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Clive's half-term report

Posted on 6 December 2004  - 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).

Clive Allen has reached the halfway point of his first season in full-time charge of our reserve side and took time out to reflect on the progress made, the response of the young group to himself as a coach and what he has taken on board from people he has worked with in the past.


The development coach has steered his mostly young side on an excellent run so far this season - having lost just two games and drawn three out of 14 games - and a sequence of six straight wins was only ended on Monday evening with a 1-1 draw in the encounter with Fulham.


They currently sit second in the Barclays Reserve League South, behind champions Charlton on goal difference with a trip to Barnet to face Arsenal looming on Monday.


Clive, understandably, is more than content with the way his team is shaping up.


"I think their desire to work hard has been evident in the games," he considered. "They understand what we are looking to achieve, the way we want to play football and the way we want to go about winning matches.


"All the way along I've been saying I want us to be positive and we have got a team spirit. All the things I wanted us to achieve we've shown in the run that we've had and we're unbeaten in seven games, which is fabulous.


"I'll be honest, I've been saying to myself in the last week or so, 'are we going to keep this run going?'. I want to keep it going and all the things I've been preaching to the lads I've been reiterating and you start to ask yourself questions because you don't want it to come to an end.


"You wonder what the secret is, everyone is striving to find that out - to discover that winning formula. I've been delighted with the way the boys have responded, I think we're doing the right things, I hope we are and I think we're moving forward.


"The good thing is the introduction of the younger players, we're not relying on the seniors or individuals - it is a group of players that are progressing and going forward."


Clive admits that a big element of the challenge for him is a personal one, improving himself as a coach day to day and keeping the sessions fresh and enjoyable for his young charges.


"Absolutely, it is a big test for me. I love it, I enjoy coming in every day and I hope I'm showing I've got the same enthusiasm I had on day one.


"I think the lads have responded to me, I hope they have and I hope they enjoy it because I certainly do. We're going to continue in this vein and we've had the results to couple with this.


"It is a test for me, it is something I've always wanted to do as I said at the beginning. I'm not looking forward to that defeat, but I know it will come if I am being realistic. I will keep reiterating the good things they are doing, the positive things and we'll continue going forward."


So what are the influences that have contributed to Clive Allen the coach?


"I think there are so many components that go into your work. I look back at many managers I have played for and the positive assets they had. Great coaches like Terry Venables, great motivators like Howard Kendall, a World Cup winner like Aime Jacquet at Bordeaux who I worked for and Jean Tigana who I played alongside.


"I hope they have all installed things in me, I've learned from the them and I can transmit that to our players. I think I've got a lot to offer and I think they are listening which is a fantastic feeling.


"I am delighted with the way it's going but, the one thing I've always understood from my father when I was very young, is never be satisfied because you can always do better."


Football now openly embraces modern ideas from other sports and Clive reminded that he has crossed a transatlantic football divide and went on to point out that his return to the club could have something to do with a spot of family destiny.


"From my own experiences, I played American Football and saw the American attitude to sport. Their desire to win and way they got themselves really pumped up.


"I like to think I've taken something from everything I have experienced.


"It has been fantastic and football has been my life. I was born at 3 o'clock on a Saturday afternoon in 1961 and my father has just won the double. I believe in destiny to a degree, I've always wanted this opportunity and I am thoroughly enjoying it."