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Smart start for Mart

Posted on 3 September 2004  - 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).

Martin Jol has spoken of his relief after making such a positive start to the season.


First assistant Martin says everyone at the club has been given a lift as we sit fourth in the Premiership after an unbeaten first four games.


Martin is a key member of the new continental structure at the club alongside Sporting Director Frank Arnesen, Head Coach Jacques Santini and coach Dominique Cuperly.


With 15 new players coming into the Lane since the end of last season, Martin points out that a poor start could have had a detrimental effect on the new set-up.


"It's a very good feeling because you can't imagine having no points if you've started with a whole new set-up and a group of new players," he said. "That would have made things very difficult but the start has lifted everyone.


"It's a great start, especially the win at Newcastle. We have eight points and I think everyone is happy.


"We have to start now to work on our play because when you play at home you like to satisfy the crowd. I think our crowd is satisfied at the moment because of the points but myself, Jacques and the staff want to play good football and the players want that as well."


It has been a more relaxing week at Spurs Lodge with 13 players away on international duty but no less work in terms of training - the remaining members of the squad have trained all week, including two sessions on Thursday and a full-scale training game on Friday.


Martin added: "We only have a few players here who have been with the full squad but we've played a lot of games in the last few weeks so it's important we relax a little but at the same time, to concentrate on what we are doing. We're having plenty of training sessions so life goes on at the Lodge.


"The nice thing in football is that if you win a game and have a quiet week, you feel good, everyone feels good, even the players who have gone away on international duty. If you win games and get results you don't feel tired."