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Mauricio Pochettino ‘turns down the chance to take over at Monaco’

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Former Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino reportedly rejected Monaco’s offer to take charge of the club after Robert Moreno was sacked.

The Argentine boss has been out of work since being dismissed by Spurs in November last year and being replaced by Jose Mourinho at the helm.

Pochettino was given a route back into the dugout as Monaco’s prime managerial target but he turned it down, according to The Athletic.

Ex-Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino reportedly rejected Monaco's offer to take charge of club

Ex-Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino reportedly rejected Monaco's offer to take charge of club

Ex-Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino reportedly rejected Monaco’s offer to take charge of club

The Ligue 1 side’s sporting director, Paul Mitchell, was reportedly hopeful of tying Pochettino down to a deal after previously working with him in England at Spurs and Southampton.

But the report claims that the ex-Tottenham boss is taking his time on picking his next managerial role. He has been linked to the hotseat at both Inter Milan and Juventus recently.

After reaching the Champions League final with Spurs last summer, Pochettino endured a torrid start to the 2019-20 season and was sacked with Spurs in 14th place in the Premier League following five-and-a-half years in north London.  

Ligue 1 side's sporting director, Paul Mitchell, was reportedly hopeful of getting Pochettino

Ligue 1 side's sporting director, Paul Mitchell, was reportedly hopeful of getting Pochettino

Ligue 1 side’s sporting director, Paul Mitchell, was reportedly hopeful of getting Pochettino

Monaco have dismissed Moreno after just seven months and former Bayern Munich boss Niko Kovac has been brought straight in to replace him.

His axing comes after the club ended the Ligue 1 campaign in ninth, although France’s top flight was called to a halt early amid the coronavirus pandemic. 

The club have decided to make a change with former Tottenham recruitment chief Mitchell taking up the position of sporting director.

Instead former Bayern Munich boss Niko Kovac has replaced Robert Moreno in the hotseat

Instead former Bayern Munich boss Niko Kovac has replaced Robert Moreno in the hotseat

Instead former Bayern Munich boss Niko Kovac has replaced Robert Moreno in the hotseat

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Gareth Southgate’s Iceland omissions open the door to new wave of talent

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The beauty of life for Gareth Southgate at the moment is that his talent pool continues to run deep.

As such he was able to deliver an important message to the errant duo of Phil Foden and Mason Greenwood by leaving them out of his latest squad while at the same time offering opportunities to another wave of young talent.

So although the door will not remain closed for long for Foden and Greenwood after their foolish behaviour in Iceland last month, it has now opened to Harvey Barnes, Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Bukayo Saka.

Gareth Southgate sent important message by leaving out Phil Foden and Mason Greenwood

Gareth Southgate sent important message by leaving out Phil Foden and Mason Greenwood 

This is a bloated England squad, designed to cope with three games in quick succession and also the raft of withdrawals that are expected to come in the wake of this weekend’s Premier League calendar. Equally, it is an important one to be in. 

Southgate outlined some of the restrictions placed on players in the England bubble these days. Masks on at all time. No social interaction for longer than 15 minutes. No leaving the hotel for a cup of coffee.

It will doubtless be wearisome at times and Southgate will be watching. If he learned something of the immaturity of Foden and Greenwood last month, he will hope to see some altogether more encouraging signs from his squad this time. For players old and new, there are valuable points to be scored.

‘We will learn who is resilient and who is adaptable,’ Southgate said. ‘We’ll learn who might bail out when the going gets too tough, who might be a good squad member, who might not be and they will all be useful things for us.

The young pair have been dropped after they broke Covid-bubble rules in Iceland hotel

The young pair have been dropped after they broke Covid-bubble rules in Iceland hotel

Instead he has called up Harvey Barnes, Dominic Calvert-Lewin (above) and Bukayo Sako

Instead he has called up Harvey Barnes, Dominic Calvert-Lewin (above) and Bukayo Sako

‘And as a group of staff we will be ready. I don’t think we could get more curveballs than we got in September but there will be different ones and that will serve us in good stead when we go to tournaments where you’ve got to be resilient.’

Southgate’s decision to omit Foden and Greenwood this time feels like the right one. He revealed that he made that call the day after they smuggled two women into the team hotel in Iceland and communicated it to them immediately.

His message to them and others is clear but it is also the case that his concern will be largely pastoral from this point on. ‘They have suffered enough,’ he said, and he is probably right.

Both are rare talents and will be back soon, doubtless to stay. But players such as Barnes and Calvert-Lewin deserve their opportunities also. Their progress at Leicester and Everton has been steady but sure whereas Saka has burst through a little more quickly at Arsenal.

The extended squad could also mean more pitch time for the likes of Aston Villa's Jack Grealish

The extended squad could also mean more pitch time for the likes of Aston Villa’s Jack Grealish

Southgate also responded to Jose Mourinho's plea for his players such as Kane to be rested

Southgate also responded to Jose Mourinho’s plea for his players such as Kane to be rested

With three games to be played against Wales, Belgium and Denmark in the space of seven days, each of the newcomers will get minutes. So too, hopefully, will Wolves defender Conor Coady and Aston Villa captain Jack Grealish.

For Southgate the balancing act is difficult. Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Jose Mourinho of Tottenham have in recent days urged him to look after their players, albeit in different ways. Southgate dealt with all that nimbly but equally conceded no ground.

‘I agree with Jose but also know exactly what he was doing,’ smiled Southgate. ‘We know we have to be responsible, we are conscious of the welfare of the players. The season as a whole is a huge challenge.

‘All Jose needs to do is make sure in April and May that he is looking after Harry Kane for us because there are 55 million people relying on that. That obviously works both ways.’

Southgate is employed largely for his abilities as a football coach and a manager of people but it undoubtedly helps to have a diplomat at the helm during these strange times, as well as a man able to see the bigger pictures of life quite naturally.

This is a strange time to be an England footballer but also a good one. Between now and next summer’s European Championship opportunities will not be in short supply for those smart enough to take them. 

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From firing a warning and re-opening the door for Jamie Vardy…Your England squad roundup

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Gareth Southgate has fired a chilling warning to his England squad after dropping Phil Foden and Mason Greenwood following their Iceland shame.

As Sportsmail disclosed on Wednesday, Foden and Greenwood were omitted from the 30-man squad for the matches against Wales, Belgium and Denmark after they smuggled two women into the team hotel after last month’s win over Iceland.

Southgate, who also provided a pointed response to Jose Mourinho‘s stern remarks over his treatment of Harry Kane, has indicated the pair will be re-considered for selection in November. But he insists his decision to leave them out, including for the Under 21s, should serve as a reminder to his squad over the standards he expects.

Gareth Southgate fired a warning to his squad after axing Phil Foden and Mason Greenwood

 Gareth Southgate fired a warning to his squad after axing Phil Foden and Mason Greenwood

Foden and Greenwood have been left out of the squad after being sent home from Iceland

Foden and Greenwood have been left out of the squad after being sent home from Iceland

The England boss said: ‘We have to send a message to all our players in our teams at every age level that that sort of thing isn’t how we do things.

‘Then we’ve got to rehabilitate these two boys. Young people will make mistakes. 

‘These lads have suffered enough now. I can speak to them after this camp and it will be just be about their form then.’

Southgate also revealed he would remind his players at St George’s Park next week of their responsibilities.

‘We will discuss the shirt, what it means to wear the shirt and some reminders on how we work but that’s not a case of reading the riot act,’ he said.

Southgate also responded to Jose Mourinho’s remarks over his treatment of Harry Kane

Southgate also responded to Jose Mourinho’s remarks over his treatment of Harry Kane

Dominic Calvert-Lewin was handed his debut call-up along with Harvey Barnes and Bukayo Saka yesterday after his excellent eight-goal start to the season for Everton.

The 23-year-old striker can expect to make his debut sometime next week but Southgate has re-opened the door for Jamie Vardy to return. The Leicester forward, 33, stood down from international duty after the 2018 World Cup but has continued to score prolifically in the Premier League.

Southgate said: ‘We know that Jamie is still around and we still communicate a lot. I think at this moment we are in agreement that it’s good to keep looking at these younger players. But I’m not in any way ruling him out if it’s the right thing at the right time.’

While Dominic Calvert-Lewin was called-up along with Harvey Barnes and Bukayo Saka

While Dominic Calvert-Lewin was called-up along with Harvey Barnes and Bukayo Saka

Southgate also turned the tables on Tottenham manager Mourinho, who claimed the England boss has a duty to restrict the participation of his players — particularly Kane — over the coming days because of fatigue.

With next summer’s Euros in mind, Southgate said Mourinho needed to look after the striker for England towards the end of the season, before adding: ‘That obviously works both ways.’

Southgate also revealed he has held peace talks with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer after the Manchester United boss criticised his handling of Greenwood. ‘I have spoken to Ole,’ Southgate said. ‘We have talked it through and are very much on the same page. We want to look after the young players.’ 

Southgate has re-opened the door for Leicester forward, Jamie Vardy, to return to the squad

Southgate has re-opened the door for Leicester forward, Jamie Vardy, to return to the squad

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Celta Vigo 0 Barcelona 3 LIVE REACTION: Ansu Fati and Sergi Roberto give ten-man Barca all three points in La Liga clash

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FT: CELTA 0-3 BARCA

Barcelona continue their excellent run of form at the start of the 2020-21 La Liga season.

Ronald Koeman’s Barca make it two wins from two with another win inspired by Ansu Fati and Lionel Messi.

Barca’s superiority continued despite being down to ten-men for the second half, Celta simply didn’t have an answer or response.

Messi and co are smiling, and it’s an impressive start to the season despite the turbulent summer.

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