Bielsa’s Leeds target EPL push as Championship starts

first_imgLeeds start their latest bid to escape the second tier on Sunday against Bristol City after the bitter disappointment of letting slip a 2-0 aggregate lead against Derby in the play-off semi-finals in May.Derby should once again be strong after replacing replaced Frank Lampard, who left to manage Chelsea, with former Dutch star Phillip Cocu.The relegated Premier League trio of Cardiff, Fulham and Huddersfield, will be buoyed by parachute payments, but the last side to go straight back were Newcastle, after they slipped out of the top flight in 2016.West Brom, who reached the play-offs in May are positioned to make a strong push under former West Ham and Croatia manager Slaven Bilic.– Leeds favourites –But fallen giants Leeds, missing from the Premier League since 2004, are the early favourites to complete their journey back to the top flight.Bielsa, who has kept faith with most of the squad from last season, also bringing in Portugal international winger Helder Costa on loan from Premier League side Wolves, has been succinct in his appraisal of their chances of success.“We can arrive at the goal we want to achieve,” he said.The goal of automatic promotion has been hammered out in no uncertain terms by the club hierarchy.Italian owner Andrea Radrizzani has stayed put, having denied rumours he was trying to sell the club.“When you are really close to something and you don’t get it, you can take two roads,” Leeds director of football Victor Orta told the BBC.“You can think about the chance you lost, or think about the one in front of you. We have decided on the second one. When you look back, you can’t advance.”Orta said he was not concerned by the lack of new faces at the club, adding “continuity is our value for next season”.At least Bielsa’s famously tough training regime will not be the shock it was on his arrival last year.“You can have double, triple, four sessions a day,” said captain Liam Cooper. “There were hard blisters on my feet.“Everything just ached. Sometimes I don’t even get to put my little girl to bed at 7:00 pm. This is day after day.”Cocu is taking charge of a Derby side brimming with young talent and will seek to inspire the players after the disappointment of defeat in the play-off final against Aston Villa.The 48-year-old Dutchman, capped 101 times, is seeking to restore lustre to his CV after a brief, traumatic, stay with Turkish outfit Fenerbahce following a successful spell in the PSV Eindhoven dug-out.“Over the last few years the club has tried to build something and I want to continue this process, this philosophy,” he said. “I have the feeling it’s a good fit and a good moment to step in.”Bilic, another high-profile appointment, is bullish about West Brom’s chances, describing them as a “massive club”.“We are going to try to come back to the Premier League this year,” he said. “Short term or long term, this is where this club belongs.“Like as in every second league in the world of football, it’s not only us who are a big club in the league. There are many clubs who could say the same things, but West Bromwich Albion has something special.”0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Leeds boss Marcelo Bielsa © AFP/File / JEAN-CHRISTOPHE VERHAEGENLONDON, United Kingdom, Jul 31 – Marcelo Bielsa has another chance to deliver Premier League football to the success-starved fans of Leeds United after falling agonisingly short last season, as the Championship starts this weekend.The charismatic 64-year-old Argentine, idolised by Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino, gave the three-time English champions a boost by agreeing to stay on for a second campaign.last_img read more

Exclusive: Michael Clarke echoes Virender Sehwag’s views on Kings XI Punjab’s foreign players

first_imgAlthough an incomparable genius, given the frequency of his dismissals to expensive strokes, Virender Sehwag had his share of run-ins with the coaching staff during his playing days.Now finding himself on the other side of the fence as Director of Cricket operations of Kings XI Punjab in the Indian Premier League and getting to experience the frustrations of a coach, Sehwag chose not to mince his words.Sehwag’s public criticism of his overseas batting cast for not taking enough responsibility however, finds favour from unexpected quarters in former Australian skipper Michael Clarke.”I don’t mind Viru being tough. He had that attitude as a player and I don’t mind him getting tough as a coach. His team was talented and failed to make the playoffs. The overseas players had to take responsibility and lead by example. The conditions were different to what they got last in Mumbai where it was flat. They played? expecting? the same pitch. There was a bit of rain and they didn’t have the commitment that’s required,” Clarke told India Today.Kings XI, in a virtual knockout match against Rising Pune Supergiant, were reduced to 32/5 inside the powerplay with all its overseas batsmen Martin Guptill, Shaun Marsh, Eoin Morgan and captain Glenn Maxwell back in the pavilion. Pune walked all over Punjab from that position having them dismissed for 73.”The top four had to take responsibility. You cant afford to lose more than two wickets. Unfortunately they continued to play the same way on a different pitch. In a big game when the pressure is on, taking the money that they do, you expect overseas players to stand up. Generally it takes the entire squad to win games but in t20 you can have a brilliant individual performance to win games as well,” he added.advertisementSehwag who despite being one of India’s most feared batsmen ever continued to test patience of his coaches with his batting style would be happy to find support in Clarke’s views.last_img read more

Public Schools to receive late text books today Minister reports

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 15 Oct 2015 – The Education Minister said by today all of the public schools will have their text books after meeting with what she called, ‘unforeseen circumstances’. The absence of the books has drawn criticism and Hon Akierra Missick during her ministerial statement in Parliament explained that heavy rains and service delivery strikes stopped the distribution. There was no detail given on those so called, ‘service delivery strikes’ but it was said that two pallets of primary schools books were up to yesterday in Grand Turk and were due to clear customs in order to be shipped to South Caicos by today. Also affected by delays, according to Minister Missick, were HJ Robinson High in Grand Turk, Raymond Gardiner High in North Caicos and Marjorie Basden High in South Caicos; all three of these schools are due to get their remaining text books, via Lew 1 Shipping today October 15.As for the South Caicos parade grounds, structurally it has to be reviewed as apparently – said Minister Akierra Missick – it has been built into a salt pond. The complaint is the facility is almost always flooded. Recommended for you Related Items:akierra missick, late, public schools, text books Education Minister touts new ICT platform for Public Schools Ministry of Education introduces pilot program Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Education Minister tours schools this weeklast_img read more