Phil Neville accepts responsibility for his part in Manchester United’s “disaster” last season but has suggested the club’s new boss Louis van Gaal has an easier job on his hands than predecessor David Moyes. Neville, the former United full-back, was on the Red Devils’ coaching staff last term as they struggled under Moyes before finishing the campaign seventh in the Barclays Premier League – a year after being crowned champions in Sir Alex Ferguson’s final season in charge. Neville told the BBC’s Test Match Special: “I’ve had sleepless nights thinking about what happened last year. “There is part of me that thinks it was an impossible job to follow Sir Alex Ferguson. “I think Louis van Gaal has an easier task now, following the man that followed Sir Alex Ferguson . “It was a really difficult job for David Moyes and I think rather than blame him, there has to be collective responsibility taken throughout the whole club. “Last year was a complete failure, and a disaster from my point of view. “But David Moyes is an outstanding manager and will go on to be one for another club – it just didn’t work out last season.” It emerged this week that Neville, who played under Moyes at Everton from 2005 to 2013 after concluding his 10-year United playing career, will no longer be part of the coaching staff at Old Trafford. The 37-year-old former England international has signed up to be a pundit for the BBC this season, and while talking about that on Twitter on Wednesday, he responded “no” to a question asking: “Phil, are you still on the coaching team at United?” Press Association
Women and Girls’ Golf Week: Holly Clyburn on Tour life, winning – and special moments with her sister
1 Aug 2018 Women and Girls’ Golf Week: Holly Clyburn on Tour life, winning – and special moments with her sister Tags: Get into golf, Girls, Holly Clyburn, Women Holly Clyburn was one of England’s best amateurs before she turned pro. Here she talks about how she prepared for life on tour, winning on the Ladies European Tour, playing on the LPGA Tour – and sharing special experiences with her sister, India, such as both winning the English girls’ championship and playing in the Curtis Cup.Tell us about your early days in golf?My family is very golf oriented and I started when I was seven. By the time I was 14 I was involved in England training. It was very helpful, growing up and going through the different squads, not just learning about my golf, but learning about myself.What were the highlights of your amateur career?Playing for GB&I in two Curtis Cups and being on the winning team in 2012. Being English girls’ champion and now having my sister’s name alongside mine – that’s very special and it will always stick out for me.It’s also pretty special for two sisters to have played in Curtis Cup teams. Tell us what that means to you?It’s unreal! Seeing India’s name as a part of the 2018 team was amazing – and that I could make the trip to see her was even better. India is a great player and her game has come on so much, so when it came to Friday of the Curtis Cup I was so excited. I played on the LPGA, then raced over and watched her play some of the best golf I have ever seen her play and I have never felt so proud.When did you realise you wanted to make a career out of golf?From when I had a careers meeting at school when I was around 13 and I told them I would be a professional golfer. They laughed – but look who’s laughing now!When did you know you were ready to turn pro?In 2012. I did a lot in that year: I was in the winning Curtis Cup team and I played in the Ricoh Women’s British Open and came second to Lydia Ko for the silver medal. At that time I felt like I had achieved enough and done pretty much everything as an amateur and that I was ready to try the pro ranks. I think playing in the Ricoh as an amateur helped me and got my mind ready.You had your first LET win in your rookie year. Describe the feeling!That winning feeling is something else. My week in Holland when I won (the Deloitte Ladies Open in 2013) was just magical. I cried, I screamed, I pointed to the sky, but most of all I did it and I had family with me. I will always remember it and I could tell you every shot I hit from the 1st … but I won’t!What’s life like on Tour? What’s good and not so good?Tour is totally different to amateur days. In five years of tour life I have definitely learned a lot about myself.You’re by yourself a lot of the time. I love my own company, which is a bonus, but sometimes what I don’t like is being alone for a number of weeks. So I like to keep active. Since turning professional I have turned very professional, my time is either in the gym or on the golf course. My body has changed a lot.I love that I play on the biggest/hardest working tour in the world.How do you cope with the travelling?24hour clock! I’ve just got to get on with it, my mother tells me. Haha! It’s a lot easier said than done.How does playing on the Ladies European Tour compare with the LPGA?They are two different tours. The competition is high on both, don’t get me wrong, but these girls on LPGA are unreal. To compete with that every week is hard – but it makes you work harder.What’s your current ambition?To keep my status on the LPGAWhat’s your tip for an ambitious girl golfer?Make sure you have fun and keep it that way even if you want to be professional! Join your club, meet friends and enjoy the game!Inpired by Holly? Visit www.getintogolf.org to find free and low cost beginner activities across the country.Image copyright Ladies European Tour/Tristan Jones
Facebook26Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Thrive Community FitnessIn partnership with the City of Lacey, Thrive Community Fitness will be hosting the 2016 Lacey Days Thrive 5k at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday July 2. This will mark the fourth year of the event with the addition of an exciting new kid’s dash complete with an obstacle course! All proceeds from the Lacey Days Thrive 5k will be donated directly to our local Boys & Girls Clubs of Thurston County (BGCTC) where the mission is to inspire and enable youth to realize their greatness. They do this by providing four Clubs – one each in Olympia, Rochester, Tumwater and Lacey – that are safe and positive places for kids.Lacey Days Thrive 5k this year includes a Kids Dash.Since 2001, BGCTC has provided thousands of youth with a safe place to learn and grow, ongoing relationships with caring adult professionals, life enhancing programs, character development experiences, hope and opportunity. They do this by providing fun and engaging activities every day after school and in the summer in the following areas; Recreation, Health and Lifeskills, The Arts, Character and Leadership Development and Academic Assistance.BGCTC is a local nonprofit and most of their operating dollars come from right here in Thurston County. Therefore, they rely on the support of local businesses, service organizations, and donors to help keep their doors open and the membership fees low so all kids can belong.The Lacey Days Thrive 5k is an event for the whole family.Both the Kids Dash and the Thrive 5K route will begin in the Thrive parking lot. The 5K route will then connect to the Chehalis-Western Trail for most of the scenic 3.1 miles as runners will go out and back from Thrive. After everyone crosses the finish line medals will be awarded for the top finishers of both men and women in seven different age brackets (11-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60+).There will also be snacks, drinks, and a free raffle drawing for prizes from different local businesses that have sponsored the event.You can sign up in person at Thrive Community Fitness or on-line here. The cost will be $35 until race day when it goes up to $40. Check in will begin at 7:30 a.m. in the Thrive parking lot the morning of the race. Please join Thrive for a fun family event and to help support our local Boys and Girls Clubs of Thurston County.