Arsenal appoint Ljunberg interim manager

first_imgRelatedPosts Runarsson joins Arsenal on four-year deal Arsenal, Wolves want Michael Olise Akpom pens Middlesbrough loan deal Arsenal have confirmed a temporary successor to Unai Emery for Sunday’s Premier League clash at Norwich City.The Gunners have pulled the trigger on Emery amid their worst run of results since 1992.Thursday’s Europa League defeat to Eintracht Frankfurt was the final nail in Emery’s coffin.Arsenal legend Freddie Ljungberg will take the reins for the time being.He was Emery’s assistant first-team coach before the axing.A statement from Arsenal read: “The decision has been taken due to results and performances not being at the level required.“We have asked Freddie Ljungberg to take responsibility for the first team as interim head coach. We have full confidence in Freddie to take us forward.“The search for a new head coach is underway and we will make a further announcement when that process is complete.”Tags: ArsenalFreddie LjungbergUnai Emerylast_img read more

Red-hot Fever lands Supreme

first_imgChampagne Fever put up a superb front-running performance to get Ireland off to a great start at the Cheltenham Festival in the opening William Hill Supreme Novices’ Hurdle. Ruby Walsh set out to make all on the Willie Mullins-trained six-year-old (5-1), who had stablemate Un Atout for company for most of the way, with hot favourite My Tent Or Yours always close behind and looking a major threat as they turned into the straight. There was nothing in it between Champagne Fever and the sweetly travelling My Tent Or Yours as they jumped the final flight, but the front-runner responded to every call and forged ahead up the hill to win by half a length. Jezki finished third, a further two and a quarter lengths away. Press Associationcenter_img Walsh said: “He jumped like a stag and travelled really well. It’s magic – he just came alive the last fortnight. I didn’t ride him work last week but I was watching him work at the Curragh with Willie and we both kind of looked at each other. It was scintillating. “Patrick (Mullins, the trainer’s son) has always maintained he was a two-miler and an out-and-out galloper – he was dead right. He wasn’t doing a whole lot in front, but I knew AP (McCoy) was coming to me as I could feel the crowd revving up. “But, in fairness, when AP got to him, he stuck his head down and away he went again.” Mullins added: “It was a very brave performance from the horse to lead like that and jump like that. Ruby said he heard Tony McCoy coming up behind him and the horse just took off with him. “He knew he’d lots of horse. Ruby was trying to steady it and ride a tactical race – he obviously got it spot-on. It was fantastic to watch him coming up the hill. “He’ll go to Punchestown next and next season will all be about chasing. We’ve schooled him and he already jumps fences better than hurdles – he is electric over a fence.” McCoy said of My Tent Or Yours: “I was beaten by a better horse.” last_img read more

Orlando Pride’s Ali Krieger, Ashlyn Harris engaged

first_imgU.S. soccer stars Ali Krieger and Ashlyn Harris are engaged, the duo announced through People on Wednesday.Krieger, who is a defender for the Orlando Pride, and Harris, who is the team’s goalkeeper, both said the chemistry between them was apparent to others, although they kept their relationship under wraps so they didn’t become a distraction within the team. “It was a really good time because I felt really on the same page with her, and really excited about our future and talking about our future plans with kids, and family, and things like that,” Krieger said. “It just was a really good time. I was really surprised because it just seemed like another weekend getaway for us. I wasn’t really thinking about it at all.”Harris added: “It was just us and this beautiful scenery, and I was just like … she was making me laugh, she wanted me to take pictures, and here I am. This is what I’m gonna be doing the rest of my life. It just all froze and I was like, ‘This is it.’“Harris is in the middle of training for the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup this summer, but the duo plan to get married at the end of the year. However, it wasn’t until their engagement announcement that they confirmed they were a couple.“We became really close friends, and we just hung out, we clicked, and we had so much in common,” Harris said. “We always sat next to each other on the bus and on flights, and we kind of just talked about our dreams and our hopes and what we wanted to do one day when we grew up. Because at the time, we were kids.”“The rest has kind of been history,” she continued. “Here we are nine years later, and we’re going to be getting married this year.”It was Harris who popped the question on Sept. 15 as the pair had a picnic in Clearwater, Fla., which Krieger said was a complete surprise. USWNT reveals 2019 World Cup kits “We wanted to be professional and make sure that we showed up every day and did our job and it wasn’t just because we were together, it was because we love what we do, and we’re really good at what we do,” Krieger said. “And that was most important for us.”Both women said the spark between them began in 2010, when they were on the U.S. Women’s National Team together. Related Newslast_img read more