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David Pleat's programme notes v Blackburn Rovers

Posted on 12 May 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).

A warm welcome today to officials, players and supporters of Blackburn Rovers for our last home game.

Graeme Souness showed his qualities when his team lost a last minute goal to give us one of our five away victories earlier this season at Blackburn.

He showed humility and respect in defeat and we're all delighted that he has risen to the challenge after his medical difficulties a few seasons ago. With class players like David Dunn, Damien Duff, Tugay, Brad Friedel, Andy Cole, Dwight Yorke and Hakan Sukur they have a European chance.

I want to thank you all for your excellent support throughout this season, it has been a difficult campaign. We shall look very closely at bringing further players into the club this summer to make sure that you will have something to cheer next season.

Our home attendance has been excellent with a 99.5% take up. Our off-the-field activities are admired by other clubs up and down the country and we have not the terrible situation being suffered by most clubs, even at Premier League level, where they are now chasing a big debthaving been either mismanaged or overspent in a transfer market which has now receded so dramatically.

It is a constant juggling act to get things right but we are up for the challenge and next season must be a major season for the club.

We are aware of the importance of improving our playing profile. We all began the season with high hopes but we have run into choppy waters and have lost our hope of a UEFA place. It is now time for taking stock and taking an objective view of how the season developed and if we need to reassess our strategy then it will be done with the club's health uppermost in our minds.

The Chairman and the Board have worked hard and conscientiously to come to terms with the peculiarities and unusual nature of this business. Like our supporters, we too desperately want success for our Club. We must all work together.

I would like to thank all our coaches, physios and part-time staff for their loyal work. The development of players is bubbling under the surface and I have cause for optimism with the likes of Lars Hirschfeld, Jonathan Blondel, Dean Marney, Stephen Kelly, Mark Yeates, Phil Ifil and Jamie O'Hara. It is against my normal policy to name individuals but if it serves as a motivation for them and others, so be it. Work hard!

Tomorrow the senior squad leave for America and the game with D.C. United before they break up for the summer.

Gerry Lambert's leaving was marked by a 'This Is Your Life' evening at the Lane last week and the Commercial side is to be congratulated on making it an enjoyable event with many ex-players giving their time to say their thanks to our loyal security man.

In hoping that you all have a good summer break, I can assure you that behind the scenes at Tottenham we will be re-emphasing a firm philosophy and structure that will help us to improve the most important aspects - the results on the field and developing players.

Thank you for your wonderful support throughout the campaign. We look forward and hope that August will be the start of a fine season.