first_imgEgypt striker Mohamed Salah was voted as the African Footballer of the Year for the second successive year at the Confederation of African Football’s awards ceremony in Dakar on Tuesday.Salah beat fellow nominees, Liverpool team mate Sadio Mane and Arsenal forward Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.He edged the same two players last year in a vote decided by the technical directors and head coaches of 56 CAF member associations.“This award is very big for me, I love it because I saw it when I was young and I always had a dream to win it one day,” Salah said when collecting his trophy for his 2018 exploits.“I’m proud to win it twice, I must thank my family and my team mates, and I dedicate this award to my country, Egypt.”Salah helped Liverpool reach the 2018 Champions League final but suffered a shoulder injury during the 3-1 defeat by Real Madrid in Kiev.That injury raised doubts about his World Cup participation but he regained fitness to represent Egypt in the finals in Russia, scoring twice as they exited in the first round.He has scored 13 Premier League goals this season to guide Liverpool to the top of the standings.It is the third time an Egyptian player has claimed the crown, with Mahmoud El Khatib’s 1983 victory being the other occasion.last_img read more

first_imgThe Omonia v Apollon clash stands out in the fourth round of the Cyprus football championship this weekend, while in the other games AEL take on Doxa Katokopias, Anorthosis entertain Pafos FC and Ethnikos are at home to Nea Salamina.The final game of the round will take place on Monday night between Enosis Neon Paralimniou and champions Apoel.Omonia, who currently top the league, dropped their first points of the season last week against AEK in rather shadowy circumstances. They had what looked like a perfectly good goal ruled out and were then denied an obvious penalty seconds before AEK equalised with virtually the last kick of the game.Omonia appear to have finally woken up from their slumber of recent years that saw their season’s ambitions and goals evaporate before the first round was over.The players bought in the summer have gelled well together under the guidance of their new Norwegian coach Henning Berg.The good start to the season has given Omonia another boost – the return of their fans to the games – and more than 10,000 are expected at the GSP on Saturday.Apollon though are certain to provide stern opposition to the Nicosia giants.Going forward Apollon have nothing to be afraid of but it is at the back that their coach Ivan Vukomanovic needs to find a better balance.With defender Valentin Roberz still short of match fitness he will have to rely on the inexperienced Attila Szalai or M’Pinda to partner Hector Yuste at the heart of the defence. He may even decide to reinstate tough-tackling Esteban Sachetti to the starting line-up in an effort to break up Omonia’s intricate forward play before they can become dangerous.Friday: Olympiakos v AEK (7.00)Saturday: Omonia v Apollon (6.00), AEL v Doxa (8.00)Sunday: Anorthosis v Pafos FC (6.00), Ethnikos v Nea Salamina (7.00)last_img read more

first_imgMOST READ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles05:21Drama in karate: Tsukii ‘very sad’ over coach’s bullying, cold shoulder01:04Maguindanao massacre case: Mangudadatu upbeat on conviction of perpetratotrs02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award03:05Malakanyang bilib sa Phivolcs | Chona Yu Blazers coach Terry Stotts said he was hopeful Kanter could play in Game 1, set for Monday regardless of the opponent. He said the extended break — Portland was the first team in the West to advance to the next round — will help.“I know it’s too early,” Stotts said about the decision. “The good thing is we don’t play until Monday, so we don’t really have to make any decisions until then. So we’re hopeful.”Kanter, 26, has had a somewhat turbulent season already. He was waived by the New York Knicks following the trade deadline. Once a starter, he fell out of the rotation altogether when New York — which finished with the worst record in the league — turned its focus to younger players.He was signed by the Blazers just before the All-Star break as a backup to starter Jusuf Nurkic.But Kanter became vitally important for Portland when Nurkic broke his leg in an overtime victory at home over the Brooklyn Nets on March 25. Nurkic was averaging 15.6 points and 10.4 rebounds a game this season.ADVERTISEMENT Duterte says he will appoint Gamboa as next PNP chief Read Next Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Sarah Geronimo’s ‘Tala’ enters Billboard’s world digital song sales chart Kanter was shooting during the workout, although at times he rubbed the shoulder.“I think the Blazers are doing a very good job taking care of it. But, I mean obviously, I’m not going to lie, it hurts pretty bad,” he said. “I mean I’m having a hard time changing my shirt or eating food. So it’s a process. We’re just taking it day by day, see how it feels.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsDespite the injury, Kanter had 13 points and 13 rebounds in Portland’s 118-115 victory over the Thunder, which sent the Blazers through to the Western Conference semifinals.The Blazers will play the winner of the first-round series between the Nuggets and the Spurs, which is tied at 3-3. Game 7 is Saturday night in Denver. Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college LATEST STORIEScenter_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Kanter averaged 13.1 points and 8.6 rebounds in 23 games down the stretch with the Blazers, including eight starts.In the playoffs, he is averaging 13.2 points and 10.2 rebounds. In Game 1 against the Thunder, he had 20 points and 18 rebounds and was dubbed the game’s MVP by teammate Damian Lillard.He has faced challenges beyond the court as well. A native of Turkey, Kanter missed a game in Toronto shortly after joining the Blazers because he thought his life might be in danger if he left the United States. As a result of his criticism of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Kanter had been labeled a terrorist by his native country. His passport was revoked and Turkey has reportedly issued a warrant for his arrest with Interpol.For now, Kanter is working out lightly and doing some lifting. The concern isn’t just whether he can play through the pain, but whether there’s a chance for further damage, he said.He said he will work with the team’s trainers and see how the shoulder feels.“They just said it’s a separation, it’s normally around a month to just heal it,” he said. “But I mean, you don’t have a month to take off, so I’m just going to push through it.” Comelec assures no disruption in operations with retirement of execs P260,000 each in aid to displaced Marawi folk released by US Naomi Osaka battles back to reach Porsche Grand Prix semifinals Tim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’ Portland Trail Blazers center Enes Kanter, center, Oklahoma City Thunder forward Jerami Grant, left, and guard Terrance Ferguson, right, compete for a rebound in the second half of Game 4 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series Sunday, April 21, 2019, in Oklahoma City. Portland won 111-98. (AP Photo/Alonzo Adams)PORTLAND, Oregon— Trail Blazers center Enes Kanter’s status for the second round of the playoffs remains uncertain because of a shoulder injury as Portland waits to learn its opponent.Kanter says he separated his left shoulder early on during Portland’s deciding Game 5 against Oklahoma City on Tuesday in the opening round. The Blazers returned to practice Friday.ADVERTISEMENT ‘Duterte legacy:’ Gov’t boasts achievements so far View commentslast_img read more

first_imgThe native of Ayr, Ont., helped the Rivulettes to the PWHL Final Four in 2018, leading the team with six goals through 13 post-season games last season. As a member of the Southwood Secondary School Sabres, Trussler was named the most valuable player on the field hockey team and won the Cambridge Sports Hall of Fame athletic award. Story Links MacDonald will be studying social science at New College starting in September. Taylor Trussler A 5-foot-2 forward from the Cambrdige Rivulettes of the Provincial Women’s Hockey League (PWHL), Talor Trussler has accepted her offer to study within U of T’s Faculty of Kinesiology and Physical Education. A 5-foot-6 forward from Port Perry, Ont., Mackenzie MacDonald joins the Blues from the Toronto Leaside Junior Wildcats of the PWHL. Erica Fryer is a 5-foot-6 goalie from Amherstburg, Ont. She joins the Blues from the London Junior Devilettes of the PWHL. She suited up for Team Ontario Blue, which finished second overall at the 2017 under-18 national women’s hockey championship. The University of Toronto women’s hockey program is pleased to announce five recruits that have accepted their offers of admission and committed to play for the Varsity Blues beginning in the 2018-19 season. As a member of the Port Perry High School Rebels, MacDonald helped the team to the LOSSA championship title, as well as a bronze-medal finish at the OFSAA AAA/AAAA championships. She captained the team and was named the most valuable player in 2017-18. As a student at Michael Power St. Joseph High School, Barry was named the most valuable player on the softball, field hockey and hockey teams, while also earning senior female athlete of the year honours. She will also be studying kinesiology, starting in September.  Avery Henry A 5-foot-4 defenceman from Etobicoke, Ont., Meagan Barry comes to the Blues after captaining the Brampton Canadettes of the PWHL in 2017-18. “I chose U of T because I love the diversity and atmosphere of the city and campus,” said MacDonald. “I fell in love and felt at home each time I visited. I am really looking forward to having a fresh start at University with new beginnings. I can’t wait to start the season off with the Blues and put my best effort forth.”For more information, scores and highlights on your favourite U of T athletes and teams, please visit www.varsityblues.ca. Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter, Instagram, SnapChat and Facebook for the latest and greatest in Varsity Blues intercollegiate athletics. As a member of the St. Thomas Villanova Catholic Secondary School Wildcats, Fryer is a two-time WECSSAA champion, while also winning the SWOSSAA championship once. She will join Trussler in studying kinesiology next fall. “I wanted to go to a university that has a strong hockey team, as well as high academic standards and the University of Toronto offers me both,” said Henry. “I also love that the team is coached by a group of talented women and that Coach Vicky and Coach Jayna both played professionally and at the Olympics. I am really looking forward to learning from them starting this fall.”  Meagan Barry Erica Fryer “The main reason I chose U of T is for the academic reputation in the faculty that I am studying,” said Barry. “Education is really important to me so I felt that if I could play the sport I love and also get a great education at the same time, how could I go wrong.  I’m hoping to find a group of people that challenge me to go out of my comfort zone and get the most out of my first year.  Also, I’m hoping to start getting an idea of where I see myself in the future regarding the field of study I will pursue further, which shouldn’t be a problem because there are so many people there supporting you.” She is no stranger to U SPORTS athletics as her father played basketball at both Acadia University and the University of Guelph. Henry will begin her studies in life sciene within U of T’s New College this fall. Mackenzie MacDonald Avery Henry joins the Blues from Team Illinois and her hometown of Chicago. The 5-foot-7 forward captained her bantam, midget and junior hockey teams and was invited to three USA central district camps, two USA national development camps and twice played in the USA Hockey national championships. “I chose U of T because being on campus felt like home,” said Trussler. “The coaching staff made me feel very included and helped me realize my best potentials. The thing I am most looking forward to in the fall is the hockey atmosphere. Spending endless time with my teammates and on the ice is something I have always enjoyed and I can’t wait to begin a new chapter of my life at the University of Toronto.” “I decided to come to the University of Toronto because of their elite academics and competitive sports program,” said Fryer. “I feel that the University of Toronto will allow me to pursue my dreams of playing university hockey and a career in prosthetics.” “I am very excited to have our 2018-19 recruiting class join team this September,” said Vicky Sunohara, who enters her eighth year as Blues bench boss this season. “They have been a pleasure to work with and all seem extremely motivated to get on the ice. They are such a determined group and are all training hard this summer. I am looking forward to seeing them make the next step in their athletic and academic careers.”  Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

first_img0Shares0000(FILES) This file photo taken on August 27, 2015 shows Jamaica’s Usain Bolt celebrating after winning the final of the men’s 200 metres athletics event at the 2015 IAAF World Championships at the “Bird’s Nest” National Stadium in Beijing on August 27, 2015. (AFP Photo/Olivier MORIN)UNITED KINGDOM, May 14 – World’s fastest man Usain Bolt says he still dreams of playing for Manchester United — as long as Louis Van Gaal is not the manager.Bolt, who owns the 100-meter world record at 9.58 seconds and the world 200m record of 19.19, spoke Friday on the eve of his opening race of the 2016 campaign in the Cayman Invitational. The Jamaican superstar has long been critical of Van Gaal’s stewardship of Manchester United, saying he has not used players in the proper positions and that has led to disappointing performances by the English Premier League club.“I supported Manchester United for years,” Bolt said. “I would still love to play for them, but if Louis Van Gaal is the coach, not so much,” Bolt said.Manchester United stands fifth in the Premier League with 18 wins and 9 drawn from 37 starts entering Sunday’s season-ending matches, two points behind fourth-place Manchester City.Bolt, who predicted he will open his season by running the 100 in 9.91, will face only two sub-10 sprinters at the Truman Bodden Sports Complex -– Jamaica’s Kemar Bailey-Cole and Kemar Hyman of Cayman Islands.Last week, Bolt told TV2 Norway of his thoughts about Manchester United’s season.“It has been up and down. I wouldn’t say I’m happy. I think a lot of players don’t want to come to the team under Van Gaal. I think players don’t want to play for him,” Bolt said.“He plays a different style of football which Manchester United doesn’t really play. We are more of an attacking team and he likes to pass the ball. I’m not saying he’s not a good coach but, personally, I just think he’s not right for Manchester United.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

first_img“That was my first year in Little League,” Webb recalled. “I was probably sitting out there in right field, because I was awful.” Awful? Really? “Oh, yeah. I was terrible,” Webb replied. “I was getting in the minimum innings I had to play in the game, two or something, and getting my one minimum at-bat, then going to sit down on the bench for the rest of the game.” He took up pitching the following year. Now, he’s closing in on Hershiser’s mark. The Arizona Diamondbacks ace tossed a two-hitter Friday night for his third straight shutout and stretched his scoreless streak to 42 innings, the 12th-longest in baseball history. After beating the Atlanta Braves, 4-0, Webb finds himself 18 innings away – two more shutouts exactly – from breaking Hershiser’s record of 59 straight scoreless innings in 1988. “Just two more shutouts? Oh, I should have that no problem,” Webb said facetiously, rolling his eyes. “It’s in the back pocket.” It will be if he keeps pitching like this. The Braves went into the game with the NL’s best average (.278) and were third in the league in runs scored (4.96 per game), but they never had a chance against last year’s NL Cy Young winner. Kelly Johnson doubled in the fourth. Jeff Francoeur singled in the fifth. Mark Teixeira walked in the seventh. That was it. Webb faced two hitters more than the minimum, got ahead in the count 21 of 29 times and went to three balls on just two batters. “He threw what he wanted when he wanted,” Francoeur said. “All night he was a step ahead of us.” Chris Young, who homered twice for the Diamondbacks, had more fun watching Webb pitch from center field. “I’d much rather be on his team than facing him,” Young said. “You see the way his ball moves, and now he’s got his offspeed pitches working better than ever. As a hitter, you just don’t know what to think up there.” Webb (13-8) isn’t one of those guys who claims ignorance of his statistics. He knows how many scoreless innings he’s thrown already, and how many it will take to catch Hershiser. “I know where I’m at,” Webb said. “It’s going to be real tough to do, but I’m going to go out there and try to throw up zeros as much as I can.” He became the first pitcher since Hershiser to go at least 40 innings without giving up a run and just the 21st pitcher in history to reach that level of stinginess. It’s not like the Diamondbacks are scoring a lot of runs for Webb, either. His previous start was a five-hit, 1-0 win over Washington, and he was clinging to another 1-0 lead against Atlanta when Mark Reynolds gave Arizona some breathing room with a two-run homer off Lance Cormier in the eighth. “It doesn’t really affect me what the score is,” Webb said. “I do know if it’s 1-0 that I need to bear down and not make too many mistakes. When you get those second, third and fourth runs like we did, you can breathe little bit. It lets you go right at ’em and attack the hitters.” Webb got a bit of a scare in the final inning. Not wanting to walk speedy Willie Harris, he left a pitch over the plate and watched it sail toward deep right. “I was like, `Just go right after him. I don’t think he can hit one out.’ And boom, he got a good piece on it,” Webb said. “Luckily, there was the humidity here and it’s a fairly deep park, so it stayed in.” Justin Upton settled under the long fly a few feet short of the warning track. “Things are just going my way,” Webb said. He started his streak nearly a month ago, in a defeat of all things. Webb didn’t allow a run in the final inning of his 6-2 loss to the Chicago Cubs on July 20. He’s won five in a row since, going seven innings apiece in wins over Florida and San Diego before beginning his stretch of shutouts with a 3-0 win at Dodger Stadium. Hershiser was with the Dodgers when he set the record. The only other pitchers since 1940 to put together a longer streak than Webb are Don Drysdale (58), Bob Gibson (47) and Sal Maglie (45). Over the last five starts, Webb has worked 41 innings, giving up 23 hits, seven walks and striking out 35. He is tied with Rube Foster at No. 12 on the scoreless list. “It’s a little weird,” Webb said. “When I do give up a run, I’m sure I will be a little down. It’s going to happen sometime.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! BASEBALL: Arizona star nears Hershiser’s record for consecutive shutout innings. By Paul Newberry THE ASSOCIATED PRESS ATLANTA – Brandon Webb was 9 years old – and not much of a ballplayer – when Orel Hershiser threw more consecutive scoreless innings than anyone in baseball history. last_img

first_imgFormer Liverpool boss Roy Evans has hailed James Milner’s start to life at Liverpool.The England international has quickly become a key man for the club following his free transfer switch from Manchester City in the summer and captained the team against Arsenal on Monday night.Milner produced a typically tireless and effective performance to help the Merseysiders claim a point, and Evans believes his signing has already proved to be a masterstroke by Brendan Rodgers.Speaking on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast, he said: “James Milner is one of those players who, in many fans’ eyes, will never be man of the match because you don’t really see what he does.“He is not flash but he keeps everything together. He closes people down, he gets the ball forward quickly.“James Milner is a great all-round footballer. Without a doubt he will be the best buy for us because he is the glue that brings everything together.”last_img read more

first_imgVALENCIA – Developing local talent is one of the primary objectives of the Ice Station Valencia’s hockey program. It can also be a curse. Such is the dilemma Valencia Vipers coach Larry Bruyere faces as he prepares to establish a team for the 2006-07 season. The Vipers, a Junior B team that competes in the Western States Hockey League – the highest level of amateur hockey played in California – already have lost one key player and are at risk of losing several others who are trying out for more advanced level Junior A teams. The Vipers play host to an invitation-only tryout camp Aug. 18-20. The WSHL’s schedule will be announced early next week. The season begins the second week of September. Strong candidates to make the team include forward Viktor Kozhevinikov, who played for the Vipers last season; defenseman Kevin Lapp and forward Anthony Kendryna, products of the Ice Station’s Express travel program; and Cody Dinwiddie, a recent Canyon High of Canyon Country grad who played for the school’s Ice Station High School Hockey club team and also played elite-level Tier-1 Midget hockey for the Simi Valley-based Ventura Mariners. Role reversal: Defenseman Josh Shin is a strong candidate to make the team, too. Shin played for Bruyere on the Tier 2 Pee Wee (12-and-under) Vipers in 2003-04. At 15, he likely would be the WSHL’s youngest player. “He was our horse on that Pee Wee team and now it’ll be a reversal of roles,” Bruyere said. “He’s going to be by far the youngest guy in the league.” Tryouts: The Valencia Express will hold tryouts for all levels of its travel program Friday-Aug. 6. Valencia’s Mite (8 and under), Squirt (10 and under), Pee Wee (12 and under), Bantam (14 and under) and Midget (16 and under and 18 and under) all field A and B teams.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPhotos: At LA County Jail, Archbishop José H. Gomez celebrates Christmas Mass with inmatesForward Tony Torossian, who played for Valencia last season, already has received an offer from the Portland (Maine) Junior Pirates, a Junior A American Junior Hockey League team. His twin brother, Jack, who also played for Valencia last season, is a strong candidate to make the Junior Pirates squad as well. Other key projected returnees currently pursuing Junior A aspirations include forward Chris Gale, the team’s leading scorer last season, forward Tony Miller and goalie Paul Hart. “We want them to move on, because that’s what we’re here for,” Bruyere said. “But it becomes bittersweet, because it’s tough replacing your best guys.” Bruyere, who is also the team’s general manager, soon must start making tough choices. His deadline is Tuesday to submit a 25-player protected list to the USA Hockey Junior Council Registrar. last_img read more

first_imgFord’s share of the domestic market has declined from around 26 percent in the early 1990s to 17.6 percent at the end of October, when Toyota’s share was 15.5 percent. GM’s market share was 24.4 percent at the end of October. In July, Ford sold fewer vehicles in the U.S. than Toyota for the first time, but Ford’s U.S. sales surpassed the Japanese company’s in August through October. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’Toyota’s sales, including its Lexus luxury brand, were boosted by a 17.8 percent increase in light-truck sales. Sales of the RAV4 compact sport utility vehicle had their best November ever, up 156.9 percent to 11,425. Toyota’s car sales were up 14.5 percent, to 109,126. Ford’s light-truck sales dropped 13 percent to 119,259, including a 16.1 percent drop in sales of the dominant F-Series pickup, while car sales fell 2.6 percent to 61,852, reflecting lower deliveries to fleet customers. Ford sales analyst George Pipas, in a conference call with industry analysts and journalists, blamed the company’s monthly sales performance in part on getting a start later in the month on advertising highlighting improvements to its 2007 models and promoting its year-end sales event. “It was disappointing,” Pipas said. “We missed our own internal sales target for the month.” But the Dearborn-based company said car sales to individual retail customers were up for the Fusion, Mercury Milan and Lincoln MKZ midsize sedans. Ford’s figures include the Ford, Lincoln, Mercury, Jaguar, Volvo and Land Rover brands. DETROIT – Toyota Motor Corp. sold more vehicles in the U.S. last month than Ford Motor Co., marking the second time ever that the No. 2 domestic automaker was beaten out by its Japanese rival. Ford reported Friday that its U.S. auto sales dropped 9.7 percent in November compared with the same period a year ago. Toyota sold 196,695 vehicles in November, a 15.9 percent increase over November 2005, compared with Ford’s 181,111. General Motors Corp.’s sales rose 6.1 percent, while DaimlerChrysler AG’s were up 4.7 percent. GM, the world’s largest automaker, sold 293,558 vehicles in the U.S. last month, the most of any manufacturer. It sold 109,985 cars, a 7.9 percent decline from November 2005, but truck sales rose 16.6 percent to 183,573. The numbers include the European Saab brand. last_img read more

first_img Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won “We had a lot of players who felt like they shouldn’t be playing in the Championship, so it was quite difficult early on to settle the mentality of the team down.“And then results actually picked up, and in our last 17 Championship games we only lost three – but we just drew too many.“That was the challenge; we became very solid and very hard to beat but we just didn’t win enough games for the expectation level.“Therefore, with the expectation of being in the top six, any time we lost a game it felt twice as bad as anywhere else I’d ever been.“I understood the risk going into a job like that needing to have instant success.”Rowett was appointed with the view of securing Stoke an immediate return to the top flight, as the club ended their decade-long stay in the Premier League with relegation at the end of last season.However, he also had plans to build for the long-term at Stoke – something the club’s owners also wanted.“One of the reasons I went into Stoke was because they’ve got fantastic owners and there has been great stability there over the years,” Rowett added. “Sometimes you don’t get what you want, you don’t get the performance you want, and that’s when you need to have a little bit of faith and be a bit patient.”Rowett knows just what Jones will be going through after his shaky start as Stoke boss, having gone through a ‘difficult start’ of his own after being appointed the club’s manager in May following their relegation from the Premier League.“I think the difficult bit when you go into a club like Stoke is the expectation, not only from within but also from outside,” he continued. “It’s almost like just because you’ve spent money and just because you’ve been in the Premier League you’re going to walk the division.“As we know in the Championship, very few teams actually come down after being out of it for a long time and go straight back up.“We had a really difficult start. 3 shining Stoke fans wanted Rowett out towards the end of his reign Stoke actually led 2-0 with less than 20 minutes of the match remaining, before the visitors scored three times in a 10-minute spell to secure a remarkable comeback victory at the bet365 Stadium.And Rowett, who went five games before guiding Stoke to a win at the beginning of the season, wants the club’s owners and fans to support Jones throughout his early career as manager.Speaking to talkSPORT, Rowett said: “I can understand the fans feeling disappointed with this season and last season, but I think what has happened there is it’s all gone into one melting pot of frustration and that frustration has bubbled out into something that’s not particularly helpful right now for anyone.“Nathan (Jones) will find that he needs support and needs to get through this early period, and he’ll need the fans’ backing. I think the club really have to stick together at this time. MONEY REVEALED The beginning of Jones’ time at Stoke has not gone to plan Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions huge blow RANKED no dice BEST OF REVEALED ADVICE center_img Latest Football News Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? REPLY Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ Former Stoke City manager Gary Rowett has urged the club’s owners and fans to back new boss Nathan Jones after suffering his own ‘difficult start’ at the bet365 Stadium.Rowett was dismissed by the Potters after less than eight months in charge earlier this month and was succeeded by Jones, who left League One high-flyers Luton to take up challenge of guiding Stoke back to the Premier League.However, Jones suffered defeats in both his opening two matches, first losing at Brentford in the Championship before Shrewsbury knocked Stoke out the FA Cup by winning their third-round replay 3-2 on Tuesday evening. Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move 3 Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade 3 Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury Stoke chairman Peter Coates made it clear Rowett’s object was ‘returning Stoke to the Premier League as soon as possible’ “And it is actually quite hard to find in the Championship a club where you feel you might have a chance to build something.“Ironically it was the shortest I’ve ever been at any of the clubs, so it didn’t work out that way.”Discussing a return to the game, the former Burton, Birmingham and Derby boss insists he will be back before too long.“I had three months out of the game after Birmingham, and that’s the only time I’ve had out in the last 15 years I’ve been coaching.“I have to say it’s the only time you really enjoy yourself.“I will come back in, I’m sure, and I’ll just have to wait for the next opportunity.”last_img read more