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Dumitrescu appointment/Rich List

Posted on 6 December 2000  - 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).

Former Spur Ilie Dumitrescu has signed a six-month contract to coach first division club Otelul Galati, an appointment that makes the star of the 1994 World Cup Romania’s youngest coach at 31.

"The deal could be extended for one year if both sides agree," said Galati vice-president Mihai Stoica.

Dumitrescu, who was signed for Spurs by Ossie Ardiles in 1994 from Steaua Bucharest, made 21 appearances before a spell at West Ham followed by stints at Spanish side Seville and Mexican outfit Atlante. He called time on his playing career in early 1999. He enjoyed an impressive international career, scoring 20 goals in 62 matches for Romania.

Galati are 12th in the 16-team first division, having gained only 17 points from 15 matches after the first half of the competition.

"My task is to avoid relegation," said Dumitrescu, who turns 32 next January.

Meanwhile, Spurs are named in 15<sup>th</sup> place in the Deloitte & Touche/Four Four Two Rich, based on annual turnover for last season. Our turnover for season 1999-2000 was listed as £42.6m.

Eight Premiership clubs have made it into the top 20, along with the Old Firm in Scotland, Manchester United being named as the world’s richest club for the third season running.

Italy are represented by six teams, Spain and Germany by two. Surprisingly, there are no clubs from France, home of the World Cup winners and European Champions or Holland.

The Top 20 (1998-99 figure in brackets)

1. Man Utd (£110.9m)
2. Bayern Munich (£83.5m)
3. Real Madrid (£76.1m)
4. Chelsea (£59.1m)
5. Juventus (£58.5m)
6. Barcelona (£55.7m)
7. AC Milan (£54.1m)
8. Lazio (£50m)
9. Inter Milan (£49.1m)
10. Arsenal (£48.6m)
11. Liverpool (£45.3m)
12. Newcastle Utd (£44.7m)
13. Parma (£44.4m)
14. Borussia Dortmund (£43.9m)
15. Tottenham (£42.6m)
16. AS Roma (£39.4m)
17. Leeds Utd (£37m)
18. Rangers (£36.5m)
19. Aston Villa (£34.9m)
20. Celtic (£33.8m)