BYC Coach Lartey: ‘I Am Not Under Pressure’

first_imgBYC Coach Lartey (L) addresses sports journalist Michael Solomon after his team’s defeat against Monrovia Club Breweries(Image Courtesy: Anthony Kokoi) Following BYC FC’s 1-0 defeat against Monrovia Club Breweries over the weekend at the Blue Field, BYC’s head coach Robert Lartey has said he is not under pressure to deliver despite losing his first three points in the 2018 Liberia Football Association First Division league.A lone goal from Breweries’ striker Mitis Mulbah in the 24th minute saw the Bushrod Island-based club bagging home all three points as they moved top of Group B. BYC are seated in the third position after collecting three points in their 2-0 win against Watanga FC in the opening fixture.In the weekend’s encounter, BYC lost control of the midfield after Kertu Jebro was substituted, followed by striker Mustapha Lomell sending off, but the ‘Go Blue Boys’ later regained control of the midfield. Thanks to after forward, Fallah Sheriff, for moving down to the middle.Coch Lartey later introduced striker Robert Taylor who came close to slotting home an equalizer in the 90th minute. Though Taylor was in a better position to head in right-back Darlington Segbe’s cross from the right flank, Breweries goalkeeper Sampson Giddings was in the best position to deny home side from getting a point.“I don’t think I am under pressure, because I spent several years with this club and won lots of trophies, so I am not under pressure. I am a relaxed coach, I know what I am capable of doing,” Coach Lartey said.Lartey, who is a former LISCR coach, said his team played their normal football, but were unfortunate to lose the match because of goalkeeper Alpha Jalloh’s mistake.“That’s the game of football, one team has to win. We played our best today, but Breweries became the better side after they capitalized on our goalkeeper’s mistake to win,” he said.Coach Lartey returned to BYC in May, 2017, replacing former coach Cooper Sannah who was sacked by the club due to what the club termed as ‘poor performance’ during the 2016/2017 national league.During Lartey’s previous spell at BYC, he won triple titles, First division, FA cup and Super Cup in the 2012/2013 league season.  He also won the FA Cup with the junior team (BYC II) as head coach, and progressed to the second round of the CAF Confederation Cup during the club’s debut appearance.BYC will be looking to bounce back when they face newly promoted side, Small Town FC, tomorrow at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Exclusive – Former Arsenal star John Hartson hails £20m move for Jamie Vardy

first_imgJohn Hartson has hailed Arsenal’s move for Jamie Vardy, claiming the striker would be a ‘fantastic signing’ for his old club.The Gunners are in talks with the 29-year-old over a switch to the Emirates after meeting the £20m release clause in his Leicester contract.Vardy was one of the best players in the Premier League in 2015/16, scoring 24 goals to fire the Foxes to the most unlikely of title triumphs.Despite his outstanding campaign, some fans have expressed doubts over whether the pacey forward would suit Arsenal’s style of play under Arsene Wenger.But Hartson insists Vardy would be a terrific addition to Wenger’s squad.Speaking on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast, the former Arsenal striker said: “He scored 20-odd Premier League goals last season and Arsenal are desperate for a poacher in the box, a goalscorer.“Systems don’t win you games, players win you games, and you can’t have enough good players.“Vardy is a good player. He is a goalscorer, he is sharp and he would be fantastic for the likes of [Alexis] Sanchez and [Mesut] Ozil.“He is a willing runner, he plays on defenders’ shoulders, he doesn’t want to come short, he always wants to go in behind… he is a nightmare to play against. He would be a fantastic signing.”Should Vardy seal his switch, he would become Arsenal’s second summer signing after the £30million arrival of Granit Xhaka from Borussia Monchengladbach last month.Hartson expects Wenger, so often criticised for a lack of spending, to carry out plenty more transfer business this summer.“I think there is a lot more to come,” added the Welshman.“He has been criticised for not winning the title in 12 years – rightly so because it is far too long to go without the Premier League – but he gets away with it because his Champions League record is remarkable and the money Arsene Wenger has brought into the club is phenomenal in terms of what they get now for getting through to the knockout stages of the Champions League.“I think he will bring in another two – maybe another striker, another midfield player and a solid defender in the old fashioned mould of John Terry. “There is money there to spend and Arsenal will have a really, really big push I feel next season. The money is there and I think Arsene Wenger will go and spend it.”last_img read more