Pellegrini: It’s hard to stay calm

first_img Press Association Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini has joked that keeping calm in press conferences is one of the hardest parts of a manager’s job. “We are all human beings and when you play for your club not to go down, it is massive pressure.” Wenger admitted he himself has been close to losing his temper “many, many, many times”. “You know you have to control yourself and remain in control and polite and respectful,” he said. “But of course sometimes you feel that people are not respectful of you.” Hull manager Steve Bruce admitted there have been a number of occasions when he has said or done something he later regretted. He said: “I think sometimes, after a game in particular when you are disappointed – he has just lost a game – you have to come out and face the press and sometimes you find it quite amusing. “I think after games sometimes the emotion comes out and we have all done silly and stupid things you regret. “I have seen myself run up and down touchlines and you think, ‘Oh my God Steve what are you doing, have a bit of dignity and respect for your opponents’. “It has made fantastic headlines. It was great watching it at the time and I think we have all enjoyed it. I think even the reporter has enjoyed it as we all know who he is now, so fair play to him.” West Brom head coach Tony Pulis said managers had to find a way to deal with the pressures they are under. He said: “It’s a difficult job being a manager at a Premier League club. You have so many responsibilities and the weight of responsibility is on your shoulders. “It’s the first time Nigel has managed in the Premier League and he has done fantastically well so far. They have a great chance of staying up and getting out of trouble and a couple of weeks ago everyone wrote them off. “Nigel said what he said and he has to live by that. People deal with it differently. “We’re not all the same, thank God, and the thing is with Nigel is he is a very honest, up front sort of guy and wears his heart on his sleeve. “Those reactions don’t surprise me sometimes because he is that type of bloke.” Crystal Palace manager Alan Pardew said: “Managers are in pressurised situations after matches. The circumstances were difficult for the manager, but he’s apologised.” He has since apologised but the incident has received considerable public attention and highlighted how media responsibilities are very much part of a manager’s work. Pellegrini, who won the Premier League title last season, has been famously calm throughout his two seasons at City but claims he was not always that way. The 61-year-old Chilean said: “It is the most difficult thing to do as a manager! “For me one of the most difficult things was to change my character, to try and be cool and understand that every journalist can ask what he wants – with respect of course – and the managers can answer what they want, with respect. “It is difficult. Maybe as a younger manager I didn’t control so much my character. Now I can do it because the years help me.” Pellegrini was speaking at a press conference to preview his side’s game at Tottenham on Sunday and he was not the only manager to be asked about one of this week’s major talking points. Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger admitted he could understand how the matter unfolded given the pressures of the job. He said: “I have sympathy (with Pearson), of course. He apologised and he knows he was wrong but it is not always easy to deal with these kinds of situations. Leicester manager Nigel Pearson this week made headlines when he called a journalist “an ostrich” in a bizarre confrontation after his relegation-threatened side’s loss to Chelsea. Pearson took exception to a question and suggested the reporter was either being “very, very silly” or “absolutely stupid”. last_img read more

My Coach Didn’t Want Me To Play For Nigeria – New Super Eagles Star

first_imgNew Super Eagles sensation Brian Idowu has narrated how his club coach tried to discourage him from playing for the team.Idowu, 25, revealed that Amkar Perm coach Gadzi Gadzhiyen wanted him to play for his place of birth (Russia) adding that the Russian tactician told him to wait and see whether he would be invited to the Russian national team.He made this known in a chat with ESPN, Brian Idowu said: “Nigeria coach Gernot Rohr contacted me and told me that he was following me.”“He wanted to invite me to the squad, but that was impossible because I didn’t have a Nigerian passport.“Gadzhiev said that such a call is not incidental, and I should keep progressing. He advised me to wait and see if I get called by Russia as well. I don’t see why I can’t play for Russia if I keep getting better, but they have good players like Mario Fernandes in my position. They don’t miss me.” he concluded.Brian Idowu made an instant impact in an international friendly for the Super Eagles on Tuesday night as he scored minutes after coming on as an halftime substitute for Ola Aina to edge Nigeria 3-2 ahead before the outstanding Alex Iwobi finished the team’s opponents and long time nemesis Argentina off to give the team a 4-2 win. [tps_header][/tps_header]RelatedRohr Undecided On Leftback SpotMarch 31, 2018In “National Team”New Sensation Brian Idowu Faces Sanction For Eagles AppearanceNovember 16, 2017In “National Team”Argentina Win Fallout: Rohr Singles Out Two Players For PraiseNovember 15, 2017In “National Team”last_img read more

Clippers win sixth consecutive game, destroying the Orlando Magic 114-86

first_imgThe Clippers (13-5) led 31-23 after one quarter, 57-44 at halftime and 84-62 after three quarters. They have now won six consecutive games and eight of nine.Griffin led the Clippers with 21 points, J.J. Redick had 20 and Chris Paul 19. Griffin shot 9 of 16 from the field, Paul was 7 of 10 and Redick 7 of 11.DeAndre Jordan also had a fine game. He came through with eight points, 16 rebounds and three blocks. And Matt Barnes, the only starter to playing the fourth quarter, came through with 17 points.Tobias Harris led the Magic with 16 points and Victor Oladipo and Ben Gordon each scored 11.The starters — Paul, Griffin, Barnes, Jordan and Redick — shot a combined 62.7 percent (32 of 51). “The ball is going in the basket for us,” Rivers said. “When we looked at our analytics for the season, it said that we were shooting poorly against uncontested shots. Now we are making our uncontested shots. I think that we are getting better shots and making them.”Barnes, who shot 6 of 8, was the only starter to play in the fourth quarter. He came off as stoked about the turnaround of his team, which at one point was just 5-4 before they embarked on a seven-game road trip and won six.“I think there was so much pressure on us early and it just got to everybody,” he said. “Once we calmed down and realized that it is only December, we remembered that we know how to play this game and what we are capable of.“We know what kind of team we have, so if we just go out there and play, we are going to win.”Overall, the Clippers shot 53.8 percent from the field and held Orlando to 41.8 percent.“We were playing exactly how we should play,” Griffin said. “No matter if we are scoring or not, we are moving the ball. It never really sticks. Defensively, everybody is there for each other.”Vaughn bemoaned losing O’Quinn, but praised the Clippers.“It just put us another man down at that position,” he said of O’Quinn. “We didn’t have our starting center or our backup center. But (the Clippers) played extremely well.” It was so interesting that fans at Staples Center began doing the wave during a fourth quarter in which the Clippers led by as many as 31 points on their way to a 114-86 victory over the Magic before a sellout crowd of 19,060.The Clippers (13-5) led by as many as 15 points in the first quarter, but had that lead whittled down to just three at 38-35 when Orlando’s Kyle O’Quinn committed a flagrant 2 foul when he raked Griffin across the face hard as Griffin was going in for what figured to be a dunk try with 5:54 left in the second quarter.O’Quinn was ejected, Griffin made one of two free throws and the Clippers went on an 8-2 run to lead 46-37. Orlando (7-14) got back to within seven points a couple of times, but whatever look they had in the game seemed to be gone after the incident.Interestingly, Griffin didn’t think O’Quinn deserved a flagrant 2.“I didn’t really see much, I closed my eyes,” Griffin said, drawing laughter from reporters. “I got hit in the face. But, honestly, I didn’t think it was going to be a flagrant 2. I didn’t think there was anything vicious or anything like that. But I thought we responded well.” The Orlando Magic entered their game against the Los Angeles Clippers on Wednesday with a record of 7-13. But somehow, even without center Nikola Vucevic – their leading scorer and rebounder – they came within an eye lash of winning at high-flying Golden State on Tuesday, only to lose by a point on a 3-point basket by the Warriors’ Steph Curry with 2.2 seconds to play.Would the Magic — still without Vucevic because of back spasms — be down, or angry? Clippers coach Doc Rivers was hopeful it was the former, but …“You just don’t know,” he said. “They’re young, they’re resilient.”Jacque Vaughn, the Orlando head coach out of Muir High in Pasadena, said, “It’ll be interesting.”center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more