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HAPPY RETURNS

Posted on 29 October 2007  - 12:00

Gus Poyet is delighted to be back at Spurs after a three-year absence and admits he is relishing his new coaching role at the Club.

Gus Poyet is delighted to be back at Spurs after a three-year absence and admits he is relishing his new coaching role at the Club.

The former Uruguayan international, who was a player at White Hart Lane between 2001 and 2004, has joined the Club’s new-look coaching staff as one of Juande Ramos’ two first-team coaches alongside Marcos Alvarez.

And the three of them met their new squad for the first time on Monday, when they took their first training session together in preparation for Wednesday’s Carling Cup clash with Blackpool.

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Gus beamed: “It’s great to be back for various reasons. I know four or five players from my time here and I know most of the staff, so it’s great. I’ve come back to a place where I really enjoyed my football for three years.

“It was great to see all the players and talk to them. It was also important to see the quality of the team, and I know they are ready to work for Juande. We’re looking forward to the first game.”

Gus joins us having spent the last year working alongside Dennis Wise at Leeds United.

The pair had previously teamed up together at Swindon Town before their move north, and Poyet sees his experience as a coach in the lower leagues as invaluable.

He added: “I was always quite sure that I wanted to be a coach, especially after coming here as a player, and I worked at getting my coaching badges.

“I left football for about six months after I finished playing, but there was always a burning desire to get back into the game.

“The best way of doing this is coaching, and Dennis Wise gave me the chance, and he’s a big part of why I’m back here today. I love coaching, and I want to stay doing this for as long as I can.”