Aluko named Aston Villa Women’s first sporting director

first_img Promoted ContentCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoWho Earns More Than Ronaldo?8 Amazing Facts About Ancient EgyptThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreA Soviet Shot Put Thrower’s Record Hasn’t Been Beaten To This DayCan Playing Too Many Video Games Hurt Your Body?The Models Of Paintings Whom The Artists Were Madly In Love WithThis Guy Photoshopped Himself Into Celeb Pics And It’s Hysterical7 Mind-Boggling Facts About Black Holes15 Celebs Who Fell From Grace With Their CareersBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them Aluko, who won 102 caps for her country, announced her retirement from football last week after leaving Juventus in December. The 32-year-old recently completed UEFA’s Executive Master for International Players and has been preparing for a second career as a director of football.“I’m very excited to transition into a Sporting Director role,” said Aluko.“I feel it’s something that I’m ready for at this point in my career. I’ve always been passionate about the women’s game, its development and setting cultures that drive excellence. Former England striker Eniola Aluko has been appointed Aston Villa Women’s first sporting director.Advertisement “I’ll be helping to create a successful club in Aston Villa Women, and obviously I’m back home in Birmingham where it all started for me. I’m excited for this next step.”Aston Villa CEO, Christian Purslow added: “Eniola enjoyed a fabulous playing career and took her first steps in the game in this city, the city where she grew up.“She is an inspiration and inspiring role model to young girls and women in Birmingham and will help Aston Villa to be an exemplar of women’s and girl’s football in the region.” Loading… Read Also:Ex-England star retires from active footballAluko competed in three World Cups, two Euros and represented Great Britain at the London 2012 Olympics, scoring 33 goals in total before her last international appearance in April 2016.The forward came through the ranks at Birmingham and Charlton before making her name at Chelsea.Aluko played in the USA for three years before returning to Birmingham, and then Chelsea for seven years, ending her career playing for Juventus.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 last_img read more

Pulis not worried over Ideye future

first_img Ideye, the Baggies’ £10million record signing, was reportedly close to leaving The Hawthorns on transfer deadline earlier this month after a difficult start at the club. The Nigeria international, who joined Albion from Dynamo Kiev last summer, struggled in the early months of the season and did not score a Barclays Premier League goal until Boxing Day. There did not look like being many more as his struggles continued throughout January and it was claimed the club were prepared to sell him at a loss to Qatari side Al Gharafa. That move did not materialise and Ideye, 26, has since found a new lease of life under new head coach Pulis, scoring four times in his last three appearances. Pulis said: “He has certainly looked a player the last couple of weeks. It is just confidence. He has scored a couple of goals and the weight of pressure and expectation on his shoulders, with the fee and coming into a new country, a new football club – it has taken all that weight off him. We’re delighted.” Asked if there was still a chance Ideye could move on in the summer, Pulis said: “I’ve not even thought it. The only thing on my mind is going up to the Stadium of Light on Saturday and trying to get a result up there, which we know will be very difficult.” West Brom have enjoyed a resurgence since Pulis took charge early in the new year, winning five of eight games and losing just one. That sequence has kept them out of trouble at the bottom of the Premier League – they sit 14th, four points above the bottom three – and carried them into the FA Cup quarter-finals. They will look to maintain the momentum as they travel to out-of-form Sunderland, who are just two points below them, on Saturday. Pulis, speaking at a press conference, said: “It has been a good start but we have still got all the work to do. The players can glean a lot of confidence from the work they have done so far but we still need those results.” West Brom boss Tony Pulis claims he has “not even thought” about the possibility in-form striker Brown Ideye could still leave the club this summer. Another player who was poised to leave the club on deadline day, but eventually stayed after a transfer to Championship side Norwich collapsed, was midfielder Graham Dorrans. That move has now been resurrected in the form of a loan until the end of the season, with a £3million permanent deal for the 27-year-old Scot set to be concluded in the summer. Pulis said: “That is going through. I think the club paid £100,000 for him and he has been a wonderful servant in seven years. “I only worked with him for a short period of time but I found him to be a very good lad and a very good professional. Norwich have got a good player. “I am sure he will help them get where they want to get, whether it is play-offs or automatic promotion. “Graham will certainly be an asset to Norwich City Football Club. As a person, and as a professional, everything he did around the place was absolutely first class.” Press Associationlast_img read more

GBA president walking for boxing

first_imgTHE Guyana Boxing Association (GBA) will attempt an ambitious project next week. The association’s president, Steve Ninvalle, will make a bid to walk 100 miles within 48 hours. The reason? To raise funds to send a team of boxers to the Caribbean Development tournament in Barbados.The tournament started in Guyana last year and had 13 countries participating. The host team won the most medals.“This is the most important and prestigious tournament in the region. For some reason sponsorship is unbearably slow even though we have written to all and sundry. It is hoped we would have a better response from the general public,” Ninvalle declared.“We also hope that it would raise awareness of the sport of boxing which pound-for-pound has done better than any other.”The walk is scheduled for December 2 to 4 and will commence in Corentyne, Berbice and end in Georgetown. The hope is that it can realise a further $2M needed to get the team of 13 boxers, five referee/judges and three coaches to the Mecca of Caribbean tournaments.The walk has already produced results as USA-based promoter Seon Bristol has pledged $1 000 for every mile covered. In addition K. Juman-Yassin, president of the Guyana Olympic Association, has handed over $500 000 to assist the team’s travel to Barbados.Yassin has also promised to accompany Ninvalle for a part of the walk. President of the Guyana Table Tennis Association, Godfrey Monroe and Athletics Association of Guyana Aubrey Hudson have pledged to be a part of the walking party.Next week’s walk will be the second time that the GBA president attempts a 100-mile trek. In November 1994 he teamed up with amputee William France to cover the distance in order to raise funds for France to purchase a prosthesis.last_img read more