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BelfastLive 2021 Jordan Stewart hails Linfield teammates despite personal heroics .

BelfastLive 2021 Jordan Stewart hails Linfield teammates despite personal heroics .

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Thu, 08 Apr 2021 11:00:00 +0100

The Linfield forward was named Man of the Match after scoring two goals against Coleraine at Windsor Park

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The Linfield forward was named Man of the Match after scoring two goals against Coleraine at Windsor Park

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Jordan Stewart says 'any' of Linfield's players could have been named Man of the Match despite his personal heroics against Coleraine.

The Blues took a massive stride towards retaining their title with a 2-1 win at Windsor Park on Wednesday night.

Stewart scored two sublime goals in front of the Sky Sports cameras, the classy brace earning him the game's top player award.

But Stewart says the Blues' defensive performance, especially after the sending off of Niall Quinn in the 62nd minute, deserves special mention.

"I think you could have given the award to a number of players," Stewart told Linfield's website.

"The defence were brilliant.

We obviously conceded a goal, but with that amount of pressure you're likely to concede one.

"We just couldn't get out, being down to 10 men.

But I thought the whole team, one to 11, were brilliant.

So it could have gone to anyone.

"Obviously, scoring a couple of goals, you win the award.

But it could have gone to anyone."

Linfield have a firm grip on the title race following last night's win.

They now hold a 12-point lead over the Bannsiders, albeit having played one game more, but a 55th league crown looks well within sight for David Healy's men.

"Coming into the game it was first vs second.

Results went our way on Tuesday night and it was up to us to capitalise," Stewart added.

"So it was a massive game and we're delighted to get the three points.

"We have been digging in for the past few weeks now.

It is unfortunate Quinny gets two yellows.

The first was maybe slightly soft.

"But we dug deep.

Coleraine piled the pressure on but we were quite comfortable in the defending and we managed to get over the line."

Stewart also deflected from his goalscoring heroics, insisting the result trumped his clinical double against Coleraine.

"It is nice scoring good goals but it is even better coming away with the three points.

It would have meant very little coming away with nothing so I am delighted," he said.

"I am on a good run.

Thankfully it has been falling for me the past few weeks.

I am getting that bit of luck.

"You keep working for the team and you wait for these moments coming along.

Thankfully I am going through a good spell scoring wise, and more importantly the team is winning."

Next up for the champions is a trip to Larne on Saturday.

"Saturday will be tough.

Larne are a very good side and they have started picking up some form again," Stewart said.

"It will be a difficult game but we will approach the game with the right attitude and hopefully come away with the right result."

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The top earner received a 4

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9 per cent pay rise up from last year

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The top earner received a 4.9 per cent pay rise up from last year

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Four council bosses who all earn over £100,000 a year have been named.

Four senior officials in Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council received financial packages totalling more than £100,000 in the 2019/2020 financial year, with the chief executive receiving a 4.69 per cent pay rise.

The TaxPayers’ Alliance has published a council-by-council breakdown detailing all employees whose remuneration exceeds £100,000 – The Town Hall Rich List 2021.

The rich list shows chief executive Roger Wilson is the council’s top earner, with a total remuneration of £146,388, a rise of 4.69 per cent on his 2019/20 earnings of £139,825.

This is made up of salary of £122,500 and £23,888 in pension contributions, says The TaxPayers’ Alliance.

The council’s director of place, Olga Murtagh, and director of position, Sharon O’Gorman, each earned £110,538 a rise of 0.42 per cent on the £110,075 they earned in the 2018/19 tax year.

Both directors received a salary of £92,500 and £18,038 in pension contributions according to the figures published by The TaxPayers’ Alliance.

In comparison with the 2018/19 tax year these director’s received the same salary but the amount added to their pension increased.

Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council’s director of performance, Sharon McNicholl, earned considerably more in the 2019/20 tax year than she did in the 2018/19 tax year.

The TaxPayers’ Alliance state Ms McNicholl earned £110,538 – 6.16 per cent more than the £104,125 she received in 2018/19.

She received a £92,500 salary and £18,038 in pension contributions according to the figures published by The TaxPayers’ Alliance.

These figures mean the council is sixth of eleven when comparing the number of staff who are paid more than £100,000.

Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council do not pay any staff more than £100,000 while Mid and East Antrim Borough Council paid eight staff £100,000 or more, although its highest earner, received less than ABC’s Chief Executive, earning £143,450.

The Town Hall Rich List is part of The TaxPayers’ Alliance drive to improve transparency and accountability for local authorities, by letting the public see exactly what senior staff at council offices across the UK are being paid.

All data in the publication is sourced from councils’ statements of accounts which are publicly available, the campaign group says.

In Northern Ireland, the pension figures shown are equivalent to 20 per cent or 19.5 per cent of the employee’s salary, in line with what each Northern Irish local authority contributes to the Northern Ireland Local Government Officers’ Superannuation Committee scheme.

A two per cent deficit reduction contribution is also made by employers to the scheme.

A spokesperson for Armagh City Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council said: “The chief executive’s salary band for Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council was set regionally by the Joint Negotiating Committee.

“The strategic directors’ salaries were independently evaluated and are in line with that determined by the National Joint Council for Local Government Services.

“Any cost of living pay awards are also negotiated nationally.”

The TaxPayer’s Alliance grassroots campaign manager, Harry Fone said it is vital local rate payers get value for money.

“With four senior staff receiving over £100,000, it’s vital that ratepayers get bang for their buck,” he said.

“Rate rises have outpaced inflation this year and the devastating effects of the pandemic means many households are struggling to make ends meet.

“Council must be ruthless at increasing efficiency to keep bills as low as possible next year.”

The chief executive of the TaxPayers’ Alliance, John O’Connell said: “Taxpayers want to know they are getting value for money from their local authority leadership.

“ At the onset of the coronavirus crisis, thousands of town hall officials were taking home huge sums.

While councils were plunged into tackling the pandemic, many staff will have more than earned their keep, but households have nevertheless struggled.

“These figures shine a light on the town hall bosses who’ve got it right, and will enable residents to hold those who aren’t delivering value for money to account.”

The full TaxPayers’ Alliance’s Town Hall Rich List 2021 can be found here.

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