Former Chelsea goalkeeper Carlo Cudicini insists that Blues manager Jose Mourinho will not surrender the Premier League title easily despite their poor start to the season.Chelsea have taken just four points from their opening five games, including successive defeats to Crystal Palace and Everton, and already sit 11 points adrift of runaway leaders Manchester City.The Blues host Arsenal at Stamford Bridge on Saturday lunchtime in a crucial game, and Cudicini believes Mourinho and the team still have the capacity to defend their crown.“We all know him [Mourinho] and that’s hes not giving up yet. There’s obviously a bit of a gap to try and get back,” the 42-year-old told the Sports Breakfast.“It’s a long season and it’s only just started, but the quicker the team responds to this start to the season, then there’s more of a chance to catch up with the other teams.”Chelsea have an excellent recent record against the Gunners, failing to suffer a league defeat against Arsene Wenger’s side since October 2011.
Harry Redknapp has ruled himself out of the running for the vacant Aston Villa manager’s job, but believes the club should take a gamble and hire one of the many talented young coaches outside of the top level.Redknapp’s name has been mentioned alongside the likes of Brendan Rodgers, David Moyes and Nigel Pearson as potential replacements for Tim Sherwood, who was sacked as boss this weekend after a run of six straight defeats left Villa at the foot of the table.Ex-Lyon boss Remi Garde has also emerged as one of the favourites for the position, but former Tottenham and Queens Park Rangers boss Redknapp believes there is a host of untapped talent in the lower divisions of English football who would relish the opportunity.“It’s a fantastic football club but I wouldn’t see myself getting that job,” he told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast.“It would be difficult for me now, but it’s a great job for somebody. There are managers in the lower divisions, when are they going to get a chance?“How are they ever going to manage at a top level unless they get their team promoted? If you’re managing in the Championship, the only way you’re going to get into the Premier League is if you take your team up.“There are loads of lads down there who could do the job, they just need the opportunity.”The Villans have endured a dreadful start to the season, claiming just four points from their opening ten games, after a torrid summer which saw key trio Christian Benteke, Fabian Delph and Ron Vlaar depart for pastures new.But despite a weakened team, Redknapp believes the squad is talented enough to beat the drop again for a second successive year.“It’s going to be a great job for whoever gets it. It’s all there for somebody to have a real go and make a success of it, even though they have lost some key players.“It’s very difficult when you lose key players and you can’t replace them. Even Manchester City look a different team without Vincent Kompany, Joe Hart, David Silva and Sergio Aguero.“You still feel, though, that there’s enough there for Villa to stay up this year, and then hopefully you’ll get a bit of backing in the future and take the club forward again.”
Liverpool midfielder James Milner is expected to miss England’s friendlies with Spain and France after sustaining a hamstring problem.The 29-year-old was forced off after an hour of Thursday’s 1-0 Europa League win against Rubin Kazan in Russia after taking a knock to his leg.As a result he was left out of Liverpool’s team to face Crystal Palace at Anfield on Sunday – the first time he has missed a Premier League match for the club he joined in the summer.It is now most unlikely he will join up with the national team later this week ahead of the trip to Spain for Friday’s match in Alicante.Liverpool have already had issues with England this season after youngster Jordan Rossiter returned injured from under-19 duty having played three 90-minute games in six days.It led to manager Jurgen Klopp complaining about the treatment, saying: “These young players are our future. If we handle them like horses we get horses.” 1 James Milner
1 Former Arsenal midfielder Abou Diaby is about to make his first appearance in 506 days for Marseille.The 29-year-old left the Gunners in the summer after playing only 125 times since arriving in north London in 2006.Following his move to France, Diaby broke down in training resulting in a further seven months in the treatment room, meaning he is yet to play for his new club. However, he is finally fit and in line to make his debut in the French cup against Trelissac on Thursday.See below for the best reactions to Diaby return from injury (and some predictions of how long it will last!) Abou Diaby
A BUSINESSMAN behind a series of Donegal property developments was briefly jailed today for breaches of fire regulations – before being fined and given a suspended prison sentence.Tom McFeely was placed in custody pending sentencing for breaches of regulations in a Dublin apartment complex.The director of Coalport Ltd later received a six-month suspended prison sentence and a maximum €3,000 fine. His former partner Laurence O’Mahony received a one-month suspended sentence and €1,000 fine.Dublin District Court heard of fire safety breaches at the Priory Hall apartment complex, including a lack of automated opening vents in common areas, a lack of ventilation in the basement car parks and exposed gas pipes.Counsel for Dublin City Council said evidence from the fire officer showed that defects had not been remedied despite six separate undertakings by Mr McFeely since December 2009.Defence counsel said his clients did not have enough time or money to complete the works.He said the High Court had ordered similar works at another apartment complex in Clondalkin, which cost €97,000 and for which Mr McFeely received a conviction.The Irish Nationwide Building Society had a profit-sharing agreement in the Priory Hall development but had failed to provide funding for the works, he said.Imposing sentence on the defendants as legal owners of the complex, Judge James P McDonnell said evidence showed that it was not built in accordance with planning permission, which he said ‘seems to indicate an attitude which is a begetter of the problems they now face’.McFeely, a former IRA hunger striker from Co Derry, had extensive property interests in Co Donegal over the years.He refused to speak as he left court today.MAN BEHIND DONEGAL DEVELOPMENTS ‘JAILED’ OVER FIRE REGULATION BREACH was last modified: April 6th, 2011 by gregShare 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)
Deputy Charlie McConalogue has said it is unacceptable for Minister for Social Protection Joan Burton to refuse to permit use of free travel passes on the Buncrana to Derry Bus Route, previously operated by Lough Swilly.The Lough Swilly bus is no more.The Donegal TD was reacting to news that McGonagle coaches of Buncrana were told by the Department of Social Protection that they would be given no subsidy in order to accept travel passes.Deputy McConalogue commented, “It is a ridiculous decision by the Department not to offer a subsidy to the new Buncrana-Derry route. We now have a number of qualifying pensioners with virtually worthless travel passes because of the Government’s refusal to pay the companies who have taken over the routes from Lough Swilly. “Pensioners depend on these local routes and the Buncrana to Derry route is of particular importance locally. With many of our pensioners having worked in Britain for a number of years and returning home in later life, the majority of their pensions are paid into banks in Derry.“The fact that the subsidy has not been offered to McGonagle’s has increased fears about the proposed review of the free travel pass. The review has created increased anxiety among older people in Donegal, who depend on it to go about their daily lives. It is an essential support which helps them live independently and any attempts to change or tamper with the travel pass will not be tolerated”.“The Minister must recognise what the loss of the free travel passes means to elderly passengers in Inishowen and an allowance has to be made”.GOVT MUST ALLOW FREE TRAVEL ON BUNCRANA-DERRY BUS ROUTE – McCONALOGUE was last modified: July 3rd, 2014 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:deputy charlie mcconaloguedonegalLough swilly bus
A massive family fun-day has been organized to celebrate the official opening of Cooneys Home and Garden Superstore. The family fun-day events starts tomorrow (SAT) at 12-noon and will finish at 4pm.Absolutely everyone is invited to attend the event, which promises to be a great day for all the family. To mark the official opening,young Ciaron Cooney, son of Gary the proprietor of this fantastic new retail outlet will officially open the retail store at 1pm.It’s going to be a real family fun day and for the kids Minnie and Mickey Mouse will be there as will be Sponge Bob and Minions.There will be stilt-walkers, fire performers, face painting, DJ, and weather permitting a Bouncy Castle.There will be numerous give-a-ways and prizes on the day so make sure you come along and joint in the celebrations and refreshments will be served. Cooneys Home and Garden opened their doors on Friday morning last and since then countless people have visited it.Great credit has to go proprietor Gary Cooney and to each and every member of staff and all the people who worked tirelessly to bring what was an empty 35.000 sq ft space less than fifty days ago to what it is today.Of course there are some things that have to be tweaked and with stock arriving daily for various departments the final pieces of the jigsaw are being put in place at Letterkenny’s newest superstore.There has been fantastic customer feedback from the opening weekend and with the Christmas countdown already underway those who visited the store were in awe with the Christmas Shop the likes of which has never been seen before anywhere in the country.It is truly magnificent and the layout, themes and stock has to be seen to be believed. Of course Cooneys Home and Garden is not just about Christmas and numerous loyal customers to Gary’s Pet World over the last twenty years were there in numbers to see this section for their pets that has been incorporated into the new outlet.The new look Gary’s Pet World is bigger and better than before yet retaining the name which has been and will continue to be a household one throughout the North-West and even further afield in the years to come.The Homeware section of the store also attracted much interest because of the fantastic range of stock available at unbeatable prices as did the Giftware and Workwear areas where again all stock is displayed and laid out in a very customer friendly way.Another beautiful feature of the new store is the way in which the Greeting Cards and Party Wear area has been incorporated into it. This is another section of the outlet that is going to be extremely busy with cards and accessories for every birthday and indeed all occasions.Although for many of us it is not Gardening weather there are those who keeps their green fingers active all year round and for them at this time of year there is everything you could ever need in this comprehensively stocked end of the store.Just wait and see what Cooneys Garden Centre will have for you come spring!Furniture has been arriving on a daily basis since the opening on Friday last so you will be spoiled for choice when you come along and view the beautiful range of furniture available for your home.For over twenty years Gary’s Pet World and Garden Centre was one of the most renowned retail outlets in the North West.And after only a week at Letterkenny Retail Park, ”Cooneys Home and Garden ”which incorporates Gary’s Pet World and much more is certainly attracting many customers.And there is every reason to suggest that this new megastore will soon establish itself as one of the leading outlets of its kind in the entire North-West and indeed even further afield.So each and every one of you is welcome to come along tomorrow Saturday to join in the fun and games that get under way at 12-noon until 4pm and for the cutting of the tape for the official opening at 1-o-clock.Congratulations and best wishes to Gary, his family and staff on this fantastic new venture.MASSIVE FAMILY FUN DAY TO CELEBRATE OFFICIAL OPENING OF COONEYS HOME AND GARDEN SUPERSTORE was last modified: October 24th, 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:BusinessCooneys Home and GardenFeaturesnewsofficial openingSuperstore
Newcastle were beaten again at the weekend and look set for relegation 1 Newcastle legend Alan Shearer says his former club are ‘hopeless’ and are going down ‘without a fight’. The Geordies lost again at the weekend and their chances of staying up now look very grim. Rafa Benitez’s side are six points adrift of Norwich, who occupy 17th – the last safe spot. But Shearer’s main gripe is the manner in which they capitulated against Southampton. Shearer told The Sun: “If Newcastle are going down, they could at least go down with a fight.“At Southampton on Saturday they showed no fight at all until it was obvious they could not win.“They were hopeless for the first 45 minutes and by the time they did improve slightly in the second half, it was already too late.“I saw the match on TV at Augusta, where I have been out to watch The Masters this weekend.“As you would expect, I got plenty of stick, with Nottingham Forest fan Lee Westwood popping in and shouting across the room ‘Can you sort me tickets for Newcastle-Forest next year?’”