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Coach's Corner

Posted on 6 May 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 says the aim during his stint as reserve team coach has been to transmit his footballing philosophy to the young professionals in his care on a daily basis.

Clive has worked day to day with the club's young prospects such as Lee Barnard, Mark Yeates and Mark Hughes, ensuring that their preparation for games is spot on while grooming them for potential first team squad calls.

He reports that he has attempted to implement his own structure into their working week, but says there is little need to provide any added motivation.

"With the nucleus of young pros I have been working with day to day, I have been trying to implant ideas regarding the way we want to go about playing the game," revealed Clive.

"I think they took that on board. They are naturally enthusiastic because they are young, they understand the position they are in, in terms of the next step being the first team squad. They have come out of youth team football and that is no longer there for them - it is senior football and moving forward.

"They have gone at it with a lot of enthusiasm and a lot of hard work. The rewards they can see with Johnnie Jackson, for example, being involved with the first team.

"That is the whole aim of it, they know the transition period is through the reserve team group. This is the ethos of the reserves - if you do well, the next step is a big one and it is on offer for them.

"I think they have appreciated and understood that and, therefore, have attacked the games in the right way."