Pardew demands flair men step up

first_img The on-loan France international will be missing with a calf problem once again as Palace arrive at St James’ Park, denying Pardew his 13-goal leading scorer. Remy’s absence at Fulham last weekend coincided with a toothless display in a 1-0 Barclays Premier League defeat, with Papiss Cisse passing up two glorious chances to end his personal drought. However, Pardew is hoping the likes of Cisse, the fit-again Hatem Ben Arfa, Luuk de Jong and Yoan Gouffran can take up the slack this time around as he contemplates a summer overhaul of his striking department with Remy only on loan from QPR. Pardew said: “It’s a major point for us because obviously Loic Remy is not our player and he has scored most of our goals, and we are struggling to score goals without him, especially since [Yohan] Cabaye left as well. “It really is a process where we are looking for somebody to step up and get the goals. “There will be no Loic this weekend, so we really need Papiss, Hatem, Luuk and Gouff to come up with the goals.” Newcastle have become increasingly dependent on Remy’s goals – the last game they won in which he did not score was at Palace on December 21 – and with the frontman likely to miss the next two at least, they need to find a solution. However, Pardew is adamant the Magpies have quality throughout their ranks. The 52-year-old said: “We are definitely not a one-man team, but he has given us a little bit of a spark. That’s what was missing at Fulham, that spark, and we need it to come from other areas. “We have some real flair in the squad. When we were on the terrific run, some of our flair players were not involved so much, like [Sylvain] Marveaux and Hatem, but now might be an opportunity for them.” Newcastle manager Alan Pardew has challenged his flair players to plug the yawning gap left in his team by Loic Remy’s injury, starting against Crystal Palace. Meanwhile, Palace manager Tony Pulis also wants his side to become “ruthless” in front of goal to secure their Premier League status. The Eagles are just three points above the relegation zone and having played more matches than Sunderland, where they drew 0-0 last weekend. Palace have managed just two goals in their last four matches and will be without striker Dwight Gayle, who picked up an ankle injury in training this week, while Morocco forward Marouane Chamakh is still troubled by his hamstring problem. Pulis accepts if the Eagles are to stay clear of being dragged back into the drop zone over their final nine games, then they need to put that statistic right. “We have to take our chances when they come along,” Pulis said at a press conference. “The two away games recently, Glenn Murray had a fantastic opportunity at Swansea to put us 2-1 ahead, and then KG [Kagisho Dikgacoi] misses a great chance at Sunderland. “They are big chances and you have to take those in the Premier League. “When they come along, you have to be really ruthless and take them. “We have got to maintain being a very hard-working team and be an organised, disciplined side but we have got to have the breaks in front of goal.” Palace midfielder Barry Bannan could be included in the squad again following illness, while defender Danny Gabbidon is another hoping to be involved after working on his match fitness. Press Associationlast_img read more

Ronaldo Scores 99th International Goal as Portugal Qualify for Euro 2020

first_imgHazard scores brace in Belgium’s 4-1 demolition of RussiaCristiano Ronaldo was made to wait for his 100th international goal as defending champions Portugal edged past Luxembourg 2-0 to qualify for Euro 2020.Fernando Santos’ 2016 winners required victory to confirm second spot in Group B and finish three points clear of Serbia, who drew 2-2 against Ukraine.Ronaldo tapped in his 99th goal to seal victory with four minutes remaining. Bernardo Silva’s ball over the top had allowed Bruno Fernandes to fire the visitors ahead after 39 minutes.Ronaldo must wait until the next international break in March for the chance to become just the second male player to reach 100 goals for his nation.He is now just 10 behind Iran legend Ali Daei’s world-record tally of 109, after ensuring his most prolific calendar year for Portugal with 14 goals.The Juventus forward struck his ninth international hat-trick on Thursday against Lithuania to set up the opportunity to hit a century on Sunday.However, Portugal – and Ronaldo – were left largely frustrated by an organised Luxembourg side on a difficult playing surface, with Fernandes’ control and finish before half-time a brief spark of quality in a tight game.Earlier on Saturday, Eden Hazard scored twice as Belgium continued their perfect record in Euro 2020 qualifying with a thumping win over Russia.The Red Devils, who had already qualified, were three goals up by half-time through Eden Hazard’s double and a strike by his brother Thorgan.Romelu Lukaku then added a fourth before Georgi Dzhikiya netted a late consolation for the hosts.Belgium will play their final Group I qualifier at home to Cyprus on Tuesday.Russia, who had also already booked their place at the finals, were blown away in the first half following a scintillating attacking display from Roberto Martinez’s side.The away side took the lead midway through the first half when Thorgan Hazard picked up his brother’s pass, cut inside and fired into the top corner.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

The leap that business leader Annette Houston took to make FM Services Group flourish

first_imgThe Department of Business Studies at Letterkenny Institute of Technology is currently taking applications for the Master of Business (Executive) in Innovation and Leadership programme starting February 2018. This proven leadership programme is targeted at Senior Managers in the private sector supporting them in their role as innovators and change champions.Annette Houston, Managing Director of FM Services Group, says the MBS was one of the best things she did for her career and her company.The Letterkenny businesswoman took up the leadership role at FM Services Group in 2007. Her parents founded the facilities management company in 1994 and she had worked in the business from the beginning. Annette decided to study the Master of Business at LYIT from 2012 – 2014 to attune her leadership style. She now considers the course as a vital element of the company’s expansion today.“Going into the MBS we had some enormous challenges to overcome, one of the biggest was to shift my mindset and leadership style to allow growth of the organisation. At that time we employed under 40 people. Today we employ just under 120 across all our divisions and are expanding every month,” Annette told Donegal Daily.Annette Houston, Managing Director of FM Services Group competed in the Donegal Enterprise AwardsAnnette attributes the company’s growth to the teamwork and constant cycles of learning and development. She has built up her own skills over the years and has many qualifications – including a certificate in Electronic Engineering, a Managing and Mentoring Diploma and the MBS – all from LYIT.“It’s the best investment you could possibly make in yourself and your career,” Annette says of the Executive MBS. The flexible structure of the part-time MBS was ideal for Annette, in a way that she could also run her busy business.One challenge Annette had to overcome was returning to academia after a number of years out of education. The Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) team at LYIT helped her build up a portfolio of her employment experience and succeed in getting accepted to the course.Once studying began, she discovered that she had much to learn from various avenues.“The biggest learning for me was that there are many ways to achieve the same result – depending on the resources you have available to you. I have learned that as a leader you are not always right and that you will always achieve more with your team’s support.“And I have learned a lot about myself – about how and why we manage and lead the way we do and how to adapt my leadership style to suit the situations and people involved. “The learning from your peers on this program should not be underestimated either. The people you begin this journey with will become firm friends and they have a wealth of knowledge across a wide range of industries for you to draw inspiration from. Some of my best learning came from our group action learning sessions,” Annette said.Annette also speaks highly of the staff at LYIT: “The calibre of faculty, guest lecturers and industry experts is outstanding. You will be exposed to some of the best and brightest minds available and I have no doubt that you will love every module. Your learning from peers is also invaluable.”As a businesswoman who applied what she learned to improve her skills and motivate her staff to achieve success, Annette couldn’t recommend the Masters course highly enough:“Our business would not have made the significant progress it has done over the last few years without drastically rethinking and restructuring how we operated. “Whether you are self employed or working for a company, the MBS is without any doubt one of the best things you will ever do for your career”.If you wish to apply to the Master of Business (Executive) in Innovation & Leadership, visit for further information.Contact Patricia Doherty Head of Department of Business Studies, Letterkenny Institute of Technology by:E- Mail: Patricia.Doherty@lyit.ieTelephone: (074) 9186202Facebook: leap that business leader Annette Houston took to make FM Services Group flourish was last modified: January 3rd, 2018 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Annette Houstonbusiness studieseducationFM Services GroupInnovationLeadershipLetterkenny Institute of TechnologyLYITMaster of Businesslast_img read more