TOTTENHAM 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 Pochettino
Source = AFTA AFTA announces NTIA finalistsThe Australian Federation of Travel Agents (AFTA) is pleased to announce the finalists for the 2015 AFTA National Travel Industry Awards (NTIA).Following a one month polling period where the industry cast their votes for the best of the best across 37 categories, the highest-ranked nominees have now been selected – heightening anticipation for the annual award ceremony to be held on Saturday 18 July 2015.The full list of finalists can be viewed HERE.Jayson Westbury, AFTA Chief Executive congratulated all nominees and finalists and thanked the industry for once again getting behind the awards.“NTIA grows each year and continues to be an event clearly cherished by all. AFTA is committed to bringing this significant event to the industry for the industry and all nominees and finalists should be very proud of their achievement thus far.” said Jayson Westbury, AFTA Chief Executive.“Industry will wait with bated breath over the next few weeks as 115 travel industry individuals and businesses from 23 of the 37 categories will go before the judging panel to decide the winners for 2015,” said Westbury.“NTIA is now just 10 weeks away and the count down has truly begun. The AFTA team have been busy planning a spectacular night for guests, which of course is not possible without major sponsor Qantas, who provide much valued support,” said Westbury.The 37 category winners will be announced at the Gala Dinner on 18 July at Dockside Pavilion, Darling Harbour. Entry to the Supper Club sponsored by Singapore Airlines is included with every Gala Dinner ticket purchased.AFTA congratulates all finalists and wishes you the best of luck.