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TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Ranieri driving Fulham bid for Besiktas defender Vidaby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFulham boss Claudio Ranieri is reviving his plans for Besiktas defender Domagoj Vida.Le 10 Sport says Ranieri wants to boost his defensive options and is eager to bring Vida to London.The Italian has been tracking Vida since his time in charge of Leicester City.The Cottagers are ready to bid for the Croatia international, confident of landing Vida for a realistic fee.Besiktas, in the midst of financial difficulties, need to sell to balance the books this month.
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Newcastle owner Mike Ashley in Mexico sale meetingby Paul Vegas4 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveNewcastle United owner Mike Ashley has reportedly met with two Mexican businessmen about the club’s sale.The Newcastle owner has been looking for investors to take over the club, but has so far failed to attract any serious offers.Ashley held a meeting in London last week, claims the Athletic, but the talks are believed to have come to nothing.He is said to have come across as “rude” and it now seems the negotiations will not progress further.The Mexicans had harboured an interest in buying Newcastle since watching the film Goal! in which fictional footballer Santiago Munez – of Mexico – earns a trial at the club and goes on to become a professional.
Defensive line coach Larry Johnson celebrates after a Buckeye touchdown in the second half of the game against Michigan State on Nov. 10. Ohio State won 26-6. Credit: Casey Cascaldo | Photo EditorNoah Potter took another visit to Ohio State on Dec. 7, three days after head coach Urban Meyer had announced his retirement, handing offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Ryan Day the reins to one of the most prominent college football programs in the country. Potter, a four-star defensive end recruit, had been committed to the Buckeyes since April 16. And after the coaching change, his commitment never waned, and he signed his letter of intent on Dec. 19, the first day of the early-signing period. But when Potter was first introduced as a freshman defensive lineman at Ohio State, he was not talking about the loss of Meyer, the hiring of Day or the coaching inconsistencies. He was talking about one of the only parts of the Ohio State coaching staff that remained consistent through the coaching change: defensive line coach Larry Johnson. “Once me and Coach Day and Coach J had the in-home meeting and [he] told me Coach J was staying, I never wavered,” Potter said. “There was uncertainty, and I was kind of scared what was going to happen, but I committed to Coach J.” Potter, five-star defensive end Zach Harrison and three-star defensive tackle Jaden McKenzie are Johnson’s next assignments after five seasons of developing first-round talent on the Ohio State defensive line, including 14 defensive player or linemen of the year recipients — more than any Big Ten program has accumulated in the past 22 years.Now going into his first season as the head coach at Ohio State, Day knew he wanted to have Johnson by his side. Day said his defensive line coach was a major part of his success in the summer when he prepared to serve as the head coach for the first three games of the season during Meyer’s suspension. With all of the change, Johnson was one constant for Day, who promoted him to the associate head coach job along with being in charge of the defensive line room. “You have to win the locker room,” Day said. “What he’s recruited to the defensive line, how those guys feel about it. More than that, he’s a father figure to everybody on the team.” For Johnson, recruiting never waned. Potter, the No. 9 recruit from the state of Ohio in the 2019 class, according to the 247Sports composite rankings, said Johnson showed a level of genuine care for each of the players he interacted with, something he had not seen from other programs. “With all the schools I visited, nobody talked technique and was so passionate about it as much as him,” Potter said. “I knew he would treat me like one of his sons and embrace me and love me for me.” With the talent he has accumulated, Johnson has excelled on the field as well. This past season, the Buckeyes finished the season with 41 sacks in 14 games, No. 2 in the Big Ten. Twenty-three of the 41 total sacks were from Nick Bosa, Dre’Mont Jones and sophomore defensive end Chase Young. This was something Greg Mattison, the former defensive line coach at Michigan and newly named co-defensive coordinator at Ohio State, watched and admired from afar.“Whenever you play in a league together, you always get a chance to see the other team’s defensive line. And I would always watch their defensive line and watch his coaching,” Mattison said. “All you’ve got to do is look what he’s done with guys and where they’ve gone to the next level.” Harrison said he met Johnson in the spring of his freshman season at Olentangy Orange High School. In the past four years, the five-star defensive end said their relationship has been strong, and their feelings of trust are mutual. When Harrison came to Ohio State and began workouts as an early enrollee, the pressure returned — the pressure to perform in front of the coach who had previously coached Nick and Joey Bosa, Dre’Mont Jones and Michael Bennett. “You know he knows what he’s talking about,” Harrison said. “You don’t want to let him down. You go that much harder.” Harrison said he goes that much harder because of Johnson, the coach who helped him decide to come to Ohio State, the coach who, if not with the Buckeyes, would have changed the past four years of his recruitment. Harrison, Potter and McKenzie join a room filled with former five-star and four-star linemen, some of who, such as freshman Tyreke Smith, Taron Vincent and Tyler Friday, have barely touched the field. He wanted the camaraderie, the familial atmosphere, the brotherhood that Johnson has defined since 2014. He wanted the expectation of a unit led by Johnson to come down to his play, matching those who had come before him. But for Harrison, it’s simpler than that. The five-star defensive end wants to learn from whom he considers to be one of the best in the country. “Everything he knows, I want to know.”
When Dr Dimitria Groutsis was on a popular AM radio station discussing her Beyond the Pale report which highlighted the lack of cultural diversity in Australia’s boardrooms, she was stunned at the response.“It was so horrible,” she told Neos Kosmos. “The Host said to me, ‘what do you expect? A brown face, a Greek like you, having one person with each ethnic background on a board?’ I said, ‘no. That’s not the end game. What we want is people to potentially have access. People to potentially have transparency and to know how to navigate their way into a leadership position.”In 2018, official data from the ABS showed that over half of Australia’s population was either born overseas or had one parent who was. However when it comes to the make-up of boardrooms up to 90 per cent of positions are filled by Australians from Anglo-Celtic backgrounds.The statistics are even more damning when it comes to gender, as an analysis of 100 ASX directors in 2015 found that only two women were of a culturally diverse background. In fact there are more men in senior leadership positions named John than there are women.These figures come from a combination of two reports, Cracking the Glass Cultural Ceiling and Beyond the Pale, with the latter being partnered by Sydney University, the Australian Human Rights Commission and Australian Institute of Company Directors.Both reports have been co-authored by Dr Groutsis, a senior lecturer in Work and Organisational Studies at the University of Sydney Business School. Her findings show that women of culturally diverse background face a ‘cement ceiling when it comes to gaining a leadership position in Australian companies.“That metaphor really captures what culturally diverse women experience,” she says. “They have got this double blockage where they can’t access those senior leadership positions.”Even though there is clear evidence that there is a lack of cultural diversity in leadership positions, Dr Groutsis revealed more data needs to be collected to find out why this is occurring.“We need to define what cultural diversity means and how people identify,” she says.“For now the definition is very simple. It is someone who has been born overseas and someone who has a parent or parents born overseas. We don’t know what organisations look like and where people are located. We have no real understanding of the organisational landscape, public or private and in our tertiary institutions. What we do know is whether it’s public or private there is a lack of cultural diversity in the senior leadership suite.”As well as better defining, monitoring and reporting of cultural diversity in the workplace Dr Groutsis would also like to see real outcomes.“I’d love for something like the Workplace Gender Equality Agency to be set up so we have a reporting body where we have examples of employers of choice,” she says. “I’d also love to see a female representation on ASX 200 boards reach 30%, that would be great. I see this as a fantastic way for Australia to be a leader in how we explain and understand this wonderful landscape and wonderful potential of diversity that we have.”One way to penetrate the barriers for culturally diverse women is for them to start having a different discussion about what leaderships looks like revealed Dr Groutsis.“We have this very narrow understanding of this male western leadership model,” she explained. “Leadership means very different things to different groups. The next chapter in these reports is to look at migrant and refugee women and how they see leadership and what women leaders look like in these groups. That in itself is a very powerful message in how we can break through that cement ceiling.” Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho has called out Harry Maguire’s behaviour in England’s meeting with Colombia at the World Cup, saying that he was “surprised” by all that antics during the clash.Maguire was accused of diving after going down inside the box under minimal contact and was later in the same match caught giving signs for the referee to examine VAR when Wilmar Barrios headbutted Jordan Henderson.It appears Mourinho is not happy such actions of Maguire as he questions why only certain players, such as Brazil forward Neymar, are criticised in similar circumstances.“People are focusing on Neymar, but if it was only Neymar, I’d be happy, but it’s not only Neymar,” he told Russia Today via Metro Uk.Maguire says United need to build on today’s win George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Harry Maguire wants his United teammates to build on the victory over Leicester City.During the summer, Harry Maguire was referred to as the ultimate…“Every team has lots of diving, lots of pretending, lots of putting pressure on the referee.“It’s not about England and Colombia, it’s almost every match. I was surprised to see central defenders like Harry Maguire, normally he is a very honest guy, diving in the attacking box, asking the referee for VAR.“The players should feel the responsibility of playing in the World Cup in front of billions of spectators.”The match at the Spartak Stadium was tough and suspense filled with none of the spectators knowing what could happen next as they finished 1-1 after extra time, but England prevailed 4-3 on penalties to knock out Colombia.
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp reflected on the touchline ban he received in Stadio San Paolo as Borussia Dortmund manager as he leads his team to take on Napoli again.The German tactician was sent off for dissent at the Stadio San Paolo in 2013 when he was still in charge of Borussia Dortmund.“It was not my best performance, personally,” he added.“I reacted in a way which was absolutely not OK. I still understand why I was not happy with the situation, only the reaction was too much.“I tried to go in the stand and it was not nice, sitting there and getting all the comments from people around, so that is why I decided second half I had to do something about it and I was then with the groundsman in that little room with a big Maradona shirt on the wall.Virgil van Dijk praises Roberto Firmino after Liverpool’s win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Virgil van Dijk hailed team-mate Roberto Firmino after coming off the bench to inspire Liverpool to a 3-1 comeback win against Newcastle United.“It was one of the better experiences I had to be honest, watching it with the groundsman. I hear he’s still here – that would be nice.“They gave me two games (ban). Since then nothing happened anymore, so it was my last time when I was a bit too excited. Now I know it will not happen again.”When the draw for this Champions League group was made, Liverpool had only recently beaten Napoli 5-0 in a friendly.“It was a pre-season friendly, nothing else. We scored with each shot. Napoli had a lot of chances.“It’s not important and we didn’t talk about that game for one second.”