Granit Xhaka hits out at Arsenal fans in new interview after being stripped of captaincy

first_img Metro Sport ReporterSunday 10 Nov 2019 12:31 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link596Shares Xhaka gestured to Arsenal fans after getting booed off against Crystal Palace (NBC)‘For me, this reaction is still incomprehensible, especially in this vehemence and how extremely hostile I was here.‘Since I can remember, the fans are an integral part of my sport.‘And I have a lot of respect from the beginning for the commitment and hardships fans take to help us players.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘Justifiable criticism of them makes you grow as an athlete.‘And the power and energy that they put into the game makes every athlete love football even more. I feel like part of a big football family.‘But when you get scolded by this very footballing family in times when you are already being attacked massively, it hurts a lot. Advertisement Granit Xhaka says he still does not understand Arsenal fans for their reaction (Getty Images)Granit Xhaka admits it was ‘painful’ to be booed off by Arsenal fans and has criticised supporters for their ‘incomprehensible’ reaction towards him.The Switzerland international was stripped off the Arsenal captaincy earlier this week after he reacted angrily to fans who booed him off as he was substituted during the second half of the 2-2 draw with Crystal Palace last month.Xhaka has not played for Arsenal since that game, while he is now being linked with a move away from the club in the January transfer window.‘When my shirt number lit up on the board of the fourth official and then broke jealous jubilation of their own fans, that hit me very much and stirred up,’ Xhaka told Swiss newspaper Blick.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘It was very painful and frustrating. Advertisementcenter_img Granit Xhaka hits out at Arsenal fans in new interview after being stripped of captaincy Comment Xhaka’s future at Arsenal is now in doubt (Getty Images)‘By that I do not mean that I can not stand criticism. If I and the team do not play well, we have to listen to it and work on it.‘But if you offend and insult your own captain, bring restlessness and bad mood into the team you actually support.‘That makes no sense to me and weakens the cohesion.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenallast_img read more

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The three main priorities on Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal to-do list

first_img Arteta’s philosophy is almost inseparable from Guardiola, yet it took two summers and £200m on centre-backs to make his defence title-ready. Stylistically he looks to dominate, press high and push up: the further the opposition are away from your goal, the harder it is to score. But it is instances when Arsenal have played a high line, and when players must take individual ownership of defending space and winning their one-on-one duels, that they have looked most ragged. Ewan RobertsWednesday 18 Dec 2019 7:00 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link4.1kShares The novice Spanish manager faces a daunting task at the Emirates (Picture: Getty)With Freddie Ljungberg having failed to steady the increasingly turbulent Arsenal ship, the Gunners’ hierarchy have turned to another familiar face to try and resurrect their season. Former skipper Mikel Arteta – who was overlooked for the role when Arsene Wenger departed – is set to return to his old stomping ground after serving a three-and-a-half year apprenticeship at Manchester City. Now he must step out from Pep Guardiola’s enormous shadow.The task awaiting Arteta is no less gargantuan, with the Gunners having won just once in their last 14 matches in all competitions – and even that was only secured thanks to nine frantic minutes against West Ham that belied the lethargic and lacklustre play that had preceded it. On and off the pitch, Arteta has a plethora of issues to address but, in the middle of the packed Christmas fixture list, very little time to deal with them.AdvertisementAdvertisementWith just a few days until the Gunners take on Everton – another of Arteta’s old teams, just to add to the narrative – the Spaniard is facing a real baptism of fire at his new club…His coaching team What Arteta must do, immediately, is settle on an XI. Right now the players feel muddled and confused, a group of individuals rather than a team. Down the road at Tottenham, Mourinho named the side’s first unchanged team since March 2017 when they visited Molineux and secured a massive victory. Familiarity, structure, clarity, it is all hugely important. And it’s all been missing at the Emirates.The fans need it too, a sign that somebody knows what they’re doing; somebody has a plan. A former club captain, a player who understands the DNA created under Wenger as well what is required to win back-to-back Premier League titles. Get the fans up off their seats, thrill them with ferocious defending as well as incisive attacking, and get the Emirates rocking again. Over to you, Mikel.Will Mikel Arteta be a success at Arsenal?No0%Yes0%Share your resultsShare your resultsTweet your resultsMORE: Mikel Arteta gets front row seat to the Arsenal horror show awaiting himAdvertisementMORE: Pep Guardiola opens the door to Mikel Arteta taking Arsenal job after Manchester City victoryMore: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City Arsenal’s current setup is light on coaches and short on experience (Picture: Getty)‘If you look at the person who was here before, he had a lot of staff and maybe I don’t have so many. So if you keep on going like that for months and months, it’s not so easy,’ explained the Swede. ‘I have Per but at the same time he is academy manager but he is helping me with coaching.’Arteta will not be taking any of City’s staff with him – not with the champions having been so angered by the way Arsenal moved for their assistant – while so many of the experienced heads left behind by Wenger, such as Steve Bould and Jens Lehmann, have been culled. Getting his backroom team just right, finding the ideal blend of expertise and stylistic fit, will be one of his key first decisions. Most managers experience an element of trial and error when cultivating the necessary trust and harmony from an inner circle, but Arteta will have to hope he and his staff click from the off.The defence Arsenal fans have voiced their displeasure with both the team and the board (Picture: Getty)Even after almost a year-and-a-half in the job, Unai Emery had little concept on what his best XI actually looked like and interim boss Ljungberg has fared little better in his five games in charge. Striking the right balance in the team eluded both men, even after the latter had restored the exiled Mesut Ozil and reinstated Lucas Torreira to his natural position as a holding midfielder.Arsenal’s youngsters, meanwhile, have shown the most promise – rare bright sparks in otherwise dreary matches – and Gabriel Martinelli’s performances against West Ham and Manchester City validated Ljungberg’s decision to start him. Equally, it feels hard to justify leaving £48m man Alexandre Lacazette on the bench in both games, even if the Swede feels the side are more solid with only one of their star strikers on the pitch. Arsenal have been giving up more goals and shots than in Wenger’s final season (Picture: AP)In most mid-season rescue jobs, the manager parachuted in has a very specific profile, and very specific formula, for arresting the slide: think Roy Hodgson or Sam Allardyce spending hours on the training pitch repeatedly drilling the defence, working on tightening the space between the back-line and midfield. But Arsenal’s position is rather more curious than what we’ve seen before.AdvertisementAdvertisementDespite the state of chaos that envelops the club, and a run of form that has had some fans even fearing relegation, they are actually only seven points adrift of the top four. This season is no write-off; they have an abundance of firepower up top, but just lack a solid, dependable platform. Two clean sheets in 17 Premier League matches is the joint-worst in the division, though even that miserable record owes overwhelmingly to the reflexes of one of the league’s best goalkeepers. Strange, then, that Arsenal’s hierarchy have plumped for a project manager noted for his attacking coaching.Most shots conceded per Premier League match 2019/201. Aston Villa18.402. Norwich16.603. Arsenal16.404. Bournemouth15.40 Share Commentcenter_img Ljungberg on Aubameyang and Lacazette ‘We looked vulnerable defensively. But of course, they are both great players, that’s why I wanted them both on the pitch, but we became very vulnerable defensively. So we took the route against West Ham where we changed it and played one of them and then had more defensive organisation.’ There’s a stark contrast between City’s defence with and without £57m Aymeric Laporte (Getty)Any scenario that has David Luiz high up the pitch or exposes Sokratis to a foot race is something that should be avoided and this Arsenal back-line – as well as the passive midfielders meant to shield them – feels entirely unsuited to playing the way City do and the way Arteta wants to.City themselves have often had a vulnerable, makeshift backline and protect it by making tactical fouls early in transition and high up the pitch. Ljungberg noted it after Sunday’s game, admitting Arsenal needed to be more ‘cynical’ and street-wise like their opponents. For Arteta, striking the right balance between his own attacking principles and the limitations of Arsenal’s defence will be paramount, as well as introducing some more ugly elements to the beautiful football he advocates.AdvertisementUnite the team… and the fans The three main priorities on Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal to-do list Advertisement Advertisement Arteta was praised for the one-to-one work he did to help Raheem Sterling (Picture: GettyIt is very rare for a new manager to be given a job as difficult and tumultuous as the one that awaits Arteta at Arsenal. Usually a new project begins in the summer, with months to adapt to the new job, build a coaching staff and install a philosophy during the off-season. In the other half of north London, Jose Mourinho spent his time out of the game adapting and learning, poaching two coaches from Lille to join an already well established backroom team.ADVERTISEMENTBut time – the one thing Arteta will need most – is precisely what he is lacking. The most pressing concern he will have, and which will be preoccupying him right now, is the coaching staff he assembles. Freddie Ljungberg has been forced to work with a skeleton staff since Unai Emery’s departure, leaning on Per Mertesacker and even talking through ideas with technical director Edu.last_img read more

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Lucas Torreira hails Arsenal following Atletico Madrid loan move

first_imgAdvertisement Metro Sport ReporterSaturday 10 Oct 2020 10:06 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link9.1kShares Lucas Torreira joined Atletico Madrid on loan from Arsenal (EPA)Lucas Torreira says it was ‘an absolute privilege’ playing for Arsenal following his move to Atletico Madrid.The Uruguayan midfielder joined Atletico on a season-long loan on deadline day, which paved the way for Arsenal to complete their £45 million deal to sign Thomas Partey from the Spanish club.Torreira joined Arsenal from Sampdoria in 2018 and helped the club win the FA Cup under Mikel Arteta last season.The 24-year-old also came close to winning the Europa League during Unai Emery’s reign and endeared himself to Arsenal fans after he broke down in tears during the 4-1 defeat to Chelsea in the final.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTAnd following his departure this week, Torreira has hailed Arsenal and says the club is ‘forever in my heart’.‘It was an absolute privilege playing for Arsenal these last two seasons! Thanks a lot! We catch up soon!’ Torreira posted on Twitter.‘Once a Gunner…always a Gunner!!’ Lucas Torreira posted a tribute message to Arsenal’s supporters (Twitter)Arsenal reportedly angered Atletico during their negotiations for Torreira’s loan but the Gunners have managed to secure a key advantage in the deal as the Spanish club do not have a purchase option next summer.‘Lucas’s operation was very complicated,’ Torreira’s agent, Pablo Bentancur, said earlier this week.‘Arsenal were targeting Thomas Partey and when the two clubs have a different objective it is difficult to be in the middle of the two operations.‘We had other agreed-upon teams such as Roma, Fiorentina and Lazio, who play the Champions League, but Lucas was blunt. He told us that his goal was Atletico and that we get it for him and we work for the players. Lucas Torreira hails Arsenal following Atletico Madrid loan movecenter_img Comment Lucas Torreira says Arsenal will always be in his heart (Twitter)More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal‘He closed all the other possibilities, it either, ‘yes or yes’ to Atletico. Luckily in the end it was done.‘They have agreed a loan for a year without a purchase option and the price is not defined, it will depend on his performance.‘There is no option to buy because Arsenal had to pay the clause for Thomas.’Follow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Advertisementlast_img read more

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New plant-based food and drink hitting shelves for Veganuary 2019

first_imgWatmuf & Beckett Super BrothLaunch date: January 2019Rsp: £2.99Listings: OcadoAiming for the lunchtime market, this broth pot combines quinoa, carrot, kale, garlic and rosemary for a blend the brand claims is “gut friendly”. The gluten-free meal soup contains 150 calories and 10g of protein.  PeakzLaunch date: December 2018Rsp: £1.20Listings: Independent health storesYoung vegan snack brand Peakz is bringing three new flavours of its wholegrain chocolate squares to the market ahead of Veganuary. Mint Chocolate, Forest Berry and Crunchy Hazelnut are palm-oil free, made with Belgian dark chocolate and come in on-the-go snack packs.  The Beyond BurgerLaunch date: November 2018Rsp: £5.50Listings: TescoThis long-awaited burger has finally hit supermarket shelves in a two-pack in November. The chilled soya-free patties are made with Canadian yellow peas and beetroot “to lend a meaty red hue” and contain 20g of protein per burger – more than a Tesco own-label quarter pounder.  Christmas celebrations have barely begun, but food and drink brands are already thinking about the next big event in the calendar – Veganuary. Here’s our pick of the new vegan-friendly product launches hitting shelves for the biggest event in the plant-based calendar,Loma Linda ready meals Launch date: January 2019Rsp: Ready meals £2.99, Tuno £1.29-£1.49Listings: AmazonThis US brand is launching a raft of innovative new plant-based products in the UK in late January. The range includes globally inspired recipes like Spicy Pad Thai, Tikka Masala, Chipotle Bowl and Hearty Stew. The brand is also launching tuna alternative Tuno into the market in cans and on-the-go pouches. Tuno will be available in five flavours, including Lemon Pepper, Sweet Chilli and Vegan Mayo.  Boundless Turmeric & Smoked PaprikaLaunch date: November 2018Rsp: £1.70Listings: AmazonThis snack brand soaks and bakes seeds and nuts to “unlock their nutrients for better digestion”. The latest flavour, Turmeric & Smoked Paprika, is high in protein, high in fibre and soya-free.  Asda Meat Free Sausage RollsLaunch date: November 2018Rsp: £1.50Listings: Asda New in the frozen aisle, these four meat-free sausage rolls are made with soya, wheat and pea protein and wrapped in butter-free puff pastry. The product also sports a Vegan Society logo on the packaging.  The Meatless Farm Co mince and burgersLaunch date: October 2018Rsp: Mince £3, burgers £2.50Listings: Sainsbury’s Sainsbury’s took on this startup brand’s soy-based mince and burger patties in October. Manufactured in Nottingham, the chilled lines are wheat and gluten-free and are ”loaded with taste and texture” and will be loved by meat eaters just as much as vegans, according to the brand.  Gato pudding potsLaunch date: January 2019Rsp: £2Listings: Whole Foods Market, Sainsbury’s, As Nature Intended, Harrods and OcadoThis pudding pot brand is planning to relauch two of its flavours with new vegan recipes. Gluten-free Chocolate & Coconut Hot Brownie and Salted Caramel Hot Sticky Toffee flavours will be transformed with almond milk, raw cacao, creamed coconut and courgette instead of butter. The brand says the puddings have “the same great taste and comforting texture” but are now plant-based.  Pukka Cacao Maca Magic LatteLaunch Date: October 2018Rsp: £4.99Listings: Tesco and AmazonThis organic and caffeine-free latte powder contains medicinal-grade ashwagandha, a traditional Indian herbal remedy said to ease stress, and South American herb maca, which is said to boost mood. The chocolate-flavoured mix is blended with hot almond or coconut milk to make a “creamy and satisfying” drink.  Good Catch Fish-Free TunaLaunch date: January 2019Rsp: TBCListings: TescoFrom the brothers behind Tesco’s Wicked Kitchen range, this new fish alternative brand will launch into Tesco early next year. The Fish-Free Tuna, which is made with a six-bean protein blend and algae for a seafood flavour, will be available in three variants: Mediterranean, Naked in Water and Oil & Herbs. The brand also plans to launch a range of fish alternative burgers.Plant-based decoded: The Grocer to host free webinar Applewood Smoky Cheese Alternative Launch Date: January 2019Rsp: £2.30Listings: AsdaThe first dairy-free variant from Applewood, this smoked coconut-based cheese is free from dairy, soya, lactose and gluten, and is fortified with calcium and vitamin B12. Accoriding to the brand, the cheese alternative can be sliced, grated or melted and will maintain its smoky flavour.last_img read more

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Wolf Administration Officials Provide Update on Opioid Emergency Initiatives (Round-Up)

first_img  SHARE  TWEET Public Health,  Round-Up,  Substance Use Disorder,  The Blog Since Governor Tom Wolf declared a 90-day opioid disaster declaration on January 10, the Opioid Command Center has overseen events to announce initiatives set forth in the declaration and held a media availability with command center agencies to provide an update on progress. Officials from 10 state agencies spoke with the media and answered questions about the actions that are being taken to combat the opioid crisis.Initiatives discussed include a naloxone leave-behind program, resources for health care workers to better diagnose and report neonatal abstinence in newborns of addicted mothers, and a new tool to collect data from coroners on overdose deaths from opioids and other drugs.Governor Wolf also continued the fight against the opioid epidemic when he urged the General Assembly to consider a set of pending bills aimed at furthering the key initiatives and messages of the 90-day Opioid Disaster Declaration.“I encourage the legislature to make passage of these bills a priority,” Governor Wolf said. “And I thank the General Assembly for passage of recent legislation and those lawmakers who have taken the initiative to draft new legislation. I commend them for sharing my commitment to help even more Pennsylvanians fight the disease of addiction and look forward to continuing our work together to combat this crisis.”Take a look at the coverage below: February 07, 2018 WITF: Command center opens to coordinate PA opioid relief effortsAlmost three weeks into a statewide disaster declaration, a new Opioid Operations Command Center is up and running. Based at the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency, the center is designed to help state agencies communicate better as they deal with the opioid epidemic’s mounting death toll.A hotline connecting people to rehab centers is getting more than 300 calls a week.WGAL: New updates on Governor Wolf’s opioid disaster declarationState agencies say they are already seeing a difference since Governor Tom Wolf’s disaster declaration. Differences have included: A Command Center established at the PEMA building, naloxone is being left with those suffering with addiction, a body scanner added to Wernersville Prison, and data that shows opioid prescription had decreased up to 13% in the last year.Post-Gazette: PA opioid command center up and runningThree weeks into Gov. Tom Wolf’s declaration that the opioid crisis is a disaster emergency, a new Opioid Operations Command Center is up and running, and the administration is pushing for new legislation.YourErie: PA officials announce ‘Opioid Command Center’ through PEMAThe state is revealing new details today on how it is addressing the growing opioid problem. Numerous state officials laid out what they’re doing currently and what their plans are in the future to combat the crisis. Currently, there is an opioid command center through PEMA, Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency, that coordinates ten state agencies and works to enhance communications among those agencies to find what tools are most needed.The Intelligencer: Pa. officials report progress under state opioid disaster declarationPennsylvania officials say they are making progress on initiatives in Gov. Tom Wolf’s 90-day statewide disaster emergency declaration in response to the heroin and opioid epidemic. Some of the initiatives include developing guidance for EMS crews on determining if overdoses are related to opioids and guidance for health care providers on how to diagnose neonatal abstinence syndrome, as well as data collection tools and reporting methods.Bucks County Courier Times: Pa. officials report progress under state opioid disaster declarationPennsylvania officials say they are making progress on initiatives in Gov. Tom Wolf’s 90-day statewide disaster emergency declaration in response to the heroin and opioid epidemic. Some of the initiatives include developing guidance for EMS crews on determining if overdoses are related to opioids and guidance for health care providers on how to diagnose neonatal abstinence syndrome, as well as data collection tools and reporting methods.Ellwood City Ledger: Officials pleased with progress on opioid disaster emergency initiativesPennsylvania officials say they are making progress on initiatives in Gov. Tom Wolf’s 90-day statewide disaster emergency declaration in response to the heroin and opioid epidemic. The officials represent 10 health and public safety agencies working together on the initiatives as part of an Opioid Operations Command Center, which has been up and running since the Jan. 16 declaration.WHYY: Command center opens to coordinate Pa. opioid relief effortsAlmost three weeks into a statewide disaster declaration, a new Opioid Operations Command Center is up and running. Based at the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency, the center is designed to help state agencies communicate better as they deal with the opioid epidemic’s mounting death toll.A hotline connecting people to rehab centers is getting more than 300 calls a week. Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolfcenter_img By: Governor Tom Wolf’s Office of Communications Wolf Administration Officials Provide Update on Opioid Emergency Initiatives (Round-Up) SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

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Mermaid Beach home on sale for first time in 40 years

first_img36 Sunbrite Ave, Mermaid Beach. 36 Sunbrite Ave, Mermaid Beach will go under the hammer this weekend.A TWO-STOREY Mermaid Beach home owned by the same family since it was built 40 years ago is set to go under the hammer this weekend.John Henderson Professionals Mermaid Beach agent Andre Sharples said the brick-and- tile home at 36 Sunbrite Ave offered purchasers a prime opportunity to capitalise on its location.“Mermaid Beach is undergoing a massive rejuvenation with new homes being built and older homes being transformed,’’ Mr Sharples said.“This home on Sunbrite Ave on the northern end of Mermaid Beach offers a significant opportunity to capture more value by making a few capital improvements.”More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North12 hours ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa1 day ago36 Sunbrite Ave, Mermaid Beach.Mr Sharples said the existing two-storey home offered views of the Broadbeach skyline andhad a good sized living area leading out onto the balcony.The four-bedroom house is on a 405sq m block.The property will be auctioned on-site on February 5 at noon.last_img read more

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Record-breaking sale for popular Bayside beauty

first_imgThe home at 118 Coreen St, Wynnum, sold for a record price.A street record fell in Wynnum when a five-bedroom family home sold for $1.25 million before auction. Marketing agent Haydn Meyer of Ray White Manly said the home, at 118 Coreen St, attracted strong interest and several offers before the scheduled auction date. “We had more than 40 groups through during the campaign,” he said. The architecturally designed home was built in 2012 and has five bedrooms, open-plan living, a deck, bespoke bar, inground pool and an outdoor room. The buyers, a retired couple, are moving from Camp Hill.More from newsCrowd expected as mega estate goes under the hammer7 Aug 2020Hard work, resourcefulness and $17k bring old Ipswich home back to life20 Apr 2020Mr Meyer said he wasn’t surprised by the interest in the property as the million-dollar market in Wynnum was “humming along”. “We’re seeing two different buyers in that market – families with two children, predominantly, and empty nesters moving from the inner city,” he said. “People are starting to realise Wynnum offers a location close to the CBD.“They’re getting the seaside lifestyle – particularly great if they’re into boating – and they don’t have to relocate up or down the M1 away from their family.” Mr Meyer said while demand was strong in Wynnum’s million-dollar plus market, the middle market – $600,000-$800,000 – had softened. “There are low stock levels and low inquiries in that market,” he said. “There is still interest in the lower end of the market but it’s not as strong as it was.”last_img read more

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Bayside babe blasts to $1M sale

first_img10 Grattan Terrace Wynnum Brisbane exceeded its auction reserve to achieve a $1 million auction result.For most owners, auction day bring churning butterflies in the stomach and tension so thick it has flavour.And for good reason. With hundreds of thousands of dollars on the line, sellers and their agents are keen to get a huge turnout with plenty of active bidding. Most of all they want a big result to finish off proceedings, which was certainly the script for 10 Grattan Tce, Wynnum last Saturday when this beautifully renovated bayside cottage managed to achieve a whopping $1 million sale. It’s not too hard spending time on the patio.Speaking after the event, Place Manly marketing agent, Danny Day, said he was never in doubt there’d be a great outcome given the quality of the home and rising demand in the suburb.“Today’s result is indicative of the Wynnum Manly area,” Mr Day said. The home had been beautifully renovated.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home3 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor3 hours agoThe sellers, Andrew and Keridee Bailey, were over the moon with the outcome.“It is well over what we were expecting,” Mr Bailey said.The couple bought the unrenovated home in October 2010 for $568,000 and put in plenty of hard work to create a beautiful three-bedroom home.Mr Bailey said with the sale secured, they can finalise plans and settle on the Sunshine Coast.center_img Sellers Keridee and Andrew Bailey with their agent, Danny Day, after the auction.‘Throughout the campaign, we saw huge interest from families and retirees, as it was a very rare find — 855sq m a street back from the waterfront,” he said.Follow Kieran Clair on Twitter at@kierancla irlast_img read more

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Great family home has cool, peaceful setting

first_imgThe home at 32 George St, Redcliffe.Downstairs, the home has a rumpus room with built-in bar, double garage, workshop, laundry, toilet, two patios and a shed. Upstairs, there is a sunroom, living area, kitchen and dining room, which opens to the deck. Two of the three bedrooms have built-in storage and there is a family bathroom and separate toilet. More from newsLand grab sees 12 Sandstone Lakes homesites sell in a week21 Jun 2020Tropical haven walking distance from the surf9 Oct 2019 The back deck at 32 George St, Redcliffe.Mrs Condon said the home was in a quiet neighbourhood with the Botanic Gardens across the road. “You can hear the birds singing across the road and you get to watch the changing flora,” she said. “We’re just a 10-minute walk to the public hospital, a five-minute walk to the private hospital and a quick drive to the beach.“We’re also about a five-minute drive from the train station and there’s a bus stop around the corner.” The property is being marketed by Rosslyn Kennedy, of Gateway Properties, for offers over $525,000. The home at 32 George St, Redcliffe.ENJOY lovely breezes in this north-facing, highset home with entertainment deck and swimming pool. The property at 32 George St, Redcliffe, is opposite the Redcliffe Botanic Gardens and a short drive from the waterfront. Geraldine and David Condon bought the home 10 years ago and have given it a revamp. “We’ve done the bathroom, kitchen and toilets, painted inside and out, and polished the floors,” Mrs Condon said. center_img The living room at 32 George St, Redcliffe.“The deck is my favourite part of the home — it’s a lovely space,” Mrs Condon said. “It’s a north-facing deck overlooking the pool and yard. We have a lovely green backyard that’s very private.“We’ve had a lot of barbecues and family Christmases on the back deck with the grandkids in the pool.“We’re also in a lovely high position and in summer we get beautiful breezes through the whole house.”last_img read more

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Better days are coming

first_imgCameron Kusher Senior Research Analyst RP Data SuppliedTOWNSVILLE’S sale volumes have taken a tumble but demand for property is expected to increase as job-generating projects start in the region.CoreLogic’s June 2017 Regional Market Update released earlier this week shows the number of homes sold across the region had been falling since 2014 while sales activity was 9 per cent lower than May 2016.Up to May 2017, 3164 dwellings were sold, 14 per cent below the five-year average for Townsville.A total of 85 per cent of sales were houses and 15 per cent were units.CoreLogic research analyst Cameron Kusher said he expected sales volumes to improve in the near future.“It can be a function of low demand or low stock and I suspect it’s low demand but with some of these projects being announced that could see a bit of a pick-up in sales activities,” he said.More from news01:21Buyer demand explodes in Townsville’s 2019 flood-affected suburbs12 Sep 202001:21‘Giant surge’ in new home sales lifts Townsville property market10 Sep 2020Projects such as the North Queensland Stadium, Adani Carmichael coal mine project, Singapore Defence deal and MMG’s Dugald River zinc mine are expected to have a positive impact on residential property prices in the near future. Median house values have dropped by 3.1 per cent up until June 2017 or just under $10,000 in dollar terms, while units fared worse, recording a 4.5 per cent drop in values.Mr Kusher said while the market update painted a bleak picture for Townsville, it had fared better than other regional markets.“When you look at some of the projects coming up in Townsville things are starting to look better than what they have in a while,” he said.“Townsville is certainly not as bad as some of the other regional markets, such as Mackay or Gladstone.” Townsville’s rental market is also weak with rental rates for houses dropping to an average of $310 per week compared to units, which dropped 6.8 per cent to $275.Mr Kusher said the unit market across Queensland was struggling.“Even Brisbane and the Gold Coast are seeing under-performance in units,” he said.“It’s reflective of what we are seeing right around Queensland.”last_img read more

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