huge blow no dice Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade MONEY Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions McCann leaves Dundee bottom of the Premiership Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury Dundee have sacked manager Neil McCann after their poor start to the season.Reports had claimed the club planned to appoint an experienced assistant to help the 44-year-old former television pundit, who took charge 18 months ago. RANKED REVEALED Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade The club stated that attempts to support their manager had fallen through and the timing – after a week’s international break – suggests a disagreement over the way forward for the coaching set-up lies behind McCann’s departure.A club statement read: “The club can confirm that manager Neil McCann has left the club.“We have explored alternative options to support the management staff recently but unfortunately these did not come to fruition. “Assistant manager Graham Gartland has been relieved from his role.”Dundee are bottom of the Premiership table after losing seven of their first eight games. They also suffered home defeats to Championship sides Dunfermline and Ayr in the Betfred Cup.McCann initially took charge on an interim basis, steering Dundee away from relegation danger in the final five matches of the 2016-17 season.The Tayside club finished ninth last term but some summer signings have struggled to make a significant impact this season. 2 REVEALED BEST OF Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won 2 ADVICE Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move McCann has lost his job at Dundee McCann’s final game in charge was a 2-1 home defeat by Kilmarnock, the winner coming courtesy of a penalty which cost visiting winger Jordan Jones a two-match ban for diving.Dundee have made no announcement on who will take caretaker charge ahead of their Premiership clash with Livingston on Saturday.Recent Livi manager Kenny Miller is their most experienced player but they also have former Airdrie manager Jimmy Boyle as reserve-team coach and head of their youth academy, while former skipper James McPake is under-18s coach.McCann is the third Premiership boss to lose his job already this season following Miller and Alan Stubbs at St Mirren.
“Many families are still not in permanent housing, and now it’s rainy season,” Egeland lamented. Foreign governments pledged billions of dollars to rebuild after the killer waves smashed into the province’s coastlines, claiming 131,000 lives and leaving a half-million people homeless. “We did well in the emergency phase,” Egeland said of international relief efforts, as well as all that was done by the Indonesian government and Acehnese themselves to get survivors into tents and other makeshift shelters. “But the reconstruction went slower than we had hoped.” Egeland traveled to Aceh after touring earthquake-devastated areas in Pakistan. Tens of thousands of people still live in refugee camps in rubble-strewn lots, their canvas tents flapping in the wind. The rainy season, which started this month, has made their situation all the more dire. Egeland appealed to international aid organizations in Aceh, “many of which have quite a lot of money,” to work together more closely. Last month, the United Nations released a draft action plan that called for the construction of 15,000 prefabricated homes in Aceh over the next six months for families still living in tent camps.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! BANDA ACEH, Indonesia – Reconstruction in tsunami-ravaged Aceh province is moving too slowly and aid groups must work together more closely to get survivors out of tents and into permanent housing, a top U.N. official said Sunday. Jan Egeland, the U.N. undersecretary-general and emergency relief coordinator, said that, while much was done in the immediate aftermath of the Dec. 26 tsunami to provide temporary relief to survivors, more needs to be done – and quickly. “Many organizations and agencies thought, once they were able to provide emergency shelter and tents in January and February, it would be possible to provide permanent housing,” he said after touring the province’s western coast. “That was a miscalculation,” he said, noting that poor infrastructure, from roads to ports, has added to their problems.
Kelvin Sampson, the former coach of Indiana, has taken over as interim Houston Rockets coach Kevin McHale, who took a leave of absence on Saturday to deal with a family matter.Sampson said McHale called him Saturday afternoon and asked him to coach the team.”Hopefully whatever the family matter is, it gets taken care of,” Sampson said. ”That’s the most important thing.”There is no timetable for the return of the second-year coach and Hall of Fame player.Rockets general manager Daryl Morey didn’t provide any further details on the specifics of the situation, but expressed his concern for McHale.”Kevin is a devoted family man who is needed back home in Minnesota at the moment,” Morey said. ”The Rockets organization will keep Kevin and his family in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.”Sampson said he addressed the players in a film session Saturday afternoon and that he hopes they can use this setback as a positive.”Oftentimes in life we have things happen to us, and we have to make decisions on how we’re going to react to them,” Sampson said. ”This is one of those times. We lost our leader. I think we can use this as a catalyst to bring us together and fight for him.”Sampson was thinking more about McHale than worrying about his task of coaching Houston against the Pistons before Saturday night’s game. He said the fact that there weren’t high expectations for the Rockets entering this season makes stepping in easier.”I don’t think it’s that challenging,” he said. ”We have a young team and we have a new team. I think it would be a lot more challenging if we were … the No. 1 ranked team in the league. That might be a little more challenging. We’re still growing.”Sampson is in his second season with the Rockets after spending three years as an assistant with the Milwaukee Bucks.
policeIn the latest promotion in the police administration, 96 additional superintendents of police (SPs) have been elevated to the rank of superintendent of police, reports UNB.The home ministry issued a notification on Thursday in this regard.According to the notification signed by deputy secretary Md Ilias Hossain of the home ministry, the order will come into immediate effect.