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Programme: David Pleat

Posted on 19 November 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 style="mso-fareast-font-family: 'MS Mincho'">In the last home game, there was a pleasing feeling that our supporters genuinely were behind the players. This is so important. We can discuss different tactics and different views on players' styles and personalities but the team that we put out on the field at any given date represents our Club and we always feel as management that players react to cheering and get aggravated and lose heart when the support is not there.<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" /><o:p></o:p></SPAN><P class=MsoNormal><SPAN style="mso-fareast-font-family: 'MS Mincho'">Today's game is a significant one and the chance to maintain our home record against a team who have spectacularly invested to regain former glories.<o:p></o:p></SPAN><P class=MsoNormal><SPAN style="mso-fareast-font-family: 'MS Mincho'">In the mid-Eighties I met Gerard Houllier in a London restaurant after Tottenham had destroyed Oxford United in a Division One game. That day Glenn Hoddle had scored a superb goal and Paris St Germain who Gerard managed had come to talk.<o:p></o:p></SPAN><P class=MsoNormal><SPAN style="mso-fareast-font-family: 'MS Mincho'">It is a long story and one that I retain for my own purposes but I remember warmly the depth of knowledge and the sincerity of Gerard Houllier. I hope that he continues to have a happy association with English football&#59; he has many friends here.<o:p></o:p></SPAN><P class=MsoNormal><SPAN style="mso-fareast-font-family: 'MS Mincho'">Liverpool are one of the most progressive of the clubs undertaking the new FA Academy charter. They have a wonderful new centre and like ourselves have been more aggressive in their signing of quality boys.<o:p></o:p></SPAN><P class=MsoNormal><SPAN style="mso-fareast-font-family: 'MS Mincho'">Steve Heighway looks after their Academy and already Steven Gerrard has edged his way into both club and country reckoning. In years gone by Liverpool always had a reputation for having a home grown player in their side like Tommy Smith, Sammy Lee, Phil Thompson or indeed Steve Heighway himself.<o:p></o:p></SPAN><P class=MsoNormal><SPAN style="mso-fareast-font-family: 'MS Mincho'">When Brian Horton was manager at Hull he told me about a young local boy called Nick Barmby and suggested that I should speak to him. However, I realised that there were far too many clubs looking to acquire his services but at the time John Moncur did an excellent job for Tottenham to snatch him away from some other big clubs and now Nick finds himself re-enthused in the red shirt of Liverpool.<o:p></o:p></SPAN><P class=MsoNormal><SPAN style="mso-fareast-font-family: 'MS Mincho'">The other week there was some speculation in the press about myself moving north. This was clearly not so and I was shocked to read a piece in the Evening Standard that actually stated that I was having talks with the Bradford club chairman in a London hotel. Never let the facts get in the way of a good story!<o:p></o:p></SPAN><P class=MsoNormal><SPAN style="mso-fareast-font-family: 'MS Mincho'">News about the club includes...YTS scholar Ludwig Norbert, who joined us from school in Paris, has requested his release which we have agreed to. Ludwig is a talented player but failed to settle...<o:p></o:p></SPAN><P class=MsoNormal><SPAN style="mso-fareast-font-family: 'MS Mincho'">John Jackson was the subject of a scouting visit by Dave Sexton at our recent Reserve game at Derby. John was playing as an emergency left-back as Alton Thelwell was taken out of the group to join George Graham's squad...Kettering Town tried to take David McEwen on loan for a month. David feels that he wishes to gain further experience in the league as opposed to non-league...Ghyslain Vedeux has joined our Academy and could partner Yannick Kamanan as a youth Cup forward pairing, making a French twosome...Graham Taylor, who has maximised Allan Nielsen's breaks from midfield in Watford's surge to the top of the table, is only one short of 30 manager of the month awards, a magnificent record...however he, like previous England managers, had no say in the selection of Sven-Goran Eriksson, that was done by Mr. Crozier, the FA Chief Executive, and his committee...<o:p></o:p></SPAN><P class=MsoNormal><SPAN style="mso-fareast-font-family: 'MS Mincho'">Steve Perryman is reported to be leaving his job in Japan after a successful period there...Steffen Iversen is walking around the training ground after his knee operation...Kaiserslautern have contacted us with a view to taking Jose Dominguez to Germany and talks were progressing as we went to press.<o:p></o:p></SPAN><P class=MsoNormal><SPAN style="mso-fareast-font-family: 'MS Mincho'">Ex-Tottenham player Ronny Rosenthal is now working as an agent...regular matchday hosts include ex-Spurs Mark Falco, Phil Beal, Martin Chivers, Cliff Jones, John Pratt and Ralph Coates.<o:p></o:p></SPAN><P class=MsoNormal><SPAN style="mso-fareast-font-family: 'MS Mincho'">Another ex-Spur Clive Allen was my guest at the last home game against Sunderland, taking an afternoon off from his punditary with Sky television. Clive is one of the young coaches being fast-tracked at England Under-16 level...Owen Price, our schoolboy player, made his debut for England against Wales at Newtown last Friday night in a 1-1 draw on a terrible pitch...<o:p></o:p></SPAN><P class=MsoNormal><SPAN style="mso-fareast-font-family: 'MS Mincho'">Ledley King and Luke Young were both selected for the midweek Under-21 game in Italy...Darren Anderton returned to the full squad...<o:p></o:p></SPAN><P class=MsoNormal><SPAN style="mso-fareast-font-family: 'MS Mincho'">Charlton Athletic have asked about the availability of young goalkeeper Martin Brennan and we will be releasing him...Remember November 30 for the Fans Forum which is already attracting a great response...Simon Clist, released by the club 18 months ago, is playing the odd game for an improving Bristol City... Several clubs on the loan trail have enquired about the availability of Gary Doherty...<o:p></o:p></SPAN><P class=MsoNormal><SPAN style="mso-fareast-font-family: 'MS Mincho'">We are all looking forward to a good game this afternoon.</SPAN><P class=MsoNormal><SPAN style="mso-fareast-font-family: 'MS Mincho'"></SPAN>&nbsp&#59;