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Hodgson is contracted to the Three Lions until July 2016 with the Football Association delaying fresh talks ahead of next year’s European Championship and Pulis believes Pardew must be in the running whenever a change comes. “I’ve heard people say Alan has spent a lot of money since he’s been there but he’s done a fantastic job,” he said. “When you look at Alan’s record over the years he has been as good as anyone and I know Roy will want to do this Euros and most probably the next World Cup but if you are looking for the next England manager Pardew has got to be looked at. “He is definitely one who would come into the frame. He’s done very well wherever he has been. He did a fantastic job at Newcastle and I don’t think he got the credit he deserved there. “He has been to Palace and picked it up. They have given him money to spent but he’s got players like (Yohan) Cabaye who have come in and done exceptionally well. “He deserves a lot of credit.” Pulis returns to Selhurst Park having left in August 2014 after steering the club to safety in the top flight in 2013-14, winning the Barclays Premier League Manager of the Season. He is without defenders Jonas Olsson (groin) and Gareth McAuley (calf) while Salomon Rondon is also expected to miss out with a back injury he suffered in the 3-2 defeat to Everton on Monday. Press Association The Baggies lost a 2-0 lead against the Toffees and Pulis knows their away form has been key with the side earning seven of their eight points this season on the road. “Monday was a bad knock for us, we didn’t deserve to lose the game,” he said. “The home games were always going to be tough. Everton have been a top eight team, Southampton have been exceptional and then we had Man City and Chelsea. What’s been very good is the away form and that’s subsidised the lack of points at home.” Baggies head coach Pulis reckons Crystal Palace manager Pardew deserves to be in the running for the job when Roy Hodgson eventually leaves. Pulis goes back to his former club on Saturday with Pardew having guided the Eagles to seventh in the Barclays Premier League after some fine early-season form. West Brom chief Tony Pulis believes Alan Pardew could be the next England boss. read more
Burgess Duharra fly the flag for the Premier County in the Munster Senior Camogie club final.Having won their 6th Tipp title on the trot the north Tipp side now put their provincial title on the line on Saturday.They face Clare champions Inagh Kilnamona, who’ve qualified for their first ever Munster Senior Club Championship decider. The game will be broadcast live here on Tipp FM in association with Munster Van Centre Cahir.
The President of Ghana Rugby and former Chairman of Kumasi Asante Kotoko, Mr Herbert Mensah, has echoed the COVID-19 call for “Safety First” at the 19th commemoration anniversary of the tragic Accra Sports Stadium disaster that struck on 9 May 2001 in Accra, Ghana.Due to restrictions imposed as a result of the 2020 novel Coronavirus, COVID-19, this year’s commemoration was limited to a small gathering of persons with disability who again received mobility aids donated by DESO.DESO (Disabled Equipment Sent Overseas) is a UK-based charity run by ‘Aunty Mavis’, a British-Ghanaian woman whose charity work in Ghana spans over 64 years.A number of Ghana Rugby’s national men’s and women’s players, the Ghana Eagles, who wore Ghana Rugby branded face masks with the message, “PLAY YOUR PART. KEEP YOUR DISTANCE” helped with the logistics during the event.At the occasion in Accra, Mensah said that not even the severe disruptions and restrictions of a virus must be allowed to prevent the remembrance of the tragic event on 9 May 2001 when one-hundred-and-twenty-six (126) young Ghanaians who had gone to the Accra Sports Stadium to watch the beautiful game of football lost their lives.“For the past 18 years, a group of us have marked May 9 by maintaining awareness of the events surrounding this tragedy as well as the families involved, including the issues of stadium safety and proper governance in Ghana. Safety of the football family was not given the proper priority then and we have to remind our sports administrators again and again that, ‘Safety first’ is not only important but that it is a responsibility and duty,” Mensah said.Mensah said that it is ironic that the 19th annual commemoration of the stadium disaster coincides with a time when the call for “safety first” tops the global agenda.“In 2001 safety was not on the agenda, and 126 young football fans lost their lives needlessly. With the Coronavirus in the air, I again call for ‘safety first’ and for all to heed the guidelines of wearing face masks and to keep up with maintaining social distances. If we all do not play our part in this regard we may see another tragedy of even greater proportions in Ghana,” Mensah said.Mensah also said that the safety of players and the public in all aspects of sports administration will always be high on his agenda.“The lesson of May 9, 2001, to me is that one can never neglect the duty of safety on or off-the-field. The loss of life is unacceptable when administrators do not fulfil their duty to prevent it. Ghana Rugby recently launched a programme, EagleWise, in cooperation with BokSmart of the South African Rugby Union that will focus on aspects of player safety and welfare. We have also embarked on an elaborate ‘STAY SAFE’ programme during the COVID-19 period that I hope would have helped to save lives,” Mensah said.The traditional events that earmark the awareness campaign of the “May 9th Remembered” movement that was initiated by Mensah will not take place in 2020. Since 2001 the Mensah-led campaign included a massive street walk in Kumasi, prayers at the Kumasi Central Mosque and visits to families of the deceased.The events for 2020 included the welcome presentation of the DESO mobility aids to persons with disability as well as visits to selected families of the deceased, accompanied by parcels of foodstuff.“I am again grateful to the companies who have again shown solidarity with the cause of May 9th Remembered by donating money to defray costs and/or foodstuff for families of the deceased. This year Interplast, Sunda International and GB Foods again played their part. Without their support, the flame of the cause of ‘May 9th Remembered’ for due diligence when it comes to sports administration will be difficult if not impossible to keep burning,” Mensah said.Mensah also said that the movement will “make up” in 2021 for the limited remembrance events caused by COVID-19 this year.About Ghana RugbyGhana Rugby is the official full member of both World Rugby (2017) and Rugby Africa in Ghana-West Africa and is responsible for the management and development of the Game Rugby Union in the country. The Union is governed by a Constitution and administers five KPAs (Key Performance Areas) namely: (1) Youth Development & Growth through the World Rugby “Get Into Rugby” Programme, (2) Women in Ghana Rugby, (3) Training & Education, (4) Domestic Competitions and (5) International Performance Tags: Ghana RugbyMay 9 read more