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Eventmasters in Birmingham Moseley sponsorship package

Sports hospitality agency Eventmasters has got behind Birmingham Moseley’s 1st XV.

The firm has agreed a third season’s sponsorship deal for its name to go on the rugby team’s shorts.

“We believe we are front-runners in the Midlands and beyond at what we do and this is definitely the only occasion we have ever brought up the rear,” quipped Eventmasters managing director Denise Sheasby.

“We are committing a significant four-figure sum but believe it is money well spent. Moseley may have been bottom of the pile last year, being unfortunately relegated from the Championship, but this season, with an impressive new squad, should be up there challenging in National League One for an immediate return.

“With its new stand – opened last year – putting extra bums on seats, positioning itself very much as a corporate hospitality venue for everything from conferences to weddings, Moseley can look forward to a successful future.”

The new season also sees Birmingham Moseley face Coventry for the first time since 2010 in what is North Midlands rugby’s most famous fixture – the pair clashed at Billesley Common in the first coming-together on Saturday September 10 with Birmingham Moseley victorious 19-14.

Eventmasters, which also has a catering arm, provide hospitality solutions at a wide range of sporting events outside of their official appointed at Twickenham for International Rugby including horse racing, football, cricket, tennis and a variety of other sports.

 

Jose Mourinho holds first Manchester United press conference

New Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has held his first press conference since taking charge of the Old Trafford club.

‘The Special One’ took charge of the Red Devils after previous manager Louis Van Gaal was sacked in May, shortly after winning the FA Cup Final at Wembley.

At his first press conference the 53-year-old stated, “I think it is a job everyone wants and not many have a chance to have and I have it.”

The former Chelsea, Real Madrid and Inter Milan manager has wasted little time in making additions to his squad having already secured the signatures of defender Eric Bailly (FC Villarreal) Henrikh Mkhitaryan (Borussia Dortmund) and Swedish legend Zlatan Ibrahimovic (PSG).

These signings are certainly exciting additions to the Manchester United squad and they are sure to be fan favourites at The Theatre of Dreams.

Another superstar could soon be about to join the ranks with rumours circulating that France and Juventus star Paul Pogba could be on his way to the Premier League in a deal worth £100 million.

Mourinho looking to bring titles back to Manchester United in the 2016/17 season

After rivals Manchester City unveiled new manager Pep Guardiola on Sunday, Mourinho laid down the gauntlet to his old foe, stating that he is at United to “win it all”.

Mourinho said in his press conference: “It would be quite pragmatic to say let’s work and let’s try to be back to the Champions League, be back to the top four.

“I am not good on that and I didn’t want to be good on that. I am more aggressive. We want to win. I want everything. I want to win matches, I want to play well.”

The Portuguese maestro then went on to add that the style of play under previous managers David Moyes and Louis Van Gaal would be a thing of the past, saying: “I could not approach this job in a defensive point of view by saying the best we did was fourth and the FA Cup.

“I can’t go there. The last three years, I want to forget. I don’t want the players to start by thinking we have to do better.”

Mourninho will be the first Manchester United manager in 29-years to begin a season without Ryan Giggs at the club.

The record-appearance holder has been part of the coaching staff in recent-years but has ended his nearly three-decade association with the club.

But Mourinho has vowed to move club captain Wayne Rooney further up the field saying: “Maybe he is not a striker any more, maybe he is not a number nine any more, but with me he will never be a number six or somebody who plays 50 metres away from the goal.”

One thing is for sure the season is sure to be an explosive one with Mourinho at the helm.

For more information on Manchester United hospitality packages for 2016/17 please follow the link.

 

Jose Mourinho confirmed as new Manchester United manager

Manchester United have confirmed Jose Mourinho as their new manager, with the ‘Special One’ signing a three-year-deal at Old Trafford.

On Monday United announced that manager Louis Van Gaal would leave the club, 48-hours after delivering the FA Cup with a 2-1 victory over Crystal Palace at Wembley; the clubs first win in the competition for 12-years.

Mourinho won the Premier League title with Chelsea in the 2014/15 season, but was unable to reach the same levels in 2015/16 and left Stamford Bridge in December. But his record as a manager is unrivalled, particularly in the Premier League where his 66% win ratio is the best in the history of the league.

After a turbulent two seasons under Van Gaal, which has seen vocal criticism from both fans and pundits for the style of play, it will be interesting to see how Mourinho changes things. But one thing is for certain, ‘The Special One’ guarantees success.

Manchester United a special club for the Special One

Manchester United released a statement saying: “Jose, 53, has managed at the top level of European football for over a decade and in that time has won league titles and cups in four countries (Portugal, England, Italy and Spain), as well as winning the UEFA Champions League twice – in 2004 with FC Porto and in 2010 with Inter Milan.”

While Mourinho added, “To become Manchester United manager is a special honour in the game. It is a club known and admired throughout the world. There is a mystique and a romance about it which no other club can match.”

The move also adds another fascinating subplot to the Manchester Derby, as Mourinho goes head-to-head with new Man City manager Pep Guardiola. The pair enjoyed a superb rivalry when in they were in charge of Real Madrid and Barcelona – and fans will be hoping for the same levels of drama.

While the potential signing of Zlatan Ibrahimovic will excite the Old Trafford crowds.

One thing is for sure the Premier League needs Mourinho and it is great to have him back.

 

Manchester United seal FA Cup with extra-time victory

Manchester United won their first piece of silverware under manager Louis Van Gaal as they beat Crystal Palace 2-1 at Wembley on Saturday evening.

Despite the scenes of celebration after the match, speculation was rife that Van Gaal would be replaced by Jose Mourinho as manager of the Old Trafford club during the next seven days.

The first half was a tense affair with both sides creating very little between them; the only major incident came when Chris Smalling brought down Palace striker Conor Wickham.

Despite the foul Wickham was able to get back to his feet and put the ball into the net, but Mark Clattenburg had already blown his whistle for the foul. Leaving many of the Palace fans questioning the referee’s application of the advantage ruling.

In the second half The Red Devils began to assert some dominance over Alan Pardew’s side and they could have been two goals up and out of sight. After neat build up play and a lovely flick from Jesse Lingard, Marouane Fellaini saw his thunderous drive crash back off the woodwork.

Then it was Anthony Martial’s turn to strike the frame of the goal as his header from Antonio Valencia’s cross hit the post and tricked wide of the goal. With 12 minutes to go Palace looked like they had stolen the game when Jason Puncheon smashed home after United failed to clear a corner.

But just two minutes later United were level when Juan Mata’s deflected effort wrong-footed goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey.

Lingard’s superb strike wins FA Cup for Manchester United

As the game entered extra-time Manchester United were forced to rely on the skills of David De Gea as he turned a wonderful Yannick Bolasie effort around the post. On the stroke of half-time United were reduced to 10 men, as Smalling received his second yellow card of the afternoon.

But with 110 minutes on the clock it was Van Gaal’s side who struck the killer blow, as Valencia’s cross rebounded to the edge of the box youngster Jesse Lingard unleashed an unstoppable effort into the top corner to seal the win; Manchester United’s first FA Cup win for 12 years.

After the game Van Gaal said: “It is fantastic to win this title for the club, for the fans, and also for me because I now have won the cup in four countries, and not many managers have done that.

“We had 10 players, and we have played Tuesday evening also, but we have deserved it I think.”

But will Van Gaal be around the trophy next season? Not if the reports are to be believed.