Jamie Carragher warns Brendan Rodgers over accepting Arsenal job Comment Jamie Carragher has warned Brendan Rodgers about taking the Arsenal job (Sky Sports)Jamie Carragher has warned Brendan Rodgers that he could damage his reputation if he decides to leave Leicester City for Arsenal.The Gunners are currently searching for a permanent manager after sacking Unai Emery earlier this week.Rodgers has been among the names linked with the role following an excellent start to the season with Leicester City.But Carragher believes the former Liverpool boss should show loyalty to Leicester after he decided to leave Celtic to join the Foxes before the end of last season.ADVERTISEMENT‘Well he has got a clause, I think that’s obvious now,’ Carragher told Sky Sports. Metro Sport ReporterSunday 1 Dec 2019 9:16 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link181Shares Brendan Rodgers has been heavily linked with the post at Arsenal (Getty Images)‘I think the position Brendan Rodgers is in, there’s no doubt if you’re a player or a manager you want to get right to the top.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘At this moment Leicester sit second in the table and won the Premier League a few years ago.‘But we’d be lying if we all said Leicester are one of the top clubs in the country. They’re not.‘The established big six are, wherever Leicester finish in the league, they are the big ones who think they can do something in the Champions League and spend big money.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘I don’t think it’s right if Brendan Rodgers is even thinking about moving to Arsenal right now.‘Whether it was right or wrong, he got a lot of criticism from Celtic supporters for moving on before he finished the season, it was a tough decision for him because this job was the job everyone wanted, managers who couldn’t get a top-six job.‘Leicester was the job everyone wanted with the players they have, the infrastructure at the club, so he got it, took that decision and accepted he’d get stick off Celtic fans. Advertisement Freddie Ljungberg was appointed as Arsenal’s interim manager this week (PA Wire)‘I think if he moved now he’d almost get that tag of jumping ship very quickly from places. And I think he probably would deserve if it did that right now.‘I think it’s a bit harsh what happened with Celtic but certainly now I think he’s got to look at the next 18 months and think he’s really going to do something at Leicester.‘And maybe after those 18 months if a Tottenham, Arsenal, obviously he’s not going back to Liverpool, Manchester United could never happen, Manchester City… I don’t know, he’s going to want to go to one of those real big clubs, that’s just a fact.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal Advertisement
GAMURS, the company behind esports coverage site Dot Esports has closed a $3.5 million (£2.64m) round of funding in a capital raise led by Aura Funds Management. It has also announced a partnership with Puntaa, to launch an ICO for a daily fantasy sports (“DFS”) site with an esports focus. Credit: DreamHack and Will Copus for “remix”The initial report suggests that the money will be used to “expand games coverage” and “go global”. Given the wide reach that GAMURS already has, and CEO and Founder Riad Chikhani’s statement that: “he had chosen to take Aura on as an investor because of its connections to Asia”, could imply that GAMURS is targeting expansion into Asia.The report suggests that GAMURS is targeting 10 million monthly active users by the end of 2018, with the company currently on track to hit 4.5 million before the end of 2017. Tristan Terry, Aura Funds Management Associate Director told AFR: “As it becomes more mainstream … you will have the traditional marketing and technology businesses also looking at it and I think the niche tag will slowly disappear and it will become a standalone sector that demands the dollars of more traditional media companies.”He continued: “For us, the biggest focus of our investment process is to identify those sectors that are rising tides. This is a well-backed business with a strong register and VCs we trust. Riad has also done a great job of building it up from a ‘Facebook for gamers’ and he’s added the right people.”Interestingly, GAMURS has also partnered with Puntaa to launch Skrilla an esports Daily Fantasy offering. Skrilla is already regulated in Australia but outlined plans for expansion to Europe and North America already. It’s not the first esports DFS offering we’ve seen, and it will likely not be the last. The other facet of the partnership is the latest in a string of esports betting focused ICO based on Ethereum’s blockchain technology. The Skrilla token will go on sale at October 6th and there’s a “finite number of tokens to be sold”. There’s a maximum of 1,000,000,000 to be sold and it’s 2,500 SKR for 1 ETH. There’s 600,000,000 available on the initial sale and it scales down after the pre-sale. Assuming the quota is fulfilled in the Presale phase, it would mean 240,000 ETH would have been spent and at a value of approx $300 USD, that’s a whopping $72,000,000 raised. It comes amidst a spate of ICOs being released in the esports space. It seems as if there’s barely two days now before the latest crypto in the world of esports is revealed. As always, it’ll be interesting to see the uptake. The DFS industry still continues to have a tough time, and there’s little proven success in esports just yet. The likes of Vulcun and AlphaDraft are gone yet ESP is still going strong. Esports Insider says: Congratulations first and foremost to GAMURS for further investment. It’ll be interesting to see the direction that the site takes and if Asian expansion is at the forefront of company policy. As for Skrilla and the ICO, it’s the latest in an ever growing list of esports ICOs. We’ll keep an eye on how it goes.