THE implications will be massive when the Reggae Boyz face Nicaragua in their return-leg CONCACAF World Cup Qualifying football match in Managua tonight, beginning at 8:30 p.m.The Jamaica men’s senior national football team lost the first-leg match, their home tie, 3-2 at the National Stadium on Friday night.That means, in very real and practical terms, they are facing a do-or-die situation.That they must win, is only a small part of the equation. Goals too, are important, given the deep hole in which they have found themselves due to the number conceded on home territory in Kingston.Having conceded three goals and lost by one, the Reggae Boyz must win by at least two clear goals to ensure a clear advantage, to qualify ahead of Nicaragua.There are two other ways that Jamaica can qualify. They can win the match by a one-goal margin, but score more goals than Nicaragua (three) did in Jamaica. Otherwise, if they win 3-2, the away-goals rule would register as equal, and then FIFA would likely decide on a tiebreaker, which could be a play-off on neutral territory.Any other permutation, such as a 1-0 or 2-1 Jamaica win, a draw or Jamaica losing means the end of the road as far as the nation’s hopes of qualification for the 2018 World Cup Final in Russia is concerned.That would be a massive blow to Jamaica’s football programme. The men’s senior national team, the Reggae Boyz, are the breadwinners, the life of the programme. Funding, much of which comes from sponsorships, as well as gate receipts, are almost entirely generated by this team.$700m budgetA preliminary estimate by chairman of the Jamaica Football Federation (JFF), Leighton McKnight, revealed a $700 million budget to get through the 2014 CONCACAF Finals (involving six qualifiers).This is only the first round of qualifying. Next round would be 12 teams, four in three groups, which would mean six games, with three away. Then the CONCACAF Finals, six teams and 10 matches. Those costs, with time, would have escalated.The earnings from World Cup qualification for 2014 would have been US$9 million, plus earnings in gate receipts. Also, calculate all at like rates for the period leading through to 2018 at today’s costs, and you’ll begin to get an indication of what’s at stake.However, Nicaragua stand in the way.Jamaica, too, will again not be at full strength. Striker Giles Barnes will not play. Up to Sunday, captain Rodolph Austin had not yet arrived in Managua, as he went to Mexico looking to sort out a Danish visa for his next contract.For Friday’s game, influential midfielders Joel (Jobi) McAnuff and Garath McCleary, along with central defenders Wes Morgan and Jermaine Taylor, were not available. Head coach Winfried Sch‰fer pointed out that the wives of McAnuff and McCleary are expecting, while Taylor picked up an injury at the Golf Cup Finals in the US and has not recovered from surgery.Morgan and Taylor’s omission meant the back line was missing at least one of its regular leaders, for the first in a long, long time. Additionally, goalkeeper Dwayne Miller, who Sch‰fer had been moulding into a leader at the back during the Gold Cup, sat out in place of Andre Blake, who spent most of the last year on the sidelines with a knee injury.The defence had been a strong point of the team through the Gold Cup and Copa America – tournaments where the team excelled in the past two months. They were disorganised against Nicaragua, with the usually reliable Kemar Lawrence caught out of position on two goals and handling the ball for a penalty that made the other.Within the first 10 minutes, they were trailing 0-2.”For the second leg, we can’t start this way,” said Sch‰fer. “We have to press for the ball, and we’ve to go to Nicaragua with the motivation to win.”We have to believe we can change the match. I believe it,” added the coach.New Chelsea signing Michael Hector got a lot of attention and was booed unnecessarily too often by the local crowd. He will need to use the ball much quicker to complement the team’s attempts to keep Nicaragua off the scoresheet, with goals in great demand.Adrian Mariappa is more than capable and has the senior role not only at the back, but in the team. He proved his level with a goal Friday, and will be looking to balance at both ends.Alvas Powell played the other full-back role. He turned his back on the country by walking out of the team at the Gold Cup, knowing fully well that the teamwas already short by four players. The players, who had tried to influence him without success, were peeved. Sch‰fer, who along with other members of the team staff tried changing his decision, said he would not call him back, at least now.mystifying inclusionPowell’s inclusion, even in the squad, is mystifying, and one wonders if in any way it is impacting the team and those who have decided to stay away from it.The coach himself had built the unit in his self-professed ‘one for all, all for one’ tag representing their modus operandi. Could the players have viewed their teammates’ inclusion a betrayal of that trust. More on that later.Still, in Jamaica, Nicaragua were stubborn and full of fight, making it difficult to score. Jamaica had plenty opportunities, and that should boost their confidence. Plus, it’s hard to believe one team will be blessed with so much luck again, as Nicaragua and their outstanding goalie conjured every available means to keep the ball out of goal.Darren Mattocks, who scored Friday, along with Simon Dawkins, Deshorn Brown andothers formulating the Reggae Boyz firepower, have a job on hand to save the country’s football.The implications are massive. The chance is at their feet. It’s now or never.
Records The innings of the Scorpions brought about several records. This includes registering the highest margin of victory since the tournament was inaugurated in 1972 and Jamaica’s biggest one-day total ever. Additionally, there was also the record of the most sixes hit by a team, 27. Openers Chadwick Walton and Steven Taylor, who put on a record 174 runs, laid the foundation for the Scorpions, with Jermaine Blackwood following through with 108, and Man of The Match, Rovman Powell, a late-order 95. The latter also returned to take five for 36. Miller, in the meanwhile, is hoping that his charges will be able to put in a similar display against Barbados Pride in the final today, also at Coolidge. “It’s a final and you don’t really have a choice. You just have to bring your ‘A’ game,” expressed Miller. “I want to thank the team for the character they have shown so far. We didn’t play well in our first game and lost, but we did not hang our heads. We held it up, and we have since played some good cricket and have excited the crowd, and, hopefully, come the final, we will continue in that vein.” Captain Nikita Miller believes Jamaica Scorpions always had it in them to post big totals and it was just a matter of time. He made the disclosure following the team’s mega 292 runs win over ousted champions Trinidad and Tobago Red Force in the semi-final action of the WICB Regional Super50 Tournament on Wednesday. “Before the final, we spoke about some of the previous games we batted in , whereby we set up innings nicely, but we just did not close it out,” expressed Miller. “We then said this is the game for us to close it out. Given the type of players that we have we are capable of scoring big runs. It subsequently happened and we are thankful.” Jamaica, who are reaching their first final since the 2011-2012 when they won the title, amassed a record-breaking 434 for four off their 50 overs. The Robert Samuels-coached unit then returned to bowl out Trinidad for 142.
Go, Velez square off for Visayas match play title Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Alyssa Valdez stays positive despite PH loss in volleyball opener PLAY LIST 01:14Alyssa Valdez stays positive despite PH loss in volleyball opener00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award “Everybody knows that these players get paid and they are earning a living through volleyball,” said Mitra, the former Palawan governor.“At first, I thought I managed to convince them (both leagues) to professionalize because it would raise the profile not only of the players but of the leagues they are playing in,” Mitra told Inquirer.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownObviously, those talks bogged down.Mitra said the PSL and the PVL were comparable to the PBA, whose players are all licensed by the GAB as professionals. Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast Volleyball’s popularity in the country has grown by leaps and bounds because of these commercial leagues, with players being paid to play for teams that get a lot of media mileage through the form of television, radio, print and online media exposure.However, PSL and PVL officials reportedly balked at the thought of having their players pay for licensing fees and being subjected to GAB regulations.Starting last season, PSL had all of its players sign two-year contracts by their respective clubs, while the PVL employs players who are either still in college or already graduated.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames Games and Amusements Board (GAB) chair Abraham Mitra is not backing down on requiring volleyball players in the Philippine Superliga (PSL) and Premier Volleyball League (PVL) to secure licenses from the government agency regulating professional sports.This, despite both leagues resorting to the courts and obtaining a temporary restraining order to derail the GAB.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ View comments
The Fort St. John Petroleum Association has confirmation that Federal Finance Minister Jim Flaherty will be among the dignitaries attending next week’s 50th anniversary celebrations. Flaherty is expected to attend the opening reception of the three day event, at the Pomeroy Hotel on the evening of August 27th. General Manger Tyler Kosick says everyone is invited to take part in the celebrations. – Advertisement -[asset|aid=1752|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=e14741bddef163b3268623d651b8d283-Tyler Kosick 1_1_Pub.mp3]The Association will host a variety of different functions, and there is a possibility that both Prime Minister Harper and Premier Campbell will also be able to attend the event, although neither of those appearances has yet been confirmed. Both confirmations should be announced early next week. Advertisement Kosick on the history of the association… [asset|aid=1753|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=e14741bddef163b3268623d651b8d283-Tyler Kosick 2_1_Pub.mp3] Events on the 29th will include a 10am parade featuring oilfield companies equipment, and the formal banquet, which is scheduled for 6pm at the Fort St. John Curling Club. For ticket forms and registration you can go on line at Fort St. John Petroleum Association.com…or they can be purchased at Greensmart Homes.
The City Council unanimously passed the project’s new budget Wednesday night. “A B-52 is going to be a gem, I think,” said Councilman Steve Knight. Knight noted that a B-52 was used as the launch aircraft for the X-15 rocket-plane program at Edwards Air Force Base. Knight’s father, the late state Sen. W.J. “Pete” Knight, was a test pilot who gained fame in large part due to his exploits on that program. The original contractor, Airstone Enterprises, an Arizona company, asked to be released from its contract with the city, stating it was at risk of bankruptcy because the project was proving much more difficult than anticipated. Problems included bad weather and issues with corrosion on the aircraft, city officials said. The city authorized one of Airstone’s subcontractors, Aircraft Restoration and Marketing LLC of Tucson, to complete the disassembly work. PALMDALE – Palmdale will push forward with a project to bring a decommissioned B-52 bomber from Oklahoma to the city’s airpark, even though the effort is facing a rising price tag. Citing the benefits of enhancing the Joe Davies Heritage Airpark at Air Force Plant 42 and a desire to maintain good relations with the Air Force, the City Council approved a $472,000 budget for acquiring and displaying the airplane. The original budget was $248,000, but the contractor asked to be released from its contract with the city, citing unanticipated difficulties in disassembling the aircraft. Earlier this week, city officials thought the overall budget would be $573,000, but the estimate was lowered after they received bids from companies for transporting the bomber, now at the Oklahoma State Fairgrounds in Oklahoma City. “This airplane, once brought here, will put the airpark on the map,” said Mayor Jim Ledford. Both Oklahoma City and the Air Force had set a June 1 deadline for removing the aircraft, but city officials said they are negotiating to get a few more days for the project. The airpark, at Rancho Vista Boulevard and 25th Street East, is intended to recognize Air Force Plant 42’s contributions to national defense and to aerospace history. Initially a U.S. Army Air Corps base in the 1940s, and briefly a Los Angeles County airport, Plant 42 has been an aircraft production and flight-test installation since 1950. While the B-52 bombers were not built in the Antelope Valley, the airplanes have operated out of nearby Edwards Air Force Base for nearly 50 years and have used Plant 42 for practice landings and takeoffs. Some aircraft and spacecraft built or modified at Plant 42 include the F-86 Sabre, the top Air Force fighter during the Korean War; the F-94C; the F-100 Super Sabre; the F-104; the F-117A stealth fighter; the U-2 and SR-71 spy planes; and the B-1B and B-2 bombers. Aircraft now at the airpark include an F-104, an F-4 Phantom, an F-86, a T-38 trainer, an A-7, an A-4, an F-100D and an F-105 Thunderchief. The park also includes a one-eighth scale model of a B-2 bomber provided by Northrop Grumman, the bomber’s prime contractor. In September, the council agreed to acquire a L-1011 jetliner. Approximately 250 L-1011s were built and tested at Plant 42 from 1968 to 1985, and it is estimated that about 10,000 people worked on the program. james.skeen@dailynews (661) 267-5743160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
The petition was filed in Washington by Brown’s office, supported by Earthjustice, Friends of the Earth, Center for Biological Diversity and Oceana. “The EPA has the authority to curb greenhouse gas emissions and our petition asks the agency to make specific findings that ships significantly contribute to global warming,” Brown said during a teleconference. The Bush administration, overall, opposes mandatory curbs on greenhouse gas emissions. Brown and other California officials already have been pushing for greater emission controls on vehicles and power plants. Bush administration officials, including the U.S. EPA, did not immediately respond to Brown. The Pacific Merchant Shipping Association, which represents 70 companies that own and operate cargo carriers, declined to comment. In a statement on its Web site, the PMSA says its “member companies are already proactively working to reduce emissions by exploring the use of a wide variety of cleaner fuels, engines, and retrofit technologies that exceed any existing requirements.” Environmental groups scoff at the assertion, saying the association is battling government efforts to address emission standards. Brown acknowledged the difficulty of what he’s asking of the Bush administration. International law governs ocean-going vessels. Virtually all the ships that transport cargo to the United States are registered under foreign flags. United Nations’ groups have mulled the matter for years buy have yet to take action. Even so, Brown said federal officials could take limited actions. “International legal rights do not include polluting the air or water near our coastal cities,” Brown said. “If the United States is to do its part in reducing the threat of global climate disruption, the EPA must limit the global warming emission from ships that enter U.S. ports.” State regulators and California port officials are considering rules to require that ships reduce speed as they near the shore, reducing emissions, and plug into electric outlets while they unload, since power can be generated more cleanly ashore. Proponents of a crackdown on ship emissions said the issue is of prime importance because studies show vessel emissions are expected to increase 75 percent over the next two decades as global trade expands. Contact Steve Geissinger at email@example.com or (916) 447-9302. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Attorney General Jerry Brown and national environmental groups demanded Wednesday the Bush administration address greenhouse-gas emissions from smoke-belching ships that Brown believes contribute significantly to global warming. Brown and the environmentalists contend that ocean-going vessels contribute up to 5 percent of the world’s greenhouse gases – roughly the same amount as all vehicles driven in the U.S. Ships burn enormous amounts of bunker oil – the dirtiest petroleum product of all – as they crisscross the high seas and make more than 10,000 stops annually at California ports, such as those in Los Angeles, Long Beach and Oakland. Brown petitioned the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to adopt strict federal government regulations limiting greenhouse gas emissions from container ships, cruise liners, oil tankers and other large vessels that make calls at American ports.
Under-pressure Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has refuted recent claims his players are not behind him, after his side suffered shock League Cup exit at the hands of Stoke City.The Blues’s disastrous start to the season took a turn for the worst on Tuesday night as the cup holders were dumped out at the fourth round with a 5-4 penalty defeat at the Britannia Stadium, following a 1-1 draw after extra-time.Reports this week have suggested the Portuguese coach has lost the faith of his team and the club’s top stars are bracing themselves for his departure as boss.But Mourinho hit back at the rumours and was keen to praise his players’ efforts following the full-time whistle.He said in his post-match press conference: “Honestly, do you think they are not with me? That they didn’t give everything to win the game?“That is really sad – not sad for me but sad for the players, and I think it is a lack of respect to the players, not to me.“For me it would be a fantastic situation if the players are against me – I could say we don’t have results because the players are against me.“I think what some people write and say is really bad for the players. They tried everything.”Talk had already been rife before this tie about the sack looming for Mourinho, whose Premier League champions were left 15th in the table by Saturday’s 2-1 loss at West Ham, in which he was sent to the stands and then refused to speak to media.But the Portuguese – who has subsequently been hit by another charge misconduct charge from the Football Association over events at Upton Park, and had not spoken publicly since that match – said following the Stoke contest: “My general situation is fantastic.“I have a day off tomorrow, a fantastic family. I can sleep well every night. I’m going to enjoy my day and Thursday. It will be one more day like I have had in the last 15 years of my life – honest and dedicated.”Asked if he had had any more reassurances since the weekend about his job, Mourinho said: “I don’t need more.”Chelsea’s exit was sealed when Eden Hazard’s penalty, the last of the shoot-out, was saved by Jack Butland.Mourinho refused to blame Hazard and said there was plenty in Chelsea’s performance that meant their players would leave feeling positive.He said: “He [Hazard] is our best penalty taker but the last thing I do is to blame. If I have to blame someone it is the ones who tell the manager I don’t want to take it and run away.“It is more difficult when you play very bad and lose than when you play well and lose. I think they [Chelsea’s players] go with sadness but with a positive feeling.“How can they go home with lack of confidence? Lack of confidence, why? They played well.” 1 Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WHITTIER – The local chapter of the National Charity League will be awarding a $20,000 scholarship this year to a female high school senior who lives in Whittier.Officials say the scholarship is based primarily on community service. Applications are available at all Whittier-area high schools.Breakfast to serve as contest’s museChildren between the ages of 5 and 18 are encouraged to participate in a “got breakfast?” essay contest designed to raise awareness about the importance of eating breakfast.Students are asked to write a poem, essay or even a song about why breakfast is the most important meal of the day.Submissions can be in English or Spanish, 75 words maximum, and it must be legible (typed or neatly written on letter-size paper).Students should include their complete name, school year or grade, name of school with address and name of school principal, and send their entries by May 31 to “got breakfast?” Essay Contest, P.O. Box 89, Syosset, NY 11791.Four winners will be chosen and have their photo featured on a Fall 2006 edition of the “got breakfast” poster to be displayed in schools in their area.Winners will also receive a Dell laptop computer and free “grab-and-go” boxed Breakfast Breaks for their school for one week.Winners will be announced in July. For more information, visit www.gotbreakfast.org.Arts camp offers finanical aidStudents interested in applying for scholarships for this summer’s Interlochen Arts Camp have until Wednesday to mail an application.The camp is known worldwide as a premier summer arts program for students in grades three through 12. Students train intensively and produce more than 400 presentations each summer in dance, theater, creative writing, visual arts, music and motion picture arts.The camp takes place from June 24 to Aug. 7. Financial aid is available; 52 full merit-based scholarships will be awarded to students in grades 9 through 12 who demonstrate exceptional proficiency on harp, string, wind or percussion instruments.An audition submitted on tape or CD is required with the application. For more information, call (231) 276-7472 or visit www.interlochen.org.Learning disability theme of contestThe National Center for Learning Disabilities is sponsoring a 2006 National Art & Poetry Competition for learning-disabled students.The contest is open to all schools and educational programs with learning-disabled students between the ages of 4 and 18.Students are asked to express themselves artistically on the theme “Welcome to the Land of LD.”Students can discuss hopes, dreams, challenges and aspirations, as well as describe what it’s like to live with a learning disability.The deadline for submitting entries is March 3.For more rules, an application or more information, visit www.ld.org/artandpoetry or contact Teneille Craig at firstname.lastname@example.org or (212) 545-7510, Ext. 211. If you have an event or notice deserving attention, write us!Send your notice to Tracy Garcia, education reporter, at 7612 Greenleaf Ave., Whittier, CA 90602. You may call the office at (562) 698-0955,Ext. 3051, or send e-mail email@example.com.
Schwarzenegger has spent the last week visiting several California communities to talk about his vision for moving the state forward, according to his spokeswoman, Julie Soderlund. He recently visited with officials in Eureka, Redding, Modesto and Fresno before making his way to the Los Angeles area. “He’s talking to real people about real issues,” Soderlund said. “The governor’s goal is to talk directly about his vision and hear back from them about what they want to see happen in Sacramento.” Earlier this month, the governor “reluctantly” agreed with President Bush’s request to send California National Guard troops to the Mexican border to help federal agents. He supports reducing illegal immigration, but not using the Guard to do it. Making his final stop at Mario Jimenez’s taco shop, the Austria-born Schwarzenegger spoke of his connection to an immigrant-rooted population. “You have made unbelievable contributions to America and to the state of California, and there is no one who can relate to you more than I do,” he said. The governor also highlighted his plans toward improving the state’s education and public safety systems, as well as incorporating more after-school programs for California youth. In a largely Democratic city like Pico Rivera, Schwarzenegger’s message may ring favorably with residents, said Luisa Acosta-Franco. “At the end of the day, we all want the same things for out kids and family – a sound economic state, safety in our community and to be economically viable,” the 39-year-old Whittier resident said. “The more he does this, the more chances he has to get people’s support.” firstname.lastname@example.org (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3024160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2Schwarzenegger spent a little more than an hour courting several small-business owners. He visited a barber shop, flower shop and another Mexican food venue, telling merchants they are the “backbone of the economy.” “You are helping to keep the California dream alive,” he said “\ are all here to make their dream become a reality.” Along the way, Schwarzenegger was met with plenty of fanfare from motorists and pedestrians who joined the caravan that followed close behind him. Irene Spathes was among those who stood along the sidelines. A “dedicated Democrat,” Spathes said she delayed her manicure appointment to see Schwarzenegger, saying she was impressed by his gesture of visiting Pico Rivera. “He should go out in to the community and see the little people that made him who he is today,” added the 54-year-old West Covina resident. “In politics or on the big screen, we’re the ones who keep him there.” PICO RIVERA – It’s a long way to go from Sacramento for some Mexican food, but Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger stopped by Mario’s Tacos on Saturday for some local flavor. The Republican governor, running for re-election in November, didn’t order any food, however. Instead he told the restaurant full of visitors – mostly Latinos – that he wanted to meet their community. “I’m not here to look for votes,” Schwarzenegger said. “I am here to show you my support. I’m here to tell you personally that I care about you.” The politician’s visit to Pico Rivera – a largely Democratic city – is his first ever, according to Mayor Pete Ramirez, who toured a stretch of Whittier Boulevard with the actor-turned-governor.
Piers Morgan was a special guest on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast on Friday and said Donald Trump would sack Arsene Wenger if he were in charge of the club!Trump’s youngest son, Barron, was revealed as a Gooner last month after being pictured wearing the Premier League team’s home kit on the White House lawn.Morgan has a close relationship with the US president, dating back from their time working together on Celebrity Apprentice, and he claims the world’s most powerful man would almost certainly share his anti-Wenger views.He told Alan and co-host Ray Parlour: “Would Donald Trump consider success to be somebody who hasn’t won a major trophy in 13 years? No, I think he would be using the immortal words: ‘Arsene, you’re fired’!”Morgan went on to express his disappointment with Arsenal fans who to continue to back Wenger.With the Gunners having failed to win the Premier League since 2004, the outspoken TV personality has repeatedly called for the Frenchman’s 21-year reign to be brought to an end.“The real problem is that Arsenal fans don’t care enough,” claimed Morgan. “They have been too brainwashed.“This is the worst season Arsene Wenger has ever had. We are going to end up out of the top four. “Wenger looks to me like a beaten guy. We have seen the usual rash of stories – we are going to sign everyone from Messi to Ronaldo and will bring Pele out of retirement. It is all geared to shoring up Wenger’s position so he can sign a new £25million deal for himself.“We are sixth in the table, we were dumped out of the Champions League for the eighth consecutive year at the last 16 stage. He has never even won the Champions League.“This guy talks like he is Alex Ferguson, talks like he is Jose Mourinho, and he has not won the league since 2004. He has won a couple of FA Cups – well whoopie do!“It is completely unacceptable. I’m afraid not enough Arsenal fans care. I have given up trying to persuade them. If they want to carry on with Wenger for two, three more years and languish where we have been for the last 13 years and never really compete for the two major trophies, then so be it.“This is supposed to be the promised land where we had the new stadium paid for and we were going to compete with the big boys. We can barely comepete with Stoke City!”Morgan also spoke of his disappointment at seeing a ‘power shift’ in north London.Arsenal will finish behind their bitter rivals Tottenham for the first time in 22 years, with Mauricio Pochettino’s side set to finish as runners-up to Chelsea.“For 20 years we were the dominant force but when I watched the North London derby recently, other than Sanchez, no other Arsenal player gets in that Tottenham team,” said Morgan.“Tottenham looked to me like the tall, powerful, fast-moving team that Wenger produced in his first eight, nine years.“There is no doubt if you compare Pochettino to Wenger, compare that Spurs team to the Arsenal team, they are light years ahead of us.“I think they will win trophies. It is exciting times for them.”