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Just for the record...

Posted on 30 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).

Whilst the Club does not feel the need to respond to every bit of speculation in the newspapers, it does so today in response to an article in the Guardian by Matt Scott. The article covers a supposed disagreement between Jacques Santini and Frank Arnesen and subsequently between Jacques and Martin Jol. The Club would like to point out that the content of this article is spurious and is a typical example of extending column inches at the expense of the truth. The Club feels strongly that it needs to set the record straight on the issues this article covers so that such mistruths are not repeated elsewhere. For the record - there was no argument over the phone between Frank Arnesen (who was out of the country at the time) and Jacques Santini and there were no disagreements in the dressing room between Santini and Jol. The Club quite clearly told the Guardian there was no truth in this when they contacted us yesterday, but the paper chose to ignore this and run the piece anyway. Additionally, the role definition between Frank and the coaches themselves could not be clearer so we have difficulty understanding why Scott chooses to describe them as ‘opaque’. Frank is responsible for running the Lodge and the Academy and for finding and signing new players. Jacques is responsible for the coaching and matchplay of the first team and reports to Frank. The two will always discuss possible new signings, but not First Team selection or playing issues, which is Jacques’ remit. Martin Jol is Jacques’ No 2 — he reports directly to the Head Coach. Chris Hughton and Dominic Cuperly also report to Jacques. This is in no way comparable to the situation where you have joint managers — or “equals”, so the examples cited in the article are incomparable and engineered to support an incorrect theme. We have one boss for the Lodge and one for the First Team. And no, this is not a case of no smoke without fire…there is no fire! However much stirring goes on!