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Glenn's first day

Posted on 2 June 2000  - 12:00

English Barclays Premiership

Glenn Hoddle spoke exclusively to the Official Spurs website’s online newsletter at Spurs Lodge shortly after the final details of his switch from Southampton were completed.

We tackled Glenn on three subjects — his Tottenham manifesto, expectation and, of course, the little matter of Sunday’s trip to Manchester.

His manifesto…

"Success I hope. Anybody who supports the club or anybody who works for the club wants to be successful. That is the number one aim.

"What we need to do at Tottenham is bring success back in a certain way — and I’m aware of that. But it needs to be balanced, and we will look to balance the thing off and we’ll look to see if we need to bring in some real quality players.

"That is difficult, because they are a dying breed, a flair player or a playmaker are a dying breed — and they normally cost millions upon millions of pounds.

"It is all about getting to know the team at the moment and the long-term picture but, for now, my answers to questions relate to Sunday. I have to have that head on at the moment."

On expectation…

"I’d rather have that problem than reports saying ‘same old problems again’. It would be nice to have that pressure.

"We have got to be realistic about the Premiership, mainly because there’s one side who’s head and shoulders above everyone else at the moment and some clubs have millions and millions to catch them up — and still haven’t.

"We’ve got to be realistic on that — I think that is a longer term aim. The board have made it clear that they want a consistent success rather than a cup every eight years or whatever, that isn’t what we’re looking for. It certainly isn’t what I’m looking for.

"I’ve come to be successful and that means winning trophies and qualifying for Europe. That’s what Spurs fans want, they want European nights back again — I was playing in them and they were special nights, they really were.

"We want that consistently, and that’s something that’s going to take a lot of hard work. We’re capable of it, but it will take hard work and a little bit of patience.

"We’re in a situation where I have taken over late in the season and there is still a trophy to be won and still a European place to go for. That’s encouraging and exciting. If that all happens then that’s going to be used in a confident way and that’s a good foundation to build on.

"So I’d rather have expectation as a problem than ‘well, we didn’t win the Cup this year, let’s start from scratch for the new season.’ I think European football will help me entice players to the club and that is important for the future and the fans realise that."

The Semi-final…

"So Sunday is not only a massive game because it’s a Cup semi-final and it’s against Arsenal, it’s bigger than that for the club in the long term because of European football for starters and because success breeds success. It’s an old saying, but it’s true.

"It would be a smashing way for me to start but there is a lot of hard work ahead of us before that happens.

"If were going to win it, it’s probably going to be Arsenal then Liverpool — two very, very good sides.

"I can be done, but it’s going to take a lot of hard work."