White Hot Lines

March 2005

Thursday  31.03.2005   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Spurs announced a 1 million rise in profits on last year's total in the six months trading to December 2004.  There was a decrease in turnover, down from 33.2m to 32.9m.  The operating profit was 5million, prior to player trading in which there was a 2.2m profit on transfer dealings, but a rise in player amortisation to 5.9m reduced the profit.  TV income dropped by 0.5m to 10.3m, while raising 15m via the share issue reduced the club's debt from 17.1m to 9.3m.
  Announcing the results, when interviewed, Daniel Levy praised David Beckham and did not rule out a move for the Real Madrid midfielder.  Martin Jol, however, feels that he has two good players in that position already and that he might not need another, but while Beckham is at Real Madrid, the Spurs coach is not thinking about signing him. 
  The financial report appears to back up the claim that Tottenham would not pay former Head Coach Jacques Santini a settlement on his departure.
  Among the financial rhetoric, there was a mention of a pre-season friendly against FC Porto at White Hart Lane on August 6th.
  Dean Richards is seeking a 2 million pay-off from the Norwich Union insurance company after being forced to retire because he might have suffered a brain haemorrhage had he played on.  The central defender was set to leave Tottenham after his contract expired this summer, but Richards is claiming that he could have played on at the top level for five years if he had not had to stop playing on medical advice.
  Martin Jol believes that Mark van Bommel will choose Barcelona over Tottenham when it comes to deciding where he will spend his future on leaving PSV Eindhoven.
  Jol also denied speculation in the newspapers linking Tottenham with four or five players, including Tomas Rosicky, who he said the club have no interest in.
  Thimothee Atouba has denied FA charges that he elbowed Joey Barton in the recent match against Manchester City and could face a three-match ban if found guilty.

  OTHER NEWS ... UEFA have banned Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho from the touchline for two-matches and fined him  8,900 for not appearing at a post-match press conference and for his comments following the Champions League tie at Barcelona.  Chelsea have been fined 33,300 fine for the team coming out late for the second half and assistant manager Steve Clarke and security officer Les Miles have been rapped for their conduct on the night ... 

  CRIMEWATCH ... Jermaine Pennant has been released after serving 31 days of a three month jail sentence for driving with over the legal limit of alcohol in the blood, while banned and without insurance.  Birmingham City have said that they will try and do everything they can to get things back to normality for him ...

  MEHSTG's spin story ... 

Wednesday  30.03.2005   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Paul Robinson played the whole of England's 2-0 World Cup qualifying win over Azerbaijan at St. James' park tonight.  Ledley King and Jermain Defoe left the bench as second half substitutes, playing 13 minutes and 6 minutes respectively.
  Simon Davies played in Wales' 0-1 defeat in Austria in a World Cup qualifying match tonight.
  Reto Ziegler played 42 minutes of the Swiss side's 1-0 World Cup win over Cyprus.
  Fredi Kanoute is considering his international future after being the target of fury for the Mali fans after their World Cup qualifier against Togo was abandoned on Sunday.
  Spurs have supposedly enquired about the availability of Carlo Cudicini of Chelsea should Paul Robinson decide to leave White Hart Lane, so says the Daily Mirror.
  Greek centre-half Traianos Dellas, currently playing for AS Roma but available on a free transfer in the summer, is a target for Bolton Wanderers, Arsenal, Spurs and Liverpool.
  Spurs Reserves lost 0-1 to Ipswich Town Reserves at Portman Road tonight.
  The Spurs youth squad finished third in their group at the Spanish XXI International Youth tournament at San Sebastian, but above Real Madrid who had a more experienced squad.
Phil Ifil played for the England Under-19s who won 1-0 against Moldova at Bloomfield Road, Blackpool, thus completing their qualification for the European finals this summer.
England under-17s emulated their older counterparts by booking their place in the European Championships with a 3-1 win against the Republic of Ireland at the Bescot Stadium, Walsall. Goalkeeper David Button and Leigh Mills played in the victorious England side.

  OTHER NEWS ... Charlton Athletic have announced a 1.7 million loss on the previous season's profits ... Azerbaijan manager Carlos Alberto hit out at Michael Owen's alleged claims that he would score five goals in the game tonight by asking what this "midget" had ever won in football !! ...

Tuesday  29.03.2005   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Fredi Kanoute is back in London and safe after the Mali crowd was after his blood following the abandonment of the World Cup qualifier against Togo on Sunday.
  Andy Reid played the whole game and Robbie Keane 62 minutes of the Republic of Ireland's 1-0 win over China in a friendly international at Lansdowne Road.
  Meanwhile Andy Reid said that he is finding the Premiership a different league to the Championship in terms of players fitness and speed of thought.
  Barcelona are apparently watching Paul Robinson, as they look to bring in a goalkeeper in the summer transfer window.
  Emil Hallfredsson has been called up to the full Iceland squad for their friendly tomorrow against Italy.
  Calum Davenport skippered the England Under-21s to a 2-0 victory over Azerbaijan ay the Riverside Stadium Middlesbrough tonight.  Tom Huddlestone also played in the game.
  Olivier Thomert, the Lens striker, is sad that he did not join Spurs in the summer.  Tottenham's 6 million offer was rebuffed and the 24 year old has had a poor start to the French season, which he puts down to the disappointment of missing out on a move to London.  Now he is being tracked by clubs like Bolton Wanderers, Marseille, Manchester City Paris St. Germain and Charlton Athletic.
  Auxerre midfielder Bonaventure Kalou said he hopes to move to England in the summer, with Liverpool and Spurs leading the chase for the Ivory Coast star.  It looks as though the French side might be willing to part with the creative player for around 5 million, as his contract is due to run until 2008.
  Sven Goran Eriksson has said that David Beckham's place in the England team would not be affected by a move to Spurs.  The England coach said, as long as he was playing for a big team (including Tottenham in his options), it would not be a problem for him to be selected.
  Former Spurs boss Keith Burkinshaw has been installed as assistant manager at Watford.

  OTHER NEWS ... Watford have appointed Leeds United coach Adrian Boothroyd as their new manager ...

  MEHSTG's spin story ... Graeme Souness has said he can persuade Alan Shearer to play on for one more season.  So that will definitely rule out the return of Craig Bellamy then.

Monday  28.03.2005   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Simon Jordan the Crystal Palace chairman has said that Wayne Routledge should stay at Selhurst Park if he wants to become "a real player".  Jordan told Routledge that 'If you don't believe you are going to be a real player then my advice to you is go and join Spurs, take the money.'  Now there's a man who knows how to motivate his club's players.
  Borussia Dortmund seem to have come to an agreement with creditors to keep the club afloat, which might mean that Tomas Rosicky does not have to be sold, but they might need the money anyway, so we will have to wait until the summer to see what happens.

  OTHER NEWS ...  ...

  MEHSTG's spin story ... Beckham and Gerrard train !!  Wow !!

Sunday  27.03.2005   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Borussia Dortmund have said that they do not plan to sell Tomas Rosicky to Tottenham or anyone else in the summer.
  The Sunday Express report that David Beckham is likely to come to Spurs in the summer, as other London options are being closed for him.
  Mido opened the scoring in the 55th minute for Egypt in their World Cup qualifying 4-1 win over Libya.
  The World Cup group qualifier between Mali and Togo was abandoned in the 90th minute, as the Togo side grabbed a late 2-1 lead, but the game was abandoned with the home crowd baying for Frederic Kanoute's blood.
  Thimothee Atouba was an unused substitute in Cameroon's World Cup group qualifier against Sudan, which the Indomitable Lions won 2-1.
  Former Spurs winger Peter Taylor has signed a one year extension to be the part-time manager of England Under-21s.
  Thomson Holidays, the club's shirt sponsors, are in negotiations with Spurs about extending their sponsorship, which runs out in the summer.

  OTHER NEWS ... over 38,000 turned up to see the Liverpool Legends beat a Celebrity XI 6-2 in a match for the Tsunami appeal at Anfield ...

  MEHSTG's spin story ... Apparently Jordan wants to buy Selhurst  Park.  Somewhere to provide a home for the twin strikers I suppose.  Boom, boom !!

Saturday  26.03.2005   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Paul Robinson was a virtual spectator in England's 4-0 win over Northern Ireland at Old Trafford, while Jermain Defoe came on as a 77th minute substitute in the World Cup group qualifier.  Ledley King was an unused substitute.
  Robbie Keane started in the Republic of Ireland's 1-1 draw in Israel in their World Cup qualifying game.  Andy Reid was an unused substitute.
  Simon Davies played in Wales' 0-2 defeat by Austria at Cardiff in their World Cup qualifying match.
  Erik Edman scored one of the goals in Sweden's 3-0 win over Bulgaria in their World Cup qualifying match.
  Reto Ziegler made his full Swiss debut and played 69 minutes of tonight's game in France, which ended 0-0.
Philip Ifil played for the England under-19s in the 1-0 win against Denmark in the European Championship qualifying match at Crewe today. 
Goalkeeper David Button played for England under-17s in a 3-1 win over Serbia and Montenegro in a European Championship qualifying match at Stoke City's Britannia Stadium this afternoon.

  OTHER NEWS ... Five fans died in the crush of the 100,000 crowd leaving Iran's 2-1 win over Japan in the World Cup ...

Friday  25.03.2005   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  David Beckham is still being linked with Spurs, as his time in Spain seems to be coming to an end.  The England captain is aiming to get a move to Chelsea or Arsenal, but some sources claim they are both disinterested and that Tottenham might be keen to bring him to White Hart Lane.  The Guardian reckon that he will not come to Spurs because they are not in the Champions League.
  Tomas Rosicky says he is desperate top come to Tottenham and he said that Spurs are the most interested club in obtaining his services and that he is strong enough to play in the Premier League.
  Calum Davenport and Tom Huddlestone appeared in England's Under-21 international against Germany at Hull City tonight and the team drew 2-2.
  David Limbersky was playing for the Czech Republic Under-21s in their 3-0 win over Finland.
  Iceland's Under-21 1-2 loss to Croatia saw Emil Hallfredsson playing for his country.
  Former Spurs striker Gerry Armstrong was injured in a car crash in Manchester today ahead of Northern Ireland's clash with England at Old Trafford.  The Irish assistant manager had minor injuries as a taxi hit the Mercedes he was travelling in.

  OTHER NEWS ...  ...

Thursday  24.03.2005   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  It appears that although Tomas Rosicky has acknowledged that Spurs have spoken to his agent and to Borussia Dortmund, there is still some negotiation to be done with the transfer fee the sticking point.  Being heavily in debt, the Bundesliga club want top dollar for the midfielder, but their valuation does not match that of Tottenham.
  Spurs are also being linked with Deportivo La Coruna midfielder Victor.  Having been unsuccessful in tempting Mark van Bommel to White Hart Lane, Tottenham have turned their attention to the Spaniard, who is also being watched by Middlesbrough and Birmingham City.
  Other stories claim Spurs are interested in Victor's team-mate Lionel Scaloni.
  Then again, some websites are claiming the Mark van Bommel has said that he has not made his mind up yet about where he will be playing next season.
  The Under-18s lost 0-1 to Real Sociedad in the XXI Spain Youth Tournament.
  Former Spurs goalkeeper Kevin Dearden has had to retire from football due to injury.  He had been playing for Torquay United for the last few years.

  OTHER NEWS ... The FA have said there will be a four week break before the World Cup finals in 2006, but there will still be replays for all FA Cup ties ...

  MEHSTG's spin story ... Jose Reyes has made a covert appeal for Real Madrid to sign him and end his nightmare at Highbury.  "I am pleased that the Madrid supporters, at least, would also like to see Reyes wearing their famous white shirt. I think that it is important and an honour that the fans like me. If things work out, it would give me extra motivation. I would love to play for Real Madrid, but at the moment I am with another club and they have to come to an agreement. If Real Madrid are interested, they have to speak to Arsenal, if they do that, I am certain they will come to an agreement."  Mind you, you can't blame him wanting to leave Arsenal.

Wednesday  23.03.2005   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Michael Dawson is stepping up his training to one hour of running as he recuperates from his shin injury.

  OTHER NEWS ... Chelsea and Ashley Cole have been charged over the alleged tapping-up allegations of the Arsenal left-back ...

  MEHSTG's spin story ... 

Tuesday  22.03.2005   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Thimothee Atouba has claimed that he was racially abused by Joey Barton before he elbowed the Manchester City midfielder in Saturday's Premier League match, so the Sun reports.  As he is currently away on international duty with Cameroon, Atouba will have until 17.00 p.m. on Tuesday 31st March to answer the charge of violent behaviour. 
  It looks as though the long rumoured move to Spurs by PSV Eindhoven's Mark van Bommel will not become reality, as he appears ready to sign for Barcelona.
  The Daily Mail claim that Martin Jol is one of the lowest paid managers in the Premier League.  No stirring intended there then !!
  Spurs are being linked with Greek centre-half Traianos Dellas, who looks set to leave AS Roma in the summer.  Chelsea, Everton and Arsenal are all supposed to be interested in the European Championship winning defender.
  Having been told that he will not get a professional contract in the summer, Welsh Under-19 international Scott Thyer has gone for a week's trial at Swansea City and the 17 year old hopes that he will be able to secure a deal in his homeland.
  Noureddine Naybet has said that while it was a surprise that Jacques Santini left the club so suddenly, they are better off for it.  The Moroccan international told the Spanish press that the team are stronger now, having had more time to gel and that Martin Jol has motivated the players to improve.  The central defender said that it was time the club started challenging for honours on a regular basis and although the club had signed a number of young central defenders, he did not see that as competition, but he felt that with his experience he could help them develop.
  MEHSTG contributor Steffan Chirazi has won the Barclays Premiership Fan of the Month for his undying support of Tottenham Hotspur over 19 years from his home in San Francisco that has involved him flying over for at least six matches a season.
  The Spurs Youth team's two legged FA Youth Cup semi-final against Ipswich Town will take place on Friday 8th April at Portman Road, while the return leg at White Hart Lane will be on the following Wednesday 13th April.  Both games kick off at 19.00 p.m.

  OTHER NEWS ... Jose Mourinho, Steve Clarke and Les Miles of Chelsea are to be charged by UEFA with bringing the game into disrepute over their claims about Barcelona coach Frank Rijkaard entering the referee Anders Frisk's room during half-time in their Champions League match and the atmosphere that the West London club stirred up between the two teams for the second leg.  UEFA are viewing this premeditated attack and abuse of an official very seriously and have referred to Frisk being hit by a coin at AS Roma earlier in the competition, when an unidentified person threw the missile and the club had their win reversed to a 0-3 defeat.  Something similar would see Barcelona go through to the semi-finals in the place of Chelsea, but there could be a lot of legal wrangling before then ... Watford sacked manager Ray Lewington and are looking for a "progressive" manager to be in place before their next game ... Wayne ROoney is being investigated by Police for an alleged assault on a 22 year old in a Manchester nightclub ...

  MEHSTG's spin story ... Manchester United Chief Executive David Gill has said today that Sir Alex Ferguson is sackable.  By which we intensely hope he means that he is able to be sacked.

Monday  21.03.2005   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  It was announced today that Dean Richards has had to retire on medical grounds, as continuing to play would have been detrimental to his future health.
  Thimothee Atouba has been charged by the FA with violent conduct after the incident where he allegedly elbowed Manchester City's midfielder Joey Barton above the eye.  The Cameroon international has until 18.00 Tuesday night to respond to the charge or his case will be heard on Thursday.  Atouba could receive a three match ban if found guilty.
  Johnnie Jackson is set to leave Spurs in the summer, as he has enjoyed his time on loan at Watford (which came to an end at the weekend) and he would relish a permanent move to Vicarage Road or any club who will give him a run in his preferred position.
  Reto Ziegler has been selected for the Switzerland squad to face France and Cyprus in the World Cup qualifying matches this week.
  Spurs Reserves drew 0-0 away to Chelsea Reserves tonight, despite Rodrigo Defendi being sent off half an hour from the end.

  OTHER NEWS ... Chelsea have been charged with bringing the game into disrepute with their claims about the referee in the Champions League match at Barcelona ... Tony Cottee might be sacked as an ambassador for West Ham United following the revelation that the former striker is fronting a consortium to buy out the current owners ...

  MEHSTG's spin story ... 33 people were arrested after the Liverpool and Everton derby match, which is often labelled the "friendly" derby.
  MEHSTG's spin story 2 ... Rugby Union coach Clive Woodward is wanted as SCBC manager after he has completed the summer Lions tour.  Looks like Denis Wise should also be looking over his shoulder then !!

Sunday  20.03.2005   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Paul Robinson, Jermain Defoe and Ledley King have been name din the England squad for the World Cup matches against Northern Ireland and Azerbaijan.
  Despite rumours of a 7 million bid for Paul Robinson coming in the summer from Manchester United, the goalkeeper has pledged his future to Spurs.  
  Borussia Dortmund's Czech international Tomas Rosicky is a target for Tottenham and the cash-strapped club might have to sell him to pay off some of their huge debts in the summer.  The Bundesliga club's Sporting Director said that he had been contacted by Spurs.
  The News of the World claims that Tottenham are interested in taking Harry Kewell from Liverpool in the summer on a  free transfer.  Manchester City and are also reviewing the Australian forward's situation.
  Troyes midfielder Sebastian Grax is a target for Tottenham in the summer.  SCBC are also interested in the French Under-21 international and the 20 year old has said that his father, who is managing his affairs, has been approached by both clubs.  Fulham are also trailing the Frenchman.

  OTHER NEWS ... Former West Ham United striker Tony Cottee is fronting a consortium to buy the club ...

Saturday  19.03.2005   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Spurs beat Manchester City 2-1 at White Hart Lane this afternoon.  For a match report, click here.  Reaction will follow tomorrow.
  Martin Jol said he would review the video of the game before deciding what to do with Thimothee Atouba if he had been involved in an elbowing incident with Joey Barton in the lead up to Tottenham's second goal.

  OTHER NEWS ... Alex Ferguson has joined Arsene Wenger in threatening to remove players from his club from England's USA tour at the end of the season ...

  MEHSTG's spin story ... 

Friday  18.03.2005   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Martin Jol's statement about the fact that sometimes deals are held up over discussions over a petrol pass or insurance have been interpreted that this is the reason that Spurs have not concluded the contract negotiations with the Dutch Head Coach.  Jol has said that he is not worried as there are only minor items to be resolved, with the basic salary agreed.
  TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR TEAM NEWS : -  Simon Davies will come back into the team after being rested on Wednesday at Charlton.  Sean Davis may also start after coming on as sub in the same game.  Mido will have a late fitness test on his hamstring and back injuries.
  MANCHESTER CITY TEAM NEWS : - Steve McManaman (calf) and Ben Thatcher (hamstring) both miss out on being involved in the game.

  OTHER NEWS ... Chelsea and Liverpool will meet in the Champions League semi-final should they over come Bayern Munich and Juventus respectively ...

  MEHSTG's spin story ... Graeme Souness is looking to sign Jackie Stallone to boost his chances of remaining Newcastle manager, as he explained today that he needs "rhino skin to succeed."

Thursday  17.03.2005   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Spurs Youth side won 2-0 at Watford tonight in the FA youth Cup quarter-final with Charlie Daniels and Andy Barcham scoring the goals that see Tottenham through to face Ipswich Town Youth in the semi-final.
  Tottenham have got three layers in the England Under-21 squad for matches against Germany and Azerbaijan and they are Calum Davenport, Tom Huddlestone and Dean Marney.

  OTHER NEWS ... Wolverhampton Wanderers manager in the 1972 UEFA Cup final Bill McGarry died today aged 77 ... Middlesbrough lost 0-1 to Sporting Lisbon in the UEFA Cup and 2-4 overall ... 

Wednesday  16.03.2005   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Spurs lost 0-2 at Charlton Athletic tonight.  For a match report, click here.  Reaction to follow tomorrow.
  Frank Arnesen has said that Spurs will not take part in the InterToto Cup this summer should the fail to qualify for Europe.  The team would not have enough of a rest in the close season if they entered the "back door" means of getting into European competition.

  OTHER NEWS ... Newcastle United beat Olympiakos 4-0 to go through to the quarter finals of the UEFA Cup ... The Premier League will set up an independent disciplinary panel to investigate the "Colegate" affair ...

  MEHSTG's spin story ... Iain Dowie said he is flattered by the talk about him being considered as the next boss of Manchester City.  It is not that he wants to take over at the Eastlands club, but it is not often that he gets flattery you see.

Tuesday  15.03.2005   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  PSV Eindhoven midfielder Mark van Bommel will make an announcement in the next two weeks revealing the name of the club he will be joining in the summer, as his contract is up and he will leave the Dutch side.  Spurs, Borussia Dortmund and Schalke 04 are among those believed to be under consideration.
  The Daily Express claim Spurs are to take two of Real Madrid's galacticos in the summer, with a swoop for both David Beckham and Luis Figo.
  Another world star has revealed that he did not want to join either Spurs or Arsenal back in 1982 when he went to Juventus, because we played too many matches.  This despite the fact that his wife wanted to come to London.  The poor lamb who didn't fancy our league season without a winter break ?   None other than FIFA brains trust member Michel Platini.
  Spurs, Arsenal and Liverpool have sent scouts out to Italy to watch Serie B side Verona's 20 year old midfielder Valon Behrami, who is part owned by Genoa.  The youngster is out of contract in the summer and Arsenal may be favourites to sign him, but the bidding might include Juventus, who are also tracking the talented midfielder.
  TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR TEAM NEWS : - Mido will have a late fitness test on his groin injury, but Sean Davis and Andy Reid might be included in the side.
  CHARLTON ATHLETIC TEAM NEWS : - Alan Curbishley looks likely to keep Shaun Bartlett up front, despite Kevin Lisbie being available after suspension, while Dennis Rommedahl is also looking to start in the Addicks side.  
  Erik Edman has been picked for the Sweden squad ahead of their World Cup qualifiers in two weeks time.
  Two dates for rearranged Reserve matches have been announced.  The match at Portman Road against Ipswich Town has been moved from Monday 28th March to Wednesday 30th March.  The home game against Coventry City, which was postponed because of adverse weather conditions, has been set for Thursday 28th April with a 7.00 p.m. kick off.
  Rohan Ricketts has said that he spoke to a number of people, including Robbie Keane before agreeing to a move to Wolverhampton Wanderers on loan for a month.
  For a preview of the Charlton Athletic match, click here.

  OTHER NEWS ... An Atletico Mineiro supporter raced onto the pitch to attack the referee in their game against America in Brazil.  The referee defended himself as the fan ran at him and then all the players, police and officials became embroiled in a massive brawl ...

  MEHSTG's no-spin story ... the media have labelled the Chelsea tapping up of the Arsenal full back "Colegate" !!  It really brought a wide white smile to our face !!

Monday  14.03.2005   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Danny Blind has been confirmed as the new manager at Ajax thus ending the speculation over Martin Jol moving back to Holland as their boss.  The Guardian reckons that Johann Cruyff, who was brought into advise on the new manager, did not fancy Jol and therefore, he was not offered the position. 
  The dates of two or Tottenham's games have been changed to allow coverage by Sky Sports.  Our away match against Arsenal has been moved from Saturday 23rd April to Monday 25th April (kick off 20.00 p.m.).  The home match against Aston Villa has been re-arranged from Saturday 30th April to Sunday May 1st (kick off 13.00 p.m.).
  Simon Davies has been called into the Wales squad to face Austria home and away in the World Cup qualifying group on 26th and 30th March.
  The Reserves drew 1-1 with Watford Reserves at Broadhall Way tonight.  Paul O'Donoghue scored for Tottenham.
  Michael Malcolm seems to have returned to the club after a trail at Wycombe Wanderers and he turned out for the reserves tonight.
  For reaction on yesterday's match, click here.

  OTHER NEWS ... Jose Mourinho has been branded an "enemy of football" by head of UEFA's referees Volker Roth ...

  MEHSTG's spin story ... Robbie Savage has announced his retirement from international football.  Did he ever really start playing international football ?

Sunday  13.03.2005   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Spurs lost their Sixth Round FA Cup tie with Newcastle United 0-1 at St. James' Park this afternoon.  For a match report, click here.  For reaction click here.
  Martin Jol has said that he is not interested in the Ajax manager's position.  The Spurs head coach stated that he is talking over a new contract with Tottenham and that he has just a couple of things to sort out before he signs it.  The Independent on Sunday claims that Jol had held talks with Ajax, but they appear to be ready to appoint former player and youth coach Danny Blind.
  Mido has said that he will stick with Spurs and that the rotation of the four forwards at the club is not a problem to him.  The Egyptian striker said he followed Tottenham as a boy, because Jurgen Klinsmann was his idol and he knows that he will get a fair crack of the whip at White Hart Lane, unlike at Roma, where the internal politics of bringing in a new manager ensured he was cast aside.  Mido said that after his 18 month loan deal is completed he would like to discuss staying on at Spurs.
  Robbie Keane is also satisfied with the rotation of the front four, saying that big clubs need to have big squads and that he sees Martin Jol's selections and purchases as going towards getting Spurs into a position where they can challenge for Europe.
  Frank Arnesen has said he is convinced that Martin Jol will remain with Spurs and that Jol has said that he is very happy at Tottenham.  The Sporting Director might add to his Dutch back-room staff after PSV Eindhoven scout Hans Gillhaus left the club last week and Arnesen might be keen to bring his former colleague to White hart Lane.
  Spurs are being linked with Rennes Swiss striker Alexander Frei, along with Arsenal and Middlesbrough.
  The Sunday People resurrect the West Bromwich Albion midfielder Zoltan Gera link with Spurs.
  Swindon Town will not be offering Jamie Slabber a permanent contract when his loan spell ends at the County Ground.  Manager Andy King has said that the team look likely to stay in League 1 and so he wants to bring through his own young players and with the deal being structured so that Slabber is not allowed to play for Swindon or Spurs reserves, he may not get to play again this season.

  OTHER NEWS ... Swedish referee Anders Frisk has retired after getting death threats from Chelsea fans following his handling of the first leg Champions League game at Barcelona ... Blackburn Rovers beat Leicester City 1-0 in the FA Cup Sixth Round ... Cesc Fabregas is to be investigated by UEFA after allegedly spitting at Bayern Munich's Michael Ballack in their Champions League match ... 

  MEHSTG's spin story ... David O'Leary has slapped a gag on Olof Mellberg ahead of the Premiership with Birmingham City.  The Villa boss said that his comments about not ever wanting to play for them might affect his ability to sell the Swedish defender across the city if his game didn't pick up. 
  MEHSTG's spin story 2 ... Jose Reyes has restated his desire to play for Real.  He thinks he is just mucking about at Arsenal.

Saturday  12.03.2005   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  The Sun claim that Martin Jol will be leaving Spurs because his wife told estate agents that they were leaving the country.  A late withdrawal from the deal came when they were supposed to be sealing a 650,000 deal for a house in Essex.
  The same paper claims that Mido wants to stay at Tottenham.
  The Daily Mirror run a story about Mido saying that he has matured since becoming a father.  He said his wild days are behind him and that he believes that he can rise above the racist chanting about him that he experienced at the New Dell last week.
  The Under-18s lost 1-2 to Reading this morning, with Tottenham's goal coming from Jacques Maghoma.

  OTHER NEWS ... Arsenal beat Bolton 1-0 and Man U beat SCBC 4-0 in the FA Cup Sixth Round ...

  MEHSTG's spin story ... A Manchester United fan is going to be banned for life from Old Trafford for throwing flares onto the pitch at the New Dell in their FA Cup tie.  A spokesman said "We don't want people like him in our ground.  Flares are so 1970s."

Friday  11.03.2005   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  The Daily Mirror claims that the broken toe suffered by Pedro Mendes will keep him on the sidelines for five more weeks.
  The final game of the season at home to Blackburn Rovers has been moved from the Saturday to the Sunday 15th May with a 15.00 p.m. kick off.
  Rohan Ricketts has joined Wolverhampton Wanderers on loan for a month.
  Marton Fulop has joined Chesterfield on a month's loan.
  TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR TEAM NEWS : - Mido is doubtful with a recurrence of his groin strain, but Sean Davis is back in the squad. Pedro Mendes' broken toe keeps him out, while Michael Dawson and Andy Reid are cup-tied.
  NEWCASTLE UNITED TEAM NEWS : -  Jean Alain-Boumsong is available again and Celestine Babayaro faces a late test on his injured knee.
  Noe Pamarot has said he was unhappy that Frank Arnesen tried to sell him to SCBC in the transfer window, as he sacrificed a lot to come to Tottenham and did not deserve top be treated like that.  The French full-back said that he did not want to leave the club and the dealing was going on behind his back, but he is now working hard to get back into the team.

  OTHER NEWS ... Police will investigate the alleged racist remark made by a Chelsea steward to Samuel Eto'o after Tuesday's Champions League match ... Jens Lehmann could be suspended by UEFA after a water bottle he hurled to the floor splashed the referee on Wednesday night after the Bayern Munich match ... England will play friendlies against USA and Colombia in America in May ... 

  FOOTBALL CRIMEWATCH ... Portsmouth defender David Unsworth, currently on loan at Ipswich Town, was today fined 4,000 and banned from driving for two years after being caught drunk driving.

  MEHSTG's spin story ... On Red Nose Day, Ryan Gigs will miss Manchester United's FA Cup tie with SCBC after getting a knock on his nose in the Champions League game with AC Milan.

  MEHSTG's no-spin story ... Ronald Koeman, recently removed from the Ajax manager's post, could be in line for the job at Portsmouth.

Thursday  10.03.2005   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  The Times claims that Martin Jol has told Ajax that he feels a moral obligation to stay with Tottenham for the time being.
  Sean Davis could be in line for a recall for Sunday's FA Cup tie at Newcastle United.
  West Bromwich Albion's Zoltan Gera is being linked with Spurs in his homeland, but the Hungarian says he is happy at the Midlands club.

  OTHER NEWS ... Kevin Keegan has left Manchester City as manager fo the club. Stuart Pearce will take over for Saturday's game against  ... Chelsea have been fined 15,000 and Blackburn Rovers 10,000 for not being able to control their players in the Premier League match at Ewood Park ... Jose Mourinho has been fined 5,000 and warned about his future conduct after his outburst about referee Neale Barry in their game with Manchester United .... Lazio's Paolo Di Canio has been fined 7,000 for his fascist salute during the Rome derby ... Newcastle united beat Olympiakos 3-1 after the Greek side had two players sent off and Middlesbrough lost 2-3 to Sporting Lisbon in the UEFA Cup ... 

  MEHSTG's no-spin story ... Thierry Henry blamed the lack of spending this season for Arsenal's exit for the Champions League and the lack of challenge in the Premiership.  He said that his club had not spent as much as Tottenham in strengthening their squad !! 

Wednesday   09.03.2005   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  SCBC have said they will investigate the claims of their own supporters that some of the home fans abused Mido with taunts about his nationality, faith and that they sang about him being a shoe-bomber.
  Phil Ifil has been called up to the England Under-19 squad to play in European Championship qualifiers later this month.
  Former Spurs midfielder Graham Roberts may be offered a backroom position at Glasgow Rangers.

  OTHER NEWS ... Arsenal won 1-0 but lost 2-3 on aggregate to Bayern Munich and Liverpool won 3-1 (6-2 on agg.) in the Champions League tonight ... Mansfield announce that Carlton Palmer will be their new manager

  MEHSTG's spin story ... Harry Kewell's agent has said that his client had not done anything for Liverpool and that he had been responsible for 10% of that !!

Tuesday   08.03.2005   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Chris Hughton has told the press that no player will be given a starting place by right in the Spurs team, a comment coming in light of Pedro Mendes' unhappiness at not being an automatic selection for the Tottenham side.  Assistant coach Hughton said he could understand players not being happy at not starting, but there was competition for places at the club and this was what they were trying to achieve.
  Ledley King has said that he aims to stay in the England squad to try and force his way into the side that takes to the field in the 2006 World Cup finals.  He realises that it will be a tough ask with so many good central defenders, but his aim is to keep playing well for Spurs and then await his chance for his country.
  Tottenham are reported to be considering becoming tenants at the new Wembley Stadium if the 757 million project does not achieve it's  business plan according to the Daily Mail.
  Spurs reserves lost 0-3 at Portsmouth tonight.
  Defender Leigh Mills and goalkeeper David Button have been called up for the England Under-17 team to play in the European Championship qualifiers later this month.

  OTHER NEWS ... Chelsea won 4-2 against Barcelona to go through to the Champions League quarter final and Manchester United lost 0-1 to AC Milan ... Wigan Athletic have temporarily resolved their disagreement with the Greater Manchester Police to ensure that they are able to open the doors to the fans for the rest of the season in a row over policing costs ...

  MEHSTG's spin story ... Arsene Wenger has gone mad as he tries to flog a cat for 40 million.  He has said that he wants a 40 million transfer kitty.

Monday   07.03.2005   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Jermain Defoe made a surprise appearance in the Comic Relief Celebrity Fame Academy today.  Some stars of TV and comedy have been engaged in a singing competition in aid of the Comic Relief charity and they had a penalty shoot-out with Defoe as part of their morning exercises.
  Jamie Redknapp has been impressed by the way his former team-mates are shaping up under his old boss Martin Jol.  Redknapp said that the team had a spine now, shaking off the 'soft centre' tag of the past and that there are some exciting players in the side these days.
  Bayern Munich have said they will wait to see if Tottenham come back in for Owen Hargreaves in the summer.  A bid in the January window was knocked back by the midfielder, who wanted to stay in Munich, but things might have changed by the end of the season.
  Former Spurs defender Mbulelo Mabizela today signed a two and a half year contract for Norwegian side Valerenga.

  OTHER NEWS ... Wigan Athletic have been told that the Police will withdraw their services from the West ham game at the JJB Stadium on April 2nd and this could lead to the club losing their safety certificate, with games having to be played behind closed doors.  the row has blown up as Wigan are being asked to pay over six times as much for policing as other clubs such as Preston North End ...

  MEHSTG's spin story ... 

Sunday   06.03.2005   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Pedro Mendes is said to be unhappy at not being first choice in the Spurs midfield and has hinted he may look to move on if things do not change when he comes back from his broken toe injury.  The News of the World claim that the former Porto midfielder has told the press that he did not expect to find himself in this position at the club.
  The People newspaper reckon Spurs will line up a bid for Chelsea defender Glen Johnson in the summer.
  Luton Town have signed 18 year old Spurs' youth midfielder Danny Stevens on a one year contract.

  OTHER NEWS ...  ...

  MEHSTG's no-spin story ... Johann Cruyff has told the Sunday times that the way Chelsea plays football makes him loathe the game.  Having seen them twice this season, I think I know what he means.

Saturday   05.03.2005   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Spurs lost 0-1 to SCBC at the New Dell this afternoon.  Click here for a match report.  For reaction click here.
  Bayern Munich's England midfielder Owen Hargreaves is still keen on a move to Tottenham.  He said that the timing was not right in the summer, but Frank Arnesen told him to keep in touch and he told the Daily Mail that "to play for a club like Tottenham and live in London would be wonderful."
  Noe Pamarot has said that he preferred life in Nice, where the team were a lot more together than at White Hart Lane.  he said that the Spurs players were friendly, but he has found the lifestyle very different to how it was in France. 
  Spurs Under-18s were denied a win at the death by Coventry City, who grabbed an equaliser to make the score 2-2 at the end of the game.  Tottenham's goals came from Claude Seanla and Radwan Ahmed in the match at Spurs Lodge.

  OTHER NEWS ... Hartlepool United lost 4-6 at home to Wrexham this afternoon !! ... Gretna secured promotion from the Scottish Third Division with today's win ... 

  MEHSTG's spin story ... 

Friday   04.03.2005   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Chris Hughton has said that when Dean Richards overcomes his current Achilles injury, he could be up for first team selection again.
  TOTTENHAM TEAM NEWS : -  Ledley King returns at centre half after missing the Forest Cup replay with a groin injury, but Noureddine Naybet is still "slightly" doubtful with the same injury.
  SCBC TEAM NEWS : -  On loan central defender Calum Davenport is not allowed to play against Spurs in this match and SCBC welcome back Nigel Quashie, Claus Lundekvam, Jamie Redknapp and Graeme Le Saux, who were all missing from their Cup replay at Brentford in midweek.  Paul Telfer is likely to come in for the suspended David Prutton and Henri Camara will be a starter up front.  Paul Smith will continue in goal as Antti Niemi's knee injury keeps him out.
  Reserve striker Lee Barnard has gone to join up with former Spurs reserve team manager Colin Calderwood, by having a month on loan at Northampton Town.

  OTHER NEWS ... Paul Hart has left as manager of Barnsley by mutual consent ... Chelsea have signed Lewis Baker, aged 9, for a four figure fee from Luton Town's academy ... Sir Alex Ferguson received the Manager of the Month award and Wayne Rooney was chosen as the Player of the Month ...

  MEHSTG's spin story ... Fulham manager Chris Coleman has described his fans as "mutes".  He was not inferring that they were all very drunk as small reptiles either.

Thursday   03.03.2005   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Spurs' match at Newcastle United in the Sixth Round of the FA Cup has been chosen for Sky TV coverage on Sunday 13th March with a 4.00 p.m. kick off.
  Sporting Director Frank Arnesen has said that he 'loves it' that Ajax are interested in martin Jol as their new coach, but insisted that he was going nowhere.  The Dane said that it was good for Tottenham that other clubs were interested in our players and coach, but it was important that he stayed at White Hart lane with the club doing so well at the moment.
  Pedro Mendes will miss a few weeks of the season after having broken his toe in last night's victory at Nottingham Forest.
  Thimothee Atouba suffered a pulled hamstring in last night's game at Nottingham Forest too.
  Gary Mabbutt was inducted into the Tottenham Hotspur Hall fo Fame tonight.
  West Ham United manager Alan Pardew is looking at Dead Richards as one option to shore up his defence as his side prepare to secure a play-off place in the Championship.
  For a preview of Saturday's match at the New Dell, click here.

  OTHER NEWS ... Rinus Michaels, the Dutch coach who was behind the concept of Total Football, died this morning at the age of 77 during heart surgery ... In the 2005-06 season (and that season only), teams in the UEFA Cup will not have to play replays in the 5th and 6th round of the FA Cup, while those in the Champions League will not be required to go to a second game in the 6th round.  The FA Cup final will be played on Saturday 13th May 2006 and this announcement has come because of the need to finish the season to allow Sven Goran Eriksson to prepare for the 2006 World Cup Finals ... Chelsea have been charged by UEFA with arriving late for the kick off to the second half of their Champions league match at Barcelona and because Jose Mourinho did not appear at the post-match press conference ... 

  CRIMEWATCH ... a new feature detailing news of football's law breakers ... Two young players - Mads Timm and Calum Flanagan - were sent to a young offenders institute for 12 and 8 months respectively for racing at speeds above the speed limit after leaving at Manchester United's Carrington training ground.  Flanagan's car collided with an oncoming car and caused injury to the driver, while his passenger had to be cut out of the vehicle.  Both have also been banned from driving for three years.

  MEHSTG's no-spin story ... Ayr keeper Ludovic Roy reveals that the club are in the depths of such a cash crisis that they cannot afford boot polish.

Wednesday   02.03.2005   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Tottenham beat Nottingham Forest 3-0 in the FA Cup Fifth Round replay at the City Ground tonight to go through to meet Newcastle United in the Sixth Round at St. James Park.  For reaction, click here.  For a match report click here.
  Martin Jol has said that Paul Robinson is not for sale.  He said that coaches in Italy and Spain all know about the keeper and that they are interested in him, but Jol reiterated that Robinson is going nowhere
  The reserve game against Coventry City Reserves at Stevenage Borough FC was called off because of adverse weather conditions.

  OTHER NEWS ... David Prutton has been banned for 10 games and fined 6,000 for his actions in pushing the referee in Saturday's match against Arsenal ... the FA are to take no action against Jose Mourinho for his finger to the lips gesture at the Carling Cup Final on Sunday ...

  MEHSTG's spin story ... Delia Smith has denied rumours that she had too much wine before making her slurred imploring pitch appearance to get the Norwich fans to sing up.  Smith said, "There was just the right amount of wine - two glasses - just like it said in the recipe.  'Drink two glasses.  Simmer gently until half-time then let off steam on the pitch.'" 

  MEHSTG's no-spin story ... Following Manchester United fans' decision to celebrate the tenth anniversary of Eric Cantona's kung-fu kick at Selhurst Park by dressing up as their former French midfielder, the Crystal Palace spokesman has made this announcement. "Any supporter visiting Selhurst Park on Saturday will not gain admission to the stadium or will be ejected from the ground if they are in possession of any kind of face mask." 

Tuesday   01.03.2005   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Martin Jol has laughed off rumours that he has fallen out with Sporting Director Frank Arnesen by saying that not only are they working together, but they are virtually living together !!  The Spurs Head Coach said that he did not know where these stories came from, but there was no truth in them and suspected someone of trying to drive a wedge between him and Arnesen, as they were working well together.
  Jol also confirmed that his future is with Tottenham Hotspur, where he has come to do a job.  He said that his intention is to make the club great again and that any talk of him leaving for Ajax was purely speculation
  This denial flies in the face of a story in the Daily Express that claimed that Jol was ready to walk out on Spurs after just four months in charge.
  TOTTENHAM TEAM NEWS : - Thimothee Atouba could be selected in the team for the FA Cup replay at Forest after overcoming his knee injury, but there are doubts over the groin injuries to Ledley King and Noureddine Naybet.  Anthony Gardner is still ruled out and Sean Davis is still lacking match practice.
  NOTTINGHAM FOREST TEAM NEWS : - David Friio is cup-tied having played for Plymouth Argyle before signing for Forest and new signing Scott Dobie is not eligible, as he had not been signed before the first tie.  James Perch might be called up while Marlon King and David Johnson are vying to be selected up front.

  OTHER NEWS ... Jermaine Pennant was sentenced to three months in jail following his arrest for being over the drink-drive limit and while banned from driving ... David Prutton has admitted to two charges of improper conduct in Saturday's game against Arsenal and awaits his sentence from the FA tomorrow ... Spanish national coach Luis Aragones has been fined 2,060 by the Spanish FA for his racist comments about Thierry Henry ...  Ronnie Moore was named as the new Oldham Athletic manager today ... Roy Keane has been acquitted of assaulting a teenage boy ... 

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