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More questions for Stephen Clemence

Posted on 16 July 2000  - 12:00

English Barclays Premiership

From Steve Betts: What is it like following in the footsteps of your dad Ray, who was a legend? Also from Andy Hall: Does your father still come and watch you? From Mick Cosby and Ken Ferris: Did you ever want to be a goalkeeper like your dad? From Tony Kavanagh: How do you find it living up to the reputation of you father? Also similar questions from Lyndsay, Ross, Christopher Gibbens, Camberley and Matt Lea.

SC: "I didn't want to be a goalkeeper and if I had, I think it would have been more difficult in terms of pressure because of what my dad achieved in the game. He has been a huge influence. He doesn't coach me but he does still come to a lot of the games and if he believes I'm not doing something right, he'll tell me. I like my dad's opinion and you can't help but get the benefit of all that experience. When I was younger, because he was my dad, I used to get people saying that I'd only done so well because of who he was but once you managed to get in the first team at Spurs, I think that argument goes out of the window."

From Sye: Are there too many overseas players in the Premiership and does this spoil England's future? Mark Allen, Robin Tavener and Lee Corns asked similar questions.

SC: "There are a lot of foreign players in the Premiership but if you are good enough, you should be in the team anyway. What I will say though is that it makes it harder for youngsters to break through."

From Paul Little: How good do you think the young players are at Spurs?

SC: "We have some great young players here and if they continue to improve, perhaps one day they will be the backbone of the side. George Graham will certainly give them the opportunity if he thinks they are good enough. It's important if they get their chance they take it."

From Sonny Mahil: I think Lee Bowyer's tackle on you was one of the most dangerous and reckless I've ever seen, Do you not think therefore that our players were justified in their reaction and have the FA got it wrong in fining us the same as Leeds? Also from Dan Clark.

SC: "All I will say is that yes, it was a very bad tackle but I'd like to think it was done by mistake rather than anything malicious. I don't really want to talk about the fines."

From Dale Roberts and many other fans: What is the general mood of the camp with regards to the likely departure of David Ginola?

SC: "At the moment he is still a Tottenham player, he's training with us and really, nothing has changed. I think it would be fair to say most of the players would want him to stay."

From John Muncaster: With the signings of Rebrov, Sullivan and Thatcher, do you think Spurs are growing into a major force?

SC: "They are certainly three very good signings and we had a decent nucleus here anyway. We showed that in the first half of last season. We now have strength in depth and I definitely think we should be looking at qualifying for Europe again next season and having a couple of decent cup runs."


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