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WTPS: Hayles on Hoddle

Posted on 15 December 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).

The Express reports that Fulham striker Barry Hayles has another ambition other than beating Spurs today - to meet his boyhood hero Glenn Hoddle.

"Hoddle was my hero," said Hayles. "I'll never forget that chip he scored against Watford. He was a magical player.

"I was going to try and meet him after the Worthington Cup game, but because we'd just lost in the last minute I trotted off instead. I want to meet him this time and I want to shake his hand."

Several papers take the line that Glenn expressed in his press briefing on Thursday - that his grounding at Swindon were vital days in his coaching career. At the Wiltshire outfit he had to work individually on players to improve them as there was no funds available to strenthen.

"I've had to do that since I first became coach at Swindon," said Glenn. "And that served as a great apprenticeship for me.

"Not having money to bring players in, getting the team into the Premiership and getting the best out of those players both individually and collectively was
hard work.

"Some managers have never had to do that and went straight in with a top team with loads of money to spend on transfers. They've never known what it's like to
be up against it, to have to really improve a player to the point that he is producing even more than he thought possible."