The 2017 summer transfer window opens up on July 1st and even though it’s over 3 months away from happening, Mauricio Pochettino has already revealed details concerning which potential players he wants to sign.
According to the 45 year old Argentinean manager of Tottenham Hotspur Mauricio Pochettino has recently stated that he does not want to focus solely on the abilities of the possible players that could arrive in a few months’ time as Pochettino said:
“Even though Newell’s Old Boys were a medium-level club in Argentina, we won three titles. It was an important time for me to understand that even though you can add good players and staff from outside the club, the academy is important as that is the identity of the club’’
“For a big club, it always seems more important to spend money on players from outside than give a chance to a younger player, but we have shown that we trust in the academy and if they have faith in us, these players can have the chance to play in the first team. We try to sign players who can improve our squad not only in terms of football quality. If they are very good people, it is even better. We are a company. Football is the most important thing but it is not only about football.” Continue Reading
Tottenham are interested in the possibility of bringing French national team manager Laurent Blanc as the replacement for Harry Redknapp, according to the Tottenham news website. Tottenham recently parted company with Harry Redknapp, whose four-year spell with the London club came to an end in the most acrimonious circumstances.
Tottenham finished the season in the fourth position for the second time in the last three seasons under Harry Redknapp, but they failed to qualify for the Champions League due to the success of Chelsea in the competition this season. However, differences between the manager Harry Redknapp and chairman Daniel Levy grew over the potential transfers for next season.
This has resulted in the exit of the former Portsmouth manager, who came to the club at a time when they were in the relegation zone. The search for a new manager continues for chairman Daniel Levy, who is thought to have many high profile managers on the shortlist. One of the managers who is extremely favourite for the job is the French national team manager Laurent Blanc, who is out of the contract after the end of Euro 2012. The former Bordeaux manager has already stated that he would like to return to club management after his stint with the national team. David Beckham has also been linked to a coaching role.
“It’s always gratifying when big clubs are interested in you. I can sign elsewhere, before or during the Euros. I often hear it said that it’s the boss who decides whether or not to extend the contract of a player or a coach at the end of their contract, but people forget the employee can also decide for themselves. My intention is to carry on with the France team, but the fact remains, I have not extended my contract. If I get an exceptional offer, I could very well decide to leave for that club,” said Blanc in April.
Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp has said that he is extremely delighted with the prospect of being able to play at the new Wembley once again in his managerial career. Tottenham managed to enter into the semifinals of the FA Cup after convincingly beating Bolton Wanderers 3-1 in the quarter-final stage at White Hart Lane on Tuesday night. Redknapp will be taking charge of his third FA Cup date at Wembley in just five years when his side face Chelsea in April. Redknapp has won the competition with Portsmouth before taking Tottenham to the semifinals back in 2010.
Louis Saha, Gareth Bale, and Ryan Nelsen scored the goals for Tottenham in a very emotional night for Bolton Wanderers. Bolton midfielder Fabrice Muamba collapsed on the pitch during the original match between the two clubs, which was abandoned. Bolton managed to grab a consolation goal through Kevin Davies late in the match. This is the first victory Tottenham have achieved since the 3-1 win over Stevenage almost a month ago. The other semi-final will see Liverpool take on Everton at Wembley. Redknapp spoke in delight about the two matches, which promised to be extremely exciting due to the history between the four clubs.
“I am looking forward to it, it will be a great weekend. I wouldn’t like to pick a winner from either tie, Liverpool and Everton are both capable of winning the Cup. It is an even game, you couldn’t pick a winner between us and Chelsea. Chelsea have beaten Benfica in the Champions League tonight (the Blues won 1-0 in Tuesday’s quarter-final first leg in Lisbon), which was a fantastic result, so it is wide open,” Harry Redknapp said after the 3-1 win over Bolton. This win will also be extremely crucial in their efforts to ward off any challenge from Chelsea for the top four position.
Tottenham Hotspur manager Harry Redknapp was left furious at referee Chris Foy after the defeat his team suffered against Stoke. Several big decisions went against the London club and Redknapp felt that the referee was actively enjoying his repeated decisions in favour of Stoke City.
Stoke started brightly in front of their home crowd and Matthew Etherington scored twice in the first half against his former club, both goals coming inevitably from set pieces. However after the break, Tottenham came out and showed exactly why they had gone 11 games unbeaten before their trip to the Britannia Stadium. They had chance after chance, and it was during this dominant second half that most of the controversial decisions were made.
Spurs pulled a goal back through a penalty awarded for a foul on Modric. Replays showed that although there was probably contact, Modric went down extremely easily, and could certainly have stayed on his feet. After this however, Foy started to favour the home side. He disallowed an Adebayor goal that proved to be at least a yard onside and should have stood as the equaliser, then denied two possible handballs. One of these saw Ryan Shawcross elbow a shot off the line that was heading into the net, albeit in a way that looked as though it could have been a header. Finally, Kaboul was dismissed after two yellows, the first for dissent, and the second for a slightly clumsy but fairly innocuous tackle on Walters.
Immediately after the game, Redknapp made his views clear, despite his normal reluctance to criticise referees, who he acknowledges have a very difficult job. “I never complain about referees’ decisions – I have not done it in 30 years of management, never. But today, I’m afraid, he got some badly wrong. I felt he was quite enjoying giving us nothing,” said the Spurs manager. “When someone’s two yards onside, like Adebayor was, how’s the linesman not seen it?”
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