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George's rush job

Posted on 2 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).

International weeks can play havoc with preparations for the real business of winning three Premiership points on a Saturday - leaving boss George Graham only two days to prepare fully for Derby. <P>Players answer the call of their country and disperse to the footballing battlefields of Europe, leaving their club manager with precious little time to formulate his gameplan for the domestic challenge ahead. <P class=MsoBodyText>George, for his part, was not only missing his international call-ups, but also has half a team keeping the physio company. But the boss has been around long enough to be philosophical about the handicap this places on his working week. <P class=MsoBodyText>"It's just normal now when internationals come around and quite a few of your players are on duty. It's not very enjoyable for a club manager because you've got very few players to work with. <P class=MsoBodyText>"This week we've had the three young boys (Young, King and Thelwell) away with the England under-21s, we had Doherty who travelled over to Ireland but the game was off, Sol was with England so, what with all our injuries, we've had very few players to work with this week. <P class=MsoBodyText>"You can't really prepare for the game against Derby, we got all the boys back today (Thursday) and we've just got to work with them today and tomorrow in preparation for the Derby game." <P class=MsoNormal>We are 7/1 to win 1-0 at Pride Park for the third straight season - <A href="" target=_new DESIGNTIMEURL="">click here for details. </A><P class=MsoBodyText><I>By Richard Hubbard <P class=MsoNormal>&nbsp&#59;<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" /><o:p></o:p></SPAN> <P class=MsoNormal><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 12pt&#59; mso-bidi-font-size: 10.0pt">&nbsp&#59;<o:p></o:p></SPAN></I>