Stan Collymore and Mark Saggers bring you another Feist Night special – this time they delve into the issues at White Hart Lane and examine Daniel Levy’s reign.
Ever been curious as to the figures that football’s middle-men negotiate? Well, all has been revealed.Forbes have released a list of the most powerful football agents in the world, right now, with Jorge Mendes – representative of Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo – unsurprisingly among them.The agent of Gareth Bale, Jonathan Barnett, also features on the list, while the most powerful middle-man in the Bundesliga has been named.Take a look at the seven highest-earning football agents in the world by clicking the yellow arrow above, right. 7 7. Thomas Kroth has earned $22.4m (£14.7m) and counts Manuel Neuer as a client – to see more, click the yellow arrow above – Forbes have released a list of the wealthiest football agents in the world in 2015 and here, talkSPORT looks at the top seven. Other clients of Kroth include Aleksander Dragovic and Shinji Kagawa, while he has also negotiated £224.2m (£147.2m) in active contracts. 4. Jose Otin has earned $29.3m (£19.2m) and counts Pedro as a client – Other clients include Viotla, Fernando Torres, Javi Martinez, Jesus Navas and Raul Garcia Otin has also negotiated $293.4m (£192.6m) in active contracts. 6. Fernando Felicevic has earned $22.8m (£15m) and counts Alexis Sanchez as a client – Other clients include Arturo Vidal and Claudio Bravo Felicevic has also negotiated £227.7m (£149.4m) in active contracts. getty 7 5. Mino Raiola has earned $28.6m (£18.8m) and counts Zlatan Ibrahimovic as a client – Other clients include Paul Pogba, Romelu Lukaku and Mario Balotelli Raiola has also negotiated £285.7m (£187.6m) in active contracts. 7 1. Jorge Mendes has earned $95.6million (£62.7m) and counts Cristiano Ronaldo as a client – Other clients include Jose Mourinho, Diego Costa, Radamel Falcao, James Rodriguez and Angel Di Maria Mendes has also negotiated $956.4m (£627.7m) in active contracts. 7 2. Jonathan Barnett (right) has earned $44m (£28.9m) and counts Gareth Bale as a client – Bale’s agent Jonathan Barnett, right, was outraged with Zidane’s comments – branding him a ‘disgrace’ 7 3. Volker Struth (far right) has earned $42.4m (£27.8m) and counts Toni Kroos as a client – Other clients include Marco Reus and Mario Gotze Struth has also negotiated $424m (£278m) in active contracts. 7 7
Shane Long Republic of Ireland manager Martin O’Neill saluted his “super-sub” Shane Long after the Southampton striker’s goal sealed victory over world champions Germany.A 1-0 success at the Aviva Stadium secured at least a play-off place in qualification for next summer’s European Championship and O’Neill will now take his side to Poland knowing victory on Sunday would secure their passage to France.He told Sky Sports 1: “Shane has come on against Poland (in March) and proved his worth (with a late equaliser), and I think at this minute the role suits him.“When I get into the dressing room I’ll say ‘well done’ to him because he’s won the game for us.”Long may disagree with his manager’s assessment, having minutes earlier expressed his disappointment at not starting the game.He said: “I was upset but there are 25 players who all want to start. Everyone’s putting pressure on the starting XI.“The manager called me with 60 minutes gone and told me to go on and make an impact. I felt I could cause trouble on the break and thankfully I did that.”O’Neill at times seemed lost for words as he reflected on a momentous win for his side.“It’s an absolutely fantastic win,” he said.“We showed bravery in the second half and had to withstand a lot of pressure. We have beaten the world champions tonight and that shouldn’t be taken away from players.“We have a big match against Poland now but one way or another, at least we’ve reached the play-off and we’ve something to go for on Sunday.”Captain John O’Shea added: “We wanted to get it back in our hands and now we’ve stepped up again tonight and showed we can go on to get automatic qualification.“(Poland have) got some good players but we’ve shown tonight we can mix it with the best.” 1
Leicester City’s hat-trick hero Riyad Mahrez Leicester City’s excellent season continued as they thrashed Swansea City 3-0, putting them top of the Premier League table.And while Jamie Vardy couldn’t get another goal to extend his streak to 12, Riyad Mahrez produced a magnificent display to claim a well-deserved hat-trick.Renowned for his pace and skills, he put the Foxes in front when he nudged a corner beyond Swans goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski.He second was more aesthetically pleasing as he picked up N’Golo Kante’s pass, despite looking offside, and curled the ball neatly into the far corner with his left foot.The Algerian completed a brilliant afternoon’s work when he nabbed his third after 67 minutes, sliding the ball home after excellent work from Kante and Vardy.With Manchester City losing to Stoke earlier in the day, Leicester are now two points clear at the top of the table.Arsenal are sitting second after riding their luck at the Emirates to claim a 3-1 victory over a rejuvenated Sunderland.Fabio Borini wasted an early chance for, hitting a shot straight at Petr Cech, as the visitors caused plenty of problems in the opening minutes but it was to be the Gunners who struck first.Assist king Mesut Ozil slid the ball through to Costa Rica forward Joel Campbell and he crashed his shot past Costel Pantilimon.The Black Cats deservedly went in level at the break as Olivier Giroud found the net at the wrong end, turning Yann M’Vila’s free-kick beyond Petr Cech.The Frenchman, though, atoned for his error with 63 minutes gone as he stooped to convert Aaron Ramsey’s cross with a diving headerAnd while Sunderland pushed for an equaliser, the Gunners guaranteed themselves all three points as Aaron Ramsey snuck the ball into the back of the net from close range.Tottenham failed to keep up tabs on their rivals near the top as they were held to a 1-1 draw by West Bromwich Albion at the Hawthorns.England starlet Dele Alli nabbed the opener in front of Roy Hodgson as he delicately dabbed Toby Alderweireld’s astonishingly good pass between the legs of Boaz Myhill after 15 minutes.But before the break James McClean got the hosts back on level terms as he beat Kyle Walker at the back stick to head home Darren Fletcher’s cross.Superb defending from Gareth McAuley denied Harry Kane a goal early in the second half, while at the opposite end Danny Rose put in a stunning stop to deny the Baggies a route through on goal.West Brom could have won it with several chances but couldn’t convert, while McClean was lucky to remain on the field after a terrible challenge on Mousa Dembele.Watford moved themselves up to ninth in the table as they beat Norwich City 2-0 at Vicarage Road.After strike partner Odion Ighalo was clattered by Alexander Tettey, Troy Deeney rocked up and slipped home a spot-kick with ease in the first-half.And Ighalo, who was earlier denied a goal by an offside flag, then managed to get on the scoresheet as he battled past Sebastien Bassong before firing home.Elsewhere, Southampton battled back to claim a 1-1 draw with struggling Aston Villa at St Mary’s.The visitors got themselves ahead a minute before half-time as poor defending from the Saints allowed Joleon Lescott to swoop home a corner at the far post.Remi Garde’s Villans couldn’t hold out though and it was ex-Chelsea and Barcelona midfielder who poked home the equaliser.Meanwhile, Manchester United and West Ham played out a 0-0 draw, with Mauro Zarate and Anthony Martial missing chances to win it for their respective sides.Premier League results in full:Arsenal 3-1 SunderlandManchester United 0-0 West HamSouthampton 1-1 Aston VillaSwansea City 0-3 Leicester CityWatford 2-0 NorwichWest Brom 1-1 Tottenham 1
Jurgen Klopp was pleased with Liverpool’s performance over Stoke in the League Cup but bemoaned the cost at which it came.Philippe Coutinho and Dejan Lovren both limped off with hamstring injuries during the first half, adding to the long list of casualties currently taking up residence in the Reds’ treatment room.Coutinho’s replacement Jordon Ibe gave Liverpool a first-leg lead at the Britannia and Klopp said despite the injuries, it would have been the perfect performance had they scored “one or two more” goals.He said: “If we score one or two more goals then maybe [it is the perfect performance].“It’s always easy to criticise things and say ‘we have to make this better’, but as a football game how we started and how we defended the long balls of Stoke was really good.“But there was a big shadow over the game for us which we cannot ignore. The injuries – I don’t know how serious, but they do not look good so we have to wait for this.“If someone had said 1-0 or a draw before the start of the game, we would have taken it, of course.”
Bolton Wanderers’ stadium Bolton have been given two weeks to put the finishing touches to a takeover with the Sports Shield Consortium after owner Eddie Davies agreed to sell his shares to the Dean Holdsworth-led group.On Monday a High Court judge granted Wanderers another 14-day extension to the winding-up petition brought against them by HM Revenue and Customs and, in that time, former Bolton striker Holdsworth will take control from Davies at the Macron Stadium, providing his consortium gets Football League approval to be the new owners.A club statement read: “Bolton Wanderers can announce that the club has today been given an adjournment of 14 days by the High Court in order to conclude a deal with the Sports Shield Consortium in taking ownership of the club.”HMRC, who took the Sky Bet Championship side to court over an initial unpaid tax bill of £2.2million, had been trying to liquidate the 139-year-old club but a judge gave Wanderers a lifeline while they finalise Holdsworth’s takeover.The deal, which is initially thought to be valued at £7.5million and will see a further £12.5million invested over the next five years, will see Holdsworth rescue a club he played for between 1997 and 2003.Holdsworth, who is thought to be working alongside accountant Bruce Gordon in the consortium, told the Bolton News: “It is a great day and I’m absolutely honoured to be a part of this club again.“More importantly it lets the people who have been at this club through thick and thin look forward to the future. I can’t put into words what a tough process this has been. We shouldn’t have been talking about saving a football club but to do it makes this a very special thing for us.”Bolton have been in trouble since owner Davies, who the majority of the club’s £185million debt is owed to, withdrew his long-term financial backing and their issues started spiralling further in November, leading to the appointment of advisor Trevor Birch as he tried to facilitate a sale.Sports Shield have been involved in takeover talks since then but were unable to agree to terms with Davies until the morning of their latest High Court hearing on Monday.Now, having been granted a further stay of execution, Birch is hopeful the club and their prospective new owners will have time over the next fortnight to get their house in order.“Whilst this continues to be a challenging time for everyone associated with the club, we are confident that this adjournment will give us the necessary time to conclude a transfer of ownership of the club, subject to approval from the Football League,” he said.Speaking at his press conference on Monday morning to preview Tuesday’s game with Birmingham, Wanderers manager Neil Lennon had said: “It’s important that the club’s future is sorted, first and foremost, and as we know these things take a lot of time.“It is complicated and there are a lot of documents to process. People want deals done the right way but it will be a relief if and when it gets done.” 1
Kiefer Sutherland pleaded no contest Tuesday to a misdemeanor drunken driving charge, and prosecutors said they will seek jail time for the “24” star, who was also prosecuted for DUI in 2004. The 40-year-old actor entered his plea to driving with a blood-alcohol content of .08 or above through defense lawyer Blair Berk, according to Frank Mateljan of the Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office. Sutherland will be required to be in court for his Dec. 21 sentencing hearing at the Metropolitan Branch Courthouse, Mateljan said. A sentencing recommendation filed Tuesday asks for Sutherland to be “remanded into the custody of the Los Angeles County sheriff” on Dec. 21 in lieu of $50,000 bail, pending a Jan. 7 hearing on whether he violated his probation in the 2004 DUI case. — be barred from driving any vehicle before next May 9; — serve five years probation; and — pay a $510 fine plus penalty assessments. The Emmy Award-winning actor was charged Sept. 28 in connection with his arrest at the scene of a traffic stop shortly after 1 a.m. Sept. 25 at La Cienega and Beverly boulevards. “Kiefer made clear to us at the time of his arrest that his first concern was the welfare of those he worked with and that he intended to do whatever was necessary to prevent shutting down the show because of his situation,” according to a statement from Fox Broadcasting, which airs “24.” “He told us that even if he had to sacrifice more time in custody in order to protect the show and the jobs of those who work with him, he would do so. From what occurred today, it is evident he is a man of his word.” The Los Angeles-born star was sentenced in 2004 to five years probation, 50 hours of community service and ordered to complete an alcohol program. Sutherland is the son of actor Donald Sutherland, star of the new ABC series “Dirty Sexy Money,” and singer Shirley Douglas. ——————————————– For the latest news and observations on crime in Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley, check out the Daily News’ crime blog by clicking here.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas City Supervising Assistant City Attorney Ellen A. Sarmiento and Assistant City Attorney Dan F. Jeffries are asking that Sutherland’s probation be reinstated in the 2004 case if he remains jailed from Dec. 21 to Jan. 7, and that he be given credit for 18 days actually served — with no release under an electronic monitoring program. Their sentencing recommendation also calls for Superior Court Judge Stuart M. Rice to order Sutherland to serve an additional 30 days in a Los Angeles County jail facility or an acceptable city jail facility by next July 1, in connection with the new DUI charge. The prosecutors also want the judge to order Sutherland to: — complete an 18-month alcohol education program; — attend six months of weekly alcohol therapy sessions;
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre Everyone who was evacuated because of the fire has been allowed to return home. A reward of $250,000 is being offered for information leading to the conviction of whoever who started the blaze. ——————————— For the latest news and observations on crime in Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley, check out the Daily News’ crime blog by clicking here. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! ANAHEIM – Full containment of the Santiago Fire is now expected tomorrow, not today, as had been initially anticipated, fire commanders said. Of the wildfires that began two weeks ago, the arson-set Santiago fire is the only one not fully contained. Containment of the fire has been at 90 percent for several days. The blaze broke out about 5:55 p.m. Oct. 21 at Santiago Canyon and Silverado Canyon roads and eventually destroyed 15 homes and injured 13 people, 12 of them firefighters, according to the Orange County Fire Authority. About 1,245 fire personnel continue to battle the blaze, which has cost an estimated $14.3 million to fight.