Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : May 4th 2014 Contents A54
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Manchester United interim
manager Ryan Giggs has
praised Louis van Gaal---the
man who may replace him in
the Old Trafford hot seat.
The Red Devils midfielder
stepped in to fill the void left
by the sacked David Moyes last
month and enjoyed a pleasing
start to his tenure with a 4-0
win over Norwich, but Van
Gaal remains a clear favourite
to begin the 2014/2015 as Unit-
Giggs, who has been at Unit-
ed since turning 14, said of the
Dutchman: "He has a brilliant
"He is a successful manager
in different countries. Obvi-
ously he has taken Holland to
the World Cup. He has a fan-
"My concentration is on the
remaining three games and
then I will see what happens
at the end of the season.
"I have got to decide if I want
to play or not, so there is no
point thinking if I want to be
an assistant or if I want to be
a manager somewhere else.
There are so many things to
think about, but that's in the
future. I honestly don't know
(what I will do)."
United had also been linked
with the likes of Carlo Ancelotti
and Jurgen Klopp for the
vacancy, but the pair subse-
quently stated their intentions
to stay at Real Madrid and
Borussia Dortmund respective-
ly.Instead, speculation sur-
rounding Van Gaal has inten-
sified, with further reports sug-
gesting former Newcastle and
Holland striker Patrick Kluivert
will join the 62-year-old at Old
Trafford as assistant manager.
West Brom head coach Pepe Mel
has cast further doubt over his future
by suggesting his contract expires this
summer despite him apparently sign-
ing an 18-month deal when he got the
job in January.
The former Real Betis coach took
over from Steve Clarke in the new year
and looks set to steer Albion away from
relegation despite a difficult first few
months in the job.
When Mel was appointed following
a protracted recruitment process, the
club announced his arrival on an 18-
month contract. However, amidst spec-
ulation over his future, the Spaniard
has revealed his contract "finishes" at
the end of this season but with the
possibility of staying longer.
"I will have a meeting with West
Brom after the season but the next
important thing is Arsenal on Sunday,"
"Sorry but I only want to talk about
our remaining matches against Arsenal,
Sunderland and Stoke City.
"Of course we can bring the talks
forward when we are safe. We can talk
about the situation on Monday if we
"My contract finishes after the Stoke
City match and then we will have the
meeting for the future."
Asked to clarify the situation regard-
ing the length and nature of his con-
tract, Mel said in his much-improved
English: "My contract is private so we
need this meeting with chairman.
"It is an open contract. It's not closed,
the contract. It's easy to understand;
if Pepe Mel says yes and West Brom
say yes, no problem.
"I think now only about the mentality
of the players for Sunday. The players
only need to hear me talk about Arsenal
now. We need this point.
"It's not good for us to speak about
the future. Wait only seven or eight
days please then I'll speak with you
about this all the time."
Mel admits his introduction to the
Barclays Premier League was tough as
he dealt with the sale of striker Shane
Long, the infamous Nicolas Anelka
Quenelle' saga and a long wait for a
"I enjoy my job, being at West Brom
and the fans," he said. "But January
and February were very, very difficult
for me, with Long leaving and the Anel-
ka situation and more.
"But the most important thing is at
the end. If at the end it's good, then
Jose Mourinho expects a reaction
from Chelsea s Champions League
elimination on Sunday against a Nor-
wich side fighting for their Premier
The Blues boss is determined his side
respond from successive home defeats
to Sunderland and Atletico Madrid in
the final Stamford Bridge game of the
season as the Canaries seek to end their
dismal campaign on a high by avoiding
"The day I'm happy a couple of days
after a defeat is because there is some-
thing wrong with me, and there is noth-
ing wrong with me," Mourinho said.
"I'm not happy two days after a
defeat. I consider myself a strong per-
sonality. I consider myself somebody
with a great capacity to react to the
negative moments and the negative
feeling and in this moment I only think
about the next match, the next couple
of matches and the next season."
Norwich are "playing the game of
their lives", Mourinho says.
"I expect they are going to play a
final," he added.
"They have two games to decide
where they are next season. Are they
in the Championship? Are they in the
"Are they playing against Chelsea,
against Arsenal, against Manchester
"Are they playing at Anfield? Are
they playing at the Emirates? Are they
playing midweek matches in the Cham-
"It's going to be very, very, very dif-
Chelsea, who must hope Manchester
City and Liverpool have late collapses
to have any hope of the title, need one
point from the Norwich encounter and
trip to Cardiff on the final day to con-
firm third place.
Mourinho also insists Chelsea have
a "responsibility" to the other sides
battling relegation to perform.
He added: "I have to motivate my
players with the responsibility of fin-
ishing in the top three, which is very
important for us to give us a better pre-
season. If you play a play-off your pre-
season is completely different; it changes
"I have to motivate my players with
the fact that the fans deserve us to win
"I also want to motivate them with
the fact we must feel responsibility to
be fair and to be correct with every
other team that is also playing for rel-
"I don't think Cardiff, Fulham, Sun-
derland, the teams that are also there,
I can imagine they are not waiting for
Chelsea to have a bad performance and
to lose the game against Norwich.
"For many, many factors we must
play a very serious game but respect
professionals that are playing for their
Mourinho plans just a short summer
hiatus before resuming preparations for
the 2014/15 campaign in earnest.
He added: "In a few weeks the players
are going to the national team, the ones
that are not going to the national team
will start enjoying their period of hol-
"I will start working again hard in
everything related to my team and to
my work, pre-season preparation and
opinions about players and lots of things
related to my work.
"I was thinking about just a couple
of weeks of holidays because I don't
Mel casts doubt over future
Mourinho turns attention to Norwich
Ryan Giggs: Full of
praise for Louis van Gaal
PARIS---Guingamp beat a
dispirited Rennes 2-0 to
win the French Cup for the
second time yesterday.
Rennes was on the back
foot from the outset and
Guingamp had four chances
inside the first 20 minutes.
All of them were headers,
highlighting the vulnerabil-
ity of the Rennes defense.
Defender Jonathan Mar-
tins Pereira gave Guingamp
a deserved lead in the 37th
minute with a crisp volley
and top scorer Mustapha
Yatabare headed in his 19th
goal of the season one
minute after the interval.
Guingamp, then in the
second division, beat
Rennes 2-1 to win the
French Cup five years ago.
Rennes was looking to
win it for the third time
after successes in 1965 and
Guingamp wins French Cup
Sporting Lisbon was held
to 1-1 at Nacional in the Por-
tuguese league yesterday,
with both teams already
locked into a top-table fin-
Sporting went ahead in the
37th minute thanks to
Nacional right back Nuno
Campos' own goal.
But Nacional substitute
Diego Barcellos struck with
15 minute to play to split the
Sporting will finish run-
ner-up and go to the Cham-
pions League, while Nacional
is set to finish in fifth place
and earn a berth in the
With Benfica crowned
champion and the places for
divvied up, the attention in
Portugal turns to the bottom
of the table today.
...Sporting held to 1-1 draw at Nacional in Portugal
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