19Jan/20

Tony Becca | Getting ready for a battle

first_img THE CHALLENGE The world has changed since I was boy, and the question is, Has it changed for the better? When I was a boy, if you loved sport, you played sport at elementary school; at high school, if you were one of the lucky ones to get into a high school; at youth clubs; and at clubs, before you even thought of playing for Jamaica. It was a natural progression of practising, training, and playing, and if you were good enough, you then represented Jamaica. International sport was reserved for the best, and it was the stage on which the best – the very best – competed for international glory. In those days, Jamaica’s best were in sports like cricket and track and field, and those were the sports in which Jamaica participated internationally and did well. Whenever the Jamaicans arrived, they were ready to make noise. Over the years, however, as Jamaica got better in every way, as more opportunities in the form of more sports came our way, and as our appetite got healthier and healthier, Jamaica is not only almost everywhere internationally, but Jamaica wants to be everywhere, internationally. Nothing is wrong with that, not if we are good enough in each of them; if we are prepared to be good enough in all of them; and if we have the money to support all of them by providing for all their needs from the beginning to the end. And nothing is wrong with it, not when we see the finished product and follow the successes of the many world beaters and champions that little Jamaica has produced. Something seems to be wrong, however, when the situation is not so much about being able to compete in international sport, but more about participating in international sport. Today, it appears that the glow of international sport is so attractive that everybody, from he or she starts learning to play a particular sport, he or she is ready to go international, to represent Jamaica, to go to any world championship, including women’s cricket and women’s football. Again, it must be emphasised that nothing is wrong with that, with people wanting to do their own thing despite their gender, and with people wanting to reach the top, to compete with the best. NECESSARY PROCESS In everything, however, there must be, and there should be, a process. And the process must include learning, practising, training, playing, and playing competitively and consistently until a level beyond competence is achieved before one even ventures on to the international circuit. That is why, in my humble opinion, some events, like the Olympic Games and the World Cup of football, are such great sporting events and sporting spectacles. To get to the Olympic Games, except in special cases, and to the World Cup, one must qualify. That is why they pack in the people, and people who pay a lot of money to them. It is for the best. It is not for whoever will may come. Why should the best be competing against those of obvious inferior skills, those who, long before the event takes place, know that they are only there to make up numbers, so to speak, or because somebody has the money or can get the money to send them to tournaments and championships? The money spent on getting there, to fly them there, to pay for their hotel rooms, to buy clothing, and to feed them, is money that could be better used to prepare them properly so that when they are ready to compete, they can perform better. The West Indies Women’s team is now at the ICC Women’s World Cup, and they have lost all seven matches to date. Their worst defeat was when they lost seven wickets for three runs in a practice game against South Africa, when they lost by eight wickets with 71 deliveries to spare against Australia in the World Cup; and when they lost to India by seven wickets, with 45 deliveries to spare, also in the World Cup. Should the West Indies be at the World Cup? Maybe, but only because they are the World T20 champions and because they are very, very, unpredictable. If, however, their preparation is anything like that of Jamaica’s, where they hardly play any cricket, except for a few days on a few weekends every now and again, they should not be there. Apart from a few of the girls, the West Indies girls do not really practise, train, or play cricket regularly, and it is difficult for them to compete with, say, England, who has an All-Stars Cricket League for very young girls, a Chances to Shine programme for primary school girls, and the KIA Super League for clubs. Women’s cricket in countries like England, Australia, New Zealand, India, and South Africa, where there are high-performance centres, is serious business, and it is getting bigger and bigger, with the girls getting faster and stronger and technically better day by day. In the West Indies, maybe with the exception of Barbados and Trinidad and Tobago, where Deandra Dottin and Hayley Matthews hone their skills, women’s cricket, except for Stafanie Taylor and one or two others, is just an after-thought, an after-thought caused maybe by the lack of money and the problems of inter-island travel. Do not let the entourage, which includes three coaches, fool you. Listen to head coach Vasbert Drakes in Taunton last Tuesday: “Anyone who plays cricket will tell you that you get better the more you play, and the constraint that we have is that we didn’t play competitive cricket, but at the moment, I’m not going to use that as an excuse. “We’re going to draw on our natural resources. We’ve done it before, and it can be done again. “We can bat. The challenge is to bat and to do the basics for longer periods.” That is what batting is about, that is what good batting should be all about, and that is what practising and playing do for you. The game against Australia was described as “net session masquerading as a World Cup match, the bowling as throw-downs to the batsmen (batswomen) to practise their best shot”, and “there was no punching the air when the winning run was hit. The Australians just turned to their sparring partners and thanked them for the workout”. Against India, the match was described as “easy pickings for India”. Every man, or woman, has a right to aim high and to go places. There is, however, or there should be, a proper and responsible way to get there, and that way should be more important to people from a small country and struggling country, especially a country like Jamaica, and a region like the West Indies.last_img read more

12Jan/20

Shujaa keep Olympic chase with 100pc record

first_img0Shares0000Kenya Sevens’ Nelson Oyoo in action during the Africa 7s in South AfricaNAIROBI, Kenya, Nov 9 – Kenya kept their dream of a second consecutive Rugby 7s Olympic slot alive after progressing to the semi-finals of the African qualifiers top of Group B with a 100pc record after a 24-7 victory over Uganda in their final group match in Johannesburg on Saturday morning.Paul Feeney’s charges will now take on Madagascar in teh first semi-final on Saturday at 2:22pm. Having thrashed Ivory Coast 36-7 in the qualifiers on Friday morning, Shujaa progressed to the group phase where they beat Senegal 50-0 and Namibia 33-0 in the first two group stage matches to assure themselves of a place in the semis.They only needed to beat Uganda in their final match on Saturday to finish top of the pile and they did so with a well worked 24-7 beating of neighbors Uganda.Shujaa ran in four tries, two of which were converted while the Ugandans crossed the chalk once and converted.Alvin Otieno crossed over for Kenya when they won the ball off a Uganda kick off, Otieno picking up the ball and dotting down on the left with Daniel Taabu adding the twos.Shujaa were reduced to six men few minutes later when Otieno was sent to the bad boys’ chair for a high tackle, but the Ugandans could not take advantage of the numerical edge.It was Kenya who would score next, also with five men after one of the players went down injured. The Kenyans turned over possession deep in their own half with Taabu running down the middle to dot down under the posts and send the conversion over for a 12-0 lead.Otieno then came back from the sin bin to engineer Kenya’s third try of the match when he showed good strength to knock down his chasers with Vincent Onyala picking the ball up from the ruck and crossing over, taabu slicing the posts for the twos.Shujaa took a comfortable 19-0 lead to the break.The Ugandans however came back stronger in the second half and forced Kenya to play on the back foot. They got their reward when former Kabras Sugar winger Philip Wokarach crossed over after a little dummy sent his markers wide. Jeff Aredo sent over the twos as the scores slimmed to 19-7.However, Kenya took the game to comfortable distance when Billy Odhiambo stepped off the bench to score the fourth try, showing sheer strength to bump away from his chasers before crossing over.0Shares0000(Visited 24 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

06Jan/20

The Premier League’s top 10 loudest away fans revealed according to a poll

first_img 10 10 10. Stoke City fans (according to a poll by Carlsberg’s Fan Squad) – click the arrow to see which fans ranked higher… – According to Carlsberg’s poll, the tenth most vocal away fans in the top flight are Stoke’s support. The Potters have a notoriously feisty atmosphere at their Britannia stadium and they certainly take elements of that on the road with them. 5. Chelsea fans – Click the arrow to see who is number one – Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho recently criticised the atmosphere at Stamford Bridge, commenting that the away support is better and he could have a point with Blues’ fans coming in at number five as the loudest travelling fans. 10 6. Man City fans – Click the arrow to see who is number one – Man City may struggle to fill the Etihad at times, but when it comes to away support, Carlsberg’s fan poll puts the reigning Premier League champions at the top end of the vocal scale. 8. West Ham fans – Click the arrow to see who is number one – West Ham fans are certainly in full voice at the moment, with Sam Allardyce’s men performing admirably in the Premier League. It should come as little surprise then to see them reaching the top ten in vocal away support as well. 1. Man United fans – Much like some of the other clubs in this list, there have been suggestions that the atmosphere at Old Trafford has deteriorated due to the variation of fans that attend home games, but when it comes to away fixtures, Carlsberg have polled Man United fans as the most vocal in the top flight. 10 7. Arsenal fans – Click the arrow to see who is number one – The Emirates has gained an unwanted tag of being one of the top flight’s quieter stadiums, but when it comes to away support Arsenal fans are certainly up there with the best in England. 4. Crystal Palace fans – Click the arrow to see who is number one – Crystal Palace have been lauded for their home atmosphere and according to Carlsberg’s poll at least, the Eagles have managed to take that on the road, with the club’s away support ranked as the fourth loudest in the top flight. 3. Liverpool fans – Click the arrow to see who is number one – Liverpool’s support is revered the world over, so it should be little surprise to see them polling so high. The Merseysiders tend to travel en masse wherever they play and, while Anfield can suffer from one too many daytrippers, the travelling Kop is usually good value. 10 10 Which club has the loudest supporters? It is a topic of contention that is open for huge debate, with fans across the country laying claim to boasting the most vocal fans.CLICK HERE AND HERE TO SEE THE LOUDEST GROUNDS AS MEASURED BY DECIBEL LEVELWith a change in the demographic of support, it is largely assumed that atmospheres at home matches are deteriorating, while the ‘real’ fans sing their hearts out on the road.But who really offers the most vocal away support? Carlsberg have attempted to answer this by conducting a fan poll and you can see the results in the gallery above.Click the arrow to see who is number one.Carlsberg conducted a review of 2014 to celebrate the Carlsberg Fan Squad Festive Football Calendar and the alternative Christmas Day message. The message to the nation will see Jeff Stelling look back over a bumper year of football with his Boxing Day review. Grab your cold Turkey sandwiches and check it out at midday on CarlsbergFanSquad.co.uk. 10 10 10 2. Newcastle United fans – Click the arrow to see who is number one – The Toon Army are widely regarded as one of the most loyal groups of fans in English football. St James’ Park boasts an excellent atmosphere when Magpies’ supporters are in full voice and that counts double for their travelling contingent for away fixtures. 9. Southampton fans – Click the arrow to see who is number one – The south coast side have a strong core support, with Saints fans enduring a turbulent few years and sticking with their side from the third tier to the top flight. It is that diehard support that appears to make the most noise at home and more importantly on the road. 10last_img read more

28Dec/19

‘Arsene Wenger is everything England needs but not at the expense of Arsenal’

first_img Arsene Wenger ahead of the Gunners’ Champions League victory over Basel With Sam Allardyce leaving his position with England, speculation over who the Football Association want to take his place is gathering pace.One name heavily linked with the job is Arsenal’s long-serving manager, Arsene Wenger.Gooners have been full of praise for Wenger and his side’s recovery since defeat to Liverpool on the opening day of the season, and attention has turned to the Frenchman’s future at the club as he celebrates 20 years in charge.Reports claim the Gunners are preparing a new deal for the Frenchman, who is out of contract at the end of the campaign, in a bid to ward off interest from the FA following Allardyce’s departure.SEVEN CANDIDATES TO REPLACE ARSENE WENGER IF HE TAKES THE ENGLAND JOBBut how do Arsenal fans feel about such speculation? Is he deserving of a new deal? Or would such a move suit all involved?Here’s what a section of Arsenal fans have had to say on the future of Wenger… 1last_img read more

28Dec/19

Five London derbies ranked by hatred and ferocity of games

first_img 5. Chelsea v West Ham – It’s known as the ‘District Line’ derby to reflect the Tube route which ferried supporters between West Ham’s old Upton Park stadium and Stamford Bridge. The reputations of sections of supporters for trouble off the pitch have contributed to this derby’s competitive nature, while on the pitch, relations soured when Chelsea swooped for the Hammers’ top talents like Joe Cole, Glen Johnson and Frank Lampard. Even Blues legend John Terry is actually an East London boy. 6 6. Tottenham v West Ham – West Ham fans reserve a special amount of hatred for Tottenham, whose own supporters like to taunt Hammers that the fixture amounts to a ‘Cup final’ for them. Unlike Arsenal where there is an all-round hatred for everything about them, it’s West Ham fans the White Hart Lane faithful loathe rather than the club as a whole. Additionally, many supporters from both clubs live among each other in parts of Essex, fuelling the hate. On the pitch it was fairly evenly matched in the 1990s, with Arsenal off winning trophies and becoming the best team in London, but while the Hammers have suffered relegation a few times, Spurs began challenging near the top of the table and the gulf in class started to widen. Still, the Hammers were delighted to end Tottenham’s Champions League dream in 2006 with a 2-1 victory known as lasagne-gate. It’s a rivalry not just restricted to the pitch, though, as there appears to be quite a lot of dislike for each other at boardroom level. 6 2. West Ham v Milllwall – They may not play each other much due to Millwall’s long stint in the Football League, but when they do meet it is pure hate. Millwall were formed by factory workers at JT Morton on the Isle of Dogs in 1885, while West Ham were born out of a shipbuilding firm, Thames Ironworks, 10 years later. Both sides are thus rooted in working class London communities, and take fierce pride in their history. Games involving the two are usually heavily policed. 6 6 Chelsea v Tottenham is live on talkSPORT at 17:30 (GMT) on Saturday 26 November.It’s a London derby and talkSPORT is looking at six of the capital’s feistiest games, beginning with the Spurs and West Ham rivalry.VIDEO: 10 most dangerous football matches in the worldClick here for the Chelsea v Tottenham match page, which is full of stats surrounding the Stamford Bridge clash.Which do you think is the biggest and most hate-filled London derby? 4. Tottenham v Chelsea – Like the north London derby, this rivalry is pretty historic and after Arsenal, Chelsea are the team many Tottenham fans would like to beat most. The two teams contested the 1967 FA Cup final, the first time the fixture was an all-London occasion. Tottenham won 2-1 and boasted former Chelsea youngsters Terry Venables and Jimmy Greaves in their victorious side. In recent years, Spurs reached the 2002 League Cup final at their rivals’ expense and also beat them in the 2008 final. Chelsea claimed victory in the 2015 edition and also took pride in denying them a place in the Champions League by winning the European Cup in 2012. A resurgence in recent years has helped stop White Hart Lane being referred to as ‘three point lane’, beginning with Tottenham’s 2-1 win in 2006 that ended a 16-year run without a league win against the Blues. 6 6 3. Chelsea v Arsenal – This game probably grew in significance at the turn of the century when the Blues had the money to begin building a team capable of challenging the likes of Arsenal and Man United at the top of the league. Arsenal beat Chelsea in the 2002 FA Cup final, but the Blues knocked Arsenal out of the Champions League in the 2004 last eight. Then when Jose Mourinho arrived, he began an odd obsession with Arsene Wenger, adding to the increasingly hostile nature of the fixture. There was also the 2007 League Cup final which featured a brawl among players and resulted in £100,000 fines for the clubs. The whole Ashley Cole transfer saga didn’t help relations either. 1. Tottenham v Arsenal – It’s a hatred which stretches back to 1913 when Arsenal moved from south London into the north of the capital. In years gone by Spurs have been forced to watch their rivals win the league title at White Hart Lane twice, though Tottenham were pleased to be the ones to end their Arsenal’s double dream when they beat them in the 1991 FA Cup semi-final. Arsenal have enjoyed much success in the fixture under Arsene Wenger following his arrival in 1996 and fans even have a day celebrating the period in the fixture calendar when Spurs are mathematically unable to finish above them. In recent years Tottenham have got their act together and the derbies are hotly contested. READ ALSO: Football’s biggest local derbies ranked.last_img read more

27Dec/19

I’d rather have Neymar than Ronaldo in my team and here’s why

first_img1 It’s the glamour game everyone is looking forward to, pitting the world’s best players against each other.Two names in particular stand out on their respective Champions League team sheets; Cristiano Ronaldo and Neymar.Last season, the former scored twice in the final to see off Juventus and seal a second successive win for Real Madrid in the competition. Neymar, meanwhile, moved to Paris in the summer in a world record £198million transfer, dwarfing the £80m Real paid for Ronaldo in 2009.And ahead of the last 16 meeting, World Cup winner and Ballon d’Or winner Lothar Matthaus explained why he’d rather have Neymar in his side.“Neymar is paid more money now and that will make Ronaldo angry,” he told The Sun. “He doesn’t like the fact he’s behind the Brazilian now and will want to give a performance that says ‘I’m the best and I’ve shown it.’“But I think Neymar is more difficult to defend against. His movement is better and he has more tricks.”(function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(d.getElementById(id))return;js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src=’//embed.playbuzz.com/sdk.js’;fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}(document,’script’,’playbuzz-sdk’)); Lothar Matthaus explains why he’d rather have Neymar than Ronaldo in his team ⚽️on talkSPORT…📅Tonight#PORLIV – @talkSPORT 19:45 👍#RMAPSG – @talkSPORT2 19:45 🙌https://t.co/iqJOkEwN5E pic.twitter.com/6f4neVAxgi— talkSPORT (@talkSPORT) February 14, 2018 Real Madrid v Paris Saint-Germain is live on talkSPORT 2 at 19:45 on talkSPORT 2last_img read more

26Dec/19

Sony turnaround starts to pay off for new CEO

first_imgTOKYO Three years ago, Sony Corp. launched the Qualia line of luxury gadgets that included a tiny $3,300 digital camera and a $13,000 audio console that automatically centered a compact disc regardless of how carelessly it was tossed into the player. Problem was, Sony engineers seemed more enamored with the extravagantly priced technology than consumers were, and the products meant to highlight Sony’s fine-tuned prowess received little interest beyond the initial gee-whiz. The gadgets were a sign of a growing gap between Sony creations and consumer sensibilities at the company that brought the world the Walkman portable music player. The company, which turned 60 this year, appeared to be losing touch with its customers. “Sony used to be a company that had superior technology and cool design and created products that other companies didn’t have,” said Akihiko Jojima, author of “Sony’s Sickness.” “Sony has become merely a brand for brand’s sake.” A turnaround effort led by Chief Executive Howard Stringer, who a year ago became the first foreigner to head the Japanese company, is showing early signs of paying off. Stringer the former head of Sony’s U.S. unit and previously a top executive at CBS adopted a two-prong strategy of downsizing and focusing on growth areas. It’s no simple task. Sony has sprawling operations spanning everything from electronics and video games to Hollywood movies, financial services and a music joint venture. Stringer says Sony can’t allow itself to grow obsolete. “Any time a company is 60 years old, it has to say to itself: Are the advantages of age outweighed by the weaknesses, and the weaknesses are that you get stuck in your ways and you get conservative? The opportunities to reinvent yourself are the ones that have to be taken,” Stringer said. “You adapt or you die.” One of his first moves was to pull the plug on the Qualia line. He also reversed some decisions of his predecessor Nobuyuki Idei, a marketing expert who helped raise Sony’s stature but never achieved the lucrative “synergy” he had repeatedly promised would come between electronics and the movie, music and other content businesses. Stringer has ordered 10,000 job cuts by March 2008, of which 9,600 have already occurred. That amounts to about 6 percent of Sony’s global payroll of 158,500. Sony also has sold off $975 million worth of assets and lowered its stake in a Japanese retail chain that sells candy, cosmetics and other trinkets unrelated to electronics. It also scrapped its Aibo pet robot division and stopped making plasma TVs. In February, the company stopped promoting retired executives to advisory positions, a common practice at Japanese companies. It removed 45 advisers who served a symbolic purpose but required a chauffeur-driven car. Jojima and other analysts say Sony is faring better under Stringer. But more time is needed to assess whether the Tokyo-based company can make a full recovery to its heyday that ran from the 1960s through the 1980s, when it scored hits with the transistor radio, Walkman, videotape recorder, compact disc, color TV and other pioneering products. There have been some successes. On Thursday, Sony posted a $276 million profit for its fiscal first quarter, compared with a $65.2 million loss last year. In the most recent period, it credited strong sales of liquid-crystal-display TVs, digital cameras, camcorders and laptops. Even its electronics division, which accounts for more than two-thirds of overall revenue, returned to the black. Still, the unit hasn’t posted a profit for a full year since fiscal 2002. And Sony shares are worth only about half of what they were five years ago. Sony President Ryoji Chubachi, who heads the electronics business, believes that TVs and portable music players are two products in which Sony must show it’s a winner.“If we lose in either category, it’s inevitable that people are going to have doubts about Sony,” he said.Sony has fallen behind Apple Computer Inc.’s iPod in portable digital music players: Sony has sold one-fifth as many players as the 58 million iPods that consumers have snapped up.A book on Sony by Japan’s top business daily, Nihon Keizai Shimbun, said the success of the iPod and the iTunes download service made Sony’s brand power “a thing of the past.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPhotos: At LA County Jail, Archbishop José H. Gomez celebrates Christmas Mass with inmates“As an outsider to the music industry, Apple acted extremely quickly,” according to the book “Sony Versus Sony.” “Sony, which had its own music division, worried about possible damage to CD sales and could not act as quickly.”One error Sony made was sticking to a format for music files called ATRAC3, which protected against illicit copying. Sony only belatedly adapted to the more widely used MP3 file format. The iPod played MP3s from its inception.Although Sony won’t say much more about its plans for future music players, Stringer is giving more say to software designers and requiring greater interaction among the various teams developing products. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

25Dec/19

Ian Holloway blasts Nuno Espirito Santo sending off for Klopp-style celebration

first_img no dice Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury 3 And Holloway believes Nuno was hard-done by particularly in the wake of the Klopp incident.Speaking to talkSPORT’s Jim White, Holloway said: “You could see he [Nuno] was itching, he was slapping the hands of his staff and he thought ‘I’m going [to celebrate with the players]’.“Instead of running on the pitch he ran up the side and then he ran behind the goal and he wanted to say to the lad [Jota] who’s had some injury problems ‘well done’. The Portuguese joined his players in the celebrations by running up the touchline before joining in the bundle.However, when Nuno returned to his technical area he was told he would have to spend the remainder of the game in the stands after being sent off for running on the pitch by referee Chris Kavanagh.Nuno accepted the punishment and after the game insisted the referee made the correct call. shining gameday cracker Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars Nuno had to spend the final moments of the game in the stands Man United transfer news live: Haaland ‘wants a change’, two players off in January Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card Latest Premier League News REVEALED 3 Wolves came out on top in what was one of the most entertaining games of the season But Kavanagh failed to dismiss Jurgen Klopp when officiating Liverpool’s last-minute victory over Everton in December.The German ran on the pitch to celebrate with Reds goalkeeper Alisson Becker but was only punished after the game when he was given an £8,000 fine by the Football Association.Kavanagh’s failure to remain consistent was something that angered many football fans in the immediate aftermath of the Nuno episode. Former Premier League manager Ian Holloway was left outraged with the decision to send off Nuno Espirito Santo during Wolves’ last-gasp victory over Leicester at the weekend.Diogo Jota’s stoppage-time strike secured an enthralling 4-3 win for Wolves, sparking jubilant scenes at Molineux. huge blow REVEALED 🗣 “It’s silly and stupid.”“Rules are rules, but the same referee didn’t send off Jurgen Klopp.”Ian Holloway on Nuno being sent off for celebrating the Wolves winner. pic.twitter.com/AM2i81zE5r— talkSPORT (@talkSPORT) January 21, 2019 Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT tense 3 deals Klopp raced over to embrace Alisson but was not punished until after the game “But when he gets back, off you go! Now I know rules are rules but I know what happens as a referee.“The same ref didn’t send off Klopp for doing it against Everton. He didn’t send him off.“I wish he didn’t send off Nuno because where does it stop? He [Kavanagh] obviously got a ticking off from his bosses and he’s now sent him off.“I thought it was silly, it was stupid. With the passion, with the pressure managers are under, you should be allowed to celebrate to a point.” Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? last_img read more

24Dec/19

Celtic confirm Hayes suffered broken leg against Dundee

first_imgJonny Hayes looks set to be sidelined for the remainder of the season after breaking his leg in Celtic’s Scottish Premiership tie with Dundee. The winger was injured in a clash with Josh Meekings during the 2-0 win at Dens Park on Boxing Day which led to both players being substituted after 28 minutes.The club confirmed in a statement on Wednesday night Hayes underwent surgery earlier in the afternoon and is unlikely to return before the summer.Manager Brendan Rodgers had said in his post match comments the medical staff were “hoping it’s only bruising to the shin” and said it looked to have been a clash of shin pads. Hayes, who moved to Glasgow in the summer, scored his first goal for the club two days before Christmas. He hit home his side’s second in a 3-0 win over his former club Aberdeen.The 30-year-old has struggled to secure a place in Rodgers’ starting line-up this season, beginning just eight games and coming on as a substitute in 12.last_img read more

24Dec/19

Levein: Biggest regret about slump was bothering Ann Budge

first_img“In those moments you’re quite low and a couple of matches later you’re elated. It’s just the job.“I just try not to get too up or down. There are reasons why you win and reasons why you lose. If you can clear your mind and understand why you win or why you’re losing that makes you feel better.“Then you know what you have to do to get out of a situation that you’re in or continue the way that you’re going.“Over the years, having been in these situations before, gives you an insight into what’s required at a particular time.“This particular time I have been trying my best to support the players when they’ve been feeling a little low on confidence, and we’re not out of the woods but I do think the confidence is returning. When that returns completely we will see the best of the team.” “I had a tough time and one of my biggest regrets is bringing this nonsense to Ann’s door,” he said. “She doesn’t deserve this. So my aim is to keep improving and moving forward so we don’t have to deal with this type of situation.“It’s happened but she’s a strong woman. She doesn’t need me to be backing her, she makes her own decisions.”Levein said that being under pressure was just part of the job but that experience had taught him not to get too low or too high.“When you’re winning matches, it’s great but when you’re not it can be a lonely place at times,” he said. “You’re there to be shot at every single week if things aren’t going well. Hearts boss Craig Levein has said his biggest regrets about the team’s recent run of poor results was that chairman Ann Budge had to get involved.The Tynecastle side won last weekend’s Edinburgh derby and progressed to the League Cup semi-finals after a penalty shoot-out win over Aberdeen on Wednesday. But that success was preceded by a dismal spell that saw Hearts drop to the foot of the Premiership table, with Levein the subject of a demonstration from angry fans.Budge issued a club statement backing the manager and Levein said he was sorry she had become involved.last_img read more