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Jose only landed Spurs job after Levy realised he could not get Rodgers

first_imgTOTTENHAM turned to Jose Mourinho to save their flagging season – after failing to land Brendan Rodgers.Mourinho was appointed as head coach this morning less than 12 hours after they sacked Mauricio Pochettino.2 Spurs tried to sound out Brendan Rodgers before they turned to Jose MourinhoCredit: Getty – Contributor2 Jose Mourinho is all smiles after being named the new Tottenham managerCredit: Getty – ContributorChairman Daniel Levy says he has brought in a winner after handing the former Chelsea and Manchester United boss a contract until the summer of 2023.But the Mail claim his first choice to replace Pochettino was actually Leicester manager Rodgers.They say Levy had initially tried to sound out whether the former Liverpool and Celtic boss would be open to moving to North London.But he discovered that any attempt to persuade the Foxes to allow Rodgers to leave would be impossible, so immediately set his sights on Mourinho instead.It is believed the Spurs hierarchy had started to consider parting company with Pochettino last month as the side stuttered in their league form.A series of disjointed performances from the squad had suggested the players were not responding to the instructions of their manager any longer.The 1-1 draw at home to Sheffield United proved to be the decisive game which led to Levy deciding the time had come to make the change. Latest Tottenham 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 summerIt is suggested talks about Poch leaving began over the first week of the international break.But the Argentine was not about to walk out on the club and lose a pay-off, leading to the wrangle spilling over into this week.Once an agreement was finally reached, talks with Mourinho gathered pace and it became easy for the two parties to reach an agreement. Tottenham appoint Jose Mourinho as new manager less than 24 hours after sacking Mauricio Pochettinolast_img read more

‘Double Arrears’: Football House Owes Staffers, Referees

first_imgThe Chief Scribe of the 53-member Secretariat of the Liberia Football Association (LFA) and the President of the Liberia Football Referees Association (LIFRA) have both confirmed arrears of salaries and match indemnities.The LFA’s Secretary General Alphonso Armah has admitted that the football house owes it staffers for three months as of Wednesday, April 30, 2014; while LIFRA President, Atty. Joseph Kollie has announced that the LFA is indebted to the referees for over US$10,000.Mr. Armah, in an exclusive interview with the Daily Observer yesterday, failed to state whether the outstanding in the employees’ salaries was due to technical or administrative reasons, but said the staffers would be paid this week.“I don’t know why the press is blowing this thing out of proportion, but let me say this, they will be paid this week – I mean they will get their salaries this week,” Mr. Armah said.For his part, the Liberia’s referee boss, in a poignant tone said the LFA owed them about little over US$10,000 because after the April 14 inauguration, they received some of their outstanding receivables.“We are hopeful before the start of the National Play-off of the 3rd division teams, the LFA would clear us off,” Atty. Kollie said.Though he refused to state whether the referees would lay down their wrestles, reports gathered have said that discontentment is fast setting in and there is growing disgruntlement among the referees, something soccer administrators presage could spell embarrassment for the National Playoff.However, football pundits have argued that the apparent sluggishness in the payment of salaries of LFA employees and matches indemnities for referees are cruelty in that FIFA provides an annual Financial Assistance Programme (FAP) to every member country.The FIFA’s FAP is designed to support its member associations and the confederations to improve their administrative and technical capabilities.According to the FIFA’s FAP, Liberia receives US$250,000 every year including bonuses, if FIFA deems it necessary.Unconfirmed reports say Liberia has received approximately US$500,000 for bonuses between 2010 and 2012 excluding the annual US$250,000.“The annual amount of funds available as financial support for all member associations and confederations under the FAP (“FAP funds”) is determined in FIFA’s annual budget (except for FAP bonus payments), which is ratified by the FIFA Congress and communicated to the member associations and confederations by the FIFA general secretariat,” Chapter 4 of the FIFA FAP’s regulations stated.Besides the FIFA’s FAP, the LFA also receives US$165,000 every year from Cellcom GSM, for sponsorship for the National League, which is known as the Cellcom LFA National League.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more