DR Congo are in disarray just two days before they start their 2013 Africa Cup of Nations campaign after coach Claude Le Roy resigned, MTNFootball.com can exclusively reveal.The Frenchman slapped in his resignation letter on Thursday night citing his side’s bad organisation for his decision to quit the side.Insiders in the Congolese camp told MTNFootball.com that LeRoy was angry with the federation over the bonuses of the players which has affected morale in camp.The development leaves the Leopards in turmoil just two days before they open their Group B campaign against Ghana in Port Elizabeth.His decision to quit the side has the full support of all the players in the team, according to a report carried on Nyota TV.The coach was already gravely unhappy as he had to spend time chasing visas for his players and other duties which he has been forced to perform. But the uncertainty surrounding the team’s bonuses for the Africa Cup of Nations forced the Frenchman to handover his resignation letter to Theo Binamungu, the federation’s member in charge of the national team in Port Elizabeth where the Leopards are based.LeRoy resigned along with his assistant Sebastian Migne in his letter addressed to DR Congo head of state President Joseph Kabila.The news has also has been reported by the official website of TP Mazembe who have several players in the DR Congo squad for the tournament.It is not certain if the Frenchman has left the team’s camp in Port Elizabeth.The 64-year-old Le Roy was in his second spell in charge of the Leopards. LeRoy coached DR Congo to the 2006 Nations Cup but then decided against renewing his contact in April that year.The Leopards are a traditional powerhouse of African football, having won the Africa Cup of Nations in 1968 and 1974DR Congo are in Group B along with Ghana, Mali and Niger and, under Le Roy, who won the Nations Cup with Cameroon in 1988 and led Ghana to third place in 2008.
It’s shaping up to be another exciting season in the Championship and, quite frankly, it’s anyone’s to win.For all the early talk of Leeds United winning the title they now sit third, with seven points separating the top 10 clubs.Meanwhile, the fight against relegation appears equally as tight as five points separate 15th spot to 23rd, although Ipswich Town are five adrift at the foot. 9 24. Bolton Wanderers – Real position = 23 (relegated)Real points = 16 | Expected points = 923. Rotherham United – Real position = 18 (relegated)Real points = 18 | Expected points = 1022. Reading – Real position = 20 (relegated)Real points = 16 | Expected points = 1421. Ipswich Town – Real position = 24Real points = 11 | Expected points = 14 7. Bristol City – Real position = 13Real points = 22 | Expected points = 276. Queens Park Rangers – Real position = 10 (play-off spot)Real points = 26 | Expected points = 285. Birmingham City – Real position = 12 (play-off spot)Real points = 24 | Expected points = 284. Norwich City – Real position = 1 (play-off spot)Real points = 33 | Expected points = 28 9 West Brom striker Dwight Gayle has been in the goals this season. 9 12. Blackburn Rovers – Real position = 9Real points = 26 | Expected points = 2311. Preston North End – Real position = 18Real points = 18 | Expected points = 2310. Swansea City – Real position = 8Real points = 26 | Expected points = 23 Ipswich Town fans celebrate a goal in their derby clash with Norwich City Sheffield United star Eddie McGoldrick misses a penalty against Sheffield Wednesday. 9 Norwich City players celebrate with their own fans at Ipswich Town’s Portman Road. 9 14. Stoke City – Real position = 14Real points = 22 | Expected points = 2213. Aston Villa – Real position = 11Real points = 24 | Expected points = 22 Jack Marriott celebrates scoring for Derby 9 Millwall players celebrate Jack Grealish in action for Aston Villa. Here at talkSPORT.com we’re always keeping an eye on EFL Stats on Twitter to see how Football League players and clubs are performing based on their expected goals and other data.They have come up with an alternative table based on their rough xG ratings across the whole season.Find out how the stats believe the Championship SHOULD be shaping up below… 1. Sheffield United – Real position = 4 (Championship title winners)Real points = 30 | Expected points = 36 20. Sheffield Wednesday – Real position = 17Real points = 20 | Expected points = 1519. Millwall – Real position = 21Real points = 16 | Expected points = 18 9 Expected goals (xG) is a statistic used to work out how many goals should be scored in a match.Every single shot is awarded an xG value based on the difficulty of the attempt, with factors including distance from goal, type of shot and number of defenders present affecting the value.The higher the xG of a particular shot, the more likely a goal should be scored from that shot.The xG value of every shot in a game is then used to calculate the expected goals in a particular match. 9 9 18. Wigan Athletic – Real position = 16Real points = 20 | Expected points = 1917. Hull City – Real position = 22Real points = 16 | Expected points = 2016. Nottingham Forest – Real position = 7Real points = 27 | Expected points = 2115. Derby County – Real position = 6Real points = 28 | Expected points = 21 What is expected goals? 3. Middlesbrough – Real position = 2 (play-off spot)Real points = 31 | Expected points = 312. Leeds United – Real position = 3 (automatic promotion)Real points = 30 | Expected points = 32 Tom Carroll in action for Swansea City. Kemar Roofe celebrates scoring against Nottingham Forest. 9. Brentford – Real position = 15Real points = 21 | Expected points = 258. West Bromwich Albion – Real position = 5Real points = 28 | Expected points = 26
Michael Murphy will captain Ireland Down Under for the forthcoming International Rules Series.Michael Murphy has been named as captain of the Ireland International Rules team for their forthcoming test series in Australia. Murphy successful captained the Irish side to a record-breaking victory over their Australian counterparts in last year’s one sided test series, and manager Paul Earley has again chosen Murphy to lead his side.Murphy has enjoyed another outstanding season for Donegal, and helped Donegal to a third Ulster title in just four years. He added another All-Star to his collection on Friday night, in recognition of his outstanding and consistent performances in 2014.He was outstanding for Glenswilly in their Donegal SFC semi-final win over Naomh Conaill on Sunday, and helped his side to another county final.Murphy will be joined on the team by Donegal defender Neil McGee who also enjoyed a brilliant season for Donegal.McGee was pipped by Kerry’s James O’Donoghue for the overall Player of the year gong on Friday night, but added a third All-Star to his collection for his performances over the course of the year. Ireland panel: Colm Begley (Laois), Colm Boyle (Mayo), Seán Cavanagh (Tyrone), Cathal Cregg (Roscommon), Mattie Donnelly (Tyrone), Finian Hanley (Galway), Pearse Hanley (Brisbane Lions), Darren Hughes (Monaghan), Lee Keegan (Mayo), James McCarthy (Dublin), Ciaran McDonald (Tipperary), Neil McGee (Donegal), Chrissy McKaigue (Derry), Kevin McKernan (Down), Kevin McLoughlin (Mayo), Conor McManus (Monaghan), David Moran (Kerry), Niall Morgan (Tyrone), Ross Munnelly (Laois), Michael Murphy (Donegal, captain), Colm O’Neill (Cork), Pádraig O’Neill (Kildare), Paddy O’Rourke (Meath), Aidan O’Shea (Mayo), Aidan Walsh (Cork, vice-captain). MICHAEL MURPHY WILL CAPTAIN IRELAND TEAM DOWN UNDER was last modified: October 28th, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:AustraliaCaptainDown UnderGAAHome-page SportMichael MurphynewsTest Series