We have sent a message, says McCleary

first_imgATLANTA, Georgia: Reggae Boy Garath McCleary says big teams in world football should take note of Jamaica’s historic win over the United States at the Georgia Dome. The Jamaicans beat the United States of America (USA) for the first time, winning 2-1 in the CONCACAF Gold Cup football semi-final on Wednesday to qualify for the final for the first time. Strikers Darren Mattocks (31st) and Giles Barnes (36th) scored goals five minutes apart for Jamaica, while Michael Bradley scored for the United States at the 48th minute. “This team can go as far as we want, and I hope world football has really taken notice today. The US has beaten some really big teams in the past and no one expected it,” McCleary said of Jamaica’s win over the 34th-ranked Americans, who have won the Gold Cup on five of the 12 tournaments. “We’re in the final and anything is possible. If we dream it and we believe it, anything can happen,” he added. The Reggae Boyz, ranked 76 by FIFA, are now the first Caribbean country to qualify for the Gold Cup final. They had been to the semis twice: in 1993 when they placed joint third; and 1998 when Jamaica also created history by reaching the World Cup Finals for the first time. “Over the moon!” was McCleary’s first reaction to Wednesday’s win. “They had not lost for 26 games, we’d been underdogs from the very beginning when we first kicked the ball. Even people right at the top didn’t believe we’d get this far, but we’re here. – A.B.last_img read more

‘We’ve seen this before in cricket’ – Windies U19s happy as controversial run-out seals win against Zimbabwe

first_imgCHITTAGONG, Bangladesh (CMC): West Indies stormed into the quarter-final of the Under-19 World Cup with a dramatic two-run win over Zimbabwe amid controversy over a disputed run-out at Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium, Chittagong here yesterday. The Caribbean’s side victory stunned a crestfallen Zimbabwe and is being overshadowed by what is known as the “Mankad” controversy. Windies pacer Keemo Paul broke the stumps and appealed for a run-out against non-striker, Richard Ngarava, at the start of the final over of the innings. Ngarava, whose bat appeared to be on the line as the bails came off, was given out after the umpires referred the situation to video review. “Cricket is a game of glorious uncertainties,” declared the West Indies captain, Shimron Hetmyer. “We’ve seen this in cricket before. It’s probably not in the spirit of the game, but we’re happy to have won.” A blazing half century from Shamar Springer and a destructive four-wicket haul from Alzarri Joseph highlighted the West Indies victory, which at one stage seemed beyond their reach. Springer top scored with 61 from 69 balls, smashing seven fours and two sixes as Zimbabwe, who chose to field, restricted West Indies to 226 for nine from 50 overs. Springer and Tevin Imlach, who scored 31, compiled 45 runs for the fourth wicket to help rebuild the innings, which slipped to 97 for the loss of three wickets. Imlach struck three fours in a patient and stubborn knock in which he also shared an opening stand of 42 with Gidron Pope, who gathered 30. A fiery spell from pacer Alzarri Joseph, four for 30, rocked the Zimbabwe top-order, reducing them to 97 for the loss of three wickets. However, opener Shaun Snyder with a top score of 52 and middle order batsmen Adam Keefe chimed in with 43 as Zimbabwe appeared to be coasting to their target nicely placed at 209 for six with five overs remaining. But when Springer returned to break a 62-run stand between Keefe and Wesley Madhevere in the 45th over the tide turned in favour of the West Indies. Springer, who picked up two for 16 and was named Man-of-the-Match, trapped Keefe lbw and then bowled Madhevere for 21, while Rugare Magarira was run out for a duck to leave the last pair needing 10 more for victory. The young Zimbabwe cricketers inched within three runs of victory, only to have their plans spoiled when Paul removed the bails. “We got so close, no comment about it. I don’t have anything to say right now,” said the Zimbabwe captain, Brandon Mavuta. “No comment.” Although the dismissal was within the rules of the game, departures of this kind tend to revive debate about sportsmanship. Mankadding was named after the Indian player Vinoo Mankad, who removed the bails to claim a run-out against a non-striker in Australia in 1947. Two years ago, Sri Lanka’s Sachithra Senanayake ran out Jos Buttler of England in similar fashion during a one-day international at Edgbaston. SCOREBOARD WEST INDIES U19s G Pope lbw b Magarira             30 T Imlach†          c †Murray b Madhevere            31 K Carty c †Murray b Madhevere            8 S Hetmyer*       run out (Matigimu)                    17 S Springer        st †Murray b Ives                      61 J Goolie            run out (Mashinge/Magarira)                  12 K Paul  c & b Mavuta               14 M Frew lbw b Magarira             7 R John  not out  16 A Joseph          c & b Magarira             0 O Smith            not out  16 Extras   (lb 1, w 10, nb 3)           14 Total    (9 wickets; 50 overs)      226 Fall of wickets 1-42, 2-55 , 3-85, 4-130, 5-164 , 6-171 , 7-188 , 8-191, 9-191. Bowling: Ngarava 5-0-41-0 (3nb, 2w), Mashinge 5-0-26-0 (2w), Magarira 10-1-28-3 (1w), Madhevere 10-0-48-2, Matigimu 6-0-33-0, Mavuta 10-0-34-1 (4w), Ives 4-0-15-1. ZIMBABWE U19s Zimbabwe Under-19s innings (target: 227 runs from 50 overs) S Snyder          lbw b Pope                  52 B Sly    b Joseph                     5 R Murray†         b Joseph                     4 J Ives   c Goolie b Frew            37 W Mashinge      c †Imlach b Joseph                  23 A Keefe            lbw b Springer              43 B Mavuta*         c †Imlach b Joseph                  1 W Madhevere    b Springer                    21 K Matigimu       not out  10 R Magarira        run out (Hetmyer)                      0          – R Ngarava         not out  1 Extras   (b 4, lb 8, w 14, nb 1)     27 Total     (all out; 49 overs)          224 Fall of wickets 1-36, 2-46, 3-97, 4-143, 5-145, 6-147, 7-209 , 8-217, 9-217, 10-224. Bowling: Joseph 10-1-30-4 (1nb, 2w), John 3-0-22-0 (1w), Smith 3-0-24-0 (2w), Goolie 10-2-30-0(1w), Pope 8-0-38-1, Frew 5-0-20-1(1w), Paul 6-1-32-0(2w), Springer 4-0-16-2(1w). Result: West Indies U19s won by two runs. Points: West Indies Under 19s (two), Zimbabwe Under 19s (0) Man-of-the-Match: Alzarri Joseph Toss:Zimbabwe Under 19s Umpires: A Raza, P Jones.last_img read more

San Beda beats Perpetual, goes to NCAA volleyball Finals for first time

first_imgJiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina San Beda Red Lions. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netSan Beda advanced to the championship round for the first time after denying University of Perpetual Help,  25-21, 25-15, 25-23, in the Final Four of the NCAA Season 93 women’s volleyball tournament on Friday.The Lady Red Spikers, though, nearly fought a longer battle after trailing 19-16 in the third set but managed to take control anew with a 23-21 lead off an error from the Lady Altas.ADVERTISEMENT Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Hawks complete late rally to stun Spurs Isabela students make facemasks, bake pastries for Taal eruption refugees SEA Games 2019: Rubilen Amit finally beats Chezka Centeno for 9-ball gold (HIGHLIGHTS) PLAY LIST 05:05SEA Games 2019: Rubilen Amit finally beats Chezka Centeno for 9-ball gold (HIGHLIGHTS)00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Perpetual Help still tied the game at 23 after  miscue from Ella Viray, before Sattriani Espiritu put San Beda at the match point with a booming quick kill and Jowie Albert Verzosa gave the winning-point as she sent the ball straight to the net.“This is a great feeling because all the hard work the team put into the tournament finally paid off,” said San Beda head coach Nemesio Gavino in Filipino. “I told the players to slug it out in the third set and I was confident that they can do it.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Irving, Brown lead Celtics to OT win over Wizards Luka Doncic uncorks eight 3s to help Mavs fend off Blazers Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Kendrick Nunn continues to shine as Heat torch Thunder View comments Grizzlies push streak to 7 wins after beating Cavs Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MOST READ SPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk“I know my players’ attitude and they will give it their all no matter who the opponent is.”Nieza Viray poured in 16 points to lead all scorers for San Beda while skipper Cesca Raqraquin and Ella combined for 16 points. Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed Cindy Imbo and Clemente had nine points apiece to lead the Lady Altas.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

Egypt keeper, oldest World Cup player, quits national team

first_imgNadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Peza offers relief to ecozone firms Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs MOST READ ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial beginscenter_img FILE – In this file photo dated Monday, June 25, 2018, Egypt goalkeeper Essam El Hadary deflects a penalty during the group A match between Saudi Arabia and Egypt at the 2018 soccer World Cup at the Volgograd Arena in Volgograd, Russia. In a social media announcement, the 45-year old Egypt goalkeeper Essam El Hadary said he is retiring from the national team after becoming the oldest man to play in a World Cup match. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic, FILE)CAIRO — Egypt goalkeeper Essam El Hadary is retiring from the national team after becoming the oldest man to play in a World Cup match.El Hadary started the World Cup as Egypt’s backup goalkeeper, but he played in his team’s final group match in Russia, saving a penalty in the 2-1 loss to Saudi Arabia on June 25.ADVERTISEMENT Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew “After 22 years, four months and 12 days, I saw it as the best moment to hang up my gloves,” the 45-year-old El Hadary wrote on Facebook. “This is a moment I didn’t want to come … I am very proud to have played with the national team in 159 internationals, participating in unprecedented achievements.”El Hadary made his debut for the national team in 1996. He won four African Cup of Nations titles with Egypt, including three straight with him as goalkeeper in 2006, 2008 and 2010.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’Teammate Mohamed Salah hailed the veteran goalkeeper on Twitter.“A new legend from a great golden generation is leaving us,” the Liverpool forward wrote Tuesday. In Russia, El Hadary overtook Faryd Mondragon, who was 43 when he came on as a late substitute in Colombia’s 4-1 victory over Japan four years ago at the World Cup in Brazil.El Hadary, who will continue to play for Egyptian club Ismaili, first rose to prominence with Cairo club Al-Ahly, but he fell out with management and left in 2008 for Switzerland. Since then, El Hadary he has become something of a soccer nomad, playing for several clubs in Egypt, Sudan and Saudi Arabia.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Philippines holds off China to stay perfect in Fiba U18 Asian Championshiplast_img read more

PPP scolds Ramjattan over decision to release 90+ prisoners

first_imgThe Opposition People’s Progressive Party (PPP) has lambasted Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan over his decision to release more than 90 prisoners, questioning whether this is a right decision to make in a society where crime isPublic Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattanwreaking havoc and citizens live in fear of criminals.“Did this minister consider the ramifications of releasing 90 prisoners into a depressing economic environment where unemployment and hopelessness are on the increase?” the PPP questioned in a statement last night.“Worse yet, it is now public knowledge that Minister Ramjattan lied to the nation when he informed us that the prisoners whom he released were convicted of non-violent crimes and were scheduled to be released during this month and the first week in the month of August,” the PPP contended.That party has noted that information which is now in the public domain has debunked Minister Ramjattan’s assertion made in regard to those who have been released.The PPP has said it is now public knowledge that, apart from persons convicted of serious sexual offences and other violent crimes being released by this minister, repeat offenders with as much as 2 years left on their sentences have also been released.The Party contends that this “deliberate and gross deception alone” should be the basis for Minister Ramjattan’s resignation or dismissal, let alone the other abovementioned aggravating factors.“We await a response from the President,” the party has added.“As the dust from the debris of the Camp Street Prison inferno begins to settle, serious constitutional and legal issues are arising, which have grave public safety implications that will affect the lives and livelihoods of the citizens of our country.“We feel compelled to raise these issues, not only with the hope of eliciting answers and actions, but more importantly to give them public exposure, lest they are swept under the carpet of political propaganda,” the PPP stated.“Our Constitution is constructed upon the doctrine of Separation of Powers, which dictates that the grant of bail is an exclusively judicial act, which must begin and end within the four corners of the judiciary. Yet we have witnessed Minister Khemraj Ramjattan being reported in the press as saying that he instructed magistrates to grant bail to nearly two dozen prisoners.“This blatant violation of our Constitution strikes at the heart of our democracy. It lays the foundation for the highly dangerous precedent of the Executive instructing the Judiciary on any given matter in the interest of political expediency.”The PPP has said that if this travesty is not denounced in the strongest possible terms, it means that Guyana is rapidly travelling along the road to perdition.“Again, it exposes the authoritarianism of this administration, its natural instinct to subvert the rule of law, and (its) obsession with perverting the independence of our Judiciary”, the PPP has said.It is in the “face of tragedies that we need our laws, our Constitution and our important national institutions to hold firmest; not be manipulated, compromised and violated at the altar of political expedience and manifest governmental incompetence”, The PPP contends.According to the party, the discretion to grant bail is governed by established legal principles, such as whether the offence is bailable; the prevalence of the offence; the antecedents of the offender; whether the offender is a flight risk; and whether the offender, if granted bail, would commit any acts which would prejudice a fair trial, such as interfering with, or intimidating, witnesses.“It must be presumed that these factors were taken into account when bail was refused in the first place,” the PPP posited.“Were these the factors which influenced the grant of bail to these remanded prisoners? If so, these magistrates must be called upon to say what were the changed circumstances which allowed the grant of bail in accordance with very legal principles. If another reason was used as the basis for the grant of bail, then it is purely illegal.“The horrific reality is that anytime a person is refused bail and remanded to prison, there may now be a temptation to use fire as a basis to secure bail. Indeed, it is apparent that fire is already seen by prisoners as an effective vehicle to address their grievances. In fact, this strategy has yielded them great success over the last 2 years.Merely a few days after the Camp Street fires, fire erupted at Lusignan, as a protestation against garbage and flooding in the facilities where the prisoners were held. Again, it was rewarded with immediate success, as a clean-up campaign (was) started. The Leader of the Opposition has already warned against the dangers of this “moral-hazard” approach”, the PPP said.last_img read more

Photos and Video from the scene of the RCMP Fatal Shooting near Fort St. John

first_imgEnergeticcity.ca staff were on scene this morning of a fatal RCMP shooting near the farming community of Buick Creek.  Below are several photos from the scene, where the investigation is underway.  For more on this story, Click Here We hope to learn more about Wednesday’s shooting at a press conference later today.  The photos below show the area the shooting and RCMP crews that remain on scene investigating the shooting.  Below you will also find video from the scene.– Advertisement –last_img

Need more disclosure

first_imgCanyon Country Driving them away Re “Officials soft-pedal cop threat” (March 3): Who suggested or ordered this asinine proposal? The gang problem is the largest criminal problem in Los Angeles. The officers who work the anti-gang units are our first line of defense. Why would anyone take a job for which they had to agree to have their personal finances disclosed? They say that the disclosures wouldn’t be made public. Did you ever hear “undisclosed sources say”? If we are going to disclose personal finances, let’s start with the judge who ordered it, then with all politicians, political appointees and attorneys who handle criminal cases. I’ll bet you that we would find more fraud and criminal activity than we would ever find in an anti-gang unit. Los Angeles needs more police. This is a good reason for a candidate to go someplace else. – Hank Petroski Granada Hills Mayor placing blame Re “Mayor urges more accountability for school district” (Feb. 2): Let me get this straight. The mayor is claiming the incident involving the teenage tagger, who got caught, illustrates the need for greater accountability by the Los Angeles Unified School District. I suppose if the district supplied the spray paint or if the teenager lived at the school, then the district would be responsible. But this young man has parents or a parent who must have supplied him with the means to purchase spray paint. When is the mayor going to stop blaming the school and recognize that the behavior of students is the responsibility of the parents? The mayor needs to concentrate on the job he was elected to do – govern the city of Los Angeles – and stop trying to manage the LAUSD. – Harriet C. Kenion Lake View Terrace Doesn’t bother them? Please, tell me that the photograph of Baghdad we see on Sunday’s edition, Page 14, is a staged set for a movie being shot in that city. If it is for real, then that photo is the most depressing example of the failure of the Cheney-Bush administration. How can these two people sleep? – Dante F. Rochetti West Hills The mentor mayor Re “Mayor urges more accountability for school district” (Feb. 2): So Mayor “Villarai-pose-a” is going to mentor “Zero,” the bus tagger. It seems that he doesn’t need all that much mentoring from the mayor. He already knows how to get publicity and have his photograph in the newspapers and on television. All he really needs now is a pearly-white set of capped teeth and custom-tailored hooded sweat shirts. – Marshall Barth Encino It’s a start Re “Levine wants to put teeth in pet population control” (March 2): Assemblyman Lloyd Levine’s proposition that would require owners of dogs and cats who are not breeders to have their pets spayed or neutered may not be a perfect piece of legislation, but it’s sure a good start. Even aside from decreasing the nuisance effects of stray animals, it would markedly reduce their suffering and risks of euthanasia at shelters which have sadly failed to become no-kill zones. One look at our planet instantly reveals the negative effects of the wanton overpopulation of Earth’s most dangerous species, Homo sapiens. Let’s at least do what we can to benefit the species that have befriended us, and make the world a better place for all of us. – Steven Sapkin, M.D. Woodland Hills Dog and cat `business’ Re “Levine wants to put teeth in pet population control” (March 2): While I can appreciate Assemblyman Lloyd Levine’s efforts to control the pet population in Los Angeles by trying to neuter all cats and dogs, this is hardly going to stop them from doing their “business” in sandboxes and gardens. Cats are cats, and they will go where they want to go. At least they cover up their business, unlike dogs that just do it and go on their way. – Theresa Gassler Northridge Seriously, folks Re “Tornadoes turn deadly in Alabama” (March 2): Was that actually Friday’s headline? Well, how are tornados normally? Benign? Life-giving? Do they volunteer for after-school programs or conduct community outreach? Such bad grammar in a headline hardly makes me want to take you seriously. – Peter O’Neill Hollywood A better park Re “All in a day’s work” (March 2): I am reluctant to write a comment that, to some, may sound like I am detracting from the very laudable effort of Richard Sperber and ValleyCrest Companies to create, in one day, a playground where wasteland existed. My intent, however, is to improve upon that worthy effort. These days, planting large swathes of grass for children to play on does not recognize the large amounts of water (and other resources) it takes to maintain them are added burdens to our dwindling water supplies. I’ve heard that 60 percent of municipal water goes for lawns – more than that in the hot interior. And allowing eager children to play on just-planted sod, I believe, is a recipe for killing what one has just planted. Rather than grass, a material like decomposed granite can be used for playing surfaces. I urge future benefactors to consider this more sustainable approach to playgrounds. – Alan Pollack Wildlife habitat steward Woodland Hills `To their own fate’ Re “Dems get behind Berman’s Iraq bill” (March 2): Rep. Howard Berman supposedly has the answer to the problems in Iraq. Here’s my question: Where was Berman’s legislation during the genocide in Rwanda and now Darfur? Or was that also a policy of leaving people “to their own fate,” as Berman said about the Shiites and the Sunnis? And should we stop our financial support of Israel if the Israelis don’t account for more progress when it comes to peace in that area of the Middle East? Just asking. – R.J. Johnson North Hollywood Follow the profit There has been a recent spate of TV ads trying to build public opinion against any move by Congress to amend the Medicare Part D prescription drug program to allow the government to negotiate with drug companies for more advantageous prices. I think we can all guess who is paying for these ads. As there is no good argument against this proposed change, the ads resort to catchphrases and innuendoes to suggest that everything is wonderful with the program and that “tampering” would be a mistake. The drug lobby managed to turn this legislation into a profit-enhancement system by getting the negotiation ban written in. It serves no one’s interest but the drug companies’. The Department of Veterans Affairs can negotiate with drug companies. Why not Medicare? It might well produce reduced deductibles for seniors. Don’t be suckered by these ads. – Morris Schorr Woodland Hills160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Re “Officials soft-pedal cop threat” (March 3): With all the corruption and crime we have witnessed inside in the Los Angeles Police Department over the years, we need more disclosures, not less. When we sign up for law enforcement, all bets are off as to our individual privacy. Law enforcement is the one job for which every applicant is screened all the way back to childhood. No stone is left unturned. An applicant’s financial history is looked at very closely to see if there is a track record of money woes that could lead to possible integrity issues in the field. And we all know that a few cops have had integrity issues in the field. The LAPD and other police departments clearly understand that some individuals can be susceptible to corruption if there is a financial motive. – Mike Mathis last_img

Haiti trip cancelled for teen due to political unrest in country

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — A local teenager who was supposed to leave for Haiti in late January, to see the school she helped build with fundraising and connect with the people she’s helped along the way, had to stay here in Canada due to an unstable political situation in the country.Taylor DeVos, and her mother Cora, were scheduled to fly out of Edmonton with Taylor’s rep from World Vision. But as they were meeting him, members of World Vision on the ground in Haiti advised them via e-mail that now isn’t the best time to go.According to the Los Angeles Times, the election of Haiti’s new president has been delayed multiple times, and now President Michel Martelly is due to leave office on Feb. 7. Now, violent protests have become rampant, and elections have been stopped indefinitely — and it’s unclear if the country will have a leader after Martelly leaves.- Advertisement -Cora told Energetic City that they may try to come to Haiti instead in the end of March, or beginning of April.“After watching some of the videos on YouTube of what’s been happening, we’re really glad that we did (stay),” said Cora.In the meantime, while Taylor is disappointed to not head to Haiti right now after waiting so long. But as she says, “It’s not never, it’s just not right now!”Advertisementlast_img read more

Video: Arsenal and Man United target’s best bits

first_imgWilliam Carvalho is one of the hottest properties in world football this summer.Manchester United are reportedly interested in the Portugal midfielder, although Louis van Gaal’s arrival appears to have slowed their pursuit.London rivals Chelsea have also been credited with interest, but the arrival of Cesc Fabregas, along with a possible move for Sami Khedira, means they are likely to pass up the opportunity to buy the 22-year-old.Arsenal are the latest Premier League side to show interest, with Arsene Wenger keen to bring a tough-tackling midfielder to the Emirates.Watch William Carvalho’s best bits above and leave your comments on the World Cup starlet belowlast_img

Exclusive – West Ham legend backs ‘outstanding candidate’ to replace Allardyce

first_imgWest Ham United hero Alvin Martin has told talkSPORT Slaven Bilic is the perfect man to replace Sam Allardyce as the club’s manager.Current boss Allardyce, 60, is expected to leave Upton Park at the end of the campaign when his contract expires, with the Croatian, along with ex-Liverpool boss Rafael Benitez, linked with taking on the role.And Martin has thrown his weight behind former team-mate Bilic, insisting his excellent track record during his managerial career, despite a tough spell at Lokomotiv Moscow, proves he should be given the chance to return to Upton Park as head coach.He told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast: “I wouldn’t rule Slaven out. He’s been round the game for a while now. He’s proved he could do it at international level and club level in difficult circumstances.“I know him. He’s a highly intelligent and highly motivated individual. I think he would be absolutely perfect for us [West Ham].“Slaven is the outstanding candidate for me.”last_img read more