Moody Pochettino gave Spurs and Levy the perfect dress rehearsal for Mourinho

first_imgJose Mourinho gives first interview as head coach at Tottenham So I spent the next hour on the touchline in the searing sun (no place for a ginger) as he put his players through their paces.4 Jose Mourinho was today unveiled as the new Tottenham Hotspur managerCredit: Getty – ContributorIt was then I started to think I’d been hasty in condemning him.It is important to remember, though, Poch was not an instant success at Tottenham.After winning his first four matches he then failed to win any of the next four and his Spurs side were losing 1-0 at home to Nottingham Forest in a Carabao Cup tie when he started being jeered by his own fans.Poch then sent on Ryan Mason, who levelled with a stunner before the hosts went on to win 3-1.The new manager was making his mark all over the North London club, as he persuaded all of their stars and staff, to follow his personable lead by greeting every colleague in the morning with a handshake and “good morning”.It was clearly having the desired effect on the pitch too as Tottenham finished fifth that first season, followed by third, second, third and fourth.But Pochettino’s family never forgot his tough start and Mason’s salvo – it is the reason the midfielder was Poch family’s fave player before he later left for Hull.4The Argie was accused of getting a soft ride from the media, but that is because he always provided good copy at his weekly pre-match Press conferences at their Hotspur Way training ground.But it was on pre-season trips when he really took reporters into his confidence.I was fortunate enough to be in the Melbourne hotel when his honest off-the-record reaction to his team being pipped by Leicester for the 2016 Premier League title caused most of the fellow diners to spill their prawn cocktails.He then gave us an insight into his methodical coaching methods.Did you know he has recorded every single one of the training sessions he has ever taken and still keeps them all on memory sticks in a fleet of briefcases?But as Pochettino’s reputation and status in the game started to grow so did his ego.LATEST TOTTENHAM NEWSHARRY ALL FOUR ITKane admits Spurs must win EIGHT games to rise into Champions League spotGossipALL GONE PETE TONGVertonghen wanted by host of Italian clubs as long Spurs spell nears endBELOW PARRSpurs suffer blow with Parrott to miss Prem restart after appendix operationPicturedSHIRT STORMNew Spurs 2020/21 home top leaked but angry fans slam silver design as ‘awful”STEP BY STEP’Jose fears for players’ welfare during restart as stars begin ‘pre-season’KAN’T HAVE THATVictor Osimhen keen on Spurs move but only if they sell Kane this summerYOU KAN DO ITKlinsmann quit Spurs to win trophies but says Kane’s better off stayingTURBULENT PAIRINGDrogba and Mido had mid-flight brawl after stewardess prank went wrongGossipSPURRED ONTottenham table contract offer for Bayern Munich’s teenage starlet Taylor BoothExclusivePASS THE TESTEngland’s NRL-based stars urge bosses to make room for a Test this yearAnd in the last year-and-a-half of his tenure at Tottenham his dealings with the media became as bizarre as box-office.His stories about cows by railway lines led us to believe he was starting to go off the rails.His sacking was inevitable, only the timing was a surprise. DANIEL LEVY should find no trouble handling Jose Mourinho — after all he has had plenty of practice.The Tottenham chairman may never have managed Jose before but previous Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino spent the last 18 months trying to act like the man who has replaced him.4 Pochettino has never made a secret of his admiration for The Special OneCredit: AP:Associated PressPoch, axed on Tuesday, had always hailed the Portuguese as an idol.It seemed the more famous the Argie got at Tottenham the more he tried to emulate Mourinho’s dark arts.From outlandish statements, bizarre behaviour and trying to manipulate the media — to blaming everyone else for every wrongdoing while continually contradicting himself and somehow contriving to turn the agenda on himself.Now Levy has swapped Mini-Mo for the real deal that he hopes will deliver at Spurs with more style — and more silverware.It is unfortunate for Pochettino because he certainly did not arrive at Tottenham with the ego he left with. In fact, when desperate Levy snapped him up from Southampton in May 2014 he was a virtual unknown who could not even speak English.I was in the south of France covering Gareth Southgate’s England Under-21s at the prestigious Toulon Tournament, when the news of the appointment began to surface.Southgate invited another reporter and myself to stay with his squad and as the rumours of Poch quitting St Mary’s for Spurs increased.Saints starlet James Ward-Prowse, whose room was just a few doors down from mine, used to badger me for updates.4The tears in eyes when I informed him his gaffer had left indicated Pochettino was something special — I foolishly chose not to acknowledge it.I wrote a damning piece condemning the appointment, claiming I remembered the days Spurs used to appoint internationally recognised managers, not some Argie we had never heard of.I sneered it summed up how far one of England’s great clubs had fallen by insisting the sum of their ambitions was to now be Southampton.I felt quite proud of myself as I was the only Brit newspaper journalist to jet off to Seattle for the first stage of Tottenham’s tour of the US.After arriving at the Seattle Seahawks stadium for the first friendly, I covered the first ever press conference Pochettino conducted in English without the aid of an interpreter, who had earned him such ridicule at Southampton.When it was finished Tottenham’s press guru Simon Felstein introduced me to the new manager who reminded me of my damning article against him. #awks.He told me: “I will prove you and everyone else wrong.”Then as I left to watch his first open training session from the press deck, Pochettino grabbed me and told me if I was going to criticise him I should at least see at close quarters how he worked.last_img read more

ONE Championship to hold four fight cards in Manila in 2018

first_img“Eduard’s personality is very much like Manny Pacquiao, he’s very gentle and kind,” said Sityodtong.“But he’s a fierce tiger, a fierce lion in the cage but outside of it you’d never know he’s a fighter because he’s so kind and humble and his life story is so inspirational.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LeBron James scores 31 points, Lakers beat Rockets LATEST STORIES Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano ONE’s last event in Manila was in March with lightweight champion Eduard Folayang successfully defending his belt against Ev Ting.Sityodtong said part of their affinity to the Philippines is how similar Folayang and boxing icon Manny Pacquiao’s life stories are.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’“I think it resonated because when you look at Eduard his life story is pretty much like Manny Pacquiao,” said Sityodtong.Folayang and Pacquiao both grew up poor but both found a greater calling in combat sports. Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite MOST READcenter_img ONE Championship Chairman Chatri Sityodtong talks to members of the media during his press scrum Friday at Holiday Inn in Macau.MACAU—ONE Championship chairman Chatri Sityodtong said Friday the Asian promotion is set to schedule four fight cards in Manila come 2018.“It’s massive,” said Sityodtong of the growth of ONE in the Philippine market during his media scrum at Holiday Inn here. “We’ve always done one or two events in Manila in the previous years, next year we’ll have a record number of events in the Philippines.”ADVERTISEMENT Kawhi Leonard, Clippers rally to beat Pelicans Slow start can’t stop Bolt in debut at last worlds View comments End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend ‘I’m out!’: PewDiePie releases last video before taking break from YouTube McGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return Indian national gunned down in Camarines Surlast_img read more

UP stays unbeaten after rout of UE; Gayoso nets four goals for Ateneo

first_imgJiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina “We don’t really think about it,” said Gonzales. “We are looking at our performances, we are thinking of improvement. We are not thinking at the Final Four or the championship.”Ian Clariño, King Miyagi, and JB Borlongan netted the goals for the Fighting Maroons.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkIn the first game, Ateneo’s Jarvey Gayoso single-handedly dealt a 4-0 punishment to winless Adamson University.The Blue Booters are now one point away from UP’s total. MOST READ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Scarlett Johansson, Sterling K. Brown among SAG Awards presenters Cabuyao City rising above the ashes through volunteerism Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Conor McGregor seeks to emerge from controversy in UFC comeback LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Gayoso, the league’s reigning MVP, netted all four goals in the first half and matched his 12-goal total from Season 79 with four games remaining.In the final game of the day, an own goal on Far Eastern University’s side salvaged a point for University of Santo Tomas.Dionisio Busmion hit his strike off FEU’s Marole Bungay, 90+4, that allowed the Golden Booters to draw 2-2.UST is at third in the standings with 15 points while the Tamaraws now has nine points.ADVERTISEMENT In Liverpool, Man United sees the pain and path to recovery University of the Philippine kept its undefeated streak after blasting University of the East, 3-0, in the UAAP Season 80 men’s football tournament Thursday at Rizal Memorial Stadium.The Fighting Maroons (7-0-2) remained atop the table with 23 points and are one win away from securing a Final Four spot, but head coach Anto Gonzales isn’t looking that far ahead.ADVERTISEMENT Pressure catches up with rookie Ravena in his first PBA semis Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Recto seeks to establish Taal rehab body to aid community, eruption victimslast_img read more

The top 10 football clubs in the world ranked by TV revenue

first_img 10 6. Juventus generated £113.79m in TV revenue 10 10 9. Liverpool generated £89.61m in TV revenue 10 5. Manchester City generated £118.17m in TV revenue 1. Real Madrid generated £151.48m in TV revenue 2. Barcelona generated £135.08m in TV revenue 10 3. Chelsea generated £124.1m in TV revenue The Forbes Football Rich List has been announced, revealing the world’s most valuable football team to be Real Madrid.This ranking is based on a number of factors, with television revenue becoming increasingly important to the wealthiest football clubs, but which teams make the most money from TV?We’ve got the top 10 clubs when it comes to TV revenue generated, based on the latest Deloitte figures (*from the 2013/14 season).Take a look at who features in the slideshow above, by clicking the yellow arrow right. 10 10 4. Manchester United generated £120.39m in TV revenue 10. Tottenham generated £84m in TV revenue* – to find out which club’s make the most money from television, click the yellow arrow above, right, as we count down the top 10! 10 8. AC Milan generated £91.02m in TV revenue 10 10 7. Arsenal generated £109.27m in TV revenue last_img read more


first_imgLAGHEY-based WJ Dolan Construction (Ireland) Ltd has gone bust.The Donegal business – part of the group in Tyrone – was closed down by Ulster Bank.Another related company, Latlorcan Developments, which behind homes in Monaghan, is also in administration. The Donegal-based business had assets of €4m, but owed more than €5.5M.The company is well known in the North West because it was once the main sponsors of the Tyrone GAA county team. © 2011, all Rights Reserved The copying, republication or redistribution of Content, including by framing or similar means, is expressly prohibited by law. Follow us on us on anything on  DONEGAL DEVELOPMENT COMPANY GOES BUST was last modified: December 9th, 2011 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:DONEGAL DEVELOPMENT COMPANY GOES BUSTwj dolanlast_img read more


first_imgGAA: Donegal’s assistant manager Maxi Curran has said the reaction to their defeat to Dublin in the League semi-final was hysterical, and reiterated that all the focus is on the Ulster SFC. Donegal face Fermanagh on June 12th, after Pete McGrath’s side overcame Antrim in the Preliminary round. However, many pundits rounded on Donegal after they suffered five successive defeats in the league.Donegal won their opening three leagues, before then losing the next four, but still squeezed into the semi-finals.Dublin defeated them comfortably at Croke Park in the league semi-final, but the fallout from that defeat was hysterical according to Curran.Just two weeks previous to the leagyue semi-final Donegal were level, with 13 minutes to go, when Michael Murphy saw red, and Dublin edged the win. Curran told The Irish Times, “Two weeks previous there was two points between us and Dublin with 67 minutes on the clock, Michael Murphy was sent off with 15 minutes to go and we were very much in the game. Then two weeks later we were finished as a team.“It’s people’s perceptions of the league, people do get hysterical about one result, they get carried away with one good day and equally get carried away with one bad day.“We knew at that stage, we were so far out from the championship – and it’s no secret a lot of our boys have a fair bit of mileage on the clock – so we couldn’t go at it hell for leather for the entire league and still be fresh for June.”“REACTION TO OUR DEFEAT AGAINST DUBLIN WAS HYSTERICAL” – MAXI CURRAN was last modified: May 27th, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegaldublinGAAJuneMaxi CurrannewsSportUlster SFClast_img read more

H.S. Sidhu back as Punjab STF chief

first_imgIn a major administrative reshuffle, the Punjab government on Thursday transferred 26 IPS and five PPS officers in the State.Harpreet Singh Sidhu, who was posted as Special Principal Secretary to the Chief Minister, has been given charge of the Special Task Force as Additional Director-General of Police. He will replace Gurpreet Kaur Deo, who will take over as ADGP (Crime). Last year, Mr. Sidhu was removed as STF chief after a reported tussle between him and the then DGP Suresh Arora.Promotion for threeThree IPS officers — Prabhod Kumar, Rohit Choudhary and Iqbal Preet Singh Sahota — have been promoted to the rank of Director-General of Police. Mr. Kumar has been posted as Special DGP and Director (Bureau of Investigation) while Mr. Chaudhary will take over as Special DGP (Policy and Rules). Mr. Sahota will be Special DGP (Armed Battalions) in Jalandhar.An official statement said ADGP (Admin) Gaurav Yadav has been given additional charge of the litigation wing. ADGP Ishwar Singh has been given charge of law and order while Jitendra Kumar Jain, ADGP (Policy and Rules), will hold additional charge of SCRB as Director.last_img read more

Nuggets beat Kings without coach and 2 starters

first_imgTrending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice LATEST STORIES Denver Nuggets guard Will Barton (5) drives around Sacramento Kings guard Garrett Temple (17) and Sacramento Kings forward Zach Randolph (50) during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Sacramento, Calif., Monday, Nov. 20, 2017. (AP Photo/Steve Yeater)SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Will Barton didn’t know Mike Malone was suspended by the NBA until the Denver Nuggets coach informed him as Barton got on the team bus to head to the arena.“I thought he was joking,” Barton said. “I told him we’d hold it down for him.”ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Malone served a one-game NBA suspension for making contact with a referee in Sunday’s loss to the Los Angeles Lakers. Denver also was missing Millsap, who sprained his left wrist against the Lakers, and Chandler (lower back pain).After a sluggish first half, Denver pulled away in the third quarter following a 19-7 run late in the third quarter sparked by the long-distance shooting of Barton and Lyles. The Nuggets shot 15 of 32 beyond the arc and led by as many as 22 in the final period.“That third quarter we were real patient and sound, ran our sets and got going,” Barton said. “Anytime you’re missing two starters, impact guys like that, it’s going to take a while.”Nikola Jokic added 16 points and 14 rebounds, and Gary Harris scored 20 for the Nuggets.George Hill and Kosta Koufos scored 16 points apiece to lead six players in double figures for Sacramento. The Kings, who had won their three previous home games against the Thunder, 76ers and Trail Blazers, have lost five of six overall.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Kings: Host the Lakers on Wednesday. The teams split the season series in 2016-17. “Athletically, (the Nuggets) go and get balls and jumped over the top of us and did some of those kind of things,” Kings coach Dave Joerger said. “We’ve got to be more physical. We were a step slow in the second half.”BARTON COMES UP BIGBarton shot 9 of 15 and made a season-high five 3-pointers on six attempts from beyond the arc. “He wasn’t an aggressive scorer but he was a playmaker for us,” Unseld said. “Down the stretch he controlled the game.”WHAT WENT WRONGJoerger thought his team played hard throughout the game but rookie guard De’Aaron Fox wasn’t so sure. Asked if the Kings let up in the second half when the Nuggets got on their roll, Fox said: “It felt that way. But it’s happened before, we’ve got back before. It’s just something if we go down, we’ve got to pick it up even more. You have to pick up your effort when things are going south.”TIP-INSNuggets: With Millsap and Chandler out, Unseld went to a three-guard lineup but the offense sputtered in the first half with 11 turnovers. Denver did a much better job after the break and pulled away. . The Nuggets dominated the offensive rebounding (14-5) and converted that into a 19-6 advantage in second-chance points.Kings: Zach Randolph had 12 points and six rebounds in his third consecutive start at center. … Buddy Hield missed his second straight game with a sore right ankle.UP NEXTNuggets: Play at Houston on Wednesday. The Rockets have won four straight against Denver. View comments CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPAcenter_img Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort MOST READ Read Next Minus their coach and two starters, the short-handed Nuggets did just that — and only 24 hours after losing by 21 points to begin their three-game road trip.Barton and Trey Lyles made two 3-pointers apiece during a big run in the third quarter, and Denver pulled away to beat the Sacramento Kings 114-98 on Monday night.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutBarton finished with 25 points, six rebounds and five assists in his third start this season for Denver, which also was without injured starters Paul Millsap and Wilson Chandler.“Given the circumstances, I’ll take it,” said Nuggets assistant Wes Unseld Jr., who coached the team while Malone stayed back at the team hotel. “The minute (we) got in here from the team bus they knew it was a task at hand. We were under adverse circumstances and had no other option than to pull it together.” Kris Aquino ‘pretty chill about becoming irrelevant’ Pelicans rally after Cousins ejection, beat Thunder Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101last_img read more

India vs Sri Lanka: Film stars now head to Wankhede to cheer for Team India

first_imgAs the formidable Men in Blue look to end the 28-year World Cup drought, their fans in Bollywood are also ensuring that they are there to cheer the team as it takes on the unpredictable Sri Lankans at Mumbai’s Wankhede Stadium on Saturday.While most of the commoners have been striving to secure a ticket for the finals to fulfil their dreams to witness the clash of titans, some Bollywood A-listers have already got their seats booked in the stadium.Superstar Aamir Khan and wife Kiran Rao, who were seen cheering Team India against archrivals Pakistan in Mohali, would be there for the finals too.Actor Lara Dutta would also stand by the Indian cricket team along with her friends. A true cricket fan, she has committed to be there for the match instead of supporting her newly married husband, tennis star Mahesh Bhupathi, who is playing in Miami.Dino Morea, who was in the midst of his Pakistani fans in Mohali during the Indo-Pak clash, is now heading towards Wankhede trailing Dhoni and his boys.Actor Suniel Shetty, along with wife Mana and son, actress Minissha Lamba and Jeetendra’s actor son Tusshar Kapoor have also booked their tickets at Wankhede.last_img read more

Akkulam Tourism village to get makeover

first_imgThiruvananthapuram, June 13(PTI) Akkulam Tourism Village, the prominent tourist centre in the district, is set to get a new lease of life.State Minister for Tourism, Devaswom and Co-operation, Kadakampally Surendran inaugurated the work for the second phase of the Tourism Village, at an outlay of Rs Five crore, here today.The second phase aims to turn the Village into an activity centre with facilities for visitors to spend an entire day.”The coming days would see this centre rising like a Phoenix from total destruction, and the project would be completed in 18 months,” the Minister said.He opined that there have been more efforts to close down the centre than to revive it in the past few years.”The government is planning to form a tourism policy that would better the lives of local residents,” he said.The second phase will see the village sporting a modern music fountain, artificial waterfall, amphi theatre, art installation, cycling track, ropeway, restaurant, parking area, and yoga and meditation centre.An adventure tourism project, landscape beautification, and a cricket pitch are also part of the project.The 2.5 acre plot on the hilltop will be developed as a View Point, keeping its wildness intact.The pond and its premises will be renovated, and small boats will be provided for visitors. PTI JRK ROHlast_img read more