What to expectPochettino was so devastated by Tottenham’s failure to win the Champions League for the first time that he hid away in his Barcelona home for 10 days before finally resurfacing to begin what he hopes will be an ambitious new era for his club.While the 2-0 defeat against Liverpool in Madrid denied Pochettino the first major trophy of his managerial career, the Argentine is attempting to turn the page as the new season looms.But Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy appears undecided over his manager’s demands for greater investment.New Tottenham midfielder Tanguy Ndombele © AFP/File / Glyn KIRKAhead of their first full season in their swish new stadium, Pochettino has made it clear Tottenham must be more ambitious, with the club record signing of Tanguy Ndombele not enough to stop him asking for more financial backing during pre-season.Adding to Pochettino’s issues, Denmark midfielder Christian Eriksen has revealed he is looking for a new challenge, stalling on a new contract as Manchester United and Real Madrid wait in the wings.Pochettino is marching on regardless, showing his ruthless side by selling under-performing England defender Kieran Trippier to Atletico Madrid and considering off-loading Toby Alderweireld and Danny Rose.Reaching the Champions League final partially obscured an inconsistent finish to the domestic season for Tottenham, who finished fourth in the Premier League after winning just once in their last five games.In past years that would still have been cause for celebration, but Pochettino is dreaming bigger these days.New facesIt took Ndombele just one minute and four touches to show why Tottenham splashed out around £54 million pounds ($66 million) — a club record –to sign the France midfielder from Lyon.The 22-year-old unfurled a perfectly weighted pass that allowed Lucas Moura to score with ease against Juventus in a pre-season friendly.Impressing with his power and strength, Ndombele’s movement and direct approach have drawn comparisons with former Manchester City star Yaya Toure, which might explain why he caught the eye of the Premier League champions before Tottenham won the race for his signature.“With that first touch, he showed his quality, it was amazing,” said Pochettino.“You see when he touches the ball, or when he runs, something can happen.”Having caught the eye in the Champions League for Lyon, the confident Ndombele said: “I don’t feel any pressure. I am proud to be the club record signing.”Key manHarry Kane cut a forlorn figure at the end of the Champions League final after an ineffective display that raised questions about Pochettino’s decision to play the striker in his first game back after his latest ankle injury.Harry Kane is Tottenham’s talisman © AFP/File / Christof STACHEKane’s fitness will be firmly in the spotlight this season following his battle with the ankle problems that have interrupted his career too often for comfort.Although Kane scored 24 goals in all competitions last season, his run of three successive campaigns with at least 25 Premier League goals came to an end as a result of the injury issues.The 26-year-old was a shadow of his usual dynamic self against Liverpool in Madrid, but he is confident of returning to peak form this season.He has already netted an incredible stoppage-time winner from the half-way line against Juventus in a pre-season friendly and is determined to bounce back as he enters what should be his prime years.“That’s what people say. They always say late 20s is when you start to hit your prime, so we’ll have to see,” Kane said.“I’m not classed as young anymore. I’m in a good place. I feel good and hopefully I can stay as fit as possible through the season.”0Shares0000(Visited 3 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino © AFP/File / Ben STANSALLLONDON, United Kingdom, Aug 5 – Fuelled by the pain of last season’s Champions League final defeat against Liverpool, Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino has vowed to take his team to the next level.AFP Sport takes a look at the north London club as they bid to win a major trophy for the first time since 2008.
A mother of a little boy who is addicted to eating small objects including batteries, ear-rings and coins says she is terrified he will choke to death.The mother-of-two from Letterkenny says her four year old son has already had ten choking episodes.Now Fiona, who asked that her full identity not be revealed, says she wants to highlight the problem. She has taken her son to consultants at Letterkenny General Hospital who suspect her son is suffering from Prader Willi Syndrome.The young mother revealed that her son has even tried to eat broken light-bulb which he found in a recycling bin.“I am close to having a nervous breakdown. I just don’t know what he is going to try and eat next.“We have already had ten choking episodes. On one occasion we suspected he had swallowed an ear-ring but it turned out he had swallowed the pair. “He has also swallowed batteries, coins – anything that is small and he can get in his mouth,” she said.Fiona had to warn her son’s crèche of his addiction and they had to use child-friendly toys and dispose of anything he may have been able to swallow.She also revealed that social services asked to see her home because they were concerned about the number of incidents of choking before her son was diagnose with the condition.“They called to my home and they couldn’t believe how tidy it was. It has to be because my son would try to swallow anything that was lying around.“I can understand their concern because we were constantly visiting the doctor but I think they understand now,” she said. Fiona is now concerned that her son will be out of her supervision soon when he starts school.“I’m really worried and I’m hoping he will grow out of it or realise that he can’t swallow these objects.“I also want to warn other parents about the dangers of the syndrome in case their children are showing signs of it,” she said.TERRIFIED DONEGAL MOTHER REVEALS HOW HER SON EATS BATTERIES, COINS, EAR-RINGS AND LIGHT-BULBS was last modified: October 10th, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:batteriesboycoinsear-ringsletterkennyPrader Willi Syndrome
WHITTIER – A memorial Mass for Virginia O’Neil Erler, a longtime resident of Whittier, will be celebrated at noon Saturday at St. Bruno’s Catholic Church, 15740 E. Citrustree Road. She died Oct. 23 in Sugar Land, Texas, where she had lived for the past year. She was preceded in death by her husband, Dr. Stanleigh Erler, and her brother, William T. O’Neil of La Ca ada Flintridge. Erler had been active in the Assistant League of Whittier, P.E.O., an organizing member of Whittier’s Meals on Wheels and a member of Doctors’ Wives of Whittier, and chaired many of their social events. She was born Virginia Mary O’Neil on Aug. 15, 1923, in Ames, Iowa, where her father and uncle owned and operated O’Neil Dairy Co. She graduated from Ames High School and Iowa State University with a degree in dietetics. She interned at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit. Erler moved to Southern California to be near her brother, Bill, and his family, and found a position at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Van Nuys. There she met her husband-to-be on the first day he reported for his internship in internal medicine wearing his Army Medical Corps officers uniform. After their marriage, the Erlers continued to work in the VA system, transferring to the Long Beach VA hospital. During that period, Virginia did fashion modeling and taught an adult education course. Next, they invested in a private medical practice in Whittier, which Dr. Erler continued for 30 years, serving on the staffs of Murphy Memorial Hospital and Presbyterian Intercommunity Hospital. In Whittier, Virginia became thoroughly involved in homemaking, motherhood, continuing on with her dietician interests, and pursuing and sharing her antique porclain collection, her passions for art, classical music, travel, and animals and nature. A succession of poodles were her beloved companions through her life. True to her wishes, Virginia had a funeral Oct. 29 in the chapel of St. Cecilia’s parish in Ames, Iowa, followed by interment at Ames Municipal Cemetery, next to her husband and her parents, Clem and Mary Leahy O’Neil. Her daughter, Maura, noted in remarks after the funeral that the Halloween season, with pumpkins and beautiful fall colors, were perfect for their mother. Besides Maura O’Neil Johnson of Sugar Land, Texas, Virginia Erler is survived by her daughter Maryleigh Fuller of San Diego, her sister Frances O’Neil Sajbel of Wisconsin, and numerous nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews. The family has requested memorial contributions to Baylor College of Medicine, 6550 Fannin Fleet #1801, Houston, Texas. Inscribe in the memo line on the check “To ADMDC.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!