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Calderwood's reserve review

Posted on 15 May 2002  - 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).

Colin Calderwood has completed his first campaign as our reserve team coach and reflected on a season where results did not quite match performances.

The Scot returned to the club during the close season and succeeded Chris Hughton in the reserve hotseat after Theo Foley stepped in for the closing weeks of last season.

He was initially, on occasions, able to field very strong reserve reserve sides before first team injuries and cup committments restricted that luxury. He was also deprived of last season's reserve starlets Johnnie Jackson and Steven Ferguson for long spells through injury.

"Looking at the season as a whole, the good results we had at the beginning of the season were down to the fact that we had experienced players in the group and their attitudes within the games they started," reflected Colin.

"Tim Sherwood, Ben Thatcher, Sergei, Leo, Steffen Iversen, Chris Perry - it was a much more experienced group than we had from the middle of the season onwards.

"The advantage of that is they came, their attitude was first class and we got good results.

"We didn't kill teams off as such, but we eventually won the games. One or two of the games, especially against the likes of Fulham, were very, very good - excellent games. Ipswich away was a top game, but we went there with a really young side and the performance was really good, although the result was poor."

One factor Colin is keen to work on ahead of next season is his side's goalscoring record, only 27 goals were scored this time around.

"When you look at the statistics of the season we are probably among the lowest scorers in the league - so we've obviously got to address that.

"We've missed chances, as every team will do, some games we didn't create anything or even look like creating anything - those are the games we've got to improve on.

"Performances in the last three or four games - Derby, Chelsea, Fulham, Watford - the level has been much improved."

It has been during this period that the composition of Colin's teams has altered and featured a number of our Academy FA Youth Cup side - virtually all of which will form his squad for next season.

"The advantage of this season is the number of boys that have played from the under-18 level and I think you can see quite a big improvement in their confidence from playing in the next level up.

"It's an advantage to them obviously, but it's an advantage to the club them having that opportunity early."

Colin says his first coaching position has met all of his expectations and he feels that, while he has improved as a coach as the season's progressed, there is much more to come next time around.

"It has. I've thoroughly enjoyed it from day one when I was desperate to get into the coaching side.

"As I've said before, I landed on my feet with the opportunity of the job I've got and I appreciate the chance that I've been given.

"What I've learned this year is massive really.

"I would like to think I've improved the team as the season's gone on but, as I said very early on, I wanted to give them sessions that were going to test them, to improve them, make them physically and technically better.

"Whether I'm doing that is judged by other people. As always, it's very hard to assess what you've done.

"Next season is looking so much better than this season for me, just with the group of players that I'm going to have.

"The amount of team play that we'll be able to do will vastly change, we will be able to plan a week as a team and hopefully you'll see an improvement."

By Richard Hubbard