Skip to main content

Gus: Key spell

Posted on 9 September 2008  - 12:00

Gus Poyet feels we're preparing for a vital spell of matches with the season barely a month underway.

Gus: Key spell

Gus Poyet feels we're preparing for a vital spell of matches with the season barely a month underway.

First Team coach Gus joined fellow coach Marcos Alvarez and Head Coach Juande Ramos back at the training ground on Tuesday to work with the lads not on international duty - including new loan signing Fraizer Campbell - with their sights set on a spell of five matches in 13 days.

That sequence starts with Aston Villa at the Lane on Monday, September 15 and ends with a trip to Portsmouth on September 28.

"The next two weeks will be great," beamed a typically enthusiatic Gus, back at Spurs Lodge after returning late last night from a weekend away in Spain. "If you are a footballer, you have the chance to play every three days, including our first game in the UEFA Cup.

"It's so important to start with a win against Aston Villa on Monday for two reasons - one, we need to win our homes games and two, I'm sure if we started that way, we can build momentum, pick up points and progress in Europe. Villa could be the key game.

"As a manager or coach, it's not easy because it's about playing matches, warm downs, preparation, playing again and you can't do too much. For a player though, it's magnificent. I used to love spells like this!"

One of the games in this run is a trip to Newcastle in the Carling Cup - which brought us neatly onto press speculation linking Gus with the vacant's manager's job at St James' Park. "It's very clear that it's nothing at all," stated Gus when asked about those rumours.

"I'm very happy here. I've had almost a year back at the club with Juande and Marcos. This is just speculation and it's all too easy because of my relationship with Dennis Wise. It's nothing to worry about and all I intend to do is relax and continue with my job."