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Sully's question time

Posted on 25 April 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).

When it quickly became evident that Neil Sullivan was the sure-fire winner of Player of the Month for March, we emailed some of the voters to ask if they wished to put a question to Sully.

From Daniel Levy (not the Daniel Levy): How many clips around the ear does the manager have to give at half-time to keep the team in check?

Neil Sullivan: "Sometimes none at all, sometimes quite a few. It depends how we’re doing. I think the recent game at Sunderland required one or two."

Karl Davies: Does Neil think he has reached his peak or are there other things he aims to achieve?

NS: "I hope there are things to achieve. We are all working hard to get better so hopefully we can all improve along the way."

Stijn Maller (Belgium): How highly do you rate Scotland’s chances of reaching the World Cup Finals, especially with Belgium in the same group?

NS: "They are good. I think we let it slip at home against Belgium when we were 2-0 up against 10 men but our next double-header is against Croatia and Belgium, so that will be a big week for us. I think we’ll know better after that. I think we’ll be okay."

Stuart Blyde: Any regrets on choosing Scotland ahead of England?

NS: "None at all."

Barbara Gorman: What is Neil’s best moment in a Spurs shirt so far?

NS: "I think the cup run we had this year which obviously ended in disappointment at Old Trafford but we played some great games in there, especially coming back against Charlton and beating West Ham. The cup run was good and hopefully we can go better next year."

Daniel Culank: What do you think of the future of Spurs under Glenn Hoddle?

NS: "I’m sure we’ll be fine. When we get a few players back, which looks like being next season, then I’m sure it will be good. There are exciting times ahead."

Nick Barnes: Did you come close to signing for anyone else before joining Spurs last season?

NS: "I was on a free and there were one or two options, which is really all I can say, but I’m pleased I decided to come to Tottenham for many reasons."

Pesonen Pentti: Do you have to take any more responsibility when Sol Campbell is not there?

NS: "Not really. You approach every game the same. Obviously Sol is a big player to have in there and you want him playing more often than not. Unfortunately he’s had one or two injuries this season. It doesn’t make you approach the game differently."

Geoff Marson: Have you improved since you came to Spurs?

NS: "I think so but I’d like to think I’m improving all the time. It was a new experience I wanted to taste and I think that in itself improves you."

Rob Graham: I use the same keeper gloves as you and think they are the best of all the gloves I have used but to improve the grip on the glove do you wet the palm with water or just leave them dry when you use them?

NS: "It’s somewhere in-between really. When it is wet you tend to keep them dry and when it’s dry, basically I spit on them. You have to keep them moist."

Tom Riley: Do you feel safe as number one or are you always looking over you shoulder?

NS: "You should never take things like that for granted, especially with someone like Ian Walker behind you — you are always looking over you shoulder. I wouldn’t ever consider myself as number one for keeps. You have to keep on your toes, keep working hard and the moment you think you’ve made it is when you will start making mistakes."