Adams warning for Gunners

first_imgFormer Arsenal defender Tony Adams would love to succeed Arsene Wenger as Gunners manager, but insists the team must be rebuilt if they are to challenge for silverware. “One hundred per cent I’d like to be Arsenal manager,” Adams told Zapsportz.com “Of course my heart says ‘yes, yes, yes’, but my head says ‘can I win with this current team?’ My answer is no, I can’t and I am not sure anyone can. “I would want assurances if I walk through the door, those assurances meaning I’m given the go ahead to build a new team. “I would get my teeth into building a new team but to achieve that, you would need to spend. “To keep hitting the top four and qualifying for the Champions League is great, and Arsene has done such a great job, but there is going to come a day, and that won’t be far away, when Arsene leaves. “For a long time he has been a one-man band, but that won’t happen again. The next man appointed will be the head coach, not the manager.” Adams believes one of Arsenal’s greatest failings is a wage structure that pays top players too little and average players too much and also questions his tactics. “I know Arsene would not spend £25million on buying Bayern’s goalkeeper Manuel Neuer for example, no matter how much he might need a new keeper,” Adams said. “I think that is a great policy, but the club needs to restructure its wages spend, that is a vastly different matter. “The club are paying in excess of £150million on players’ wages but there have been a lot of average players on £50,000 a week when the big teams now need four or five players on a lot of money. “Arsenal do not attract those big players because of their wages structure.” Adams added: “Also, Arsene plays too open. I’ve more of a defensive eye. That’s not to say I would be defensive, but the club have bought too many players like Santi Cazorla and Tomas Rosicky and not enough Patrick Vieira types.” Wenger has come under renewed criticism for his failure to make any significant signings during the transfer window with the Arsenal Supporters’ Trust declaring it would be currently “inappropriate” to offer him a new contract. Adams, who made 504 appearances for Arsenal between 1983 and 2002, believes that whoever replaces Wenger will be given a different role to the Frenchman. Press Associationlast_img read more

Quinton de Kock won’t be SA’s Test captain, confirms Graeme Smith

first_imgJohannesburg: Graeme Smith, who has been appointed South Africas director of cricket for the next two years, has confirmed that Quinton de Kock will not be given the extra responsibility of Test captaincy.“The one thing I can confirm is that Quinton will be our white-ball captain and he won’t be the Test captain going forward,” ESPNcricinfo quoted Smith as saying on Friday.“We want to keep Quinton fresh and playing well. I’ve always believed, having been in the job myself, that captaining all three formats is challenging. We’ve seen a number of nations trying to figure out what’s best and I think across three formats, it probably doesn’t work.”“From a workload and mental capacity, we felt that to burden him with all three formats wouldn’t be beneficial for us. And with the style of personality and player that he is, we want to keep him as expressive as possible,” he added.The wicketkeeper-batsman was handed South Africa’s country’s white-ball captaincy in January and succeeded Faf du Plessis, who also stood down from the Test captaincy last year but remains available as a player.With the Proteas not scheduled to play any Tests before a tour to West Indies in July-August, Cricket South Africa will have time to decide whom to appoint Test captain.Smith, however, gave no indication of the likely replacement of du Plessis.“There’s no one person you can pinpoint,” he said. “There are a lot of players on a similar level.”But the new CSA director indicated that the Proteas could take a chance on someone with potential. “We’ve got to understand the personalities, look at the people and maybe take a risk on someone potentially and back them,” Smith said. “Coming from a person who a risk was taken on, it is something we would consider,” he added. IANSAlso Read: Team India ‘unbelievable’ but we are confident: Quinton de KockAlso Watch: COVID-19 prevention: Kamrup(M) district administration selling vegetableslast_img read more

Premier League restarts on 17 June with Man City v Arsenal, Villa v Sheff Utd

first_imgThe Premier League season is set to restart on 17 June with Aston Villa v Sheffield United and Manchester City v Arsenal, the BBC has learned.The matches are the two games in hand.A full fixture list would then be played on the weekend of 19-21 June.Clubs are still discussing the idea at a meeting on Thursday, but it is understood all have agreed in principle at this stage.There are 92 fixtures still to play.The Premier League was suspended on 13 March because of the pandemic and it will be 100 days after Leicester City’s 4-0 win over Aston Villa on 9 March that competition will resume, with games now behind closed doors.On Wednesday, clubs unanimously voted to resume contact training, having started non-contact training last week.So far 12 people have tested positive for coronavirus after 2,752 tests across the league.Premier League players and staff will continue to be tested twice a week, with the capacity increased from 50 to 60 tests per club for the fourth round of testing.Any players or staff to test positive must self-isolate for a period of seven days.Plans for the third phase of Project Restart include a step towards normal training and build-up to competitive games.Liverpool currently sit 25 points clear at the top of the table while Bournemouth, Aston Villa and Norwich City are in the relegation places.The Reds, chasing a first league title in 30 years, could clinch it with victory in their first game back should second-placed Manchester City lose to Arsenal. Source: BBClast_img read more