Fergie backs Mourinho: He’s one of the best coaches ever… it would be FOOLISH to sack him

first_img1 Jose Mourinho has received the backing of Sir Alex Ferguson to turn Chelsea’s fortunes around.Mourinho has endured a disastrous season at the helm of the Premier League champions, with Saturday’s 1-0 reverse at home to Bournemouth the Blues’ eighth loss in 15 games this season.The Portuguese’s position appears increasingly precarious, with suggestions a Champions League exit this week could prompt Roman Abramovich to wield the axe.But, according to his old managerial rival Ferguson, it would be ‘foolish’ of Abramovich to ditch the self-titled ‘Special One’, twice a Champions League winner and a title winner in England, Italy, Spain and Portugual.The legendary former Manchester United boss has often spoken of his admiration for Mourinho and he is adamant the 52-year-old WILL get things back on track at Chelsea if given the time.Speaking at the TechCrunch Disrupt London event, Ferguson said:  “He (Abramovich) has sacked so many coaches in the last 10 years that I am sure he has learned by it. He has to trust and have confidence Jose can turn around.“There is no point in sacking one of the best coaches of all-time, he’s won the European Cup twice, he’s won the league in each country he’s managed in, he’s won the big trophies.“It would be foolish to take that step to sack him. That would be bad management. It’s not leadership, that.”Ferguson added: “I have been watching Jose recently and spoken to him a couple of times, and this is the first time he has been confronted with non-success.“If you look at his whole career there has been nothing but a rise all of the time so for the first time in his life he has had to deal with bad publicity, adversity and that is a challenge for him, but there are signs he is getting back to a balanced level although they lost on Saturday.“I watched the match on Saturday and they could have won by a few goals, but they lost and then he has still has to face that sort of negative publicity and it is never easy for a manager in present-day football because the media attention is huge.“Football today is such a big financial industry, the television deal is (worth) billions, there is the press involvement, there is pressure from their own fans, it is a very high risk industry today.“The sort of average time a manager lasts now is a year throughout the whole country and that is not a big time.“For Jose, I think all good leaders will eventually find a solution I think he will I think he will find a solution and I think you will get back to normal which is not looking great at the moment.“But I know the guy and I know the work he has done in football and I can’t see it lasting long, I can’t see it.” Jose Mourinho last_img read more

Injunction granted in waste case

first_img Neighbors, who complained they were sickened by the waste stored on the Avenue L-9 property of Smith & Thompson Pumping Co. and S&S Environmental and Processing, sought a court order halting operations that they contend have turned the property into an illegal waste-storage site. The neighbors’ attorney, Anthony Patchett, rebutted Moll, saying the business is not operating within legal limits and that the order will bar the company from treating or disposing of any hazardous wastes. “Our argument has been that they have used large plastic portable tanks in the illegal process of treating septic waste on the property,” Patchett said. While Moll said samples taken from the property fell within acceptable state limits, Patchett said that was not true. “It’s like everything else, you can look at statistics and twist them to fit one side,” Patchett said. Patchett said his expert showed that 82.74 milligrams per cubic meter per minute of hydrogen sulfide gas is being released from the tanks, exceeding by eight times the state limit of 10 milligrams per cubic meter. As for neighbors’ contention that they were getting sick, Moll said, “These cases are long cases. The facts will demonstrate that Smith & Thompson has always operated within legal limits and will continue to do so.” S&S co-owner Smith, 41, of Tehachapi and truck driver Marvin Dunbar, 32, of Mojave have pleaded not guilty to criminal charges filed against them by Los Angeles County prosecutors. Smith, who is charged with 36 felony counts of grand theft, illegally storing and disposing of hazardous waste, and forgery, is out on bond. Dunbar, who is charged with one count of grand theft, is free based on a written promise to appear in court. Both men were arrested Sept. 28. State health officials accused the firms of illegally storing toxic industrial waste and of falsifying documents about what they did with it. Neighbors have complained for more than a year of nausea, burning eyes, diarrhea and other illnesses, court papers show. A state investigation showed 331 occasions when the companies picked up waste but did not take it where they were supposed to. On 273 occasions, somebody forged signatures on documents indicating that the waste had been delivered to disposal facilities, state officials said. The forged documents were produced so the defendants would be paid by the companies that hired them, prosecutors said. In court documents, neighboring residents and business people accused Smith & Thompson of also dumping raw, untreated septic waste on the property to avoid paying fees to dispose of it at a sewage treatment plant. The property gives off a smell of rotten eggs – hydrogen sulfide gas from the septic waste, the court papers say. Karen Maeshiro, (661) 267-5744 [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! LANCASTER – A judge on Monday granted a preliminary injunction against a waste disposal business that is the target of a criminal prosecution as well as complaints from neighbors. Attorneys for both sides in the civil case will submit the injunction order for the judge to sign, spelling out what disposal practices will be prohibited. “We demonstrated we were operating within the limits of Cal-OSHA and also federal standards,” said Gary Moll, attorney for business co-owner Sherwin Smith. “The judge, wanting to err on the side of caution, asked both sides to put together a restraining order to let the business continue running but assure the other parties in the case that there would be no toxic waste emanating from the property. We have to agree on an order to enable the company to continue its lawful business and try to protect plaintiffs.” last_img read more