“(Howley) and his immediate family are among more than 230 investors who were victims of a sophisticated Ponzi scheme perpetrated to defraud investors nationwide of nearly $400 million,” Hansen said in a prepared statement to The Two River Times. A financial advisor with ties to Rumson is facing accusations of wrongdoing. Howley’s home on Rumson Road is currently for sale, listed at $4.5 million. The complaint continues that “Howley used the GCR investment as a selling point for the Guardian Life Insurance policy that earned (Howley) a large stream of commissions.” “My relationship with (Howley) is restricted to running and charitable work,” local restaurateur, philanthropist and Rumson-Fair Haven High School running coach Tim McLoone said in an Aug. 12 inter view. “(Howley) has always been good to our athletes and a supporter of our charitable efforts. There was never any inkling of anything like (these allegations). He’s always been a very, very positive influence on our community.” In 2016, John “Jack” Howley, a founding board member of Rumson’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade, was selected to be its Grand Marshal. Photo by The Two River Times Though five customer disputes are being arbitrated out of court by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, known as FINRA, a Two River-area couple filed a civil complaint in Monmouth County Superior Court in March. Though Howley was never charged by the SEC, the damages requested from complaints filed against him total more than $4.9 million. Howley chose not to comment for this story. But Mary P. Hansen, a partner with the Philadelphia law firm Drinker Biddle, is representing Howley during this legal process and said the allegations contained in the lawsuit “are without merit.” “Like other investors and sophisticated institutions, Mr. Howley placed his trust in Kevin Merrill, who in May admitted under taking the fraudulent Global Credit Recovery scheme, pled guilty to multiple federal criminal charges and is facing a lengthy prison sentence. At no time did Mr. Howley have knowledge of Kevin Merrill’s criminal enterprise or intent to defraud,” Hansen added. In May, GCR’s Kevin B. Merrill, 53, pleaded guilty to conspiracy and wire fraud. GCR operated from 2013 through September 2018. Co-defendants Cameron R. Jezierski, 28, and Jay B. Ledford, 55, pleaded guilty in September for their involvement in the scheme. A Sept. 9, 2018 lawsuit against GCR and Merrill was filed by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission in the United States District Court in Maryland. The District Court indicted Merrill and two others Sept. 11, 2018 for conspiracy, identity theft, money laundering and wire fraud. Merrill and GCR’s assets were frozen two days later. According to former Rumson Mayor John Ekdahl, Howley is a “pay-it-forward, giving-back type of guy,” who served on the borough’s recreation committee. Howley also coached recreation and travel basketball and softball and was active in the local track and cross country community. The lawsuit alleges that over the next 15 months Howley recommended the purchase a $6 million life insurance policy from Guardian, a life insurance agency with which Howley has been an advisor since 1983. Howley also suggested an investment in Global Credit Recovery. Guardian could not be reached for comment. Hansen noted that Howley is hopeful the court-appointed arbitrator will soon begin distributing Merrill and GCR’s asset proceeds to investors who were harmed. Rumson resident John “Jack” C. Howley, 58, was discharged from the New York-based Park Avenue Securities Oct. 30, 2018 after failing to disclose private securities transactions and referring clients to investments not offered by the firm. Since the firm severed its ties with Howley, six customer complaints have been levied against him that are still pending decisions. The complaints stem from Howley’s alleged dealings with Global Credit Recovery (GCR), an investment offering the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) labeled a Ponzi scheme in September 2018. Despo’s complaint said that by December 2017 his clients invested a total of $1 million with GCR, an investment that “would be sufficient to pay the premium for the Guardian Insurance.” In 2016, Howley was named the Grand Marshal of the Rumson St. Patrick’s Day Parade, an event he helped found and for which he was a board of trustees member. The lawsuit seeks a total of $1 million in damages from Park Avenue Securities and Howley Financial Group, a financial services firm headed by Howley for 25 years. Its official website is not currently functional. Prior to the pending customer disputes against Howley, which date back to November 2018, the Rumson resident was an active part of the borough community and was celebrated professionally in May 2018 when he was inducted into the Guardian Life Insurance Hall of Fame. “We think we’ve been harmed, and I think we’ll be successful in what we’re seeking,” Despo said when reached by The Two River Times Aug. 5. Howley also organized the first Rumson Opening Day baseball/softball parade, a tradition that continues today. According to the civil complaint, which was submitted on behalf of the Two River-area couple by Rumson attorney William A. Despo, his clients first met with Howley in early 2017 for professional assistance with their investments, life insurance and retirement planning.
The Kootenay International Junior Hockey League has never been big on promoting itself.However, league governors should be pleased to give themselves a pat on the back after correcting original suspensions following a January 29th game at the NDCC Arena between Nelson and Castlegar.Following the penalty-filled contest, as many as three Leafs had suspensions posted on the KIJHL website.However, after the Leafs appealed the rulings, the KIJHL, in consultation with BC Hockey Referee in chief Sean Rapheal, reversed the original decisions thanks to the beauty of having all games video taped by the home club.“The appeal process (was handled by) Referee in Chief, Sean Rapheal,” Neil Murdoch Vice-president Larry Martel said in an email.“He reviewed video from the game and overturned two of the calls.”Martel said the call to Leafs Levi Hulston and Castlegar’s Tyler Barrett were deemed correct.However, video revealed the calls to Matthew Sokol of Nelson as the instigator in a fight with Daniel Petten to be incorrect.“Sokol should have had a kneeing call that was missed but video shows Petten was the instigator not Sokol,” Martel explained.Martel also said in the fight between Rayce Miller of Nelson and Barrett, the scoresheet was changed to add instigator to Barrett.“The changes in the instigators therefore change the suspension as per the Junior B supplement,” Martel said. “Two of the three fighting majors and instigator calls were overturned by the referee in Chief Sean Rapheal, (with) BC Hockey,” Martel added.All three Leafs players were in the lineup for Friday’s game against Castlegar, a contest won 5-3 by Nelson.One step forward, two back for LeafsThe on-again, off-again, Nelson Leafs, well, took a step back after dropping a 4-3 Kootenay International Junior Hockey League decision to the Spokane Braves Saturday in the Lilac City.The setback comes after the team played one of its best games of the season Friday against rival Castlegar Rebels at the NDCC Arena.Nelson captain Rayce Miller scored twice and added an assist to lead the Leafs past the Rebels 5-3.Kurtis Redding rained on the Leafs parade Saturday, scoring two goals in the third period to snap a 2-2 tie.Miller scored a power play marker late in the frame but Nelson was unable to find the equalizer.Kyle Donaldson and Paxton Malone also scored for the Braves.Blair Andrews and Levi Hulston replied for Nelson.Spokane was the better team in the third period, firing 20 shots at Friday Hulston, Brendan Smith and Miller scored in the first period to give the Leafs a commanding 3-1 lead.Ed Lindsey cut the margin to 3-2 early in the second period but Miller and Andrews restored the lead.Lindsey and Tayden Woods also scored for Castlegar.Nelson, 18-25-0-0-2, returns to action Tuesday with a road date in Fruitvale against the Nitehawks.The game is the first of four games in six days for the Leafs as the Green and White plays out the KIJHL 2015-16 regular season.
WOOLF AWARD TROPHY TO BE PRESENTED AFTER THE 6TH RACE SUNDAY AT SANTA ANITA ARCADIA, Calif. (March 10, 2016)–As America’s first Triple Crown Champion jockey in 37 years, Victor Espinoza helped Thoroughbred racing project a positive image far beyond the confines of the Thoroughbred industry throughout 2015, thus elevating the sport’s exposure and acceptance to a level perhaps not seen since the 1970s. Accordingly, Espinoza, a 43-year-old native of Mexico City, has been selected by a vote of jockeys nationwide as the winner of Santa Anita’s highly coveted 2016 George Woolf Memorial Jockey Award and he will accept the award in a Winner’s Circle ceremony following Sunday’s sixth race.“It’s quite an honor for any rider to be selected by his peers as the winner of such a prestigious award,” said Terry Meyocks, National Manager of the Jockeys’ Guild. “And I would like to congratulate Victor on this great achievement.”In addition to numerous national television appearances through the 2015 Triple Crown and last fall’s Breeders’ Cup World Championships, Espinoza also remained tireless in his efforts on behalf of cancer-stricken youth, donating 10 percent of his winnings to support pediatric cancer research at City of Hope, in nearby Duarte.With the Bob Baffert-trained American Pharoah providing the horsepower, Espinoza gleefully proclaimed himself “The luckiest Mexican on earth,” on national television following their win in the Belmont Stakes June 6.In addition to winning the Kentucky Derby, Preakness and Belmont, Espinoza and Santa Anita-based American Pharoah won last year’s Grade II Rebel Stakes, Grade I Arkansas Derby, Grade I Haskell Invitational and, in a performance for the ages, the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic by 6 ½ lengths on Oct. 31–all the while elevating the profile of jockeys nationwide and generating tremendous ratings on a consistent basis.Born on a dairy farm near Mexico City, Espinoza is the 11th of 12 children. A three-time ESPY Award winner, Espinoza has three career Kentucky Derby wins, three Preakness victories, three Breeders’ Cup wins and he’s taken 11 Southern California riding titles.First presented by Santa Anita in 1950, Espinoza is the 67th winner of the Woolf Award, which seeks to honor riders whose careers and personal character earn esteem for the individual and Thoroughbred racing. The remaining four finalists for this year’s award, which can only be won once during a rider’s career, were Joe Bravo, Javier Castellano, Gerard Melancon and Joe Steiner.
A TOTAL OF 58 STAKES, INCLUDING NINE GRADE I EVENTS, TO BE OFFERED THROUGH SANTA ANITA DERBY DAY, APRIL 8 For a complete roster of Santa Anita’s Winter Meet stakes, please visit santaanita.com. ARCADIA, Calif. (Dec. 5, 2016)–Santa Anita Park, which will offer 58 stakes races beginning with opening day of its traditional Winter Meet on Dec. 26, has announced that the prestigious Grade I, $300,000 American Oaks, which was most recently run in May, 2015, will now be run on Dec. 31. Santa Anita’s 72-day Winter stand will conclude on April 9 and be followed by its Spring Meet, which will run from April 14 through July 4.A blockbuster card consisting of four graded stakes will await fans on opening day, with a pair of Grade I, $300,000 races at seven furlongs–the Malibu for 3-year-old colts and geldings and the La Brea, for 3-year-old fillies, highlighting a 10-race program. The Grade II, $200,000 Mathis Brothers Mile (turf) and the Grade III, $100,000 San Simeon Handicap, at 6 ½ furlongs down the hillside turf course, will round out the graded stakes action.Heading Santa Anita’s Grade I Winter Meet stakes lineup is the $1 million Santa Anita Derby, which has produced 17 Kentucky Derby winners, and will be run on April 8. The Grade I, $750,000 Santa Anita Handicap, to be contested for the 81st time, will be run on March 11.Additionally, there will again be a similar number of $75,000 overnight stakes as well as a robust menu of California-bred stakes offered throughout the meeting.HERE IS A COMPLETE ROSTER OF SANTA ANITA’S GRADE I WINTER MEET STAKES: Dec. 26 $300,000 Malibu Stakes Dec. 26 $300,000 La Brea Stakes Dec. 31 $300,000 American Oaks March 11 $400,000 Frank E. Kilroe Mile (turf) March 11 $400,000 Triple Bend Stakes March 11 $750,000 Santa Anita Handicap March 18 $400,000 Santa Margarita Stakes April 8 $400,000 Santa Anita Oaks April 8 $1,000,000 Santa Anita Derby
Svensson took individual honors at the Texas State Invitational to earn UCA the first-place team award. The Bears opened up March at the River Landing Classic, hosted by UNC Wilmington, placing sixth overall. They will then head to the 3M Augusta Invitational in Augusta, Ga., on March 18. Golfer of the Month: Emma Svensson, Central Arkansas – Jr. – Halmstad, SwedenSvensson averaged 70.3 strokes to earn medalist honors at the Texas State Invitational and lead UCA to a team title by nine strokes. Her final round of 67 was one stroke off of her own school record. She had carded a 68 second round heading into the final day. The junior from Halmstad, Sweden, led a 1-2 UCA finish with freshman teammate Geraldine Wong. As a team, UCA scored 282 to set a school record. FRISCO, Texas – Central Arkansas’ Emma Svensson is the February Southland Women’s Golfer of the Month, the league announced Wednesday. Southland monthly awards are presented by UniversalCoin.com. Honorable Mention: Hannah Alberto, Sam Houston State; Kaity Cummings, Houston Baptist. Southland weekly award winners are nominated and voted upon by each school’s sports information director. Voting for one’s own athlete is not permitted. To earn honorable mention, a student-athlete must appear on 25 percent of ballots.
Walls’ lengthy list of academic achievements include being named to the 20th annual Football Championship Subdivision Athletics Directors Association (FCS ADA) Academic All-Star Team for a second consecutive time and being tabbed a National Football Foundation (NFF) National Scholar-Athlete. He was the third student-athlete in Southland history to earn College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Academic All-America® of the Year honors and was named an Academic All-American® First Team selection for a second time. Myers and Walls will be recognized May 22 at the annual Southland Honors Dinner and Ceremony at the Westin Stonebriar Hotel in Frisco. Earlier this spring, Walls was named one of two recipients of the 17th Division I Football Championship Subdivision Athletics Directors Association (FCS ADA) Scholar-Athlete of the Year scholarships. Additionally, Myers is a member of Alpha Chi National College Honor Society and Sigma Alpha Pi – two programs where induction is based on GPA. She is also a member of the National Society of Leadership and Success. He was named the Southland Football Student-Athlete of the Year for the second straight year in January. Myers and Walls were chosen from more than a dozen soon-to-graduate or already graduated student-athletes. Applicants must have at least a 3.75 GPA and have lettered at least two seasons at the nominating institution. Each recipient must enroll in a full-time graduate program within one year of receiving the award. Kate Myers, Central ArkansasMyers, a senior infielder from Tulsa, Okla. (Jenks High School), is a biology (pre-med) major with a perfect 4.0 GPA. The 2017 All-Conference selection received Honorable Mention recognition this year and was an All-Academic Team pick in 2017. Myers is the captain of the Bears softball team competing in this week’s conference tournament. The F.L. McDonald Scholarship is the league’s ultimate academic honor for graduating student-athletes. The award is presented annually to one female and one male student-athlete and is selected by the Southland Conference Faculty Athletic Representative Committee. The $5,000 scholarship must be applied to graduate study at an institution of the recipient’s choice. During her time in Conway, Myers has participated in a variety of community relations activities: Samaritan’s Feet Mississippi Flood Relief Collection Arkansas Dream Center Ronald McDonald House UCA softball camps Participating in bingo games at St. Andrew’s Place Nursing Home Reading at Ida Burns Elementary School Miracle League Softball Student Mobilization Organization (STUMO) The former safety plans to attend Purdue University to pursue a graduate degree in mechanical engineering with the goal of working at Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Research Laboratory. Last summer, Walls completed an internship at the facility, returning to Johns Hopkins in January to garner more experience before resuming his formal studies next fall in West Lafayette. She plans to attend the Oklahoma State College of Osteopathic Medicine. The award was established in 1996 in memory of Dr. F.L. McDonald, a former president of Lamar University and 1999 Southland Hall of Honor inductee. McDonald was serving as Lamar’s president in 1963 when the Southland Conference was established. He is considered one of the league’s founding fathers. Additionally, Walls was a finalist for the William V. Campbell Trophy and the STATS FCS Doris Robinson Scholar-Athlete Award. He was involved in a variety of campus and community activities: Student instructor for SFA 101 (freshman orientation course) Big Event – a campus-wide community service initiative Pearland High School graduate volunteer Read to Succeed program (elementary students) Elderly/disabled assistant Gulf Coast Regional Blood donor and nutrition and life skills advocate Marlon Walls, Stephen F. AustinWalls, a four-year letter winner from Pearland, Texas (Pearland High School), graduated in December with a 4.0 GPA in engineering physics. He earned his diploma in just three and a half years while lettering in football all four years in Nacogdoches. FRISCO, Texas – The Southland Conference announced the two student-athletes receiving the 2018 F.L. McDonald Postgraduate Scholarships: University of Central Arkansas softball player Kate Myers and former Stephen F. Austin football player Marlon Walls. Commissioner Tom Burnett made the announcement Tuesday.
JOSE MOURINHO’S first press conference as Spurs manager appeared to show us a new man.Five times he mentioned he was “humble” – a claim some would liken to Donald Trump’s infamous assertion that he was the “much more humble than you would understand”.2 Mourinho said he was a new ‘humble’ man in his first Spurs press conferenceBut behind the headlines, what did he say?We took down the press conference in full so you can read every word ahead of his bow against West Ham on Saturday.On Mauricio Pochettino“First of all, I think I have to and I do it with a bit of sadness, I have to speak about Mauricio.“I have to congratulate him for the work he did. I have to share with you what we already shared indoors, which is that this club will always be his home.“This training ground will always be his training ground, he can come whenever he wants.“The door is always open for him and from my experience tomorrow is another day and he will find happiness again.“He will find a great club again and he will have a great future. He will always be welcome.”On accepting the Tottenham job“I couldn’t be happier. In relation to the difficulty of the job ahead, every time a club changes mid-season it is because the situation is not good, that is obvious, unless something strange happened that we don’t know about.“Basically the results sometimes force these decisions.“The potential of the club is huge, the potential of the players is great I am so happy that was one of the reasons I came because of the vision that Mr Levy put in front of me about the club and the quality of the players and the squad. I know potentially I have a great job in my hands.On changes he’ll make at Spurs“I cannot think that I can come and in two days or four days I can change things. I don’t have a great experience of taking teams mid-season; it is only the second time I have done it.“I did it in Porto in, I think, 2001, but I thought about it during these months because I had the feeling I was going to get a team mid-season.“The conclusions was I was going to have a game two or three days after my appointment. I need to trust the base and what was done before. They were in hands of a good manager and coaching staff.2 How Tottenham could line up after a shake up from the Special One“Of course we have principles of play and leadership style that is going to change, that is obvious, but I cannot come here and think it is about my fingerprint or myself. It is not about myself.“So we will be very careful about the information, about the training sessions, about the intensity of sessions, to ensure some level of comfort for the boys.”Is this a new and improved Jose Mourinho?“I think so. I always thought that these 11 months were not a waste of time. They were months to think, to think, to analyse and to prepare.“You never lose your DNA, you never lose your identity, you are what you are for the good things and the bad things.“But I have time to think about many things. Don’t ask me what the mistakes are, but I realise that during my career I have made mistakes but I won’t make the same mistakes.“I am stronger. I am not fitter, I was always fit! But I am stronger from an emotional point of view. I am relaxed, I am motivated, I am ready and I think the players felt that in two days.“I think they feel that I am ready to support them, this is not about me.“I am in a period where it is not about myself, it is about the club, the fans, the players. Not about me. I am here to try and help everyone.”Does he have his mojo back?“I have to go to Google translate to understand what ‘mojo’ is, but I can more or less understand what you mean!“When I don’t win I cannot be happy and I cannot change that in my DNA. I hope I can influence the players of not being happy without winning football matches.“If you are happy after losing football matches, it is difficult to be a winner in any moment of your career.”On what will be done differently“I am humble. I am humble enough to try to analyse my career. Not just the last year, to analyse my career, its evolution. The problems and the solutions.“I was humble enough for that. The principle of the analysing was not to blame anyone else. When I had meetings with my assistants and the people I thought about bringing me to this chapter, it was always on the principle that there is no one else to blame or analyse.I am humble. I am humble enough to try to analyse my career. Not just the last year, to analyse my career, its evolution. The problems and the solutions. I was humble enough for that.Jose Mourinho“It is only about us. It was a great thing because I went really deep into that analysing and it was really important for me. I am nobody to advise but sometimes to have a break, it was very positive for me.“Because it was the first summer that I didn’t work, it was not easy. I felt a little bit lost during the pre-season but before that and after that it was a learning process.“I even learned how to be a pundit!”On being humble“I was always humble. The problem was that you didn’t understand that. I was always humble but it was in my way.”On being a pundit and returning to management“I am a bit disappointed that you [Sky reporter Gary Cotterill] are happy that I am here because I thought you would like to keep me at Sky!“We are friends and you know very well that I enjoyed what I did but this is my life and this is where I belong. It is really what makes me happy.“I am not smiling as much today because I have a game in two days, it is not a long time to work, but deep inside I am really happy.”Are you still Mr Chelsea?“I think they have to see me as Mr Inter, Mr Real Madrid, Mr Porto. I wear the pyjamas of the club and sleep in them. I am a club man, but a many clubs man.“I decided in my career to have these different adventures in different countries until I did what I call the Grand Slam, England Spain and Italy. I did not stop. I wanted to do it and I did it with passion.“I have always said the Premier League is my natural habitat. It’s where I am most loved and is the league and the country that I considered the best and found most enjoyable and where I am really happy.“When you decide to stay more years in the country – I think Mr Wenger was probably the last of that generation of big era in football clubs, Sir Alex and Mr Wenger.“Mauricio five-and-a-half years was really amazing, but it is normal to change from club to club. I wouldn’t be surprised if tomorrow Mauricio is manager of another English club – that is modernity in football.“Now I only have one shirt and only one passion and only one thing in my mind which is my club and that is Spurs.“I won the Champions League with Porto and three months later I was playing against Porto – that is life.“I’m not Chelsea, I’m not United, I’m not Real Madrid, I’m not Inter – I am all of them, I gave everything to all of them and that is what I am going to do here, give everything.”On his squad and possible transfers“I am thinking about the [Christmas] gifts I have to give to the people I love. That is always a problem because I always like to give the best gifts. I always try to be very analytical and understand what people would like.“Players… the best gift are the ones that are here. I don’t need players, I am happy with the players that I have. I just need time to understand them better to know everything about them.“You only know a player when you work with them. How many times have I played against these guys? I know them well but never enough until you work with them.“My gift is this squad, it is very good.”On player contracts“I’ve had no time to look at individual cases [regarding players who are in the final year of their contracts].“The first thing for me is for the players to feel good and if they are going to leave in January or June or sign a new contract I think all of that based on feeling good and to feel good is to be ready and available on Saturday.“Jan [Vertonghen] cannot do that because of injury. But they have to be ready for the team. Then it is about the club, it is about them, it is about me, it is about Mr Levy but fundamentally it is about the players being happy.“You have to choose what makes you happy but at this moment we have to look at the short term and we have to try and get two good results in the next two matches.”Was Pochettino affected by last season’s Champions League final loss?“I don’t know because I never lost a Champions League final but I can imagine it is not easy.“You reach one of the biggest moments that you can achieve in football, you are one step away from it but could not do it. I cannot imagine that is easy.“But you have the example of Liverpool; they lost the Premier League by one point and they lost the Champions League by one goal, the next season they are very strong in the Premier League and they won the Champions League.“I don’t think there is a rule. It depends on how people react to it and of course I don’t want to go as deep as that, that is their history in the club.”What did he tell the players the first time he met them?“I told the players I came here because of them.“I tried to buy some for different clubs and some I didn’t even try because you know how difficult it was.”On his style of play“Very similar to before. Of course I will try to add details, and sometimes details can make the difference.“Progressively we can arrive to a fingerprint. The style of play must be adaptive to the club culture and also the players here.”latest football newsGossipCROWD RETURNFA Cup final ‘may see 20,000 at Wembley in trial allowing some fans at games’CommentPHIL THOMASDiving and whining was never a good look and will seem worse after lockdownExclusive’I’M IN A BAD WAY’Ex-England star Kenny Sansom talks for first time since being attackedExclusiveBOURNE AGAINHowe says Cherries are stronger after lockdown with FIVE fit-again starsExclusiveSWAN THAT GOT AWAYSwansea wanted £3m Davies three years ago but couldn’t get work permitNEXT STEPJonny Hayes set to move to English Championship having been let go by CelticOn winning the Premier League“We can’t win the Premier League this season. Next season, I’m not saying we will win it, but we can win it.”On saying he’d never join Spurs while managing Chelsea“That was before I was sacked!”Jose Mourinho shows he still has great comic timing in first press conference for Tottenham
DIMITAR BERBATOV reckons “desperate” Pep Guardiola will struggle to win the Champions League this season.Manchester City ended their Champions League group stage campaign by beating Dinamo Zagreb 4-1 this week and are the current favourites to win the competition.2 Dimitar Berbatov says Man City are not playing well enough to win the Champions LeagueCredit: ReutersManchester United legend Berbatov has given his thoughts to betfair.com, saying: “Manchester City are the favourites to win the Champions League but they wouldn’t be my bet to lift the trophy next May.”City ended their Group stage campaign by beating Dinamo Zagreb 4-1 this week, but we shouldn’t read too much into City’s results so far, as they haven’t played any opponents that are at their level.”Pep Guardiola is desperate to win the Champions League with City but other teams are playing better football.”Defending champions Liverpool have had a good run so far in the Premier League, as they sit eight points clear of nearest challengers Leicester City.The Reds have also won 15 of their last 16 games, and drawn the other.The Bulgarian also added that Jose Mourinho’s Spurs will be a danger in the competition.Berbatov added: “Liverpool haven’t been at their best in the Champions League this term but they’re performing brilliantly in the Premier League and, as the holders, know how to pace themselves for the knockout rounds.”Barcelona and Juventus are also strong contenders and you shouldn’t write off Spurs.”They have no reason to be fearful about who they get in Monday’s knockout stage draw.”In Jose Mourinho, Spurs have a coach who’s won trophies throughout his career, including the Champions League with Porto and Inter – two teams that few people would have fancied.”So it doesn’t matter who Spurs face. They have great quality and after reaching the final last year, should feel confident.”2 Tottenham finished second in Group B of the Champions League under newly appointed manager Jose Mourinho.Credit: PA:Press AssociationBerbatov went on to praise Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and the Red Devils for their recent win over rivals City, further highlighting the fact that the Premier League title is well and truly out of Guardiola’s reach.He added: “I was very happy after the Manchester derby because United fully deserved their victory over City.”United’s concentration levels and aggression in the tackle were fantastic and they played some superb combination football.”It’s great to see Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s youngsters playing with confidence from defence to attack.”I can tell they like their manager and want to win for him.”On Thursday, Mason Greenwood showed in the 4-0 win over AZ Alkmaar that he’s a natural born goalscorer with a striker’s instinct. “Solskjaer should be praised for giving him the chance to shine.”The two massive victories against City and Spurs should buy Solskjaer time to work in peace and concentrate on developing his team.”Of course, as soon as United lose the press will be saying he’s under pressure again so United mustn’t let their performance level drop when they host Everton on Sunday.”Pep Guardiola denies having secret clause in contract that lets him leave and insists he won’t quit Man City this summer
HARRY KANE is hoping a trip to the Caribbean will speed up his recovery from hamstring surgery and have him perfectly poised for the Euros, according to reports.The Daily Mail say the Spurs striker has flown out to the tropics to complete a warm weather training programme.2 Kane has flown out to the Caribbean to speed up his recoveryCredit: ReutersEngland frontman Kane had an operation last month to repair the damage he suffered in Spurs’ 1-0 defeat at Southampton on New Year’s Day.SPURS NEWS LIVE: Follow all the latest news on TottenhamOne top doctor has warned Kane is likely to miss the Euros because his recovery will take longer than expected.But the man himself looked to be making great strides in a workout video he posted to his 2.3 million Twitter followers last week.He said he was making “good progress”.And this journey to warmer climes is all part of his planned rehab carefully put together by Tottenham medics.Clubs regularly plan warm weather training camps.The heat loosens tight muscles and increased vitamin D levels are reportedly beneficial to those in rehab.Kane is expected to start running outdoors next month and could make the final few games of his club’s season.2tottenham 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 summerA run out there should stand him in good stead to lead his country at what is basically a home Euros.Spurs boss Jose Mourinho did look to try to land Olivier Giroud in the recent window as a replacement for Kane.But winger Steven Bergwijn and midfielder Gedson Fernandes were the only new arrivals.Harry Kane works out to stretch his leg in Tottenham training gym
TOTTENHAM have reportedly ramped up their efforts to sign Todd Cantwell after the Norwich star helped KO their FA Cup dream.The 22-year-old has earned rave reviews for his performances this season and has already been eyed by the likes of Manchester United and Liverpool.1 Norwich midfielder Todd Cantwell has attracted a host of interest from other Premier League sidesCredit: EPAAccording to Football Insider, Spurs have been tracking the midfielder for months with Jose Mourinho ramping up his efforts to sign the star.Spurs have a track record of signing young players, most recently with the signings of Ryan Sessegnon and Jack Clarke.SPURS NEWS LIVE: Follow for the latest news on SpursAnd they would be able to offer England Under-21 international Cantwell more game time than runaway Premier League leaders Liverpool.While United have made his compatriot Jack Grealish their main transfer target this summer following the capture of Bruno Fernandes.Cantwell, who has previously enjoyed a spell on loan at Fortuna Sittard in Holland, is under contract at Carrow Road until 2021.Mourinho had the chance to have another look at the Englishman on Wednesday as his side were knocked out of the FA Cup by Daniel Farke’s men on penalties.However, Cantwell may have some work to do winning the affections of Spurs fans after reminding them that he is a boyhood Arsenal supporter.The youngster confidently netted in the shootout, playing some keepy-ups before slotting his spot-kick and then shushing the crowd.But Spurs have been handed a boost by the news that the Canaries’ £30million asking price for Cantwell has reportedly seen Liverpool take a step back.And Anfield hero Steve McManaman has also questioned whether the Norwich academy graduate is ready to make the grade on Merseyside.He told HorseRacing.net: “I’m surprised about the rumours linking Todd Cantwell with Liverpool.“It’s something which could certainly happen in the future, but I don’t think he’s done enough just yet to warrant playing at that kind of level.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 CelticMAKE YOUR DEBUT Bet £5 get £20 in free bets for new customers at Ladbrokes“I get the fact that he wants to play at a higher level and is performing well in a struggling Norwich City team, that’s completely understandable – but it would surprise me if Liverpool were very interested in him.“Liverpool do a lot of their transfer business discreetly. A lot of the other players were bought when we didn’t know it was happening, such as the likes of Alisson Becker and Fabinho, while Virgil Van Dijk was very much the exception.”Cantwell has featured in all of Norwich’s matches this season, scoring six goals and providing two assists.Norwich City’s Todd Cantwell scores acrobatic goal in training ground shooting drill