Ex-Bayern star moved to Stoke for the money, claims former Switzerland defender

first_imgFormer Liverpool and Switzerland defender Stephane Henchoz has suggested compatriot Xherdan Shaqiri joined Stoke City in the summer for the money.Shaqiri completed a shock switch from Inter Milan to the Britannia for a club record £12m in August to join Mark Hughes’ newly assembled Potters side.The 23-year-old was earmarked as a star of the future in his early years before a move to Bayern Munich, but Henchoz believes his decision to join Stoke points to financial benefits over career ambitions.When asked on Drivetime whether he was surprised by the winger’s move, Henchoz said: “Of course I am. Coming to the Premier League is every footballer’s target because it’s the best league in the world at the moment.“But Stoke City. I don’t think they are going to be playing European football in the near future. It’s not the biggest club in the world as well.“So for me it was a bit of a surprise. I would say if he chose Stoke it was probably due to the money and the wages he would receive.”While Henchoz appears to review Shaqiri’s move to Stoke as a step down from perhaps loftier previous employers, he also questioned the player’s true potential after failing to assert himself in both Germany and Italy.He added: “To be honest, the guy was at Bayern Munich and he couldn’t get in the team with two different managers, [Jupp] Heynckes and [Pep] Guardiola.“Then he moved to Inter – another big club – and Mancini was his manager. He wanted the guy but at the end of the day he couldn’t play.”Henchoz joined Adrian Durham and Darren Gough on Drive to preview England’s Euro 2016 qualifier with Switzerland at Wembley.last_img read more

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Brendan Rodgers rejects Swansea to wait for England job, Arsenal tracking ‘next Neymar’ and Man United stars turn on Van Gaal – Paper review

first_imgHere are the top football headlines in Thursday’s newspapers…Former Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers does NOT want to return to Swansea following Garry Monk’s sacking, because he hopes to succeed Roy Hodgson as England manager next summer. (The Times) Ex-Swansea defender Sam Ricketts believes former Liverpool boss Rodgers would be taking a ‘backwards step’ if he returned to take charge of the Welsh club. (talkSPORT)Former Chelsea star Adrian Muta has branded Jose Mourinho “a fake person”, and insists “as a coach, he is finished”. (Daily Mirror)Manchester United could sack manager Louis van Gaal if the Red Devils finish outside the Premier League’s top three this season. (Daily Express)The United players are getting increasingly frustrated with Van Gaal’s tactics and methods, and were bewildered after he took off Juan Mata for the inexperienced 21-year-old Nick Powell in their Champions League defeat to Wolfsburg. (The Times) According to reports in Turkey, Liverpool have agreed personal terms with 27-year-old Galatasaray winger Kevin Grosskreutz, who Reds boss Jurgen Klopp managed at Borussia Dortmund. (Takvim) Arsenal are among the clubs in the race to sign Brazil wonderkid Gabriel Jesus. The 18-year-old Palmeiras forward has already been touted as a better prospect than Neymar. (Daily Mail)The Gunners also want to sign Deportivo La Coruna’s Spanish winger Lucas Perez, 27. (El Ideal Gallego) West Brom striker Saido Berahino is again set to miss out on a dream move to Tottenham, because the Baggies are refusing to deal with them. (Daily Mirror)Premier League leaders Leicester City want to sign former Manchester City midfielder and Netherlands international Nigel de Jong, 31, from AC Milan. (Calciomercato.com) Manchester United have joined Tottenham in showing a strong interest in Fulham youngster Moussa Dembele. (Evening Standard)Southampton are tracking 23-year-old Porto midfielder Giannelli Imbula as a possible replacement for Victor Wanyama, who is yet to commit to a new contract with the Saints. (Daily Mirror)And here are the top talkSPORT.com headlines…?Exclusive – Sicknote Daniel Sturridge is a ‘luxury Liverpool can’t afford’, claims Reds legendExclusive – Daniel Sturridge’s latest injury won’t affect Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool vision, claims Rene MeulensteenDietmar Hamann’s verdict on ‘dire’ and ‘toothless’ Man United: ‘Champions League exit isn’t a surprise’Liverpool blow as Xabi Alonso says he is staying at Bayern MunichJurgen Klopp close to Liverpool reunion with former Borussia Dortmund midfielderSteven Naismith concedes he may leave Everton for first-team footballlast_img read more

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Tottenham starlet leaves to join Peterborough in permanent deal

first_img Shaquile Coulthirst 1 Peterborough have signed striker Shaquile Coulthirst from Tottenham for an undisclosed fee.Coulthirst has put pen to paper on a three-and-a-half-year contract with the League One club after opting to join up with Posh boss Graham Westley.“The manager really demonstrated that he wanted me to sign for the football club and as a player if you feel wanted then it makes the decision easier,” the 21-year-old told the club’s official website.“Peterborough are a good side, they score lots of goals and I cannot wait to get started.“It is a tough decision to leave Tottenham because I have been there a really long time, but I feel it is the right time to make the move and I feel this is the right club to be at.”Coulthirst progressed through Tottenham’s academy and has had loan spells at Leyton Orient, Torquay, Southend, York and Wigan.Manager Westley added: “He is a sought after player, we are not the only club at the top of our league that have been after him so I am delighted that he has decided that we are the place he wants to join.“I think he wants to try and become the next Conor Washington, the next Craig Mackail-Smith, the next Britt Assombalonga and he has all the talent and attributes to fulfil that.”last_img read more

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Restaurant robbers feed fears, then vanish

first_imgThey boldly swept into Los Angeles restaurants, menacing patrons with pistols, their faces chillingly obscured. Called the Ski Mask Bandits by police, they killed the owner of Chao’s Thai Cafe in Northridge during a spree of violence that spanned two years. In all, they hit 52 restaurants, mostly in the San Fernando Valley, leaving a trail of violence and fear that received national attention. Despite a massive police effort and a $75,000 reward on their heads, they eluded capture. Then, in September 2006, they vanished after robbing a Japanese restaurant in Los Feliz. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre “They’ve been quiet for a year, knock on wood,” said LAPD Deputy Chief Michel Moore, head of the Valley Bureau. “Don’t wake them up, OK?” The robbers operated in two- and three-man teams, moving with a tight precision that suggested professional training. Rumors circulated in the restaurant community – maybe they were ex-cops, or soldiers who had turned their training to nefarious pursuits. The manner in which they obscured their faces made the whole thing even creepier. With their heads encased in knit-wool like terrorists, their victims couldn’t tell them apart – and police couldn’t be sure whether it was the same guys. Similar robberies caused enough concern that Los Angeles Police Chief William Bratton sought a change in the law to hit similarly disguised predators with stiffer prison sentences. The department lobbied legislators to criminalize masked crime with an additional two years or an extra 25percent of a sentence. Even after things quieted down following the last robbery on Sept.14, 2006, the fear lived on. The California Restaurant Association organized meetings with police, and Moore warned, “These predators are out there, and we know they will be back.” And, yet, they never materialized. “Either they moved on or got scared off,” said City Councilman Dennis Zine, who called for the $75,000 reward. “I don’t know how the criminal mind works – were they arrested, did they stop, did it get too hot? I don’t know, but I’m glad that it’s stopped occurring.” And so is Tom Monteleone, who runs Barone’s Famous Italian Restaurant in Valley Glen with his family. Monteleone was celebrating the grand reopening of the old-time pizza joint in July 2006 when the uninvited guests arrived. “The way they came in here, they obviously staked this place out real good before they hit us,” he said. “They probably had dinner in here a couple times to get things figured out.” When they burst in, guns in hand, the bandits knew exactly what to do. One demanded money from the bartender; the other headed right for Monteleone and pressed a pistol to his head. A terrified staff fled as the robbers made off with the cash and the owner’s wristwatch. Everyone was a wreck for days. Monteleone is a tough man who’s seen plenty of tense situations, but he saw no need to take a chance on another robbery. He erected a 6-foot fence around the back of the restaurant, now locks the back door after the last delivery of the night, and hired a security guard. “The first one’s a wake-up call,” he said. “You’d have to be pretty stupid not to do something, so we took precautions. But (the robbers have) just disappeared.” Police offer few clues as to where, however. “We’re working on some suspects – this thing is active,” Lt. Jim Grayson of the Robbery-Homicide Division said. “We’ve got some things we’re working on right now, but nothing I feel comfortable talking about at this time.” Fame plays an odd role for high-profile criminals. The Zodiac Killer stoked the public interest in his murders with cryptic communiques with newspapers. The BTK Killer laid low after taunting the police in Wichita throughout the 1970s and ’80s, then resurfaced by contacting a TV station in 2005, 14 years after his last murder. The Ski Mask Bandits, for all their notoriety, never left any publicly discovered clues as to their identities. Whether they modified their habits, took them elsewhere or slipped up on another crime and ended up in jail – unpunished for their robberies – the fear the bandits brought also evaporated. After a drop in diners last fall, business has bounced back and owners have regained their optimism. “Obviously, you feel better when the thieves are caught, but who knows what happened?” said Kearsten Shepherd, a California Restaurant Association spokeswoman. “Maybe they moved on, maybe something else happened. But the community feels better, so that’s good.” For news and observations about crime in Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley, check out the Daily News’ crime blog by clicking here.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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INNOVATIVE NEW BUSINESS ‘THE CANDY BUFFET’ OPENS IN DONEGAL

first_imgThe Candy Buffet” is a new, locally owned business which offers Candy Buffet rental to those hosting wedding parties and various other events. The Stylish designs of these candy buffets, topped off with an array of mouth watering sweet choices will make sure that your event is that little extra bit special! The owner designed his first candy buffet to be displayed at a family member’s wedding function, and given the popularity it received, it was then apparent that this business would be a success.Market research and attention to detail has now resulted in the creation of three eye catching buffet designs.When ordering a candy buffet, our customers can also choose from three sweet packages which include the most popular varieties of treats!• Teeth • Strawberries• Strawberry BonBons• Blueberry BonBons• Flying Saucers• Fizzy Cherries• Jelly Snakes • Jelly Mix• Fruit Pops• Lovehearts• Black & Fruit Jacks These buffets are competitively priced and extremely affordable – starting at just €159 including free delivery/collection inside Donegal, Fermanagh, Tyrone, Sligo and Leitrim.Delivery costs vary for other regions.Feel free to browse our e-commerce site at http://www.candybuffet.eu and remember to like us below!www.facebook.com/plugins/likebox.phpINNOVATIVE NEW BUSINESS ‘THE CANDY BUFFET’ OPENS IN DONEGAL was last modified: July 11th, 2014 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:BusinessFeaturesInnovativenewsThe Candy Buffetlast_img read more

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DONEGAL GIRLS HOPING TO ‘BOWL’ COMPETITION OVER WITH NEW PRODUCT

first_imgA group of Loreto girls from Letterkenny are hoping to flush out all competition with their unique school product. Five innovative young students from Loreto Convent Letterkenny have recently began to make and sell their own unique product ‘Royal Flush’.It is an all natural, luxury scented cleaning product for toilets. They believe it would be fantastic for when you would be expecting visitors. You simply pop one in the toilet after use and flushing. Around twenty to forty minutes later you will be able to smell your chosen scent until after the reuse. As it’s an all natural product it will not stain or damage your toilet.There are five scents to chose from, Hollyberry, Eucalyptus, Orange, Spice and Lavender. The Royal Flush colours are matched to each scent. One jar of any scent costs €3.50 but you can buy two jars for €6.Royal Flush will be available to purchase in Magees Chemist and Donegal Tile Centre. You can also order your own jar on facebook @ Royal flushThe girls spend lunchtimes and spend time after school in the science labatory carefully making and testing out their product. They start by putting all the dry ingredients in the bowl and then they add the liquids and oils drop by drop. They then make the mould and put them in the jar. The product has become popular with a number of people already and the girls hope to catch the eyes of many more in the coming weeks. The girls look forward to entering competitions and gaining business experience.‘’We have learnt that hard work is followed by success’’.  DONEGAL GIRLS HOPING TO ‘BOWL’ COMPETITION OVER WITH NEW PRODUCT was last modified: February 24th, 2015 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) Tags:donegalletterkennyLORETO CONVENTRoyal Flushlast_img read more

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Peterborough United sack manager Graham Westley

first_img Graham Westley Peterborough manager Graham Westley has left the club following Saturday’s home defeat to Scunthorpe.League One outfit announced the news in the wake of the 2-0 loss, which leaves Peterborough sitting 14th in the tableFormer Stevenage boss Westley was appointed last September as Dave Robertson’s replacement but could not see the season out.Peterborough announced on Twitter: “The football club have parted company with manager Graham Westley.”Grant McCann will now take charge of the club on a temporary basis. 1last_img

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Why lifetime banning orders are empty promises from West Ham

first_img West Ham’s final match at Upton Park was marred by trouble outside the ground talkSPORT’s Drivetime presenter Adrian Durham was presenting a live show from West Ham’s Upton Park ground ahead of the final match at the 112-year-old stadium. Here, he gives his take on the events that threatened to ruin a special occasion.The scenes outside Upton Park on Tuesday were apocalyptic. It was like being on the set of the film Green Street. You’ve seen the footage, you know what happened, so what should happen now?The fact that West Ham co-owner David Sullivan took it so lightly reflected West Ham’s lack of preparation for such a huge event. Sure they spent £250,000 on fireworks and West Ham branded taxis for the celebrations. Unfortunately they forgot the important stuff.Co-owner David Sullivan’s feeble response embarrassed the club: he said there was no damage to the Man United bus and it wouldn’t have happened if they had turned up a 4pm. Away teams never arrive three hours and 45 minutes before kick off, and there was substantial damage to the bus. Was Sullivan claiming it was United’s fault? Was he saying that if you get to a certain cut off time then your bus deserves to be bottled? They were irresponsible comments from a man in a very important position in our game.The club have promised to ban for life anyone found guilty. Well let’s see if they follow through on that. But what will it mean if it actually does happen? I hosted Drive on talkSPORT from Upton Park from 4pm until 7pm and then popped outside to gauge the atmosphere. I was horrified. It was like the wild west.I recalled a conversation I had on the tube with a Hammers fan earlier that day on my way to the stadium.He had two tickets to sell and wouldn’t accept anything below £1500 for each of them. I asked if he was going to the game, and he said he couldn’t because he was subject to a banning order – he was a bona fide hooligan.His words to me: “They’ll all be coming out of retirement for this one. The fact it’s United makes it better, although we’d have preferred Chelsea.”In other words, all the Hammers hooligans not allowed to go to games formed a substantial part of the baying mob outside.So West Ham are promising to catch the culprits and ban them for life, when quite possibly most of them are already banned for life. Empty words.And what if some of Tuesday night’s hooligans aren’t subject to banning orders already? West Ham will ban them, then pluck a few numbers off their waiting list and fill up the Olympic Stadium – no big deal for West Ham. No punishment.Don’t forget this is the Premier League, these scenes go around the world.On the pitch it seemed to be perfect. That is until you highlight West Ham players falling over for no reason and getting cheap free kicks – Aaron Cresswell for the winning goal for example; Mark Noble twice after that to waste a bit of time.Not everything went West Ham’s way of course, but after a first half Hammers goal was ruled out the officials were made well aware that the crowd were baying for a home win.The nonsense outside the ground forced the ref to delay kick off and commanded ‘common sense’ refereeing – and I’m being diplomatic with that wording.Listen, I’d seen Mike Dean referee like a rabbit in the headlights in a massive game at Middlesbrough on Saturday; he was like a quivering wreck of a rabbit at Upton Park midweek. Any ref would have been, knowing what had happened outside.For all those reasons the game should be replayed behind closed doors at a neutral venue. The whole night stopped being about the fairness and integrity of the Premier League. It became about intimidation of opposition and officials. I used to love Upton Park, but walking past police vans and debris, smelling fear and violence in the East London air, I realised it really was time to move on.I hope for the sake of honest decent people like Karren Brady and so many others who work at West Ham United Football Club, that the disgraceful minority element of their fanbase don’t move on to the new stadium with them. 2 2last_img read more

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Manchester United close in on former Arsenal and Chelsea midfielder

first_img Lassana Diarra 1 Manchester United are working on a deal for former Arsenal and Chelsea midfielder Lassana Diarra.The midfielder has shone for Marseille this season after joining the French side on a free transfer from Lokomotiv Moscow last summer.The 31-year-old has performed so well that he has earned a recall to the France squad and clubs are now circling.One of those, according to Foot Mercato, is United and they have put the wheels in motion to sign Diarra this summer.Scouts from the Premier League club have watched the Frenchman in action and they have returned with glowing reports.However, as well as interest from United, Juventus and Paris Saint-Germain have also contacted Marseille over a potential transfer.last_img

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Spurs and Bolton cult hero is also a really nice guy, plus more from the Warm Up

first_imgListen again to the Warm Up on talkSPORT where, among other things, Barry is given tips on how to avoid breaking his bathroom scales by personal trainer Luke.Sun football journalist Charlie Wyett explains why he got married on the final day of the Premier League season and Gudni Bergsson reveals himself to be a pretty nice guy.Listen to Max and Barry every Sunday on The Warm Up between 11am and 1pm on talkSPORT. Want to catch up on previous podcasts? Click here.last_img

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