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For club and country

Posted on 12 February 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).

Chris Hughton has relished his first few days back in the international arena with the Republic of Ireland.

Our first team coach was named part-time assistant manager to new Irish boss Brian Kerr last week and Chris, who gained 53 senior international caps for the Republic in an international playing career spanning more than a decade, is naturally thrilled to be returning to the fold.

That role begins this week when the Republic take on Scotland in an international friendly tonight in Glasgow.

"I am delighted and very honoured to be going back in a coaching capacity with the country I represented for 11-12 years," smiles Chris. "It is a wonderful honour and I can't wait to get into the job."

Although visibly keen to get started, Chris is also anxious to point out that his new position will certainly not compromise his club duties, in fact it will no doubt help to enhance his coaching knowledge and ability.

"My main concern was obviously how the job would affect my routine at Spurs," confirms Chris. "But we looked at everything and realised it could be worked without any concerns.

"During an international week at Spurs Lodge, with 10-12 players away with various teams, things are generally a lot quieter anyway. The work we are able to do here is severely lessened, so my absence at that time will not be a problem."

Continues Chris: "As well as going away on international duty, preparing for matches and being at games, my role with Ireland will also include scouting and watching the Irish players at club level.

"I am normally at games anyway for Spurs, so the ability to combine the two should prove beneficial to both camps. Some weeks I'll be looking at players for the Spurs, other occasions for Ireland, so I don't envisage any problems."

Manager Glenn Hoddle and Assistant John Gorman are both delighted for their coaching colleague and, as Chris points out, they are fully conscious of what the position will involve and the possible advantages for everyone concerned.

"Fortunately, I'm working for a management team who have both worked at international level and they are very aware of what my job will entail.

"They can certainly see the benefits for me as a coach, the knowledge and information I will pick up and how I will be able to identify players by watching the international teams, which will in turn benefit the Club."

Although Chris has never worked with Brian Kerr before, the new senior manager's involvement with the international set-up at Under-16, 18 and 20 levels has ensured regular contact between the two over many years.

After the international friendly in Scotland, the management pair will be looking ahead to two difficult away matches in the European Championship Group 10 qualifiers.

"We have to travel to Georgia next month and then Albania," says Chris. "And having lost the first two games of the campaign we need to get back on track. It will be tough, but I'm really looking forward to the job."