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Man U appoint Darren Fletcher as technical director

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Former Manchester United midfielder Darren Fletcher has been named as the club’s first technical director, with John Murtough promoted to the role of football director, the Premier League club announced on Wednesday.

United said the two new roles would “further strengthen the club’s football operations” after years of speculation over the absence of a director of football at Old Trafford.

Fletcher returned to United in January as part of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s coaching set-up.

The 37-year-old will focus on “a coordinated and long-term approach to player and squad development”, the club said in a statement.

Murtough, promoted from a role as head of football development, will “have overall leadership and responsibility for operations and strategy across all football functions”.

Executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward said: “These are hugely important appointments that reinforce the progress we have been making as a club in recent years in our relentless pursuit of success.

“We have already made great strides forward in the way we run our football operations, and the benefits are visible in the resurgent pipeline of academy talent reaching the first team and through our improved recruitment record.”

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Speaking about Fletcher he said: “Darren’s stellar achievements as a player and his own journey from academy to Premier League and Champions League winner means he naturally commands respect and understands this vital part of the club’s DNA.”

Former Scotland international Fletcher, who won five Premier League titles at Old Trafford, said: “It is great to be back with the club and I am delighted to be taking on this new role.

“We are moving in the right direction and I am looking forward to continuing to work with Ole and his coaching team, and now with John as the football director.”

Murtough is credited with turning around the recruitment in United’s academy in recent years and the successful launch of the club’s women’s team since 2018.

United’s lack of a director of football has previously been blamed for poor recruitment with four managerial changes in the eight years since Alex Ferguson retired.

The likes of Angel di Maria, Memphis Depay, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Alexis Sanchez were let go at huge losses after barely making an impact at Old Trafford.

However, the Red Devils’ record in the transfer market has improved in recent seasons with Bruno Fernandes, Harry Maguire, Fred and Aaron Wan-Bissaka key members of a side that sit second in the Premier League, albeit 11 points behind runaway leaders Manchester City.

Solskjaer backed both appointments for the continuity Fletcher and Murtough will bring.

“I’m very happy that we’ve made this decision and the announcement. Of course I’ve known about it for a little while,” said the United boss.

“I’ve known John since I came. He was here when I came and now it’s more of a formal role, the job title. He’s still been working behind the scenes and I’ve worked well with him. It’s a cultural fit. We know we’re a work in progress and what we’re doing we just want to improve on and better, so very happy with what we have.

“We’ve still got the continuity of the last few years but still got new ideas and fresh thinking with Fletcher, who has been at the club before and come back now.”

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Eze Mbamara inaugurates new Amato-Amaraku town union excos

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Obi-Aku, Uzi of Amato-Amaraku in Isiala Mbano Local Government Area of Imo State, His Royal Highness Eze J. C. Mbamara (VI) has inaugurated the new Executive Officers of the town union.

Inaugurating them at his palace on Tuesday 5th of April,2021, the monarch sought God’s blessing upon the new leadership.

The former Chairman Isiala Mbano Council of Traditional Rulers also charged them to be a uniting factor in the community.

Recall that the new President General Mr. Andy Pace Osunwa was earlier inaugurated alongside other 39 President General of different autonomous communities in Isiala Mbano LGA by the Interim Management Committee Chairman Evangelist Chika Okoroike recently.

Those Inaugurated by the monarch included, Mr. Andy Pace Osunwa, President General; Chief Anthony Onwubuariri, Vice President; Mr. Jephter Mbamara, Secretary General; Mr. Alphonsus Duru, Treasurer;

Others were Mr. Chijioke Abiazie, Financial Secretary; Chief Byron Louis Ugwonali, Organizing Secretary/PRO; Mr. Gordon Obi, Assistant Secretary; Mr. Rev lord Osuji, Provost(I) and Mr. Ignatius Njokeji(II).

In his acceptance speech, the President General, Mr. Osunwa expressed delight over his emergence just as he called for unity in the community.

He further promised to lead the community with fear of God, even been hopeful of great change.

During the inaugural meeting on Wednesday 7th April, 2021, the new PG inaugurated a 9-man Peace and Reconciliatory Committee headed by Chief Lawrence Amadi.

While calling their attention on divergent interest in the community, he charged them to maintain integrity as a veritable tool to restore tranquility and togetherness in the land.

This is even as he tasked them to discharge their task without fear or favour. In his remark, one of the leaders Chief Lawrence Ibeh encouraged the new leadership to reach out to other leaders and stakeholders with a view to addressing some nagging issues hindering the progress and development of the community.

The Ikeoha 1 of Amato-Amaraku however assured them of support whenever they are needed.

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[BREAKING] Arms fund probe: Finally, Army chief appears before Reps

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The Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Ibrahim Attahiru, is currently appearing before the House of Representatives’ Ad Hoc Committee on the Need to Review the Purchase, Use and Control of Arms, Ammunition and Related Hardware by Military, Paramilitary and Other Law Enforcement Agencies.

The committee had no less than two times invited Attahiru and Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Godwin Emefiele, to answer questions on the procurement of arms and ammunition.
On Friday, the committee, after a long wait, postponed the investigative hearing till Monday.

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Earlier on March 22, 2021, the committee had, after the failure by the CBN governor and the COAS to appear before it, summoned them to appear before on April 7, 2021.

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“I speak with millionaires” – Mercy Eke replies bad belle people

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Mercy Eke replies bad belle people

The winner of the Big Brother Naija show (season 4), Mercy Eke has responded to some bad belle people on social media, who mocked her for her Igbo accent.

Recall that Mercy Lambo has repeatedly been a subject of online troll largely because of her local accent which clearly depicts her origin (Igbo).

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However, the media battle started, after a fan admired Mercy due to her beautiful looks.

A lady reacted saying that the reality star is beautiful till she opens her mouth to speak.

Responding to the statement, Mercy told the lady that she opens her mouth to speak with millionaires on how to make billions.

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