Joe Cole insists money is not a motivating factor for Coventry move

first_img The ex-England midfielder made a shock loan move to the Ricoh Arena from Aston Villa on Friday. He is expected to make his Coventry debut in their Sky Bet League One game at Rochdale on Tuesday. Joe Cole insisted he is not interested in Coventry’s money and joined the Sky Blues because he is desperate to play again. Villa are subsidising most of Cole’s wages during his 35-day spell and the 33-year-old said money is not an issue. He said: “If I was coming here for the money I wouldn’t be here. I’ve been playing in an era where we are very lucky and we appreciate that as footballers. “Most of us come from council estates and working class. You have an opportunity to lead a good life and finances are not going to be a problem for me. That wasn’t an issue for me coming here.” Ex-Chelsea and West Ham star Cole has played just once for Villa this season and has made just three league starts in 16 appearances since joining on a two-year deal in 2014. And Cole, who became a father for a third time on Sunday, revealed he dropped down to the third tier because he wants to play again. “I just want to play football, regardless of the level, proper football, competitive football. I want to play for the right time and the right manager who plays the right way. I’m just excited to play a game,” he said. “I’m sure once I get the cobwebs off I’ll be back to myself and looking forward to it. “I’ve not really thought about the ideal scenario. One thing I have learnt is you only think of the next game. “I know it’s boring but anything could happen. I’m just excited I’ve got a game to play tomorrow. There’s seven games in the 35 days and we’ll review it after then.” Coventry boss Tony Mowbray added: “He came to us, it’s not something I went chasing. The boy wants to play football and he still has part of his illustrious career to go.” center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Athletic club matching donations to help ‘Toys for Kids’

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisAlpena — It’s been a tough holiday season for the Vietnam Veterans Chapter 583’s ‘Toys for Kids’ wrapping drive. They serve hundreds of families in need and are still shy of their goal to serve all of those children in need before the holidays.Social media posts have been floating around about the nonprofit’s need for toy and monetary donations. Local organizations are already beginning to step in, one of those being Bay Athletic Club.As part of their season of giving, the athletic center is matching toy and monetary donations for the organization that they’ve helped support for many years.“Sometimes, we just need to remember how good it feels to be able to help someone else even if you don’t know who that person is,” said Bay Athletic Club Communications Director Sarah Morrison. “When you’re out shopping, just swing by an aisle and grab something and that can be your donation.”You can drop off donations at Bay Athletic Club in Alpena off of Chisholm Street now through Friday. If you can’t make it to Bay Athletic by Friday. Donations can be made to the ‘Toys for Kids’ headquarters on 2040 Werth Rd. (the Old Ripley Street Fruit Market)“Every little thing you do can make a really big impact,” said Morrison.Toys are donated to families in need throughout Alpena, Alcona, Montmorency, and Presque Isle Counties.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThis Tags: alpena, Bay Athletic, bay athletic club, holidays, northeast michigan, Sunrise Side, toys for kids, Vietnam Vets Chapter 583Continue ReadingPrevious Rolling into the holiday season with a giving heartNext Alpena Public Schools Request Bond Sales to Update Structures and Security Systemslast_img read more