Comment The Norwegian has impressed everyone at Old Trafford since taking charge (Picture: Getty)Manchester United bosses have surprisingly decided they will not oversee a thorough managerial hunt and are instead ready to hand the job to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer on a permanent basis.The club had initially said they would take their time in appointing a full-time successor to Jose Mourinho, with Solskjaer taking over on a caretaker basis while the board ‘conducted a thorough recruitment process for a new, full-time manager’.But ESPN report that the club’s stunning form under the Norwegian, and the return of the feel-good factor, has prompted a dramatic change in approach. Metro Sport ReporterThursday 28 Feb 2019 10:10 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1.1kShares Advertisement Solskjaer picked up three points at Selhurst Park on Wednesday, his eighth win on the road in a row (Getty)The 48-year-old has racked up eight consecutive away wins – something even Sir Alex Ferguson did not manage – including victories at Arsenal and Chelsea to reach the FA Cup quarter-finals.Sir Alex is believed to have given his backing to Solskjaer, while Ed Woodward is conscious of the fact that he is a significantly cheaper option than Pochettino, with Spurs chief Daniel Levy likely to ask for as much as £50million.More: Manchester United FCRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseEx-Man Utd coach blasts Ed Woodward for two key transfer errors Advertisement Manchester United board ready to ditch managerial search and appoint Ole Gunnar Solskjaer Ed Woodward & Co. have been blown away by Solskjaer’s impact (Picture: Getty)Rather than drawing up a shortlist and interviewing potential candidates, such as Tottenham’s Mauricio Pochettino and Juve boss Max Allegri, United believe they have already found the right man for the job.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTSuch has been Solskjaer’s success, he is now considered the ‘sole candidate’ to take over on a permanent basis, though it will not be announced until the end of the season.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityUnited had been expected to explore the possibility of luring Pochettino away from north London or Allegri from Turin, but they have not held talks with either man or even Zinedine Zidane, who is still without a club after leaving Real Madrid.When Solskjaer took over at Old Trafford, United were 11 points adrift of the top four places – now they are just one point off a Champions League spot.
ROSE Hall Town NAMILCO Thunderbolt Flour wrapped up last weekend as double-champs, after winning both STAG Beer 40-Overs and Ivan Madray T20 first-division titles.After beating Tucber Park in Saturday’s STAG Beer 40-Over final, Rose Hall continued their winning ways as they won the toss and elected to bat first in Sunday’s game.Former national players Royston Crandon (18) and Delbert Hicks (42) added 47 for the 3rd wicket while Troy Mathieson (16), Keith Simpson (15) made useful contributions as the team made 130-9 after 20 overs.Bowling for Albion, left-arm spinner Gourav Ramesh bagged 4-36 and Mahendra Chaitnarine 2-7. Albion were then kept to 125 in their pursuit of 130 thanks mainly to spinner and opposition captain Eon Hooper with 3-26 and Keith Simpson 3-29 while pacer Sylus Tyndall and Royston Crandon supported with a wicket each.Jaguars batsman and Albion opener Kandasammy Surujnarine continued his form but failed to make a significant score as he made 22 while former U-19 player Sharaz Ramcharran (31) and Steve Latchana (27) got going but failed to carry on.The game provided much heat during the latter stages of the innings as Albion entered the last over requiring 10 runs for victory. Left-arm spinner Simpson only conceded four runs as Kevin Umroa was run-out for 06 off the second ball of the over.Simpson then dismissed Mahendra Chaitnarine and Gourav Ramesh off successive balls to wrap up a nail-biting win at the No. 69 ground last Sunday.BCB president Hilbert Foster congratulated both teams for entertaining the large crowd with great cricket. He thanked Chandradat Chintamani for sponsoring the tournament in memory of his late uncle, Ivan Samuel Madray.Chintamani, in response, expressed thanks to the BCB for organising a highly successful tournament and stated that the final was one of the best cricket matches he has ever saw. He committed to sponsoring the tournament for as long as he can afford.The Laparkan Senior vice-president further congratulated the Rose Hall Town NAMILCO Thunderbolt Flour team for winning the title. Hicks was named Man-of-the-Final for his 26-ball 42. He carried home a financial reward along with a trophy. Albion received $50 000 while the champions bagged the $100 000 purse along with trophies.
In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title FILE – In this Monday, Feb. 4, 2019, file photo, refugee soccer player Bahraini Hakeem al-Araibi leaves the criminal court in Bangkok, Thailand. A Thai court on Monday, Feb. 11, 2019, has ordered the release of al-Araibi after prosecutors said they were no longer seeking his extradition to Bahrain. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit, File)BANGKOK — A refugee soccer player was freed by Thailand and left on a flight to Australia early Tuesday after prosecutors said they were no longer seeking his extradition to Bahrain in a case that has drawn worldwide attention.Thailand had come under great pressure from Australia’s government, sporting bodies and human rights groups to send Hakeem al-Araibi back to Australia, where he has refugee status and plays semi-professional soccer. Aal-Araibi’s lawyer Nadthasiri Bergman and Thai Immigration Police chief Lt. Gen. Surachate Hakparn both said he left Thailand shortly after midnight, on a scheduled flight taking him directly to his Australian hometown of Melbourne.ADVERTISEMENT His supporters had said he should be freed and was protected under his status as a refugee with Australian residency.He was detained at the request of Bahrain relayed through Interpol upon his arrival in Bangkok in November while on a honeymoon with his wife.Activists praised Monday’s developments.“This is a huge victory for the human rights movement in Bahrain, Thailand and Australia — and even the whole world,” said Sayed Alwadaei, the director of advocacy at the Bahrain Institute for Rights and Democracy. “Hakeem’s ordeal ended after 70 days when there was a clear public stance and solidarity movement.”Former Australia national team captain Craig Foster, who has been leading the campaign for al-Araibi’s release, praised all those who worked on its behalf.“Many wonderful people stepped forward to help Hakeem,” he wrote Monday in comments on Twitter. “They all deserve to be in front of camera now, not only me. I can’t list them, but will thank each of them in time. My thoughts are with Hakeem’s wife. Her nightmare will shortly be at an end. Our prayers answered.”It was not immediately clear what prompted Bahrain to withdraw its request.The state-run Bahrain News Agency reported Sunday that Prime Minister Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa had a phone conversation with Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha, but offered no specifics on their discussions.Separately, BNA said Bahrain’s Crown Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa met Sunday with Thailand’s foreign minister who was visiting the island. Again, no specifics were provided.Thailand’s foreign ministry said in a statement last week that al-Araibi was detained because Australian authorities had forwarded them an Interpol Red Notice that Bahrain was seeking his arrest. Australian police acknowledged doing so, but there have been questions raised about why the Red Notice appeared to have been issued just before al-Araibi departed on his trip, and whether Bahraini authorities had been tipped off about his travel plans. Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison had in recent weeks spoken out strongly on behalf of al-Araibi’s freedom.“What we would like to do tonight is to thank and show our appreciation to the Thai government for the decision that they have taken today,” he said Monday. “We greatly respect the process that they have had to work through and we greatly appreciate their listening to the issues that have been raised by our government and many others who have raised this case.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Cabagnot piles up milestones Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title View comments 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 Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Australian Foreign Minister Marise Payne said she looked forward to seeing al-Araibi back in Australia.“It has been a complex process and has taken a great deal of communication and engagement, but we have an outcome, and I think for Hakeem al-Araibi and for the many who have supported him that is the most important thing,” Payne said in Canberra.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsThai prosecutors on Monday submitted a request to a court to withdraw the case to extradite al-Araibi to Bahrain, where he faces a 10-year prison sentence for an arson attack that damaged a police station. He has denied those charges and says the case is politically motivated.Prosecutors made the decision after Thailand’s foreign ministry sent their department a letter Monday indicating that Bahrain had withdrawn its request for al-Araibi, said Chatchom Akapin, the director general of the attorney general office’s international affairs department. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers Officials in Bahrain, an island kingdom off the coast of Saudi Arabia that’s home to the U.S. Navy’s 5th Fleet, said the country “reaffirms its right to pursue all necessary legal actions against” al-Araibi.Bahrain’s Foreign Ministry said in a statement after his release that the “guilty verdict against Mr. al-Araibi remains in place and Mr. al-Araibi holds the right to appeal this court verdict at Bahrain’s Court of Appeal.”It did not elaborate.Al-Araibi, 25, a former Bahraini national team player, says he fled Bahrain due to political repression and that he fears torture if he returns. He has been living in Melbourne.He has said he was blindfolded and had his legs beaten while he was held in Bahrain previously. He said he believed he was targeted for arrest because of his Shiite faith and because his brother was politically active in Bahrain. 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