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Glenn's Sunday best

Posted on 5 April 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).

Taking your managerial bow at a new club, even if you were there as a player, in the semi-final of the FA Cup against your local rivals is an unusual introduction to say the least — but it’s one Glenn Hoddle isn’t fazed by.

Glenn views his baptism of fire with excitement and it is easy to sense that the former midfield maestro thrives on the sort of challenge that lies ahead.

"Yes, it’s a massive game for the club and it’s one I’m excited about. When I get to know the players we’ll be moulding which way we’re going to play, where we can get at Arsenal and where we’ve got to be vigilant as to where their strengths are.

"We’ve got to make sure we go out and perform. I’m sure if we get some of the experienced players back we can put in a good performance and get the right result."

While Glenn struggles to contain his enthusiasm for the job ahead, he is quick to deflect some attention towards the previous management team, but cannot dwell on the past.

"There is a lot of credit to go to George and Stewart for getting to the semi-finals. But I’ve got to take it on now and it’s a massive game, it’s the toughest game of all the rounds.

"To reach a final in your first game would be the iceing on the cake, there’s no doubt about that. But it’s a big task, Arsenal are an excellent side, they’ve just beaten us, but it was a young side, relatively inexperienced and had not played together much.

"It’s a big challenge, hopefully we’ll pick the right side, get everybody fit and if we win it would be a fantastic start for me.

"But in speaking to the board, this is about a five-year contract, a long-term situation rather than a short-term quick fix success. Of course the fans want success this year and we’re in a semi-final, so it logical that we want to go out and perform well for the fans."

As for the remainder of the season...

"It would be healthy for us to win on Sunday and have a chance of qualifying for Europe from that, it would be a nice scenario. Those games left will be a good opportunity to look at the playing staff here on the training ground and in matches.

"We’ve got to get enough points on the board, winning matches breeds confidence and if we can get on a run it would be nice to finish the season strongly. But first of all it’s about Sunday."

By Richard Hubbard