Wright believes Arteta has already shown that he deserves support and backing (Picture: Getty)‘He was a gentleman when he was at the club, but to hear him say those things is quite sad to see. For me, he’s probably looking for a new job, trying to put himself back out there.‘Mikel Arteta has given Arsenal direction and focus now and that’s what he [Emery] didn’t give us.’He added: ‘At the end of the day, I’m all about Mikel and what Mikel is trying to do because we’ve got draws, but there’s definite improvement. It’s more important to speak about Mikel than Unai now.’MORE: Arsenal fans hail ‘best recruiter’ Matteo Guendouzi after Pape Gueye Instagram messageMORE: Arsenal set date for potential Pablo Mari debutMore: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City The Spanish coach was sacked after a dreadful start to the season (Picture: Getty)Emery gave an interview with France Football this week in which he criticised the attitude of the Arsenal squad and took pride in achievements such as ‘only finishing one point off Tottenham’.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTWright was understandably unhappy with the comments and suggested Emery was just trying to get attention as he looks for a new job.Speaking about the feel-god factor that has returned to Arsenal, the Gunners legend said on the Kelly & Wrighty show: ‘I was there yesterday, they were doing their press day, and you can feel it – you know what it’s like, you know when there’s a good atmosphere in and around the club. You can feel it.‘Under the old manager it was like a regime, it wasn’t very enjoyable, they didn’t know where they were going, there wasn’t a lot of direction in what they were doing. And when you hear the quotes from Unai Emery… delusional comments if you ask me.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal‘Yes [they got to Europa League final] but it was the worst performance of an Arsenal team in a final. Because again, whatever he says, the players weren’t happy, there wasn’t a vision or direction, the communication was poor.‘He can say whatever he wants about how well he’s done because he’s got the “facts” there but that team was going nowhere. When you look at his record, for him to come out and say stuff like that…‘This is the difference with Arsene Wenger, 21 years, he doesn’t come out and stay stuff like that. He [Emery] was coming in as the guy that was going to steer us back and everyone gave him the support. The Gunners legend was far from impressed with Emery’s recent interview (Picture: Getty)Ian Wright has dubbed Unai Emery ‘delusional’ after the axed Arsenal boss claimed the club had been on a downward slope until he arrived and arrested their slide.The Spanish coach was sacked at the end of November after a seven-game winless run, with the club eight points adrift of the top four places and closer to the relegation zone, with Mikel Arteta appointed as his successor the following month.Arteta’s arrival has prompted an improvement, with Arsenal unbeaten in their last seven games, though they remain 10 points adrift of fourth-placed Chelsea. Comment Advertisement Ian Wright slams ‘delusional’ Unai Emery in lengthy rant over Arsenal comments Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterFriday 14 Feb 2020 4:03 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1.5kShares
Denmark’s financial watchdog has handed Velliv a series of official rectification orders following an inspection a year ago, instructing the pension fund to tighten up its management of risks around illiquid credit investments.The probe was part of a sector-wide investigation, the Danish FSA (Finanstilysnet) said, in which it was looking into the illiquid credit investments of several of the Nordic country’s life insurance companies and lateral pension funds.Among the shortcomings mentioned by the FSA in its published response to the inspection, which took place in April 2019, was Velliv’s failure to take enough account in its asset allocation of the structural shifts that have happened in the global loan market.The Danish mutual pension provider responded on its website by simply saying – next to a link to the communication from the FSA – that it had taken note of the notice. The FSA said Velliv had adopted a level of risk within its asset allocation for illiquid credit investments that “does not ensure the best possible protection of the interests of policyholders and beneficiaries.”The majority of the DKK255bn (€34bn) pension fund’s investments in illiquid credit were made indirectly, through external funds, according to the regulator, which said the asset type accounted for 6.4% of Velliv’s total investment assets at the time of inspection.It ordered Velliv to ensure that a sufficient level of risk had been identified in its future investments, carrying out ongoing assessments, instructing it to document this information and include a return to risk ratio measurement.Back in February, the FSA landed the pension fund for doctors, Lægernes Pension, with six official orders to put issues concerning its illiquid credit investments right.The investigation leading to that reprimand had identified issues with the fund’s organisation and processes regarding these investments, including its investment decisions and compliance with the prudent person principle.At the beginning of this month, the FSA also announced it would be launching an investigation into the pension sector’s ongoing valuation of alternative investments, due to increased losses incurred by funds amidst the coronavirus pandemic.The authority ordered pension funds to submit statements explaining their valuation process for investments in real estate, private equity, infrastructure and illiquid credit investments, due to recent large fluctuations in the financial markets.Looking for IPE’s latest magazine? Read the digital edition here.
With this, on Saturday, July 18, a gift-giving activity was conducted at barangays Balabag and Jibao-an in Pavia, Iloilo which benefited a total of 180 tricycle and tri-sikad drivers. Panay News and its foundation, Daniel G. Fajardo Foundation Inc., in partnership with Gardenia Breads, have once again extended service and generosity to the community. SHARING is loving! Amid the ongoing lockdown imposed to curb the spread of the coronavirus disease 2019, the movement aimed at supporting affected sectors particularly those in transportation. The recipients happily took home fresh Gardenia breads, coffee packs and noodles./PN
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RelatedPosts Super Eagles soar on FIFA ranking FIFA ranking: Nigeria moves up by two spots, now world 29th Branislav Ivanovic joins West Brom Super Eagles goalkeeper Maduka Okoye has completed his move to Eredivisie side Sparta Rotterdam from the reserve team of Germany’s Fortuna Dusseldorf.The young stopper, who began his career at Bayer Leverkusen, penned a two-year contract with the Castle Lords with the option for another two years. In the just-concluded season as Dusseldorf 2’s first-choice goalkeeper, Okoye featured in 14 games, conceded 26 goals, and kept a clean sheet twice in the Regionalliga West.He was given his marching orders in his last game for the Rheinlander after 31 minutes on February 29, 2020, albeit his team silenced Homberg 2-0 courtesy of goals from Japan’s Shinta Appelkamp and Timo Bornemann.At Sparta, the youngster will be hoping to continue his growth under manager Henk Fraser.“The twenty-year-old goalkeeper comes over from Fortuna Dusseldorf on a free transfer and signs for two seasons, with an option for another two years,” a club statement announcing his arrival read.Okoye, who holds both a German and Nigerian passport, made his debut for the Nigerian national team in November 2019, in a friendly match against Brazil. Reacting to the move, former Sparta Rotterdam midfielder Henk van Stee, who is now the team’s Director of Football, claimed Okoye can add value to the club.“With Maduka we bring in a great talent who has a lot of potentials,” Van Stee said.“He attracted the interest of several clubs from different countries, but he believes he can take the next step at Sparta.“We believe he can be of value to this club and are happy that he signed here.”Born in Germany to a Nigerian father and a German mother, Okoye pledged his international allegiance to Nigeria. He made his international bow in the Super Eagles’ 1-1 draw against Brazil on October 13, 2019 – coming in for Francis Uzoho in the 63rd minute.Tags: EredivisieMaduka OkoyePlayer SigningSparta RotterdamSuper Eaglestransfer
McIlroy has played only four and a half rounds in 2013, missing the cut in Abu Dhabi in his first tournament with new equipment, losing in the first round of the Accenture Match Play and then infamously quitting the defence of his Honda Classic title last week midway through the second round. The world number is currently scheduled to play just two more events before the first major of the year at Augusta National from April 11-14 but, when asked if he would play another tournament, McIlroy said: “I haven’t planned on it yet. I was waiting to see how I was going to do this week (at the WGC-Cadillac Championship) and then make a decision.” Rory McIlroy has not ruled out adding another tournament to his schedule to avoid going into the US Masters with just a handful of competitive rounds under his belt. He went on: “If I want to play Tampa next week I have to enter by Friday and then there is Bay Hill after that, but right now I haven’t made a decision. “I feel like I have made some progress over the last few days so the likelihood is that I probably won’t add an event, but it all depends on how I feel with my game and how I feel out there on the course.” Much had been made about McIlroy’s poor form with his new equipment even before he walked off PGA National last Friday, when he initially said he was in a “bad place mentally” before citing wisdom tooth pain for his withdrawal. But the 23-year-old insists his swing is now the only issue, although he admits he did wonder whether the club or balls were to blame at first. “At the start yes, but now I know it’s purely the swing,” added McIlroy, who will play alongside Tiger Woods and Luke Donald for the first two days at Doral after the world’s top 25 were grouped together. “The equipment is fantastic, I have no problems at all and when I make a good swing the ball goes where I want on the flight I want it to, it’s just getting my swing on the right path.” Press Association
Press Association The Black Cats, who arrived on Tyneside without a win in nine Barclays Premier League games, were simply too good for their hosts, who were never able to muster the intensity they needed to deny their neighbours the points. Stephane Sessegnon blasted the visitors into a first-half lead and stunning strikes by Adam Johnson and substitute David Vaughan after the break ensured there was no way back for Alan Pardew’s men, who are now only two points better off than their derby rivals. Di Canio dropped to his knees in celebration on the sidelines when Johnson’s 74th-minute effort hit the back of the net, while Pardew had due cause to feel aggrieved after what would have been a 61st-minute Papiss Cisse equaliser was ruled out for offside. The Magpies’ defences were finally breached with 27 minutes gone. Jonas Gutierrez, who had been asked to play at left-back, found himself on the opposite side of the pitch and having given the ball away, failed to dispossess Sessegnon as he cut inside towards goal and unleashed a skidding shot which sped past goalkeeper Tim Krul and into the bottom corner. Krul departed prematurely 57 minutes in after landing awkwardly after challenging for a high ball and was replaced by Rob Elliot. Simon Mignolet was called upon to palm away Cisse’s 60th-minute effort, and the Belgian and his team-mates enjoyed a let-off seconds later. Sylvain Marveaux’s free-kick was turned back across goal and the Senegal international smashed it into the roof of the net, only to be denied by an offside flag. Pardew swiftly replaced the weary Yohan Cabaye with compatriot Hatem Ben Arfa, and he might have dragged the home side back into it 19 minutes from time when Mathieu Debuchy returned Marveaux’s cross back across goal, but he could not keep his header down. Cisse fired another effort wide from Moussa Sissoko’s cross two minutes later with Newcastle pressing, but Johnson dashed their hopes when he steered a superb left-foot shot past Elliot to make it 2-0. There was worse to come for the home side with eight minutes remaining when Vaughan blasted a swerving left-foot drive high past Elliot and inside the far post to complete the Black Cats’ dream afternoon. Paolo Di Canio launched his Tyne-Wear derby career in spectacular style as Sunderland blasted their way past Newcastle 3-0 to ease their relegation fears.
Newcastle boss Alan Pardew is backing Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa to plug the yawning chasm left by Fabricio Coloccini in Saturday’s Barclays Premier League clash with in-form Liverpool. “I like to think I have done that for him and I’d like to think he can reward me with a performance.” Coloccini missed last season’s debacle through injury, and Pardew will hope this absence this time around is not extended. He said: “How long he misses, we will have to wait and see, so that was disappointing. He has a groin injury, so we will have to see how it repairs itself over the next few days. “But there’s no reason that we can’t cope with Colo’s absence.” Newcastle will also be without Coloccini’s compatriot Jonas Gutierrez, who has been allowed to return to Argentina for personal reasons, while Taylor is close to a return, but perhaps not close enough. But whatever team Pardew does send out, he is expecting a significant improvement on what happened in April. He said: “It’s a game you don’t ever want, but it happens sometimes in a season. “It’s probably the heaviest defeat I have had as a manager and you have to make sure that it doesn’t happen again and try to build yourselves up, which we did after that, and takes some sort of positive out of it, that it won’t happen again. “Psychologically, it’s a completely different place to where we were. We were off the back of a defeat to Sunderland. “But we are in a much better place now and I think we will give a much better account of ourselves. I certainly hope so.” The 24-year-old Frenchman is set to return to the starting line-up after Pardew confirmed Argentinian Coloccini returned from international duty with a groin injury which will keep him out of the game at St James’ Park. Yanga-Mbiwa missed the 2-1 victory at Cardiff last time out after being hauled off at half-time in the Magpies’ 3-2 defeat at Everton – the scoreline was 3-0 at the time – five days earlier with Romelu Lukaku having led him on a merry dance alongside his South American sidekick. The prospect of attempting to shackle Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge may be daunting under the circumstances, but with Steven Taylor unlikely to have shaken off a hamstring injury in time, the former Montpellier defender and Mike Williamson seem certain to be the men in the firing line. Asked about Yanga-Mbiwa’s readiness for the task, Pardew said: “The most important thing is his response on the pitch, but his response in training has been very good. “Sometimes you need to come out to have a little breather. You could perhaps say his chance has come early, with Colo’s injury, to come back in, so it will be interesting, his performance. “I hope – I really hope because he’s a terrific person – that he puts in great display on Saturday.” Liverpool’s visit to St James’ will rekindle memories of another bad day for Yanga-Mbiwa in his short career on Tyneside, although he will not be alone in that respect. He was in the starting line-up for the corresponding fixture last season on April 27 when, a fortnight after the Magpies had lost 3-0 to arch-rivals Sunderland on their own pitch, they were thrashed 6-0 by the Merseyside club despite Suarez’s absence through suspension. Psychological scars may have been left by that gruesome experience, but Pardew insists the discussions he has held with the player since his premature exit from the game at Goodison Park have been designed to prepare him for his return. He said: “You have to sit down with them and make it clear why they come out of the team, and give them a solution to get back into the team. Press Association
The 23-year-old Borussia Monchengladbach frontman was heading for Tyneside on Tuesday with a view to undergoing a medical on Wednesday, around 18 months after Pardew first tried to land him. Press Association Sport understands the Magpies and Borussia have agreed a loan deal for the remainder of the current season with an option to buy. De Jong’s impending arrival in the north-east was confirmed by the Bundesliga club via their Twitter account. They said: “Luuk de Jong is not training with the Fohlenelf (the club’s nickname) today. The striker is currently on his way to Newcastle for medical checks.” The news came around 12 hours after it was revealed that Newcastle had agreed in principle a deal to sell star midfielder Yohan Cabaye to Paris St Germain, although the situation is largely unrelated. De Jong has been on the Magpies’ wish-list for some time and they have spent much of this month trying to negotiate his exit from Gladbach. In addition, Pardew insisted on Monday that should Cabaye leave during this window, he would have to be replaced directly. If the transfer goes through, the former FC Twente frontman will join Loic Remy, Papiss Cisse and Shola Ameobi at St James’ Park, although with Remy only on loan from QPR and Ameobi out of contract at the end of the season, there remains a sense of flux in that department. Indeed, Cisse has been repeatedly linked with a move away from Tyneside this month – at one point, a swap deal between he and De Jong was mooted and dismissed – with several clubs having expressed an interest. In the meantime, Pardew will hope a man the Magpies courted determinedly during the summer of 2012 can help to increase the firepower at his disposal, while at the same time keeping his fingers crossed that owner Mike Ashley will sanction a move to sign a like-for-like replacement for Cabaye. Newcastle will attempt to tie up a deal for striker Luuk de Jong as Alan Pardew finally closes in on his man. Press Association De Jong scored 37 goals in 63 league appearances for FC Twente before securing a £12.6million switch to Borussia. He managed six in 23 Bundesliga outings during his first campaign in Germany, but has played barely an hour of competitive football in 13 appearances as a substitute this time around. Pardew will hope he can provide a foil for leading scorer Remy, who collected his 11th goal of the season, but just his third in 10 games, in the 3-1 Barclays Premier League victory at West Ham on January 18. He could get his first chance on Saturday, when derby rivals Sunderland head for St James’ Park looking for a third successive win over their neighbours.
Sinclair’s lack of inactivity resulted in talks between the two, with Mel suggesting given the club’s perilous position, just one point above the drop zone, they are more in need of grafters than flair. “On Friday Scott spoke with me,” Mel said. “I told him he is a good player, a good winger, but at the moment West Brom need hard work on the pitch. “I assured him will play in the future. “Of course, it is normal he is disappointed he is not playing. All the players want to play, this is normal. “But for me I can only pick 11 players, and this makes it difficult for me every day.” Mel, meanwhile, is hoping Argentina midfielder Claudio Yacob is fit for Albion’s next clash with Manchester United at The Hawthorns on March 8. Yacob missed Saturday’s 1-1 home draw with Fulham with a hamstring injury sustained in the match with Chelsea 11 days previously. Mel added: “He is a very important player for us in the middle. He is strong and is playing well. “It is possible Yacob will be available to play against United.” Since joining Albion on a season-long loan from Manchester City back in August, Sinclair has made just 10 appearances due to injuries, including six starts. But, despite being fit since Mel’s arrival, Sinclair has made just one 45-minute substitute outing under the Spaniard. Press Association West Brom head coach Pepe Mel has informed Scott Sinclair he still has a role to play in the Baggies’ survival bid this season.