Jol hopeful Schwarzer will stay

first_img The excellent Alexander Kacaniklic put Jol’s side ahead after 22 minutes, with Dimitar Berbatov and Urby Emanuelson sealing the victory late on, but it could have been a very different result had Schwarzer not pulled off a string of fine saves as Swansea piled on the pressure in the second half with the score at 1-0. The Australian denied Wayne Routledge, Chico Flores, Ashley Williams and Pablo Hernandez; with his fingertip save from the latter’s curling effort the pick of the bunch. The 40-year-old’s contract is due to expire this summer, and he has already rejected the offer of a new deal, but Jol is remaining positive. He said: “We offered him a new contract, the only thing is he wanted to be guaranteed to be the number one. “That is not easy as we need a goalkeeper anyway. We don’t know what will happen to (David) Stockdale and he does not want to be the number two, as you know he wants to be number one as well, and that is the problem. “Okay, you can go on the market and find a useless goalkeeper, but you want a good goalkeeper and if you find a good goalkeeper you have to fight for your place, but we will sit down with him and try to find a solution. You saw today, 3-0 looks very good but it would have been different if he had not been there.” Swansea manager Michael Laudrup, meanwhile, was left to rue a disappointing end to his first season in charge. The Dane has guided the Welsh club to Capital One Cup glory and a ninth-place Premier League finish, but could not give the home faithful a fitting finale. He said: “It was disappointing, but the difference was us not taking our chances. For 30 minutes in the second half we could have scored two or three. But I am sure in a couple of days I will see the big picture.” Fulham manager Martin Jol remains hopeful of keeping Mark Schwarzer at the club after watching the goalkeeper play a starring role in their 3-0 win at Swansea. The Cottagers secured their first win in eight games to end their season on a high, as Swansea’s memorable campaign ended with a whimper at the Liberty Stadium. On Schwarzer, Jol said: “We hope to find a solution, if we cannot find a solution we need to get a very, very, good goalkeeper because you need to be very, very good to be better than, or the same, as him.” center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Volkswagen ID R Wont Return To Pikes Peak

Watch Tesla Model 3 Tackle Pikes Peak Romain Dumas drove the I.D. R to a sensational Pikes Peak record, blitzing Sebastien Loeb’s previous best of 8m13.878s with a 7m57.148s run through the 156-corner 12.42-mile course.Volkswagen will now stay away from America’s Mountain, but keep a watchful eye over its record.More From Pikes Peak Volkswagen Motorsport director Sven Smeets has confirmed the Pikes Peak record-smashing I.D. R could be developed for new projects next season – but the car won’t be going back to Colorado to defend its title. UPDATE 2 – WATCH RACE VIDEO – Volkswagen I.D. R Sets All-Time Pikes Peak Record In-Depth Look Into How VW I.D. R Set Pikes Peak Record Smeets told Motorsport.com: “It is decided we will not go back to Pikes Peak.“We spoke to our marketing and communications [departments] and, in one way, I fully understand about chasing your own record: you go there with an improved car, with Romain [Dumas] and then it rains and you get nothing…“We have the record, so now it’s up to somebody to take it away. We are very, very proud of this record, so as soon as somebody challenges [it] and maybe takes it away, you can be sure that I think we would have support around here to go and take it back.”The two I.D. Rs built – one race car and one test car – are currently busy on world tours taking them around Europe, North America and Asia.Back at Volkswagen Motorsport’s Hannover headquarters, plans are being made to improve the car.“I think you know that F-X [Francois-Xavier Demaison, Volkswagen technical director] knows there is more to come out of the car,” said Smeets. “And even if there wasn’t, he’s an engineer, so he would want to make some changes!“We are working on a few possible programmes that we could do with this car and I think very soon we can fix them. We are in the final stages of a decision yes or no, but it looks like we will do something similar next year.”Volkswagen Motorsport made no secret of the fact the Pikes Peak programme was a testbed for a potential e-WRX entry in 2020.Smeets said continuing the I.D. R development would keep the firm at the forefront for a potential e-WRX entry in 2021.“We want to continue in this new technology,” he said. “There is such a rapid evolution in terms of electric motors. If we do go ahead with the projects then we will develop them further and yes, of course, [this would help with e-WRX] and let’s say any other [electric] series coming.” Source: Electric Vehicle News Author Liberty Access TechnologiesPosted on September 11, 2018Categories Electric Vehicle News read more