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GREAT to talk to Jamie Redknapp in the week

Posted on 14 August 2009  - 12:00

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GREAT to talk to Jamie Redknapp in the week.

We grabbed a few minutes on the phone with our former skipper - also the former skipper of Liverpool, Sky Sports pundit and, just in case you didn't know, our manager's son - to talk about our cracking opener against Liverpool.

It's the first of a new series on the website this season where we'll talk to players who either played for our forthcoming opponents or had a game to remember against them.

Anyway...

Jamie would always give time for interviews during his spell at the Lane and would always speak the absolute truth.

It's so heart-warming to hear players - or a former player, in Jamie's case - come out with honest assessments like this...

"I'm not an idiot and I wouldn't say my time at Tottenham worked out brilliantly, because I'd be lying, it didn't.

"I didn't play up to what I could, I was injured and I'm not looking for excuses, but that was fact.

"I showed a couple of glimpses here and there but never enough and that was the unfortunate thing for me.

"Tottenham is a really big club and you have to be on form to play for a club like Tottenham and at the time, it didn't quite work out for me.

"That's why I'm delighted my dad has gone there and hopefully he can continue where he left off last season, which was fantastic and the club can get the results it deserves."

Jamie Redknapp - a proper gentleman.

Sebastien, Harry

BACK TO Friday at Spurs Lodge and it was press conference day for Harry Redknapp and new signing Sebastien Bassong.

Here's how it works.

First of all, Harry and Sebastien posed for photographs (see above) and then faced the broadcast media - ie, television and radio - together. They then split up, so Sebastien talked to the Saturday press and Harry spoke to the Sunday press. It's done like that so the newspapers have different angles to write about.

To give you an insight into the media interest in Harry on the Friday before such a big game, he first talked to our Spurs TV Online, then to the broadcast media with Sebastien as explained above, then to the Sunday newspapers, then a few words for our new podcast which will be found on the BBC Radio London website and then, finally, a photoshoot with the League Managers' Association for their magazine.

Sebastien also did some filming with Sky Sports for their 'dynamic line-up' graphics.

It's all go!

Sebastien faces the press

BEFORE ALL that, the full squad was back in training after a busy international week.

All the internationals were there - Roman, Robbie, Gomes, Jermain Defoe, Vedran and Luka, Alan Hutton - including Wilson Palacios, who returned from an overnight flight at 8am Friday morning but still put in a stint.

He was on a high though - his Honduras team hammered Costa Rica 4-0 in World Cup qualifying on Wednesday night.

BIT OF A panic call from Academy manager John McDermott on Tuesday.

'How do you find Sutton's ground," he asked, with about 30 minutes to go before kick-off of the Spurs XI friendly.

"Can't help you, John, I'm afraid," I replied - simply because the only time I'd been there was on the coach and I wasn't going on this occasion.

"Alex (Inglethorpe) said he'd talk me in by giving me directions on the mobile," he went on. "I got half-way there and his battery ran out..."

I think he got there on time - didn't like to ask!!

Ghana at Lodge

THE GHANA national team visited the Lodge late on Tuesday night.

The squad, who made such an impression at the 2006 World Cup in Germany, were preparing for their friendly against Zambia at Leyton Orient on Wednesday night.

The squad's three big names - Michael Essien, Stephen Appiah and Sulley Muntari - were all there and pictured below. Ghana won 4-1.

Ghana at Lodge

ONE OF the backroom staff at the Lodge - 'Bob The Kit' - wandered past with a rueful smile on Friday.

He was looking down at his cup of tea.

"They've done it again," he said.

It turns out that someone had stabbed a tiny little hole in the bottom of the plastic cup and the tea had started draining out.

"Last time I didn't notice and the cup was empty by the time I got back to the kit room," he added.

Keep your eyes peeled, Bob, keep 'em peeled...