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Reid sounds warning to Baggies

first_img Their next four fixtures see them play Hull at home on Saturday, Tottenham away on Boxing Day, West Ham away on December 28 and then Newcastle at home on New Year’s Day. And looking ahead to those games, Reid, quoted by the Birmingham Mail, said: “We can’t feel sorry for ourselves. “We have the biggest few fixtures of our campaign – this period will define our season. (With) the form we’re in at the minute we need to dig in. “Make no mistake about it, we are in it. We are in a relegation fight with other clubs and we can’t forget that.” In their statement announcing the news of Clarke and Keen’s dismissals on Saturday, West Brom also said that joint-assistant head coach Keith Downing would oversee first-team affairs while the club “consider all available options” for a new boss. And Downing looks set to be in charge of the side for the Hull game, with the Baggies having subsequently confirmed that he will be doing the pre-match media duties at a press conference at Albion’s training ground on Thursday. West Brom are not making any comment regarding who their new permanent boss might be, but a host of people have been linked with the vacancy since Clarke’s departure, with one of the latest being Mauricio Pellegrino, the former Liverpool player and coach who is currently in charge of Estudiantes in his native Argentina. And regarding the Baggies’ search, Reid said: “The board have got it right with the last few appointments. Press Association Albion sacked their head coach Clarke and his assistant Kevin Keen on Saturday following a 1-0 loss at Cardiff, which was their fourth straight defeat. The Midlands outfit are currently 16th in the Barclays Premier League, two points above the relegation zone. “Roberto Di Matteo got it and took us on to promotion (to the Premier League in 2010). “Roy (Hodgson) took us to another level of mid-table safety and Steve Clarke gave us our best-ever Premier League finish (eighth, last season). “It will need to be a top-class coach, which is something we’ve had over the last couple of years. “I wouldn’t have thought someone will come in and break it away because what we’ve been doing the last few years has been the right way. “The board will hope the new man gives the players a lift and gets us some results.” Another candidate for the job is former Manchester United and Norway striker Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who is currently boss at Molde in his home country and has guided them to two league titles since taking over in 2011. The club’s chief executive Tarje Nordstrand Jacobsen was quoted by Norwegian media on Wednesday as saying that Molde had received enquiries from overseas about Solskjaer, but no indication was given as to exactly who from, or when. Nordstrand Jacobsen, quoted on www.rbnett.no, said: “I can confirm that we have received formal requests, but will not say when they arrived or where they came from. “Ole has a name that will always make him attractive. And he has a standing in England that makes him often a candidate there.” Asked if he was prepared for Solskjaer to leave Molde soon, Nordstrand Jacobsen said: “Yes. We are aware that is a possible scenario. “Ole has won three titles (including a cup) in three years with Molde. “It is obvious that this can be good timing for him if he wants to further his career.” West Brom defender Steven Reid is in no doubt that the club are in a relegation battle and has emphasised the need for them to “dig in” while the search for Steve Clarke’s permanent successor continues.last_img read more

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Wake Forest faces Pitt in ACC tourney

first_imgSAVVY SENIORS: Wake Forest’s Brandon Childress, Olivier Sarr and Andrien White have combined to account for 51 percent of the team’s scoring this season, including 50 percent of all Demon Deacons points over the last five games.KEY CONTRIBUTOR: Childress has accounted for 44 percent of all Wake Forest field goals over the last three games. The senior guard has 19 field goals and 17 assists in those games.PASSING FOR POINTS: The Deacs have recently used assists to create baskets more often than the Panthers. Wake Forest has an assist on 48 of 82 field goals (58.5 percent) across its past three outings while Pittsburgh has assists on 26 of 59 field goals (44.1 percent) during its past three games.DID YOU KNOW: The disruptive Pittsburgh defense has forced opponents to turn the ball over on 23.7 percent of all possessions, the 17th-best rate in the nation. Wake Forest has a forced-turnover percentage of only 15.5 percent through 30 games (ranking the Demon Deacons 344th among Division I teams).___ Associated Press Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNo. 13 seed Pittsburgh (15-16, 6-14) vs. No. 12 seed Wake Forest (13-17, 6-14)Atlantic Coast Conference Tourney First Round, Greensboro Coliseum, Greensboro, North Carolina; Tuesday, 3:30 p.m. EDTBOTTOM LINE: Pittsburgh is set to match up against Wake Forest in the first round of the ACC tournament. The only meeting between the teams this season came on Jan. 4, when the Demon Deacons shot 46.7 percent from the field while limiting Pittsburgh to just 39 percent en route to a 69-65 victory. Wake Forest faces Pitt in ACC tourneycenter_img March 9, 2020 For more AP college basketball coverage: https://apnews.com/Collegebasketball and http://twitter.com/AP_Top25___This was generated by Automated Insights, http://www.automatedinsights.com/ap, using data from STATS LLC, https://www.stats.comlast_img read more

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Taiwo Awoniyi- Back at Mouscron with a Bang

first_imgAfter signing for Liverpool, he was immediately loaned out to FSV Frankfurt. He made his debut for the club the following year.In August 2016, Awoniyi went on another loan spell at NEC Nijmegen in Holland and it was another loan spell the following year to Royal Excel Mouscron in Belgium, scoring nine goals in 16 matches.On 17 July 2018, Awoniyi signed a new long-term deal with Liverpool and on 23 July of the same year, he was sent on a season-long loan to another Belgian club, KAA Gent. He failed to score a single goal for the club after five months.In January this year, his loan to Genk was cut short, and Awoniyi was loaned to Mouscron again.At Mouscron, Awoniyi, showed early signs of returning to the top scoring form he had with the club last season, as he made the best of his second debut with a well-taken goal for the club. The ex-youth international showed his quality in his first game with aplomb.He put aside the woes he faced at Gent, to romp home Mousconr’s match-winner against KV Oostende.Though, Awoniyi failed to score a single league goal in 16 appearances with Gent, he has hit the ground running on a familiar hunting ground in Mouscron.His effort helped Mouscron snatch a 2-1 home win that took them up to 14th on the table with 20 points from 22 matches, six points clear of relegation spot and Awoniyi’s reaction was overwhelming.“I am extremely happy to start so well in my first game back at Royal, and that my goal helped us win this important match,” Awoniyi posted.Late Super Eagles Coach Stephen Keshi once gave the U-20 striker the green light to lead the Super Eagles’ attack with the hope that he can bring his eye for goal to the senior team. “I gave Awoniyi his first call up to the Super Eagles sometimes ago because I know that he has the quality of a goal poacher who can deliver the goals when needed, but playing for the age-grade national teams is different from the Super Eagles.“Awoniyi is young and talented and has the quality of a good striker. So, who says he can’t lead the Eagles attack? He just needs to be ready for the task and show it on the field of play which I believe the boy is capable of doing,” late Keshi said.If Awoniyi continues with this form at Mouscron, perhaps, he would get a permanent deal at the club. Even Liverpool may come looking for him. For now, he has to remain focused.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram After Nigeria crashed out in the second round against Germany at the 2015 FIFA U-20 World Cup, the lackluster performance of the Flying Eagles did not deter European teams from scrambling for the signature of a member of the squad – Taiwo Awoniyi. He stood out of the lot and immediately became the toast of most European clubs. Prior to the 2015 U-20 World Cup, Awoniyi also had a scintillating performance for the Golden Eaglets at the 2013 FIFA U-17 World Cup held in the United Arab Emirates. However Awoniyi still struggling to actualise his potential in EuropeAfter the 2015 U-20 World Cup, Awoniyi was courted by Porto, Sporting Lisbon and Benfica, but he briefly settled for Swedish club, Kalmar. The young Nigerian trained with the first team on his arrival in Sweden. But he did not sign any professional contract with them.The product of Imperial Academy, Odogbolu, Ogun State, eventually signed for English Premier league club, Liverpool, on August 31, 2015, for a fee of around £400,000. Four years on, Awoniyi is yet to blossom to the star he was touted to be.last_img read more

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