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‘Newcastle can be Arsenal stepping stone for Vieira’

first_imgNewcastle could prove to be a “stepping stone” for Patrick Vieira, says Ray Parlour, with the legendary former Arsenal midfielder expected to head back to north London in a managerial capacity at some stage.The Frenchman is among those being linked with a high-profile vacancy at St James’ Park.With Newcastle having been unable to agree fresh terms with Rafa Benitez, they find themselves back in the market for a new coach. 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 Various targets have been mooted, with the likes of Jose Mourinho and David Moyes among them, but no decision has been made as yet.That means that Arsenal icon Vieira could be returned to the Premier League from a spell at Nice, with former team-mate Parlour of the opinion that a move to the Magpies would make sense.He told talkSPORT: “I’m surprised by the news.“I always tipped him to be the Arsenal manager one day. I’d love to see him back at Arsenal, but this could be the stepping stone, who knows.“He was a fantastic player, a really intelligent guy. He knew exactly what he brought to the table every game and he never let you down, he could handle the pressure.“Not all great players become great managers, but I could always see him going down that road.“To take over from Tony Adams as Arsenal skipper, that was a big loss for us because Tony was a big, big player at centre-half, but Patrick did a wonderful job. He was skipper for about eight years and everyone looked up to him.”Patrick Vieira ArsenalParlour is not the only former colleague of Vieira in north London to have talked up the World Cup winner’s claims to the role on Tyneside.Ex-Arsenal goalkeeper Lee Harper is another who feels that a man cut from the same cloth as Arsene Wenger could be a success in a demanding post.He told Love Sport Radio of Vieira: “He was a really, really nice guy so, given his experience in the Premier League, you can’t see why it wouldn’t work if he went to Newcastle and gave it a go.”He’s had plenty of managerial experience too which should set him up somewhere like that.”I don’t see why [he shouldn’t do it]. He’s done some groundwork in management and it would be a good fit. It would be a good challenge.”Newcastle are a big club with a great fan base, something Patrick would thrive on.”First and foremost, he’s a nice guy and you want to see nice guys do well.”Harper added:  “He is a winner and he will demand that whoever plays for his team has that mentality and strength. He will be driving people on.”I do believe he will be more of a Wenger type [of manager] because he is quiet off the pitch. He will have plenty of technical aspects to his training sessions.”He is a quiet guy but that doesn’t mean he won’t tell people who need to be told – because of his winning mentality.”last_img read more

On World No Tobacco Day UN calls for stamping out smoking in

31 May 2007As World No Tobacco Day is celebrated today, the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) called for stamping out smoking in the workplace to protect people from second-hand fumes. As World No Tobacco Day is celebrated today, the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) called for stamping out smoking in the workplace to protect people from second-hand fumes.Tobacco is the second major cause of death worldwide, and it will kill half of the 650 million people who smoke regularly, the agency said. Additionally, hundreds of thousands of people who have never smoked die yearly from diseased caused by second-hand tobacco smoke.The theme of this year’s Day is “Smoke-free inside: Create and enjoy 100% smoke-free environments.”According to WHO, “neither ventilation nor filtration, alone or in combination, can reduce exposure levels of tobacco smoke indoors to levels that are considered acceptable, even in terms of odour, much less health effects.”The agency debunked myths pertaining to second-hand smoke, stressing that it kills and can also cause serious illnesses.“The right to clean air, free from tobacco smoke, is a human right,” the agency declared, underscoring how the majority of the world’s population – who are non-smokers – have the right to not be exposed to others’ smoke.WHO also pointed out that smoke-free environments help prevent people, including the young, from picking up the habit.World No Tobacco Day is being celebrated across the globe through events ranging from talks to art contests to film presentations.In Nantes, a city in western France, approximately 500 staff members of a hospital – including doctors, nurses and technicians – participated in a football tournament and will commit to not smoking during the work day and to help patients to kick the habit for good.To commemorate the Day in Mingora, Pakistan, lecturers, teachers, journalists, lawyers, traders, doctors, 200 college and school students rallied to raise awareness of the dangers of smoking.Meanwhile in Thailand, health professionals and volunteers held a running and jogging event to alert the public to the impact of tobacco on health. read more