Lineker sarcastically wishes club ‘good luck’ in finding sacked Poch

first_imgLineker, who scored 80 goals for Spurs and won the 1991 FA Cup, wrote on Twitter: “Mauricio Pochettino has been sacked by Spurs.”He helped the club to punch massively above their weight for years.”Good luck with finding a better replacement… ain’t gonna happen.”Pochettino, 47, had been in charge in north London for five-and-a-half years.He leaves the club sitting 14th in the Premier League after an awful run of form, winning just three of 12 games this season.But Pochettino led the club to their first Champions League final only six months ago and has had the club challenging for the title in recent seasons.In a statement on the website, chairman Daniel Levy said: “We were extremely reluctant to make this change and it is not a decision the Board has taken lightly, nor in haste.“Regrettably domestic results at the end of last season and beginning of this season have been extremely disappointing.“It falls to the Board to make the difficult decisions – this one made more so given the many memorable moments we have had with Mauricio and his coaching staff – but we do so in the Club’s best interests. TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR legend Gary Lineker has sarcastically wished the club good luck in their search to replace Mauricio Pochettino.Spurs shockingly sacked the Argentinian just SIX MONTHS after he took them to the Champions League final.2 Spurs have sacked Pochettino – and Gary Lineker is not impressedMauricio Pochettino has been sacked by @SpursOfficial. He helped the club to punch massively above their weight for years. Good luck with finding a better replacement….ain’t gonna happen.— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) November 19, 2019 2 Lineker, right, won the 1991 FA Cup with SpursCredit: Getty – ContributorMOST 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“Mauricio and his coaching staff will always be part of our history. I have the utmost admiration for the manner in which he dealt with the difficult times away from a home ground whilst we built the new stadium and for the warmth and positivity he brought to us.”I should like to thank him and his coaching staff for all they have contributed. They will always be welcome here.“We have a talented squad. We need to re-energise and look to deliver a positive season for our supporters.”last_img read more

Tottenham vs Olympiakos odds: 4/1 for Kane and Son to score

first_imgTOTTENHAM welcome Olympiacos in Jose Mourinho’s first Champions League match as Spurs boss and Ladbrokes have a huge offer for punters.Ladbrokes are offering 4/1 on Harry Kane and Son Hueng-min to score in tonight’s clash.1 Harry Kane and Son Hueng-min speak to new boss Jose Mourinho in trainingThis great 4/1 offer for Kane and Son to score, which is much shorter at 11/4 elswere, can be claimed HERE.Spurs were rampant in Mourinho’s first game in charge as they stormed to a 3-0 lead at away West Ham.Both forwards netted in the victory at the London Stadium with Son netting the opener before Kane scored the third.This offer is available to new and existing customers – but punters who create an account can make the most of Ladbrokes’ bet £5 and get £20 free.As previously mentioned, Ladbrokes are offering free bets for as little as a £5 bet.From betting just a fiver on this Spurs offer a new customer, they will award you with £20 of free bets to play with.To claim this offer, new customers have to register using promo code 20FREE.José Mourinho has spoken to Pochettino’s son about his dad’s sacking but is yet to talk with Tottenham predecessorlast_img read more

Ticket sales for Rugby World Cup 2019 to start in January 2018

first_imgWith the match schedule also announced, the Japanese public and rugby fans around the world can now begin to plan for a ‘once-in-a-lifetime’ experience.At the heart of a programme aimed at selling 1.8 million tickets, are child tickets from ¥1,000, adult tickets from ¥2,019 and 900,000 tickets under ¥15,000 as organisers aim to attract new fans to the sport across the nationwide spread of 12 host cities.Accessibility is also central to the strategy and Japan 2019 is set to be the most accessible Rugby World Cup of the modern era with a three-phase programme that recognises domestic and global demand, rewarding the Japan rugby family, host city residents and supporters’ club/front row members within the priority sales phases.Fans can secure tickets via the public sales process managed by Japan Rugby 2019 or via the official travel and hospitality programmes managed by Sports Travel and Hospitality (STH) Limited. Details of the full range of options can be found on the official ticketing website www.rugbyworldcup.com/tickets.Demand is anticipated to be high, with 60,000 fans already having registered interest in tickets via the official ticketing site since September. All fans interested in public tickets need to register.  As with previous Rugby World Cups a phased process will operate beginning in January 2018. This process has been designed to be attractive and accessible for Japanese public and rugby family, while giving global fans a fair chance of securing tickets for what is set to be a very special Rugby World Cup.Phase one: Supporter tours, Team and Stadium packsSupporters around the world and in Japan can buy travelling fan packages from 1 January, allowing them time to make travel arrangements. These will be sold through the official travel agents appointed by STH, the exclusive official travel provider. Fans can find out more via www.rugbyworldcup.com/supportertours.The priority sales programme for the Japan rugby family, host cities’ residents and Supporters’ Club/Front Row members will launch in January 2018 and will operate in a phased process, starting with team and stadium bundles, which are available for a limited amount of time.·         19-26 January, 2018: Japan rugby family priority group ballot applications for team and stadium packs·         27 January – 12 February, 2018: General ballot applications for team and stadium packs – open to anyone around the worldPhase two: Individual sales for priority groups and hospitalityFrom 1 February, 2018 the hospitality programme will launch via STH Japan KK, offering a range of package options, catering for a variety of requirements and budgets. In the meantime, individuals and companies can register their interest via www.rugbyworldcup.com/hospitality. The individual ticket priority sales programme for the Japan rugby family, host cities residents, Supporters’ Club/Front Row members will launch in February 2018 and will operate in a phased process. Japan Rugby 2019 has collaborated with the Japan Rugby Football Union (JRFU) and its clubs to make tickets available to club members who support the game week-in, week-out in the host nation.·         19 February – 12 March, 2018: Japan rugby family priority group ballot applications (club members)·         19 March – 12 April, 2018: Host cities priority group ballot applications·         19 April – 12 May, 2018: Japan rugby friends priority group ballot applications·         19 May – 26 June, 2018: Supporters’ Club/Front Row members priority group ballot applicationsPhase three: General ticket sales from September 2018In September 2018, one year from the tournament, general sales will begin through a public application process. Fans will be able to apply for tickets with oversubscribed matches being entered into a ballot system. The final phase of ticketing will see any remaining tickets go on sale on a first-come, first-served basis from January 2019.·         19 September – 12 November, 2018: General global ballot applications·         19 January, 2019: Real-time first-come-first-served individual tickets sales All sales phases will start at 10:00 (Japan time) on the advertised dateDemand is anticipated to be high, with 60,000 fans already having registered interest in tickets via the official ticketing site since September. All fans interested in public tickets need to register.Japan Rugby 2019 Chief Executive Akira Shimazu said: “We are today launching a ticketing programme that will provide all of Japan with a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to engage with one of the world’s biggest and best-loved major sports event, and the biggest sporting event in Japan for a generation.“Our ambition is for the tournament to be a celebration of rugby, friendship and Japan, encouraging more people to support the game, and that ambition is reflected in an attractive and accessible ticketing programme.“We have a range of tickets for every budget and a sales process that will ensure that host city residents, the Japan rugby family and global rugby family have ample opportunity to experience this very special event in a very special nation.”World Rugby Chairman Bill Beaumont added: “This announcement represents a fantastic opportunity for the people of Japan and fans around the world to experience what promises to be a very special and ground-breaking Rugby World Cup in 2019. With the match schedule also announced this is the day that they can start to plan. There are affordable and accessible options to suit every need.”Mastercard, as a worldwide partner of Rugby World Cup 2019, is offering those who apply for tickets using their Mastercard the chance to receive a double entry in the ticketing ballot for the opportunity to secure tickets to each of the matches they apply for.last_img read more

Barrett: Sea Eagles face tough task shedding players

first_imgDespite Barrett’s best intentions to shield his players from the fallout of the $750,000 fine and $660,000 in cap deductions over 2018-19 announced on Monday, he has 12 players off contract at the end of this year – seven are in the 17 he named to face the Canberra Raiders at Lottoland on Saturday.”We’ve spoken as a group about it and we’ll do our best to keep them informed about what’s going on,” Barrett said on Friday.”As I understand it the club did lodge an appeal last night (Thursday) so who knows what’s going to happen.”The players I’ve got in the room now are here to do a job. As I said they’re professionals and we’ll keep them in the loop as much as we can.”I’d love to be able to keep all of them but what happens over the next few weeks will determine what we’ve got this year and what we’ve got next year.”Experienced prop Darcy Lussick is in the final stages of negotiations to move to Super League – reportedly the Toronto Wolfpack or Leeds Rhinos.”Look, I’m not sure where that’s at. It surfaced a couple of weeks ago,” Barrett said. “But as it stands Darcy will be here and he’s going to play this weekend – for Blacktown (Workers Sea Eagles) on Saturday.”Another in line for Manly’s Intrust Super Premiership NSW feeder club is 19-year-old Moses Suli, who has switched from the Wests Tigers to the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs in the off-season before linking with the Sea Eagles earlier this month.Manly lodge appeal with NRL over salary cap sanctionsLong-term pain: How Sea Eagles avoided losing pointsSuli has documented off-field issues but Barrett is willing to invest time in the youngster.”He’s going well and we’re expecting Moses to be available to play next week. So he’ll play for Blacktown next weekend,” Barrett said, as Suli was put through some sprint drills on his own with a trainer in the background at Lottoland on Friday.”He’s been really good. He hasn’t missed a beat. He’s done everything we’ve asked of him.”He’s a lovely kid and I’m really happy for him. He’s put himself in this position to get back on the field.”He came over and saw us and I think you can always see when there’s good in a person and I certainly see a lot of good in Moses. He’s got some close friends here at the club.”I just saw something there that he wasn’t a write-off and I was willing to give him a chance. He’s been a pleasure. He hasn’t rocked the boat at all. He’s got the full support of the blokes inside (dressing room) which is the main thing.”I’d love to be able to keep all of them but what happens over the next few weeks will determine what we’ve got this year and what we’ve got next year.Trent BarrettWhile Lussick and Suli aren’t a part of the squad to play the Raiders, Barrett quashed speculation that Api Koroisau would slot into the No.6 jersey at Lachlan Croker’s expense, with Jackson Hastings coming off the bench to start at No.9.”I don’t know where that’s come from. Crokes didn’t train on Tuesday because of the HIA (head injury assessment) and that’s how we rolled. But that (switch) won’t be happening,” he said.”Crokes will definitely play (five-eighth) and there has definitely been no contemplation or thought about anything else.”There has been, however, an edict issued by Barrett that the Sea Eagles need to respond to the 34-6 thumping by the South Sydney Rabbitohs last round.”They are never pretty. We’re embarrassed about it. They’ve fronted up and owned what we tossed up last week. That was a product of all of us last week, and none of us were happy with it,” Barrett said, adding he didn’t think there was complacency after Manly enjoyed a drubbing of their own beating Parramatta 54-0 in round two.last_img read more

New expanded format for 2017 OFC Champions League

first_imgFor the past two years the competition has been hosted in a single venue but that is set to change in 2017 after the OFC Executive Committee approved a format that will split the competition into four stages.Stage 1 will be the Preliminary Competition for the national league champions of American Samoa, Cook Islands, Samoa and Tonga which will open the competition calendar in 2017.For the first time two teams from this competition will progress to Stage 2, the Group Stage of the OFC Champions League, both the preliminary winner and the runner-up.In another first for the competition, Stage 2 will be contested by 16 teams – two each from Fiji, Solomon Islands, Tahiti, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea and Vanuatu – which will be drawn into four groups, each one hosted in a different venue.A round-robin league system will be adopted to determine the top team in each group, the four teams will progress to Stage 3, or the semi-finals.A draw will be held involving the four qualified teams to determine their respective opponents for the home-and-away semi-final with the winners progressing to the fourth and final stage.The two match home-and-away final will determine the winner of the 2017 OFC Champions League and the OFC representative at the FIFA Club World Cup 2017.Additional Information:The OFC Champions League is the Confederation’s premier international club competition and brings together the top teams from around the Pacific to compete for the crown of regional club champion.The 2017 tournament will be the 15th edition of this prestigious event which offers a much coveted prize – qualification to the FIFA Club World Cup.Defending champions Auckland City FC will be chasing their ninth regional title, in a competition that has largely been dominated by themselves and Waitakere United.Papua New Guinea club Hekari United became the first club outside of New Zealand or Australia to claim the prize with their 2010 victory, while Sydney FC, Wollongong Wolves and South Melbourne also have their place in the history books. Photo:OFClast_img read more

Numancia puts its focus on Marc Gual

first_imgThe forward assigned by Sevilla to Girona, Marc Gual, It is the great goal of CD Numancia as Diario As has been able to know. Sources consulted by this newspaper assure that the battering ram is the great claim of the Soriano team; an interesting footballer and who from the offices redheads know him from his stage in Espanyol B. In case of fruiting the negotiations he would arrive at Soria as a loan but the inconvenience is in the monetary. The operation is a high economic amount that the Numancia CD cannot assume. The Girona intends to incorporate a new player with offensive mood, only in that case he would let Gual out. The nine, native of Badalona, It is a very complicated operation to date for Numancia, although as it has already been demonstrated in this winter market everything can happen. Gual was a dressing room companion for two players who are currently active in Numancia, such as Curro Sánchez and Bernardo Cruz. Another player who has been aware of Diario As and for which the Soria club is interested is Gorka Guruzeta. The Athletic squad has reached the first team and from the closest environment recognizes Soria’s interest in his services. An injury temporarily slowed his projection. Now he is in the process of recovery, defining him as a player: “With potential.” The Donostiarra scored 26 goals in his four years at the rojiblanco branch until he made the leap to the first team from Biscay. Although in order for certain players to come, Numancia needs to check out several of those in the first team. One of the men who has received offers to change airs is Nestor Albiach. The player who has only played a total of 119 minutes spread over six games. The Castellón of the Second Division B is interested in the player of Xirivella to defend his colors as a loan.Aguado about to reach SoriaAs Diario As has been telling throughout the month, Real Valladolid player Álvaro Aguado would be about to close his assignment to CD Numancia. The midfielder does not enter Sergio’s plans and from the Soriano club the soccer player has always been seen with good eyes, who will join Luis Carrión’s discipline until next June. There are small fringes to close between the parties so that their official status could take place in the next few hours. As As has learned, Aguado’s arrival could close the doors of the mediocentro José Rodríguez of Málaga. With Aguado there would be three incorporations made by the Soria club in this winter market, with more than a week to close the signing period.last_img read more

A league in 15 days

first_img28Mar 15EibarMajorca In addition, recent cooperative eliminations have cleared the calendar of both. TO both teams have left eight meetings at home Y seven out, but the calendar is more favorable to Madrid. Of the top nine, the Zidane team has a priori visits more complicated those of Anoeta (Real Sociedad, his executioner in Copa) and San Mamés Assuming that Madrid and Barça reached the Champions League final in Istanbul (May 30), and counting on the game last Sunday, as much will face 23 games in 111 days (one every 4.8 days). A respite in a campaign in which they have faced intense phases with a meeting every three and a half days.Real Madrid and Barcelona League calendar 31Apr 12MajorcaAthletic Jor.DateREAL MADRIDBARCELONA 24Feb 16CelticGetafe 261-MarMADRID-BARÇA 30Apr 5Real S.Seville 27March 8BetisReal Soc. Bold, matches at the Bernabéu and at the Camp Nou, respectively. The seasons pass and again, in the race for LaLiga, Real Madrid and Barça appear as only favorites to raise the league title. Although still 15 days left to conclude the competition, the two teams have underlined in red the date of the next March 1st (Sunday, 9:00 p.m., Movistar LaLiga). The whites they will receive the azulgrana at the Bernabéu without keeping an eye on his two previous matches: Celtic (House) and lift (outside). The Barca de Setién will have before the Classic at Getafe (which comes third!) And Eibar, both at Camp Nou. Apart from the great appointment of 1-M, Barça will have to deal with the visit to Pizjuán Seville (fifth gear) and at Villarreal (eighth). In addition, they will receive Athletic at the Camp Nou (33rd day, April 25 or 26). Roles changedBut, on the eve of Carnival, the two contestants to the title they arrive with the masks changed. The Madrid squeeze your goalscorer with his second worst mark on the 23rd day of the last 13 years: barely 44. His secret is in make them profitable to the maximum assuring his goal: the whites had never conceded so few goals (14) after 23 league games played.For its part, Barça is, once again the most effective team of the competition (55 goals), but too suffers a relative lack of goal (In the last twelve campaigns he always had 60 or more points at this point, except in 2015-16: he was 56).It is Messi Who follows his own. He has participated in 25 goals (has generated 48 danger occasions): it is pichichi with 14 goals and has given 11 assists. I replied Benzema, with 13 goals and six assists. Nevertheless, to the Argentine they wrap you good Secondary: Suárez (11 goals), Griezmann (seven) and Vidal (six). By cons, in Madrid, the complement to the many of Karim is coral. Bouquets is the second highest white scorer in the league with four goals (the same as Ansu Fati on the Barca side). The responsibility of the goal in Zidane’s locker room is diluted between a total of 17 players; in Barça they have scored 14. For Madrid, Marcelo, Militao, Mendy, Brahim and Mariano just need to score.The pulse is served. LaLiga will be decided in the next 15 rounds. After 1-M we will see everything clearer … 29Mar 22ValenciaLeganés 33Apr 26GetafeAthletic 32Apr 22SpanishCeltic 37May 17VilllarrealOsasuna 36May 13PomegranateValladolid 25Feb 22I raisedEibar 3. 4May 3AthleticVillarreal 38May 24LeganésAlaves 35May 10AlavesSpanish Barcelona have 28 goals conceded, just twice that of MadridOne of the keys of the good Madrid season go through the good performances what is showing Thibaut Courtois (27 years) defending the white goal. The Belgian goalkeeper has barely conceded 11 of the 14 goals that have received from Zidane in the 23 days that take the championship (an average of 0.55 goals per game). Your partner Areola has fit the other three remaining in three other meetings.Leader has managed to scratch four draws in all five games what has been left unchecked. Barça has stayed dry in four games and only managed to save the point of the Classic. That is what has made the difference between the two sets.Therein lies one of the differences of this season: Ter Stegen and Net (The Brazilian played the derby against Espanyol because of a German injury) 28 goals have been conceded, just twice that of their Madrid counterparts (an average of 1.21 goals conceded per game). It is also the worst number of goals conceded by the Barca goals since the 2002-03 season …last_img read more

Coronavirus builds a wall in Mbappé renovation

first_imgReal Madrid had on its road map to launch everything for Mbappé in the summer of 2021, when the current contract of the striker entered his last year (ends in 2022). That he does not renew with a very notable salary increase, which PSG offers him, is essential to complete the mission of landing at the Bernabéu. Al-Khelaifi has been trying since May 2019, without success. Mbappé himself was very cold about it the last time he was asked, last January. “This is not the time to talk about it,” he said. A negotiation that now, in an unexpected and unpredictable scenario, and with those wage cuts, seems icy cold.Denies favor treatment in coronavirus testsIn parallel to this situation, Mbappé has stepped out, through his lawyer, and denied having received favorable treatment when you were tested to determine if you were infected with the coronavirus. In France, a rigorous policy was established in early March to determine who could have access to a test, reserved for possible patients in a vulnerable state, and it has been questioned whether some public figures have skipped that process. In a letter sent to Mediapart, The forward’s representative assures that there were no irregularities in the test that was carried out on March 10 to Mbappé, on the eve of the return match against Borussia Dortmund of the Champions League. The footballer was ill and showed symptoms of being affected “For anginas”, so the test was carried out by indication “of the club’s medical services and in compliance with the orders of the Ministry of Health.” A relevant matter because it is a panorama that has caught PSG offside. The entity has been trying in recent months to pressure Mbappé and his environment to accept a lucrative renovation. Twice, the French star said no. Now, the entity not only cannot commit to a new contract in the face of this uncertainty in the football market and, on the contrary, has in mind to pay its most valuable footballer less than what you are currently receiving (€ 20.8m gross). The economic effects of the COVID-19 pandemic open unexpected fronts. One, what will happen the relationship between PSG and Mbappé, the great objective of Real Madrid in the medium term. Despite having the Qatari financial backing, the president of the PSG, Al-Khelaifi, is in favor of reducing the emoluments of the Parisian workforce to face the economic crisis that is coming on top of French football. Among them, Mbappé’s salary. According to various French media, it has been transmitted to the leaders of the French League. Apparently, the example of Barcelona, ​​which is considering this measure to adjust the losses caused by the football breakdown, was mentioned in the talks.last_img read more

Etxeita: “Coming to Getafe is one of the best decisions I have made”

first_imgThe course began as a central room and ended as an indisputable starter next to Djené after Cabrera’s departure. Xavi Etxeita responds from home and tells how he is carrying this month of confinement and his desire to return: “The return to training will be progressive and there will be a protocol with guarantees.” And of course play again soon: “We want this season to end. There is a lot of work behind, a lot of games have been played and it would be fair to finish and continue enjoying this beautiful campaign. The experts will decide and we will abide by their decision. ”The days are shorter with the tasks Bordalás sends: “It is not the same as training on the field of play, but we have weekly plans for hard work and we must take advantage of it. We try to plan as if there were competition. There is no need to think beyond the day to day and train as well as possible. CHow this will affect performance is a mystery to all teams. The objective is to return to the good dynamics that we had ”. His adaptation has been very fast and has a simple explanation: “This is a family club where you have daily contact with the workers. The atmosphere in the dressing room is very good and the results accompany it, so I am very happy. The coach knew me and for me coming to Getafe has been one of the best decisions I have ever made. I’m very hopeful. I feel like an eighteen-year-old boy who was debuting. We are achieving very important things and we are all very excited. “It’s time to talk about his career. Who has been the most difficult striker to stop ?: “I have played against the best. I could say Messi, but I stay with Neymar. I faced him in one of his best moments and he was unstoppable. He had an incredible facility to haggle and go one-on-one. I suffered a lot ”. And his best teammate behind ?: “Maybe Laporte who is now in a top team and is a great player.”last_img read more

The mess at Bayern increases: now the substitute goalkeeper explodes

first_imgIt is rumored that the signing of Nübel is causing great discomfort in the locker room of the Bundesliga champion due to a clause that, according to numerous Teutonic media, Bayern included the young goalkeeper in his contract and would ensure him a minimum of matches as a starter in the Bayern by season. “Bayern is a competitive society,” said Jürgen Schwab, representative of second goalkeeper Ulreich. “We will see who will end up occupying the position behind Manuel Neuer,” he challenged Nübel.At the Allianz Arena they do not seem to receive Nübel, international with the German U21 and considered one of the goalkeepers with the greatest projection on the market, with open arms. Neuer himself, who is also upset with the supposed clause that would guarantee Nübel a series of entitlements from next season, only said the following: “With Sven Ulreich we already have a terrific number two. He would be a starter in many other clubs. However, Nübel is a great signing. “ The Bayern goal scandal continues to grow with each passing hour. Just two days after Manuel Neuer blamed Bayern for leaking details of the deal about his renewal to the press, his underhand substitute, Sven Ulreich, added fuel to the Munich fire. In some statements collected by the German newspaper Kicker, the substitute goalkeeper’s agent made it clear that his client will remain Neuer’s first relief, even as Alexander Nübel joins the Bavarian ranks in the summer from Schalke 04.last_img read more