Pellegrini unfazed by Kompany form

first_img “It can be for different reasons, whether it is physical or tactical, but that can change every week.” Regarding the summer, Pellegrini was unwilling to discuss what changes might take place at the Etihad Stadium. The 61-year-old, whose own future has been the subject of speculation, said: “We are just planning how to win at Crystal Palace on Monday. We are not talking about next season – nothing beyond the next game.” City have again been linked with Liverpool’s Raheem Sterling – a player Pellegrini recently suggested could be worth £100million – after the England international’s contract talks at Anfield apparently stalled. Pellegrini was not interested in discussing the reports. He said: “The other day I said just one English player but it doesn’t mean we are interested in (that) player. “I will not talk about rumours. We have so many rumours about so many players coming here that it is impossible to have so big a squad.” Key midfielder Yaya Toure is likely to return to the side at Selhurst Park after missing the 3-0 defeat of West Brom with an Achilles injury. Pellegrini said: “Yaya played both games for Ivory Coast so he doesn’t have any problems.” The defender’s difficult season took another turn for the worse as he was sent off playing for Belgium in midweek. That came after a series of indifferent performances and mistakes for City, some of which led to him being left on the bench for a game against Leicester last month. Pellegrini said: “I don’t worry about Vincent because I know him. He knows perfectly in the way he must play. “I don’t know about the sending off because I didn’t see it but I think he improved a lot with our team in the last game so I don’t worry about him. There are not any problems.” Kompany was at fault for a goal conceded in the loss at Liverpool on March 1 and his subsequent omission for the visit of Leicester fuelled reports of a dressing-room row with team-mate Fernandinho. The 28-year-old has been back in the side for the past three games but the scrutiny of his form – and that of several team-mates – has not eased. City now look unlikely to retain their Barclays Premier League crown and it has been claimed the club could be preparing to make major changes to the squad in the summer. One player under the microscope has been playmaker Samir Nasri, who was left out of the squad to face West Brom altogether last time out after a poor showing in the previous game at Barcelona. But Pellegrini, speaking at a press conference to preview Monday’s trip to Crystal Palace, played down the reasons for his absence. The Chilean said: “He is a player of our squad. In this moment we have the complete squad fit, so when you have the complete squad fit you must have two or three names out of the squad list in the next game. Press Association Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini has no concerns about captain Vincent Kompany’s form or state of mind.last_img read more

Maher calls for early end to college competitions

first_imgWilliam Maher believes finishing both the Sigerson and Fitzgibbon Cups before Christmas would ease the demands on talented young players during the early months of the year.This year the finals of the football and hurling competitions will be played on February 18th and 25th respectively.The Tipp boss argues that moving them forward could, if combined with other measures, contribute to making things easier for local fixture planners…last_img

Broward Board Wants All Students on Campus at Least Twice Weekly

first_imgMorris hopes the district re-open schools “and scrap distance learning. You failed my children.”Several board members agreed with the need for better online offerings.“I don’t think it can be a free-for-all where in many cases, kids were on their own,” Board member Laurie Rich Levinson said. “It’s important our kids be educated every single day.”School district officials offered several options for reducing the number of students and promoting social distancing.However, board members now believe the best option is for all students to attend at least two days a week.One option would have some students attend Mondays and Tuesdays, and others on Thursday and Friday, with cleaning and disinfecting occurring on Wednesday.Other School Board members believe schools should be open to students every day, with cleaning and disinfecting taking place on nights and weekends.On the other hand, board member Donna Korn suggests a compromise in which schools could be open a half-day to students Wednesday, with the other half to be used for cleaning and teacher planning and professional development.School district officials plan to further discuss the options throughout the summer. The plans could also depend on how severe the coronavirus is in Broward County at the beginning of the school year.UPDATED: School Systems Consider Twice-a-Week School, Other Options for Fall Students in Broward would return to campus two to three days a week this fall, with improved at-home education offered on the remaining days, according to a proposal that School Board members outlined this week.The plan, is under development, attempts to balance the preferences of parents and students.All of the board members said they wanted students on campus as much, and as safely as possible, when the school year starts Aug. 19.However, parents and students are divided on the matter. A recent survey found that a third of parents and students prefer a full-time return to school, while another third want a hybrid online and in-person experience. A quarter of them want education to stay online, and the rest were unsure.Many parents and students have criticized the online instruction that was offered during the spring, as lockdowns went into effect due to the pandemic.They said teachers put course materials and assignments online and often did not cover the material or have contact with students.“Your lack of assigning appropriate teachers to provide online instruction is negligence,” Parkland parent Tammy Morris told the School Board. “I am now spending the summer teaching my children the appropriate math and English lessons they did not receive. I am not a teacher; I am a mother.”last_img read more