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Napoli’s Manager Rudi Gracia Set To Be Sacked

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Following a run of underwhelming performances, Napoli manager Rudi Garcia is allegedly about to lose his job, leading the team to start negotiations with possible successors. Napoli’s performance under Garcia has declined, despite winning the Serie A title in the 2022–2023 season, raising questions about the coach’s future. The team’s ability to mount a credible title defence has been called into question due to their three losses in the first 12 games of the 2023–24 season, as opposed to just four losses in the previous campaign.

Napoli is actively looking for a new manager because they are unhappy with Garcia’s tenure. Poor performance and rumours of conflict between Garcia and important players, such as Nigerian striker Victor Osimhen and the team that finished last season in the Serie A MVP Khvicha Kvaratskelia. Both players have publicly expressed discontent with the coach’s decisions.

Transfer expert Fabrizio Romano claims that Igor Tudor, a former Juventus defender, is being discussed by Napoli as a possible Garcia substitute. Salary, terms of the contract, and other relevant issues are being discussed. Furthermore, Fabio Cannavaro, a 2006 Ballon d’Or winner and former Juventus player, is reportedly also being considered for the managerial position, according to La Gazzetta dello Sport.

Cannavaro is a native of Naples and has a history with the club, having progressed through the youth ranks before going on to have a great playing career. In 2022–2023 Benevento, a team in Serie B, was his last managerial position.

Serie A legend Igor Tudor was a defender for Juventus and Croatia. His managerial positions at Marseille and Hellas Verona have earned him recognition. The talks with Tudor are a clear indication of Napoli’s urgency to address the managerial situation and make a strategic move to revitalize the team’s performance.

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About Rudi Gracia

Due to a string of disappointing performances, French football manager Rudi Garcia has recently come under fire at Napoli, sparking rumours that he might be fired.

On February 20, 1964, Rudi Garcia was born in Nemours, France. He had a modest playing career as a midfielder for teams like Saint-Étienne, Lille, and Martigues. After his playing career, he went into coaching. During his time as manager of Lille OSC in Ligue 1, he rose to prominence by leading the team to a league and cup double in the 2010–2011 campaign.

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Garcia’s ability to assemble a cohesive and competitive team was a key factor in his success with Lille. Lille’s attacking play style and their capacity to overcome established powers made him a highly sought-after manager.  Subsequent to his success at Lille, Garcia took over as the head coach of AS Roma in Serie A in 2013. His tenure at Roma saw mixed results, with some notable successes but also challenges in maintaining consistency.

Later, in 2019, Garcia became the head coach of Ligue 1 team Olympique Lyonnais (Lyon). He made it to the UEFA Champions League semifinals during his tenure at Lyon in the 2019–2020 campaign.

Garcia arrived at Napoli as the head coach through his managerial career. His job is in jeopardy due to the team’s subsequent decline and rumoured discord with key players, even though they won the Serie A title in the 2022–2023 season.

According to recent reports, Napoli is reportedly in discussions with possible Garcia replacements, a sign that the club may be thinking of firing the French manager in light of the team’s lacklustre play. Conflicts between Garcia and a number of important players, such as Nigerian striker Victor Osimhen and Serie A MVP Khvicha last season, are said to have plagued Garcia’s tenure at Napoli.

As the situation unfolds, Garcia’s future at Napoli remains uncertain, and the discussions surrounding his potential replacement suggest a significant development in the managerial landscape of the club.

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Patience Ozokwor Marks 45 Years In Entertainment Industry

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Patience Ozokwor, the Nollywood actress who has become a household name as Mama G, is celebrating a phenomenal achievement! For a whopping 45 years, she’s been gracing our screens and captivating audiences with her performances.

To share this exciting news and express her joy, Patience took to Instagram. In a heartfelt video, she reached out to her fans and friends, thanking God for her successful career and inviting them to join the festivities.

She wrote,

“A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. My journey in entertainment started with sold-out school plays way back in secondary school and teacher’s training college. It’s time to celebrate this phenomenal journey, my people because God has indeed been faithful. Countdown begins now.”

Patience Ozokwor also offered a glimpse into the very beginnings of her remarkable journey in the entertainment industry. Patience’s passion for acting wasn’t something that developed later in life; it seems the stage was where she was destined to shine. It all began with a school play during her secondary school days.

The play was a runaway success, selling out all the available seats!

This early taste of applause and appreciation for her talent likely fueled her passion for acting. The fire continued to burn brightly even during her teacher training college years. Then another school play received the same enthusiastic response. Patience’s ability to hold the audience’s attention and captivate them with her acting prowess was evident from a very young age.

Patience’s announcement was met with an outpouring of love and support. Her fans, colleagues from the industry, and even close friends all rushed to celebrate her incredible achievement.

Messages of congratulations flooded in, expressing their admiration for her long and successful career. The love wasn’t just verbal; many offered their support to ensure her 45th-anniversary celebration would be a truly unforgettable event.

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Lagos To Begin Demolition Of Oshodi Market Extensions On July 30

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On Monday, an official from the Lagos government announced plans to make changes to Oshodi Market. The general manager in charge of building regulations, Mr. Gbolahan Oki, said they will begin removing unauthorised structures from the market by July 30th. This means any shops or buildings that were added on illegally will be taken down.

He said,

“The Lagos State Building Control Agency, in conjunction with the Oshodi-Isolo Local Government Council Authority, has embarked on the sensitization of property owners, residents, shop owners, and market women and men on the removal of illegal structures, extensions built on road setbacks, shops, buildings, and public school premises around the Oshodi-Isolo LCDA.”

Mr. Oki also mentioned that there is a deadline to receive compensation for any structures that will be removed. This deadline is set for July 30th.

He said,

“The expiration period that we are looking at is July 30, and the action we are taking is to remove all the attachments. As you can see, some buildings are right on the road, and it is because of these attachments. Some believe that the attachment is part of the building.”

He added that even though making changes might seem easy to imagine, it can actually be very hard to do in real life.

“If we want change, it is going to affect us, and we are going to have that change at all costs. All these extensions are on work, which should not be. People selling on the road is unnecessary, and that is what we are trying to put in place; it is not a tribal issue. We must all comply with the rules and regulations.”

Mr. Oki encouraged shop owners at the market to take advantage of a special 2-month period.

During this time, they can get approval for their shops from the Lagos State government. Governor Babatunde Sanwo-Olu set the deadline.

“The reason we are here is to enforce; the directive of the governor is very clear; there is no attachment. Nothing should disrupt the flow of movement, which is very important, and that we stand on.”

The Executive Chairman of Oshodi-Isolo Local Government, Kehinde Oloyede, stated that accessibility is essential in every market.

He said,

“For market women to maximise whatever they are selling, they need access to the road. The state government believes that good access to roads would better help them in the performance of their duty, particularly agencies like the fire service.”

Oloyede explained that the local government is working together with LASBCA (Lagos State Building Control Agency). They decided to show leniency to the traders by allowing them to continue their business activities. This is until the festive period is over.

He added,

“The local government is partnering with LASBCA to the end that we have been given grace that after the festive sale ends in July, the state will intervene. However, before then, the local government would see to it that most of these extensions and attachments were removed. Those that fail to comply, then the Lagos State Government will take charge and do what they deem fit.”

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Uzor Arukwe Says Actors Need To Learn To Accept Criticism

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In a recent interview with Top Charts Africa on May 27, 2024, Nollywood actor Uzor Arukwe opened up about the importance of criticism.

He emphasised that criticism, rather than being something to shy away from, is actually a valuable tool for self-improvement. Arukwe believes that constructive criticism can help us learn and grow as individuals.

I love criticism and feedback because it helps you to become a better actor. You can’t be an actor if you’re not open to criticism,” he said.

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