Kinnear ‘won’t be missed’ by fans

first_img The Magpies’ director of football left the club on Monday night after barely seven months in his role without making a single permanent signing. Fans had reacted to his initial appointment with incredulity and to his relative lack of activity since – and in particular his failure to replace the Paris St Germain-bound Yohan Cabaye last week – with fury. “We have somebody like Graham Carr, who has shown working with not very much money, he can identify people who are assets to the club. “But in the last two transfer windows, whoever he has recommended, apart from the two loan signings, have either been ignored or not followed up seriously. “If Alan Pardew hasn’t got the power to bring people in, there probably is a need for a director of football to present an overall strategy. “But if a manager has an eight-year contract, it’s strange that he isn’t the key person to decide who he needs to fulfil his ambitions and the ambitions of the football club.” Press Association Joe Kinnear “will not be missed” after resigning as Newcastle’s director of football, according to fans. Mark Jensen, editor of online fanzine www.themag.co.uk, said: “My personal reaction is that, like any other Newcastle fan, Joe Kinnear won’t be missed, that’s for sure. “In the time he has been there, Newcastle have spent no money on incoming transfers and have sold somebody for £20million.” During Kinnear’s tenure, Newcastle recruited only two senior players – Loic Remy and Luuk de Jong – both on loan and both of whom had been scouted at length long before his arrival. Despite being armed with the proceeds of Cabaye’s sale, they were unable to push through deals for either Lyon’s Clement Grenier or Montpellier’s Remy Cabella last week, leaving a gaping hole in manager Alan Pardew’s team which was horribly exposed during Saturday’s 3-0 derby defeat by Sunderland. Press Association Sport understands Ashley, who appointed the 67-year-old in response to the club’s 16th-placed Barclays Premier League finish at the end of last season, is in no immediate rush to replace him. However, it remains to be seen who assumes responsibility for player recruitment, with managing director Derek Llambias having stepped down from his post days after Kinnear was drafted in. Llambias, chief scout Graham Carr and Pardew had previously worked together to identify and acquire targets on Ashley’s approval, but it is not yet clear whether the owner is ready to abandon the post of director of football. Asked whether that role, which had previously been occupied by Dennis Wise – his exact title was executive director (football) – can work on Tyneside, Jensen said: “It’s hard to judge whether or not a director of football really would work at Newcastle as we haven’t had a working example of it. We have had somebody who has been given the title… last_img read more

ACC releases women’s basketball schedule; Syracuse starts conference slate Jan. 3

first_img Published on September 18, 2018 at 4:21 pm Contact Billy: [email protected] | @Wheyen3 ACC play begins for Syracuse at Clemson on Thursday, Jan. 3. The home conference opener comes on Jan. 13 against North Carolina. The Orange play two conference opponents twice: Boston College and Pittsburgh.In its overall schedule, Syracuse will play 11 teams that made it to the NCAA tournament last year out of the 28 games on the schedule. The highlight game in nonconference play for the Orange will be at Oregon. The Ducks feature 2017-18 AP first-team All-American point guard Sabrina Ionescu.Syracuse will also take part in two holiday tournaments. Over Thanksgiving break, the Orange plays three games at the Cancun Challenge. And in the week leading up to Christmas, SU plays two games in St. Petersburg, Florida, at the St. Pete Classic.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textLast season, the Orange finished 22-9 overall, 10-6 in the ACC. SU returns the entirety of the starting lineup it used in every game: Tiana Mangakahia, Gabrielle Cooper, Miranda Drummond, Digna Strautmane and Amaya Finklea-Guity.The Orange also adds two five-star freshmen, Emily Engstler and Kadiatou Sissoko, according to the ESPN Hoopgurlz rankings. Maeva Djaldi-Tabdi, a five-star recruit from the 2017 class, will also be eligible to play after redshirting in her first year on campus.Here’s the full Syracuse schedule with conference matchups in bold.Tuesday, Nov. 6, 3 p.m. – vs. North DakotaSaturday, Nov. 10, 4 p.m. – at OregonSunday, Nov. 18, 2 p.m. – vs. BucknellThursday, Nov. 22, 1:30 p.m. – vs. Kansas State (in Cancun, Mexico)Friday, Nov. 23, 1:30 p.m. – vs. Princeton (in Cancun, Mexico)Saturday, Nov. 24, 1:30 p.m. – vs. DePaul (in Cancun, Mexico)Thursday, Nov. 29, 7 p.m. – at MinnesotaSunday, Dec. 2, 2 p.m. – vs. TowsonWednesday, Dec. 5, 7 p.m. – vs. Maryland Eastern ShoreMonday, Dec. 17, 11 a.m. – vs. NiagaraFriday, Dec. 21, 7:30 p.m. – vs. Duquesne (in St. Petersburg, Florida)Saturday, Dec. 22, 7:30 p.m. – vs. UCF (in St. Petersburg, Florida)Thursday, Jan. 3, 7 p.m. – at ClemsonSunday, Jan. 6, 2 p.m. – at Virginia TechSunday, Jan. 13, 3 p.m. – vs. North CarolinaThursday, Jan. 17, 7 p.m. – at PittsburghSunday, Jan. 20, 7 p.m. – at Georgia TechWednesday, Jan. 23, 7 p.m. – at MiamiSunday, Jan. 27, 1 p.m. – at DukeThursday, Jan. 31, 7 p.m. – vs. VirginiaThursday, Feb. 7, TBA – at LouisvilleSunday, Feb. 10, 2 p.m. – vs. Boston CollegeThursday, Feb. 14, 7 p.m. – vs. North Carolina StateSunday, Feb. 17, 2 p.m. – vs. Wake ForestThursday, Feb. 21, 7 p.m. – vs. PittsburghMonday, Feb. 25, 6 p.m. – vs. Notre DameThursday, Feb. 28, 7 p.m. – at Florida StateSunday, March 3, TBA – at Boston College Comments The Atlantic Coast Conference released its full women’s basketball schedule on Tuesday. Syracuse will play 16 ACC games beginning at the start of conference play on Jan. 3.The biggest name team to come to the Carrier Dome is defending national champion Notre Dame. The Orange host the Fighting Irish on Monday, Feb. 25. The game against UND is the culmination of a five-game homestand for SU. Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more