Five ways Jose Mourinho has transformed Spurs including hands-on approach

first_imgDESPITE the exceptional achievements of former boss Mauricio Pochettino, there was a feeling that things had gone stale under the Argentine.Having won just six of their 24 Premier League games since February 10, something had to give, and the 47-year-old was relieved of his duties nine days ago.6 Mourinho has changed the atmosphere at Spurs on and off the pitchWithin 11 hours, chairman Daniel Levy pounced to secure Jose Mourinho on a three-and-a-half year deal.And Spurs have instantly reaped the rewards on the pitch, having ended their ten month wait for an away win in the league on Saturday – before sealing qualification for the Champions League round of 16 against Olympiakos on Tuesday night.SunSport take a look at how the Special One has changed things already at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.TRAINING CHANGESWhile players loved Pochettino, there was a feeling that training had become samey and repetitive – as you’d expect after a five-and-a-half years.Without consciously turning on their manager, with whom most were still close to, players noticeably dropped their intensity in training.This lead to increasingly poor performances come matchday, and suddenly motivation became a huge issue for Tottenham’s beleaguered stars.A hallmark of Pochettino’s training sessions is the remarkable intensity – which when lacking motivation, can become a chore.Mourinho has put more on an emphasis on recovery – not working his players too hard between matches.The mood has quickly improved, with players appearing to get their edge back.6 Mourinho has sought to change the mood on the training groundCredit: EPAMAN MANAGEMENTMuch has been made of his first conversation with Dele Alli, when he asked the 23-year-old if he was “Dele or his brother”.And the 23-year-old has responded emphatically, playing brilliantly in the 3-2 win at West Ham, before scoring against Olympiakos on Tuesday night.There has been much debate over Alli’s form, after the England international suffered a year blighted by persistent hamstring injuries.But Mourinho has sought to instantly put Alli at the centre of his plans, placing his trust in a player that three seasons ago scored 22 goals.With Hugo Lloris still out injured, Harry Kane has been wearing the captain’s armband.And his new manager has instantly made an effort to get his star man onside.Kane is desperate to win trophies at Spurs, and Mourinho has given him assurances that he is the man to give him the platform to do so.”Believe in me and we’ll become winners,” the Portuguese declared on his first day.The Special One is also aiming to make key figures like Toby Alderweireld and Jan Vertonghen buy into what the club are doing again – with new contracts for the experienced pair not out of the question.6 Toby Alderweireld could now perform a stunning contract U-turnCredit: AFP or licensorsMEDIA MANAGEMENTMourinho’s press conferences in his latter time with Manchester United had become increasingly dour and in some cases, downright bizarre.It was against Tottenham, ironically, that he stormed out of a press conference waving three fingers at stunned reporters – demanding respect despite his side’s embarrassing 3-0 home defeat to Spurs.The 56-year-old has clearly mellowed in his 11 months out of management, however, and has been a charming, positive influence with journalists so far.From his Alli or Alli’s brother quip mentioned above, his joke about Sky being devastated to lose him and how he wanted to invite a smart ballboy into the dressing room to celebrate with the team – the Special One has had people hanging on his every word.The positivity radiated by Mourinho has offered a stark contrast to the often bizarre press conferences given by Pochettino.He often talked about potentially leaving, as well as his baffling cow and train analogy before a Champions League clash with Inter Milan last season.Mourinho’s change of attitude has made a refreshing change.6 Mourinho has charmed everyone in his press conferencesCredit: PA:Press AssociationHands on approachPochettino had become a surly figure on the training ground.This eroded into the fatherly relationship he had previously shared with the players.The Athletic even claimed that players had gotten used to saying: “Don’t look at the boss,” in case they caught his eye and got in trouble.He had stopped taking most training sessions, instead preferring to watch on monitors.The players noticed this lack of engagement on the training ground, and it’s hard to imagine it didn’t seep into their own application.Mourinho, on the other hand, has impressed them with his hands on approach to sessions.His positivity and jokes, coupled with the new voices on his coaching staff, has energised the players.6 Pochettino had become an increasingly grumpy figure around Hotspur WayCredit: AFP or licensorsStreetwiseAt their best under Pochettino, Spurs had developed a nasty side.It bubbled over most famously in the stormy 2-2 draw at Stamford Bridge in May 2016.But, having forever been tarnished by a reputation of having a soft underbelly, Tottenham were finally showing that they would not be pushed around.This soft underbelly, however, has crept back in this season.6LATEST 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 summerYOU KAN DO ITKlinsmann quit Spurs to win trophies but says Kane’s better off stayingTURBULENT PAIRINGDrogba and Mido had mid-flight brawl after stewardess prank went wrongGossipSPURRED ONTottenham table contract offer for Bayern Munich’s teenage starlet Taylor BoothExclusivePASS THE TESTEngland’s NRL-based stars urge bosses to make room for a Test this yearHaving given up 2-0 leads in away games at Arsenal and Olympiakos – as well as collapsing in late stages of the humiliating 7-2 defeat to Bayern Munich, Spurs had become weak and predictable.Having clearly given detailed instructions to everyone including the ball boys, Mourinho has shown that he will leave no stone unturned in making sure that Tottenham are as strong as possible.With his insistence on ball boys being switched on and alert to the tempo and pattern of the game, the Special One has illustrated the standards that he will demand, for his new club to become successful. 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LBSU roundup: 49ers drop match to No. 18 Fresno State

first_imgEmmanuelle Tabatruong earned a 2-6, 7-5, 10-8 win over Danon Beatty at the No. 5 spot. At No. 6 singles, senior Rachael Porsz won 6-3, 7-5 over Jacqueline Haskett. At No. 1 singles, The Bulldogs’ Melanie Gloria, who is ranked No. 2 in the nation, won 7-5, 6-1 over Hannah Grady. Water PoloLBSU’s women’s water polo team split the final day of the UC Irvine Invitational, defeating Michigan 10-6, before dropping its third one-goal loss of the season, 11-10 to Santa Clara in double overtime. By losing three of four, LBSU (4-5) finished in 14th place. In the night cap, LBSU overcame a two-goal fourth quarter deficit to tie it at 8 with 4:23 left in regulation on one of three goals by Christina Wensman. The 49ers tied it again on the final of three goals by Cecilia Canetti with 1:16 left. The 49ers took a lead in the first overtime following the second of two scores from Megan Winchell, who finished with six goals on the day. But Santa Clara answered with two goals in the second overtime to win 11-10. In the opener, Kim Hayes allowed just three goals over the first three periods as the 49ers cruised to a 10-6 win over Michigan. Hayes became just the second LBSU player to record 15 saves, setting a career-high and falling two short of Bri Hawkins’ record, as Winchell tallied a career-best four goals. The No. 26 Long Beach State women’s tennis team concluded a tough weekend in Las Vegas, dropping its third consecutive match to a nationally ranked team, falling to No. 18 Fresno State 5-2 on Sunday afternoon. In doubles, Fresno State (5-2) won all three matches to pick up the point. The 49ers (5-4) won at No. 5 and No. 6 singles. center_img Men’s volleyballUC San Diego defeated No. 13 LBSU 3-2 late Saturday night in a Mountain Sports Federation Match to snap the 49ers’ 10-match win streak against the Tritons. Host UCSD won 25-30, 30-23, 20-30, 30-27, 15-9. Paul Lotman and Norm Hutton led the 49ers (6-8, 3-7) with 16 kills apiece, while Teddy Liles had 12 kills hitting for a .526 hitting percentage. Jason Spangler led the Tritons (5-10, 2-8) with 26 kills and a .391 hitting percentage. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more


Young Donegal woman’s heartfelt blog on being diagnosed with epilepsy

first_imgA young Donegal woman has written a touching and searingly honestly blog about how being diagnosed with epilepsy has changed her life.Kira Williams, a make-up artist, wants to draw attention to epilepsy and to help others to learn how to live with the condition.This is her story. “I’ve always loved being creative. Drawing squiggly lines on my face as a kid and playing around with anyone else’s makeup. At 17 I turned my hobby into my career. I’ve been working as a makeup artist since then. I’ve always worked hard at it improving my skills year by year.“In January 2016 I had my first seizure and it was a bad one at that. The doctors didn’t know why I had one, stating that I had had too much to drink even though my blood alcohol levels were not high. Anyway, after tests all throughout the year and being admitted to hospital I was diagnosed at 20 years of age with epilepsy. It’s something that’s changed my life forever. Epilepsy. What even is it? I mean I know people have “fits”, but me? Not me, I’ve always been healthy!“Epilepsy has made my life so far quite trying, I’m not going to lie. One reason for this is because I’m newly diagnosed and I’m on a lot of medication. It’s the medication really that’s the toughest. It makes simple daily tasks impossible- waking up for one. I’m never fully awake anymore as these drugs have made me so exhausted to the point that most times I don’t remember falling asleep and often sleep for hours upon hours. It doesn’t matter where I am, I’ll fall asleep. I often don’t remember conversations I’ve had either which is annoying for the other party! It has suppressed my appetite (yay!) so I have to “remember” to eat. (Luckily enough I’ve enough meat on my bones to keep me going for a while lol)“But the worst thing I think is how it’s affected my career and independence. I work in retail at the minute, however find myself having to constantly go take breaks to sit down and have a glass of water because it’s impossible to stand for any longer than 10 minutes. It’s hard for someone who last year worked hard and loved her job and had no problems- to finding it difficult to manage daily tasks we all take for granted. When I was not on medication I had constant terrible headaches more frequently and have had 7 witnessed seizures between January and October. Since being started on medication the seizures haven’t stopped but I hope in time they will. It is a very scary thing to live with, I’m afraid to sleep on my own as I’ve had seizures in my sleep. I’m scared to go out with friends in case I have a seizure whilst out… Which has happened a few times. I also get so embarrassed when it happens in public or in private. You lose all control of your body and then don’t remember how or why or what is going on. It is embarrassing but it’s something I have to get used to because the condition itself is not.“It’s such a common condition that not many people talk about. It’s time to break the silence because of this “stigma” attached to it! I feel that it’s important for people to be seizure aware- What to do if you see someone have a seizure. More often than not when someone is out having fun, having a few drinks, the first thought people get is “Wooow she is pis***, look at the state of her!” Instead of judging, go help 🙂 I’ll leave a link below to first aid for a seizure. I will admit it’s a scary sight too if you’ve never seen one before it certainly freaked me out the first time I seen someone having one!“Back to the stigma, epilepsy doesn’t disable everyone as a person, more often than not when people get to my age they’ve already been diagnosed and have been on treatment for a while so they’re fine to work and get on with life. It’s also one of those things you can’t see physically until you actually have a seizure, don’t ever doubt someone just because they look fine on the outside, it’s the same as mental health. I’m struggling right now because it is all new and I’ve never had to admit to myself I may not be physically able for some things right now. I hope in time that I will get better and will be seizure free for a long time. Until that happens I have to stay positive, healthy and look after my body. It really is your temple and I didn’t realize how much I took it for granted until this year!Look after yourselves, Kira X”You will get a lot of info from: www.epilepsy.ieBe Seizure Aware- https://youtu.be/WP4NZcfadIk1You can also donate to support epilepsy Ireland. Young Donegal woman’s heartfelt blog on being diagnosed with epilepsy was last modified: October 21st, 2016 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more


WATCH: Why Kelly’s Diner is the only pitstop you’ll need this Rally Weekend!

first_imgKelly’s Diner Letterkenny have a special message for people attending the Joule Donegal International Rally this weekend –  Don’t just fuel the engine, fuel yourself too! They’ve even launched a limited edition burger for the event.Kelly’s Diner throughout the years has become a firm favourite for rally goers of all ages. Known as the best value in Letterkenny, Mairtin and the team at Kelly’s American Roadside Diner remind customers constantly of the extraordinary efforts they go to, in order to keep their menus current, interesting and above all the absolute best value. With an extensive and mouth-watering menu there is something for everyone at Kelly’s Diner. The Famous early bird breakfast at cracking €5 has become a firm favourite amongst all. And better again, Jake’s Famous Burgers, exclusive to Kelly’s diner are a crowd pleaser. With over 10 options you’ll be spoilt for choice.And they’re not finished yet! There are Weekend Steak Madness deals with steaks with all the trimmings from only €11.00 – once again Kelly’s cementing itself as the best value in town.“To top it off and coincide with the Donegal International Rally we decided there was no better limited-edition deal to offer than the “All Day Pit Stop.” This whopper burger includes our famous flame grilled 6oz beef, hash browns, fried egg, bacon, sliced cheese and a secret burger sauce in a sweet tasting brioche bun, this also comes with a bucket of skinny fries and choice of soda for an unbeatable €10.95.”Don’t be donuting and get yourself up to Kelly’s Diner this weekend.Sponsored PostWATCH: Why Kelly’s Diner is the only pitstop you’ll need this Rally Weekend! was last modified: June 15th, 2018 by Staff WriterShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:burgersfoodJoule Donegal International RallyKelly’s DinerMountain Toprestaurantlast_img read more