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Glenn: Why I chose Ted

Posted on 17 August 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).

Glenn Hoddle sees Teddy Sheringham’s role as captain as ‘an extension of his coaching staff’.

Boss Glenn named his summer capture and the double Player of the Year as his new skipper on Thursday. Les Ferdinand and Tim Sherwood will be vice-captains.

But Glenn’s focus will be more on Teddy. He says he will communicate with him more than any other player and with his experience, will know exactly what he’s looking for out on the pitch.

Glenn said: “I see Teddy, with his experience as club captain and someone who can become an extension of the coaching staff. That’s how I see a club captain.

“To me it’s more important than we think in football.

“In rugby it’s always been a close knitting thing the captain and the manager and I think that’s something we’ve got to look at in football.

“Teddy can identify things on the pitch, his communication with younger players, he’s got the respect of the players through what he’s achieved and for me there are a lot of attributes there for Teddy to be captain.

“It’s a challenge and will be good for him. If he wants to stay in football it will be an eye-opener.

“If he can identify a few things on the pitch and put them right before we get in at half-time, that’s what a good captain can do.

“But he needs to understand what we’re looking for from the coaching staff possibly more than any other player at the club.”

Glenn further explained his decision by adding: “I think the captaincy in football has always been pretty loose to be honest.

“I did some work at Southampton with the captain Jason Dodd and Dean Richards at a closer level.

“They need to take responsibility on the pitch and they can’t do that if they are not sure what we want.

“The captain has to have the responsibility to know what we’re looking for, identifying things that are happening in the pitch and putting them right.

“That is challenging for a player and will be for Teddy at this stage of his career.

“Teddy has a football brain, he’s intelligent. Younger players are working out their own game. Teddy’s gone through that, understands the game and can now help others.

“That’s what a captain is all about. My main thing is to have a captain that understands what we’re looking for, will be respected by the players and supporters and Teddy is the right man for the job.”