White Hot Lines

May 2006

Wednesday 31.05.2006   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   The Daily Mail claim that Spurs are ready to sell Calum Davenport, while the Daily Mirror say that the club are about to tie up a 2.5 million deal for Portsmouth left-back Matthew Taylor.  Spurs, along with Portsmouth, Monaco, Lille, Marseille and a number of Spanish clubs are being attracted to Lucien Aubey, a 22 year old Toulouse defender.
   Former Spurs defender Chris Perry has been released by Charlton Athletic.

  OTHER NEWS ... Russell Slade has left Grimsby Town as manager after failing to agree a new contract ... Barry Fry has left his position as Director of Football at Peterborough United and has taken over as chairman, with his previous post not being filled ...
Martin Allen has resigned as manager of Brentford, although the Bees claim he is still under contract to them ... Chelsea sign Andriy Shevchenko for a reported 1 million from AC Milan ...

  MEHSTG's no-spin story ... The UK is running out of Trinidad and Tobago shirts, as football fans North fo the border are so keen to see Scotland in the World Cup Finals (Jason Scotland is in the T&T squad) you see).


Tuesday 30.05.2006   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   Hossam Ghaly has denied rumours that he has nto settled well in London and wants to leave Tottenham.  The Egyptian midfielder said he has been taking his time getting over his injury before pushing for a first team place and although he misses his fellow countryman Mido, he is determined to make his mark in the first eleven next season.  Despite turning up at the England training camp as a stand-by player, Jermain Defoe has drawn praise from Sven Goran Eriksson for his attitude and application since his arrival with the rest of the players.
   Paul Robinson played all of England's 3-1 win over Hungary at Old Trafford tonight.  Aaron Lennon, Jermain Defoe, Jermaine Jenas, Michael Carrick and Michael Dawson were unused substitutes at the match.
   Leeds United manager Kevin Blackwell has revealed that Aaron Lennon took a pay cut to join Spurs, but the Yorkshire club had to sell him as he was on a big salary from the Premiership days and they could not afford to keep him when they got relegated.
   Former Spurs defender and Reserve team manager Colin Calderwood has been named as the new manager of Nottingham Forest.
   Former Spurs youth player Simon Clist has joined Forest Green Rovers after being released by Barnet.

  OTHER NEWS ... Keith Alexander has been named as the new manager of Peterborough United ... Iain Dowie has been appointed as the new Charlton Athletic manager ...

  MEHSTG's no-spin story ... Crystal Palace chairman Simon Jordan is taking action against Iain Dowie for alleging false claims in releasing him from his contract as manager at the club in saying he wanted to move back up North, but having taken the Charlton Athletic manager's job, he tried to have a writ served on Dowie during the Press Conference announcing him as the Addicks boss.


Monday 29.05.2006   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   Former Spurs defender and Reserve team manager Colin Calderwood has been given permission by Northampton Town to talk to Nottingham Forest about taking over as manager at the City Ground.

  OTHER NEWS ...  ...  ...


Sunday 28.05.2006   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   The Sunday People and the News of the World report that Spurs are keeping a close watch on Craig Bellamy of Blackburn Rovers.  Over at the Sunday Mirror they reckon that when Iain Dowie is appointed as Charlton Athletic manager his first signing will be winger Wayne Routledge.  Another story in the Mirror tells us that Spurs are willing to swap Reto Ziegler and Danny Murphy for Wigan Athletic's Pascal Chimbonda in addition to throwing in 2.5 million.  Chimbonda's agent can't understand Wigan's stance, as they agreed to let the defender go should a bid of 2.5 million be received.  The Sunday Mirror also claims Martin Jol is watching the situation at Chelsea, as he wants to sign Wayne Bridge and is also keen to take Shaun Wright-Phillips or Damien Duff if they are allowed to leave.  On the other hand they state that Spurs might sell Andy Reid to Portsmouth, as they have been offering him around for 2 million.  The News of the World reckon that Birmingham City are keen to sign Anthony Gardner from Spurs.  Meanwhile Racing Gent have denied that there has been any contact from Spurs in respect of signing their young defender Sven Verdonck.
   Former Spurs defender Mark Stimson has agreed to take over as manager at Conference side Stevenage Borough.

  OTHER NEWS ... Cheltenham Town beat Grimsby Town 1-0 in the League Two play-off final to gain promotion ...  ...


Saturday 27.05.2006   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   Carlton Cole has agreed to join Spurs for 2 million on a four year deal most of the papers tell us today.  He joins as Mido exits the club, because they could not agree a deal with AS Roma.  Meanwhile Belgian youngster Sven Verdonck looks set to join the club from Genk.  The 18 year old defender has spoken to Tottenham and agreed a four year contract and the clubs should complete the transfer next week, with other clubs who approached him earlier this year such as PSV Eindhoven, Cologne, NAC Breda, Roda JC, Twente Enschede and Aston Villa all being beaten to his signature.

  OTHER NEWS ... Barnsley won promotion to the Championship with a 4-3 penalty shoot-out win over Swansea City after the play-off final finished 2-2 in Cardiff ...  ...


Friday 26.05.2006   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   Spurs have not made a move to make Mido's transfer permanent and he will return to AS Roma after scoring 14 goals in 28 appearances for Tottenham, reportedly as talks with his owners had broken down.  His last few weeks were injury hit and with the signing of Dimitar Berbatov, the Egyptian forward looked surplus to requirements.  Also released by the club are veteran defenders Goran Bunjevcevic and Noureddine Naybet.  Just one day after hinting that he may need to move away from Spurs to find first team football, Stephen Kelly has signed a one year extension to his contract, which was due to expire this summer.  It's an interesting development, as the Daily Express claims that the Irishman is set to join Birmingham City, as the media thought yesterday.  The Daily Mirror reckon Spurs and Arsenal are locked in a 6 million battle for West Bromwich Albion defender Curtis Davies.  The Express think that Arsenal are confident of signing the defender for 5 million ahead of Tottenham.  Goalkeeper Marton Fulop is flattered by the interest being shown in him by Wigan Athletic.
   Young-Pyo Lee played in South Korea's 2-0 win over Bosnia-Herzegovina today.
   The club have revealed the futures of some of the younger reserve team players. 
Midfielder/defender Charlie Daniels has signed a two-year contract.  Also staying at the club are defender Charlie Lee, striker Andy Barcham and goalkeeper Tommy Forecast who have all signed extensions to their current deals.  Having broken his leg in the Premier League Reserve Play-Off Final at Old Trafford, Rob Burch has been handed a one year deal, while defender Chris Riley has signed his first full-time contract.
Released from the club are defender Marcel McKie, Nathan Peprah-Annan and John Kyriacou, while Richard Heller has signed for Sudbury and Claude Seanla has joined Watford.

   Former Spurs defender and assistant manager John Gorman has been released from his position by Wycombe Wanderers as he struggles to recover from the death of his wife in February.  Gorman has said that the slit was amicable, but he has been fit to manager for several weeks and hopes to get back into the game as soon as possible.
   Former Spurs midfielder and manager Terry Venables has been reported as having turned down the Middlesbrough manager's job.

  OTHER NEWS ... A scan on Wayne Rooney's fractured metatarsal has revealed that he will miss the three group games in England's World Cup campaign, at least ... Gudjon Thordarson has left Notts. County as manager ...


Thursday 25.05.2006   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   Stephen Kelly told the television cameras after his debut for the Republic of Ireland last night that he needs first team football and he doesn't know if that will mean that he has to leave Tottenham to gain it.  Birmingham City might step up their move for the Irishman, but he may be reluctant to drop a division to get regular football.  The Times suggest that Tottenham are looking at Paul Konchesky of West Ham United to replace Paul Stalteri at right back, but also reckon that the Irons will not let him go.  On the BBC website, Pascal Chimbonda thinks he will agree to join Spurs before the World Cup for 4.5 million, although other stories hint that he will wait until after the tournament to decide his future.  The Sun believe that he will be signed up within 48 hours and then Spurs will move for midfielder Didier Zokora of St. Etienne for 5 million.  Middlesbrough have warned off Spurs after the Times reported that they are shaping up to make another bid for the England winger Stewart Downing.  Believed to be 7.5 million, Boro say they are not selling the player.  It is thought that Martin Jol favours an out and out winger like Downing rather than Morten Gamst Pedersen of Blackburn Rovers, who he has watched, but does not stick out wide.
   Jermaine Jenas, Michael Carrick and Aaron Lennon started the England B match against Belarus tonight at Reading FC.  Jenas scored England's goal in a 1-2 defeat, but was substituted after 62 minutes and Michael Dawson and Jermain Defoe both came off the subs bench after 79 minutes to make it five Spurs players representing their country in the match.  Aaron Lennon was named man of the match by Trevor Francis.
   Former Spurs defender Guy Butters has signed a new one-year contract with Brighton and Hove Albion.

  OTHER NEWS ... FIFA have told Northern Ireland that only players with British passports will be able to play for the country in the future, meaning holders of Republic of Ireland passports cannot turn out for the Northern Ireland team ...  ...

  CRIMEWATCH ... Crystal Palace have been fined 42,000 and Watford 35,000 for failing to control their players in a mass brawl in the Championship play-off semi-final second leg at Selhurst Park earlier this month.  Both clubs have been warned about their future conduct.

  MEHSTG's spin story ... Kieron Dyer has been questioned by the Police after a claim that he had indecently exposed himself.  Only this time, it wasn't a poor performance in a Newcastle United shirt !!


Wednesday 24.05.2006   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   Tottenham's 3.5 million move for West Bromwich Albion's young central defender Curtis Davies has been rejected by the relegated club.  The press do think that a 2 million move for Chelsea's Carlton Cole will go through within the next 24 hours.  It is thought however, that the club's interest in Pascal Chimbonda might have cooled after having a bid knocked back for the Wigan Athletic defender.  Sky Sports website runs a story claming that Tottenham would offer reserve keeper Radek Cerny in part-exchange for Chimbonda, amounting to a deal worth 4.5 million to secure the Frenchman's services.  Tottenham are among a bunch of clubs including Bolton Wanderers, Wigan Athletic and Fulham in keeping a keen watch on Leyton Orient's Congo central defender Gaby Zakuani.  The 19 year old has Fulham as the favourites to sign him up for around 1 million.  With rumours hinting that Edgar Davids' move to Ajax is close, TeamTalk reckon that Spurs might use the 33 year old in a deal to acquire Dutch international forward Ryan Babel, who is 19 and scored on his debut for Holland in the World Cup qualifier against Romania.  Babel is in the Dutch World Cup squad heading for Germany.  Sky Sports site informs us that Glasgow Celtic and Spurs are in talks with 28 year old Brazilian winger Denilson, who is at Bordeaux, but will leave this summer, as they cannot match his financial demands.  Spurs, Manchester City and West Ham United are all interested in Barcelona utility man Gabri, who will leave the European Champions League champions Barcelona after seven years at the Camp Nou, although the player is not sure about moving his family abroad.
   Internazionale of Milan are the guests in a pre-season friendly at White Hart Lane on Sunday 30th July, with the kick-off at 3.00 p.m.
   Spurs will provide a number of players for England's B international against Belarus tomorrow night at the Madjeski Stadium.  Aaron Lennon, Michael Carrick and Jermaine Jenas will start, while Jermain Defoe and Michael Dawson will be on the bench.
   Stephen Kelly made his debut for the Republic of Ireland last night in a 0-1 defeat by Chile at Lansdowne Road tonight.  Robbie Keane captained the team.  Andy Reid replaced Kelly in the 84th minute and Terry Dixon was an unused substitute.
   Former Spurs midfielder and Clyde manager Graham Roberts is alleged to have made racist comments during the club's tour of Canada.  Clyde FC are undertaking a full investigation of the matter
   Ipswich Town are to hold talks with former Spurs defender and Northampton Town boss Colin Calderwood about their vacant manager's job.

  OTHER NEWS ... Manager Keith Alexander has left Lincoln City ...  ...

  MEHSTG's spin story ... Bees are staying at Underhill.  A nice hive has been set up at the North London ground, where Barnet FC will continue to play for another year at least.


Tuesday 23.05.2006   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   The Times reports that Spurs are confident of snapping up Chelsea striker Carlton Cole for 2 million, but will miss out on signing defender Glen Johnson, who seems keen on moving to Lyon.  While on the Chelsea theme, the Daily Mirror claim that Spurs have had a 5 million bid for Wayne Bridge rejected as the club think he has a future at Stamford Bridge.  An improved offer of 5 million for Wigan Athletic's Pascal Chimbonda looks likely to be accepted according to the Independent.  Manager Henk ten Cate would be happy to take Edgar Davids to the Amsterdam Arena as the Dutchman has said he would like to return to finish his career at Ajax.  Spurs have been confirmed as one of the sides chasing St. Etienne's Ivory Coast midfielder Didier Zokora, along with Arsenal and Manchester United, as well as clubs from France and Spain.  His agent said that Tottenham were an interesting proposition, as they were an improving club with a very good coach.
   The club has announced that they will not be touring Thailand and Hong Kong as part of their pre-season programme, despite it being reported in some sources that they would be.
   Stephen Kelly will win his first Republic of Ireland cap tomorrow night in the friendly at Lansdowne Road against Chile.  Robbie Keane will skipper the side and Andy Reid and Terry Dixon are also in the squad.
   Former Spurs manager Ossie Ardiles has been revealed as the new coach of Beitar Jerusalem.

  OTHER NEWS ... Nigel Spackman has been named as manager of Millwall ... Paul Hart has been unveiled as the new manager of Rushden and Diamonds ...

  MEHSTG's spin story ... 


Monday 22.05.2006   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   Tottenham's interest in Curtis Davies of West Bromwich Albion has been met with strong opposition from the relegated club.  With Arsenal and Newcastle United also keen on the central defender, the Baggies have said that .  Winger Andy Reid has said that despite an injury-hit first season at Spurs, he is not thinking of moving elsewhere and intends to see out his contract, which has four more years to run.
   Former Spurs midfielder Gus Poyet has been named as Assistant Manager of Swindon Town after Denis Wise took the manager's job at the County Ground.  Poyet will also be registered as a player.
   Former Spurs midfielder Darren Caskey has signed for Kettering Town from Rushden and Diamonds.

  OTHER NEWS ... Iain Dowie has left Crystal Palace as manager by mutual consent ...  ...


Sunday 21.05.2006   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   Spurs have joined the chase for St. Etienne's Ivory Coast midfielder Didier Zokora.  Arsenal have been watching him for a long time and his price tag is likely to be about 10 million, which might deter Spurs.  The player will be well known to Damien Comolli, who was Technical Director at the French club.
   Michael Dawson has been called up to be on stand-by for the England World Cup squad after former Spurs defender Luke Young had to withdraw as he had not overcome an ankle injury.
   Former Spurs defender Mark Stimson has been approached by Millwall and Peterborough United about their manager's jobs, according to the Star.
   Former Spurs defender Colin Calderwood has told the press that he has not even considered moving to Nottingham Forest to take over as manager.
   Watford will be playing Premier League football after beating Leeds United in the Championship Play-off Final 3-0 at Cardiff this afternoon.

  OTHER NEWS ...  ...  ...


Saturday 20.05.2006   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   The Mirror claim that Spurs will sign Carlton Cole from Chelsea for 1 million to be played in rotation with Dimitar Berbatov as the big striker with Robbie Keane or Jermain Defoe as the little striker.  The paper wonders if Defoe will settle for this and if not, he might be off to Liverpool.
   Colin Calderwood, currently manager of Northampton Town, is said to have been interviewed for the vacant boss' job at Nottingham Forest.

  OTHER NEWS ... Hereford United won their place back in the Football League after beating Halifax Town 3-2 in the Conference Play-off Final at Leicester City FC tonight ...  ...

  MEHSTG's no-spin story ... latest news ... Pele was nearly signed by Manchester United in 1968 ... you can't get much more "latest" than that.


Friday 19.05.2006   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   Spurs, along with Manchester City and Aston Villa, are reported to be showing in West Bromwich Albion's want-away Hungarian midfielder Zoltan Gera.  The 27 year old is being priced at 4 million.  Newcastle United manager Glenn Roeder is keen to sign his former player Jermain Defoe to replace Alan Shearer at St. James' Park according to the Sun.  Chelsea are ready to listen to offers for Eidur Gudjohnsen, who might be a useful alternative to Carlton Cole ... and cheaper, in my opinion.
   Tottenham have announced a pre-season friendly away at Birmingham City on Saturday 22nd July with the match kicking off at 3.00 p.m.
   Jermaine Jenas is back in training with England after recovering from his shin injury.

  OTHER NEWS ...  ...  ...

  MEHSTG's spin story ... 


Thursday 18.05.2006   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   The Daily Mail reckon that the sponsorship money from Mansion is burning a hole in Martin Jol's pocket.  The paper claims that he is considering a move for West Ham United left back Paul Konchesky as he has not been able to buy either of Chelsea Wayne Bridge or Valencia's Juan Pablo Sorin.  one player they seem to think is definitely on his way to the Lane is Carlton Cole, who is willing to come to Spurs as long as he is guaranteed a first team place or so say the Daily Express and Daily Mail.  Not sure I would give him that assurance, but the tabloid thinks he might have a chance as Tottenham look set to let Jermain Defoe go, with Liverpool baulking at shelling out 15 million for him, but they have offered injury-hit Harry Kewell in part-exchange, the Mail tell us.  If the deal went through, the cash might go straight out to Wigan Athletic for Pascal Chimbonda (6 million) and Crystal Palace for striker Andy Johnson (who the Championship club believe they can get 8 million for).  Portsmouth had trouble keeping Wayne Routledge in full-time employment while on loan at Fratton Park, but might want him back on an extended loan spell, while Reto Ziegler impressed on his time at the JJB stadium, although Wigan are not sure if they will move for a permanent deal for the Swiss left back.  The Express also have Spurs down as going for Shaun Wright-Phillips if Chelsea will sell.
   Dimitar Berbatov has said that Manchester United made an unconvincing bid to buy him before he signed for Spurs.  He met a representative from the club, but was impressed by Tottenham's commitment to signing him and after our home game with United, Berbatov met Martin Jol and thought he was "a very special man".  We all agree with that !!

  OTHER NEWS ... Swindon Town released manager Iffy Onoura from his duties ...  ...


Wednesday 17.05.2006   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   Tottenham have agreed a fee of 10.9 million for Dimitar Berbatov with Bayer Leverkusen.  The club has also agreed personal terms, but have to wait to complete the signing on 1st July, if he gets a work permit.  Having hit 21 goals this season in the Bundesliga, the Bulgarian forward told the media that he was looking forward to joining Spurs, as he believes something special is happening at the club.  The 25 year old added that Tottenham had come in for him in January, but Leverkusen would not sell, so when they came back for him at the end of the season, he was pleased to say yes, as he believes that Martin Jol has faith in him.  With Berbatov awaiting his move, it looks like Mido might not be coming as a permanent signing to White Hart Lane.  His loan ends on 1st July and with the club unable to agree a price, he might be returning to AS Roma, after missing the end of the season with injury.
   Former Spurs head coach Jacques Santini has parted company with Auxerre after just one season, in which he had a falling out with the board.

  OTHER NEWS ... Barcelona beat Arsenal in the Champions League Final tonight with Jens Lehmann being sent off...  ...


Tuesday 16.05.2006   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   The Marriott Hotel that Spurs stayed in before their last match of the season at West Ham United has been cleared by the Health Protection Agency and local Environmental Health Officers of causing the food poisoning ten players suffered the night before the game.  The Docklands hotel was investigated by the health agencies and no bacteria which would have caused the food poisoning was found, leaving the diagnosis of a viral infection which one player spread to the others, causing the vomiting and diarrhoea.  The club have put  statement on their website saying that without all the results from tests on samples and specimens, no firm conclusion can be drawn from the findings so far.
   Although Manchester United are supposedly interested, it seems the newspapers are united in thinking that Bayer Leverkusen striker Dimitar Berbatov is coming to Tottenham within the next 24 hours.
   Former Spurs defender Mark Stimson has left Grays Athletic as their manager by mutual consent.

  OTHER NEWS ... Glenn Roeder has been named as the new Newcastle United manager and Alan Shearer as the club's Football Ambassador ...  ...

  MEHSTG's no-spin story ... A linesman in tomorrow's Champion's League match has posed for a photo for his local newspaper wearing a Barcelona shirt .. only to be replaced for the match later that evening despite UEFA saying that they would not do so.


Monday 15.05.2006   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   Spurs announced a shirt sponsorship deal with Gibraltar based gambling firm Mansion today worth 34 million over four years.  Once more the logo for the sponsors is red and the deal will kick in from 1st July when Thomson's current contract expires.  Mansion were set to sponsor Manchester United until the North-West side pulled out in favour of another sponsor, leaving Spurs with the seventh biggest sponsorship deal in world football.
   With the new shirt sponsor came the new home shirt on view for the first time.  Plain white with a club logo and a puma logo on the front, it looks like it has an up-turned horseshoe shape of navy blue on the back. 
   The Sun link Tottenham with a 5 million move for Rennes Swedish midfielder Kim Kallstrom.  The Daily Mirror claims Spurs will return with a third offer for Wigan Athletic's Pascal Chimbonda.
   Spurs players going to England for the World Cup will wear the following numbers ... Paul Robinson 1, Jermaine Jenas 17, Michael Carrick 18, Aaron Lennon 19.

  OTHER NEWS ... Leeds United and Watford have continued with recent tradition and the loser of the Championship play-off final will keep the gate receipts from the game, estimated at 1.3 million ...  ...

  MEHSTG's spin story ... 


Sunday 14.05.2006   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   The Sunday Times runs a story claiming that when Spurs players did not turn up for breakfast at the Marriott hotel on the morning of the game against West Ham United last Sunday, there was a sudden surge in betting on the game in South-East Asia.  This was prior to the official announcement to the media which took place at 12.14 p.m.  Is this a conspiracy or just a coincidence.  The truth is out there.
   The News of the World claim that Spurs will sign a four year deal with Gibraltar based gambling company Mansion worth 34 million this week.
   Dimitar Berbatov is reported to be ready to fly in to London tomorrow to sign a four year contract with Spurs worth 42,000 a week in salary.  The deal will cost Tottenham a reported 11.2 million in purchasing the Bayer Leverkusen and Bulgaria striker.  The People confidently predict that Spurs will return to Wigan Athletic with an improved offer for Pascal Chimbonda, who has been included in the French World Cup squad.
   Edgar Davids has been left out of the Holland World Cup squad.

  OTHER NEWS ...  ...  ...

  MEHSTG's spin story ... 


Saturday 13.05.2006   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   Wigan Athletic have rejected a 3 million bid for Pascal Chimbonda from Spurs.  The Lactics claim it is not enough for a player in the PFA Team of the Year and want nearer 6 million.  Media speculation in Scandinavia links Spurs and West Ham United with Rennes' Swedish midfielder Kim Kallstrom.  Long term admirers Spurs have been watching him since a youngster in his home country and are impressed with the season he has had with the French side.

  OTHER NEWS ... Liverpool beat West Ham United 3-1 on penalties after the FA Cup Final finished 3-3 after extra time ... Heart of Midlothian beat Gretna 4-2 on penalties after the Scottish FA Cup Final finished 1-1 after extra time ... Rotherham United will start the 2006-07 season with a ten-point deduction after going into a Company Voluntary Agreement to save them from going into liquidation ...

  CRIME WATCH ... The Italian referee going to the World Cup has been withdrawn after he was implicated in the current match-fixing scandal in Serie A ...

  MEHSTG's spin story ... 


Friday 12.05.2006   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   The Times claims that Martin Jol might turn to Welsh striker Craig Bellamy as a potential Spurs signing this summer, as he looks to bolster his side for the European campaign.  Both the Times and the Guardian agree that Tottenham will seek to buy Pascal Chimbonda from Wigan Athletic, but if they are unsuccessful the club will turn it's attention to Blackburn Rovers right back Lucas Neill.  The fact that the Australian defender is in contract talks with Rovers is no doubt purely coincidental.  With Sky continuing to link Tottenham with Mallorca midfielder Juan Arango, the Spanish club have said that if there is a club willing to offer crazy money, like 6.5 million, they might have to let him (Aran)go.
   Robbie Keane has said that he believes 16-year old Republic of Ireland call-up striker Terry Dixon can make a real impact on the game.  Talking after his club-mate was included in the squad for two friendlies, Keane told the press that he thought Dixon had something special and hoped he would develop into a

  OTHER NEWS ...  ...  ...

  MEHSTG's no-spin story ... Headline on Sky Sports website "Almunia Attacks Lehmann."  Unfortunately, not the story you might have expected from the strap-line, but the Spanish goalie did say, "Lehmann is a very strange bloke."  No joking Manuel ??


Thursday 11.05.2006   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   A doctor at the Health Protection Agency has said that initial results indicate the presence of norovirus (a viral gastro-enteritis) has been found in some of the samples provided by the players, but he could not be sure of the cause until other results had been received.  This would seem to rule out the food poisoning link, but the Spurs club doctor Charlotte Cowie has said that some players have not had this virus isolated in the specimens and it would be too soon for any conclusions to be drawn on what caused the problem.
   Daniel Levy has issued another open letter on the club website stating that the club took the only course of action possible once the Premier League said the game had to go ahead, in playing the game in case a point deduction followed any refusal to fulfil the fixture.  The club chairman blasted the FAPL by saying, "
If the loss of over half a selected squad to an inexplicable illness in highly suspect circumstances does not warrant the postponement of a match, then I can only despair at the state of our governing rules. "  While initially seeking a replay, the letter was also intended to spark the Premier League from their lethargy and consider a rule change, but without success.  Levy also said he would not cease in his efforts to determine what caused the illness to ten players before the West Ham United match.
   The BBC website claims Spurs are close to signing Dimitar Berbatov from Bayer Leverkusen for 10.7 million.  Rudi Voller, the Bundesliga club's Sporting Director said that Tottenham have met the asking price and although he hinted that the player was looking for a move elsewhere, he said it was up to the 25 year old Bulgarian striker and his agent to decide what they wanted to do.  The Daily Mail claims that Crystal Palace striker Andy Johnson wants to join Tottenham despite strong interest from Wigan Athletic.
   Lee Young-Pyo has been selected for the South Korea World Cup squad.

  OTHER NEWS ... Joe Royle has left Ipswich Town as manager by mutual consent ... The entire Juventus board have resigned after phone tapped conversations were recorded identifying the members of the club's hierarchy arranging the appointment of referees for the Serie A's club's games ... Ian Atkins has been appointed as manager of Torquay United for next season ...
MK Dons have sacked manager Danny Wilson ... 


Wednesday 10.05.2006   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   The Premier League have denied Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy's request for the match against West Ham United to be replayed.  While they sympathised with Tottenham's predicament, they had to stick to their rules and wished Tottenham success in their UEFA Cup and domestic campaigns next season.  The Premier League said they had to take a "dispassionate view" of events ... perhaps that is why they don't understand why fans and clubs get upset at their decisions.  The full letter to Daniel Levy can be viewed at the Premier League website by clicking here.
   The Daily Mirror reckons that Edgar Davids will walk out on Spurs in the summer to re-join his former club Ajax, following Tottenham's failure to obtain a place in the Champions League.  At the other end of the scale, Liverpool are said to rival Spurs for the signing of SCBC's 16 year old left back Gareth Bale the Mirror tells us.  Rumour links Liverpool striker Djibril Cisse with Spurs once more, along with Marseille's interest ... but this was back in January !!  The piece actually says that Cisse believes he will stay at Anfield as the club turned down the attentions from the two clubs.
   Spurs earned 26.2 million from television appearances and prize money from their final Premier League placing this season.
   England goalkeeping coach and former Spurs goalie Ray Clemence has praised the form of Paul Robinson and has said that his level of performance has stepped up a couple of notches since his move to Tottenham, despite Manchester United and Arsenal not being willing to take the chance to sign him from Leeds United.
   Former Spurs goalkeeper Ian Walker has signed a new two year deal with Bolton Wanderers.
   Former Spurs youth player Simon Clist has been released by Barnet, along with another ex-Spurs youngster Ben Bowditch.
   Former Spurs striker Fredi Kanoute scored the fourth goal in Sevilla's 4-0 win in the UEFA Cup Final over Middlesbrough tonight.

  OTHER NEWS ... Harry Redknapp has been awarded the Manager of the Month trophy, while Steven Gerrard is the Barclaycard Player of the Month ...  ...

  MEHSTG's no-spin story ... The sale of memorabilia from Highbury has hit a snag when it was found out that the seats at the ground are toxic (they contain the heavy metal Cadmium).  Shame.


Tuesday 09.05.2006   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   Daniel Levy has sent an open letter to the Premier League requesting that the game against West Ham United be replayed after it had to go ahead with ten of Tottenham's players having suffered with food poisoning the night before.  Levy said in his letter that  he feels that the decision of the PL left Arsenal with a considerable advantage and there were extenuating circumstances surrounding the playing of the match.  For example, the England team doctor was sent to the Spurs hotel to assess the health of the players, but the Premier League made a decision to make Spurs play the game before the doctor had even reached the hotel.  In fact, the coach had left before he arrived.  In the situation Daniel Levy found himself in, he tried to contact as many Premier League chairmen as possible and most agreed that the game should be replayed.  Spurs cannot understand the willingness of the Premier League to postpone the game for a couple of hours, but not for a day.  The Police claimed there had already been trouble at the ground and that there would potentially be more if the game was called off.  West Ham United were willing to put the game off as long as it did not conflict with their preparation for the FA Cup Final.  The Premier League have called a meeting for tomorrow (Wednesday) to discuss the letter, but at the moment, they say the result stands as Tottenham fulfilled the fixture.
   FIFA Chairman Sepp Blatter (for once) came out with some sense in telling the media that he felt the game could have been postponed, as long as it had been scheduled to be played before May 15th.
   The Independent reveal that not all the Spurs players affected ate the same meal and hint that there may be suspicious circumstances surrounding the incident.  Should it be a sophisticated poisoning scam, then the implication is that betting syndicates might be involved.
   Wigan Athletic defender Pascal Chimbonda's agent claims his club turned down a 2 million bid for the player from Spurs last week.  He reckons that Tottenham are still interested but not at the quoted price of 6 million.  The Daily Express claim Spurs are ready to go to 8 million for striker Dimitar Berbatov of Bayer Leverkusen and the deal might be done this week according tot he Daily Mail, while some sources in Germany claim he might be a target for Arsenal.  Harry Redknapp has joined Martin Jol in his astonishment that Jermain Defoe is not included in the England World Cup squad. 

  OTHER NEWS ...  ...  ...

  MEHSTG's no-spin story ... The Wigan Athletic Head of Communications could not believe the last minute of the season handing-in of a transfer request by Pascal Chimbonda and his bad manners.  Matt McCann said "he hadn't even taken his boots off."

  MEHSTG's no-spin story 2 ... A huge row has blown up as the Millennium Stadium have refused to issue duplicates after 1,000 FA Cup Final tickets bound for Liverpool fans were stolen ... from a mail van delivering post to Goodison Park.


Monday 08.05.2006   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   The Marriott Hotel in Docklands is being investigated by Local Authority Environmental Health Officers and the Health Protection Agency following the food poisoning of the Spurs players prior to their game yesterday at West Ham United.  Police seized samples of the food eaten and tests are being run on it and on player's samples to determine what might have caused ten players to be ill.  Martin Jol revealed that of the squad for the game only Paul Robinson, Stephen Kelly, Anthony Gardner and Jermain Defoe were not ill, with others being sick in the dressing room before the match.  After the warm-up, the players said they wanted to play on, but with Robbie Keane, Michael Dawson, Radek Cerny, Lee Barnard, Calum Davenport, Edgar Davids, Teemu Tainio and Tom Huddlestone (who didn't even make the bench) all being affected by the illness, the side were not at 100% fitness to face the Irons.  Having lost the game 1-2 and with it the chance to finish in fourth place with a possible Champions League qualification, Spurs are awaiting the results, which should be known in 48 hours, before deciding whether they will be taking any legal action against the hotel and the Premier League for lost revenue from their failure to field a strong side for the match.  The club doctor has said it was unbelievable that Michael Dawson completed 90 minutes in "the state he was in" and that Michael Carrick lasted just over 60 minutes.  The doctor Kalpesh Parmar said that it might be hard to pinpoint what caused the food poisoning.  While the club had asked for the kick off to be put back to 19.00, the latest the Police would allow was 17.00 and therefore, with the precedent of Middlesbrough being deducted three points for not fulfilling a fixture, Spurs said they would play the game.  For more information on how food poisoning is caused, click here.
   Spurs are well represented in the provisional England squad named for the World Cup Finals today by Sven Goran Eriksson, but there are some notable and surprising omissions.  In are Paul Robinson, Michael Carrick, Jermaine Jenas and Aaron Lennon.  Not going at the moment are Jermain Defoe and Ledley King.  Defoe is on standby, but Ledley was not named as one of the five who might get called up, although Sven mentioned him strongly in a web-chat on the FA website, where he told the world that should injury strike the defence, he would see what Ledley's situation was with his fractured metatarsal.  Jermain could yet get a call-up, as Wayne Rooney and Michael Owen still have question marks hanging over their fitness for the tournament.  Eriksson has seven days to formalise his squad for naming to FIFA on May 15th, but he can replace injured players up to 24 hours before England's first game on June 10th.  Martin Jol said he found it "amazing" that Defoe was nto in the squad, but believes that he will go to Germany with the two strikers ahead of him having to prove their fitness.  The Spurs Head Coach told reporters that he is glad Jenas is included as he thinks Sven has seen what the club wanted from Jermaine, getting six or seven goals as well as performing consistently, while it was not a surprise that ENO was going as first choice keeper and Lennon's exciting talent made him a selection for the national team squad that will give the winger a chance to show what he is about. 
   The Sun reports that Spurs lead the chase for want-away Wigan Athletic defender Pascal Chimbonda, who, it is believed, will cost around 6 million.  Following yesterday's walk out at Manchester United, the Daily Star reckons Ruud van Nistelrooy might join up with fellow Dutchman Martin Jol at Spurs.
   Edgar Davids has been left out of the Holland squad for the World Cup.
   Tottenham's 16 year old Academy Under-18 striker Terry Dixon has been named in a 29 man Republic of Ireland training squad by manager Steve Staunton, who was impressed with him in the UEFA Under-17 championship tournament.  The team will play two friendlies against
Portugal in Lisbon (Friday 19 May) and Chile in Dublin (Wednesday 24 May).  Stephen Kelly, Andy Reid and Robbie Keane are also named in the squad.
   Former Spurs defender Jamie Clapham has been released by Birmingham City today.

  OTHER NEWS ...  ...  ...

  MEHSTG's spin story ... Birmingham City manager Steve Bruce has said that two players did not want to appear in his team's last game in the Premier League before relegation to the Championship.  What Bruce failed to realise is that some of them haven't been appearing all season and that is why they are in the position they are.

  MEHSTG's spin story 2 ... Wigan Athletic manager Paul Jewell was disgusted by defender Pascal Chimbonda's decision to hand him a written transfer request at the end of yesterday's game.  Jewell said "It was all muddy and wet ... this shows an alarming lack of respect."


Sunday 07.05.2006   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   Spurs lost their last league game of the season 1-2 to West Ham United at Upton Park this afternoon and with it fourth place in the Premier League.  For a match report, click here.  For reaction, click here.
   Tottenham had requested that the game be postponed after 10 players suffering with food poisoning overnight, but the Premier League said it was not postponeable and made Spurs play the match as they had sufficient players to fulfil the fixture.
   The News of the World takes Edgar Davids' comments of yesterday as a signal that he is ready to leave Spurs, even if the club qualify for the Champions League.  The Sunday Mirror claim that Aaron Lennon is likely to be called up for England if he puts in one more good performance for Spurs.  The Sunday Express reckon that Manchester United and Liverpool will challenge Spurs for the signing of 4 million rated Wigan Athletic defender Pascal Chimbonda and Newcastle United are also watching the situation, but his club have said that Tottenham do not have the money to buy the defender.  While on a Wigan theme, The People run a story saying that Paul Jewell wants to sign keeper Marton Fulop from Spurs for 1 million.
   We are not sure what the journalists at the Sunday Express are on, but they reckon that
chairmen of Premier League clubs are going to use the money from the new TV deal to slash ticket prices and to subsidise their club's fans' travel to away matches.

  OTHER NEWS ... Former England boss Bobby Robson has had surgery on a suspected cancerous growth on his lung ...  ...

  MEHSTG's spin story ... Ruud van Nistelrooy drove away from Old Trafford this afternoon when he discovered he was not even included on the bench for Manchester United's match against Charlton Athletic.  There is no truth in the rumour that he was meeting Sol Campbell to set up their own team "Sulk FC."


Saturday 06.05.2006   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   Edgar Davids told the media today that Sunday's meeting with West Ham in one of the most important games of his career.  The Dutch midfielder said a win will help the squad achieve what they have been working for all season and also said that he still has a year left on his deal, reiterating that he likes it at Tottenham playing in a side that has lots of young players who will be great in the future.

  OTHER NEWS ... Southend ended the season as League One champions with Colchester United also gaining automatic promotion ... Relegated from League One were Walsall, MK Dons, Hartlepool and Swindon Town ...
Carlisle United secured the League Two title, while Northampton Town and Leyton Orient go up automatically, but at the bottom Oxford United join already relegated Rushden and Diamonds in dropping into the Conference ...

  CRIMEWATCH ... The FA have written to Manchester City about allegations that their defender David Sommeil was racially abused by Arsenal's Robin van Persie in Thursday's match at Eastlands

  MEHSTG's spin story ... 


Friday 05.05.2006   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   Tottenham's game with West Ham United will not be screened at White Hart Lane on Sunday, because it is not permissible to screen a live game when another is being broadcast on television.
   TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR TEAM NEWS : -  Michael Carrick (knee/calf), Mido (knee) and Robbie Keane (ankle) will all have late fitness tests before Sunday's match.  Keane is highly unlikely to play, while the others have a chance.  Definitely out are Jermaine Jenas (shin), Ledley King (fractured metatarsal) and Paul Stalteri (knee ligament).  Back in contention are Danny Murphy, who has overcome a knock and cramp from the Bolton Wanderers game and Edgar Davids, who is available again after suspension.
   WEST HAM UNITED TEAM NEWS : -  Ex-Spur Matthew Etherington will miss Sunday's game with an ankle injury picked up in training today, making him a doubt for the FA Cup Final. 
   Jermain Defoe has told the Daily Mirror that he will be the one to take Wayne Rooney's place in the England team should he not make it to Germany for the World Cup Finals.  The same paper also reveals that Jermaine Jenas and Ledley King have been spending time inside an oxygen tent to aid their recovery from injury to get them ready for the World Cup.
   Former Spurs midfielder Darren Anderton has been released by Wolverhampton Wanderers.

  OTHER NEWS ... Thierry Henry has been named as the Barclaycard Premiership Player of the Season ... Brian Little has left Tranmere Rovers as their manager by mutual consent ... It was revealed today that Barry Hunter will leave Rushden and Diamonds as their manager at the end of the season when his contract expires ...
 

  MEHSTG's spin story ... 


Thursday 04.05.2006   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   The Sun claim that Manchester United are ready to tempt Michael Carrick away from Tottenham with a 10 million bid.  A largely increased salary (upping his 15,000 a week at Spurs) and a move back North, where he is homesick for apparently, tend to make United think they have a chance with their move for the England midfielder.
   Spurs Reserves lost 0-2 to Manchester United Reserves Old Trafford tonight in the Barclaycard Premiership Reserve play-off final.  Spurs played the last six minutes with ten men and Charlie Lee in goal after keeper Rob Burch had to be stretchered off, with all three Spurs substitutes on the pitch already.
   For a preview of Sunday's match with West Ham United, click
here.

  OTHER NEWS ... Steve McClaren was named as the England manager to replace Sven Goran Eriksson after the World Cup Finals this summer ...  ...

  MEHSTG's spin story ... There is no truth in the story that when told that he would be recuperating from his fractured metatarsal in an oxygen tent, Wayne Rooney thought that it was a special structure designed for him to use his O2 mobile.

  MEHSTG's spin story 2 ... Headline on Sky Sports website's football page "Barwick confirms Wenger chat."  What was there to confirm about the Arsenal manager's cat ??

  MEHSTG's no-spin story ... Wayne Rooney is said to have gone mental when he found girlfriend Colleen's mobile phone with a message from Sam on it.  The story has a happy ending though when she explained to him that the text message said 5 a.m.


Wednesday 03.05.2006   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   UEFA chief executive Lars-Christer Olsson has told the media that there will be no extra place for Spurs, should they finish in fourth position in the Premier League and an English side win the Champions League.
   The Independent link Spurs with Crystal Palace's Andy Johnson and Curtis Davies of West Bromwich Albion today (in addition to Wayne Bridge, Glen Johnson, Dimitar Berbatov and Pascal Chimbonda).  They claim also that Spurs are only willing to offer 1 million for Hatem Ben Arfa of Lyon, while the French club are asking for 3 million.  The Daily Mirror seems to see the 19 year old as a replacement for Jermain Defoe, who is believed to be attracting interest from Liverpool, Manchester United and Chelsea.  The Sun concentrates on a 6 million battle for the singing of Charlton Athletic's Darren Bent that will see Spurs and Liverpool fight it out for the England fringe striker, although his current club intend to double his salary to try and keep him happy at the Valley.  Rumours seem to be surfacing that Tottenham will accept offers for Wayne Routledge and Andy Reid.
   Spurs Reserves will meet Manchester United Reserves tomorrow night (Thursday) at Old Trafford for the Barclaycard Premiership Reserve play-off final.

  OTHER NEWS ... Wayne Rooney might have more than one fracture in his foot according to Sven Goran Eriksson ...  ...
Richard Money has been named as Scunthorpe United's new manager ...

  MEHSTG's spin story ... Arsenal are thought to be considering legal action over Dan Smith's tackle on Diaby in the match against Sunderland on Monday.  Is this a veiled threat against opposition clubs in case anyone sneezes near one of their players ?


Tuesday 02.05.2006   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   Ledley King has signed a four year deal with Tottenham Hostpur.  The Spurs skipper said he was keen to be part of the future of the club and wanted to be part of the good time he believes are coming.  King added that there was never any question of him not staying and he was glad that the improved deal was complete, even though it had taken a while to get right.
   Grzegorz Rasiak has joined SCBC on a four year deal for 2 million after being there on loan since January.    Chelsea are still after Ledley King, but also seem to want Jermain Defoe too, with Wayne Bridge and Glen Johnson being offered in return.  The Times reveals that Ledley King is close to signing a new contract with Spurs after talking terms for six months, while the Daily Mirror claims that Wigan Athletic defender Pascal Chimbonda is a 4 million target for Tottenham in the summer.  Philipp Degen has confirmed that Tottenham scouts have been at Borussia Dortmund games to cast an eye over him, but the Swiss defender is contracted to the Bundesliga club until 2008.  Long term target Hatem Ben Arfa of Olympique Lyonnais is said to be the player that Tottenham are aiming to sign in the summer.  The 19 year old midfielder-cum-forward has not been a regular in the French champions side, leading to rumours of his departure.  Coventry City manager Micky Adams is determined to sign Spurs reserve keeper Marton Fulop, even though his first offer has been knocked back.  He said that he hopes to work out a permanent deal for the keeper who has been on loan at the Ricoh Arena for six months, saying that a figure of 200,000 that is being bandied about is way off the mark
   There was a story we missed on Sunday in the Mail on Sunday which hints at Tottenham completing a 5 million a season deal for Korean electronics firm LG to be shirt sponsors to the club.
   TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR TEAM NEWS : - Robbie Keane's ankle injury would normally rule him out for two or three weeks, but Martin Jol is sure that Keane will be trying to be ready to play, as he is a quick healer.  Michael Carrick has a slight calf strain and Paul Stalteri a ligament problem, so both are doubtful, while Mido (knee), Jermaine Jenas (shin) and Ledley King (broken metatarsal) are definitely out.  Edgar Davids will be available again after his one-match suspension.

  OTHER NEWS ...  ...  ...

  MEHSTG's spin story ... Alex Ferguson has said he would not be happy for Wayne Rooney to go Germany, but then he is Scottish and anything to stop England winning the World Cup AGAIN !!


Monday 01.05.2006   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   The news today surrounds Ledley King who says he has his fingers crossed that he will be fit for England's World Cup campaign in Germany and then the media reckon Chelsea want to sign our captain if William Gallas leaves them in the summer, as he has hinted.

  OTHER NEWS ... Gary Neville had a verbal altercation with a Man U fan as the team did a lap of honour at Old Trafford after their game with Middlesbrough ...  ...

  MEHSTG's spin story ... 

 

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