Sherwood brushes off speculation

first_imgTim Sherwood preferred to focus on the performance of his players rather than the mounting speculation about his Tottenham future after the comprehensive defeat of Sunderland. The build-up to Monday’s Barclays Premier League clash was dominated by a report that claimed the Spurs head coach’s tenure would end this summer, regardless of how results went between now and the end of the campaign. Sherwood insisted before the match that the speculation would not affect him or his players and so it proved, with the hosts running out 5-1 victors at White Hart Lane. Woeful defending saw Lee Cattermole open the scoring for the relegation-threatened Black Cats, but Spurs responded impressively through an Emmanuel Adebayor brace complemented by efforts from Harry Kane, Christian Eriksen and Gylfi Sigurdsson. It was a good end to a tough day for under-fire Sherwood – not that the Spurs boss would admit it. “No, it was a good end to a day where we needed to win the game,” he said. “We came here and we knew we had to respond to the game against Liverpool and we did that today. “After giving them a goal – we’re making a habit of this and we have to stop it – I thought we controlled the game from start to finish. “We stayed patient with the football, moved it around, made the pitch very big and got our offensive players on the ball in the correct areas of the field. “We created 29 attempts to score a goal – it was the most dominant football match you’re ever going to see.” Pressed on whether the talk had been at all unsettling, Sherwood added: “It doesn’t affect me. “I am just professional, I know I have got an opportunity to manage this football club and I owe it to the players and the fans who come and support us to do the job professionally. “That’s what I did, just got on with the job.” The players did just that too, with Adebayor lending his backing to Sherwood after netting a brace. “I am not surprised he is backing me, he never played before I came in here,” the Spurs boss said with a laugh. “Listen, I’ve always said about Ade that he is a top professional. I hear all these stories and I see it myself, but he has never caused me a problem. “He is a real credit to the football club, the way he conducts himself with the young players. “That’s why he scores so many goals. He is a fantastic trainer and just gets on with it. I would have been mad not to give him the opportunity to play, wouldn’t I? “I think the players are backing me and I am backing them as well. They get from me honesty – I tell them when they’re not doing well and pat them on the back when they are doing well. “I always wanted honesty from my managers and at some clubs I didn’t get that, which was very disappointing. You live and learn.” While the direction of Tottenham remains unclear, the only way Sunderland are heading his down unless things change quickly. Gus Poyet’s side have taken just one point from their last seven matches and languish bottom of the table, seven points adrift of safety. They have two games in hand on many of their relegation rivals but manager Poyet concedes his side need a miracle to stave off the drop. “I don’t change my opinion,” the Black Cats boss said. “I am very honest and I know where I am. It doesn’t matter if it was five minutes ago or if you asked me on Friday. “I am realistic, when you look at the table and the games that we have got left, about how many we need to win. “I think we need a miracle. We need something unique, a shock because if not I cannot see it coming.” Press Associationlast_img read more

Digitain and Pokerdom launch new sportsbook ahead of World Cup

first_img Armenian sports betting and casino platform provider Digitain has linked up with Pokerdom, the world’s largest Russian-language poker community, to launch a new online sportsbook.The new site takes in 65 different sports, 7500 leagues and 3000 betting markets, and comes just a few months before the 2018 Russia World Cup.Powered by Digitain’s fully-managed sportsbook platform, next year’s World Cup is one of 30,000 live events that Pokerdom players will now be able to access each month.Suren Khachatryan, Digitain CEO, said the site was the first they had developed for a poker network, and demonstrated their ability to diversify the platforms of industry leaders across the globe.He added: “We have been working hard to forge new partnerships in different parts of the world, and Pokerdom represents the next step for us.“We are very excited to have teamed up with the number one online poker site in the CIS [Commonwealth of Independent States] to offer their players sports betting, and we can’t wait to see how business builds in the run-up to next year’s big tournament.”Digitain continues its expansion into new markets after a successful 2016 saw them recruit a number of new European clients, such as Austria’s Tipp1, Xlivebet.com of Bosnia and Spain-based Mediatech Solutions.Sergii Romanenko, Head of Sportsbook at Pokerdom, said: “It’s great to be teaming up with Digitain who have a wealth of experience in offering sportsbook solutions across both retail and online environments.“Our players will now be able to benefit from a huge range of pre-game and in-play sports betting markets thanks to their cutting-edge platform, and the imminent arrival of the World Cup means the timing of our launch couldn’t be any better.”Nominated in the ‘Poker’ category at the forthcoming EGR Operator Awards, Pokerdom is ranked among the top ten largest poker rooms in the world, with over one million registered users. Share Share Andrea Vota – Jdigital’s challenge of Spanish restrictions is led by logic and rationale August 13, 2020 Related Articles Andrey Astapov, ETERNA LAW: Ukraine faces critical choices as gambling finish line nears August 21, 2020 Winamax maintains Granada CF sponsorship despite bleak Spanish outlook August 19, 2020 StumbleUpon Submitlast_img read more