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first_img Metro Sport ReporterSunday 8 Dec 2019 3:47 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link937Shares Advertisement Niko Kovac to attend Arsenal match after making interest known to club chiefs Niko Kovac’s representatives have spoken with Arsenal (Picture: Getty)Niko Kovac has reportedly informed Arsenal that he’s interested in becoming manager.Arsenal relieved Unai Emery of his duties after a miserable start to the season and talks have taken place to replace interim coach Freddie Ljungberg.Ljungberg began his reign with a 2-2 draw away to Norwich which preceded Thursday night’s dismal 2-1 defeat at home to Brighton. The club are now on their worst winless run in the league since 1977.Brendan Rodgers, Massimiliano Allegri and Mauricio Pochettino have all been heavily linked with the vacant position and Kovac is the latest manager to emerge as a potential contender at the Emirates.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTAccording to Goal, Kovac’s representatives have held informal discussions with Arsenal to make the club aware of the 48-year-old’s interest. Kovac is expected to watch Arsenal’s match with West Ham (Picture: Getty)Though Kovac’s approach is being considered by Arsenal, the Croatian is not thought to be among the favourites for the position.Kovac has been a free agent since leaving Bayern Munich by mutual consent at the beginning of November and is on the lookout for jobs in the Premier League.The former Croatia boss was in the stands as Everton beat Chelsea this weekend, but played down speculation that he could replace Marco Silva in the hot seat at Goodison Park.Kovac is also expected to attend Arsenal’s clash with West Ham at the London Stadium on Monday evening. Keown never saw Ljungberg as a future manager (Picture: Getty)Martin Keown admits he never saw Ljungberg as management material after a difficult start for the Swede as caretaker boss.‘He’s a fiercely competitive individual,’ Keown told talkSPORT about his former Arsenal team-mate.‘I never saw him as management or a coach, he was quite an individualistic player, he did everything his own way, but that maybe helps him to be a very good manager.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘We shouldn’t expect a magic wand because this has been a problem that’s been in the making for some time. Emery obviously inherited it and he didn’t find a solution.‘It was about changing personnel, recruitment so you needed central defenders that wanted to defend, loved defending, they’re not there.‘We need different midfield players. The likes of [Mesut] Ozil, if they don’t want to toe the line, they don’t want to play, for now you’ll have to upset one or two.’Would Kovac be a good option for Arsenal?Yes0%No0%Share your resultsShare your resultsTweet your resultsMORE: Frank Lampard considering £40m buy-back deal for Nathan Ake Comment Advertisement Pochettino is reportedly on Arsenal’s shortlist of managerial targets (Picture: Getty)Pochettino refused to rule out the possibility of replacing Emery when directly asked about the Arsenal job last week.‘It’s important to have a moment of calm to lower the decibels and find the energy to take on a new project, and we’ll see where that is,’ the ex-Tottenham manager told TyC Sports.‘I’m going to spend a few days here [in Rosario] with my family and friends, and then I’ll return to London.’last_img read more

first_imgSaturday morning last saw Cappry Rovers back in Champions League action.They came into this game on the back of winning the Ulster Title at U13 level and were firm favourites to progress to their 2nd Champions League Final of the year.Although they were favourites, they definitely knew that it was going to be a tough battle to get past a very good Keadue team playing on home soil and what a game it turned out to be.The 1st half was a very even affair with not a lot between both teams.Cappry were the 1st to get a shot on target when Luke McGlynn had a header pushed on to the bar on 10 minutes.A while later Luke had another opportunity when he got a drive away from around the penalty spot but the Keadue keeper saved well. Cappry had another great chance when Kevin McCormack played a lovely through ball for Mark Mbuli to run onto.This set him up 1 on 1 with the keeper and once again he managed to save with his foot and put the ball out for a corner. Cappry didn’t have it all their own way and Keadue created a couple of good chances of their own with Evan Long producing fine saves of his own to keep it scoreless at the break.Cappry started the 2nd half well but Keadue were always dangerous on the counter attack. Kevin Mark and Luke were always dangerous in attack while Oisin McGlinchey, Andrew Murray and Daniel Marley were dealing well with the Keadue front line.Kevin had a fine header from a free kick that hit the bar and bounced on the line with many thinking that it had went over.At this stage it was looking like it wasn’t going to happen for them. Luke also had another fine chance well saved after a 1-2 with Kevin had put him through. Cappry were working their socks off and Josh McMenamin, Shaun McMenamin and Shaun Ward were giving it their all on the wings but they still couldn’t get past a Keadue keeper on form.With the game ending scoreless it was into extra time. Both teams battled hard with out any real chances apart from when Keadue attacked in the box and were awarded a penalty. Evan Long was very unlucky not to save the resulting spot kick after he got a hand to it. Cappry now found themselves in unfamiliar territory being a goal down and showed great grit and determination to fight back.In the second half of extra time Andrew was switched to the right wing and caused havoc. His presence on the wing set off panic buttons and unsettled the Keadue defence.Cappry pressed and pressed for an equaliser and although some teams would have lay down giving the chances that didn’t go their way earlier in the game, Cappry kept going and their persistence was rewarded with 3 minutes remaining on the clock.The ball fell to Andrew Murray inside the box and he made no mistake drilling the ball past a helpless keeper. This brought on celebrations from the Cappry support never seen before.Cue penalties. Keadue were 1st up and made no mistake, Luke scored for Cappry.Keadue scored followed by Kevin, 2-2. Keadue made it 3-2 with Daniel bringing it back level. 4-3 Keadue and Shaun Ward scored 4-4. Evan then capped off a good day when he saved their 5th penalty. It was all down to Oisin and he made no mistake and sent Cappry through to the final.Unfortunately someone has to go out and Keadue were really unlucky but they should be really proud of their boys who played a brilliant game of football and were the closest Donegal team to beating Cappry that anyone his been in a few years.The final will take place in Letterkenny next Saturday against Fintown Harps with kick off at 11.30am in Leck View Park.CAPPRY ROVERS Erne Wanderers hosted fellow promotion rivals Cappry Rovers and the hosts were left to rue a poor first half showing when they trailed by two goals to nil.Cappry were the better team in the opening half and deserved their lead. Wanderers started the second half on the front foot and scored through David Dolan inside two minutes when he followed up an Alan Russell shot to head home.The homesters had Rovers penned in for spells in the second period but couldn’t get the breakthrough to equalise and after David Dolan spurned a great chance to draw level Erne got hit with a sucker punch when Bradley scored after he got on the end of a monster throw in to slip home the third. Wanderers kept going and created some good chances but found the visiting keeper in great form as he made three or four excellent saves. Best for Erne was Russell while the Cappry keeper had an excellent outing. Referee: John Coyle.CAPPRY ROVERS RESERVES Cappry Rovers 4 – 1 Kilmacrennan Celtic3rd place was up for grabs for Benji O’Meara’s Cappry side on the Reserve League Table if they could gain 3 point over Kilmacrennan Celtic, who have been in good form this season so far.  Cappry got things off to a good start with most of the action in Kilmacrennan’s half and in particular on the left side with Shaun Bannigan creating goals chances.  The visitors soon turned things around to put pressure back on the home side and the game was end to end for both teams but it was Kilmac’s Cathal Gallagher who broke the deadlock with a low shot from the edge of the Cappry box to put the visitors ahead. Kilmac continued to push at the hosts creating chances but unable to capitalise.  Cappry came back into the game again in the last 15 mins with plenty of pressure coming from the midfield presence of Conor and Shane Laverty and on the 34th minute when ball came back out from a Cappry attack in the visitors box onto the path of right winger Jack Burke, who then scored with superb strike to level the scoreline until half time.2nd half started lively for both teams but it was Cappry’s Steven Carr who terrorised the Kilmacrennan defence and after beating 3 players, put the home side ahead on the 56th minute.  Cappry continued to dominate passion in the 2nd half and held off the visitors well thanks to defenders Petie Lafferty and William McGlynn holding off Kilmac’s attacks with plenty of breaks from Aaron Kelly and Paddy Long pushing up to create goal chances.  And those chances came with NP McDaid lodging a 3rd goal for Cappry on the score sheet and substitute Kyle O’Meara beating the Kilmac goalkeeper on the 81st minute to put the home side 4 up.  Big efforts from both teams on the night. Advertisement Cappry were also in action Saturday last when they welcomed Glenree to Cappry Park and played out a scoreless draw which will feel like 2 points lost as Glenree picked up their 1st point of the campaign.CAPPRY LOTTOThe numbers drawn in last weeks Cappry lotto were 4, 5, 13, 16.There was no jackpot winner.The winner of the lucky €50 ticket was Grainne O’Donnell, The Park, Blue CedarsNext weeks jackpot is €6500.Remember if you’re not in, you can’t win. CAPPRY ROVERS MEGA DRAWCappry are holding a mega draw where you could win a Skoda Octavia Ambition along with some more great prizes. Also included with each ticket is a 20% off voucher for McElhinney’s Store which should come in handy coming up to Christmas. The draw will take place 29th December. Tickets are priced at €20 and all funds raised will go towards an Astro turf pitch. If you’re interested in a ticket contact Danny 087 7797581.Cappry Rovers are ‘spot on’ to reach another Champions League final was last modified: December 6th, 2016 by Chris McNultyShare 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:CappryCappry Roverslast_img read more