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Posted on 31 October 2000  - 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).

<SPAN lang=EN-US style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Times New Roman'">This evening we welcome Birmingham City, hardy cup fighters of the late Fifties but with little success since.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes">&nbsp&#59; </SPAN>Under the shrewd guidance of their Chairman, Mr. Sullivan, and his Directors they have improved the facilities superbly at St. Andrews, they have a strong base of support and in Trevor Francis have a manager who has done 'his miles.'<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" /><o:p></o:p></SPAN><P class=MsoNormal><SPAN lang=EN-US style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Times New Roman'">This season they will be expected to challenge again for one of those valued promotion spots but let us hope tonight that we have enough about us to proceed into the next round and hopefully enjoy a good League Cup run.<o:p></o:p></SPAN><P class=MsoNormal><SPAN lang=EN-US style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Times New Roman'">I saw Trevor last Sunday evening after he'd had a disappointing afternoon at his old club Sheffield Wednesday.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes">&nbsp&#59;&nbsp&#59; </SPAN>Since then they've had a further League win and they will be looking forward to playing at Tottenham.<o:p></o:p></SPAN><P class=MsoNormal><SPAN lang=EN-US style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Times New Roman'">Last week I attended a coaching conference at Nottingham organised by the FA Coaches Association on the very same day that Peter Taylor and Steve McClaren were appointed for the immediate friendly with Italy.<o:p></o:p></SPAN><P class=MsoNormal><SPAN lang=EN-US style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Times New Roman'">Both are relatively new in coaching circles but are making their mark.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes">&nbsp&#59; </SPAN>We must encourage people in our profession with flair to advance and gain appointments.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes">&nbsp&#59; </SPAN>Every time I pick up a paper, apart from Terry Venables I see very few names nominated as potential top coaches.<o:p></o:p></SPAN><P class=MsoNormal><SPAN lang=EN-US style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Times New Roman'">Several coaches working splendidly at club level have not the same publicity push but their work has been noted.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes">&nbsp&#59; </SPAN>I could name at least eight coaches who in the last 15 years have shown that they can coach average groups of players to become successful.<o:p></o:p></SPAN><P class=MsoNormal><SPAN lang=EN-US style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Times New Roman'">I wonder if Mr Crozier consulted the managers within the game as was reported.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes">&nbsp&#59; </SPAN>He certainly hasn't rang at least three managers whom I have spoken to.<o:p></o:p></SPAN><P class=MsoNormal><SPAN lang=EN-US style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Times New Roman'">I am pleased to see that our Academy teams had another good Saturday last weekend, winning away to Crystal Palace and Peterborough.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes">&nbsp&#59; </SPAN>On the previous evening both Nicky Eyre and Michael Malcolm made their debuts for England Schoolboys in the international in Belfast where they surprisingly lost 1-0 to Northern Ireland.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes">&nbsp&#59; </SPAN>This weekend another of our players, Owen Price, will receive his first cap.<o:p></o:p></SPAN><P class=MsoNormal><SPAN lang=EN-US style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Times New Roman'">We have had some bad luck on the injury front.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes">&nbsp&#59; </SPAN>Mauricio Taricco is going to have a minor operation to repair a slight groin tear and we hope he will be back very quickly.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes">&nbsp&#59; </SPAN>We are more than pleased with Mauricio's contribution since he arrived here.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes">&nbsp&#59; </SPAN>He is a very determined footballing full-back who will only improve and has great desire and enthusiasm for the game.<o:p></o:p></SPAN><P class=MsoNormal><SPAN lang=EN-US style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Times New Roman'">A misinformed newspaper report last week suggested that we are looking to sell him!<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes">&nbsp&#59; </SPAN>Indeed, at present, we are speaking to his agent about an improved contract as we are with the more well documented situation with Stephen Carr.<o:p></o:p></SPAN><P class=MsoNormal><SPAN lang=EN-US style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Times New Roman'">Our sound yearly figures, despite a mediocre period, were presented last week proving that you can exist in the Premiership without living beyond your means.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes">&nbsp&#59; </SPAN>However, we are acutely aware of the need to recreate glory with style and have funded a much changed team since Christian Gross left us.<o:p></o:p></SPAN><P class=MsoNormal><SPAN lang=EN-US style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Times New Roman'">Although the Club like others is waiting to see the full implications of the EU ruling, we are prepared to support the team with further signings.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes">&nbsp&#59; </SPAN>In doing so we shall speculate but always with one eye on the future, aware that we must produce and give opportunities to our home bred players and youngsters.<o:p></o:p></SPAN><P class=MsoNormal><SPAN lang=EN-US style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Times New Roman'">Some clubs have been spending money without thought of future repercussions but there is no guarantee of success.<o:p></o:p></SPAN><P class=MsoNormal><SPAN lang=EN-US style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Times New Roman'">Football is also about good coaching and management as well as money.<o:p></o:p></SPAN><P class=MsoNormal><SPAN lang=EN-US style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Times New Roman'">Winning is what the game is all about - or so we are told - so let us hope that tonight we can win well.<o:p></o:p></SPAN><P class=MsoNormal><SPAN lang=EN-US style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Times New Roman'">&nbsp&#59;<o:p></o:p></SPAN><P class=MsoNormal><SPAN lang=EN-US style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Times New Roman'">&nbsp&#59;<o:p></o:p></SPAN>