‘Very nice chap’ persuaded Fuchs to join Leicester

first_img1 Leicester City’s latest signing was lured to the King Power Stadium by the manager he describes as a “very nice chap”.Nigel Pearson was involved in a handful of spats last season – ‘ostrich-gate’ being the most memorable – but he was all sweetness and light when he was convincing defender Christian Fuchs to join from Schalke.“I followed them last season, and it was an impressive escape at the end of last season,” Fuchs told the club’s website.“Everybody knows about it, everybody saw it and everybody’s talking about it – the great escape. I’ve seen other people working here, how they play, and it’s fun to watch.”“I think the philosophy of the coach fits me well. He gave me a nice phone call. He told me about the philosophy that Leicester has.“He’s simply a very nice chap. He’s a cool guy. He said to me that he’s very personal – he knows how to handle the players on a personal level, and he also convinced me about Leicester.” New Leicester City signing Christian Fuchs last_img read more

Sales assist heart patient

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! When Patsy Gonzales, a marketing representative for a Whittier car dealership, heard about a young Whittier man forced to postpone his New Year’s Eve wedding after being diagnosed with heart problems, she could not sit by and not help, she said.Gonzales said she learned of Kevin Long’s condition from mutual friend Rey Casillas and an article in this newspaper.“I was shocked to learn that this 20-something young man, this great guy, was so sick,” Casillas said. “So I turned to the community in Whittier for help.”Gonzales enlisted the support of her employer, Whittier Chrysler Jeep Dodge on Whittier Boulevard, and launched a campaign to raise money to help 24-year-old Long by selling water bottles in the dealership’s showroom.She hopes money from the drive will help Long and his fiancee, Stephanie Meyer, 26, pay off a $10,000 debt from their canceled wedding.Long and Meyer got engaged in July. They invited 130 guests to their wedding, rented a church in Newport Beach for the ceremony, booked a reception on a yacht in Newport Harbor, hired a photographer and bought invitations.Then, about a month before the wedding, Long came down with a virus that doctors later discovered had attacked his heart. Eventually, he was diagnosed with viral cardiomyopathy, an enlargement of the heart that could lead to a fatal heart attack.Long, who is now at home recuperating, said he and Meyer were amazed when they learned that a local dealership was raising money on their behalf.“We have been dealt a difficult hand, so we are very, very grateful to them for showing us this kind of support,” Long said.Gonzales decided to sell water bottles instead of asking for cash donations because that seemed like a better way to raise money, she added.“We felt it was the right thing to do in our hearts, because it’s such a bad thing to happen to a young couple who are starting out,” she said.She said the dealership will continue to sell the water bottles through the end of this month.Despite Long’s illness, the couple have set a tentative wedding date for May. [email protected] (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3028last_img read more