Gattuso sacked by Palermo

first_imgThe 35-year-old was shown the door following Tuesday’s 2-1 defeat at Bari, their second straight loss in Serie B.Under Gattuso, Palermo have won just two of their opening six games, not enough to impress Palermo president Maurizio Zamparini, who has opted to make a coaching change.A statement from the club read: “It is with true and profound sadness that I announce the dismissal of Gennaro Gattuso as coach of the first team.“The results have forced us to take this decision.“Perhaps he (Gattuso) and I have taken a step too far in what was his first experience as coach, in a club and a city as challenging as Palermo is.“I have decided to appoint experienced Giuseppe Iacchini as his replacement, handing him the task to lead the team back to Serie A.” Palermo were relegated to the second tier last season.Gattuso joined the Sicilian giants this summer after a spell as a Sion player-coach last term.He becomes the 20th manager to be sacked by Zamparini since the Italian businessman bought Palermo 11 years ago.last_img read more

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Padda ‘embarrassed’ of Adamson’s 52 errors in loss to UE

first_imgIt’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MOST READ Austria ‘really worried’ about TNT with addition of Cruz Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award LATEST STORIES And in the fourth set alone, Adamson committed 16 errors leaving UE to score just nine points to force the fifth set.“I’m just still trying to take in what happened. I don’t understand how we made those many errors,” said Padda. “It was almost they were playing for the other team like they wanted UE to win, I don’t know.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next For one, the Lady Falcons unloaded 59 kills against University of the East and normally, that mark would’ve been more than enough to propel them to the victory, but it was the Lady Warriors who left Filoil Flying V Centre on Sunday with the five-set victory.That’s because on the other end of the spectrum, Adamson gave ways 52 free points to UE due to its errors.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkAnd those errors certainly not sit well with head coach Air Padda, who blasted her team after its 25-22, 22-25, 14-25, 25-20, 15-13, loss to an erstwhile winless UE team.“That was embarrassing,” said Padda, whose team dropped to 3-4 at the end of the first round. “For me it’s embarrassing because we don’t train like that. I don’t know who that team was out there.” GALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kings Adamson University just had one of the most interesting games in the UAAP Season 80 women’s volleyball tournament.ADVERTISEMENT Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Adamson, which has been the surprise contenders this season after going 1-13 in 2017, has been making a case for elite status this year after it showed promise in the first three games where it went 2-1.And after two straight losses, the Lady Falcons got back on the winning track with a massive four-set upset of reigning champion De La Salle but they took another step back with the loss to the Lady Warriors.Padda, who sat out starters Jema Galanza, Chiara Permentilla, and Eli Soyud in the first set, said her team flat out didn’t give respect to UE.“They showed up with a very weak mindset today, they were really complacent, they didn’t respect UE and they didn’t care, they’re too cocky,” said Padda. “I don’t know why. The coaches were shocked, I don’t know.”Pushing the numbers further, the Lady Warriors scored just 36 points off their own spikes and even committed 31 unforced errors.ADVERTISEMENT Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. UK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffer Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Sea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi City View commentslast_img read more

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Pressure mounts on Lopetegui as Madrid beaten by Levante

first_imgThe club’s previous worst run had been 464 minutes, in 1985. For a team that prides itself on flair and flamboyance, it is a streak that reflects just as badly on Lopetegui as the results, which could leave Real Madrid four points adrift of Barcelona later on Saturday, with a ‘Clasico’ to come next weekend at the Camp Nou. Asked about his future, Lopetegui said: “It is the last thing I am thinking about. I am thinking only about lifting the players.” Marcelo said: “We are with the coach until the death.” If Barca’s players were watching, they would have been licking their lips at the sight of Raphael Varane handing Levante a two-goal lead here after just 13 minutes. Jose Luis Morales and Roger Marti, from the penalty spot, were the beneficiaries. At the final whistle, Lopetegui stood on the touchline, with his hands on his hips, staring ahead in disbelief. He had left Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema on the bench, perhaps due to fitness issues, and the gamble backfired, despite both making a difference when brought on in the second half. Lopetegui had cited a lack of luck in recent weeks and Madrid were not blessed with it here. They hit the crossbar twice and the post once. They suffered a two-goal swing as a result of the Video Assistant Referee, one against called as a penalty, and one ruled out for offside.“I’m sure football will eventually give back to us what it is taking away,” Lopetegui said.But a single goal, from their 30-year-old left-back, in over eight hours is no fluke, and neither are the defensive lapses that could have seen Levante add more to their early double.Paco Lopez took charge of Levante in March and oversaw eight wins from 11 to avoid relegation. This season they are now seventh, a point behind Madrid.“I told the guys talent has its limits, but faith and conviction do not,” Lopez said. “This team believes in what they are doing.” – Scatty Madrid –Gareth Bale has his head in his hands, summing up Real Madrid’s mood after another loss © AFP / GABRIEL BOUYSLevante were two up in 13 minutes and both came from Varane mistakes. The first was more blatant as he misjudged the flight of Sergio Postigo’s through ball, allowing Morales to nick it round Thibaut Courtois and fire into the open net. It got worse as Varane handled and VAR advised the error had been inside the box. Roger converted the penalty. For the rest of the half, Madrid were scatty and imprecise, their finishing spoiled by bad luck but a lack of composure too. VAR proved their undoing again, ruling Marco Asensio’s follow-up offside after Casemiro headed against the crossbar. Mariano was also denied by the woodwork while Ramos and Lucas Vazquez missed from three yards. At half-time, there were a scattering of white handkerchiefs — the traditional expression of discontent — but more whistles. After the restart, the home fans sang “echale huevos”, meaning, “play with some balls”. Lopetegui had thrown Bale on at the interval while Benzema and Dani Ceballos were introduced on the hour. Not before the 56th minute, when Madrid’s drought became their longest ever. Benzema shot straight at Oier Olazabal, who then pushed a bending Bale free-kick wide. Finally, Madrid scored, with that pair involved again as Bale flicked on to Benzema and Marcelo drove home.Madrid believed as Benzema struck the far post with a curling effort and Mariano thought he had grabbed an equaliser in the 87th minute. The striker, however, had strayed just offside. For Madrid, it was not to be.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Real Madrid coach Julen Lopetegui barking instructions, but to no avail as the Spanish league giants fall to a humiliating 2-1 home defeat to Levante. © AFP / GABRIEL BOUYSMadrid, Spain, Oct 20 – Real Madrid failed to ease the pressure on coach Julen Lopetegui and instead set the record for the longest goal-drought in the club’s history during a surprise 2-1 defeat by Levante on Saturday. Madrid have now gone five games without a victory and when Marcelo gave them hope of a comeback at the Santiago Bernabeu, they had gone 481 minutes of normal time without a goal too. last_img read more

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