Chelsea looking to build new dynasty with string of signings

first_imgChelsea are banking on a lavish shopping spree to give them more bite up front and much-needed solidity in defense after coach Frank Lampard spent last season relying heavily on a crop of inexperienced home-grown players.The Londoners have been among the Premier League’s most active buyers in the close season in stark contrast to a year ago when they were subject to a FIFA transfer ban, giving their youngsters a chance to shine.Germany striker Timo Werner arrives in London having scored 28 times in the Bundesliga for RB Leipzig last season, while international team mate Kai Havertz plays like Lampard in his pomp with runs from midfield into the box to score. There is also talk of a new goalkeeper to replace, or at least challenge, Spaniard Kepa Arrizabalaga whose erratic form contributed to the leakiest defense in the top half of the league last season.Lampard exceeded most people’s expectations in his first campaign as coach at Stamford Bridge by securing a fourth-place finish and the Champions League spot that goes with it.As well as giving a chance to young players from the academy, such as Mason Mount, Reece James, Tammy Abraham and Billy Gilmour, Lampard got United States winger Christian Pulisic to reproduce the moments of magic that Chelsea fans feared had gone when Eden Hazard was sold to Real Madrid.But Lampard was left with a tinge of disappointment as the COVID-19-interrupted season finally drew to a close.His side lost the FA Cup final to London rivals Arsenal and went out of the Champions League 7-1 on aggregate against eventual title winners Bayern Munich.The domestic league table underscored the scale of the challenge ahead – Chelsea finished a yawning 33 points behind champions Liverpool and 15 off second-placed Manchester City.Lampard, the club’s record scorer, knows he must aim higher this term, especially after such a heavy outlay on new players.”It’s Chelsea. We need to be competing for titles,” he said, knowing full well that the club’s demanding owner Roman Abramovich will be similarly impatient for progress. At the other end, England left-back Ben Chilwell and Brazil veteran Thiago Silva, moving from Leicester City and Paris St Germain respectively, should stiffen the defense.Chelsea had already snapped up Morocco winger Hakim Ziyech after he bamboozled the Londoners in last season’s Champions League group stage playing for Ajax Amsterdam.”Chelsea aren’t buying a team, they are buying and building a dynasty, which I think is extraordinarily exciting,” former Blues winger Pat Nevin told the BBC.He stressed the young ages of many of the signings.center_img Topics :last_img read more

Greater Manchester Pension Fund names first female chair

first_img“Kieran was an absolutely superb leader and chair,” Warrington said. “He had lots of energy and good ideas, was innovative, passionate and a hard worker. He didn’t expect anyone to do something he wasn’t prepared to do himself and I admired that in him.“Under his leadership the Greater Manchester Pension Fund experienced record growth and is now the biggest LGPS in the UK. He led the way on the national debate about pension fund pooling and using investment to drive growth. The UK’s largest public pension fund has named its first female chair, following the death of Kieran Quinn late last year.Councillor Brenda Warrington was appointed to lead the board of the £23bn (€26bn) Greater Manchester Pension Fund, part of the Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS).In an announcement on the fund’s website, Warrington said: “I’m quite excited about the prospect though I’m not here because I’m a woman – I’m a person who was elected to do the job and I happen to be a woman. I hope that more and more women are able to achieve senior positions and top jobs.”She added that her appointment was “tinged with sadness” following Quinn’s death.  Source: Tameside CouncilCllr Brenda Warrington, GMPF“I believe he would expect us to follow his example and continue his good work and do the very best for the people of Tameside and the members of the Greater Manchester Pension Fund.”In addition to Warrington’s appointment, councillor Gerald Cooney was appointed vice-deputy of the committee, to assist deputy chair Mike Smith.Quinn was also chair of the Local Authority Pension Fund Forum. The forum has yet to name his successor.Greater Manchester is working with the West Yorkshire and Merseyside pension funds to create the Northern Pool, which is expected to cater for more than £42bn of assets between the three schemes.last_img read more

Ninja options running dry for Global Gaming following Swedish Supreme Court rejection

first_img Spelinspektionen rejects Ninja Casino domain transfer February 12, 2020 Global Gaming granted licence review permit following Swedish appeal January 9, 2020 Related Articles Ninja collapse sees Global Gaming move to redefine business November 21, 2019 Share Submit StumbleUpon Share Stockholm-listed Global Gaming AB has suffered a further setback in reviving its flagship Ninja Casino brand, as it confirms that its ‘injunctive relief appeal’ has been rejected by Sweden’s Supreme Administrative Court.The update sees Global Gaming governance overruled for the third time by Swedish administrative courts, in relation to challenging Swedish gambling regulator Spelinspektionen’s indefinite suspension of Malta subsidiary SafeEnt the operating company of Ninja Casino.Global Gaming’s woes began on 17 June, as Spelinspektionen revoked SafeEnt’s operator licenses, having deemed its subsidiary to have been in serious breach of Swedish gambling’s AML Code and failure to meet customer care-of-duty requirements.Spelinspektionen’s suspension would be immediately challenged by Global Gaming governance, stating that SafeEnt had operated within the remit of Sweden’s new Gaming Law.Nevertheless, a summer of legal battles would see Global Gaming appeals rejected three times by Swedish courts, with its latest rebuff coming from the final court of administrative judgement for Swedish legal cases.In its update, Global Gaming noted that the Supreme Administrative Court rejected the appeal without providing any further explanation, and will turn its full attention to the ongoing judicial review.Tobias Fagerlund, CEO of Global Gaming, explained: “Although we were aware that the chances of being granted injunctive relief were limited, we are, of course, disappointed to see our appeal rejected again. Our focus is now on the judicial review of the Swedish Gambling Authority’s decision that is currently taking place.“We maintain that the decision is fundamentally wrong and disproportionate, and will show it during the process that is currently underway in the Administrative Court.”last_img read more