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Talking Shop - David Pleat (2)

Posted on 24 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).

On the subject of contracts, if you recruit a young player it is ideal to tie them up to secure the future of the club. However, there are many elements to a contract. There could be a loyalty bonus involved, appearance monies, basic wages and signing-on fees.<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" /><o:p></o:p></SPAN> <P>Some clubs now have veered away from signing-on fees that come round in equal annual instalments on any contract, so generally speaking, they have to pay big lump sums out, usually on July 1. Clubs have got a little bit disappointed with this idea and wish to mix the figure in with the basic aggregate salary.<o:p></o:p></SPAN> <P>It&rsquo&#59;s always important to try and persuade players to have an incentive, so it is wise to try and keep basic wages sensible and offer the incentive of appearance money. Then if the player is performing well, playing in the first team and crowds are coming, then why shouldn&rsquo&#59;t he be paid well and rewarded for his endeavour?<o:p></o:p></SPAN> <P>But it is inadvisable to pay wildly inflated wages to some players, who basically are happy to be at the club, and when they get displaced just sit in the reserves rather lazily and hope the club is going to pay them off. That is a big problem to clubs.<o:p></o:p></SPAN> <P>We have had it at this club. We had it with Paolo Tramezzani after he fell out with our manager. We also had it to a certain extent with Moussa Saib and to a lesser extent with Jose Dominguez. It was put to them quite clearly that they didn&rsquo&#59;t have a future here, but they were sitting on contracts and were effectively saying &lsquo&#59;we are not moving unless you pay our contract up&rsquo&#59;.<o:p></o:p></SPAN> <P>The case even arises sometimes when you sell a player, which never happened in yesteryear. When a player is set to leave and has agreed terms elsewhere, the player then says: &lsquo&#59;What are you going to pay me as compensation for leaving?<o:p></o:p></SPAN> <P>I find this a most diabolical scenario, which has evolved over the past few years and I must say it is initiated by the agents.<P><A href="">continued</A></SPAN><P></SPAN>&nbsp&#59;