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*Talking Shop - Player release

Posted on 18 May 2002  - 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).

Director of Football David Pleat on the unenviable task facing clubs at the end of each season - the release of young players.

He explains that the bigger clubs cannot wait too long for youth prospects to flourish and that potential players must show the temperament and character to cope with big game situations in the manner of celebrated graduate Ledley King.


IT IS ALWAYS a difficult task to tell boys who have set their hearts on becoming players that they may not be required and have become surplus to requirements.

Particularly players of 18, 19 or 20 years of age, but big clubs can't wait too long for youth to flourish. Players have to show that they not only have the ability, but the capacity to cope with big game situations - something that Ledley King has done superbly well.

Temperament and character are such vital ingredients.

Because of the many injuries this season several younger boys did get their opportunities in reserve football but, in the management's judgement, have not shown quite enough to be kept on for a further term.

These include the likeable Italian youngster Maurizio Consorti, Yannick Kamanan, who came to us from an amateur club in Paris and Ciaran Toner has now left us.

Another player who had one year in the Academy and found the professional ranks of a too high standard is Gyslain Vedeux. He came over from France and did very well in terms of picking up the language and worked very hard on his game but was unable to bridge the gap.

James Quilter will leave us too, a centre-back who has had various injuries from time to time, we hope because of his physical strength and combative qualities he will find a club.

Academy boys James Lee, Lee Gardner and Chris Herron are also leaving us.

To all these boys we wish every success in the world and it is our job as coaches, through our many contacts, to help them get trials and get fixed up elsewhere.

The problem of finding other clubs this summer is going to be much greater than ever before, simply because of the many players who are going to be released when their contracts expire.

It is my belief that it will continue to make us more selective. Although we do expect a fall-out, which is quite natural, it will make all clubs selective in their judgement of players they may possibly bring in - as some are holding far too many for their needs.