To me, it’s less about what they’ve done, and more about who they are. “I’ve been around coordinators that haven’t coordinated.” Marinelli is the latest protege of Indianapolis coach Tony Dungy to get a head coaching job. “Another one of Tony Dungy’s apples has fallen from the tree,” Kansas City coach Herm Edwards said in a statement released by the Lions. “(Chicago’s) Lovie Smith was part of his staff. I was fortunate to be a part of his staff, and now Rod Marinelli.” Marinelli attracted interest from at least one other NFL franchise with an opening. The Oakland Raiders interviewed Marinelli on Monday, then he traveled to suburban Detroit for a second interview with Millen. Marinelli was scheduled to depart from Detroit on Wednesday night – when former New Orleans coach Jim Haslett expected to arrive for a second interview – but ended up staying to negotiate his contract. Dick Jauron, who took over when Mariucci was fired in November, was one of many candidates Millen interviewed. Among the coaches Millen also interviewed were Haslett, Pittsburgh offensive line coach Russ Grimm; Denver offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak; Cleveland offensive coordinator Maurice Carthon, New York Giants defensive coordinator Tim Lewis and San Francisco assistant head coach Mike Singletary. Marinelli’s coaching career began in 1973 as an assistant at Rosemead High School. He was an assistant at Utah State from 1976-82 before moving on to California for nine seasons, Arizona State for three seasons and USC for one season. Marinelli helped Tampa Bay establish an NFL record with 69 consecutive games with at least one sack from 1999-03, and win the Super Bowl three years ago. The St. Louis Rams hired Miami offensive coordinator Scott Linehan, who became the sixth first-time NFL head coach to land a job in the last two weeks. The team called a news conference for today to introduce their fourth head coach since moving to the Midwest in 1995. It’s the first hire outside the organization, however, since Dick Vermeil was lured out of retirement in 1997. That move produced the franchise’s only Super Bowl victory after the 1999 season. Linehan, 42, helped the Dolphins finish 9-7 and win their last six games. He had been one of three finalists along with Bears defensive coordinator Ron Rivera and Chargers offensive coordinator Cam Cameron. Linehan replaces Mike Martz, who was fired one day after the Rams finished a 6-10 season. That move also came one day after Martz received medical clearance to return to the job after missing most of the season with a bacterial infection of the heart. Joe Gibbs addressed the Washington Redskins’ late-season offensive struggles by hiring offensive coordinator Al Saunders away from the Kansas City Chiefs on Thursday. Saunders’ new title has yet to be determined, but he will join Gibbs, assistant head coach Joe Bugel and offensive coordinator Don Breaux in improving an offense that produced only 120 yards in one playoff game and scored 10 points in the other. The Redskins also announced contract extensions for all of their assistant coaches except for defensive coordinator Gregg Williams, who got a three-year extension worth about $8 million last week. Hall of Fame receiver James Lofton interviewed for the Buffalo Bills coaching job Thursday. The former Bills player and current San Diego Chargers receivers coach is the fourth candidate to meet with team owner Ralph Wilson and general manager Marv Levy in their search to replace Mike Mularkey, who resigned last week. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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