Millen: No hitches with Pardew

first_img “They’re still talking, but there are no problems. The lawyers are finalising the contract. The paperwork is taking longer than expected,” Millen said. “Alan has held a staff meeting when he spoke about a number of things. He spoke to the players and then we had training. “We’re preparing for the game on Sunday and I’m sure Alan will be taking the game. He’ll be taking training on Saturday. We’re hopeful the deal will be done for Sunday.” Pardew will select the side to face Vanarama Conference side Dover and Millen insists his return to the club has captured the players’ imagination. “We’ve spoken about the team for Sunday’s game. He’s gone through the squad. He’s learning about the players, but he’s pleased with what he’s seen. He’ll pick the team,” Millen said. “Alan is excited because it’s Crystal Palace and the club means a lot to him, but it’s also exciting because of the group of players he’s inheriting. “There’s a buzz about the place. It’s exciting times and from the conversations I’ve had with him we’ll be looking to change a few things. “He knows what we’re about and is excited because he feels he can bring another dimension to our play, certainly from an attacking point of view. We all know we need to score more goals.” Pardew was expected to be unveiled as Neil Warnock’s successor on Friday – but the details of the contract that will prise him away from Newcastle are still being finalised. The former Eagles midfielder spoke to staff on a visit to the training ground on Friday morning and caretaker-manager Keith Millen insists official confirmation of his appointment is imminent. Pardew has also held talks over potential targets in the transfer window. “We’ve shared our thoughts with Alan. He has to assess the squad really quickly to see what we need. We’ve had a chat and he’s spoken to the chairman,” Millen said. “He’s seen the squad for the last few games, so he has a good idea of what we need, and he’s in agreement with what we thought. “There’s a list of targets, but I don’t know how far down the road we are. There are a few positions we’re looking, but it’s not a massive overhaul. “It’s more two or three players to enhance what we already have. The quicker we get players through the door the better.” Crystal Palace are confident Alan Pardew will be at the helm for Sunday’s FA Cup tie at Dover despite a delay in his appointment as manager. Press Associationlast_img read more

Women’s golf travels to New Orleans for Allstate Sugar Bowl

first_imgAfter two back-to-back tournaments to start spring play, the women’s golf team will head to New Orleans for the Allstate Sugar Bowl. The team will look to bounce back from a rough start to the season at the Northrop Grumman Regional Challenge Feb. 3–5. In last season’s Sugar Bowl, the women managed to place second to a solid team in No. 18 Florida. This season, however, the Trojans are considerably stronger and should be favorites heading into Sunday’s matchup.   Last week, several players competed in an individual event at the Battle of the Rock.  Among them, sophomore Alyaa Abdulghany came up with her first career title after finishing four under. Abdulghany has not been in the starting lineup for the past few tournaments but has shown promise when given the opportunity to perform in events.   Although the team as a whole struggled, Silverstein noted that sophomore Jennifer Chang played extraordinarily. Chang ended up with her best round of the season on the final day and finished the tournament tied for fourth.   “We will get some different weather and different grass, so we have to drive it well because the course has small greens,” Silverstein said. “We played there last year, and this golf course suits our style.” “We were a little disappointed not to win and we had to deal with some pretty nasty conditions, so it took a little time to get back into the flow,” head coach Justin Silverstein said.   In the tournament, the team got off to a sluggish start and had to battle back from behind. USC finished at a solid third place, but as the No. 1 ranked team in the nation, the Women of Troy cannot afford to get outplayed by lower ranked opponents if they want to maintain their top spot. However, the Northrop Grumman Challenge was filled with elite level teams, including Pac-12 rivals and highly-ranked opponents in Stanford, Arizona and UCLA, as well as No. 2 Texas.   At the Sugar Bowl this weekend, the Trojans will look to tighten their grasp on their top rank against another tough field. Going down south will be both a change of scenery and competition, as they will face more colleges from the Southeast as opposed to their normal slate of West Coast opponents.   At the end of the day, the teams they face may not only be USC’s biggest competition for a Pac-12 title, but also for an NCAA championship. Heading into the weekend as the No. 1 team, the Trojans have to remember that every tournament is key in proving that they deserve the top spot. They will kick off the Allstate Sugar Bowl Feb. 17 in New Orleans.last_img read more