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David's Groundhog Day

Posted on 18 March 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).

Our director of football and caretaker manager David Pleat admitted Saturday had been like his own version of the film Groundhog Day.

David was asked by executive vice-chairman David Buchler to take over the team following George Graham’s sudden departure on Friday.

It is a position he has found himself in before — he took temporary charge in September and October 1998 before George’s appointment and played a key role in steadying the ship after a worrying start to that season under Christian Gross.

Back in a press conference as team manager after out convincing 3-0 win against Coventry at the Lane, David declared: “It was like Groundhog Day, a touch of deja-vu for me.

“I was asked by Mr Buchler to take charge of the team today. I never expected it to happen again.

“I don't know what the plan is now but we will have so many players away with their international teams until March 29 that I'll hardly see anybody on the training ground for a while.”

On that front, Neil Sullivan, Steffen Iversen, Gary Doherty, Sergei Rebrov, Simon Davies, Ian Hillier, Ciaran Toner and most likely Sol Campbell, Luke Young, Ledley King and possibly Alton Thelwell will all be missing on international duty.

Meanwhile, David was delighted with the win after sticking with the plans put together by George on the training ground last week.

“I didn't change a thing, tactically or otherwise,” he said. “It was the same team that won at West Ham last week and I didn't think about tinkering with it for even 10 seconds.

“The players focused their minds very well today and helped one another in a team performance. They passed well, had good movement and scored the goals at the right times.

“That is a wonderful feeling because it takes the pressure off a little. You could imagine the anxiety if it was a close game with 15 minutes to go.”