Programme: David Pleat
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).
We welcome our visitors from Middlesbrough and hope that their new management team, Steve McClaren, Steve Harrison and Bill Beswick have a good time at the Riverside.<P></FONT>With the current dilemmas of club Boards thirsting for success and fighting to survive there has been a dreadfully poor opening to the season from the management and coaching perspective. Every time a manager loses his job various staff leave too and the instability begins. Show me a club with a long term manager and I will show you stability and calm thinking in the Board Room.<P></FONT>Last week was a nice four game win accumulator. The icing on the cake and the most important result was, of course, the splendid win in front of the television cameras at Newcastle by a deserved two goal margin.<P></FONT>The previous day our Academy sides had won 4-0 and 2-0 against Millwall and on the Monday evening our Reserves came splendidly from a poor first half in which they were behind by two goals to win 3-2 against Coventry, Tim Sherwood, Sergei Rebrov and Yannick Kamanan with the goals.<P></FONT>So far in front of the TV cameras the seniors have won against Derby, Sunderland and Newcastle whilst drawing at Everton where we could easily have gained the points had we not been reduced to nine men.<P>Very soon we will have a later entertainment on Saturday evenings when ITV&rsquo;s presentation of the Premiership returns to a time that appears to be more suitable for the viewers. I believe there was a pressure from the Premier League chairmen to have an early show on Saturday evenings &mdash; it was something I never agreed with. Although there are advantages for a minority of football watching supporters most fans enjoy the later evening show plus the Sunday morning repeat which caters for those unable to stay up late.<P></FONT>John Sedgwick, our finance director, and John Ireland, our company lawyer, have left Spurs in our re-organising programme. They have both been loyal contributors to our business over the last few years and we all wish them well. In my time here I </FONT><FONT face=Times>have always had their full </FONT><FONT face=Times>co-operation and that has been vitally important.</FONT><P>An important meeting has taken place over the last week regarding the new proposals for contract changes. Bear in mind that at one stage it was suggested that players could walk out on their contracts giving a very short period of notice.<P>Now there are numerous factors which relate to compensation but also the player&rsquo;s right to walk away from contracts after serving </FONT><FONT face=Times>a certain period. Maximum contracts will be for the length of five seasons and transfer windows coming into line with Europe will apply. Until some of the I&rsquo;s are dotted and T&rsquo;s are crossed we still await further developments but all the principals have been laid down.</FONT><P>There is still an uneasy situation between the player&rsquo;s union and the Premiership. It is important to remember that it is the Premiership chairman who negotiated the television contract that subsequently gave the Premiership players their very high salaries. This should be well to the forefront of their thinking, if they have to vote. It should also be remembered that their union has more than adequate monies to cope with their splendid work in current player education and former and present players&rsquo; needs.<P></FONT>Fortunately, after the Leeds game next Sunday there will be a break with England thankfully not involved in any World Cup play-offs. Germany will play the Ukraine and have a nervy weekend and hopefully both Sergei Rebrov and Christian Ziege will have a part to play.<P></FONT>There is much to look forward to in the coming months, not least for Tottenham if we can continue the good passing form that we have shown recently.<P>The team have recently played with a style that equates to the traditions of Tottenham. Let us hope that we can continue that today with a good performance and a result to reward our loyal fans and our birthday manager Glenn Hoddle, congratulations!</FONT> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><FONT face=Times>Enjoy the game.</FONT> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><FONT face=Times>&nbsp;<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" /><o:p></o:p></FONT> <P><STRONG>Bertie Mee OBE</STRONG></FONT> <P>We are all saddened to hear of the death of Bertie Mee. He was a personal friend and I enjoyed his wisdom and experience as we sat around the committee table of the League Managers&rsquo; Association over the years. Our deepest sympathies go to Doris and family.</FONT> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><FONT face=Times></FONT>&nbsp;