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Hans on City keepers

Posted on 24 January 2004  - 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).

Manchester City have lost one David and gained another but we won't face either of them on Sunday.

Instead, with recently recruited David James cup-tied after playing for West Ham in the competition, youngster Kevin Ellegaard (pictured below) is likely to be between the sticks for the fourth round clash - although City have also recently signed Arni Arason.

There is a little extra interest in Ellegaard because he was with us on trial in the summer of 2001.

Goalkeeping coach Hans recalled: "He was here but at that time he was only 18 and was going to cost us a lot of money. I wasn't impressed enough with him at the time to perhaps spend that money.

"He's still learning his trade, obviously as a youngester he will make mistakes and it's not been easy for him in a City side that has been struggling.

"He has also been thrown straight into the Premier League, so it's tough for him. We'll see how he copes on Sunday."

England number one James arrived in the transfer window following David Seaman's retirement.

Hans said: "He's the current England number one and for me, as a goalkeeper, he has everything.

"He's known for his decision-making where he's made one or two mistakes but, ability-wise, I think he's probably the best in the country.

"City made a great move to sign him from West Ham and at a great price as well.

"It's a bonus for City having lost someone like David Seaman to then go and get David James in, business-wise, they've done well."

As for Seaman, Hans added: "He's been my favourite goalkeeper for the last 15 years. Mr Consistency.

"He's a nice fella, I met him in the summer when we did a goalkeeping course together at Lilleshall for a week.

"You could see then he was laying the foundations for a career in goalkeeping coaching.

"It's happened a little earlier than expected but one or two injuries and he's decided to call it a day and perhaps concentrate on the coaching side.

"It will be quite hard for him - I can tell him that now. The change from playing to coaching is huge and takes some time to get used to. I took me a year to get used to it."

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