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New man backs George

Posted on 28 February 2001  - 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).

Our new executive vice-chairman David Buchler, handed the task of restoring the club as a major European force, has offered his backing to George Graham and stated his determination to retain the services of Sol Campbell and Darren Anderton.

"At the moment we have a manager who has lost only one of the last nine games, and who has led us into the quarter-finals of the FA Cup - that isn't bad and I think we have got to give him credit for that," the 49-year-old chartered accountant and Spurs season ticket holder told PA Sport.

"I don't think there is any supporter - myself included - who wouldn't want Sol, Darren Anderton and the rest of our top players to stay at the club, and I am going to do everything I can to try and persuade them to stay," said Buchler, who indicated that there would be no major spending on new players until the future of the transfer market is resolved.

He added: "I have been going to White Hart Lane since I was eight, and followed them right through the 1960s, 70s and 80s. I live on my memories and I am really keen to position the club once more as one of Europe's leading football clubs.

"I also want to provide a stable environment in which to bring continued success on a consistent basis. It is a case of looking at a club which has money and finding out how to spend it properly in order to achieve the success you want.

"If I can get the balance right between the passion I have for the club and the game and the business acumen that needs to go with it to achieve consistent success, then we have got a chance of getting to where all supporters want us to be.

"There has been more than £40million spent on new players over the past five years and you have to ask why we have not got a successful side which is consistently winning trophies. A couple of cups in the 1990s is not what I regard as continued success on a consistent basis.

"But the whole question of transfers in Europe is up in the air at the moment, so I don't want to waste money before a lot of questions have been answered."