Martinez has extra satisfaction

first_img It is understood Cardiff owner Vincent Tan has told Bluebirds manager Malky Mackay – the man that guided them to the 2012 League Cup final, the Championship title last term and their current position of 15th place in the Barclays Premier League – to resign or face being sacked. And asked if he could ever envisage receiving a message like that from Kenwright, Martinez said on Friday: “No. Press Association On the subject of finances, Martinez – whose fifth-placed side have lost only once in the league all season – said: “With the finances we have, what we have to do is use them well and be creative with it, and I have no problems whatsoever with that. “I can tell you that the chairman and the board are always supportive and always want to find a way to allow me to do things with the playing staff. “I couldn’t be happier with what we have behind the scenes and the fans should know that. “Sometimes it is all too easy to blame the finances when things are not going too well.” Looking ahead to the forthcoming winter transfer window, Martinez has already indicated he may delve into the market as he bids to find replacements for the likes of midfielder Darron Gibson and forward Arouna Kone, who are both sidelined by long-term injuries. On Friday he also refused to speculate about reports linking him with a loan move for Manchester United winger Wilfried Zaha. Martinez then said he had not had any approaches for striker Nikica Jelavic or defender Johnny Heitinga. The pair have been left out of the Toffees first XI for most of the season, but Martinez said: “They are two players with incredible experience and they have been very important day-to-day. “I can understand their frustration and down to the respect for what they have done I will always be helpful and try to understand their position. “They are full internationals and looking to get to the World Cup, so you understand they have to play minutes, but in many ways I would love for them to stay here and play their role as they have been doing until now.” Martinez was speaking at his press conference to preview Sunday’s league trip to his former club Swansea. Everton have James McCarthy back available, with the midfielder having completed his suspension for collecting five bookings this season. On-loan Barcelona forward Gerard Deulofeu has been ruled out for between six and eight weeks with the hamstring injury he sustained against Fulham, and Tony Hibbert (knee) is not yet ready for first-team involvement again. Fellow defender Leighton Baines is continuing to work his way back from a broken toe, with Boxing Day’s home clash with Sunderland looking likely right now as the point at which he will be able to make his return to match action. Baines trained this week and Martinez said: “We are going to assess how he responds to it. ”I expect Leighton to be available probably, if it is not this weekend, then the week after. ”It is just measuring well that we don’t rush him back too early. But I would say he is not too far away, which is a beautiful Christmas present as you can imagine. ”If he has no reaction, he will be available to play on the Boxing Day, or possibly even earlier. But it just depends on how the next two days show up in his foot.” “I think it is fair to say that that relationship is the most important one in a football club. “I cannot comment about other clubs, because I don’t know the ins and the outs, but probably that makes me even more satisfied with what we have at our club. “I have been very, very impressed with our chairman and I don’t think he has been getting the credit he deserves over the years. “All I have had from him is support.” Kenwright became Everton chairman in 2004, since when the club, in all but two seasons, have secured top-seven finishes in the Premier League under the management of David Moyes, who was succeeded by Martinez over the summer. The Spaniard added: “I think the manager’s position can be a lonely place and you need the support from upstairs, that is clear. “I’m delighted that at Everton, we have that in abundance.” Kenwright has come in for criticism from some Everton fans, with key concerns being the Toffees’ relatively tight budget and the fact a new buyer has not been found for the club. Everton boss Roberto Martinez admits the unfolding situation at Cardiff has made him even more appreciative of Toffees chairman Bill Kenwright, who he feels deserves more credit.last_img read more

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Wisconsin guards too much for Tigers

first_imgOn paper, the nonconference matchup between Wisconsin and Grambling State appeared to be a mismatch between the Badgers’ size and Tigers’ speed.The Badgers boast five athletes 6-foot-8 or taller whereas the Tigers have just two. As the game played out, Wisconsin’s size did prevail, but it was that of the guards, rather than the UW forwards that really made the difference.Wisconsin was especially successful against the Tigers when they had three guards — sophomore Jordan Taylor and seniors Jason Bohannon and Trevon Hughes — on the floor.Hughes, Taylor and Bohannon — all 195-pound guards — stand at 6-foot, 6-foot-1 and 6-foot-2, respectively, which posed significant matchup problems throughout the game to the Tigers’ Donald Qualls (5-foot-7), Kevin Loyd (5-foot-9) and Ariece Perkins (5-foot-10). “We’ve got four guards in the game, so it really doesn’t pose any problem,” Grambling State head coach Bobby Washington said of UW’s three-guard lineup. “They could just handle our little guys; they really could. We’re small. … Their size of course wore us down. They are the strongest guards physically, and even mentally that we’ve faced this year.”Head coach Bo Ryan’s squad used its superior size and strength to control the guard-heavy game against Grambling State, outscoring the Tigers 34-16 in points in the paint. Many of those 34 points came as Hughes and Taylor slashed through the smaller Tiger defense.Along with their size, Hughes and Taylor read the Tigers defense well throughout the game, which allowed the Badger guards to find holes and lanes to the basket.“We’re a little bit bigger than them at the guard spot,” Taylor said. “I think we can match their quickness, I think we just used our size and strength. Also coach just saw some voids in the lane in their defense, and he made some adjustments in the huddle during timeouts and made it easier for us to get it in the paint.”Hughes finished with a game-high 20 points on 6-of-11 shooting from the floor while also tying for a game-high seven rebounds. Taylor added 11 points on 5-for-6 shooting while dishing out five assists to zero turnovers and matching Hughes with seven rebounds.Ryan attributed the guards’ high rebound totals to the Tigers’ poor shooting Saturday.“Well when you shoot 29 percent, there are a lot of balls coming off the rim to where guards could get them,” Ryan said. “Our guys understand that everybody stays to rebound on the defensive end. We’re not looking to leave anybody. Our guards stay in to rebound.“That doesn’t surprise me with the number of rebounds available in that game because maybe they weren’t shooting it that well.”Beyond the physical attributes of the Wisconsin guards, they also showed a lot of focus and determination to follow up the big win over then-No. 6 Duke with an equally impressive performance, regardless of the abilities of their opponent.Hughes, Taylor and Bohannon controlled the GSU guards throughout on the defensive end, limiting them to just 31 percent shooting from the field and 27.3 percent from 3-point range. Qualls led the way for Grambling State with 15 points on 4-for-8 from the field and 3-of-7 from beyond the arc.Bohannon noted after the game it was important not to let up after the win over Duke.“No matter who comes in or wherever we go, every team is capable of beating anyone,” he said. “They came in and they ran some good offense — they made us play a lot of defense. They ran the shot clock for 30-plus seconds on each and every possession.When we’re on defense for that long, we pick up a lot of different things, and I think that helped us quite a bit tonight.”One particular play that epitomized the effort shown Saturday by Wisconsin came late in the second half with under five minutes to play.On a loose ball near midcourt, Hughes dove over the courtside media table, landing on top of a radio announcer in front of the first row of seats. Although Hughes stayed in the game, he was noticeably holding his side after the play.“Just playing until the horn blows,” Hughes said of the play. “I just got a scratch, a little scratch.”last_img read more

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Sergio Ramos answers Ajax and remembers his four Champions

first_imgSergio Ramos he replied to the tweet with a photo in which he appears with each of the four Champions you have won and the emoticon of a waving hand. The one from Camas has been proclaimed champion of the maximum European competition with the Real Madrid in 2014, 2016, 2017 and 2018. He confinement by coronavirus leads to clubs and footballers sharpen their wits in the form of challenges on social networks. He Ajax participated in a Twitter challenge in which they had to remember a Champions League match. The Dutch club shared a photo of Sergio Ramos in the box of Santiago Bernabeu in the second leg match of the Champions League, another from Tadic making a similar gesture on the grass along with a greeting emoticon remembering with the date of April 1 the result of the return of the Champions League knockout, 1-4 and that it coincides with the first day of the fourth month.last_img read more

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