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'I've nothing to prove'

Posted on 2 November 2000  - 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).

George Graham has insisted he is determined to put things right at Spurs and that he has nothing to prove as a manager.

A disappointing spell made worse for the boss by a succession of injuries to key players hit a new low on Tuesday when we were dumped out of the Worthington Cup by Birmingham City.

That was our first defeat at home of the season and it the pressure is now on to maintain our unbeaten record in the Premiership at the Lane when Sunderland arrive on Saturday.

Speaking plainly at a lengthy pre-Sunderland press conference at Spurs Lodge, George declared: “I’m very determined to put things right.

“I don’t have to prove anything to anybody. Look at the record I’ve got — one of the best in the game. Why should I have to prove anything to anyone?

“I’ve got my own standards and that’s why I will not let criticism affect me. I don’t like it but it’s part of the job now. You’ve got to have a thick skin.

“I’ve been in the game since I was 15, that’s 40 years now. Football has been wonderful to me, absolutely wonderful. It’s a great profession to be in.

“You’ll have your highs, I’ve had a few highs, and you’ll get your lows.

“We talk about the down side of it when you’re having a bad time.

“Football is a great life, a wonderful life and you have to accept the downs as well as the highs.

“This is a low period and I’ve just got to work my way through it.”

To listen to George's press conference in full, click here

By Paul Miles