MANCHESTER, England (AP): Ask people to describe Swansea’s style of play and most would detail the free-flowing, possession-based approach that has been the hallmark of teams under managers such as Roberto Martinez, Brendan Rodgers and Michael Laudrup over the last decade. Some have even dubbed them “Swanselona” over the years, a reference to Swansea’s passable imitation of Barcelona’s preferred style. Bob Bradley has to decide if it’s time for a change. The American coach was hired by Swansea last week, taking charge of a team that has lost five of its last six games in the English Premier League (EPL) under the fired Francesco Guidolin and languishes in 17th place. Bradley arrives with a reputation for preferring a more pragmatic, direct style of football, which would be at odds with what Swansea typically produces. A shift in approach might just be what the team needs to stay up this season. The 58-year-old Bradley said in his presentation press conference that he likes “good, passing football” and that Swansea has been a team that is “fun to watch,” but it’s not helping at the moment. Taking the game to Manchester City and Liverpool in the last two rounds, the Swans were brave but ultimately lost both matches. They haven’t kept a clean sheet since the opening round. Next up is a trip to third-place Arsenal tomorrow, something of a daunting introduction to the Premier League for Bradley. Tightening up and being harder to beat might be the name of the game for the new coach. “Whenever there’s a change at any club, it’s a fresh start for everybody,” Bradley said yesterday. “You can see that on certain faces, that’s clear. Even at a time in a season when it’s been difficult, when there’s been managerial change, you see enthusiasm and a certain amount of excitement. “That doesn’t automatically mean because you’ve changed some things, everything’s going to come together right away. But, it’s a start.” Arsenal have won their last five games in all competitions and can be a devastating force when the team’s sprightly attacking unit containing the likes of Mesut Ozil, Santi Cazorla, Theo Walcott and Alexis Sanchez is given space to perform. Sanchez, in particular, is thriving as a so-called ‘false nine’ up front in the absence of injured striker Olivier Giroud. But Arsene Wenger’s team can struggle and get frustrated when teams sit back and defend in numbers. Bradley, an experienced, savvy coach who has watched the Premier League from afar for years, values teamwork highly and that will be needed at Emirates Stadium. “I believe he is equipped to deal with what is requested of him,” Wenger said yesterday, when asked if Bradley would be a success at Swansea. Bradley will look to continue Swansea’s good recent record against Arsenal, with three wins in their last five meetings most recently a 2-1 win at the Emirates in March. “It is a tough first game (under Bradley), but we don’t mind playing that,” Swansea defender Neil Taylor said. “We would be probably written off even if we were in form.” DEVASTATING FORCE MANCHESTER CITY VS EVERTON UNBEATEN SPURS Wayne Rooney would love nothing more than to score against Liverpool tomorrow. He may not get the chance. Rooney has started on the bench for Man United’s last two league games and was also dropped by England this week, demoted to a substitute’s role against Slovenia on Tuesday. The former Everton forward has previously said he “hates” Liverpool, comments which are regularly brought up to add an inflammatory edge to what already is traditionally the biggest game in English football. Northwest rivals United (20) and Liverpool (18) have more league titles than any other teams in the country. Liverpool are in fourth place, three points ahead of sixth-place United. LIVERPOOL VS MANCHESTER UNITED It’s a first managerial meeting tomorrow between two disciples of Johan Cruyff: Pep Guardiola and Ronald Koeman. Koeman acted as a mentor for a young Guardiola when they played together under Cruyff at Barcelona in the early 1990s, with both players central to the style desired by the late Dutch great. Now they are two of the most respected coaches around. Guardiola, in his first season in English football, has guided City to first place in the league with six wins from seven games, while Everton are in fifth place in Koeman’s first season at Goodison Park. Boosted by a 2-0 win over Manchester City last time out, second-place Tottenham protects the league’s only unbeaten record when they visit West Bromwich Albion tomorrow, when it’s also Chelsea vs Leicester, Bournemouth vs Hull, Stoke vs Sunderland and Crystal Palace vs West Ham. On Sunday, Middlesbrough host Watford and Southampton are at home to Burnley.
Dr. James Eric Appel – Advertisement – — Cape Mountainians in Americas welcome new medical doctorThe National Association of Cape Mountainians in the Americas (NACA), says it is excited about the arrival of Dr. James Eric Appel in Liberia to volunteer at St. Timothy’s Government Hospital in Robersport, Grand Cape Mount County.The Association said Dr. Appel’s presence at the hospital “is a big relief” to the county, and nearby areas in alleviating some of the medical needs of the people.In a press release issued on Sunday, December 1, 2019, NACA said it looks forward to working with Dr. Appel and Cross-Cultural Care International to help revamp the healthcare system at St. Timothy’s Hospital.The Association said the series of programs held in Robertsport to welcome Dr. Appel and his family demonstrated how appreciative the people are to receive a doctor, who will be sacrificing his comfort to take care of their medical needs.Dr. Appel, an American Family Medicine Physician, arrived in the country recently under a Cross-Cultural Care (C3) program, and is to volunteer at St. Timothy’s Hospital for five years. He is in the country along with his wife Sarah (also a Nurse) and their three children.According to globalc3.org, Dr. Appel has over 15 years to his credit performing thousands of OB/Gyn (women cases), General Surgery, and Orthopedic (bone) cases in the Republic of Chad on a completely voluntary basis.On the doctor’s connection to Cape Mount, the website said Dr. Appel took time away from his busy schedule during the Ebola Crisis in Liberia to surf in Robertsport, where he fell in love with the coastal city.While at St. Timothy’s Hospital, Dr. Appel will make the facility a “true referral hospital, and a surgical center of excellence, training Liberia’s future doctors and American volunteers,” the website said.Also, he will strengthen C3’s relationship with the Ministry of Health’s leadership in Monrovia.C3 is a USA-based nonprofit, 501 (C), international non-government organization (NGO), and is registered as such in Liberia to partner with the ministries of Health and Education by improving capacity of personnel in Grand Cape Mount County.NACA’s former Board Chairman, Dr. H. Momo Fahnbulleh, has called on his fellow Cape Mountainians to mobilize their resources to help rebuild the over 100-year-old St. Timothy’s Government Hospital.Fahnbulleh observed that the hospital has not gone through any major improvements in several years, and that Cape Mountainians in the diasporas can work with the county’s leadership to launch a capital campaign to improve conditions at the hospital, and other important public buildings that are still in ruins since civil war ended in 2003.Dr. Fahnbulleh, who made the call recently when he served as a keynote speaker at NACA’s 17th Convention in Folcroft, outside Philadelphia in Pennsylvania, named war affected facilities as the Tubman Center of African Culture and Hotel Wakorlor in Robersport.Earlier during the business session in East Lansdowne, Pennsylvania, NACA’s president Emmanuel Massaquoi spoke of efforts being made to “retool the Association” to reflect unity and cooperation among its members.He said the refusal of the past administration to officially turn over to his administration after the 2018 Convention in New York should never define the Association’s members as his administration’s priorities were to restore trust, respect, dignity and enhance effective communication as well as strengthening the various chapters.Board Chairman Abraham Kiazolu said there is an “unprecedented cooperation” between the administration and the Board of Directors and, because of this, both have achieved a lot in meeting the goals of the Association.He, however, spoke of the need for the various local presidents to encourage their respective Board members to attend meetings.During the convention, over US$20,000 was raised in cash to help with the Association’s programs.Also, several personalities were honored for their outstanding contributions to the Association and the Liberian community in Pennsylvania.It can be recalled that NACA in February and September of this year donated medical equipment and supplies to St. Timothy’s Hospital, the Sinje Clinic, as well as other clinics in Grand Cape Mount County, worth US$75,000.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)