Caution! Stalled government ahead | Brief letters

Alan Gilzean | Eldorado at the BBC | Motorway speeds | Morris Minors | Fake newsRumour has it that the only reason Alan Gilzean (Obituary, 12 July) stayed with Tottenham Hotspur after Jimmy Greaves left was that with the advent of substitutions, the Spurs manager agreed he would substitute him 15 minutes before full time. This enabled Alan to leave White Hart Lane before the crowds and get to his local in Winchmore Hill at opening time.
Steve Cunneen
Norwich • Sam Wollaston misses the point of Eldorado (Costa del LOL, G2, 9 July). It was launched to take the place of thrice-weekly Wogan and contribute a large proportion of the 25% of non-news programming that had to be made by independent producers. Its per episode budget was fine but its management by committee was not.
Victoria Wegg-Prosser
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Kieran Trippier offered freedom of Bury after World Cup success

Footballer became third England player ever to score in semi-finals with free-kick goal England player Kieran Trippier is to be awarded the freedom of his home town of Bury after his stellar World Cup performance. The 27-year-old defender became only the third England player to score in a World Cup semi-final when his free-kick put Gareth Southgate’s men 1-0 up against Croatia on Wednesday. Continue reading...

‘Football’s coming home’: England fans ecstatic after late Harry Kane winner – video

England fans have hailed captain Harry Kane as their hero after the team beat Tunisia 2-1 in their opening World Cup match on Monday in the Russian city of Volgograd. The Tottenham striker scored twice including a stoppage-time winner as he led his side to a last-gasp win prompting many supporters to chant “football’s coming home” in the stadium and across England Continue reading...

For Son Heung-min a World Cup miracle would offer more than glory | John Duerden

South Korea forward can skip military service if team do the seemingly impossible – otherwise all may rest on Asian GamesSouth Korea begin their World Cup campaign against Sweden on Monday but, remarkably, it may not be the most important tournament for Son Heung-min this summer. The Tottenham forward is running out of time to earn an exemption from 21 months of military service and the best opportunity to skip that obstacle comes at the Asian Games in Indonesia in August and September. Continue reading...

Premier League finances: the full club-by-club breakdown and verdict

The 2016-17 accounts of all top-flight clubs and what the figures say about their health. Manchester United top the charts again with a £581m income and £57m profit Financial figures for 2016-17, for the 20 clubs that were in the Premier League during 2016-17. All details from the most recently published annual reports at Companies House. Crystal Palace have missed the deadline for filing their accounts; as a consequence, all rankings of clubs are out of 19, not 20. Net debt is as stated in the accounts; debts minus cash held at the bank. The separate categories of turnover are listed according to the wording in individual club’s accounts and are each rounded up or down, so added together they do not always tally with the total turnover figure. Continue reading...

‘Mini Messi’ Marcus Edwards seeking exit from Tottenham this summer

• Teenager sees no chance of first-team breakthrough at Spurs
• Pochettino favouring experienced internationals in squadMarcus Edwards will seek a move away from Tottenham Hotspur this summer, having reluctantly accepted that his chance of a first-team breakthrough under Mauricio Pochettino has gone. The 19-year-old attacking midfielder has the reputation as one of England’s most exciting talents for his age, despite playing only 15 minutes for Spurs. He has starred for England’s youth teams from Under-16 to Under-20 level. Continue reading...

England’s Dele Alli not shackled by history as he lives schoolboy dream

The Tottenham forward is showing no signs of stage fright and says he is looking forward to the World Cup in RussiaThere is nothing like a World Cup for making one feel old. It is not only the reminder that four years have passed every time one comes round, or even that four or five decades have flown by since events that still seem real and recent. More alarming still is the sudden realisation that what one regards as well-known modern history means little or nothing to the present generation of participants. Take Dele Alli, for instance. Spurs’ midfielder-cum-secondary striker has an impetuous side to his nature that has led to the odd disciplinary issue over the past couple of years, so it seemed reasonable to ask whether he was aware that World Cup referees were often stricter and less forgiving than those encountered in club football. “You know, Continue reading "England’s Dele Alli not shackled by history as he lives schoolboy dream"

‘When Real Madrid call, you have to listen’ says Mauricio Pochettino

• Tottenham manager is wanted to replace Zinedine Zidane
• Pochettino ‘happy’ at Spurs after recently signing new dealMauricio Pochettino has said that “when Real Madrid call you, you have to listen” after the Champions League winners identified him as the manager they want to replace Zinedine Zidane. Pochettino signed a new five-year Tottenham contract just over a week ago but was quoted by the Spanish newspaper El Confidencial: “When Real Madrid call you, you have to listen to them. Although in this case it doesn’t depend on me. I have just signed a long contract with Tottenham and I am very happy here. Continue reading...

Real Madrid target Tottenham’s Mauricio Pochettino to replace Zidane

• President Florentino Pérez makes Argentinian first choice
• Spurs insist Pochettino’s new contract contains no Madrid clauseReal Madrid have identified Mauricio Pochettino as the principal candidate to take over as manager after Zinedine Zidane’s surprise decision to walk away from the club, although Tottenham are adamant that the Argentinian’s new contract does not contain a clause which allows him to join the triple European champions. The former France international announced he was leaving the Santiago Bernabéu stadium on Thursday, just five days after Madrid beat Liverpool 3-1 in the Champions League final in Kiev. It is understood that president Florentino Pérez has anointed Pochettino as the man he would like to succeed Zidane and has already sought to make contact with the 46-year-old on a day where they were caught off-guard by their former player’s departure. Continue reading...

Spurs tickets on sale for US summer tour

< !DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> On this summer’s USA tour, Tottenham Hotspur will be playing top teams across the United States in the 2018 edition of the International Champions Cup. With Mauricio Pochettino signing a new deal with Spurs, he’ll be leading out his squad in several high profiles matches this summer to prepare for the 2018/19 Premier League season. His team will be focused on trying to win the 2018 edition of the International Champions Cup where each of the 18 teams will be playing three matches. Tottenham Hotspur will be heading to San Jose (versus AS Roma), Los Angeles (to play Barcelona) and Minneapolis (to play AC Milan).   Here are the Spurs ticket details for this summer’s USA tour (all kickoff times listed are in the Eastern United States time zone):   Wednesday, July 25 AS Roma vs Tottenham Hotspur (International Champions Cup), 7pm, San Jose [TICKETS]   Saturday, July Continue reading "Spurs tickets on sale for US summer tour"

Crystal Palace set to offer Wilfried Zaha new contract to ward off suitors

• Ivory Coast forward is wanted by Tottenham and Chelsea
• Palace confident Sako, Cabaye and Ward will remain at clubCrystal Palace look set to offer Wilfried Zaha a new contract after his performances helped secure Premier League football for a sixth successive season. The Ivory Coast forward enjoyed his most productive campaign yet as Palace recovered from losing their first seven matches to finish 11th under manager Roy Hodgson. Zaha scored nine goals in 29 appearances, having been sidelined for two separate spells in August and March, with Palace failing to record a single victory in the nine games he missed. Continue reading...

Touts using football resale sites rip off fans and put them at risk

Guardian investigation finds vast numbers of tickets being sold on again despite it being illegal Football tickets are being touted on resale websites in vast numbers, a Guardian investigation has found, prompting warnings that fans are being ripped off and their safety put at risk. Undercover filming has revealed how websites including Viagogo and Ticketbis exploit alliances with professional touts to bypass laws drawn up to improve fan safety, and prevent touting, following the Hillsborough disaster. Continue reading...

Touts using football resale sites rip off fans and put them at risk

Guardian investigation finds vast numbers of tickets being sold on again despite it being illegal Football tickets are being touted on resale websites in vast numbers, a Guardian investigation has found, prompting warnings that fans are being ripped off and their safety put at risk. Undercover filming has revealed how websites including Viagogo and Ticketbis exploit alliances with professional touts to bypass laws drawn up to improve fan safety, and prevent touting, following the Hillsborough disaster. Continue reading...

Mauricio Pochettino signs new five-year contract at Tottenham Hotspur

• Manager commits long-term future to Premier League club
• Pochettino hails ‘one of the most exciting jobs in world football’Mauricio Pochettino has signed a new five-year contract at Tottenham Hotspur worth up to £8.5m each year. The manager had refused in recent weeks to guarantee he would lead the club into their new stadium next September and he sparked alarm on the final day of the season when he appeared to suggest that his future was linked to how Daniel Levy approached the summer transfer window. Pochettino called upon the chairman to “be brave and take risks” and it was clear that the Argentinian, who has led the team to three successive top-three finishes and Champions League qualifications, was positioning, at the very least, to win certain concessions. Pochettino has worked effectively on relatively meagre budgets over his four seasons at the club and he is determined Continue reading "Mauricio Pochettino signs new five-year contract at Tottenham Hotspur"

Mauricio Pochettino signs new five-year contract at Tottenham Hotspur

• Manager commits long-term future to Premier League club
• Pochettino hails ‘one of the most exciting jobs in world football’Mauricio Pochettino has signed a new five-year contract at Tottenham Hotspur worth up to £8.5m each year. The manager had refused in recent weeks to guarantee he would lead the club into their new stadium next September and he sparked alarm on the final day of the season when he appeared to suggest that his future was linked to how Daniel Levy approached the summer transfer window. Pochettino called upon the chairman to “be brave and take risks” and it was clear that the Argentinian, who has led the team to three successive top-three finishes and Champions League qualifications, was positioning, at the very least, to win certain concessions. Pochettino has worked effectively on relatively meagre budgets over his four seasons at the club and he is determined Continue reading "Mauricio Pochettino signs new five-year contract at Tottenham Hotspur"

José Mourinho targets summer move for Tottenham’s Toby Alderweireld

• Manchester United manager wants to revamp his defence
• Belgian open to move having failed to agree new Spurs dealJosé Mourinho is targeting Toby Alderweireld as part of the Manchester United manager’s intended revamp of his defence this summer, with the Tottenham Hotspur centre-back open to a move to Old Trafford. Alderweireld is out of contract in 2020 and discussions over fresh terms have reached a virtual impasse. The Belgian is conscious he can leave Tottenham next summer for €25m (£22m) due to a clause in his deal, though only if an option to extend until 2020 is activated. Continue reading...