SportsNet - December 2012
Just three weeks ago, Brooklyn was the place to be within the Basketball world.
Deron Williams and Joe Johnson were leading one of the most talented rosters in the game. Brooklyn was revived with the addition of the Nets, and at 11-4 the team was living up to its high expectations.
But since that superb first month of the Brooklyn era, the party has ended for Avery Johnson. After losing to the Milwaukee Bucs last night, the Nets are now 14-14.
Johnson is now jobless as he was fired earlier today.
Mikhail Prokhorov has invested a lot of money into the team, and the move to Brooklyn was supposed to put the franchise over the top. Many picked the Nets to finish in the top four of the eastern conference this season, and to keep that a reality a move a had to be made.
Firing Johnson this early in the season is a statement from Prokhorov to everyone involved. He's not going to let anyone in the organization underachieve, and Johnson is the first to find that out.
Alan Pardew Admits Demba Ba Could Leave In January With Chelsea, Liverpool, Arsenal And QPR Interested
Newcastle manager Alan Pardew has admitted that he could well lose one of his main strikers during this January's transfer window. Demba Ba has a £7.5 million release clause in his contract and their are a number of clubs getting ready to match that when the window opens.
Continuing to impress with The Toon, the 27-year-old has been in prolific form this season and has attracted more and more interest. Pardew says he will attempt to keep the Senegal International at Newcastle by tying up a new contract, without containing a release clause. But with the interest from reigning European Champions Chelsea and their London rivals Arsenal, it could prove a hard task.
Ba has scored 11 goals this season already and is the type of striker that teams such as Liverpool and Chelsea have a real void for right now. Along with that, Harry Redknapp's QPR are ready to flex their financial muscle once again and wade in with an ambitious attempt to turn their own season around.
Henning Berg has today been sacked by Blackburn Rovers after just 57 days in charge, following defeat to Middlesbrough. Becoming the second manager to be sacked this season by Rovers after the dismissal of Steve Kean in September, who was also sacked after a defeat to Middlesbrough.
Henning Berg only managed one win in the ten games he managed during his tenure, a 4-1 away success at Peterborough. Berg's reign was never set to be successful. A failed manager in Norway, he was not the correct choice for a team that needs a rebuild. From club legend to club failure, quite a saddening result in the end. Venky's will be forced once again to look for a replacement. The decision to appoint Berg proved to be a long one, it also proved to be costly. Times are not good at Rovers, increased protest can be expected.
With New Year’s Day fast approaching and 2013 just around the corner, all twenty clubs in the Premier League will be hoping for bigger and better results. Just what they need differs from team to team but every manager knows who or what they want.
And with a New Year, comes New Year’s resolutions.
Arsenal – I promise to sign every player to a long-term contract and don’t sell big in the summer.
Since July 2009, the Gunners have lost Emmanuel Adebayor, Kolo Toure, Eduardo Da Silva, Cesc Fàbregas, Gael Clichy, Samir Nasri, Alex Song and biggest of all, Robin Van Persie. All, barring the recent departures, have won a trophy since leaving the Emirates. As much as Arsenal have to offer, it seems clubs elsewhere have just got that little bit more.
By making a real effort in the upcoming January transfer window, big world-class signings alongside a contract renewal for Theo Walcott can make Arsenal genuine contenders for upcoming trophies. By winning something, they can promise players the luxury of trophies, something they have lacked for seven years.
There have been rumours flying about recently about the state of things at Real Madrid. Their form and the constant bickering and infighting that is now openly evident, had thrown up all sorts of theories and conspiracies about the likely destination for Coach Jose Mourinho. It seems that the media have decided that the obvious place is Manchester United. However, there are serious doubts about that proposal. One of the longest serving ex-players, Sir Bobby Charlton, who is also a director at the club, recently commented on Mourinho, "He is a good manager, but that is as far as it goes". That comment spoke a thousand words. There is obvious discomfort at the thought of a manager, regardless of his credentials, who seems to be somewhat ephemeral in his managerial career. It seems that three seasons is the maximum that he can withstand at any one club before either he falls out with them, or they fall out with him. So, it would appear that Mourinho, long touted as Sir Alex`s successor to the crown at Manchester United, will not become their next manager.