Downing reflects on Reds spell

first_img It is a central position he reveals the West Ham boss always had earmarked for him and one he has thrived in, resulting in an England recall having not played for his country since Roy Hodgson’s first match at the helm against Norway in May 2012. “I played in Roy’s first game, went to the Euros and didn’t play at all,” Downing said. “After that, I wasn’t picked so I thought he had wanted to go in a new direction, a new type of player. “Maybe the younger players you’ve seen come into the squad a lot. “I’ve got no problems with that. Obviously it is a difficult decision for him to make, to pick 23 players. I understand that and my form probably at that time wasn’t good enough to be in. “I’m honest enough to say that but it just goes to show, if you keep playing well and your team is doing well, you’ve always got a chance of playing well.” Much was expected of the England winger when Kenny Dalglish forked out £20million to bring him to Anfield in the summer of 2011. However, Downing struggled to find his feet on Merseyside and under Dalglish’s successor, Brendan Rodgers, he was converted to a full-back. Stewart Downing called his time playing makeshift left-back for Liverpool the lowest moment of a career which is in the midst of a resurgence thanks to another positional change. It was a role the 30-year-old slotted into just so he could get back playing regularly, but it is not a time the midfielder, now with West Ham, remembers fondly. Asked if that was as bad as it got, Downing said: “Yeah, I think so. Obviously I was out of the team for me just to play, just to get back in the team, was a big thing. “But at left-back it was obviously difficult. It was a chance to get back in the team for me, so I obviously had to go along with it. I wasn’t happy playing at left-back. It’s not my natural position. “I knew from then that it was time for me to move. I was getting signals – other players were coming in and I am getting used at left-back rather than winger. “I think you know when the writing is on the wall for you at a club, so the West Ham move came at a good time for me. “It was a chance for me to go and play football regularly and play under a manager who wanted me play every week.” Downing is full of praise for West Ham manager Sam Allardyce, who he highlighted as not only being key to his move to east London but his recent, and somewhat surprising, resurgence. The Hammers’ 3-1 home defeat to Southampton in late August saw Allardyce move to a 4-4-2 diamond formation, with Downing playing a more central, attacking role. Press Associationlast_img read more

800 officers, employees call out sick in Chicago

first_img800 deputies at the Chicago Police Department called out sick on Monday, reports say.This comes after 50 officers have tested positive for the coronavirus, and one officer is currently in critical condition.“And the rule that we have here is if you are near somebody positive and you’re symptomatic then you are automatically put on sick leave, on the medical,” Chicago police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said in the Chicago Tribune report.last_img

The Final Word: Beat writer discusses Syracuse’s win over St. Bonaventure

first_img Comments Published on December 29, 2018 at 7:10 pm Facebook Twitter Google+center_img Syracuse (9-4) wrapped up its nonconference slate by defeating St. Bonaventure (4-9), 81-47. The Orange trampled the Bonnies, led by Tyus Battle who made all eight of his shots to tally 21 points. Battle also led Syracuse’s strong defensive effort, resulting in transition opportunities. SU opens Atlantic Coast Conference play at Notre Dame on Jan. 5.See what our beat writer had to say after the game.last_img read more

Angels add Shawn Wooten to big league coaching staff

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error He spent six years in the majors, including the first four with the Angels, from 2000 to 2003.Related Articles Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield center_img Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter The Angels have promoted Shawn Wooten to assistant hitting coach, moving the former member of their 2002 World Series championship team from his role in their farm system.Wooten is the third confirmed member of the coaching staff under ew manager Brad Ausmus. The Angels have also hired Doug White as pitching coach and Jeremy Reed as hitting coach.Sign up for Home Turf and get exclusive stories every SoCal sports fan must read, sent daily. Subscribe here.The Angels are expected to announce the entire staff once it’s complete.Wooten,  46, has been the Angels assistant hitting coordinator in the minor leagues.last_img read more