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Jose Mourinho Appointed Tottenham Head Coach

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Tottenham Hotspur have announced Jose Mourinho the new coach of the club, replacing the sacked Mauricio Pochettino.

Pochettino, who joined the club in 2014 was sacked Tuesday with the club languishing 14th in the Premier League.

The Portuguese former Chelsea, Real Madrid and Manchester United manager signed a contract until the end of the 2022/23 season, the north London club said in a statement.

Pochettino, 47, transformed Spurs’ fortunes after arriving from Southampton in 2014 and although he failed to win a trophy he took the club to the Champions League final for the first time in their history just six months ago.

But the Argentine was sacked on Tuesday, with Tottenham struggling in the league after picking up just three wins from their opening 12 games.

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This season they were knocked out of the League Cup by fourth-tier Colchester United and suffered an embarrassing 7-2 defeat at home to Bayern Munich in the Champions League.

“I am excited to be joining a club with such a great heritage and such passionate supporters,” said Mourinho, who has won domestic titles in a record four different countries.

“The quality in both the squad and the academy excites me. Working with these players is what has attracted me.”

Spurs Chairman Daniel Levy said: “In Jose we have one of the most successful managers in football. He has a wealth of experience, can inspire teams and is a great tactician.

“He has won honours at every club he has coached. We believe he will bring energy and belief to the dressing room.”

Spurs hailed their new boss, saying in their statement: “Jose is one of the world’s most accomplished managers having won 25 senior trophies.”

He won Champions League titles with Porto and Inter Milan.

The 56-year-old Portuguese won three Premier League titles over two spells in charge of Chelsea and returned to England to manage Manchester United in 2016.

Mourinho was sacked last December following a poor run of results and has been out of work since, most recently working as a TV pundit.

His first match in charge will be the London derby away to West Ham on Saturday.

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Nigerian Footballer, Odion Ighalo, Loses His Sister

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Super Eagles striker, Odion Ighalo has just announced the death of his sister, Mary Ighalo.

Ighalo who made the announcement on his verified Instagram page revealed that Mary died on Thursday, December 12th 2019.

However, the striker who currently plays for Chinese club Shanghai Greenland Shenhua didn’t state how she died.

May her soul rest in peace. Amen.

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Former Nigerian Footballer Philip Osondu Is Dead

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Former Nigerian footballer, Philip Osondu has died in Belgium after taking self to the hospital to be examined on Thursday.

He was said to have felt unwell at work and decided to visit the hospital where he subsequently died.

Osondu played regularly for the youth teams of Nigeria, but never reached the first team.

In 1987 he participated in the World U-16 tournament in Canada. Nigeria reached the final, but then lost on penalties to the Soviet Union.

He got the World Cup Golden Ball as best player of the tournament.

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BREAKING: Liverpool Manager Klopp Extends Contract To 2024

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Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp has agreed a contract extension until 2024, the English Premier League (EPL) club announced on Friday.

Former Borussia Dortmund manager Klopp took the reins at Liverpool in October 2015 and guided them to back-to-back UEFA Champions League finals in 2018 and 2019.

They won their sixth European cup last season.

“For me personally this is a statement of intent, one which is built on my knowledge of what we as a partnership have achieved so far and what is still there for us to achieve,” Klopp said in a statement on the club’s website.

“When the call (to manage Liverpool) came in autumn 2015, I felt we were perfect for each other. If anything, now I feel I underestimated that.

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“It is only with a total belief that the collaboration remains totally complementary on both sides that I am able to make this commitment to 2024.”

The club said the German manager’s assistants Peter Krawietz and Pep Lijnders had also agreed new deals.

Klopp took Liverpool to the brink of their first-ever EPL title last season, finishing a point behind champions Manchester City.

This season, they are well poised to end their 30-year wait for a top-flight league title after going unbeaten in the first 16 games.

They have an eight-point lead over second-placed Leicester City.

(Reuters/NAN)

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