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Former Arsenal chief Ivan Gazidis set for talks with Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri


first_img 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 CityThe former Napoli coach’s stock in Italy remains, high, however, and Milan are hoping to beat Roma to his services should Roman Abramovich call time on Sarri’s time at Stamford Bridge.Milan are, according to Sport Mediaset, prepared to offer the 60-year-old a salary worth €3million-a-year after tax, while Chelsea, who have been slapped with a two window transfer ban, are said to be considering moves for Watford’s Javi Gracia and club legend Frank Lampard whose Derby side reached the Championship play-off final on Wednesday following a dramatic win over Leeds United. Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterFriday 17 May 2019 9:34 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1.3kShares Advertisement / Top articles Full Screen 1/1 PLAY SPONSORED Read More About Connatix V67539 Read More Ivan Gazidis is stepping up his search for Gennaro Gattuso’s potential replacement at AC Milan (Picture: Getty)Ivan Gazidis is set to hold face-to-face talks with Maurizio Sarri as he steps up his plans to secure a replacement for current AC Milan manager Gennaro Gattuso.The former Arsenal chief executive joined the Italian club in September after overseeing the recruitment process which saw Unai Emery replace Arsene Wenger at the Emirates.Milan are still in with a chance of securing Champions League qualification following consecutive victories against Bologna and Fiorentina, but Gattuso is expected to depart in the summer, even if he is able to secure fourth spot ahead of Atalanta with two games of the domestic campaign remaining.AdvertisementAdvertisementDespite masterminding Chelsea third place finish in the Premier League and a Europa League final against Arsenal on the horizon, Sarri’s future at Chelsea is far from certain following a series of spats with high-profile players and failing to build a rapport with the club’s fans.ADVERTISEMENT Coming Next Video Settings Former Arsenal chief Ivan Gazidis set for talks with Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri Read More Rio Ferdinand tells Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop struggling 1 min. story Skip Visit Advertiser website GO TO PAGE Manchester United captain Harry Maguire Read More Skip Ad Read More by Metro Gennaro Gattuso is expected to leave Milan in the summer regardless of whether Milan can secure Champions League qualification (Picture: Getty)When asked if he will still be at Stamford Bridge next season following last Sunday’s draw with Leicester, Sarri said: ‘I think so, but I am not sure.‘I can say only that the club asked me for the Champions League, and we reached the target.‘As you know very well, I love English football. I love the Premier League; it’s fantastic and the level is the best in the world, I think. The atmosphere in the stadiums is wonderful. I would like very much to stay here.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal Commentlast_img read more


Ramsey: I’m the right man for QPR


first_imgQPR manager Chris Ramsey is convinced he is the right man to bring long-term success to Loftus Road – whether Rangers are relegated or not. Press Association Ramsey has overseen just one victory since he was appointed permanent manager in February but four points from games against Aston Villa and West Brom, and a narrow defeat to Chelsea, have revived hopes of survival. West Ham’s Sam Allardyce and Bournemouth’s Eddie Howe have both been linked with Ramsey’s job in the summer but the former Tottenham coach believes it would be unfair for his future to depend on Rangers avoiding the drop. “I wouldn’t say I’m expecting the sack (if QPR are relegated) but I’ve been in the game a long time and you have to be realistic about what generally happens, whether it’s fair or not fair,” Ramsey said. “I’m going to say it would be unfair because I’ll be shopping in Lidl instead of Waitrose, I’ll have a different shopping basket. “I have to look at it from my personal point of view. The club have to do the best for their long term and if it’s not me, I’d fully support whatever they decided to do. “But I think it is me. “I think the club long-term needs someone like me to have a holistic approach of building the club.” Ramsey worked with Tim Sherwood at Tottenham’s academy, nurturing the likes of Harry Kane, Ryan Mason and Nabil Bentaleb – all of whom have thrived at White Hart Lane this season. Rangers have hung their survival hopes on experienced, and often expensive, signings but Ramsey believes he can carry out the club’s wish for a more joined-up strategy. “I think the chairman wants to go that way because we need to keep that stability at the club for the long term,” Ramsey said. “At Tottenham, it took us nearly a decade to get them where they are, where you could churn out player after player after player to have loads more ready to bolster the squad even if they weren’t quite ready. “At the moment we might only have three or four that could bolster the squad. “In order to get that correct development you need to be patient but if you do get it right you set the club up for a long time.” Rangers are two points adrift of safety having played a game more than the three teams above them and Saturday’s game at home to West Ham looks crucial given the club’s next two fixtures are away to Manchester City and Liverpool. Ramsey, however, insists he is not feeling the pressure. “I had more sleepless nights at Tottenham,” Ramsey said. “Sometimes it’s harder when you’re the number two, you want the number one to do so well and you’re trying your best to help them. “At the moment it is just myself and I know exactly what I want. “The only thing here is the fans are so fantastic, they have travelled away with us and been brilliant, and I’ve had quite good dialogue with the owners. “It’s not about sleepless nights, it’s more trying to make sure the people around the club have well-deserved success.” West Ham have endured a disappointing second half to the campaign, winning just twice since the turn of the year and slipping to 10th in the table. Allardyce, whose contract expires in the summer, is not expected to remain at Upton Park next season but Ramsey issued a warning to Hammers fans. “Sam made a comment if he was called Allerdici he’d get more plaudits and I agree with him,” Ramsey said. “He’d be called a fantastic tactician. They were top half of the table for the first half of the season. “If it was the other way round and they’d only moved into the top half now, they’d say he’d been brilliant. So it’s only perception. “At the end of the day, you have to be careful what you wish for.” last_img read more


United through to Cup semi against Everton


first_imgUnited defeated West Ham 2-1 in lasat night’s sixth round replay at Upton Park. Marcus Rashford and Marouane Fellaini got the goals for Man United. They now face a trip to Wembley to face Everton on Saturday-week. United manager Louis van Gaal says that he’s desperate to bring some silverware to Old Trafford.Also last night, Crystal Palace and Everton played-out a scoreless draw in their Premier League clash at Selhurst Park.Irish international James McCarthy saw red for Everton after picking-up a second yellow card at the start of the second-half.Later tonight, Liverpool go in search of a Europa League semi-final spot.The Reds will play host to Jurgen Klopp’s former Borussia Dortmund charged in the second-leg of their quarter-final after it finished one-all last week in Germany.Kick-off at Anfield is at five-past eight.last_img read more


Meghalayan Age: Latest Era in Earth’s History Named After Indian State


first_imgThe last 4,200 years have been classified by geologists as a new distinct age in Earth’s history, called the “Meghalayan Age,” named after the Indian state of Meghalaya.The new age, which was brought about by a global drought that had severe consequences for various civilizations, will now appear on all official charts depicting Earth’s geological history, the International Commission on Stratigraphy (ICS) announced at a meeting held in June. The International Chronostratigraphic Chart is updated to show the Meghalayan Age as the youngest slice of Earth’s 4.6-billion-year geological history, incorporated into the Holocene Epoch, the last 11,700 years on the planet that began with the end of the Ice Age. This epoch also includes the Greenlandian Age — the oldest phase of the Holocene — and the Northgrippian Age, which dates from 8,300 years ago up to the beginning of the Meghalayan.The latest version of the International Chronostratigraphic Chart/Geologic Time Scale is now available! New #Holocene subdivisions: #Greenlandian (11,700 yr b2k)#Northgrippian (8326 yr b2k)#Meghalayan (4200 yr before 1950) https://t.co/IhvZHfHnWh#ChronostratigraphicChart208 pic.twitter.com/8Pf9Dnct7h— IUGS (@theIUGS) July 13, 2018The Meghalayan goes back 4,200 years, when a devastating drought severely impacted civilizations in Egypt, Greece, Syria, Palestine, Mesopotamia, the Indus Valley, and the Yangtze River Valley over two centuries. The proposal for the Meghalayan age was floated around six years back, after distinct chemical signals were detected for the transition to a new age in the stalagmites rising from the floor of the Mawmluh cave near Cherrapunji in the northeastern Indian state. The layers of the stalagmite showed a change in the isotopes of oxygen atoms due to weakened monsoons. “The isotopic shift reflects a 20-30% decrease in monsoon rainfall,” Prof Mike Walker of the University of Wales, UK, who led the international team of Holocene scientists that developed the division proposal, told BBC News.“The two most prominent shifts occur at about 4,300 and about 4,100 years before present, so the mid-point between the two would be 4,200 years before present, and this is the age that we attribute to the [Meghalayan golden spike],” he added.The Meghalayan is a unique division in the time scale because it marks a major global cultural event that resulted from a global climatic happening, the report cited Stanley Finney, professor of geological sciences at Long Beach State University and Secretary-General of the International Union of Geological Sciences (IUGS), which ratified the ICS proposal, as saying. Some scientists, however, are not convinced about the move to label a new Meghalayan Age, especially since deliberations are still going on about identifying a new time period — tentatively called the Anthropocene — that would recognize the impact of human activity on the planet.  “After the original paper and going through various committees, they’ve suddenly announced [the Meghalayan] and stuck it on the diagram,” Mark Maslin, a professor of geography at University College London, UK, told the publication. “It’s official, we’re in a new age; who knew? We have lots of new definitions that perhaps now contradict the Anthropocene Working Group and go against what most scientists perceive to be the most important change on Earth in the last 10,000 years.”Prof Walker, however, dismissed the objections. “To be frank, I see absolutely no conflict at all between the new subdivisions that we have here and a future designation of the Anthropocene,” he told the BBC. “These subdivisions of the Holocene are based entirely on physical (climatic/ environmental) evidence whereas any designation of the Anthropocene as a new unit within the geological timescale would rest entirely on evidence for human impact.”Meanwhile people in India, and especially Meghalaya, are ecstatic with the recognition that the state has got. “I think this is a very proud moment for everybody in Meghalaya. It’s a global phenomenon where the history of the earth and humanity is named after Meghalaya,” Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad Sangma said, the Hindustan Times reported. “In fact we can proudly say, we are living in our age,” he added, pointing out that right policies are needed to protect the vast network of caves, such as the Mawmluh cave, that are found in the state. Related Itemsgeologymeghalayalast_img read more