AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2Van Nuys Open season Re “Death toll reaches 2,500” (June 16): George W. Bush talks about amnesty for Iraqi insurgents – this while our children are still in Iraq fighting and dying. This is the second time he has declared open season on our soldiers. Mentioning amnesty while combat operations are still occurring is just another way of saying “bring ’em on.” Historically amnesty is offered when aggression is halted as a way for the populace to rebuild their civil society. Oh, but wait – there’s more. Just to further prove their state of oblivion, White House spokesman Tony Snow said that 2,500 “is a number.” I think these two statements say it all. This occupation is disastrous and is not for the security of the United States. We must get out of there now. Re “A principled stand” (Our Opinions, June 20): The Daily News is entitled to its own opinions but not to its own facts. Some congressmen such as Howard Berman choose to go with the flow and be ranked with the winning side while others like Brad Sherman choose to make a statement by not participating in a game where the deck is stacked. The facts are, the Iraq war is not going well; it is already a civil war. The Bush administration has for some time been setting the new Iraqi government up to be the fall guy when it fails. If Bush has so much faith in the Iraqis, why did he wait to notify them of his visit only five minutes before he recently sneaked into the (ahem) safety of their country? Yep, everything is going well in Iraq according to King George. Ask the parents of the two soldiers that were just found beheaded; you might get a different assessment. – Philip Wilt – Sharon Graham Huntington Beach Traveling Tony Re “Mayor told fight needed to save his LAUSD plan” (June 16): Gulliver is at it again, off to Sacramento to lay claim to the L.A. Unified School District controlled by the evil Lilliputians disguised as teachers and elected representatives of the people. Next comes the trip to seduce the fair kings and princes of the NFL with promises of pleasures funded like our trash assessment was dumped on us. When will the people of Los Angeles tire of our own Gulliver’s travels and demand his efforts be to attending to our city’s problems? Shades of Mayor Jimmy Walker in New York or Mayor Richard Daley of Chicago. Mayor Villaraigosa, please stay home and fix Los Angeles. – Ira Kaplan Woodland Hills Bill, just shut up Re “Coulter has company on other side” (Viewpoint, June 18): It just amazes me that Bill O’Reilly, in criticizing Ann Coulter, can write with a straight face, “I truly believe that ultimately, the winners in the war of ideas will be those who out-reason their opponents, not smear them.” Has he ever listened to himself shout at people who dare to disagree with him, “Shut up! Shut up! Shut up!” If Bill O’Reilly is the example of “fairness along with perseverance and honesty” that he implies he is, we are truly living a Kafka-esque nightmare. O’Reilly should follow his own advice to Coulter and avoid personal attacks. But he won’t because, like Coulter, he is “being celebrated by (his) chorus, and is being well paid by corporations who are more than happy to light their flaming arrows.” – Richard Klinger Sherman Oaks To be, or not to be Many fault the Los Angeles Unified School District for students’ low scores on SAT tests and the failure to pass exit exams. The fault really isn’t necessarily with the students; it’s a “being” problem. Parents not being at back-to-school night or parent/teacher conferences and not being there helping the child study. Think about this next time you want to blame an educator. – Bob Ginn Arcadia No fooling We hold this truth to be self-evident that all people are equal fools. However, some go on to become bigger fools and then the lesser fools elect these big fools to political office as their leaders, therein making the lesser fools actually the biggest fools of all. – Robert L. Rosebrock Brentwood160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
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Leicester City’s appointment of Brendan Rodgers as Claude Puel’s replacement is likely to be met with a mixed reception across the UK.Celtic begrudgingly allowed their manager to speak to the Foxes about the vacancy at the King Power Stadium, despite the Hoops chasing another domestic treble. 5 whoops Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City SORRY Brendan Rodgers is in line t take over at Leicester City The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 latest tense M&M MADNESS: Maddison and Maguire roam freeA slight variation on the formation above, but by playing Tielemans alongside Wilfred Ndidi, it would allow James Maddison that extra bit of space the playmaker needs.It has been a difficult campaign for everyone involved with Leicester City, but the summer acquisition from Norwich City has been a real plus.The 22-year-old’s link up play with Vardy has been impressive and, with the wing-backs pushed further up the pitch because of the midfield cover, the England international could pull the strings.Again, Maguire would benefit from this system as the extra man in midfield would allow the former Sheffield United man to rampage up the pitch in his indomitable style. gameday cracker MOST READ IN FOOTBALL Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ buildlineup.com buildlineup.com TOTAL FOOTBALL: Winging ItBefore opting to go for a 4-1-2-1-2 at Liverpool, Rodgers tried to use a 4-3-3 formation which had been so successful for him at Swansea City in their promotion to the Premier League in 2011.The emphasis in that side was for the likes of Stephen Dobbie and Danny Graham up front to run in behind defences to allow Nathan Dyer and Scott Sinclair to cut inside and cause havoc from the wings.With Joe Allen and Darren Pratley providing the perfect balance of creativity and grit in the midfield, the Swans secured an 11th-placed finish in their debut top-flight campaign.Demarai Gray and Rachid Ghezzal have shown glimpses of their potential this season, so expect to see Rodgers (a strong advocate of using youngsters in his team’s) entrust the wingers to exploit the spaces created y the rapid Jamie Vardy. buildlineup.com revealed 5 THE ‘DOUBLE TREBLE’ TACTIC: Wing-backs galoreIt’s fair to say Rodgers revitalised Celtic when he arrived in 2016, securing an impressive hat-trick of trophies in his first season.Incredible, the 46-year-old managed to repeat the feat again last season, but it was his tactical nous and ingenuity which impressed critics.In the Old Firm victory at the start of this season, the Bhoys manipulated their 4-4-1-1 formation to confound Rangers by having at least four players in between the lines of their defensive structure in central areas.With Harry Maguire at the back on his preferred left-hand side, Rodgers already has the outlet he needs to play out from the back via diagonal lines to get in behind the lines. REPLY LIVERPOOL 13/14: Poetry in MotionBefore Gerrard’s slip, before ‘Crystanbul’ and before Suarez’s £75million switch to Spain, Brendan Rodgers brought Liverpool agonisingly close to their first ever Premier League title.After a difficult first season in charge at Anfield, Rodgers brought in Daniel Sturridge to play alongside the Uruguay international and Steven Gerrard subsequently dropped into a deep-lying midfield role.The result was phenomenal as the Reds almost romped to the title, with the high-pressing and high tempo style of play forcing opposition teams into relinquishing the ball.Bringing the tenacious Shinji Okazaki back to initiate the press would allow the likes of James Maddison and Youri Tielemans to create from deep. Expect to see Ben Chilwell and Ricardo Pereira be given the license to bomb forward at will and youngster Hamza Choudhury also given a chance. Gray and Ghezzal would be the attacking outlets for Rodgers in this formation 5 5 Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update Liverpool’s swash-buckling style from 2013-14 could work wonders at Leicester Celtic won six trophies in two years playing this way under Rodgers On one hand, Celtic fans will be disappointed to hear their manager is leaving at such a crucial time while Leicester fans are likely to be thrilled by such an ambitious appointment.After being sacked by Liverpool in 2015, the Northern Irishman has rebuilt his reputation north of the border and reaffirmed Celtic’s status as Scotland’s biggest club.However, as Rangers boss Steven Gerrard pointed out, the lure of managing in the Premier League once again has proved to be too strong.And with Foxes fans’ becoming disillusioned with Puel’s negative style of play, the move seems like a perfect fit.‘LEAVING CELTIC FOR LEICESTER WOULD BE STEP UP FOR BRENDAN RODGERS’With his style of play the perfect blend of ‘Tiki-Taka’ and ‘Total Football’, Leicester fans can afford to get just a tad excited about the appointment of Rodgers.So just how could the former Chelsea and Reading coach change Leicester’s fortunes?Scroll down to see just how Leicester could look under the management of the 46-year-old. buildlineup.com Sky Sports presenter apologises for remarks made during Neville’s racism discussion Maddison has five goals and four assists already this season