BERNARD’S CONTRIBUTION Jamaica, under the leadership skills of Marva Bernard, has managed to get their own ‘home’ as well as numerous corporate bodies putting up their cash and kind to support netball. Money is still short, thus arranging and travelling to other ranked nations to play ‘Tests’ happens rarely, and is due to a great extent on the generosity of the other nations. Faced with that reality, one would think that Netball Jamaica would be very interested in keeping squad members playing top local netball regularly, and would be actively encouraging these squad members to play week after week. No matter what spin is put on the reason for the rule, the bald fact is that the rule makes no sense and has got to be rescinded. The fans of Jamaica’s netball, and the public in general, can force the removal of this rule … if they want. The IAAF’s woes continue with major sponsor Adidas withdrawing from their contractual support of the beleaguered organisation, mainly because of the continuing revelations regarding corruption and illegal activity of the principals of the organisation. The Dick Pound-led investigation is not over, not by a long shot. Keep watching this space. The past president of Netball Jamaica has received numerous awards and praise for her leadership skills while being a ten-year president of the sport of netball in Jamaica. These plaudits re her leadership skills are well deserved. Her successor, Dr Paula Daley Morris, has promised a change in how the game in administered. I was hoping that I would have seen a change in the policy, particularly one that would have seen the nation have a realistic chance of changing our position in world netball, from ‘sometimes third, most times fourth’ to finalists and eventual champions. Alas and alack, that wish of us, (Jamaica) moving on up looks as distant as it always was. Mr Netball himself, Winston Nevers, has gone public with his concerns regarding a ‘rule’ that seems designed to stop teams that he coaches from dominating local netball. The thinking behind the implementation of this rule seems to be “stop Nevers from winning everything, so that we can justify keeping his skills away from the national programme”. A local radio programme recently highlighted the rule. As I understand it, teams playing in the national league can only have three members of the national squad playing for any one team during the competition. If a national representative (who happens to play for a team coached by Mr Nevers) does not want to play for a rival team, then that player is refused permission to play netball locally! Huh? So instead of allowing players selected to the national squad to play as much netball as possible, Netball Jamaica is happy with these players watching the game week after week! That thought is frightening, if the main aim of the rule is to sideline Nevers. As I understand sports of any kind, the participants need regular playing time in competition against their peers and against competition that is superior. Australia has just completed a three ‘Test’ clean sweep against England, as both sides continue engaging in ‘Test’ conditions against world-ranked opponents.
Maurizio Sarri is to become Chelsea manager and Jorginho is to join him at Stamford Bridge, Napoli’s president Aurelio De Laurentiis has confirmed.The Blues have been heavily linked with Sarri, who was replaced as Napoli boss by Carlo Ancelotti last month, and he is now on the verge of taking over from Antonio Conte. silverware REVEALED smart causal REAL DEAL De Laurentiis also addressed Jorginho’s situation, as he officially unveiled Ancelotti as Napoli’s new coach on Wednesday.The playmaker was expected to join Manchester City but will now head to Chelsea, having decided he wants to live on London.De Laurentiis added: “Jorginho? Although we consider him to be a great player, for the sake of Ancelotti’s style of football and knowing that the interest from Chinese clubs in (Napoli midfielder Marek) Hamsik was relative, we decided to assess the bids, which originally came from City. Real Madrid ‘offer’ Isco to Chelsea in bid to ‘make room’ for Tottenham star Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade How Chelsea could line up against Southampton – what system will Lampard play? possible xi England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won 2 How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures Sarri looks close to taking over from Antonio Conte Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT possible standings REVEALED Latest Chelsea News shining Jorginho will cost Chelsea £57.5m Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars 2 tense Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City gameday cracker Sarri spent three seasons in charge of Napoli but was unable to wrestle the title from Juventus, finishing fifth, second and third.Conte, meanwhile, won the Premier League title in his first season in England, but came under incessant pressure during a difficult second campaign which ended on a high with him lifting the FA Cup.De Laurentiis announced on Wednesday: “Sarri is close to being the new Chelsea manager.“My lawyers are in talks with his lawyers to finalise everything.” “I have to apologise to Khaldoon (Al Mubarak, the Manchester City chairman), because I closed a deal with him 15 days ago, but Jorginho would prefer to live in London than Manchester, I can understand that and especially if Chelsea pay him more.“My agreement with (Chelsea owner Roman) Abramovich (on Jorginho) is irrespective of whether or not Sarri ends up taking charge of the Blues.”Jorginho was seen boarding a plane to London on Wednesday morning to finalise his move to Chelsea.