September 20

Pardew desperate for victory

first_img The 53-year-old will send his side out against Leicester at St James’ Park on Saturday knowing a failure to win at the eighth attempt this season will set an unwanted new Magpies record and increase the pressure on him from outside, if not necessarily inside, the club. Pardew said: “I have managed at three of the levels, and they have all presented different challenges, which I have enjoyed. “As a manager, you have real ups and downs – there is euphoria and some real dark days, which I’ve had recently here. “You have to try to show a consistency in what you do. It’s not really a time for reflection for me this week because Leicester is so important for this football club. All I’m focussed on is getting the win we need for this city and the club.” Newcastle have collected only four points from their opening seven Barclays Premier League games and have had to come from behind to claim the last two of them having trailed to both Hull and Swansea. Pardew freely admits a team which underwent significant change during the summer is misfiring, and he has spent the international break working with those members of the squad not on duty with their respective countries trying to iron out some of the difficulties. It is a challenge which he must accomplish soon if owner Mike Ashley is to continue to resist demands from sections of the club’s support to dispense with the manager – and the word from inside St James’ once again this week is that his job remains safe whatever happens on Saturday – and add to his tally of games. Pardew said: “You have to try to improve. At the moment, the team is struggling. I need to use all of my resources to try to improve it.” In Pardew’s favour is that his players do not seem to have given up on him with the team making a point of involving him in their recent goal celebrations and he insists the dressing room has been supportive. He said: “There aren’t too many times in your career you genuinely feel you lose the dressing room. I don’t think I’ve lost a dressing-room before – but sometimes you can be slightly misguided by that because you’re always thinking positively and think people are behind you. Press Association “But certainly there have been signs here that the players are desperate for the win.” However, Leicester have more than made a fist of life in the top flight with their 5-3 victory over Manchester United perhaps the stand-out result, and Pardew is acutely aware they will be no push-over. He said: “They have have had the stand-out result of the season for me, beating Manchester United when they had everybody available. “They are a high-energy side and the new players they have brought in have bought into that. Sometimes in the Premier League, you bring new players in and it disrupts it. “But they have carried that through and I think they have got a bit more quality in the team than last year, and the results suggest that.” Pardew will at least have keeper Tim Krul fit after an injury scare, while Daryl Janmaat and Paul Dummett are also expected to be available. Ivory Coast midfielder Cheick Tiote and Senegal striker Papiss Cisse were due back from international duty in Africa late on Thursday evening with Pardew revealing the club will monitor them amid concerns over the ongoing Ebola crisis. He said: “We would be naive not have concerns. We have a strategy for when they return and making sure they and their families are taken care of. “They are essential to us and our doctor has looked into the problems that might arise and also protection for them, and to make sure we do our very best to help them.” Newcastle boss Alan Pardew is hoping the 700th game of his managerial career will help him to emerge from some of the darkest days he has endured in the game. last_img read more

September 16

Andreas Jenssen overcomes ‘culture shock’ as freshman midfielder

first_img Published on September 28, 2015 at 9:07 pm Contact Connor: [email protected] | @connorgrossman Less than a month into life as an American soccer player, Andreas Jenssen has found himself in the wrong spot at the wrong time.Minutes after substituting into Friday’s game, he tried to get open downfield but slipped and fell on his back. He stood up and wiped off his muddy hand, blankly staring at the fresh divot in the ground.As Syracuse formed its customary running-in-place circle before the second-half kickoff, Jenssen blindly turned around to sprint to his position and immediately bumped into the passing referee.The bumbling 5-foot-7 Jenssen has very much played the part of a freshman displaced across the Atlantic Ocean from his home in Lommendalen, Norway.But with snapshots of clumsiness has come a learning curve that he’s adapted to, already garnering appreciation from his teammates for his relentless, cerebral style of play.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“I like to call him a little bulldog,” midfielder Liam Callahan said.Jenssen is one of a select few head coach Ian McIntyre has called upon to enter games off the bench, usually slotting him into the center midfield. It’s a role he’s comfortably settled into after a “culture shock” admittedly got the best of him as an initial starter for SU who was playing in Norway two weeks prior to his first game.The second shortest player on the Orange isn’t trying to fool opponents with overbearing strength — he acknowledged he can’t contribute so much on long balls.But he’s been able to lean back on his short, simple passing game to help the ball flow through the midfield.It was the only thing he could focus on in his debut against Georgetown — a game he hardly remembers.“I was nervous, so I just wanted to make secure passes,” Jenssen said. “I wanted to impress and show a good first impression. I just remember running a lot.”He’s had to come to grips with a faster-paced American style of soccer — a product of unlimited substitutions allowing coaches to enter and re-enter rested players who come at you “100 miles per hour.”Emphasis on tempo of the game has forced Jenssen to rethink how elaborate he can be with his technique, and instead focus on the quickest move he can make. When receiving a throw-in against Pittsburgh on Friday, Jenssen immediately settled the ball to his feet.Instead of turning and attempting a play in the box, he quickly dished it off to midfielder Oyvind Alseth. He used his superior angle to the goal and launched a cross to the center of the box that resulted in a Noah Rhynhart goal.“You kind of need to be thrown into (the game),” Jenssen said. “You can only learn so much from practice, you really need to experience the game.“It’s totally different.”In the Orange’s 5-0 win over the Panthers, Jenssen was subbed in for midfielder Korab Syla with 15 minutes remaining in the first half. Immediately, Jenssen took over duties commanding the central midfield, pushing Alseth out wide to cover the territory Syla once was.The result was offensive fireworks — a season-high five goals for the Orange and three assists from Alseth in his newfound spot on the wing. Jenssen didn’t get his name on the scoresheet, but the domino effect of the scoring was rooted in his entrance into the game.He’s the unexpected trump card McIntyre has been able to play this season to maintain fluidity in his offense, despite the slippery ground or errant referees in his way.“He’s a player we talk about joining the dots — a smart guy that can keep the ball moving,” McIntyre said. “He’s sees the next pass.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

August 31

UWI Vice Chancellor Beckles to represent Caribbean at new global tourism…

first_imgThe Vice-Chancellor of the University of the West Indies (UWI), Professor Hilary Beckles, has been named as one of two Caribbean representatives on the board of directors of the Global Center for Tourism Resilience and Crisis Management (GCTRCM).Jamaica’s Tourism Minister Edmund Bartlett said the chief executive officer of the Jamaica National Group, Earl Jarrett, is the second regional representative to the GCTRCM that along with a virtual Observatory, emerged from discussions at last November’s United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) Global Conference held in here in Montego Bay.One of three outcomes It is one of three tangible outcomes contained in the 15-point Montego Bay Declaration, and aims to assess, plan-for, forecast, mitigate and manage risks related to tourism resilience and crisis management. These include climate change, epidemics and pandemics, cybercrime, political instability and terrorism.It is expected that the targeted interventions will be realized through research and development; advocacy and communication; program/project design and management; training; and capacity building.The Observatory, to be housed in the Center, aims to support policymakers and businesses in developing better strategies for a more competitive global tourism sector.Located at UWI, MonaBartlett said that the GCTRCM, which will be sited at the UWI Mona Campus, will be formally launched and full Board announced during a conference coinciding with the Caribbean Marketplace Expo in Montego Bay, from January 29-31, 2019.He said the other board members include Professor of Crisis and Disaster Management, University of Bournemouth, United Kingdom, Lee Miles; chief executive officer of the Chesterfield Group of Hotels, one of Europe’s well-established hotel chains, Brett Holman; chief executive officer at Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA), and former United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) Secretary General, Dr. Taleb Rifai, who will serve as Chairman pro tem (temporarily).“So, the (composition of the) board is seeing some really powerful persons across the world offering to assist and we continue with partners to get a few others. We are looking at (appointing) no more than 13 persons,” Bartlett said, adding that there are other names but they have not committed as yet.Bartlett said that several universities have agreed to partner with the Government on engagements involving the Center, including the UK-based Bournemouth University; Queensland University in Australia; the Hong Kong Polytechnic; and the US-based George Washington University.He said representatives of these universities will be involved in the development and publishing of an academic journal focusing on tourism industry disruptions, crisis management and resilience.Bartlett said the publication, which will be the first output following the launch, will be supported by published academics on various aspects related to the subject areas.last_img read more