Pochettino jokes he’d like to ‘kick’ Arsenal legend Merson over derby criticism

first_imgMORE SPURS STORIESHARRY 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 yearDespite being under pressure, Pochettino has revealed he will NOT leave Tottenham, despite having clear-the-air talks with chairman Daniel Levy.Pochettino, linked with Manchester United and Real Madrid, rubbished reports he will quit after tomorrow’s North London derby.The Spurs boss also claimed he has rejected “plenty” of job offers during his five-year reign.Tottenham boss Pochettino denies ‘stupid rumours’ he is going to quit after Arsenal clash MAURICIO POCHETTINO has joked he’d like to “kick” Arsenal legend Paul Merson following his fierce derby criticism.Merson had claimed the Gunners will “rip Spurs to shreds” in the North London derby with Tottenham in the midst of a horror run of form.2 Pochettino has hit back at Merson for his derby criticismCredit: EPA2 Merson unsurprisingly backed his old club to ‘rip Spurs to shreds’Credit: Getty – ContributorPoch’s side have picked up just 15 points in their last 15 matches – and most-recently lost 1-0 at home to relegation candidates Newcastle.But Pochettino hit back at former Arsenal midfielder Merson saying he wished he could have played against him.Merson had claimed: “I think Arsenal will win the game quite comfortably, 4-1. They will rip Tottenham to shreds.”I think Spurs are struggling at the moment and if Arsenal get going then they could score a few.”The Man City game has covered over the cracks at Spurs I think.”MAUR OF WORDSNow Pochettino has hit back at the Sky Sports pundit when asked which of Arsenal’s players – past or present – he’d like to have managed.Turning the question on its head, the Spurs boss joked: “Maybe play against? Yes, I want to play against Paul Merson. I would like to kick him.”Arsenal host Tottenham at 5.30pm on Sunday as both sides look to get back to winning ways, after the Gunners were thumped 3-1 by Liverpool last weekend.last_img read more

MLB notes: Phillies’ Howard signs 1-year deal

first_img Injury update: Oakland Athletics center fielder Mark Kotsay left the team’s Phoenix camp and returned to California to seek medical advice on his troublesome back … New York Mets pitcher Pedro Martinez can start throwing today as part of his recuperation from October rotator cuff surgery, the team said. Howard made $355,000 last year when he hit .313 with 58 home runs and 149 RBIs. More deals: The Texas Rangers gave three-time All-Star shortstop Michael Young a five-year, $80 million contract extension. It is the second-largest deal in team history, after the 10-year, $252 million Alex Rodriguez got in 2000. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img National League MVP Ryan Howard got a raise, but he’s still one of the biggest bargains in baseball. The Philadelphia Phillies renewed the first baseman’s contract, giving him a one-year, $900,000 deal after the sides failed to agree on a long-term deal. The figure matches the highest base salary in a one-year contract for a player not eligible for arbitration. In 2003, the St. Louis Cardinals gave slugger Albert Pujols that deal before he started a seven-year, $100 million contract the next season. last_img read more