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Programme: David Pleat

Posted on 24 December 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).

After Monday&rsquo&#59;s disappointment of Arsenal&rsquo&#59;s last minute goal we have another opportunity to continue our impressive home record against a Middlesbrough side who have not travelled well and have a new coach.<SPAN style="FONT-FAMILY: Times&#59; mso-bidi-font-size: 10.0pt&#59; mso-fareast-font-family: Times&#59; mso-bidi-font-family: 'Times New Roman'"><?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" /><o:p></o:p></SPAN><P class=MsoNormal>It was suggested that one national journalist noticed that even the weather seemed better in the North East since Terry&rsquo&#59;s arrival! I&rsquo&#59;m sure if the injured Boro players got fit, he has a squad more than capable of rising up the table.<P class=MsoNormal>The bonus to our manager is the return to fitness of Steffen Freund and, whilst Steffen Iversen and Oyvind Leonhardsen probably need a few more training games, they are both now getting in the senior frame again.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes">&nbsp&#59; </SPAN>Whilst they have been absent George has re-jigged his system and has had the bonus of seeing Alton Thelwell and Ledley King give him confidence for the future.<SPAN style="FONT-FAMILY: Times&#59; mso-bidi-font-size: 10.0pt&#59; mso-fareast-font-family: Times&#59; mso-bidi-font-family: 'Times New Roman'"><o:p></o:p></SPAN><P class=MsoNormal>We have been unlucky that two injuries in the left-back position &mdash&#59; to Mauricio Taricco and Ben Thatcher &mdash&#59; has caused a reshuffle but Stephen Clemence had done a really good resourceful job as an emergency left wing-back.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes">&nbsp&#59; </SPAN>Stephen was one of 10 British and Irish players who started the game for us against Arsenal &mdash&#59; Sergei Rebrov, our goalscorer, being the odd man out.<SPAN style="FONT-FAMILY: Times&#59; mso-bidi-font-size: 10.0pt&#59; mso-fareast-font-family: Times&#59; mso-bidi-font-family: 'Times New Roman'"><o:p></o:p></SPAN><P class=MsoNormal>Another bonus has been the return to the team and to form of Sol Campbell who was quite outstanding against the Arsenal when we faded in the second period and Arsenal&rsquo&#59;s pace began to give us one or two problems.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes">&nbsp&#59; </SPAN>Much has been discussed about Sol but I am still hopeful that when we do sit down we will be able to thrash out an agreement.<SPAN style="FONT-FAMILY: Times&#59; mso-bidi-font-size: 10.0pt&#59; mso-fareast-font-family: Times&#59; mso-bidi-font-family: 'Times New Roman'"><o:p></o:p></SPAN><P class=MsoNormal>One shareholder, speaking passionately from the floor at the recent AGM sincerely believed that he could arrange a deal to satisfy Sol.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes">&nbsp&#59; </SPAN>Unfortunately, it is not practicable to allow supporters to negotiate our club business in this way !<SPAN style="FONT-FAMILY: Times&#59; mso-bidi-font-size: 10.0pt&#59; mso-fareast-font-family: Times&#59; mso-bidi-font-family: 'Times New Roman'"><o:p></o:p></SPAN><P class=MsoNormal>I am sure we will all wish Ramon Vega well at Celtic.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes">&nbsp&#59; </SPAN>He was an interesting character, very intelligent with a good experience in football but prone to making the occasional mistake that could be magnified and subsequently ridiculed.<SPAN style="FONT-FAMILY: Times&#59; mso-bidi-font-size: 10.0pt&#59; mso-fareast-font-family: Times&#59; mso-bidi-font-family: 'Times New Roman'"><o:p></o:p></SPAN><P class=MsoNormal>Fortunately Ramon is a strong character and he has gone to an excellent manager where he has a chance, if he does well, of playing in European Champions football next season, a great incentive for Ramon and for Martin to offer him terms at the end of this season to get him to stay.<SPAN style="FONT-FAMILY: Times&#59; mso-bidi-font-size: 10.0pt&#59; mso-fareast-font-family: Times&#59; mso-bidi-font-family: 'Times New Roman'"><o:p></o:p></SPAN><P class=MsoNormal>True to form Ramon came up with two fine goals and a man-of-the-match performance in his first game against Aberdeen.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes">&nbsp&#59; </SPAN>I have since spoken to him on the phone and he tells me that he is getting a new kilt to become an acclimatised Scotsman before the end of this season.<SPAN style="FONT-FAMILY: Times&#59; mso-bidi-font-size: 10.0pt&#59; mso-fareast-font-family: Times&#59; mso-bidi-font-family: 'Times New Roman'"><o:p></o:p></SPAN><P class=MsoNormal>Last weekend, having watched our Academy sides, I took a short drive to Watford where I was intrigued to see the two respective captains &mdash&#59; Allan Nielsen and Ruel Fox &mdash&#59; shaking hands and tossing the coin.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes">&nbsp&#59; </SPAN>Watford nicked a slightly fortuitous draw and Ruel could be considered to have had the more productive game than Allan.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes">&nbsp&#59; </SPAN>Unfortunately, an Espen Baardsen error helped the good entertainment and goal fare for the crowd on a cold afternoon.<SPAN style="FONT-FAMILY: Times&#59; mso-bidi-font-size: 10.0pt&#59; mso-fareast-font-family: Times&#59; mso-bidi-font-family: 'Times New Roman'"><o:p></o:p></SPAN><P class=MsoNormal>Nice to see Terry Dyson at our morning game at Chigwell last weekend.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes">&nbsp&#59; </SPAN>Terry is a regular watcher and is a good spotter of young talent.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes">&nbsp&#59; </SPAN>Two days later I bumped into a wonderfully fit looking Cliff Jones on our main staircase after the Arsenal game.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes">&nbsp&#59; </SPAN>It seems only yesterday that these two players were in the wonderful &rsquo&#59;61 side and it&rsquo&#59;s good to see them still going strong.<SPAN style="FONT-FAMILY: Times&#59; mso-bidi-font-size: 10.0pt&#59; mso-fareast-font-family: Times&#59; mso-bidi-font-family: 'Times New Roman'"><o:p></o:p></SPAN><P class=MsoNormal>Contrary to press reports we are speaking to Darren Anderton&rsquo&#59;s agent and I am also bringing talks forward for other players whose registration may expire at the end of this season.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes">&nbsp&#59; </SPAN>Ramon Vega, of course, was one of these but we have got what we consider to be a healthy fee for him from Celtic before the expiration of his contract.<SPAN style="FONT-FAMILY: Times&#59; mso-bidi-font-size: 10.0pt&#59; mso-fareast-font-family: Times&#59; mso-bidi-font-family: 'Times New Roman'"><o:p></o:p></SPAN><P class=MsoNormal>One interesting item from abroad was that Ilie Dumitrescu has taken on the job as coach of Romanian First Division club Otelul Galati for six months.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes">&nbsp&#59; </SPAN><SPAN style="FONT-FAMILY: Times&#59; mso-bidi-font-size: 10.0pt&#59; mso-fareast-font-family: Times&#59; mso-bidi-font-family: 'Times New Roman'"><o:p></o:p></SPAN><P class=MsoNormal>It is important over this Christmas period to get a good start and, of course, to progress into the next round of the FA Cup.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes">&nbsp&#59; </SPAN>The next four fixtures are winnable and that must be our clear aim.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes">&nbsp&#59; </SPAN><SPAN style="FONT-FAMILY: Times&#59; mso-bidi-font-size: 10.0pt&#59; mso-fareast-font-family: Times&#59; mso-bidi-font-family: 'Times New Roman'"><o:p></o:p></SPAN><P class=MsoNormal>Meanwhile, I hope that all our supporters have a restful Christmas and a peaceful and prosperous New Year and will continue the magnificent support that we are lucky to enjoy.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes">&nbsp&#59; </SPAN>The warmth of feeling for our players during the Arsenal game was most evident and we must now seek to reward our fans with an improving league position.<SPAN style="FONT-FAMILY: Times&#59; mso-bidi-font-size: 10.0pt&#59; mso-fareast-font-family: Times&#59; mso-bidi-font-family: 'Times New Roman'"><o:p></o:p></SPAN><P class=MsoNormal><SPAN style="FONT-FAMILY: Times&#59; mso-bidi-font-size: 10.0pt&#59; mso-fareast-font-family: Times&#59; mso-bidi-font-family: 'Times New Roman'">&nbsp&#59;<o:p></o:p></SPAN><P class=MsoNormal>&nbsp&#59;<o:p></o:p>