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Football first for George

Posted on 3 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).

It is George Graham&rsquo&#59;s wish that when the name of Tottenham is discussed in future, it is discussed in terms of football and not politics.<P class=MsoBodyText>The revamped board led by David Buchler is now in place and George feels now is the time to concentrate the minds of the staff, fans and media alike on what occurs on the field rather than off it.<P class=MsoBodyText>As he prepared to take his squad to Derby in the quest for three Premiership points, George commented: &ldquo&#59;We&rsquo&#59;ve got to get back to talking about football again. These new people have come in, I don&rsquo&#59;t really know them yet &mdash&#59; it will be nice to get to know them.<P class=MsoBodyText>&ldquo&#59;The most important thing is that my job is still the same, I want to achieve something here, I didn&rsquo&#59;t come here to sort of languish in mid-table and hopefully our new people have the same ambitions that I have.&rdquo&#59;<P class=MsoBodyText>The boss is under no illusions that the trip to the east midlands will be anything but tough, and points to a tightening at the back, which led to a revival in fortunes for both teams.<P class=MsoBodyText>&ldquo&#59;They&rsquo&#59;ve picked it up. As I&rsquo&#59;ve said before, there is not a lot to choose between the eight clubs who are in that mid-table zone. With two or three wins, you&rsquo&#59;ve moved up six places and two or three defeats and you&rsquo&#59;ve moved down six places.<P class=MsoBodyText>&ldquo&#59;Everybody on their day is capable of beating one another &mdash&#59; apart from the four or five clubs up at the top.&rdquo&#59;<P class=MsoBodyText>Derby&rsquo&#59;s improvement can be traced to the arrival of former England international Colin Todd and powerful defender Taribo West. Jim Smith&rsquo&#59;s double recruit certainly did wonders for Derby&rsquo&#59;s goals against column.<P class=MsoBodyText>George added: &ldquo&#59;Similar to ourselves really. We were criticised for getting four nil-nil draws on the trot, but when you look at it later, you get a few wins and all of a sudden you&rsquo&#59;ve gone nine games without defeat.&rdquo&#59;<P class=MsoBodyText>George was quick to pay tribute to his opposite number on Saturday, something of a rarity in the modern game &mdash&#59; a manager who&rsquo&#59;s been around longer than himself.<P class=MsoBodyText>&ldquo&#59;Yeah, there&rsquo&#59;s not many, but Jim is probably one of the most popular managers in the game. A great character and a great enthusiast for the game.<P class=MsoBodyText>&ldquo&#59;I think he&rsquo&#59;s been through it all. He&rsquo&#59;s been with different types of clubs, he&rsquo&#59;s been in the non-league and had great success with Oxford and, as I say, he&rsquo&#59;s one of the most popular managers in the game and rightly so.&rdquo&#59;<P class=MsoNormal><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 12pt&#59; mso-bidi-font-size: 10.0pt">&nbsp&#59;<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" /><o:p></o:p></SPAN>