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Hughton's Irish diary

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).

Chris Hughton gives us a behind-the-scenes look at Ireland's crucial Euro 2004 qualifier in Switzerland.

First team coach at Spurs, Chris is also Ireland's assistant manager and there is extra Spurs interest with Robbie Keane, Steve Carr and Gary Doherty also in the squad.

We will be talking to Chris every day between now and and his return - with a place in Euro 2004 in the melting pot on Saturday.

Hughton's Irish Diary: Thursday October 9

Having flown out on Thursday morning it was back into training with a session between 4.45pm and 6.15pm.

So far everything has gone well. Robbie trained and so did Gary Doherty, so no problems there.

The session was all about sharpness, game related, team play all pointing to what we expect to be up against on Saturday.

We're training at a First Division club in Switzerland, not the top division, but the facilities are very good, no complaints and facilities tend to be very good here anyway.

We have a session at Basle's stadium on Friday and then into the game on Saturday.

I can understand why they are playing the game in Basle, it's a passionate crowd and probably the biggest support of all the clubs here. They will get behind them and that's why it's here.

I met Christian Gross on Thursday night. He's a good man, Christian, and I speak to him fairly regularly. He's always asking about the club and how things are going. He's doing well at the moment and just broke the record here of 12 wins on the spin.

You always look at reasons why things didn't work out and I think if Christian was to have his time again, there would be every chance he would be more successful. Possibly it came too early for him, perhaps it was too much of a transitional period at the club, but how he's doing now is testament to his coaching ability.

Obviously I heard the news about Colin Calderwood. First and foremost I wish him all the best. It's a wonderful opportunity for him and an opportunity he felt he couldn't turn down. I know it wasn't an easy decision for him because he's enjoyed his time at Spurs. We'll certainly miss him.

Speak to you soon,


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