Steve McClaren believes he could have kept Newcastle in the EPL, had he not been sacked.
The former England manager lasted just nine months as manager of the Toons and could only manage six wins from 28 matches.
McClaren has been replaced by Rafael Benitez following his dismissal.
But the 54-year-old feels that Newcastle would have retained top-flight status under his stewardship.
“I am obviously very disappointed with the decision,” McClaren said via a League Managers’ Association statement. “I appreciate any frustrations relating to the team’s results and the club subsequently finding itself in a battle to avoid relegation.
“I remain confident, however, that we would have stayed in the Premier League with a view to building for next season.
“Whilst there has been a lot of intense speculation surrounding my position over recent days, my sole priority has been to maintain my professionalism and carry on with my work to best prepare the team.
“I would like to place on record what a privilege it has been to manage Newcastle United. It is a great a club – the embodiment of the city, with incredible supporters.
“I’d also like to thank [owner] Mike Ashley and the board for giving me the opportunity to manage the club, and the staff and players for their loyalty and efforts.
“For every supporter of Newcastle United, I genuinely hope the club can produce the results I believe they are capable of, between now and the end of the season, to maintain their Premier League status.
“Newcastle United is a club that must build for the long term to deliver what the supporters deserve – success and silverware.”
I had a chance encounter with Pastor Paul Adefarasin at Elegushi, Lekki area of Lagos state last week on March 3, after 7 a.m., on my way to work. The Senior Pastor of House on the Rock helped in no small measure to ease the traffic flow along that route. I was quite impressed hence I took some pictures and wrote a short post on Facebook to commend him.
The post generated tremendous interest on the social media, in line with the primary motive of encouraging people to imbibe good leadership skills and to always add value to society. However, in total contrast to the spirit of the message, some bloggers rather chose to seize the moment to commit atrocious acts.
A Google search and analysis revealed the depth of this bizarre act. One of the culprits is the blogger, Linda Ikeji, who is generally alleged to have a notoriety for plagiarism. Words could barely convey my feelings of disappointment on seeing the watermark and seal ‘Linda Ikeji Blog’ appended to the pictures I took, which I have copyrights on and which were lifted straight off my Facebook page! There was hardly a blog that didn’t latch on to the story in varying degrees.
Stella Dimoko-korkus also partook in this. It appears that some bloggers resort to pathetic means to drive traffic to their sites. A number of them lifted my accompanying Facebook posts verbatim and also posted this on their blogs, while taking full ownership of the materials by draping their seals on the entire material. Isn’t it obvious we’re dealing with people of compromised integrity? It is bad enough to take a screenshot of my pictures, but even worse to copy the accompanying post, and publish both as content thats original to them.
I have nothing against blogging and I have benefitted from some wonderful blogs over the years. Furthermore, I blog @ www.kunleolabode.com, although the post in question was largely on my Facebook page, and wasn’t uploaded to my website. One of the bloggers also found his/her way to Nairaland to upload a screenshot of my Facebook post as well. Another blogger gave me credit for the post but erred in the appendage on the pictures. This is certainly wrong!
How did we get to this sorry pass as a nation? A country and people that do not place a high premium on intellectual work are heading for the dunghill. The phenomenon of instant gratification, without painstaking effort, is distorting lives and eroding values among the youth. It’s quite easy for my generation to cry about a lack of opportunities and blame the political elite for the decades of rot in our system, however the truth must be told that there is a lot of irresponsible behaviour among so many these days and in this clime which inhibits the sort of progress enjoyed by earlier generations.
Although, the EFCC is battling with fraud of immense proportions by ‘419ers’ and corrupt politicians, yet there is the need for us as a nation to pay closer scrutiny to the activities of some of the young men and women who nowadays have found a new line of vocation in blogging. The unfortunate thing about this group is the modus operandi employed to achieve their objectives: I’m not certain it’s just the conventional Get-Rich-Quick-Syndrome, and I sincerely believe it’s partly due to the lack of purpose and direction on the part of some. How does one explain the situation of a young man in the most productive season of his life prowling the internet for ‘just any content’ that will drive traffic to his site?
I am not certain there is a lot of knowledge or enlightenment on the subject of plagiarism and its consequences in Nigeria, otherwise it wouldn’t thrive in this manner. It is not out of place to want to upload all sorts of “interesting” content to your blog, but when you have not originally generated this content, at least kindly seek the permission of the author/owner of such, or give credit to its source in your publication. It is time for a common sense revolution in this country; I have watched, with delight, interviews with bloggers from different parts of the world on foreign media outlets. You can blog with distinction through original value driven content, and be successful. If you’re not sure of God’s purpose for your life, please seek Him out and ask; blogging is not for everyone.
This is the time for people to lend their voices towards the destruction of this cancerous outgrowth in society.
Star Producer and songwriter Del’ B – after having experimented with singles of his own in past years and singing hooks on tracks laced for Vector (we made o), Illbliss (Gidigba) plus more and even in recent times shining on DJ Neptune’s “So Nice” with Davido – comes out with a hot new offering titled “Oshe” featuring Star boy WizKid and rap street knight Reminisce, to launch the Singer side of his brand officially .
Oshe – the first of a slew of releases (solo and collaborative) to come from Del’ B this year 2016, is a fine blend of the home grown Afro-pop sound with that new school Hip-hop appeal you can dab to. A turn-up jam for the club and streets, with replay guarantee for your hot music playlists.
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Pryse is back and she is feeling herself on episode 4! Last week she claimed to be the African Nicki Minaj, this week she jumps on Nicki’s Feeling Myself featuring Beyonce.
On episode 4, Pryse addresses the recently released VJ Adams “Define Rap” featuring M.I, Ice Prince and Vector. She remains in the conversation for lyricist on the roll with her Pryseless Freestyle gaining momentum. Can’t wait to see what she does next!
Listen & download the fourth episode of The Pryseless Freestyle – ‘Feeling Myself’ here:
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The Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi, will be getting married to a second wife on Saturday, March 12.
It was gathered that the betrothed one, Wuraola Otiti Zynab Obanor, is a princess from Benin, Edo state.
Ogunwusi, who became the supreme ruler of Ife after the demise of the former king, Oba Okunade Sijuwade will tie the knot traditionally with Otiti on Saturday, March 12 at Edo Hotel, No. 4 Okada Drive, GRA Benin City, Edo State.
It will be recalled, the Monarch’s first marriage did not go well due to irreconcilable differences.
Leonardo’s Throwback photo of his happy childhood with mum, Irmelin and dad, George – Actor Leonardo di Caprio has made some people so mad, they have tagged his mum’s armpit ‘disgusting’, ‘tacky’, and ‘dirty’.
The 1976 snapshot which showed the Oscar-winning actor raised above his mother and father has ignited furious online-debate as critics and pit-shamers insulted his mother’s armpit hair which was obvious in the shot.
After it was shared on Facebook by History in Pictures Facebook, this past week, it garnered over a-hundred-thousand comments. ‘Baby Leonardo DiCaprio with his mom and dad, 1976’ was its caption.
Some of the critics said:
WTF is that under her arms?
It was the 1970s, not the 1400s.. Women shaved their armpits then. It’s obvious his parents were hippies.
Women with hair under their arms is f***ing disgusting’, while Jude Lopez agreed added: ‘Women with hairy pits are gross.
Women should know better. I shave parts of my body to please women. They should do the same. Well, they don’t have to if their butch feminist girlfriend doesn’t mind.
Many defended Irmelin, calling her pubic hair ‘natural’. They said:
It’s so funny I am part of a generation that wants to “free the nipple”, but freaks out when women have hair in their armpits. #feminism.
Why does his mom have to shave? All women grow hair under their arms. This was a different time. This was normal. And women STILL DONT have to shave to appease you! She’s not gross.
I guess some of these guys didn’t know women grew hair on their armpits. Get over it.
Irmelin was her son’s companion at the Oscars; the 73-year old looked proud to see Leonardo Di Caprio win a statue for The Revenant after which his hardly-seen father, George Di Caprio popped up for a special family union.
Both his parents attended with their respective partners.
George Di Caprio met Irmelin in New York City, 1965, while in college; they began having financial problems which tore them apart. Leonardo was born in 1974, shortly afterwards, they separated. .
Leonardo Di Caprio grew up in a very rundown neighborhood filled with prostitutes, sex shops, and drugs which spurred his parents to “give their son a wholesome upbringing”.
To achieve this, they lived adjacent each other with a shared garden to enable young Leo play in without having to choose sides.
The challenge of the stereotype that women must shave their underarms isn’t peculiar to Irmelin Di Caprio.
Julia Roberts, 48, is also famous for keeping bushy pits as she flaunted her armpit hair at the premiere of Notting Hill in 1999.
Miley Cyrus also made the list of celebrities to have revealed hairy pits.
“They have spent £300 million and they are sixth in the league. They have ended up in the Europa League after failing in a poor Champions League group. They should be competing with Barcelona, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich.
“The last thing I want for them is to be happy with finishing fourth and winning the FA Cup. That’s what Arsenal do ever year. You see them celebrate out on the pitch when they come fourth in the Premier League. That can’t happen at United.”
The Nigerian military has achieved a monumental success in the fight against insurgency in North East Zone as a wanted member of the Islamic terrorist sect, Boko Haram who was arrested by troops of 7 Multinational Joint Task Force Brigade Quick Response Group (QRG) stationed in Baga was reported dead following the fatal injury he sustained during exchange of gun fire.
Confirming the incident, the acting director of army public relations, Colonel Sani Kukasheka Usman, said that the unnamed terrorist – serial number 95 on the first list of 100 wanted Boko Haram leaders – who was arrested when the 118 Task Force Battalion sprang an ambush along Daban Masara axis used by Boko Haram terrorists elements to convey logistics died on Thursday.
Several others escaped with gunshot wounds while the leader later died of his wounds while receiving treatment at the military base.
In a related development, documents, containing 22,000 names, addresses, telephone numbers and family contacts of members of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), have been leaked to the media by a disgruntled former Free Syrian Army fighter.
It is not immediately clear how many Nigerians are on the lists and their identities. But its on record that the Nigerian security agencies have intercepted some Jihad sympathisers attempting to travel out of the country to join ISIS.
At least eighteen persons have been confirmed dead while others sustained third degree burns in an inferno at the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, following an explosion at the premises of the Bank located at Calabar Road by the Millennium Park around 11:45am on Friday.
The cause of the explosion remains unknown, however, it was gathered that many staff and visitors were trapped at the main edifice of the bank.
A source at the University of Calabar Teaching Hospital, Calabar, said that scores of injured persons were seen being brought into the emergency unit of the hospital.
“I could count up to seven people with serious burns,” the source said.
In the same vein, an Official of the Federal Fire Service at the Calabar Airport said:
“I cannot give exact figures of how many people are dead but many people were burnt beyound recognition while many sustained third degree burns; rescue operation is going on to ensure everyone is brought out soon.”
In a new episode of Osagie Alonge’s blunt narrative, #FactsOnly, he explains that the Okoye brothers, P-Square, need to break up.
He explains that Nigerians are already tired of P-Square controversies as they have fed Nigerians too much of their family disagreements right from the time of their respective marriages to their spouses in 2013.
The trial of Senate President Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki has been adjourned as the prosecution and the defence counsel have agreed on next Friday, March 18 for the argument of the motion on jurisdiction of the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT).
Newcastle United have officially relieved manager Steve McClaren of his duties at the club and a statement has been released to that effect.
The 54-year-old joined the magpies back in June 2015 and after an uninspiring campaign has been sacked.
Real Madrid’s former manager, Rafael Benitez is earmarked to replace Steve McClaren.
A club statement read: “After the defeat to Bournemouth on Saturday the club has spent some time considering its position and has today concluded that Steve McClaren’s employment with the club will end with immediate effect.
“We acknowledge that reaching this decision has taken a number of days and that this has caused uncertainty for everyone involved, in particular for Steve and the players, for which we apologise. However we felt that this time was necessary to ensure the right decisions were reached with the best interests of the club at heart.”
Managing director Lee Charnley added: “I would like to thank Steve personally for his services to Newcastle United. He is a man of integrity and class and he has conducted himself with great dignity during this difficult time.
“Steve worked tirelessly to try and bring success to Newcastle United. He has the utmost respect of all the players, staff and management and he leaves with our very best wishes and sincere thanks.
“We feel that a change is now needed in order to give the club the best possible chance of securing its Premier League future.
“A further announcement on a successor to Steve will be made in due course.”
Looks like Phyno just raised the hiphop bar a notch higher in 2016 as he dishes out the official video to his much acclaimed track “Ezege“. The video which was shot by Clarence Peters is yet another way in which Phyno keeps his craft as distinct from others as possible.
The Kastina State Police Command has arrested a middle-aged man who was allegedly caught having ‘sex’ with a horse.
The State Commissioner of Police, Alhaji Usman Abdullahi, told pressmen on Thursday that the man was arrested two nights ago near the Polo Ground in Katsina by a police patrol team.
‘’Our policemen on patrol went to the area and saw a motorcycle parked. Our officers became suspicious, while searching the area, they cited the man behind a wall naked making love to a horse. It is unfortunate for a human being to make love to an animal,’’ he said.
Meanwhile, Abdullahi said that the police recently arrested four persons over alleged drug abuse and trafficking. According to him, the suspects tried to bribe the police with N100,000, but the police rejected their offer. The CP further said that the suspects would be charged to court as soon as possible.
Abdullahi urged parents and religious leaders to intensify efforts toward instilling moral values in their children.
It was gathered that the prosecution, led by Mr. Rotimi Jacobs (SAN), had proposed 13 prosecution witnesses to testify in the case. It will be recalled, during the delivery of verdict on February 5, the Supreme Court, had paved the way for the trial to begin after dismissing the Senate President’s objection to the validity of the charges and the jurisdiction of the CCT to hear the case.
Meanwhile, the embattled Senate President, in a statement signed by Hon. Gbenga Makanjuola, the Deputy Chief of Staff to the President of the Senate, divulged to the Nigerian wider audience that as a firm believer in rule of law, he intends to totally submit himself to the due process of the law as the trial at the CCT commences today.
The statement read: “As the Nigerian carefully follows the proceedings of the case, we must all be guided by the fact that a basic scrutiny of Section 3, Paragraph D of the Act that establishes the CCT and the Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB) states in explicit terms that before any complaint (if any) is forwarded to the CCBt for adjudication, the public officer against whom a complaint is made must be given the opportunity to either deny or admit the claims.
“As it stands, Nigerians must ask why this fundamental and indispensable condition for a trial at the CCT has not been followed.
“What this means is that the condition precedent mandates that Dr. Saraki, as every other citizen of the Federal Republic of Nigeria is entitled to, should have been given the opportunity to explain any perceived inaccuracy, but he was never given the opportunity to do so.
“Secondly and more crucially, the application submitted by the Senate President draws attention to the fact that the 13-year-old declaration forms on which the majority of the impending suit is predicated, were examined and investigated by the Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB) at the time of submission and were found satisfactory to the Bureau’s requirements at the time.
“Given that for 13 years, all the documents from the Senate President’s asset declarations from 2003, 2007 and 2011 were accessible by the Bureau for investigation.
“Saraki’s application states that the condition precedence should have been drawn to it, to give the Senate President the opportunity to explain and address any identified issues.”
“In this regard, as the trial begins, Nigerians should note that this outright non-observance of the rule of law, reaffirms the belief that this trial is borne from political mischief and malice associated with the timeliness and nature of this suit.
“As the head of Nigeria’s legislative branch, Dr. Saraki is confident that justice will ultimately prevail and he is ready, willing and prepared to submit himself to all proceedings that adhere to the strict dictates of the law. He believes that the law must take its righteous course and reassures Nigerians of his commitment to serving the people of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.”