England’s Roy Hodgson excited after drawing Wales in Euro 2016 Group B

first_imgEngland and Wales will come up against each other for a “firecracker of a game” in Euro 2016 with the two British teams to meet for the first time in a major tournament.Roy Hodgson says England will approach the match in Lens full of respect for Chris Coleman’s Wales side, not least for Gareth Bale, with Russia and Slovakia also drawn in Group B.It was a draw Coleman had been hoping to avoid, but not as daunting as Northern Ireland’s – drawn in Group C with world champions Germany, Poland and Ukraine – nor that of Martin O’Neill’s Republic of Ireland side who have to face Belgium, currently top of the FIFA world rankings, Sweden and Italy in Group E.England v Wales will be on Thursday June 16, the second match for each of the teams, and England boss Hodgson – who sold Coleman to Fulham when he was Blackburn manager – said his team would be full of respect for Welsh, and not least Real Madrid star Bale.Hodgson said: “The Wales game is the one that’s going to excite the imagination.“Wales are a very good team and Chris has done a fantastic job – I have been very impressed with them.“They have a very strong spine, Ashley Williams has done a magnificent job at centre half, Aaron Ramsey is there and Chris has put in a lot of players to get the best out of in particular Gareth Bale who is right up there as one of the top players in Europe, that’s why Real Madrid paid so much for him.“We all know about their threats and they will know about ours.“It will be an incredible atmosphere in Lens.”Coleman had said before the draw that meeting England in the group would be a distraction, but was relieved it will not be their opening match of the tournament.He said: “It’s going to be a firecracker, a great game. England are one of the best teams, and we would have wanted to avoid it, but now we just look forward to it.“You look around all the coaches here and you feel so honoured and proud to be here, representing Wales. I am very excited, we’re in a group with some hot competition.“But that is why we are here, we deserve to be here and I think the tournament will be a fantastic one.”last_img read more

Jim Harbaugh’s new QB recruit may be younger than your YouTube account

first_imgBlessed to receive my first … What were you doing when you were 13? Waiting on the front porch for the mailman to deliver your Mad Magazine? Building a Roller Derby track out of Legos? Having rip-roaring belching contests with your friends?Loser.On Tuesday Jim Harbaugh, at whose genius we marveled during his time with Stanford and the 49ers, called a seventh grader and offered the kid a football scholarship to Michigan.Of course the kid, quarterback Isaiah Marshall, tweeted yes.last_img

On Abusing Fear

first_img Get the Free eBook! Learn how to sell without a sales manager. Download my free eBook! You need to make sales. You need help now. We’ve got you covered. This eBook will help you Seize Your Sales Destiny, with or without a manager. Download Now Three times in as many days, I received a call from an unknown, local number. Because the number is local, and because they made so many attempts, I answered the phone. I was greeted by a recording that said “Your business cannot be found on the Internet, including sites like Google and Bing” and “Your customers cannot find you.”The recording went on to tell me to press 1 to be connected to a specialist who could help me. Curious about the fear-based nature of the pitch, I pressed 1. I received a new recording telling me that I had to be a business owner to continue. It asked me to press 2 if I was the business owner.I was connected to Robert. I said, “What’s with the fear-based pitch, Robert?” He said, “We don’t have a fear-based pitch.” I suggested that he was incorrect. I told him that the recording told me that my business wasn’t able to be found on the Internet and that I was losing customers.” He firmly stated that I was wrong.I asked Robert if he had heard the recording. He said he hadn’t. Then he asked me if I was the business owner. I said, “Yes. I am. What business was your call referring to? I have a few businesses.” He asked me what business I was calling from. So, I asked him which business he called, and asked him how he knew I wasn’t listed if he didn’t even know what business his autodialer called.Frustrated, Robert decided I wasn’t much fun, and he said “never mind,” and hung up on me. Robert isn’t to blame for his company’s decision to take this approach with their prospective customers.Fear is perhaps the most powerful motivating force available to marketers and salespeople. So many people suffer from a dormant form of dissatisfaction that fear is sometimes what is necessary to wake them up to the real dangers they face. You need to shake them out of their comfort zone.But fear isn’t something that should be used carelessly or thoughtlessly. It should never be used in a way that destroys trust. The fear you use cannot ever be based on a lie. That’s self-oriented behavior, and it’s a poor long-term strategy.I am sure that the people who built this campaign sold it by pointing to the great numbers of people they can get to push 1 and connect with a salesperson. I am sure they think that having the person qualify themselves by pushing 2 is a smart idea. I’ll bet they laugh every time someone does so. They may even make some sales. But a transactional approach that violates trust isn’t a good long-term plan for acquiring customers or growing your business. Why should you avoid marketing tactics that may work but destroy trust in the process?When is the right time to use fear to move a client to act?How do you develop the issues, challenges, and trends that compel clients to act?last_img read more

Supreme Court clears Srinivasan’s path to become BCCI head

first_imgThe Supreme Court on Friday cleared decks for the Indian cricket board secretary N Srinivasan taking over as its president on September 19 and 20 during the AGM. A bench comprising Justice Aftab Alam and Justice RM Lodha turned down a plea by AC Muthiah, former president of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), seeking to restrain Srinivasan from taking over the top post till it was decided whether an Indian Premier League (IPL) team owner could be allowed to become an office bearer of the Board.Though the court did not grant any interim relief to Muthiah, it made it clear that the appointment of Srinivasan would be subject to the final decision on the petition moved by the former BCCI president.Muthiah, who had challenged a BCCI rule permitting an IPL team owner to become an office bearer of the Board before the Madras High Court, had approached the Supreme Court after the high court refused to stay the operation of the rule till a final decision on his petition.With his appeal yet to be decided, Muthiah had filed an application before the apex court seeking a restraint order against Srinivasan taking over as president. He pointed out that a two-judge bench of the apex court had on April 28 delivered a split verdict in the matter.Muthiah argued that it would not be appropriate to allow current Board secretary Srinivasan, who owns the Chennai Super Kings IPL team, to hold on to BCCI posts till his appeal was decided.advertisementCiting a conflict of interest, Muthiah has been contending that BCCI office bearers could not be allowed to have commercial interests in the IPL. A bench comprising Justice JM Panchal and Justice Gyan Sudha Misra that heard the matter earlier gave a split verdict, prolonging a decision on Muthiah’s appeal. The matter, therefore, had to be referred to another bench.While Justice Panchal refused to stay the BCCI rule allowing its office bearers to own IPL teams, Justice Misra was of the view that a person owning and operating an IPL team could not be allowed to hold any position in the BCCI. Muthiah had challenged an amendment in the BCCI rules permitting an administrator to have direct or indirect commercial interests in matches or events like the IPL or Champions League T20.The amendment was made after Muthiah questioned acquisition of stakes in Chennai Super Kings team by BCCI secretary Srinivasan citing conflict of interest. Srinivasan was the managing director of India Cements Ltd which had bid successfully for the team.Refusing interim relief to Muthiah, the high court had held that BCCI was like a private club and no outsider could question the regulations of the society.last_img read more