Levy and Mourinho will be box-office, Jose loves spending money and Levy hates it

first_imgTHE gamble for Daniel Levy is clear and obvious.The Spurs chairman sacked his club’s greatest boss of the last 40 years and appointed a bloke who has acted like a human stinkbomb in his last two jobs.5 Spurs could be the last chance saloon for MourinhoCredit: Getty – Contributor5For Jose Mourinho, though, taking the Totenham job is also high-risk.This is a man used to operating with supreme financial might over the past 15 years — at Chelsea twice, Inter Milan, Real Madrid and Manchester United, he has enjoyed lavish riches to spend in the transfer market.A return to the Bernabeu seemed a genuine option for Mourinho, should Zinedine Zidane depart, yet he has taken the plunge at Spurs, the poor relations of the top flight’s big six.Mourinho will now be a relative underdog for the first time since he won the Champions League with Porto way back in 2004.Whatever Levy promised his new manager in terms of transfer spend, he will not be able to compete with either Manchester club or Liverpool — even with Arsenal or Chelsea, once the Blues’ transfer ban is lifted.And the relationship between Levy and Mourinho will be box office for onlookers, if not the harmonious one Spurs fans will crave.These are football alpha males. No-compromise, ball-busting types.And at the heart of the matter is this: Mourinho loves spending money and Levy hates it.5There will be nuclear detonations at Tottenham’s pristine Hotspur Way training base near Enfield — it is a matter of when, not if.After his acrimonious departures from Chelsea and United, this feels like Mourinho’s last-chance saloon, in the Premier League and perhaps in European football.Mess this up and the Portuguese will be confirmed as a has-been.There is a supreme irony in the fact that Mauricio Pochettino was the man United wanted to succeed Mourinho when he was sacked 11 months ago, and yet Mourinho ended up replacing an axed Pochettino at Spurs.Mourinho left Chelsea close to the relegation zone in 2015, just seven months after leading the Blues to the title, due to what the club referred to as ‘palpable discord’ with his players.Discord was even more palpable during his 2½ years at Old Trafford — especially with Paul Pogba — and yet his United reign looks a lot better in hindsight than it did at the time.Two trophies and a runners-up spot in the Premier League in 2017-18, United’s best post-Ferguson finish. Yet there was no mistaking Mourinho seemed to have fallen out of love with football — and footballers.His mood was dark, he saw shadows everywhere, and he felt like a man out of time.5A supreme motivator during his first spell at Chelsea in particular, Mourinho seemed to have lost the ability to improve and inspire players.Now aged 56, he has claimed he is capable of adapting and reinventing himself to some degree.He will unveil a new-look backroom staff at Spurs, including his fellow Portuguese, Joao Sacramento, who arrives from Lille as No 2.There is no doubt that Mourinho is feeling fresh and up for this new challenge, in a way he never seemed to be in Manchester — where he was holed up in a hotel for his entire tenure, giving the impression that he never truly wanted to be there.But this is not going to be easy. Mourinho inherits from Pochettino a squad battered by their travails over the past ten months.During which time they have failed to win a Premier League away match and been humiliated by Colchester and Bayern Munich. Many of Spurs’ senior pros — including Christian Eriksen, Jan Vertonghen, Toby Alderweireld and Danny Rose — are embittered by Levy’s approach to them and running down contracts.Dele Alli, so key to much of Pochettino’s best work at Spurs, has struggled for form, fitness and focus for a year now.It is not all doom and gloom, of course.This is a club which reached the Champions League final last season and which boasts arguably the best stadium and the best centre- forward in world football.5But while Harry Kane remains a highly-motivated goal machine — Mourinho must persuade him through words and actions that Spurs is a club where he can win trophies.The England captain will be 27 next summer and has won nothing.Mourinho is, at heart, a winner. He boasts 25 trophies to Pochettino’s zero, yet there is a difference between managing so many elite clubs, while the Argentinian has bossed Espanyol, Southampton and Spurs.As things began to unravel at United — with a 3-0 home defeat by Pochettino’s Spurs in August 2018 — Mourinho walked out of a press conference ranting, ‘Respect, respect, respect,’ for his three top-flight titles.LATEST TOTTENHAM NEWSHARRY ALL FOUR ITKane admits Spurs must win EIGHT games to rise into Champions League spotGossipALL GONE PETE TONGVertonghen wanted by host of Italian clubs as long Spurs spell nears endBELOW PARRSpurs suffer blow with Parrott to miss Prem restart after appendix operationPicturedSHIRT STORMNew Spurs 2020/21 home top leaked but angry fans slam silver design as ‘awful”STEP BY STEP’Jose fears for players’ welfare during restart as stars begin ‘pre-season’KAN’T HAVE THATVictor Osimhen keen on Spurs move but only if they sell Kane this summerYOU KAN DO ITKlinsmann quit Spurs to win trophies but says Kane’s better off stayingTURBULENT PAIRINGDrogba and Mido had mid-flight brawl after stewardess prank went wrongGossipSPURRED ONTottenham table contract offer for Bayern Munich’s teenage starlet Taylor BoothExclusivePASS THE TESTEngland’s NRL-based stars urge bosses to make room for a Test this yearThat glittering CV still carries some clout, certainly with Levy.But those three Chelsea titles, funded by Roman Abramovich, all seem a very long time ago. It was a different era, when Mourinho was a different sort of man.Can he reinvent himself and win again without the supreme wealth of a free-spending owner? We will soon find out but the stakes are high and the odds are against him. Jose Mourinho gives first interview as head coach at Tottenhamlast_img read more

Fire Victims Plead for Help

first_imgThose who were recently made homeless after their 4-bedroom house was gutted by fire opposite the police depot near the Supermarket in the Pipeline Community of Paynesville have appealed for help.The head of the fire victims, Stephen Peters, made the appeal on Sunday, April 25, when he spoke to the Daily Observer at his temporary residence in the Pipeline Community. Mr. Peters said those made homeless by the fire disaster are striving to rebuild their lives and home, but are out of money and building materials, as well as funds to pay whoever they will hire to do the work.The Liberia National Red Cross Society (LNRCS) has initially provided them mats, bedspreads and pieces of lappas, with two individuals giving each of the affected persons some assistance, Mr. Peters said. The victims are grateful for the items received, but Peters pointed out however, that the donations were not sufficient to rebuild their devastated home to accommodate their families and dependents.He used the interview to appeal to the LNRCS, humanitarian organizations, persons of goodwill, as well as the Legislative Caucus of Montserrado County and other caucuses, to help them obtain building materials to facilitate the rebuilding of their home.He said up to present, the victims have not established what caused the fire.He said anyone willing to assist the victims should contact them on the following cell numbers: 0886638499 and 0776268375.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Jury finds “Big Foot” guilty of manslaughter

first_imgAfter two weeks of trial at the High Court, Bryan “Big Foot” Leitch was on Tuesday found guilty of manslaughter by a unanimous 12-member jury. This decision was announced by the jury foreman who had earlier told the court that the defendant was not guilty of murder.Leitch was originally indicted for murdering Joseph Jagdeo, the South-Central hotelier whose body was found bound and gagged at the guesthouse on November 14, 2013 in Room 10. Leitch was said to be the last known person to stay in Room 10. The prosecution contended that he committed the crime between November 13 and 14, 2013, at South Road, Georgetown after stealing the businessman’s cellphone.The offender’s sentencing was delayed to facilitate the presentation of a probation report. As such, presiding Judge, Sandhill Kissoon adjourned the matter to May 2. After hearing the jury’s verdict, Leitch and his two relatives that were present in court were all on the verge of tears.The jury’s determination meant that the panel disbelieved Leitch’s brief unsworn statement from the prisoner’s dock on Monday when he claimed that he was innocent of the crime. “I don’t know anything about any murder, I did not kill anybody,” he had observed.The defendant’s Caution Statement (CS) alleged that Leitch was “sorry” for his actions. On December 1, 2013, retired Police Sergeant Phillip Bowman took the CS which quoted Leitch as saying that on the morning in question, Jagdeo came to his room and told him to leave the hotel which angered him.“I was vexed and I tell he and I tie he hand and put a cloth around he mouth and tie it, I push he under the bed and put the room key on the bed. I then go to the office and took out he cellphone; I sorry for what happen, I didn’t go to kill he,” the excerpt from the CS had stated.Kiana Garnett testified on Monday that on November 13, 2013, when Leitch asked her and Shantel DeJonge if they wanted to buy a cellphone. The witness stated that Leitch gave the phone to DeJonge and noted that the phone was black in colour.State Counsels Mandell Moore and Lisa Cave appeared for the State while Attorneys Hewley Griffith and Lawrence Harris represented the defendant.last_img read more

New trucks shown to Council

first_imgPhoto: Both the fire truck (left) and rescue truck have been acquired by the Fort St. John fire department to replace the aging trucks./Kimberley MolinaCity Council was given a sneak peek at two new fire trucks acquired by the Fort St. John fire department, Monday.- Advertisement -According to Fire Chief Fred Burrows, the trucks were a necessary acquirement since the other trucks were getting old.He says the new rescue truck can be used as a command centre and has strong enough lights to light up an accident or fire scene.As well, the other fire truck can hold nearly 10,000 litres of water which is significantly more than the older truck could hold.Simon Caughill, a firefighter with the department, says the new rescue truck can carry more equipment and more firefighters.Advertisement He added that it also has a compressed air foam system which can help in putting out vehicle fires, a feature the older truck didn’t have.Residents will be able to see the new trucks in the city’s Canada Day Parade.last_img read more

Mane leads Senegal’s 23-man WCup squad

first_imgBalde last played on April 7 while Mbodji missed most of this season with a knee problem but has recently returned to training.The 20-year-old Rennes winger Ismaila Sarr also made the squad.The midfield has an English league look with Kouyate, Idrissa Gueye of Everton, Cheikh Ndoye of Birmingham and Pape Alioune Ndiaye of Stoke selected.Cisse, appointed in 2015, is relying on the players who brought Senegal through the qualifying campaign.“This team, this selection above all reflects continuity and coherence,” Cisse said at a news conference in Dakar. “For me, it’s essential to preserve this positive dynamic.”Senegal coach Cisse has ‘unfinished business’.PHOTO/courtesyCisse said he’s been monitoring Mbodji’s recovery and is confident the defender will be fit. If so, he’ll likely form a strong partnership in central defense with Koulibaly.Much of Senegal’s hopes rest with the 26-year-old Mane, who has been in sizzling form with 10 goals in 29 appearances in the Premier League.Although it’s only Senegal’s second World Cup appearance, there is plenty of expectation with the squad having been drawn with Poland, Japan and Colombia in Group H at the finals in Russia.Cisse’s men will have training sessions next week at a resort town outside Dakar before moving camp to Vittel, a city in northeast France.Mane will join up late as Liverpool prepare for the Champions League final against Real Madrid on May 26.-Friendlies-Senegal has pre-World Cup friendlies scheduled against Luxembourg (May 31), Croatia (June 8) and South Korea (June 11).SquadGoalkeepers: Abdoulaye Diallo (Rennes, France); Khadim Ndiaye (Horoya, Guinea); Alfred Gomis (Spal 2013, Italy).Defenders: Kalidou Koulibaly (Napoli, Italy); Lamine Gassama (Alanyaspor, Turkey); Moussa Wague (Kas Eupen, Belgium); Youssouf Sabaly (Bordeaux, France); Kara Mbodji (Anderlecht, Belgium); Saliou Ciss (Valenciennes, France); Salif Sane (Hanover, Germany).Midfielders: Cheihkou Kouyate (West Ham, England); Alfred Ndiaye (Wolverhampton, England); Idrissa Gana Gueye (Everton, England); Cheikh Ndoye (Birmingham City, England); Pape Alioune Ndiaye (Stoke, England).Forwards: Sadio Mane (Liverpool, England); Diafra Sakho (Rennes, France); Moussa Sow (Bursaspor, Turkey), Moussa Konate (Amiens, France); Ismaila Sarr (Rennes, France); Keita Balde (Monaco, France); Mame Biram Diouf (Stoke, England); Mbaye Niang (Torino, Italy).0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000FILE – In this Tuesday, March 27, 2018 file photo, Senegal’s Sadio Mane listens to national anthem prior to their friendly soccer match against Bosnia and Herzegovina at the Oceane stadium in Le Havre, northern France. Senegal has named its final 23-man squad for the World Cup, with Liverpool forward Sadio Mane leading a group that also includes key defender Kalidou Koulibaly of Napoli and midfielder Cheikh Kouyate of West Ham. (Francois Mori, file/Associated Press)DAKAR, Senegal, May 18 – Senegal has named its final 23-man squad for the World Cup, with Liverpool forward Sadio Mane leading a group that includes key defender Kalidou Koulibaly of Napoli and midfielder Cheikhou Kouyate of West Ham.Coach Aliou Cisse, captain of the 2002 team that reached the quarterfinals in the country’s only previous World Cup appearance, gambled on the fitness of Monaco winger Keita Balde and Anderlecht defender Kara Mbodji.last_img read more


first_imgThe Tory Island walkers who helped raise vital fund for the irish Guide Dogs for the Blind!Last Saturday the Tory Island 10k walk raised €1,650 for Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind.Well known Tory resident Jimmy Doohan with wife Theresa and his loyal guide dog.Walk organisor, Bernie McNulty, one of the islands public health nurses was delighted with the turn out.More than 100 people undertook the walk with more than 30 of those walking visiting the island for the first time. It is now planned to make this an annual event.Congratulations to everyone who took part in what turned out to be a great occasion in terrific weather conditions.TORY’S INAUGURAL WALK FOR IRISH GUIDE DOGS FOR THE BLIND A HUGE SUCCESS was last modified: August 13th, 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:10KIrish Guide Dogs for the BlindTory IslandWALKlast_img read more

Donegal trio named on Hoganstand team of the week

first_imgDonegal’s Ryan McHugh, Karl Lacey and Patrick McBrearty have all been named on the Hoganstand team of the week. Ryan McHugh is having an exceptional year, and kicked another three points on Saturday as Rory Gallagher’s side overcame a plucky Cork team.His teammate Patrick McBrearty probably had the one of his finest games ever in a Donegal jersey. He was unplayable on Saturday and kicked eleven points (six from play) in an incredible performance.Dublin manager Jim Gavin was in attendance on Saturday, and with question marks over their full-back line – Gavin will know McBrearty will have to be watched, but who will be tasked with the responsibility of marking him?The other Donegal player to be selected on the team was Karl Lacey who also enjoyed a fabulous display, his positioning and ability to know where to be is exemplary. Lacey is a four-time All-Star and won the Player of the Year award when Donegal won the All-Ireland title in 2012 – and is still, four years later a crucial player for Rory Gallagher’s side.All three will have to firing on all cylinders again this weekend, if Donegal are to have any chance of overcoming Dublin.Many pundits have already written them off, but that was the same in 2014, and we all know what happened that sunny August day!Donegal trio named on Hoganstand team of the week was last modified: August 2nd, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegalGAAHoganstandkarl laceypatrick mcbreartyRyan McHughSportteam of the weeklast_img read more

Picture Special: Rain didn’t dampen any spirits at Waterside Half Marathon

first_imgThe wind and the rain didn’t dampen any spirits as hundreds took part in the Waterside Half Marathon yesterday morning.A 2k Family Fun Run also took place.Starting in Ebrington Square in Derry, the route will once again take runners across the river to the cityside, showcasing our parks, greenways and bridges before finishing at St Columb’s Park. The organisers said; “We’d just like to say a massive thank you to all our runners and supporters for making the 35th Waterside Half Marathon a brilliant day. A big shout out to all our race marshals, stewards and volunteers as well as the numerous guys behind the scenes who make it all happen. See you all next year for the 36th!”Well done to all!Picture Special: Rain didn’t dampen any spirits at Waterside Half Marathon was last modified: September 5th, 2016 by Elaine McCalligShare 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:Derryfamily fun runstrabaneWaterside Half-Marathonlast_img read more

Pirates take charge with run

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 “Our offensive line is really big this year and they’re strong,” Tavizon said. “Each guy is around 275 pounds and they can all bench press over 300. “Plus, it helps that all three of our running backs returned this year, so if one goes down, the other two can fill in and we never miss a beat. Our running game is our bread and butter. We tried passing a few years ago but it just didn’t work for us.” The way the year started, it looked like Ross was going to run for 2,000 yards and 20 touchdowns. After gaining 169 yards against Northview in the opener, Ross broke the school single-game record, which had stood for 23 years, the next week against El Modena, gaining 336 yards. One week later, Ross was having another great game against West Covina, gaining 207 yards before suffering a high ankle sprain. Not too many football teams on any level have running backs that average over 200 yards a game, but Paramount High does in Clifford Ross. But when the 5-foot-10, 195-pound senior sprained his ankle in Week 3 against West Covina, Pirates coach Art Tavizon didn’t even blink, much less break a sweat about it. He simply put in the next guy on the depth chart and watched him run. These days, it seems no matter who’s running the ball for Paramount, all they do is run for over 100 yards and, more importantly, help the Pirates win. Thanks to a strong offensive line and a trio of talented running backs, Paramount is off to a 4-1 start heading into its San Gabriel Valley League opener Friday at Warren (1-4). center_img The Pirates eventually lost 17-14, but since then, Ross’s backups have filled in more than admirably. In a 26-14 win over Verbum Dei on Sept. 30, Gaston Wilson stepped in and ran for 179 yards while Rolando Upshaw gained 126. And last week, Wilson rushed for 214 yards in a 26-0 win over Marina. “It was tough to see Cliff get hurt but when he did, all of us knew we had to step up our game,” Wilson said. “This is our time to show what we can do. “All of us could probably start at another school but when Cliff comes back, we know that he’ll get most of the carries and we’ll do whatever the team needs us to do. This is not a selfish group.” Through five games, despite missing two games with his injury, Ross still leads the SGVL in rushing with 639 yards and Wilson is second with 460. And just to further illustrate how dominant Paramount’s running attack has been this year, every player who’s run the ball at least 20 times, including Upshaw and Eric Doucette, is averaging over 6 yards per carry. But all the running backs will be quick to point out they couldn’t have done it without the magnificent play of their offensive line, which is led by senior tackles Johnny Tivao and Demetrius Amos as well as senior tight end DeAndre Long. “We believe in what we do and the bottom line is no matter who’s running the ball for us, we trust them,” Amos said. “We know they’re going to do their jobs and we have to do ours.” “We have a saying here, never stop until the whistle blows,” Tivao said. “People think we only have Cliff but I think we’ve showed the last few weeks, we’re more than a one-man team.” 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

NFL picks, Week 13: Can 49ers, Raiders indeed post road upsets?

first_imgLong story short, save room this Thanksgiving for my NFL Week 13 picks:49ers 17, Ravens 16: Not only do the underdog Niners have the defense to battle Lamar Jackson and Co., they have enough offense to outscore the Ravens, barley. No need for a power outage to spark a comeback attempt, this time. Line: 49ers +6Raiders 27. Chiefs 26: Get blown out at the Jets, get an upset win at Arrowhead? Don’t be surprised by anything this final Oakland Raiders season. Line: Raiders +10Bears 27, Lions 26: …last_img