Everton manager Roberto Martinez insists it is ridiculous he should be criticised for utilising loan players to supplement his squad. Last week Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger branded the system “indefensible”, suggesting loans between top-flight sides either be banned or that players should be allowed to face their parent clubs. More media scrutiny followed after Everton beat the Gunners last weekend to set up the chance to move into the top four on Saturday with a victory at bottom side Sunderland, and there appears to be a growing focus on the loan deals Martinez made at the start of the season. But the Spaniard dismissed any criticism being aimed in their direction. “I accept everyone’s opinion but the loan system has to be part of the game,” he said. “Clearly from our point of view the loan system was vital as we needed it to finish our squad and to criticise that would be ridiculous. “If you can be creative with the way you can use your resources that is part of the game. “The two young players (Romelu Lukaku and Gerard Deulofeu) needed the opportunity to develop and Gareth Barry has come in and his experience has been very important. “Loanees will never be successful unless you have a strong core of players and that is what we have. “What is difficult is finding a loan relationship which works because not all of these have been successful, so it has its pros and cons.” There has probably been more focus on Everton because the players brought in on loan have all played pivotal roles this season. Press Association But there has been far more to the Toffees’ success with the rapid progress of England Under-21 defender John Stones, currently deputising for injured captain Phil Jagielka, a case in point. Martinez has also enhanced the games of 20-year-old England international Ross Barkley and Republic of Ireland midfielder James McCarthy, whom he brought with him from Wigan for £13million in the summer. He said sometimes the root cause of the high number of available loans was a combination of big-spending clubs stockpiling players and poor choices by the youngsters in the first place. “You could find many examples of players who have not been treated fairly just because they are not part of the club’s long-term future and are seen just as part of a support squad,” he added. “Sometimes young players get attracted to the glamorous name of a club but you need to be realistic. “Some clubs have very much in mind the idea of developing young players and giving them opportunities and we want to believe we are one of those. “We have had, at times, four under-21s in the line up and two on the bench and that is an unknown quality. “Other teams are very much about first-team affairs and development players are completely separate so it can be very difficult for a young player to have an opportunity in the first team. “Your decision when you are accepting to be part of a club to develop your career has to be about the long-term possibilities of becoming a professional football. “You will always get the top clubs investing a huge amount of money thinking about the progress of the first team and not a young player, which is a real shame.” Matches in England this weekend will kick-off seven minutes later than originally scheduled as a mark of respect to the 96 people who lost their lives in the Hillsborough disaster, whose 25th anniversary is next week. Martinez will speak at the memorial service at Anfield, which will also be simultaneously televised live at Goodison Park. “It is a very important gesture from the whole league and everyone in world football to pay their respects to what happened 25 years ago,” said the Everton manager on the decision to delay kick-offs. “We will have the opportunity to have our own service at Goodison alongside the one at Anfield and we very much have it in mind to pay our respects and every Evertonian will have the opportunity to do that. “It is an important week in terms of showing our respect and giving all the support we can to the families and be all together in these moments.” Jagielka will feature in a behind-closed-doors 90-minute game to test his fitness before Martinez decides whether he is ready to return from a hamstring problem. The Toffees boss said it is expected the England centre-back will be ready to return in the next 10 days but he is unlikely to feature at Sunderland.
PRESIDENT of the Guyana Badminton Association (GBA), Gokarn Ramdhani was elected vice-president of the Caribbean Regional Badminton Confederation (CAREBACO) when the regional body held its Annual General Meeting (AGM) last Saturday at the National Racquet Centre in Tacarigua, Trinidad and Tobago.After serving for the past four years as General Secretary, he was moved up to the vice-president post. He was unanimously voted in, and will now serve in the post for the next two years.Trinidad’s Rahul Rampersaud was elected to serve as president, while Ramdhani is replaced as secretary by Navin Gayapersad also from Trinidad and Tobago. Suriname’s ReDon Coulor will serve as treasurer, while the committee members are Barbadians Elius Fanus and Andrew Clarke and Aruba’s Terence Sybesma.Ramdhani, who served as manager and head coach of the 9-member team that won 8 medals (3 gold, 2 silver and 3 bronze) at the just concluded CAREBACO Junior Championships, is very happy that Guyana can once again be on the executive board of CAREBACO.
Speaking at a press conference yesterday as part of activities lined up for his inauguration as the new Archbishop of Abuja Archdiocese, Kaigama said he would give priority to his priestly duties while also attacking some social ills as it becomes necessary“I am not coming as a social critic or political analyst. I am not setting out to be another government. I will be concerned about happenings in Nigeria. I am not going to be hunting for problems but when problems come, I will tackle them in my priestly character and identity as much as I can. People will be disappointed if they want me to be a replica of Onaiyeikan.“I will rely on what my predecessor has done and his wise counsel. People will be disappointed if they want a replica of Onaiyekan. In exercising my priesthood, I will be a prophet attacking ills, social vices and anything that is not helpful to the development of the country,” he said.Speaking on the effect of corruption, Kaigama lamented that people are going hungry in the country due to corruption, saying little or no success has been recorded in the fight against corruption under the President Muhammadu Buhari administration.He said: “People are poor, if not for corruption, there will be equitable distribution of resources and people will be living above the poverty line but corruption is weakening our system. We need to minimise the effect of corruption. They say that corruption fights those who fight it, nevertheless we have to keep fighting corruption.”While expressing gratitude to God for sparing his life and lifting him to his present position, the outgoing Archbishop, Cardinal John Onaiyekan, said he has done his best to shepherd the flock put in his care in Abuja Archdiocese, adding that he rose from a little known town of Kabba in Kogi State to become the Archbishop and later a Cardinal.The retiring Archbishop, however, said he would continue to be vocal on happenings in the country until things get better. He tasked his successor to work hard to keep pace with the development taking place in the Federal Capital Territory.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram * Onaiyekan; I’ll keep talking till Nigeria gets betterOnyebuchi Ezigbo in AbujaThe incoming Archbishop of the Catholic Archdiocese of Abuja, His Grace Archbishop Ignatius Kaigama, has said he would adopt his own style of leadership in discharging his assignment. Most Rev. Ignatius Kaigama