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Why England will need a Plan B next summer – Chris Waddle

Why England will need a Plan B next summer – Chris Waddle

Sports
England boss Gareth Southgate is right when he says the Three Lions should stick to playing possession football - but he is going to need a Plan B next summer.I think that is the biggest lesson we have learned from our two games in the Nations League finals in Portugal, especially with what happened in our defeat by the Netherlands in the semi-finals.After playing with three at the back at last year's World Cup finals in Russia, we have used a 4-3-3 system in our last few matches, and it had been going well. But against the Dutch it was obvious from very early on that it was not working. Possession-wise, they had most of the ball and they were over-running us in midfield - but we...
Philip Green wins key vote for rescue plan ahead of meeting

Philip Green wins key vote for rescue plan ahead of meeting

Business
Sir Philip Green has won the backing of the Pension Protection Fund (PPF) for his plan to rescue Arcadia ahead of a crucial vote on Wednesday.The owner of Topshop has struck a £385m deal to secure its pension schemes, including a £100m contribution from Lady Cristina Green, Sir Philip's wife and Arcadia's largest shareholder.The PPF said it would now "vote in support" of Arcadia's restructure.But the plan, which includes closing 50 stores, needs the backing of landlords.They would have to agree to a rent cut on Arcadia's stores, which also include Burton, Miss Selfridge, Dorothy Perkins and Wallis.The restructuring would be done through a company voluntary arrangement (CVA), an insolvency process that allows a business to reach an agreement with its credi

Protest in Hungary over govt plan to seize research network

Technology
A few thousand mostly academics and students held a protest march against a plan by Prime Minister Viktor Orban's government to seize control of the research network of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. Critics say the government plan threatens academic freedom and autonomous scientific research in Hungary, a "de facto nationalization of the academy's property" which would put scientific research under close government scrutiny. The government, which held several rounds of unsuccessful talks with the academy, says its wants to improve innovation in scientific research and have publicly funded research projects that create "direct economic profit." Viktor Oliver Lorincz, a junior research fellow attending Sunday's march, said "we don't want to belong to the government because we are afrai...
Labour unveils National Grid takeover plan

Labour unveils National Grid takeover plan

Business
The Labour Party is unveiling plans to take the National Grid into public ownership.It wants to create a National Energy Agency to own and maintain transmission infrastructure.Labour said its nationalisation pledge would "usher in a Green Industrial Revolution" and tackle climate change.But National Grid - the largest transmitter of electricity and gas in Britain - said the proposal was the "last thing" that was needed.The firm, which does not operate in Northern Ireland, said the Labour plan would hinder the shift to green energy.Labour also set out plans to put solar panels on nearly two million homes.Its proposals are contained in a document entitled Bringing Energy Home, due to be presented on Thursday by leader Jeremy Corbyn and Rebecca Long Bailey, ...
Mauricio Pochettino: I would be stupid to stay with no plan, says Tottenham manager

Mauricio Pochettino: I would be stupid to stay with no plan, says Tottenham manager

Sports
Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino says he would be "stupid" to stay at the club if they expect similar levels of success without changing the way they are run.The Champions League finalists have not signed a player since 31 January 2018.Pochettino plans talks with chairman Daniel Levy this summer after five years in charge. "I am not open to start a new chapter with no plan, with no clear idea, with not being transparent," he said.Pochettino, who has four years left on his contract, hinted before Wednesday's stunning Champions League semi-final second leg victory over Ajax that he could quit and go home to Argentina if they won the competition.Spurs manager in tears after famous win at Aj...