After a career spanning three decades, the the American, who turns 44 on Monday, is at last calling time on his playing career, 17 years after first arriving in England. The former Liverpool, Blackburn and Aston Villa goalkeeper is this summer hanging up his gloves and returning to the United States, where he will become an analyst, pundit and co-commentator for Fox Sports as well as Tottenham’s club ambassador there. Mauricio Pochettino has heaped praise on the retiring Brad Friedel, but the Tottenham head coach suggested there was unlikely to be a sentimental final appearance for the veteran goalkeeper. Friedel, capped 82 times at international level, may not have managed a single minute since Pochettino arrived as head coach last summer, yet the Argentinian only had praise for the outgoing keeper. “It’s a very special moment for him,” he said. “It’s been a real pleasure to work with him and to know him because he’s a top man, a top professional and it was fantastic to spend time with him this season. “It’s not easy at 44, but all his career he was very professional, he was one of the best keepers in England. “I think he’s crossed the line now because he wants to, not because his body says, ‘I cannot play any more’. He’s in a very good level in his physical condition.” Friedel may not have made it off the bench this season, but the news of his retirement has brought with it an understandable clamour from some for him to get a final run-out at Spurs. Saturday’s match against embattled Hull and the trip to Everton are the only opportunities remaining, but Pochettino indicated the American might not get a farewell game. “Maybe, you never know, in football you never know,” he said. “All players are always in my plans. It’s not easy, but you never know “Always we need to be professional. We have our emotion, but always in football you need to take a decision as a professional and we always need to show we are professional and this is the way we always take.” While Friedel is retiring, Pochettino predicted English football had not seen this last of him. The keeper has worked towards his coaching badges and the Spurs boss believes the goalkeeper would make a good manager. “Yes, why not? Brad is a very clever person and with his natural energy and his leadership he can easily manage a team in the Premier League – only if he wants to, and wants to take that way in his future,” Pochettino added. “But if he’s ready and he’s experienced – and he’s learned a lot about football in all of his career – I think it’s possible in the next few seasons he can manage and work in football.” Press Association
GUYANA’S 100 and 200 metres record-holder Brenessa Thompson along with triple jump record-holder Troy Doris were among the string of Guyanese athletes who turned in several great performances over the weekend in the USA.Jeremy BascomThe 21-year-old Thompson, competing at the National Collegiate Athletics Association (NCAA) level with Texas A & M, clocked 7.43 seconds to win the women’s 60 metres race, while placing fourth in the 200m at the same event, running 23.70 seconds.Doris (16.35 metres) bested a field of strong jumpers to finish top of the podium at the Larry Wieczorek Invitational.Jeremy Bascom (Open/Senior), who competed at the Ocean Breeze Grand Prix, clocked 6.78 seconds to win the 60 metres race and at the same event, Winston George (Open/Senior) was 3rd in the 300m in a time of 33.78 seconds.Stephan James (Mississippi State) finished 9th in the 400m at the Vanderbilt Invitational with a time of 47.97 seconds and Iana Amsterdam (Open/Senior) fouled her first two jumps and jumped 12.66m and was 9th, at the Clemson Invitational, where Christian Coleman broke the 60m world record.Shenika King (Open/Senior) had a busy weekend, first at Gotham Cup where she was third in the 400m in a time of 56.74 secs and second in the 200m with a time of 24.98. She also competed at the Ocean Breeze Grand Prix in the 60m and ran 7.92 seconds, placing fifth.Ken Nelson (Unattached/Junior) ran 50.25 secs to win the 400 metres at the Terrapin Invitational at the University of Maryland.Jenna McCammon (Open/Senior) was seventh in the 60m in a time of 8.61 secs and 12th in the 60m with a time of 7.87 at the Clemson Invitational.