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  • Poch has pick of top clubs and a £12.5m pay-off – now the heat is on Levy

    first_imgMOST READ IN FOOTBALLTHROUGH ITRobbie Keane reveals Claudine’s father was ’50-50′ in coronavirus battleTOP SELLERGavin Whelan has gone from League of Ireland to David Beckham’s InstagramExclusiveRIYAD RAIDMan City’s Riyad Mahrez has three luxury watches stolen in £500,000 raidPicturedAN EYEFULMeet Playboy model and football agent Anamaria Prodan bidding to buy her own clubI SAW ROORodallega saw Rooney ‘drinking like madman’ & Gerrard ‘on bar dancing shirtless’NEXT STEPJonny Hayes set to move to English Championship having been let go by CelticREF RELEASEDChampions League ref Vincic released by cops after arrest in prostitution raidKEANE DEALEx Man United youth ace David Jones says Roy Keane negotiated a contract for himYou wonder if sacking your manager at a cost of £12.5m so he is free to take up a role with one of your Euro rivals is a smart move by Levy. But it highlights how strained their relationship had become.Levy clearly could not stomach the prospect of another transfer window with his mardy Argie.The chairman will clearly be the fall guy for this in the coming days.What he does to resolve this situation will determine whether he remains so. DANIEL LEVY clearly felt Mauricio Pochettino could no longer manage.But the crafty old Argie has managed to get himself out of Tottenham and into a situation where he will have the pick of most of Europe’s top clubs as his next employer.3 Spurs sacked Mauricio Pochettino – but the manager has a £12.5m pay-off and his pick of top clubsCredit: Getty – ContributorPoch has also managed to screw a £12.5million pay-off from Levy.If that was not enough, he has also managed to make the Spurs chairman look the villain of the piece.Pochettino’s future may have been the hot topic of discussion but, when the news broke yesterday evening, it was still a bombshell moment.So much so that the club’s players only discovered their gaffer was a goner online, the same time as the rest of us.The clamour to validate the shock announcement was such it caused the club’s official website to crash — just like their season so far.We all knew Pochettino’s position was perilous after their poor start to the campaign, which sees Spurs languishing 14th in the Premier League table with just three top-flight wins from 12 matches.They were also knocked out of the Carabao Cup at League Two Colchester.3 The heat will now be on chairman Daniel Levy to pick the correct successorCredit: Getty – ContributorBut the feeling in and around Tottenham’s magnificent new stadium was Levy would only sack his manager as a last resort.This was partly because of the excellent job Poch had done in transforming the club since his arrival from Southampton back in May 2014.But mainly because Levy did not want to pay him the £12.5m compensation he would be due under the terms of the megabucks new five-year deal he gave him in June 2018.Yet in the end Levy decided it was a price worth paying as Pochettino became the Tottenham terminator’s ninth managerial casualty.Poch claimed in the build-up to last season’s Champions League final that he had made Levy “more human”. I think it is safe to say the Spurs boss — sorry, former boss — may have gone a bit early with that.3Just 171 days after leading the North Londoners on one of the greatest nights in their history, he was given the boot.The timing, at the end of an international break rather than at the start, seems utterly bizarre and leads you to conclude Levy must have someone else already lined up.But then again, it is Tottenham and Levy — who got rid of Harry Redknapp, the only previous manager to take the club into the Champions League before Poch, and replaced him with absolute disaster Andre Villas-Boas.Levy turned to Pochettino after some Spurs fans had started to turn against him and his fellow directors.If this situation does not go smoothly it is safe to say the chairman can expect more protests.Yet it is not all his fault.And you suspect Pochettino and his coaching staff were celebrating last night with a case or three of Argentinian fine red wine.It almost appeared Poch had been angling to get out of Tottenham from the moment he put pen to paper on £42.5m deal 18 months ago.Within weeks he seemed to regret signing it as he became linked with vacancies at Real Madrid and Manchester United.Even Spurs’ historic Champions League run did not seem to satisfy him. No sooner had they reached the final in Madrid than he was threatening to quit if his side won the trophy.After losing that showpiece 2-0 to Liverpool, Poch then turned on Levy, accusing his chairman of not backing him in the transfer market.In a pre-season hissy-fit in Munich, he huffed: “I am not a manager, I am a coach,” knowing full well his success on the pitch would lead to Spurs fans taking his side against Levy off it.Well, now Poch is neither coach or manager after being axed last night but he is free to talk to other clubs interested in him. Bayern Munich and Barcelona are also said in offering him a rapid return to the dugout.last_img read more

  • Man Utd to roll out red carpet for Mourinho on Old Trafford return with Spurs

    first_imgMan Utd boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says the next two games give his team the chance to prove themselves MANCHESTER UNITED will roll out the welcome mat for Jose Mourinho tonight on his return to Old Trafford.The Special One took over as Tottenham’s new manager last month, his first job since being sacked by the Red Devils in December 2018.2 Jose Mourinho will receive a friendly welcome back to Old Trafford tonightAnd the 56-year-old has already been invited by United chief Ole Gunnar Solskjaer for a post-match bottle of wine.Mourinho will also come face-to-face with Ed Woodward for the first time since his sacking.But the United chief executive was one of the first to congratulate the ex-Chelsea manager when he took over at Spurs.And it is understood Sir Alex Ferguson is planning to come for a chat after not getting a chance since he cleared his desk.2An Old Trafford source said: “There is no animosity between the pair. It is all very friendly and social.“Jose and his staff have already been invited for a drink in Ole’s office as is the tradition.“He’ll also meet up with Ed. They still have a decent relationship despite everything that happened.MOST READ IN FOOTBALLTHROUGH ITRobbie Keane reveals Claudine’s father was ’50-50′ in coronavirus battleTOP SELLERGavin Whelan has gone from League of Ireland to David Beckham’s InstagramExclusiveRIYAD RAIDMan City’s Riyad Mahrez has three luxury watches stolen in £500,000 raidPicturedAN EYEFULMeet Playboy model and football agent Anamaria Prodan bidding to buy her own clubI SAW ROORodallega saw Rooney ‘drinking like madman’ & Gerrard ‘on bar dancing shirtless’NEXT STEPJonny Hayes set to move to English Championship having been let go by CelticREF RELEASEDChampions League ref Vincic released by cops after arrest in prostitution raidKEANE DEALEx Man United youth ace David Jones says Roy Keane negotiated a contract for him“The club also appreciated Jose not sticking the knife in during his time as a pundit with Sky Sports.”Mourinho has made a solid start to his reign in charge of Spurs, winning all three of his opening games.That includes two Premier League victories and a dramatic 4-2 win over Olympiakos in the Champions League.last_img read more

  • Mbappé would only renew with a ‘pro Real Madrid’ clause

    first_imgFor the white club, the ideal situation is the one it had posed before the outbreak of the coronavirus crisis. Get Mbappe not to renew this summer and try to sign him in the summer transfer window of 2021, when the French only had one year left on his contract. The same strategy that followed with Hazard. In this way, his signing would have become much cheaper … But with the uncertainty that exists these days, staying true to that strategy is a lot to ask Mbappé. In this way PSG would win so much, that they would breathe easy knowing that the chances of retaining Mbappé in the short term future would increase, the player, who would secure a long-term galactic salary (now he only has a contract until 2022 and, at 21 years old, the situation is dizzying with the possibility of injury), and the big loser, despite the existence of that clause, would be Real Madrid … The foundations of football are moving under the feet of Kilian Mbappé. The crisis of coronavirus It has changed any roadmap that could have been raised prior to the outbreak of the virus. The uncertainty is total. No one knows how it will affect the transfer market, if the big clubs in Europe will have the possibility of making big transfers and, to top it off, not even the powerful PSG is capable of guaranteeing the salary of its stars (and speaks of a 50% reduction). This is not the time to take wrong steps.As AS has been able to know, the possibility that Mbappé ends up accepting a renewal with PSG has won integers in recent days, but this could only occur if the clause stipulated in the new contract that allowed him to leave Real Madrid (or another great club) for a set amount of money. A kind of mega clause like the one that allowed Neymar to go from Barcelona to PSG himself for 222 million euros.last_img read more

  • College linebacker ‘very critical’ after head injury – coach

    first_imgWill you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? 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 “It was just a football play,” Reed said. “He was taking on a block and it wasn’t anything malicious or dirty or anything like that. Just an unfortunate situation.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil MOST READ Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Abercrombie had been rushed to hopsital where he underwent emergency surgery after collapsing on the sideline of Tennesse State’s game against Vanderbilt University on Saturday.The 20-year-old player had made his way to the sideline after the play on which he was injured but collapsed soon after telling medical staff he had a headache.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back Chriss“He was removed from the game and as they were taking him into the locker room he collapsed and the EMTs took over from there,” Reed said.Reed said TSU coaches had reviewed video of the play on which Abercrombie was hurt and found it was within the rules. Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plumcenter_img Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Tennessee State University linebacker Christian Abercrombie remained in critical condition Sunday a day after collapsing with a head injury during a game, his coach told a Nashville radio station.Coach Rod Reed said there had been no change in Abercrombie’s condition overnight.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown View comments LATEST STORIES Golden Knights continue healing process for Las Vegas Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California collegelast_img read more

  • ‘Barrobo District Is Neglected’

    first_imgWhat has happened to the county and district development funds is the question on the lips of many from the depressed and depressing District of Barrobo? Have our funds gone the way that resources disappeared from other districts we heard about? Into the pockets of unscrupulous individuals at the local level of governance who are thwarting the process?Those are the question that go unanswered in the near-desolate district we recently found ourselves visiting.Central Government apportions funds every fiscal year in the national budget for district development purposes for the 73 districts throughout the country, but some of the districts, like Barrobo, in Maryland County, seems abandoned by government, with residents living pitiful lives.Barrobo, which is district #3 in Maryland, lacks health and educational facilities throughout the length and breadth of the district, our reporter observed while on a tour in the area recently. There is not a single high school in the district.Our reporter had gone with Maternal and Newborn Health Ambassador, Madam Miatta Fahnbulleh, who had gone on an advocacy campaign to ensure that pregnant women seek medical attention during pregnancy.The citizens complained of the lack of central government’s presence in the district, which they said is contributing to its backwardness, even though there is a district development Superintendent.The district does not even have a high school, although there is a clinic that serves almost the entire district; but pregnant women have to travel hundreds of miles to seek medical attention because they lack health facilities in their towns.The district, which has Representative Isaac B. Roland as its Representative in the National Legislature, has a make-shift structure that served as the town hall where residents gather to interact, though there are thousands of dollars apportioned for these purposes.A citizen of the district, Isaac Kwabo, said: “My brother we don’t have anything in this place. We don’t feel government’s attention here, our entire district is backward and we are disconnected from the rest of the county and the country.”“There are no schools for our children to go to in most of the towns, not to even mention clinics, where our people could seek medical attention. Our children wake-up in the morning and have to go with us on the farms because there is no school around. The nearest school around this area is about four to five hours walk and the kids are too small for that. There are no teachers as well.”A lady who told this reporter that she came from one of the towns located in the district, said after the advocacy meeting, “The big people are telling us to go to the clinic when pregnant and there is no clinics in our areas. It is a good idea, but it is not easy for some of us because we are living far off and to get to the clinic it take some of us a day or two. Government really needs to try and come to our aid.”“We are just living here by the mercy of God; we are all on our own here. Our place has been neglected for too long and no one is coming to our aid—not even our representative Isaac Roland,” a man who claimed to be an official of the district said.There are too many bureaucratic processes surrounding the district development funds; so ‘they’ are afraid to get involved in it before ‘they’ are sacked by their bosses. He declined to say who ‘they’ were.Efforts to contact, Rep. Roland for comments did not materialize as his phoned would not ring when called.               Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

  • Athlete stands tall in a chair

    first_imgGrowing up with a sister who became blind, disabled and disfigured during surgery to remove a brain tumor when she was 9, I learned quickly that life isn’t always fair. I understood his family’s anger. But I was also proud of Malave and his unbelievably positive attitude toward the hurdles he faces. A student at California State University, Northridge, he said he just wants to live independently. And if the world won’t change for him, he’ll change for the world. “I feel like I have no limitations. I want to enjoy life,” he said. “I don’t see the boundaries that this disability has brought me.” There are 54 million Americans living with disabilities. For years, many were expected simply to stay home and collect benefits from the government. That attitude is changing with the younger generation of disabled who are now working, traveling and contributing to their communities, said Nancy Starnes, vice president of the National Organization On Disability, based in Washington, D.C. “The expectations for being active were certainly much more diminished then than they are for younger people today,” Starnes said. But Starnes said that, as a result, there are more disabled relying on public transit agencies to get around. And with that comes an increased demand on these services to accommodate disabled passengers. It also means a heightened scrutiny when services fall short, as they did at Van Nuys FlyAway. Coach America General Manager Dave Dwight apologized for Malave’s experience, saying, “There is no excuse for even one thing going wrong.” There’s supposed to be a wheelchair lift on each FlyAway bus, Dwight said, but a service implemented last year to shuttle passengers between Union Station and LAX created a shortage of wheelchair-accessible buses. He hopes the problem will be resolved soon. And even though Coach America contracts with the city’s airports agency, it operates without federal money and does not have FTA oversight to make sure it complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act. Meanwhile, it’s not going to hold back Malave, who learned his upbeat outlook on life after joining a wheelchair basketball team. Playing the sport means falling out of the wheelchair and struggling at times to move. Through this, he says he has learned not to let barriers on the court or in life get in his way. “We just deal,” Malave said of his team. “We don’t allow the other factors to bother us.” sue.doyle@dailynews.com (818)713-3746 Do you have questions about your local transit system? What are your experiences with transportation? Send your thoughts to our new transportation blog at: www.insidesocal.com/theride. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! After the tournament in Philly – his team lost, by the way – Malave waited outside the LAX terminal for a FlyAway bus to take him back to Van Nuys. Sure enough, the bus that arrived lacked a wheelchair lift. Dreading another hourlong wait, Malave instead hoisted himself out of his chair and dragged himself up the steep steps of the bus and into a seat. “When I go out, I don’t expect everything to be all disabled-accessible,” said Malave, who was paralyzed five years ago when he was hit by a stolen pickup truck. “I know I will encounter obstacles, and I don’t even think about it. I just do what I have to do to get here or there.” But Malave’s family members weren’t as sanguine. And when they called with his story, it ignited a firestorm in our newsroom about injustice. I contacted officials at Coach America, the bus company that contracts with the city; at LAX and at the Federal Transit Administration. Everyone I talked with was enraged. Everyone but Malave himself. Paralyzed from the waist down, Alvin Malave recently learned the hard way that mass transit isn’t always accessible to the disabled, contrary to public policy or federal law. Headed to Philadelphia for a wheelchair basketball tournament, the West Hills resident planned to ride the super-convenient FlyAway bus from Van Nuys to Los Angeles International Airport. The first bus wasn’t equipped with a wheelchair lift, so Malave figured he’d just wait for the next one. The second bus came, and that one also didn’t have a lift. Finally, nearly an hour later, a bus arrived that could accommodate his wheelchair and transport him to LAX. last_img read more

  • Thierry considering Bordeaux coaching role

    first_img0Shares0000The position is one of a number being considered by the former Arsenal and Barcelona forward.LONDON, United Kingdom, Aug 22 – Thierry Henry is in talks with Bordeaux over the vacant coach’s role, according to Sky sources.The position is one of a number being considered by the former Arsenal and Barcelona forward. French broadcaster RMC reported on Wednesday morning that he had agreed to take the role, but Sky understands talks are still ongoing.Henry, who left Sky Sports in the summer to concentrate on his coaching career, has been working as an assistant to Belgium boss Roberto Martinez since 2016.He was part of the backroom staff that led Belgium to third place at the World Cup in Russia.The Ligue 1 side recently suspended manager Gus Poyet after he was critical of a transfer that had been made without his knowledge.Bordeaux sold striker Gaetan Laborde to rivals Montpellier and Poyet reacted furiously after their Europa League win over FC Mariupol, labelling the transfer “a disgrace”.Poyet was suspended for a week with Eric Bedouet taking over for Sunday’s league clash with Toulouse, which saw Bordeaux fall to a 2-1 defeat.Henry’s interest in the role was brought to light on Monday by his long-time manager at Arsenal, Arsene Wenger.“Yes, he wants to do it,” Wenger told Corse Matin. “He is intelligent and he has the qualities.Henry made 254 appearances for Arsenal between 1999 and 2007 and won 123 caps for France.-By Sky Sports- 0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

  • Poll: Salford City or Sal-bored City?

    first_img1 With so much focus on the minnows’ meteoric rise and FA Cup exploits, are you bored of all the hysteria? Drive want to know… Gary Neville is heavily involved behind the scenes at Salford City last_img

  • MAJELLA RESTING UP BEFORE SERIOUS SURGERY IN THE COMING WEEKS

    first_imgDaniel O’Donnell has revealed his wife is having plenty of rest and relaxation before she undergoes serious surgery in the coming weeks.Daniel and MajellaThe singer and his brave wife Majella spent Christmas at home but have spent the last few weeks on sun-kissed Tenerife.But Majella will return to Ireland where she has opted to have a double mastectomy in her bid to overcome breast cancer. Daniel revealed “At the minute Majella and I are in Tenerife and we’ve been here since New Year’s Eve. My holiday is almost coming to an end as next Tuesday we start our UK shows.“We really haven’t been doing much since we got to Tenerife other than relaxing and we have really enjoyed this time together.“I’m glad to say Majella is feeling well at the moment. She will return home on the 4th of February as she is scheduled to have her mastectomy in the coming weeks.“Even though I’m going to be away during this time we are very lucky she has so many people around to support her,” said Daniel. Majella captured the hearts of the Irish public when she had her hair shaved live on the Late Late Show.She managed to raise more than €600,000 for the Irish Cancer Society with her brave efforts ahead of her chemotherapy.Daniel has also revealed that his mother Julia has been ill in hospital in Dungloe but is recovering.“My mother is doing well and thank God everything is good with us,” he added. MAJELLA RESTING UP BEFORE SERIOUS SURGERY IN THE COMING WEEKS was last modified: January 22nd, 2014 by StephenShare 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:cancerdaniel o’donnellMajella O’Donnellmasectomylast_img read more

  • Preschool ads ignite controversy

    first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE‘Mame,’ ‘Hello, Dolly!’ composer Jerry Herman dies at 88 Reiner said he recused himself from any dealings with the commercials 15 months ago to avoid the appearance of a conflict of interest. The California First 5 Commission is funded by a tobacco tax passed by voters in 1998. The commission has received nearly $4 billion for early childhood programs since its inception in 1999. Reiner took a leave of absence from the First 5 Commission last month, saying he wanted to devote his efforts to passing Proposition 82, the “Preschool for All” initiative. But controversy over the ad campaign and other spending by the commission continues to dog him. The Legislature has asked the state auditor to investigate the commission, and state Sen. Dave Cox, R-Fair Oaks, is demanding Reiner’s resignation. He said the ad campaign improperly used state funds to try to influence public opinion. SACRAMENTO – Movie director Rob Reiner on Tuesday refused to resign from a state commission he chairs and said he does not regret that it spent $23 million in state money for an ad campaign that coincided with his promotion of a preschool ballot initiative. The television commercials lauded the benefits of preschool and aired from early November until mid-January, when Proposition 82 qualified for the June ballot. The Reiner-supported measure would create free universal preschool by raising taxes on the wealthy. Appearing before the Sacramento Press Club, Reiner said he has yet to see the ads or read a 2002 memo that outlined a strategy to convince Californians to support the concept of universal preschool. “Should I resign? Of course not. Of course not,” Reiner said. “Because everything I’ve done is completely legal.” Attorney General Bill Lockyer, meanwhile, has referred the matter to the Sacramento County district attorney for a possible investigation. Reiner’s current term as head of the First 5 Commission has expired, but he will continue serving unless Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger decides to replace him. The governor’s press secretary, Margita Thompson, said Schwarzenegger was preoccupied with the public works bond he is trying to get through the Legislature and has not had time to deal with the Reiner controversy. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more