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Hans to sign on dotted line

Posted on 28 February 2002  - 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).

Hans Segers has agreed to sign a new deal to continue coaching the club's senior goalkeepers.

The Dutchman provides specialist coaching for Neil Sullivan, Kasey Keller and Gavin Kelly, while Perry Suckling was drafted in this season to perform a similar role with our Academy keepers.

Hans is delighted to extend his three and a half year stay with the club.

"That's correct," said Hans of his contract. "I've agreed terms with the club and I'm very happy - over the moon with it."

Evidence of Hans' handywork, if you like, could be the fact that star pupil Neil Sullivan was voted Player of the Season for the last campaign. Hans, modestly, is quick to play down his part in that.

"I think it's a combination. Mind you, he was a very busy goalkeeper last year, it's a bit different this year.

"Sully did really well last season, he had a bit of a sticky patch this one, but has come back strong and looks himself again."

Hans' work being rewarded with a new deal, along with the appointment of Perry, supports the introduction of individual player coaches - particularly in a specialist position like goalkeeping.

"I think it's very important," agrees Hans. "If you see what's going on around the world. If they pay £8m-odd for Van der Sar, Barthez, Buffon in Italy going for £32m, you can see that the goalkeeper position is very important.

"Through good coaching at all levels the club can save a lot of money. The club realise that, and that's why we are well equipped to do well in our goalkeeping areas at every level.

"I've been here just over three and a half years and have had three managers already. I've worked with every manager so far, Christian Gross, George Graham and Glenn, of course. I'm still here, so I thinking, hoping, that I'm doing a good job with the goalkeepers.

"That's what I get paid for and that's what I'm going to do."

Hans agreeing to stay on flies in the face of a recent Sunday newspaper snippet that suggested he was exploring other avenues of employment. A suggestion he refutes totally.

"I went stright to the manager about that because I never said anything like it. I love this club and the people so there would be no reason for me wanting to leave.

"Where the story came from I still don't know. I tried to find out, but I still don't know. It's one of these stories in a Sunday red-top - so anything you read in there you have to believe!

"It hurt me actually, because it was untrue."