Arsenal target Manchester City talent spotter who unearthed Jadon Sancho in academy revamp Morrow is one of eight coaches believed to have been axed by Arsenal (Picture: Getty)Top of their list is Manchester City’s Shields, who has been credited with bringing Jadon Sancho to the Etihad before his departure to Borussia Dortmund.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTBoth Edu and head of academy Per Mertesacker are looking to expand their scouting network both domestically and abroad, with results at certain age levels dipping in recent years.Despite enjoying a prominent role with the Premier League champions, Arsenal are hopeful of persuaded Shields to move to north London.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 ArsenalShields has held various roles at City since 2013, having also worked at the academies of Fulham and Crystal Palace.He is expected to be one of few new arrivals in the restructure, however, with both Edu and Mertesacker concerned by how large the academy backroom staff had become. Advertisement Comment Advertisement Mertesacker is keen to reduce the number of academy coaches at Arsenal (Picture: Getty)Hinting at this restructure in the summer, Mertesacker previously said: ‘The amount of staff we have in academies is, I’ve never seen anything like it.‘On one hand it’s good to take care of the players but I don’t know, sometimes I get confused by the number of people who have an impact on one kid. We’re talking 100 people or more have an influence on one kid over years. It’s quite a heavy load.’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 Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 6 Nov 2019 6:00 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1.6kShares Technical director Edu is heading up an overhaul of the Gunners’ academy structure (Picture: Getty)Arsenal are looking to add a new face to their academy after axing eight staff members and are reportedly targeting Manchester City’s head of academy recruitment and talent Joe Shields.Gunners technical director Edu has decided to streamline the club’s bloated backroom team, with head of youth scouting Steve Morrow the most notable departure.Although Edu was concerned by the number of staff employed at London Colney, the Daily Mail report that Arsenal do want fresh blood as part of the restructure.
Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error PHOENIX >> The message has been fairly simple.Lakers coach Luke Walton wants his team to follow three guidelines: Pass the ball to the open man, take high-percentage shots and play with effort on offense and defense.It has become difficult, though, for the Lakers to deliver on that message. The Lakers (19-45) enter Thursday’s game against the Phoenix Suns (21-43) at Talking Stick Resort Arena with an eight-game losing streak, primarily because they stray from those parameters when opponents go on double-digit runs.“Any team that is looking for a rhythm, seeing us on their schedule is a bulls-eye,” Lakers forward Larry Nance Jr. said. “I personally hate it. We all should. That’s what we’re working toward erasing.” Before allowing those comments to suggest he dislikes his players’ work habits, Walton clarified.“Our guys are putting in the work,” Walton said. “They’re committed to the gym. They come in early and stay after. They’re on the right path.”Walton has praised second-year guard D’Angelo Russell of late for developing a more consistent and disciplined routine. Walton noted that Randle has worked closely with Lakers assistant coach Jesse Mermuys, including detailed film sessions during which Mermuys offers brutally honest feedback. Walton also credits rookie forward Brandon Ingram for continuing daily workouts with assistant coach Brian Keefe.Recently, though, none of that work has translated into strong play when adversity strikes.“We have to cut the water off,” Randle said. “We have to be the aggressors from the beginning. That’s not always the case.”Deadline loomingThe Lakers have a decision to make, as Thursday’s game against Phoenix marks the final appearance for guard David Nwaba before his 10-day contract expires on Friday.Regardless of how Thursday’s game plays out, it sounds as if Walton will advocate for Nwaba. Though Nwaba has averaged just 2.3 points and 1.3 rebounds in 10.8 minutes through four games, Walton listed plenty of positive attributes.“He’s done, in my opinion, everything he can to deserve another 10-day (contract),” Walton said. “I like his defensive intensity. I like his character as a person. I like his work ethic. Those are types of qualities we want around our locker room.”Injury updateAlthough the Lakers listed Nance (sprained right wrist) and center Ivica Zubac (right quad contusion) as probable for Thursday’s game, Walton expects them to play.Nance practiced, though Walton noted Nance’s wrist “is hurting him pretty bad” as he mostly shot with his left hand. Walton said Zubac “looked like a brand new player” after running during Wednesday’s practice. Zubac sat out Tuesday’s game against Dallas, though he was available. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersIf only it were that simple.“Trust is a big part of it,” Walton said. “It’s important to continue to trust each other on both ends of the floor when things get tough. It’s natural to try to get it back yourself, whether you come down and shoot a 3-point shot right away or try to stop somebody by yourself without keeping in mind the team concept.”Walton conceded the team’s collective inexperience and youthful roster plays a part. It takes time, Walton noted, to shed poor defensive habits so many players develop while competing in games growing up. It takes time to foster chemistry.Repetition helps.“You can speed it up by getting in the gym and working more,” Walton said. “It’s easier to trust and rely on each other when you’re in the gym putting in those extra hours with each other and you see your teammates doing it.”
Airtel will contribute a total of shs 10 billion towards the Uganda Cranes for the next 4 years that will be shs 2.5 billion every year.THIS WEEK: Airtel resumes Cranes’ sponsorshipKampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | Airtel Uganda has resumed sponsorship of the National Football team – the Cranes sponsorship with Shs10billion.This meant that the Telecom Company has renewed its ongoing partnership with the Federation of Uganda Football Association (FUFA) as the official sponsor of the team for another four years. In addition to the national team that the company started sponsoring in 2013, it also sponsors the Uganda Cup and the FUFA Big League. Charles Bakkabulindi, the minister of state for sports commended Airtel. “We are grateful to see an international brand like Airtel sharing the passion and love that we have for this team by sponsoring them,” Bakabulindi said.Airtel’s Managing Director, V.G. Somasekhar said that since Airtel signed the partnership agreement with the Uganda Cranes national team, it has enjoyed a long list of successes both for the team and for the individual players. “To us, this is an indication that a strong partner that believes in you is a key component of success,” he said.Share on: WhatsApp
The amazing army of volunteers who make the difference in golf is being celebrated by England Golf this week. To mark Volunteer Week, the organisation is saying a big thank you to the 100,000+ people who give their time to support and grow golf in England.It is also pledging its commitment to support volunteers so they have a great experience, can connect with each other to improve their skills, and know that their contribution is valued.Volunteers are the backbone of clubs and counties and also take on a wide range of roles at national level. Matt Bloor, England Golf Volunteer Manager, said: “Volunteers are vital to golf and the game as we know it wouldn’t survivewithout them. They really are the hidden heroes of the game.“They work across every area of the sport, they’re crucial to the club structure and they’re involved at all levels, from encouraging new players to nurturing the most talented golfers.“This week is our opportunity to highlight their work and to draw attention to the pledges to support them which have been made by ourselves and partner organisations.”Individual volunteers who were thanked included Norfolk’s Sammy Martin and Angela Loveday. They set up a scheme at Royal Norwich Golf Club to give new golfers a great experience and keep them playing.Meanwhile in County Durham, new volunteers are swinging into action thanks to a partnership project run by the county union and England Golf. “The county needed to recruit more volunteers and we supported them with publicity, flyers and content for their website. As a result about 10 people expressed interest and most are now actively involved,” said Matt Bloor.Durham County Union Secretary Jonathan Ward commented: “England Golf was a great help in providing guidance and support in putting together a project to help us recruit new volunteers to support our varied work.“From advising on a marketing plan, to providing templates to save time, they helped to bring the idea of volunteering in golf in Durham to the forefront of golfers’ thoughts.”Click here for further information about volunteering.Caption: Volunteer referee Sue McKeon in action at the Brabazon Trophy (image copyright Leaderboard Photography) Tags: England Golf, Volunteer 7 Jun 2018 England Golf celebrates the game’s hidden heroes