Mourinho wears iconic gilet jacket to first Spurs press conference

first_imgJOSE MOURINHO was branded a “budget Tim Sherwood” after he rocked up to his first Spurs press conference in a gilet.The Portuguese manager, 56, revealed he has been “smiling for two days” after taking over from Mauricio Pochettino.4 Jose Mourinho turned heads as he strolled in wearing a gilet4 Tim Sherwood was rarely seen without a sleeveless jacket during his time in charge of the club.Credit: Dave Pinegar – The SunBut The Special One was trolled by fans online after he opted to pair his purple Tottenham tracksuit with a navy blue gilet.Supporters likened him to former Spurs boss Sherwood – who is renowned for wearing the sleeveless jacket in the Tottenham dugout.Writing on Twitter, one fan said:”Mourinho is sat in front of the media wearing a fetching gilet in honour of Tottenham’s greatest ever manager, Tim Sherwood.”Another added: “Mourinho in a gilet. Heroic Sherwood nonsense. This is why the Barclays needs him.”Another simply wrote: “Budget Tim Sherwood.”Alongside the infamous clip of Sherwood throwing his gilet in anger on the side of the pitch, one fan wrote: “Sherwood is furious Mourinho has stolen his look.”But some argued Mourinho started the trend after he wore a gilet during his spell with Inter Milan from 2008 until 2010.And the 56-year-old wore them during his time with Chelsea and Manchester United.During the press conference, Mourinho admitted he will “make new mistakes” as he attempts to turn Spurs into a winning club.4MOST READ IN SPORT THROUGH ITRobbie Keane reveals Claudine’s father was ’50-50′ in coronavirus battle’I ACCEPT’McGregor accepts Silva fight at UFC catchweight of 176lbs in huge super-fightTOP SELLERGavin Whelan has gone from League of Ireland to David Beckham’s InstagramPicturedA CUT ABOVEMike Tyson shows two-inch cut ‘picked up in training’ ahead of boxing returnExclusiveRIYAD RAIDMan City’s Riyad Mahrez has three luxury watches stolen in £500,000 raidPicturedAN EYEFULMeet Playboy model and football agent Anamaria Prodan bidding to buy her own clubI SAW ROORodallega saw Rooney ‘drinking like madman’ & Gerrard ‘on bar dancing shirtless’NEXT STEPJonny Hayes set to move to English Championship having been let go by CelticIT’S…NOT TOMMY BOWETommy Bowe discovers someone has been impersonating him on TinderMAC DADDYTriple H wants McGregor v McMahon with winner getting rights to billionaire strutAsked if he was an improved boss after being axed by Manchester United, Mourinho said: “I think so. These last 11 months have been used to think and to prepare.”You never lose your DNA. You are what you are – for the good things and the bad things. I know in my career that I’ve made mistakes.”I’m not going to make the same mistakes. I’m going to make new mistakes. I’m going to be stronger.  Happiness-wise I am convinced my choice was a great one. Ten out of ten.”4Jose Mourinho comments on when he said ‘never want to manage Spurs’ in first press conference as Tottenham bosslast_img read more

Plenty of respect and confidence for Canelo Alvarez, Daniel Jacobs

first_imgWBC and WBA middleweight world champion Canelo Alvarez (50-1-2, 34 KOs), left, and IBF middleweight world champion Daniel Jacobs (35-2, 29 KOs), right, pose with their title belts during a pre-fight press conference on Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2019, in New York. Alvarez and Jacobs meet in a 12-round unification bout in Las Vegas, on Saturday May, 4, 2019. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)NEW YORK— The resumes are impressive. The mutual respect is beyond question. The determination is through the roof.So why shouldn’t the middleweight title unification bout between Canelo Alvarez and Daniel Jacobs be a classic, a fight-of-the-year candidate?ADVERTISEMENT Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Rogue cops marked as Gamboa’s targets in his appointment as PNP chief Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Ask both champions and they say that’s exactly what to expect on May 4 in Las Vegas. And while that might seem like hype for the fight, there is something of an aura around this matchup.“He is a very strong mental fighter,” Alvarez said Thursday about Jacobs, who is nicknamed “Miracle Man” and overcame bone cancer to return to the ring. “His history shows his perseverance and that is a big strength for him. He has that will to win. I invite that in an opponent; that is the type of fighter I am.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsMexico’s Alvarez, 28, is considered by many the best in the game today. His epic fights with Gennady Golovkin — a draw and then a tight victory, with a third meeting a distinct possibility — are the most shining moments in a 51-1-2 record with 35 knockouts. He became a three-division world champion by knocking out Rocky Fielding in three rounds to take the WBA super middleweight crown in December but now moves back where he probably belongs. And the middleweight division is the deepest and strongest around.Jacobs, 32, is a logical foe, and that’s good for the sport considering how logic rarely plays into matchups. Since going 12 rounds with Triple G and losing a very close decision two years ago, Jacobs has three wins and owns the IBF crown. The thought of adding Alvarez’s WBA and WBC belts is enticing but hardly the only motivation for the Brooklyn native. Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Mexico’s Alvarez, 28, is considered by many the best in the game today. His epic fights with Gennady Golovkin — a draw and then a tight victory, with a third meeting a distinct possibility — are the most shining moments in a 51-1-2 record with 35 knockouts. He became a three-division world champion by knocking out Rocky Fielding in three rounds to take the WBA super middleweight crown in December but now moves back where he probably belongs. And the middleweight division is the deepest and strongest around.Jacobs, 32, is a logical foe, and that’s good for the sport considering how logic rarely plays into matchups. Since going 12 rounds with Triple G and losing a very close decision two years ago, Jacobs has three wins and owns the IBF crown. The thought of adding Alvarez’s WBA and WBC belts is enticing but hardly the only motivation for the Brooklyn native.“I never get tired of inspiring people and telling my story,” he said. “Strangers, people I meet in airports when I travel, they are fascinated because it’s a feel-good story. I am blessed with a second chance at life and a career, and that is the message I want to get out to the world. That is something special, and I want to inspire so many more people.”The bout will be on a special weekend for Mexico, on the eve of Cinco de Mayo, and Alvarez prizes the opportunity to do his thing in the ring “for my country, my family, my fans.” He knows, however, that taking on Jacobs will be anything but a party.He likes that idea.“Because of his experience and his talent and his confidence and all of his virtues, this has all the qualities of a fight of the year,” Alvarez noted, adding he’s watched film of many of Jacobs’ fights to get a feel for the taller (by 3 inches) American.He also has watched lots of his own bouts.“Every fight, I feel I learn something from it. In all of my fights, I focus on learning, and especially learning from the mistakes,” he added. “Every fight, I watch to see the good things and to focus on whatever errors I have made to make sure they don’t happen again.”Those gaffes are so rare that Alvarez hasn’t lost since Floyd Mayweather outpointed him in 2014, a fight Alvarez accepted when he was still quite raw, though he already owned two super welterweight titles. He has improved since, and only Golovkin truly has challenged Alvarez in the last 4½ years.Jacobs will present a major challenge in the fight that will be streamed by DAZN as part of Alvarez’s $365 million deal for 11 fights. Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Roger Federer reaches semis in Dubai as he chases 100th title “I understand the game now and what you need to be great,” Jacobs said. “This is my shot and I am on a mission. Canelo always shows up and gives his best, so do I. He’s used to the big spotlight, and for me this is everything. I plan to take over the show and be the headliner.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title SEA GAMES 2019: PH’s Nesthy Petecio boxing featherweight final (HIGHLIGHTS) PLAY LIST 02:11SEA GAMES 2019: PH’s Nesthy Petecio boxing featherweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)03:30PH’s Rogen Ladon boxing flyweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)03:34PH’s Carlo Paalam boxing light flyweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award “Every fight, I feel I learn something from it. In all of my fights, I focus on learning, and especially learning from the mistakes,” he added. “Every fight, I watch to see the good things and to focus on whatever errors I have made to make sure they don’t happen again.”Those gaffes are so rare that Alvarez hasn’t lost since Floyd Mayweather outpointed him in 2014, a fight Alvarez accepted when he was still quite raw, though he already owned two super welterweight titles. He has improved since, and only Golovkin truly has challenged Alvarez in the last 4½ years.Jacobs will present a major challenge in the fight that will be streamed by DAZN as part of Alvarez’s $365 million deal for 11 fights.“I understand the game now and what you need to be great,” Jacobs said. “This is my shot and I am on a mission. Canelo always shows up and gives his best, so do I. He’s used to the big spotlight, and for me this is everything. I plan to take over the show and be the headliner.”Plenty of respect and confidence for Canelo, JacobsBy BARRY WILNER, AP Sports WriterNEW YORK (AP) — The resumes are impressive. The mutual respect is beyond question. The determination is through the roof.So why shouldn’t the middleweight title unification bout between Canelo Alvarez and Daniel Jacobs be a classic, a fight-of-the-year candidate?Ask both champions and they say that’s exactly what to expect on May 4 in Las Vegas. And while that might seem like hype for the fight, there is something of an aura around this matchup.“He is a very strong mental fighter,” Alvarez said Thursday about Jacobs, who is nicknamed “Miracle Man” and overcame bone cancer to return to the ring. “His history shows his perseverance and that is a big strength for him. He has that will to win. I invite that in an opponent; that is the type of fighter I am.” LATEST STORIES “I never get tired of inspiring people and telling my story,” he said. “Strangers, people I meet in airports when I travel, they are fascinated because it’s a feel-good story. I am blessed with a second chance at life and a career, and that is the message I want to get out to the world. That is something special, and I want to inspire so many more people.”The bout will be on a special weekend for Mexico, on the eve of Cinco de Mayo, and Alvarez prizes the opportunity to do his thing in the ring “for my country, my family, my fans.” He knows, however, that taking on Jacobs will be anything but a party.He likes that idea.“Because of his experience and his talent and his confidence and all of his virtues, this has all the qualities of a fight of the year,” Alvarez noted, adding he’s watched film of many of Jacobs’ fights to get a feel for the taller (by 3 inches) American.He also has watched lots of his own bouts.ADVERTISEMENT Eugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifying View commentslast_img read more

Father Found Guilty of Kidnapping His Children

first_imgA man whose ex-wife, Jamiah Sillah, accused of holding their children hostage in Mauritania was last Monday declared guilty by jurors of Criminal Court ‘A’ at the Temple of Justice.The jury brought down their guilty verdict against Mohammed Sedee Falee, a Mauritanian national, after several hours of closed door discussion on the evidences produced at the trial.Falee is, however, on a bail awaiting his sentence by Judge Roosevelt Willie.He was charged with kidnapping, a first degree felony, which carries a long term prison sentence. Falee was declared guilty following a complaint from his ex- wife regarding the whereabouts of their children.In her complaint, she said, between 2009 and 2011, her ex-husband took her and her children from Liberia through Guinea and on to Mauritania, the homeland of Falee.In the court record, Sillah explained that while they were living in Mauritania, she left Falee and the children and went to bury her father in Guinea.Unfortunately, upon her return the children and their father could not be located anywhere.She claimed that Falee had relocated the children to an unknown destination, and had kept them in “involuntary servitude.”After she reported the matter to the state security, Falee committed to returning the children, which he failed to do, the court record states.   Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Teen granted bail after emptying woman’s bank account

first_imgAn 18-year-old was on Friday granted bail in the sum of $40,000 when he appeared at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts charged with gaining access to a bank account and withdrawing a large amount of cash.Jolyon Veloza denied that on April 18 and 21, 2018 in Georgetown, he gained access to Areka Forde’s Republic Bank account and withdrew $147,000.According to the facts of the matter, the young lady left her wallet in which the bank card and other items were kept at her La Parfaite Harmonie, West Bank Demerara (WBD) home and went to run an errand.Upon her return, she found the wallet at the back of her home. As such, she visited the bank, and upon checking, she realized that all her money was withdrawn with the exception of $700.A report was made at the Brickdam Police Station and an investigation was launched. After reviewing the CCTV footage, the accused was seen withdrawing the money on the day in question.The matter was adjourned to May 11.last_img read more

GuySuCo operating without Board

first_img…acting CEO claims operations not affectedOne month after confusion surfaced over the Board of Directors at the Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo), to date, the Government has not managed to come to a definitive decision to name a substantive Board, neither have there been clear about whether one would be appointed soon.Acting Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of GuySuCo, Paul Bhim has however said that GuySuCo is still operating without a Board. The GuySuCo official said while he was recently told by the Government that a Board will be named shortly, he was not given any specific time when this could happen.Acting GuySuCo CEO,Paul Bhim“There is no Board at the moment. They have indicated that a Board will be named. They didn’t give me a timeline, but they did indicate that a Board would be appointed shortly,” he told Guyana Times on Tuesday when quizzed about the functioning of a Board.But questioned as to whether, with the clear absence of a Board, this could affect the operation of GuySuCo and by extension the sugar industry, Bhim affirmed it is not affecting the current operation. “Not really. I report to the Minister of Agriculture (Noel Holder) directly, at this time. We have well established systems in place in terms of our operations here too. So, no, it is not affecting that,” he explained.However, the acting CEO did admit that with a functioning Board, it will help to advance the operations and bring some level of effectiveness to the industry.Questioned further on whether the operations of GuySuCo has been affected in any way by the sudden downsizing, Bhim said production based on the three estates that it now has responsibility for (Blairmont, Albion and Uitvlugt) is doing fairly well, especially for the first crop in 2018.“Let’s remember that estates closed falls under SPU (Special Purpose Unit). We don’t have any operational oversight but come into contact with the SPU often…because we are helping to tidy up things. Aside from that we are carrying on as per normal on the three estates,” he added. In late April, Minister Holder has revealed that Cabinet was looking at some new names for the new Board. It was reported early March that Finance Minister Winston Jordan had allegedly proposed for Head of SPU, Colvin Heath-London, to be the Chairman of the new GuySuCo Board after the previous body had expired on February 14. The purported proposal was reportedly not accepted by all Cabinet members.However, Minister Jordan had subsequently issued a statement denying making such a suggestion, saying that he was in Jamaica for a pre-Governors meeting of the Inter-American Development Board (IDB) and thus was not present for the Cabinet meeting.Meanwhile, about two weeks later, NICIL published the names of the new Board, naming Heath-London as Chairman while the other members included Fritz McLean, Komal Singh, Verna Adrian, Vishnu Panday, Annette Arjoon, Arianne Mc Lean, Roshan Khan Jr and George Jervis, with two other names to be added to the 11-member body. A full-page ad had detailed that the new Board was approved by Cabinet on February 26, 2018. Minister of State Joseph Harmon had said the same day that there were some issues with regard to the timing of the ad and Cabinet was reviewing the matter.But despite these statements, Government had made it clear that the Board of Directors of GuySuCo, headed by Professor Clive Thomas, is the legitimate one. The life of that Board expired a month ago. The new Board, which was named with Heath-London as the head was gazetted at the Deeds and Commercial Registry. According to filings on March 1, 2018, there were several documents including a copy of the Cabinet decision of the new Board, notice of change of Directors and consent forms to be Directors. There were also supporting documents that listed the members of the new Board as the same. (Samuel Sukhnandan)last_img read more

Local Courts have duty to uphold CCJ ruling – Jagdeo

first_imgIllegal House-to-House Registration…Opposition applies for injunction to halt process today…confident of order being grantedOpposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo is confident of successfully securing an injunction to bar Chief Elections Officer (CEO), Keith Lowenfield, from pursuing House-to-House Registration, which commenced on Saturday.Opposition LeaderBharrat JagdeoChief Elections OfficerKeith Lowenfield“I am reasonably confident,” Jagdeo said on Sunday when asked about the likelihood of securing an injunction against Lowenfield.He went on to explain that the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM), through its lawyer, had told the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) that the earliest date early elections could be held if they conduct fresh registration is after December 25, which is when the new Official List of Electors (OLE) is expected to be ready.The Trinidad-based regional court on July 12 had ordered that elections be held in accordance with Article 106 of the Constitution, that is, within three months. That three-month period commenced on June 18, 2019 after the Court ruled that the No-Confidence Motion was validly passed on December 21, 2018.According to the Opposition Leader, that order was binding on GECOM, which was a party to the proceedings.“Mr Lowenfield‘s pursuit of House-to-House Registration, using an order secretly gazetted and dated June 11, which was overtaken by the ruling of the CCJ, and against the advice of GECOM’s legal officer is contemptuous of the CCJ’s order,” Jagdeo said.The Opposition Leader pointed out that the CEO has taken it upon himself to make this decision all on his own and in the absence of a functioning Elections Commission.“He has done so without the involvement of the Opposition, which is a major stakeholder. This activity is being done, unverified by the scrutineers from the Opposition. Can we allow the action of a single individual, by ignoring the order of the country’s highest court and the Constitution, to put at risk peace and stability in Guyana? The local courts have a duty to uphold the ruling of the CCJ. And everyone, including the international community and excepting a few in Government, is clear what those orders are. That’s why I am optimistic,” Jagdeo contended.In a video message on Saturday, the Opposition Leader first indicated his intention to approach the courts today to stop the conduct of fresh registration, which would delay the hosting of constitutionally mandated early elections.He explained that the exercise was being carried out based on an order made by the unilaterally-appointed former GECOM Chairman, retired Justice James Patterson, shortly before he demitted office. Patterson had to step down after the CCJ found that the President breached the Constitution by unilaterally appointing him as Chairman of the elections body.Further, Jagdeo indicated that given the circumstances under which House-to-House Registration is being conducted, his Party and supporters would not cooperate with the exercise.“This activity has started and people are worried about it. And they want to know if they should register or not. Well, we in the PPP have decided that over the weekend we will not be complying with this activity, since on Monday (today), we will go to the courts to seek an injunction against this illegal activity, which is done in contravention of the CCJ. So, we will not be cooperating. We will try to stop the activity; we’ve briefed the international organisations. Many have expressed concern over this approach GECOM has embarked on … so, we will stop it through international pressure and through the courts, which have an obligation to uphold the CCJ orders,” he had stated.House-to-HouseThe House-to-House exercise, which was last conducted in 2008, will see enumerators in teams of two to three, going from door to door in various communities across Guyana. The enumerators will present forms to registrants to complete, as well as take fingerprints and pictures.In an advertisement by GECOM, it is stated that these enumerators work from 15:30h to 18:30 h during the week and from 09:00h to 16:00h on weekends and holidays. The exercise is intended to produce a new National Register of Registrants database and Official List of Electors.This means that everyone, regardless of whether they were registered before or not, must register anew at their place of residence between July 20 and October of this year.DisenfranchisedThe requirement for proof of residency has alarmed overseas-based Guyanese to the point where a court case was filed by an overseas-based Guyanese against House-to-House Registration, on the basis that it would disenfranchise her.In her court filings, Bibi Zeenatoun, a retired teacher and citizen of Guyana, had sought writs of prohibition and injunction and a conservatory order against GECOM.Her fixed date application explained that she worked in the United Kingdom from 1980 until her retirement in 2014. She then acquired property and maintained a residence in that country. Besides her citizenship, however, she has family ties to Guyana that include an adult son and his two children.According to the application, Zeenatoun “fears that she will be excluded from the proposed exercise of House-to-House Registration and thereby, in effect, be de-registered and in consequence thereof, and she will be unlawfully denied her statutory and constitutional right to be registered and to vote”.“The applicant’s right to vote will and can be protected if the respondents were to engage in Continuous Registration as provided for in Section 6 (1) of the National Registration Act, Cap 19:08,” the application advised.OrderThere has also been much debate on whether the exercise can go forward since the former Chairman who signed the order, Retired Justice Patterson was found by the CCJ to have been unconstitutionally appointed.Additionally, GECOM has said that House-to-House Registration will take 90 days, further delaying elections that should have been held since March 21.last_img read more

West Hills man gets sentenced

first_imgAn affidavit in the case described how one man hired Heguman in 1999 to help him come to the United States and Heguman suggested that the man seek to immigrate as a pizza cook. The man acknowledged he had no experience working in restaurants or in the food industry, but Heguman persuaded a Glendale pizza parlor to file an employment-visa petition on the man’s behalf, according to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents. The vast majority of those who immigrated to the United States under visas investigated in the case never went to work for the petitioning businesses. Only 13 percent of the immigrants did so, ICE agents said. Agents said they found the disparity when they examined more than 550 employment-visa applications filed by Heguman and his associates from May 1993 to early 2003 and compared them with tax-withholding records maintained by the California Employment Development Department. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Three others arrested in the case also previously pleaded guilty. Attorney Bita Logham Hoffman, 41, of Carlsbad, Calif., and Grace Houra Shahraz Edison, 51, a Canoga Park businesswoman, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit immigration fraud and are scheduled to be sentenced next month. Farideh Mir, 59, of Sherman Oaks, an employee of a law firm that assisted Heguman, pleaded guilty to four counts of immigration fraud and is scheduled to be sentenced in May. The investigation began in April 2002 when federal agents received leads from a center where employment-visa petitions are processed. Employment visas are normally issued when a U.S. business needs a person to fill a specific job and is unable to find a qualified worker in the local labor pool. A San Fernando Valley businessman was sentenced Wednesday to 30 months in federal prison in connection with an immigration fraud scheme, officials said. Henry Hossein Haghighi Heguman, 61, of West Hills, a businessman who appeared regularly on Iranian TV, was arrested in 2004 and pleaded guilty last fall to conspiracy, two counts of immigration fraud and two counts of money laundering in connection with the scheme. Officials have called the case one of the largest such schemes ever uncovered in Southern California. Officials said Heguman admitted that as many as 99 immigrants – most of them Iranian nationals – reportedly paid $6,000 to $24,000 to obtain fraudulent employment visas to come to the United States. Officials described Heguman as the leader of the scheme. last_img read more

Wanted: Special Olympics volunteers

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! NEWHALL — Those who have done it say they received far more than they gave. That’s the message volunteers have spread after helping with the annual Spirit Games sponsored by Special Olympics Santa Clarita Valley for more than 1,000 developmentally disabled athletes. Nevertheless, the organization is 350 volunteers short of the 550 or so needed to coordinate the May 19 games in Newhall. Special Olympics planners put out a plea this week for help. Prospective volunteers, with four hours to donate that day, are asked to call (661) 253-2121 by Friday. Disabled athletes come from throughout Southern California each year to compete in basketball, bocce, swimming, tennis and track and field. The Special Olympics will take place at Hart High School, Placerita Junior High, the Newhall Boys & Girls Club, the Santa Clarita Aquatics Center and Newhall Park. Volunteers of all ages are welcome. Families, groups, sports teams and church organizations are encouraged to sign up.last_img read more

Aguero back from brink to become City icon

first_img0Shares0000Manchester City’s striker Sergio Aguero applauds after the English Premier League football match against Watford September 16, 2017LONDON, United Kingdom, Sep 21 – On the verge of becoming Manchester City’s all-time leading scorer, Sergio Aguero has won over Pep Guardiola to reestablish himself as one of the world’s most feared strikers.Just seven months ago, Aguero’s Eastlands future appeared bleak after he lost the trust of City manager Guardiola. While Aguero’s goal-scoring heroics had made him a huge favourite of City fans, he found it much harder to convince Guardiola of his worth in the Spaniard’s first season in charge.Guardiola wanted a more mobile forward capable of contributing to his possession-based philosophy and he was quick to deploy Gabriel Jesus as City’s central striker once the Brazilian sensation signed in January.By the time Guardiola left out Aguero for a clash with Swansea in February — the fifth time he had been dropped that season — there seemed no way back for the Argentine.Yet, aside from his prolific penalty box exploits, Aguero’s most crucial characteristic might well be a bloody-minded determination to bend any narrative to his favour.That tenacious attitude brings back memories of Eric Brook, whose City goal record Aguero is about to eclipse.Brook was a blunt Yorkshireman who was so committed to the City cause he didn’t miss a game for 11 seasons after joining from Barnsley in 1928.It took a car crash that left him with a fractured skull to bring a premature end to the England international’s career — but not before he helped City win the title in a triumph that carries echoes of Aguero’s story.On their way to being champions, City won 5-0 at Liverpool, with Brook claiming a hat-trick.It was a scoreline City wouldn’t repeat against Liverpool until Aguero started their demolition of the Reds earlier this month.Having earned his way back into Guardiola’s good graces by refusing to complain publicly about his treatment last term, Aguero has made himself indispensible with a barrage of goals.Showing he can thrive alongside Jesus or as the sole fulcrum of Guardiola’s attack, Aguero’s goal against Liverpool made him the highest-scoring non-European in the history of England’s top flight.Not content with that landmark, Aguero hit his 10th City hat-trick in a 6-0 rout of Watford last weekend.If he scores twice against Crystal Palace this Saturday, Aguero would equal Brook’s 78-year-old City scoring record of 177 goals in 494 appearances.Aguero’s tally of 175 has taken only 259 games.– ‘Amazing’ –Netting once against lowly Palace would also give Aguero 300 career club goals.Given Aguero’s current form — five goals in his last three games — both those milestones should fall sooner rather than later.That will cap a remarkable renaissance from a player who hasn’t been deterred by any challenge that has come his way.“He’s a legend, and it’s a part of history in the club,” Guardiola said.“Aguero’s numbers speak for themselves, he is amazing.”Signed from Atletico Madrid for £38 million ($51 million, 42 million euros) by then City boss Roberto Mancini in 2011, Aguero wasted little time announcing his arrival on the Premier League stage.Aguero marked his City debut with two goals in a 30-minute substitute appearance against Swansea.By the time City reached the final game of the season, Aguero had scored 29 times to leave his club on the brink of becoming champions for the first time in 44 years.Fittingly, it was Aguero who produced one of the Premier League’s most iconic moments.He fired home in the closing seconds against QPR to clinch a dramatic come from behind 3-2 win that ensured City took the title at the expense of arch rivals Manchester United.Aguero’s goals were a key element of his side’s second Premier League triumph two years later.He has also won the League Cup twice and finished as the Premier League’s top scorer in the 2014-15 season.Incredibly, Aguero has never been included in the PFA Team of the Year voted for by his fellow professionals.But, like Guardiola, Aguero’s peers should be revising their opinions of his unique qualities now.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Christian Benteke is the best striker in EUROPE… and he’s going nowhere, says Tim Sherwood

first_img Christian Benteke 1 Tim Sherwood claims Aston Villa boast the best striker in Europe right now in Christian Benteke.The Belgian has been in sensational form since Sherwood took over the reins at Villa Park, with 11 goals in his last 9 games helping to keep the club out of the Premier League’s bottom three.“I don’t know if there’s a better striker in Europe right now. He’s the best,” said Sherwood.“It helps us. He’s in great form. We’re creating the chances for him and he’s sticking them away.”Benteke’s red-hot form is attracting attention, and Liverpool are being linked with a big-money move for the 24-year-old.But Sherwood insists the club have no desire to cash in on their star man this summer.“Benteke is going nowhere in the summer, no one can afford him,” he said.Benteke is clearly central to Sherwood’s plans next season but the manager admits others still need to prove themselves.He has only been in charge since replacing Paul Lambert in February and is running the rule over his players.He said: “I’m still learning but there are a few I’ve rubber-stamped and a few I’ve got question marks over. They know that.“They know they are on trial if they want to stay at this club, every training session and every game.“They are on trial to get a place in the (FA) Cup final and they will want to stay here because it is a big club. Some of them will never go to a bigger club than this.“If they want to stay here they have every chance but they have to continue to produce the goods. And that applies to everyone.”last_img read more