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The waiting game

Posted on 29 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).

Glenn Hoddle has expressed the need for patience from the players now he's working with a full squad.

Only a handful of players are on the treatment table and the boss can select his squad for Saturday's trip to Birmingham City from over 20 players - a rarity in his time at the club.

While relishing those options, Glenn is well aware that it's a tricky balancing act with the desire for every professional footballer to be in the side.

Glenn said: "Players will have to be patient. They are not going to be happy at being left out, I wouldn't expect them to be and wouldn't want them to be.

"We have to make sure that the balance is right, that the team spirit is right.

"If players are upset about it, they can come and see me, that's what we've said to them. If players are unhappy they need to come and talk and communicate.

"If we do that I'm sure we can keep the balance right.

"We have an opportunity now to maintain the quality in the team. We can cover ourselves for injuries and cover ourselves for a busy schedule that we'll go through over Christmas and New Year.

"It will be the making of us or the breaking of us and we have to make sure it's a positive step for the club that when players come in they do well and the level of the team stays high."