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Mauricio Pochettino fired by Tottenham after magic wears off

first_imgTottenham’s manager Mauricio Pochettino sits on the bench before the Champions League group B soccer match between Red Star and Tottenham, at the Rajko Mitic Stadium in Belgrade, Serbia, Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2019. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)LONDON — Mauricio Pochettino was widely lauded as something of a miracle worker by elevating Tottenham into English soccer’s established elite and inspiring its improbable run to a Champions League final.In his sixth season at the north London club, the magic of the Argentine coach finally wore off.ADVERTISEMENT Lava gushes out of Taal Volcano as villagers flee Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. That masked, however, an alarming slump in results on the domestic front that has seen Spurs win just six of their last 24 Premier League games since February, a period that goes back to the end of last season.With the team currently in 14th place in the 20-team league and showing no sign of an improvement, Levy made his move.“Regrettably domestic results at the end of last season and beginning of this season have been extremely disappointing,” Levy said.“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.”Pochettino departs without having won a trophy as Tottenham manager, a stain on an otherwise brilliant tenure in which he has had to battle against the biggest teams in Europe while working under strict financial constraints as Spurs prepared to move into a new stadium.ADVERTISEMENT His replacement could be Mourinho, out of work since being fired by Manchester United in December but reportedly keen on the vacancy at Tottenham. Carlo Ancelotti and Massimiliano Allegri, highly respected Italian coaches, are also currently unemployed.Since leaving Porto for Chelsea in 2004, Mourinho has always worked at clubs with big budgets so Tottenham might not be a natural fit for the Portuguese coach.Whoever does come in has a tough act to follow, with former Tottenham and England striker Gary Lineker saying Pochettino had “helped the club to punch massively above their weight for years.”“Good luck with finding a better replacement,” Lineker tweeted, “….ain’t gonna happen.”Pochettino, a former Argentina defender, took over a Tottenham team that was outside the established elite in 2014 and created one of the most dynamic and exciting young teams in recent Premier League history, despite being unable to spend lots of money in the transfer market as the club prepared to move into a new stadium.After a fifth-place finish in his first season, Tottenham came third, second, third and fourth in his next four full seasons in charge. The intensity and energy of the team’s pressing made Spurs stand out under Pochettino.The highlight of his tenure will be Tottenham’s run to the Champions League final, where when the team scraped through the group stage, before beating Borussia Dortmund, Manchester City and Ajax to get to the final. The wins over Ajax and City were sealed in breathless games full of late drama, seen as a sign of the unity Pochettino had forged in the side.However, Pochettino suggested before the Champions League final that he would be ready to leave the club if Tottenham won in Madrid, and he has had a disgruntled air ever since. His squad has become fractured, too, with key players like Christian Eriksen and Toby Vertonghen reportedly keen to leave and there was a sense the team was stale and in need of a shake-up.In the space of four days at the start of October, Tottenham lost 7-2 at home to Bayern Munich in the Champions League — the first time in club history the team had conceded seven at home in a major competition — and then 3-0 at Brighton, piling the pressure on Pochettino. The previous week, the team was eliminated from the English League Cup by fourth-tier Colchester.His last match in charge was a 1-1 home draw in the league against Sheffield United, a promoted team that outplayed Tottenham at times. Pochettino’s successor will inherit a squad potentially requiring a revamp and lacking in areas like full back and central midfield.Dele Alli, signed by Pochettino from third-tier MK Dons in 2015 as an 18-year-old, was the first Tottenham player to speak about his manager’s departure.“I can’t thank this man enough,” Alli said on Twitter, alongside a picture on him embracing Pochettino. “He’s taught me so much and I’m so grateful for everything he’s done for me. Good luck and hope to see you again my friend.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next DSWD Bicol donates P1.5M worth of food packs for Taal eruption evacuees Alaska clinches playoff spot, tops NLEX 2 village execs nabbed in Bohol buy-bust 400 evacuees from Taal eruption take refuge in Mt. Banahaw Pochettino was fired by Tottenham on Tuesday, a move that was sudden yet perhaps inevitable with the team’s declining fortunes on the field mirroring the ostensible disaffection of its manager.British media reported that Tottenham was in negotiations with Jose Mourinho to take over.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSAndray Blatche has high praise for teammate Kai SottoSPORTSBig differenceSPORTSAlmazan status stays uncertain ahead of Game 4“We were extremely reluctant to make this change,” said Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy, whose relationship with Pochettino has appeared strained in recent years as they clashed over transfer spending, “and it is not a decision the board have taken lightly, nor in haste.”Nor would they. It wasn’t long ago that Pochettino was one of the most sought-after managers in world soccer, having transformed Tottenham into a title contender in the Premier League and guided the team into last season’s Champions League final — a remarkable feat that remains the standout achievement of his 5½ years in the job. 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Lilako recalled for Uganda assignment

first_img“Lilako returns to the squad on merit. He has worked hard at club level and has been an integral part of his team’s league and cup double this season. ”Lilako, a front row mainstay for the Simbas over the past six years was initially omitted from the 36 man squad and also missed last weekend’s 29-30 home loss to Germany. He was last in action for the Simbas during the 34-10 win over Hong Kong in Nairobi in August 2016.He will be in contention to make the travelling party to Kampala.Meanwhile, Youngsters Benjamin Marshall and Steve “Security” Otieno could make their Simbas debuts sooner rather than later.“We have been impressed with their attitude, commitment and spirit during training and they will certainly get their chance on the big stage,” said Team Manager Simiyu Wangila after the team’s training session on Saturday.The duo,who were named in the Simbas squad for the 2017 international season,featured in the Chipu side that reached the final of the Africa U20 championships held in April in Madagascar,falling 24-61 to Namibia.By Kenya Rugby Union official Website0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000LILAKONAIROBI, Kenya, June 5 – KCB captain Curtis Lilako has been recalled to the Simbas squad as they brace for the Elgon Cup first leg clash away to Uganda on 10 June 2017 in Kampala.Team Manager Simiyu Wangila, speaking with Kenya Rugby after the team’s training in Nairobi on Saturday, said;last_img read more

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Exclusive – Di Maria is not the answer to Man United’s problems, insists McAllister

first_imgGary McAllister insists Angel di Maria is NOT the answer to Manchester United’s problems.The Red Devils have made a poor start to the Premier League season, drawing their opening two games but failing to impress in either, and they are now set to shell out a British record fee to sign the Real Madrid wide man.But McAllister doesn’t believe the Argentine will provide the solution to the issues facing Louis van Gaal.“Is Di Maria a player who can grab the game by the throat and really dominate it?” he asked on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast.“I think he’s a player who flits in and out of the game. He’s talented, he can hit a pass, he can score a goal, but £70m-odd? It’s crazy some of the money that’s flying around.“Bryan Robson, Roy Keane, Paul Scholes – it’s that type of player United need. Di Maria is a fantastic technician, Herrera is another, but they’re not quite Steven Gerrard or Bryan Robson.”last_img read more

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LARGE CROWD EXPECTED FOR SPECTACULAR GLENDOWAN 5K

first_imgScenery like this awaits you this SundayIT has to be amongst the most spectacular settings for a primary school in the whole country.And this Sunday Glendowan National School is inviting you to take part in its annual 5k walk and run….around beautiful Gartan.All funds raised will go directly to the school. Children can take part for free; and it’s €8 for adults, with refreshments served afterwards.Registration is in McClaffertys from 10am – and the walk/run kicks off at 11am. LARGE CROWD EXPECTED FOR SPECTACULAR GLENDOWAN 5K was last modified: January 22nd, 2014 by John2Share 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:5k runCharity eventGlendowan National SchoolMcClaffertysWALKlast_img read more

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‘Conte bottled it!’ Chelsea fans furious over Italian boss’ decision

first_img Chelsea fans would have preferred Antonio Conte to start Cesc Fabregas 1 Chelsea fans are furious with manager Antonio Conte following their 1-1 draw with Burnley in the Premier League.With Tottenham Hotspur losing to Liverpool and Manchester City yet to play, the Blues would have gone 12 points clear at the top of the table.Instead, they were held by an impressive Burnley side at Turf Moor, which frustrated Chelsea supporters across the globe.And many took to Twitter to reveal their fury, insisting Conte made a huge error in not starting Spanish playmaker Cesc Fabregas in place of the more defensively minded Nemanja Matic.You can see what they had to say below…last_img read more

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The Y will lose, but kids can use, Catalina camp

first_imgThe Glendale YMCA will end 80 years of running a Catalina Island campground at the end of this year, but the camp’s new manager will allow some 1,700 Glendale kids to continue to use it for their summer program. On Dec. 31, the Glendale Y will hand over management of Camp Fox to Guided Discoveries, a science-education group, the Catalina Island Conservancy announced. But Guided Discoveries’ one-year lease with the conservancy requires it to give the Glendale Y priority use of the 3 1/2 acre, 30-cabin campground on Buttonshell Beach. “We want to preserve the historical basis for the Y’s using Camp Fox and benefiting the kids of the Y,” said Mel Dinkel, chief executive officer of the conservancy charged with stewarding the 48,000-acre island. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’Guided Discoveries, a Claremont-based group that also operates a tall-ship expedition and the Toyon Bay campground on the island, is stepping in after lease negotiations broke down between the conservancy and the Glendale Y. The conservancy declined to renew the Y’s lease as some $1.2 million in repairs piled up in recent years. A landfill nearby also requires a cleanup. A septic-system problem led the county Department of Health to cite the camp in 2003, though it was allowed to reopen at half capacity – about 9,000 campers per year. The Glendale Y said the push by the conservancy to open the camp year-round strained equipment and facilities, while the conservancy blamed the Y for letting the campground fall into disrepair. “We felt that we gave it our best effort and the conservancy either felt the proposal was short of what they were looking for or really wasn’t interested in the Y being there,” said John Thomas, chief executive officer at the Glendale Y. Thomas said the Y is negotiating with the incoming operator and the conservancy on how to best tackle the repairs. The Glendale Y has already spent some $200,000 on repair plans. The lease with Guided Discoveries – for 8 percent of the camp’s annual gross income – will expire Dec. 31, 2007. Ross Turner, Guided Discoveries’ executive director, said his group would consider running the camp after 2007, but Glendale Y officials said they would not at this time. Any camp operator will still have to grant the Glendale Y priority access, Dinkel said. The Glendale YMCA hosts about 1,700 kids at Camp Fox each year for summer and weekend camps. Guided Discoveries arranges for about 5,000 to visit the camp, which it has subleased for nine months for its marine science program. “We want to make it the best possible YMCA camp, and we want to make it the best possible outdoor education center,” Turner said. eugene.tong@dailynews.com (818) 546-3304160Want 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

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Duffy: I didn’t ask for ‘square go’, I’m not 12 years old

first_imgMorton manager Jim Duffy has denied Neil Lennon’s claim that he asked for “a square go” during a clash at Easter Road on Wednesday.Duffy and Hibs’ boss Lennon had to be physically separated after an incident during Hibernian and Morton’s 0-0 draw.Trouble flared when Morton’s Kudus Oyenuga’s caught Jordon Forster with a late tackle.Both managers were sent to the stand. But after the match Lennon said that Duffy was the aggressor.  He said: “The next thing I’ve got the Morton manager asking for a square go, which is fair enough. I’m not going to back down.”Duffy later issued a statement through Morton’s website admitting his behaviour was inappropriate but strenuously denying Lennon’s allegation.“Firstly, I would like to say that I watched the footage on television last night and, from my point of view, I was embarrassed when I saw my reaction,” he said.“I am not going to get involved in a public debate with the Hibs manager, but what I would state is that I categorically, 100 per cent did not ask for a ‘square go’ or use anything even remotely like that term. “Yes, I acted immaturely – but I’m not 12 years old.”last_img read more

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Anna Marie Bary Moore, age 56

first_imgAnna Marie Bary Moore, age 56, passed away Sunday, October 2, 2016.Anna was born November 6, 1959 at Corydon, Indiana. She was a home maker and a member of Saint Bernard Catholic Church, Frenchtown, IN.Preceding her in death was her father, Wayne Bary. Surviving are Husband: Carl M. Moore; Sons: Travis Moore (Elizabeth); Joseph Moore; Nicholas Moore all of Marysville, IN; Mother: Marilyn Ann Simon Jones of Depauw, IN; Brothers: Larry W. Bary, Jr. of Depauw, IN; Thomas E. Bary of Leavenworth, IN; David W. Bary of Lanesville, IN; Grandchildren: Katelyn, Kelcie, Justin; WaylanFuneral 10 A.M. Wednesday, October 5, 2016 at Swarens Funeral Home, 1405 Hwy 64 NW, Ramsey, IN with burial in Saint Bernard Catholic Church Cemetery, Depauw, IN.Visitation 5 – 8 P.M. Tuesday and after 8 A.M. Wednesday at the funeral home.last_img read more

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Easy WP Guide Released for WordPress 4.9

first_imgOne of my recommended resources for learning WordPress, Easy WP Guide WordPress Manual was released last week, updated with all the new features in the WordPress 4.9 version.The manual includes 149 pages describing how you can update and manage your blog or website. What’s Inside Easy WP GuideFrom logging in to adding content to selecting themes, you’ll find easy-to-understand language to help you manage your WordPress site. The guide is intended for anyone who needs to update content—pages, posts, images, menus, themes, etc.— of their website or blog. Whenever our Metro Detroit WordPress meetup members ask me for a resource they can read to help them understand how to use WordPress features on their site, Easy WP Guide is where I point them. Here are a few of the topics from the Table of Contents:DashboardSelecting Your ThemePosts versus PagesAdding a New MenuViewing a File in the Media LibraryFullscreen EditingReplying to a CommentEditing Existing ContentKeeping Your Site UpdatesNote: Easy WP Guide is not a guide for developing or modifying themes or plugins. If that’s what you’re interested in, check out the WordPress Codex, including the developer documentation. How You Can Get Easy WP GuideOne of the reason I love Easy WP Guide: Horton’s guide is available in a several formats. He understands some people prefer to read online, others on mobile, while some prefer a downloadable file. In addition to reading the manual online, you can get Easy WP Guide for:PDF (free!)Mobile versions, at $5.00 (Australian dollars)Brandable Word document, at $9.00 (Australian dollars)You can download Easy WP Guide 4.9 (PDF: 38 MB) version for free for your personal use. It’s available in English and Spanish languages (as of December 18, 2017). The mobile version of Easy WP Guide WP4.9 can be purchased in ePub and MobiPocket formats.In addition, consultants can buy the brandable Easy WP Guide 4.9 version (Word format) that is completely editable. Customize it for client training. Note: the brandable version is $9 for one block of 20 clients. Purchase additional $9 licenses for each block of 20 clients. SummaryThanks to Anthony Horton for continuously updating Easy WP Guide for each major WordPress version. It’s an excellent resource for managing content on WordPress sites. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Like this:Like Loading…Relatedlast_img read more

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New technologies for social housing

first_imgThis project in Kliptown, Soweto, is one of 2.3-million funded by the government. Minister Tokyo Sexwale viewing alternative sanitation systems at the indaba. Ahmed Ahmed exhibited his solar lighting system. Hydraform produces strong bricks. (Images: Bongani Nkosi) MEDIA CONTACTS • Chris Vick, Spokesperson, Department of Human Settlements +27 83 556 7644 or +27 12 421 1645  RELATED ARTICLES • New homes for Soweto residents • Housing projects to curb SA slums • Urban housing success story • Social development in South AfricaBongani NkosiSouth Africa is now looking into alternative and innovative building materials to address backlogs in social housing delivery, and also to improve the quality of its products.The Department of Human Settlements hosted an indaba on 29 and 30 September in Sandton, Johannesburg, to explore new technologies that could be used for its building projects. The indaba, attended by leading business executives and research academics, was meant to find “new ideas” that are “concrete and implementable”, the department’s minister Tokyo Sexwale said.The department is addressing various faults in a number of social housing projects across the country.  It has bulldozed shoddily built houses, spending billions of rands on rebuilding them.Demolishing started in the Eastern Cape in November 2009 where about 20 000 defective houses were flattened. The department also set aside R2-billion (US$287-million) to investigate “dodgy contractors” involved in corruption.As a result of inferior work, officials are forced to do comprehensive inspections on a number of ongoing projects, which is a waste of time, according to the director-general Thabane Zulu.“We should do things right from the start,” Zulu said, adding that there are extensive backlogs.The indaba saw more than 100 companies exhibiting innovative building technologies and new approaches to building. They included construction companies and developers in areas such as sanitation and solar energy.“We have to apply new technologies to build better homes,” Sexwale said.The government is looking at reasonably priced products of quality. “As we look for solutions, we should also be looking at their cost-effectiveness – searching for cheaper materials, but not compromising on quality,” said Sexwale. “The poorest of the poor deserve much better.”The alternative productsJohn Cook, MD of Nare Housing, brought his company’s steel and concrete wall surface, named the Blast Building System. Like many of the exhibited products, Cook’s new technology complements conventional bricks and mortar structures.Independent assessment company Agrément South Africa certified the product in June 2010, and Cook said they will start a project in the Eastern Cape in six weeks.It’s cheap and durable, and a house can be extended using bricks though it’s built of concrete and steel, according to Cook.“Our quality is guaranteed.  In 20 years’ time a gogo [grandmother] in Phalaborwa can get a bricklayer to extend her house. I heard they are demolishing because of poor quality – but you can never demolish this.”Germany-based Surefire Group is planning to bid for subsidy housing contracts in South Africa through a local subsidiary. Surefire exhibited its double-insulated concrete structures.“It’s stronger and cheaper than bricks and mortar,” said Surefire director Freddie Seward. “This is the future of technology; bricks and mortar are the past.”The indaba also focused on environment-friendly sanitation and electrification products. Cape Town-based Ezylight, a solar power company, introduced its lighting system, Featuring a solar panel, 12 volt battery and LED lights, the system costs R1 700 ($244) and lasts a lifetime, said founder Ahmed Ahmed.“Our focus for social housing is lighting,” he said.The market for solar energy in South Africa is still “very tight” and the indaba was a “move in the right direction by the government” towards promoting the technology, Ahmed said. Ezylight has been nominated for the 2010 eta Awards, which recognise excellence in innovation and use of efficient energy.2.3 million housesSince coming to power in 1994, the incumbent government has built more than 2.3-million subsidised houses, according to Sexwale. “We’ve been building houses. This government has done better.”last_img read more