MAURICIO POCHETTINO was ‘close’ to axing Christian Eriksen just before the season started, according to reports.According to the Independent, that is because the Spurs boss does not like keeping players who are into the final year of their contracts.2 Mauricio Pochettino considered ostracising Christian Eriksen as he entered the final year of his contractCredit: ReutersEriksen’s deal at Tottenham runs out next summer and he has been heavily linked with a move to Spain this summer.But he has just a few hours left if he wants to secure a move away before the European transfer window closes.For now, though, Eriksen remains a Tottenham player, and a crucial one at that.Given the nod to start from the outset in yesterday’s North London derby, he repaid his manager’s faith within ten minutes.After Bernd Leno parried Erik Lamela’s tame shot, the Dane, 27, reacted first to tap into the empty net and give Spurs the lead.Although Harry Kane added a second, Spurs allowed Arsenal back into the game and had to settle for a point as their away form continues to struggle.But with Eriksen set to stay in North London for another year, Poch admitted he will throw a “big party” when today’s deadline passes.There are still hours, one day and I want to say that it is impossible but it is going to be difficult… I am optimistic. Mauricio Pochettino on Christian EriksenHe told talkSPORT: “Tuesday, we party. Finish the transfer window after tomorrow, I think Tuesday we are going to make a big party and celebrate.”Because I think it was my worst period after five years in Tottenham.”On Eriksen, Pochettino added: “His mind is clear that he wanted to play.”It’s nearly impossible for something to happen [with a transfer], that’s why it was clear.”There are still hours, one day and I want to say that it is impossible but it is going to be difficult.”I think nothing is impossible in football. I am optimistic.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 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 wrong”The most important thing is [the next] 24 hours and [we] hope that everything will be clear for everyone.”Christian Eriksen had a big performance. The whole team had a very good performance.”I enjoyed it a lot. You want to win, but you hope to play these kind of games every week.”2 The Dane tucks in the opening goal of the North London derby but could not inspire his side to victoryCredit: Richard Pelham – The SunMauricio Pochettino is counting down the hours until the European transfer window closes but says he’s optimistic about keeping Christian Eriksen
Recently-appointed captain of the Leeward Islands Hurricanes, Jamaican-born Nkrumah Bonner, said he was surprised at being handed the position, however, now that he is in the post, he will give it his best shot. “I wasn’t really expecting it,” stated Bonner, who is currently in St Kitts preparing with the eastern Caribbean outfit for the second half of the WICB First-Class Tournament. “Since joining the Leewards, earlier this season, I believe I have been doing reasonably well, particularly with the bat. “I have also been active in the field, and making suggestions so on, and I guess they were of the opinion that I was having a good influence on the team “I was approached and asked if I would like to take charge, and after thinking about it I agreed to accept it,” added the West Indies representative. A former Jamaica Under-15 vice-captain, it will be the first time the 26-year-old Bonner will be leading a team at the regional level. He has, however, led teams at the club level in Jamaica performing similar duties even up until recently with St Catherine Cricket Association in the two-day Senior Cup. “I am prepared mentally for the challenge, and is expecting good things,” Bonner highlighted. “I tend to say things as I see it, and I guess people respect me for that. This, I believe, is a good starting point, and is something I hope to build on.” Bonner, who has represented the West Indies in two Twenty20 Internationals, has also expressed pleasure in the confidence placed in him by team officials. “The coach (Reginald Benjamin) and manager (Hugh Gore), who is a no-nonsense guy, recommended me, so from that point of view, it’s good to know they have the confidence in me,” he said. Looking at the on-going four-day tournament, Bonner, who is the Leewards’ leading runs scorer, said he believes the team can improve their fortunes. The Leewards have lost all of their five matches to date, and are currently at the bottom of the six-team standings. “I am expecting us to do a lot better in the second half of the season,” he explained. “We will be looking to win, but even if we don’t, I would love to see our batting, bowling and fielding performances improve overall.” The Hurricanes are scheduled to play third-place Jamaica Scorpions in their next encounter in Antigua, commencing on Thursday.
In a bid to reduce the tourist pressure at Marine Drive and Bandstand, the Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation (MTDC) is planning to develop the 350-metre stretch of the western coast between Andheri and Juhu so that it attracts more tourists in the future.According to a report by The Indian Express, MTDC is planning to introduce adventure activities at the beach, that will include water sports, a floating jetty for cruises and numerous other amenities for the tourists.Also read: This fort in Maharashtra might soon be a world heritage site Construction of drinking water, temporary wooden benches, watch towers, and public toilets are also a part of the tourism board’s greater plan for the area. When completed, these amenities will not only benefit travellers from different parts, but will also help the Mumbaikars have a good time when they hang out in this place.”About three to four companies have shown interest and the tendering process is underway. We hope to start the activities this year post monsoon,” an MTDC official who did not wish to be named, told The Indian Express.Seems like Mumbai is set to become a more attractive tourism destination in the nera future.