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Ted on Tel

Posted on 23 November 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).

Teddy Sheringham will, on Sunday, attempt to heap further pressure on the man he regards as having the greatest influence on his career.

Former Spurs and England boss Terry Venables is facing a battle to win over the Elland Road faithful since taking over as Leeds manager from David O'Leary during the close-season.

While the campaign so far has brought memorable wins over Manchester United, Newcastle and, more recently, West Ham, what has undermined the Venables regime so far is a surprising five defeats at their Elland Road stronghold.

This particular statistic has seen a section of the fans voice their disappointment, placing the media spotlight firmly on the man Teddy credits as being his greatest influence.

"Definitely, he is without doubt the man who gave me the most confidence in myself as a footballer - first at Tottenham and then for England," said the skipper.

"He's had the most influence on my career and I'll be forever grateful for that.

"He's always stuck by me and it is great when a manager is so loyal to you. I think that is one of his main attributes - the players he shows faith in he sticks with. That's very comforting to know as a player."

Teddy is convinced that, despite the rocky beginning to his tenure, Venables will transform the fortunes of Leeds United in time.

"Most definitely. You hear so many players say what an outstanding coach he is you can only see things turning around.

"He's got a lot of very good players at his disposal up at Leeds, but they've got a lot of injuries at the moment like a lot of clubs.

"I've got every faith in the fact that he will turn it around - hopefully not this Sunday."

With that in mind, Teddy says he will have not hesitation in delaying any revival by scoring a goal on Sunday.

"It would be nice. They'll be no holding back. He'll be out to stop us and I'll be out to score the goals that will hopefully make Tottenham win."