Former Arsenal boss Unai Emery drops hint over his next job in management

first_imgFormer Arsenal boss Unai Emery drops hint over his next job in management Unai Emery has been out of a job since his dismissal at Arsenal (Picture: Getty)Unai Emery says he’s open to all opportunities after being sacked by Arsenal but the Spaniard admits he keeps a particularly ‘close eye’ on Serie A football ahead of a potential move to Italy.Arsenal’s miserable Europa League defeat at home to Eintracht Frankfurt last November proved to be the final straw and Emery, 48, has been out of a job ever since, with compatriot Mikel Arteta taking over the reins at the Emirates. However, the three-time Europa League winner is looking to move back into the world of management and has not ruled a return to the Premier League in the not-too-distant future. Arsenal legend Tony Adams defended Emery this week (Picture: Getty)Earlier this week, Tony Adams jumped to Emery’s defence and instead hit out at the club’s flawed recruitment strategy which he feels let the Spaniard down.‘I have been speaking for the last ten years about recruitment at the club and I think that really needs to up it’s game,’ the former Arsenal captain told Sky Sports.‘The coach is irrelevant. Emery was a fantastic coach but recruitment let him down. ‘If you get that right then the coach has a chance.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing ArsenalFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. For more stories like this, check our sport page.MORE: Mesut Ozil a ‘huge problem’ in Arsenal’s contract renewal talks with Pierre-Emerick AubameyangMORE: Arsenal legend Paul Merson tells Manchester United to sign Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and become ‘major force’ Advertisement Emery has talked up a potential move to Italy (Picture: Getty)But it appears Emery has a preference for Serie A where he has considered working in the past.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘I coached for 16 years in a row, so decided to take a little rest to prepare for the project that most inspires me,’ Emery told TuttoJuve.com.‘I won’t rule out any country: England, France, Spain, where I already worked, or Italy, which I’ve never worked in before.‘I did have some contact with several Italian clubs, but for one reason or another, it was not possible to work here. I am open to everything and keep a very close eye on Serie A.‘Out of respect and fairness, I will not name the clubs who contacted me in previous years.’center_img Comment Metro Sport ReporterSaturday 21 Mar 2020 3:49 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link855Shares Advertisementlast_img read more

Ellsworth cheer team edges Hermon for Class B North title

first_img Bio Mike MandellMike Mandell is the sports editor at The Ellsworth American and Mount Desert Islander. He began working for The American in August 2016. You can reach him via email at [email protected] BANGOR — Kneeling in a circle on the Cross Insurance Center floor, members of the Ellsworth High School cheer team clutched one another as tightly as they could.A half-hour earlier, Ellsworth had walked off the arena mats with confidence after performing its routine at the Class B North championships. There was hope in the air for the Eagles, but the wait to hear the winner announced was a tough one to endure.“It just felt like forever,” Ellsworth junior Tanner Hardison said. “We knew it was our best performance of the year, but you’re still nervous and kind of preparing for the worst.”As the placements of the 15 competitors were announced over the address system, the Eagles held hands as they huddled around each other in anticipation. After a few minutes, that anticipation turned to joy as the Eagles were crowned regional champions.Ellsworth’s Abby Bland (left) and Paige Sawyer pose for a photo with their first-place medals following the Class B North cheer championships Jan. 26 at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor. The Eagles will compete in the state championships Feb. 9, at the Augusta Civic Center. TIM BLAND PHOTOThis is placeholder textThis is placeholder textEllsworth won the Northern Maine cheer title for the first time in history Saturday when it claimed first place in the Class B North competition in Bangor. It was the team’s fifth regional title overall and first since it won the Eastern Maine crown in 2013.For the Eagles, whose 88.2 points edged out the Hawks’ 85.5, the first-place finish came after the team had finished a distant second to Hermon at the Big East and Penobscot Valley Conference championships. Hermon had outscored Ellsworth by double digits in each of those competitions, but the Eagles were determined not to let that happen again.“The girls knew they had to step it up, and they did,” Ellsworth co-coach Kat Dickens said. “Being able to hit their routine was the main goal, and taking first is just a sign that all the hard work they put in to get better was worth it.”Three of the competition’s four judges gave Ellsworth the highest score of the 15 teams competing. Even though the remaining judge placed the Eagles third behind Hermon and Old Town, that didn’t stop the Eagles from tallying enough points for first place.The win marked the second straight week of improvement for Ellsworth, which had scored 74.2 points at the Jan. 19 PVC championships after earning 69.1 at the Big East championships one week earlier. This time, a gain of 14 points was enough to put the Eagles above a Hermon squad that also improved from its showing at PVCs.“Our routine is probably the hardest that this group of kids has ever seen, and they just physically were not conditioned for it [in our first two meets],” co-coach Melanie Omlor-Fox said. “This time, the consistency in practice and the consistency with the kids being comfortable with what they were doing paid off for us.”Sumner cheerleaders pose for a photo with the second-place plaque after finishing as runner up at the Class C North championships Jan. 26 at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor. All five Hancock County cheer teams qualified for next weekend’s state championships in their respective classes. JESSICA SNOWDEAL PHOTOThe Eagles will be idle Saturday, Feb. 2, as they prepare for next weekend’s Class B championships. If the Eagles come home with gold hardware yet again, they will do as the first state championship-winning cheer team in school history.“It’s going to take a lot of hard work, and we’re hoping for no snow days because every second we spend practicing or at games is going to count even more now,” Dickens said. “This is it for us and all the other teams who want that state championship, and we have to keep pushing ourselves toward that finish line.”Members of this year’s Ellsworth team are Abby Bland, Anna Brown, Chenell Campbell, Brooke Carver, Alli Dorr, Tanner Hardison, Laura Jude, Jada Kairys, Ellie Kane, Bailey Peterson, Lexi Rossi, Paige Sawyer, Kerrigan Shorey and Emma Whitney.Bucks, Trojans, Tigers, Mariners off to statesThe Bucksport, Mount Desert Island, Sumner and Deer Isle-Stonington cheer teams also qualified for the upcoming state championships in their respective classes.MDI tied with John Bapst for fourth place in Class B North with 66.2 points. The Trojans finished behind Ellsworth, Hermon, Old Town and Presque Isle.In Class C North, Sumner and Bucksport both made the cut in the 11-team field. Tigers finished second behind Central, and Bucksport edged Orono for sixth to claim the final spot at states. Deer Isle-Stonington finished fifth in a tight field to make the cut in Class D North.State championships for all classes will be held Feb. 9 at the Augusta Civic Center. Classes A and D will begin at 10 a.m., and the B and C competitions will follow at 2 p.m. Hospice volunteers help families navigate grief and find hope – September 12, 2020 Latest posts by Mike Mandell (see all)center_img Ellsworth runners compete in virtual Boston Marathon – September 16, 2020 Latest Posts MPA approves golf, XC, field hockey, soccer; football, volleyball moved to spring – September 10, 2020last_img read more