Frank Lampard backs Chelsea stars to deliver Champions League football with top four finish

first_imgFrank Lampard backs Chelsea stars to deliver Champions League football with top four finish Coral BarryFriday 27 Sep 2019 1:55 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link5.9kShares Advertisement Lampard isn’t worried about Chelsea’s top four credentials (Picture: Getty)Frank Lampard has predicted Chelsea will finish in the top four of the Premier League this season despite a difficult start to their campaign.Chelsea are yet to win at home under Lampard and sit in eleventh place in the table, three points off the final Champions League spot.With Arsenal, Tottenham and Manchester United all vying for a place in the Champions League, Lampard was asked if he saw any reason why Chelsea wouldn’t finish in the top four.He replied: ‘Of course not. I think from the way that we have played and there are lots of moments where we have showed confidence. We’ll have to push, because of all these teams.’ADVERTISEMENT Chelsea are yet to win at home in the Premier League under Lampard (Picture: Getty)Chelsea have won just twice in the league this season, against relegation battlers Wolves and Norwich, and appear to be feeling the effects of being unable to sign any new players during the summer.AdvertisementAdvertisementLampard has placed his faith in Chelsea’s young stars, with academy graduates Tammy Abraham (7) and Mason Mount (3) currently leading the club’s goalscoring charts. Chelsea v Brighton: Frank Lampard press conferenceTo view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 12:28FullscreenChelsea v Brighton: Frank Lampard press conference is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.center_img More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityChelsea have already suffered defeats to league leaders Liverpool and top four rivals United, but Lampard insists his targets for the Blues have not changed.‘No [my targets] haven’t, and it’s always hard to set out your ambitions at the start [of the season]. Lampard is backing his young stars to deliver Champions League football (Picture: Getty)‘It might be two months, but we haven’t played many games. That’s the way with a stop start season with the international games.‘There’s a long way to go. Of course there’s a gap between us and Liverpool and City, which many people predicted.‘It’s come earlier than we expected, but look at the other teams around us. Arsenal, Man Utd – we understand we’re in and amongst it.‘Having seen the young players, I’m as confident as I was before. We want to be competitive and get into the top four.’MORE: Chelsea made ‘unofficial’ move for Mauricio Pochettino before appointing Frank LampardMore: FootballBruno Fernandes responds to Man Utd bust-up rumours with Ole Gunnar SolskjaerNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira moves Comment Advertisementlast_img read more

Wednesday people roundup

first_imgDNB – Dutch pensions regulator De Nederlandsche Bank has appointed Marry de Gaay Fortman to its supervisory board (RvC) as of 1 July. De Gaay Fortman is a partner at law firm Houthoff Buruma. She succeeds Bert van Delden, who resigned on 1 November. DNB reappointed Kees Goudswaard for a four-year period on the board. Goudswaard is a professor of economics and social security at Leiden University and chairs an advisory committee of the Social and Economic Council (SER) on the future of the Dutch pensions system. The supervisor also extended the four-year term of Feike Sijbesma on the supervisory board. Sijbesma is chairman of the executive board of chemicals conglomerate DSM.ERAFP – Olivier Bonnet will become head of asset manager selection at France’s €23.5bn additional pension scheme for civil servants, effective 1 May. Pauline Lejay will replace him as head of socially responsible investment (SRI), having previously been SRI officer. (See here for more)Deutsche Asset Management – The head of the asset management firm, Quentin Price, is taking medical leave from the company. Price joined Deutsche in January from BlackRock, where he was head of alpha strategies. (See here for more)Aberdeen – Campbell Fleming has been appointed global head of distribution at the asset manager, having resigned from Colombia Threadneedle Investments, where he was chief executive for the EMEA and global CIO. Before Columbia Fleming, he worked at JP Morgan until 2009. At Aberdeen, Fleming succeeds John Brett, who stepped down from the role late last year.Northern Trust – The asset manager has appointed Aaron Overy to a senior institutional sales role with primary responsibility for the UK market, while Nigel Tyler has been appointed senior index equity portfolio manager. Taylor joins from BlackRock, where he was responsible for managing pooled and segregated index portfolios. Overy was most recently head of asset pooling sales at Northern Trust.HQ Capital – The German investment manager for alternative assets has expanded the size of its supervisory board with two new members: Barbara Knoflach and Philipp Geller. Knoflach is deputy chief executive and global head of investment management at BNP Paribas Real Estate. Geller is a partner at HQ Trust and worked at UBS for seven years before that.Linklaters – Philip Goss has been appointed partner in the law firm’s pensions practice, effective 1 May. Based in London, Goss joined Linklaters in 2006 and advises corporates and trustees on a range of pensions law issues, including scheme mergers, investment issues, buy-ins and buyouts and liability management exercises.Allen & Overy – Jane Higgins has been promoted to partner in the law firm’s pensions practice, effective 1 May. She joined A&O as a trainee in 2005 and qualified as a solicitor in 2007, joining the pensions team as an associate. Based in London, Higgins advises corporates, banks and trustees on all aspects of their pensions arrangements. Länsförsäkringar, Alfred Berg, SPK, Mercer, DNB, Länsförsäkringar, ERAFP, Deutsche, Aberdeen, Colombia, BlackRockLänsförsäkringar – Peter Norhammar and Petter Löfqvist have been hired by Sweden’s Länsförsäkringar as part of its move to bring domestic equities management in house. The two are both currently working at Nordic asset manager Alfred Berg and will start their jobs as portfolio managers at the insurance group’s unit LF Mutual Fund Company (Länsförsäkringar fondförvaltning) in the autumn. Norhammar currently heads up Swedish equities at Alfred Berg and is senior portfolio manager for Sweden. He is lead portfolio manager for Nordic listed real estate equities including the fund Alfred Berg Fastighetsfond (real estate fund) Norden. Löfqvist is senior portfolio manager for Sweden, in charge of Nordic and Swedish small caps.SPK — Jonas Årsjö has been hired within the finance unit at Swedish banking sector occupational pension fund SPK. His main duty will be managing investment manager analysis in alternative investments and fixed income investments. Årsjö was previously senior investment consultant at Mercer Investment Consulting in Stockholm, as well as head of investment consulting at the firm for Sweden. He has also had an active career as a basketball player, and has recently been working as club director for the Swedish basketball team 08 Stockholm Human Rights.Länsförsäkringar — Sten Dunér, the chief executive of Länsförsäkringar AB — part of the Swedish group of 23 mutual insurance companies — is retiring in the course of this year as planned, having been in the role since 2010. He was previously CFO at Länsförsäkringar AB, and has worked at the company since 1982. The firm said it had now started the process of recruiting Dunér’s successor.last_img read more

Steven B. Kelts

first_imgSteven B. Kelts, age 60 of Batesville, died Tuesday, April 4, 2017 at his home.  Born February 1, 1957 in Elmira, New York, he is the son of Gail (Nee: Andrews) and Charles Kelts.  He married Constance Lilley May 1, 1982 at Horseheads, New York.  He was a Senior Control Engineer for Bosch in Florence, Kentucky.Steve enjoyed many interests.  An active individual who liked being outside, he participated in triathlon events, marathons and mini marathons.  He was a regular at the Cincinnati Flying Pig Marathon and several local hospice runs in addition to running at events in Germany and Mexico.  Vegetable and flower gardening, fishing and riding his Harley were other outdoor activities he enjoyed.  Steve was also an avid reader, a Reds fan and according to his family, an excellent cook.  With two huge binders full of recipes, everything he made was delicious.  They also indicated he wasn’t necessarily a cat person, but very much loved his dogs and had an interesting hobby of visiting old churches, admiring and photographing their unique architecture.  His greatest pleasure, though, was being with his family.He is survived by his wife Connie; daughters Sarah (Joe) VanWhy of Edinburg, Indiana, Linsey Kelts of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Ali (Matthew) Kelts of Kokomo, Indiana, Anni (Brent) Kelts of Versailles, Indiana; father Charles Kelts of Cincinnati, Ohio; sister Sheryll Popp of Wilmore, Kentucky and grandchildren Seth Hallgren, Harper Hallgren and Lillian Bradley.  He is preceded in death by his mother and sister Staci Kelts.Steve’s wishes were to be cremated.  The family will receive friends from 9:30 until 11:30 a.m., Saturday, April 8th at the Weigel Funeral Home.  The family requests memorials to the Margaret Mary Health Foundation Hospice or Melanoma Know More of Cincinnati.last_img read more

Dalung Reveals State Burial Plans for Keshi

first_imgIn a tentative burial plan, a night of tributes is to hold in Abuja while lying-in-state, church service and novelty football match in Benin City are to precede the final interment in Illah, his home town.The Minister of Youth and Sports, Solomon Dalung, gave the hint when the children of the late coach called to officially inform and thank the federal government for the support given to the family since Keshi’s demise.Already, the minister is proposing a 20-man national committee for a state burial that will comprise family members, the Nigeria Football Federation, the Ministry of Youth and Sports, stakeholders including coaches, administrators, ex footballers, the media and representatives of Delta and Edo states.Military and para-military bodies including the Nigeria Police, the Department of State Services, the Nigerian Army, the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps and football supporters club are not going to be left out of the planning.Dalung commiserated with the children who lost both parents within six months and urged them to be strong in the Lord.“Coach Stephen Keshi will be remembered for his uncommon charisma, unrivaled leadership qualities and ability to command respect from players, peers and football enthusiasts.He was a national hero and would be given a befitting burial. In fact, Keshi belonged to the government and he will be buried by the federal government.“This committee will ensure a hitch-free burial and liaise between the government and the family to ensure that the best funeral is given to our hero,” revealed the minister in his comforting words to Keshi’s children.Dalung also revealed that a memo which will suggest ways of immortalising both Keshi and Coach Amodu Shaibu is to be presented at the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting in Abuja.Meanwhile, Keshi’s children have praised the efforts of the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports, Nigeria Football Federation, the governments of Edo and Delta states, and the global football community, since the demise of the legend.A letter signed by Jennifer Keshi and addressed to the NFF General Secretary, Dr. Mohammed Sanusi, read: “The children of the late Stephen Keshi, Jennifer, Stephanie, Sophie, Stephen Olufemi Keshi and Stephen Keshi Jr, would like at this time to express our thanks and appreciation to the people of Nigeria, Africa, the Football community all over the world, most especially the Nigeria Football Federation, Edo and Delta state governments, our relative, friends and well-wishers who have surrounded us with their love and care in this period of bereavement.“We are deeply touched by the numerous calls, visits, prayers, words of encouragement and the show of willingness to be a part of the burial arrangements. Your acts of kindness and generosity have made our burden bearable. Thank you from the depths of our hearts.“Our late dad was not only a wonderful husband to a wonderful wife, he was a soccer icon. Our mother who passed on to glory few months ago, together they were the most precious people we ever had. Their parenting and love for us knew no bound. They protected us and shielded us and prepared us for life,” recalled the children in the letter to the NFF.Similarly, the Sports Committee of the House of Representatives has hailed the late Keshi as “a man of peace, a gentleman and a thoroughbred professional footballer and coach.”In a letter signed by its chairman, Hon. Goni Bukar Lawan and addressed to NFF president Pinnick, the committee wrote: “The death of this great icon at this point of our history is a great shock to the committee and indeed the football community. The vacuum of his death will definitely be difficult to fill.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Duro IkhazuagbeAt last, late former Super Eagles Head Coach, Stephen Okechukwu Keshi, is to be given a state burial befitting an icon who brought many laurels to Nigeria.The late ex-international who died on June 8 after winning Africa’s highest football honour twice as both player and coach, is being proposed for burial in his ancestral home of Illah, in Delta State, in the weekend of July 27- 29.last_img read more