Read all of Mourinho’s first official press conference as Spurs manager

first_imgJOSE 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 Tottenhamlast_img read more

Star ousts NLEX, enters semis

first_imgPBA IMAGESStar knocked off NLEX, 89-77, to clinch the first semifinals slot in the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup Tuesday night at Mall of Asia Arena.Kristofer Acox had 21 points and 12 rebounds for the Hotshots, who will face the winner between the top-seeded Meralco Bolts and No. 8 Blackwater Elite matchup in a best-of-5 semis series.ADVERTISEMENT “It’s very hard for us because it was our third game in five days. But because of our willingness to go to the next level, we were able to do it,” Star head coach Chito Victolero told reporters.It was just a four-point game before the Hotshots went on a 14-4 run to put the game away, 89-75, with Paul Lee scoring eight of his team’s final 10 points.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smog“We limited them to under 80 points and that was our goal which was to limit their fastbreak points,” said Victolero.Star beat NLEX for the second time in just two nights after picking up a 101-93 on Sunday that kept the Road Warriors from securing a twice-to-beat advantage in the quarterfinals. Aaron Fuller scored 16 points and grabbed nine rebounds for NLEX, which ended the conference on a three-game losing skid after a going on franchise-best 4-0 start.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Lee scored 18 points, making all of his six free throws, against Yeng Guiao, his former coach back with Rain or Shine, while Ian Sangalang added 14 points and four rebounds.The Hotshots smothered the Road Warriors, who registered their lowest output this conference. Their previous low was also against Star.Star also had an impressive showing on the offensive end, shooting 52% from the field.Victolero steered Star to the semis in the previous two conferences as well but the Hotshots have failed to advance in each of those times. He believes his team has what it takes to get over the hump this time with more experience under its belt.“We’ve been here before. all-Filipino, Commissioner’s Cup, but we’ve only reached until the semis. But now we’re more experienced than before and we hope we get through this time.”ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson View comments Durham says Bolts ‘didn’t play like ourselves’ in upset loss to Elite Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene How to help the Taal evacuees MOST READ SEA Games: Rogen Ladon enters flyweight boxing semis PLAY LIST 03:42SEA Games: Rogen Ladon enters flyweight boxing semis03:13SEA Games 2019: PH’s Carlo Paalam boxing light flyweight semi final (HIGHLIGHTS)00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award DAY6 is for everybody In ‘Jojo Rabbit,’ Comedy and Drama Collide Mos Burger to open in Manila; teases with a pop-up Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’last_img read more

No longer will we be ‘one people’ or ‘one nation’

first_imgDear Editor,Recent events in our nation have brought Jean Jacques Rousseau’s famous quote “When the people shall have nothing more to eat, they will eat the rich” sharply to mind, for we are entering that period in our history where it is happening before our eyes. The Guyana of my youth was characterised by friendships that crossed social, ethnic and economic barriers; parents did not interfere with these relationships and being ‘rich’ or ‘poor’ was never an issue, integrity of character was the only benchmark applied. I fear that this is already under threat and two recent events show that the divide has gotten wider and is almost beyond repair.The murder of young Patrick Fraser, who was simply hanging out with friends, with no thought that anyone viewed him as any different and the shooting of Kristian Jeffery, who thought it would be acceptable to walk in the company of friends through Agricola after the Buju Banton concert are harbingers of things to come. Parents of the ‘haves’ will now be securing the gates; building the high fences, both physical and mental, to secure their offspring and friendships outside of the socio-economic circle will not be encouraged and eventually forbidden. The rich will retreat into security compounds and gated communities (already a feature) and the poor will be further isolated in ever growing pockets of despair.Inequality will always exist in non-utopian societies, but democracy, the equal power of one vote, is a check to the politicians and parties that form Governments, or so it should be. Merton’s Strain Theory states that society puts pressure on individuals to achieve socially accepted goals though they lack the means. The responsibility lies with Government to bridge this gap, unfortunately, our nation is being administered by a cabal of the most uncaring. In four short years, they have exacerbated the gap between the rich and poor to the brink of the unthinkable; they would rather destroy democracy and the balance it brings than give up the power and perks of office. The strain is being evidenced by the sharp rise in violent crime. It cannot be solved by the sponsoring of entertainment and sharing of tickets, that story of “bread and circus” has played out its usefulness aeons ago.Editor, change is upon us, the expatriate community is growing daily, their salaries far exceed even the dreams of our large middle class. They will begin by renting homes but as the history of oil development shows, they will inevitably build their secure compounds, travel in heavily armoured convoys, employ armed services to escort them and live separate from the ‘locals’. The strain will be felt by those outside those compound walls, our children will not form these bonds of friendship that enrich lives and last lifetimes; the rich will live on the hills and the poor in the valleys of despair. No longer will we be “one people” or “one nation”. The poor have started eating and Granger has put us on the menu. The only hope for all Guyanese lies in that equality promised at the ballot box on Election Day.Respectfully,Robin Singhlast_img read more

Fianlly, Weah Signs 2019/2020 National Budget into Law

first_imgPresident George Weah’s concern for road construction is once again at the center of discussion among the senators.President George Weah, has signed into law the National Budget for the fiscal period beginning July 1, 2019 and ending June 30, 2020, a release from the Executive Mansion has said.According to the release, the National Budget, which was signed October 28, 2019 totals L$110,460,000,000 or US$526,000,000, provides for the expenditure or operational cost of the Government of Liberia, an Executive Mansion release said.The Legislature, following months of intensive deliberations, according to the release, forwarded the budget to the office of the President for signing into law.Earlier, the Executive Branch of the Government through the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning submitted the National Budget to the Legislature.The 2019/20 National Budget accounts for three separate revenue envelopes, including Tax Revenue at US$378,000,000, non-Tax Revenue at US$87,200,000, as well as External Resources at US$60,800,000. It subsequently becomes law once printed into hand bills by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Get Alli! Tunisia coach singles out Dele the dangerman

first_img“Why not?” he told reporters ahead of his side’s final training session in Volgograd on Sunday.“Our team is ready,” he added, referring to recent warm-up results where they drew with Portugal and lost narrowly to Spain.“We played well in friendlies. We did well and we expect to do the same here.”But he stressed that to do well against England, Tunisia had to keep Alli quiet, and confessed he was an admirer of the 22-year-old Tottenham midfielder.“He is a great player,” said Maaloul. “He is a midfielder who can play anywhere: centre, forward or deep midfield, up front on his own or wide on the left.“We know how easily Alli and Kane can find each other and their understanding so must divide them.“The most dangerous thing for me is the way he sees the match and plays the last pass.”The Tunisian coach placed England among the favourites to win the World Cup despite their abject record in recent major tournaments.The Three Lions failed to get out of their group in Brazil in 2014 and were humiliated by Iceland in Euro 2016 in France.“I was in the stadium when they played Iceland,” he said. “Now they are a more stronger side. The result is not going to be the same tomorrow.“We have pressure and they have pressure to do well. We are representing Africa and the Arabic world. They are one of the favourites to win the World Cup.”0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Dele Alli has been identified as England’s danger man by Tunisia’s coach © AFP / PAUL ELLISVOLGOGRAD, Russian Federation, Jun 17 – Tunisia coach Nabil Maaloul has singled out England’s Dele Alli as his side’s most dangerous opponent as he prepared for their World Cup Group G opener at the Volgograd Arena on Monday.The confident coach, in his second spell as national team boss, said his side could beat England and open the door to progressing from the group stages and to the quarter-finals.last_img read more

Real Madrid captain Casillas set to snub Arsenal switch

first_img Real Madrid goalkeeper Iker Casillas 1 Arsenal will be forced to wait if they want to sign Iker Casillas because the Real Madrid goalkeeper wants to stay where he is.The Spanish giants have targeted Manchester United number one David de Gea as a replacement for their long-serving keeper, with Arsenal and Liverpool monitoring the situation while they consider changes at the back.And the pressure is mounting on the Spanish World Cup winner after his latest poor display in the club’s weekend draw with Valencia.The keeper, 33, appeared to shout back at fans who were abusing him and that has prompted further speculation over his future.But Casillas has told Madrid, Arsenal, Liverpool and anyone else interested in him moving on that he is determined to see out his Bernabeu contract which runs until 2017.last_img read more

Ancelotti MUST win Champions League to keep Real Madrid job, claims Spanish football expert

first_imgtalkSPORT’s Spanish football expert Graham Hunter claims Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti MUST win the Champions League this season if he wants to keep his job.The Italian has been linked with a move to Manchester City in the summer, should the club decide to dispense with Manuel Pellegrini’s services.Real Madrid will have to overturn a 2-1 deficit in their semi-final against Juventus, and Hunter believes the match at the Bernabeu will be critical.“The tradition at Real Madrid is that, if you win the Champions League, you get sacked. Just look at Vincente del Bosque and Jupp Heynckes.“I’m a Carlo Ancelotti defender but he hasn’t helped himself, he should have made better decisions.“Asier Illarramendi, Javier Hernandez and Jese should have played more regularly. Keylor Navas should have tested Iker Casillas more regularly as well. Ancelotti’s lack of rotation will count against him.“If they don’t win against Juventus, and subsequently win the final, it’s a little hard to understand how Ancelotti will survive.“That’s the way Florentino Perez is. If they win against Juventus, there is going to be a El Clasico final.“If you win a Clasico final, it’s unprecedented, and maybe Ancelotti stays.”last_img read more


first_imgAN education authority in the North is under fire after a series of junkets including one where civil servants racked up a bar bill – for an incredible €2,500.In fact the CCEA – which sets curriculums for the six counties – managed to spend an incredible Stg15,849 during a trip to Letterkenny.And the conference in question lasted for just TWO DAYS. The cash was splashed at a time when hard-pressed principals were begging for extra funding for crumbling classrooms.Details only emerged after a fed-up teacher put in a Freedom of Information request into the North’s government at Stormont.Eighty-eight civil servants enjoyed the Letterkenny conference.On one occasion the CCEA decided to have a conference in Galway – and flew 40 staff by private jet from Belfast! Nice work if you can get it….And the North’s politicians are going mad over the lavish splashing of taxpayer’s cash.Deputy chairman of Stormont’s Education committee and former UUP finance spokesman David McNarry described the CCEA expenditure on “jollies” as “lavish” and “scandalous”.Mr McNarry said: “They have been found out in abusing finances that could have been better used elsewhere and setting a very poor example.“What makes it more scandalous was that the maintenance backlog in schools was known. There was never an abundance of money and such spending was not justifiable, and the question has to be asked how were they able to get away with this?” BODY SLAMMED OVER €2,500 DONEGAL DRINKS BILL! was last modified: May 27th, 2011 by gregShare 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)last_img read more


first_imgTHE A5 road project is back on track, the North’s deputy first minister Martin McGuinness has said.“It’s far from dead,” insisted the Derry politician last night.“I think, as a result of our discussions, we’re greatly heartened by what we’ve heard and we look forward to completing some work ourselves and the Taoiseach over the course of the coming days. “It’s fair to say it’s back on track again,” he added.First Minister Peter Robinson and Mr McGuinness met Enda Kenny in Dublin yesterday after attending the inauguration of Michael D Higgins as President.Mr Robinson said Dublin’s contribution to the road scheme would be “re-profiled rather than lost”.Joint financial support to dual the road at a cost of £850m was agreed as part of the St Andrew’s Agreement in 2006, and construction was expected to start in 2012. Earlier Fine Gael’s Joe McHugh claimed the Irish government part of the funding never existed in Fianna Fail government plans and projections.The Dublin administration has offered £50M over the next four understands that further discussions will take place next week.A5 ROAD ‘BACK ON TRACK’ CLAIMS McGUINNESS was last modified: November 12th, 2011 by BrendaShare 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:A5a5 road projectmartin mcguinnessroadlast_img read more


first_imgFrom Dubai to Downings: That was the sobering reality for the Donegal Senior squad this weekend.The Donegal GAA squad returned from their team holiday on Friday, but they had no time to settle back into things, as they were summoned to the slightly milder region of Downings for training over the weekend.The players enjoyed a week away as a reward for their stunning season in 2014.The squad got together on Saturday morning for a training session to shake off the cobwebs after a sunny sojourn in Dubai. The squad then stayed overnight in Downings and trained again on Sunday morning as all attention now focuses on the formidable challenge of Cork.Donegal host Cork in Ballyshannon in yet another crucial league encounter, with six teams already locked on two points each, home advantage is critical, and Donegal will hope to maximise that advantage.When you consider their horrible away record in the league, home games take on added significance.In club football the fixtures for the new season are expecting to be announced shortly. A provisional date of March 20th is being proposed as the start date for the All-County League. FROM DUBAI TO DOWNINGS – DONEGAL GAA SENIOR SQUAD GET STUCK BACK INTO TRAINING was last modified: February 23rd, 2015 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:donegalDowningsDubaiGAAholidaynewsSporttraininglast_img read more