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Big Pat

Posted on 26 September 2003  - 12:00

Tottenham Hotspur (Spurs) Football Club is located in North London. The club is also known as Spurs. Tottenham's home ground is White Hart Lane. The club motto is Audere est Facere (To dare is to do).

Pat Jennings - 673 games for Spurs, FA Cup, UEFA Cup, two League Cups, PFA Player of the Year, Football Writers Player of the Year, 119 caps for Northern Ireland, two World Cups - gives his views via his occasional column on <A href=""></A>&nbsp&#59; <P>Pat is&nbsp&#59;now a&nbsp&#59;goalkeeping consultant at the club and&nbsp&#59;is still out there where it matters, on the training ground at Spurs Lodge, come wind, rain or shine... <IMG src="/media/images/decorative/photos/cpix/patjennings.jpg" align=left border=1 DESIGNTIMEURL="/photos/cpix/patjennings.jpg"> <P><STRONG>IT'S ALWAYS a shock whenever a manager leaves&nbsp&#59;a club.</STRONG> <P>I remember when Bill Nicholson left all the way back in 1974. He'd been at Spurs all his life and was so much part of the club. He'd been manager since 1958&nbsp&#59;and I'd been with him for 11 years, so you can imagine the reaction from everyone when he left. <P>There were rumblings before Bill left that he was going to pack it all in but it was&nbsp&#59;still a shock. <P>It's sad and no-one likes to see a manager leave&nbsp&#59;- Glenn and John Gorman were Tottenham through and through. Unfortunately, that's football. It's a tough job and that is the down side to it. <P>The lads were in buoyant mood after Coventry and at the end of&nbsp&#59;the day, it all boils down to results.&nbsp&#59;It's all about winning. <P>Looking at recent results, we made individual mistakes against Fulham and were punished for them. I don't know how you stop that. Then against Southampton, you just don't save the first header, right into the top corner and just as we looked like getting back into it, Beattie scores another fantastic goal from the free-kick. You just felt things weren't going for us. <P>I seem to say every week when I'm in the hospitality lounges at the Lane that there are no easy games in the Premiership. The last few games sum that up and now we go to Manchester City. They've spent a lot of money putting a&nbsp&#59;good side together, they've quality players and Kevin Keegan&nbsp&#59;is very upbeat about his side. <P>Obviously, one of those signings is David Seaman. I think it's fair to say that David won't be very happy with a few of the goals that have gone in against him this season but I was at a coaching course at Lilleshall in the summer, he was doing a lot of the exercises and he looked in great shape. I've no doubts that&nbsp&#59;he can still do a great job at&nbsp&#59;City. <P>He will be judged on the high levels he's set for himself throughout his&nbsp&#59;career and that is what goalkeeping is all about. You can make one mstake and you are remembered for it all season whereas an outfield player might do the same and he can rectify it straight away. <P>City are now in a new stadium but I have some great memories of playing at Maine Road. Certainly, in my early days, they had a fantastic team with the likes of Summerbee, Bell and Franny Lee. What a team they were. <P>They've had their ups and downs in recent years but they are a good team now. They are in&nbsp&#59;the new stadium and will take time to settle into new surroundings - hopefully we can capitalise on that on Sunday. <P>All the best, <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 28pt&#59; FONT-FAMILY: 'Monotype Corsiva'&#59; mso-bidi-font-size: 12.0pt">Pat</SPAN> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 28pt&#59; FONT-FAMILY: 'Monotype Corsiva'&#59; mso-bidi-font-size: 12.0pt"><?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" /><o:p></o:p></SPAN>&nbsp&#59;