January 20

Troubled Inter Milan turn to Pioli

first_img Inter fans have blamed the club’s complicated global management structure for the team’s troubles. The club president is Erick Thohir, an Indonesian entrepreneur, who purchased Inter from the Moratti family three years ago and who now has 30 per cent of the ownership after the recent restructuring. And there are five Chinese representatives on the club’s nine-member board of directors – Ren Jun, Mi Xin, Liu Jun, Yang Yang and Zhang Kangyang. During Inter’s win over Crotone, supporters displayed banners that read, ‘Shame on the management’, and, ‘Thanks Frank, you’re paying for errors that were not yours’. Pioli becomes Inter’s ninth coach since Jose Mourinho led the club to a treble in 2010. The others were Rafa Benitez, Leonardo, Gian Piero Gasperini, Claudio Ranieri, Andrea Stramaccioni, Walter Mazzarri, Mancini and De Boer. MANAGEMENT STRUCTURE ROME, Italy (AP): Former Lazio coach Stefano Pioli was hired by struggling Inter Milan yesterday, replacing the fired Frank de Boer and tasked with restoring the 18-time Serie A champions to respectability. Inter announced that they signed Pioli to coach through next season and that he will be introduced tomorrow. Besides Lazio, the 51-year-old Pioli previously coached his hometown club Parma plus Chievo Verona, Palermo and Bologna in Serie A. In 218 matches as a Serie A coach, his teams have a record of 73 wins, 62 draws and 83 losses. “He seems to me to be a logical choice,” former Inter president Massimo Moratti said. “He’s a coach who knows Italian football and who has always made his clubs play well.” De Boer was fired last week after Inter lost seven of 14 matches in all competitions. Inter’s youth squad coach, Stefano Vecchi, had been given temporary control of the senior team for a 2-1 loss at Southampton in the Europa League on Thursday – leaving the Nerazzurri last in their group – and a 3-0 win over last-place Crotone on Sunday in Serie A. Inter are in ninth place in the Italian league, 13 points behind leaders Juventus. PIOLI’S DEBUT Pioli’s debut will come in the derby against AC Milan on November 20. Considered the next in a long-line of Italian tacticians, Pioli was considered the safest choice after a long weekend of meetings and interviews conducted by Inter’s management even though he has never coached a major club. Other coaches reported to have interviewed for the job included Marcelino, Italian great Gianfranco Zola and the well-travelled Guus Hiddink. Big Italian clubs rarely hold interviews for coaches in the public manner that Inter did, which sparked perplexity among the club’s supporters. “I never held any casting interviews but I observed (coaches) on my own,” Moratti said. “They’re different systems, but it’s not like one way is right and the other is wrong. It’s a transparent method to make a well-informed choice.” In Pioli’s first season at Lazio, he led the Rome club to a third-place finish. He was fired by Lazio in April after a 4-1 derby loss to Roma. As a player, Pioli was a centre back for Juventus, Hellas Verona and Fiorentina. While financial details were not announced, the La Gazzetta dello Sport reported that Pioli will earn €1.4 million (US$200 million Jamaican) for the remainder of this season and nearly €2 million (US$285 million) for next season. De Boer was hired less than two weeks before the season began following the unexpected resignation of Roberto Mancini, who reportedly wanted more control over the transfer market and clashed with Suning, the Chinese retail giant that took control of 70 per cent of Inter in June.last_img read more

January 18

Ready to rumble

first_imgJerwin Ancajas. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netJerwin Ancajas, the reigning IBF world bantamweight champion, is not a big fan of the rambunctious fight-week hype.On the day he came face-to-face against challenger Alejandro Santiago of Mexico, Ancajas greeted him with a warmth more suited for old friends than enemies scheduled for a vicious square off in the ring.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Ancajas is coming from an uneventful unanimous decision win over fellow Filipino Jonas Sultan last May also in California.Santiago (16-2-4 with seven KOs) can’t be discounted though as he is also trying to snag bigger paychecks.The fight card includes as comainer a non-title fight between IBF super middleweight champion Jose Uzcategui (27-2, 23 KOs) and Ezequiel Maderna (26-4, 16 KOs).Filipino featherweight contender Genesis Servania (31-1, 14 KOs) will take on Carlos Carlson (22-4, 13 KOs) while Giovanni Delgado (16-7, 9 KOs) fights Joshua Greer Jr. (17-1-1, 9 KOs) in a super bantamweight bout.ADVERTISEMENT Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal View comments Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? MOST READ Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew LATEST STORIES They once again crossed paths Wednesday in the final presser with nary an incident that promoters could use to fuel interest in the fight.But that doesn’t mean there won’t be fireworks when Ancajas (30-1-1 with 20 knockouts) stakes his two-year-old belt against the dangerous Santiago on Saturday morning (Manila time), at Oracle Arena in Oakland, California.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissThe 26-year-old Ancajas vowed to come up with a performance that would finally put him in line for a big fight.“The last fight I wasn’t that impressive,” admitted Ancajas. “This time I trained very hard and long. We did things we didn’t do before, and we’ll try our best to come up with a better performance this time.” Female chessers turn back Venezuelan rivalslast_img read more

December 25


first_imgAdvertorialThey have been one of the Donegal team biggest supporters and now Evolve Menswear are official stockists of all Donegal GAA gear.All the official clothing regalia including polo shirts, jerseys and hoodies are in stock at the leading clothing stockist. Last year’s jerseys and hoodies are probably well-worn after the large numbers of outings they underwent!And hopefully any investment in another hoodie or jersey will get the same value for money until Jim and the boys lift Sam again in September. IS YOUR DONEGAL HOODIE 10 YEARS OLD – YOU NEED TO ‘EVOLVE’! was last modified: June 21st, 2013 by StephenShare 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)last_img read more