With just six weeks remaining to the close of nominations for the local elections, Fine Gael has set out their stall this week to have at least one female councillor in Lifford after the May local elections.The possibility of a candidate based in Fanad has now emerged with confirmation that Eimer Friel, the personal assistant to Minister Joe McHugh has entered the race for a nomination in Milford.The Tirconail Tribune reports today that a groundswell of grassroots support has been ongoing in the past ten day to have her name added to the FG ticket. Since 2014, FG has been represented by six male Councillors in Lifford despite their original plans back then to give top priority to gender balance in their representation.However their nominations for Letterkenny are of most interest: among names identified by party sources as potential candidates joining Jimmy Kavanagh include Bernie Moran along with another mystery guest on the night!A party spokesman said they will hold a meeting in the Raddison Hotel on Monday night at eight o’clock to confirm final details of their candidates.Meanwhile FF has completed its list for Letterkenny with Donegal Rally Champion Manus Kelly from Glenswilly added to the panel by the National Executive at the weekend. Fianna Fail is to undertake a ‘Training Day’ for their female local election candidates with Mary O’Rourke as special guest on Sunday next in the Sheraton Hotel, Athlone at 1.00pm.And if Donegal supporters thought the Longford Arms was a journey too far last Friday, God only knows how they well react to this news.Ireland’s most legendary Cllr. Ian McGarvey has confirmed his intention to run and as he approaches his 90th birthday he will enter the annals of Irish history as the longest serving figure since the days of Finn MacCumhaill: the hunter-warrior of Irish mythology who built the Giant’s Causeway… £50 billion pounds under budget and a hundred years ahead of schedule.Ian’s just returned from Rudelstadt in Germany where he led a Council delegation for the St. Patrick’s Day celebrations accompanied by Cllr. Jimmy Kavanagh of FG.Cllr. Michael McBride has decided to run in Letterkenny and says it was the most difficult decision of his life with the Boundary Commission splitting his vote 50/50 between Letterkenny and his home area of Milford. However the McBride decision to run in Letterkenny has added to the vacuum in the Milford area.It is estimated that there are now at least 2,100 votes up for grabs and this puts pressure on all parties to win over these votes and Fianna Fail will be tempted to have a bash at securing a second seat in Milford.The new three seater looks like having at least eight runners: Cllrs Liam Blaney FF: John O’Donnell and Ian McGarvey (Independents): Noel McBride, Eimer Friel (FG): Maria Doherty (SF); Declan Meehan and Charlie McGinley (Independents).In recent days it has emerged from Fine Gael sources that a number of females have been sounded out about running for the party across all electoral areas (bar North Inishowen), with mixed reactions reported. Fine Gael sources say the most positive news for them is the emergence of Eimer Friel in Fanad as a candidate.At the same time another candidate, Charlie McGinley from Gortnabrade has confirmed he will run on an Independent ticket.For many it will not be any big surprise that FG’s Eimer Friel has emerged as a front runner for a nomination. However a final decision remains to be made by the national executive over the weekend.It is known that Ms. Friel has drawn a groundswell of support and has been strongly backed by grassroots members right across the Milford Area where their convention has already selected Noel McBride.It’s reported in FG circles that the party has been in consultation with at least four possible candidates in Letterkenny. However the only comment from a source was that they are aiming high to get two Cllrs in this electoral area… that could see two more candidates added to the list of nominations.Cllr. Michael McBride has finally come down on the side of contesting Letterkenny after much soul searching. He said that so much of his work in the community is based in Kilmacrennan and around An Craoibhin in Termon where he’s invested so much of his energy in recent years. He will continue that work in the years ahead.Cllr. McBride described this as the most difficult decision he has had to make in his political life.He said: “Following the Boundary Comission’s report the Letterkenny Municipal Area has now divided into two new areas Letterkenny (7 seats ) and Milford (3 seats).”Mc Bride’s vote has almost split in half and has forced him to consider many issues and facts in arriving at his decision. Speaking to the Tribune this week Michael McBride said: “This decision has not been taken lightly and I would like to take this opportunity to thank all my constituents in the Milford area for their support over the past 15 years in political life, my door will always be open to anyone who feels I can help them at any time.”Cllr McBride is now facing a massive challenge to secure a seat in Letterkenny. However he has a base of 500 votes there and is well-known and the fact that it’s a 7 seater may well be a factor in his decision. He added: “This will not be an easy assignment but I feel I am well equipped for the challenge following my 8 years experience serving the people of Donegal on the county Council.I am privileged to have served as the first Mayor of the Letterkenny Municipal Area in 2014/2015.“I have assembled an experienced political team to spearhead my campaign who I believe can help me deliver a seat come 26th of May.”Cllr Mc Bride believes his knowledge of the rural and urban areas and his vision for the developement of Letterkenny in a balanced way as the economic driver to facilitate the economic development of our county so as Donegal people can chose to live here.“I have worked for the people of the Letterkenny area as I promised I would in 2014 and I currently serve on almost 20 committees both at local and county council level.“I am asking the public to support my campaign as I feel I have shown that given a mandate by the people that I have the vision and the comittment to deliver on a raft of issues that challenge us on a daily basis in our day to day lives.”He will again run a poster free campaign.Charlie McGinley is a native of Gortnabrade and is contesting his first election. He’s been involved in retail and wholesale retail business for more than 35 years and spent four years in the manufacturing business. He’s run a licensed premises, owned a bakery (An Greim Gásta) and a café and is a Commissioner of Oaths.He’s a well-known figure locally in the Mevagh, Ramelton and Fanad areas, from where he hopes to draw a large slice of his vote. He will also anticipate that as an Independent candidate he may get a fair share of the Donal Cullen vote.He’s planning to launch his campaign in the coming weeks.Triple Donegal International Rally winner, Manus Kelly, is set to contest the upcoming local elections in the Letterkenny Electoral Area.The Glenswilly native has been added as a third candidate on the Fianna Fail ticket. He joins sitting councillor, Ciaran Brogan, and retired principal teacher, Donal Coyle.The Letterkenny-based businessman received the backing of outgoing FF councillor, James Pat McDaid, who is stepping down due to work commitments.Kelly told the Tribune: “I have always had a huge interest in politics and Fianna Fail has been my party of choice… It was just a question of timing.“For some time I have imagined one day entering the political arena with the hope of representing the people, businesses and communities of Letterkenny and surrounding areas.“I didn’t think that day would arrive as quickly as it has, and with a family, business and sporting commitments I needed to make sure that the timing was right for me.“Having taken time to consult with those closest to me and having put measures in place I am both humbled and excited by the opportunity to stand in the upcoming local elections, with a view to representing the people of the area as well as I can.“I feel the time is right for me now to make the step into the political arena. I’m really looking forward to the campaign and to working with my party colleagues who have been a great source of support to me,” he added.Minister McHugh’s personal assistant to stand in local elections was last modified: March 21st, 2019 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Eimer FrielelectionFanadFine Gael
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The Ohio Auctioneers Association recognized Bart K. Sheridan of Cedarville, Ohio, as one of its 2019 inductees into the Ohio Auctioneers Association Hall of Fame at its annual Conference and Show on January 5. Sheridan’s longtime auctioneer friends and competitors John Muncy of New Lebanon and Kevin Wendt of Plain City shared the microphone as they shared Sheridan’s biography and the accomplishments that paved the way for the recognition.His father, longtime auctioneer and the 1996 OAA Hall of Fame inductee Keith Sheridan, was in attendance and provided the final introduction comments by video. Muncy and Wendt chronicled Sheridan’s twenty-four years as a professional auctioneer, preceded by growing up an auctioneer’s family. Sheridan received his Bachelor of Accountancy degree in 1989 from Miami University before practicing as a CPA in New Jersey and Ohio. He began his career as an auctioneer and real estate broker in 1995 shortly after returning to Ohio from New Jersey with his wife, Sandy, and his children.“I can name numerous people throughout the State who deserve this recognition. I count it a true honor to see my name among the elite of Ohio’s rich and robust auction history. I am so grateful to God for the opportunity to share this recognition with my wife, my children, my brother, and my parents who have all been such a big part of my career,” Sheridan said.Sheridan joined his father, Keith Sheridan (1996), as one of several tw0-generation pairs so honored by the Association throughout the past 30 years of the Hall of Fame’s existence. Also honored as a Legacy inductee was longtime livestock auctioneer Paul Good of Van Wert. The newest inductee earned his CAI (Certified, Auctioneers Institute) designation in 2001 and served as the Association’s President in 2006 and also as its Treasurer from 1998 to 2003. He was instrumental in numerous legislative victories for the industry in the early- and mid-2000s. Governor John Kasich appointed him to the Ohio Auctioneers Commission in 2013, where he served for four years. He is also involved extensively in local Greene County church, civic, and government activities. Sheridan is a licensed Auctioneer and Real Estate Broker and with his brother Matt owns and operates Sheridan & Associates, a full service auction and real estate company located in Cedarville, specializing in the sale of agricultural and antique assets throughout southwest and central Ohio.
Sunderland F.C. striker Jermain Defoe has praised A.F.C. Bournemouth ahead of his expected move to the Premier League club.Defoe, who scored 15 goals in 37 league appearances for relegated Sunderland F.C., had a medical at A.F.C. Bournemouth on Tuesday and is expected to re-join the south coast club where he had a year-long loan spell in 2000-01.”What I want to do is… focus on England, the two games, and then after that everyone will know,” Defoe told reporters ahead of Saturday’s World Cup qualifier against Scotland.”It’s documented about the Bournemouth thing. It’s a club close to my heart anyway, for obvious reasons…”It’s a special place, with a top manager, and a team that’s done so well from where they’ve come from. A unique story.”Defoe urged Wayne Rooney to look for regular playing time even if it was away from Old Trafford after England’s record goalscorer was left out of Gareth Southgate’s squad for the World Cup qualifier away to Scotland and a friendly with France.The 31-year-old forward, who has lost his place in Manchester United F.C.’s first team, was also left out by England earlier this year for matches against Germany and Lithuania.”I love Wazza. He’s an unbelievable player. Someone who’s done so much,” Defoe said.”I read things about him and sometimes I’m quite taken aback… He came into the game young and played a lot of football. It’s not easy on the body, and mentally with all that pressure he’s under – probably more than most of the lads.advertisement”I think he knows he’s got to play regular football. All I’d say is I wish him the best. He’s a top player and the lads love him here. Hopefully he’ll get the chance to go somewhere and express himself, and just enjoy playing.”England travel to Scotland on June 10 ahead of a trip to France on June 13.
Instagram/Taylor LewanMichigan State has owned Michigan on the gridiron in recent history, winning seven of the last eight matchups between the two programs. But one prominent former Wolverine is tired of living in the past, and Wednesday he had a little fun at the expense of his new Tennessee Titans teammate – a former Spartan.Former Michigan offensive tackle Taylor Lewan, who was drafted 11th overall back in 2014, apparently wasn’t a fan of what former Michigan State offensive tackle Jack Conklin, who was drafted eighth overall this year, had hanging in his locker room. Lewan, after seeing Conklin’s Spartans jersey, playfully told him to “grow up” on Instagram. He added a “Go Blue” for fun too. Lewan and Conklin are both expected to play prominent roles for the Titans this year.
OTTAWA — Global Affairs Canada has issued a travel advisory for Canadians in Britain, warning them of possible violence in the wake of today’s latest twist in the country’s Brexit drama.The department issued the updated advisory as British politicians rejected the latest attempt to coalesce around a path out of the European Union.In the advisory, officials warn of “acts of violence” and confrontations between demonstrators and security forces around the parliamentary buildings and near Westminster Abbey in London.Canadians are urged to avoid areas where demonstrations take place and nearby subway stations.The department continues to recommend Canadians visiting the United Kingdom exercise a “high degree of caution” due to the threat of terrorism.U.K. parliamentarians today rejected for the third time British Prime Minister Teresa May’s plan for Brexit setting the stage for the country to crash out of the European Union next month without a replacement deal in place.The Canadian Press
Women’s volleyball coach Geoff Carlston directs his team during a match against Dabrowa Sept. 4, at St. John Arena. OSU won, 3-2.Credit: Shelby Lum / Photo editorFrom being a 19-year-old college sophomore coaching 17-year-old girls, to working with the Belize National Team while in the Peace Corps, volleyball kept finding its way into Geoff Carlston’s life.While the sport has been a constant for the Plymouth, Minn., native, Carlston said he never expected early on to make a career out of coaching.“I can’t sit here and say I planned this out,” he said. “That would be a flat out lie.”Although he is now leading the women’s volleyball program at Ohio State, Carlston also spent time coaching at Concordia University, St. Paul (Minn.) and Ohio University before landing in Columbus. Prior to those stops, he led the 17 and under Minnesota One Junior Olympic club to the U.S. nationals for three straight years and was the head coach of the women’s Belize National Team while serving in the Peace Corps. He helped them earn the country’s first international victories and finished fourth in the Central America championship in 1997.He took over a Concordia program in 2000 that was 0-18 in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference the year before. In just his third season at Concordia the team finished with a 24-9 record, making a run at the conference championship.The University of Minnesota graduate headed to Athens to take over the Ohio program in 2003, finishing each of his five seasons with single digit losses. His best mark came in 2005 when the team finished 33-3.From there, Carlston has turned the Buckeyes into a perennial contender in the Big Ten, picking up career victory No. 300 on the way against Green Bay in OSU’s second match the 2013 season at the NIU Invitational.After the win, Carlston returned to the locker room to find his players greeting his arrival with noisemakers and cheers.“I actually didn’t even know,” he said.Senior defensive specialist Julianne Mandolfo said assistant coach Laura Benzing had the noisemakers in the locker room and told the team to go crazy.“We started doing that and he was just awkwardly laughing,” Mandolfo said. “He didn’t know what was going on.”Carlston said while success is always welcome, it has never been the most important thing to him.“I love the whole experience of competitiveness, but also trying to figure out the puzzle of putting the team chemistry together,” he said.Even though he has reached many achievements in his career, Carlston’s personal accomplishments take a back seat to the success of his players, Mandolfo said.“He doesn’t even care about what he’s accomplished,” she said. “It’s nice knowing that all he cares about is the team.”She added she is grateful to be part of such an accomplished program.“It’s an awesome opportunity to be under such a great coaching staff,” Mandolfo said. “Knowing that he’s our head coach, I just feel grateful for it.”Junior setter Taylor Sherwin said Carlston is concerned about his players’ lives on and off the court.“He’s really concerned about our grades, (and) mentally and physically how we’re doing,” she said.Mandolfo echoed her teammate.“We’re very close off the court,” Mandolfo said. “I can call him for the littlest things and he always helps me out.”In one word, sophomore middle blocker Andrea Kacsits described Carlston as “eccentric.”“He’s very hippy-dippy,” Kacsits said. “It’s not uncommon to go into his office and see him without shoes on and just walking around.”While he is laid-back off the court, Carlston’s attitude changes once the whistle blows.“He’s very go with the flow off the court, but on the court he’s very inspired, very detail-oriented,” Kacsits said.Carlston and the Buckeyes have fought their way to a 9-0 record to start the 2013 season and look to extend the streak this weekend at the Blue and White Classic in Buffalo, N.Y.OSU is scheduled to take on Maryland Eastern Shore Friday at 4:30 p.m. before playing two matches Saturday against Valparaiso at 11 a.m. and Buffalo at 7 p.m.The Buckeyes are set to return to Columbus Sept. 27 for a match against Michigan to open Big Ten season play.
Ohio State senior forward Marc Loving defends Nebraska guard Glynn Watson Jr during a game on Feb. 18 at the Schottenstein Center. Credit: Alexa Mavrogianis | Photo EditorIn the era of Ohio State men’s basketball under coach Thad Matta, the last game of the regular season has almost always had significance. From Matt Sylvester’s game-winning 3 against No. 1 Illinois in Matta’s first season, to clinching Big Ten championships, Matta has done his job in sending seniors out in the correct fashion.On Sunday, when the Buckeyes (17-13, 7-10 Big Ten) battle the Indiana Hoosiers (16-14, 6-11 Big Ten), senior forward Marc Loving will be honored as the lone senior in the 2017 class.“(Senior Days are) a little bit emotional, but you’re happy for the individual and I think in Marc’s case, I’m very excited,” Matta said. “Just from the growth that he’s made — he’s had some ups and down throughout his career, but I see it every day.”Loving came to OSU as one of the most revered players to ever come from the competitive Toledo, Ohio, area. He was ranked as the 61st best player in the class of 2013, but many feel he never reached his full potential. Loving was asked to become a leader as a junior because of the lack of seniority on the team. His shooting percentage has gone down significantly since his sophomore season, yet remains one of OSU’s best scoring options at 12.5 points per game.Loving said he’s not one to be emotional, but can look back on his career and know how far he has grown in the program.“Coming into Ohio State, I really didn’t have any expectations,” he said. “I mean, I didn’t know how much playing time I was going to get. I wasn’t promised anything. You have to earn your spot.”Normally when OSU hosts the Hoosiers at the end of the season, the hype is palpable. Not too long ago, Indiana and the Buckeyes swung at each other for the conference crown, but injuries and other factors have led OSU and Indiana to the bottom of the Big Ten in 2016-17.However, that’s not to say the game isn’t significant. If OSU defeats the Hoosiers, the Buckeyes guarantee themselves a bye on Wednesday — the first day of the Big Ten tournament — and will be the 10 seed in the tournament.IndianaCoach Tom Crean’s squad is ranked No. 49 in Ken Pomeroy’s advanced statistical ratings, where OSU checks in at No. 66. The Hoosiers average 115.6 points per 100 possessions, which ranks 31st in the country.For any team in college basketball, especially those in major conferences like the Big Ten, it’s difficult to play without leading scorers. OSU has played without junior forward Keita Bates-Diop since the first conference game on Jan. 1. But when a team loses two of those players, it’s near impossible to overcome.Crean has desperately tried to keep his team afloat with senior forward Collin Hartman and sophomore guard OG Anunoby — a former candidate for Big Ten Player of the Year — sidelined for the season with injuries, but Indiana has been sliding as of late.Losers of six of their last seven games, the Hoosiers are also fighting to avoid the first day of the Big Ten tournament next week in Washington D.C. To do that, their top three scorers will need to do damage to the Buckeye defense in the halfcourt. Junior guards James Blackmon Jr. and Robert Johnson average 16.8 and 12.8 points per game, with sophomore center Thomas Bryant adding another 12.8.Johnson and Bryant were two players who were in foul trouble in the Hoosiers’ last game against Purdue, which ultimately crowned the Boilermakers as regular-season champs. OSU isn’t a great rebounding team, so staying out of foul trouble and owning the boards could be a vital piece to the puzzle for an Indiana victory.Another key for Indiana is if Johnson can end his shooting slump. Since Indiana started its skid on Feb. 5 at Wisconsin, Johnson is shooting 20 for 67 (29.9 percent) from the field. But like the Hoosiers have as a team — sporting victories over No. 1 Kansas and No. 5 North Carolina — Johnson has shown ability to catch fire quickly.“They’re a tough matchup in terms of what they do and what they’re capable of doing,” Matta said. “Our defense has got to be at an all-time high tomorrow or we’re in trouble.”Indiana’s defense is one of the worst in the Big Ten, allowing over 77 points per game in conference play. OSU sophomore guard JaQuan Lyle is leading the conference in 3-point shooting at 51 percent in league games. Lyle is also coming off two of his best games of the season, scoring 17 points each in wins over Wisconsin and Penn State.Matta said that he wouldn’t be surprised to see Lyle and fellow sophomore point guard C.J. Jackson play 30 minutes apiece.Prediction: Ohio State – 74, Indiana – 69
Ohio State sophomore forward Kaleb Wesson defends a shot against UNC Pembroke on Nov. 1 in Value City Arena. Ohio State defeated UNC Pembroke 81-63 Photo: Amal Saeed | Assistant Photo EditorLuther Muhammad, receiving the first start of his collegiate career in the exhibition game against UNC Pembroke on Thursday, is in the middle of a learning process. He said he’s learning the offense, learning how to be a great teammate and how to come in and work every day. But that wasn’t the first thing he mentioned. “It’s been a learning process,” the freshman guard said. “Learning how to play our defense, the type of defense we play, staying in the gap.” As the Ohio State men’s basketball team prepares for its season, defeating the Braves 81-61 in the final exhibition before the season starts against Cincinnati on Wednesday, defense has been one of the main priorities for second-year head coach Chris Holtmann. For Holtmann, it’s more about what he does not have that he did have last season. “We don’t have the versatility that we had with last year’s group with [Jae’Sean Tate] and Keita [Bates-Diop]. And that’s significant,” Holtmann said. “We are going to have to figure some things out as coaches because we don’t have that versatility. But those guys care on that end.” Ohio State showed its aggressiveness defensively immediately after tip-off. With a starting lineup of Muhammad, senior guard C.J. Jackson, junior forward Andre Wesson, sophomore forward Kyle Young and sophomore forward Kaleb Wesson, what Holtmann considers his top defensive lineup, the Buckeyes forced UNC Pembroke to a shot-clock violation, a strip and a travel on the first three defensive possessions of the game. Ohio State allowed the Braves to shoot 32.8 percent from the field, out-rebounding the team 56 to 35, including 21 offensive rebounds, showing an aggressiveness in the post by Kaleb Wesson and junior center Micah Potter. Muhammad said starting the game with sound defense sets the tone for the rest of the game, setting the expectation for the Buckeyes. “Those first five minutes dictates just about most of the first half,” Muhammad said. “If you come out with the right intensity, right energy, it trends down to everyone on the team. And it just uplifts everyone on the court and off the court.” While Holtmann said his team cared about its performance defensively, highlighting the effort of Jackson specifically postgame, he said his team was especially careless with the ball on Thursday night. The Buckeyes recorded 21 turnovers in Thursday’s 18-point win over the Braves, with sophomore guard Musa Jallow recording five turnovers and Andre Wesson recording four. When asked if this had been a problem in practice, Holtmann did not hold back, saying there are certain players that struggle with turnovers more than others. “We just have to help them make better decisions and, you know, if not… I’m not playing guys extended minutes if they can’t take care of the ball,” Holtmann said. “Not doing it.” Freshman guard Duane Washington Jr. said ball security is something his head coach is very passionate about, especially with the guards on the rosters. He said Holtmann tallies up the turnovers made in practice and forces them to run depending on the total. But, for Washington, this just shows the importance of ball security, especially with Ohio State’s past. “Every possession matters,” Washington said. “They talked about last year how most of their games were between eight-to-10 points, so a turnover and a bucket could be that game decision.” Statistically, the Buckeyes also struggled with scoring from deep, making five of 25 attempts from three-point range. Washington and freshman forward Justin Ahrens combined to make just two three pointers in 10 attempts. Holtmann said he is not as worried about this aspect of Ohio State’s offense, citing “jitters” and not giving players extended and consistent minutes as reasons behind the struggles. However, that does not take away Holtmann’s urgency for improvement. Especially with the schedule that is coming up for the Buckeyes, opening the season on the road against CIncinnati, his team has work to do. “We have some significant, significant areas that need improvement,” Holtmann said. “Significant areas.”
Antoine Griezmann’s situation has been very unclear lately but the Frenchman insisted that he hasn’t held any talks with Barcelona but wants to decide before the World Cup over his future.The Atletico attacker has been heavily linked with a possible move to Barcelona but he denied that he has been holding talks with the Catalonian side – but he admitted that he may leave at the end of the season.The former Real Sociedad striker spoke about his future as he said, according to Goal:“I don’t know where you get this information, but it is false.”Fati and Suarez shine against Valencia at Camp Nou Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 15, 2019 With a mesmerizing first half from Ansu Fati and a brace from Luis Suarez in the second half, Barcelona demolished Valencia at Camp Nou.Valencia…“I want to be free and think only about the French team.”“I would like my future to be settled before the World Cup, otherwise, afterwards, we will have questions to the right and the left. I will continue as I am now, giving everything to the club.”“I had a difficult start to the season for several reasons. I expressed things wrongly and made mistakes.”
Newcastle are reportedly considering making an approach for Mario Balotelli for this month’s transfer windowRafael Benitez’s side have claimed the second-fewest goals in the Premier League with just 15 from 21 games and currently sit two points above the relegation zone in 15th-place.Therefore, the Daily Mirror claims that Newcastle are eyeing up an approach for Balotelli in order to add some badly needed firepower to the squad.The Italian striker’s stay at OGC Nice appears to be coming to an end after manager Patrick Vieira gave him an additional few days off to decide his future.“I have given Mario a few extra days off to think about his future and what he wants to do,” Vieira said.Liverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.“He’s under contract here and everything is possible, if we can come to a common agreement who knows.”After a prolific two seasons at the Allianz Riviera, Balotelli is yet to find the net in all of his 10 Ligue 1 appearances this term following a failed summer move to Marseille.Now it’s understood that Vieira and Nice will allow Balotelli, who will be out of contract in June, to leave for Newcastle if they decide to make an approach.The 28-year-old previously played in the Premier League for Manchester City and Liverpool.