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21Sep/20

I’m in charge of team – Solskjaer

first_imgCardiff manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is adamant he decides on which players he wants at the club, with owner Vincent Tan simply controlling the purse strings. Controversial Malaysian billionaire Tan pulled no punches in a wide-ranging interview with the BBC which fans’ groups believe will only serve to further divide opinion on the 62-year-old. One aspect saw Tan criticise former boss Malky Mackay and one-time head of recruitment Iain Moody for a considerable overspend on new players last summer. Tan is now keen to have a more hands-on role, although Solskjaer maintains that he chooses the players he believes will strengthen his squad. “I do football matters, the football decisions are mine,” said Solskjaer. “But Vincent Tan has to be a part of the structure that agrees on transfers – ins and outs – and that it’s managed with a budget of x, not x plus y. “He needs to know how much that is, and he needs to know agent fees and everything. “He is very willing to invest and wants us to be successful and wants to know what we do, but it’s got to be transparent, structured, and he is involved in that. “But he doesn’t identify players. We have scouts and I decide on who we go for, and then it’s about whether we have the resources.” With a clash against Tottenham at White Hart Lane looming on Sunday, Tan’s comments – as he criticised fans, the British media and Mackay – have undeniably overshadowed the build up. Despite that, Solskjaer said: “It doesn’t change the focus for the game. He is coming on Sunday to watch, and he will come to see us before it.” Tan believes he should be seen as the hero for saving Cardiff from bankruptcy, rather than being portrayed as “a villain” by the British media he claims have been “a little bit racist and unfair”. Despite the fury over his decision to change the club’s colours from blue to red, Tan is adamant he has no qualms, and instead it is the fans who should apologise to him for some of their criticisms. The Cardiff City Supporters’ Trust suggests such comments will “divide the fan base even more than it is already”. But Solskjaer can understand Tan’s point as he said: “I see that he’s really backing or praising 95 per cent of the supporters. “My glass is always half full, so that statement he made is very pleasing. “Of course there are always going to be people criticising what you do, but we wouldn’t be in the Premier League without his investments.” Solskjaer can, however, appreciate the fans’ outcry over the shirt colour change, but again refused to criticise Tan for his decision. “Yeah, of course I understand fans’ concerns about the shirt change because that’s the identity they’ve been a part of,” added the former Manchester United star. “But that was a decision made before my time. “Was the shirt change a mistake? You know what mistakes I look at… maybe picking this player or picking that game plan.” Press Associationlast_img read more

20Sep/20

Ballyogan glee for Ainippe

first_img Press Association The Ger Lyons-trained winner was given a patient ride by Colin Keane on the rail in the Group Three contest, tracking the pace set by Stormfly and Steip Amach, but she looked to have it to do when Newsletter got first run and hit the front at the furlong pole. The latter went for home under Shane Foley, but Ainippe gave chase and found another gear to get up in the last few yards, scoring by half a length from her fellow 9-4 joint-favourite. Ainippe came out on top in a thrilling finish to the feature TRM Ballyogan Stakes at the Curragh. Lyons said: “I thought she was going to be an unlucky loser. She’s not big, but she’s all heart. She has plenty of speed and loved the good ground. We’ve always felt she will get seven furlongs. She’s a good, honest filly. “We took the view that we didn’t want to take on Anthem Alexander in the Lacken and I don’t think she’s good enough for the Commonwealth Cup. Hopefully we can find a Group Two for her. “That was the plan this year, to win a Group Three with her, and we’ll have to sit down and make a plan now for the rest of the year.” Postulation lunged late to take gold in the TRI Equestrian Silver Stakes at the Curragh. Pat Smullen’s mount had raced at the rear of the field for much of the journey in company with odds-on favourite Parish Hall, who improved on the outside with a quarter of a mile to run before leading approaching a furlong out. H e was followed by Postulation and as the pair battled it out it was Dermot Weld’s three-year-old (7-1) who took Listed honours by a neck. There was a minor moment of drama when Parish Hall looked like he attempted to bite the winning rider. Weld said: “Those were the tactics and it worked out well. It was a lovely ride by Pat, and his biggest worry was when the other horse moved towards him near the line! “He’s been a model of consistency and has never been out of the first three. That’s his ideal trip and, with that win under his belt, we might travel with him now.” Smullen added: “We had a plan going out to follow Kevin (Manning, on Parish Hall) all the way, have one go and thankfully it paid off. To be fair to my horse he stepped up. The boss said to take your time and have one go and sometimes it works out perfectly.” Rockaway Valley ran out a most impressive winner of the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Maiden. The Jessica Harrington-trained youngster had shown plenty of ability when second on his debut to Aidan O’Brien’s Air Force Blue in a race that is starting to work out very well, with the third Tonkinese having won on Friday night. Sent off as the 6-4 favourite, Shane Foley’s mount stretched readily clear through the final furlong, having four and a quarter lengths to spare over newcomer Juliette Fair. Harrington said: “He was good and came on a lot from his first run. Shane said he jumped well, always travelled and lengthened when he asked him. He went right away. He has plenty of fancy entries, and will probably come back here for the Railway Stakes. He’s also in the National Stakes. Good ground is perfect for him.” Eddie Lynam’s Fort Del Oro took the TRM Excellence In Equine Nutrition Maiden with some authority, having been s econd on her first run on much softer ground. Billy Lee’s mount travelled strongly and came between horses to lead with a furlong and a half to run, quickly going clear for a four-and-a-quarter-length success from the always prominent Creggs Pipe. Lynam said of the 7-4 favourite: “She did it well. We like her and think she might be good. She did that well today after a good first run. We’ll see what sort of a mark she gets and that will tell us where we are going. Dreaming aloud, she could be good.” last_img read more