Jol fears for his job

first_img Press Association It has cranked up the pressure even more on Jol, although the Fulham manager insists he welcomed the initiative. “Sometimes you have to change something to get back to winning ways and I thought it was necessary to get someone like him and I think it has paid off in training,” Jol said. “Players have responded to it and some have got a new lease of life. “We are not a typical club with problems. There is a good atmosphere and spirit, a good rhythm too in training. I feel we are good enough to get higher up the league.” The statistics, however, are worrying. Fulham have scored 11 goals but conceded a hefty 21 and have lost seven of their past 10 Premier League games, conceding 11 goals in their past four matches. On Saturday at Upton Park they might well be boosted by the return from injury of central defender Brede Hangeland but striker Dimitar Berbatov is doubtful after feeling unwell. Jol is anxious to promote a sense of unity to get the fans back on side against a struggling West Ham who are one place above Fulham in the league, courtesy of goal difference. “It’s not about me, it is about us,” said Jol. “It’s a big week because if we could manage to win two games we would be fine. “My message is you have to back the players. If you talk about Berbatov or Bryan Ruiz, they are different they are skilful players, but they are giving 100 per cent, believe me, even though they look a bit different. “I feel it is trust and belief needed by the fans that they will do their best for the club. After the match it does not matter if they boo them off the pitch, or me, but during the game we need support. “There is always pressure and you have to set your targets. We talk about targets with the players. Our target is to get enough points to be over 20 points after Christmas.” Manager Martin Jol admits two back-to-back London derbies could determine his future as Fulham manager. Fulham play West Ham on Saturday and Tottenham on Wednesday following a desperate run of five defeats in a row which have left them occupying a relegation position in the Barclays Premier League. The Fulham faithful have begun to vent their anger, chanting ‘Jol out’ during and after matches and players such as Costa Rican winger Bryan Ruiz have borne the brunt of some lacerating criticism. Jol, whose side have just 10 points from 12 matches, remains confident of escaping his predicament, but said: “You don’t have to talk to an owner to be aware of the fact that you need points to get back to a winning culture, to a little bit of stability. “You can lose once or twice but you can’t lose four or five times on the trot. That will put you in a bad position. “One win will get us back among others and take the pressure off and then hopefully we could have a good run like last year.” Asked if he believed his position as manager was safe, Jol added: “If we win, yeah. If we don’t, I don’t know. It is always difficult. “If I was on the board or an owner I would be worrying. “We need wins. Every game is almost a must-win game. That is what I have told everyone. “If you are at a club like Fulham or Stoke or Swansea you always get times when things could go wrong and you have to try to get back to winning ways.” Two weeks ago Fulham appointed Rene Meulensteen, who had success with Sir Alex Ferguson at Manchester United, to work with Jol as head coach. last_img read more

Tottenham beat Arsenal in North London Derby

first_img(BBC)- Toby Alderweireld’s late header gave Tottenham victory in a tightly-contested North London derby.There was an eerie atmosphere behind closed doors in the vast Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, but this was still a fiercely-competitive derby in the traditions of this great rivalry as Spurs and Arsenal battle for a place in Europe next season.Arsenal took the lead after 16 minutes when Alexandre Lacazette’s rising drive flashed past Spurs keeper Hugo Lloris but Jose Mourinho’s side were level within three minutes when Son Heung-min took advantage of slack defending by Sead Kolasinac and David Luiz to score with a deft chip.Both sides had chances to force victory with Ben Davies denied when his 30-yard drive was brilliantly turned on to the bar by Arsenal keeper Emiliano Martinez in the first half while Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang also struck the frame of the goal after the break.Arsenal had the greater share of possession but it was Spurs who struck decisively nine minutes from time when Alderweireld glanced in Son’s corner, securing a win that leaves them in eighth place, two points ahead of the Gunners.Spurs show grit to secure vital winMourinho was feeling the pressure to produce a big result after recent poor performances – and this will do the trick nicely with victory against Spurs’ greatest rivals.Spurs may not have had the greater share of possession and territory but they always carried a threat against an Arsenal side that was energetic and positive but looked vulnerable at the back – although keeper Martinez was excellent.Mourinho’s side dug deep and struck just as the game looked to be heading for stalemate to get three points to keep Spurs right in the hunt for a place in Europe next season.The result will also lift spirits after the recent loss at Sheffield United and the poor display in the draw at struggling Bournemouth.For any faults this Spurs side have, and they are nowhere near the effervescent outfit that reached last season’s Champions League final, they still carry serious menace in the shape of Son, who scored one goal and created another, and Harry Kane.There is still much for Mourinho to do but a win over Arsenal has never done any harm to Tottenham’s morale.last_img read more

Ahly to stop airing league games over financial dues

first_imgCairo giants Ahly have threatened to stop airing their Premier League matches if they aren’t paid late installments from their broadcasting rights.”We sent a delegation to the Egyptian Football Association (EFA) and the Egyptian Premier League saying that we refuse to broadcast our upcoming games, starting from Gouna, until the club gets its late dues,” said a statement published on the club’s website on Thursday.”Until now we’ve only received LE750,000 (around $100,000), in spite of broadcasting all our games during the past period,” the statement added.Ahly have the lions’ share of the Egyptian Premier League’s collective broadcasting deal, as they are granted LE18 million.The Red Devils hope to pressure state-run TV for the money in order to ease pressure on the side’s management – stemming from the financial crisis that has plagued Egyptian soccer since the 25 January 2011 uprising.There will be time for negotiations as league play has actually been halted due to international matches and will resume on 12 June. Ahly’s new president Mahmoud Taher is facing several financial challenges, especially concerning the renewal of several key players and the recruitment of top players to strengthen the squad ahead of the new season.last_img read more

D-League: Gamboa-St. Clare clobbers CEU

first_imgJiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina “It was our defense which really dictated the tempo of the game,” said coach Jinino Manansala.Chris Bitoon led the balanced attack for Gamboa-St. Clare with 19 points, five assists, and four rebounds off the bench as it nabbed back-to-back wins and rose to a 5-3 slate.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkFil-Am guard Trevis Jackson collected 18 markers and three dimes, Aris Dionisio tallied 15 points, 12 rebounds, and two blocks, and Malian big man Mohammed Pare unleashed 14 markers, 17 boards, and three steals in the comfortable win for the Coffee Lovers.Manansala is hoping the win fuels Gamboa-St. Clare to work harder for its dream of advancing to the playoffs and even holding twice-to-beat advantage. Manila Throwdown celebrates its seventh year Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown CEU 83 — Aquino 16, Caballero 12, Fuentes 10, Guinitaran 8, Veron 8, Uri 7, Ebondo 6, Arim 4, Opiso 4, Wamar 4, Cruz 2, Manlangit 2, Saber 0.Quarters: 27-15, 51-32, 78-52, 100-83.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Cabuyao City rising above the ashes through volunteerism Scarlett Johansson, Sterling K. Brown among SAG Awards presenters In Liverpool, Man United sees the pain and path to recovery Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Recto seeks to establish Taal rehab body to aid community, eruption victims Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Conor McGregor seeks to emerge from controversy in UFC comeback “We still have three games and we want those three or four spots,” he said.CEU suffered only its second defeat to drop to 7-2.Art Aquino poured 16 points and six rebounds for the Scorpions, who sat Rod Ebondo for the remaining three quarters as the Congolese big man nursed a back injury.The Scores:GAMBOA COFFEE MIX-ST. CLARE 100 — Bitoon 19, Jackson 18, Rebugio 16, Dionisio 15, Pare 14, Hallare 11, Alcober 3, Fontanilla 2, Rubio 2, Decano 0, Penaredondo 0.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ PBA IMAGESGamboa Coffee Mix-St. Clare rode its hot start and dealt rival Centro Escolar University a shock 100-83 defeat Thursday in the 2018 PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig.After the Scorpions’ 7-0 start, the Coffee Lovers got down to work and unleashed a 27-8 flurry to establish a 27-15 first quarter lead and never looked back, even taking a 29-point lead, 93-64 with 3:52 remaining in the game.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES View commentslast_img read more