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Top professional, top man - Mauricio on Brad

Posted on 14 May 2015  - 15:15

Mauricio Pochettino paid tribute to Brad Friedel following our announcement this morning (Thursday, May 14) that the legendary goalkeeper will retire at the end of the season.

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Having originally arrived in England more than 17 years ago, Brad is returning home to America to become an analyst, pundit and co-commentator for US channel Fox Sports and will also be our Club Ambassador in the United States.

His Club role will include supporting our Global Coaching programme and engaging with our Super Clubs in Tallahassee and East Bay and 40 Supporters Clubs across North America.

Brad has made the final 67 of his career 729 appearances for Spurs after joining us from Villa in the summer of 2011.

During that time, he stretched his incredible record of consecutive appearances in the Premier League to 310, a run that started in 2004 and continued until October, 2012.

He has been on the bench 14 times this term and last appeared in our Europa League Round of 16 second leg in Benfica in March, 2014.

“Brad's had a fantastic career and this is a special moment for him,” said Mauricio.

“He is a top man, a fantastic professional and one of the best goalkeepers in England.

“It’s been a pleasure to work with him, to get to know him and spend time with him this season. I can only congratulate him on his career.”

Below: Brad special on Spurs TV