Brendan Rodgers’ former Swansea colleague Neil Taylor says he does not envy young British managers following the sacking of the Liverpool boss. But he feels Liverpool’s decision to sack Rodgers and probably go foreign, with Jurgen Klopp and Carlo Ancelotti among the early front-runners to land the Anfield job, paints a bleak picture for ambitious British managers. “This is modern football and I don’t envy young British managers coming through,” Taylor said. “I am shocked because it seemed like they had a long-term plan at that football club. “Brendan is a good manager and whether they changed their train of thought that they needed to bring someone in to have immediate success I don’t know. “They gave him money to spend this summer and maybe they felt they haven’t started well enough this year. “But the key for young managers is they’ve got to be given time to build their own team.” In the 2013/14 season, fuelled by the brilliance and goals of Luis Suarez, Rodgers almost steered Liverpool to their first English title for 24 years. But Liverpool failed to hit those heights again after Suarez’ departure to Barcelona in the summer of 2014 and Rodgers came under increasing scrutiny before his three-year reign was ended in the wake of Sunday’s 1-1 draw away to Merseyside rivals Everton. “I think it all goes back to the year they didn’t win the title,” Taylor said. “They were very close to it and if they’d won it then maybe Suarez and Raheem Sterling stay and it’s a different story. “Daniel Sturridge has had some long injures as well and any football club losing those players would be in quite a lot of trouble. “When you lose three players like that what are you supposed to do as a manager? “As a manager you’ve got to manage expectations, but you also need a little bit of realism in football.” But Taylor has no doubts that Rodgers will return better for his Liverpool experience and land another big job sometime in the future. “I’m disappointed for him but he’s had three good years at a big club and has gained loads of experience as a manager,” Taylor said. “Sometimes your name has to fit as well and maybe Brendan’s didn’t. “I feel for him, but I’m sure he’ll get another good job and move on quickly from this.” Taylor worked with Rodgers as the Northern Irishman won promotion with Swansea from the Championship and established them in the Premier League before he moved on to Liverpool in 2012. The Wales defender considers Rodgers a fine manager and believes he will soon find another job following his departure from Anfield on Sunday evening. Press Association
…forced to travel to Georgetown to access GRA serviceDrivers living in Region Two ( Pomeroon-Supenaam) are fuming over the long delay by the Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA) to start renewing drivers’ licences at its branch at Anna Regina.Drivers whose licences are due for renewal are now being advised by the police, who previously renewed the licences that they are now required to travel to GRA’s headquarters in Georgetown to access the service.Several drivers reached out to this publication and complained about the difficulties, both financial and otherwise, they are facing to travel to the city.According to some of the drivers, when they go to GRA they have to wait for long periods and in some cases, after having waited, they are told that all their information is not in the system and they have to return to the Anna Regina Police Station. One driver complained that he travelled to the city and was told that all of his records are not in GRA’s system because it was done manually at Anna Regina.Some drivers said that they have their licence for over 30 years and are now being told that their documents cannot be found and they may have to redo the practical test.The police, since earlier this year, put a hold on the issuing and renewal of drivers’ licenses in the region.The drivers who reached out to this publication claimed that they cannot drive since GRA does not have their records. They are calling on the Police Traffic Department and GRA to act quickly to remedy the situation since many of them depend on driving for a living.Region Two is a predominantly agricultural region and many farmers heavily depend on their licence to operate their farm machines and to transport their produce to markets and mills. When contacted, Regional ChairmanDavanand Ramdatt said that he is very concerned about the matter and will be meeting with the region’s Police Commander shortly to try to resolve the matter.
India women’s ODI team captain Mithali Raj is disappointed for not being able to complete a series whitewash against England, but said the 2-1 win over the current world champions would act as a huge confidence booster for her side.Mithali rued the missed opportunity to not only complete a 3-0 series whitewash against a quality side like England, but also lose out on crucial two points in the ICC Women’s Championship.”Well, it does play a very important part because, obviously we are not playing Pakistan and we just have one more team that we are still to play, the West Indies,” said Mithali after the hosts lost the third and final ODI of the series by two wickets here on Thursday.-for & Player of the Match for @KBrunt26First ODI half-century for @Danni_WyattHow great were these two?#INDvENG pic.twitter.com/kb2GOjmqHjEngland Cricket (@englandcricket) February 28, 2019Putting things in perspective, Mithali said India now has only the contest against the West Indies to look for after having lost two points each against Sri Lanka, South Africa and also in New Zealand.”So pretty much in totality we lost eight points when we were in a position to grab those 2 points in all those series. So it is disappointing but winning against one of the quality sides with full strength gives lot of confidence to this side,” she added.She said only against New Zealand the team became a bit complacent after wrapping up the rubber.advertisement”Only in New Zealand, we felt it was a one-sided game in the third ODI. But it was a well fought match against Sri Lanka, which went till the last over and also in South Africa when we played South Africa, so those matches were well fought,” Mithali said.She said the issue was addressed before the series against England and the team was determined to make it 3-0.”But this (issue) we did address and the girls do understand. We will definitely work on it, so that in the coming series, if we are in a similar position, we would like to make it 3-0.”CHAMPIONS #TeamIndia Women clinch the ODI series against England Women 2-1#INDWvENGW pic.twitter.com/P0zYqgzj22BCCI Women (@BCCIWomen) February 28, 2019Mithali defended the decision to drop successful left-arm spinner Ekta Bisht for Rajeshwari Gayakwad.”We only made one change in the team, getting Rajeshwari in place of Ekta Bist. We felt that Rajashwari did not get a game even in New Zealand. Unfortunately this is a three ODI series so we can’t really try to give opportunity to too many youngsters. But she is a seasoned player and it is just unfortunate that she didn’t get a game in the New Zealand series, so we thought she needs to get a game here,” she said.Asked about the absence of the Decision Review System in this series after having played with DRS in New Zealand, Mithali said the inconsistency of its usage was a drawback.”We would love to have DRS because when it comes to big events like the ICC, where we have DRS, we need to get a little more experience for the girls to understand the concept of DRS – how and when to take it. We had it in New Zealand, suddenly we don’t have it at home,” she said.”If it is irregular, it gets difficult for the players to accept a concept like that. It has its own effects. It is good in a way and it is bad also. Some dismissals go your way, but at crucial stages, some dismissals don’t go your way. It’s part of the game.”Also Read | 3rd ODI: Danielle Wyatt stars as England clinch consolation victory over India
Pope Benedict arrived in Paphos, Cyprus, on 4 June, concerned about minority Christian communities in the region. Pope Benedict XVI said he was “deeply saddened” by the killing of Catholic Bishop Padovese in Turkey, but he believed the murder was not politically motivated. His visit to Cyprus is the first time a pontiff has gone to the island. Bishop Luigi Padovese, who was to meet the Pope in Cyprus, was stabbed to death at his home. His driver, Murat Altun, has been charged with murder. It is thought the man had mental health problems. Benedict spoke of his “profound sadness” over the stabbing of Padovese. ‘A personal thing’ “We are still awaiting a full explanation but we don’t want to mix up this tragic episode with Islam,” he said. Cyprus’ President, Dimitris Christofias, described the Pontiff’s visit as historic and said ”Cyprus is in need of your words of peace, given the difficult situation the island is facing”. The pope also met with Cypriot Archbishop Chrysostomos II, who took the opportunity to condemn the occupation of the island’s north by Turkish troops. “Turkey has barbarously invaded and conquered by force of arms 37 percent of our homeland,” Chrysostomos said. The archbishop went on to say that Turkey has plans to annex the occupied territories. The Pope did not respond to the archbishop’s remarks. Chrysostomos also asked for the Pope’s help in safeguarding Christian monuments, noting that artworks had been “sacked” by the Turks. Benedict’s trip had prompted threats of a boycott by traditional Orthodox clerics. The pontiff did not visit the Turkish occupied north of Cyprus, as it is not recognised as a legitimate state by the United Nations. In the Cypriot capital, Nicosia, the Pope stayed at the apostolic nunciature, which lies in no-man’s-land – the buffer zone separating the Greek Cypriot side from the territory occupied by Turkey since 1974. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram