White Hot Lines

March 2004

Wednesday   31.3.2004   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Tottenham are supposedly ready to make a move to approach Charlton Athletic manager Alan Curbishley to take over at White Hart Lane, after Giovanni Trapattoni looks likely to stay on in the Italian manager's post.
  Jermain Defoe and Anthony Gardner made their England debuts as substitutes in tonight's friendly 0-1 defeat against Sweden in Gothenburg.
  Stephen Carr missed the Republic of Ireland's friendly against the Czech Republic in Dublin because of a knee injury, but Robbie Keane scored an injury time winner for the Irish.  Gary Doherty was stretchered off with an ankle injury in the second half.  
  Helder Postiga was a 61st minute substitute for Portugal in their 1-2 defeat by Italy.
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  The Star reports that Spurs' young defender Ricky Dobson is to have a trial at Reading.  
  Jamie O'Hara played for England Under-18s in their 1-0 win over Belgium at Northampton tonight.

  OTHER NEWS ... Northern Ireland win for the first time in 16 matches with a 1-0 victory over Estonia ... Leeds fans are planning to raise £10 million to buy Elland Road ... 

Tuesday   30.3.2004   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Raddy Antic has quit as manager of Celta Vigo in Spain, but has denied that he is going to become the new Tottenham manager.
  Further bad news on the Spurs managerial front is that Giovanni Trapattoni has said that he wants to "move upstairs" in the Italian FA or continue as their national manager beyond Euro 2004, thus quashing any hope that Spurs might have had of tempting him to White Hart Lane.
  AS Roma's manager Fabio Capello has said that he would love to move to manage in England.  This has lead to speculation that Chelsea and Spurs could make a move for him, even though he still has a year of his contract to run.
  Nottingham Forest's Irish midfielder Andy Reid has said that he longs to play at the top level and realises that it is unlikely that he will achieve that with the First Division club.  
  Christian Ziege has said on the Spurs site that he is recovering well from his groin injury picked up at the New Dell on Saturday and could be fit to face Chelsea.
  Tottenham are supposedly ready to cash in on Lazio's financial crisis with a move for 29 year old midfielder Stefane Fiore.  Spurs could also be negotiating for another Lazio star, but the talk is that Fiore's move is in the pipeline and the Italian press seems to give the story quite a bit of credence.
  Spurs are being linked with a move for Chelsea's French midfielder Emmanuel Petit, who will be available on a free transfer.
  Philip Ifil played for England Under-19s against Germany and had a hand in teh England goal in the 1-1 draw.

  OTHER NEWS ... England will be captained by Steven Gerrard tomorrow against Sweden ... England Under-21s drew 2-2 in Sweden this afternoon ... 

Monday   29.3.2004   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  TeamTalk report that David Pleat is refusing to comment on the speculation that his time at Tottenham Hotspur might be coming to an end.  The Spurs caretaker manager said he did not want to commit himself to a statement now that might catch him out in the future.
  The London Evening Standard is claiming that Spurs might be failing in their efforts to lure Giovanni Trapattoni and Mark Hughes as the new management team.  it claims that both are prevaricating and that Tottenham have not spoken about moving out Chris Hughton or Clive Allen to make way for the new incumbents.
  Meanwhile, the paper claims that Jose Mourinho will be Tottenham's new manager, as Santos' young midfielder Diego is set to join Spurs for £11 million in the summer, saying that he is looking to play in London for a Portuguese manager.  This has lead the Standard to put two and two together.
  Stephen Kelly has been called into the Republic of Ireland squad for the friendly game against the Czech Republic on Wednesday in Dublin. Gary Doherty will definitely start for the Irish team.  

  OTHER NEWS ... Dagenham and Redbridge manager Garry Hill resigns ...

Sunday   28.3.2004   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Spurs are said to be interested in bringing Bayern Munich's England midfielder Owen Hargreaves to the Premier League.  However, they face stiff competition for his signature from Liverpool, Manchester United and Arsenal. 
  ... and finally ... a replica shirt from the 1963 European Cup Winners Cup Final, signed by ace Spurs marksman Jimmy Greaves is the subject of this silent charity auction.   The signature is authentic having been autographed by Jimmy on the 30th October 2003, when he attended a Sportsman Dinner promoting his autobiography.  The pure white Spurs replica shirt is mounted on a navy blue background and professionally framed.  It also includes an engraved plate to commemorate Spurs’ victory in the 1963 European Cup Winners Cup Final.
Bids should be made in a sealed envelope giving your name address and contact telephone number and sent to Martin Smith, Messrs. Bassets, 33/35 Balmoral Road, Gillingham, Kent, ME7 4QB. 

All monies from this auction will be divided equally between the Kent Air Ambulance Trust and the Medway Asthma Self-Help Group in memory of Ben Smith and Bill Rayner respectively.

  OTHER NEWS ... Sven Goran Eriksson signs a two year extension to his deal to be England manager until 2008 ... 

Saturday   27.3.2004   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Tottenham lost 0-1 against SCBC at the New Dell this afternoon.  For a match report, click here.  Reaction to follow.
  Robbie Keane (hamstring), Christian Ziege (groin) and Ledley King (hamstring) all picked up injuries in today's match. 
  Claudio Ranieri has denied he has had talks with other clubs, with speculation surrounding his tenure at Stamford Bridge.  It is expected that many of tomorrow's papers will link him with the Tottenham manager's post.
  The Guardian reports that Tottenham's bid for Mark van Bommel was £3.5 million.  However, the piece goes on to say that he would prefer the Premier League to the Bundesliga and that he might still end up at White Hart Lane next season, even though Aston Villa were supposedly watching him in PSV Eindhoven's UEFA Cup tie against Bordeaux in midweek.
  Anthony Gardner and Jermain Defoe have both been picked by Sven Goran Eriksson in the England squad to play against Sweden in a friendly on Wednesday.  

  OTHER NEWS ... Sven Goran Eriksson has been spotted coming out of the home of Chelsea Chief Executive Peter Kenyon ...

Friday   26.3.2004   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Jermain Defoe will be considered for inclusion in the England squad to play against Sweden next week, as Sven Goran Eriksson expects a number of withdrawals from his initial squad.
  PSV Eindhoven are said to have refused to accept a €2 million (£1.4 million) offer for Mark van Bommel from Tottenham.  The club chairman says that they will have to increase their bid to secure the midfielder.
  Goran Bunjevcevic has expressed his frustration at being sidelined by David Pleat, although he said that he is determined to hang on to see if the new manager has plans to use him.
  TOTTENHAM TEAM NEWS : - Jamie Redknapp could be a starter for Tottenham, with Darren Anderton and Dean Richards also in the travelling party, but not expected to take part.  Mauricio Taricco might miss out with a hip injury, so Johnnie Jackson stands by to take his place.  Gus Poyet will not be in the squad, but Helder Postiga might be included.
  SCBC TEAM NEWS : - Michael Svensson might not recover from his calf injury to be fit enough to play in tomorrow's match at the New Dell.  Brett Ormerod is available after overcoming an ear infection.
  Hull City manager Peter Taylor has said he is committed to the Tigers and that speculation about a move to White Hart Lane as a possible assistant manager does not bother him.
  Helder Postiga has been called into the Portugal squad for their friendly with Italy in Braga next week.  He gets the chance to impress the national manager Phil Scolari ahead of the Euro 2004 finals.

  OTHER NEWS ... Sam Allardyce has been charged with making derogatory remarks about referee Mike Riley at the Carling Cup final ... 

Thursday   25.3.2004   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Reserve striker Lee Barnard has joined Stevenage Borough on loan for a month on transfer Nationwide deadline day.
  Football 365 claims that Mauro Silva, the 36 year old Brazilian Deportivio La Coruna midfielder is the man Spurs see as the one to shore up the middle of the park.  His contract is up in the summer and looks ready to leave, so that might suit Tottenham cost-wise, but it does not fit with the claim recently that older players are not in the frame as transfer targets for Tottenham.
  Club Brugge's 23 year old central defender David Rozehnal is also said to be a target, according to Sky Sports.  Ajax, Feyenoord, Sampdoria and Hamburg.  The Czech defender has been getting rave reviews in Belgium and a Spurs representative will be watching him in tonight's game against Bordeaux in the UEFA Cup.  The report also says that Spurs will be checking on Jonathan Blondel who is now at Brugge, to see how he is developing.
  Sky Sports also claim that Mark van Bommel has hinted that he might prefer to move to Schalke 04 after a comment he made to a German football magazine - Kicker.
  Spurs have also been linked with Real Betis' 26 year old midfielder Capri.
  Former Spurs alleged transfer target Javier De Pedro of Real Sociedad, has said that he has agreed a deal with a club for next season and many sources seem to think that will be Bolton Wanderers.
  Former Spurs midfielder Darren Caskey has joined Bristol City from Notts. County on a non-contract basis.
  Former Spurs junior Isaiah Rankin has left Barnsley for Grimsby Town for an undisclosed sum.

  OTHER NEWS ... Bobby Robson has signed a new contract with Newcastle to keep him as manager until summer 2005 ... Aston Villa have turned down an offer of £20 million for the club from former Man. City defender Ray Ransom, saying it undervalues the club ... QPR defender Terrell Forbes has been charged with rape and indecent assault of a 15 year old girl ... Wayne Rooney has been cleared of spitting at a woman in a Manchester nightclub ... Scunthorpe manager Brian Laws has left the club by mutual consent ... Graham Rix has taken over as manager of Oxford United while Ian Atkins is suspended ... Ken Bates is said to be ready to put a minimum of £10 million into Sheffield Wednesday ... 

Wednesday   24.3.2004   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Tottenham have announced an operating profit of £3.2million, which is an improvement on the operating profit of £2.7million for the last accounting period.
Spurs declared an overall loss of £3million for second half of last year, but the previous period saw an overall loss of £8.6million.
Chairman Daniel Levy, said: "We significantly strengthened the playing squad by investing in new talent during the summer and winter player trading windows.  We remain committed to building success and with the intended changes to the management structure in the summer we are confident that we will lay the foundations for the stability required to meet our ambitions for the club.  With an eye on the future the club continues to place emphasis on our academy and the next generation of footballers whom we coach from the age of eight to 19 years of age."
  Levy also acknowledged that the club's merchandising operation had been hit by the poor form of the team around Christmas, which lead to smaller attendances and lack of spending in the club's stores.
  Former Spurs midfielder Nick Barmby has been sent back to Leeds United from Nottingham Forest, where he was on loan, after a confrontation with manager Joe Kinnear.
  Former Spurs defenders Ian Hendon and Danny Maddix have been appointed joint caretaker managers at non-league Barnet.

  OTHER NEWS ...  Duncan Ferguson has been charged by the FA of violent behaviour in the Everton match against Leicester when he tried to strangle Steffen Freund and of improper conduct in making a gesture to the Foxes' crowd ... Craig Bellamy is reported to have thrown a chair at Newcastle United assistant manager John Carver at Newcastle airport as the team waited to board their flight to Mallorca ... Stuart Baxter has been named as the new coach of the South African national team ... 

Tuesday   23.3.2004   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Schalke 04 and Chelsea are today being linked with a move for Tottenham transfer target PSV Eindhoven midfielder Mark van Bommel.
  Further to yesterday's news that Spurs might be interested in hiring Claudio Ranieri as their new manager, the Italian has told his Chelsea players that he will not be manager at Stamford Bridge next season.
  Although Michael Brown had to turn down a  chance to play Champions League football with Glasgow Rangers, he says he is happy that he picked the move south to Tottenham.  
  Former Spurs manager Glenn Hoddle is believed to have been offered the chance to return to management with Cambridge United .
  Former Spurs midfielder Vinny Samways has had his wages stopped at Walsall, as he left the club to stay in Spain while he got over the flu, but he has not returned.  The club say that as he is in breach of his contract, they had not option but to withhold his pay.

  OTHER NEWS ... Claude Le Roy - former manager of Cameroon has been announced as Cambridge United manager ... Swindon Town have revealed that they will move to a 22,000 all-seater stadium ...

Monday   22.3.2004   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Mark van Bommel's agent said that the PSV midfielder has been watched by a number of English clubs, but he would favor a move to Tottenham.
  The London Evening Standard claim that Spurs might move for Claudio Ranieri as their new manager, although they say that Tottenham are pursuing their preferred option of Trapattoni and Mark Hughes.
  A goal by Helder Postiga was not enough to beat Nottingham Forest reserves, who came back to equalise in a 1-1 draw.  A match report will appear tomorrow.


Sunday   21.3.2004   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Chelsea coach Claudio Ranieri looks certain to be sacked in the summer and he has said he would be interested in staying in London, with Spurs tipped to chase his services.
  Meanwhile, in other paper reports, Tottenham's managerial target Martin O'Neill said he is interested in managing England and has also been linked with the Chelsea job.
  The Mail on Sunday claim that Tottenham will approach Mark Hughes to take over as their new boss.
  Portsmouth are interested in taking Darren Anderton to Fratton Park ... as long as they stay in the Premiership.  The Spurs midfielder looks set to leave White Hart Lane and Harry Redknapp is keen on returning him to his first League club.
  Stephen Carr and Stephane Dalmat are supposed to have had a training ground bust-up at Spurs Lodge this week.  A Michael Brown tackle on Dalmat was applauded by the Tottenham captain and Dalmat reacted angrily asking if Carr had a problem with him.  It all kicked off with the Frenchman offering Jermain Defoe out too.  David Pleat told the News of the World that an incident was reported, but it was all sorted out within 5 seconds.  An "insider" said that Dalmat was not the most popular player at the club.
  Everton manager David Moyes is looking at Dean Richards as a defensive summer signing after his presence seems to be no longer required at White Hart Lane.
  According to the Sunday People, Spurs will place a bid for teenage Derby County midfielder Tom Huddlestone, who ahs attracted a lot of interest since he was a 15 year old England schoolboy.
  For the latest reports on the Spurs Ladies teams, click here.

  OTHER NEWS ... Blackpool beat Southend United to win the LDV Vans Trophy at the Millennium Stadium this afternoon ... 

Saturday   20.3.2004   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Tottenham lost 0-3 at Manchester United today.  For a match report, click here.  Reaction to follow.
  Tottenham Under-19s lost 0-1 to Aston Villa at Spurs Lodge today.
  Tottenham Under-17s beat Watford 4-2 and will be in the play-offs.  Goals from Claude Seanla (2), Danny Stevens and Chris Riley earned Spurs the win.


Friday   19.3.2004   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Tottenham's home game against Arsenal has been moved from Saturday 24th April to Sunday 25th April with a 4.05 p.m. kick-off to be screened live on Sky TV.
  TOTTENHAM TEAM NEWS : -  Simon Davies' shin injury means he will miss the match at Old Trafford tomorrow and he is joined by Darren Anderton and Dean Richards, who are both suffering Achilles injuries and Rob Burch who will be sidelined for another two weeks with an ankle injury.  Jamie Redknapp and Dean Marney are both in the 19 man squad.
SQUAD - Keller, Carr, Taricco, King, Doherty, Keane, Dalmat, Ziege, Brown, Redknapp, Kanoute, Defoe, Jackson, Bunjevcevic, Kelly, Yeates, Postiga, Barnard, Poyet, Ricketts, Hirschfeld
  MANCHESTER UNITED TEAM NEWS : -  Hamstring victim Roy Keane has not recovered enough to take part in the game, Cristiano Ronaldo has a thigh injury and Louis Saha is suffering with a painful Achilles tendon which keep them out.  Mikael Silvestre's knee is now good enough for him to play.  Gary Neville is serving the last match of a four game suspension.
SQUAD - Howard, Carroll, P Neville, Brown, Silvestre, O'Shea, Pugh, Fletcher, Butt, Scholes, Giggs, van Nistelrooy, Lynch, Solskjaer, Forlan, Bellion.
  Interestingly, Birmingham City have made an enquiry about PSV Eindhoven striker Mateja Kezman, who's agent said would respect any club who expressed an interest in him.  Odd then, that this time last year, the Yugoslavian forward was saying he would not come to Tottenham as they were not big enough for him. 

  OTHER NEWS ... The Welsh FA have failed in their attempt to get Russia thrown out of the finals of Euro 2004, after one of the players who played in the play-offs tested positive for drugs ... Leeds have been bought by a consortium for £20 million ... Darlington look to have found a new buyer for the club ...

Thursday   18.3.2004   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Mark van Bommel has said he would welcome a move to White Hart Lane in the summer.  The 26 year old midfielder would be available at a modest fee because of his long service at PSV Eindhoven and that the club are desperate for the money.  Spurs have approached the club and the player's agent to ensure they have first option on the Dutch international.
  Mbulelo Mabizela has been accused of being a mercenary who was partly responsible for the South Africa side failing at the African Nations Cup.  An SAFA report claims he should be relieved of his leadership of the national side and that he masterminded the players revolt over match payments.  The Spurs defender has been named in the South Africa squad to face Australia at Loftus Road on March 30th.
  Former Spurs transfer target AC Milan's Danish defender Martin Laursen, looks set to be released by the Italian club in the summer.  It is rumoured on Planet Football's website that an un-named London club is showing a lot of interest in the 26 year old.
  Brazilian midfielder Diego, who has been courted by Spurs, now says his dream move would be to play with Alessandro Del Pierro at Juventus.  

  OTHER NEWS ... Barnet manager Martin Allen resigned to take over from Wally Downes as boss at Brentford ... John Taylor has been sacked as Cambridge United manager ... Swansea have agreed to mutually cancel the contract of manager Brian Flynn ... Rio Ferdinand today lost his appeal against his eight month ban for missing a drugs test ... Andy Cole claims he is being victimised at Blackburn Rovers by manager Graeme Souness and has called in the PFA to mediate ... Chelsea have signed up another "feeder" club in a £28 million deal with CSKA Moscow ... Wimbledon's creditors have accepted a bid from Pete Winkelman for ownership of the Milton Keynes club ...

Wednesday   17.3.2004   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Johnnie Jackson has signed a two year deal with Spurs to keep him at White Hart Lane until 2006.
  The Sun carries a report that Spurs will be willing to let Dean Richards leave the club for a nominal fee, resulting in a  massive loss for Tottenham on the £8.1 million they paid for him.  David Pleat confirmed that the centre-half has an Achilles injury, but he would not have been selected for the Newcastle United match anyway
  Lee Barnard has signed a contract to extend his tine at the club today.  
  Brazilian midfielder Diego has been handed his Italian passport meaning that a transfer to England would be easier now, but he has said that he is also open to a move to AC Milan, Juventus, Roma or Internazionale.  He also said his Santos contract runs until 2005 and he might stay in Brazil until then.

  OTHER NEWS ... Fulham announced a £20 million loss ... Graeme Souness has had a training ground bust-up with Dwight Yorke ...

Tuesday   16.3.2004   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  The London Evening Standard reports that Tottenham are at an advanced stage in securing the services of Diego and Mark van Bommel.  The Brazilian teenager who plays for Santos has been linked with Spurs for a year now and appears to be sorting out his Italian passport as the final hitch in coming to Europe.  At 18, he has earned rave reviews and has played for the national side, with Tottenham maintaining contact despite their inability to bring him to London last summer or in the January transfer window.  Midfielder Mark van Bommel is seemingly set to leave PSV Eindhoven in the summer and Spurs have moved to make sure he comes to N17 with the club he said he was keen to join.
  The Standard said in the piece that the new manager has OK'd these signings and that the new manager is Giovanni Trapattoni.  
  The Daily Mirror claims that Tottenham have agreed a £2.5 million fee to bring goalkeeper Paul Robinson to White Hart Lane.
  Jamie Redknapp said he was glad to be back playing football and would have packed the game in had it not meant as much to him as it does.  The Spurs captain said that he wanted to play on for as long as he could because of his love for the game.
  Gus Poyet is being linked with a move to Qatar once his contract expires at Tottenham, as he will not be offered a new deal.

  OTHER NEWS ... Millwall reach the FA Cup semi-final after a gap of 67 years and will face Sunderland ...

Monday   15.3.2004   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  David Pleat said that Christian Ziege has ten games to the end of the season to prove he should be offered a new contract, after the German midfielder claimed he had been told he would not be offered a new deal.
  The player had claimed in a News of the World article that some of the younger players have "football blackouts" meaning they lose concentration and that has cost the club p9oints in it's chase for a UEFA Cup place.
  Spurs Reserves lost 0-2 against Arsenal Reserves tonight at Stevenage Borough FC.  For a match report, click here.
  It is reported on Planet Football's site that Brazilian starlet Diego is stepping up his pursuit of an Italian passport to get his move to Tottenham.  The 18 year old has been in Italy getting the paperwork sorted out, but Spurs might now face competition for his signature from other European clubs who are keen on the midfielder.

  OTHER NEWS ... Harry Redknapp ahs extended his contract at Portsmouth until 2006 ... 

Sunday   14.3.2004   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Spurs beat Newcastle United 1-0 at White Hart Lane this afternoon.  For a match report, click here.  Reaction to follow.
  Jose Mourinho is emerging as an option as Tottenham manager if they cannot attract Giovanni Trapattoni from the Italian FA in the summer.
  Tottenham are supposedly poised to sign Robin van Persie of Feyenoord for £2.5 million according to the Sunday Mirror.  The 20 year old midfielder was tracked by Arsenal earlier this season, but they did not pursue their interest.
  Nice touch by the Spurs website, who record the fact that the referee was Harry Webb in their match report.  Of course, Harry Webb is the real name of Cliff Richard !!  Perhaps someone is giving their age away ??
  For the latest match reports from the Spurs ladies teams, click here.

  OTHER NEWS ... Man City beat Man U 4-1 in the Manc derby ...

Saturday   13.3.2004   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  On Soccer AM, Christian Ziege was talking about what he knows about football.  He said that because of his injury, life means more than football, although he loves the game.  He also added that Jermain Defoe will be a huge star if he carries on like he has started at Spurs.
  Gary Doherty has signed a new contract with Spurs.
  Spurs Under-17s beat Fulham 5-1 at Spurs Lodge this morning.  Simon Dawkins, Richard Heller (2), Jack Davis and Ollie Allen (son of Clive, on trial with Tottenham) scored Tottenham's goals. 
  Bristol City hosted Spurs Under-19s and Tottenham enjoyed a 2-1 win.  Jamie O'Hara and Charlie Lee scored the goals to give Spurs the win.


Friday   12.3.2004   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Dave Mackay said that the current Tottenham team should not be concerned about losing leads as it happened to the Double team.  He cited the cases of being 4-0 up at half-time against Burnley and drawing 4-4, while a 5-1 lead against Villa at the Lane at the break evaporated into a 5-5 draw, but Mackay told the London Evening Standard that it was part of Spurs' dare-devil approach which meant that they would want to go out and score more, rather than sit back on what they already had.
  TOTTENHAM TEAM NEWS : - Jamie Redknapp is not included in the squad despite coming through a reserve game on Wednesday.  Fredi Kanoute has overcome his hamstring pull to join the squad, while Simon Davies misses out with a shin problem, but Helder Postiga will again be in contention.  He is likely to join Lars Hirschfeld on the bench, as the Canadian keeper has been recalled from Gillingham as Rob Burch is out with an ankle injury.  Christian Ziege is back in the squad after a thigh injury.
  NEWCASTLE TEAM NEWS : - Craig Bellamy and Kieron Dyer face fitness tests after Wednesday's UEFA Cup tie against Real Mallorca and Jonathan Woodgate and Lee Bowyer will be fighting for a place in the side.
  The court case surrounding the transfer of Christian Ziege from Middlesbrough to Liverpool in 1998 has been resolved out of court after talks with the FA Premier League.  
  The official site says that Simon Davies has been told he can resume training on Monday after suffering a shin injury in Wales' game against Scotland two weeks ago.

  OTHER NEWS ... Arsenal have drawn Chelsea in the Champions' League quarter-final ... Leicester have banned alcohol in the player's bar at their ground ... Sir Alex Ferguson has had a pacemaker fitted (we hope it works better than his watch !!) ... 

Thursday   11.3.2004   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Rob Burch sustained an ankle injury in last night's reserve match against Wimbledon.
  Daniel Berg Hestad - the Heerenveen midfielder - was another player under scrutiny by Spurs representatives at the Dutch club's match at Feyenoord last weekend.  The 24 year old is aware that he is being watched, but wants to concentrate on his football in the Eredivisie.

  OTHER NEWS ... Christophe Dugarry has quit Birmingham as his family missed France ... When Jody Morris' contract was terminated by Leeds, it was because he turned up drunk for training ... Steve Tilson will manager Southend until the end of the season ...

Wednesday   10.3.2004   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Spurs Reserves beat Wimbledon reserves 2-1 in Milton Keynes tonight with Helder Postiga and Jamie Redknapp (penalty) netting in the victory.  

  OTHER NEWS ... Ken Bates is to sue Chelsea for £2 million - boring !! ... Brian Talbot has take over as Oldham manager ... 

Tuesday   9.3.2004   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Tottenham lost 0-1 at Middlesbrough tonight.  For a match report, click here. Reaction to follow.

  OTHER NEWS ... Man U drew 1-1 on the night and lost 1-2 to Porto in the Champions League, while Chelsea ground out a 0-0 to go through 1-0 on agg. ... Arsenal's request to have the FA Cup semi-final played at the Millennium Stadium has been turned down and they will face Man U at Villa Park on Saturday 3rd April ...

Monday   8.3.2004   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  The London Evening Standard claims that David Pleat watched the Feyenoord-Heerenveen match yesterday to take in the progress of Heerenveen's 22 year old Finnish midfielder Mika Vayrynen and Feyenoord striker Robin van Persie, who is 20.
  TOTTENHAM TEAM NEWS : - Anthony Gardner, Helder Postiga and Darren Anderton are all fit for selection, but Simon Davies has an injured shin, Christian Ziege will be out with a thigh injury and Fredi Kanoute's pulled hamstring in the reserve match at Notts. Forest will keep him out of contention.
  MIDDLESBROUGH TEAM NEWS : - Danny Mills serves the first of a two game suspension and will be replaced by Andrew Davies or Stuart Parnaby.  Carlo Nash misses out with a finger injury and Malcolm Christie's broken leg is the only other definite absentee.

  OTHER NEWS ... Man U and Arsenal have been drawn together the FA Cup semi-final as have Sunderland and Millwall/Tranmere ... Leicester manager Micky Adams offered to resign over the club's Spanish sex scandal ...

Sunday   7.3.2004   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  The People newspaper claims that Tottenham are to send representatives to watch Derek Riordan of Hibernian in the CIS Scottish League Cup Final next weekend.  
  For this week's Spurs Ladies match reports, click here.

  OTHER NEWS ... Sunderland reach the semi-finals of the FA Cup, but Millwall and Tranmere will have to replay ...

Saturday   6.3.2004   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Robbie Keane has told the Spurs website that the trip to Dubai was beneficial in training in the warmer climate and also in terms of the team bonding by spending some time together.
  Spurs Under-19s drew 1-1 at Ipswich Town today.
  Spurs Under-17s drew 0-0 away to Aston Villa today .

  OTHER NEWS ... Jody Morris has had his Leeds United contract terminated ... Man U and Arsenal progressed to the FA Cup semi-finals today ... 

Friday   5.3.2004   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Potential Spurs manager Raddy Antic has said he would be tempted to ply his trade in England.  The Celta Vigo coach has a contract at the Spanish club until the end of the season, but said that clubs had approached in in the past to be their manager.  The former Real Madrid and Barcelona boss would not confirm if Tottenham had contacted him recently, although he did say he had not spoken with Spurs.
  Former Spurs boss Glenn Hoddle is today being linked with the post of managing the South African national side for their 2006 World Cup campaign.

  OTHER NEWS ... Frank Sinclair, Paul Dickov and Keith Gillespie have been charged with assault and will be detained in custody.  Nalis, Elliott and Scowcroft will be allowed to return to England, but will face charges of Breaking and entering, along with the three already on the other charges ...

Thursday   4.3.2004   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Tottenham's home match against Newcastle United on Saturday 13th March has been moved to Sunday 14th March, but the kick off is still at 3.00 p.m.
  Spurs are reported to be interested in a Hungarian keeper according to Sky Sports.  With more than 40- appearances for the Hungarian national side, 27 year old Gabor Kiraly of Hertha Berlin has been out of favour and the Bundesliga side might be looking to off-load him.  The goalie is well known in Germany for wearing long, grey tracksuit bottoms in matches and has been hit with injuries this season, which has seen him replaced by a younger keeper.
  Five players who have donned the lilywhite shirt of Tottenham Hotspur have been named in Pele's top 100 player list.  The list that was commissioned by FIFA to mark the association's 100th anniversary includes Gary Lineker, Jurgen Klinsmann, Diego Maradona, Mario Kempes and Kenny Dalglish, all of whom have turned out for Spurs.
  A video interview with David Pleat about the striking options at the club can be found on the League Manager's Association website.  Click here for the interview.  
  Former Spurs boss Glenn Hoddle revealed today that he has about five or six offers of work, including one to coach the Nigerian national side, but he will take his time to decide on his next step, although Hod claimed that he still has a lot of unfinished business.  

  OTHER NEWS ... Paul Sturrock has been named as SCBC's new manager, who the Premier League club had no compunction in taking from Plymouth Argyle ... nine Leicester players have been arrested in Spain on charges of sexual assault on three women ... Bradford City have been put up for sale ... 18th March is a crucial date for creditors of Wimbledon FC, as they vote whether to accept a takeover bid or to liquidate the club ... Nicky Law is the new Grimsby Town manager until the end of the season ... Paul Hart has replaced Gudjon Thordarson as the manager of Barnsley ... 

Wednesday   3.3.2004   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Tottenham have moved up one place to 15th as the richest clubs in Europe.  A turnover of £66.9 million (€95.6 million) put Spurs above Leeds United (16th) and Celtic (18th).  Manchester United headed the list with a £175.8 million (€251.4 million) turnover, with Arsenal 7th, Liverpool 8th and Chelsea 10th.
  David Beckham has tipped Jermain Defoe for the England squad, as he said he is very skillful, on a good scoring run and is capable of playing at the highest level.
  Former Spurs manage Glenn Hoddle today pulled out of the running for the SCBC manager's job today.  The board of the club failed to be 100% behind Hoddle, so he felt that he could not 
  Spurs Reserves drew 0-0 with Nottingham Forest tonight at the City Ground.  Frederic Kanoute came off just before half-time as a precaution, with a thigh problem.

  OTHER NEWS ... Ken Bates left Chelsea as chairman today.  Hurrah !! ... Walter Smith was appointed as Man U assistant manager until the end of the season ... Plymouth Argyle manager Paul Sturrock is in talks to take over as boss of SCBC ... 

Tuesday   2.3.2004   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Christian Ziege has been talking on the Spurs website about his injury nightmare and the fact that getting back into the German team kept him going.  With three months of the season left, the left sided player hopes to earn a place in the Germany squad for Euro 2004.
  Jamie Slabber has joined AB Copenhagen on loan.
  Ben Bowditch has also joined AB Copenhagen on loan, but Spurs have revealed that he has been released by the club.

  OTHER NEWS ... Chelsea have signed Arjen Robben from PSV Eindhoven for £13 million and the winger will arrive in the summer ... 

Monday   1.3.2004   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Both Jamie Redknapp and Christian Ziege have told the Spurs website that they are fit and ready for a place in the squad when Spurs return from Dubai to face Middlesbrough on March 9th.
  The London Evening Standard tells us that David Pleat is intending to carry on the forward thinking approach to the game with Defoe and Kanoute linking up in attack with Robbie Keane playing in the hole behind them.
  Former Spurs defender and reserve team manager Colin Calderwood has won the "manager of the Month" award for his work at Division Three side Northampton Town.
  Former Spurs midfielder Oyvind Leonhardsen has joined Lyn Oslo of Norway.

  OTHER NEWS ... If London gets the 2012 Olympics, there might be a GB side taking part in the football event ... Kevin Phillips was fined £2,000 for stepping on Jens Lehman's foot in the match against Arsenal at the New Dell ... Bradford City players have taken a 50% cut in wages to try and save the club ... Sepp Blatter wants the Premiership to be reduced to 18 (and preferably 16) clubs, with the abolition of FA Cup replays too ...


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