Jones positive about title hopes

first_img Press Association United have been one of the busiest clubs in the transfer market this summer, signing four new players and offloading some dead wood. Memphis Depay, Bastian Schweinsteiger, Matteo Darmian and Morgan Schneiderlin have all arrived at Old Trafford in the close season and more signings could follow. Phil Jones is optimistic about Manchester United’s chances of winning the Barclays Premier League this coming season. Whether Real are still interested in De Gea remains to be seen, however, as the Spanish giants re-signed Espanyol keeper Kiko Casilla on Friday. If Ramos does move to United, that will impact directly upon Jones, of course. Van Gaal finally gave the former Blackburn defender a regular starting-place towards the end of last season alongside Chris Smalling, but he is not concerned about Ramos’ potential arrival at Old Trafford. “I have said that all along competition is healthy, it’s good for players,” the 23-year-old said when asked about the possible impact of a new centre-back. “If one person is doing well it makes the other person do well and that is exactly what you need – especially at Man Utd. “We are always going to sign top players. “There is always that standard that you have got to reach and you have to maintain it. This is a top club. “It’s up to the manager who plays week-in week-out. I am just going to try to do my best and hopefully that will be good enough to cement a starting place.” The fact that United have signed two holding midfielders also reduces the likelihood of Jones being asked to play out of position. “Thankfully we have signed a few midfielders so maybe you won’t see me in there,” the defender said with a chuckle. The hard work will continue for the rest of the weekend before United fly to San Jose for the second leg of their tour, which begins with a match against San Jose Earthquakes at the Avaya Stadium on Tuesday. “We are doing double sessions every day to make sure our fitness levels are at their peak ready for the start of the season,” said Jones, who signed a new four-year contract at United last month. “It’s part and parcel of pre-season. “This is what we come on tour for – to train in this humidify and climate and hopefully that will help us at the start of the season.” Jones and his team-mates fell 17 points short of league winners Chelsea last year, but with the new additions on board, the England defender feels the club are in a good position to challenge for the title this term. “That’s the aim (to win the league),” Jones said after United’s pre-season victory over Club America in Seattle on Saturday morning. “That’s what we want to be able to do. We have the squad now to be able to do that and there is no reason why we can’t.” Executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward confirmed he has a list of players he could bid for if manager Louis van Gaal feels further new faces are required to achieve that aim. “Essentially there is [a physical list of names] because we track everything. That’s what the scouting team does,” said Woodward, who flew home on Saturday but will return to the United States for the third game of the tour against Barcelona in San Jose on July 25. “It’s relentless because you’re immediately focused on the next [signing].” If Woodward and Van Gaal get their way, Real Madrid centre-back Sergio Ramos will be the next man through the door at Old Trafford. United are understood to be willing to do a swap deal for the defender in return for David de Gea, who has been linked with a move to the 10-time European champions. last_img read more

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Degree53 hires Andy Furnival as new technology lead

first_img Gamesys tops list for GambleAware Q1 donations July 10, 2020 SBC Magazine Issue 10: Kaizen Gaming rebrand and focus for William Hill CEO August 25, 2020 StumbleUpon Related Articles Share William Hill accelerates transformation agenda to overcome COVID realities August 5, 2020 Industry design, innovation and software development agency Degree53 has strengthened its technology division through the appointment of Andy Furnival as Technical Director. Furnival, who previously held the position of Head of Technology at William Hill, will be tasked with managing Degree53’s technology strategy, as well as the oversight all of the technical teams, and support to the leadership team.As part of his new role, he will lead the technology and development strategy, working with development, infrastructure, architecture, DevOps and DBA teams. Furnival will work with them to ensure a clear and achievable strategy to drive operational procedure at Degree 53 in order to provide products and functionalities to their clients. Andrew Daniels, Managing Director at Degree 53, commented on the new appointment: “I’m very pleased that Andy has joined Degree 53 and he will be a brilliant asset in leading our technical development. Since establishing a gaming division two years ago, we’ve been heavily investing in technical talent to build high-end products for the online gambling industry. “Over this period, we’ve recruited solution architects, database administrators, automation testers and infrastructure engineers. All of this is part of our drive to create state-of-the-art technology for operators to improve their services and bring innovation to the industry. “I’m very proud of what we’ve already achieved and how many skilled individuals Degree 53 has hired over this time. Andy brings unrivalled expertise and leadership capabilities that will drive our development. I welcome Andy to the team and am confident he will transform our technical capabilities.”During his time at William Hill, Furnival’s responsibilities included managing strategic projects, such as maintaining compliance and regulatory standards, as well as streamlining sportsbook platforms.He oversaw three business divisions with over 130 employees spread across Europe. His role was to implement technical strategy and establish an efficient operating model with good working practices to be able to scale it in response to business demands.Furnival added: “I am extremely happy to be joining such a modern company that places technical expertise and innovation at its core.  I’m a firm believer in a learning culture and striving for continuous improvements, and that strategic goals must be balanced with pragmatism but always with a clear purpose of delivering value.”“My approach is to establish a working environment that allows teams to make efficient and effective decisions through a culture of trust, learning and safety. I believe that with my background in product development and strategy at the operator side, I will lead our teams to deliver even more robust and scalable products for our clients.” Share Submitlast_img read more

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