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The lowdown on the Saints

Posted on 27 December 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).

It might not have been the ideal circumstances to welcome a former England coach &mdash&#59; even if it was something of a coup to land him in the first place.<P class=MsoBodyText>It led to great sadness throughout the game &mdash&#59; both within the profession and the media &mdash&#59; when Dave Jones was relieved of his duties to concentrate on charges of which he has since been proved completely innocent.<P class=MsoBodyText>&ldquo&#59;You leave this court as you entered it,&rdquo&#59; said the judge. &ldquo&#59;An innocent man.&rdquo&#59; But, none the less, the former Stockport manager is still seeking a route back into the game while Spurs idol Glenn Hoddle successfully preserves the Saints&rsquo&#59; proud Premiership record.<P class=MsoBodyText>Despite the unrest caused by a change at the top, and possibly because of it, Hoddle steered the south coast side to the top-flight safety zone of sixth from bottom at the end of last term.<P class=MsoBodyText>Hoddle, as has been well documented, had gone to ground following his removal from the post of England&rsquo&#59;s head coach &mdash&#59; a decision taken by tabloid demand after a un-football-related interview with the Times.<P class=MsoBodyText>The gifted one of his generation kept a low profile for many a month before accepting a post which may lead to his rehabilitation as one of the brightest young coaches of the &lsquo&#59;new breed&rsquo&#59; that the eighties produced.<P class=MsoBodyText>Hoddle had an England record to compare favourably with most of his predecessors, but a breakdown of communication with the sections of the national press led to his inevitable downfall and his eventual departure.<P class=MsoBodyText>His management skills, however, proved sufficient to preserve standard top league fare at the Dell, which is soon to be superseded by a new development at nearby St Mary&rsquo&#59;s.<P class=MsoBodyText>There has been little movement in or out since Hoddle&rsquo&#59;s arrival, just a continuation of Jones&rsquo&#59; good work and an added dash of the new incumbent&rsquo&#59;s penchant for a little style to proceedings.<P class=MsoBodyText>Given their ability to stifle, and even outplay, the more celebrated opponents on their day, the Saints are looking good for a switch to a new palatial home with Premiership status still in tact<P class=MsoBodyText>There is one blot on Southampton&rsquo&#59;s record &mdash&#59; a worst league defeat to &mdash&#59; you&rsquo&#59;ve guessed it, Spurs, in 1936 &mdash&#59; 8-0. A quarter of that with no reply will be most welcomed by the faithful few who manage to get ticket to attend the smallest ground in the Premiership at the moment.<P class=MsoBodyText><I>By Richard Hubbard</I>&nbsp&#59;<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" /><o:p></o:p>