Wenger-style dynasties now harder in football

first_img NOT ALWAYS GREEN The grass isn’t always greener on the other side, and Wenger reminded Arsenal fans of that. “Even if I go, Arsenal will not win every single game in the future,” Wenger said, facing up to elimination for the seventh successive year in the round of 16 of the Champions League. The Champions League now often determines the fates of the elite managers in a way it didn’t in the pre-1992 format where only the national champions made the European Cup. Louis van Gaal was fired by Manchester United after two seasons despite lifting the FA Cup in May because he failed to secure a top-four finish to make the Champions League. Successor Jose Mourinho will survive in the job if his sixth-place side misses out again but patience will eventually wear thin at Old Trafford where Alex Ferguson ruled for more than 26 years until his retirement in 2013. LONDON (AP): Arsene Wenger is the last of a dying breed, the football coach who can establish a long-standing dynasty at a club and seems to be able to decide for himself whether or not he leaves. In the 21st year of his Arsenal reign, Wenger is the longest-serving manager in a leading European league. Whatever pressures counterparts face, Wenger seems to emerge largely unscathed within the hierarchy regardless of the setbacks on the pitch, of which there have been many during his second decade. The succession of silverware – which peaked when the “Invincibles” side went unbeaten throughout the whole season in the 2003/04 campaign – has been replaced by a cycle of capitulations, the latest a 5-1 humiliation in the Champions League at Bayern Munich. The ownership is more forgiving than the fans, rigidly standing by the Frenchman who was once a trailblazer but who has now been overtaken by a new generation of more tactically-flexible, innovative coaches. “We are all very high on Arsene,” Arsenal owner Stan Kroenke said in a rare interview with The Associated Press recently. And for all Wenger’s shortcomings he has delivered Champions League qualification in every season in charge, guaranteeing the comfort blanket of the UEFA windfall for Kroenke by finishing in the Premier League’s top four. But how healthy is it for any business when an employee appears able to set his own departure terms rather than his bosses calling the shots? “No matter what happens I will manage next season … is it here or somewhere else?” Wenger said yesterday, toying with Arsenal and asserting his power. Perhaps he’s just waiting to be begged to stay. There’s often a convenient array of stories linking Wenger with leading jobs, including Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain in recent years, whenever the pressure from fans starts to intensify, showing he’s a man in demand.last_img read more

Gov’t Looks to Enhance Tourism in Lucea

first_img “Lucea is very much on our radar, and the Lucea port is very important,” said Minister of Tourism, Hon. Edmund Bartlett, during a recent tour of the US$5.7-million Hampden Wharf Development Project in Falmouth, Trelawny. The Government has set sights on Lucea in Hanover as it looks to develop the resort centres across the island. The Government has set sights on Lucea in Hanover as it looks to develop the resort centres across the island.“Lucea is very much on our radar, and the Lucea port is very important,” said Minister of Tourism, Hon. Edmund Bartlett, during a recent tour of the US$5.7-million Hampden Wharf Development Project in Falmouth, Trelawny.“The Prime Minister and I have had long discussions about Lucea and, in short order, I believe that we will be visiting Lucea in relation to some ideas about building out a stronger tourism experience in the town,” he added.He said that focus will be placed on the rehabilitation of historic sites, including Fort Charlotte, and establishing new attractions.Senior Public Education Officer at the National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA), Ava Tomlinson (third right), conducts a bird-watching session with teachers from 20 primary schools at the Portland Bight Discovery Centre. The activity formed part of the 2018 Caribbean Endemic Bird Festival (CEBF).Minister Bartlett noted that Fort Charlotte “is beautifully positioned in terms of a vantage point to (one) of the largest hotels in that region, Grand Palladium. Fort Charlotte is a dream ready to be made a reality, and we are excited about it. So I want to say that in the whole business of reimagining the (tourist) destinations, Lucea is definitely on the cards”.Minister Bartlett said the planned construction of a bypass for Lucea will open up new avenues for tourism expansion.“When the bypass road comes Lucea is going to become a discreet community for which we can now build out a number of the cultural assets that are there and to highlight the unique values of Lucea,” he noted.The Hampden Wharf Development Project includes construction of Jamaica’s first artisan village, which is expected to be completed in time for the start of the 2019/20 winter tourist season. Story Highlights “The Prime Minister and I have had long discussions about Lucea and, in short order, I believe that we will be visiting Lucea in relation to some ideas about building out a stronger tourism experience in the town,” he added.last_img read more

Containership on Fire at Port of Hamburg

first_imgzoom The 2015-built containership CCNI Arauco has ignited at the German port of Hamburg on Thursday, according to data provided by the local fire department.The fire reportedly started due to welding works being undertaken on the rear end of the ship, and spread out below the vessel’s deck.The fire department said that the containers which are on fire were not loaded with dangerous materials.Featuring a length of 300 meters and a width of over 48 meters, the vessel, capable of carrying more than 9,000 TEUs, is docked at the Burchardkai terminal, the largest facility for container handling in the Port of Hamburg.World Maritime News Stafflast_img