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The Buchler Files 5

Posted on 21 June 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).

Extracts from the Supporters' Trust meeting, David Buchler on Sol Campbell saying the club didn’t do enough to keep him here in an interview with

DB: I thought I’d get a Sol Campbell question.

It is very, very difficult. I was a bit ga ga with that (the interview) because he was asked this magical question, ‘did you demand £20m off the club over a three-year contract?’ and he looked into the camera and said "no".

But the club made its position clear in terms of what the demands were and there were five people in the room when those demands were made. So we know what the situation was.

It’s been very interesting because he has always stated that it was not about money, it is about ambition. I said to him in that meeting, when we were all fairly stunned about where the situation was, I said: "Look, I have to tell you, if you had come to me and ‘David I love this club, I’m really at a crossroads, but for my career, I really want to go abroad for a few years, I really want to have international experience, want to play Champions League’."

I would have said "I don’t like it, but I respect it".

Because, as an individual, he has the right to enhance his own career. He has got the right because he’s been a good servant to the club and we can’t take that away from him — he’s got a right to do what’s best for himself and we have to respect it. We might not like it, but we have to respect it.

But he didn’t say that. I asked him specifically the question "Have you been negotiating with any English club before?" The answer was no. We had heard whispers that Arsenal were interested, Liverpool too.

I think it will be enormously difficult for him to justify going to Arsenal. The interview could have been about preparing everybody.

Where he goes only time will tell. What I can assure you of, we did want him to stay, we did do our best to keep him, he would have been by far and way the highest paid player in English football.

That was not enough.