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Pardew urges Cabella to toughen up

first_img Cabella will hope for further involvement at West Brom on Sunday as Pardew’s men go in search of a fifth successive win in all competitions and a fourth in the league, a return which has completely changed the atmosphere around the club. Just a few weeks ago, the manager was facing a tide of criticism; he now finds himself among the nominees for the manager of the month award for October. Pardew said: “Some things we’ve done have surprised me. Some of the young players have been particularly impressive – Mehdi’s (Abeid) two performances at Man City and against Liverpool for example. “You can’t second guess them. On the training ground, you see the potential – I keep mentioning Adam Armstrong, the guy who hasn’t really featured yet. You can have a good idea. “I’ve been in the game long enough to know that they were going to come – it’s when.” The emergence of youngsters Abeid and Rolando Aarons has been timely for Pardew, although the latter is a doubt for the trip to the Hawthorns because of a knock, and Cheick Tiote and Gabriel Obertan, who will be sidelined for some time after undergoing surgery to repair a torn thigh muscle, will definitely not be involved. But while a spell in the treatment room will come as a blow, none of the walking wounded will have to contend with the kind of fight from which Argentinian midfielder Jonas Gutierrez has just emerged. The 31-year-old could return to training within a month after winning his battle against testicular cancer, and a warm welcome awaits him. Pardew said: “His surgeon says that he thinks in a month’s time he can return to professional training, which is fantastic news. “He’s been given the all-clear and we’re absolutely delighted. He’s a bubbly character and a much loved guy in the dressing room. We’re all really pleased. “Really and truly from where he’s been in terms of that particular illness, just for him to be back on the training ground will be really terrific. Let’s not look beyond that at the moment.” The Magpies boss said: “His conduct and professionalism are very, very impressive. That gives you heart that he’s going to be a success. “Obviously he’s definitely got technical quality, but he’s got to get a grasp. I don’t think he really gets referees. He moans (in training) when me and (assistant) John (Carver) ref – and we’re better than Premier League refs! “He goes down and he thinks some of the challenges in this division should be fouls. He genuinely believes that – but they’re not.” Cabella started the first six league games, but was eventually taken out of the firing line for the trip to Swansea on October 4. He has been used as a substitute in each of the last three, all of which have resulted in victory for the Magpies, and Pardew is confident he is quietly learning his trade in a new environment. The 53-year-old said: “I think he’s beginning to get the intensity of the division. The cameos he’s done have been significant – Spurs, Liverpool, they were significant. “He’s on the cusp of starting again now as he comes to grips with what this division’s about. “It’s about physicality and mentality, about where you should be on the pitch at a particular time, about how you can affect the opposition best.” Press Association The 24-year-old midfielder, who has lost his place in the France squad after finding himself sitting on the bench for his club in recent weeks, has struggled to get to grips with the physicality of English football since leaving Montpellier. Pardew is confident Cabella, who has himself admitted that the Tyneside public are yet to see the best of him, has the ability to make a major impact, but only if he can learn to ride the challenges which will inevitably come his way. Newcastle boss Alan Pardew has warned summer signing Remy Cabella he will have to toughen up if he wants to make it in the Barclays Premier League. last_img read more

Digicel Schools Football Championship kicks off today

first_img– Essequibo Islands Secondary and Parika /Salem Secondary to collide in openerTHE 7th Edition of the Digicel Schools Football Championship will kick off today with a solitary game at the Leonora Track & Field Centre, West Coast Demerara.In the opening fixture of this year’s event, Essequibo Islands Secondary will travel to take on Parika/ Salem Secondary in what is expected to be a keen and exciting matchup commencing from 14:30hrs.Play in the championship resumes tomorrow with another match at the same venue featuring Leonora Technical versus Professional Learning Institute from 15:30hrs.On June 14, Mahaicony Secondary tackles Belladrum Secondary at the Belladrum ground in West Berbice from 15:30hrs, while Vreed-en-Hoop and Patentia square off at L’Aventure ground from 15:30hrs.Over at Burnham Park in New Amsterdam, Berbice, Berbice High School collides with Berbice Educational Institute at 15:30hrs.Play continues throughout the week at various venues.One hundred and fifty schools, drawn from the ten administrative regions of Guyana, will once again vie for what is considered as the country’s ‘Holy Grail’ of schools football.One million dollars will go to the winning school for a project of their choice, while second, third and fourth placed teams will pocket $700 000, $400 000 and $350 000 respectively.However, the tournament which will see Georgetown being divided into north and south, will see the winners of each zone being awarded $100 000,to go towards a school project.Chase’s Academic Foundation are the defending champions in the tournament, while the Christianburg Wismar Secondary School, popularly known as ‘Multi’ is the most decorated team.The Linden-based team have played in every final since the inception of the tournament; winning four consecutive titles, only losing in the inaugural year to the Georgetown Technical Institute and in last year’s final.last_img read more

FORMER FINN HARPS DUO BACK AT THE CLUB FOR PRE-SEASON TRAINING

first_imgRaymond Foy in action for Ballinamallard may make a move back to Finn Park.Former Finn Harps players Marc Brolly and Raymond Foy are back in pre-season training with the club with a view to securing a move back to Finn Park.Foy played several times last season for Derry City in the Premier Division but found regular first-team football hard to come by.That prompted Foy to go on loan from Derry City to Northern Ireland Premiership side Ballinamallard in August. Foy was a regular for the first number of months at Ferney Park but has recently found himself out of favour.That has prompted the possibility that Foy may make a return to Finn Harps where he previously played in the 2010 and 2011 season.Marc Brolly has is a Finn Harps centurion and made his debut for the club back in 2007.He was part of the Derry City side that won the FAI Cup in 2012 against St Patrick’s Athletic. He returned to Harps under Peter Hutton in 2013, but left after just three months.He trained with Finn Harps last July but opted against making a return at that time because he felt he wouldn’t be able to commit fully due his work commitments.The duo’s return would be a welcome boost to the Finn Harps squad.With American midfielder Pat McCann leaving, Foy could fill that gap straight away.Plenty of Harps fans believe Brolly’s best position is up front and considering Harps are struggling in that department he could well be utilized there by Ollie Horgan. Finn Harps face Cork City next Saturday morning in Roscommon.FORMER FINN HARPS DUO BACK AT THE CLUB FOR PRE-SEASON TRAINING was last modified: January 22nd, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Finn Harps FCMarc BrollyMovenewsPre-seasonRaymond FoySporttriallast_img read more