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Posted on 17 August 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).

Tottenham talk and transfer tittle-tattle from the daily tabloid press...

Friday August 17

THE SUN

Hoddle is sweet on cap'n Sheri

DAILY MAIL

Teddy ready to lead from front

DAILY STAR

Ted coach

The papers opt for Glenn Hoddle's announcement that Teddy Sheringham will be captain as the angle from Thursday's press conference. Martin Lipton's story in the Mail reads as follows:

Glenn Hoddle sent out a clear statement of intent for the new Tottenham last night as he handed Teddy Sheringham the club captaincy and prepared to increase his bid to land Southampton central defender Dean Richards.

In asking the returning Sheringham to replace the departed Sol Campbell as skipper, Hoddle proved he is willing to bury the past after a fall-out with the striker during his spell as England coach.

When Sheringham was pictured in a Portuguese nightclub prior to the 1998 World Cup Finals, in defiance of Hoddle's demand that his players should exercise restraint, he was ordered to appear before the media and apologise publicly for his actions.

Sheringham subsequently declared he had been underwhelmed by his treatment by Hoddle, but after persuading him to return to White Hart Lane from Manchester United this summer, Hoddle has taken a huge step in proving his willingness to let bygones be bygones by appointing him as skipper and asking the 35-year-old to be his eyes and ears on the pitch.

Hoddle said: 'I believe the role of the captain in football is very important, perhaps more important than people think. Teddy knows what this club means.

'He's got the respect of all the younger players because of what he's done and I know he can identify things on the pitch and put them right, even before I have a chance to tell the other players.

'My relationship with him will be closer than any other player. I need him to be the extension of my thoughts and that's what we'll be working for, although it will take some time.'

Asked how long he thought that would be, the deadpan Sheringham replied: 'About four years.'

But it was evident he was keen to take the role. Sheringham, hopeful of shaking off an achilles problem to lead Spurs out against Aston Villa tomorrow, said: 'I know about the job and I'm pleased I've been made captain, because it really means something for me.'

Sheringham, who spent five years at Tottenham before joining United for £3.5million in 1997, added: 'I can only do what I can do and I won't be picking the team, but I am optimistic and I hope the rest of the players are as well.

'I'm not going to say I'm going to be a certain type of captain, in case it backfires. But I know we have some outstanding quality here.

'I didn't come back here just to see out the remains of my career, or to be the captain. Over the last eight years or so, the club hasn't always been pulling in the same direction. There are a number of reasons for that, but if we can do it now, we've got half a chance and I think Europe is a realistic aim.'

Hoddle shares that ambition and, quizzed about his previous relation-ship with Sheringham, he denied there had ever been any problems, adding: 'I've gone on record as saying that I felt he was as good a player as England have had.

'He has a football brain, an intelligent brain. Some players, whether young or old, are still trying to work out their own game, but Teddy knows his game and he can help the others as well.

'Teddy has all the attributes I look for in a captain, and as it goes on he'll find out things and what I'm looking for in him as my captain.

'It will be a challenge for him, but it will be good for him as well, especially if he wants to stay in football when his career finishes.'

Spurs' Republic of Ireland full back Steve Carr thinks that Sheringham's arrival, along with the recovery from long-term injuries of Les Ferdinand and Darren Anderton, has given the club much-needed leadership on the field.

Carr said: 'Sol was a great leader, even though he wasn't the most vocal captain I've ever come across, but the cupboard was a bit bare beyond him. That's all changed now with the arrival of Teddy and Les and Darren set to play more games.'

Meanwhile, Hoddle will intensify his efforts to land Richards, despite a disparaging response from Southampton chairman Rupert Lowe after Spurs' initial £4million bid was rejected.

Hoddle declined to get involved in a war of words with his former employer, but admitted: 'There's a good possibility we'll make an improved bid, although it's unlikely we'll be able to bring him in before Saturday.'

Spurs could offer Chris Perry in part-exchange, and Hoddle added: 'We have other options, including Oscar Tellez at Alaves, and we'll continue to look. The one thing we really need now is a centre half.'


Thursday August 16

Understandably, most of the papers focus on England's not too inspiring show at the Lane on Wednesday night, best headline of the morning going to the Mirror with, wait for it, 'Oranges & Lemons'

DAILY STAR
Spurs no Saints in Dean bid

THE SUN
Hoddle mean over Dean

DAILY EXPRESS
Spurs raise Dean stakes

The Star and Sun run snippets carrying quotes from Southampton chairman Rupert Lowe on a reported £4m bid for central defender Dean Richards. "It's an attack of deep pockets and short fingers," said Lowe.

"We have rejected this offer unreservedly. Richards has four years remaining on his contract and both he and his agent have been informed of the current situation."

The Express takes the story a little further and claims that Spurs are planning to increase the offer and expect to capture Richards in the next fortnight.


Wednesday August 15

THE SUN
Spurs hope to win an Oscar

Glenn is linked with a move for Spanish central defender Oscar Tellez, who played for Alaves against Liverpool in last season's UEFA Cup final.

The 26-year-old has a reputation as a tough guy and is reported to be rated at £4m.

Tuesday August 14

THE MIRROR
Special K for Spurs

THE SUN
Hoddle nets keeper Kasey

DAILY EXPRESS
Keller: I wasn't 'using' Turks

Kasey Keller says he has agreed to join Spurs because he is relishing the task of challenging for the number one spot with Neil Sullivan. The American dismisses claims from Besiktas coach Christoph Daum that he used the club as a lever to secure more money.

Keller is quoted in the Express as saying: "I know I'm in for stiff competition as the manager has made it clear that I'm not going to be number one. I'm up for it, I've never shied away from competition.

"This is a great opportunity for me, being back in England and playing for a top club. I'm at a little bit of a disadvantage as I haven't been involved in pre-season. But this is a three-year deal so there is plenty of time.

"Spurs, I believe, are in the process of moving places. The club has a new manager with a new outlook on things.

"There were a number of things I had doubts about when I spoke to Besiktas. I wanted more stability."

Monday August 13

DAILY EXPRESS
Richards is £10m, Lowe tells former boss Hoddle

Southampton chairman Rupert Lowe has placed a £10m price tag on coveted central defender Dean Richards, who has been linked with a move to Spurs in recent days.

Lowe is quoted as saying: "We do not regard ourselves as a selling club so if anyone wants what we have got then they have to pay up. If anyone came in with £10m we would have to consider it."