Tornado damage won’t stop Floyd County Fair

first_imgCHARLES CITY — While the Floyd County Fairgrounds in Charles City lost half of its buildings during a Memorial Day tornado, fair board president Amy Staudt says the show will go on next month.“I am sure that our Floyd County Fair will be running, July 17th through 21st,” Staudt says. “We might be short a couple shows here and there, but for the most part, we’ll still have all of our activities, our entertainment, our Aussie Kingdom is still coming, our carnival will still be here.” At a fair board meeting Sunday night, members discussed plans to ensure the fair’s activities wouldn’t be hindered despite losing vital several structures.Staudt says the twister totaled four buildings, including one that hosted the chicken and rabbit exhibits.  “We’re leaning towards bringing their entries in for check-in on their show day, we’ll complete the show and then we’ll release those species to go home,” she says, “just because of heat and a building that will not be properly cared for, for the animals.”The sheep and goat barns were relatively untouched by the twister. The livestock arena wasn’t a total loss, but the damage must be surveyed by a engineer before anyone is able to use it.  “We should have that up and running before the fair,” she says. “If he would say it’s structurally unsafe, then we’ll have to go to Plan B which may be using the horse area or bringing livestock in just for that showtime and then hauling them back out.” Excavation of debris is getting underway today (Monday) after a week-long volunteer effort to clean up the destruction.Staudt says there will be an August meeting where board members will discuss long-term reconstruction. “We’re planning for the future as we’re looking at set-ups, barn flow, different things like that,” she says. “We want to make sure it’s got a good flow to it for years to come.” Parts of the fairgrounds remain unscathed, like the race track where Figure Eight races will begin Friday night.last_img read more

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EVENING JEWEL STAKES QUOTES-SATURDAY, APRIL 6, 2019

first_imgJOCKEY QUOTESDRAYDEN VAN DYKE, SNEAKING OUT, WINNER: “She bobbled right at the start, but she picked it up.  I loved my position early.  The track is deep, so I didn’t want to go to fast early.  I let those two fillies go and gave her a tap at the 3/8ths and she just took off.  We eased up nearing the wire.  I think she has a lot more left in the tank.” FLAVIEN PRAT, DR WYSONG, SECOND: “She ran a good race. She finished great at the rail, but when I got her behind other horses, she kind of stepped on the brakes a bit. But then, after that, she opened up and made a good move at the end.”TRAINER QUOTESJERRY HOLLENDORFER, SNEAKING OUT, WINNER: “That was good. It was text book. She sat perfect and it was a good ride by Drayden (Van Dyke).”OWNER QUOTESKEVIN NISH, SNEAKING OUT, WINNER: “We were there when this one was born and we helped towel her off, to have her run as good as this, it’s hard to say. We’re normally racing up at Golden Gate and coming down here with a filly that is good enough to win a stakes that’s a special day for everybody.“We just love this horse she loves to run she loves race you can see her in the paddock she is all puffed up and full of herself on her toes telling everyone else stay out of my way I’ve got this handled.”NOTES: The winning owner is KMN Racing, LLC.last_img read more

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Stable Notes By Ed Golden – Saturday, May 30, 2020

first_imgTRAINER HOPES HE HAS THE ‘WRIGHT STUFF’ ANNEAU D’OR IN RUNHAPPY SANTA ANITA DERBYBlaine Wright knows his way around the race track,You might say he was born in the game.His father, Richard, was a jockey and a trainer. His mother, Susan, was an assistant trainer, an owner and a breeder, so when Blaine sends out an outsider against two deservingly obvious favorites in a Grade I race, it should be given more than a longshot’s chance.That’s the scenario the 46-year-old trainer will find himself in next Saturday, June 6, when he runs Anneau d’Or against undefeated Authentic and Honor A.P. in the Runhappy Santa Anita Derby.As a two-year-old, a future of gold and glory seemed on the horizon after Anneau d’Or lost the Grade I Breeders’ Cup Juvenile by a head at 28-1 to Storm the Court, who would go on to win an Eclipse Award as outstanding two-year-old male of 2019.That effort was followed by a neck defeat as the 6-5 favorite behind well-regarded Thousand Words in the Grade II Los Alamitos Futurity.But that was then and this is now. In his two races at three, Anneau d’Or (ring of gold) was an eventful ninth in the Grade II Risen Star at the Fair Grounds on Feb. 15 and fifth of six by 9 ½ lengths in the first division of the Grade I Arkansas Derby on May 2.Next up: the Santa Anita Derby.“Our plans are to leave Monday morning (from Golden Gate),” said Wright by phone from the Bay Area, adding that Victor Espinoza has been engaged to ride the $480,000 son of Medaglia d’Oro owned by 85-year-old Peter Redekop, an inspirational story in his own right.Born in a Mennonite colony in the former Soviet Union–in the area now known as the Ukraine–Redekop’s family was oppressed by Communists for their religious beliefs and displaced in Germany for two years after World War II ended.“We basically didn’t have any food to eat,” Redekop has said. “I was 10 years old and remember it very vividly. I will never forget it.”Following several years in The Netherlands, Redekop immigrated to Canada in 1948, landing in Winnipeg. He made his fortune in real estate, jumped into racing with both feet in 1968 and has been a prominent fixture for more than half a century.Redekop is the perennial leader among owners and breeders in Vancouver, British Columbia, where he is a member of the Hall of Fame.Wright, who began training full time in 2006, is best known for developing millionaire Alert Bay into a four-time graded stakes winner including Santa Anita’s Grade II City of Hope Mile in 2015.But back to Anneau d’Or.“We had to use him a little more than we wanted the first part in the Arkansas Derby,” continued Wright, a native of Ogden, Utah, who has been a mainstay in Northern California and the Great Northwest, where he was leading trainer at Emerald Downs in 2016-17.“He broke bad, but that’s no excuse. The winner (Charlatan) ran off the charts (leading throughout to post a six-length triumph). Nobody was outrunning him that day. Maybe we would have placed a bit better, but on the other hand, it had been nine weeks since he ran in the Risen Star and it was another nine weeks from the Los Al Futurity to the Risen Star.“We had been at Santa Anita and breezed over the track for the Santa Anita Derby when it was originally to be run on April 4, but was ultimately postponed, so we came home to Golden Gate.“Now we’re looking forward to running him back in 30 days, but make no mistake; all of what transpired is no excuse as to why he got beat. He’s got to step up his game, obviously.“He really likes the track at Santa Anita. He breezed super over it (six furlongs in 1:13 flat March 28) when we had him there earlier and we were really looking forward to the Derby before racing was shut down.”Now the countdown is on in earnest.HONOR A.P. WORKS FOR SANTA ANITA DERBYHonor A.P. had his final major breeze this morning for next Saturday’s Runhappy Santa Anita Derby, going five furlongs in 1:00.20.Mike Smith, who has ridden the ridgling in all three of his races, was aboard for the drill.“He looked really good,” said John Shirreffs, who trains the son of Honor Code for the C R K Stable, LLC of Lee and Susan Searing. “Mike was happy with him.”Also working this morning for a possible start in the Santa Anita Derby was Rushie, who went five furlongs for Michael McCarthy in a snappy 59.80 under leading rider Flavien Prat.Midcourt, also owned by C R K Stable and trained by Shirreffs, is set to work tomorrow for the Grade I Hollywood Gold Cup for three-year-olds and up at a mile and one quarter on June 6.Midcourt was third beaten less than a length as the 7-10 favorite in the Grade I Santa Anita Handicap on March 7.In the Gold Cup, he will once again be ridden by Victor Espinoza, who has been aboard the five-year-old gelded son of Midnight Lute in his last six races, winning four, including the restricted Comma to the Top, the Grade III Native Diver and the Grade II San Pasqual.  Espinoza will be seeking his third Gold Cup win, as won it 2018 with Accelerate and in 2015 with Hard Aces.Hard Not to Love draws the rail for the second straight race in Sunday’s Grade II Santa Maria Stakes, which could be problematic, as she lost her left eye as a youngster when kicked by another horse.  While she has made great strides adapting, she can still become antsy when there’s no horse to her inside at the starting gate.Favored at 3-5 in the Grade I Beholder Mile March 14, Hard Not to Love broke from the number one post position and ran second to Ce Ce, who has post two in the Santa Maria, just outside Hard Not to Love.Asked how he felt about drawing the inside again with Hard Not Love, a nonplussed Shirreffs left ’em laughing with this: “That required another cocktail.”FINISH LINES: Trainer Michael McCarthy will saddle 3-5 morning line favorite Ce Ce in Sunday’s Grade II Santa Maria Stakes and he’ll be plenty busty next Saturday as Santa Anita presents a plethora of prestigious playing possibilities, highlighted by seven stakes races. Already established as a national presence, McCarthy, a 49-year-old native of Youngstown, Ohio, could have Rushie in the Runhappy Santa Anita Derby; Brown Storm in the Hollywood Gold Cup; Speech in the Grade II Santa Anita Oaks; and Cono in the Crystal Water Stakes. Speech worked five furlongs this morning in 1:01.80. Also to be decided June 6 will be the Cinema Stakes, the Fran’s Valentine Stakes and the Desert Code Stakes . . . It was 2019 Juvenile Champion Storm the Court who worked five furlongs in 59.80 today for Peter Eurton, not Santa Anita Derby candidate Shooters Shoot. He will breeze on Monday…Happy 59th to trainer Richard Baltas.LATEST CONTENT FROM XBTV:WORKOUTS:Honor A.P.  (Shirreffs) 5-30-20Rushie (McCarthy) 5-30-20Rookie Mistake ( O’Neill) 5-30-20No Slo Mo (Glatt) 5-29-20Shadow Sphinx (Baltas) 5-29-20Lane Way (Mandella) 5-28-20Toinette (Drysdale) 5-28-20Justinian (Baffert) 5-28-20Honor A.P. (Shirreffs) 5-27-20Authentic (Baffert) 5-27-20Charlatan (Outside) and Crystal Ball (Baffert) 5-27-20Bellafina (Callaghan) 5-27-20 HONOR A.P., MIDCOURT SET FOR SHIRREFFS BUSY DAY LOOMS FOR MICHAEL McCARTHYlast_img read more

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English Premier League Standings

first_imgPoint STANDINGSPOS LP CLUB P W D L GF GA GD PTS1 (3) Arsenal 16 10 3 3 29 13 16 332 (1) Man City 16 10 2 4 32 17 15 323 (2) Leicester 15 9 5 1 32 21 11 324 (4) Man U 16 8 5 3 21 12 9 295 (5) Tottenham 16 6 8 2 26 14 12 266 (6) Crystal P 16 8 2 6 21 15 6 267 (7) Watford 16 7 4 5 18 16 2 258 (8) West Ham 16 6 6 4 25 21 4 249 (10) Liverpool 16 6 6 4 20 19 1 2410 (9) Everton 16 5 8 3 29 21 8 2311 (11) Stoke City 16 6 5 5 13 14 -1 2312 (12) S.hampton 16 5 6 5 21 19 2 2113 (13) West Brom 16 5 5 6 16 21 -5 2014 (14) Bournem 16 4 4 8 20 31 -11 1615 (18) Newcastle 16 4 4 8 18 31 -13 1616 (15) Chelsea 15 4 3 8 17 24 -7 1517 (16) Swansea 16 3 5 8 15 24 -9 1418 (17) Norwich 16 3 5 8 18 28 -10 1419 (19) Sunderland 16 3 3 10 17 30 -13 1220 (20) Aston Villa 16 1 3 12 13 30 -17 6last_img read more

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Bayern rout Hamburg 8-0

first_imgBERLIN (AP):Bayern Munich gave Hamburger SV another thrashing at home in the Bundesliga yesterday with Robert Lewandowski scoring a hat-trick in an 8-0 rout before coach Carlo Ancelotti took pity on the visitors.Lewandowski was replaced with the score at 5-0 and more than half an hour to play.Bayern lead Hamburg 45-3 on aggregate over eight straight defeats for the northern team in Munich.After several lacklustre performances in the league, Bayern stepped up a level against Hamburg, playing at pace with determination and commitment, dominating possession and forcing the game.”It was a perfect day, a perfect game,” Ancelotti said of his 1,000th competitive game as a coach. “I told my players before the game to play a good game for my jubilee, but I didn’t expect this.”It was only a matter of time before the first goal came. David Alaba ran at the Hamburg defence, found Thomas Mueller in the centre, and the Germany forward laid it back for Arturo Vidal to rifle in the ball despite Rene Adler’s hand in the 17th.STRUCK THE CROSSBARLewandowski struck the crossbar from close range a minute later, but he claimed his 17th of the season from the penalty spot minutes later, after Mergim Mavraj brought down Mueller, who has endured a difficult season.Lewandowski’s league-leading 18th came before the break, when Mueller chased down a hopeless-looking ball, pulled it back for Douglas Costa, who was blocked, only for Lewandowski to cleverly send the rebound in under the crossbar.The Poland striker completed his hat-trick in the 54th, set up with a back-heel from Arjen Robben, and he was involved in Bayern’s fifth goal, too, sending Mueller through to set up Alaba two minutes later.Other results: Leizig 3 Cologne 1; Freiburg 0 Dortmund 3; Bayer Leverkusen 0 Mainz 2; Darmstadt 1 Augsburg 2.last_img read more

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Cal State `steals’ victory from Chico St.

first_imgThe Coyotes trapped the opponent and stole the inbounds pass, with Pierce retrieving a loose ball and hitting the layup with eight seconds left. Chico’s last-second shot was off the rim and out of bounds off a Coyote defender as time expired. Two of the three officials even left the court. But one second was put back on the clock, giving the Wildcats another shot. They ran a lob pass for Andy Bocian, but he didn’t get the shot up in time. Chet Johnson led the Coyotes with 19 points, while Ivan Johnson and Yoseph Yaisrael chipped in with 14. It was the eighth straight loss for Chico (6-16, 4-13), which last won Jan.18. The Wildcats got 29 from Bocian and 22 from Baird. The Coyotes play Cal State Stanislaus (11-13, 7-10) at 7:30 tonight. The Warriors lost to Cal Poly Pomona 89-83 Friday. No. 20 Cal State San Bernardino needed a last-second layup by Marlon Pierce to edge host Chico State 83-82 on Friday at Acker Gym. “It’s been a long time since we stole one. We had no business winning this one,” Coyotes coach Jeff Oliver said. The Coyotes (17-5, 13-4), ranked second in the West Region, trailed 81-79 after Chico’s Jon Baird drained his seventh 3-pointer of the game with 56 seconds left. After a Chico free throw made it 82-79, the Coyotes got closer on a dunk by Ivan Johnson, making it 82-81 with 14 seconds left. center_img CAL STATE WOMEN The Coyotes shot just 37 percent (20-for-54) from the field and had 24 turnovers in an 82-55 loss to No. 16 Chico State. The Coyotes (15-7 overall, 11-6 CCAA), ranked sixth in the West, were led by Vanessa Wilt with 13 points and six rebounds. Denise Snyder added 10 points and five rebounds while Ashlee Ford tallied four assists and three steals. The Wildcats (17-4, 13-4) got 20 points from Audrianna Spencer. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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Football notables work on safety net for teen players

first_imgCHICAGO – Football breaks bodies, not just bones, more than most of us want to remember. Play stops for a few moments, the crowd goes silent and prayers follow the loaded-up cart rumbling off the field. Some of those players never climb down or walk again. “Think of your own son being paralyzed, with no insurance, and what that would do to your family, your job, your whole life,” said Bears coach Lovie Smith, who’s been instrumental with both his time and money in helping Grossnickle’s “Halftime Book Project” reach a wider audience. “It’s something we all live in fear of, but until you see it, or deal with it,” Smith added, “it doesn’t really hit home. And as good as football has been to a lot of us, it’s time to do a lot more. Especially at the grass-roots level.” Progress has been slow, but signs the game is coming to grips with that shameful part of its legacy are scattered throughout recent headlines. All during Super Bowl week, Mike Ditka lobbied poignantly on behalf of broken-down, destitute former players too proud to beg for the medical benefits they deserve for helping build the game. Just Wednesday, former Green Bay Packers great Jerry Kramer announced that donations and an auction he put together to assist some of those same pros brought in $125,000, including $12,200 for a ring Ditka put on the block. But none of those funds will trickle down to where Grossnickle and the young men he helps are struggling. And while raising money is a short-term goal – to help families deal with the trauma and cost of a catastrophic injury; to make sure high school coaches, referees and school officials are more knowledgeable and better prepared about how to avert them in the first place – Grossnickle has something grander in mind. What he envisions is a “high school warrior alliance,” a national clearinghouse that provides not just information and resources, but counselors in the form of kids who have been paralyzed themselves. That way, he explains, it’s not just help, but self-help. “Fortunately, it doesn’t happen to a lot of kids, but it’s a byproduct of the game we all still love, and these kids need and deserve a reason to get up in the morning, too,” he said. “At some point, football has to step up and say, `We take care of our own.”‘ In Grossnickle’s case, that happened shortly after he heard the story of Rob Komosa, who was paralyzed while playing on the scout team in practice at a nearby high school, then spent months trapped in his bedroom while his parents, Polish immigrants who spoke little English, tried to cope with medical and financial problems overwhelming them. Grossnickle began by helping widen the door frame in Rob’s bedroom. Next, he helped build a ramp at the front door, and then started in on the paperwork. Eventually, it consumed so much time that Grossnickle resigned his job as an assistant principal – “I’m lucky,” he recalled, “I’m old enough, with enough put away to do this” – and made it a full-time cause. In no time, other paralyzed high school athletes started finding him. So Grossnickle talked former Bears coach Dick Jauron and the late Randy Walker, Northwestern’s football coach at the time, into helping out. When Smith replaced Jauron with the Bears, and Pat Fitzgerald picked up the mantle at Northwestern after Walker’s sudden death, those organizations’ bonds to the “Halftime Book Project” got even stronger. “We need to remember the opportunity the game gave us,” said Fitzgerald, one of the speakers at the banquet. “This gives us an opportunity to give something back to those in need.” Bears community relations director Caroline Guip plans to bring the “Halftime Book Project” to the attention of the league at business meetings in the spring and propose each team in the league explore setting up a similar initiative in their towns. Grossnickle has found only one other project up and running, in Texas, where Eddie Canales started out looking after his son, Chris, who was paralyzed in a high school game, and now ministers more than a dozen kids. “We could both use some help,” Grossnickle said. It could be on the way. At most football banquets, from Pee Wee leagues on up to the NFL, some awards or scholarships are handed out, a few people speak and the luminaries in the crowd take a bow. All of that happened Thursday night in Chicago, too. But somewhere in the middle, after Grossnickle passed out copies of an inspirational book he self-published to raise money for the project and told the stories of the kids in the wheelchairs surrounding him, the game took an important first step. It’s not enough to just look at these kids and say, “`There but for the grace of God go I.’ What we’re asking people in football to do is help us pull together a safety net,” he said, “because nobody knows when they’re going to fall.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img It happens rarely in the NFL – on average, only once every four years – but 10 times a year in high school games across the country. Worse still, we forget about nearly all of those soon enough. That’s what made a football banquet being thrown Thursday night by the Chicago chapter of the American Football Foundation so different. Thanks to tireless campaigning by a retired high school administrator named Don Grossnickle, and a little help from some high-profile friends, a handful of former players in wheelchairs were invited to tell comeback stories nobody in the audience will ever forget. last_img
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Batoto ba Mungu sign Rwandese midfielder

first_img0Shares0000Rwandese Midfielder Justin Mico in action for Police during a past league match. PHOTO/Rwanda TimesNAIROBI, Kenya, Jun 29- Three-time Football Kenya Federation (FKF) Shield champions Sofapaka have completed the signing of attacking midfielder Justin Mico on a three year deal from Rwandese Premier League side Police FC.Mico becomes Sofapaka’s fourth signing of the mid-season transfer window with the club having already signed Piston Mutamba from Wazito FC, Dennis Odhiambo from Thika United and Wycliffe Kasaya from Mathare. “He is a very good addition to the team because he can play virtually anywhere across the midfield. He has very good attacking play and I think he will be helpful for us in that number 10 role,” Sofapaka head coach John Baraza said.Baraza believes that the addition of four new players into the squad will inject some much needed competition and the team will now be able to fully compete for the KPL crown with Gor Mahia as well as challenge for their fourth Shield title.“I think we now have a very good team because looking at all departments, there is nowhere we are short. People should now start looking at us very seriously and we will not be easy to beat in the second leg,” the tactician further added.-Tusker sign GateriDavid Gateri after being unveiled as a Tusker FC player. PHOTO/Tusker FCMeanwhile, Robert Matano has continued with his revamp mission at Tusker FC with the acquisition of utility left footer David Gateri.The former Kenyan international has had unsuccessful stints at Bandari and Nakumatt and will be looking to resuscitate his career with the brewers.Matano has already brought on board Faraj Ominde from Chemelil Sugar and goalkeepers Patrick Matasi from Posta Rangers and Robert Mboya from Mathare United as he looks to lift the side from a poor campaign.Elsewhere, AFC Leopards who on Thursday signed Nigerian striker Alex Orotomal from Rwandese Premier League side Sunrise FC. This follows the acquisition of Saad Musa, Said Tsuma and Eugene Mukangula from Thika United.Head coach John Baraza believes with the four additions, the club will now be in place to challenge for at least one trophy and has warned they will be a tough team to beat in the second leg.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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‘I feel good at Arsenal, I want to win the title’ – Striker plays down exit talk

first_img Olivier Giroud celebrates scoring for Arsenal Olivier Giroud wants to stay at Arsenal to help them win the Premier League.The striker has had a mixed season with the Gunners and he has been linked with a summer move to Marseille as a result.The France international, 30, has admitted nothing is set in stone regarding his future, but he would like to stay at the Emirates to help Arsenal end their 13-year title drought.“There is nothing fixed, but I would say that today I feel good at Arsenal,” Giroud told French website football.fr.“I have two more years on my contract, we will see what the future will be.“The Premier League is an increasingly high-profile and contested championship, where five or six teams can potentially claim the title.“This is why I still want to continue to want to win this title.” 1last_img read more

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Le Tissier backs Southampton over Puel sacking, claiming club took big step down

first_imgMatt Le Tissier says he fully understands Southampton’s decision to sack manager Claude Puel – and trusts the club will find the ideal replacement.Puel was axed on Wednesday after just 12 months in charge following an end-of-season review by executive director Les Reed.The Frenchman led the Saints to an eighth-place finish in the Premier League last season and to the League Cup final – their first major final appearance in 14 years.But Le Tissier believes the club have gone backwards under the 55-year-old and he does not disagree with the decision to make a managerial change.Speaking exclusively to talkSPORT, the Saints legend said: “On the face of it you would say it looks very harsh and I can understand why a lot of people outside of Southampton are thinking that 100 per cent.“However, when you look deeper at the facts: we were 17 points worse off than we were last season, we were six points off 17th place which, given what we had done the prevous three years, was a big step down.“That was coupled with a lack of goals, a really poor Europa League campaign in which we failed to get out of a pretty weak group, and the fact Sunderland were the only team that scored less home goals than we did last season“Looking from the outside it does look harsh and the League Cup final was a terrific performance but, unfortunately, that was the exception to the rule this season.“From what I understand the club gave him every chance to be in charge next season if he was willing to change his style of play and by all accounts there was no budging on that.“He didn’t think he did anything wrong, he felt what he was doing was the right way to go about things and that is where the disagreement came around. That is why it has taken so long to make the decision.”Having seen Mauricio Pochettino and Ronald Koeman leave for rival clubs in recent years, Southampton are used to searching for managers and Le Tissier is confident they will identify the right man to succeed Puel.“The club have done pretty well in picking their managers,” said Le Tissier,“The last two before Claude were very successful and moved on pretty quickly.“As a Saints fan, I trust in the club to do their homework properly and come up with the right man to take us forward.”last_img read more

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