No way José – how can Mourinho restore his reputation?

There was a time when it seemed as if Jose Mourinho could walk on water.

After leading Porto to Champions League success, he joined the Roman Abramovich revolution at Chelsea and created a team that formed the bedrock for a decade of success.

Having announced himself as ‘The Special One’ upon his arrival in West London, his status did not wane when he left Chelsea. He went on to win the Champions League again with Inter Milan and then more titles at Real Madrid.

But things began to unravel towards the end of his second spell at Chelsea, where, having won the Premier League once more, his charm was replaced by more fractious relationships.

Where once he used to gloat at other managers and their shortcomings, since joining Manchester United, his demeanour has been one of frustration and conflict.

One man who works closely with Mourinho is Daily Mirror Manchester Football Correspondent, David McDonnell…

When the dream fades – how one Tottenham Hotspur and England youngster dealt with disappointment

It was World Mental Health Day in early October and one area where individuals often suffer is in the world of elite sport. 

Ben Bowditch had a sparkling career ahead of him after starring at youth level for Tottenham Hotspur and England but injuries curtailed his career before it had really begun.

“From 11-17 years old I was living ‘The Dream’ after signing for my boyhood club Tottenham Hotspur, further going on to play for England Schoolboys up to U20.

“Whilst travelling with the England youth teams, I was lucky enough to visit many beautiful parts of the world. I was unaware at the time, but the experiences that I gained from these trips were to be priceless. They have helped mould me into the person I am today, with one of my biggest achievements leading my country in the U20 World Cup…..”

Ever fancied owning a racehorse?

Horse Racing is an immensely popular sport in the UK. The thrill of watching your favourite horse or jockey, the buzz of following a trainer or cheering on an outsider just because you love their colours grips people of all ages and from all walks of life.  

Horse racing is known as the ‘Sport of Kings‘, but the appeal goes so far beyond that elite group.

Race meetings generate great interest throughout the country, yet the sport offers so much more than simply cheering from the sidelines.

Owning a racehorse can be one of the most exciting pastimes, providing you with the feeling of being at close quarters with your horses, letting you experience the highs and lows of race days, experience the behind the scenes activity usually out of reach and allowing you to become an integral part of the team.

At Crowd Racing, we aim to make horse ownership accessible for everyone, whatever their budget. We provide opportunities for our members to have the complete experience of an owner.

Funding review gives Adcocks a boost with Tokyo 2020 in their sights

When badminton lost its appeal against the UK Sport funding cuts for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, Chris and Gabby Adcock’s dream of winning an Olympic medal looked to be over.  

Funding for the governing body was cut from £5.7m for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games to nothing at all for Tokyo.

Fast forward almost two years, however, and the dynamic duo have retained their Commonwealth Games title on the Gold Coast, as well as won back-to-back European Championship gold medals.

To top off their triumphs on the court, following a review by UK Sport, the funding decision was reversed earlier this year and will assist up to eight athletes in their bid for Tokyo success.

What does the funding decision mean for the two of them and how has it impacted Badminton England and the squad as a whole?

Kaepernick’s ‘sacrifice’ campaign ensures his place in history

When Barack Obama became President of the United States in 2009, it felt like a watershed moment for the country.

After a history of slavery, civil rights abuses and race riots, Obama’s inauguration was meant to see the U.S. transformed into a nation of integration, establishing it as the land of equal opportunity and the free that it had always positioned itself as being.

And yet President Obama’s departure has seen civil unrest grow, talk of walls being built and children separated from parents in a crackdown on illegal immigrants.

Is it any wonder, then, that Colin Kaepernick the former San Francisco 49ers quarter-back, refused to stand for the national anthem in 2016, prompting a national debate about freedom of speech, civil rights and the state of the nation and putting himself at the centre of a national storm of controversy?