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first_img It is widely expected United will confirm David Moyes as their next manager, possibly as early as Thursday, although Everton chairman Bill Kenwright said on Wednesday night he had no knowledge of a deal being done. Some have viewed the task as impossible given Ferguson’s staggering collection of trophies. But Gill does not agree, and he told MUTV: “It is a dream job. We knew this day would come. We have been preparing for it. The new manager will inherit a great squad and infrastructure off the pitch, with a great staff.” Manchester United chief executive David Gill has labelled the chance to succeed Sir Alex Ferguson at Old Trafford as “the dream job”. He added: “He will be walking into a difficult situation in terms of the number of trophies, but the positive of also having the support of the Manchester United family.” Gill said Ferguson’s successor would be expected to take an interest in the club from top to bottom. “The qualities we are looking for are the ones that have been inherent at Manchester United for many years,” said Gill. “Our two most successful eras were with managers who got involved with all aspects of the club, from the youth team to the first team, and had that degree of loyalty and understanding of the football club. “Clearly he has to have the requisite football experience, both in terms of domestic and European experience. It is a small pool but we will move forward.” The major drawback for Moyes is that his European experience is limited to just 26 games, fewer than United have managed in the last three seasons alone. However, Moyes’ name is openly being discussed in the United dressing room and it now would be a sensational development if the 50-year-old were not installed, even though Ferguson is not standing down until after his final game at West Brom on May 19. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

first_img Published on December 14, 2011 at 12:00 pm Contact Ryne: rjgery@syr.edu Quentin Hillsman rose to his feet on the sideline in anticipation of La’Shay Taft’s wide-open 3-point attempt from the left wing. Taft set her feet, received a cross-court pass and let it go.The Syracuse head coach then threw his arms in the air and tilted his head, trying to will the ball into the basket. But a split second later, his arms and head went down.It was Taft’s sixth shot of the first half against Coppin State. And it was her sixth miss.‘Some days we have on days, some days we have off days,’ Taft said. ‘It’s life, you know?’For Taft and Syracuse, it seems that nearly every game this season has been an off day from beyond the arc. The Orange (7-3, 0-1 Big East) is shooting a paltry 23.2 percent from 3-point range through 10 games this year. That dismal shooting performance has made Syracuse a one-dimensional team on offense, with a predictable strategy heading into each game. It’s something that has played a large part in SU losing three of its last four games.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSyracuse will try again to find its stroke on the perimeter against Xavier (3-5) at the Duel in the Desert on Sunday at 3 p.m. in Las Vegas. The Orange also plays Oklahoma (4-3) and Ohio (5-5) as part of the tournament.The Orange went 12-for-76 (15.8 percent) from long range in its last four games and relied too heavily on its inside game as a result. Every time down the floor, the first option is to get the ball to SU center Kayla Alexander and the forwards on the block.Without even a marginal threat on the perimeter, though, opponents have keyed on shutting down the inside, daring Syracuse’s guards to shoot as they packed the paint on defense. It was a strategy an inferior Coppin State team employed to give the Orange a scare in a 56-50 narrow SU victory last Saturday. But even as the turnovers piled up, Syracuse continued to throw the ball down low into traffic.‘We got in our high-low and when we didn’t get it, it would be a turnover and we were still were looking and were forcing it, pounding it in,’ SU guard Carmen Tyson-Thomas said. ‘Because when you’re not making shots, you have to do something else.’Looking inside proved to be the only option against Coppin State. So as Tyson-Thomas said, the Orange forced the ball into the post.On one possession early in the second half, Rachel Coffey came down the floor and scanned her options. She zeroed in on Alexander, who was fighting for position in the low post and lobbed a pass in her direction from the top of the key.But Alexander had already turned away and the ball fell into the waiting arms of Eagles center Jeanine Manley. Hillsman could only lean back helplessly against the scorer’s table, bewildered by the play as Coppin State rushed up the court for an easy bucket in transition.The Eagles knew exactly what to expect on each Orange possession. And it showed.Syracuse finished with 27 turnovers and went 17-for-70 from the field — its worst shooting performance of the year.‘The past couple games we haven’t really shot the ball (well) from the perimeter,’ Hillsman said. ‘But obviously we can see what those results are when you don’t. … So we need to get some balance and we need to get our guards scoring the basketball.’It starts with Taft. The guard arrived at Syracuse as a heralded recruit known for her accuracy from 3-point range. But in her sophomore season, that shooting touch has inexplicably disappeared. She is 15-for-71 from long range this season, a 21.1 percent clip.Her struggles were perhaps most obvious last Saturday against Coppin State. She missed all six shot attempts in the first half, and her off day continued after the break.After misfiring on her first two shots of the second half, Taft shot an air ball from beyond the arc on the left wing with just over six minutes to play. On SU’s ensuing possession, Taft revealed her frustration. Despite being outnumbered 1-on-4 on the break and with Hillsman urging her to pull it out, she forced the issue and missed a left-handed layup.It was her 10th and final shot of the night. Ten misses.‘I’m going through a little process now, trying to find the rituals and get a rhythm, see what works for me,’ Taft said. ‘I’ve got to do something consistent and have a good rhythm to getting things done. So that’s a process that I’m in now in trying to find myself and my game.’rjgery@syr.edu Commentscenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

first_imgFort St. John Staff Sergeant Ward Johnson is encouraging the City to look at budgeting for more RCMP members.The current edition of the 2009 Operating Budget does not allow for any new RCMP members. The RCMP will still see new members join the force this year, but that is from the 2008 budget. In many cases it can take anywhere from 12 to 24 months before a requested recruit is available in any given community.A 2006 Human Resources Needs Analysis stated that the RCMP need approximately 40 regular members to provide sufficient service levels in the community. Currently the RCMP has 32 regular members and that number has increased only by 7 since 1981.- Advertisement -Staff Sergeant Ward Johnson says there is away for the detachment to get more regular members without increasing the Operational Budget. Currently the RCMP runs a vacancy rate where members are not paid for by the city while they are on maternity/paternity leave or injured. This free’s up money in the RCMP’s budget that is normally returned to the city at the end of the year.The problem with using that money is it doesn’t provide a permanent solution as once those members return to regular duty, that money is no longer available.Council will now look at the idea of adding more members, but that could change the Operational Budget. The idea will be discussed further at the next council meeting scheduled for Monday.Advertisementlast_img read more