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.’
The East Central Trojan Football Booster meeting will be Wednesday (1-8) at 6 PM in the East Cafeteria. They will be accepting nominations and voting on next years board.
The President of the Ghana Boxing Federation Peter Zwennes believes the infusion of amateurs into the boxing league will serve as a great foundation to nurture more potential world champions.The League which went on a long break due to a lack of funds has been up and running again since January 31, 2020 following the federations ability to secure sponsorship.“We have started the boxing league once again and thankfully GNPC, ADB and Ghana Gas have come to our aid.“It is the amateurs who feed the professional sport, they are the basis of the sport.“The very essence of having world champions starts from there,” he told Citi Sports.The next date for the boxing league has been set for March 7,2020.
Garda numbers across Donegal are down by more than 100 officers or 21% of the local force in the past seven years, figures have revealed.At present there are 387 Gardai working in the county compared with 488 in January, 2009.The figures have led Deputy Pat the Cope Gallagher to call on the Minister for Justice to increase the number of Gardai locally again. He described the figures as “shocking” and demanded an increase in the number of Gardai in the county.“It is shocking in that these numbers reveal such a stark decline in Garda numbers within the different Donegal Districts and that the closure of the Glenties District simply reduced the overall number of Gardaí serving within the county,” he said.All the Donegal Districts apart from one have experienced decline in Garda numbers.Letterkenny District declined from 191 to 156, Buncrana District declined from 91 to 70, Ballyshannon District declined from 99 to 95, with the closure of the Glenties District leading to a nett loss of 58 Gardaí to the Donegal Division. Only Milford District recorded an increase in numbers – from 56 Gardaí to 66 Gardaí within the 7 year period albeit the area has now doubled with the closure of Glenties District during that period.Deputy Gallagher said “Within the same period as the decline in Garda numbers, we as a county have experienced a rise in rural crime, anti-social issues and with many of our communities actively lobbying for increased Garda presence in order to counter act crime and the growing menace of drugs within our neighbourhoods.”He voiced his frustration at the Government for allowing the Garda numbers to fall so significantly within Donegal saying it certainly appears no one was looking after rural counties and rural communities within the previous Government.“The decline experience in numbers within Donegal must now be addressed – and needless to say urban areas traditionally get the majority share of new recruits, in 2014/2015 the previous Government committed 97% of the new recruits to urban centres at the expense of rural areas.“The present situation is now at crisis level within the Donegal Division with 101 less Gardaí now serving the people and communities of Donegal, I am challenging the Government to put in place a programme which will restore Donegal Garda numbers over the next 3 year period, to reinstate the Glenties District and to properly equip and resource the Gardaí within the county.” He added that the rural decline which flourished under the last Government must now stop – rural areas must come first in order to reverse the decline experienced over the past number of years.“Rural communities have real and genuine fears regarding security and policing, the closure of Garda Barracks and less Gardaí are only adding to those fears, the new recruitment programme for Gardaí must address the decline in Garda numbers within Donegal and it is only the Government that can as a policy reverse the decline,” concluded Pat the Cope.Worry as Garda numbers across Donegal drop by more than 100 officers was last modified: October 20th, 2016 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)