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Carr vows to silence critics

Posted on 14 February 2001  - 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).

Stephen Carr is backing boss George Graham silence the critics.

It is no secret that sections of the crowd have been baying for George’s blood all season. That criticism looked set to reach fever pitch as we trailed 2-0 in last week’s FA Cup tie at Charlton Athletic.

But we managed to turn the game around 4-2, went on to record our first Premiership away win of the season at Manchester City on Saturday, have gone eight matches unbeaten and are now looking for a place in the quarter-finals of the Cup against Stockport County this weekend.

Carr said: "The manager has come in for a hell of a lot of criticism. It has been difficult for him but I think he’s strong enough to get through it.

"Things change so quickly in football. If we won the FA Cup the fans might see the manager in a different light.

"He’s come in for a lot of unfair criticism, the newspapers have hammered him, they’ve hammered the players as well and it’s up to us to prove the critics wrong."

What clearly upset Carr recently was a national newspaper turning around words on his personal website into what appeared to be a plea to bring Glenn Hoddle into the club as manager.

Our current Player of the Year blasted: "My name has been put to things saying what I’m meant to have thought, which is crazy.

"Unfortunately the papers are picking off bits and pieces from players’ websites and people’s interviews with the club and making it all wrong.

"I was accused of wanting Glenn Hoddle in here and that disappoints you really because at the end of the day I’m not going to have a great relationship with reporters if they say that sort of thing.

"I know personally I will never do an interview with a reporter again.

"It doesn’t work for them printing things like that. It was the most disappointing thing I’ve ever had said about me, accusing me of back-stabbing my own manager who has done so much for me.

"It’s not nice but results on the pitch shut people up and at the moment we are getting them."

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