And another reunion is on the cards as Wigan chairman Dave Whelan claims Martinez is the favourite to sign striker Arouna Kone from the relegated club despite bids from two other sides. “Roberto has taken who he wants with him,” the Latics chairman told Press Association Sport. “That deal has been done and we have already filled the vacancies.” Whelan said there was no compensation involved as he regarded the settlement he received from Everton for Martinez, believed to be around £1.5million for the Spaniard’s final year of his contract, enough. “We wouldn’t even attempt to (get compensation) for staff who worked with Roberto as we got what was due to us for Roberto,” he added. Kone appears the next in line to join the migration to Goodison Park despite competition from elsewhere. “Three clubs have made offers for him – Everton is definitely one – as he had a clause in his contract that he could go if someone paid £5million,” Whelan added. “It is really up to him where he wants to go now and I think he will go to Everton.” However, Whelan is keen to hang on to his other key players – such as midfielder James McCarthy – to give Martinez’s successor Owen Coyle every chance of getting back in the Premier League. “We have always got interest in one or two lads but we have hopes of holding on to them,” said the Wigan chairman. “We have had people asking of course but we have had nothing serious on the table.” Press Association Assistant Graeme Jones, chief scout Kevin Reeves and goalkeeping coach Inaki Bergara plus a member of the Latics’ medical staff have all followed the Spaniard to the Premier League club. Their arrival was made possible by the departure of Steve Round, Jimmy Lumsden and Chris Woods to Manchester United to link up again with former Toffees boss David Moyes. New Everton manager Roberto Martinez has been reunited with key members of his Wigan backroom staff after a deal was completed to take them to Goodison Park.
AS the race to the top seat of the Guyana Motor Racing and Sports Club (GMR&SC) heats up, one competitor has outlined his plans should he be successful.Former president Mahendra Boodhoo, one of the candidates who emerged has pinpointed the return of the Dakota 100 and marshal training as two of the major plans he has for the sport in 2020.Releasing via a post on his facebook page, Boodhoo stated, “We will reintroduce the Dakota 100 which is 100 laps around the long circuit with adequate safety marshals and safety responders. We will get major sponsors for this event so that we can have foreign competitors joining this series and encourage local cars that were built for endurance racing to come out.”In addition to that, the manifesto added, “We will have a full complement of volunteers to ensure all safety and follow the regulations. We will arrange training of marshals and follow protocols.”His first task if elected back in office would be the fan experience he stated, adding, “We plan to keep the fans more informed and be interactive with the fans by resuscitating the GMR&SC website and other social media platforms together with getting the forum up and running where we can get feedbacks from our fans.”He has also outlined plans to increase the membership of the club through ‘non-traditional members’ as well as enhanced improvement to the South Dakota raceway.“We have seen tremendous improvements in the form of racing within the last two years, kudos to the teams and present executives. We plan in the short term to focus on developing the drag strip to meet international standards, by re-laying the entire quarter mile to a flat surface including a full operational timing system with digital boards at the finish line.”His slate includes: Shairaz Roshandin (Vice-President), Azim Jaffar (Secretary), Chetram Singh (Treasurer), Azaad Hassan (Assistant Secretary/Assistant Treasurer), Rameez Mohamed, (Club Captain), Joel Evans (Technical Advisor), Vivekanand Harichand (Committee Member), Reyaud Rahaman (Committee Member), Paul Jiwanram (Committee Member), Diana Dornellas (Committee Member) and Udoh Kanu (Committee Member).Elections, along with the annual general meeting of GMR&SC, take place on Monday.
A Craig Street, Campbellville, Georgetown couple are now in the custody of the Customs Anti-Narcotics Unit (CANU) following the discovery of over one kilogram of cocaine in their home.Based on reports received, ranks of the drug enforcement unit swooped down onThe couple’s Campbellville, Georgetown homethe property on Tuesday where they conducted a search during which the cocaine was discovered.Upon the discovery, the owners – Andre Gomes, called “Zipper” and his wife – were arrested. They are expected to be charged shortly.Guyana Times understands that a quantity of cash, jewellery and other valuables were seized by the CANU ranks.Reports are the couple have been under surveillance by drug enforcement officers for quite some time now. Two weeks ago, CANU conducted a raid at several houses at Soesdyke, East Bank Demerara, resulting in the arrest of two siblings and discovery of over two kilograms of cocaine concealed in the ceiling of one of the houses.In addition, several vehicles and an undisclosed sum of cash were seized. One of the siblings was charged with possession of narcotics for the purpose of trafficking. She pleaded guilty to the charge, and was sentenced to four years’ imprisonment and fined $17 million.