Tottenham legend sends emotional message to Mauricio Pochettino following sacking

Tottenham cult hero Ossie Ardiles left a long message of support for his fellow countryman Mauricio Pochettino following his sacking by the club on Tuesday. Spurs look set to replace the Argentinean with Jose Mourinho after it was announced on Tuesday that Pochettino would be leaving the club he has been at since 2014. Ardiles and Pochettino were known to have a good relationship, and Ardiles- who won the FA Cup and UEFA Cup during his time as a player at Tottenham – tweeted saying: “One glorious chapter in our…

Fury in Spain after Gareth Bale’s part in Wales’ celebrations after Hungary win

The Spanish media have reacted with anger after Gareth Bale was pictured holding a flag with the words “Wales. Golf. Madrid. In that order.” Bale helped his country qualify for Euro 2020 after Wales beat Hungary 2-0 to secure their passage through to next summer’s tournament. After the game Bale joined in the celebrations with his team and was seen holding the flag, which mocks the La Liga giants with the claim that they are only third in Bale’s list of priorities. Spanish publication Madrid Sports tweeted a video of…

Aaron Ramsey delighted to make up for lost time after his brace sends Wales to Euro 2020

Aaron Ramsey fired Wales back to the Euros last night after making up for lost time. Juventus midfielder Ramsey was recalled and justified his inclusion with a deadly brace. First he buried an early header and then slotted in a right-foot shot after the break on his first competitive start for Wales since September 2018. Victory ensured the Euro 2016 semi-finalists beat Hungary to clinch second spot in Group E behind Croatia. Ramsey, 28, said: “It was a big effort and I missed a lot of this campaign but it…

Tottenham Hotspur Supporters’ Trust release statement on Mauricio Pochettino sacking

Tottenham Hotspur Supporters’ Trust said it was “shocked and saddened” by the club’s decision to sack their manager Mauricio Pochettino on Tuesday evening. The Argentinean manager was relieved of his duties following a poor start to the season, with former Chelsea and Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho expected to replace him. Pochettino has been a popular figure at Spurs since his appointment in 2014, taking the club to the Champions League final last season before eventually losing 2-0 to Liverpool. But chairman Daniel Levy said in a statement: “We were…

Maradona quits as coach of Gimnasia

Maradona gestures to supporters as he leaves the field after a Superliga match against Estudiantes. [Courtesy] Diego Maradona has left his position as coach of Argentine side Gimnasia y Esgrima, bringing a premature end to yet another coaching job for the World Cup winner. “Maradona is no longer the coach of Gimnasia,” club president Gabriel Pellegrino said on local radio station La Red on Tuesday. Maradona, who took over at the club in September, had said he would only continue if Pellegrino stayed on as president following club elections. Pellegrino,…

Jamie Carragher makes declaration on Jose Mourinho to Tottenham

Jamie Carragher reckons Jose Mourinho is just the type of manager Tottenham need to replace Mauricio Pochettino. However, the Sky Sports pundit hopes the self-styled Special One stays in the studio rather than return to the dugout. Mourinho is open to the prospect of returning to Premier League management with Spurs, as revealed by Mirror Sport. But when asked whether Mourinho could take over the struggling north Londoners, Carragher replied: “Well I hope not because then he’d be out of our studio then! “There might be a bit of room…

Serge Gnabry scores hat-trick as Northern Ireland crash to Germany loss in final Euro 2020 qualifier

Former Arsenal starlet Serge Gnabry bagged a hat-trick to condemn Northern Ireland’s depleted side to their heaviest competitive defeat under Michael O’Neill. O’Neill could only field one Premier League regular because of injury and illness and his team of mainly EFL and Scottish Premiership players were blown away by the Germans. Despite the damage to Northern Ireland’s pride, they had already confirmed their play-off place and they are likely to be away to Bosnia in the semi-finals on March 26. O’Neill handed competitive full debuts to Tom Flanagan and Jordan…

Mauricio Pochettino sacked by Tottenham

Pochettino is no more at Spurs. [Courtesy] Mauricio Pochettino’s Tottenham Hotspur reign is no more after he was sacked by Spurs on Tuesday night. A club statement declared that the Argentine, along with his coaching staff of Jesus Perez, Miguel D’Agostino and Antoni Jimenez, have been relieved of their duties. Just over five months ago, Pochettino was on the brink of Champions League glory following Spurs’ remarkable run to the final, the culmination of a season in which he was also heavily linked with the jobs at Manchester United and Real Madrid. But after defeat…

Ex-footballer arrested on suspicion of running Spain drugs ring

Former Spanish forward Sergio Contreras Pardo, seen here while playing for Aris Thessaloniki in 2009, is suspected of heading a drugs ring. [Courtesy] Former Spanish footballer Sergio Contreras, who played for Marseille, was arrested on Tuesday on suspicion of heading a drugs ring, police said following a string of raids in southern Spain. The 36-year-old was arrested in the seaside town of Estepona during a string of simultaneous police raids which also took place in Malaga, Granada and Sevilla, police said. “Some 20 people were arrested. They were in possession…

Vihiga United close gap on leaders City Stars to three points

Mount Kenya United’s Joseph Wanyonyi (left) shields the ball from Vihiga United’s Morphat Liuva during the Sportpesa Premier League match played at Kenyatta Stadium, Machakos on 16-3-2019. Vihiga United trounced Mt Kenya 3-2. [Eric Lungai, Standard] Vihiga United utilized their home advantage to defeat Kenya Police 2-0 and close the gap to within three points of Betika Super League leaders Nairobi City Stars. The win saw the former Kenya Premier League outfit leapfrog Nairobi Stima and Bidco United to second place in the standings with 31 points, three less than…