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'I'd like to have moved along quicker'

Posted on 2 October 2000  - 12:00

English Barclays Premiership

George Graham enters his third year in charge of Tottenham admitting: “I would have liked things to have moved along quicker.”

The manager walked out of Leeds and into the Lane back two years ago.

Seen as a shock move by many, George made an immediate impact by turning a team that had been battling relegation into Worthington Cup winners in his first season.

After early promise last season was ultimately seen as a disappointment though — especially after early cup exits — and George is now trying desperately to break into the Premiership’s top six.

But recent results have gone against us and we find ourselves in tenth position on Monday.

George said: “I think the playing side of club has improved in those two years, we’ve gone from relegation candidates to middle of the table at the present time.

“I would have liked to have moved along quicker, to have been competing to get into the top six. There is still a chance of that.

“But it is a lot easier to say it and a lot more difficult to carry it through because trying to acquire quality players is difficult from the amount of quality players available. It is not easy these days.”

Ironically we were George’s opponents for his last match in charge of Leeds and two years on, the same teams met again. It was another cracker as well — this time a spell of five goals in 11 minutes undid our 1-0 first-half lead as we went down 4-3 in an amazing game.

George added: “The lads are very disappointed. When you score three goals away from home you would expect to be disappointed, especially with the goals we conceded.

“But Leeds are a good side. If they can keep their best side out they will be challenging. They have a very exciting team. I’m not surprised with how far they’ve come. They have a lot of quality players, especially the youngsters coming through.”

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