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Jacques to live his dream

Posted on 8 July 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).

Jacques Santini revealed that a coaching appointment in the Premiership is the fulfillment of a dream for him.

Jacques, along with Sporting Directer Frank Arnesen and assistant Martin Jol were introduced to the media at White Hart Lane on Wednesday and he stated his confidence over making good progress in the forthcoming season.

"For me it is a dream to coach in England," said the former French national team coach. When Mr Levy proposed coaching at Tottenham it was a beautiful prospect for me. The confidence shown by the chairman in me is very important to me.

"I am happy to now be at a club like Tottenham and I am sure that with my staff we will do good work this coming season.

"My first priority is to get to know the club and the whole organisation. The players are young with many qualities and my objective is to make them into a good team to make the fans of Tottenham very happy."

Jacques added that any significant changes to the squad are likely to happen once he has had the chance to assess the current playing staff who return for pre-season training today and head to Sweden on Sunday, with exception of those who have been on international duty during the close season.

"I will talk with the chairman and Frank about new players after spending time with the players here. The training camp in Sweden is very important for us. Many international players are still on holiday and it is important for us to assess the quality of the players we have.

"After the training camp I will have a better idea over the quality we have and the management of the players is very important.

"I know English football, in my two years coaching France I have seen many games in England watching the French internationals. Martin Jol knows the English game, while Chris Hughton will be very, very important to me.

"We hope to have a good season and we will seek to build a team to complete this objective."

Chairman Daniel Levy welcomed the arrival of Jacques and the management team, saying: "Jacques' experience shows he is very good with young players, he feels this club needs to build and it is not going to be an overnight success. We need to really build and we feel that Jacques has the qualities to achieve this."