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first_img Moyes succeeded Sir Alex Ferguson in the United hotseat in the summer of 2013 but lasted just eight months in the post. Ferdinand has not spoken to Moyes since but asked if he would like to, the former England centre-back told CNN World Sport: “Yes, of course. I’ve got nothing against him as a person. “As I said, I’m saying that he’s a gentleman, a great man. As I said, I’ve never had any bad words to say about him at all in that respect as a person.” United won the Barclays Premier League in Ferguson’s final season in charge but then slumped to seventh last term and failed to qualify for the Champions League. New manager Louis van Gaal has since overseen a £150million facelift in the hope of pushing United back up the league. But even though such a spending spree has been deemed necessary, Ferdinand resents suggestions that Ferguson allowed the squad to grow stale. He said: “I don’t understand how people can say (that). You’ve got some great players throughout the squad. You win the league by 11 points. You’ve got to be a top team to do that. “So he goes and then it all falls apart? So that’s his fault? How can people say that? Ferdinand has been critical of Moyes’ methods at Old Trafford in his imminent autobiography. The 35-year-old, who is now at QPR, said Moyes’ approach last season unintentionally created a “negative vibe” and some of United’s play under the Scot was “embarrassing”. “I don’t think the buck stops with Sir Alex Ferguson at all. I think you leave and you win a trophy. There’s not many better ways to go out than that.” Ferdinand left United when his contract expired and he was released at the end of last season. Asked if he was frustrated about how it ended, he said: “Yes. But you can’t keep looking back and thinking like that. “I think, yes, I’ve had thoughts like that but at the same time it’s been really nice to see a lot of the young lads getting their opportunities.” Press Association Former Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand has said he would welcome the chance to speak to ex-manager David Moyes.last_img read more

first_img Published on March 31, 2016 at 6:54 pm Contact Chris: [email protected] | @ChrisLibonati Facebook Twitter Google+ Syracuse (23-13, 9-9 Atlantic Coast) arrived in Houston for the Final Four on Wednesday and head coach Jim Boeheim addressed the media on Thursday. The Orange will face No. 1 seed North Carolina (32-6, 14-4) on Saturday at 8:49 p.m. at NRG Stadium in Houston. Syracuse is 4-0 against the last four No. 1 seeds it has faced in the NCAA Tournament.Here are three things Boeheim talked about:Michael Gbinije is one of the most improved players he’s ever coachedAll season, Michael Gbinije has lead Syracuse, especially on the stat sheet. He’s yet to score under double digits this season — 36 games going strong. It hasn’t always been that way. When he got to Syracuse, Boeheim said he had to be tough on Gbinije.“He’s developed his body,” Boeheim said. “He’s worked really hard in the off-season. He’s become a very good shooter and ball handler. He’s really become a point guard in a lot of ways.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“It’s been a tremendous evolution. I think he’s improved as much or more than any player that I’ve ever coached.”On Saturday, the Orange will need him against a team it has lost to twice. In the two games, Gbinije played against the Tar Heels this season, he shot just 9-of-29 (31 percent) and scored a combined 27 points.Losing wins hurts Boeheim the most of all the NCAA sanctionsBoeheim was once again asked about the NCAA sanctions and said that the most frustrating punishment of all was the vacated wins.“Losing the games is the most irritating thing to me because there’s many situations and past cases where similar things, exact same things happen,” Boeheim said, “and games were not taken away.“We presented all that stuff. But, you know, nobody listened. But that was the thing that probably bothered me as much as anything.”Earlier this season, Boeheim sat out nine games and Mike Hopkins served as Syracuse’s interim head coach. SU went just 4-5 and suffered its worst loss of the season against St. John’s. The program was given back one scholarship per year in its appeal of the NCAA’s penalty. The governing body had initially taken away four per year for three years.“I thought the words of one of the ex-members of the committee said the other day were good,” Boeheim said. “I thought they’re not trying to punish, cripple you, they’re giving you a punishment. If it hurts you, it hurts you. That’s life.“I was surprised to read this a little bit. They’re not trying to intentionally do that. I’m not entirely sure that’s true, but that’s what he said.”Later in the press conference, Boeheim lamented that he wasn’t a cheater despite the tags applied to the program because of the NCAA penalties.“But when they say ‘cheating,’ that’s not true. Rules being broken is a lot different. Cheating to me is intentionally doing something, like you wanted to get this recruit, you arranged a job for him, or you went to see him when you shouldn’t. You called him when you shouldn’t to gain an edge in recruiting, to get a really good player. That’s cheating.“I think if something happens that you’re not aware of, it doesn’t really affect the recruit, I don’t look at it the same way. It’s a violation. I think when rules are violated, there should be a punishment.”Roy Williams and the 2003 national championship gameWilliams and Boeheim are two of the preeminent college coaches of the last decade. Both have been dealt with NCAA investigations, even though the organization hasn’t handed down North Carolina’s punishments yet.Back in 2003, before Boeheim faced those penalties and before Roy Williams gave “a sh*t” about North Carolina, the two met in the national championship game. A Hakim Warrick block prevented Williams from getting his first national championship while giving Boeheim his.“I said, ‘You’ll win one.’ Didn’t tell him he’d win two. I hope I didn’t make him think he could win three. Same thing Bob Knight said to me,” Boeheim said. “He said, ‘You’ll win one of these one of these days,’ in ’87. He didn’t tell me it was going to be 16 years, but he did say that to me.“You know, when you win the national championship, as far as me, everybody is different, everyone has their own thoughts, but I think if you can win a national championship in coaching, I don’t care if you coach 50 years, it’s good. Everything’s good.”“It’s kind of like if one of you guys could win the Pulitzer prize, you’d be happy, wouldn’t you? Would you have to win two? I probably shouldn’t bring that up in this room.” Commentslast_img read more

first_imgWales have boosted their hopes of qualifying for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia after they defeated Georgia 1-0 in Tblisi in what was a must-win game for Chris Coleman and his men.Derby County midfielder Tom Lawrence was the matchwinner for Wales with his 20-yard strike four minutes after the interval. He received a pass from Arsenal star Aaron Ramsey before unleashing the strike to give Wales the only goal of the game.Speaking after the game, Wales manager Chris Coleman praised his player’s commitment. He said:“The players didn’t disappoint. It was a tough surface and we found it difficult at times.“We made some great situations, which we didn’t always capitalise on – but the commitment from the lads was great.“All we can do is work hard and take care of our business. We have a huge test on Monday against the Republic of Ireland. We have a gameplan and we will see where it takes us.“It was always going to be tight in this group and I felt it would always go down to the last game.” he concluded.Wales midfielder Aaron Ramsey also spoke about the game. He said:“We found a way to break them down. We wanted to go back to Cardiff with three points and it will be a big game against Ireland on Monday now.“We find a way and that is why this team is so special.“We are halfway there. We wanted to finish with two wins. Hopefully we can give our fans something to cheer about on Monday.” he further added. RelatedColeman Names 23-Man Squad For Upcoming World Cup QualifiersSeptember 28, 2017In “World Cup”Giggs Appointed Wales Manager On A 4-Year DealJanuary 15, 2018In “England”I Have To Travel Abroad To Achieve My Champions League Ambitions – ColemanNovember 14, 2017In “Europe”last_img read more

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