Man City to appoint Pep Guardiola’s old manager Juanma Lillo as his No2 to replace Mikel Arteta – The Sun

MANCHESTER CITY are set to appoint Pep Guardiola's old boss Juanma Lillo as their assistant manager.

Guardiola was briefly managed by the Spanish maestro during his six-month stint at Mexican outfit Dorados Sinaloa at the twilight of his career in 2006.

City did not replace Mikel Arteta when he left for the top job at the Emirates last December, but according to Marca and AS the club have eyed Lillo as replacement.

He recently parted ways Chinese Super League side Qingdao Huanghai – where he had Yaya Toure in his squad – but he left during the lay off caused by coronavirus.

The 54-year-old has been a coach for 35 years, working with Sevilla, Chile, Real Sociedad, Almeria and Atletico Nacional where he has often had limited success.

The Spaniard has also held managerial jobs in Colombia, Panama, Mexico and Japan, where he coached Andres Iniesta, David Villa and Lukas Podolski at Vissel Kobe.

Guardiola has previously described Lillo as a "maestro" and regards him as one of the biggest influences on his career.

The City chief pinpoints his short-time in Mexico for spurring him onto a glittering coaching career with Barcelona.

The pair share a long-standing admiration for their hero Johan Cruyff who has influenced both their managerial styles and Guardiola views his former boss as a tactical idol.

In an interview in 2012 with Fifa, Lillo emotionally admitted: "Guardiola is like a son to me,

"He told me that he liked how my team played a lot and wanted to stay in touch. What began as a professional relationship developed into something much more."

Ironically his first game in the dug-out could be against Pep’s old assistant Arteta.

Liverpool legend Xabi Alonso had been touted for the No2 job at the Etihad in April.

The Spaniard visited City's training ground in 2018 to learn about the club's coaching methods and the Etihad boss backed him to become a top manager following his retirement.

Rodolfo Borrell, who is already part of City's coaching staff, has been acting as interim assistant coach and was also tipped for the job, but it seems the club would prefer to look for an external appointment.

Other possible options included club legend David Silva and Iniesta, but both are still playing so are unlikely to be swayed into the dug-out just yet.

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New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s daughter arrested at George Floyd protest ‘hotspot’ – The Sun

THE daughter of New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio was reportedly arrested at a protest "hotspot" for "unlawful assembly" on Saturday night.

Chiara de Blasio's arrest came about an hour before de Blasio urged those protesting the death of George Floyd in police custody to "go home," The New York Post reported this evening.

The Democrat mayor's 25-year-old daughter was one of nearly 350 people arrested just in New York amid nationwide demonstrations sparked by George Floyd's death while in Minneapolis police custody.

A law enforcement source told the Post the location where Chiara was arrested was a "hotspot," though she was not reported to have engaged in any violent conduct.

“That was a real hotspot, police cars were getting burned there, people were throwing and yelling, fighting with cops," the source said.

"There were thousands of people in that area at that time."

Chiara reportedly did not identify herself as de Blasio's daughter to police officers.

She did, however, provide as her home address the Upper East Side location where the mayor lives, known as Gracie Mansion, the Post reported.

Chiara was given a desk appearance ticket and released, according to the Post.

City Hall did not comment on the report when asked by the paper.

“We appreciate and respect all peaceful protests, but now it is time for people to go home,” de Blasio told protesters late Saturday night.

“If you went out peacefully to make a point about the need for change, you have been heard and change is coming in the city. I have no doubt about that. It’s time to go home so we can all move forward.”

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Man City eye transfer swoop for Barcelona’s Nelson Semedo to ramp up pressure on Covidiot Kyle Walker – The Sun

PEP GUARDIOLA sees Barcelona full-back Nelson Semedo as an ideal option to turn up the heat on Kyle Walker.

Manchester City are eyeing up the Portuguese defender and could offer his countryman Joao Cancelo in a swap deal.

Guardiola hoped the 26-year-old £60million signing from Juventus last summer would provide the competition which he believes Walker needs.

But it has not worked out for Cancelo – as he started just eight Premier League matches before the competition was halted.

Walker is waiting to be disciplined by the club – who said they were disappointed with him for breaking lockdown rules by inviting call girls to his flat last month.

He is not expected to be sold despite his conduct but Guardiola is hoping he will have to battle for his place in the side next season.

City are looking around at their options and are aware that Semedo could be available due to Barca’s financial difficulties.

The Etihad giants are being cautious with their own summer plans due to the impact of the coronavirus and the threat of a Champions League ban hanging over them.

However, the possibility of a swap deal with the Catalan giants is something that could appeal to both parties.

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Sarah Hyland Makes City Hall Wedding Joke When Celebrating Wells Adams’ 36th Birthday

Amid wedding hold-up caused by the coronavirus pandemic, the former ‘Modern Family’ star vows that her love for her fiance is ‘at least one thing that will never change.’

AceShowbiz -Actress Sarah Hyland has joked about ditching plans for a lavish wedding in favor of a simple city hall ceremony.

The “Modern Family” star is engaged to reality TV personality Wells Adams, and as she celebrated his 36th birthday online on Saturday, May 16, she floated the idea of exchanging vows in a low-key bash after having to put plans for their big day on hold due to the coronavirus pandemic.

“Happy Birthday to my future husband,” she captioned a trio of shots of the loved-up couple.

“2020 has not gone the way we thought it would but my love for you is at least one thing that will never change.”

“Thank you for your laugh, your jokes, your sunshine. I’m so grateful to have spent another year around the sun with you. You’re a dream come true and my true north.”

Hyland, 29, then teased, “Who knows? Maybe we’ll get married at city hall and use this picture as our announcement… I love you more than words can say. To Pluto and Back Baby. Happy Birthday.”

The couple, which began dating in 2017, became engaged last summer (2019).

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New York City park implements 'social distancing circles'

Domino Park in New York City spray paints ‘social distancing circles’ onto the grass amid fears of a new surge in coronavirus cases as scores of people flock outdoors to enjoy the warm weather

  • Locals flocking to Domino Park in Brooklyn must sit inside one of the large ‘social distancing circles’ that have been spray painted on the grass
  • The spaces have been dubbed ‘human parking spots’ and were created after shocking photos showed NYC residents crowded together in public parks
  • Medical experts fear there could be a new surge of COVID-19 cases in the Big Apple, as more people head outdoors
  • As of Saturday evening, there are upwards of 189,000 cases of COVID-19 in the Big Apple, and more than 15,000 confirmed deaths.
  • Here’s how to help people impacted by Covid-19

Managers at one New York City park have painted white circles on the grass in a bid to enforce social distancing amid the coronavirus pandemic.  

On Friday, sun-seekers arrived at Domino Park in Brooklyn to find that they were unable to lay out where ever they wanted. 

Instead, they were expected to stay inside the large circles – dubbed human parking spots – which were sprayed six feet apart from one another. 

Dubbed ‘human parking spots’, locals are expected to stay inside the circles at all times in an attempt to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. 

The creation comes after shocking photos showed many Big Apple residents ignoring social distancing requirements in recent weeks as they packed into parks to enjoy the springtime weather.  

With temperatures rising and ‘quarantine fatigue’ kicking in, medical experts fear there may be an uptick in COVID-19 cases as people head outdoors more frequently. 

Officials are now trying to invent new ways to implement crowd control to stop potential outbreaks. 

Managers at  Domino Park in Brooklyn have painted white circles on the grass in a bid to enforce social distancing amid the coronavirus pandemic

Dubbed ‘human parking spots’, locals are expecting to stay inside the circles at all times in an attempt to mitigate the spread of COVID-19

On Saturday, the white circles appeared to be successfully keeping park goers apart from one another

The large circles can accommodate between four and five people

A picture taken at Domino Park on May 3 – prior to the creation of the social distancing circles –  shows less space  between groups 

On Saturday, the white circles appeared to be successfully keeping park goers apart from one another. 

 Some had entire circles to themselves as they exercised, read books and soaked up the sun, 

Meanwhile, small groups of people from the same household were able to share circles together.  The large circles can accommodate between four and five people. 

While COVID-19 hospitalizations are down in New York City, the metropolis still remains the US epicenter of the virus. 

As of Saturday evening, there are upwards of 189,000 cases of COVID-19 in the Big Apple, and more than 15,000 confirmed deaths. 

Locals soaked up the sun at Domino Park in Brooklyn on Saturday. The historic park overlooks Manhattan 

Some had entire circles to themselves as they exercised, while small groups of people from the same household were able to share circles together

The new normal? Officials are now trying to invent new ways to implement crowd control to stop potential outbreaks of COVID 19 

The creations of the white rings at Domino Park come after , Mayor Bill de Blasio announced that the NYPD will no longer target small groups or people who fail to wear protective face masks in public, and will instead focus on breaking up large gatherings. 

New York City Police have been widely criticized for their harsh social distancing enforcement that has resulted in violent confrontations with members of the public.

Videos have circulated on social media showing scuffles between officers and citizens who ignored rules. 

Most recently, video footage captured the moment a woman with a young child was wrestled to the ground and handcuffed as police removed her from a subway station for not wearing a face covering on Wednesday. 

De Blasio said police officers will now offer masks to people whose faces are uncovered. 

Some political leaders in the city had urged the mayor to leave most social distancing enforcement to other city departments, saying sending police officers to do the work would lead to confrontations. 

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Videos have gone viral showing NYPD officers arresting black men for violating social distancing guidelines. Of the 40 arrests made in Brooklyn since mid-March for the violation, 35 of those have been black residents

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Man City kids not impressed by coach Jason Wilcox’s Premier League title with Blackburn in 1995 – The Sun

IF Manchester City’s kids ever need inspiration, they need look no further than Jason Wilcox.

Twenty-five years ago today he was a Premiership winner with Blackburn on an unforgettable day at Anfield.

Back in 1995, the young left winger was the homegrown star who kept his place as Kenny Dalglish put together a star-studded squad at Ewood Park.

Not that it gets him any kudos from Phil Foden, Jadon Sancho, Brahim Diaz or any other graduates of City, where Wilcox works as academy director.

He told SunSport: “The lads I deal with these days weren’t even born. Occasionally I get asked about it but they just tend to take the mick, really.

“They’ll have seen a picture of me and want to have a laugh at my haircut back then.”

Actually, City’s young players with high hopes for the future could not ask for a better role model to follow than 48-year-old Wilcox.

As owner Jack Walker bankrolled his beloved Rovers in the early ’90s, a host of big names arrived in East Lancashire. Wilcox was expected to be one of the casualties but Dalglish had full faith in him.

It was an incredible day of mixed emotions, although I’m not sure I realised the magnitude of it at the time."

He was a regular starter in that title-winning season — becoming a supply line for the famous ‘SAS’ forward line of Alan Shearer and Chris Sutton.

So could you say City’s pride and joy Foden is the “Jason Wilcox” of Pep Guardiola’s superstar squad, then?

Wilcox smiled: “I wasn’t as good as Phil, but don’t tell him.

“But yeah, I was a homegrown player among a group of players who’d been brought in — one or two in Al and Chris were bought for big money at the time.

“I’m proud I managed to stick it out having come through the ranks when the club were making top signings.

“You have to be patient, you have to earn the right to get in a team like that.

“When Kenny first came in, Scott Sellars was on the left wing and I finished up having to bide my time on the right wing.

“Then Scott moved on and Alan Wright played there. I had to scrap it out. I was always looking over my shoulder. I had to make sure I was performing.

“That was the situation at every top club, that’s what happens at United and City now. If you don’t perform, you are out.”

Wilcox, who won three England caps, cruelly missed out on the thrilling run-in due to a cruciate knee injury.

He sat behind Dalglish at Anfield as Rovers dramatically lost to Liverpool in the final few minutes, but won the title seconds later as it was confirmed that Manchester United had only drawn at West Ham.

Wilcox recalled: “It was an incredible day of mixed emotions, although I’m not sure I realised the magnitude of it at the time.

“I was so elated in some ways. But I was saying to people, ‘I’m not getting a medal’ like a child really, because I hadn’t played in the last games.

“Kenny and Tim Sherwood grabbed me by the scruff of the neck and said I’d get one. I was just feeling sorry for myself.

“But if there’s anywhere you’d want to win it, knowing the rivalry with Man United, it was Anfield. As a kid I was a Liverpool fan and Kenny was my idol.

“To go there and have the whole stadium still in there while we got the trophy and applaud us as we went round the pitch. They were singing You’ll Never Walk Alone — it was unbelievable.

“With Kenny being our manager, it felt like it was almost scripted. I’ll always remember that day and my time at Blackburn — they are amazing memories.”

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Man City begin to give season-ticket holders refunds for last six matches of Premier League season – The Sun

MANCHESTER CITY have begun to refund their season ticket holders for the final six Premier League home matches of the season.

The Etihad giants have also agreed to pay back the money for those who had bought tickets for the Champions League second leg with Real Madrid.

The government announced earlier this week there is no prospect of fans returning to stadiums anytime soon due to the Coronavirus pandemic.

So City have moved quickly to reassure their fans they will get reimbursed for the matches they cannot attend.

The statement from the club said: “Given the announcement, Seasoncard holders will now be offered a refund equating to six the value of the remaining six home Premier League games.

“Supporters who had purchased individual tickets for Premier League fixtures or any cup fixture will also receive a full refund.”

Supporters have been offered the chance to use the owed cash as credit ahead of a purchase for next season.

City’s financial figures from last year showed matchday revenue at over £55 million.

Yet this season they could play up to nine games fewer in front of a full stadium – had they gone all the way in the Champions League.

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Safer sex in the city: STD cases plummet amid coronavirus pandemic

Social distancing appears to have more than one health benefit: the number of sexually transmitted disease cases has plummeted in the city since COVID-19 appeared in early March.

The number of confirmed cases of STDs fell 80 percent to 1,037 for the week of April 12, down from 5,073 for the week of March 1, according to stats from the city Health Department.

Dr. Kris Bungay, an internist with Gotham Medical Group in the West Village, said he treated three or four patients for STDs at the beginning of the coronavirus outbreak but has not had any patients call to complain of symptoms in a month.

“That’s what socially distancing will do,” he said.

Some patients even elected to stop taking the HIV preventive treatment known as PrEP because they knew they would not be sexually active, he said.

“There’s no point to taking something for preventive if there’s no way for them to get HIV if they’re not having sex,” he said.

Health officials said the drop could also be due to New Yorkers delaying routine STD and HIV testing. The DOH has closed all but one of its eight sexual health clinics and moved to telemedicine visits. Its one open clinic in Chelsea is not doing routine testing.

For those worried about contracting the coronavirus by getting frisky, a recently published study found that COVID-19 does not appear to be sexually transmitted.

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City fills skate park with sand amid coronavirus, so dirt bikers show up

Total airheads!

One California city’s scheme to stop kids from gathering at a skate park amid the coronavirus crisis by filling it with sand spectacularly backfired — when the park became a hotspot for dirt bikes, according to a report.

Bikers flocked to Ralph’s Skate Court in San Clemente, where they flaunted social distancing rules by popping wheelies and catching air on half pipes, video footage shows.

“The fact the city put the sand in there to try to social distance everyone – I think it’s a big joke,” Connor Ericsson, who posted the video on Instagram, told KUSI News. “These kids are cooped up inside their houses, they just want to go to the skate park and have some fun.”

Some of the dirt bikers then helped local skaters dig out the sand so they could do some “shredding,” too, he said.

“As soon as the skaters showed up, we got a broom and a shovel and we helped them sweep that thing out, get the sand out there so they could do a little social shredding themselves,” Ericsson said.

The city first shuttered the park and put up “no trespassing” signs on April 1 to encourage social distancing amid the pandemic.

When kids continued to flock to the park, officials dumped 37 tons of sand into it because it “appeared the closure was not being abided by,” city parks manager Samantha Wylie told the San Clemente Times.

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Man Utd leading rivals City to the transfer of Swansea hot prospect Joe Rodon – The Sun

MANCHESTER UNITED are leading the transfer race for Swansea ace Joe Rodon.

According to various reports, the Red Devils have edged ahead of rivals Man City in the battle for the 22-year-old centre-half.

United signed Daniel James from the Welsh side last summer – who has been a real pleasant surprise since joining, often playing a key part in their starting lineup.

Now, Rodon fits the transfer policy for United, as a young British player – favoured by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer – and is said to be valued at £20million.

For now, Premier League clubs will have to wait and see what happens in light of the coronavirus outbreak.

All football has been suspended indefinitely in England due to the crisis, and while some still hope the season will resume in June, there is still the possibility that the season will not get back on track until 2021.

Starlet Rodon has played in every Championship game for Swansea this season, not counting the games he was forced to sit out of due to an ankle injury mid-way through the campaign.

He is hailed as a defender who has a strong presence on the pitch – making it hard for opponents to get past him.

This being one of the main reason the likes of Chelsea and Arsenal are ALSO interested in him.

The Gunners have budget restrictions to look towards, which makes Rodon an ideal signing for Mikel Arteta.

Chelsea boss Frank Lampard is  putting together a youthful setup, as he has successfully done while in charge at Stamford Bridge, and may well be looking to partner Fikayo Tomori up with Rodon.

The young star is said to be worth around £20million, around the same price James was set at upon moving to Old Trafford.

At 6ft 4in, Rodon is sure not to be pushed around by rival strikers..

He has also demonstrated that he can play with his left foot despite being right-footed, when playing for both club and country.

Now it is the waiting game to see who gets a deal over the line first.

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