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Posted on 22 October 2004  - 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).

Frank Arnesen declares that the next stage in his evaluation of the club is to 'dig into' the Academy set-up.

The first priority for the Sporting Director when he arrived at Spurs in July was to strengthen the squad, which he did with great success with the capture of 13 players. Now, with the transfer window locked until January, the Dane has been able to delve deeper into the workings of the playing side of the club.

"I think my job is so big and it is ongoing," explained Frank. "The signing of players is a very important, but only a part of my job - the preparation for it is maybe more important. With my scouts finding exactly where the good players are.

"The other big part of the whole organisation here is the youth and that is the next step for me. I will be digging into this and I think it shows the real benefit of having a Head Coach and Sporting Director - I don't need to get involved in training or preparation with the players.

"I can get on with having talks with the Academy people and give them a lot of time. It is something that is very important at Tottenham Hotspur."

Given his background at PSV Eindhoven in Holland, Frank is something of an authority of the identification and development of young players through the ranks. He is impressed with what he's seen here so far and wants to ensure that the channels of communications are wide open between all levels.

"The people who run the Academy I think are very good and professional. It is not something that I have to build up from the ground.

"We need to connect the first team, the reserves and the Academy as, to get the best out of the young players, we have to know where they are up to and get them to the highest level possible.

"Maybe you have a 16-year-old who is good enough to play for the under-18s or the reserves. We have to get him there quickly and the only way you can do that is to have good communications between the levels.

"From there you go deeper and say 'are we training well?', see if we can progress the training of the under-9s or under-10s.

"A combination of all things is how do we like to play? What is the best way to play if you like to develop players - is it 4-4-2, 4-2-4? All these sort of discussions are happening and are on-going.

"This then has to be linked in with the scouting. It is very important because they have to know what we are demanding and you can also only do this by talking and more talking."