Xavi wants ‘dream team’ of coaching assistants at Barcelona

first_imgFormer Barcelona captain, Xavi has reiterated his desire to one day become head coach at Camp Nou and stated that he would like to draft in the likes of former team-mates Carles Puyol and Jordi Cruyff to assist him in his duties. The Catalan club had been in touch with the former midfielder – who is currently in the dugout of Qatari side Al Sadd – before appointing Quique Setien, but Xavi made it clear that the opportunity had come too quickly. Internal issues also played a part in the 40-year-old’s decision, with major questions continuing to be asked of president Josep Maria Bartomeu’s running of the club – particularly regarding the Blaugrana’s recent poor transfer business. It is widely believed that Xavi’s day will come, however, and the World Cup winner already appears to have plans in mind for who will make up his backroom staff. “I am delighted to continue gaining coaching experience and challenging myself, but of course it would be a privilege for me to train Barca one day,” he said in an interview with El Pais. “I’d want a dream team, with Jordi Cruyff, Carles Puyol and some current players. “I would like to make a team with important people who know the club, people who I trust and will be loyal to me.”Advertisement For now, however, Barca will have to make do with Setien, a man for whom Xavi admits to having great respect for due to his style of coaching, but admits that the exciting “Cruyffismo” style counts for little if the club doesn’t win games. “In January I told them that it was not the right time and since then they have not contacted me,” he said. “As a ‘cule’ I wish them the best. I respect Quique Setien a lot, he has a style very similar to what Barca needs, which is ‘Cruyffismo’, but another thing is the results that accompany…” The prevailing opinion on Barca at present is that they are overly reliant on Lionel Messi, a player who may well have hung up his boots by the time his old team-mate steps into the Camp Nou dugout, but Xavi still feels the Argentine can lead the club to another Champions League title. read also:Qatar FA fines Xavi, players over Coronavirus rules breach “Messi needs Barca and Barca needs Messi,” he added. “They have to make him happy because with him they will win more titles. I maintain a great friendship with him, I respect him a lot. “He’s a competitive animal, he always wants to win and for ten years he has been the best footballer in the world. Hopefully, we can meet again on a professional level. Having the best player in history on your team means you always have an ace to win.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Promoted Content7 Worst Things To Do To Your PhoneThis Guy Photoshopped Himself Into Celeb Pics And It’s Hysterical5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This YearCelebs Who Are Turning 50 This Year15 Celebs You Probably Didn’t Expect To Be CheerleadersInsane 3D Spraying Skills Turn In Incredible Street ArtWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?center_img Loading… last_img read more

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Barkley owes it to USC to stay

first_img“Suicide Blitz” ran Thursdays. To comment on this article, visit dailytrojan.com or email Danny at savitzky@usc.edu. USC junior quarterback Matt Barkley will no doubt have plenty of people in his ear over the next several weeks until the deadline to declare for the 2012 NFL draft comes in early January.Go for the money, they’ll say. Stay for the pride. Go to fulfill your dream of playing at the highest level. Stay to fulfill your dream of winning a Heisman.He’s heard it all before, and he’s thought about it all too. Ultimately, only he can decide what is best for him and those close to him.And if USC coach Lane Kiffin, Athletic Director Pat Haden, his teammates, his coaches, his friends and his fans are close to him, Barkley will realize that not only should he stay but that it’s his burden to come back for a fourth year.The USC football program currently rests in a precarious position, and whether it falls onto the side of perennial championship contention or the side of middling success for the next few years probably largely depends on what is likely one of the most important decisions Barkley has ever made in his entire life.Barkley owes it to the program to finish the job of restoring it to greatness for all USC has done to foster Barkley’s growth.One might wonder why an unpaid athlete that generates millions of dollars for the university without appreciable financial return owes anything to that university. One might wonder why this same athlete would owe anything to a football program that was not allowed to play for a national championship (and, effectively, a Heisman trophy or even a Rose Bowl title).But how often does a true freshman quarterback have the chance to start for a team ranked in the top-five in the preseason polls? How many quarterbacks have the kind of recruiting talent behind them to bring in two of the nation’s best receivers (sophomore Robert Woods and freshman Marqise Lee) in consecutive years sullied by sanctions — with another pair of receiver recruits from those two years (redshirt freshman Kyle Prater and freshman George Farmer) still awaiting playing time?Barkley committed to a university that carries the prestige and credibility necessary to provide all of that for him. Barkley attends a university with enough national recognition stowed away from its decade of immense success that it could get him the face time he needed to become the prospect he is today.Simply put, USC has enabled Barkley’s development in a way that almost no other program could hope to. Barkley realized his uniquely favorable position when he heard about the sanctions, and that’s why he decided to stay. That’s why he made an investment to a hopeless program.He saw what he could do for himself and the team. He saw the long-term hope for his career, and he saw the long-term hope for the program.When he envisioned that hope for the team about a year-and-a-half ago, you can bet he saw himself as a part of it. The distractions that have arisen since then would be hard to ignore for anyone, much less a wide-eyed 20-year-old on the brink of emerging to the elite level.No one could blame Barkley for succumbing to those distractions. Some might sigh, pout or even have some choice words for Barkley if they ever ran into him, but if they’d think about putting themselves in his position, they’d be able to relate.Kiffin acted quickly in his press conference after the season finale against UCLA to curb expectations for Barkley’s return, suggesting it would take the resolve and will of a “special Trojan” for Barkley to return for his senior season.It’s not likely Kiffin is as pessimistic about the situation in private, and he probably hasn’t made his final stand in attempting to persuade Barkley himself.But let’s assume Kiffin is right. Let’s assume Barkley would have to go above and beyond and do something special for the football program.If Barkley realized just how unique his situation at USC has been … If he took note of each and every decision USC made over the last three seasons to make things great for him … If he understood just how talented he already is, he’d be back at practice in the spring. And it would probably be difficult to grasp why it was even a hard decision to make in the first place.The burden is on Barkley to make sure everything USC has done for him doesn’t go unanswered. And all it takes is a year.last_img read more

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Sportech appoints ‘transformation pro’ Chris Rigg as governance advisor

first_img Related Articles StumbleUpon Sportech highlights new client wins under lockdown June 26, 2020 tweet Ian Hogg joins RPM Gaming as Chairman May 5, 2020 Share Submit UK Tote gains international ‘commingling pool ecosystem’ with Sportech April 17, 2020 LSE-listed racing and wagering systems provider Sportech Plc has confirmed the appointment of Christian ‘Chris’ Rigg as an Independent Non-Executive Director, advising corporate governance from 1 January 2019.A + 20-year corporate finance executive, Rigg is a former Barclays Bank executive, who has served as Chief Executive of Northern Recruitment Group and UK pharmaceuticals supplier Quantum.Sportech governance notes the appointment of Rigg as a corporate advisor, highlighting the executive’s experience and knowledge in business strategy and development of effective transformation projects.“Rigg implemented a new strategy which helped simplify and grow the business and led to the acquisition of Quantum by Clinigen for an enterprise value of £160 million.” details Sportech governance in its corporate update.Richard McGuire, Executive Chairman of Sportech, said: “We are delighted to welcome Chris to the Board.  His extensive experience at a senior level within public  and private companies will undoubtedly be of great value to Sportech.”Rigg joins Sportech governance, as the firm continues its executive search for a chief executive replacement of US-based Andrew Gaughan, who confirmed his leadership departure from Sportech during November trading.last_img read more

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Stephen Curry’s agent, Warriors say nude photos leaked on Twitter are not of him

first_imgThe alleged nude photos of Stephen Curry that leaked out to Twitter don’t actually feature the two-time NBA MVP, Curry’s agent said.Jeff Austin told the Daily Mail’s Alex Raskin the photos are “absolutely” not of Curry, and a Warriors source claimed the leak is a hoax, the San Francisco Chronicle’s Connor Letourneau reported. “Of course it’s not him,” the team source said.MORE: Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson smells what the Bucks are cooking The origin of the photos is unclear, but they quickly spread across social media early Friday, resulting in Curry’s name shooting up the trending topics list. Curry’s wife, Ayesha, was not part of the leak, her publicist told Cassandra Negley of Yahoo Sports.The person who distributed the photos could face serious legal consequences given that uploading them to Twitter almost certainly violates revenge porn laws. Under the California penal code, for example, it is illegal to distribute images “where the victim is identifiable; with the intent to cause serious emotional distress to the victim; and the victim actually suffered such distress.”Curry, who has averaged 23.5 points, 6.6 assists and 4.5 rebounds over 11 seasons with Golden State, played in only four games this year before suffering a broken left hand. The Warriors are expected to provide an update on his status in early February.last_img read more

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