White Hot Lines

April 2004

Friday   30.4.2004   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  South African defender Mbulelo Mabizela has said that he is not sure if he will still be with Tottenham next season.  The young reserve said that in his first season, he did not expect to break into the team straight away, but said if he gets a chance he will take it.
  TOTTENHAM TEAM NEWS : -  Robbie Keane is fit again after suffering concussion in last Sunday's match.  The Spurs website says that Dean Richards is back in the squad and Darren Anderton's Achilles injury keeps him out of the reckoning for the Villa game.
  ASTON VILLA TEAM NEWS : - Darius Vassell's hamstring injury might keep him out of the game, while Gareth Barry is rated as only hopeful for the match after picking up an ankle injury.
  Former Spurs youth midfielder Simon Wormull has been released by Stevenage Borough.  


Thursday   29.4.2004   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Reports today indicate that Stephane Dalmat may be up to £250,000 out of pocket after his behaviour saw him sent packing from White Hart Lane.  The French midfielder's loan spell was terminated by Spurs and Internazionale have said they will not take him back until the loan would have ended, so he is left in limbo and it does not look like he will be paid by either club in the interim.  His agent said it was very embarrassing for him, as he had not experienced any trouble at any other club he had been at.  Hmm.  I suppose that depends on who you believe.
  TeamTalk's website carries a story claiming that if Tottenham do not get Mark van Bommel, they will turn to Liverpool's Dietmar Hamann, who is yet to be offered a new deal at Anfield, who has 12 months left on his current contract and would cost around £3 million.  Mind you, the same report said Spurs had been playing defender Anthony Gardner in midfield !!
  The London Evening Standard have pointed out that Spurs have made Martin O'Neill their top target to take over as manager.  The only stumbling block appears to be the fact that Celtic chairman Dermot Desmond and ENIC's Joe Louis are firm friends and business associates, but it seems like the Irishman is set on returning to the Premier League and Levy has accepted that he will not be able to tempt Giovanni Trapattoni to North London.  According to the newspaper, Spurs might also go for Jacques Santini, if O'Neill does not arrive, while they will also consider Charlton Athletic's Alan Curbishley too.
  Jermain Defoe might sneak into the England squad for Euro 2004 as Darius Vassell has been ruled out of Villa's remaining programme with a hamstring injury.  Defoe will compete with Leeds United's Alan Smith for the last place in the forward line.
  Internazionale's Argentinian striker Julio Cruz is again being linked with a move to Tottenham.  The player is uncertain to be in the running for a first team place at the Serie A club, so the press in his home country are hinting that Spurs are renewing their interest in the forward.  Not that we need another forward, unless there will be some outgoings in the summer.
  There is an online petition to make sure Helder Postiga doesn't become another Sergei Rebrov at http://www.petitiononline.com/spurs101/petition.html.  

  OTHER NEWS ... West Ham chairman Terence Brown has vowed to take action against the group of shareholders who are asking probing questions about the financial state of the club ... 

  .MEHSTG's spin story ... The Standard reports that Arsene Wenger might have trouble taming the new signing he has lined up in Robin van Persie.  They state that he has not been able to be controlled by any of his previous managers, the winger is "unruly, indisciplined and arrogant".  Well, I don't know about you, but he sounds tailor made for the Gooners then !!

Wednesday   28.4.2004   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Spurs have announced pre-season friendlies at Sheffield United at Bramall Lane on Sunday July 25 (kick-off at 3.00 p.m.) and Nottingham Forest at the City Ground on Saturday July 31 (kick-off at 3.00 p.m.).
  The FA have charged Mauricio Taricco with two counts of violent behaviour and improper conduct during the home match against Chelsea last month.  The Argentinian defender has until May 12th to respond to the charges.
  Tottenham have said that the £1.5 million a year salary that French coach Jacques Santini would request is too much for the club.  The story in the London Evening Standard said that Spurs would go for the cheaper option of £500,000 for a another manager who had indicated that would be acceptable to him.
  The reasons behind Stephane Dalmat's return to Internazionale have been revealed in today's Daily Mirror.  The report alleges that he hit Jamie O'Hara after a reserve match at Charlton recently, had numerous bust-ups with Pleat after not turning up for training on time and most disgusting of all spitting in Jamie Redknapp's face in a training ground confrontation.
  Gary Doherty played 8- minutes of the Republic of Ireland's match that ended 0-0 in Poland this evening.  
  A 16 minute substitute appearance was all that Helder Postiga was allowed in Portugal's 2-2 draw with Sweden.
  Fredi Kanoute played for Mali in their 0-1 friendly reverse in Tunisia.  
  Spurs target, Feyenoord winger Robin van Persie has agreed to join Arsenal.
  Paul Konchesky has said he is still unsure about his future at Charlton Athletic.  On loan earlier this season at Tottenham, he has said that he is still on the transfer list and will sit down with the manager at the end of the season to see what will happen.  As an out and out left back, Spurs could do worse.
  Brazilian star Rivaldo has been offered by agents to Charlton Athletic, Fulham and Spurs, despite having had talks with Bolton Wanderers.

  OTHER NEWS ... Tord Grip is concerned about the lack of fully fit central defenders that England might be able to take to Portugal for Euro 2004 ...

  .MEHSTG's spin story ... It was reported today that Rivaldo is considering a Bolton move.  The Brazilian star has returned home to think over the move and the local people are only too happy for him to buy up the town.  The former AC Milan midfielder took in the Hall I' th' Wood, Smithills Hall and the Bolton Congregational Church and was impressed with the scenery around the town.  When asked if he would play for the local Wanderers side, he was reported to have said "You joking have to be !!"

Tuesday   27.4.2004   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Stephane Dalmat's loan spell has ended with his return to Internazionale of Milan.  The London Evening Standard report that the club took disciplinary action against Dalmat for his training ground bust-up with youth player Jamie O'Hara and thought it would be sensible to terminate his loan at this point in time.
  Robbie Keane has withdrawn from the Republic of Ireland's friendly in Poland after suffering concussion in Sunday's match against Arsenal.  Gary Doherty has travelled to Poland with the rest of the squad.
  French national coach Jacques Santini has said he would welcome an approach by Spurs as he is interested in the vacant manager's position.  With his contract up in the summer, he has said that Spurs have not been in touch with him, that he would enjoy a go at club management and this was obviously not a statement designed to pressurise his current employers into stumping up a lucrative contract in any way.
  Mbulelo Mabizela has joined up with the South Africa squad for a training session in Surrey with new manager Stuart Baxter.  
  Frederic Kanoute has joined up with Mali, who are playing a friendly in Tunisia.  
  The reserves completed their league programme with a 1-3 defeat against Coventry City tonight.  

  OTHER NEWS ... The FA will take no action against Robert Huth over the Shearer incident on Sunday ... Newcastle United defender Jonathan Woodgate will miss the end of this season and probably Euro 2004 ... Millwall have failed to get their ticket allocation increased after an appeal to the FA ... 

  .MEHSTG's spin story ... Today FIFA bigwig Sepp Blatter had another brainstorm and splurted out through his mouth that he thought that football matches should not be drawn, so have to be decided on the day.  The German football supremo, who was voted in by those who favoured him over others who didn't butter them up enough, said that "We can't be satisfied with draws. (Modern Olympic Games founder) Pierre de Coubertin has said that the important thing was to take part, not to win. That's not true."  He also said that Bill Shankly's comment about the game being more important than life or death was also untrue.  And that Charles Darwin's Theory of Evolution was erroneous, as was Einstein's Theory of Relativity.  Because relatively speaking, he was in charge and what he says goes.  So penalty shoot outs all round then !!

Monday   26.4.2004   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Nottingham Forest manager Joe Kinnear has revealed that Spurs have a gentleman's agreement to buy Andy Reid, the First Division club's Irish midfielder.  However, Kinnear now reckons he wants £10 million for the player.
  Jose Mourinho's agent has said he will wait until the summer to decide who he will join.  He is being courted by Liverpool, Newcastle United, Chelsea and Spurs among the English clubs and Real Madrid in Spain.

  OTHER NEWS ... Chelsea's Robert Huth will face an inquiry by the FA after allegedly stamping on Alan Shearer's groin in yesterday's match at St. James' Park ... Manchester City and Leicester City could both be in trouble after their brawl in the match at the Walker's on Saturday ... Ian Atkins has taken over at Bristol Rovers  as their new manager ... 

  NEW - Almost every day, we will put our own fictional interpretation on a hot story of the day in MEHSTG's spin story ... Sven Goran Eriksson has said it would be a big blow for England if they lost Jonathan Woodgate for the Euro 2004 finals in Portugal.  He said it would be like being hit in the face by one of your mates after being out on a drinking spree or getting pushed over and really hurting yourself.  Such a blow would be very painful and easily avoidable, so the Swede pushed his glasses up his nose a bit further and got on with picking Ledley King instead.

Sunday   25.4.2004   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Spurs drew 2-2 against Arsenal at White Hart Lane this afternoon.  Tottenham came back from 0-2 down to grab a draw with a last minute Robbie Keane penalty after Jamie Redknapp had got Tottenham back into the match.  For a match report, click here.  For reaction, click here.
  The Sunday People newspaper has broken the story about Stephane Dalmat hitting a young player at the club.  The news had been circulating among Spurs fans for some time, but the report has brought the fact that the French midfielder was involved in a physical fight with 17 year old reserve player Jamie O'Hara, after Dalmat thought he should have been shown more respect by the young player.  There are claims that he is so unpopular because of his aloof attitude, that he did not even want to travel to a country club where Spurs were preparing for today's game, but Dalmat's agent has said his client will return to Internazionale at the end of the season.  Although he can be a mercurial talent, perhaps that might be for the best.
  FC Basle manager Christian Gross has criticised former Spurs keeper Ian Walker in the Telegraph today.  Speaking about his time in England he told the broadsheet, "The biggest mistake I ever made at Tottenham was to replace Espen Baardsen in goal with Ian Walker.  I cannot believe he is England's No 3 goalkeeper. He is not a winner and never will be. He was lazy."  Gross did go no to say he still watches out for Tottenham's results and will be watching the match on TV today after his side's game in which they could virtually clinch the Swiss championship.
  The club has issued a statement on the official website stating that no plans to release any of the core players in the first team squad have been made, despite some speculation in the newspapers today.  Robbie Keane appears to have been one name mentioned, but the Spurs site carries a comment from the Irish striker saying that there is no truth in the reported story saying he wants to leave.
  Reserve midfielder Mark Hughes has been named in Northern Ireland's Under-23 squad to face Serbia and Montenegro on Tuesday 27th April at Mourneview Park, Lurgan.  

  OTHER NEWS ... Celtic's Chris Sutton and Stephen Pearson won the SFA Player of the Year and Young Player of the Year award sin Scotland ...

Saturday   24.4.2004   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Simon Davies has signed a two year extension to his current deal taking him through to 2009 as a Spurs player.  The Welsh international said "I'm sure when the club appoints a new manager things will pick up and we will get stronger. I wouldn't have signed if I didn't think that."  Hmm ... is that some implied criticism of the current man in charge ??
  The Sky Sports website claims that Tottenham are after the 24 year old Hungarian defender Laszlo Bodnar, who is owned by Dynamo Kiev, but plays for Ukranian side Arsenal.  The player is represented by the same agent as Sergei Rebrov and has told the site that Hamburg are also interested in the man, who can also play in midfield.
  Tottenham Under-17s lost in their Premiership Academy semi-final play-off match against Everton.  The game ended 1-1 with Mark Wright scoring the Spurs goal five minutes from time, but Everton hit back before the end and won a penalty shoot-out 6-5.
  Spurs, Arsenal, Charlton Athletic and Liverpool are all being linked with a move for Manchester City midfielder Shaun Wright-Phillips, as a source indicated he might be ready to leave in the summer.
  Arsenal are reported to be interested in young Feyenoord winger Robin van Persie, who Spurs have been linked with recently.  The Dutch Under-21 international would raise £3.75 million.

  OTHER NEWS ... West Bromwich Albion won promotion back to the Premier League after Sunderland failed to beat Wigan Athletic this afternoon ... Plymouth Argyle are champions of Division Two after today's win over QPR ... Notts. County are relegated to Division Three ... 

Friday   23.4.2004   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  David Pleat is urging his team to go down in history as the side who first beat Arsenal in the 2003-04 season.  Well, I reckon he has got part of that right.  
  TOTTENHAM TEAM NEWS : -  That team could include Darren Anderton and Dean Richards who are both in contention to play for Spurs again on Sunday after being out injured.  Ledley King, Mauricio Taricco, Michael Brown and Simon Davies should all be available for selection too.
  ARSENAL TEAM NEWS : - Ashley Cole and Freddie Ljungberg are ready to return to the squad, but Pascal Cygan is the only injured player who will not be able to take part.  
  American Under-17 international Danny Szetela is interesting Tottenham, as well as Internazionale, Manchester United and Arsenal.  

  OTHER NEWS ... UEFA have handed Marcel Desailly a three match ban for elbowing Fernando Morientes in the Champions League semi-final against Monaco on Tuesday ... Ernie Tippett has been named as the new manager of Rushden & Diamonds ...

Thursday   22.4.2004   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Milenko Acimovic has been allowed to join Lille, where he has been on loan, on a free transfer.
  Christian Ziege has revealed that he hopes to be fit for Euro 2004 and that it has been the only thing to keep him going through his injury nightmare.  Who pays your wages Christian ??  
  Spurs target Mark van Bommel has said that he will not be joining Charlton Athletic as they are not a big enough club for him.  Where does that leave Spurs in their quest to sign the PSV midfielder ???

  OTHER NEWS ... Ron Atkinson has resigned as a commentator for ITV Sport after making racist comments about Marcel Desailly and using foul language while he thought he was off air in a satellite showing of the Monaco v Chelsea match in Saudi Arabia and the Far East ... Marcel Desailly has been charged by UEFA for an elbow on Fernando Morientes in the game against Monaco, which was not spotted by the officials ... The winter break in the English Premier League has been put back 12 months as UEFA have arranged some international games at Eater next year for the World Cup qualifying groups ... Marcel Desailly

Wednesday   21.4.2004   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Spurs will play two matches in Glasgow against Celtic and Rangers in pre-season.  Spurs will take on Rangers on Wednesday July 28 and Celtic on Monday August 9, with both games kicking off at 7.45pm.
  Chelsea are rumoured to have made Jose Mourinho, the Porto coach, as their number one target to replace Claudio Ranieri.  Mourinho has been linked with the Spurs job.  Chelsea Chief Executive Peter Kenyon has denied this story though.  So that's alright.

  OTHER NEWS ... Norwich City own promotion to the Premier League tonight as a result of Crystal Palace's won over Sunderland ...

Tuesday   20.4.2004   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Stephen Carr will miss the match on Sunday through suspension and also he has a back injury, which will keep him out of the Republic of Ireland squad for their friendly with Poland.
  It was reported today that Wimbledon midfielder Lionel Morgan will be released by the club.  IN the past Tottenham have been very close to signing him and it will be interested if they make a move for him now.  

  OTHER NEWS ... Chelsea lost their Champions League semi-final against 10 men Monaco 1-3 ... Hibernian boss Bobby Williamson has taken over as manager of Plymouth Argyle ...

Monday   19.4.2004   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  David Pleat has told the Spurs website that Ledley King and Michael Brown should both be fit for Sunday's match against Arsenal.  
  Spurs Reserves beat champions Charlton Athletic Reserves at the Valley by 2-1 tonight.  Johnnie Jackson had an eventful game, netting the first goal, hitting the post and also having a penalty saved.  The second came from an own goal and 65 minutes into the game, Sam was sent off for Charlton.
  Newcastle United are reported to have been poriced out of a move for PSV Eindhoven's Mark van Bommel.  

  OTHER NEWS ... Paul Scholes has been handed a three match ban for an incident of violent conduct against Middlesbrough's Doriva, but he will be free to play against Chelsea and the FA Cup Final ... Diego Maradona has been taken into hospital and is in a critical condition ... 

Sunday   18.4.2004   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Charlton Athletic are reported to be ready to hijack Tottenham's attempts to sign Mark van Bommel from PSV Eindhoven and claim to have already had talks with him about a move.  However, the Sky Sports website claims that Aston Villa have agreed a fee with PSV for the player and have had talks too, with Spurs also reported to have agreed a fee and will speak to the 26 year old later this week. 
  Joe Kinnear has said that Tottenham's offer of £5 million plus Rohan Ricketts did not come near his valuation of £10 million for Republic of Ireland midfielder Andy Reid.  
  Rumoured Spurs managerial target Fabio Capello is reported as saying he will stay at AS Roma after this summer, despite stories linking him with a move to England.
  The Sunday Mirror claim that Martin O'Neill is the man who will lead Spurs next season and that he is itching to come back to the Premier League.  The story says Spurs have signed a confidentiality agreement not to name him until he is free to join, but that the board have a list of potential fall-back suitors should O'Neill not be available for any reason.
  The Mirror also states that Daniel Levy might be ready to dump David Pleat from his Director of Football role as he has not ensured that any prospective manager would work with Pleat, despite saying things to the contrary.  
  Spurs are reportedly having talks with Emmanuel Petit according to the media today.

  Apparently Aston Villa are looking at Dean Richards for a fee of £2 million.
  West Ham United are expected to come back to Spurs with a second offer to buy young midfielder Dean Marney.  They were unsuccessful earlier in the season and Alan Pardew seems intent on testing Tottenham's resolve to keep the talented youngster, while Nottingham Forest are also monitoring the situation, with Joe Kinnear having watched Marney in the reserves recently.
  For the latest Spurs Ladies match reports, including the First team's League Cup semi-final against Leyton Orient and the Under-11s League Cup semi v Watford, click here.  

  OTHER NEWS ... Celtic wrapped up the SPL title today with a 1-0 win over Kilmarnock ...

Saturday   17.4.2004   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Spurs lost 0-2 at Bolton Wanderers this afternoon at the Reebok Stadium.  For a match report, click here.  For reaction, click here.
  David Pleat has admitted the side are i the relegation dog-fight.  He said that the players must play for their own reputations and whatever motivates them, but said the younger players are suffering from a lack of confidence.
  Tottenham are supposedly offering a contract to Bosman transfer defender Bixente Lizarazu.  He is set to leave Bayern Munich in the summer as he cannot agree a new contract and with a Spanish side also chasing the services of the 34 year old, it will be down to who can pay the wages he wants, with Spurs said, in the article on Planet Football, to be offering £38,000 a week.
  Spurs Under-17s reached the semi-finals of the FA Premier Academy League play-offs with a 3-1 win over Leeds United.  The goal-scorers were Jamie O'Hara, Stuart Lewis and Mark Wright who took Tottenham through to a meeting with Everton at Spurs Lodge on Saturday 24th April.  

  OTHER NEWS ... Bradford City's relegation to Division Two was confirmed today, as was Chester City's return to the Football League ... 

Friday   16.4.2004   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Tottenham are reported in the Mirror and the London Evening Standard as being set on attracting Martin O'Neill as their new manager.  
  Meanwhile, Daniel Levy has said in an interview on the Tottenham website that he wanted to wait until the summer to announce the new manager as he might still be in a job at the moment and also that he wanted to review the management structure of the club.  He went on to add that a comely number of big name managers had been in talks over the post and that showed the respect the club was held in across the continent.
  BOLTON WANDERERS TEAM NEWS : -  Jay-Jay Okocha and Youri Djorkaeff hope to make starts for Bolton in the match against Spurs.  Ricardo Gardner misses the match with a knee injury.
  TOTTENHAM TEAM NEWS : -  Injury doubts Mauricio Taricco, Ledley King and Michael Brown are all included in the squad for tomorrow's game at Bolton.  Stephen Carr is suspended, while Dean Richards, Darren Anderton and Christian Ziege are all not fit to travel. 
  Rohan Ricketts has told the Standard that his first team chances have been limited since David Pleat took charge of the team.  The young  midfielder told the paper that he intends to hold on until next season to see who takes over in the manager's office to determine where his future lies.
  Sky Sports claim that Tottenham are watching the situation surrounding Fernando Redondo, the Argentinian AC Milan midfielder, who looks set to leave the Champions League winners at the end of the season.  The former Real Madrid man has not poured cold water on a move to England, with Bolton Wanderers and Tottenham said to be interested in the 34 year old, who has missed much of the last four years with a knee injury.
  Spurs are reported as being ready to let Dean Richards leave the club for a nominal £1 million.  
  Former Spurs forward Colin Lee has seen his contract as Walsall manager terminated as he is strongly tipped to take over at Plymouth Argyle.

  OTHER NEWS ... Cameroon have been given a big fine and a six point deduction for their World Cup qualifying group when it begins, because they continued to wear their all-in-one kit at the African Nations Cup, despite assuring FIFA that they would not do so in the quarter finals ... Coventry City and former Rushden and Diamonds striker Onandi Lowe has been bailed by Police after being arrested for possession of a controlled drug with an intent to supply ... 

Thursday   15.4.2004   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Mark van Bommel will have talks with Tottenham next week and has repeated the fact that he would be happy to join Spurs.  So much so, that Sky Sports think that Spurs are now in pole position to sign the PSV Eindhoven midfielder, who will leave in the summer.
  Spurs, Charlton Athletic and Fulham are all in with a chance of clinching a place in the UEFA Cup if England top the European Fair Play league.  The FA nominate the top club in the fair play table for the Premiership who have not qualified for Europe and they could go straight into the UEFA Cup, if England stay ahead of Sweden in the rankings for all manner of fair play.  A second club could then go into a draw for a second place too.  However, Stephen Carr's dismissal at Everton and the pending FA charges relating to Mauricio Taricco's behaviour in the Chelsea match may end up affecting Spurs' place in the Fair Play league.
  Robin van Persie, the Feyenoord striker, has spoken about how Arsenal let him down in January by not signing him despite arranging to visit him before speaking to his club.  However, he said he knew Tottenham had watched him and would consider an offer if it was made for him in the summer, although he seemed to be hanging on for AC Milan and PSV Eindhoven to come in for him.  A price of £3.5 million seems to be the price put on the 20 year old's head.
  Some unconfirmed friendlies have been mooted as possible pre-season matches and these include
       Feyenoord in Seville on 3rd August
       FC Copenhagen in the Ullevi Stadium in Stockholm
on 15th July
       FC Trollhättan
on 17th July
       These are only rumoured fixtures and have not been confirmed by THFC. 

  OTHER NEWS ... It appears that Francis Jeffers has been recalcitrant in his row with Everton manager David Moyes and will be back in the squad for the club at the weekend ...

Wednesday   14.4.2004   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  The London Evening Standard has a story claiming that Jamie Redknapp will not be offered the chance to stay at Tottenham after the end of this season.  The article claims that his 2 year deal had a further two year option, but that was dependant on him playing a certain number of games and because of the numerous injuries he has suffered in his time at Tottenham, he has not met that target.  However, if he plays in al the remaining games this season, he will trigger the automatic extension of his deal.  If not, it is believed that he will be given a free transfer and Portsmouth are said to be interested in taking him.
  The article also states that they believe that Gus Poyet and Darren Anderton will also leave as the age of the squad is brought down.  
  Mauricio Taricco is said in some quarters to be out of Saturday's match at Bolton Wanderers with cramp, although the official site quotes Chris Hughton as being hopeful he can feature.  There are injury doubts over Ledley King (hip) and Michael Brown (knock), although both Mbulelo Mabizela and Dean Richards returned to training on Tuesday.  Simon Davies should be OK to play and Darren Anderton is definitely out.
  Previously rumoured to be on Tottenham's wish list as the new manager, Porto boss Jose Mourinho is being linked with a move to take over from Bobby Robson at Newcastle United.  
  Rumoured Spurs transfer target Feyenoord's Robin van Persie is tipped to sign for PSV Eindhoven.  
  Plymouth Argyle have asked permission to speak to former Spurs forward and current Walsall manager Colin Lee.  

  OTHER NEWS ... Newcastle progressed to the semi-finals of the UEFA Cup beating PSV Eindhoven, but Celtic were knocked out by Villareal

Tuesday   13.4.2004   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Simon Davies has revealed that he is barely training, as he can only play games to get through his shin splints problem.  The Welsh international also said that the team believe that they have the right approach to get enough points to pull away from the relegation zone.
  David Pleat has said that because of injuries and suspensions, he might be forced into playing some mor eof the young talent at the club, such as England Under-17 defender Philip Ifil.  

  OTHER NEWS ...  Sheffield Wednesday refute claims that Ken Bates is set to take over the club ... Wycombe Wanderers were relegated to Division Three tonight ... 

Monday   12.4.2004   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Spurs drew 1-1 with Manchester City this afternoon at White Hart Lane.  For a match report, click here and for reaction, click here.

  OTHER NEWS ... Doncaster Rovers booked their promotion from Division Three today ... 

Sunday   11.4.2004   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Frederic Kanoute has said he will not be playing for Mali in the Olympics according to the News of the World.
  TOTTENHAM TEAM NEWS : - Spurs hope that Mauricio Taricco will be fit to play against Manchester City.  Ledley King hopes to return after injury, but Gus Poyet (back), Darren Anderton (Achilles)  and Christian Ziege (groin) might miss out.  Simon Davies' shin makes him a doubt also.
  MAN. CITY TEAM NEWS : -  Claudio Reyna is the only doubt for City and he appears to be unlikely to feature in tomorrow's match .
  The News of the World claim that Jamie Redknapp will quit Spurs in the summer to join his dad at Portsmouth.
  The newspaper also claims that David Pleat has twice had meetings with Feyenoord boss David van Markwijk and it is rumoured that he has been sounded out about what he wants to do when he leaves the Rotterdam club in the summer.
  The People claim that Hull City manager Peter Taylor is "flattered" to be linked with the Tottenham manager's job.  

  OTHER NEWS ... Francis Jeffers has had a training ground spat with manager David Moyes and although Everton cannot sack him, they have said he will not play for the team again although they still have to pay him until 1st June ... 

Saturday   10.4.2004   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Stephen Carr will miss the matches against Bolton Wanderers, Arsenal and Aston Villa after accumulating ten yellow cards with the two he received last night in the Everton game.

  OTHER NEWS ... Millwall have been given 7,000 less tickets than Man U for the FA Cup Final ... 

Friday   9.4.2004   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Spurs were beaten by Everton 3-1 tonight at Goodison Park.  Carr scored for Spurs and was later sent off for a second bookable offence. For a match report, click here and for reaction click here
  German side Schalke 04 have hit out at the £4 million price tag PSV Eindhoven have placed on their midfielder Mark van Bommel.  The Bundesliga club claim the fee is ridiculous and could rule them out of the running for his signature. 


Thursday   8.4.2004   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  The London Evening Standard reckons Rohan Ricketts might leave Spurs as he is no longer involved regularly with the first team and the story claims that he has had a bust-up with David Pleat, which is why he's not getting a game.
  TOTTENHAM TEAM NEWS : -  Spurs skipper Jamie Redknapp ahs trained all week with his lip stitched 22 times, so may well start the match at Goodison Park.  Doubts exist over Mauricio Taricco's thigh and Christian Ziege's groin, but Simon Davies is fit to travel to the North-West.  
  EVERTON TEAM NEWS : - Wayne Rooney, Duncan Ferguson and David Weir are all suspended and Li Tie is missing with a broken leg.
  Spurs are believed to have been knocked back in a second bid to buy Leeds United's England Under-21 striker James Milner.  

  OTHER NEWS ... There 1-1 UEFA Cup draw for Newcastle United away to PSV Eindhoven and for Villareal's visit to Celtic ... 

Wednesday   7.4.2004   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  The Mirror claims that Portsmouth manager Harry Redknapp wants to sign his son Jamie from Spurs in the summer.
  Spurs will play a pre-season friendly at Hull City on Saturday July 24th.  

  OTHER NEWS ... Deportivo La Coruna win 4-0 to beat AC Milan 5-4 on aggregate in the Champions League, while Lyon and Ports draw 2-2 to see the Portuguese side through to the semi-finals 4-2 on aggregate ...:

Tuesday   6.4.2004   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Jose Mourniho, coach of FC Porto, has again claimed that a representative approached him about managing Tottenham Hotspur.  The mastermind behind the Portuguese club's Champions League win over Manchester United hinted he would prefer someone to contact him direct from the club to discuss any witch to White Hart Lane.
  The FA are to look at the actions of Mauricio Taricco in last Saturday's game against Chelsea.  
  Midfielders Simon Davies and Darren Anderton will both be recovered from injury for the Easter programme.
  Channel Four's website claims Spurs will make summer moves for Roma's midfielder Stefano Fiore and Internazionale's Julio Cruz.  The 29 year old Italian international is also being tracked by Juventus, while the Argentinian forward Cruz has lost his position in the Inter team and looks set to leave at the end of the season.  
  Tottenham, Middlesbrough and Newcastle United are interested in Parma's Australian midfielder Marco Bresciano, who is also attracting admiring glances from AC Milan and Juventus.  
  Leeds United are said to be wanting £5 million for Paul Robinson, rather than the £2.5 million Spurs wanted to pay in the January transfer window.
  Liverpool are supposedly ready to vie with Spurs for the Israeli and Racing Santander midfielder Yossi Benayoun.  The 23 year old has been linked with a move to Spurs for a couple of seasons now and the Spanish side are believed to want £10 million for him, although the Sky Sports article says he might be allowed to go on a season long loan with a view to a permanent transfer. 
  Spurs Reserves drew 2-2 with Derby County at Pride Park.  The Tottenham goals were scored by Charlie Daniels and Helder Postiga which put the team 2-0 up, but Derby pulled two goals back to draw.  
  Former Spurs defender Stuart Nethercott has signed for Wycombe Wanderers on a free transfer.  

  OTHER NEWS ... Chelsea beat Arsenal 2-1 and 3-2 on aggregate in their Champions League semi-final.  Congratulations to Arsenal on their great achievement of reaching this stage of the competition ... Real Madrid were knocked out by Monaco on away goals after the tie ended 5-5 on aggregate ... Wimbledon were relegated to the Second Division after a 1-2 loss against Sunderland ... 

Monday   5.4.2004   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Tunisia manager Roger Lemerre is the latest in a long line of names linked with the Tottenham Hotspur manager's post.  Spurs are said in the London Evening Standard to have switched their attentions to the Frenchman after Giovanni Trapattoni said he would not take the job with David Pleat orchestrating transfers.  The article claims Spurs have sent an agent to sound out Lemerre, who won Euro 2000 with France as their manager and the Tunisian FA might accept £1 million in compensation if he accepts the Tottenham job.
  Portsmouth have denied that Darren Anderton is a transfer target for the South Coast strugglers.  Chairman Milan Mandaric said that the club had looked at the midfielder, but they had yet to decide who they needed to bring in during the summer.

  OTHER NEWS ... Duncan Ferguson has been handed a four match ban and a £10,000 fine for his behaviour after getting sent off for Everton at Leicester, when he throttled Steffen Freund and gave the finger to the crowd ... Kenny Jackett has been announced as the new manager of Swansea City ... 

Sunday   4.4.2004   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Jamie Redknapp had to have 22 stitches in his cut lip and have plastic surgery to mend the mess made of his face in yesterday's game against Chelsea. 
  The Sunday People have a story in which they say that former Spurs winger Peter Taylor would be an ideal coach to work in partnership with Director of Football David Pleat.  The Hull City manager refused to comment on the speculation last night, but the paper thinks that Daniel Levy will step up his hunt for Taylor, when he returns from holiday in America next week.
  Portsmouth and some Middle East clubs are interested in signing up Darren Anderton at the end of the season, although the Spurs midfielder is awaiting a contract offer from the club. 
  The People also claims that Spurs will have to find £5 million to buy Mark van Bommel from PSV Eindhoven.  
  According to the News of the World, Birmingham City are due to sign up two of Tottenham's potential midfield transfer targets in the shape of Nottingham Forest's Andy Reid and Manchester United's Nicky Butt.  

  OTHER NEWS ... Millwall made it through to the FA Cup final with a 1-0 win over Sunderland in their semi at Old Trafford and ensured their place in the UEFA Cup next season ... 

Saturday   3.4.2004   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Tottenham lost 0-1 to Chelsea at White Hart Lane this afternoon.  For a match report, click here.  For reaction, click here.
  Jamie Redknapp had to leave the field and go straight to hospital for plastic surgery on a split lip, caused in a clash with his cousin Frank Lamppost.
  Spurs Under-19s lost 0-3 to Leicester City at Spurs Lodge this morning.

  OTHER NEWS ... Manchester United defeated Arsenal 1-0 in their FA Cup semi-final ... 

Friday   2.4.2004   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Mark van Bommel has said that Spurs fans should sleep soundly, as rumours that he might go to the Bundesliga are much exaggerated.  The PSV Eindhoven midfielder has told the media that he will have talks with interested parties, but he possibility of a move to the Premier League appeals to him, because of the high quality of players involved in the competition, he watches coverage of the matches in Holland and that he sees Tottenham as a sleeping giant with a lot of potential.  Pleat has confirmed that Tottenham have held preliminary talks with van Bommel according to the 4thegame website.
  One player the Press are saying might be on his way out of the club is Frederic Kanoute, who looks likely to miss the start of next season because of his participation in the Olympics playing for Mali.  The competition runs from the 13th to the 29th August, so the striker might be absent for the start of the 2004-05 season.  Some reports claim that Tottenham might not appreciate the fact that they have shelled out a lot of money on him, with his presence now limited by the demands of Mali's international calls. 
  TOTTENHAM TEAM NEWS : - While Spurs are concerned about the fitness of Christian Ziege, Gary Doherty and Stephen Carr, David Pleat has hinted that Jamie Redknapp might make his first starting appearance in six months against Chelsea.  Definitely out are Dean Richards, Darren Anderton, Rob Burch, Mbulelo Mabizela and Simon Davies.
  CHELSEA TEAM NEWS : - Hernan Crespo has been ruled fit to play in tomorrow's London derby, if selected.  Juan Veron is getting back to be in first team contention, but will not be risked against Spurs.  Cudicini, Petit and Johnson are all ruled out for certain.
  Gus Poyet has told the Spurs website that he is investigating the possibility of playing out his career in Qatar.  He has been out to the Middle East to discuss a contract to play for the remainder of his career promoting the game there, but he has definitely ruled out playing in England beyond this summer.  
  David Pleat is featured on the League Managers Association site being interviewed on video.  Click here to link to that site. 
  After yesterday's comments, it now looks like Jermain Defoe will not be in the Euro 2004 England squad.  Sven Goran Eriksson sees the Spurs striker as one for the future.
  Former Spurs midfielder Vinny Samways is to have his contract at Walsall terminated.
  The club have appointed Sarah Wardle - a poetry lecturer from Middlesex University - as the club's Poet In Residence ... but only until the end of the season.  Perhaps then they will be looking to bring a big name European Poet in to replace her on a permanent basis !!  

  OTHER NEWS ... Arsene Wenger is complaining about his side having to play four games in nine games ... Claudio Ranieri has been named Barclaycard Manager of the Month ... Mikael Forsell was named as Premiership Player of the Month - a refreshing change from being a Man U, Arsenal or Chelsea player ...

Thursday   1.4.2004   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  The Telegraph are claiming that Alan Curbishley will not be Tottenham's new manager as Daniel levy is holding out for a big name from Europe.  Mihir Bose's article also claims that some of the prospective candidates have said that they want David Pleat removed from his Director of Football's post.
  Chris Hughton has revealed on the Spurs website that Gary Doherty's ankle injury will be assessed today to see what the damage is.  The Doc went over on his ankle in last night's Republic of Ireland friendly international against the Czech Republic.  Stephen Carr was left out as a precaution after feeling some pain in his knee.
  Mark van Bommel will hold talks with three clubs over his departure from PSV Eindhoven in the summer.  The clubs are believed to be Spurs, Schalke 04 and Borussia Dortmund.
  The London Evening Standard say that Spurs might have to pay £500,000 to West Ham United for Jermain Defoe quicker than they thought, after his England debut last night triggered one of the conditional payments in the deal to take the striker to White Hart Lane.   England coach Sven Goran Eriksson was very impressed with Defoe and the forward might be in his squad for Euro 2004.
  The Star run a story that claims that Portsmouth have signed a 16-year-old goalkeeper, Asmir Begovic of Canadian side Ottawa ahead of Spurs who were interested.

  OTHER NEWS ... Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink has been cleared by the FA of violent conduct in the FA Cup tie against Scarborough ... Macclesfield Town have appointed Brian Horton as their new manager ... Roberto Baggio has said he will retire at the end of this season ... 


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