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José Mourinho told Tottenham have no money to spend in January

• New manager says that he ‘feels happiness’ with squad • Academy is giving the talents the first team needs, he says José Mourinho has been told that he will have to work with Tottenham’s existing squad as there is no money for an overhaul in January. The manager, who has taken over from Mauricio Pochettino on a three-and-a-half-year contract, has entered the role with his eyes open as to the financial realities at the club and it was noticeable that on Wednesday evening he talked up the players he has inh[..]

Daniel Levy and José Mourinho hope shared ruthlessness pays off at Spurs

Chairman and manager have plenty in common and Levy must trust that his gamble persuades key players to stay José Mourinho’s Manchester United team looked broken. The date was 29 September 2018 and their shortcomings were written large on the open spaces of West Ham’s London Stadium. The 3-1 defeat was a nail in his coffin and no one left east London that day thinking he had too much longer as the United manager. Mourinho would limp on for two and a half months – fighting, arguing, remorselessly testing pat[..]

West Ham take down video poking fun at new Spurs boss Mourinho

Tweet reminded Mourinho of previous defeats Criticism on social media preempts removal West Ham upped the ante before José Mourinho’s first game in charge of Tottenham by goading the Portuguese on Twitter. Mourinho has taken over from Mauricio Pochettino at Spurs, and his reign beginning with a derby at the London Stadium on Saturday lunchtime. Continue reading...

The Fiver | What used to pass for Spursy, when the sun shone on a more regular basis

Sign up now! Sign up now! Sign up now? Sign up now! Had the legendary John White, then a young man doing his national service, made it from his barracks to Burnley in time for a First Division match towards the business end of the 1959-60 season, Tottenham Hotspur may not have lost 2-0, and may well have won the league instead of the Clarets. In 1961-62, they lost home and away to newly promoted Ipswich Town; had the results been reversed, that would have been their title too. In 1962-63 they rattled in 111[..]

England set for major boost as Dawn Scott primed to join Phil Neville's staff

US high performance coach to join Neville’s staff FA backing manager despite recent poor results The FA’s plan to help Phil Neville turn the Lionesses into world-beaters is to receive a major boost with the addition of US Women’s National Team’s high performance coach Dawn Scott to his staff. Related: If Phil Neville stays on as England manager then he has to be bold | Suzanne Wrack Continue reading...

Liverpool hope £50m Kirkby training facility will inspire academy players

New facility to replace Melwood training ground next season Academy prospects and first team will be brought together Liverpool are on course for next summer’s move to a new £50m training facility in Kirkby that manager Jürgen Klopp believes will inspire the club’s academy prospects in their pursuit of a first team place. The Anfield club on Wednesday unveiled images of the on-going development that will replace their historic Melwood training ground next pre-season and bring together senior and youth team [..]

What you get when you appoint José Mourinho as manager – video

Tottenham Hotspur have acted swiftly to appoint José Mourinho as their new manager on a contract that will run until the end of the 2022-23 season, following Mauricio Pochettino’s sacking on Tuesday. Here's an assessment of what you get under the 'Special One'. From falling out with key players, bust-ups with opposition managers and some memorable moments along the way José Mourinho appointed Tottenham manager after Pochettino sacked Continue reading...

Pochettino pays price for Spurs’ failure of renewal but Mourinho is a big gamble | Jonathan Wilson

Tottenham’s current woes are rooted in the lack of new signings two summers ago but is José Mourinho really the right fit? Fifty years ago this season Liverpool went to Watford, then struggling near the bottom of the Second Division, in the sixth round of the FA Cup. On a dreadful pitch, its central third rutted and bare, they lost 1-0 to a diving header from Barry Endean. Bill Shankly called Watford “the worst team that ever beat us”. He was aware the upset could be as epochal as the defeat to Worcester Ci[..]

Gareth Bale and that 'Wales, golf, Madrid' flag: Real are not amused

The banner is a laugh. And yet, importantly, the Welshman surely knows that most in Madrid won’t find it funny It was Pedja Mijatovic who started it. One night on the radio, the former Real Madrid player and sporting director said he hadn’t spoken to Gareth Bale but the impression he got was that his priorities were Wales, golf, and Madrid – and in that order. That sounded pretty good to Wales fans, already on his side. Songs followed swiftly and so did the flags. One of them found its way on to the pitch a[..]

Tottenham love to talk of glory, but for Daniel Levy business is business

With the new stadium to pay for, the Spurs chairman is reliant on Champions League revenue to balance the books and has acted with brutal swiftness in removing Mauricio Pochettino The lament that football has traded its soul for money has been associated with a departing manager of Tottenham Hotspur long before Mauricio Pochettino was sacked five months after taking the club to a miraculous Champions League final. The famous quote from Keith Burkinshaw, as he walked away from White Hart Lane in 1985 despite[..]

Football quiz: José Mourinho v Tottenham Hotspur

Mourinho has won more games against Spurs than any other club. Can you remember his victories, defeats and moans? What happened the last time José Mourinho led out a team against Tottenham? He suffered the biggest home defeat of his whole career He won his last game as Manchester United manager He lost the match and was sacked the next day He was sent to the stands for shouting at the fourth official Mourinho came out fighting after that defeat, demanding “respect, respect, respect man”. What did he say to [..]

Mourinho brings good, bad and ugly, but in what ratio at Tottenham?

Manager needs to show he is not yesterday’s man with a squad more talented than the one he inherited at Manchester United The good, the bad and the ugly: José Mourinho’s appointment by Tottenham Hotspur means his managerial modus operandi is back in the Premier League. Fans of Spurs and (some) players may mourn the sacking of Mauricio Pochettino and will look to their new No 1 and wonder which Mourinho has just walked through the door. Because this is the big question, the 100-tonne elephant in the room reg[..]

Stevenage's Mark Sampson charged by FA over offensive remark about player

Remark alleged to have been made in transfer target talks Club investigation found no case for Sampson to answer Stevenage caretaker manager Mark Sampson has been charged by the Football Association with making an offensive remark. The former England Women head coach is alleged to have made the remark to a coach who used to work with the League Two club earlier this season. It was alleged that the remark was aimed at a player during a conversation about transfer targets. Continue reading...

Aaron Ramsey targets Euro 2020 success after ‘special’ qualification

• Ramsey missed Wales’s Euro 2016 semi-final due to suspension • We learned from missing out on World Cup, says midfielder Aaron Ramsey has said Wales will relish another appearance at a major tournament after qualifying for Euro 2020 and he believes they are capable of again going deep into the competition after reaching the last four in France three years ago. Ramsey missed Wales’s semi-final defeat to Portugal at Euro 2016 owing to suspension and the Juventus midfielder admits he feels as if he has unfin[..]

Euro 2020 qualifiers: 10 talking points from this week's action

Wales youngsters impressed Giggs, Cazorla is astonishing and will O’Neill stick around for Northern Ireland’s play-off? With the reality of reaching a third tournament finals still sinking in as elated Wales supporters furrowed out of the turnstiles in Cardiff, five precious words will have stirred further excitement. “This is just the beginning,” Ryan Giggs said. And he has a point. Giggs put the onus on young players in his first qualifying campaign in charge of his country and how the new generation rewa[..]

Mourinho for Pochettino: are Spurs run by Amazon’s documentary makers? | Max Rushden

Hiring Mourinho feels like a step backwards and it would be peak Spursy to hire this serial winner and still win nothing Just how much have Amazon paid for this season’s Spurs documentary? Is this the first football reality show – Made in Tottenham – where if things aren’t quite interesting enough the producers can suggest things to keep it interesting? It was already turning into a reasonably interesting show. Did they have to go this big this early? Perhaps they were bored by the Manchester City one. Team[..]

Which footballers have scored a hat-trick of free-kicks? | The Knowledge

Plus: more football-related spoilers, champions after opening-day thumpings and FA Cup downward spirals Mail us your questions or tweet @TheKnowledge_GU “Lionel Messi scored two goals from free-kicks against Celta Vigo,” writes Bogdan Kotarlic. “Has anyone ever scored a hat-trick of direct free-kicks?” We were inundated with examples of free-kick hat-trickery, with plenty of video evidence to back them up. So, here goes … Continue reading...

Football rumours: where next for Mauricio Pochettino?

Former Spurs manager will not be kicking his heels for long A world of infinite possibility has suddenly opened up for Tottenham Hotspur Mauricio Pochettino. The former Spurs boss – and yes it does feel strange suddenly saying that – is unlikely to be kicking his heels for long. Bayern Munich currently have an interim manager in the shape of Hans-Dieter Flick, while Zinedine Zidane and Ole Gunnar Solskjær’s coats hang on a shoogly peg at Real Madrid and Manchester United respectively. Ears will be pricking [..]

Tottenham Hotspur: José Mourinho named new manager of Spurs

Mauricio Pochettino sacked on Tuesday night Mourinho: ‘The quality in the squad excites me’ Tottenham Hotspur have announced the appointment of José Mourinho as their new manager on a contract that will run until the end of the 2022-23 season, following the sacking on Tuesday of Mauricio Pochettino. Mourinho adds Spurs to a long list of previous clubs he has managed including FC Porto, Internazionale, Chelsea, Real Madrid and Manchester United. Continue reading...

Mauricio Pochettino: the road to his Tottenham sacking – video report

Mauricio Pochettino has been sacked as the manager of Tottenham, with the club already locked in talks with José Mourinho to be his replacement. Pochettino, who oversaw year-on-year progress at Spurs after his arrival in 2014, culminating in the memorable run to last season’s Champions League final, had watched his fortunes slump after a difficult summer. Here's a look back at the road to his dismissal Spurs’ sacking of Mauricio Pochettino is brutal but oddly inevitable Continue reading...

Spurs’ sacking of Mauricio Pochettino is brutal but oddly inevitable | Barney Ronay

Argentinian has achieved remarkable things at a club where he has spent less than most while juggling move to new stadium Farewell then, Poch. After the hugs and the backslaps, time now for a last wave goodbye. It says a great deal about the strangeness of modern football that the sacking of Mauricio Pochettino by Tottenham Hotspur on Tuesday night felt startling, brutal but also oddly inevitable. Continue reading...

Rapinoe and Pique give Bale a lesson in how to tackle murky world of politics | Kevin Mitchell

The Wales forward may think of little other than football and golf but not all athletes are so disengaged with the world around them It is a fair guess that Gareth Bale, everyone’s favourite top-knot idiot, did not rush from the pitch after Wales’s match against Hungary on Tuesday to inquire how the prime minister got on in his TV debate with Jeremy Corbyn. Or, indeed, bother to ask if we had the same prime minister as last month, when Bale pronounced in an unguarded moment of candour: “I don’t even know wh[..]

Euro 2020 qualifier roundup: Wijnaldum hat-trick sparks Netherlands rout

• Netherlands beat Estonia 5-0 in Group C • Benteke and De Bruyne give Belgium 6-1 win over Cyprus Georginio Wijnaldum struck a hat-trick as Netherlands, who had already booked a spot at Euro 2020, eased to a 5-0 victory over Estonia in their final Group C qualifying clash at the Johan Cruyff Arena on Tuesday. The home side were in complete control of the contest from early on, with the defender Nathan Ake and 18-year-old debutant Myron Boadu also among the goals, as they finished second in the standings wi[..]

John McGinn’s brace earns Scotland comeback victory over Kazakhstan

Scotland required a second-half fightback and a John McGinn brace to conclude their doomed 2020 European Championship qualifying campaign with a 3-1 win over Kazakhstan at Hampden Park. The Scots lost 3-0 to their opponents in their Group I opener in March, a result that soon led to the departure of boss Alex McLeish. His successor Steve Clarke watched Baktiyor Zainutdinov stun the home side with a terrific opener in the 34th minute. Continue reading...

Serge Gnabry hat-trick helps Germany thrash Northern Ireland 6-1

Serge Gnabry’s hat-trick condemned Northern Ireland to a heavy defeat in their final fixture of Euro 2020 qualifying as outgoing manager Michael O’Neill suffered the second heaviest defeat of his eight-year reign. Michael Smith’s first international goal gave Northern Ireland a shock lead after seven minutes in Frankfurt but it proved a false dawn.Gnabry failed to make the grade at Arsenal and even West Brom but is flourishing with Bayern Munich and he moved on to 13 goals in as many international appearanc[..]

Aaron Ramsey’s double sends Wales to Euro 2020 with win over Hungary

Aaron Ramsey applied the finishing touches on a memorable night for Wales, with the midfielder scoring both goals against Hungary to ensure his country qualified for Euro 2020. Gareth Bale left to a standing ovation two minutes from time, by which point Wales had wrapped up victory. Ryan Giggs craved a bold and fearless display and his players delivered, performing with gusto from start to finish. Continue reading...

‘The players got him the sack’ … football reacts to Pochettino’s Spurs dismissal

• Football world expresses shock at Spurs’ decision • Harry Redknapp says squad should have played better Tottenham’s decision to sack Mauricio Pochettino on Tuesday night was met with shock and surprise, despite his side’s dreadful run of results that equated to 25 points from 24 games in the Premier League, with the former Spurs manager Harry Redknapp blaming the players and Gary Lineker warning the club: “Good look with finding a better replacement.” Redknapp, who held the Spurs job from 2008 to 2012, to[..]

José Mourinho set for Tottenham talks after Mauricio Pochettino sacked

• Daniel Levy is a longstanding admirer of Mourinho • Pochettino dismissed after dismal run of results Mauricio Pochettino has been sacked as the manager of Tottenham, with the club now expected to turn to José Mourinho as his replacement. Mourinho, who has been out of work since his dismissal by Manchester United last December, has made little secret of his desire to return to the Premier League. Daniel Levy, the Spurs chairman, is set to open talks with Mourinho, who has previously managed Chelsea on two [..]

Politics derail Diego Maradona at Gimnasia after only three months

• Maradona lasts eight games at struggling Argentinian side • Club elections cost Maradona ally his job as president Diego Maradona has left his latest club after three months in charge. The former Argentina forward and World Cup winner, who became the manager of Gimnasia in September, said he would continue only if the club’s president, Gabriel Pellegrino, stayed on following club elections but he withdrew when an electoral pact fell apart. Related: The real Diego Maradona comes to life in Mexico in captiv[..]

Wales v Hungary: Euro 2020 qualifier – live!

Updates from Wales’s key match and the other qualifiers Live scoreboard! Follow all of the day’s goals and games And you can email Scott here with your thoughts 6.55pm GMT Tom Flanagan replaces Jonny Evans in the Northern Ireland defence for the dead rubber in Germany. The Sunderland defender makes his first competitive start, standing in for the Leicester man, who has succumbed to illness. Jordan Thompson also starts a meaningful international for the first time, replacing fellow midfielder Stuart Dallas. [..]

Tottenham’s clogged exit route leaves Pochettino’s project treading water | David Hytner

Mauricio Pochettino has been left to use essentially the same squad, but one that is a little less full of zest for the project and more difficult to manage To understand why it has come to this for Mauricio Pochettino, why his Tottenham team has flatlined in the Premier League and why his continued employment is under scrutiny as never before, it is necessary to consider a concept that he holds dear. It involves the natural cycle of an elite player’s development. When the player is young, he is grateful fo[..]

How Luis Enrique’s Spain return turned from a fiesta into a crisis | Sid Lowe

Robert Moreno always said he would willing step aside for Luis Enrique to retake the reins but something changed and Spain were caught completely off-guard It should have been the best of news, something to celebrate; instead, the Spanish football federation found itself confronted by another crisis. Luis Enrique, the manager forced to abandon the national team because his nine-year-old daughter had cancer, will return four months after he stepped down and three months after her death. Robert Moreno, his as[..]

Manchester City target new highs after announcing record £535m revenues

• Financial results show 6% rise on 2017-18 figures • City could overhaul Manchester United’s results next year Manchester City have announced club record revenues of £535.2m, an increase of around 6%. The champions are confident this will rise again next year because of a lucrative new kit deal with Puma. City posted the results in their annual report for 2018-19, which also shows that wages rose from 52% to 59% of turnover, having spent £259.2m in 2017-18, compared with £315.6m last year. Continue reading[..]

Malaysia fans perform collective chants before game with Indonesia – video

Malaysia football fans put on an impressive display before their 2022 World Cup qualifier with Indonesia. Around 80,000 fans were packed into the national stadium in Bukit Jalil, Malaysia. The hosts were 2-0 victors, with the opening goal a stunning long-range free-kick from Safawi Rasid, before the forward got a second goal in the second half Continue reading...

The Fiver | Welsh memories of Ivor Allchurch scoring a goal for the ages

Sign up now! Sign up now! Sign up now? Sign up now! The Republic O’Ireland and Denmark drew a competitive football match on Monday night. It was the fifth time they’d done so in the last 24 months, the continuation of a grim existential rut which naturally reminded The Fiver of that legendary Bill Murray film. We refer of course to Garfield: A Tale of Two Kitties. Just 80 minutes in length, but man, it seemed like it would never end. The least successful of his Wes Anderson collaborations, in The Fiver’s bo[..]

The Wales striker with more criminal convictions than caps

Harry Trainer was a ‘crack centre-forward’ with a big future but he could not resist stealing jewellery, cockerels and hens By Paul Brown for The Blizzard, of the Guardian Sport Network Police Constable James Owen was on night patrol when he discovered the robbery. It was 1.30am on Sunday morning, 11 November 1900, and the gas-lit streets of Wrexham were empty. PC Owen, in his regulation cape and helmet, was a young recruit who had recently been commended for his brave attempt to rescue a family from a fata[..]

Chelsea set for transfer window appeal but will be kept waiting for ruling

• Cas likely to announce in December whether ban overturned • Leicester’s Ben Chilwell among targets when signings possible Chelsea are unlikely to hear until December whether their two-window transfer ban will be overturned by the court of arbitration for sport, which is set to hear the case on Wednesday. The club are unable to make signings until February 2020 after they were found guilty by Fifa of breaking transfer regulations relating to minors. They were also fined £460,000 and failed to overturn the [..]

Making waves: Qatar World Cup will use cruise ships as floating hotels

Organisers charter two ships with combined 4,000 cabins Boats will be berthed throughout the tournament Once it was a three-star bed and breakfast or a capacious pitch on a camp site. Now fans travelling to the World Cup in Qatar are to be offered a very different experience after organisers confirmed they had chartered two cruise ships to serve as floating hotels in 2022. The two vessels, hired from company MSC cruises, come with swimming pools, spas and a dinosaur playroom (for children). They also offer [..]

Eric Cantona: ‘Big democracies are, in a way, dictatorships’

Former Manchester United striker on ‘economic terrorism’, a suitcase that shed light on his family and trying to understand himself For a man who spoke of seagulls and trawlers after he karate-kicked a fan in April 1995 and quoted King Lear when he collected Uefa’s president’s award almost 25 years later, reciting “as flies to wanton boys, we are for the gods”, there is something in the simplicity of what Eric Cantona says now. He pictures himself standing with his mother and aunt, looking into his grandfat[..]

Wijnaldum on racism in football: 'What can you do as a player? It's a problem in society' – video

The Liverpool and Netherlands midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum has spoken strongly on the state of racism in football after a Dutch second division match was halted. The game between FC Den Bosch and Excelsior was stopped, after alleged abuse was directed at Excelsior winger Ahmad Mendes Moreira. ‘It’s a problem in society and a problem that should be solved by our politicians,’ Wijnaldum said. ‘I also saw someone doing the Nazi salute in the stands. When I saw that, I thought ‘what is wrong with you if you d[..]

David Squires on … new ideas for football TV series

Our cartoonist looks at some of the programmes you might find on your streaming services in the coming years Take a look through David’s archive of cartoons Guardian print shop: buy a copy of this cartoon Continue reading...

Buy a classic sport photograph: Cantona's comeback

The eighth of a new Guardian Print Shop series featuring classic sports images from the likes of Gerry Cranham, Mark Leech and Tom Jenkins – yours to own for just £55 including free delivery “When the seagulls follow the trawler, it is because they think sardines will be thrown into the sea.” Few aphorisms in football are as bizarre or memorable as the one uttered by Eric Cantona in April 1995 when he addressed the national media three months after his infamous ‘kung fu’ attack on a Crystal Palace fan. ‘The[..]

Football rumours: Julian Nagelsmann to replace Pochettino at Spurs?

Today’s fluff is running the gauntlet In news that could have been written at any given point in the past 15 years, Arsenal need defensive reinforcements. Consequently, the Gunners are training their sights on Villarreal’s Pau Torres. The 22-year-old centre-back, who made his Spain debut last month, is admittedly weighed down by a £43m release clause, but Unai Emery is undeterred, according to The Sun. However, they may face competition from Manchester City. Emery is not the only manager in north London sub[..]

Australia and New Zealand discuss dual bid for Women's World Cup in 2023

Expanded format leads to increased demand for venues A dual bid ‘makes sense’ says FFA chair Chris Nikou Australia’s bid for the 2023 Women’s World Cup is shaping to be a joint bid with New Zealand. The success of this year’s tournament in France resulted in Fifa expanding the 2023 edition from 24 teams to 32 and on Tuesday FFA chairman Chris Nikou said that due to the increased demand for venues a dual bid is being discussed, with a resolution expected in coming days. Continue reading...

Luis Enrique set for Spain return as Roberto Moreno walks away in tears

• Moreno has guided Spain to Euro 2020 finals • Luis Enrique stepped down to help look after his daughter Luis Enrique is set to return as Spain’s manager on Tuesday, five months after giving up the post. He left because his nine-year-old daughter, who subsequently died, was seriously ill with bone cancer. His former assistant, Robert Moreno, who took over as head coach in June and had previously run the side in Luis Enrique’s name, will leave immediately. Continue reading...

England’s Marcus Rashford back in the goal groove after confidence takes a hit

• Manchester United striker emerges from ‘tough period’ • Chelsea’s Fikayo Tomori stunned at his progress in past year Marcus Rashford feels the confidence is flooding back into his game after a run of nine goals in 10 matches for Manchester United and England, casting aside what the forward admits has been a difficult spell. It was a fruitful international break for Rashford, who scored a slickly taken goal seven minutes from time in the 4-0 win over Kosovo, having replaced Callum Hudson-Odoi before the ho[..]

Gareth Southgate admits Euro 2020 is key to him remaining England manager

• Southgate cautiously plans for Qatar World Cup in 2022 • ‘I’m realistic about how quickly the tides can turn’ Gareth Southgate has admitted that he will not remain in his job as England manager if his team fail at the Euro 2020 finals next summer. Southgate is under contract for a further three years and says he will travel to the Club World Cup in Qatar next month as part of his long-term planning for the World Cup there in November-December 2022. Southgate will follow Liverpool at the club tournament. H[..]

Euro 2020 roundup: Italy crush Armenia 9-1 while Spain hammer Romania

• Seven goalscorers in Italian record victory • Switzerland win group with 6-1 win in Gibraltar Italy produced the biggest win against European opposition in their history when they crushed Armenia 9-1 in Palermo. The Azzurri, who had already qualified for Euro 2020 as winners of Group J, had seven goalscorers with Federico Chiesa claiming their last goal in the 81st minute. Ciro Immobile and Nicolò Zaniolo were the only players to score twice. Spain enhanced their credentials as one of the favourites for E[..]

Euro 2020 play-offs for Ireland despite Doherty’s late goal against Denmark

In the end Ireland were not quite good enough to force a twist in a taut but predictable drama. They tried their damnedest but inspiration eluded them and then, in the 73rd minute, so did concentration. Martin Braithwaite stepped in to send Denmark to Euro 2020 with their first shot on target. Matt Doherty headed an equaliser five minutes from time but the valiant hosts were to fall agonisingly short. Ireland may still reach the finals through play-offs in March. They could meet Bosnia, Wales, Slovakia or N[..]

Russia could be banned from Olympics and Euro 2020 over drug anomalies

• Wada expected to recommend Russia be found ‘non-compliant’ • Date relates to period from 2012 to 2015 Russia could be banned from next year’s Olympic Games and the European Championship in football after the World Anti-Doping Agency was expected to recommend it be found “non-compliant” over anomalies in drug testing results. Wada’s executive committee will meet on 9 December to assess the conclusion of its independent compliance review committee, which has been inspecting laboratory data belonging to Russ[..]