Pulis: I knew Jewell could quit

first_img 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.last_img read more

Men’s basketball: Badgers sitting 17th in the country, second in the Big Ten

first_imgWith four conference games down and 14 more to go, the University of Wisconsin men’s basketball team is sitting at No. 17 nationally and No. 2 in the Big Ten.The Badgers (14-3, 3-1 Big Ten) are off to a solid 3-1 conference start in the chase for the Big Ten regular season title and a half-game back from No. 25 University of Maryland at the top of the standings.While four games out of an 18-game test is a rather juvenile progress report, establishing consistency through the first handful of challenges can set the tone for an entire conference slate to come.Football: Wisconsin’s T.J. Watt declares for 2017 NFL draftThe Watt lineage on the University of Wisconsin football team officially ended Tuesday morning, when T.J. Watt announced on Twitter Read…At this point last season, Wisconsin was 1-4 and found itself looking up from the bottom of the Big Ten table as questions continued to flurry around Greg Gard and his abrupt integration into the team as head coach following Bo Ryan’s departure.Despite his team’s rocky start last year, the Badgers rallied to a 12-6 conference finish, complemented by a Sweet 16 run and Gard has done a phenomenal job translating that late season momentum into this year’s start.Leading performersWisconsin has developed a strong balance in both scoring threats and production on the court this season. Unlike many other teams that run offensive schemes through a key scorer or star shooter, the Badgers boast a different leader in all three of the major statistical categories.Senior guard Bronson Koenig is the team’s leading scorer with 14.4 points per game, while redshirt sophomore forward Ethan Happ leads Wisconsin in rebounding with 9.2 boards per game. Happ also averages 12.9 points per game thanks to a dual threat relationship in the paint with senior forward Nigel Hayes, whose 3.2 assists per game are the most by any Badger this season. Areas of dire improvementSo far, all three of Wisconsin’s losses have come to teams ranked in the Top 25 both at the time of the matchup and in the latest Week 11 AP Poll. The trio is comprised of No. 9 University of North Carolina (16-3), No. 7 Creighton University (17-1) and No. 21 Purdue University (14-4, 3-2 ACC).While this seem to be a perfect excuse for their lone three faults, there are two ways to process these results.One interpretation is Wisconsin is in great shape considering all three of the Badgers’ losses have come to competitive, and perhaps favored teams. Another is the losses are an ominous gravestone that marks a futile tournament exit at the first sign of top 25 talent come March.It’s easy to pawn off Wisconsin’s blemishes to strength of schedule, but if UW can’t compete with Sweet 16 or debatably Elite 8 talent, then it’s going to be impossible to reach those heights.Football: Badgers sink Broncos 24-16 in Cotton BowlWhile the loss to Penn State University in the Big Ten Championship game still looms large for the Badger faithful, Read…Key remaining gamesThe Badgers already pocketed a quality win against then-No. 25 University of Indiana on the road in Bloomington in early January, but UW also dropped a key game to Purdue. With only one clash with the Boilermakers on the schedule, a head-to-head loss may come back to haunt Wisconsin at the end of the season.With the surprising emergence of the University of Minnesota (15-4, 3-3 Big Ten) this year, expect both matchups with the Golden Gophers to be tough ones down the stretch, especially the March 5 clash in Madison in the final game of the season. UW’s first game against Minnesota is this Saturday at 3:30 p.m. in Minneapolis.Similar to its scheduling against Purdue, Wisconsin has only one shot at current conference leader Maryland (16-2, 4-1 Big Ten) this year, which is set for Feb. 19 in the Kohl Center. Assuming junior star guard Melo Trimble and the Terrapins continue their hot start through the next month, February’s meeting could showcase the deciding factor between No. 1 and No. 2 in the standings come March.last_img read more