Fergie urges fans to back Moyes

first_img Ferguson paid personal tribute to Paul Scholes, who started Sunday’s game and will also retire in the summer, and Darren Fletcher, who continues his recovery from a chronic bowel condition. And he insisted he would still be a regular presence at Old Trafford. “I will be able to go along and watch them rather than suffer with them,” he said. “Those last minute goals, the comebacks and even the defeats are part of this great football club. It has been an unbelievable experience. “I have been fortunate to manage some of the greatest player in this country, let alone Manchester United. They have represented our club in the proper way.” Ferguson said he had “no speech in mind” and would just “ramble on” before admitting at one point that he might start “bubbling”. “I wish the players every success,” he said. “I know how good you are. You know the jersey you are wearing and you know what it means to everyone here. Do not let yourselves down.” Ferguson began his address by thanking all the players, staff and supporters of the club and said: “You have been the most fantastic experience of my life.” Sir Alex Ferguson has told Manchester United’s fans to stand by David Moyes next season. Ferguson bows out next Sunday after securing a 2-1 win over Swansea in his final home game as manager. After the victory, he addressed the crowd and said: “I would like to remind you this club stood by me in bad times, the players and the staff. Your job now is to stand by the new manager.” center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Poe’s Perspective: LAFC is the future of Los Angeles’ soccer scene

first_imgIn the months following Vela’s signing, the club’s emphasis on Latino fans became clear. The official supporters’ group crafted chants in Spanish as well as English, borrowing concepts from Liga MX and the Premier League alike. The team’s events took place at staple sites in downtown L.A., at Randy’s Donuts and Pink’s Hot Dogs and dollar stores alike. The club even released a jersey for Steven Beitashour scripted in Farsi, the Iranian defender’s first language. You can learn everything you need to know about the Los Angeles Football Club within  five minutes of stepping foot in its stadium. It’s only been a year, but LAFC has already earned the right to say that it is the soccer club of Los Angeles. Sure, this team is the new kid on the block, but the tired nobility in Carson has been losing steam for ages, and the glitter of imported European stars will only keep the blood pumping for so much longer. As the Major League Soccer season approaches this weekend, the two teams will start the second leg of their fight for Los Angeles, and LAFC is poised to take the city. The MLS tried to recapture Latino fans in Los Angeles in the past with Chivas USA, an off-shoot of a Liga MX club, but that venture fell through. This time, however, LAFC made certain these fans weren’t missed. The club’s first signing was Carlos Vela, a Mexican national team star fondly referred to as “Carlito” by many Mexican fans. His acquisition was an incredible tactical move — he led the team in goals and assists last year despite missing a month of the season for the World Cup — and he also helped solidify Mexican fan support for the club. That momentum comes from the club’s mentality off the field, built off the motto that it was founded on — street by street, block by block, one by one. The club centered itself in this ideal before construction on its stadium began and, in the process, conquered the most important battle in winning dominance in the city — capturing Latino fans. The club’s outreach programs truly worked street by street to create a network of fans in the heart of Los Angeles. LAFC recognized everything that the Galaxy did wrong — it didn’t plant itself in a suburb rather than in the city and didn’t appeal to a white “family friendly” ideal rather than to the Latino community that dominates local soccer fandom. In the past year, I’ve seen enough of this club to know that it has legs. Something is different with LAFC. Its stadium has the hum of a championship team, the buzz of a storied club. The power that it holds among its fans is already greater and deeper than that held by the Galaxy, and if the club keeps winning, that momentum will only build. Banc of California Stadium is gleaming, especially when its facade catches the glow of a Los Angeles sunset. Yet it’s the energy within the bowl of the stadium that truly defines this club. Specifically, the north end of the stadium is a sheer wall of standing-room-only pandemonium. By kick-off, this section is filled with 3,252 fans with painted faces and flags that won’t stop waving until long after the final whistle. To watch an LAFC game is to experience a cacophony of black and gold. I’ve covered LAFC since its stadium was just a skeleton, since its roster consisted of three players. I was drenched in beer in the supporters section when Laurent Ciman scored the first-ever goal on the team’s home turf. I’ve seen fans outlast an hours-long rain delay, roaring chants and beating drums even when the thunder drowned them out. Julia Poe is a senior writing about her personal connection to sports. Her column, “Poe’s Perspective,” runs weekly on Thursdays. It’s hard to say what will happen if LAFC doesn’t keep winning, but one thing is for sure — this team hasn’t been around for long, but it’s certainly here to stay. The result has been a beautiful fan experience completely molded by a fanbase as colorful and vibrantly unique as Los Angeles itself. Fans wave the Korean, Vietnamese, Uruguayan and Mexican flags alongside the LAFC flags in the stands during games, and chants are sung in a mix of Spanish and English, with other fans quickly picking up the new language. LAFC is a celebration of this city’s rich history, its overlapping cultures and a common thread that brings them together — the game of soccer.  In truth, LAFC and the L.A. Galaxy didn’t finish last season that far apart. The Galaxy ended the season just below the red line, missing the playoffs, but there were only three games of difference between the two teams. Yet week in and week out, it felt as if LAFC had much more to work with, mainly because the club’s fans were so desperately, unyieldingly loud in their support.last_img read more

GambleAware appoints John McCracken as treatment lead

first_imgShare Related Articles Submit GambleAware: Engage those with lived experience of gambling harms August 28, 2020 Share Former Head of Drugs Policy at the Department of Health, John McCracken has been appointed by GambleAware as the Director of Commissioning (Treatment Services) as of 3 April 2018.The role will involve leading, developing and evaluating services within the context of a public health approach, including engagement with the NHS and with primary care and social care. Furthermore, GambleAware has outlined its ambition with the appointment to deliver a commissioned, efficient system to ensuring the maximum number of problem gamblers receive the correct level of intensity of treatment for their problem, and to promote best outcomes and system efficiency.In his previous role, the new Director of Commissioning was responsible for the treatment of dependence on drugs, and for working with other Government Departments to develop the range of services available to meet individuals’ needs for wider support. His earlier roles at the Department of Health included being Head of Child and Adolescent Mental Health. During two periods of secondment to the NHS, John was responsible for commissioning services for people with complex needs. He takes over from Dr Jane Rigbye, who has been appointed GambleAware’s Director of Education, a newly-created role.Marc Etches, Chief Executive, commented: “John is an experienced, tenacious and collaborative senior leader with a proven track-record of delivering successful needs assessment, service planning and outcomes reporting that will enable us to adopt best practice commissioning effective treatment services. I am delighted with his appointment to the GambleAware team.” StumbleUpon YGAM focuses on BAME community engagement with CVR link-up August 21, 2020 Marc Etches to step down as CEO of GambleAware in 2021 August 14, 2020last_img read more