PEP GUARDIOLA has suggested he picked Manchester City over Chelsea because of the sacking culture at the London club.
Guardiola’s Manchester City have piled the pressure on Maurizio Sarri by inflicting a humiliating 6-0 defeat at the Etihad yesterday.
And Guardiola was asked about his counterpart at the end of the game revealing he enjoyed the freedom he is allowed at City – and suggested that’s what allows him to be successful.
City had a difficult first season under Guardiola but then won the title in his second and are on course to do the same this year.
However Chelsea are famed for giving managers the boot at the first sign of trouble and are onto their 11th permanent manager since Roman Abramovich bought the club in 2003.
Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich was desperate to appoint Guardiola in west London, dreaming of a team who could play with the style his Barcelona side did.
But Guardiola first joined Bayern Munich and then eventually City when he did come to England.
Manchester United were also keen on Guardiola, with Sir Alex Ferguson meeting him in New York before he chose City, partly to do with his links to the Spaniards already at the club.
“People don’t understand how difficult the first year can be,” Guardiola said.
“People need time, it only depends on the owners, the people in charge need to believe.
“I came to Manchester City because the bosses, chairman and Txiki (Begiristain), he knows me.
“He doesn’t believe I’m bad when we lose and good when we win.
“That’s why I’m enjoying it in Manchester.”
Guardiola built his name at Barca and was constantly linked with a move to the Premier League when the time came for him to leave.
‘Pep Stalk’ was the Sun’s headline from a story reporting that Chelsea were ready for Guardiola to name his price.
And Oliver Kay from the Times discussed Chelsea’s obsession with Guardiola on the Sunday Supplement on Sky Sports in February 2016.
“Allegri and Conte are the two names buzzing around. Guardiola is the guy Abramovich has been obsessed with for as long as Man City have,” said Kay.
“When it came to it, they were not in the position to get him because they’ve made themselves look an unappealing proposition.
“Allegri is a completely different type of manager. He’s obviously a very good manager, but they have been obsessed with Guardiola for a long, long time.
“When are Chelsea going to appoint that manager that sees them through three years, let alone 18 months? It just seems with Chelsea that it’s always a case of: ‘Who is available?’ rather than having a plan.”
And now, with Sarri on the ropes, calls are coming for the Italian to be dismissed after just half a season.
Sarri’s side slipped out of the top four with the defeat after Manchester United beat Fulham 3-0 on Saturday.
And Chris Sutton thinks the players aren’t working for the Italian.
“He’s stubborn and I there are questions over Sarri,” Sutton told the BBC’s 606.
“This is the same Sarri who said not so long back that he can’t motivate his players.
“And if you’re the owner of the club, what are you thinking?
“Today (Sunday), did all the players give it their all? Well, I’m not so sure they did.”
Remove ‘Killer One-Door Buses’ From Our Roads : MP
Following the gory accident which claimed about 60 lives on the Techiman-Kintampo highway, a Member of Parliament (MP) for the Odododiodoo constituency, Hon Edwin Nii Lantey Vanderpuye has said all one-door buses must be removed from our roads to prevent future accidents.
According to Mr Vanderpuye, it makes no sense for a bus carrying about 30 passengers to have only one door.
“There must be a law to regulate the buses on our roads. Even if we have to enforce it at the Parliament house, it must be done. How can you be carrying so many passengers in a bus with one door? How would they get out in times of emergency?”, he said on Peace FM Friday.
More than 60 persons are reported dead in a fatal crash Friday dawn at Amoma Nkwanta near Kintampo in the Kintampo North Municipality of the Bono East Region, along the main Kintampo-Tamale Highway.
Brong Ahafo Regional Commander for the Motor Traffic and Transport Department [MTTD] of the Ghana police service, Superintendent Stella Sedame confirmed that a VVIP Kia bus with registration number GT 3915- 17 from Garu in the Upper East Region heading towards Kumasi collided with a Grandbird bus with registration number GT 5694-18 from Accra which was heading towards Bolgantaga also in the Upper East Region.
Sup Sedame disclosed that many of the passengers on board the bus which was en route from Garu and bound for Kumasi have been burnt beyond recognition when the vehicle went up in flames soon after the crash.
According to her, the other bus, branded VVIP and painted red, veered into a ditch after the collision, killing dozens on board.
She could not immediately establish the exact number of dead passengers, but we are afraid the toll will rise.
Canadian Government Pledges $15M in Federal Music Funding
The Canadian government will allocate 20 million Canadian dollars ($14.96 million at current rates) to the Canadian Music Fund (CMF) over two years, it announced Tuesday with its 2019 federal budget.
“With the growing importance of digital media today, Canadian artists—especially musicians and music entrepreneurs (e.g., producers, agents)—now face the challenge of marketing their content internationally and across all platforms, while also putting a greater emphasis on touring and live performances,” the budget report reads.
The CA$20 million increase is intended “to address some of the challenges faced by Canadian musicians in the digital era” so that “the Fund can enhance its support for the production, promotion and distribution of Canadian music.”
The passage adds: “For musical artists, these investments will create greater opportunities to innovate and experiment on a wider range of digital and non-digital platforms. This, combined with enhanced support for promotion—including more touring and more modern marketing approaches—will ensure that Canadian music reaches more audiences at home and abroad.”
Representatives of national music associations were swift in their praise — a contrast to last year, when the federal budget failed to mention any support for the Canada Music Fund. In 2016, the government committed CA$4.2 million ($3.14 million) to the music sector over two years. Now, with this new allotment, according to the Canadian Independent Music Association (CIMA), adds to the momentum of that 2016 investment, supporting a program that has been “underfunded and over-subscribed for the past decade.”
“We are incredibly grateful to the Federal government and specifically our dedicated advocate, Heritage Minister Pablo Rodriguez, for showing their support of our industry,” said CIMA president Stuart Johnston in a statement. “We are keen to continue to work closely with government to ensure that these dollars are invested in the most impactful way, such as providing additional support for sound recording, international export opportunities, promotion, marketing, touring and showcasing, and the domestic development of our great artists.”
The Canadian Live Music Association (CLMA) called the announcement “good news” in its press release, noting other increases to the arts in the budget, such as CA$16 million ($11.97 million) over two years to the Canada Arts Presentation Fund (CAPF) and $CA24 million ($17.96 million) over two years to the Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage Program and the Celebration and Commemoration Program.
The CAPF program, according to the CLMA, “may positively impact” many of the association’s not-for-profit members. “Thanks to the program, our members ensure ‘homegrown talent’ can be discovered, in our own backyards. Export strategies rely on that career growth that comes from domestic touring and local audience development. The touring landscape in Canada is, among many things, an important breeding ground for the creation (and ultimately, global dissemination) of Canadian content,” said CLMA president and CEO Erin Benjamin.
With these new funding commitments, the total support to the Canadian music industry by the Government of Canada is CA$40.7 million ($30.44 million).
“Music Canada welcomes the Government of Canada’s increased funding to the Canada Music Fund and Canada Arts Presentation Fund as part of today’s budget announcement, but there remains much work to be done to address the Value Gap hurting the music sector,” said Graham Henderson, president and CEO of Music Canada, in a statement. “For labels and artists to be competitive and financially successful, they need a sustainable business framework.”
He continued, “Recently the United States and the European Union have taken steps to address the Value Gap. Canada has an opportunity to join the community of nations in protecting and fostering the careers of creators. During the Copyright Act review, the creative community was virtually unanimous in urging the government to repeal decades-old subsidies through which individual creators enrich billion dollar technology and broadcasting platforms. We sincerely look forward to working with the government to seize this opportunity while concluding the review of the Copyright Act.”
More Than 70 Passengers Dead In Tamale-Kintampo Accident This Dawn
More than 70 passengers on board two buses that collided head-on in the early hours of Friday, March 22, 2019, on the Tamale-Kintampo Highway have died instantly, we can confirm.
The accident occurred at Amoma Nkwanta, a village near Kintampo in the Kintampo North Municipality of the Bono East Region, along the main Kintampo-Tamale Highway.
It is has been confirmed that a VVIP Kia bus with registration number GT 3915- 17 from Garu in the Upper East Region heading towards Kumasi collided with a Grandbird bus with registration number GT 5694-18 from Accra which was heading towards Bolgantaga also in the Upper East Region.
It is unclear what might have caused the collision but it is speculated that one of the drivers might have been dozing off and run into the lane of the other from the opposite direction.
All passengers, including that onboard one of the buses which was en route from Garu and bound for Kumasi, have been burnt beyond recognition when the vehicle went up in flames soon after the crash
The other bus branded VVIP and painted red, veered into a ditch after the collision, killing dozens on board.
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