Barcelona have been backed in their rumoured pursuit of Neymar and Antoine Griezmann by former boss Pep Guardiola.Paris Saint-Germain forward Neymar has been tipped to return to Camp Nou ahead of next season, just two years after departing in a world-record deal.Griezmann revealed last month he is keen on a move away from Atletico Madrid, meanwhile, with Barcelona previously close to signing him. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? And Guardiola, who spent four years as Barcelona head coach before joining Bayern Munich and then his current side Manchester City, thinks both players would suit the La Liga champions.”It all depends on the idea you have in mind with the sporting director and the coach,” Guardiola told reporters at a presentation in Barcelona.”The good [players] are always welcome in any team. Those two are very good.”Guardiola coached Neymar during his time at Barcelona, but he refused to get too caught up in the speculation.”I’m not going to say anything, it does not belong to me,” he said. “This belongs to Barcelona. I’ve lived in this club for a long time and I do not want any opinion to be misinterpreted.”Guardiola won the Champions League twice and La Liga three times during his time in charge of the Catalan giants, but the 48-year-old has no intention of returning in a boardroom position.”I will return to Barcelona sooner or later. But as president, forget about it,” he said. “To be president, you have to know [what you’re doing] and be prepared; to have knowledge that I don’t have.”I’m trying to be a good coach; that hasn’t gone too badly in this decade. I will return to Barcelona to live, sooner or later.”While rivals Real Madrid have set about dramatically restructuring their team, Barcelona’s transfer window has been a little more frustrating so far.It had seemed inevitable that Griezmann would me backing the move to Camp Nou, but his transfer appears to have stalled in recent weeks with other clubs linked with the as yet stranded wantaway Atletico man.But, with his transfer release clause dropping on July 1 – from €200 million (£179m/$227m) to €120 million (£107m/$136m) – the move could accelerate at the turn of the month.
SPMA Professional Development Workshop Convocation season is a reminder of that burning question that every student thinks about … what’s next?On Friday, May 24, the Sport Management department brought alumni to campus to speak to students about life after Brock, and their career trajectory. Kojo Mensah (BSM ’04), Joel Cote (BSM ’01), Derek Paton (BSM ’03), Melody Rioux (BSM ’02), Jessie Barrett (BSM ’10), Dan Hess (BSM ’06) and David Frizzell spoke to a group of SPMA 1P94 students at a professional development workshop designed to shed light on various career paths, the skills that are necessary to succeed in the working world and opportunities in the sport industry – three topics described by Prof. Julie Stevens as a good opportunity for “perspective building” for students.Student attendee, Patrick Allen explained that “it was good to see real-life examples of career paths, some direct and not-so-direct; and interesting to see some are not in the professional sport industry or even the sport industry at all.”Many speakers encouraged the students to “find a mentor” as mentors can give career advice and help build connections with other professionals. Students took advantage of the lunch session to begin to build relationships and network with the visiting speakers.Stevens suggested that alumni like to give back to current students and take advantage of “opportunities to share knowledge” with younger students as a way to pay it forward. The benefits to these alumni and career panels often go both ways, though; the chance to build professional relationships (with students and fellow alumni) is important for both student and speaker.Brock’s Mentorship Plus program is another opportunity to speak to current students, connect, expand professional networks, and refine valuable skills like leadership, communication and problem solving. The program pairs graduating students with an alumnus in the same area of expertise or academia. If you are a graduate who believes that, as Stevens put it, you “have something good to share,” Mentorship Plus may be an opportunity for you.Whether you’re looking to speak to students through an alumni panel or speaker event, or if you’re looking to mentor in a one-to-one relationship like Mentorship Plus, there are many opportunities to share what you know. For more information, email Meaghan Moore at mmoore2@Brocku.ca