22 Sep

EPL: Gunners target Newcastle scalp

first_imgRelatedPosts EPL: Newcastle set to extend winning streak EPL: Gunners survive West Ham scare EPL: Gunners gun for West Ham scalp Arsenal vs. Newcastle Venue: Emirates Stadium Kick off: 3PMArsenal play host to Newcastle United this afternoon with the two clubs locked on the same points in the Premier League table. Despite sitting in 11th and 12th positions respectively, the Gunners and the Magpies have put together lengthy unbeaten runs in 2020. Having lost just one of his opening nine matches as Arsenal manager, Mikel Arteta is well on his way to winning around the club’s supporters at a time when the Gunners are striving to make headway up the standings. However, the Spaniard will be aware that the optimism at the Emirates Stadium will soon disappear if his side do not start to convert draws into victories in the very near future. As it stands, there is an acceptance that the former midfielder requires time to stamp his authority on a squad which have under-performed for a number of years, and confidence will be taken from how the North Londoners were able to twice come from behind with 10 men to earn a draw at Chelsea towards the end of last month. Nevertheless, dropping points at Crystal Palace and Burnley, as well as squandering a lead against Sheffield United, means that Arteta cannot afford to sit too comfortably in the Emirates dugout just yet. With three points being regarded as a necessity this afternoon, Arteta knows that he must find a way to improve his misfiring attack, one which has scored just 13 goals in 12 matches. Having remained as an unused substitute in the goalless draw with Burnley, Nicolas Pepe will be hoping for a recall as he bids to improve on his three goals and three assists in the Premier League this season. There is also an argument for Eddie Nketiah to be provided with an opportunity down the middle, with Alexandre Lacazette having failed to score in his last eight starts. At the other end of the pitch, Shkodran Mustafi received widespread praise for helping Arsenal to a clean sheet at Turf Moor, although the German knows he must prove himself at the Emirates Stadium to win over a fanbase which have become accustomed to feeling nervous by his presence at the back. Steve Bruce has had to work hard in order to gain the support of a similarly demanding group of supporters, a target he is on his way to achieving with an eight-match unbeaten streak in all competitions. The Magpies manager has spoken of placing a prolonged run in the FA Cup as one of his main ambitions for the rest of the campaign, a declaration which would have been warmly greeted by the St James’ Park faithful. That said, while Newcastle are only six points adrift of the Premier League’s top six, there cannot be any complacency with the North-East outfit still just seven points above the relegation zone. Bruce will feel that three more wins should achieve their minimum target for the campaign, but he will want more with his squad having shown against the top teams in the division that they are capable of being a long-term fixture in the top 10. With a favourable schedule to come, that is still a possibility for this season, although Bruce may need some luck with injuries for that objective to feel realistic. Despite the injuries to Andy Carroll and Dwight Gayle, Bruce will hope that Joelinton is now ready to fill the void having shown confidence when netting against Oxford United in the FA Cup for just his third goal of the season. The Brazilian’s poor form in front of goal has contributed to Newcastle possessing the joint-worst attack in the Premier League, and Bruce may be prepared to throw more caution to the wind in order to improve that statistic. However, having found a successful formula against the better sides this season, a balance will have to be found in order to overcome opponents who will also view this contest as a chance to make headway up the table. Arsenal possible XI: Leno, Bellerin, Mustafi, Luiz, Kolasinac, Torreira, Xhaka, Pepe, Ozil, Martinelli, Aubameyang. Newcastle United possible XI: Dubravka, Lazaro, Fernandes, Lascelles, Clark, Rose, Almiron, Hayden, Bentaleb, Saint-Maximin, Joelinton.Tags: Arsenal FCMikel ArtetaNewcastle Unitedlast_img read more

14 Aug

Former Wellington football coach Linn Hibbs resigns at Shawnee Mission Northwest

first_imgby Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Linn Hibbs, a former head football coach at Wellington High School, has resigned after three seasons at Shawnee Mission Northwest.Shawnee Mission Northwest Athletic Director Angelo Giacalone confirmed that Hibbs had submitted his resignation Thursday morning to the school’s athletic office. His resignation is pending board approval.Giacalone said Hibb’s resignation is only for football and he will remain a high school physical education instructor.Giacalone would not elaborate any further citing personnel confidentiality.Hibbs, who was the head coach for Wellington High School from 1996-2010, had taken the head coaching job at Shawnee Northwest in the Kansas City area in 2012. In his three seasons he accumulated a 7-21 record at the Class 6A school. He was 2-7 in 2012, 3-7 in 2013 and 2-7 in 2014. Shawnee Mission Northwest is a member of the Sunflower League in northeast Kansas – considered by many to be toughest football league in the state.His Cougars did make the playoffs in 2013, losing to Lawrence Free State 40-14 in the first round.Hibbs was unavailable for comment at this writing.Hibbs is the most successful football coach in Wellington history having won two state championships in 2001 and 2002 and maintaining the state’s longest high school football playoff streak in the history of Kansas at the time.He won his 100th game in 2007 in the season opener against Kingman.Hibbs, a Wellington High School graduate from 1983,  took over the program in 1996, and immediately took the team to a state semifinals where it would lose to Ulysses. This had been the first time Wellington had advanced that far in the playoffs since the 1992 season.Wellington would continue its playoff streak in the late 1990s, but the program under his watch didn’t really take off until 1999 when after a 1-5 start, the Crusaders would advance to the Class 4A state semifinals.From that point forward, Wellington would sustain unprecedented success — getting state runner-up in 2000 losing to Fort Scott in the finals. The two teams would play twice more with Wellington winning both times against Fort Scott in 2001 and 2002.Wellington would not return to the state finals thereafter but had a couple of long playoff runs.The program hit a snag in 2010 going 2-8. But Wellington was still able to get into the playoffs. He resigned that spring. Hibbs would remain in the USD 353 school system for a year as the Wellington Middle School physical education instructor while working as an assistant for Andover Central. One year later he took the head coaching job at Shawnee Mission Northwest.Follow us on Twitter. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments (13) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. -16 Vote up Vote down Home Town Boy · 296 weeks ago Coach Hibbs please come back home and lead our Crusaders back to the promised land. Report Reply 0 replies · active 296 weeks ago -12 Vote up Vote down Crusader Pride · 296 weeks ago Anyone thinking what I am…….. Report Reply 0 replies · active 296 weeks ago +6 Vote up Vote down jpbuellesfeld · 296 weeks ago Linn HIbbs is a 1982 Wellington,ks High school Graduate Report Reply 0 replies · active 296 weeks ago -9 Vote up Vote down Clumsy · 296 weeks ago Draft Hibbs. Report Reply 3 replies · active 296 weeks ago +16 Vote up Vote down mr ed · 296 weeks ago What the heck. With a record like his at Shawnee Mission and if you people didn’t know him you would raise hell if they hired him for a football coach. Report Reply 0 replies · active 296 weeks ago +19 Vote up Vote down Bobo · 296 weeks ago Got to have talent first can’t just expect an old coach to come back and be back to contending again. Lots of talent in those years, and nothing even close to that level now. Report Reply 1 reply · active 296 weeks ago +7 Vote up Vote down Quaker Sam · 296 weeks ago Look elsewhere, smnw had a very athletic Sr class and should have been no worse than 2-1 in district and been 1 of the final 8 in 6A. He and staff also have a bad habitat of showcasing “thier” guys. This may work up to 4A but will not work in 5A-6A. Report Reply 0 replies · active 296 weeks ago +4 Vote up Vote down Quaker Sam · 296 weeks ago Look elsewhere, smnw had a very athletic Sr class and should have been no worse than 2-1 in district and been 1 of the final 8 in 6A. Report Reply 0 replies · active 296 weeks ago +6 Vote up Vote down Fan · 296 weeks ago Get over the past. Talent level was above anybody else in the 90’s. 7-21 records in KC area not to promising. Report Reply 0 replies · active 296 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! 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28 Dec

DONEGAL TO REMEMBER ITS ‘LITTLE ANGELS’ AT UNIQUE SERVICE

first_imgChurch of the Irish MartyrsThe Annual “Little Angels inter-denominational service of remembrance” will take place on Sunday 17th April at 4pm.The service will take place in the Church of the Irish Martyrs, Letterkenny.The management, staff and Chaplains of Letterkenny University Hospital would like to extend a warm welcome to everyone. DONEGAL TO REMEMBER ITS ‘LITTLE ANGELS’ AT UNIQUE SERVICE was last modified: April 4th, 2016 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Church of the Irish MartyrsdonegalLittle angelslast_img read more