first_imgAS Mauricio Pochettino sat sobbing in the dressing room after last year’s Champions League final, he thought it was not meant to be like this.He had always expected to end the greatest night of his managerial career so far in floods of tears — just ones of joy.4 Mauricio Pochettino could not stop crying after losing the Champions League final with Spurs last seasonCredit: Getty Images – Getty4 Harry Kane, rushed back from injury, could do nothing to prevent a Liverpool win in Madrid – the beginning of the end for PochCredit: Getty Images – GettyInstead, those streaming out were of sadness and despair.As the anniversary of Tottenham’s debut in the final of Europe’s elite competition approaches, their former boss Poch admits he was so devastated after the 2-0 loss to Liverpool in Madrid he could not stop CRYING.Not only was the Argentinian upset about the Wanda Metropolitano defeat, which saw a controversial first-minute Kop penalty destroy his dream and the gameplan his squad had fine-tuned for three weeks.He also realised through the salty bitterness that it would ultimately and inevitably spell the end of his five years in charge.And so it came to pass as Poch — who, it should be pointed out, had not helped himself with his wacky comments and team’s poor Premier League form — was relieved of his duties by Spurs chairman Daniel Levy and replaced by Jose Mourinho within hours of his November sacking.For the last six months Poch has been on “gardening leave” during which time the only thing he has grown is the interest on his bank account from the £8.5million-a-year salary he continued to rake in from the club as part of his severance.In his first newspaper interview since becoming a free agent, he explains that famous night in the Spanish capital was the beginning of the end of his time in N17.He said: “I think it was very difficult to accept the way the game went.“When you prepare for three weeks with the responsibility and in the way we did, and worked, with all the staff and players. We were very focused.“I think we were convinced and I was convinced that the final was going to go our way. That was completely in our minds. But no one is prepared after 30 seconds of the Champions League final to concede like that.When the decision came it was right and we needed to move on.Mauricio Pochettino on his Spurs sacking“The goal changed the whole game, all the emotions. It is difficult to prepare a team for that happening.“I was so disappointed afterwards. It was difficult to stop crying, to stop feeling bad.“It was a massive achievement. And you can use the example of Liverpool after they lost to Real Madrid the season before, that was a massive motivation and inspiration to be back in the future.“But I knew after five years and with the way we were working, all the things that happened, it was going to be difficult to change a little bit in our minds and to stay open to design another plan, or a strategy to build again, a different chapter.“A different project was going to be difficult to maintain — to keep improving.”Former Espanyol coach Pochettino switched to Tottenham from Southampton in May 2014 and turned the North Londoners into a top-four club.He also did this while overseeing the move from their old White Hart Lane home to a sparkling new £1billion stadium on the same site.Construction problems led to delays as Spurs played the best part of an extra season at Wembley.Pochettino’s ability to keep them up among England’s top clubs, despite almost two seasons without a home game, enhanced his reputation as one of the game’s best coaches.It saw him attracting interest from a number of rivals, including Real Madrid and Manchester United.4Many will say Pochettino, 48, should have walked away from Tottenham on June 2, the day after the Champions League final.But he insisted: “No. Because my commitment with the club, with Daniel and of course with the players, the fans, was massive.“I said to Daniel that we finished in the way that no one wanted but the end, because of our commitment, our emotion and our feeling — in football — it needed to happen.“If not, our relationship would have continued forever! And maybe that’s no good for the club or for us.“When the decision came it was right and we needed to move on.”Pochettino was given the boot by Tottenham after the Champions League hangover turned into a major headache for chairman Levy and the club’s board.Yet Poch remains grateful to the man who axed him — and even phoned him last week to say so.He said: “What I was talking about with Daniel was to say thank you for trusting in us.“I also joked with him, ‘Oh, you only signed me because the manager you liked at that time, Louis Van Gaal, chose Manchester United!’I am so happy that he is at Tottenham, replacing me. He is a top coach and we have a very good relationship.Mauricio Pochettino on Jose Mourinho“Daniel told me that at the time, he was very clear about that, it was very public. I was a very young coach, with my experience in Spain and my one-and-a-half years in Southampton.“The football vision at Tottenham was completely different then to what it is now. Today, they are one of the best clubs in the world and we feel very proud of that.”Pochettino, now sporting a grey beard, has remained in London during lockdown.Shortly before the crisis he went for a coffee with Unai Emery — axed by Arsenal days after Poch left bitter rivals Spurs.And he has even spoken with his Tottenham successor Mourinho.Poch said: “We’ve known each other for a long time. When I was the coach of Espanyol and he was at Real Madrid.“During that time we were going to play Real Madrid when some information appeared that maybe I was on their radar in case Jose goes.“In the press conference before the game the media asked me about that.“I said ‘Oh, I am not thinking about that and, by the way, my kids are sleeping in Espanyol pyjamas every night. So it’s very difficult for me to think about changing’.“So, when I arrived at the stadium, Jose was waiting with a bag with a very nice bottle of French red wine and two kits of Real Madrid, shirts and shorts. He said, ‘OK, these are for your kids to wear from now on!’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 wrong“I am so happy that he is at Tottenham, replacing me. He is a top coach and we have a very good relationship.“I always thought I’d replace him. When he was at Real Madrid and I was at Espanyol I used to joke, ‘Oh, maybe one day I can take your place at Real Madrid’ and look at how life works out!“He has taken my place at Tottenham. Unbelievable, eh?”4 Pochettino was tipped to replace Jose Mourinho at Real Madrid but it was the Portuguese who took over from the Argentinian in North LondonCredit: Getty – ContributorEx-Tottenham boss Pochettino scores incredible hole-in-one playing foot golf while in Qatar for Fifa Club World Cuplast_img read more

first_imgRegardless of the results obtained between now and the end of the season, if it is resumed, the collateral effects of the state of confinement ensure, except for a catastrophe, the continuity of Quique Setién at the head of Barça next season. Ronald Koeman was the number one favorite to train the Barça club in the 2020-21 season, but the postponement of the Euro Cup will lengthen the Wembley hero’s commitment to the Dutch Federation. Koeman said no to Barça last January, when Valverde was fired, but made it clear to Eric Abidal that he was willing to take over the team in the last year of Josep Maria Bartomeu’s tenure. Now, it will have to wait. Koeman was the second coach to say no after Xavi’s gourds to the President.It was then when, after ruling out a call to Pochettino for the rejection he generated in the Barça environment, the Setién option appeared, which he did not think twice about. He signed until June 2022, although Bartomeu established a clause by which the next president of Barcelona, ​​who will be elected in June 2021, can break the contract with the Cantabrian and have free hands to sign the coach he deems appropriate. Even so, there were doubts that Setién would endure until the end of the current president’s mandate if he did not retain, at least, the LaLiga title. The current scenario, which rules out Koeman, Xavi and even Roberto Martínez, the Belgian coach, would make Bartomeu even more ‘understanding’ if Barça closed the season without titles. With each passing day, in addition, Setién earns more integers to follow because the calendars of the 2019-20 and 2020-21 seasons will almost overlap. A continuity line might be appropriate. Setién, then, has remained unrivaled, although he does not have everything resolved. Between now and the end of the season, he will have to show that he has made some progress and that he has given the squad, at least in some respects, the famous ‘boost’ that Barça’s management and sports leadership showed when they signed.But it is true that the very special circumstances surrounding this crisis help to think that its continuity is near. In his hand he has to continue and, what he has shown since he entered through the door of the Camp Nou locker room, is that he has no illusion. At 61 years old, he is able to savor what it means to train Barça, although he has discovered that one of his header phrases, “losing is an option”, is unskillful in a big game.last_img read more

first_imgPacers’ Oladipo is NBA Most Improved Player MOST READ Gobert anchored a Jazz defense that ranked second in the NBA in defensive rating.He beat out Anthony Davis of New Orleans and Joel Embiid of Philadelphia.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina LATEST STORIES 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 In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Bicol riders extend help to Taal evacuees Christopher Tolkien, son of Lord of the Rings author, dies aged 95center_img Taal victims get help from Kalayaan town Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Harvey Weinstein rape trial Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Cloudy skies over Luzon due to amihan Rudy Gobert, of the Utah Jazz, accepts the defensive player of the year award at the NBA Awards on Monday, June 25, 2018, at the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, Calif. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)Rudy Gobert of the Utah Jazz is the NBA’s Defensive Player of the Year.The center was the leading vote-getter for the league’s All-Defensive first team.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

first_img– Advertisement -Games one and two will be played in Grande Prairie on Saturday, August 23 at 12:00 and 4:00 (Alberta time). The Fort St. John Paladin Black Sox will begin their best of fivechampionship series against Grande Prairie this coming weekend. Games three and four will be played in Fort St. John on Sunday, August 24 at 11:00 and 3:00.Game 5 site & time to be determined later.last_img

first_img Claude Puel’s side triumphed at the Riverside Stadium 1 Southampton emerged victorious from a lifeless clash at relegated Middlesbrough, where disillusioned fans made their anger clear as the Riverside bid a meek farewell to Premier League football.Boro’s return to the Championship was confirmed by Monday’s defeat at champions Chelsea and their final top-flight home match brought precious little relief.Under-fire Claude Puel’s much-changed Southampton side secured a 2-1 win on Teesside, where the home faithful resorted to gallows humour to underline their anger at their side’s latest underwhelming display.Boro’s much-loved chairman Steve Gibson faces a big decision on whether to retain Steve Agnew as head coach after failing to spark a late-season revival following the March departure of Aitor Karanka.The Spaniard’s name was chanted by Boro fans after Southampton substitute Nathan Redmond scored a goal just as impressive as Jay Rodriguez’s first-half effort.The visitors’ second led things to unravel off the field, with goalkeeping coach Leo Percovich gesticulating wildly in the technical area before Boro fans urged Anthony Taylor to send off their own goalkeeper Brad Guzan after giving away a penalty.That plea was ignored and instead the home faithful cheered wildly as Shane Long blazed over the spot-kick – celebrations matched when Patrick Bamford scored his first goal in 760 days.It was a consolation goal in a match that underlined the issues faced at the Riverside Stadium.The first half was without rhythm, excitement or clear-cut opportunities – little surprise given how little this match meant to either side.It took 23 minutes for Ryan Bertrand to get away the first noteworthy shot. In keeping with the start, it was poor.Fraser Forster comfortably dealt with a long-range effort from Boro forward Bamford shortly afterwards, before George Friend headed wide.That was the hosts’ best chance of a drab first half in which Maya Yoshida’s tame header brought ironic cheers from the hardy away support.There was precious little else to take joy from until the 42nd minute when, out of nowhere, Saints clicked in style.Long chased Jordy Clasie’s ball down the right flank and sent in a cross that Rodriguez met with a superb volleyed effort.It was the only moment of quality in a half that ended with boos echoing around the Riverside.Adam Forshaw saw a shot deflected wide and Bamford mishit when play resumed, but things would soon get worse for the hosts.Shambolic defending meant Redmond was unmarked, with the substitute cutting inside before unleashing a fine strike into the top corner.More boos echoed around the Riverside as pockets of fans began to chant former manager Karanka’s name, with goalkeeping coach Percovich geeing up the fans and appearing to gesture he wants to stay at the club with Agnew.Things were unravelling and could have got worse when Guzan brought down Long, with some Boro supporters urging referee Taylor to send off the American. The request was ignored and Long fired over the resulting spot-kick.A strange afternoon continued as Bamford headed home his first goal since April 2015, wildly celebrating a goal far more important individually than collectively.Charlie Austin returned after injury late in a match that petered out, with former Southampton defender Calum Chambers and Rodriguez coming close late on.In keeping with a peculiar afternoon, jeers at the final whistle were followed by applause during Boro’s lap of appreciation.last_img read more

first_img huge blow ADVICE REVEALED REPLY Extra time ✅116′ Equalizer ✅Penalty shootout ✅Tonight’s Columbus Crew vs D.C. United knockout round match did not disappoint.Catch up on all the action with 90 in 90 Highlights ⬇️— FOX Soccer (@FOXSoccer) November 2, 2018When Rooney joined the team from Everton in the summer, they were bottom of the Eastern Conference and the 33-year-old said: “It’s disappointing to lose on penalties but as a team we can be extremely proud of what we have achieved in the last few months.“Really we had no right to make the play-offs. To do that we have brought belief back to the fans, the team and we have to build on that.”In America, Rooney has scored 12 goals in 22 games and created six. The former England captain took the first spot kick after the match ended 2-2 in extra-time, but his shot was saved by Zack Steffen.Luciano Acosta and Nick DeLeon also missed from the spot as DC lost the shoot-out 3-2.Earlier, DeLeon had scored in the 116th minute to send the game to penalties. Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade RANKED Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade DC United’s impressive season has come to an end with defeat to Columbus Crew.Wayne Rooney missed a penalty in the shoot-out as the side were knocked out of the MLS play-offs in the first round. Most Popular In Football shining MONEY center_img REVEALED Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ BEST OF Since joining from Everton last summer, Rooney has scored 12 goals for DC United Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move no dice Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions 1 Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won last_img read more

first_imgNAOMH CONAILL 0-6  ST EUNANS 0-4 It’s anybody’s county final as St Eunans and Naomh Conaill battle it out for the Dr Maguire Cup in Ballybofey.The Glenties side have gone in ahead at the break but it’s an extremely close game.The Letterkenny side have been on top for some spells but have been guilty of wasting a number of kickable scores. Many thought it was St Eunans who had the better team going into this game and they indeed may have the stronger panel.But you can never bet against a team who have the likes of Dermot Molloy, Leo McLoone, Darragh Gallagher and Anthony Thompson.Despite being 0-3 to 0-1 down in the early stages, Glenties managed to chip back at St Eunans lead.The Eunans defence could be accused of givng away needless free kicks which the likes of Gallagher and Molloy have capitalised on. Eunans are wearing black armbands in honour of Elaine Winston-Friel, a stalwart and supporter of the club who died yesterday aged just 31.It’s all to play for in the second half.  COUNTY FINAL HALF-TIME – NAOMH CONAILL AHEAD IN NIP AND TUCK ENCOUNTER was last modified: November 4th, 2012 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)last_img read more

first_imgBayern face Liverpool in the Champions league next week (Agency Photo)Defending Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich have a glorious chance to move within two points of leaders Borussia Dortmund when they face Augsburg on Friday night.Last weekend Robert Kovac’s Red Devils beat Schalke 3-1 to take full advantage of Dortmund’s 3-3 draw with Hoffenheim to cut gap between the top two to five points.Augsburg are tricky opponents who held the Bavarians to a surprise one-all draw in the reverse fixture. Kovac is therefore likely to resist the temptation to make wholesale changes despite having one eye on next week’s Champions League tie with fellow five time European champions Liverpool.Long serving keeper and skipper Manuel Neuer and French midfielder Corentin Toliso are the only Bayern Munich players unavailable for selection. Dutch winger Arjen Robben – playing in his last season in Germany before moving to the American MLS – has returned to full training whereas Neuer has already confirmed his availability for the game at Anfield.Pacesetters Dortmund are not in action until Monday when they travel to bottom club Nuremberg. Lucien Favre’s free scoring Black and Yellows have dropped points in two of their last three games but are overwhelming favourites to recuperate in time from Wednesday’s Champions League tie at Wembley against Tottenham Hotspur, to put Nuremberg to the sword.Third placed Borussia Monchengladbach meanwhile face a difficult trip to Eintracht Frankfurt.Dieter Hecking’s high flyers got a reality check last Saturday when they were ambushed 3-0 by Hertha Berlin, a result that put paid to their twelve-match winning streak at Borussia Park.Gladbach will be hoping Frankfurt are still fatigued by Thursday’s Europa League tie at Ukrainian champions Shakhtar Donetsk.Peter Boaz’s red-hot Bayer Leverkusen start as strong favourites to topple newcomers Fortuna Düsseldorf.Leverkusen are the division’s top performers since the end of the winter break. They are averaging over three goals per game, having followed up an earth shattering 3-1 victory over Bayern Munich by putting five past Mainz.FRIDAY:Augsburg v Bayern MunichSATURDAY:Hertha Berlin v Werder BremenHoffenheim v HannoverSchalke v FreiburgStuttgart v RB LeipzigWolfsburg v MainzHertha Berlin v Werder BremenSUNDAY:Eintracht Frankfurt v Borussia MoenchengladbachBayer Leverkusen v Fortuna DüsseldorfMONDAY:Nuremberg v Borussia DortmundComments Tags: German Bundesligatoplast_img read more

first_imgFew times so far this season have the Jacks had a game entering the latter stages with the score not completely swinging in their favor.But even though the Gators came close, they couldn’t hold the Jacks down for long.Senior first baseman Breonna Bejaran’s solo home run in the bottom of the fifth broke a 3-all tie and helped the No. 1-ranked Humboldt State softball team claim a 5-3 win over San Francisco State in the second game of Saturday’s doubleheader and sweep the first California …last_img read more

first_img24 January 2014 The government remains committed to finding options for the safe release of South African teacher Pierre Korkie, who is being held hostage in Yemen, Deputy International Relations and Cooperation Minister Ebrahim Ebrahim said after his visit to the country on the weekend. Speaking at a media briefing in Pretoria on Thursday, Ebrahim said he had met with representatives of the Yemen security services, the deputy minister of foreign affairs, the prime minister and the president of Yemen. In addition to this, Ebrahim had appeared on Yemeni television to appeal to the kidnappers for Korkie’s release. Ebrahim said details of the discussions could not be divulged at the moment, but that he had received a comprehensive report with the latest information regarding the kidnapping. “We used our engagements to seek advice and look into what Yemen and South Africa can do together to secure the release,” he said. Korkie and his wife Yolande, who had been living in Yemen for four years, were captured in May last year in the Yemeni city of Taiz. Yolande was released on 10 January without any ransom being paid, but the militants have demanded R32-million to release Korkie. “The Yemeni authorities, who have considerable experience in dealing with situations of this type, emphasised that the motive of the kidnapping was not political,” Ebrahim said. “It was confirmed [to me] that South Africans are not the only ones targeted and that it was a case of mistaken identity.” Foreigners were frequently kidnapped in Yemen by al-Qaida militants or tribesmen, who demanded a ransom for the release of their prisoners. Currently, eight other foreign nationals are being held hostage in areas that are not under government control. In Korkie’s case, they had issued an execution threat if the ransom was not paid. The kidnappers extended the deadline for the ransom money to be paid last week Friday, by 21 days. On Wednesday, disaster relief organisation Gift of the Givers said the kidnappers had contacted them via SMS asking them about the ransom. The kidnappers later sent a picture of a bomb belt after the organisation said the government did not negotiate with terrorists. Ebrahim said although the threats were being taken seriously, they remained hopeful that Korkie would be released unharmed. The deputy minister said the government’s position was clear and that it did not pay ransom under any circumstances. “This is not only a South African policy but the international norm of governments across the world … We do not negotiate with the kidnappers, we work with the government of that country.” Regarding reports that the family was trying to raise funds for Korkie’s release, Ebrahim said that this was a private family initiative in which the government was not involved. Despite no warning having been issued to South Africans travelling to Yemen, Ebrahim advised people to be careful when travelling in conflict areas and to register with the voluntary registration service Registration of South Africans Abroad. This service is provided in the event that there is a need to contact citizens travelling or living outside of the country to offer important advice on a natural disaster, civil unrest or a family emergency. Source: read more