Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook A round-up of the latest transfer speculation involving QPR…Speculation continues over the future of Charlie Austin – and Newcastle continue to be linked with the QPR striker.Newcastle have not made an approach for Austin despite numerous reports that the Magpies and several other clubs have attempted to sign him.AdChoices广告Striker Haris Vuckic, 22, could move to west London in a part-exchange deal involving Austin, according to the Daily Mail.It is claimed that QPR have discussed a potential move for the Slovenian, who was on loan at Glasgow Rangers last season.Newcastle have been linked with Austin but have not made an approachThe Daily Mirror and the Daily Express say Newcastle will offer QPR £13.25m and want reassurances over Austin’s previous shoulder injury – and that the Premier League club believe the offer will be enough to take him to St James’ Park.The north-east media have consistently reported that Newcastle boss Steve McClaren is keen to sign Austin and has made approaches to Rangers.The Newcastle Chronicle now say McClaren is ready to test the water with a bid below QPR’s £15m asking price.McClaren is keen to sign the 26-year-old but is in no rush to do a deal, according to the Northern Echo.
Former U17 national team coach Emmanuel Amuneke believes many new generation ex-internationals who are now coaches steer clear of Nigeria Professional Football League jobs because domestic clubs and players are steeped in a culture that promotes shortcuts to success.While noted ex-internationals from the old generation including Christian Chukwu and Kadiri Ikhana enjoyed long and storied careers with Nigerian clubs, the same cannot be said of the younger generation.That is not to say famous new school former footballers have never coached in the league.Amuneke himself has some experience coaching domestic teams having taken charge of Julius Berger and Ocean Boys after hanging his boots.Moreover, former Super Eagles coaches Samson Siasia and Augustine Eguavoen have also coached in the league at various times in the past but often speak of their time with domestic clubs with disillusionment. While many former players have obtained coaching licenses in the hope of taking the plunge into coaching and management, there appears to be little enthusiasm on their part to coach in the NPFL.In fact, a recurring criticism of many former players turned coaches is that they’d rather wait for national team coaching jobs or remain unemployed rather than take charge of a domestic club.More StoriesAmuneke Hopeful of Super Eagles Coaching Job (AUDIO)Dombraye Concerned About Players Apathy Towards NPFL (AUDIO)And Amuneke who has also coached Nigeria’s U20 side says there is a good reason for this.The 49-year-old former Tanzania coach says ex-players of his ilk who are now coaches are put off by the ingrained mentality in domestic clubs and players that eschews hard work and propagates an acceptance of unmerited success.Having coached in the league, Amuneke the structure of domestic clubs and the psychological rigidity of players makes coaching domestically an unattractive prospect for internationally-exposed former footballers.The 1994 CAF African Footballer of the Year says a total shift in mentality is to make coaching in the NPFL attractive to ex-internationals. “It’s not that the ex-internationals, those that are involved in coaching do not want to come and coach in the league, but there are a lot of factors,” Amuneke told Lagos-based radio station Lagos Talks.“You and I know there [are] a lot of ways of people reasoning. Nobody in Nigeria, let us be frank with ourselves, even the generation that is coming, none of them believe that it’s true hard work you achieve success.Download Audio“Everybody wants to have it cheap, everybody wants to make it easy, everybody believes if I’m playing at home I must win, if I’m going away, the players already have it in mind that going away is like losing the game.“So, things have to be done in the right way. Will people allow you to come with your ideas? Because they will tell you, he’s coming here with a bad mentality. So, there are a whole lot of factors.” Amuneke has enjoyed quite a stellar career as a player and coach.He has coached Sudanese club SC Khartoum and also coached Tanzania’s Taifa Stars who he led to the group stage of 2019 Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt The former Zamalek of Egypt winger was the assistant coach when Nigeria won the FIFA U17 World Cup trophy for a record fourth time in the United Arab Emirates in 2013.He then led the Golden Eaglets to a record-extending fifth title in Chile two years later, a feat which earned him a promotion to coach the U20 side the Flying Eagles.As a player, the former Barcelona ace was an integral part of the most storied Super Eagles team of all time.He scored both goals in the final of the 1994 Africa Cup of Nations in Tunisia where Nigeria beat Zambia 2-1 to secure their second African title.He was also part of the Super Eagles team at the 1994 World Cup – scoring memorable goals against Bulgaria and Italy.Amuneke re-enacted his Tunisia 94 heroics by scoring the winner again as Nigeria shocked Argentina 3-2 in the 1996 Olympic football final in Atlanta to become the first African football nation to win Olympic gold.He is currently Director of the Academy at Egyptian Premier League side Misr El-Makasa after leaving his role as manager of the club after just three matches.Related
Alhaji Abdul Karim Gruzah, founder of Kumasi King Faisal FC, has fingered referee agents for the drop in the interest of the local game.Football on the local scene has become less attractive with matches being played in near empty stadia and the veteran administrator has accused the increasing presence of referee agents as one of the causative factors to the low patronage.Alhaji Gruzah, who is also the bankroller of the Kumasi-based Premier League Club, alleged at the Extraordinary Congress of the Ghana Football Association (GFA) held on Wednesday that certain club officials parade as agents of referees.He claimed such officials negotiate terms of matches on behalf of referees with club officials to suit their interest and favour.“They are amongst us here and they know themselves. How many fans were at the Ohene Djan Stadium during the Hearts of Oak and Heart of Lions GHALCA Top Four clash last Sunday?” Gruzah exclaimed in front of the packed-to-capacity crowd at the GFA conference room.The outspoken administrator pointed out that the agents in collaboration with the referees often determine the outcome of matches and not the performance of a team. “The referees determine the outcome of matches. They make and unmake champions.”Alhaji Gruzah also alleged that the financial bankruptcy of most clubs was largely due to their choice of seeking points outside the pitch.“Some referees take cattle, sheep and goats among others. Most of the clubs are swimming in debts because of these things.”He therefore appealed to the GFA to introduce the practice of demoting referees who under-perform during matches.“At the recent FIFA World Cup, referees were sent home for poor officiating. I suggest the GFA introduces demotion of non-performing and compromised referees and it will help curb the menace.” The King Faisal founder also called for a restructuring of the composition of the Referees Appointments Committee, so that competent referees are selected to handle matches.He also appealed to fellow club officials to desist from the norm of contacting referees before matches to rid the game of corruption and allegations.Alhaji Gruzah, revered for his exceptional youth development, is credited with the rise to fame of former national stars including Samuel Osei Kuffour, Bashiru Gambo, Ibrahim Tanko and Adu Tutu Skelley.Source: GNA/Ghana
Honestly thought the day wouldn’t come this soon, but DeSean Jackson has been released by the Eagles after having the best statistical season of his career. In move that shocked many, the purported reasoning for his release was his alleged involvement in gang-related activity off-field, attitude, and work ethic. Jackson has thus denied any such off-field activity. In the weeks leading up to his release, speculation had been circulating rapidly, from trade rumors to the idea that he may indeed would have been staying put after assuring his teammates and talking with head coach, Chip Kelly. Whatever the case, there’s no more rumors left, Jackson is indeed gone from Philly, and from what I believe, this decision will not favor Philly for a few simple reasons.Of course, the clearest reason is Jackson’s over the top speed, which would leave defensive coordinators up at night and defensive backs restless. Along with a very quick supporting cast, many saw Philly’s offense as the fastest unit in the league for the time Jackson was there. Now, that notion may very well end up being taken away. Jeremy Maclin is fast in his own right but does not come close to the burning quickness of Jackson. Not only does the offense suffer from this loss, but of course the special teams. Jackson was a formidable force in the return game since the day he came into the NFL, and is perhaps most well known for his walk-off return against the Giants in 2010. Now not only will someone have to replace him at the wideout position, but also as a return specialist, and I doubt a single person will be able to fill bot roles, given Jackson’s exceptional versatility.Another is that I doubt Philly will be able to find another market receiver that will fit Kelly’s system as well as Jackson did. As mentioned before, Jackson had his best statistical year, which gives us all a pretty good idea of how well adept he was to an offense like Kelly’s. When Kelly came from Oregon and arrived in Philly, he was getting ready to coach a virtually identical offense to his college team. Both teams specialized in speed, in which it seemed that was to be found at nearly every offensive position. I cannot see them drafting a receiver (and they most likely will) that will be able to boast the same threat every Sunday that Jackson did.Whatever the reason for his release, Philly has downgraded this offense substantially, rival, interconference, and conference teams will no longer consider their offense too much of a threat even with the acquisition of Darren Sproles. If the Eagles do intend to find someone to fill the shoes of someone of the likes of DeSean Jackson, I can’t see that happening for awhile.Please follow and like us: