Mauricio Pochettino reveals coffee meeting with Unai Emery after losing Spurs and Arsenal jobs Advertisement Comment Advertisement Phil HaighFriday 22 May 2020 10:57 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1kShares Unai Emery and Mauricio Pochettino have put rivalries behind them (Picture: Getty Images)Mauricio Pochettino met up with Unai Emery for coffer and to chat about their times in north London after they lost their jobs at Tottenham and Arsenal, respectively, last year.Pochettino and Emery were sacked within 10 days of each other from their Premier League roles after poor starts to the season for both.It was a sad end to a successful time in charge of Spurs for the Argentine, while the Spaniard’s regime at Arsenal never really got off the ground.They had very different times on either side of the north London divide and Pochettino has revealed that he and his assistant, Jesus Perez, met with Emery after their dismissals to talk things over – much to the surprise of onlookers in the capital.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘Before the pandemic, me and Jesús met with Unai for a coffee, to talk and share our experiences,’ Pochettino told the Guardian. ‘We were working in different clubs, we were at the enemy, and people were walking past and saying: “Unai and Pochettino and Jesús are now sharing a coffee!” ‘It was in Cockfosters [in north London]. It was very funny.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘It has been an amazing time to review and analyse everything: training sessions, games, our methodology, our models of training … to design specific and collective works. And, of course, to try to adapt for the new normality, to be ready for any eventuality, because the demands are going to be completely different.’Pochettino’s family is still settled in London and a Premier League return remains a possibility for him, although he is keeping his options open as he looks for the ideal return to football.‘We are looking forward for the next job,’ said the 48-year-old. ‘Football is very dynamic and you need to be ready for the moment when the offer appears. We are ready. After six months, our tanks are completely full.‘It’s about the club and, of course, the people, the human dimension. We are so open. Of course, we love England and the Premier League.’MORE: Arsenal and Chelsea keeping tabs on Gladbach teenager Kaan KurtMORE: The ridiculous rule Arsene Wenger wanted to introduce after Arsenal were battered by StokeFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page.
State health officials hope no one else recently “tasted the rainbow” from a Richmond store.The Indiana Department of Health said preliminary tests revealed that packages of Original Skittles sold from a Marathon Food Mart in Richmond, Ind., contained unconfirmed chemical substances.The contamination was discovered following the sudden illness of two individuals who ate from a package of Original Skittles on March 4th. The individuals visited a hospital and were treated for burning throats, cramping and diarrhea before being released.State and local health officials are working with Indiana State Police, the Food and Drug Administration and others to investigate the situation. Samples of the Skittles have been sent to the State Laboratory for testing.Health officials are advising individuals who have purchased Skittles with the following lot numbers listed below to not consume the product. Unopened packages, or open packages with product still in the bag, should be placed in an envelope and held in a safe place until recovered by the Indiana State Police.Skittles lot numbers:08JUL14 02301DEC14 023If you have purchased the product with the above lot numbers, contact the ISP Pendleton Post at 800-527-4752. The food mart and candy distributor have removed the Skittles with the lot numbers in question.
Palace co-owner Parish confirmed Warnock will have licence to strengthen the Eagles’ squad when the transfer window reopens, despite a raft of September arrivals. Warnock launched his second spell as Palace boss by setting a £7million club transfer record to bring in Scotland midfielder James McArthur from Wigan. Parish will also let Warnock loose in January’s market, but warned the club will not abandon the prudent principals that have underpinned their top-flight return. “There’s money available – if we get the right targets,” said Parish. “But sometimes you don’t have to spend money. “It’s almost now like there’s a league table of who’s spent what. People believe that’s how the real league table is going to finish. “We will look at opportunities where we can strengthen our football club. “We’re not going to sign players and Neil won’t sign players that he doesn’t think are better than anybody we’ve got. That would upset the apple cart. “That’s not easy, signing players that are better than what you’ve got and then your academy kids coming through, it’s not easy. “We’ve built this club by taking people fundamentally that no one else wanted. “The core group that are performing in the Premier League, for whatever reason have been undervalued.” Press Association Parish believes mainstays like Jason Puncheon and summer recruit Martin Kelly from Liverpool prove Palace’s ability to help top-flight strays find a Premier League home in south London. The Palace chairman admitted even he was caught out by football’s inflated transfer market when ex-manager Tony Pulis championed the arrival of defender Scott Dann. “Scott Dann is a fantastic player. He’s a much, much better player than I thought he was, I must admit,” said Parish. “Credit to Tony Pulis: he always liked him when he was at Birmingham. “There’s value in the market place everywhere if you look at it. Maybe sometimes you have to find it. “That’s the difference: we have to find it. It’s a very imperfect transfer market. “If you’re not playing for six to eight months or happen to be playing in a bad side, you just get forgotten about and nobody wants you. “It doesn’t mean you’re a bad player. We’ve had to look at value from the first point when I came into the club. “We know right now there’s a certain type of player. If you look at someone like Martin Kelly, he has an England cap, he’s been through some injuries like a lot of younger players do. “He hasn’t been playing regularly for Liverpool and England but you don’t suddenly become a bad player overnight. “We figure that it’s a risk worth taking. We can’t go and pay £5-10million for players in those types of positions.” Midfielder Puncheon’s public spat with Warnock last term could have destabilised the new manager’s eve-of-season arrival. Warnock criticised Puncheon’s missed penalty against Tottenham, with the pair trading public insults and landing in hot disciplinary water. Parish praised them for settling their “stupid differences”, with ex-Southampton midfielder Puncheon maintaining his impressive Palace form. “They’re two grown ups, they had a chat and went out to dinner and they’ve sorted themselves out,” said Parish. “Every single person that meets Neil realises that he’s not that person people think he is. “It’s all behind us and Jason has been absolutely amazing for our football club. “When you watch what he does week in, week out, how hard he works for the team, that hasn’t changed one bit. “Any stupid differences they’ve had have all been settled, so it’s absolutely fine and credit to both of them really.” Steve Parish will hand manager Neil Warnock a January transfer kitty, but still expects Crystal Palace to turn other club’s cast-offs into Premier League success stories.
Reliable reports gathered from the camp of Asante Kotoko have revealed that Asante Kotoko striker Yahaya Mohammed has confronted the club’s management of unpaid bonuses owed him and his team mates.This our reports says led to the exemption of the player from the squad that played in the week 15 Ghana Premier League encounter with Ebusua Dwarfs at Cape Coast last Sunday.Kotoko sources have disclosed to sportscrusaderonline.com that though the club owes outstanding bonuses to players, the entire management team was taken aback when the striker objected to travel with the team to Cape Coast because of the unpaid bonuses.It has stressed that all persuasions to have the player rescind his decision failed as he insisted that until the bonuses are paid he wouldn’t make any appearance for the club.The source said “Yahaya failed to travel with the team to Cape Coast because of an impasse between himself and the club officials. Tough Management is making all frantic efforts to pay all outstanding bonuses owed the players they also believe his behaviour was a sign of gross indiscipline of which he could be sanctioned”.The striker is believed to have feigned illness and opted to stay bout of the team. He is also demanding for a contract extension.