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Kimi Raikkonen delivers cheeky jibe at Lewis Hamilton with throwback Instagram post

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Formula 1 star Kimi Raikkonen has made no secret of his longing for the sport’s more daring days off the track to return – and has cheekily hit out at world champion Lewis Hamilton via a hilarious meme.

The side-by-side montage shows a shirtless James Hunt, who won the 1976 championship, smoking and drinking. 

A picture of Hamilton, dressed head to toe in a very questionable matching outfit, has been added in next to him to underline the drastic change between drivers past and present.

Kimi Raikkonen has delivered a sly riposte as world champion Lewis Hamilton on Instagram

Kimi Raikkonen has delivered a sly riposte as world champion Lewis Hamilton on Instagram

Kimi Raikkonen has delivered a sly riposte as world champion Lewis Hamilton on Instagram

Hamilton's questionable outfit has been compared to the lavish lifestyle of the late James Hunt

Hamilton's questionable outfit has been compared to the lavish lifestyle of the late James Hunt

Hamilton’s questionable outfit has been compared to the lavish lifestyle of the late James Hunt

Raikkonen has compared his own rock and roll ways to Hamilton by posting a photo of himself looking worse for wear and accompanying it with the caption, ‘Not all hope is lost yet!’

The six-time champion Hamilton has been snapped aboard a scooter in patterned clothes, complete with bucket hat. He was also caught wearing pink socks and white trainers while posing.

The photo of Hamilton and Hunt has provided his rival Raikkonen with some perfect material for a sly dig, and the 40-year-old duly delivered by titling the meme ‘Evolution of a Formula 1 driver’.

Raikkonen (L) is longing for F1's rock and roll days to return after posting his own throwback

Raikkonen (L) is longing for F1's rock and roll days to return after posting his own throwback

Raikkonen (L) is longing for F1’s rock and roll days to return after posting his own throwback

James Hunt, the 1976 world champion, has proved a great source of inspiration for Raikkonen

James Hunt, the 1976 world champion, has proved a great source of inspiration for Raikkonen

James Hunt, the 1976 world champion, has proved a great source of inspiration for Raikkonen

Raikkonen (above) had entered a snowmobile race in 2007 under the name of his hero Hunt

Raikkonen (above) had entered a snowmobile race in 2007 under the name of his hero Hunt

Raikkonen (above) had entered a snowmobile race in 2007 under the name of his hero Hunt

Raikkonen’s admiration for Hunt has been made clear over the years. The image of himself appearing slightly intoxicated, cigarette in hand, closely mirrors the former British racer’s lavish lifestyle.

Hunt became well known for enjoying the high life away from his days competing on the circuit.

In 2007, Raikkonen even entered a snowmobile race under the name of his hero.

He also raced at Monaco in 2012 wearing a helmet designed to resemble the same one Hunt sported during his memorable 1976 season.

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Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy arrives at club’s Enfield base to seal Gareth Bale’s return

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Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy was pictured arriving bright and early at Tottenham’s Enfield training base on Friday as he looks to conclude Gareth Bale‘s return to the club. 

As Sportsmail exclusively revealed on Wednesday, the formalities of a season-long loan deal worth £13million in wages has been finalised with an announcement expected imminently. 

Bale is due to fly to London on Friday following some final medical checks in Madrid having already said goodbye to his team-mates at Real’s Valdebebas training facility on Thursday.  

Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy was seen biting his nails as he arrived for work on Friday

Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy was seen biting his nails as he arrived for work on Friday

Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy was seen biting his nails as he arrived for work on Friday

He was temperature tested by security staff at the Enfield base as part of added precautions

He was temperature tested by security staff at the Enfield base as part of added precautions

He was temperature tested by security staff at the Enfield base as part of added precautions

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Levy is looking to put the finishing touches to a loan deal bringing Gareth Bale back to the club 

Levy was temperature tested by security staff on his arrival as part of ongoing protocol amid the coronavirus pandemic. 

It is believed Levy sorted a large portion of the deal on Tuesday with Jose Mourinho a driving force in helping move it along following their opening day defeat to Everton in the Premier League. 

A few minor formalities were completed on Thursday and all that is left is for Bale to arrive back in north London and sign.

Bale became a fan favourite at Spurs where he scored 56 goals and provided 58 assists

Bale became a fan favourite at Spurs where he scored 56 goals and provided 58 assists

Bale became a fan favourite at Spurs where he scored 56 goals and provided 58 assists

Mourinho has been a long-term admirer of Bale and has tried to sign him multiple times

Mourinho has been a long-term admirer of Bale and has tried to sign him multiple times

Mourinho has been a long-term admirer of Bale and has tried to sign him multiple times

Even with the deal close to completion, Mourinho refused to be drawn into public comment on the Bale move after Thursday night’s 2-1 Europa League victory against Lokomotiv Plovdiv in Bulgaria.

‘I can’t comment,’ he said. ‘I don’t comment on something that I don’t know. For me, at this moment, until Gareth Bale is a Tottenham player I still think and respect the fact that he is a Real Madrid player. I am not going to comment on a Real Madrid player.’  

Bale became a fan favourite at Spurs where he scored 56 goals and provided 58 assists in 203 appearances.

In 2012-13 he was crowned Tottenham’s Player of the Year and also claimed the PFA Players’ Player of the Year, PFA Young Player of the Year, Football Writers’ Association Footballer of the Year and Premier League Player of the Season award. 

He was the Premier League’s most impressive player and Real Madrid were aggressive in the transfer market in bringing him in to partner Cristiano Ronaldo at the Santiago Bernabeu. 

Relations soured between Bale and Zinedine Zidane and he almost left for China last summer

Relations soured between Bale and Zinedine Zidane and he almost left for China last summer

Relations soured between Bale and Zinedine Zidane and he almost left for China last summer

Gareth Bale was filmed arriving at Real Madrid's training ground on Thursday morning

Gareth Bale was filmed arriving at Real Madrid's training ground on Thursday morning

Gareth Bale was filmed arriving at Real Madrid’s training ground on Thursday morning

The Welshman has won four Champions League titles since making the move to Spain but has found life tough under Zinedine Zidane. 

The French boss has struggled to take to Bale and has largely kept him out of the side since returning for his second spell in charge. 

Bale saw a move to the Chinese Super League collapse last summer but having played such a peripheral role in their title win last season, both the club and the player have concluded it is best for him to move, at least temporarily, elsewhere to return to his best.  

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Sir Alex Ferguson picked O’Leary, Curbishley and O’Neil as his Man United successors back in 2000

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Celtic owner Dermot Desmond has revealed Sir Alex Ferguson would have picked David O’Leary, Alan Curbishley or Martin O’Neil as his replacement had he needed to in 2000.

The trio were all in charge of Premier League sides at the turn of the century, with Arsenal legend O’Leary the boss of Leeds United, Curbishley leading Charlton and O’Neil managing Leicester.  

In an interview with The Athletic, Desmond revealed he offered to double Manchester United legend Ferguson’s salary at the Scottish giants in 1997, but his desire to win the Champions League – which occurred two years later – saw him stay at Old Trafford.

Sir Alex Ferguson (centre) chose three names to replace him at Manchester United in 2000

Sir Alex Ferguson (centre) chose three names to replace him at Manchester United in 2000

Sir Alex Ferguson (centre) chose three names to replace him at Manchester United in 2000

Arsenal legend David O'Leary was on the list and was the boss of Leeds United at the time

Arsenal legend David O'Leary was on the list and was the boss of Leeds United at the time

Arsenal legend David O’Leary was on the list and was the boss of Leeds United at the time

Desmond then went back a few years later to ask who he would pick as his Old Trafford replacement, which helped Celtic eventually secure former Aston Villa boss O’Neil’s signing following Ferguson’s intervention.

‘In 2000, I went back and asked him if he was to pick his replacement at that time who would it be. He said there were three people: Dave O’Leary, Alan Curbishley and Martin O’Neill. I said the one I’m interested in is Martin O’Neill,’ Desmond said.

‘I had previously asked a prominent broadcaster if Martin would be interested in the job and I got a response in the negative. 

‘I then asked Alex if he would speak with Martin, to see if he would meet with me, and the response was that he would be very interested in meeting. 

Former Charlton boss Alan Curbishley was also on Ferguson's list of potential successors

Former Charlton boss Alan Curbishley was also on Ferguson's list of potential successors

Former Charlton boss Alan Curbishley was also on Ferguson’s list of potential successors

He also suggested former Leicester boss Martin O'Neil who went on to sign for Celtic

He also suggested former Leicester boss Martin O'Neil who went on to sign for Celtic

He also suggested former Leicester boss Martin O’Neil who went on to sign for Celtic

‘So I met Martin for dinner and we got on very well. I introduced him to Pat and Brian and they also felt he was a remarkable individual, so we hired Martin.’ 

The comments come as a precursor for the eventual succession plan put in Ferguson, who helped David Moyes secure the post in 2013.

Ferguson chose Moyes as his successor at Old Trafford but his fellow Scot lasted  just 10 months before he was axed by the club, with the then Premier League champions languishing in seventh spot and out of European contention,

Speaking earlier this year, Moyes – now in charge of West Ham – compared his ill-fated reign at United to that of current boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s, claiming the only difference is that the Norwegian has been shown more patience and backing. 

Ferguson also created his succession plan 13 years later when he picked David Moyes

Ferguson also created his succession plan 13 years later when he picked David Moyes

Ferguson also created his succession plan 13 years later when he picked David Moyes 

Celtic owner Dermot Desmond offered to double Ferguson's wages at Celtic in 1997

Celtic owner Dermot Desmond offered to double Ferguson's wages at Celtic in 1997

Celtic owner Dermot Desmond offered to double Ferguson’s wages at Celtic in 1997

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Reg Harrison dead at 97: Derby legend who was oldest living FA Cup winner passes away surrounded by family

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DERBY legend Reg Harrison has passed away at the age of 97.

The former winger was the oldest living FA Cup winner, lifting the trophy in 1946.

He spent 11 years with the Rams between 1944 and 1955 before ending his playing career with Boston United and Long Eaton United.

As reported by The Times, Harrison died at around 9pm last night surrounded by family in the bungalow he lived in for 54 years.

Harrison scored 59 goals in 281 appearances for Derby, the club he joined aged 16.

But his greatest day in football came aged 22 as he helped Stuart McMillan’s side to a 4-1 win over Charlton at Wembley.

After hanging up his boots, Harrison had a brief managerial career but then focused on setting up centres for young people in his hometown.

In February 2019, he was awarded Freedom of the City for services to the community by Derby City Council.

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