White Hot Lines

March 2003

Monday  31.3.2003   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  The Daily Express reports that Tottenham are after French manager Roger Lemerre to replace Glenn Hoddle !!  The man who flopped at the World Cup when in charge of France, is now currently coaching the Tunisian national side.
  Spurs Reserves drew 1-1 with Ipswich Town tonight at Stevenage Borough FC.  Rohan Ricketts equalised an earlier away goal from the penalty spot.  A match report can be found by clicking here.
  Tottenham have confirmed that they will be travelling to America to play the DC United side in a return fixture for the Tottenham Tribute game staged at White Hart Lane earlier this season.  The match will take place on May 14th and Spurs will face a changed United team, as they battle for the Capital Cup (a trophy intended to be played for by teams from cities across the world).  Tottenham say on their website that they intend to announce more international matches before the end of April. 
  Meanwhile, the first Spurs pre-season friendly has been announced with Oxford United being the opposition.  Tottenham will visit the Kassam Stadium on July 20th for the warm-up match, although a kick off time has yet to be announced.
  Gary Doherty said he will consider what his best position is during this summer.  In what he is calling a "massive decision", he will pick between centre-half and centre-forward.
  An old favourite has resurfaced with Hamburg's Iranian midfielder Mehdi Mahdavikia being linked with a move to Spurs and Manchester United.


Sunday  30.3.2003   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Spurs and Manchester United are watching Tranmere Rovers young striker Chris Dagnall.  He has played or the reserves at the age of 16 and has many admirers.
  Steed Malbranque's desire to leave Fulham could spark interest from Tottenham.  Liverpool are the favourites to pay 4.5 million for the French midfielder, but Chelsea and Spurs are also thought to be monitoring his situation.
  Two strikers previously linked with Spurs are being courted by AC Milan.  Fernando Morientes and James Beattie have both taken the eye of the Italian table toppers.
  Meanwhile, a current AC Milan player, who Tottenham came mighty close to signing, Rivaldo, has asked Gerard Houllier to rescue him from his Italian nightmare.  Mind you, playing alongside Emile Heskey is rescuing him ??  The Liverpool boss has said that buying players like Rivaldo is not the way forward though.
  Robbie Keane has joined up with the Republic of Ireland squad and should start in the match against Albania on Wednesday in Tirana.
  Goalkeeper Rob Burch is back from his loan spell at conference side Woking.
  Spurs Ladies Under-11 progressed to the quarter finals of the League Cup with a 3-0 win over Belmont United, the Under-13s drew 1-1 with Luton Town Belles in the League, while the Under-15s beat Harpenden 6-0 to end the season in second in their age group.  For the latest on the Ladies teams, click here.


Saturday  29.3.2003   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Gary Doherty scored the winner as a striker for the Republic of Ireland in their 2-1 away victory in Georgia today.  Stephen Carr also played for the Republic.
  Simon Davies played in Wales' 4-0 home win over Azerbaijan in Cardiff.
  Kasey Keller was part of the USA side that beat Venezuela 2-0 in a friendly international today.
  Mark Yeates bagged a hat-trick as the Under-19 side beat Bristol City 3-2 away.


Friday  28.3.2003   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Millwall have said they would welcome Teddy Sheringham's return as a player, but that there was no vacancy as a manager, contrary to some rumours that the Spurs striker was heading to the New Den as player-manager.
  The club have ruled out rumours of Glenn Hoddle being deposed as Spurs manager in the summer.
  David Pleat has been fuming about his name (and that of the club) being used as bait to catch a dodgy Spanish agent on a TV programme over there.  Pleat said he had never done business with this agent.
  Spurs are set to travel to Washington to play DC United on May 14th as a return for the Tottenham Tribute Trust played last year to raise money for ex-Spurs players.
  Robbie Keane has confirmed that following the death of his father, he will not be playing for the Republic of Ireland against Georgia on Saturday.


Thursday  27.3.2003   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Glenn Hoddle is hoping that Dean Richards can overcome his back injury to feature in the home game against Birmingham City on Saturday week.  The centre half is still struggling to be fully fit for that match and with Ben Thatcher missing with a calf injury and Anthony Gardner still out with a torn hamstring, the manager's options are limited.
  Assistant manager John Gorman has said there is not a crisis at Spurs (what else was he going to say ?) and said that there were some "disgruntled" players in the team, but every side has them.  He went on to say what you would expect him to say ... UEFA spot not out of question ... too many injuries ... aware of Kevin Phillips, but the club look at a lot of players ... Blah, blah, blah.
  On the Nationwide League's transfer deadline day, when everyone is picking up the talented young bones from Ipswich Town's carcass, Spurs have sensibly kept out of any transfer dealing.
  The London Evening Standard have put two and two together and come up with a big story about Robert Earl (the man behind the Planet Hollywood restaurant chain) and Phillip Green (former British Home Stores boss) sharing a table at a charity bash and discussing a joint bid to take over their favourite football team ... none other than ... Tottenham Hotspur.  Both these men got rich through business and might baulk at taking on a football club, although the Standard surmise that something is happening at the club as the Stock Exchange have reported two major banks becoming involved in moving THFC plc shares on.
  Reserve defender Stephen Kelly has returned from Southend United, where he was on loan and has joined Queens Park Rangers, on loan for a month, where he could make his debut on Monday.
  Meanwhile, reserve team-mate and fellow defender Ronnie Henry will replace him on loan at Roots Hall until the end of the season.
  Manchester City and Arsenal are expected to try and take Stephen Carr away from White Hart Lane this summer according to some reports.
  Dean Marney who was supposed to be on loan at Sheffield United, is on loan at Sheffield United, but is not the Tottenham Hotspur version.  This Dean Marney is from Harrow Borough and therefore, thank to Karl Fonseca's information, we can rest assured that this Deano will not be going anywhere in the near future.


Wednesday  26.3.2003   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Today's big story revolves around stories carried by the papers today that there was a big training ground bust-up between Ben Thatcher, Robbie Keane, Teddy Sheringham and manager Glenn Hoddle.  It is alleged that the players were told that they were ignoring the manager's tactics and the team's style of play, while "not earning their money".  The claims have been denied by Hoddle who puts it down to more "mischievous reporting", but admitted there was a meeting after the Liverpool game in which some positive points were raised.  Hod's "strained" relationship with Director of Football David Pleat was also mentioned.  Captain Teddy Sheringham, who, along with Darren Anderton are reported to be unhappy with Hoddle's management of the team, came out in support of the boss, saying there was no conflict within the team  and management.  It is confusing isn't it ??
   Kasey Keller must have got a knock on his head in the Bolton Wanderers match, as he still thinks Spurs can qualify for Europe.  
  Gary Doherty came out of the game at the Reebok Stadium with a back strain and was missing from the Republic of Ireland's training session, but should be fit to play up front for his country.  Chris Hughton said he is more of a forward than a defender for the Irish national side !!


Tuesday  25.3.2003   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Spurs reserves lost 0-1 to Charlton reserves at the Valley tonight.
  Robbie Keane has issued a statement on the official website saying that his father died of cancer last night.  MEHSTG would like to add to the messages of condolence and our thoughts are with Robbie and his family at this sad time.
  Ben Thatcher has pulled a calf muscle and the club website says they do not know how long he will be out for.


Monday  24.3.2003   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Spurs lost 0-1 to Bolton Wanderers tonight at the Reebok Stadium.  Click here for a match report.  Click here for Reaction.
  Spurs reserves match against Charlton Athletic reserves will be played at the Valley tomorrow night (Tuesday) and not Wednesday as first scheduled.
  Kasey Keller's contract extension will keep him at White Hart Lane until 2005.


Sunday  23.3.2003   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  The News of the World claims that Glenn Hoddle will make a 8 million move for Shabani Nonda of Monaco in the summer.  The forward said he would be happy to play for Spurs and that he was concentrating on winning the Championnat with his side at the moment, but in the summer, he would consider a move.  The only question would be the price Spurs would have to pay for him.
  Matthew Etherington has been included in the England Under-21 squad to face Portugal and Turkey in the next two weeks.
  Speaking on the Spurs website, Lars Hirschfeld recalls the moment his injury happened while on loan at Luton Town ... "Playing against Oldham with about 20 minutes gone I went to save a shot and pulled off quite a funky move. Basically I did the splits and heard a pop in the back of my leg - it was over then and I knew something was wrong."  Not funky then Lars !!
  Spurs Ladies drew 1-1 with Dagenham and Redbridge, the Under-13s thrashed Buntingford Cougars 10-1 and the Under-15s lost out 1-4 to QPR.  For the latest match reports, click here.


Saturday  22.3.2003   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  TOTTENHAM TEAM NEWS : - Jamie Slabber retains his place in the Spurs squad for Monday's visit to Bolton Wanderers, the official site reveals.
  BOLTON TEAM NEWS : -  Defender Simon Charlton returns after a knee injury, midfielder Kevin Nolan could feature after playing in a midweek reserve match, but he limped off with a leg injury.  Paul Warhurst might be considered if he can prove he is over his hamstring trouble.
  Contrary to stories yesterday stating that Dean Marney will leave Spurs for Sheffield United, the defender has signed a new 
  Kasey Keller has extended his stay at White Hart Lane by signing a new contract, which has been in discussion for a while now.  This could cast doubt over Neil Sullivan's position at the club.
  Reserve central defender Paul O'Donoghue has been able to lose his crutches and is looking to get back into training after suffering cartilage damage on the training pitch.


Friday  21.3.2003   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  TOTTENHAM TEAM NEWS :  - Dean Richards is doubtful for Monday's televised match against Bolton Wanderers with a bad back, despite having served his suspension.  Chris Perry could return after a successful run out with the reserves in midweek, while Darren Anderton is available after suspension and Robbie Keane might be fit after twisting his knee a few weeks back.
  The Yorkshire Post report that Sheffield United are looking at a move for reserve defender Dean Marney and reckon that Spurs would not ask for a fee for him, even though he has two years left to run on his contract.  They even claim that he played a game on trial for the Blades in midweek.  I think that the club rate the player who has just returned from a loan spell at Swindon Town and will not let him leave White Hart Lane.
  Goalkeeper Lars Hirschfeld returned to Tottenham after a month's loan at Luton Town, with a hamstring injury.  It is reported on Planet Football that he could be out of action for five weeks, thus missing the Canada international friendly against Estonia on March 29th.
  Former Spurs player and manager Terry Venables departed as Leeds United manager today, by mutual consent.


Thursday  20.3.2003   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Christian Ziege's latest injury scare has involved a "rough" bit of cartilage that occurred in a training accident.  He felt that it might have been ligament damage as he heard a crack when it happened, but a Berlin surgeon found that area of his knee OK and the German international hopes to fit in some matches before the season is over.
  AC Milan's Martin Laursen said he is interested in joining Spurs next season on a year long loan.  The Danish international defender is keen to get first team football after slipping out of the picture at the San Siro and although recognizing that Tottenham are not necessarily challenging for the title every year, they are in a good position.  25 year old Laursen would also relish the chance to pit his skills in the Premier League, especially for a London team.
  The Spurs website informs us that Jamie Redknapp should be training again in two weeks, after recovering from his broken toe.
  Shrewsbury Town hoped to sign former Tottenham front man Chris Armstrong to cover for suspended players, but this striking option was ruled out, because Armstrong has to undergo an operation.  That's the story of his life, isn't it ??


Wednesday  19.3.2003   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Matthew Etherington has been encouraged by Glenn Hoddle to come inside from his left wing position and to stop playing in "straight lines", according to an interview on the Spurs website.
  Kasey Keller has been selected for the USA squad to play a friendly against Japan in March in America.
  Planet Football tell us that when Porto striker Helder Postiga was 10 he dreamed of playing for Tottenham.  Now he is still interested in a move to England, but the dream could be a long way from reality these days.  His agent said that the forward would not limit himself to playing for Spurs in the Premiership though.
  Reserve defender Stephen Kelly has signed a new contract with the club to keep him at White Hart Lane.
  However, Under-19 winger Mario Noto has had his contract cancelled and has moved to Reading to finish his apprenticeship.
  Spurs Reserves beat Leicester City Reserves 1-0 thanks to a Jamie Slabber goal.  Ex-Spurs reserve forward John Sutton appeared for Leicester as a second half substitute.
   Former Spurs youth striker Simon Clist has had his loan spell from Bristol City to Torquay United extended.


Tuesday  18.3.2003   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Chris Perry has told the club website that he is ready to start training again after his neck injury.  The defender told the site that he was fairly fit, although he had been going through some physically tough training to get to where he was now.
  Kazuyuki Toda had been omitted form the Japan squad who will undertake a two match tour of the USA.
  Spurs are reportedly watching Bobby Zamora and are thought to be ready to move for him in the summer.  The 4 million rated Brighton and Hove Albion striker has been the subject of regular rumours and Glenn Hoddle has checked him out in action as recently as last week, hoping he will be the man to partner Robbie Keane.
  Another supposed target for Tottenham is Internazionale defender Marco Materazzi, according to the Sun.  The former Everton centre half could be allowed to leave for about 4 million, despite being signed for 7.5 million from Perugia two summers ago.  Spurs are quite well served in this department, so it might indicate that there will be a bit of a clear-out in the defence at the end of the season.
  Porto's 20 year old striker Helder Postiga has attracted interest from Manchester United and also from Spurs.  Both sides are reported to be ready to make a bid for the talented forward, with Juventus waiting in the wings too, although he is contracted to the Portuguese side until 2007.
  The Spurs website has detailed the Under-17 teams play-off matches.  They are in a group with Liverpool, Blackburn Rovers and SCBC.  They will play their matches as follows ...
Blackburn Rovers (away) Saturday March 22
SCBC (Home) Saturday April 5
Liverpool (Away) Saturday April 26
  Guy Butters has joined Barnet on loan from Brighton and Hove Albion.
  Former Spurs manager Peter Shreeves has resigned as manager of Barnet.


Monday  17.3.2003   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Glenn Hoddle has said that stories saying he has not spoken to Ben Thatcher in two months are "pathetic".  He said that at that time, he talked with the defender about his future and what he needs to improve on to get in the team, but since then they have spoken every day. 
  Following the spat between Taricco and Diouf in yesterday's game and the comments made by Liverpool boss Gerard Houllier, the Argentinian defender has said that as far as he is concerned, it is all dead and buried.  Taricco told the London Evening Standard that once he leaves the pitch, everything is forgotten.  Shame M. Houllier cannot approach things in the same way.  Especially as he said the referee spotted what was going on (whatever that was) and you would have thought he would have taken action if there was anything remiss.  Glenn Hoddle has decided not to report the matter involving Houllier's verbal attack on Taricco to the FA.
  The official website say Hoddle claims that Anthony Gardner and Steffen Iversen have a remote chance of playing at Bolton Wanderers next Monday.  He said that Anderton and Richards will return from suspension, while Chris Perry will play a reserve game this week to test his neck injury.  The manager added that Jamie Redknapp's broken toe is taking longer than expected to heal.


Sunday  16.3.2003   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Spurs lost 2-3 to Liverpool this afternoon at White Hart Lane.  Mauricio Taricco hit his first goal for the club and Teddy Sheringham got a late consolation.  For a match report, click here.  For reaction click here.
  Glenn Hoddle has criticised Gerard Houllier's actions in verbally attacking Mauricio Taricco in the tunnel at half-time as "not on".  He said that the Liverpool manager's assertion that Spurs (and Taricco in particular) were trying to get El Hadji Diouf sent off was unprofessional and that he felt that he should tell the player and management that they should do something about it.  The Spurs boss retorted that the matter had not even been discussed in the build-up to the game and he was not sure where Houllier was coming from.
  With Sunderland all but relegated, rumour has sprung up again surrounding Glenn Hoddle's interest in Kevin Phillips, which newspapers are saying that in the summer Spurs might make another move.
  Tottenham are also being linked with Maccabi Haifa's Nigerian striker Yakubu Ayegbeni, who is currently on loan at Portsmouth.  The 4 million rated forward is also attracting interest from SCBC.


Saturday  15.3.2003   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Liverpool's El Hadji Diouf looks set to start tomorrow's match despite the controversy surrounding him and the spitting incident at Celtic Park in the UEFA Cup tie.
  Stephen Carr and Gary Doherty are also in the Republic of Ireland squad for their Euro 2004 qualifiers, joining Robbie Keane.
  Spurs Under-19s beat Wimbledon 1-0 at Spurs Lodge this morning thanks to a Ronnie Henry goal.
  Former Spurs winger Andy Turner had joined Northampton Town and Terry Fenwick from Tamworth Town, but following Fenwick's sacking, he has now moved on to Northwich Victoria.


Friday  14.3.2003   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  TOTTENHAM TEAM NEWS : - Robbie Keane might be fit to return against Liverpool on Sunday.  The Irishman is said by TeamTalk to have overcome his ankle ligament injury (although the official website says he won't be fit until the Bolton match) , but the Spurs site rates Gus Poyet as only 50-50 for the match ... so this means he will probably play.  Dean Marney and Jamie Slabber have been added to the squad for the game.
  LIVERPOOL TEAM NEWS : -  Emile Heskey is doubtful with a hamstring problem, while El Hadji Diouf might miss the game following the alleged "spitting" incident in the UEFA Cup tie against Celtic on Thursday.
  Glenn Hoddle has blasted the Press for their insistent reporting that he has a communication problem with some of the Tottenham players.  He said that he has spoken to Steffen Freund, Teddy Sheringham and Ben Thatcher and that Jonathan Blondel had not been playing because he has been out with a broken shoulder.  Hoddle added that the comments relating to Sheringham's contract being dependent on the club getting a UEFA Cup place were not true.  He said there were other factors to be considered, but talks would take place in the summer.  The Spurs manager put a lot of the stories down to mischievous reporting and said those inside the club knew the truth.
  Spurs almost signed Martin Laursen from AC Milan in January, before the player decided he would remain in Italy.  Glasgow Rangers were also in the same advanced stages as Tottenham, but could not seal the deal.  However, he now feels that he might go out on loan next season and both clubs might renew their interest, along with Liverpool.
  Borussia Dortmund are said to be interested in signing Steffen Freund.  The Spurs defensive midfielder previously played for the German club before joining Tottenham.
  The Spurs site said today that Chris Perry is sue to return to training this week after recovering from his neck injury.
  Robbie Keane has been included in the Republic of Ireland squad for their Euro 2004 qualifying matches against Albania and Georgia.
  Michael Malcolm's success in the Spurs reserves and England Under-18 team could cost the club, as they will have to pay out some compensation to Wycombe Wanderers for the conditions in his contract that say the money must be paid after so many appearances.
  Someone called Glen Johnson, who apparently plays for West Ham United, has claimed that Mauricio Taricco acted like a little girl when his legs were pushed away in the recent match between the two.  The young Iron reckons Taricco was trying to get him sent off.


Thursday  13.3.2003   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Teddy Sheringham has been informed that he will have to wait until near the end of the season before learning if he will get another 12 months at Tottenham.  The decision hinges on the club's participation in the UEFA Cup and that will not be known until near the end of the season.  Manager Glenn Hoddle informed the team captain of his decision two days before the club's most recent defeat against West Ham United.
  Goran Bunjevcevic has returned to training and has had no ill effects from a knee injury he picked up in the West Ham United match.
  Rumours that Spurs might be in for Martin Laursen, the AC Milan midfielder, have prompted stories that Middlesbrough might also be involved in a struggle to win his services.  Other clubs lining up for his signature include the lesser lights of Real Madrid, Manchester United and Barcelona.  


Wednesday  12.3.2003   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Anthony Gardner has told the Spurs website that he hopes to be back in training in a couple of weeks time after tearing a hamstring at Chelsea on February 1st.
  Maik Taylor's appeal against his red card picked up for bringing down Simon Davies in the match at White Hart Lane on February 24th has been denied by the FA, after the Video Review Panel recommended his suspension be quashed.  He will now miss the next two Fulham games.


Tuesday  11.3.2003   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Gus Poyet could be fit to return to action against Liverpool on Sunday after getting over his ankle injury.
  Team-mate Christian Ziege has been given the all-clear after an operation on his knee.  He twisted it in training in his comeback from his horrific thigh injury, but the exploratory op showed no serious damage.
  Meanwhile Steffen Iversen hopes to be ready to play against Bolton Wanderers on Monday 24th March, after getting back to fitness following his back injury.
  Simon Davies has been included in the Welsh squad for the Euro 2004 qualifying matches against Yugoslavia and Azerbaijan.
  The London Evening Standard carries a story about Tottenham being offered a home at Wembley should they want it and are willing to pay back the 120 million Lottery money to Sport England that conditionally precludes any club side playing at the national stadium.  It says Spurs have had talks with the owners about staging home matches there, as have Arsenal.
  Glenn Hoddle is believed to have checked out Monaco's Burundi international striker Shabani Nonda with a view to bringing him to White Hart Lane.  The forward could leave for around 6 million in the summer and Hoddle is believed to be searching for a partner for Robbie Keane.  The player's English style of play could attract a bid come the end of the season.
  Tottenham are reported to be favourites to sign Udinese's Danish midfielder Martin Jorgensen in the summer.
  Tottenham's reserve match away to Watford has been re-arranged for Thursday 3rd April 2003 with a kick off of 7.00 p.m.
  Johnnie Jackson has gone on loan to Colchester United for a month.


Monday  10.3.2003   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Daniel Levy was the man behind Kondar's 40.3 million buy out of ENIC, leaving him as the sole director of the club's major shareholder.  The company was set up in October 2002 with the intention of launching the offer and Levy now has a 29.9% shareholding in the club. 
  Steffen Freund has said that he would rather stay in the Premiership than return to Germany.  He has had offers from his homeland, but said that he enjoys the passion of the Premiership and would welcome offers from interested clubs.
  Fernando Morientes said today that he cannot help speculation surrounding a move away from the Bernabeu while he is not a regular in the side.  He went on to add that he was committed to Real Madrid, but the media link him with a new club almost every day.  One of those clubs is Tottenham Hotspur.
  Spurs have apologised to their fans on their website for the number of games that have taken place on a Sunday and although they have had little control over the games being moved in most instances, they say they will approach the Premier League to see if it can be avoided next season.
  The site also revealed that Steffen Iversen is making progress in overcoming his back injury, so should be training again soon.
  Goals from Milenko Acimovic and Jamie Slabber gave Spurs reserves a 2-0 win over Chelsea at Aldershot tonight.  In addition to this, Acimovic had a penalty saved and David Galbraith got sent off for two yellow card offences.
  With the World Under-20 Championships being cancelled, young Spurs defender Stephen Kelly has extended his stay at Roots Hall for another month on loan. 


Sunday  9.3.2003   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Spurs are said to be beating AS Roma to the signing of Zlatan Ibrahimovic of Ajax.  Glenn Hoddle is reported in the News of the World to already have had talks with the Swedish striker rated at 5 million.  


Saturday  8.3.2003   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Kasey Keller said on the Spurs site that he cannot believe how unlucky Dean Richards has been with injuries lately and that he still thinks Spurs will qualify for the UEFA Cup thanks to their good home form, which can see them through to the end of the season.


Friday  7.3.2003   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  West Ham are rumoured to be interested in Spurs target Bobby Zamora.  It is claimed that they might move for the Brighton and Hove Albion striker should they stay up in the Premier League.  However, Glenn Hoddle might make a firmer offer should this happen.


Thursday  6.3.2003   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Spurs fans have been accused of racism by Arsenal vice-chairman David Dein and Chelsea's Ken Bates.  It is claimed that the club are allowing a culture of racism to develop because the fans call themselves "the Yids" and the two London bigwigs claim Spurs should do something about it.
  Tottenham's home match has been chosen for a Sky TV showing and has been moved from Saturday 26th April to Sunday 27th April, with the kick off at 4.05 p.m.
  The Spurs website reveals that Jonathan Blondel is back in light training after suffering a slight fracture of his shoulder.
  Both Dean Richards and Darren Anderton will miss the match against Liverpool because of suspensions.
  TeamTalk claim that Tottenham might renew their interest in West Bromwich Albion's Welsh midfielder Jason Koumas should his side be relegated.
  Planet Football tell of Qu Bo's caution over his deal to move to Tottenham.  He does not want the Press to get carried away until he obtains his work permit and said that he hopes that is the time for congratulations, not now.  The site reveal that the deal could involve a fee that could rise to 1.65 million over five years and that the Chinese club will receive 100,000 whether the work permit is awarded or not.
  Spurs Youth team were knocked out of the FA Youth Cup at the quarter final stage tonight, when they lost 0-1 to Middlesbrough at the Riverside stadium.
  Tottenham have some young players from ENIC owned club Vicenza with them for a training stint.  Stefano Ferrari and Davide Zampieri won the trip from their club, whose ex-player Fabio Viviani visited Tottenham last year to study the coaching methods used here.


Wednesday  5.3.2003   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Chinese international Qu Bo will be joining Tottenham in the summer.  Tottenham Hotspur today announced that he will be linking up for pre-season training and will have a medical while getting his work permit sorted out.  The club must be fairly confident that he will get his permit this time, as that was his stumbling block earlier this season.  The 21 year old Qingdau Yizhong winger showed much promise while with the club in pre-season and Spurs have obviously kept in touch with his club in the interim.  Realistic signing or the embodiment of commercial opportunism ??  Hmmm, I wonder ??
  Spurs are being linked with a move for Ajax striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic in the summer, according to the Italian press.
   Currently unattached former Spurs keeper, Espen Baardsen, is said to have turned down a move to Sheffield United.
  ... and just when you thought it was safe to go back to White Hart Lane ... TAG are back !!  They think Glenn Hoddle should resign and let ENIC and the board take the rap for the disappointment caused to all Spurs fans everywhere.


Tuesday  4.3.2003   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Tottenham lost 1-3 to Bohemians (Dublin) tonight at Dalymount Park.  The Bohs took a first minute lead, then Gary Doherty bundled an equaliser on 28 minutes, before the home side went on to notch two further goals.
  Steffen Freund has said he would like to continue playing for another two years and has not ruled out a return to Germany to finish his career.
  Stephen Kelly's loan deal at Southend United has been extended by one week !!  This will allow him to play two more league matches before he departs for the World Under-20 Championships in Dubai.  However, the Third Division side would like to take him back to Roots Hall when he returns, in case they are involved in the play-offs.
  According to Planet Football, Tottenham have paid a visit to Atalanta and were very impressed with striker Fausto Rossini.  The 25 year old is said to have a very "English" style and has been touted as the next Mark Hateley !!


Monday  3.3.2003   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  David Pleat has announced that the clubs will have talks later this month with Matthew Etherington about an extension to his contract that expires in the summer of 2004.
  The players and manager put the defeat at West ham down to getting off to a slow start.  They do believe however, that if they do not perform that badly again, then a UEFA Cup place could be a possibility.


Sunday  2.3.2003   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  As well as Fernando Morientes being linked with Spurs again, Tottenham are also being rumoured to be ready to take Jon Dahl Tomasson off AC Milan's hands in the summer should they decide to offload him.
  Ben Thatcher revealed today in The People newspaper that many of the Tottenham players are unsure about their future at the club and that they have not been told what will be happening.  He has been told to find himself another club and he thinks a number of players will follow him on the path out of White Hart Lane.  Thatcher said that the manager doesn't say much and feared he would not be able to move as the club have a higher price on him than other clubs might be prepared to pay.  By speaking out, he could be the next one after Sherwood and Freund to criticise the regime and be outcast for it.
  Spurs are supposedly watching Steven Jennings, a young Tranmere Rovers midfielder, who has featured in their FA Youth Cup run, along with the likes of Manchester United and Everton.
  The News of the World said that Anthony Gardner will be fit in time to play Liverpool on March 16th. 


Saturday  1.3.2003   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Spurs lost to West Ham United 0-2 at Upton Park this afternoon.  Click here for a match report.  For Reaction click here.
  Spurs Under-19s drew 1-1 with Fulham at Spurs Lodge this morning with Mark Yeates scoring for Tottenham.
  Meanwhile, the Under-17s beat Southampton 3-0 with goals from Andy Barcham, Jamie O'Hara and Charlie Lee.

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