first_imgArsene Wenger has given his backing to former Football Association chairman David Bernstein’s claim that club bosses are setting a “terrible example”. The League Managers’ Association, backed by a number of Premier League bosses, has launched a fierce attack on Bernstein’s comments. The LMA said Bernstein’s comments were a “misguided and unhelpful…megaphone commentary from the sidelines” and that he failed to engage with the organisation during his time in office. “I think managers are incredibly responsible,” he said. “The work the LMA do and what managers give back, the help they’re trying to give the FA Commission, for example, I think that would be a wrong thing to say about the managers.” Stoke boss Mark Hughes, who was fined £8,000 this week for improper conduct, said he backed “every word” of the LMA’s stance. He said: “There’s huge sways back and forth in terms of emotion and how the ebb and flow of the game affects you in terms of the desire you have to see fair play and make sure you’re competing. “Human nature is a thing that, on occasions, your emotions can get the better of you, and football managers aren’t immune to that.” But Arsenal boss Wenger was a lone voice backing Bernstain, saying: “I go along with that [Bernstein’s comments] and I have some work to do on that front as well.” Bernstein had spoken out after being awarded the CBE in the New Year Honours, saying managers were harassing officials and were being too critical of referees after matches. The LMA said in a statement: “We believe the comments are misguided, and unhelpful. It is important to recognise that managers in professional football contribute significantly to the success of the game both on and off the field. “Having spent their lives dedicated to the game, they value it, are committed to seeing it continue to grow and to contribute to its future direction. “It is particularly sad therefore, to find David Bernstein celebrating his CBE by engaging in a megaphone commentary from the sidelines, taking a unilateral swipe at managers, having wholly failed to engage, in any meaningful way, with the LMA and its members during his tenure as FA chairman.” In an interview with Press Association Sport on Monday, Bernstein had said managers need to take more responsibility for their behaviour and were setting “a terrible example for their players, let alone the general public”. Manchester United boss David Moyes attracted attention only this week for criticism of Howard Webb after his side’s loss to Tottenham. He thinks, though, that he and his counterparts are not culpable. Press Associationlast_img read more

first_img Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco “I was going to say, ‘Ongoing,’” Zaidi interjected.“Ongoingly pleasant,” Friedman summarized with a laugh.The discussions with Roberts regarding his contract might be a little more tense. Despite three consecutive trips to the National League Championship Series and two straight NL pennants, Roberts is scheduled to be one of the lower-paid managers in the majors at $1.1 million if the option year in his contract is exercised without an extension.But Friedman made it clear he expects Roberts will manage the team again in 2019 when he said he sees no obstacles to that happening.“I wouldn’t read into that at all,” he said of Roberts’ contract situation still being unresolved. “We talked about it I think as far back as spring training and into the year and made significant progress in just a meeting of the minds and talking through things. I think from all of our standpoints we reached a point where focusing on the season and what we were trying to do was more important in all of our minds. “I think we all felt good about the working relationship, the prospects looking forward. It wasn’t an issue at all to table it and pick it up when we finished playing.”Meanwhile, the San Francisco Giants reportedly are interested in Zaidi for a president of baseball operations role. Neither Friedman nor Zaidi would comment Thursday on whether he has been contacted by the Giants. If the Giants have asked for permission to interview the Dodgers GM, Friedman said, that would remain confidential.“My focus is purely on this team right now,” Zaidi said. “That stuff – permission requests, inquiries – happen all the time. My focus right now is on the Dodgers until these guys (Friedman and Stan Kasent) tell me otherwise.”INJURY UPDATESFriedman said closer Kenley Jansen has met with cardiologists about addressing his atrial fibrillation issues with a surgical procedure this offseason but that procedure has not been scheduled. …Rehabbing from Tommy John surgery (in May) and a hip surgery (in July), shortstop Corey Seager is still targeting Opening Day for his return.“We will make sure that he is in good shape physically and ready for the day-in, day-out grind before we put him in. We think that will be Opening Day,” Friedman said. “At this point, each checkpoint along the way in the offseason will inform that. He’s going to spend a lot of time here rehabbing so we’ll have an up-close-and-personal look at it and we’ll know more.“But we are optimistic he’ll be ready Opening Day.”ALSOLess than 24 hours after extending the deadline to make a decision, the Dodgers reached agreement on a one-year contract with veteran first baseman David Freese. Freese will receive the $500,000 buyout in his contract, voiding the club option, and re-sign for a $4.5 million salary in 2019. The club option was for a $6 million salary. … Third-base and infield coach Chris Woodward has reportedly interviewed with the Texas Rangers for their managerial vacancy. … The Dodgers remain interested in getting Chase Utley to accept some kind of position in the organization now that he has retired. “We’ll give him a little time,” Friedman said. “We’ll stalk him about working with us.”Related Articles Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start LOS ANGELES — In the first week of another short offseason, the Dodgers have questions to deal with regarding the futures of pitcher Clayton Kershaw, Manager Dave Roberts and GM Farhan Zaidi.Kershaw and the Dodgers agreed to extend the deadline for him to exercise the opt-out clause in his contract until 1 p.m. PT on Friday. Indications are the extension was motivated by the likelihood that Kershaw will agree to a new contract that adds one or two years to the remaining two years and $65 million on his current deal.President of baseball operations Andrew Friedman and Zaidi were certainly in a jovial mood when asked about the situation Thursday.“Pleasant,” Friedman said when asked to characterize the discussions between Kershaw and the Dodgers this week. How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more