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United break with tradition in Moyes sacking LONDON: By sacking David Moyes as manager after less than a season in charge, Manchester United contravened the principles explicitly laid out by his illustrious predecessor Alex Ferguson.Ferguson was granted a three-and-a-half-year grace period before winning the first of his 38 trophies as United manager, in 1990, and he expected his successor, who he hand-picked himself, to be shown the same patience.His instruction to United's fans to "get behind our new manager" on a rain-lashed day at Old Trafford last May was intended as a rallying cry, but instead it became a millstone around the club's neck.As Moyes lurched from disaster to disaster, seemingly incapable of preventing the club from sinking into crisis, the one constant in his favour was the consensus that sacking managers was 'not the United way'.After initially showing support, however, the board decided that it could no longer stand by and watch Ferguson's empire crumble, regardless ...

Grieving Thai honours late coach after awards haul JAKARTA: Thai golfer Kiradech Aphibarnrat made an emotional tribute to his late coach as he dominated the Asian Tour awards night by winning three prizes including player of the year.The 24-year-old, who was also honoured for winning last year's order of merit and received a special achievement award, lost his coach Natpasit Chokthanasart, or Pro Jew, in December."My success on the Asian Tour would not have been possible without the strong support from my family," ...
Sao Paulo will be ready at ‘last minute’: FIFA SAO PAULO: FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke on Tuesday said Sao Paulo's delayed stadium would be ready "at the last minute" for the June 12 World Cup curtain-raiser after a full capacity test next month.The stadium has suffered delays following two fatal accidents which left three workers dead, but Valcke said he was confident preparations were advancing well."Sao Paulo will be ready for the opening match," between Brazil and Croatia," said Valcke, adding there was ...
Champions League the priority for Mourinho MADRID: Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho hinted he will rest a number of key players for his side's crucial Premier League game away to Liverpool on Sunday to concentrate his squad's efforts on the Champions League.Mourinho's men hung on for a 0-0 draw away to Atletico Madrid in the first leg of their semi-final on Tuesday night to make them favourites to reach a third final in six years.However, a clean sheet came at a cost ...
Tanaka triumphant in Yankees-Red Sox debut BOSTON: New York Yankees pitcher Masahiro Tanaka was a winner in his first Major League Baseball game against the archrival Boston Red Sox, striking out seven in Tuesday's 9-3 victory.The 25-year-old Japanese right-hander, signed to a seven-year deal worth $155 million in January, scattered seven hits over 7 1/3 innings while walking none.Tanaka surrendered his only runs on back-to-back home runs by David Ortiz and Mike Napoli in the fourth inning and improved to 3-0 ...
Robbie Deans to coach Japan's Panasonic TOKYO: Former Wallabies boss Robbie Deans will become the head coach of Japan's Top League and national champions Panasonic Wild Knights on May 1, the club said Tuesday.Deans, who has also managed the Christchurch-based Crusaders and served as an All Blacks assistant coach, will take over from Norifumi Nakajima, who is transferring to another part of the giant electronics firm.Nakajima spent three seasons in charge at Panasonic, leading the club to the double honour in ...
Studious Giggs set for another reinvention LONDON: Following a record-breaking playing career, Ryan Giggs is poised to enter uncharted territory after being named as the interim successor to sacked Manchester United manager David Moyes.As English football's most decorated player and United's record appearance-maker, he is guaranteed to receive the full backing of the club's fans, but management represents a step into the unknown.Giggs, however, has been preparing himself for a career in the dug-out.The Welshman has been studying for his UEFA ...


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