Former Newcastle defender Steven Taylor feels Salomon Rondon can make the difference for the Magpies this season. Rondon joined Newcastle on a season-long loan deal and has made an indifferent start to life on Tyneside. The Venezuela international has been in and out of the side and fitness issues have stunted his progress so far at St James’ Park. Nonetheless, there have been glimpses of the 29-year-old’s quality - notably his goal against Nottingham Forest and his assist against Manchester City - and the hope is that he can now kick on and perform on a consistent basis. Newcastle have had a difficult start to the campaign and are without a win in their first six games. Having already faced four of last season’s top six, easier games are to come for the Magpies and Taylor has backed Rondon to make the difference. “Speaking to some of the players at the start of the season, I think adding Rondon gives them pace and power in behind, which is something they have … [Read more...] about Steven Taylor picks out the player he feels can make the difference for Newcastle this season
Make the difference
prev next prev next (ANSAmed) - ROME, SEPTEMBER 6 - The 8th edition of the Women and Religions conference, titled "Making the Difference", is taking place in Rome on Thursday and Friday at the Marco Besso Foundation. The conference is an international gathering focused on dialogue and sharing among science, theology, and institutions. Italian Senator for life Liliana Segre will give a talk that advocates against "the society of hate", addressing hate speech among young people and on social media. Kate McElwee, of the Women's Ordination Conference, will speak about the battle for the ordination of women priests in the Catholic Church. The landscape of academics runs from specialists in antiquity to modern times, including Professor Orly Reiner of the Weizmann Institute, an embryonic brain development researcher. Historian Ritanna Armeni will give a talk titled "Women Can Do Everything", and journalist Leila El Houssi will lead a talk about women in Islam titled … [Read more...] about ‘Making the Difference’, 8th Women and Religions conference
Claude Puel believes James Maddison has the potential to “make the difference” for Leicester City but will need more help from his team-mates to thrive. Maddison, the £22million summer signing from Norwich, has made an impressive start to life at his new club with a couple of exciting pre-season performances . The 21-year-old was excellent in the 4-1 victory at Notts County and was the architect of most of City’s attacking play, without result, in the goalless draw against Akhisarspor in Austria on Wednesday. Maddison is showing early signs of being just what City boss Puel wants from his No.10 as he looks to get on the ball as much as possible, drop into space, and move the ball forward to split opposition defences. Puel says he is pleased with what he is seeing so far, but admits his side did not help get the best out of him against Akhisarspor. “He is getting better,” said Puel. “He worked a lot, he didn’t have a lot of balls in the … [Read more...] about Maddison needs support to ‘make the difference’ for City
My eye was caught by former Wales rugby captain Gareth Thomas’ visit to the Houses of Parliament this week to launch a bid for homophobic chanting at football matches to be made illegal. He is seeking an amendment that would make chanting or gesturing of an indecent nature which refers to sexual orientation or gender identity against the law. The current law states that “it is an offence to engage or take part in chanting of an indecent or racialist nature at a designated football match”. At the moment there is no definition of what is “indecent”, so determining whether something is indecent is considered on a case-by-case basis. Firstly I want to say I support that motion. Homophobic chanting should be dealt with the same way as any racist or unacceptable chanting. I think that would be a good thing. Homophobic or racial abuse should be dealt with accordingly and got out of the game because we don’t need it. I don’t think you hear homophobic … [Read more...] about Fans make the difference on homophobia
‘You’ve got to make sure players come here for footballing reasons’ – they were the words of Stags boss David Flitcroft this week as Mansfield Town’s squad of 20 returned for pre-season training. Comparing the two close-season activities between Flitcroft and his predecessor, I can’t help but put another tick in the box of positives for the Stags manager heading into the new campaign.Only two new additions were made by Flitcroft during the period of boredom for football fans, whereas by this stage last season, Steve Evans pretty much had all deals signed sealed and delivered. But which approach is best?Whilst we may be frustrated at a perceived lack of action from Flitcroft, he appears to me to be taking his time over signings and not dishing out big money deals, admitting he’s met with a number of players who have looked at Mansfield Town FC as a big paying team, wanting to sign for that reason rather than footballing ambition.Evans, in … [Read more...] about It’s what we can’t see that will make the difference for Stags!