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Jadon Sancho & Callum Hudson-Odoi: Gareth Southgate wary of pressure on teenagers

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Callum Hudson-Odoi became the youngest player to make his debut for England in a competitive match, aged 18 years and 135 days

England manager Gareth Southgate says he will take inspiration from Sir Alex Ferguson as he attempts to get the best out of teenagers Jadon Sancho and Callum Hudson-Odoi.

The 18-year-olds impressed in Friday’s 5-0 European Championship qualifying win over the Czech Republic.

Ferguson handled young players at Manchester United with care, limiting their game time and public exposure.

“I always think of Sir Alex with Ryan Giggs,” said Southgate.

“He did that so well and they had sustained success because of that.

“I think that comes into everything: how much we expose them to the public, how much we put them into commercial situations.

“We’ve got to be thinking about all of that all of the time because it’s very easy for them to enjoy these moments, and they’ve got to enjoy them, but equally there’s a good balance.

“So, although they’re not our player on a day-to-day basis, I think we’ve got a responsibility to do that as much as we can, because also we’re putting them on to another level and we’ve got to make sure we get the balance right for the club, but most importantly for the player.”

England’s matchday squad at Wembley for their first European Championship qualifier contained six players aged 24 or under, while a host of others – Marcus Rashford, Luke Shaw, John Stones, Trent Alexander-Arnold and Joe Gomez – would almost certainly have featured if they had been fit.

England’s young talent
Name Top-flight club games Age England caps
Raheem Sterling 219 24 48
Dele Alli 124 22 34
Ben Chilwell 65 22 6
Declan Rice 55 20 1
Jadon Sancho 38 18 4
Callum Hudson-Odoi 8 18 1

Hudson-Odoi was elevated from the Under-21 squad because of withdrawals and his saved shot led to Tomas Kalas’s own goal on Friday, while Sancho teed up Raheem Sterling for the first of his three strikes.

Like Ferguson, who famously promoted the likes of Giggs, David Beckham, Gary and Phil Neville, Paul Scholes and Nicky Butt as the ‘Class of 92’ helped transform Manchester United’s fortunes, Southgate has no concern about using young players as he builds towards Euro 2020.

“We’ve got competition for places and I think attacking players mature very young, and they can go in very young,” added Southgate, who takes his side to Montenegro for their second Group A qualifier on Monday.

“So it’s not an issue to play them, and really we’ve found another player that we really liked [in Hudson-Odoi].

“We weren’t certain that he’d be able to adapt to this level, and we’re a bit fortunate in finding him, in that we probably wouldn’t have done that in this camp. We’d have given him a bit longer in the Under-21s.

“But already he’s proved in this environment that he can more than cope.”

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Prices on the rise at Pick n Pay after year of deflation

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Pick n Pay [JSE: PIK] posted a 9.5% increase in headline profit (excluding hyperinflation gains in Zimbabwe) on Tuesday morning.

Its comparable turnover was up 6% to R43.1 billion. In South Africa, prices at its stores rose by 2.2% compared to the same period last year. This is a reversal from the year to March, when Pick n Pay’s prices fell by 0.3%.  

Under new CEO Richard Brasher, a former Tesco exec, Pick n Pay has competed aggressively on price. This has helped the chain gain market share after it lost customers in recent years. It also reduced its labour force by a tenth and streamlined operations, investing in logistics and new stores.

Tighter margin management and improved efficiency helped to deliver a 16.4% increase in underlying trading profit in South Africa, the group said.

It launched more than 320 new own brand products this year, which now represent more than a fifth of sales in specific categories. Two million customers visited Pick n Pay’s online shop, with sales growth of 17%. Some 850,000 of its customers have joined its partner bank TymeBank.

The group (which includes Boxer) opened 63 net new stores, and now has more than 1,800 stores, including 744 franchise stores. “As customers increasingly value greater convenience and more tailored ranges, our Pick n Pay and Boxer supermarkets are on average smaller in size than in the past.”

“Our Pick n Pay and Boxer stores now appeal across a very broad range of incomes, preferences and communities. This has positioned the Group well to identify and pursue opportunities for growth in a dynamic and sustainable way within a persistently low-growth economy.”

But Pick n Pay saw an 80% slump in its profit from stores in the rest of Africa, with hyperinflation in Zimbabwe hitting it particularly hard.

An interim dividend of 42.80c per share has been declared, up 9.5% on last year.


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Awesome 2019 year-end conference specials from Gallagher

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As the year speeds towards December, businesses big and small are looking to host their year-end conferences.

And who better to choose than South Africa’s premier multi-purpose conference venue – Gallagher Convention Centre.

To make the choice even easier, Gallagher has amazing year-end conference specials on offer for events of any size.

These year-end conference packages can be booked for a half- or full-day, starting at R415pp (excl. Vat).

Year-end specials are only valid for bookings made before 31 March 2020.

Gallagher’s discounted year-end conference packages are outlined below.

Half-day conference special

Gallagher’s half-day conference special includes the following:

  • Venue hire for a conference venue and a breakfast/lunch venue.
  • Secure parking.
  • Refreshments on arrival.
  • Mid-morning refreshments.
  • Chef’s choice lunch selection with 5 three-course menus to choose from.
  • Notepads and pens.
  • Mints and water.

For each of the refreshment breaks, conference organisers have the choice of selecting one sweet or one savoury option. Two refreshment options can also be selected, where 50% of each item will be catered to guests. All the refreshment options are Halaal.

The half-day conference package costs R415pp (excl. Vat).

Full-day conference special

Gallagher’s full-day conference special includes the following:

  • Venue hire for a conference and lunch venue.
  • Secure parking.
  • Refreshments on arrival.
  • Mid-morning refreshments.
  • Chef’s choice lunch selection with 5 three-course menus to choose from.
  • Mid-afternoon refreshments.
  • Notepads and pens.
  • Mints and water.

For each of the refreshment breaks, Gallagher offers conference organisers the choice of selecting one sweet or one savoury option. Two refreshment options can also be selected, where 50% of each item will be catered to guests. All the refreshment options are Halaal.

The full-day conference package costs R440pp (excl. Vat).

Gallagher Convention Centre boasts a team of experts within their respective fields, which are on-hand to see to your every need.

Their management team has over 380 years of collective industry experience, and their secure parking can accommodate over 5,000 vehicles – making it a no brainer to host your event with them.

What’s more, is that Gallagher also offers a single-call solution where organisers can secure pre-qualified suppliers without having to look any further.

To book your function today call +2711 266 3000 or email them via [email protected].

This article was published in partnership with Gallagher Convention Centre.

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India thump Proteas, sweep Test series 3-0

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Ranchi – India beat South Africa by an innings and 202 runs in the third Test to sweep the series 3-0 in Ranchi on Tuesday.

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Debutant spinner Shahbaz Nadeem claimed the final two wickets on successive balls to dismiss the Proteas for 133 while following on in just the second over on day four. The Proteas started the day on 132-8.

Theunis de Bruyn was out on his overnight score of 30 after coming in to the XI for concussed Dean Elgar, who got a nasty hit on the helmet off paceman Umesh Yadav on Monday.



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