White Hot Lines


Wednesday  31.10.2001   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Tottenham are reportedly keen to sign the Brazilian Real Madrid striker Savio, but will want a significant reduction in the 12 million asking price before they will do business.  With Real reported to be ready to spend large on Lazio's Argentinian Hernan Crespo, they may have to sell to recoup some of their outlay.  Savio was initially offered to Chelsea, who were interested last season, but now they have declined the chance to sign the player.
  Gary Doherty is aiming for a January comeback from his broken ankle.  He said he has started walking OK and will be having a pin removed from the surgery next week or so.
  Glenn Hoddle is pleased that Dean Richards has settled in so quickly at Spurs.  He considers the fact that both he and john Gorman were at SCBC with Deano has helped, but thinks that the player will get better in the coming months now he is surrounded by top class players.
  Simon Davies is happy to be getting a chance to ply his trade wherever he can in midfield.  The Welsh international believes that he will be better able to get a place in the Spurs side if he does so. 
  Anthony Gardner has been assured by the manager that he will get his chance to regain his place in the Spurs squad when he gets fully fit.  Having had a series of injuries, the young central defender has seen Dean Richards been brought in by Glenn Hoddle, but his talks with the boss have given him hope of re-establishing himself in the Spurs set-up. 
  TalkSport today told of a report in the Daily Telegraph which reckons that Spurs could have signed Zinedine Zidane and Christophe Dugarry when they were at Bordeaux.  Igal Yawetz, the Club Architect, knew people in France and the players were offered to Spurs for a combined price of 1.5 million.  However, the Spurs manager at the time, Gerry Francis thought that Dugarry was rough around the edges and that Zidane was too wooden !!  Yawetz also recommended that Surs could sign Steffan Effenburg for 1.4 million from Fiorentina and the Board just laughed at him as they had not heard of the player and thought his name was hilarious !!
  One time Spurs target, Andres D'Alessandro of River Plate is though to be the subject of a 10 million offer form Barcelona.  The midfielder is much sought after, but his preference would be to play in Spain and Spurs could miss out on a player who they could have captured for less than 5 million when he first came to prominence after playing for his country's Under-21's against England at Craven Cottage a couple of years ago.
  Tottenham, along with Aston Villa and Sunderland, are watching the situation of Scott Parker at Charlton Athletic.  The boy who is a Spurs fan and appeared as a ball-juggling teenager in an advertisement for McDonalds, has made a big impact over the last season and a half and has represented the England Under-21 side.
  Luton Town tried to take Matthew Etherington on loan before he went to Valley Parade for a month. Hatters Manager Joe Kinnear tried to link the young Spurs winger with Ian Hillier, who was already on loan at Kenilworth Road before making the move permanent last week.
  Kasey Keller has been selected in the USA squad to play against Trinidad and Tobago on November 11th.  It is possible he might win his first cap as a Spurs player, with the other two keepers in the squad having only six caps between them.

Tuesday  30.10.2001   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Goran Bunjevcevic has thanked his father for saving him form the civil war that raged through Yugoslavia.  A soldier in the Army, Bunjevcevic senior helped Goran escape to Croatia when he was posted to Zagreb.  From there, he arranged for a flight to Belgrade for his footballing son, to safety and then on to play for Red Star.  However, his first game with BUSK was a shock as he felt they were nothing more than a pub team, as he scored so many goals, he lost count !!  He fought his way through the leagues to fulfill his dream of playing for Red Star Belgrade, but when the call came form England, he knew about Tottenham from a video of the 1981 FA Cup final.  Bunjy said that there is a talented group of players there and when the youngsters get experienced, the time will come for the club to succeed.
  Stephen Clemence is back running now according to the official website and he hopes to be back in full training in three weeks time.  As he has had a brace on his leg for six weeks, he has had a holiday, which helped him pass the time and now he is raring to go.  
  Tottenham's chief scout - Graham Carr - has been watching Matthew Etherington in action for Bradford City.  The official site reports that the winger has been developing in the hothouse of First Division play and that he stood out amongst the other players on the pitch against Watford on Saturday.
  Matthew has also been included in the England Under-20 squad to play Portugal in a friendly next month.

Monday  29.10.2001   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Les Ferdinand has told Sergei Rebrov that there is still more to come and he might be set for a long spell on the sidelines.  Sir Les added that this is the best spell he has had since joining Tottenham and that he wants to get a bit fitter and score more goals away from home,  He went on to say that he would not be handing his shirt to the Ukrainian striker.
  Dean Richards said that the loss against Manchester United provided the team with a kick up the backside.  Since then, he felt that they had played well and in the last two games, the team have had to defend and they have done this well.  Deano reckons that some teams will come and try to frustrate Tottenham and although they will be hard to break down, Spurs must try and grind results out of such matches.
  Steffan Effenburg has played down talk of a move to Spurs at the end of the season.  He said that London was an interesting option when his contract runs out at Bayern Munich in the summer, but said he had nothing to say about Spurs' interest in him.
  Spurs are waiting for the swelling on Sergei Rebrov's ankle injury to subside before a decision on how long he is likely to be out for can be made.  He may miss his country's World Cup qualifier against Germany next month, if any damage is found beneath the puffiness.
  Tottenham are supposedly monitoring the progress of West Bromwich Albion's Scott Dobie.  The 23 year old Striker, signed from Carlisle in the summer, is taking the First Division by storm and is attracting the attention of quite a few clubs.  It is reported that even when in the Third Division, Spurs were keen on the player, but it is unsure if a move will be made with promising youngsters in reserve, such as Kamanan and Ferguson.
  Spurs Reserves beat Watford Reserves at Stevenage tonight by 2 goals to one.  All the goals came in the second half and the Tottenham goals were scored by Oyvind Leonhardsen and Yannick Kamanan.  For a match report, click here.
  Ben Bowditch has been selected for the England Under-19's matches in the European Championship against Georgia at on November 7 and Hungary at Barnsley on November 11.
  Full back Ian Hillier signed for Luton Town on Friday for 30,000 on a two year deal.

Sunday  28.10.2001   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Tottenham have been told that Stephen Carr will not play this year.  The Republic of Ireland right back has been advised that he will not be able to resume his career until after the New Year.  He will lose his leg brace after his operation this week, but said that does not mean he will be out dancing !!
  Spurs and SCBC are said to be chasing the Blackburn Rovers striker Marcus Bent.  He is believed to be ready to be released and he would cost around 3 million or 2.5 million with a 30% sell-on clause.
  Reports today are linking Tim Sherwood with interest from First Division clubs Norwich City, Wolverhampton Wanderers and Coventry City.
  The news that defender Gareth Barry is seeking a future away from Aston Villa has sparked a host of clubs to perk up and pay attention.  Manchester United, Arsenal, Spurs, Fulham, Leeds United and Middlesbrough are all thought to be willing to talk to the young England defender.
  ... and finally ... cable TV company NTL are selling off their shareholdings in football clubs.  They struck up deals with a number of clubs - Newcastle United, Aston Villa, Middlesbrough and Leicester City - but think now that they only need the media rights and any extra-curricular shareholding is unnecessary.

Saturday  27.10.2001   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Spurs beat Middlesbrough at White Hart Lane this afternoon 2-1 with goals from Teddy Sheringham (pen) and Les Ferdinand. For a match report, click here.  For reaction, click here.
  Sergei Rebrov was missing from the starting XI and the subs bench.  It was later revealed that he had a slight knee injury, which Glenn Hoddle said nothing should be read into with respect to his situation at the club.
  Both managers today agreed that the penalty award for Spurs was "dubious" to say the least.  Steve McClaren, the Middlesbrough manager, said that most of the people he had spoken to thought it was not a penalty, while Hoddle insisted that it looked it at the time, although on video viewing it was only the slightest of touches.  However, after being denied a spot-kick against Aston Villa and having had a rank bad decision given against us in the Chelsea game, that these things are evening themselves out.
  Hoddle urged the Spurs fans to be patient if the goals the team's play deserve do not come immediately.  He said that the supporters were very quiet in the first half, when things were not going to plan and that they did not get after the players as they had done in the past.
  John Gorman has told the Official website that the pressure on new, young managers is too much.  There is stress on making the team instantly successful and that new-comers to the managerial game do not get sufficient time to grow into the job.  Not that it stops coaches taking up the challenge of managing a team as they wish to progress in the game.
  On loan Matthew Etherington scored the first goal for Bradford City in their First Division match against Watford today.
  Former Spurs keeper, Chris Day, broke his leg in two places yesterday playing for Queens Park Rangers against Oldham Athletic.

Friday  26.10.2001   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Mauricio Taricco is a major doubt for the match against Middlesbrough on Saturday.  His ankle is responding to treatment, but it may not be quick enough for him to feature against Boro.  If he is not available, it could affect the tactics Hoddle plays and the shape of the side.
  Glenn Hoddle said that he would rather be facing Arsenal than Middlesbrough tomorrow. He believed that Boro could be a more difficult proposition than the Gooners because they pose the threat of a lesser team that Tottenham have failed against in recent years.  He told the Press that Spurs would be expected to win against the side form the North-East, but that is not a foregone conclusion.
  It also came out that after the home game against Manchester United that Spurs lost 3-5, he had kept the side in the dressing room for 80 minutes afterwards, thrashing out some things that needed to be said.  He is also alleged to have toppled a rack of training boots in his rage, which was let loose as several players were off on international duty and Hoddle wanted to sort things out there and then.  The side have responded with three straight wins, but he said only at the end of the season will he be able to say if the side have been better than other Spurs teams of late.
  Spurs are to open their shops on Sunday November 25th in a special shopping day for season ticket holders and members, who will get a SPECIAL (what used to be a permanent) 10% discount on goods.  This will also apply to the Internet merchandising operation on that day.
  Millwall's Marc Bircham is the subject of a battle between Sunderland and Spurs over his services.  The player is out of contract in the summer, but Spurs want to seal a deal worth 1 million sooner rather than later.  The Canadian international defender has long been linked with Spurs, but has only featured six times this season because of an ankle injury.
  The Sergei for AC Milan rumours are re-ignited today.  It is reported that Tottenham are thought to be annoyed by the constant speculation, despite constant rebuttal of the stories.  Meanwhile, Hoddle has denied that the club have pressured him to sell Rebrov and also said he would not be going out on loan as he is a vital part of his team-building programme.
  The Spurs manager believes that there is a lot more to come from summer signing Christian Ziege, who he believes "took his foot off the pedal" during his hard times at his former clubs.  Hoddle said that if he played as he has been, there is not a reason why he should not be in the German squad for the World Cup finals should they qualify.
  John Gorman has said that he would welcome the opportunity to act as an assistant to the new Scotland manager, whoever it was, on a part-time basis.  He said that if a young manager was appointed and needed some experience to back them up, he would be happy to offer his services.
  Ian Hillier looks like he might permanently become a Luton Town player after talks between Joe Kinnear and Glenn Hoddle.  The Welsh Under-21 international would only command a minimal fee apparently.  This could explain Spurs' interest in Marc Bircham to cover Hillier's departure.
  Gary Doherty has been advised that he will not be back playing until the end of January 2002.  He had hoped to start training again around Christmas, but the medical staff have advised that it will be too soon.
  Glenn Hoddle has slammed SCBC as being too hasty in judging the Gray man who was their manager, but is no longer.  Hod said that Gray has the credentials to go far and that his dismissal was "unjust".  The description fits Rupert Lowe-Self Esteem's manager appraisal scheme to a tee.

Thursday  25.10.2001   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Glenn Hoddle has spoken about not changing a winning side and that Sergei Rebrov will have to be patient again.  Hod said that his plan is over five years and he has no doubts that the Ukrainian's undoubted skills will be utilised at some stage as he has shown when coming off the bench in recent games.
  French club Sedan have announced that 30 year-old defender Jean-Louis Montero is having a trial at Tottenham.  The right sided player is training with Spurs for a week as he is looking for a new club with his contract expiring next year.  However, this player has not been a regular in the Sedan side - not one of the most notable French sides over the past few years - and has only made 95 games in the French top division.  It is reported he could be used as cover for Stephen Carr.  He would not cost a lot, but some Spanish clubs are chasing the former Real Sociedad youth player.
  Glenn Hoddle is pleased that the passing game he has introduced is paying dividends, but warned that there are a lot of good teams in the Premier League and Spurs will have to work hard to get back to the top of the League.  He said the players he has brought in are all ones whose games are based on good passing and that the way the team played against Newcastle United in the first half was a joy.  However, the manager added that he was most pleased by the fact that the team defended to bring back three points from Tyneside, as they have played as well, but not got the reward they deserved.
  Teddy Sheringham is reveling in the captain's role at Tottenham.  He said he has enjoyed the extra involvement wearing the armband brings and would like to have more input into the team if Glenn wanted it.
  England captain David Beckham has said that his country will need experienced players like Teddy Sheringham in the World Cup finals.  The Manchester United player added that Sheringham is always likely to score when he is on the pitch as he is so intelligent (I hope he wasn't comparing the Spurs forward to himself as that wouldn't mean too much).
  Spurs are being linked with Middlesbrough's Australian star midfielder Paul Okon.  He appears to have no future at the O2 stadium and will be seeking talks about his departure when he returns form international duty next month.
  Darren Anderton reckons that the current Spurs squad is the best in his ten years at the club.  The Spurs midfielder said that the fact that there are players outside the first team who are very god means that the club could be consistently successful over the next few years.  Going back to the "Famous Five" days, he said that the club invariably sold players just as they were on the verge of achieving something, but this does not seem likely now, so he was hopeful for Tottenham for the near future.  Dazza went on to say that Teddy Sheringham's terrific form has helped Spurs move forward and he also added it had helped his own game as they have always linked up so well.  He thought that Teddy holds the ball up so well and brings others into the game, making him easy to play with.  The spirit at the club is excellent, Anderton went on, saying that everyone is playing for each other and enjoying the new style Hoddle has introduced.
  Liverpool will finally give their evidence to a Premier League hearing about the signing of Christian Ziege from Middlesbrough.  They are facing a charge of making an illegal approach.
  Spurs Youth Team player George Snee is looking forward to playing for the Republic of Ireland Under-19 team in a UEFA tournament in Cork against Latvia, Austria and Croatia over the next two weeks.
  The first elected committee of the Spurs Trust were voted in tonight at the inaugural Annual General Meeting.
  ... and finally ... Chelsea's Emmanuel Petit asked to be substituted in last nights game against West Ham United as he was "tired".  How much does he get paid each week ??

Wednesday  24.10.2001   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  The date for the Worthington Cup tie at Fulham has finally been announced, with a live screening on ITV Sport on Thursday 29th November.
  Goran Bunjevcevic has revealed that he is pleased with his new mask, which he must wear to protect his fractured cheekbone for two more weeks to satisfy the insurance company !!  He said it feels much better than the first one and does not restrict his view as much.  Playing Monday night in the reserves, he felt very sharp and is looking to break into the first team although he knows it will be hard, he told the Spurs official site.
  Neil Sullivan said he appreciates the flowing football that Spurs are playing in front of him this season.  He added he knew it would come with the quality in the side, but warned that the defence have to be sharp enough to repel all attacks.
  Former Spurs captain Alan Mullery has praised the work Glenn Hoddle is doing at the club.  He said Hoddle understood the traditions of the club and had made some shrewd short-term signings to get Spurs playing like they did in the Glory days.  He said the experience in the side was being added to by the emergence of some talented youngsters.  He added that younger replacements will be required for Poyet and Sheringham who have another season left in them at least.
  Matthew Etherington made a quick start for Bradford City last night after coming on as a substitute for the First Division side.  He set up the Bantam's goal for Gary Locke and impressed with his pace on the wing.
  Luton Town's manager Joe Kinnear is keen to take Ian Hillier's loan through to the end of the season.  The Welsh defender, who has been with the Hatters for two months already, may be allowed to stay as some of the reserve players are loaned out to get first team action.
  SCBC's defender - Dan Petrescu - said he turned down the chance to join Spurs in the summer as he felt he owed his new club some loyalty after they rescued him from his terrible time at Bradford City.  He also said he would have felt like a traitor playing for Spurs after being at Chelsea earlier in his career.

Tuesday  23.10.2001   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Darren Anderton has jumped on the Darren Anderton bandwagon and said he is the man for England's left midfield slot.  He said he has played there before and is sure he could do a job, adding that once you have played for your country you always want to play there again.
  Matthew Etherington has joined Bradford City on loan for a month.  It will give his time to get some first team football under his belt.
  TeamTalk state that Oyvind Leonhardsen will be seeking talks within the next three days with Glenn Hoddle to see what his future is at the club.  Having fallen out of favour in the new system, the Norwegian cannot see a way back into the team.
  Charlton Athletic's former Spurs defender Luke Young has today criticised David Ginola for not liking the defensive side of the game when playing away from home during his time at White Hart Lane.  Young added that if Ginola played he hoped he could stop the Frenchman.
  ... and finally 1 ... Middlesbrough are thinking of bringing in a player from Ajax called Brutil Hose.  Suppose he will play in midfield alongside Brutal Ince ??
  ... and finally 2 ... "Headline of the Day" on Soccerupdate.com, where they tell us "QPR sign Shittu on loan".  You mean Charlton want that back ??

Monday  22.10.2001   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Glenn Hoddle has said that he believes that Darren Anderton could feature for England.  He said that he is playing very well at the moment and his experience might swing him a place to fill that left sided midfield role for Sven Goran Eriksson's side.  Even mad old Uncle Robby Bobson agreed, saying he is still international class and passes the ball beautifully.
  The boy Dazza himself said "We have had exciting teams and players in the past, but I think this could be the best mix of them all, especially with the type of players we have here.  The difference is that we can play good attacking football and yet also grind out a result when and if we have to."
  Hoddle expressed his delight at the defensive performance yesterday and said that it is becoming harder to keep clean sheets in the Premier League.  The Spurs boss said that if we keep the other side scoreless, he is confident that we will be able to open them up to get goals ourselves.  At Newcastle, he had noted that on the last two visits, Spurs had conceded early and that if the home side let one in early on, then the fans would be silenced (juts as he said prior to the match) and Spurs could go on from there.  Glenn was, however, a little disappointed that Tottenham did not get a third goal to wrap things up comfortably.  But then that's not the Spurs way, is it ??
  "The supporters have a Spurs side that they enjoy watching again. When we are putting in performances like this away from home, we need to back them up with more wins at home, and who knows what we can achieve this season."  So said Glenn Hoddle today.  Something that you might not have heard from a few of our most recent previous managers.
  Oyvind Leonhardsen is frustrated at not being in the Spurs team at the moment and doesn't think a place is waiting for him in the near future.  The Norwegian midfielder said that Hoddle does change things around, but that playing with two wing backs is not ideal for Leo's own game.  He added that it was fun to watch the side doing so well, but that he had to await his chance and take it when it comes along.
  Leonhardsen also revealed that Steffen Iversen has been jogging following his latest injury, but it was still not certain how long it would b before he got back to full fitness.
  Mauricio Taricco is having scans on his ankle that was injured in the match at Newcastle United yesterday.  It is hoped that there is nothing serious shown, after the Argentinian went over on his ankle and strained ligaments were feared.  Hoddle said that if he is likely to be out of the side, then the shape of the team might have to change, with little right sided cover available.
  Spurs Reserves came from 0-2 down to win 3-2 at Stevenage tonight.  Goals from Sergei Rebrov, Tim Sherwood and Yannick Kamanan gave Spurs a hard fought win.  For a match report, click here.
  ... and finally ... ITV's "The Premiership" match highlights programme will be moved back to a regular 10.30.p.m. slot form November 17th.  Is it so that the Spurs v Arsenal game is after the 9 p.m. watershed ??

Sunday  21.10.2001   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Spurs beat Newcastle United 2-0 at St. James' Park this afternoon.  The goals came from a Gary Speed own goal and Gus Poyet.  For a match report, click here.  For reaction, click here.
  Teddy Sheringham said the side played a lot of nice stuff and that they are all playing for each other.  He said that it was difficult in the second half, but the side were expecting that.
  Hoddle said that the defence showed great resolve to hold out and that the side was playing with a lot of belief away from home.  He added that it was a good team performance with good passing and a lot of hard work.  The manager thought that people would be enjoying watching Spurs again (although I should imagine Newcastle fans would not be so enamored of them at the moment !!).  Even Bobby Robson admitted that Spurs defended extremely well today saying the team were a "tough nut to crack".
  Tottenham are not in with a chance of buying Robbie Fowler according tot he News of the World, as Leeds United are poised to take him to Elland Road for 10 million to replace Italy bound Mark Viduka.
  Glenn Hoddle could be interested in buying Emile Mpenza though from German club Schalke 04, as he has fallen out with the manager there.  The 23 year old could be an option should Hoddle not be able to secure the services of Fowler or Phillips.  The player's argument was with the manager about not getting fit quickly enough, but he is now out for two months with a groin operation necessary !!  I'm sure he could have run it off !!
  Andres D'Allesandro, the Argentinian wonder kid, has disappointed English clubs who were interested in him, by saying if he could choose a European club, he would pick Barcelona.  The young midfielder has been linked with Spurs in the past and more recently with Leeds United and Aston Villa.
  SCBC have sacked the Gray man in charge of the team and intend to install an appropriate manager who will have hair that matches the team's home kit.  Rupert Lowe-Self Esteem said today "This is about the future of Southampton Football Club and its fans. We believe the club is in need of a fresh approach to bring some self-belief and cohesion to the squad to produce the results a club of this size expects.  Stuart did a good job at the end of last season and we appointed him on the basis that the progress would continue. Regrettably, it has not been the case and with sadness the board decided that the time was right to seek new direction."  Just as well Hoddle didn't stay there as he would have been shown the door after a few dodgy results ... as is the way at a club of that size !!

Saturday  20.10.2001   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Darren Anderton has revealed that he is not training full-time in an effort to to play more matches for Spurs.  His sore Achilles means that he is only training in sessions towards the end of the week after a match as for two days following a match there is aching in the heel.
  Alan Shearer has said that England must select Teddy Sheringham for the World Cup finals in Japan and South Korea.  He kindly said that as players get older they lose their pace, but that could not happen to Teddy as he didn't have any in the first place !!  The former England captain said that Sheringham was not bettered by anyone in his position and that there was still a lot of football left in him.
  In return, Teddy is telling his team-mates about how Shearer operates.  Having played alongside him for years in the England side, he knows how the Geordie captain goes about his trade and feels his advice might help some of the newer Spurs players to play against him.
  Mauricio Taricco has signed an extension to his current deal for an extra two years, taking him through to 2005.  The 28 year old Argentinian is still holding down a place in the first team in Stephen Carr's enforced absence, but the manager was keen to secure his future with the club.
  DC United, the American MLS team who were due to play a charity game in London next month before it was cancelled, have offered former Spurs centre half Richard Gough the post of head coach.
  Former Spurs defender Justin Edinburgh scored for Portsmouth today.  It was his first goal for his new club and equals his total for Spurs in all games.

Friday  19.10.2001   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Glenn Hoddle has told Sergei Rebrov to be patient and wait for his chance in the Spurs side.  Inimitably, Glenn said it's a squad situation and Rebrov would have to wait to break into the side (not long if Les' injury record is anything to go by) and grab it when it came.  The manager said that Sergei had given no indication that he wanted to leave the club.
  Hoddle meanwhile, is looking to produce a performance form the side that will stun the Toon Army into silence.  He said that having gone to the Stadium of light and Anfield, they are aware of the effect that outplaying the home side has on the fans, who then get after their own players instead of getting behind them.
  With the hospitalisation of Gerard Houllier, Hod spoke today of his
way of dealing with the stress of the job.  He said he has lost about four nights sleep and that was when he was a rookie manager at Swindon Town, he told the London Evening Standard.  He said he has the ability to put things in a draw and come back to them later, but found that only the 90 minutes of the game stressful as there are so many factors over which he has no control.  The rest of the job was a pleasure in comparison.
  Sunderland have issued a hands off warning to Spurs, Chelsea and Arsenal over Kevin Phillips.  The London clubs have been linked with a move for the Mackem striker, but he is under contract until 2005 and the Wearside team do not want him to leave.
  Les Ferdinand and Gus Poyet have recovered from a bout of flu and will be fit for Sunday's match against Newcastle United.
  Newcastle United may have Andy Griffin fit for Sunday's game, Robert Laurent will be available after attending his grandfather's funeral and Warren Barton will have a late fitness test to see if he will be selected.
  Former Spurs winger Chris Waddle said he was keen to take over the vacant manager's position at Sheffield Wednesday, left empty after former Spurs boss Peter Shreeves resigned Wednesday.
  ENIC have been hit by losses in their parent company.  They have gone form an 11 million profit last year to a 15 million loss this year.  I think you know what this means for Tottenham Hotspur plc.

Thursday  18.10.2001   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Mauricio Taricco will not be punished for his over the top tackle on Thomas Gravesen in the match against Everton on 20th August at Goodison Park.  Referee David Elleray said he had seen the tackle and did not think it warranted punishment then, thus leaving the FA no grounds to take more action on it.
  Taricco said he is enjoying his football as it plays to his strength - passing.  He said that he loves to pass the ball and the side are intent on holding on to the ball with the classy players they have in the side.  This allows colleagues to find space and then make incisive moves into danger areas.  Tano said that playing this way the team would win more games than they lost.
  Despite Glenn Hoddle saying he will not consider Sergei Rebrov unhappy until he knocks on the manager's door and tells him, the Ukraine striker said the day he leaves White Hart Lane appears to be getting closer.  He said he is getting used to not playing and Tottenham's attitude makes him think that he is not wanted.  He is heartened by the fact that Andrei Shevchenko has said that AC Milan have said to him that they want to buy Rebrov and this does link in with stories about a move for Kevin Phillips of Sunderland.  Hoddle still sees Sergei as a vital member of the squad, but the only real action he sees these days is in the reserves. 
  Stephen Carr might be back in contention for a place in the Spurs team by Christmas.  He is training on a bicycle at the moment, before getting ready to step up his running to gain fitness.  The American doctor found two problems in his knee and operated to out them right, so he should not have any further worries in that area.
  Tim Sherwood's 15 minute cameo performance at the Theatre Royal Tranmere Rovers has earned him a one match ban for picking up the plaudits (also known as yellow cards) from the referee on the night.  He will now not be available for the show against Middlesbrough on October 27th.  Colin Calderwood hailed him as a role model as he strives to reach match fitness in the reserves.  The Scot managing the second team said that he got a lot out of the match against West Ham United this week as he covered a lot of ground and also showed great professionalism in his conduct.
  Steffen Freund's game has been enhanced by the management's insistence that he adds forward passing to his armoury.  Hoddle said that he has tried to discourage the square balls and make him more of an offensive midfielder.  The boss said he has been opening up play by switching the ball from one wing to the other and that has helped the team move forward.
  Glenn Hoddle told the club's official website that Darren Anderton has "broken a barrier".  Fearing another injury to Sicknote, we all held our breath, but then realised he was talking about the psychological barrier of getting over his Achilles tendon surgery.  Hod thinks that playing in the middle of midfield, we have yet to see the best of Dazza and that we should expect him to perform better as the season goes along to time his peak form for the end of the season when the World Cup squad is selected.

Wednesday  17.10.2001   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Glenn Hoddle picked out Mauricio Taricco for special compliment after the Derby County game on Monday.  After being out for almost a year with injury, Hoddle praised his play in using the ball and keeping Leeds United-bound Seth Johnson pushed back with his raids up the line.  Fellow South American, Gus Poyet, also said he was happy to see Taz play well and it was obvious from their games that they link up well on and off the pitch.
  Wing back Christian Ziege has said he owes Glenn Hoddle so much.  He said having a manager who believes in you gives you a lot of confidence.  He felt that because he was not playing at Liverpool, people thought that he was not up  to playing in the Premiership anymore, but his hot goalscoring streak has helped him repay Hoddle's faith in him.
  Goran Bunjevcevic played for the Reserves last night in a plastic protective mask to help him avoid further aggravating a cheekbone injury.  He said it felt odd, but hoped with further use he would get accustomed to it and not worry about going for headers.
  David Buchler's new role at the club following the re-shuffle will be to provide a communications link to the world outside White Hart Lane.  This will enhance the new "media friendly" approach of the new owners.
  Tickets for the visit of Arsenal to White Hart Lane are all sold out.
  Former Spurs winger Peter Taylor has made a quick return to football management after being sacked by Leicester City.  He has taken on the post vacated by Mickey Adams (who took the No. 2 role at Filbert Street) at Brighton and Hove Albion.
  Former Spurs manager Peter Shreeves has resigned as manager of Sheffield Wednesday.  His place is taken temporarily by another former Spurs man, Terry Yorath.
  ... and finally ... tennis star Boris Becker has offered to play for Germany in the first leg of their World Cup play-off qualifier against Ukraine.  He had better watch out, they don't want to lose 15-love !!

Tuesday  16.10.2001   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Tottenham Hotspur plc announced a trading loss of 2.6 million today.  There was an increase in turnover of 400,000 up to 48.4 million, but after player transfers, the operating profit came out at 9.4 million.  However, the results were greeted by news that Daniel Levy is to take a more active role in the day-to-day running of the club as Executive Chairman.  David Buchler takes on a non-executive role, while John Ireland (company secretary) and John Sedgwick (operations manager) have been allowed to leave the company.  Some of the loss was explained by the 1.5 million it cost to rid the club of George Graham.
  The fruits of Buchler's review of the workings of the club have brought forth some recommendations.  These include focusing on youth development rather than paying out on big stars (i.e. pumping money into the club's youth academy); to expand the club's marketing  to make the Spurs brand a global one and to expand White Hart Lane to a capacity 44,000.
  The money spent since the summer has not been included in these figures, but amounts to around 20 million.  Levy indicated that Hoddle was happy with the purchases he has made and hinted that there may not be any more money available in the short term, as the future of the club is in investing in the youth set-up, he said.
  Glenn Hoddle spoke glowingly of Teddy Sheringham's performance and also hinted it might not be a short term showing.  The Spurs boss praised Sheringham's all round play, but especially picked out his astute ball inside the full back for Christian Ziege's goal.  Going on to say that Teddy is a fit player and has a sharp brain, Hoddle said that it was not inconceivable that Sheringham might stay at Spurs beyond the two years of his contract.
  Hod did also say on the Spurs official site that "We've got to put our clinical boots on when we create as many chances as that."  Our clinical boots ??  Are they something to do with foot and mouth ??
  Gus Poyet rates his goal against Derby County last night as one of the five best goals he has ever scored.  The Uruguayan said that the first of his Tottenham career at Tranmere helped his confidence and when the ball fell for him in the last minute, he just lobbed it first time over the keeper.
  Dean Richards said today that if he did not get into the England set-up this year, he feared that he would never be chosen for the national team.  The 8.1 million signing admitted that with a number of promising young defenders in his position there already, he had to make the breakthrough soon or not at all.
  Spurs reserves drew 2-2 with West Ham United reserves tonight at Stevenage.  Tim Sherwood scored both goals.  For a match report, click here.  
  The FA will decide tomorrow if Mauricio Taricco will be banned for his tackle on Thomas Gravesen in the second game of the season.  They will review the findings of video evidence and let the Argentinian if he will face a ban or a fine.

Monday  15.10.2001   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Spurs beat Derby County 3-1 tonight, with goals from Les Ferdinand, Christian Ziege and Gus Poyet.
  Teddy Sheringham was pleased with tonight's win, but was frustrated by the lack of his name on the scoresheet.  He had one goal chalked off for offside, when TV replays clearly showed that was not the case, while his other efforts came to naught.
  Glenn Hoddle was delighted with the win and said it helped wipe away the memory of the Manchester United defeat.  He said that the side played very well, but needs to be more clinical to turn their play into points, then the side will get some momentum going.  Hoddle added that Teddy and Christian Ziege were both worthy of praise and that they have fitted into his side just as he had hoped.
  Danny Higginbotham, the Derby defender, hailed his former Manchester United colleague as one who would be ideal for the champions at the moment to solve their problems.  He believes that Sheringham would be the perfect foil for Ruud van Nistelrooy.
  Bayern Munich will have to carry on without midfielder Steffen Effenburg next season.  The German told the media today that he intends to leave the European Champions League winners at the end of this season and then he will be with another club.  Spurs have been linked with the 33 year old for some time now.
  Sergei Rebrov's agent has now said that the talk of his client having to play for Spurs is not true and that he is happy at the club.  He did admit, however, that the player was missing European football.
  A long time transfer target, Kim Kallstrom of BK Hacken, could be back on again.  The 19 year old has said he could be ready to walk away from his Swedish club and Spurs would welcome the opportunity to take him on.  Italian club Parma are also interested.
  It is also rumoured that Spurs were represented in Belgium to watch Polish international Marcin Zewlakow.  The 25 year old Mouscron striker is also attracting interest from Fulham, as he has an enviable scoring record in his three years at the club.
  Tottenham MP David Lammy has backed the campaign to Knight Bill Nicholson.
  Crisis club SCBC today admitted they need to bring in some fresh faces.  Manager - Grey Man - said " Rupert Lowe-Self Esteem (chairman) has made the money available and, with Dean Richards leaving, there is a hole there to be filled. I was only going to bring players in who were better than the ones we'd got," added the manager.  He didn't say that those faces who were already in the team were as stale as a two week old Bath bun. On Saturday, they meet the even more in crisis club West Ham United. 
  ... and finally ... Chelsea revealed a 11 million loss today.  I think I hear the sound of a bubble bursting somewhere.

Sunday  14.10.2001   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Sergei Rebrov's agent has said that Spurs will have to play his client in the next month, even if it is to put him in the shop window !!  He said that Rebrov was losing value while he sat on the bench and that he needs to be playing.  If he did not begin to get a start in the side, he hinted that Rebrov might ask for a transfer, despite the fact that he does not want to leave.
  Reports today are suggesting that the above might be on the cards as Glenn Hoddle has been linked with an 18 million bid for Sunderland's Kevin Phillips.  It is said that a tempting package will be put together in the New Year to get Phillips to return to the South-East.  Mind you, the same site that reported that Dino Zoff is interested in managing Scotland !!
  Just in case Hod does not succeed with Phillips, he plans to go for Robbie Fowler for 11 million.
  Charlton Athletic are keen in taking another Spur to The Valley, as they are now expected to step up their interest in Tim Sherwood. 
  Goran Bunjevcevic could return to the team tomorrow as the "Man in the Protective Mask".  The Yugoslav has been out since breaking his cheekbone in a clash with Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink in the Chelsea match and could play wearing a Gazza/Mabbutt style face protector against Derby County.  It is also hoped that Christian Ziege will not have a reaction to his knee injury after training on it.
  The official site is carrying a story saying that Ben Thatcher is putting his bad boy image behind him thanks to his baby daughter.  He said the responsibility means that the "foolishness" of his youth will be put behind him as he seeks to make the most of the opportunities to play in the first team.  Ben reckons that with three or four more games, he will be fully match fit.
  ... and if ever you get down about supporting Spurs, just remember, you can make yourself happy by thinking of West Ham United.

Saturday  13.10.2001   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Tottenham have been drawn away to Fulham in the fourth round of the Worthington Cup.  The tie will take place the week commencing November 26th.
  Gus Poyet has said that nothing else but a win will do for Spurs on Monday when they face Derby County.  He reiterated what manager Glenn Hoddle had said yesterday that the football the team are playing is what they are aspiring to, but the need for points is just as pressing.  He said that the side should be more consistent to try and achieve the first 45 minutes against Manchester United for the whole of the match.
  Hoddle said that the side's character is developing the way he wants it to.  Questions had been asked about the backbone of the team he is building, but he countered that the showing against Tranmere Rovers, coming after collapsing against Manchester United, demonstrated that the players had come together as a group.  The way that everybody had contributed proved that the "squad situation" at the club is necessary for the continued well-being of the team. 
  Adding to his comments on the squad system, Glenn said that Teddy was a shining example of how a player wants to play every match and how he had the ability to change the courses of games, even if he came off the bench to do so.  He went on to add that if there is a better example of a player in his position at the moment, Hoddle would like to see him.
  The proposed friendly match against DC United from America will not now take place. Following the bombing raids on Afghanistan, there are now safety fears and the match has been shelved, but with an agreement to make arrangements in the future when it might be possible to stage the match.
   ... and finally ... a typographic error on the Daily Soccer site casts a worrying aspect over Glasgow Rangers potential new signing Frank de Boer ..."The main reason for Frank's intention to move to Scotland is that Barcelona can't guarantee his constant fist-team play."

Friday  12.10.2001   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Goran Bunjevcevic could be in contention for the game against Derby County on Monday playing in a protective face mask.  He hopes to get a game under his belt wearing it and Glenn Hoddle said he was trying to fit in a behind closed doors game before Monday.
  Christian Ziege has also boosted the manager by confirming his fitness for the Derby game, although Ben Thatcher will stay in the squad because of hid impressive performance against Tranmere Rovers.
  Meanwhile, the Spurs boss has laughed in the face of stories that he intends to buy Liverpool's Robbie Fowler.  He said that the reports that Spurs were going to sell off Sergei Rebrov to fund a move for the rascally Scouser was "just not true" and that Spurs were not looking for anyone in that department at the moment.
  The manager is keen to make White Hart Lane a fortress.  By winning our home games he believes that Tottenham could start with a win on Monday, Hoddle thinks that Spurs can begin to earn the points their play has deserved.  Glenn said that the team have proved that they can win away and the home points will provide the foundations for a move up the League.  Hod feels that the only game that Spurs have not performed particularly well in was the one at Blackburn Rovers and that he would be worried if the side was not playing well.
  After an initial understanding that Spurs were to meet the winners of the Manchester City v Birmingham City tie, it now appears that Tottenham will go into the hat for the Fourth round draw at Saturday lunch-time on ITV.
  Ledley King has said that it is imperative to the progress of the England Under-21's that they follow the national side under Sven Goran Eriksson.  He said that the important thing is to qualify for the European Under-21 Championship finals next summer.  The young Spurs defender added that he was just happy playing for Spurs at the moment and that any England call up by Eriksson would be "a dream" come true.  Ledley feels that David Platt's introduction as Under-21 manager has given fresh impetus to the team and his new ideas are received well, especially as they seem to be paying off on the pitch.
  Tottenham are believed to have paid 750,000 to former manager George Graham in an out of court settlement for his claim of unfair dismissal.  The Sport Dispute Resolution Panel helped out the two sides, who both wished each other "the best for the future in their respective endeavours" according to a statement on the official club website.  It is strange that both sides were supposed to keep the sum confidential, isn't it ??

Thursday  11.10.2001   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Willem Korsten has spoken on the Spurs official site about the news that he has had to retire from the game.  At 26, he said it was like his world ending, but then realised that there is more to life than football.  The specialists were talking about the need for artificial limbs if he carried on laying with his hip condition, so it came home to him, that there was only really one choice.  He said he would like to train youth players, but probably at an amateur level, which he would enjoy.
  Ben Bowditch played two games for the England Under-19 side last week, one win over Iceland 2-0 and a 0-1 defeat by Russia.  He will be included in the squad for the two legged tie against Hungary and Georgia in the European Under-19 championships on 7th and 11th November.
  Les Ferdinand said he was disappointed that he has not scored more goals this season, but realises that Sergei Rebrov is waiting in the wings to take his place should his barren run continue.  The Ukrainian could be in line for a call-up to play against Derby County on Monday after grabbing his first goal of the season at Tranmere.
  Udinese's Martin Jorgensen, who it was reported that Spurs had an interest in, looks like he might be staying in Italy with a 6 million move to Parma lined up.
  Martin Chivers has lost a long held English footballing record.  Until last night, he shared the most goals scored in European club competition with Bobby Charlton, but Andy Cole's 23rd goal makes him out on his own as the leading all-time Euro-scorer.
  Former Spurs striker Steve Archibald believes that Terry Venables would be the best man to take on the Scotland manager's job.
  Rupert Lowe-Self Esteem has hit out at clubs that has players his SCBC want to buy.  "They know we have got 8 million and think we have money to burn" he whined, with wisps of smoke emerging from a green, brown and red  pile behind him.   He thinks that clubs are trying to extract as much money from him as they can for their players, who they do not want to lose.  Hmmm.  Kinda sounds familiar dontcha think ??
  At last, the George Graham compensation saga is over.  To prevent the gory details being air in the nation's media, Tottenham have agreed an out of court settlement for less than 1 million.  The former Spurs manager looked set to go to arbitration after he was sacked for talking to the press about the club's finances back in the spring.  At the eleventh hour, a compromise was reached although neither side will reveal how much it actually was.  Graham was seeking 2 million and the club will have to make a declaration of the sum in their annual accounts.  The deal should be signed by the two parties on Friday and this will leave GG free to take up another management post without this terrible burden hanging over his head.

Wednesday  10.10.2001   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Glenn Hoddle has joined the criticism from Tranmere Rovers manager Dave Watson of the match referee in last night's Worthington Cup tie.  Hoddle described the referee as "ludicrous" and added that the game had not lived up to it's potential because of the decisions made by Mr. Dowd.  Two players were dismissed and four others booked in what was not a dirty game.  The Spurs boss bemoaned the fact that Premiership refs were not in charge of the Cup ties tonight and that the official showed no common sense.
  Meanwhile, Teddy Sheringham, who was fouled for the penalty that saw the opening goal of the game, was adamant that it was a spot-kick.  He said that he felt a push and it was that which made him tumble to the floor.  The SPurs captain said the second goal was the killer, after Rovers were reduced to ten men, but he could not believe the two yellow cards that led to Tim Sherwood getting sent off.
  A report in the Daily Express newspaper this morning reckons that Spurs will sell Sergei Rebrov to fund a move for Liverpool's Robbie Fowler.  The England striker is said to be keen on the move as he enjoyed working with Hoddle when he was England manager and is impressed by the way the new Spurs team is shaping up.  The only hold up for the deal is that to realise the full value of Rebrov in the transfer market, he would have to be sold to Italy or Spain and their transfer windows are closed until the winter.
  Hoddle has been boosting up Teddy Sheringham's chances of getting into the 2002 World Cup squad.  He believes that even if Sheringham is used as a substitute, he could change the course of matches and help England progress.
  Ben Thatcher was pleased with his first senior appearance for a year at Tranmere Rovers last night.  He admitted to breathing a bit heavily (oooh errr) in the first 15 minutes, but as the game went on against the ten home players, he felt easier.  Glenn Hoddle also said that after a long time out and it still being a bit early in his recovery, he was pleased with the full back's performance and this was the start of Thatch's comeback.
  Anthony Gardner has confirmed that he only suffered a "tweak" in his hamstring at Peterborough United and he will be back in training in a couple of days, with the prospect of a reserve game next week.
  Former Tottenham boss Terry Venables has said he is not ruling out talking to Scottish officials should they decide to call him in to discuss the Scotland manager's job.
  Saturday's Under-17 match at Spurs Lodge against Aston Villa will kick off at Noon rather than the usual 11 o'clock.

Tuesday  9.10.2001   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Tottenham moved into the fourth round of the League Cup after dispatching Tranmere Rovers 4-0 at Prenton Park tonight.  The goals came from Sheringham (pen), Anderton, Poyet and Rebrov.  Tim Sherwood was dismissed for a second bookable offence in the 87th minute, just 15 minutes after coming on for Steffen Freund.
  Spurs will now travel to meet the winner f the Manchester City v Birmingham City 3rd round match.
  Both Ledley King and Glenn Hoddle realised that it would take a lot of grit to get anything from Tottenham's visit to Prenton Park tonight. Both the Spur manager and the youngster thought that it would be a tough battle and they would have to exhibit strong mental fortitude to come through the tie.
  Former Spurs manager is ruling out claims that he is to take over as Scotland manager at this moment in time.  He said that he would like to continue in club management for the time being.
  Meanwhile former Spurs keeper Ian Walker would not welcome the arrival of the Scots manager at Leicester City.  Having revealed that Graham treated him like crap during his time at Tottenham, another spell under the man nicknamed "Gadaffi" would not be his ideal choice.

Monday  8.10.2001   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Ben Thatcher has been added to the squad to travel to Tranmere for tomorrow night's Worthington Cup tie.  Christian Ziege got a knee injury in Germany's game against Finland at the weekend and might not be risked, so Thatcher might find himself thrust into the side.  Tim Sherwood is also back, while Goran Bunjevcevic misses out after training, but not being allowed any physical contact.
  Hoddle revealed that Anthony Gardner's hamstring might only keep him out of action for days rather than weeks. He hopes to be jogging by the end of the week.
  Christian Ziege has said that although the results have not been as the club would have hoped, the side are enjoying their game and that the passing game is the way forward for Spurs.  The German international said that he was pleased with his form, especially the four goals he has grabbed so far and that he was thankful to Glenn Hoddle for giving him the chance to prove that he could still play at the Premier League level, after a miserable time at Anfield.
  Ziege has come in for criticism from former German international Paul Brietner, who said that he has come to the end of the road in internationals.  This is despite everyone else thinking Christian played rather well !!
  Glenn Hoddle has praised Teddy Sheringham and says he has a chance to go to Japan and South Korea with England for the World Cup finals.  The Spurs boss believes that Teddy can add some much-needed experience to the side who he thinks are a bit naive when going forward.  Like many others in the media following England's qualification, Hoddle reckons Ted has a lot to offer his country.
  Neil Sullivan has said he will always be indebted to Craig Brown for giving him his first taste of international football and helping him establish himself as the Scotland number one keeper.  Sully earned his 25th cap on Saturday against Latvia and said that he appreciated the bravery of Brown, who picked him despite the stick he took for doing so. 
  The Spurs official site has warned ticket touts and their sources that they are watching them.  They claim that 250 tickets which had been sold illegally were recovered at the Manchester United game and the club are working with the police to eradicate this trade.  Indeed, MEHSTG can verify this as one of our fanzine sellers was interviewed by Police early on in the day of that game as he fitted the description of a person holding tickets for touts.  The club are trying to stop fans being charged exorbitant prices for tickets and will take action against those who sell them to touts in the first place.  It is about time that they are doing something about the touts and we hope that they are successful in their actions.  If you can help the club, you can contact spillthebeans@spurs.co.uk
  While teams like Leeds United and Sunderland are being linked with Argentinian super-kid Andres D'Alessandro, Spurs are nowhere in the picture.  After he played for his country's Under-21's at Craven Cottage a couple of years ago, Spurs were the first to be linked with this particular player, but we seem to have dropped off the list of suitors now.  He possesses everything we need from a creative midfielder and at the quoted price of 5 million, he would be a snip.  With all the money we paid for Richards, surely the club can scrape together five mill. for this exciting talent ??

Sunday  7.10.2001   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  It was noted today that Teddy Sheringham's goal yesterday against Greece was the quickest ever scored by a substitute for England.
  Speculating on who may break into Sven Goran Eriksson's England World Cup squad, the Sunday Telegraph hinted that Dean Richards and Ledley King could be rated as outside bets to make the final 23 player going to Korea and Japan.  Sheringham and Anderton were also mentioned as possibles.
  Spurs are reportedly keen on Udinese midfielder Martin Jorgensen.  The Dane could be the subject of a 2.5 million bid from Tottenham, but the Italian club rate him at 12.5 million.
  Millwall and Peterborough United are reported to be interested in Spurs midfielder John Piercy.
  Former Spurs winger Peter Taylor is thinking over an offer to coach Southend United while he is considering his next move after being sacked by Leicester City.

Saturday  6.10.2001   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Apparently, Planet Football's website claims that the coach of newly promoted Chievo Verona will not be joining Spurs.  Luigi Del Niri has taken Serie A by storm as his unfashionable side has surged towards the top of the league with flowing, effective football.  It is reported that this has not gone unnoticed in North London and he has been offered 1.2 million per season to work alongside Glenn Hoddle.  The coach denies that any such offer has been received and it is said that Internazionale are also ready to steal him away if there is any sign that he might leave the club.
  Dean Richards is at the centre of an injury scare that his agent says is nothing.  The player apparently twisted his knee in his debut against Manchester United and on Monday, it had stiffened up, so he rested it as a precaution.
  Spurs look set to play the MLS side DC United from the USA in November as a fund raiser for the victims of the September 11th terrorist attacks.  As four American soccer sides head for Europe, the matches are expected to be announced on Monday, but Spurs are thought to be the prime side in this country to feature in such a match as was hinted shortly after the atrocities.
  Tottenham's Under-19's lost 1-4 at home to Bristol City U-19 at Spurs Lodge today.  John Sutton gave Spurs a 7th minute lead, but three second half goals saw the points go to the West Country side.  For a match report, click here.
  Teddy Sheringham scored with his first touch after coming on as a second half substitute in England's 2-2 draw that saw them qualify for the 2002 World Cup finals.
  Christian Ziege has to face the play-offs with Germany after they failed to beat Finland at home in the other group game.  The game finished 0-0 in Gelsenkirchen.  Ziege will now face Sergei Rebrov's Ukraine side who finished second in their group with a 1-1 draw against Poland today.  Rebrov did not feature as he was suspended.
  Simon Davies was in the Wales side that won for the first time in 13 matches by beating Belarus 1-0 indoors at the Millennium stadium in Cardiff.  He created the goal for Celtic's lardy striker John Hartson by crossing for him to head home.  Davies was impressive throughout the match.
  Scotland's 2-1 win over Latvia was not enough to take them to Japan and Korea, but Neil Sullivan performed excellently in protecting the slender lead the team had built up.
  Peter Shreeves has said that although he is under pressure at struggling Sheffield Wednesday, it was not as bad as his time at Tottenham.  Referring tot he spell in charge of footballing affairs when Alan Sugar and Terry Venables were in mid-feud, he told the Daily Star that he was caught in the middle of the flak and was not happy with the situation back then.
  TeamTalk reports that Spurs were among a number of clubs from throughout Europe to have scouts at the Denmark v Iceland Under-21 match yesterday.
  Following Harry "Hangdog" Redknapp's request to be relieved of his place on the list of candidates for the Leicester City manager's post, former Spurs manger George Graham has shot to the top of the fan's poll and the Foxes board's choices too.

Friday 5.10.2001   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Anthony Gardner pulled a hamstring in last night's friendly with Peterborough United to set back his progress in recovering from his ankle injury.
  Oyvind Leonhardsen is ready to make a surge into the first team now that he feels fully fit.  Coming through last night's match at London Road, the Norwegian said that he enjoyed getting match fitness rather than just training on the practice pitch and was looking to grab his chance in the first team should it come along.
  Bruce Arena - not a potential venue for Tottenham Hotspur in the future, but the USA national coach - has told Kasey Keller that his place in the USA squad is at risk because he is not playing regularly for Spurs' first team.  He said Brad Friedel, the Blackburn Rovers keeper, will play 50 matches while the Spurs back-up keeper is not guaranteed more than a fill-in game for suspension or injury to Neil Sullivan.
  Ledley King played in England's 2-1 defeat of Greece at Ewood Park tonight.  He had a very good game in defence, but conceded a late penalty that gave the visitors a consolation goal.

Thursday 4.10.2001   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  A shadow Spurs side beat Peterborough United tonight 4-1 at London Road.  Matthew Etherington, Oyvind Leonhardsen, Steven Ferguson and Yannick Kamanan scored the goals after Tottenham had gone 0-1 down.
  Andy Cole reckons that Glenn Hoddle would fall over himself to take the striker to White hart Lane.  Despite the fact that Hoddle once said Cole needed an average of five chances to score a goal, the ex-Arsenal and Newcastle United forward says he thinks Hoddle might have changed his mind and would welcome a chance to play first team football in an attempt to get into the England squad for Japan and Korea 2002.  Cole has denied that he wants to leave Old Trafford in another interview.
  Chris Armstrong is aiming to make his comeback at around Christmas time after 10 months out injured.  He said that his groin injury was progressing well and that he was going to put in two months of hard work before trying to get in the first team. 
  Wayne Bridge is apparently happy with life at SCBC  (living up to that old adage - see SCBC and die).  He said that he was not interested in a move to Tottenham (not any other club, just Tottenham in particular then ?) as he is at a big club, born and brought up in a big area and is "quite well paid", so why should he want to move (Save me from SCBC) ?  Yes, why indeed ???  Your club is bottom of the league (help), your best player has just moved to another club (please help) and your chairman is a laughing stock amongst many in footballing circles (get me out of here).  Yes, why indeed ??  He did say that he was not saying that the move wouldn't happen one day (you just name it Wayne boy) and that the timing would be all wrong now ("Help, Help.  Come and get me please !!") as Rupert Lowe-Self Esteem has not got his rant prepared yet !!

Wayne turns 

his back 


Tottenham !!

  Gus Poyet has told the official site that the team are just an inch away from being a very good team.  He said that in the matches against Liverpool, Chelsea and Manchester United, the side was unlucky, but not far away from them.  The points total did not reflect how the team had played so far, but Poyet said that having analysed the games, the players must learn how to do things differently to achieve better results.
  Tottenham fans have been asked to arrive earlier at the turnstiles, where the club has increased security, including personal searches and not revealing which match voucher is needed from season ticket books until you reach the turnstile itself.
  Poyet has also hit out at Chelsea saying they had players lined up to take over from him, but had not told him the truth about why he had to leave Stamford Bridge.
  Former Spurs full back, Jamie Clapham, is interesting Middlesbrough and SCBC as he has not been a regular in the Ipswich Town team this season.
  Hopes of moving in with the National Athletics Stadium at Picketts Lock have taken a dive today, as the location has been rejected because transport links could not be put in pace in time to meet the deadlines for the 2005 World Athletic Championships.  However, should Tottenham decide they needed a new ground and could persuade the government to back an extension to the Victoria line and a new station on the overground railway line past the intended site for the ground, things might look up/

Wednesday 3.10.2001   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  At the age of 26 and under consultants advice, Willem Korsten has retired from football because of a persistent hip injury.  The Dutchman signed for Spurs in May 1999 for 1.5 million from Vitesse Arnhem and although he appeared infrequently, he finished last season strongly, scoring twice in the 3-1 home win over Manchester United in the last game of the season.  Unfortunately, the hip injury struck again in the summer and he has given in to the medical men who said he could not carry on.  Despite his limited appearances he scored four times in 23 games - a rate that many a Spurs striker would be proud of.
  Steffen Iversen has had a special protective boot made to wear for his ankle injury.  The knock occurred in the first minute when playing for Norway recently and is worse than first thought.  The striker said he had taken the boot off a few times, but the ankle is still very stiff and he hopes that he might be able to stop wearing it, although he is unsure when he will be back in a Spurs shirt.
  One face in the Peterborough United line-up will be familiar to Tottenham fans when the two sides meet at London Road tomorrow night in a friendly match.  Neale Fenn signed for the Posh after being released by Spurs and has just signed a two year extension to his contract there.  The forward has fitted in well according to Peterborough manager Barry Fry and wants to do well for the Second Division club.

Tuesday 2.10.2001   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Glenn Hoddle has re-iterated that he wants Sergei Rebrov to stay at White Hart Lane as he will be a part of the season's games to come.  He said he is a good professional and that he will be used because, more than ever, it is a squad game these days.
  The Spurs manager has also been sounding off about the intended PFA players strike. He said that if players wanted to help their fellow professionals in the lower leagues, they should increase their subscriptions, which are 75 per annum for all players, irrespective of the salary they earn or the league they play in.
  Former manager George Graham could relinquish his battle with Spurs for compensation for unfair dismissal should he get the vacant Leicester City manager's post.  His argument that being sacked by Spurs affected his chances of re-employment in the game would be laughable if he was appointed to another high profile position.
  Ciaran Toner has been called up for the Northern Ireland squad for their World Cup qualifier against Malta on Saturday.
  Crystal Palace's Chinese international Sun Jihai is a target for AC Milan.  The player was on trial with Spurs with his countryman Fan Zhiyi and were deemed not of the quality to be at Tottenham.

Monday 1.10.2001   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Goran Bunjevcevic is to wear a face mask to allow him to play sooner than he thought possible after having his cheekbone fractured by Chelsea's Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink.  Bunjy could be ready to step into cup0tied Dean Richards' boots for the game at Tranmere Rovers.  Similar to the masks that Gazza and Gary Mabbutt wore after facial injuries, Goran will try this out in training and then it can be worn in matches.
  Former Spurs winger Peter Taylor has been sacked from his position as manager by Leicester City.  The former England coach was dismissed after the Foxes had slumped to the bottom of the table in a run of poor form stretching back to April last season.  Only last week, Glenn Hoddle said that there was a place on the coaching staff at Tottenham should he ever be out of work.  Taylor has denied that he is about to be asked to join Tottenham and will seek to get another management post soon to prove the Leicester City board that they were wrong to sack him.
  Tony Adams has today come out and said that Glenn Hoddle is the right man to manage England.  He said that it might have come five years too early the first time, but Adams thinks Glenn could do the job and he would like to see an Englishman in the post.
  The club have revealed that Haringey Council have passed the planning application for the East Stand to be redeveloped to hold 44,000.  It is intended to cantilever the existing stand over the Worcester Avenue and this would lead to vehicular traffic being prohibited - except for emergencies.  The idea behind the move would be to allow better sightlines and to improve facilities in the stand, that would consist of three tiers of seating with corporate boxes between each tier.  Despite the approval, the club are not willing to invest in the expansion without hearing from the Council as to their plans on improving transport and the general environment around the stadium.
  Kasey Keller has been selected for the USA World Cup squad for the qualifying match against Jamaica.
  Spurs reserves lost 0-1 at SCBC tonight.
  Rumours suggest that knee ligament victim, Enrico Chiesa of Fiorentina, who is out for the rest of the season, might be replaced by Sergei Rebrov.  This is most unlikely as the Italian club are struggling financially and are having to sell players to stay afloat.  however, his agent has said that he has had informal talks with Lazio and AC Milan about a move for the Ukrainian striker.  With the Italian transfer window closed until the winter, no immediate move looks likely anyway.

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