Mourinho’s Spurs reign already unravelling… but Poch and Levy are to blame

first_imgJOSE MOURINHO’S reign at Tottenham is unravelling after just four months.Ropey recruitment and injuries to key stars have resulted in poor performances and results, compounded by ill-discipline and a blatant lack of leadership throughout the club.2 Spurs chief Jose Mourinho has made mistakes but predecessor Mauricio Pochettino is at fault over the lack of discipline from players2 Tottenham are on a downward spiral that will test the ability of manager Jose Mourinho to get a grip of the  squadCredit: ReutersThere is no doubt the Special One has suffered injury misfortune since taking charge in November.Harry Kane and Moussa Sissoko have not played since New Year’s Day, while Son Heung-min has been out with a broken arm suffered at Aston Villa last month.This left Mourinho without a recognised striker and Spurs have failed to win any of their four matches since.The Spurs chief has every right to moan about his bad luck — and has never wasted an opportunity to do so.But for all the sympathy, Mourinho does not help himself with his team selections.For example, after leaving his best defender Toby Alderweireld on the bench for the 3-2 defeat at home to Wolves on Sunday, he did so again for the miserable FA Cup penalties defeat to Norwich.Even more bizarrely, third-choice keeper Michel Vorm was handed his first start for 18 months in the wake of skipper Hugo Lloris’ groin injury — despite understudy Paulo Gazzaniga needing game time.Pochettino’s legacy has not been a Champions League final appearance but a squad who believe they were good enough to win it and were not.The gamble backfired as Vorm’s gaffe gifted Josip Drnic’s equaliser.And that led to extra-time and penalties where Gazzaniga, regarded as the club’s best spot-kick saver, would surely have excelled.You must prepare to fail if you fail to prepare like Mourinho clearly did.At the end of extra-time, while Norwich keeper Tim Krul watched footage of Tottenham’s takers on a tablet, the Portuguese summoned his players and anybody in a club shop tracksuit or coat to huddle around while he appeared to finalise his list of shootout takers.The fact Troy Parrott and Gedson Fernandes, 18 and 21 respectively, were allowed to take kicks is an indictment on where Tottenham are at right now.Mourinho and senior stars, like Jan Vertonghen and Serge Aurier, should hang their heads in shame. Norwich did not win because they were the better team, they were the better prepared.SPURS NEWS LIVE: Follow for the latest news on SpursEric Dier’s decision to climb 20 rows of stairs in the stand to confront a fan arguing with his brother is being painted in a rose-tinted shade by some who say they understand the player for sticking up for his sibling.Despite it by no means being an Eric Cantona situation, it means Dier will probably join team-mate Dele Alli on the FA’s charge sheet.Neither are that big a deal but, following Lloris’ drink-drive conviction, it is yet another example of Tottenham stars going off the rails and becoming a law unto themselves.You cannot blame Mourinho for this, or many other problems now blighting Spurs.For that you must look below him, above him and behind him.[pod_component pod_component_config_id=”tbXo0vxhe” pod_component_config_url=”” pod_component_config_loader_url=”″ src=””]The main reason Spurs do not have any discipline or self-control is because previous boss Mauricio Pochettino treated the players like his mates.Poch laid down the law at times — like when Andros Townsend refused to obey fitness coach Nathan Gardiner’s instructions to do a post-match warm-down.But that is because getting rid of Townsend suited Poch.Whenever Dele stepped out of line, the previous manager would chuckle and dismiss it as the England midfielder being a cheeky devil.The Argentine’s legacy at Spurs has not been a Champions League final appearance but a squad of players who believe they were good enough to win it and were not.The finger for the crisis also needs to be pointed upstairs because Mourinho is still paying for Daniel Levy’s failure to make a single signing in the previous season.MAKE YOUR DEBUT Bet £5 get £20 in free bets for new customers at LadbrokesThe chairman believed he could secure Champions League football on the cheap, while the new stadium had to be paid for.He could not and it is the reason Mourinho’s squad is looking too dated and thin now.Tottenham’s recruitment has to be questioned after players they did sign flopped.Tanguy Ndombele, a club record £65million signing, looks unfit.Maybe the reason he cost so much was that Spurs paid for him by the kilo!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 InstagramPicturedAN 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’ExclusiveRIYAD RAIDMan City’s Riyad Mahrez has three luxury watches stolen in £500,000 raidNEXT STEPJonny Hayes set to move to English Championship having been let go by CelticYet Mourinho still claims the squad does not need overhauling, which is really concerning.If Tottenham lose at Burnley tomorrow their season will be all but over.And if Mourinho manages to turn it around, he really will be special.Tottenham fan’s extraordinary eyewitness account of Eric Dier row in stands says ‘he lost plot, he was like Incredible Hulk’last_img read more

FIFPRO asks players to be protected more from concussions

first_imgFor the union, “give the medical team as much as ten minutes of time to make a decision before a shock, an injury that is extremely difficult to diagnose, It is essential to handle the problem“.He also requested that in these situations organizers share video images with doctors so they can have more information about the cause of possible shocks.FIFPro manifested itself this way two days after the last annual meeting of the IFAB, the body that develops the rules of the game, in Belfast, where agreed to develop protocols for situations of possible shocks, although it requested more data before proposing regulatory modifications.FIFA showed great interest in test about it in the soccer tournaments of the Tokyo Olympics this summer and in other competitions.IFAB also agreed review the rules regarding offside, to foster the spirit of attack, the one referring to the hands to differentiate more clearly between the arm and the shoulder and the one related to situations of harassment of the players to the referees in the matches. The international players union (FIFPro) recognized the intention of the International Board (IFAB) to create protocols for concussion cases, but claimed “more protection for players” and a ten minute period with temporary substitutions so that the medical team can make a proper diagnosis.FIFPro’s recommendation for IFAB is that its group of experts on the subject start working as soon as possible with the other agents in “pilot programs, including the use of temporary replacements during a ten-minute diagnostic period, to obtain evidence on the next steps.”“The introduction of an extra substitution after three minutes of shock is not enough to protect the players. Again and again, medical teams working under pressure and with limited information are making wrong decisions about players with possible shocks“FIFPro said.last_img read more

Disappointed Young blasts Waterhouse

first_img TUESDAY’S MEETING FIXING PROBLEMS “You have some people in their office pushing to start a (certain) team and asking why is a player playing or not playing. They don’t know if the player attended training or if he was late. I came in a situation where players are not coming to training, players coming to training late, coming to training drunk, players having injuries and not going to the physio, all these things I try to fix. “I tried to teach them how to be a professional as this is the closest some will come to professionalism, and that is what I was trying to bring to Waterhouse. For them to respect the game and treat it as if their lives depends on it,” Young added. He revealed that following the defeat to Tivoli on Sunday, a meeting was arranged between himself and Vidal, who wanted Donovan Duckie to assist him for the remainder of the season. However, he flatly refused the proposal, and following another meeting with other stakeholders, he decided that they should part ways. “Sunday, after the (Tivoli) game, the president called and said he had a proposal for me. So we met at Jojo’s and he told me he had no problem with my coaching and that I knew what I am doing, but noted that we are not getting the results and asked if I could bring in (Donovan) Duckie to be my assistant. “On Monday, I got an email from the treasurer, (Ainsley) Smeikle, saying the warm-up was poor and that too many old players were in the team. That email was accompanied by another from the manager, Conrad Byfield, agreeing with the treasurer and bashing the players, which I resented. After just one win in nine matches, Waterhouse and former national striker-turned coach, Paul Young, parted ways by mutual consent on Wednesday. The former Waterhouse coach, however, defended his time in charge at the Drewsland club and shared that he walked away following a proposal from the club’s president Fitzroy Vidal to take on Donovan Duckie as an assistant for the rest of the season. Young also accused players of not being professional enough and club administrators of trying to influence team selection. He was very disappointed at leaving the club as he believed they were on the right path.. “At the first staff meeting, I told them we needed to be united on and off the field and that was the only way. But we have members trying to influence who play, when they play and why they play. But the only person I listen to when it comes to team selection is my assistant Shavar (Thomas), and they didn’t take lightly to that,” he explained. “Tuesday after training, I saw the president, vice-president, treasurer, manager, gen-sec, and me and my assistant went in a the meeting, which was chaired by the president. He came with the same (Duckie) story and my response was the same. I told him that the reason why we were here is because some people wanted to influence who play, and I don’t go for that,” he revealed. “They knew that I wouldn’t go for it though, so maybe they wanted to fire me, but never knew how,” he added. Although disappointed, Young said he always knew it was going to be a tough job and wished the Drewsland team the best in their fight to avoid the drop.last_img read more

Oil and Gas Conference announce Levant as speaker

first_imgOrganizers of the 2011 BC Oil and Gas Conference, being held in Fort Nelson in early September, have just added a controversial figure to their speaking roster.Ezra Levant, journalist, publisher, TV anchor, and self proclaimed “troublemaker” will be making his way to the North Peace to speak at the conference. Organizers are excited to have him, stating that “regardless if you agree or disagree with Levant and his unique perspective, his presentation is certain to create discussion.”- Advertisement -Levant is best known for his energetic and often controversial talks that appear in a number of different mediums, from his magazine “Western Standard”, to his TV show “The Source” which appears daily on Sun TV.The theme of the Oil and Gas Conference, which will run from September 7-9th, will be “Communities Leading Change”, and will feature presentations from key stakeholders, elected officials, government members, and local First Nations.Another special aspect of this conference will be that it will be the first large conference held in Fort Nelson’s new Recreational Complex, which will officially open August 27th.For information about the conference, or how to get involved, visit their website or call Judy at (250) 784-4237.Advertisementlast_img read more

Top 25 basketball roundup: No. 10 Nevada stumbles vs. Utah St.

first_imgNevada (28-4) is assured of its fourth straight NCAA tournament bid, but the loss could hurt the Wolf Pack’s seeding. Spicer, whose two free throws with 3 seconds left in overtime beat Nevada 79-77 last week in Logan, did it again. He was fouled by Nevada’s Matt LaGrone on a drive to the basket in which it looked like he might have traveled. With the Nevada crowd yelling for a travel call, Spicer calmly hit both free throws. Nothing new for Spicer, who went 6 for 6 at the line in the game, has hit 30 of his last 32 free throws and has won four games for the Utah State guard Jaycee Carroll led the Aggies with 24 points. No. 1 Ohio State 72, Michigan 62: Greg Oden scored 22 points – 15 in the second half – and the Buckeyes (28-3) won their 15th in a row in the quarterfinals of the Big Ten tournament in Chicago. The Buckeyes advance to a semifinal today against Purdue, which beat Iowa 74-55. Chaz Spicer made two free throws with 2.5seconds left and Utah State took advantage of an intentional foul call to hold off No. 10 Nevada 79-77 in the semifinals of the Western Athletic Conference tournament Friday night in Las Cruces, N.M. Utah State (23-10) beat Nevada for the second time in a week to move into today’s championship game against the winner of the New Mexico State-Boise State semifinal late Friday. center_img The 7-foot Oden was 8-for-12 from the field and 6-for-10 from the free throw line to go with eight rebounds and four blocks. It was Ohio State’s third win in as many tries this season against Michigan (21-12), which is hoping to make the NCAA tournament for the first time since 1998. No. 3 Wisconsin 70, Michigan State 57: Alando Tucker, held to three free throws in the opening half, made four 3-pointers in the second half to lift the Badgers (28-4) in the Big Ten tournament quarterfinals. Tucker, the league’s player of the year, finished with 21 points – his 39th straight game in double figures – and the Badgers advanced to a semifinal today against Indiana or Illinois. No. 2 Kansas 64, Oklahoma 47: Brandon Rush scored 16 points and ignited the Jayhawks (28-4) after an uninspired first half in the quarterfinals of the Big 12 tournament in Oklahoma City. Rush started Kansas’ 18-2 second-half run with a reverse layup, and added a 3-pointer and a pair of free throws. The Jayhawks advance to a semifinal today against Kansas State, which beat Texas Tech 66-45. Oklahoma State 57, No. 7 Texas A&M 56: Mario Boggan scored from the right block with 11.5 seconds left to give the Cowboys (21-11) a win in the Big 12 quarterfinals. No. 15 Texas 74, Baylor 69: Kevin Durant rebounded from a dismal first half to score 29points and grab 13 rebounds for the Longhorns (23-8), who advanced to the Big 12 Conference semifinals. The Longhorns came from 20 points down to win, the largest rally in tournament history. No. 9 Georgetown 84, No. 20 Notre Dame 82: Jeff Green had a career-high 30 points, including the winning basket with 13 seconds left, and 12 rebounds to lead the Hoyas (25-6) in the semifinals of the Big East tournament in New York. DaJuan Summers added 18 points and Patrick Ewing Jr. tied his career high of 15 as the Hoyas face Pittsburgh in today’s final. No. 13 Pittsburgh 65, No. 12 Louisville 59: Antonio Graves scored 10 of his 23 points during a 20-2 run for the Panthers (27-6) against the Cardinals (23-9) in the Big East semifinals. No. 6 Florida 74, Georgia 57: The Gators (27-5) scored the first 17 points of the game, built a 25-point lead before halftime and romped in the quarterfinals of the Southeastern Conference tournament in Atlanta. No. 5 Memphis 71, Tulane 49: Chris Douglas-Roberts scored 17 points and the Tigers (29-3) extended the nation’s longest winning streak to 21 straight by winning in the Conference USA tournament semifinals on their home court. No. 8 North Carolina 73, Florida State 58: Wayne Ellington scored 18 points and Ty Lawson had 14 to lead the Tar Heels (26-6) in the quarterfinals of the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament in Tampa, Fla. Tyler Hansbrough, whose nose was broken in North Carolina’s victory over Duke last Sunday, wore a protective mask and scored six points on 3-for-7 shooting before fouling out late in the game. No. 23 BYU 96, Wyoming 84: Trent Plaisted scored 27 points as the Cougars (25-7) made it to the Mountain West finals for the first time since 2001. No. 25 UNLV 88, Colorado State 72: The Rebels (27-6) swept into the championship game of the Mountain West tournament on their home court. Holy Cross 74, Bucknell 66: Torey Thomas scored a season-best 28 points and Keith Simmons added 23 to lead the Crusaders (25-8) to their fifth Patriot League title and automatic NCAA tournament bid. Long Beach State 77, UC Irvine 63: Sterling Byrd had 20 points, 12 rebounds and two blocks to lead the 49ers (23-7) in the semifinals of the Big West Conference tournament in Anaheim. The top-seeded 49ers will face second-seeded Cal Poly in tonight’s championship. WOMEN No. 20 Bowling Green 71, Eastern Michigan 57: Carin Horne scored 18 points as the Falcons (28-3) reached the Mid-American Conference tournament final in Cleveland. No. 22 Wis.-Green Bay 84, Wis.-Milwaukee 79 (OT): Natalie Berglin scored 21 points as the Phoenix (27-3) won in the Horizon League semifinal. Northern Arizona 64, No. 25 Montana 59: Kim Winkfield had seven points in the final 1:38 to help Northern Arizona over Montana (27-3) in the Big Sky Conference tournament semifinals. 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

Finance Minister to host tele-town hall tomorrow

first_imgThe telephone town hall will randomly call 65,000 residents from 11 postal code areas to take part in tomorrow’s event. If your number is called you will have the choice to take part in the session or you can decline by hanging up. If you choose to participate in the town hall meeting you will need to stay on the line and await the instructions for the forum.The 11 postal code areas that numbers will be called from are as follows:- Advertisement -V0CV0KV0WAdvertisement V2KV2LV2MV2N V1GV1JV2GV2JAdvertisementlast_img read more

32nd Annual Art Auction taking place tomorrow night

first_imgPeace Arts Gallery Society’s 32nd Annual Art Auction will once again take place at the Pomeroy Hotel tomorrow night, opening at 6:00 PM with a dinner at 7:00 PM and an auction at 8:00 PM.Sixty works of art will be on display with a silent auction throughout the night, and a live auction program will start at 8:30 PM.The Art Auction will showcase original artworks created by local, regional and national artists.- Advertisement -The funds raised from this auction will support Peace Gallery North operations and exhibits, children’s art programming, the giving of student bursaries, community and North Peace Cultural Center art initiatives and more.The evening begins with a Cocktail Hour, including a complimentary glass of champagne and viewing of the original artwork from 6 until 7, accompanied by live entertainment.Provided also is a dinner buffet which will conclude with an assortment of desserts, coffee and tea.Advertisement Tickets are $75 each available at the North Peace Cultural Centre Box Office, you can call (250) 785-1992 and purchase your tickets by phone, or pick them up at the door on the night of.last_img read more

Sterling late strike extend City’s lead

first_img0Shares0000Pep Guardiola’s side battled hard to claim the victory over a Huddersfield team who gave everything for the cause. Photo/DAILY MAILHUDDERSFIELD, United Kingdom, Nov 26 – Raheem Sterling grabbed a late winner for the second time in six days as Manchester City came from a goal down to beat Huddersfield 2-1 and secure a club-record equalling 11th straight league win.Sterling’s dramatic intervention meant Pep Guardiola’s table-topping side were able to reestablish an eight-point lead over second placed Manchester United in the Premier League title race. United had briefly closed the gap with a win against Brighton on Saturday.Huddersfield absorbed a barrage of pressure to go in front in first-half stoppage time at the John Smith’s Stadium as Nicolas Otamendi diverted Tom Ince’s corner into his own net.City equalised less than two minutes after half-time as Sergio Aguero converted a penalty awarded for a foul on Sterling by Scott Malone.Sterling, who scored the 88th-minute winner as City beat Feyenoord 1-0 in the Champions League on Tuesday, then bundled in a fortunate goal with six minutes left.As tempers boiled over following Sterling’s winner, Huddersfield winger Rajiv van La Parra was sent off at the final whistle for a shove on Leroy Sane.Huddersfield, looking to respond to a 4-0 thumping at Bournemouth eight days earlier, showed great discipline as they sat back and frustrated City for long periods.City had more than three-quarters of the first-half possession, but struggled to create clear chances before the home side shocked them seconds before the interval.Vincent Kompany headed well wide under pressure following a corner from Kevin De Bruyne, who then took a quick free-kick that Aguero swept into the net from an offside position, with the goal disallowed correctly.Aguero just failed to connect with a low Sane cross that whizzed across goal, and the Argentina international was only denied by an outstanding tackle from Christopher Schindler after De Bruyne and David Silva combined to play him clear on goal.City’s best first-half opening came six minutes before the interval.Aguero was played in by Silva’s flick, and his angled drive was beaten away by keeper Jonas Lossl.Sterling looked certain to blast in the rebound, but somehow blazed wide from eight yards.Huddersfield, having survived that, then caused a major surprise as they went in front in first-half stoppage time.– Bad tempered –Ince delivered a near-post corner that Schindler flicked on at the near post, with the ball diverted in off Otamendi’s shoulder.City, though, were awarded a penalty just 55 seconds after the restart, as Malone dragged down Sterling.Aguero sent Lossl the wrong way from the spot to score his 11th goal of the season for his club.That was the signal for City to increase the pressure on the home side, with Lossl pushing the ball aside after Aguero had been played in by Fernandinho.Sane then struck a dipping free-kick against the bar following a foul by Jonathan Hogg on Silva.The visitors continued to enjoy virtually all of the possession after that.It became an increasingly bad-tempered contest, though, with Fernandinho booked for an outrageous dive, team-mate De Bruyne perhaps fortunate to escape a yellow card for a body check on Van La Parra, and Huddersfield head coach David Wagner spoken to twice by referee Craig Pawson.City looked as if they would go in front when De Bruyne fed a perfectly weighted through pass to Silva, but the Spain playmaker was forced wide and delivered a tame cross straight to Lossl.But the pressure finally told as City got the lucky break their superiority deserved with six minutes left.De Bruyne’s through pass played in substitute Gabriel Jesus, and when Lossl made the save, the loose ball looped into  the net off Sterling’s thigh.Huddersfield might still have equalised late on as Aaron Mooy’s free-kick brushed the side-netting.But victory took Guardiola’s side another step closer to a league title that already looks theirs for the taking.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Middlesbrough 0-1 Leeds: Fortunate Whites deny table-toppers

first_img Midfielder Alex Mowatt scored the only goal in Leeds United’s 1-0 victory over Middlesbrough Leeds United continued their excellent run of results, making it five wins in six games, with an against-the-odds away victory over table-toppers Middlesbrough, who despite their best efforts were unable to respond to Alex Mowatt’s early goal.The visitors got off to a perfect start when after three minutes when Lewis Cook capitalised on a poor throw from Boro keeper Tomas Mejias, before cutting back to Mowatt, who saw his low shot from 20 yards out take a deflection off Ben Gibson before finding its way into the bottom corner.The Wearsiders were quick to respond and almost equalised three minutes later, when Grant Leadbitter squared a clever free-kick to Jelle Vossen who stumbled and fluffed his shot.Marco Silvestri had to be on top form for the visitors and made two good saves in quick succession on 20 minutes as Middlesbrough piled on the pressure in search of an equaliser. This would become the pattern for the remainder of the game, with Silvestri and Sol Bamba both resilient throughout.Albert Adomah was a constant threat for the hosts down the right, and on 29 minutes played through Vossen, whose shot was excellently blocked by Bamba. A minute later, another Adomah cross found its way to Vossen again, who was this time denied by keeper Silvestri.Leeds had no real chances to extend their lead until right at the end of the first half, when Bamba headed a corner just wide of the post.Boro continued to dominate in the second half, and Silvestri was kept on his toes, blocking a low Kike shot on 46 minutes. Almost immediately afterwards, Leeds went close to doubling their lead at the other end. Luke Murphy’s free kick finding Scott Wootton inside the area, with the centre back’s header hitting the crossbar.As the hosts pushed forward in search of an leveller, gaps started to appear at the back and on 54 minutes Steve Morrison was played through on goal, with Mejias having to leave his area and deny Morrison with an impressive slide tackle.Middlesborough turned to the bench to change things, moving to a more attacking formation, with Lee Tomlin, Patrick Bamford and Adam Forshaw all entering the action but, despite these changes, the visitors continued to keep the hosts at bay, and Boro were dealt a late blow when Vossen was stretchered off with a head injury.WIthin the nine minutes injury time ten-man Boro were still unable find their equaliser, and could not get the result to extend their one point lead over Bournemouth at the top of the Championship, while Leeds see themselves jump to 11th in the table with the narrow victory. 1last_img read more