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Spurs paying the price for Levy’s managerial choices; Adam Byrne seals return with a kiss

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To say that Tottenham boss Nuno Espírito Santo is under pressure would be an understatement. The weekend's 3-0 drubbing at the hand of another struggling rival, Manchester United, had fans directing their ire both at the manager and chairman Daniel Levy. Ken Early this morning argues that Spurs' problems have been a long time coming thanks to Levy's lack of a coherent governance strategy. The Mauricio Pochettino reign merely hid a series of issues that are now coming home to roost under Santo: "years of comparative stability and success under Mauricio Pochettino obscure the reality that this has been the pattern for most of Levy's two decades in charge." The result in London may have released some of the pressure building on Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, but this respite only appears to be temporary, according to Malachy Clerkin. If this was any other club that didn't have a nostalgic tie to its former player, Solskjaer would have been shown the door a long time ago. On a more positive note, Katie McCabe's Arsenal are through to the FA Cup final after their win over Brighton.

After returning to Leinster action following a brutal 21-month period on the physio's table, Adam Byrne sealed his comeback performance against Zebre with a kiss, picking out his mother in the crowd. It was an image that showed just how big a struggle the last few years have been for Byrne, a poignant marker of the end of an ordeal that is hopefully now firmly in the past. Speaking to Johnny Watterson, the Leinster wing talks his love of golf, friendships in the Leinster squad and his attitude during injury rehab. Over in England, Eddie Jones has defended himself amid criticism of his coaching style. After a damning report that included quotes from former staff and players painted a picture of a toxic working environment in the England camp, Jones bristled at any suggestion that he was 'old-school' and pointed to his record as an indicator that his methods are successful.

Cuala's reign as Dublin hurling champions is over after suffering a semi-final defeat to Kilmacud Crokes. Seán Moran reports from Parnell Park on a day when Crokes' energetic display swatted aside their long-time rivals. They now take on Na Fianna after their victory over Lucan in Sarsfield. Out west, Roscommon has a familiar champion after Pádraig Pearses' win over Clann na nGael secured their second football title in three years. Paul Keane wraps up all of the other county championship action from up and down the country.

It was a decent weekend for the Irish in action on the PGA Tour. Séamus Power started the Bermuda Championship at the top end of the leaderboard, ultimately finishing in 12th where he was joined by Graeme McDowell. Irish Open champion Lucas Herbert came out on top to claim his maiden PGA Tour win. In Tennis, the saga around the Australian Open and letting unvaccinated players into the country continues to rumble on. Novak Djokovic gave his first press conference since his US Open final defeat, but refused to make a decision on his participation down under, saying he is still waiting on official communication from Tennis Australia.