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– which peaked when the “Invincibles” side went unbeaten throughout the whole season in the 2003/04 campaign – has been replaced by a cycle of capitulations, the latest a 5-1 humiliation in the Champions League at Bayern Munich.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

Health fair to help those in need find services

first_imgLike Ofelia, many parents can’t afford health care or dental care for their children. No longer just an urban issue, medical expenses have spiked higher and higher, forcing many low-income families and those unable to qualify for subsidized services to forgo their health care in order to pay for rent and other living expenses. In an effort to bring services to those most in need, the city of Santa Clarita has teamed with Los Angeles County government and at least 45 Santa Clarita and San Fernando Valley service providers to plan an April 14 Community Health Fair in Newhall, envisioned as an annual event. In 2003, nearly 5 percent of all families in Santa Clarita were living in poverty, and almost one-quarter of households were surviving on less than $40,000 a year. “Many of these people do not receive Medi-Cal and they cannot pay for insurance,” said Jackie Ponce, an organizer of the fair and also a community liaison for Newhall’s McGrath Elementary School. “They end up at the Valencia (low-cost) clinic or county hospital, but up to what point can these places give them the specific health care they need? And it’s important they know how to care for their health, for their kids’ sake.” NEWHALL – Ofelia’s 11-year-old son has a toothache, but she can’t take him to the dentist. This single mother of four – ages 14, 11, 7 and 2 – is a stay-at-home mom right now and money is tight. Her youngest has Down syndrome and it makes it difficult for Ofelia, who is in the country illegally, to find a job – let alone pay for expensive dental bills. While her other three sons, all born in the United States, receive Medi-Cal services, her 11-year-old, who recently arrived from Mexico, does not. “He tells me his tooth hurts really bad, but I have nowhere to take him.” Susie Cordova, director of the Santa Clarita Community Center, said the fair comes from the desire to bring options to Santa Clarita residents most in need of health care and services. “Especially in this community, many of our residents are uninsured or underinsured,” Cordova said. “We want to educate the community on the services they have available in their area so they know where they need to go when they need help.” Cordova said some free services will be performed on-site at the health fair, including free immunizations for children, free dental screenings and health screenings for conditions including diabetes, blood pressure, cholesterol and anemia. The county office of women’s health is providing a mobile women’s clinic offering free Pap smears and breast exams for women over 40 who don’t have health insurance. Participating local groups will include the Santa Clarita Domestic Violence Center, the Child and Family Center, Lutheran Social Services and the Santa Clarita Valley Food Pantry and Samuel Dixon Family Heath Center. Free workshops will include a cardio salsa class and a self-defense class, as well as sessions on immigration and citizenship, nutrition, infant care and gang and drug awareness. Entertainment will feature Mexican folklorico dancing and local children’s dance groups. Ofelia, who has not been to a doctor in more than 10 years, said she is excited to have her son’s teeth looked at. “Last time a truck came by offering dental services and I was able to have them take a look at my son’s teeth,” Ofelia said. “I hope someone can help his other tooth now.” Ofelia said that, despite her limited English, she is not afraid to look for services that can help her children. “I am the type of person that takes all the help I can get for my children.” The health fair will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 14 at the Santa Clarita Community Center, 22421 Market St. For information, call (661) 286-4006. connie.llanos@dailynews.com (661) 257-5254 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


first_imgLetterkenny Golf NotesCongratulations to Letterkenny Golf Club members Pat Mc Grath, sons Michael and Anthony and son-in-law John Bosco Gallagher who attained runners-up spot in the recent Lough Erne Links Golf Challenge, which included competing at Donegal Golf Club [Murvagh], Narin Portnoo and the prestigious Lough Erne Golf Resort, Enniskillen.The competition format was teams of four, two scores to count, with daily and overall team prizes, and with teams entered from all over Ireland, North and South, from Portrush to Cork. Off on Monday 21st July at Murvagh, the Links challenge began on a beautiful day with perfect playing conditions.Scoring was high with the winning team scoring 96 points while Pat’s team came in with a solid 88 points which left them 8 points behind the leaders going into day two.On the following day at Narin Portnoo, the scoring increased. Following a terrific start with each member of the team paring the first hole, the consistency continued with a number of pars on the front nine and a fantastic finish of three birdies in a row from 16th to 18th.This resulted in an overall total of 99 points on the day, five points clear of second place and a one point lead in the overall standings going into the final day, which was to be played at the prestigious Nick Faldo designed Lough Erne Golf Resort. One of the finest golf courses in Ireland and further afield.Soaring temperatures of up to 26 degrees made it difficult to play golf on such a demanding course, and while scoring was not up to the high standard of previous days.The Letterkenny team scored 80 points which left them in the running to finish high up on the overall leader board.Overall Result:After three days of golf on three magnificent courses and in glorious sunshine the team from Letterkenny finished second overall in the three day Links Challenge, losing out to a team from Fota Island Golf Resort, Co.Cork. Participating in the Lough Erne Challenge and finishing second in the team event was a fantastic achievement resulting in each member of the team enjoying a wonderful feast of golf.GOLF NEWS: LETTERKENNY TEAM RUNNERS-UP AT LOUGH ERNE LINKS GOLF CHALLENGE was last modified: July 31st, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:golfletterkennyNoticesSportlast_img read more