Thursday 30.06.2005 (For other Spurs history on this day click
Mirror reckons that Martin Jol will try and sign Khalid Boulahrouz
from German side Hamburg. Boulahrouz was a player that Jol
managed in Holland and his rugged, attacking style would fit with the
plans Jol has for the Spurs side.
million is the price that Spurs, Manchester United or Arsenal will
have to pay for Jermain Jenas, who will be allowed to leave Newcastle
United for that fee.
NEWS ... Johan Boskamp has been appointed as the new manager of
Stoke City ...
Wednesday 29.06.2005 (For other Spurs history on this day click
Robinson is pleased with the progress his knee injury is making and he
hopes to be fit for the start of the new season.
have denied that former Spurs striker Steffen Iversen is about to join
Greek side Panathinaikos.
NEWS ... ...
MEHSTG's spin story ... Laurent
Robert has criticised former manager Graeme Souness for a second time,
stating that he will drive Jermain Jenas out of the club. This
resulted in a second two-week's wages fine for the French winger and
Souness has said that he will not entertain an opinionated forward
spouting such nonsense again. Oh, no ... sorry that was Craig
Bellamy. Or was it Patrick Kluivert ?? Or was it Andy Cole
?? Or Dwight Yorke ??
Tuesday 28.06.2005 (For other Spurs history on this day click
United Freddie Shepherd, who knows a thing to two about football, has
said that his club will not sell Jermain Jenas to Tottenham and that
he will stay at the club where he is highly rated.
Daily Mirror have Spurs in a chase with Newcastle United and Bolton
Wanderers for Racing Santander's Israeli midfielder Yossi Benayoun.
NEWS ... Stoke City manager Tony Pulis has been sacked for not
shopping in the foreign market !! ...
Monday 27.06.2005 (For other Spurs history on this day click
Daily Mirror claims that Spurs might return to Newcastle United with a
bid for Jermain Jenas that improves on their original offer of £6
TV have chosen their games up until Christmas, with Tottenham being
featured four times. These are Wednesday 24th August Blackburn
Rovers v Tottenham (kick off 8.00 p.m.), Sunday 25th September
Tottenham v Fulham (kick off 4.00 p.m.), Saturday 29th October
Tottenham v Arsenal (kick off Noon) and Sunday 20th November
Tottenham v West Ham United (kick off 4.00 p.m.).
Daily mail runs a story saying that FC Nuremburg in Germany are
expecting Tottenham to make a bid for their striker Marek Mintal in
the next few days.
NEWS ... Robin van Persie has been let out of jail, but is still
a suspect in a rape investigation in Holland ...
no-spin story ... Heavily in debt West Ham United are seeking
to tempt Luis Figo to Upton Park and pay his £80,000 a week wages
Sunday 26.06.2005 (For other Spurs history on this day click
Daily Star claims that Spurs have had a swap offer for Jermain Jenas
turned down. Tottenham put up Robbie Keane for their part of the
deal, but Newcastle United were not interested in the transfer.
The Sunday People reckon that Jenas is at the top of Spurs' transfer
targets this summer.
of the World claim that Manchester City will bid for Robbie Keane
should they sell Shaun Wright-Phillips to Chelsea for £20 million.
They might also make an offer for Fredi Kanoute.
NEWS ... ...
MEHSTG's spin story ... Craig
Bellamy has said he will turn up for training on the first day back
and might have to train with the youth team if instructed by Graeme
Souness to do so. Perhaps Souness is grouping his players by
mental age then ??
Saturday 25.06.2005 (For other Spurs history on this day click
newspapers are speculating today about the amount of compensation
Spurs will have to spend on players. The figures range between
£6 million and £10 million, with an amount up front with other sums
to be paid in stages apparently. There is also believed to be a
two year no poaching clause relating to players and staff of
THFC. The paperwork to the agreement is to be signed before
Thursday 30th June and it is also believed that Frank Arnesen's
gardening leave will extend until 1st September, when he can then
start his new position ... just after the transfer window has closed.
are said to be looking at bringing in Dean Ashton of Norwich City and
Jan Vennegoor de Hesselink of PSV Eindhoven, with Fredi Kanoute
possibly leaving the club for around £5 million to an unidentified.
loan Egyptian striker Mido is supposedly being allowed to return to
his club AS Roma next week, as Martin Jol goes about re-shaping the
forward line for the coming season.
sources claim that Spurs will renew their interest in old boy Peter
Crouch, who looks set to leave SCBC with Liverpool and Manchester City
also keen on the new England striker.
NEWS ... ...
Friday 24.06.2005 (For other Spurs history on this day click
have received an offer of compensation from Chelsea for the services
of Frank Arnesen. The Tottenham board considered their position
in regard to the offer and at 22.54 p.m. the club announced that they
had come to an agreement "in principle" with Chelsea over
compensation, but the terms of this agreement would not be made
public. The London Evening Standard reckon Spurs want a two year
ban on Chelsea buying any of their players as part of any agreement.
winger Bertrand Robert said he had an option to join Tottenham Hotspur.
The brother of Laurent Robert told the media that he could have left
for Spurs, Paris St. Germain or Valencia, but chose to stay with the
French club who failed to get promotion to Le Championnat.
claims that Spurs are watching the situation of Lomano Lua Lua, the
Republic of Congo and Portsmouth winger.
same website claims Tottenham are watching the Norwich City striker
Dean Ashton too, as a possible replacement should the rumours about
the Tottenham forwards leaving come true.
of those rumours is that Robbie Keane is in the centre of a tug of war
between Everton and Manchester City, with £5 million the going price
according to the London Evening Standard.
Antonio Spurs won the NBA Championship 4-3 in the seven match series
with the Detroit Pistons.
NEWS ... Bolton Wanderers coach Phil Brown has been appointed as
Derby County manager ...
Thursday 23.06.2005 (For other Spurs history on this day click
have issued a deadline of Noon tomorrow (Friday) for the compensation
from Chelsea for Frank Arnesen to be settled or they will report the
West London club to the FA Premier League. Arnesen has been
pictured on board Roman Abramovich's yacht moored off Sardinia in
another flagrant flouting of the PL's rules, although Chelsea claim
that it was a "social meeting."
reports claim that Chelsea will hurriedly offer Tottenham Robert Huth
and Glenn Johnson to settle the matter tomorrow. Great ... a
hulking centre half when we are well stocked there anyway and a
temperamental full back, who hasn't played regularly for ages.
Can't see that being acceptable to THFC ... or at least I hope that is
what they will say.
fixtures for the 2005-06 Premier League season are out and Spurs start
on August 13th at Portsmouth. They play their first home game
the next week against Middlesbrough and then travel to Blackburn
Rovers midweek, before returning home to meet Chelsea. The
season ends with a trip to Upton Park to play West Ham on 7th
May. All fixtures are subject to change at the whim of Sky
NEWS ... Chelsea have been informed that their £57m bid for AC
Milan striker Andriy Shevchenko is not high enough ...
Wednesday 22.06.2005 (For other Spurs history on this day click
Daily Mirror claims that Martin Jol is ready to sell Fredi Kanoute
over the failure to attend the club's end of season tour to
Mauritius. This lack of discipline will be the end of Kanoute's
Tottenham career, with a move back to his French homeland the most
likely destination, as Marseille are interested in the Mali forward.
The player is believed to have turned down a £4.5 million move to
West Bromwich Albion, because he did not want to move to the Midlands
Lennon is believed to have taken a wage cut to join Spurs from Leeds
NEWS ... ...
Tuesday 21.06.2005 (For other Spurs history on this day click
Fulop might be sent out on loan again next season to further increase
his first team experience of English football.
NEWS ... Steve Claridge has been appointed as the new manager of
Millwall ... Faria Alam is claiming that Chief Executive David Davies
was a "sex pest" and tried to kiss her in a sexual
harassment claim in an Employment Tribunal case today ...
MEHSTG's spin story ...
Monday 20.06.2005 (For other Spurs history on this day click
are said to be leading the chase for Crystal Palace's £6 million
rated striker Andrew Johnson, with the Daily Mirror claiming it will
be signed and sealed this week. Not sure if everyone would agree
with me, but for £6 million, I was hoping for something more than
man targeted to replace Frank Arnesen has been snapped up by Ajax.
Martin van Geel of AZ Alkmaar has joined the Amsterdam club in a job
he described as too good to turn down.
Spurs skipper Jamie Redknapp has said that he is not about to jump straight
back into football as a coach, either at Spurs or at SCBC.
Spurs reserve midfielder Peter Gain has signed for Peterborough United
from Lincoln City.
NEWS ... ...
MEHSTG's spin story ... Newcastle
United are vigorously chasing Luis Figo. I wouldn't have thought
it would have need much effort to chase him !!
no-spin story ... Portsmouth are to make a move to sign
Viafara to see them making a stiff and longer lasting challenge nearer
the top of the table this coming season. Once Caldas and
Columbia midfielder John Viafara is a transfer target for the South
Coast club and they hope for no typos.
Sunday 19.06.2005 (For other Spurs history on this day click
Palace striker Andrew Johnson's agent is being lambasted by chairman
Simon Jordan for making him want to leave the relegated South London
club. It is Jordan's belief that the agent has been engineering
a £7 million move to Spurs, which would earn him £1 million.
Jordan seems to be taking a stand similar to the one he took with
Routledge, saying he can't leave and that if he did not perform, it
would harm his future chances with England.
Spurs midfielder Jamie Redknapp has formally announced his retirement
from football after succumbing to a long-standing knee injury.
In his two and a half years at White Hart Lane, Redknapp
appeared 53 times, including 11 from the substitutes bench.
are supposed to have agreed a deal with Chelsea for the services of
Frank Arnesen. Chelsea claim that his wages of £600,000 a year
with two years to run mean that £1.2 million is all they are prepared
to pay, but in offering Carlton Cole with no other attachments, they
want Tottenham to pay them £1 million to make up the difference in
their pricing of the player (who they rate at above £2 million ... a
lot more than I rate him).
was a 49th minute substitute in Egypt's 0-2 loss to Ivory Coast in
their World Cup qualifying match today.
NEWS ... Clive Woodward will become the SCBC Director of Football
on his return from the British Lions rugby tour of New Zealand ...
MEHSTG's spin story ... The
Premier League are to look into the transfer of Laurent Robert to
Portsmouth, as it is believed that the contract does not allowed to
play against his former club Newcastle United. Newcastle will be
demanding an enquiry as to why Robert did not play against any of
their opponents last season !!
Saturday 18.06.2005 (For other Spurs history on this day click
Palace striker Andy Johnson has said that he wants to leave the
relegated South London club and this will spark interest from Spurs,
Everton, West Bromwich Albion, Atletico Madrid and Sevilla. The
asking price is thought to be in the region of £10 million for the
Spurs midfielder Graham Roberts, now manager of Clyde, has offered
Paul Gascoigne a player-coach role at the club.
Ziegler was part of the Swiss Youth team that lost 0-3 to Nigeria and
were knocked out of the World Championships in Holland.
NEWS ... Martin Scott has been named as permanent manager of
Hartlepool United after being caretaker for the last month of the
Friday 17.06.2005 (For other Spurs history on this day click
have agreed a fee for Crystal Palace winger Wayne Routledge. The
20 year old England Under-21 international will join Tottenham on 1st
July. The sum to be paid in compensation will remain
Arnesen has told the media that Tottenham never intended to report
Chelsea to the FA over the tapping up scandal, as they wanted a
settlement all along.
to the Times, Newcastle United are interested in Fredi Kanoute.
NEWS ... UEFA chairman Lennart Johansson has said that women
footballers should be used by sponsors to market their products, as
there is nothing better than "if you see a girl playing on the
ground, sweaty, with the rainy weather and coming out the dressing
room, lovely looking, that would sell." ...
Watch ... Agent Paul Stretford has been called to answer how
he acquired Wayne Rooney as one of his clients. The agent has 14
days to answer the charges that breach both FA and FIFA rules.
Thursday 16.06.2005 (For other Spurs history on this day click
United manager Kevin Blackwell said that he was disappointed to be
losing a good young talent like Aaron Lennon, but that his move to
Tottenham was inevitable. having been aware that the club were
interested some time ago and with only one year left on his contract,
the Leeds boss felt sure that Lennon would leave with the chance to
play in the Premier League and the contract on offer being too good to
18 year old winger is expected to sign on to start his Spurs career on
July 1st, if he passes a medical and agrees personal terms.
winger Stuart Downing has said that he does not want to leave the
Riverside and is negotiating for an improved contract rather than move
are being linked with a move for Strasbourg's Senegalese striker
Mamadou Niang. With 12 goals in Le Championnat last season, the
25 year old is also said to be attracting interest from Marseille,
Everton and Arsenal.
of the new Spurs kit have leaked out with the home shirt white with
navy blue arms and side panels, navy blue shorts with a white stripe
down the side, white socks with a blue turnover, while the away kit is
a all mid-blue with yellow side panels on shirt and shorts, with
mid-blue socks and a yellow turnover.
NEWS ... ...
Watch ... Graeme Souness fined £20,000 and banned for two
matches from the touchline for abusing referee Barry Knight after the
Newcastle United game against Everton on May 7th ... Robin van Persie
held for a further two weeks on a rape investigation in Holland.
Wednesday 15.06.2005 (For other Spurs history on this day click
have agreed a fee for the transfer of Aaron Lennon to the club.
The 18 year old Leeds United winger has agreed a five year contract
with a wage believed to be around £5,000 a week.
have denied an interest in Martin van Geel, the AZ Alkmaar Technical
Director. It had been rumoured that he was a target for the club
to replace the Sporting Director Frank Arnesen
Palace Iain Dowie is getting frustrated at the drawn out nature of the
purchase of winger Wayne Routledge by Spurs. Since the Arnesen
Affair blew up, the negotiations have been in limbo, but now Daniel
Levy has taken charge of all transfer business, the matter has hit an
impasse, with the relegated South London side demanding £3 million
for the England Under-21 player.
defender Anthony Gardner is being linked with a move to Wolverhampton
Ziegler was in the Swiss Youth side that lost to Brazil 0-1 in the
World Youth Championships in Holland.
has said he is keen to stay with Spurs despite stories circulating
that he will be returned to AS Roma after missing the end of season
trip to Mauritius. The Egyptian striker claims that Martin Jol
has told him that he does not want him to be playing for another club.
Argentinian midfielder Andres D'Alessandro has said he will stay on at
the Bundesliga club after initially indicating that he would be
willing to come to Tottenham.
Spurs transfer target, Chelsea's Scott Parker has joined Newcastle
United for £6.5 million. The former Charlton Athletic
midfielder said "Everybody knows about Spurs, but I have chosen
Newcastle United. That says it all." What says it all is
that Newcastle were willing to meet his £55,000 a week wage
demands. He might fit in well with his new team-mate Stephen
NEWS ... ...
no-spin story ... Alan Pardew on his new keeper ... "Roy
comes to West Ham United in his prime and because of his association
with Manchester United will not be fazed by the size of this Club."
Get your magnifying glass out Carroll old son !!
Tuesday 14.06.2005 (For other Spurs history on this day click
Robinson has confirmed that he is set to sign a seven year deal with
Spurs when he returns from holiday.
today indicate that Spurs would like to take Argentine midfielder Kily
Gonzales on loan from Internazionale for a season, but the Serie A
club would prefer to sell him outright.
Huddlestone was voted the fourth best individual player in the Toulon
Under-20 tournament held a week ago.
have announced a number of pre-season friendlies for their second
string side. Clive Allen will take a Spurs XI will play all
their games away at Fleet Town on July 9th (Kick off 15.00 p.m.);
Cheshunt on July 15 (k.o. 19.45 p.m.); Boreham Wood on July 15 (k.o.
19.45 p.m.); Cambridge City on July 23rd (Kick off 15.00 p.m.);
Aldershot on July 30th (Kick off 15.00 p.m.)
manager said that there is no way that his club would be selling
winger Stuart Downing to Spurs ... or anyone else.
is said in the media today that Scott Parker will sign for Newcastle
United this week and thus he will not be a part of any settlement for
Frank Arnesen moving to Chelsea.
are supposedly ready to fight Liverpool for Fulham's French midfielder
NEWS ... ...
MEHSTG's spin story ...
Watch ... it's been a busy day Crime Watchers ... Liverpool's
Steve Finnan is arrested in connection with a fatal accident he was
involved in and could be charged with causing death by dangerous
driving ... Arsenal's Robin van Persie is arrested in Rotterdam on
suspicion of rape ... former Arsenal and West Ham United striker Davor
Suker has been questioned in Croatia after an incident in which his
friend and colleague was shot dead ... George Best has been arrested
on suspicion of an indecent assault on a girl under the age of 13 ...
Monday 13.06.2005 (For other Spurs history on this day click
have upped the asking price for compensation for Frank Arnesen to £15
million, so the Daily Mirror claim.
pre-season friendly at Stevenage Borough has been announced for
Saturday 9th July with a 15.00 p.m. kick off.
Daily Express says that former Spurs midfielder Jamie Redknapp will be
announcing his retirement from the game in the next few days, which
might mean a move into coaching, with Tottenham having been reported
as being keen to take him onto the coaching staff at White Hart Lane
before he went to SCBC.
midfielder Carmine Coppola has said he does not want to leave Italy
Jol had earmarked Argentine midfielder Kily Gonzales as a potential
transfer target, but he is still wanted at Internazionale according to
NEWS ... ...
MEHSTG's spin story ... West
Ham United have been talking to Fabien Barthez about a move to Upton
Park, but talks broke down when they couldn't understand what he was
Sunday 12.06.2005 (For other Spurs history on this day click
News of the World today carries a photo of the fax that sparked the
Arnesen Affair. On unheaded paper, the terse wording was
allegedly faxed through to the Commercial department and was picked up
by Arnesen, who took it to Levy.
Levy has spelled out the measures he used to attempt to get Frank
Arnesen to stay at Tottenham, but it appears that he was intent on
leaving for Chelsea. A greatly enhanced loyalty package
including a raised salary, but nothing could convince him to stay at
Spurs, where he had been given the chance to turn the club around and
he had spurned to leave for a Head of Academy post at the West London
outfit. The Spurs chairman said he felt betrayed by Arnesen.
sources (including the People) are hinting that Spurs might move for
Harry Redknapp to fill Arnesen's post, as the former West Ham United
and Portsmouth manager, looks unhappy at the prospect of staying with
Mail on Sunday claims that Chelsea midfielder Scott Parker will sign
for Tottenham this week as the settlement to the long-running affair.
Naybet has decided to stay with Spurs and has signed a new one year
contract. Rumours of interest from Qatar have come to ought and
the Moroccan international says he is still too young to play in the
Middle-Eastern emirate just yet. He is happy that the players
believe that they can achieve European football next season.
winger Stuart Downing is interesting Spurs and his agent is aware that
Tottenham would like to sign him, but he said lots of clubs would be
interested if the player moved on. Contract talks will resume in
a couple of weeks with a number of clubs watching the situation
reckon that Peter Crouch could snub a move to Liverpool from SCBC to
come to Spurs. Formerly a youth team player with the club,
Crouch might make a £5 million move, especially if the Redknapp
rumours come true, so say the Sunday Mirror.
Ziegler made both of the Swiss goals in a 2-1 win over South
Korea in the World Youth Championships in Holland.
Spurs striker Teddy Sheringham has signed a one year contract to stay
with West Ham United.
NEWS ... ...
MEHSTG's spin story ... Robbie
Savage has said he wants to play for Wales again, with the game
against England coming up soon (surprise surprise). He said his
retirement from international football after being dropped by John
Toshack was an over-reaction. What from you Robbie. Surely
Saturday 11.06.2005 (For other Spurs history on this day click
Daily Mirror reports that Leeds United look ready to sell winger Aaron
Lennon to Tottenham to raise funds for transfers of their own.
have announced that they will travel to Berkshire to play Reading in a
pre-season friendly on Saturday July 30th with the kick off at 15.00
was announced today that former Spurs striker Sir Les Ferdinand has
been awarded an MBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours list.
NEWS ... ...
Friday 10.06.2005 (For other Spurs history on this day click
have released an announcement about the current state of play in the
Arnesen Affair. They have been having meetings with Chelsea all
week and have more planned for next week, but Daniel Levy said that
the club will not be coerced into making a formal complaint about the
tapping up incident and will seek to do what is best for Tottenham
Hotspur because he views this as an "open and shut case",
which would leave Chelsea facing a points deduction. While the
chairman said he had created the structure at the club for Frank
Arnesen to fit into, he pointed out that the loss of the Sporting
Director would have a significant effect on the club and that only
significant compensation would prevent a complaint being made or even
legal action. Levy added that the moral obligation should not
fall solely on Tottenham to report this matter for investigation, but
the FA Premier League should take action on their own
whole mater has been further muddied by a letter from Chelsea somehow
finding it's way into the Sun and the Daily Mirror claiming that
Tottenham had spoken to Chelsea players without their permission.
Levy has slammed such suggestions, saying there has been no contact
with players that Chelsea have not said the club could speak to and
Spurs may well have a case for suing for defamation.
club have sadly announced the death of 1950s defender Charlie Withers.
He played from 1948 to 1956, being part of the Championship winning
teams of the 1949-50 Second Division campaign and the 1950-51 First
Division winners. Charlie passed away on 7th June aged 82.
player who was rumoured to be part of the deal for a settlement -
Mikael Forssell has joined Birmingham City.
have snapped up long time Spurs transfer target Nayron Nosworthy of
time transfer target Bobby Convey, the American winger, has said that
he is unhappy at Reading, where he is not a first team regular.
NEWS ... ..
MEHSTG's spin story ... Liverpool
have been awarded a place in the First Qualifying Round of the
Champions League by UEFA after failing to qualify for the competition
through their Premier League placing. Premier League Champions
Chelsea will be starting their defence of the title in League 1 next
Thursday 09.06.2005 (For other Spurs history on this day click
Daily Mail claim that Paul Robinson has been offered £30,000 a week
to extend his contract.
Lennon is still in Spurs' sights according to the Daily Mail.
Times claims Tottenham are after Middlesbrough midfielder Stuart
Downing and central defender Matthew Upson of Birmingham City.
Both are unlikely arrivals at White Hart Lane this summer, I would
chairman of Crystal Palace Simon Jordan has told Spurs they should
report Chelsea to the FA Premier League and that Chelsea should get a
also said that Andy Johnson was not for sale and that only one bid had
been received for the Palace striker and that was the £7.5 million
joint offer for Johnson and Routledge.
London Evening Standard reckons that Fredi Kanoute has leapt to the
front of the queue of strikers to leave after dropping out of the
Mauritius tour, although elsewhere the Mali striker says he has not
desire to leave the club.
also run a story that Phil Ifil will be allowed to go out on loan to
get vital first team experience before making his way into the Spurs
side on a regular basis.
Daily Express state that Tottenham are considering legal action over
the Frank Arnesen "tapping-up" incident, following the
Premier League's statement that they might not want anything to do
with it, as time tick son since the story originally broke.
are reported to have been watching the Messina 26 year old midfielder
Carmine Coppola and the Serie A club have told Spurs to make an offer
for the player, with £3.4 million enough to sign the player up.
Spurs transfer target Australian winger Ahmad Elrich of Buscan Icons
has signed for Fulham.
NEWS ... ...
MEHSTG's spin story ... Aston
Villa chairman Doug Ellis is to undergo a heart by-pass
operation. This comes 20 years after he had a wallet- by-pass
Wednesday 08.06.2005 (For other Spurs history on this day click
Bromwich Albion have made a £4.5 million bid for Fredi Kanoute, but
it has been rejected by Tottenham.
report that the talks between Spurs and Chelsea over the poaching of
Frank Arnesen will continue tomorrow.
Sun reveal that Spurs have joined up with Arsenal and Manchester
United to persuade the Premier League to deduct points from Chelsea
over their recent tapping up incidents, especially the Frank Arnesen
Daily Mail claim that Spurs are ready to report Chelsea about the
Reid played the whole of the Republic of Ireland's 2-0 win over the
Faroe Islands tonight in their World Cup qualifier in Torshavn.
are being linked with AZ Alkmaar's Dutch Director of Football Martin
van Geel, who has pushed them up the league this season with his
shrewd use of Bosman signings.
Spurs striker Sergei Rebrov has left West Ham United and returned to
his former club Dynamo Kiev on a three year deal.
midfielder Harry Kewell has issued legal proceedings against Gary
Lineker for a hurtful attack on him over his move to Anfield from
NEWS ... Lee Bowyer has been summonsed to appear in court for the
on-pitch brawl he had with Kieron Dyer ...
MEHSTG's spin story ...
Tuesday 07.06.2005 (For other Spurs history on this day click
appears from today's media that Frank Arnesen's move to Chelsea is
solely motivated by money. The Tottenham Sporting Director will
be paid £4.3 million for a three year deal as head of scouting and
development at the West London club. This is despite Tottenham's
offer to double his wages to £1.2 million per season.
of a settlement between the two clubs to allow Arnesen to leave has
suggested differing deals. Some say £10 million. Some say
£5 million plus midfielder Scott Parker. Some say Parker plus
Mikael Forssell on loan for a season.
Jol has knocked back some stories that claimed he wanted to take over
Arnesen's duties as well as conducting his own. On the club
website, he claimed that Tottenham would be "mad" to abandon
the Sporting Director role and he encouraged Daniel Levy to find a
suitable replacement for Arnesen.
are said to be ready to issue a "hands-off" warning to
Chelsea should they attempt to sign Ledley King. The Tottenham
captain had been negotiating a pay rise with Frank Arnesen and should
the Sporting Director move to Chelsea, he will take that knowledge
with him, putting his new club in a position where they would be able
to tempt the England defender.
effect of the Arnesen suspension has been that Crystal Palace's
compensation for Wayne Routledge has had to be put on hold, after the
winger had agreed personal terms with Spurs.
Independent reckon that the clubs have reached stalemate in the talks
with Spurs and Chelsea a long way apart in their offers. This
has led the paper to consider the possibility of Tottenham reporting
Chelsea to the Premier League about their illegal approach.
Should a deal be reached, the newspaper thinks that there will be a
period of gardening leave for Arnesen and a no-poaching clause in the
contract to stop Chelsea returning for our best players.
club website also reveals that new signing Paul Stalteri made the move
to Tottenham after discussing the transfer with former Spurs reserve
keeper Lars Hirschfeld.
Bromwich Albion have approached Spurs about taking Fredi Kanoute
either on a season long loan or on a permanent basis .
are said to be resurrecting their interest in Thimothee Atouba.
Hallfredsson played for Iceland Under-21s in a 0-0 draw against their
Spurs Head Coach Jacques Santini has taken over as manager of Auxerre.
say that the change in management at their club will not stop Teemu
Tainio joining Spurs this summer.
NEWS ... George Burley quit as manager of Derby County today ...
Three of Malcolm the Glazier's sons took over a board members at Old
Trafford today ...
Monday 06.06.2005 (For other Spurs history on this day click
have been said to be taking place all day between representatives of
Spurs and Chelsea to thrash out a compensation figure for the loss of
Frank Arnesen's services. Spurs are believed to want £10
million, while Chelsea want to pay £2 million. Tottenham are
thought to have warned Arnesen that they may invoke a requirement to
put him on "gardening leave" to see out his contract, so
that he would not be able to work for anyone else for two years
(although he would still be picking up his salary from THFC).
are said to be still considering their options about the Arnesen
affair. As yet, they have still not registered a complaint with
the FA Premier League, but may take their own legal action to gain
satisfaction over the alleged illegal approach by Chelsea.
Arjen Robben has put his size nine in his mouth by indicating Spurs
are not a "top club". He said he could not imagine why
Chelsea would want to employ his former Technical Director from PSV
Eindhoven, but stepping up to a top club like Chelsea would be an
Robinson has said that he is close to signing a long term contract
that will keep him at Tottenham for quite a few years. Amidst
all the cynicism surrounding the Arnesen affair, he refreshingly told
journalists that by signing this contract, he is repaying the faith
that Daniel Levy showed in him by singing him in the first place.
NEWS ... Ashley Cole has put in an appeal against the fine levied
against him in the Chelsea tapping up case ...
Sunday 05.06.2005 (For other Spurs history on this day click
course the newspapers are full of the Arnesen "want-away"
story and there are conflicting reports about how it has come about.
Some reports say that Spurs are asking for £4 million compensation
(and some papers reckon it is more than that) and this is what is
behind the breaking of the "tapping up" incident. Some
feel that Daniel Levy is doing it as he feels slighted that Arnesen
has chosen to defect to Chelsea despite giving assurances that he
would change the club from top to bottom and being given free rein to
part of the fall-out from this, it has been revealed that physio Dean
Keneally will be leaving the club for Chelsea in August. He
indicated that he wished to leave and was willing to work his
Spurs Director of Football David Pleat has been speaking on Radio Five
Live about the Arnesen incident and said that the Dane was being
disloyal to Tottenham. Pleat said that Arnesen was given a good
contract and wide-ranging powers, but implied that Arnesen had shown
that he was tempted by money. Pleat didn't fail to get a dig in
at Tottenham though. as he said the day after he was told he was no
longer required, Frank Arnesen took over and what goes around comes
around. But then he did say that it was he who put Tottenham in
touch with Arnesen when it was decided that they wished to go with a
continental set-up and the club were won over by him, as he said he
intended to retire. Pleat said that Tottenham might put Arnesen
on "gardening leave" so that he cannot join Chelsea until
Spurs are ready to let him go.
Premier League Chief Executive Peter Leaver has said that Chelsea have
demonstrated "breathtaking arrogance" in their illegal
approach to take Frank Arnesen to Stamford Bridge. Leaver, a
Spurs fan himself, said that Chelsea should be brought to book to
answer for their actions. The ex-Barclays supremo told the media
"If you have a company which goes around breaking the regulations
on a regular basis then the chief executive of that company will be
hauled into the regulatory decisions committee. I don't think that is
a test that is too difficult for football to apply."
Jol has issued a statement saying that life goes on and the fans
should get behind the team, who are focused on next season with the
team's plans in place already.
missed out on a place in the UEFA Cup through the Fair Play draw which
took place tonight. Denmark and Germany were the successful
countries to get a team include din the UEFA Cup First Qualifying
Round of the six in the hat.
which newspaper you read, the drop-outs from the end of season
Mauritius trip are on their way out of the club. The Mail on
Sunday and the Sunday People newspapers claims that Mido, Fredi
Kanoute and Thimothee Atouba will all be sold, while the News of the
World say that it will only be Mido's services which are no longer
required and Spurs will send him back to AS Roma, from where he came
on loan. Apparently, senior players complained about the absence
of the Egyptian, who went absent without leave when it came to the
tour. Later rumours came out that he had returned to Egypt to
find a club willing to play him all the time, rather than being part
of the rotation system at Spurs. The News of the World story
also claims that his attitude towards the end of the season was not in
keeping with what the club expected, but it is not related to anything
like his "bad-boy" reputation of the past.
Sunday Express have Spurs down as going for Porto's Benni McCarthy to
add to the squad and in view of the above, as a possible replacement
year old Ben Watson is taking Martin Jol's eye too. The Stoke
reserve keeper played very well on loan at Wrexham and Jol sees the
young goalie as a good back-up for Paul Robinson.
are still being linked with Rob Green, the Norwich City goalkeeper,
who might be sold to maintain his profile in the England coach's eyes.
NEWS ... ...
Saturday 04.06.2005 (For other Spurs history on this day click
broke this afternoon that Tottenham had suspended Frank Arnesen from
his duties as Sporting Director of the club. This followed
contact from Arnesen stating that he wished to join Chelsea, who had
allegedly been in touch with Tottenham about the Dane, but Tottenham
then revealed that they had written to the club to request permission
to approach him, but copied Arnesen in on the letter. As this
contact was before Spurs had given permission, THFC view's is that it
constitutes an illegal approach in breach of the FAPL's rule U10 ('no
club shall directly or indirectly induce or intend to induce any
employee of another club to terminate a contract of employment with
that other club (whether or not by breach of that contract) or
directly or indirectly approach any such employee with a view to
offering employment without the consent of that other club').
FAPL have yet to receive an official complaint form Tottenham and thus
can take no action as yet, but Spurs are seeking further advice from
their legal advisors.
Keane scored for the Republic of Ireland before leaving the field with
a damaged shoulder after 27 minutes. Andy Reid played 64 minutes
and created Robbie's goal for him in the 2-2 draw with Israel at
resigned Celtic manager Martin O'Neill said he was close to taking
over at Tottenham two years ago when Glenn Hoddle left the club as
boss. The Irishman said that he wanted to stay on at the
Scottish club to regain the title, but in the end, his side won
nothing that season.
Sun resurrect the boring story about Manchester United manager Alex
Ferguson preparing a "mega-money" bid for Tottenham
goalkeeper Paul Robinson.
won 6-0 against Malta today and Erik Edman played the whole of the
World Cup qualifier.
Noureddine Naybet was an unused substitute in the 4-1 Morocco win over
Malawi in the World Cup qualifying match today.
Ziegler came on after 77 minutes as a substitute in Switzerland's 3-1 World
Cup qualifying win in the Faroe Islands.
beat Benin 4-1 in their World Cup qualifier today.
Fulop played for Hungary Under-21s in their 1-0 win over Iceland's
Under-21 team, which contained Emil Hallfredsson.
Huddlestone played for England Under-20s in their 0-1 defeat to
Portugal in the Toulon tournament.
interest in Bernardo Corradi has been regenerated by the player's
claim that he will not return to Valencia, but Aston Villa, Charlton
Athletic and Fiorentina are also interested in the Italian striker.
NEWS ... Poland top England's World Cup qualifying group after
beating Azerbaijan 3-0 ...
MEHSTG's spin story ... Patrick
Vieira is said to have sent a text to Ashley Cole saying that he
should accept nothing less than £80,000 a week. I would have
thought that was more than enough for anyone to stop playing those
bloody Girls Aloud records !!
Friday 03.06.2005 (For other Spurs history on this day click
Palace have confirmed that Spurs have made a double bid for striker
Andy Johnson and winger Wayne Routledge. Both players are said
to be staying at Selhurst Park by Director of Football Bob Dowie, who
said that despite Palace's valuation of Routledge is substantially
higher than Tottenham's bid, he believes that a deal can be worked out
without it having to be referred to a tribunal.
transfer target Tomas Rosicky has said that he is staying with
Borussia Dortmund for one more season, despite the German club's
financial difficulties that at one time made it look odds on that he
would have to be sold.
NEWS ... Marc Bosman has said he will help Ashley Cole fight the
fine he got for being involved in getting tapped up ...
Thursday 02.06.2005 (For other Spurs history on this day click
Daily Mirror claims that Martin Jol is ready to jettison Egyptian
striker Mido, after some rumours indicated that the forward had talks
with Zamalek in his home country to see if they were interested in
signing him to allow him to have regular first team football leading
up to the African Cup of Nations.
Keane has poured cold water on rumours that he will be leaving Spurs,
by claiming that he is happy at the club and has a very good
relationship with the Head coach. Keane claimed that there had
been rumours about his future every summer for the last seven years
and unless the club decided to get rid of him, he would still be a
Tottenham player next season. The Republic of Ireland striker
went on to add that a new contract had been discussed at the start of
last season had with Santini and then Jol taking over, Keane decided
to wait to see what happened before committing himself to it and
chances of being drawn out of the Fair Play hat on Sunday might cause
their participation in the Korea Peace Cup to be in doubt. With
the first qualifying matches in the UEFA Cup set for July 14th, the
matches in the pre-season tournament might be out of the question, as
they start just a day after the first UEFA game. Tottenham are
in the draw with Mainz of Germany, Hammarby of Sweden, Tulevik
Viljandi of Estonia, Young Boys of Switzerland and a yet to be named
Danish club, as their season has not finished.
van Bommell has said that Tottenham were not a big enough club to
attract him. The former PSV Eindhoven midfielder signed for
Barcelona earlier this month and told the media that he might have
joined if there had not been bigger clubs in for him, even though he
believes that Spurs play good football and have a good coach.
Santander midfielder Yossi Benayoun is attracting interest from five
English clubs and two from Spain. Newcastle United are the club
linked with him most strongly and Spurs are mentioned along with
Liverpool, Portsmouth and Blackburn Rovers, while he is also being
tracked by two La Liga clubs - Deportivo La Coruna and Real Sociedad.
NEWS ... ...
MEHSTG's spin story ... Ashley
Cole will put side all thoughts of his own career to fight for the
right of the average player to be able to be tapped up in
future. Cole feels that all players should have the right to
speak to clubs with huge amounts of cash to stuff into their pockets
without fear of being persecuted by the footballing authorities.
Players of Cambridge United are thought to be very appreciative.
Wednesday 01.06.2005 (For other Spurs history on this day click
will be in the hat with teams from Sweden, Estonia, Germany,
Switzerland and Denmark for the two remaining place sin the UEFA Cup
from the Fair Play draw on Sunday at half-time in the Women's European
Championship match at the City of Manchester stadium.
Levy and Pedro Mendes have both slammed rumours of the Portuguese
midfielder moving back to Porto.
London Evening Standard claims that Spurs are looking at Porto striker
Benni McCarthy, possibly using Pedro Mendes as a part of the deal.
It is claimed that Martin Jol met with McCarthy's agent last month and
knows his new manager Co Adriaanse very well. Spurs face
competition for his services from Newcastle United and Bolton
NEWS ... All parties have been found guilty in the tapping up of
Ashley Cole inquiry. Cole received a fine of £100,000, Mourinho
of £200,000 and Chelsea of £300,000 plus a three point deduction
should they do it again next season ...