Tottenham Hotspur will host the final match of the first Ashes series between England and Australia for 17 years as the national team seek to end half a century of hurt. Not since 1970 has an England or Great Britain rugby league side beaten the Kangaroos in an Ashes series and next year's showdowns come just 12 months before the 2021 World Cup in England. The three-match series will see games at the University of Bolton Stadium and Leeds United's Elland Road before the potential decider at Spurs' new home on November 14. England have not faced their old enemies since losing 6-0 to Australia in the 2017 World Cup final in Brisbane and next year will see the first Ashes series since 2003. England coach Wayne Bennett's contract with the Rugby Football League expires at the end of the current Great Britain tour of New Zealand and Papua New Guinea. He is expected to hold talks with RFL rugby director Kevin Sinfield imminently about a contract extension that would see him lead England into … [Read more...] about Tottenham Hotspur Stadium to host rugby league Ashes clash between England and Australia
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Mauricio Pochettino's position at Tottenham is approaching untenable, with both parties seemingly bound to go their separate ways before the end of the season. Pochettino has elevated Tottenham from a club with their face pressed against the glass of Europe's elite into Champions League regulars, on an inferior transfer budget and wage bill to their closest rivals. Whether Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy decides to reluctantly pull the trigger or Pochettino walks away, it seems only a matter of time before Spurs begin searching for a new head coach for the first time since 2014. So who could they target, what would they bring to the job and how realistic are they as options? Jose Mourinho:... … [Read more...] about If Mauricio Pochettino leaves Tottenham Hotspur, who could be the contenders to replace him?
Tottenham have reached an agreement with Real Betis to sign Giovani Lo Celso for a club record-equalling €60m (£55.3m) while Mauricio Pochettino is also hoping a deal for Fulham’s Ryan Sessegnon can be completed before Thursday’s transfer deadline. On a busy penultimate day of the transfer window Spurs finally struck a deal for the Argentina midfielder Lo Celso after failing with attempts to sign Philippe Coutinho on loan from Barcelona, although a move for the Juventus striker Paulo Dybala also appeared unlikely to materialise broke down after the Juventus forward requested a salary of £350,000 a week. While Lo Celso has yet to agree personal terms, he is expected to move to north London after being withdrawn from the Betis squad for the friendly against Las Palmas on Wednesday evening and is expected in London on Thursday for a medical. The fee for the former Paris Saint-Germain player would match the amount Tottenham paid for Tanguy Ndombele at the start … [Read more...] about Tottenham agree £55m fee with Real Betis for Giovani Lo Celso
Tottenham are preparing a €70m (£64.4m) bid for Juventus’s Paulo Dybala and have also been offered the chance to sign Barcelona’s Coutinho on loan. The Serie A club are willing to consider the sale of the talented but inconsistent Argentinian but are holding out for around £70m for the 25-year-old. A much bigger problem for Spurs would be to agree personal terms with Dybala. The Argentinian is earning more than £300,000 a week at Juventus before tax and would not want to earn less at Spurs. A further complication is his image rights, which are expensive, as well as agents’ fees of up to £12m. Spurs are also one of the clubs who have been sounded out on whether they would be interested in signing Philippe Coutinho on loan. The Brazilian is considering a move away from Barcelona for the new season and the player’s representatives have made contact with several clubs, including Arsenal, to see whether there is any interest in the player … [Read more...] about Tottenham prepare £64.4m bid for Juventus’s Paulo Dybala
Kieran Trippier has completed one of the more eye-catching transfers of the summer to date after joining Atlético Madrid from Tottenham Hotspur in a deal worth at least £20m. The England full-back, who made over 100 appearances through a four-season stint at the north London club after arriving from Burnley, has signed a three-year contract at the Wanda Metropolitano. The 28-year-old had admitted towards the end of last season that his future at Spurs was in doubt, with Mauricio Pochettino intent on reshaping his squad for what he has called the “next chapter” of the team’s development. Trippier had been one of the most impressive performers as England finished fourth at the World Cup in Russia last summer, scoring early in the semi-final defeat by Croatia in Moscow, but endured a difficult season last time out as his form dipped. That culminated in him missing out on selection for the Nations League campaign in Portugal last month, with Trent … [Read more...] about Atlético Madrid confirm signing of Kieran Trippier from Tottenham