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George: Fans may never accept me

Posted on 20 October 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).

George Graham has conceded that he may never be accepted by fans at the Lane. The stark confession came as the manager was quizzed about fans voicing protests in his direction at recent matches at Thursday’s press conference.

George insisted: “I don’t know if I ever will be accepted and no, it doesn’t worry me. I just accept it’s part of the managerial profession. It goes with the job now.

“I knew that was one of the things I would have to accept having managed Arsenal in the past. I accepted that I would have to be doing very, very well here before I would be accepted.

“But that’s part and parcel of it and I don’t have a problem with it.”

George also said he didn’t have a problem with fans aiming criticism at him rather than the team.

He added: “Fans just want Tottenham to be successful and I want the same thing. We both want the same thing. They are the paying customers and they have the right to voice their opinions if they don’t like what they see. That’s justified.

“It’s just part and parcel of the job now. If you’re in a winning team you get a lot of plaudits and if you are not winning you’ll get the criticism.

“It’s a simple as that and I think sometimes we look for different excuses and different reasons — Jim Smith, Bryan Robson, it’s just part and parcel of where they are in the league and if they put a run together it would turn around very quickly.”

And the message was clear from George — it’s all about results.

“Football is like a ping-pong game,” he explained. “You have a good win and you’re up, two days later you lose and you’re down. You’ve got accept an equilibrium about it - don’t get too upset when you lose and don’t get too elated when you win.

“The fans have a right if they don’t like what they are seeing and want to take it out on someone, take it out on me. That’s fine. It’s better they take it out on the manager because I’m not out there on the pitch. It doesn’t affect my confidence. It does affect the players.”

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