Pulis is still looking to appoint a goalkeeping coach and remained tight-lipped on his former Stoke keeper Carlo Nash landing the role. He is also hopeful of adding to his squad to aid their fight against relegation with the Baggies 14th in the Barclays Premier League, but three points above the drop zone, ahead of Monday’s trip to Everton. “It’s an important two weeks in the window, important for the football club,” Pulis said. “The players we bring in have to be better than what we have, they have to make a difference. It’s a difficult window if you haven’t been preparing. “We have to make sure players are right. We’ve been busy behind the scenes but it’s very difficult. We have to get that team winning. I really do think it will be tough.” The Baggies boss admitted he heard Jewell was interested in the vacant Charlton job. The Addicks instead appointed Guy Luzon and Jewell left West Brom on Tuesday, following the arrival of Gerry Francis on a part-time basis, just a week after he was appointed joint-assistant head coach. Press Association Jewell, who has now been linked with a coaching job at Hull, is taking legal advice in the wake of his departure but Pulis insisted it did not come as a shock. “I had a phone call on Sunday saying Paul was in for the Charlton job. I spoke to him on Sunday but that was the last time I spoke to Paul,” he said. “I have been concentrating on getting stuff sorted out at this football club. I have been non-stop. “If it was going to be Charlton, Hull or whoever he is a good lad to have on board. “He has been linked with a few jobs, so we’ll see what happens. I hope he gets back into it, that’s where he should be and where he belongs.” Pulis is looking to appoint a replacement and spoke to chairman Jeremy Peace on Thursday but is in no rush to find a new man and will continue to work with long-time number two Dave Kemp. He said: “Myself and Kempy have done it by ourselves before and Gerry (Francis) comes up every other day. “We will get on with it. People make decisions and that’s it, you move on. I have got nothing but respect for Paul, he is a good guy.” Head coach Tony Pulis has hinted he knew Paul Jewell could quit West Brom 48 hours before his exit.
THIS week’s Noble House Seafoods’ Personality-of-the-Week is 19-year-old Andrea Foster, a national athlete, who has represented Guyana numerous times both regionally and internationally, and has acquired several medals under her belt.Andrea is a multiple CARIFTA Games bronze medallist and gold medallist at the Hampton International Games, while she was also once selected to represent the prestigious World Championships.An aspiring Olympian, Andrea is currently a student of the Essex County College, thanks to her athletic ability. Andrea was offered a sports scholarship to study for an Associate Degree in General Science at the college after her continuous outstanding performances.Andrea is a middle distance athlete, specialising in the 800m and 1500m distances, though she never shies away from the challenge of also contesting in the 3 000m and 10km distances in events.She describes athletics as “her life”. Though she now confidently speaks of her dreams of representing Guyana at the Olympics, Andrea was not always enthused at the idea of being an athlete. As the daughter of former national sprinter, and current bodybuilder Alisha Fortune, many thought Andrea would have a natural inclination for sport, but she actually did not.It was not until she was continually prodded by her teachers in high school for having an athletic mom and not being an athlete that Andrea finally gave in. And so it was in 2011, after dabbling in debating as an extracurricular activity, she decided to also do athletics.“It was my teachers that got me to run. They said my mom can’t be an athlete and I’m not,” she recalledSo goes the tale of another athlete, who got involved in sports through influence at school. Representing her school Bladen Hall Multilateral, Andrea advanced through the different levels of the National Schools Championships, or Nationals as we’ll call it, in 2011 and continued every successive year.In 2012, she had her first chance to represent Guyana regionally at the CARIFTA Games, and on her first time out she won a bronze medal for her efforts. Then in 2013 she was again on a national team among those who represented Guyana at the Tri-nation Inter-Guiana Games.Last year, her local performances were enough to see her selected to represent Guyana at the International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF) World Championships in Beijing, China.For this year, she has won another two bronze medals at CARIFTA Games in her 800m and 1500m events. She later won gold in both these events at the Hampton International Games. She also continued her dominance at the local level.But then she departed Guyana in August for the USA, where she now represents Essex and continues her training and hopes of perhaps representing the Golden Arrowhead at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.
If Formiga plays in France, she will also become the oldest to appear in a women’s World Cup.In the men’s tournament, three players have played at five World Cups – Mexico’s Rafael Marquez and Antonio Carbajal and Germany’s Lothar Matthaus.Formiga, whose first World Cup finals appearance came in 1995 as a 17-year-old, will be joined by several other well-known faces in the Brazil squad, including Marta, the six-times World Player of the year.Marta is the top scorer in the history of the women’s World Cup with 15 goals.Copa America champions Brazil have been drawn in Group C along with Jamaica, Italy and Australia with the tournament starting on June 7.Although they have appeared in all seven Women’s World Cup tournaments, the South Americans have yet to lift the trophy, with their best performance coming as runners-up to Germany in China in 2007.They are also heading to France under a cloud, having lost their last nine games, their worst-ever run.Brazil are 10th in the world rankings, their lowest position since the ranking system began.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Brazil’s 41-year-old international Formiga will become the first footballer to participate in seven World Cups.The midfielder was named in the squad for the women’s tournament in France.The Paris St Germain star shares the record of six World Cups with Homare Sawa, who led Japan’s women to their World Cup triumph in 2011. Formiga will become the oldest player to appear in a women’s World Cup in June