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first_imgMauricio Pochettino does not think there will be a signing at Tottenham on Thursday’s transfer deadline day, but did hint someone could be heading out the door.Spurs have only signed one player, Lucas Moura from Paris Saint-Germain, since the start of 2018.Pochettino continues to keep Spurs in the top four despite the lack of additions to his squad, with Son Heung-min and Fernando Llorente striking late at a sparsely populated Wembley to earn a 2-1 comeback win over Watford on Wednesday. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? With Harry Kane and Dele Alli both set to miss next month’s last-16 Champions League clash with Borussia Dortmund due to injuries, attacking reinforcements would be welcome for Tottenham.But Pochettino, who believes his club don’t have the budget to compete in the transfer market, is downbeat about the chances of chairman Daniel Levy delivering a surprise signing to beat the deadline.”No, I don’t know anything,” Pochettino told reporters when asked about rumours of Georges-Kevin N’Koudou moving to Monaco on loan.”I am going to talk now with my chief scout Steve Hitchen, I am going to ask for some news. I expect that maybe some player is going to leave but I do not expect that we are going to add to the squad.”I am going to talk because I want some news, but not because I am expecting to sign a player.””I’m very happy to score again in this shirt and to get the three points is even better!”#COYS pic.twitter.com/oZoS3MnzW7— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) January 30, 2019Son made an immediate impact by scoring the equaliser on his return from the Asian Cup, the South Korea captain available earlier than expected after his side lost in the last eight.”I am always happy with him, he is a very nice guy and he is available always to deliver the job you expect from him,” Pochettino added.”It is so important to have all of the players fit and of course he was disappointed to lose the quarter-final against Qatar, he wanted to deliver his best for his country and win the Asian Cup but in the same time, I need to be honest, I am happy he is back because he is helping us to try and win and that is so important.”It wasn’t the plan to play with him for the full 90 minutes but how the result was, you know in that moment I talked with [assistant manager] Jesus [Perez] and I said maybe we need to take a little bit of a risk to keep him playing. He finished very tired, with some cramp.”We’re going to see if he can recover for the next game [against Newcastle United on Saturday], if he’s okay maybe he’s going to be in the starting XI, if not on the bench. For sure if we need him, he’s going to help the team. That’s one circumstance more.”That match-winning moment! #COYS pic.twitter.com/19LM3yqZ8L— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) January 30, 2019Kane’s replacement Llorente had missed a series of chances but the much-maligned forward came up with a late winner to down Watford, celebrating the goal with Pochettino.”I don’t think he wanted to come to me!” Pochettino joked.”I moved into his run, I put myself in the way to try to celebrate with him. I was so happy. Normally I never celebrate goals but today I felt a bit of freedom to celebrate because we deserved to win.”For me this game was so important because before the three points was going to be massive and for me massive to keep our position in the table. Also so happy because Fernando worked so hard, working the last four games with Harry Kane out, he’s working so hard for the team, to help the team to win three points today is a massive thing.”Always it builds the confidence in a striker and more when you are competing with Harry Kane, or behind Harry Kane, one of the best strikers in the world, always it’s difficult. Always you need time. But in all this time he’s been a fantastic professional and always was pushing and helping the team.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more


US hiring grinds to a near-halt; many stop looking for work by Christopher S. Rugaber And Josh Boak, The Associated Press Posted Jun 3, 2016 6:32 am MDT Last Updated Jun 3, 2016 at 4:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email WASHINGTON – U.S. hiring slowed to a near-standstill in May, sowing doubts about the economy’s health and complicating the Federal Reserve’s efforts to raise interest rates.While unemployment slid from 5 per cent to 4.7 per cent, the lowest since November 2007, the rate fell for a troubling reason: Nearly a half-million jobless Americans stopped looking for work and so were no longer counted as unemployed.Employers added just 38,000 jobs in May, the fewest in over five years.Less-educated workers bore the brunt of the hiring slump, with a quarter-million high school dropouts losing their jobs in May. That has perpetuated a long-term trend toward a two-tiered job market, with college-educated adults more likely to be employed and earning steady raises.“The shockingly low payrolls gain in May provides further evidence that the economy is showing clear signs of slowing,” said Laura Rosner, an economist at BNP Paribas.The much-weaker-than-expected figure raised doubts that the Federal Reserve will increase short-term interest rates at its next meeting in mid-June or perhaps even at its subsequent meeting in July. Many analysts had expected an increase by July.On Wall Street, the Dow Jones industrial average closed down 32 points, for a loss of 0.2 per cent.The disappointing report spilled into the presidential race, with Donald Trump referring to it on Twitter as a “terrible jobs report” and a “bombshell.” The figures come just days after President Barack Obama touted his economic record in Elkhart, Indiana.Americans particularly worried about the economy have been more likely to support outsider candidates such as Trump and Democratic Sen. Bernie Sanders.Trump’s support has also come disproportionately from adults without college degrees, and Friday’s report served as a stark reminder that less-educated Americans have continued to lose economic ground even as overall hiring and growth have picked up since the Great Recession.Essentially all of the 7 million jobs added over the past decade belong to workers with at least some college experience. The number of high school graduates with jobs is 3 million lower than 10 years ago.“The high school jobs are gone and they’re not coming back,” said Anthony Carnevale, director of the Georgetown University Center on Education and Workforce. “It’s driven by a fundamental shift from an industrial economy to a post-industrial economy.”Craig Lloyd, 27, has mostly worked part-time jobs in restaurants in Wichita, Kansas, since graduating from high school 10 years ago. Some paid as little as minimum wage, while his most recent position as a sous-chef paid $12 an hour.Three months ago, he started his own business selling burritos out of a friend’s food truck on weekends.His wife is returning to school to get her degree, but he doesn’t plan to do so himself. “I’ve really put off getting a higher education, because of the debt that you can incur,” Lloyd said.The hiring stall could be temporary, economists noted. There have been hiring lulls before in the seven-year recovery.But job gains in March and April were also revised downward on Friday, leaving average monthly hiring at a pace of just 116,000 in the past three months. That’s sharply below last year’s average of nearly 230,000.The share of Americans who are working or searching for jobs — a figure known as the labour force participation rate — fell in May to 62.6 per cent, near a four-decade low.Separately, Lael Brainard, a Fed board member and ally of Chair Janet Yellen, signalled Friday that the Fed should be in no hurry to act, especially after the bleak jobs report.The Fed meets next on June 14-15. Economists now see little chance of a rate increase at that time. The Fed raised the short-term rate last December after holding it at nearly zero for seven years.Fed officials may not keep investors guessing for long: Yellen will speak Monday in a closely watched address that may show how she has interpreted Friday’s report.The May job gain was lowered by the Verizon workers’ strike, which depressed hiring in the telecom sector by 37,000.In addition, manufacturers, construction companies and temporary help agencies all shed jobs. Retailers, hotels and restaurants added jobs, but at a slower pace than in recent months.Employers probably cut back on hiring after the economy grew at just a 0.8 per cent annual rate in the January-March quarter.Yet Friday’s dismal jobs report was a surprise in part because most recent economic reports have been encouraging: Consumer spending surged in April. Home sales and construction have also increased. Sales of new homes reached an eight-year high in April.Most economists expect growth will rebound in the April-June quarter to about a 2.5 per cent annual pace.___Follow Christopher S. Rugaber at http://www.Twitter.com/ChrisRugaber Unemployment rates for most demographic groups fell in May. read more