Coupe de France : tous unis derrière leur «Titi»

first_imgLa réussite de la SSEP Hombourg-Haut, qui dispute son 8e tour de la Coupe de France contre Auxerre, ce samedi à Sarreguemines (15 h), est aussi celle de son coach, Thierry Steimetz.Un lien fort unit les joueurs de la SSEP Hombourg-Haut à leur entraîneur, Thierry Steimetz. Le 7e tour de la Coupe de France, le 17 novembre contre Forbach (1-0) , l’a démontré à deux reprises. Quand une friction éclatait entre l’ancien Amnévillois et un remplaçant forbachois, tout un groupe est venu prendre la défense de son coach. Et quelques secondes seulement après le coup de sifflet final, les héros du jour scandaient son nom avec leurs supporters. «Il est vraiment aimé», confirme l’arrière-droit Fahdi Redjam. «On sait ce qu’il a vécu. »Amputé d’une jambe en raison d’une tumeur au printemps 2017, Steimetz, passé par le centre de formation du RC Lens et le FC Metz, a mis un terme à sa carrière de joueur par la force des choses. Un peu plus d’un an plus tard, il est devenu l’entraîneur d’Hombourg-Haut, en Régional 3. «J’étais hors circuit, entre guillemets. Le président m’a contacté, je connaissais quelques personnes au club. J’ai pris le temps de la réflexion et je ne regrette pas mon choix», assure le natif de Creutzwald.«C’est un perfectionniste» Si la SSEP a manqué de peu la montée la saison dernière, son début de saison parfait rend hommage au travail effectué par Thierry Steimetz et ses hommes, qui n’ont connu que la victoire pour le moment, en championnat comme en coupe. Et si la bonne humeur prédomine dans ce petit coin de la Moselle, le technicien reste exigeant, à l’image de son coup de gueule passé à la mi-temps d’un match mal maîtrisé à Behren. «Il ne crie pas pour crier mais il arrive à nous remobiliser quand on n’écoute pas ses consignes», raconte le défenseur Khalid Benichou. «Il a un fort caractère, il sait ce qu’il veut et ce qu’il ne veut pas.»«Il est à fond dans ce qu’il fait», confirme Fahdi Redjam. «C’est un perfectionniste», estime pour sa part Hassan M’Barki, séduit par les méthodes d’entraînement prônées par le Lorrain de 36 ans. «Il adore le jeu et c’est plaisant. On sent qu’il était un joueur offensif (il rit).» «Je fais tout pour mettre mes joueurs dans les meilleures conditions», glisse Thierry Steimetz. «S’il y a de la joie dans le vestiaire et du plaisir sur le terrain, ça me suffit. Je ne peux plus jouer mais je le fais par procuration.»«Parfois, à voir son regard, j’ai l’impression que c’est lui qui va aller sur le terrain», plaisante Semir Louadj, qui admet que l’identité de l’entraîneur l’a conforté dans son choix de rejoindre Hombourg-Haut cet été. «Le fait que ce soit lui sur le banc a beaucoup joué. Il amène une certaine stabilité dans le vestiaire et il n’y a aucun favoritisme. J’aurais pu jouer en Allemagne ou plus haut mais je ne regrette pas d’avoir signé ici. »Ils sont plusieurs, dans l’effectif de la SSEP, à tenir le même discours. Ce samedi, en cas d’exploit contre Auxerre au 8e tour de la Coupe de France, il y a fort à parier que les premières pensées des «Spartiates» se tourneront vers leur entraîneur…Angelo Salami (Le Républicain Lorrain)Hombourg-Haut (R3) – Auxerre (L2), ce samedi à Sarreguemines (15 h). Partagerlast_img read more

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Newcastle boss: ‘If we play like that, we are not going to stay up’

first_imgSteve McClaren has insisted he will not walk about from his job as Newcastle’s head coach with the club in a Premier League relegation tailspin.The Magpies slipped further into trouble on Saturday afternoon when they fell to a 3-1 home defeat by Bournemouth in front of a rebellious home crowd in a game McClaren had admitted was a must-win affair.But asked afterwards if he would quit, the 54-year-old replied: “No, no way. That’s for other people to decide. I don’t do that.“I have enough experience. I have been through this, I have had chants like there have been today quite a few times and that’s the perils of being a manager, and especially of this team this season.”It has been an eventful few days for McClaren, who became embroiled in an angry exchange with a journalist on Friday and then received the backing of his players in a public statement hours before kick-off.Owner Mike Ashley was not at St James’ Park, but managing director Lee Charnley and Ashley’s PR troubleshooter Keith Bishop were as a growing discontent came to a head.There was no appetite to dispense with the head coach before the game, but with just 10 fixtures left in which to rescue the club and no sign of things turning on the pitch, he could well be clinging to his job by his fingernails.Asked if the board shared his confidence that he can keep the club up, McClaren said: “You’ll have to ask them. I can’t control that, I can only control what we do and as I said to you before, we have got 10 games, it’s a four-team league, we play everybody around us in that four-team league.“It’s up to us. But I’ll tell you, if we play like that, we are not going to stay up, and they know that, the crowd knows that. Accept the criticism, grow stronger, become a man and get out there and play.“I came here, I said this is a great club – it still is a great club and I still think it can be a great club. I think it needs things doing to it, but we can do anything about that now. I think I said last week it’s not about before, it’s not about the summer, it’s about now.”last_img read more

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CEO Spotlight: Leadership Advice from Fidelity’s Abby Johnson

first_imgTo round out National Women’s History Month, we turn the spotlight to Abby Johnson, president and CEO of one of the largest financial services companies in the world: Fidelity Investments.Johnson replaced her father, Edward “Ned” Johnson III, and took over as CEO of Fidelity, which has assets under administration of $5.0 trillion, in 2014. Since then, she has quickly become one of the most highly praised CEOs among Fidelity employees, with an impressive approval rating of 92 percent, on Glassdoor.com. And with employees singing praises of great benefits and work-life balance, it’s not hard to see why.Here are her thoughts and advice on today’s hot leadership topics in the professional world:Unite, Don’t DirectThere’s a fine line between a leader and a manager. For one, a leader inspires employees to follow her lead and pursue her goals. A manager, on the other hand, leads by instruction and directives. This is why Johnson finds one more successful than the other:In my experience, encouraging a team-oriented culture that is focused on uniting employees behind a shared sense of purpose and a common goal is more effective than offering directives. If you and your leadership team are on the same page with this approach, it is much easier to engage employees throughout the firm to meet those collective goals.  Tailor the ExperienceThe first step in achieving gender equality in the workplace is understanding and supporting the fact that men and women work differently. Most importantly, Johnson encourages women to find opportunity in everything:As employers, we need to accept that women and men operate differently in the workplace and set up development and training programs that are designed to target high potential employees in both groups. As women, we need to remind ourselves to have an ‘opt in’ attitude. Career downturns happen to everyone and we must remember to treat them as opportunities to change how we work or try something new. That is what shows our true mettle.Invest in professional developmentWhen it comes to increasing female executive leadership, Johnson reminds employers to create equal and ample opportunities for women to climb the corporate ladder:Companies must invest in their female employees’ leadership and professional development. I’m very proud of the numerous development and mentoring programs that Fidelity has in place to help women excel at our firm and we’re seeing results that are validating this approach.Ending gender pay inequality Unfortunately, gender pay inequality still very much exists. But, as Johnson suggests, there are ways to combat this inequality both inside and outside of the workplace:The issue is complex because there is still no single answer as to why. Fidelity’s interest in this issue goes far beyond our organization; we want to empower women’s financial futures, and that means putting programs, such as our THRIVE seminars, in place to help them understand their finances and investing.Following in your father’s footsteps as the president and CEO of a multinational corporation is no easy feat. But Abby Johnson shows us that through hard work, the right attitude and a great team, it is possible.What are some other pieces of advice for female leaders? Share in the comments below!last_img read more

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Juventus fullback Alex Sandro now ready to REJECT Chelsea

first_imgJuventus fullback Alex Sandro is set to turn down a move to Chelsea.The Sun says Sandro is set to snub Chelsea and sign a new £93,000-a-week contract at Juventus.Antonio Conte had made the highly-rated left-back one of his top targets in this summer’s transfer market, but is likely to face yet more frustration on the transfer front.The Champions League finalists had been irked by the Blues’ public pursuit of their player and directors Beppe Marotta and Fabio Paratici met with boss Massimiliano Allegri to thrash out a suitable offer.Juventus’ pursuit of Bayern Munich’s Douglas Costa has cooled as they focus their attention on retaining Sandro.last_img read more

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