Recognition act is final stage of sweeping legal changes

first_imgRelated posts:No related photos. Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. Statutory Trade Union Recognition is the final part of the 1999 Employment Relations Act. Almost all other rights introduced under the law, including parental leave, the part-time work regulations and the new £50,000 limit for unfair dismissal have been phased in since September last year.It gives unions automatic recognition if 50 per cent of the workforce are members or if 40 per cent vote for the union to be recognised in a ballot. The union becomes the recognised bargaining body on hours, pay and holiday. Employers will also have to inform it about training.The new legislation allows unions to approach the employer and ask to be recognised. The employer will have 10 days to respond. If it fails to do so the union can go straight to the CAC.The employer can agree to the request and start negotiations with the union on a deal or it can refuse. If it says yes, an agreement has to be reached within 20 days. If it says no the union can go to the CAC.The union will only be recognised if it can show it is what staff want. If you already communicate effectively with your staff and your staff are not unionised there is no reason why you will have to recognise a union. Recognition act is final stage of sweeping legal changesOn 6 Jun 2000 in Personnel Todaylast_img read more

Roberson struggles in 1st career start, draws criticism from Boeheim

first_imgJim Boeheim has said it all along — Tyler Roberson isn’t ready to play big minutes for Syracuse.The freshman was forced into 23 minutes of action on Tuesday with Jerami Grant injured and managed just two points, three rebounds and one block.“He’s not ready to play,” Boeheim said after the Orange’s 67-62 loss to Georgia Tech (14-16, 5-12 Atlantic Coast). “The reason he didn’t play is because he’s not ready. He doesn’t know the defense, he doesn’t know the offense.”The forward made his first start for No. 7 SU (26-4, 13-4) after playing only 50 total minutes during the first 16 Atlantic Coast Conference games.Roberson came to Syracuse as the No. 55 recruit in the country, but has been stuck behind Grant, C.J. Fair, Rakeem Christmas and, to an extent, Michael Gbinije in the rotation of forwards.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textWith Grant injured, fans have recently started clamoring to see expanded minutes for Roberson and some have argued that he should’ve gotten more minutes all season. Boeheim dispelled that notion with blunt criticism of Roberson after the game.“He cannot help us right now. That’s why he didn’t play,” Boeheim said. “If anybody can help us, they’re going to play. He just cannot help us. He hurts us on defense and he’s not ready to help us out offensively. “Mike’s a better option. He better knows what we’re doing.”Until Grant returns, though, the Orange is out of options. Even if Roberson doesn’t start again, he’ll have to get some minutes since Gbinije is also the team’s backup guard. And Baye Moussa Keita, one of SU’s other starting options, was just as inept as Roberson on Tuesday, scoring just one point, grabbing three rebounds and committing four fouls in 16 minutes of action.The biggest issue, though, is that their expanded roles coincided with one of Syracuse’s worst defensive outings of the season.“Gbinije and Roberson, they’re not as experienced and comfortable as Jerami,” Fair said. “He knows that position in-and-out and they’re just new to it. It’s hard for Gbinije and Tyler to play at the level Jerami did.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on March 5, 2014 at 12:43 am Contact David: [email protected] | @DBWilson2last_img read more

Minister must defend Donegal seafood exports against Chinese restrictions – Doherty

first_imgDeputy Pearse Doherty has made fresh calls on Minister Michael Creed to robustly defend Irish Live Crab exports to China in the wake of continued heightened import restrictions being imposed on consignments from the state.A number of Donegal seafood companies are directly affected by the restrictions.The call comes over a year after him having first raised the issue with the Minister of the then newly introduced import controls which place stringent restrictions on cadmium heavy metal levels contained in Live Irish crab destined for the Chinese market. The Sinn Fein Deputy said called on the Minister to redouble efforts to have the restrictions on Irish shipments lifted.He said “Over a year ago now, I raised the issue of import restrictions on Live Irish Brown Crab with the Minister in the Dáil as it was apparent then that the measures, which were introduced in October 2015, were having a hugely detrimental impact on Irish exporters who had until then enjoyed relative ease of access to the lucrative Chinese market following a bi-lateral agreement having been reached between both countries in 2010.“On this occasion, the Minister stated then that the Sea-Fisheries Protection Authority (SFPA) was continuing to liaise with the Chinese authorities and, with the Department’s support, were working with the view to resolve the matter which had lowered acceptable cadmium levels in all Crabmeat to just 0.5mg/kg – a limit which is only imposed on white muscle meat sold within the EU.“Last week, I sought an update from the Minister as those within the industry have again expressed their alarm that they are continuing to have these restrictions imposed on Irish consignments entering China. “In his reply, the Minister confirmed that the measures were still in place, but that the SFPA here is continuing to work on a technical level with Chinese import controls, while a visit by officials from China to Irish production facilities and laboratories was also held last year to demonstrate the rigorous testing and monitoring standards of Irish seafood.“I understand that following my intervention to the Minister, officials in China are now considering an action plan which was submitted by authorities here which it’s hoped will convince our Chinese counterparts of the high standard of Irish live crab entering the country.“Of course while the Minister in my opinion has been slow to act, this latest development is to be welcomed, and so it is crucial that, at this point, both the Department and the SFPA redouble efforts to ensure that our exporters regain access to China and lift this effective ban.“Exports are estimated to have a value of some €3 million a year, with a number of vessels– including here in Donegal – providing product to several export companies located throughout the island.“It is therefore crucial that the Minister now takes a much more pro-active role in this process, and that our exporters, and all those whose livelihoods depend on this important industry, may be given the opportunity to grow and expand.” Minister must defend Donegal seafood exports against Chinese restrictions – Doherty was last modified: February 6th, 2017 by StephenShare 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:donegalexportsPearse Dohertyseafoodlast_img read more

Track & Field Wins 10 Events On The Second Day Of Jim Duncan Invitational

first_imgStory Links Complete Results (HTML) Photos (Saturday) Pole Vault 1. Christina LeMunyon, 10-11.75 8. Kathryn Ambrose, 9-6.25 400 Meters 4. Kayla Giuliano, 59.34 Pole Vault 3. Adam Perkins, 13-1.5 Jim Duncan Central 1,500 Meters 1. Robert McCann, 3:54.88 11. Josh Yeager, 4:02.80 14. Ali Jandal, 4:04.73 22. Chris Kaminski, 4:12.05 200 Meters 1. Rai Ahmed-Green, 25.24 4. Kaylen Rettig, 26.30 200 Meters 1. Pierce Vincent, 21.95 3. Kendall Owens, 22.37 6. Aaron Chier, 22.63 9. Nihad Ejubovic, 22.95 4×100 Meter Relay 1. Owens, Chier, Shelton, Vincent, 41.39 Print Friendly Version DES MOINES, Iowa – The Drake University track and field teams closed out the 40th annual Jim Duncan Invitational by winning 10 events on Saturday, April 16.Pierce Vincent (Fayetteville, Ga.) accounted for two of those wins with first-place showings in the men’s 100 and 200 meters in 10.95 and 21.95, respectively. His 200-meter effort came against a 6.4 m/s headwind as Pierce and the Bulldogs faced strong southerly winds all day despite otherwise perfect conditions.”We won the events we should win, but it was hard with the conditions today to record fast times,” said Drake head coach Natasha Kaiser-Brown. “I’m proud of our efforts today and it was a beautiful, but windy day, which makes it tough.”In the 100 meters, Vincent led the 1-2-3-4 finish with Demetrius Shelton (Markham, Ill.), Aaron Chier (Belgium, Wis.) and Kendall Owens (Carrollton, Texas) following. Owens and Chier also finished in the top 10 of the 200 meters.Rai Ahmed-Green (Irvine, Calif.) led the women’s sprinters to similar success as she won the 200 meters in 25.54 and was second in the 100 meters in 12.56. Taryn Rolle (Nassau, The Bahamas) and Mary Young (Urbandale, Iowa) finished fourth and fifth in the 100 meters while Kaylen Rettig (Allen, Texas.) was fourth in the 200 meters.Young also took second in the 400-meter hurdles as the Drake women’s sprinters swept the hurdles. Destani Welch (Des Moines, Iowa) claimed top honors in the 100-meter hurdles in 14.38 with Virginia Hill (Haymarket, Va.) cruising to first in the 400-meter hurdles in 1:00.76.In the men’s hurdles, Hudson Priebe (Chamberlain, S.D.) was third overall and the second collegiate men’s finisher in the 400-meter hurdles in 53.30, followed by Bas Van Leersum (Zaandam, Netherlands) in fourth. Their coach, LaRon Bennett, won the event in 52.23.Drake’s distance events on Saturday were highlighted by Robert McCann (Mississauga, Ontario) winning the 1,500 meters in 3:54.88 in his first 1,500-meter race of the season.The Bulldogs also had a duo of winners in the field events on Saturday with Christina LeMunyon (Overland Park, Kan.) winning the pole vault by clearing 10-11.75 and Kayla Bell (Bolingbrook, Ill.) winning the triple jump with a leap of 39-3.25 in front of the home crowd at the Blue Oval.”It’s always fun to compete at home and this is always a fan-friendly meet for us, but going into the next series of meets, they get harder,” Kaiser-Brown said. “We’re entering into the championship season phase of our training and as we compete in the Drake Relays, the conference meet and hopefully send more athletes to regionals.”The Bulldogs are set to compete next weekend at the Kansas Relays and the Musco Twilight in Iowa City, Iowa. 100-Meter Hurdles 1. Destani Welch, 14.38 2. Victoria Hill, 14.94 3. Victoria Coombe, 15.25 Discus 12. Michael Dolan, 130-10 800 Meters 5. George Webb, 1:55.20 6. Robert McCann, 1:55.57 8. James Saxton, 1:55.67 23. John Freeman, 2:00.64 31. Joshua Yeager, 2:02.99 33. Alec Bognar, 2:03.37 Drake Individual Men’s Results 100 Meters 1. Pierce Vincent, 10.95 2. Demetrius Shelton, 11.19 3. Aaron Chier, 11.21 4. Kendall Owens, 11.23 2016 Jim Duncan Invitational Des Moines, Iowa – Drake Stadium April 15-16, 2016 5,000 Meters 1. Cassie Aerts, 17:43.32 3. Bailee Cofer, 17:51.35 Long Jump 11. Johnathan Osifuye, 21-1.25 Long Jump 2. Kayla Bell, 19-0 4. Taryn Rolle, 18-1center_img Triple Jump 1. Kayla Bell, 39-3.25 2. Taryn Rolle, 38-3.25 2016 Jim Duncan Invitational Des Moines, Iowa – Drake Stadium April 15-16, 2016 High Jump 2. Jaclyn Aremka, 5-5 3. Taylor Patton, 5-5 4×400-Meter Relay 2. Rettig, Kearney, Giuliano, Gann, 3:57.04 800 Meters 10. Meghan Kearney, 2:20.11 11. Taylor Scholl, 2:20.20 15. Cassie Aerts, 2:23.11 20. Celeste Arteaga, 2:25.92 25. Shelby Varney, 2:33.82 3,000 Meter Steeplechase 13. Theresa McAlister, 14:30.30 High Jump 3. Ryan Cook, 6-2.75 5. Forest Moses, 6-2.75 110-Meter Hurdles 4. Hudson Priebe, 15.62 6. Dominic Lombardi, 15.92 Shot Put 3. Ryan Lemke, 48-5.5 Drake Individual Women’s Results 100 Meters 2. Rai Ahmed-Green, 12.56 4. Taryn Rolle, 12.74 5. Mary Young, 12.82 11. Kaylen Rettig, 13.21 400-Meter Hurdles 3. Hudson Priebe, 53.30 4. Bas Van Leersum, 54.11 6. Dominic Lombardi, 55.68 26. Tyler Zak, 1:04.78 Complete Results (PDF) 400 Meters 22. Nihad Ejubovic, 52.46 25. Zachary Elkins, 54.51 Hammer Throw 4. Michael Dolan, 173-4 4×100 Meter Relay 1. Young, Welch, Ahmed-Green, Rolle, 47.33 Javelin 2. David Silkman, 175-6 Triple Jump 1. Johnathan Osifuye, 49-1.75 3. Ethan Turner, 44-9.75 4. Sean Buczek, 44-1.5 400-Meter Hurdles 1. Virginia Hill, 1:00.76 2. Mary Young, 1:01.45 7. Victoria Coombe, 1:06.22 1,500 Meters 4. Taylor Scholl, 4:43.07 7. 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UFC: Anderson Silva addresses 2nd failed drug test

first_imgStronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Read Next His last match resulted in a unanimous-decision victory against Derek Brunson at UFC 208 last February.With another lengthy suspension likely ahead of him, the seasoned fighter looks to have no intention of hanging his gloves anytime soon.“I will not give up, much less stop doing what I love, not because of fame or money, it’s because I love to fight,” he explained.“So no matter what happens from now on, nothing changes, my plans are the same, nothing has changed. A big kiss for everyone and see you soon.” /ra Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding View comments LATEST STORIES Once heralded as MMA’s pound-for-pound best fighter in the world, the 42-year-old Brazilian legend is facing scrutiny after once again getting flagged for a performance-enhancing banned substance. Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA MOST READ Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC How the mighty have fallen.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThis idiom perhaps best describes former longtime UFC Middleweight Champion Anderson Silva.ADVERTISEMENT Shortly after the promotion removed Silva from his main event bout against Kelvin Gastelum at UFC Fight Night 122, “The Spider” took to Instagram to address the situation.“Obviously, I think everything is part of a process of evolution, with each passing day, I can learn more about who I am. I’m here to thank all my fans, especially my coaches and all the contributors for this long journey,” Silva wrote in a lengthy post.“I can’t express my feelings and how sad I am, because we all invest love, passion and time in this camp, I don’t know exactly the plans of GOD for me, but anyway, I can only thank him and all of you, for the love and affection, nothing is more gratifying at this moment than having you by my side.”After going undefeated in the UFC from 2006 to 2013—with 16 consecutive wins and 10 title defenses—Silva lost twice to former Middleweight Champion Chris Weidman.His victory over Nick Diaz got overturned after testing positive for drostanolone and androsterone, then lost two more fights against Michael Bisping and Daniel Cormier.ADVERTISEMENT San Beda sweeps Lyceum for 21st NCAA championship QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PHlast_img read more

London set to welcome athletes for Paralympic Games

first_imgAfter hosting a successful Olympic Games a few days ago, London is readying to welcome about 4,000 athletes for the Paralympic Games and the organisers are confident of leaving a rich legacy.James Bevan, British High Commissioner to India, said the Games will be beneficial in “building a more open and a more inclusive society”.”Around 4,000 athletes from 150 countries will be participating in 20 different disciplines during the upcoming Paralympic Games. There will be around 1,500 women athletes, which is the highest number to have participated in the Pralympics,” Bevan said on Monday.”The Olympics gave us an opportunity to show that we are proud of our past and confident about a bright future and we are committed to repeat that success during the upcoming Paralympics,” he said.Bevan said the enthusiasm for the Paralympics among people is no less than the Olympic Games.”The people are as enthusiastic about the Paralympic Games as they were about the Olympics. There has been tremendous demand for the tickets,” he said.India will be represented by a 10-member contingent at the Pralympic Games, including one swimmer, one shooter, three power-lifters and five athletes.The Commissioner said the upcoming Games will not only help in raising the profile of the Paralympics, but will also provide more opportunities to the disabled.It was in Stoke Mandeville in southern England in 1948 that a doctor organised sports events for World War II veterans with spinal injuries, 12 years before the first Paralympic Games in Rome in 1960 and Bevan said they were eagerly awaiting the event that was born in their country.advertisementlast_img read more

Serie A: Torino’s Andrea Belotti Brace Sinks Miserable AC Milan

first_img AC MilanAndrea BelottifootballItaly First Published: September 27, 2019, 8:57 AM IST Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. Milan: Torino forward Andrea Belotti inspired a second-half turnaround with two goals to beat AC Milan 2-1 on Thursday, piling more pain on the fallen giants of Italian football as they slid down to 13th in the Serie A table.Milan, reeling from a 2-0 derby defeat by Inter, got off to a strong start when Polish forward Krzysztof Piatek converted a penalty in the 18th minute. Italy striker Belotti missed a clear chance for the hosts just before halftime but made amends by levelling in the 72nd minute with a thumping strike from outside the area which proved too powerful for Gianluigi Donnarumma in the Milan goal.Belotti put his side in front four minutes later with a scrappy yet emphatic finish, pouncing on another poor piece of goalkeeping by Donnarumma to bundle the loose ball towards the net, then conjuring up a scissor kick to smash it into the net.Simone Zaza should have sealed victory for Torino in stoppage time when he tore towards goal alone but slipped over as he tried to round Donnarumma.Torino were instead made to sweat for all three points, relying on an impressive save from goalkeeper Salvatore Sirigu to thwart Piatek from point-blank range and inflict a third defeat in five games on six-times European champions Milan.Torino moved up to sixth place on nine points after five games, while Milan are 13th on six. Inter lead the standings on 15 points. last_img read more

Winners & losers of the summer transfer window

first_imgWINNERS: BARCELONAMalcom Barcelona Tottenham ICCThe summer window could not have gone much better for Barcelona, who successfully hijacked two transfers, as well as persuading Everton to take on most of their dead wood.While Inter should probably bear most of the blame for Arturo Vidal rocking up at Camp Nou given the way the Nerazzurri got distracted by the enticing prospect of signing Luka Modric from Real Madrid, the way in which Barcelona stole Malcom away from Roma undeniably killed off the Blaugrana’s ‘Mes que un club’ image once and for all. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Still, Ernesto Valverde will not mind. Malcom’s arrival has added further depth to Barca’s attacking department, while at the same time seemingly sparking Ousmane Dembele into life, while the veteran Vidal adds steel and experience to a midfield that will also benefit enormously from Arthur Melo’s finesse.Clement Lenglet has also arrived to strengthen the centre of defence and his €36 million (£32m/$42m) transfer was almost completely covered by the remarkable sale of Yerry Mina to Everton for a €30m (£27m/$35m), a staggering fee for a player who struggled horribly after arriving in Catalunya in January for just €12m (£11m/$14m).The Toffees also handed over €20m (£18m/$23m) for reserve left-back Lucas Digne, and €2.25m to take the confidence-sapped Andre Gomes on loan for a season.Sevilla stumped up an additional €8.5m (£8m/$10m) for Aleix Vidal, while Sassuolo paid an initial €6m (£5m/$7m) for Marlon, making this an incredibly lucrative summer for Barca, who needed to balance their books ahead of the commencement of the redevelopment of Camp Nou next year.Paco Alcacer’s departure for Dortmund leaves Barca without an obvious Luis Suarez understudy but, all in all, this is a deeper and better-balanced squad than the one that recorded a double last season.WINNERS: SERIE ACristiano Ronaldo JuventusLike millions of Serie A followers, Christian Vieri could not contain his excitement when it emerged that Cristiano Ronaldo was actually on the verge of joining Juventus. “For Italian football, this would be like winning the lottery,” the former Inter striker enthused.Certainly, the financial benefits of Ronaldo’s arrival have, and are, already being felt, both in Turin and beyond. Juve’s shirt sales and share price have both sky-rocketed, while broadcasters across the globe have subsequently acquired the TV rights for Serie A just to see how the Portuguese performs.Perhaps even more significantly, CR7’s bold decision to ditch Madrid for Juve has even capture the imagination of the game’s greatest players. “I think Cristiano Ronaldo will change Italian football,” Neymar prophesised. “It will once again be the Italian football I watched as a child.”Serie A still has some way to go before it reclaims its status as the pinnacle of the footballing world, of course, but, as Fabio Capello pointed out, the league has undeniably been presented with an unexpected opportunity to relaunch itself.”TV rights and merchandising allowed England, Germany and Spain to overtake us, but with Cristiano Ronaldo we can try to lift our heads again,” the former AC Milan coach argued. “Certainly, Ronaldo alone is not enough. We need to have the strength and intelligence to exploit this Ronaldo stimulus to give a boost back to our football.”But Ronaldo’s arrival means that people are speaking about the Italian league again.”And that is a pretty fine start.WINNERS: LIVERPOOLAlisson Becker, LiverpoolWhen Liverpool broke the transfer record for a goalkeeper in July, just six months after breaking the transfer record for a defender, Jurgen Klopp was mocked in some circles over his previous comments on rivals essentially trying to buy success: “Do I have to do it differently to that? Actually, I want to do it differently. I would even do it differently if I could spend that money.”So, why then, did he sanction the acquisitions of Alisson and Virgil van Dijk for £56m ($73m) and £75m ($97m), respectively? For the same reason that he also paid a grand total of £57m (£74m) for Naby Keita, who also arrived this year – because Liverpool were short in quality in three key areas.And, as Klopp explained, “Quality costs a specific price.” And nobody is querying the size of those transfer fees now, with Liverpool having made a 100 per cent winning start to the 2018-19 season, and without conceding a single goal to sit top of the Premier League.The Reds finished fourth last season and reached the final of the Champions League with a top-heavy squad overly reliant on the brilliance of attacking trio Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane but with Alisson, Keita, Fabinho and Xherdan Shaqiri (who should allow Klopp to rotate his front three with greater regularity) now on board, they look a far more balanced outfit.Whether Liverpool will end up as champions of England remains to be seen but they are undoubtedly one of the winners of this summer’s transfer market. LOSERS: REAL MADRIDFlorentino Perez Real MadridWhen Real Madrid fans saw Cristiano Ronaldo follow Zinedine Zidane out of the Santiago Bernabeu, they fully expected club president Florentino Perez to replace the Portuguese superstar with a marquee name. Thibaut Courtois has arrived from Chelsea but the Belgian hardly represents a significant upgrade on Keylor Navas, just named UEFA’s goalkeeper of the year and still in possession of a starting spot under new coach Julen Lopetegui, while Mateo Kovacic was allowed to move in the other direction.Luckily, Luka Modric was prevented from absconding to Inter but the wait went on for Perez’s late Galactico. But not one of Neymar, Kylian Mbappe, Eden Hazard or Harry Kane arrived in the Spanish capital.Instead, Real will begin their bid for a fourth successive Champions League with Mariano Diaz as their new No.7, the same Mariano Diaz that the Blancos had sold to Lyon a year ago for just €8m (£7m/$9m). Granted, the 25-year-old enjoyed a fine season in Ligue 1, netting 18 times in 34 appearances, but he was not the signing that the Real supporters wanted to see their side make before the close of the summer transfer window.In truth, Perez didn’t even want Mariano, at least not initially, according to Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas: “Mariano said to me that he wished to go to Madrid and that is why he rejected the Sevilla offer. “I informed Florentino Perez but his response was that Mariano was not the player they were in the market for, before making the offer.”Real’s decision to hijack the move to Sevilla by enacting their buy-back clause, thus, smacks of desperation but it will do little to appease the fans, whose dissatisfaction with the club’s transfer dealings was one of the reasons why only 48,000 of them turned up for the Liga opener against Getafe – Real’s worst gate since their final fixture before Ronaldo’s arrival.His departure has now left a gaping void that has not yet been filled. Yes, there are reasons for optimism – Marco Asensio is an exceptional talent, while Gareth Bale is enjoying a sustained run of excellence and, more importantly, games – but Madrid’s squad is undoubtedly weaker than it was last season.The UEFA Super Cup has already been lost. One wonders if Madrid’s previously irresistible financial might is on the wane too.LOSER: JOSE MOURINHOJose Mourinho Manchester United 2018-19It was amusing to hear Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho demanding greater respect from reporters after Monday night’s 3-0 loss at home to Tottenham, given he has never had the courtesy to afford rivals or referees any throughout his coaching career.However, the Portuguese’s increasingly petulant and often downright bizarre behaviour is no laughing matter at Old Trafford, where chaos and confusion reigns, on and off the field.The reason for Mourinho’s discontent is, of course, Ed Woodward’s refusal to sign a centre-half during the summer transfer window and he certainly has grounds for complaint if United’s executive vice-chairman did indeed counter by claiming that there were no centre-halves out there better than United’s current crop of calamities. Indeed, Mourinho’s team selection for the shambolic showing against Spurs – deploying midfielder Ander Herrera on the right-hand side of a previously untested back three – appeared like a pointed message to the board: “Look what I’ve had to resort to!” However, the inconvenient truth for Mourinho is that he had nobody but himself to blame for the shambolic showing against Spurs, with the hapless Herrara ultimately exposed in an unfamiliar position. It cannot be forgotten either that it was Mourinho who pushed for the arrivals of Eric Bailly and Victor Lindelof, both of whom had been dropped after their dismal displays at Brighton the previous weekend.In essence, he has stripped innumerable players of confidence with his repeated and rash chopping and changing.That his side’s defensive frailties were brutally exploited by Mauricio Pochettino’s Tottenham team only cast Mourinho’s moaning in a more unfavourable light, given the Argentine’s squad hadn’t been strengthened by a single summer signing.It has been suggested that Woodward has unwittingly given Mourinho a way to explain his failure at Old Trafford, should he be eventually dismissed. But the fact of the matter is that the summer window, and indeed this whole affair, has merely exposed Mourinho’s inability to get the best out of the players he has at his disposal, and his reliance on ready-made solutions to solve problems he himself has created.LOSER: JOAO MARIOJoao Mario Ivan Perisic InterWhen several members of Portugal’s Sporting CP contingent terminated their contracts with the club this summer, Inter’s Joao Mario was quick to publicly advise them against even considering a switch to Serie A.The midfielder’s stance was hardly surprising. Joao Mario has endured a torrid spell at San Siro; so difficult, in fact, that he was even willing to join West Ham on loan for the second half of last season.Things didn’t go much better for him in London, however, and a permanent move never materialised.It was still expected that Inter would be able to find a buyer for a man who represented the Seleccao at the 2018 World Cup and Seville looked like the most likely destination until Betis decided to pursue Giovani Lo Celso instead.As a result, Joao Mario is still stuck at Inter, where he has been repeatedly booed by his own club’s supporters, and where he has yet to see a minute of Serie A game time so far this season.Indeed, it’s likely his only run-outs will come in the Coppa Italia, as the €40m (£36m/$46m) man is certain to be left out of Luciano Spalletti’s Champions League squad because Inter are only allowed to register 22 players for this season’s competition after falling foul of Financial Fair Play (FFP) rules.All in all, it’s going to be another miserable season in Serie A for Joao Mario.last_img read more