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Glenn praise for Blues boss

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 is an admirer of the progress achieved by his Birmingham City counterpart Steve Bruce at St Andrews.

Bruce took over as manager at the club where he finished his playing career in December 2001 and steered them to the promised land of the Premiership - via the play-offs - in his first half a season.

The former Manchester United captain spent wisely as he prepared for life in the top flight on proven performers Robbie Savage, Kenny Cunningham and livewire striker Clinton Morrison. Senegal's World Cup midfielder Aliou Cisse was also added to the ranks.

It was in the Janaury transfer window that Bruce really made his mark on the market - snapping up the services of Stephen Clemence, Jamie Clapham, Matthew Upson and the loan capture of French international striker Christophe Dugarry.

The base of the cake was in place and Birmingham achieved a hugely creditable 13th place in the Premiership at the end of last season. The iceing was added this summer with the securing of Dugarry on a long-term deal and the capture of exciting midfielder David Dunn from Blackburn.

"He's done a very, very good job and has added to his squad on top of the foundation he put in last year," said Glenn.

"He has added some very good players.

"It is always a difficult place to go and play - it will be especially on the first day of the season. They are a passionate crowd that get behind the team and it is going to be a very interesting game.

"We've got a confident mood about us, a good spirit. We go there with confidence and are going to try and win the game."

Glenn does not underestimate the value of a successful beginning to the campaign - especially as the squad should be augmented by the return of several key players over the next two weeks.

"Everyone wants a good start. If we can get off to a good one and then get some of these lads back over the next two or three games - that is what we are looking for.

"If we can keep key players fit I feel we can progress as a club."