Martin McElhinney has insisted Donegal still have a squad capable of landing All-Ireland titles, and said he doesn’t believe they will lose any more players to retirement. Eamon McGee and Colm McFadden called time on their careers after the All-Ireland quarter-final defeat to Dublin.Speculation is rife that Christy Toye, Rory Kavanagh and Neil Gallagher will follow suit, but McElhinney isn’t convinced. Rory Gallagher was given a four-year contract extension under the pretence that Donegal were entering into a transitional period.However, McElhinney refuted those claims that Donegal are going through a transitional period, and says they’ve still got a squad good enough to win All-Ireland titles.McElhinney told The 42, “A lot of people saying there’s a transition there at the moment. ”I think there are a couple of retirements but I’m not sure are there many more.“Everyone else will probably be back. It’s about time that a lot of boys stepped up, a lot of boys around the 26, 27 mark. We’re kind of relying on Rory Kavanagh, big Neil – he’ll probably be back – now there are other boys coming through to take on the mantle. “Christy’s a funny character, he never says too much about football or talks about retirement. He hasn’t spoken any word of it so as far as we know next year you wouldn’t know, Christy could say nothing and not turn up. We’ll be glad to get him back.“He’s a serious asset, he’s very god in the dressing room. He’s one of those boys, if he went out tormorrow he’d be the fittest man of the pitch. Fitness isn’t his problem. It’s whether he goes back himself. That’s the one.”When asked about whether or not he felt Donegal could still realistically challenge for All-Ireland’s – McElhinney’s response was emphatic.“Definitely. You wouldn’t be going out to play and train hard if you didn’t think you could challenge for All-Irelands.“No point in turning up if you don’t think like that. We got a couple of setbacks the last couple of years so we’ll be looking to concentrate on blooding a few new players in the league, staying safe and getting over Antrim in the first round. That’s all we’ll be focusing on.” McElhinney confident Donegal have the squad to win All-Ireland was last modified: October 20th, 2016 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)
Klay Thompson’s new, limited-edition East Bay Times/newspaper-themed shoes sold out fast Sunday, and are quickly being offered on the secondary market for $2,500, or about $2,300 more than they originally cost.With only 150 pairs of Thompson’s KT4 newspaper-inspired available, about 200 people lined up at the Oaklandish store on Broadway in Oakland Sunday, waiting hours before the launch of the special deal between Thompson, his shoe sponsor Anta and the Bay Area News Group.The shoes were …
Transfers Klopp rules out Liverpool replacing Coutinho before January transfer deadline Stephen Creek 22:50 1/29/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Transfers Liverpool Huddersfield Town v Liverpool Huddersfield Town Premier League Jürgen Klopp Philippe Coutinho The Reds boss is not thinking about investing some the €160m generated from a deal with Barcelona back into his side during the current window Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp is not seeking a replacement for Philippe Coutinho before the transfer window closes.Coutinho joined Barcelona for €160 million this month, leaving Klopp without one of his squad’s most potent attacking threats, but the German does not feel the need to rush out for an addition.Liverpool have strengthened their defence with the £75m signing of Virgil van Dijk from Southampton, and Klopp claims there are no plans to reinforce in other areas in the short term. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player “Philippe Coutinho is not to replace in this window,” he said at a media conference. “We can stop thinking about that.”It’s not about replacing players – it’s about using our own opportunities and our own tools, players, tactics, formations.”Liverpool’s 18-match unbeaten run came to an end when they went down 1-0 to Swansea City last week and they subsequently lost 3-2 at home to West Brom in the FA Cup on Saturday.Klopp claimed Coutinho’s departure was not a factor in those results, saying: “We didn’t play well at Swansea but a few days before we played fantastic against Man City. We could have won at Swansea. It doesn’t say anything about the performances, only the results.”I don’t think Phil [Coutinho] would have helped a lot in these situations.”The solution is not out there on the transfer market. We always have open eyes but we first of all have to use our players.”In the long term we will do a lot but in the short term not a lot will happen.”Looking ahead to Tuesday’s match against Huddersfield Town, Klopp said Jordan Henderson’s return to fitness after a hamstring injury was a boost to his side.Henderson and James Milner came on for the last 25 minutes of the defeat to West Brom, and the manager was impressed by their displays.”[Henderson] did really well when he came on, like Millie did,” said Klopp. “They brought some fresh ideas and confidence, they showed up and both had good moments in the game.”He is very important for us.” Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the web
Annie Lennox has addressed the many comments that her blogs about the violence in Gaza have garnered over the last few weeks.The singer and activist has been blogging about the situation in Gaza over the last few weeks, but her thoughts have caused a stir among those who read them, with many choosing sides.“Over the last few weeks my blogs have been mainly focused on the plight of thousands of innocent civilians trapped in Gaza (many of whom are young children) who have been the victims of bombing raids,” she wrote. “Whichever way you look at the arguments for and against on either side, it is abominable that any human being should have to suffer on such a scale.“I have read most of the comments posted on my blogs. The entire spectrum of viewpoints has been well represented… from hate filled bigotry to more rational viewpoints, all passionately expressed. Somewhat predictably it is so often “There is only one side… and if you’re not with us, you’re against us.”“For me, this kind of perspective only ever leads to destruction as the inevitable end game. The possibility for long term sustainable peace should be the only goal. But it seems that after decades of abuse, the situation is further away from a positive solution than it ever was. How many more innocent people must be slaughtered? How many lives shattered?“Latest developments across the entire Middle East seem to be rapidly turning the region into an even bigger tinder keg of madness and extremism. What’s the end game? I personally don’t see how this can turn out well. I don’t know how other people are feeling, but I find this all deeply disquieting.”
Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppResponding to requests about when the former premier of the Turks and Caicos Islands, Michael Misick will return to the country, Commissioner of Police, Colin Farquhar has advised that Turks and Caicos authorities have to sit and watch. The Commissioner says the steps for the premier’s return will follow requirements fixed by Brazilian law and the Attorney General’s Chambers and the Special Investigations and Prosecution team has no influence in this process. The Commissioner added that as soon as permission is received from Brazillian authorities Misick will be returned to the TCI to be charged and face trial.
SEAN Long was pleased Saints came through their final match of the Super 8s unscathed as they prepare for a semi-final showdown with Warrington Wolves.Shannon McDonnell scored three times in a comfortable 32-12 win over Wakefield.“Full credit to the Wildcats, they came here and had a right dig at us,” he said. “Performance wise for us we were certainly off and our completion wasn’t great but if you would have given me the result before the game I would have taken it.“The important thing is we came through unscathed and that is good going into the semi-final.“Mark Percival came through his 40 minutes well too. He will be fine.”He continued: “I have been in this situation as a player; it’s hard when there is kinda nothing to play for, it is hard to get up for those games.“Sometimes you are waiting for other players instead of doing it yourself and it felt like one of those games. We had some good performances though – Morgan Knowles and Luke Thompson both did well.“Now we look ahead to Warrington. It is always a tough game but we always raise our game there. It should be a good spectacle.”Tickets for Saints semi final at Warrington are on sale from the Ticket Office, by calling 01744 455 052 or online here.