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CFL is currently searching for Cohons rep

Postby lw789 » Thu Jun 15, 2017 6:04 pm

SYDNEY, Australia -- Ange Postecoglou has been hired as head coach of the Socceroos in a five-year deal that could involve two World Cups. The 48-year-old Postecoglou, who led Brisbane Roar to two domestic A-League titles before moving to Melbourne Victory last year, is the first Australian head coach of the Socceroos since Frank Farina in 2005. Holger Osieck, a German, was fired earlier this month after back-to-back 6-0 defeats to Brazil and France, despite helping Australia qualify for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil Football Federation Australia chairman Frank Lowy confirmed the widely expected appointment of Postecoglou on Wednesday, announcing a deal running through the 2014 World Cup, the 2015 Asian Cup and qualifiers for the 2018 World Cup. Postecoglou, who migrated to Australia from Greece with his family when he was five and played four times for the Socceroos, will be in charge for the international friendly against Costa Rica on Nov. 19. "I was proud to represent my country as a player and I have the same immense feeling of pride today," Postecoglou said. "The Socceroos belong to the people of this nation. Its my job to make sure we represent all thats good in Australian football." Australia narrowly missed out on qualifying for the 2002 World Cup and then, with Dutchman Guus Hiddink at the helm, qualified for Germany 2006 and reached the second round before a contentious defeat to eventual champion Italy. Pim Verbeek was the next full-time coach, but his tenure ended with Australias disappointing first-round exit at South Africa 2010. Osieck got the Australians through qualifying for Brazil, but the Socceroos playing stocks and rankings have plummeted since the so-called "golden era" in 2006 and theres been constant criticism domestically about a lack of regeneration in the national team. Lowy made no secret of the fact an Australian candidate would be preferred to replace Osieck and drew up a shortlist including Postecoglou, who was national youth coach from 2000-2007, and Graham Arnold, who was interim Socceroos coach in 2007 between the contracts of Hiddink and Verbeek. "I have never taken the view that the coach should be an Australian for the sake of having an Australian," Lowy said Wednesday. "I have always believed we should get the best person we can for the job. "The fact that Ange is the best qualified, and an Australian, achieves our objective." Tom Wilson Jersey . Joining him in this years class were Switzerlands Patrick Huerlimann and Norways Eigil Ramsfjell. The announcement was made at the world mens curling championship at Capital Indoor Stadium in China. Alexander Ovechkin Jersey . Lineup news, Fantasy tips and more in Scott Cullen’s Statistically Speaking. 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The complaint says Goodell is prohibited from punishing players for any aspect of the case occurring before the new collective bargaining agreement was signed last August.VANCOUVER - As he completes his tenure as CFL commissioner, Mark Cohon is leaving the league in better shape now than when he took the reins eight years ago.A blockbuster TV agreement that will net teams millions, several new or refurbished stadiums and an expansion team in Ottawa will be among the legacies he leaves behind. But as he steps down, the future of the Toronto Argonauts remains unclear and not fixing their problems will be one of his biggest regrets.Cohon announced in August he wouldnt seek a contract extension when his current deal expires in April. In his final state-of-the-league address Friday at the Grey Cup, the 48-year-old acknowledged that his inability to resolve Torontos stadium issue — the Argos still havent found a new home with their Rogers Centre lease set to expire in 2017 — is a blemish on his record.Would I like to have had the bow tied around that before I leave as commissioner? Absolutely, Cohon said. We have to change the experience for Argos fans and I think a new home is a big part of that puzzle.Owner David Braley has lost millions operating the Argos since 2010. The struggling franchise averaged less than 18,000 spectators this season at the cavernous Rogers Centre, which can hold 50,000 fans for football.Braley continues to negotiate with Maple Leafs Sports and Entertainment on a lease at the more intimate BMO Field. But that deal is contingent on the completion of a $125-million renovation at the outdoor facility.MLSE is contributing $95 million toward the expansion with the city of Toronto agreeing to provide $10 million. But the anticipated funding of $10 million each from the provincial and federal governments hasnt materialized, potentially threatening completion of the project.The Ontario Liberals are expected to contribute $10 million but the federal government is reportedly balking, creating a $10-million shortfall Cohon said the CFL could make up to secure the Argos future.You look at everything, you look at all options, Cohon said. Thats a better option than building a new $150-$200 million stadium so I think you have to look at all scenarios and how would we consider any future investment in that opportunity for the partners to get that back.In March 2013, Cohon helped negotiate a five-year deal with TSN reportedly worth $43 million a year that was more than 2 1/2 times the previous agreement. The result was increased league payments to its teams.But the TV money was a hot-button topic this spring in a contentious, testy negotiation with the CFL Players Association. The players voted to go on strike and threatened to walk just prior to the season before agreeing to a five-year deal at the last minute, ensuring the 2014 campaign started on time and clubs start sharing in the extra television revenue.The Toronto issue and labour strife compounded what was a challenging final season for Cohon.Injuries to proven offensive stars like quarterbacks Travis Lulay and Darian Durant, receivers Chad Owens and Any Fantuz as well as running backs Jon Cornish and C.ddddddddddddJ. Gable dramatically impacted the on-field product. Defences dominated as scoring and total offence were down — thanks in part to conservative offensive play. On Thursday, B.C. Lions linebacker Solomon Elimimian became the first pure defensive performer to capture the leagues outstanding player honour.Off the field, attendance and the leagues TV ratings were both down but Cohon remained bullish on the CFLs standing on the Canadian sports landscape.Lets put that into perspective, he said. Were bigger than the NFL in this country, were bigger than the Toronto Blue Jays in this country, much bigger than the NBA and the (Toronto) Raptors, which is a hot team in this country, Cohon said, without citing any specific data to support his claim.Were second only to the NHL in this country . . . but there are things we definitely need to focus upon.Not the least of which is appealing to a younger demographic, most notably getting more children involved in minor football.Every year our teams invest between three and four million a year into amateur football, he said. You have to get kids playing the game . . . you have to get to that young age.There were successes in 2014 for the CFL, including a successful return to Ottawa. The expansion Redblacks posted just two wins but did sell out all of their home games.The Hamilton Tiger-Cats opened the season at 6,500-seat Ron Joyce Stadium before moving into the state-of-the-art Tim Hortons Field, going 6-0 at the 18,000-seat venue en route to advancing to the Grey Cup game for the second straight year.Amazingly, Sundays game still isnt a sellout. Cohon said over 50,000 tickets have been sold at B.C. Place Stadium but roughly 2,700 remain for the second Grey Cup game to be played there since 2011.But over Cohons tenure, Hamilton, Montreal, B.C., Winnipeg, Ottawa and Montreal have either moved into new stadiums or refurbished venues, with the Saskatchewan Roughriders scheduled to move into a new facility in 2017.Weve entered what I think is a period of stability, Cohon said. Its my hope this stability and strength we have today will give a long runway for the next commissioner.The CFL is currently searching for Cohons replacement with league board chairman Jim Lawson hoping the new commissioner will be in place by April.Were looking for someone with a strategic vision for the future, Lawson said. Given the job Mark has done, I dont think theres a lot of low-hanging fruit right now.Weve got to fix Toronto but we want someone whos strategic and can look five-to-10 years out to make sure this league continues to thrive In order for someone to come in and have that vision theyve got to be able to run with it. I think thats what well get and Im confident the board will let them do their job. Cheap NFL Jerseys Wholesale Jerseys Wholesale NFL Jerseys Jerseys From China Wholesale NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap Jerseys ' ' '
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