Pogba is no Neymar – but there’s no place for egotistical star at Man Utd

first_imgJust as in 2016, Manchester United’s summer seems to have been dominated by the name of Paul Pogba.But whereas three years ago there was a heightened sense of anticipation over an impending world-record transfer, this time around there’s a feeling of foreboding over the Frenchman’s exit and the potential damage it could do along the way.The current stand-off sees Pogba and his agent Mino Raiola paving the way for a departure to Real Madrid or Juventus while Ole Gunnar Solskjaer attempts to convince everybody it’s business as usual. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare “As far as I’m aware, up to now we don’t have any bids for any of our players so there’s nothing to say other than Paul, like most of our players, have got long contracts. We’re Man Utd, we don’t have to sell players,” Solskjaer said in Perth on Wednesday at the beginning of the club’s pre-season tour.“Paul has never put himself out of the team, he’s always wanted to play, he’s always given his best. Agents talk all the time, but we’ve not had bids from any clubs and that’s all I can say about the matter.“It looks like it’s a media, I don’t want to call it a… it’s an agenda against Paul. He’s a top, top bloke, he’s a great, great professional, he’s never been any problem, he’s got a heart of gold.”Unfortunately for Solskjaer, that stance would only hold weight if Pogba himself hadn’t kicked off the frenzy by proclaiming he was ready for “a new challenge” at a promotional event in Japan in June. The France international knew exactly what he was doing, he knew the stir it would cause, he knew the difficulties it could create for his manager, and he went ahead and said what he said anyway. He wants a move, and the prospect of him staying diminishes with every moment he doesn’t step forward and commit to the Red Devils.And in terms of Solskjaer’s “no bids” claim, well that’s not really how the football market works anymore. Perhaps when he was a player there was still a culture of clubs having to make official approaches before any other movement was evident, but the likes of Raiola have helped to change the landscape in recent times and there is an increasing inevitability about the way this saga will end. Players hankering for a move very rarely fail to get their way in modern football.Since Pogba set the wheels in motion with his public request for a new challenge, Raiola has ensured that his client’s desires have remained at the forefront of everybody’s mind, most recently releasing a statement to talkSPORT on Tuesday.Mino Raiola on Paul Pogba“Pogba has done nothing wrong, he has been respectful and professional in every way,” Raiola explained. “The club knows his feeling for a long time. It’s a shame other people only like to criticise him without the right information.“I’m sorry that the club does not take any position against this. Hopefully there will soon be a satisfying solution for all parties.”For now, there is an impasse. Solskjaer spent much of his first five months in charge insisting he wants to build his Manchester United squad around Pogba, seemingly leaving him red-faced and short of a figurehead in midfield if the World Cup-winner were to leave.But what the manager needs more is buy-in from his entire squad. Given the way he wants to do things at Old Trafford and the team mentality he wants to build, he can’t afford to have any egotistical players only thinking about themselves.Solskjaer has a vision which will rely on players respecting and representing the badge, and personal agendas do not fit in with that. The likes of Daniel James and Aaron Wan-Bissaka have been added this summer exactly because they have the drive and hunger the Norwegian is looking to inject, and that cannot be compromised in order to satiate Pogba.To be fair to the 26-year-old, he could have been far less professional than he has been. Look no further than Brazilian superstar Neymar for an example of a high-profile player who has treated his club with contempt .After multiple acts of indiscipline over the last two years, Neymar’s own transfer request coincided with him not even attending pre-season training this week. The Brazilian will remain in his homeland for another week, despite PSG claiming he doesn’t have permission to do so.Antoine Griezmann – who wants to leave Atletico Madrid this summer – also failed to turn up to training despite famously labelling the team as “My fans, my club, my home” when rejecting a move to Barcelona last summer.Unlike Neymar and Griezmann, Pogba actually turned up for work when he was meant to. But that is a pretty low bar to be setting in terms of behavioural standards.What Pogba has done with his carefully-orchestrated media campaign is hand in a virtual transfer request. It basically leaves him with no way back into the hearts of Manchester United fans.Ole Gunnar Solskjaer Paul Pogba Man UtdThink of Wayne Rooney, who told Sir Alex Ferguson in 2010 that he wanted to move on and would do the same again in 2013 shortly before the legendary manager retired. Never again was the England striker viewed in quite the same way by United supporters.The widespread response to Pogba’s and Raiola’s summer shenanigans has begun to resemble fierce toxicity, and while it would be a blow to Solskjaer to lose arguably his only truly world-class star he cannot afford to carry passengers in his new project built around work ethic, guts and hunger. If Pogba doesn’t have the stomach for the fight at United, there is only one inevitable result.It is a path well-worn by successful sides of the past. Pep Guardiola’s first summer as a rookie Barcelona boss is remembered best for his decision to offload Ronaldinho and Deco having decided they were more trouble than they were worth. What followed was unprecedented success.He would repeat the dose over the next couple of years in shedding Samuel Eto’o and Yaya Toure, and achieving continuing success all the while. And while there is no instant path to glory in replacing top-level quality with hunger and desire, there is every reason to believe it is a model which United can succeed with too.Losing Pogba, a man who scored 16 goals last term and was the blisteringly-hot architect of United’s best run of form in years at the beginning of 2019, would undoubtedly be a step backwards.But if that’s what Solskjaer needs to inject some true Manchester United DNA into the rest of the squad and underline the standards expected of a United player, then in the long run there could be many more positives to be taken from this nonsense impasse. 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The Deloitte WA Index celebrates 20 years of Diggers Dealers

first_imgDeloitte has released a special edition of the Deloitte WA Index at the opening of the Diggers and Dealers conference in Kalgoorlie, highlighting the performance of WA listed companies over the past 12 months. Deloitte WA Managing Partner Keith Jones said the falling commodity prices and world growth concerns have had an impact on market sentiment which has carried over to the WA Index. “The market capitalisation of WA listed companies as at 30 June 2012 was A$140.7 billion – a decrease of 23.2% over the past 12 months. Over the last 12 years (since commencement of the Deloitte WA Index) there was only one year worse than this, the 12 months ended 30 June 2009, where the WA Index fell by 38.5%, following the impact of the GFC,” he said. “Despite the 2012 outcome, we have seen a 343% cumulative increase in WA stocks over the past 12 years reflecting strong underlying growth. Australia’s mining industry has delivered massive economic growth over the past 20 years, and there is still a significant investment pipeline in Western Australia to underpin activity over the coming years. The size and substance of underlying business activity has seen the average size of a top 50 WA Index company grow from A$0.75 billion (30 June 2002) to A$2.3 billion (30 June 2012) which is indicative of the substance of the companies operating in the Western Australian environment,” he said.The performance of WA listed companies which comprise the Deloitte WA Index continues to be heavily impacted by volatile commodity markets, the strong value of the Australian dollar and investor fears over global credit concerns.“Commodity prices and precious metals have fallen from their 2011 high, with gold the only winner in this period. In the year to 30 June 2012 gold increased by 5.7% whilst other prices have fallen substantially – contributing directly to the decline in the WA Index,” Jones said.The past 12 months have been a volatile period for all global indices with significant uncertainty surrounding the Eurozone sovereign debt crisis. The international uncertainty is reflected in the financial markets and in lower commodity prices and forecast prices, This in turn is reflected in lower valuation of resource companies.The ASX fell by 11.3% over the year while the FTSE 100 decreased in value by 4.8% over the year to 30 June 2012.The Nikkei which is still feeling the effects of the March 2011 tsunami, fell by 9.6%, while the S&P 500 went against the trend increasing by 1.7%.The Diggers and Dealers special edition of the Index also highlights a number of emerging issues and areas of interest for the mining industry:The rise of China – Where to next?With Australia’s investment boom now in full swing, there are risks emerging that could impact the longevity of this boom. Jones said there are signs that commodity demand growth from China is entering a more mature phase, commodity prices have fallen from their 2011 highs, and the costs of development and operation in Western Australia (specifically the Pilbara) have risen relative to competing mining provinces.“The end result is that some miners are signalling this surge in investment, which has been driving Western Australia’s growth outperformance, is not permanent,” he said.Performance ImprovementThe resources industry is facing a number of challenges which have resulted in production variances and diminishing margins for mining operators. There is an imperative for Australian mines to do more with what they’ve already got.Jones said mines need to increase productivity – a function of both operational time and rate (throughput) – with an integrated organisation, process and technological approach. “Mining operations should think in terms of improving performance of each element of the value chain on a continuous basis, independent of market prices and rising costs. Long term sustainable results of lower production cost per unit are achievable when improvements are embedded through accepted practices and robust standardisation.”People firstSafety is a problem involving people, beliefs and behaviours as much as processes, systems and compliance. Jones said to really understand where the issues are usually involves a mix of qualitative and quantitative data analysis – understanding what people are thinking and doing and cross-referencing this with insights gained from the organisational data that is already being collected. “The key is to use unconstrained safety analytics to identify emergent patterns and correlations specific to each organisation – understanding what the site- specific issues are through data so that targeted, initiatives can be developed,” he said.Regulatory Olympics1 July marked the start of the Government’s controversial Minerals Resource Rent Tax (MRRT).  As the MRRT is a complex new tax, Boards and senior management need to be satisfied their mining company has put in place the necessary arrangements for assessing the impact of the MRRT and meeting the various impending deadlines.Jones said a survey of 200 tax managers from Australian mining companies conducted by Thomson Reuters in March this year found that more than two-thirds of Australian miners had not made any preparations for the MRRT, and that almost half of respondents conceded they were “struggling to fully comprehend” its impact.“The survey also found that 92% of respondents rated compliance costs as their number one bugbear, 64% did not have the people or systems in place to comply with the tax and 62% felt they did not have adequate knowledge of their reporting obligations. Almost 70% of survey respondents said they were unlikely to meet their first quarterly instalment on time,” he said.Deloitte WA Index High Growth Awards 2012The top three growth companies, in terms of market capitalisation, for the year ending June 30 2012, were:Evolution Mining increased its market capitalisation from A$242 million to just over A$1.0 billion over the period. Evolution was created in late 2011 through the merger of Catalpa Resources and Conquest Mining and the concurrent acquisition of Newcrest Mining’s interest in the Cracow and Mt Rawdon mines, to become a mid-tier Australian gold producer.Northern Star Resources saw an increase in market capitalisation from A$140 million to A$314 million, ranking 55 on the Deloitte WA Index from 135 as at June 2011. Its key operational project, Paulsens gold mine, boasts a high grade gold resource, with a planned expansion expected to yield early results. Northern Star is one of the lowest cost and highest margin gold producers in Australia.Papillon Resources rose by A$126 million, from A$112 million to A$238 million, following its success in completing a large investment in gold assets in Mali, West Africa. This led to a 78.2% increase in share price and helped the company break into the Deloitte WA Index Top 100.Deloitte WA Index Survival Awards 2012The following three companies have been selected from the Deloitte WA Index Top 100 as at 30 June 2012 as the longest surviving mining companies which have been in operation for 20 years or more since their official listing date on the Australian Securities Exchange.Iluka Resources Limited – official listing date 30 June 1962Resolute Mining Limited – official listing date 11 January 1979Coal of Africa Limited – official listing date 24 April 1980Deloitte at DiggersDeloitte is hosting the Deloitte WA Index High Growth and Survival Awards 2012 in Kalgoorlie on 6 August 2012 to recognise the top three companies in each of the two categories.last_img read more