All is not well at FC Reno

first_imgWestern Bureau:Following their narrow escape from relegation in the 2015-16 Red Stripe Premier League, FC Reno head coach Michael Graham fired some stinging criticism at the attitude of club officials, which he says is the reason for the former champions yearly struggle to maintain a presence in the nation’s top league.Graham told The Gleaner, after his team’s 2-1 to UWI FC on Sunday, that the plan to return to being a force in local football circles and to once again battle for the title must never begin with the coach or the players.”That conversation must begin with the club’s executive. That winning mentality must start with those at the top and filter down to the coaches and the players,” he said.Reno struggleFC Reno have been in a state of flux over the past five seasons, creating a situation where they are either relegated from the league or struggling to avoid the drop, something they have successfully managed twice in successive seasons.But for Graham and Wendell Downswell, the club’s technical director, not much will change come next season if matters having to do with the club’s well-being are not addressed in the boardroom.”How can a club survive when there are no serious plans on how to do so? This is the current state of affairs at FC Reno. If it weren’t for Mr Downswell and I, we would all be thinking about the lower leagues, if any, at the moment,” stated Graham.He said acquisition of gears boots and ball, among other needed pieces of equipment necessary for the club to carry out training and match-day necessities, are all being sourced by him and Downswell, noting that they receive no help from those who hold “positions” in the club.”Yet these are some of our fiercest critics when the team fails to win. The fact is, unless issues at the executive level are fixed, the club is doomed to failure,” Graham said.”This is a case in which it shows how a club should not be managed,” added Graham.FC Reno were the first club to win three Premier League titles, the last of which came in the 1995 season during a period of dominance. They also won titles in 1990 and again in 1991.The Westmoreland-based club are also winners of three national knockout titles, Winning the now named Flow Champions Cup in 2014. But since then, they have endured two seasons of utter chaos, resulting in near relegation.last_img read more

Bengal government to provide job for Swapna Barman after Asiad heroics

first_imgThe West Bengal government has decided to provide Asian Games gold medallist with a job. On Wednesday, Swapna Barman created history, becoming the first Indian to win a gold in heptathlon at Asian Games.Barman aggregated 6026 points from seven events spread over two days.In fact, Barman braved severe toothache for two days to produce the best performance of her career. Throughout her competition, her right cheek was taped but Barman showed no signs of weakness as she finished with a gold medal.The tape was used by Barman to tackle the severe toothache, which threatened to throw her campaign off tracks. Her discomfort was clearly visible during the shot put event when she was seen regularly feeling her cheek.Pleased with her feat, the West Bengal government has now decided to provide Barman with a government job.Also read – How Swapna Barman braved serious pain to create Asian Games history#Bengal discovered the talented @Swapna_Barman96 & recognised her skills. She received the Banga Ratna award in 2013.Swapna trains at the Biswa Bangla Krirangan, a sporting infrastructure set up by @mamataofficial. This has immensely helped the champion in her training. 1/2Derek O’Brien (@derekobrienmp) August 30, 2018#Bengal discovered the talented @Swapna_Barman96 & recognised her skills. She received the Banga Ratna award in 2013.Swapna trains at the Biswa Bangla Krirangan, a sporting infrastructure set up by @mamataofficial. This has immensely helped the champion in her training. 1/2Derek O’Brien (@derekobrienmp) August 30, 20182013-2018… and now, beyond. Yes. #Bengal govt & @MamataOfficial will do all it takes @Swapna_Barman96 https://t.co/YJHp90ZyTDadvertisementDerek O’Brien (@derekobrienmp) August 30, 2018After her event, Barman said she was suffering from pain two days before her event started.Also read – Swapna Barman wins India’s first ever gold in heptathlon”It started paining two days before the event. It was severe but I could not let years of hard work go waste. So I forgot the pain and gave my best,” Barman told news agency PTI after winning India’s fifth gold in Athletics.”First day, I thought I won’t be able to compete. It was unbearable. I thought what will happen to my hard work, I had to do it. I forgot the pain.”That’s not all.Barman has six toes on both her feet and to make matter worse she had to compete wearing normal shoes. Barman had to try out locally manufactured shoes before reverting to the standard-sized footwear.last_img read more