Docherty: Ferguson can help Moyes

first_img Docherty was manager of the Red Devils between 1972 and 1977 when Busby was in the boardroom after guiding United to great successes as boss, including the 1968 European Cup final win over Benfica at Wembley. It is argued, however, that Busby’s presence ‘upstairs’ stifled Docherty’s predecessors, Wilf McGuinness and Frank O’Farrell, and the former Scotland boss admits things were difficult for him, notwithstanding the relegation to the former Second Division before he got the club promoted back to the top-flight. However, the 85-year-old Docherty, speaking at Hampden Park on Monday – 24 hours after being inducted into Scottish Football’s Hall of Fame, claimed there is no harm in Moyes using Ferguson’s expertise if it is on his terms. “It is nice to have Sir Alex there,” he told Press Association Sport. “If David says ‘I want to see Sir Alex, because it is my choice not his, there is a lot of knowledge and advice there, why not pick it if it is good information?’ (then that’s fine). “But when I was there with Busby, the old players who, without being disrespectful, were past their sell-buy date, used to by-pass me and go and speak to Busby and that’s where a lot of the trouble can start. “I don’t know if Alex still has an office there but if he is there as an ambassador (as well) and if David wants to go to him – well, it is nice to have your neighbour next door. “If need be go and see him, and if not, carry on doing what he is doing. “The biggest danger is following Fergie. His record is mind-boggling. No one will ever match that. Former Manchester United manager Tommy Docherty believes David Moyes need not necessarily have any worries about the spectre of Sir Alex Ferguson hanging over him at Old Trafford. Press Association “It is an impossible task to win the honours he has won. “He might do a great job but will that be enough? That is a question you have to answer. “But David Moyes is a great choice, he was my choice as well. He did a great job at Everton with not a lot of money or great players. He did really, really well and I hope he does well again.” Docherty explained his admiration for Moyes but acknowledged that every Manchester United manager has an advantage over many of his counterparts. “I just looked at his record at Everton,” said the man who managed 13 different clubs. “If you have money and you need to go into the market, you don’t buy a ‘could be’ or ‘a maybe’ or ‘a might be’, you are buying a sure thing. “It is a club that every young boy wants to play for. The biggest problem I had was getting players to leave Manchester United. “You had no problem getting them coming in. But they didn’t want to leave, that was the biggest problem.” Much has been made of Ferguson’s move on to the United board following his retirement as the club’s most successful boss last season and how that might affect his successor and a fellow Scot. Parallels have been drawn between that dynamic and that of ‘The Doc’ and another massive figure in United’s history, Sir Matt Busby. last_img read more

Women’s soccer: Badgers host Wolverines Thursday night

first_imgFollowing a pair of impressive road victories against Iowa and Nebraska last weekend, the red-hot Wisconsin women’s soccer team (8-4-3, 5-1-1 Big Ten) will host conference rival Michigan (10-4-1, 5-1-1) Thursday night in a 7 p.m. kickoff.With just four more games remaining in the regular season for each side, Thursday’s contest could be pivotal in the chase for the conference crown as both the Badgers and Wolverines find themselves tied for second in the Big Ten standings, trailing Minnesota by just two points.Last Time OutThe last matchup between the two teams took place early in conference play during the 2014 season. With the score tied 1-1 going into the 89th minute, forward Ani Sarkisian headed in a free kick for her second goal of the match to send the visiting No. 9 Badgers packing with their first loss of the season. The defeat ended up having little impact on Wisconsin’s season, but they still went on to finish second in the regular season standings and win the conference tournament.Wisconsin’s Keys to VictoryContinued improvement from Victoria Pickett: While starting the season as a relatively unknown freshman forward, Pickett became a full-time starter in mid-September and has made considerable strides since. She earned Big Ten Freshman of the Week honors for her road performance last weekend, scoring a goal and notching an assist over the two-game trip to Nebraska and Iowa.Continued success will force the Wolverine defense to spread their attention beyond top scorers Rose Lavelle and McKenna Meuer, giving the Badgers more variety on the attack.Keeping the Streak Alive: It’s been nearly a month since Caitlyn Clem has given up a goal.Over that span, the Badgers have gone unbeaten in six games, winners of five-straight games and improved greatly on offense as the pressure to score has been alleviated. Since Sept. 20, the Badgers have averaged 2.2 goals per game after scoring just one per game in their opening 10 matches.With the Wolverine’s high-powered offense coming off a 3-goal performance against a typically stout Illinois defense (1.14 goals allowed per game), another memorable performance may be required from the first year starting keeper.Opposing Player to Watch: Michigan forward Ani SarkisianWhile already notorious among Badger faithful for her last-second game-winning goal last season, Sarkisian’s most recent performance hasn’t helped to relieve any anxiety going into Thursday. Her hat trick against the Illini last weekend earned her Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week Honors and bumped her season total all the way up to six goals.last_img read more

Billions in bonds

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card “We have the demand for school construction and need a plan to make sure our kids are in adequate facilities,” he said. Runner authored the bill as part of Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Strategic Growth Plan introduced during this month’s State of the State address that focuses on improvements for transportation, water, public safety, public service infrastructure and education. The bill applies to construction of elementary, middle and high schools, community colleges, higher education, vocational education and charter school facilities. Bonds would pay for bricks and mortar building projects and still require a one-half match from school districts applying for the funds. Locally, the Newhall and Castaic Union school districts are preparing to build up to five elementary schools to accommodate the proposed 21,000-home Newhall Ranch project. About $1 billion in the bill was set aside specifically for vocational and technical schools to build more auto shops, computer design schools and the like for students who are not pursuing college. That aspect of the bill is likely to win over some Santa Clarita parents who recently urged William S. Hart Union High School District officials to better prepare students pursuing vocational careers. Residents said that there’s not enough being done in local high schools to help these students and that too much of the district’s curriculum focuses on preparing those who are college-bound. Money has also been set aside within the school construction bond to build smaller high schools and charter schools. Community colleges would also be relieved of the Field Act, an extra layer of building earthquake inspections. Runner said the act doesn’t apply to schools in the California State University and University of California systems and shouldn’t apply to community colleges either. He said that, in the end, it could save community colleges with some construction costs. Regulations such as the Field Act hold up construction for new school facilities, said Dianne Van Hook, superintendent and president of College of the Canyons. “Community colleges pride themselves on responding quickly to the emerging needs of students and local business and industry,” she said. “However, we are often hampered by cumbersome regulations like the Field Act that are barriers to carrying out our mission.” If the bill passes, the proposed 10-year schedule voters would see at the polls is: $12.4 billion in 2006; $4.2 billion in 2008; $7.7 billion in 2010; $8.7 billion in 2012 and $5 billion in 2014. Sue Doyle,(661) 257-5254 sue.doyle@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SANTA CLARITA – An education bill making its way through Sacramento could ultimately ask voters to approve $38 billion worth of funding over the next 10 years to build new California schools and update old ones. If the bill eventually is approved, residents every two years would vote on five different school construction bonds and could find the first on their ballots as early as this year, when they’ll be asked to approve a $12.4 billion bond, the largest one proposed. Hearings for the School Construction Bond started Wednesday and come at a time when money is running thin from previously passed school bonds, state Sen. George Runner, R-Lancaster, said Thursday. Runner’s district covers much of the Santa Clarita Valley. Runner said funds for modernization projects will be exhausted this spring, while dollars for new school construction will be depleted in about a year and a half. last_img read more