Pochettino’s highs and lows as Spurs boss following shock firing

first_imgMAURICIO POCHETTINO’S Tottenham career has come to a bitter end with his surprise dismissal.The Argie tactician has had plenty of ups and downs in the Spurs hotseat and SunSport looks at some of the best – and worst – moments.1 Mauricio Pochettino and Daniel Levy celebrate the Champions League semi-final win over AjaxCredit: Getty – ContributorHIGHSMOURA’S MIRACLE: May’s Champions League semi-final second leg at Ajax saw Spurs dead and buried at half-time.Lucas Moura hit a second-half hat-trick — winning the tie in the final seconds of injury-time to spark wild celebrations on one of the club’s  biggest nights.SILENCING REAL:  Poch put Real Madrid, still with peak Cristiano Ronaldo in their side, to the sword at Wembley in 2017.Dele Alli scored twice in a 3-1 win that announced Spurs’ arrival on the European stage.GETTING ONE OVER ON PEP: Pochettino was the first boss to beat Pep Guardiola in England.The pair, who faced off with  Barcelona and Espanyol, first met in this country in October 2016 and Spurs beat Pep’s  Manchester City 2-0 to end their six-game winning start.STYLISH FAREWELL: The 2016-17 season was Tottenham’s final one at White Hart Lane before its demolition. They went unbeaten in the league all  season, seeing off Manchester United 2-1 in the final ever game at their old home.ENDING BRIDGE HOODOO: They had not won at Chelsea in 28 years but, in 2017-18, goals from Christian Eriksen and Dele Alli finally gave them a victory against their London rivals. LOWSFINAL HURDLE: Spurs fell flat in June’s Champions League final losing 2-0 to Liverpool — having given away a penalty with less than 30 seconds on the clock.SEVEN HELL: Poch’s side were on the end of a 7-2 Champions League hammering at the hands of Bayern Munich last month as the season began to unravel.It was the first time Spurs had conceded seven at home in a major competition in their 137-year history.Most Read in FootballTHROUGH ITRobbie Keane reveals Claudine’s father was ’50-50′ in coronavirus battleTOP SELLERGavin Whelan has gone from League of Ireland to David Beckham’s InstagramExclusiveRIYAD 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 CelticREF RELEASEDChampions League ref Vincic released by cops after arrest in prostitution raidKEANE DEALEx Man United youth ace David Jones says Roy Keane negotiated a contract for himREF RAIDChampions League ref Vincic ‘arrested in raid into drugs and prostitution ring’NICE RONCristiano Ronaldo goes on family bike ride with partner Georgina Rodriguez & kidsFINAL-DAY CAPITULATION: After a thrilling title race with Leicester had seen Spurs fall short at the death, they downed tools on the final day and were thrashed 5-1  at already-relegated Newcastle.FA CUP HEARTACHE: Spurs had lost in the FA Cup semi a year  earlier, so when they got there in April 2018 it felt like their time — but they threw away the lead, losing 2-1 to Man United to back up their “Spursy” tag.SELF-IMPOSED TRANSFER BAN: The club went  18 months and two transfer windows without bringing in any new players. It left the shattered squad lacking depth and options.last_img read more

Sports Sponsorship in India up by 12 percent last year

Mumbai, Apr 6 (PTI) Sports sponsorship grew by 12.3 per cent last year to Rs. 51,854 million in the country and even as cricket continues to be the biggest chunk in the industry, other sports have been the growth drivers, says a report.The sports sponsorship amount is 10.4 per cent of the total Indian advertisement expenses in 2015, said the report prepared by ESP Properties and SportzPower National, according to a media release.Into its third edition now, the report on the Indian sports sponsorship market discusses the success of non-cricket leagues, fan engagement and how brands can maximise value from association with sports.The report covers the size of the sports industry of India in four parts — on- ground sponsorship, team sponsorship and franchise fee, athlete (player) management and on-air sponsorship investments, it said.The report also examines how, while cricket continues to be the biggest chunk in the sports industry pie, non-cricket sports are emerging as growth drivers.One key finding of the report is that overall sports sponsorship grew from Rs 46,165 million in 2014 to Rs 51,854 million last year.There was an increase of 13 per cent in team sponsorship, the major growth driver being non cricket-sports, even as cricket team sponsorship dropped due to less number of matches in 2015.The endorsements industry grew by 27 per cent.Longer live content duration with emerging sports leagues such as PKL, ISL, HIL, PWL, wider reach and consistent performance metrics of non-cricket sports could help in garnering more spends in future, the report noted. PTI SSR NRB PDS PDSadvertisement read more