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Jose Mourinho receives backing to remain Chelsea manager but there are also three key reasons to believe his time is up

first_img1 The future of Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho continues to be the subject of fevered debate following a run of poor results and a string of run-ins with both internal and external authorities.But is it really time for the self-proclaimed ‘Special One’ to leave Stamford Bridge for a second time?Stuart Pearce knows all about the pressures of life in the Premier League, having been both a player and a manager in the English top-flight, and here he reveals three reasons why Mourinho should stay, and three reasons why he might go.THREE REASONS HE SHOULD STAY:1) “He’s the best manager and coach in the world. Now, you could argue that around the world, but he’s certainly up there.”2) “I would argue he’s good for the Premier League. Good, bad or indifferent, I think his personality is good for English football.”3) “Who are you going to replace him with that’s better than he is? If the fans in the stadium and around the world that support Chelsea don’t love him, then there’s a case a good case to move him on, but certainly the vast majority of Chelsea fans respect him for what he’s done for the club and want him to stay at the club. They love him to bits and know he’s bloody good at his job.”THREE REASONS HE SHOULD GO:1) “The poor press and the poor public relations that surround him at the moment would be one reason.”2) “The results. We are in a results business and the results are not good enough for Chelsea and the money they have spent over the years.”3) “The importance of Champions League football. Chelsea look, at this moment in time, as though they might be pushed to make the top four unless they turn around the mentality within the squad and the form of the players. And that might be totally unacceptable for a club of their magnitude.” Jose Mourinho last_img read more

Judge extends federal consent decree for three years

first_imgA federal judge today extended his oversight of the Los Angeles Police Department for three years, saying the agency has made great strides preventing corruption and abuse since the Rampart scandal but that more work needs to be done. Judge Gary Feess extended a federal consent decree giving him oversight over the department until June 15, 2009 — three years after it was originally set to expire. “The department has made progress in ways that have never been done before,” Feess said during a hearing at U.S. District Court in Los Angeles. “I do not believe in my working life there will ever be as important a case to this department or to this community. If we achieve all of the provisions in this consent decree, we will have a better police department and a better community. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinals “I suspect that will happen, but it’s not finished yet.” The LAPD has complied with about 70 percent of the decree’s provisions, but several others — including a risk management computer system designed to track complaints and root out problem officers, have not been implemented. The system, known as TEAMS II, is expected to be rolled out in the fall. Feess rejected a motion from the city requesting that he lift provisions of the consent decree covering the areas with which the LAPD has complied. “We’re fully committed to reforming the Los Angeles Police Department,” LAPD Assistant Chief George Gascon said. “We will work with the federal monitor and do whatever is necessary. The request was really asking for recognition for all the good work that we’ve done. That recognition has been given orally, if not officially.” The LAPD entered the consent decree in 2001 after a police officer convicted of stealing evidence implicated dozens of other officers at the Rampart Division in a corruption scandal in the late 1990s. The Department of Justice accused the LAPD of widespread corruption and abuse, and the department agreed to the consent degree to avoid a lawsuit. The LAPD spends millions of dollars each year on audits to comply with the consent decree, but department officials said they would have continued with the audits if Feess had lifted the decree. “The most important message is that the Los Angeles Police Commission, the Los Angeles Police Department and the city of Los Angeles are fully and firmly committed to compliance of the consent decree, both the spirit and the letter of the decree,” Police Commission President John Mack said. “For many years, we had an LAPD that was brutal, that was racist, that wasn’t treating all citizens with respect. With a lot of hard work by the people of this department, we’ve changed that. We should all be celebrating the progress that we’ve made.”— Josh Kleinbaum, (818) 713-3669 [email protected] local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more