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Keane out of Celtic reckoning

first_img A source close to the club told Press Association Sport: “Roy was not offered the job – no-one has been offered it yet. “But he has ruled himself out and asked not to be considered for the position.” The FAI later released a short statement confirming Keane would be staying put. It read: “The Football Association of Ireland today (June 2) confirmed that Roy Keane will travel with the Republic of Ireland squad to the US after he decided not to pursue the informal talks that took place with Celtic any further.” Keane had emerged as the frontrunner for the position vacated by Lennon last week over the weekend. But his departure from the scene now leaves former West Bromwich Albion manager Steve Clarke as the man expected to land the job. Sacked Cardiff boss Malky Mackay and Owen Coyle – who has been out of work since leaving Wigan last year – are also in the race to take the post. Keane’s U-turn comes as something of a surprise after reports on Monday had suggested he was within 24 hours of taking the job. Press Association Roy Keane has “asked not to be considered” for the vacant managerial position at Scottish champions Celtic. The Republic of Ireland assistant manager has ruled himself out of the running to replace Neil Lennon, preferring to continue his work alongside Martin O’Neill. Dermot Desmond, the Hoops majority shareholder, held talks with the former Manchester United skipper last week but it is understood the discussions did not get as far as a formal job offer. O’Neill confirmed on Thursday evening that his 42-year-old number two has held informal talks with the Hoops, for whom he played briefly at the end of his career, after Desmond had made contact. O’Neill said: ”I had a call the other day from Dermot Desmond wanting to speak to Roy if it was at all possible, and I mentioned it to Roy, of course. ”I am sure he was wanting to have chat anyway because a club like Celtic might not come around too often. ”It was just a really informal chat, I think, but if you are asking me would I be really disappointed? Of course if Roy was to leave us.” However, Keane had earlier hinted it would be difficult for him to leave his current role with the Football Association of Ireland. The ex-Sunderland and Ipswich boss – who now doubles his coaching duties with work as an ITV pundit – said on June 23: ”I’ve got a job – I’ve got two jobs – I can’t have another one. They are a brilliant club, an absolutely fantastic football club, one of the best in the world. But I have got a job.” He added with a smile: ”I’m not taking a pay cut for anybody.” last_img read more

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Lighter JPJ Group focused on returning Jackpotjoy to growth

first_img Related Articles Sportech highlights new client wins under lockdown June 26, 2020 Flutter begins ‘new era’ by completing merger with Stars Group April 30, 2020 Share Share Submit Publishing its full-year 2018 results, the governance of London-listed JPJ Group declares that it has delivered record revenues and corporate earnings, ahead of its market consensus.Completing year-two as an LSE enterprise, JPJ records a 10% increase in group revenues to £319 million (FY2017: £289m), despite its flagship Jackpotjoy (UK) brand delivering a flat revenue performance of £216 millionWhilst Jackpotjoy adjusts to tougher UK regulatory demands, JPJ’s international unit led by Vera&John recorded a 42% revenue increase to £103 million (FY2017: £74m), with JPJ governance detailing strong organic growth in Scandinavian markets.Focusing on returning its home UK market to growth, JPJ governance details that in 2019 it will solely focus on Jackpotjoy performance, having disposed of its non-core social games division (transaction – £18m) and Mandalay Bingo assets (transaction – £18m to 888 Holdings).Supporting the group’s  UK realignment, JPJ’s fast growth Vera&John domain will advance its profile in new markets targeting growth in Germany, Asia and Brazil.Closing 2018 accounts, JPJ governance announces a 9% increase in EBITDA to £112 million (FY2017: £103m), with the LSE enterprise returning to profit, declaring a net income of £18 million (FY2017: -£70 million).Neil Goulden – JPJ GroupNeil Goulden, JPJ Executive Chairman, commented: “I am pleased with the progress we have made in 2018 as JPJ Group plc continued to deliver on its strategy. We have reported record revenue and adjusted EBITDA2, growing 10% and 9%, respectively, demonstrating the benefits of our diversified geographic footprint. Our continued strong organic cashflow generation has also enabled us to deleverage further, with net debt/EBITDA now at 2.68x. The Board is comfortable retaining the current significant cash on the balance sheet given the optionality which this confers.“The past 12 months also saw the Group achieve several important corporate milestones. In June 2018, we substantially completed the earn-out payments to Gamesys for the assets we acquired in 2015 and in July 2018, we moved to a premium listing on the Official List in London. We sold our social gaming business in August 2018 and this month, we announced we had completed the sale of Mandalay, allowing us to concentrate on a more focussed brand strategy in the UK.” StumbleUpon Gamesys maintains UK growth as Euro regulatory headwinds stall performance August 11, 2020last_img read more

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Superliga named finalist in ‘Oscars for sports’

first_imgPhoto By Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netIts inclusion in the Top 10 of the SPIA Asia is expected to add a big boost to the Philippine Superliga (PSL), especially with its Collegiate Grand Slam (CGS) set to start on Nov. 3.PSL chair Philip Ella Juico thanked organizers of SPIA Asia Awards and Conference, who named the PSL one of the 10 finalists in the Best Women Sports Event Category for its Awards Night on Nov. 19 and 20 in Bangkok.ADVERTISEMENT Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments LATEST STORIES Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anewcenter_img Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Madayag wants to set example for young stars The PSL is the only finalist from the Philippines.Also in the elite list of finalists are the organizers of 19th AFC Women’s Asian Cup of Jordan, the AFC Women’s Futsal Championship of Thailand, the Asian Women’s Hockey Championship Trophy of South Korea and the BNP Paribas WTA Finals of Singapore.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back Chriss“It is the Oscars of Sports in Asia,” said Juico, former chair of the Philippine Sports Commission, referring to the Hollywood film awards night.Juico said the nomination for the prestigious award came at a perfect time as they are about to roll out the grassroots-oriented CGS, featuring University of Santo Tomas, the University of the Philippines, University of the East, Far Eastern University, Colegio de San Agustin and La Salle-Dasmarinas. MOST READlast_img read more

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