The 39-year-old is currently assistant coach at the Widnes Vikings and will join Wests Tigers for the start of the 2018 pre-season.Hodgson said he was looking forward to coming back to Wests Tigers in a coaching capacity.”I’m extremely happy to be returning to Wests Tigers, the memories have been flooding back to me and I’m looking forward to getting started,” Hodgson said. “Ivan and the staff have made many changes and I feel now is the perfect time to return as the club enters this new era.”The playing roster for next year is one of the things that excited me the most about joining Wests Tigers,” he said. “I’ve been impressed with what Ivan is planning and his recruitment is very smart. Next year is shaping up to be something really special and I can’t wait to be a part of that.” Photo: Copyright: NRL Photos. (Brett Hodgson will join the Wests Tigers as an assistant coach).
England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won GOALKEEPER: Ederson (Manchester City) silverware Getty Nevertheless, there will still be an array of fantastic players on show for the Premier League’s curtain-raiser but what would it be like if we combined these teams?Below you can see talkSPORT.com’s combined XI of available players from Chelsea and Manchester City. Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars smart causal possible xi possible standings Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT DEFENCE: Kyle Walker (Manchester City), Cesar Azpilicueta (Chelsea), Nicolas Otamendi (Manchester City), Marcos Alonso (Chelsea) shining silverware Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? A mock-up of the combined Chelsea and Manchester City line-up Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won shining Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade whoops Courtois is still not back from training but Ederson would still be the first choice in this team regardless.The Brazilian kept 16 clean sheets in the league last season and will be fresh heading into the 2018/19 campaign as he was the No.2 keeper for his country at the World Cup. possible standings It was an incredibly difficult decision to leave Vincent Kompany out of the team but Cesar Azpilicuieta and Nicolas Otamendi are fantastic defenders with better injury records than the Belgian.Otamendi made the PFA Team of the Year last season alongside Kyle Walker and Marcos Alonso who are shoe-ins for this side.Azpilicueta’s experience in the middle comes more as part of a back three but the Spaniard would be able to slot into any position across the back line, such is his brilliant attitude. It’s less than a week until the Premier League is back underway but before all that drama resumes there is the small matter of the Community Shield.Premier League champions Manchester City face FA Cup winners Chelsea at Wembley on Sunday – a game you can listen to live on talkSPORT from 15:00. ATTACK: Riyad Mahrez (Manchester City), Sergio Aguero (Manchester City), Leroy Sane (Manchester City) How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures 6 Latest Manchester City News REVEALED Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January The two sides will compete for the first piece of silverware of the season at the national stadium REVEALED 6 Chelsea v Manchester City previewBoth teams have huge talent in their squads, however, there are some notable absentees for tomorrow’s game.Pep Guardiola will be without Raheem Sterling and Kevin De Bruyne who have yet to return to training following Belgium and England’s long World Cup campaigns this summer.Meanwhile, Maurizio Sarri’s side are missing even more key players for the same reason.France World Cup winners N’Golo Kante and Olivier Giroud, Belgium trio Eden Hazard, Thibaut Courtois and Michy Batshuayi, as well as England defender Gary Cahill are yet to return following Russia 2018. Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won gameday cracker 6 6 smart causal Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade 6 targets Again, Hazard would be in this team if he was available, but his lack of availability for tomorrow’s match means he doesn’t make this combined XI.It was also a difficult choice to leave out Bernardo Silva, who was brilliant for the Citizens’ last season but the front three of Mahrez, Aguero and Sane makes for a frightening front three.Sane will feel he has a point to prove this season as he somehow failed to make Germany’s World Cup squad despite landing the PFA Young Player of the Year award this year. England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures Latest Chelsea News 6 MIDFIELD: Fernandinho (Manchester City), David Silva (Manchester City), Jorginho (Chelsea) REVEALED Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars How Chelsea could line up against Southampton – what system will Lampard play? Did Mahrez just accidentally reveal Fernandinho is leaving Man City this summer? Kante and De Bruyne would obviously be in contention for this team if they were available, however, their extended break due to France and Belgium’s World Cup campaign makes them ineligible.The midfield trio of Fernandinho, Jorginho and Silva would also help compliment a blistering front line.The Brazilian would hold the fort like he usually does, giving the freedom to the more creative Jorginho – who turned down City to sign for former Napoli boss Sarri at Chelsea – and Silva, who is one of City’s greatest players of all time. REVEALED
IMF, EU and ECB inspectors started combing through Greece’s books and laws this week to decide whether it has made enough progress to receive a new tranche of the bailout that has staved off Greek bankruptcy in a crisis that has shaken markets worldwide The official close to the inspectors said it was much too early to say if the eight billion euro ($11 billion) tranche of aid was at risk in any way as Greece struggled with a deeper-than-expected recession. Analysts believe Greece will get the aid tranche but it may come with a stark warning over the need to step up reforms. “The deficit is certainly at least one percentage point higher than the target,” the source close to the inspectors said. “We are still counting… 8.6 per cent (of gross domestic product) is the lower range.” Finance Minister Evangelos Venizelos has said that Greece may come close to meeting its targets if it implements all the austerity measures, including new tax hikes and But the troika of EU, IMF and ECB inspectors say delays in implementing the bailout plan are also at fault. “The gap has three sources: 1) the economy is doing worse than expected; 2) some of the measures of the mid-term plan are not implemented as they should be, either they lag or they are not implemented at all; 3) previous measures which were in the baseline plan yield less than expected, in particular tax measures,” the official told on condition of anonymity. Asked about the next tranche of EU/IMF aid, which is ultimately decided on by eurozone member states and the International Monetary Fund’s board, the official said: “A lot depends on the (deficit) number, on what it is attributed to and on whether they can catch up.” Athens must also raise 1.7 billion euros from privatizations by the end of September and five billion euros by the end of the year to meet the conditions set by the European Union and the IMF. It has already used a 3-year old option to sell a ten percent stake in Hellenic Telecom to Deutsche Telekom for about 400 million euros, but that still leaves it 3 billion euros short. “The government thinks it can achieve the targets but we have serious doubts whether they can,” the official said as the troika visit, set to be concluded next week, was still ongoing. Underlining the relentless decline of the Greek economy, the Markit Manufacturing Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) showed on Thursday that manufacturing sector activity shrank for the 24th month running in August, with weak domestic demand outweighing a sharp rise in export orders. The PMI survey showed manufacturers continued to lay off staff in August. The country’s official jobless rate jumped to a record 16.6 per cent in May, fueling widespread discontent over austerity policies. The Finance Ministry rejected on Thursday the findings of an independent parliamentary committee of experts, which said on Wednesday that the debt dynamics were out of control and that policies meant to get Greece out of its worst crisis in decades were failing to restore finances. Source: Athens News Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram