Azkals name new coach

first_imgLights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Terry Butcher (RIGHT), a former national team player for England, is the new Azkals head coach. AFP PHOTO/ANDY BUCHANAN / AFP PHOTO / Andy BuchananFormer England captain Terry Butcher’s coaching career paled in comparison to what he accomplished as a player.Having led his country to many historic feats as a player, Butcher has been gifted with a opportunity to bring a fast-rising football nation in the Philippines to greater heights in two major tournaments the next seven months.ADVERTISEMENT Banner field in Kudarat PPS Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial A tough, hard-nosed defender during his international career, Butcher embarked on a coaching career that took him to Scotland and Australia, before being appointed coach of the Philippine national team that is set to see action in the AFC Asian Football Confederation) Asian Cup and the AFF (Asean Football Federation) Suzuki Cup.The 59-year-old Butcher’s role with the Azkals was announced Thursday night along with the appointment of former Irish coach Scott Cooper as senior director of the national team as manager Dan Palami took the lead in strengthening the back room staff in preparation for major tournaments in the next seven months.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown“We needed somebody with a wide international experience, good leadership skills and a vast knowledge of international football,” Palami said. “Terry Butcher can provide us all of that.”Butcher, who played 77 matches for England in a 10-year span that included three World Cup tournaments, last coached for English League Two side Newport County three years ago. Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls “I see this as a big challenge,” Butcher said in a video call from Moscow, Russia, where is currently based and covering the World Cup for BBC. “I see a lot of work ahead of us. But it will be fun work. It will be exciting work.”Butcher acknowledged the efforts of former Azkals coach Thomas Dooley and the players for reaching the Asian Cup and achieving the country’s highest Fifa ranking.“I have to say a big thank you to Thomas Dooley for getting the Azkals that far and for improving the team and believing in the team,” he said.“I think with another team, behind the team, these are exciting times for the Philippines.”Although he only moved to Asia five years ago after coaching English side Leicester’s youth team, Cooper has already gained plenty of experience, having steered Thailand League powerhouse Buriram United to the league title in his first season and the knockout phase of the prestigious AFC Champions League.Cooper will play an active role in assisting Butcher as the England legend treads unchartered territory in Asian football.ADVERTISEMENT Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ “He (Butcher) will be ably assisted by a competent adviser in Scott Cooper who has a good record in Asian and Asean football so I’m quite happy with the tandem,” Palami said.Butcher is looking forward to the challenge of handling an Azkals side teeming with talent.“The players have to be challenged,” Butcher said.“There’s a whole country that you are responsible for. I want to work hard for the team and strive to be the best. With success comes pressure so we can’t rest on our laurels. There’s no reason why we can’t get high as we possibly can.”“We want to win games with a bit of style, with a bit of finesse,” Butcher said. “Lets make it fun. Let’s make people love watching good football. That’s our aim and our ambition.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours LATEST STORIES View comments DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displacedlast_img read more


first_imgA Letterkenny-based businessman has welcomed a government apology today after a report into the death of his brother and two other soldiers in the Lebanon was released.Enda Henegan said the families felt vindicated.His brother Corporal Fintan Heneghan, along with Private Mannix Armstrong and Private Thomas Walsh died in the bombing on March 21, 1989. The report found the device should or could have been detected before it detonated. The Defence Forces and United Nations had failed to carry out adequate threat assessments despite greater risks from radical Islamic groups, an independent review stated, while the troops had not undergone adequate mine sweeping training.Enda Heneghan’s accused the Irish Army authorities of a cover-up for the last two decades and said the Defence Forces’ treatment of the families had been outrageous.“After a blanket denial over 22 years, we’re now in a situation that the army authorities in this country have admitted a systems failure, as it is being termed,” he added.“Today does not represent any thought of victory or celebration because today, as every day for the rest of our lives, there are three graves in the west of Ireland.” Cpl Heneghan, 28, from Ballinrobe, Co Mayo; father-of-three Pte Walsh, 39, from Tubbercurry, Co Sligo; and Pt Armstrong, 26, whose widow Grainne gave birth to their first child weeks after her husband’s death, were killed while collecting stones during UN duty in Bra’shit, south Lebanon.For years families and colleagues argued the men died because the dirt track had not been swept for the fatal landmine, believed to have been planted by the militant Hezbollah group targeting the Israeli army.The army had denied any negligence.Defence Minister Alan Shatter ordered an independent review in April, by senior counsel Frank Callanan, when evidence came to light during a High Court case brought by Pte Armstrong’s widow, Grainne. The action collapsed and was settled out of court.The Justice and Defence Minister Alan Shatter has apologised on behalf of the Government to the families of the three men. They had maintained the road had not been swept for mines before the men were sent out to collect stones.Mr Shatter said: “I met the families and extended to them, on behalf of the Government, our heartfelt regret for the failure to fully recognise, by early 1989, the implications of the changed circumstances in the Defence Forces mission area in southern Lebanon and for the deaths of their loved ones.“While we can never be absolutely certain that their loved ones would have been saved if the Defence Forces had adopted a higher risk posture and appropriate protection measures, we must accept that appropriate operational procedures could possibly have avoided this tragedy.”Mr Shatter said it was clear all the officers and men of the Defence Forces in Lebanon were doing the best they could in a very complex and difficult mission with limited resources. “Notwithstanding this, the report concludes that there was a systemic failure, not alone by the Defence Forces but by the Unifil mission as a whole, to respond to the increased threat from improvised explosive devices and from the danger of a targeted attack by radical armed Islamic elements,” the minister said.“Three men have died and three families have been bereaved and devastated by their loss. Our thoughts at this time must be with them.“Unfortunately we can never undo what happened and what should not have happened.“As the report shows, the deaths of Cpl Armstrong and Ptes Heneghan and Walsh could and should have been avoided.“For that, on behalf of the State, I apologise wholeheartedly to their families, their loved ones and their comrades.”DONEGAL-BASED BROTHER OF KILLED UN PEACEKEEPER WELCOMES REPORT was last modified: September 19th, 2011 by gregShare 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:heneghanlebanonletterkennysligolast_img read more