Press Association Martinez played alongside and managed Monk at Swansea. And the Spaniard said on Thursday ahead Saturday’s league clash between Everton and the Swans at the Liberty Stadium: “I’m a big admirer of what Garry Monk has done. “I don’t see another manager who has had such a big influence over the last three seasons – taking different roles, having to stabilise the team, giving them direction, and avoiding relegation. “He then had a full season and achieved their best-ever finish in the Premier League, and is now following that with a really strong start to this season with different personnel – for me, it has been a very, very impressive job he has done. “The team play with a strong philosophy, but they are very flexible and always competitive. “I think in the last game they played at home they deserved to beat Manchester United and that speaks volumes about where Swansea are and where they can go. You feel under Garry there are many good things ahead.” Asked if he still spoke to Monk much, Martinez added: “No, because unfortunately a manager’s life is very busy. “But I have incredible affection and respect for him. Whenever I see him it feels like you’ve never been out of touch.” Monk took charge at the Welsh outfit in February 2014 after Michael Laudrup’s departure and three months later was handed a three-year deal with Barclays Premier League survival having been secured. In 2014-15 the club then achieved their highest-ever finish in the division of eighth – which led to another new contract for Monk – and they are currently in the same spot this term having made a decent start to the campaign, including a 2-1 win over Manchester United. Everton boss Roberto Martinez feels no manager has had as big an influence on their club in recent times as his Swansea counterpart Garry Monk. Meanwhile, Martinez – whose side are seventh – has reported positive news on the fitness of Seamus Coleman and Muhamed Besic. Defender Coleman and midfielder Besic came off in Saturday’s impressive 3-1 home victory over Chelsea due to hamstring problems, but Martinez said: “Both are reacting really well to treatment. I wouldn’t rule any of the two out for the next game.” Defender Bryan Oviedo (knee) is expected to be ready to make his return in Tuesday’s Capital One Cup game at Reading, while it remains to be seen exactly when midfielder Darron Gibson’s first-team comeback arrives after he featured for the Under-21s on Monday as he stepped up his recovery from a foot problem. That match, a 1-1 draw with Sunderland, saw Uruguayan forward Leandro Rodriguez score for a second successive under-21s fixture following his move from River Plate Montevideo last month. And asked on Thursday about the prospect of the 22-year-old featuring for the Everton first-team, Martinez said: ”I’ve been very impressed with him and I don’t expect him to be too far away from being in contention.”
The boss says it’d be great to claim his first piece of silverware since taking charge.Waterford manager Derek McGrath says Tipperary’s achievements so far in the championship have been undervalued.Throw in on Sunday is at 4 o’clock….Tipp FM will have full live coverage, getting underway shortly after 3 in association with Mulcahy Car Sales, Ardcroney, NenaghTipp FM will also bring you live coverage of the Munster Minor Hurling Championship Final between Tipperary and Limerick from 2 o’clock on Sunday with thanks to O’Connell’s Centra, Church Street, Templemore. Tipperary manager Michael Ryan says winning Sunday’s Munster senior hurling final would be a huge boost for his side.The Upperchurch-Drombane club man’s charges face Waterford in the provincial decider.Tipp had five points to spare over the Déise in last year’s final at Semple Stadium.
160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Fatal shootings at U.S. colleges or universities in recent years. _April 16, 2007: A gunman fatally shoots 32 people in a dorm and a classroom at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Va. The gunman kills himself. _Sept. 2, 2006: Douglas W. Pennington, 49, kills himself and his two sons, Logan P. Pennington, 26, and Benjamin M. Pennington, 24, during a visit to the campus of Shepherd University in Shepherdstown, W.Va. _Oct. 28, 2002: Failing University of Arizona Nursing College student and Gulf War veteran Robert Flores, 40, walks into an instructor’s office and fatally shoots her. A few minutes later, armed with five guns, he enters one of his nursing classrooms and kills two more of his instructors before fatally shooting himself. _Jan. 16, 2002: Graduate student Peter Odighizuwa, 42, recently dismissed from Virginia’s Appalachian School of Law, returns to campus and kills the dean, a professor and a student before being tackled by students. The attack also wounds three female students. _Aug. 28, 2000: James Easton Kelly, 36, a University of Arkansas graduate student recently dropped from a doctoral program after a decade of study and John Locke, 67, the English professor overseeing his coursework, are shot to death in an apparent murder-suicide. _Aug. 15, 1996: Frederick Martin Davidson, 36, a graduate engineering student at San Diego State, is defending his thesis before a faculty committee when he pulls out a handgun and kills three professors. _Nov. 1, 1991: Gang Lu, 28, a graduate student in physics from China, reportedly upset because he was passed over for an academic honor, opens fire in two buildings on the University of Iowa campus. Five University of Iowa employees killed, including four members of the physics department, two other people are wounded. The student fatally shoots himself. _July 12, 1976: Edward Charles Allaway, a custodian in the library of California State University, Fullerton, fatally shoots seven fellow employees and wounds two others. Mentally ill, Allaway believed his colleagues were pornographers and were forcing his estranged wife to appear in their movies. He was found guilty of six counts of first-degree murder and one count of second-degree murder and committed to the state mental health system. _May 4, 1970: Four students were killed and nine wounded by National Guard troops called in to quell anti-war protests on the campus of Kent State University in Ohio. _Aug. 1, 1966: Charles Whitman points a rifle from the observation deck of the University of Texas at Austin’s Tower and begins shooting in a homicidal rampage that goes on for 96 minutes. Sixteen people are killed, 31 wounded.