Jose Mourinho aims subtle swipe at Arsenal over Mikel Arteta appointment

first_imgMikel Arteta was appointed Arsenal head coach on Friday afternoon (Picture: Getty)Jose Mourinho has taken aim at Arsenal and their decision to appoint Mikel Arteta by questioning clubs that hire managers with ‘zero defeats’ rather than those with proven pedigree.Arteta, 37, beat off a host of significantly more experienced candidates to land his dream job and the 37-year-old spoke with immense pride during an impressive opening press conference on Friday afternoon.Carlo Ancelotti was heavily linked with Arsenal after being sacked by Napoli but was ultimately overlooked for the position. The 60-year-old Italian and is now being tipped to take over the reins at Everton.Mourinho’s great rival, Pep Guardiola, has backed Arteta to do an ‘excellent job’ after watching his compatriot develop as his assistant at Manchester City.ADVERTISEMENT Arteta left City to take over the reins at the Emirates (Picture: Getty)Arteta hopes to be able to create the kind of ‘winning mentality’ that Guardiola built during their time at City.‘You have to be ruthless, consistent and fit every day the culture of the club to create a winning mentality,’ he said.‘Every day is important, every act is important.‘His work rate is incredible… For me the secret is that the players and staff have to believe what you’re trying to deliver.’ Metro Sport ReporterFriday 20 Dec 2019 11:14 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link5.4kShares Advertisement Comment Arteta insists he still has a good relationship with Guardiola (Picture: Getty)Arteta feels ‘a little bit sad’ about leaving City midway through the season but insists he remains on good terms with Guardiola.‘The relationship between me and Pep is incredibly good,’ he added.‘Obviously he was sad and the timing wasn’t the best for him but he understood, he knows how I’ve been growing and the needs I had emotionally, the ambitions I had and he kept giving me more and more over the years.More: FootballBruno Fernandes responds to Man Utd bust-up rumours with Ole Gunnar SolskjaerNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira moves‘If I had admiration for him before, after working with him I could not explain what a nice person he is and what a professional he is.‘The way he reacted with me looking at my eyes, he knew I was suffering because I was leaving him in a moment where obviously they need me a little bit.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘In that sense I feel a little bit sad but he’s been so supportive. We could not have left the relationship any better.’MORE: Manchester City keen on Ben Chilwell and Caglar Soyuncu but remain pessimistic over January signings Jose Mourinho aims subtle swipe at Arsenal over Mikel Arteta appointment Mourinho faces former club Chelsea at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium this weekend (Picture: Getty)However, the Tottenham manager appears bemused by Arteta’s appointment, considering the Spaniard has no experience in top-level management.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘The only point I can find – and it is for us to laugh a little bit – is that years ago the best managers were the guys with more victories and now the best is the guy with the fewest defeats,’ Mourinho said in the wake of Arteta’s appointment.‘So Ancelotti has three Champions Leagues, won the league in Italy, France and England and won cups here and there – but Ancelotti has lost, I don’t know, 200 matches?’ Mourinho said.‘I have lost 150-180 – Carlo is a little bit older than me.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‘I think now it is not about how much you won, it is about the matches we didn’t lose.‘So probably the best managers now are the managers with zero defeats.‘The only reason I can understand is that they look through the CVs and see guys with more defeats and guys with less defeats, so guys with less defeats are given the job.‘I cannot find another reason.’ Advertisementlast_img read more

Media FINALLY ‘get it’! Book ban complaint came after Censor removed R rating

first_imgRadio NZ 8 Sep 2015Lobby group Family First claims the Censor’s office breached processes by removing an age rating from an award-winning young adults novel it claims is offensive.AUDIO: Film and Literature board of review has placed an interim restriction order on Into The River, by Auckland author Ted Dawe, after a complaint by the group. The order means it cannot be sold, lent or displayed by anyone, and the board will now review what the final restriction will be. Family First national director Bob McCoskrie told Morning Report the group was satisfied with an R14 restriction, but the Censor’s office stepped in and removed the rating altogether. He said this led to the group making the protest, as the content in the book was too adult.“It has sexually explicit material and it’s a book that’s got the c-word nine times, the f-word 17 times and s-h-i-t 16 times. McCoskrie said he would be happier if the book was made R18. School Library Association president Miriam Tuohy told Morning Report it would accept an R rating for the book . She said that, like many people, she was surprised and outraged by the ban, but she said when it was earlier given an R14, libraries generally accepted the decision, in light of the content.‘We’re not calling for it to be banned, and never have’ – Family First on teen bookONE News 8 Sep 2015The controversial teen book Into The River shouldn’t be banned completely but it needs to carry an R14 rating, conservative lobby group Family First says First president Bob McCoskrie: I never wanted Into the River bannedNZ Herald 8 Sep 2015The head of the Christian lobby group Family First said he never demanded the award-winning book Into the River be banned.Bob McCoskrie told Radio NZ this morning that Family First had wanted censors to reinstate the book’s R14 rating, which had been removed last month, and require that the book carry a warning sticker. First says it didn’t intend for racy teen novel Into the River to be bannedStuff 8 Sep 2015The conservative lobby group whose complaint led to the banning of an award-winning Kiwi novel says it did not intend for that to happen, as critics of the move call for caution to be exercised in curtailing free speech.Family First leader Bob McCoskrie told Radio New Zealand’s Morning Report that the group was satisfied with an R14 restriction initially placed on Into the River, but would be happier if it was R18. First denies wanting Into the River banned3News 8 Sep 2015Christian lobby group Family First has denied trying to get award-winning teen book Into the River banned, saying it only wanted its R14 restriction reinstated.Ted Dawe’s novel, which won the New Zealand Post Children’s Book award in 2013, was yesterday slapped with an interim ban on its sale or distribution by the Film and Literature Board of Review.The book was initially released with stickers warning of explicit content, but without any age restriction. The board later changed it to R14, but last month the chief censor removed the restriction, as well as the requirement it carried a sticker warning. read more

Man Utd Agrees £75m Fee with Everton on Lukaku

first_imgTRANSFERManchester United has agreed a fee of around £75m with Everton for striker Romelu Lukaku, senior club sources have told the BBC.The 24-year-old Belgium international scored 25 Premier League goals last season.United, who has been chasing Lukaku for most of the summer, will not now be pursuing their interest in Real Madrid’s Alvaro Morata.Everton sources however hinted that no deal or agreement has been reached.The move for Lukaku is not connected to talks aimed at taking United forward Wayne Rooney to Everton.Jose Mourinho’s side is hopeful of concluding a deal in time for Lukaku to join the squad before they depart for a pre-season tour to the United States on Sunday.The striker was on a list of forward options Mourinho gave to Executive Vice-chairman Ed Woodward before the end of last season.It had been thought Lukaku would return to his former club Chelsea, who he joined from Anderlecht in 2011.The striker was sold to Everton for £28m by Mourinho during the Portuguese manager’s second spell in charge of Chelsea in 2014.Lukaku is a client of agent Mino Raiola, who also looks after Paul Pogba, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Henrikh Mkhitaryan – three players all signed by United last summer.The Belgian turned down the most lucrative contract offer in Everton’s history in March and later said: “I don’t want to stay at the same level. I want to improve and I know where I want to do that.”  Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more