Solskjaer still has to earn Man Utd job – Neville

first_imgOle Gunnar Solskjaer could earn “the break of his life” at Manchester United, says Gary Neville, but the club’s interim boss still has “a lot of work” to do before earning a permanent position.The Red Devils turned to a familiar face for assistance following Jose Mourinho’s dismissal in December.A treble-winning hero from the past was charged with the task of clearing up the mess at Old Trafford and salvaging a season which was in danger of being left in ruins. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Six successive victories have seen Solskjaer make a dream start to life in a high-profile post and forced him firmly into the frame for an extended stay in the dugout.Former team-mate Neville has, however, pointed out that there is still a long way to go in the pursuit of a top-four finish and major silverware and that no decision on managerial appointments can be made at this stage.He told Sky Sports after seeing United claim their most notable scalp to date during a 1-0 victory over Tottenham at Wembley Stadium: “Before the game, I said if Manchester United lost the game, the result should not determine the outcome of the next United manager.“One thing I will say is because Manchester won, it shouldn’t determine the outcome of the Manchester United manager.“It shouldn’t be like that. We shouldn’t flip from week to week as to whether Solskjaer should be the Manchester United manager at the end of the season or not.Ole Gunnar Solskjaer“It’s something that I think will need to be looked at in April or May when there’s been a body of work put in.“But it’s been a wonderful start. I’m delighted for him as a person because he’s a brilliant person. He’s a thinker of the game and you’ve seen that in the first half against Tottenham.“He’s come through the coaching ranks in the right way.“He’s done his grounding, if you like, in the reserves at Manchester United. He’s gone away to Norway and done well at Molde. He’s come back and had his bad experience at Cardiff which I think most managers would say that you need. He’s gone back to Molde and now he’s got a little break.“It might be the break of his life but there’s still a lot of work to do. He won’t be getting carried away because he’ll recognise there’s still a lot of work to be done.”United remain sixth in the Premier League table despite edging out Spurs but are making up ground on the Champions League spots.They have drawn level on points with Arsenal, while they are now just six behind Chelsea and a further point back on Tottenham. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

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After weeks of snow winterweary Americans plead with travel agents Get me

After weeks of snow, winter-weary Americans plead with travel agents: Get me out of here In this Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014 photo, bundled up pedestrians walk past an advertisement for South America and Central America in the window of a travel agency in Blue Island, Ill. With yet another polar vortex like storm system bearing down on many parts of the country, suffering Midwesterners dream about being anywhere but home. Florida resorts and other tourist operations have been fueling this with email and other ad campaigns dangling a little sunshine and beach scenes in front of us. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green) AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Don Babwin, The Associated Press Posted Feb 28, 2014 1:04 am MDT CHICAGO – Shannon Frauenholtz has had it with winter. Barely able to stomach the television news with its images of snowbound cars, she heads to the tanning salon, closes her eyes and imagines she’s back in Mexico, where she’s already vacationed once this winter.She’s toyed with the idea of joining her mother in Hawaii or just driving to an indoor water park, figuring that while the palm trees might be plastic and the “beach” smells of chlorine, at least it’s warm.“I don’t need a vacation. I don’t need the relaxation,” said Frauenholtz, of New Ulm, Minn. “I just need the heat.”All over the Midwest and the East Coast, travel agents are being inundated with a simple request: Get me out of here. And travellers fortunate enough to have escaped are begging hotels to let them stay a little longer.Because they know how miserable people are, warm-weather destinations in California, Arizona and Florida have stepped up their enticements. Trains and billboards in Chicago have been plastered with ads showing beaches and pool scenes. In Philadelphia, one promoter put fiberglass mannequins dressed in flip flops, tank tops and shorts atop taxis with their arms outstretched — a whimsical inducement to “fly” south.Reminding Americans that there are places where nose hairs don’t freeze is an annual tradition. But those in the business of luring visitors to warmer climates say it’s rarely been easier than this season, when “polar vortex” has entered the everyday vocabulary and “Chi-beria” has become popular enough to emblazon on T-shirts.“This year we wanted to have a little more fun with it,” said Susannah Costello, of Visit Florida, the state’s official marketing organization, which came up with the mannequin idea.The ads showing children and bikini-clad women making snow angels in warm beach sand are more plentiful than in years past, acknowledged Erin Duggan, of Visit Sarasota County.“We did that because we knew winter was shaping up to be brutal,” she said.Not that people needed much reminding of the harsh conditions.“The winter is so bad, there is a certain amount of desperation,” said Alex Kutin, an Indianapolis travel agent. “They come and say, ‘I’ve got to get somewhere warm. Where do you recommend?’”Another assault of bad weather was expected over the weekend, with forecasts for at least 6 inches of snow through Monday in a 1,500-mile stretch from Kansas to the East Coast. Parts of the Northeast could see a foot or more.Kevin Tuttle, of Verona, Wis., was so intent on finding warmth that he decided against Florida out of fear that the polar vortex might reach down and find them there. Instead, he and his wife will take their 4-year-old son and 5-year-old daughter to Manzanillo, Mexico, a resort on the Pacific ocean.“That’s near the equator, right? It’s got to be pretty warm,” Tuttle said, adding that “a lot of sand castles are in my future.”Just how many more people are trying to get out of the ice box is unclear. Airlines do not release any route-specific data. And although the government tracks some of it, figures will not be released for six months.But other travel statistics suggest there has been a jump. The jetsetter.com travel site found that the number of hotel bookings in warm-weather spots made by customers from Illinois, New York, Massachusetts and the Washington, D.C., area rose 7 per cent in January compared with last year.Visit Florida says hotel bookings in the state rose 3 per cent in the four weeks ending Feb. 15 compared with the same period last year. And the Recreational Vehicle Industry Association reports that RV parks from Florida to Arizona report are packed, with one Arizona park expecting a 6 per cent increase in revenue over last year.Travellers are also staying longer once they arrive.Micah Hilgendorf said the thought of heading back to ice-covered Chicago, where he owns a couple of bars, prompted him to tack on three days in Florida before and after a cruise out of Miami. He also flew to Palm Springs, Calif., for four days.“All of that is last-minute because of the weather,” Hilgendorf said.Dave Knieriemen, a retired engineer from Fremont, Ohio, is doing the same thing.“We’ve reserved a room for another night in case our flight gets cancelled because of the weather,” he said this week from Arizona as he watched the Cleveland Indians play a spring training game. “And it’s so horrible (in Ohio) we might stay a bit longer, anyway.”Travel agents say the numbers of travellers would be even higher if all those who wanted to get away could find a seat on jets that are already full.“It’s far easier to find people a resort to stay in or a cruise ship than to find them a flight,” said Gail Weinholzer, of AAA in Minnesota.The inability to find a flight, afford a trip or get time off from work has sent a surge of customers to businesses at home that can offer even a short escape from the cold, such as tanning salons.“We’re getting a lot of people coming in here to warm up,” said Kirstin Leffew, the manager of Bronze Bay Tanning in Pendleton, Ind. “They want the beds that have been used the most, the ones that are nice and hot.”Indoor water parks say they are busier than usual, too. Joe Eck, general manager of the Wilderness Resort in the Wisconsin Dells, said business is up 10 to 15 per cent because of the bitter cold.Among those who decided to go to the Wilderness — which has real palm trees, the resort will remind you — were Jennifer Drost and her family.“Our kids are young enough where they still enjoy playing outside, but they haven’t been able to because it was so darn cold,” said Drost, who lives with her husband and three children in Fond du Lac, Wis. “All of us were getting on each other’s nerves, (and) we just needed to get out of the house.”___Associated Press writer M.L. Johnson in Milwaukee contributed to this report. read more

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