White Hot Lines

October 2003

Friday  31.10.2003   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Bobby Zamora has said he is pleased with his first goal for the club and hoped that it would silence some of his critics.  The former Brighton and Hove striker said that he was pleased to get so much first team action so far, because of injuries to strikers and had considered this season as a learning process as he gets used to the side and the Premier League.
  Yesterday's Guardian revealed that Daniel Levy is furious that the papers have carried stories that there is boardroom disunity over the raising of 15 million by a share issue.  Apparently, the story might have been leaked by a Director and if Levy finds out who it is, they could be sacked as the deal might have been scuppered by the news coming out.
  And so, Howard Shore has resigned from the board of the club.  A non-executive Director, he made a statement inferring that there had been a difference of opinion with Daniel Levy over the raising of funds for the club.  On the official website a n article says the club note with regret his desire to wash his dirty laundry in public. 
  TOTTENHAM TEAM NEWS : - Ziege's injury should let Mauricio Taricco back into the side.  Dean Richards, Darren Anderton and Gus Poyet are expected to return after being rested on Wednesday.  Jonathan Blondel and Mbulelo Mabizela stay in the squad for the match.
  BOLTON TEAM NEWS : - Florent Laville and Emerson Thome definitely out, while Youri Djorkaeff and Ivan Campo need late tests to see if they will play.  The choice for the defensive place is between Anthony Barness and Nicky Hunt.
  Celtic, Everton and Spurs are being linked to a move for Motherwell's young Scottish midfielder Stephen Pearson.  The two English clubs have apparently offered the required 600,000, although Celtic have only bid 200,000.
  Shimizu S-Pulse are reported to want Kazuyuki Toda to return to the J-League in the New Year.  This could be a move that suits everyone after David Pleat was said to be ready to off-load the Japanese midfielder last week in the Japanese press.
  West Ham United have said they will back the Police in identifying the perpetrators of the trouble prior to the Carling Cup tie at Tottenham and if found guilty, they will be banned from Upton Park for life.

  OTHER NEWS ... Arsenal are considering an appeal against their penalties imposed by the FA yesterday.  Quelle surprise ... Meanwhile, Alex Ferguson has accused Arsenal of doing a deal with the FA to reduce the punishments they received for the brawl ... Everton will have talks with Liverpool about sharing a new stadium in Stanley Park ... 

Thursday  30.10.2003   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  David Pleat has denied that the club are planning to sell Helder Postiga in the January transfer window.  Hitting back at newspaper reports, the caretaker manager said, that for his age, Helder was a very strong player and that players will be given time to settle in.  He also made it clear that UEFA rules prohibit a player moving clubs in the first year after a transfer.
  Christian Ziege appears to have suffered knee ligament damage after getting hit by a ball in last night's game against West Ham United.  He was in great pain as he left the field, but Pleat hopes it does not need an operation.
  Gus Poyet has been taking the odd coaching session at the club to aid his progression through his UEFA 'B' badge.  The Uruguayan said that at the moment he is concentrating on his own game, but will see how the season goes before deciding what to do about his future as a coach.
  In last night's Spurs programme, David Pleat revealed that Spurs Under-17 midfielder Owen Price broke his leg in a practice match.

  OTHER NEWS ... Arsenal fined 175,000 for the behaviour of their players at Old Trafford earlier this season.  Lauren received a four match ban and a 40,000 fine; Keown gets a three match ban and 20,000 fine; Parlour banned for one match and a 10,000 fine; Cole gets a warning about his future conduct and a 10,000 fine; Vieira is fined 20,000 and gets a one match suspension on top of whatever he gets for his sending off.  All suspensions will start from Nov. 17th ... The FA received a 4,400 fine for the tunnel bust-up in Turkey, while the host country got 13,300 in fines for the conduct of their players and the throwing of missiles at the Euro 2004 qualifying match ... 

Wednesday  29.10.2003   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Tottenham beat West Ham United 1-0 after extra time in the Second Round of the Carling Cup this evening.  Bobby Zamora's first goal for the club gave Spurs an extra time winner.  For a match report, click here.  For reaction, click here.
  The Third Round draw for the Carling Cup was made tonight and Spurs will be at home to Manchester City.
  Welsh boss Mark Hughes has been linked as today's candidate for the Tottenham manager's vacancy, but he has said there has been no contact with him from Spurs and he regards it as recognition of the good job he is doing with the national side at the moment.  However, one report suggested that when Wales are knocked out of the Euro 2004 campaign, he might plump for a club job.
  Chris Perry has asked for his loan stay at the Valley to be extended.  He has enjoyed his stay at Charlton Athletic and said he settled in very quickly, so would like to stay beyond his current extension that ends on November 8th.

  OTHER NEWS ...  The Prime Minister of Thailand is interested in buying Fulham from Mohammed Al-Fayed ... Rio Ferdinand has been charged with misconduct by the FA for missing a drugs test ... Alan Smith has apologised to Leeds fans for throwing a bottle into their section at last night's Carling Cup tie ... Man U have reported Chelsea to the FA for having Peter Kenyon, their new Chief Executive working for them while he is still employed by the Premier League champions ... QPR had two fans arrested for racial incidents at last night's Carling Cup tie against Manchester City ... 

Tuesday  28.10.2003   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  It was suggested in one of the daily papers today that David Pleat would be given the Spurs job until the end of the season, while Tottenham try to lure Celtic boss Martin O'Neill to White Hart Lane.
  David Pleat has said that no decision on Kazuyuki Toda has been made yet, although any choice on whether to offer him an extension in his time at the club will be a "firm but fair" one.  Pleat moved to counter comments attributed to him in the Japanese press recently, where he said at the moment, there were other players ahead of Toda in the competition for midfield places in the team.
  TOTTENHAM TEAM NEWS : - Paul Konchesky has been given permission to play by his club Charlton Athletic in an arrangement that means Chris Perry can play for Charlton against Everton.  Jonathan Blondel and Mark Yeates have been added to the squad.  Darren Anderton and Mauricio Taricco will have late tests on their injuries from Sunday's match against Middlesbrough.
  WEST HAM TEAM NEWS : - Robbie Stockdale, on loan from Middlesbrough, has been given permission to play for the Hammers.  

  OTHER NEWS ... Leeds United have announced a 50 million loss on trading over the last year ... 

Monday  27.10.2003   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Tottenham today announced a 7 million loss and that doesn't include transfer dealings.  The loss is put down to the poor performance of the team last season, including the elimination from both cup competitions at an early stage.
  Kazuyuki Toda is to leave Tottenham at the end of his year long loan it was announced today.  David Pleat cited the increased competition in midfield for the decision not to offer him a further contract when his current deal ends in January.
  Kasey Keller has said he would like David Pleat to stay on as manager, as he has been able to pinpoint some matters in team talks after matches that bring it home to the team what needs to be done.  Keller likes what he has seen of Pleat so far as manager and revealed that the manager has drilled into the defence that they should imagine that their team-mates are going to mess things up and be ready to clear up after them if they do !!
  TOTTENHAM TEAM NEWS : - Mauricio Taricco and Darren Anderton are suffering knocks form yesterday's match against Middlesbrough and are doubtful for the Carling Cup tie against West Ham United on Wednesday.
  WEST HAM TEAM NEWS : - Six players will be missing when West Ham turn out at White Hart Lane on Wednesday.  David Connolly is out with a thigh strain, Thomas Repka is suspended,  Robbie Stockdale is cup-tied, Rufus Brevett and Steve Lomas are both out long term, Hayden Mullins is ineligible.
  Matthew Collecott has been named as the new Financial Director and Company Secretary.  The 35 year old was formerly the Finance Director of ENIC and was responsible for overseeing the operational management of that company's investment in the portfolio of football clubs they held.  Collecott joins the board immediately.

  OTHER NEWS ... Both England and Turkey have been charged with the improper conduct of their players after the tunnel brawl at the Euro 2004 qualifier in Istanbul.  No individual players have been charged ... Arsene Wenger saw something at a football match yesterday and blow me down, it was an opponent diving to get a penalty.  Can you believe it ?? ... Sam Allardyce is calling for a month long break in the Premiership when the African Nations Cup is being played ... 

Sunday  26.10.2003   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Spurs drew 0-0 with Middlesbrough at White Hart Lane this afternoon.  For a match report, click here.  For reaction, click here.
  Hector Cuper former boss of Internazionale and Valencia, is being linked with the manager's post at Tottenham.
  David Pleat has been outlining on the Spurs website, exactly how Tottenham managed to get Mbulelo Mabizela to come to Spurs.  He said he knew about the player before travelling to South Africa for the pre-season matches there and it was with the help of Richard Gough, Gary Mabbutt, Mr. Roban of the South African Football Association and Leeds United's Lucas Radebe that the club were able to bring OJ to England for a few days to have a look at him and then complete the deal with Orlando Pirates.  The first couple of months with the club were spent in the reserves to get used to the English game, but the attributes they saw in OJ decided the management in playing him in the defensive midfield role, the team has needed filling for a while.  And that is how he came to smash a ball at 71.7 mph into the Leicester City net last Sunday !!
  Spurs and Fulham are said to be watching Preston North End's Ricardo Fuller.  The 1.5 million rated striker has had a stunning start to the season.
  Spurs are also supposed to be among a number of clubs watching Cambridge United forward Dave Kitson.  The striker might fetch a price of 500,000 for the Second Division side.
  Tottenham Ladies qualified for the Second Round of the Women's FA Cup today.  For all the latest reports form the Ladies clubs games, click here.

  OTHER NEWS ... Alex Ferguson has said he will sack anyone at Old Trafford found to be on drugs ...

Saturday  25.10.2003   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Interviews published in today's newspapers by Glenn Hoddle have quoted him as saying that David Pleat criticised him when he left Spurs as a player and now he has done the same again, when he left as manager.  Meanwhile, Pleat has said his 'attack' was against the way the club had been mis-managed since the 1960's and not the way that the team had been managed during Hoddle's time in charge.  Hoddle added that pre-season, Pleat was asked to go on TV and give an interview, in which he harped on about players causing dressing room unrest, but the former manager said that the Director of Football was well aware that 8 million of cuts had to be made and that some players were being released to facilitate this.  Hoddle went on to add that Pleat had gone against an agreement between the board, management and Director of Football not to say anything about the club's interest in buying Robbie Keane, putting the deal at risk.  It was a matter of mystery to Hoddle how Pleat knew so much of what was going on in training, as he claims the Director of Football spent only a total of fifteen minutes on the training ground while he was manager.  It is claimed that Pleat got most of his information on what was happening second-hand from physios, coaches and any other staff who would provide it to him.  Summing things up, David Pleat said that his conscience was clear and that he considered the matter closed now.
  Mind you, in a interview reported in today's papers, Pleat was apparently keen to have a fascist dictator in charge as long as it meant success for the club and didn't think the fans would object to that happening !!  He said the Spurs fans would cheer Mussolini if he brought better times to the club.  Well, at least the trains might run on time !!
  Tottenham have been linked with a move for promising Notts. County keeper Saul Deeney, although their manager Billy Dearden said he had not been aware of any approach and thought the player's agent was trying to get him into the Premiership.
  Spurs Under-19s beat Millwall 3-1 at Spurs Lodge this morning with goals from Andy Barcham, Michael Malcolm and David Hicks.
  Spurs Under-17s travelled to Reading and won 2-1.
  Former Spurs reserve defender Ian Hillier was sent off for Luton Town this afternoon for a professional foul.
  Former Spurs midfielder Darren Caskey scored a goal in Notts. County's 2-0 win over Brentford.

  OTHER NEWS ... Five footballers have been reported as having failed drugs tests ... Chris Sutton of Celtic claims he feels his England chances have gone for ever ... did they ever really exist ?? we ask ... Patrick Kluivert is trying to engineer a move to Arsenal (who reckon they cannot afford his wages) or Newcastle United if he has to ... DON'T FORGET THAT IN THE UK CLOCKS GO BACK AN HOUR DURING THE NIGHT !!

Friday  24.10.2003   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Glenn Hoddle has slammed David Pleat, but said he should have the manager's job.  Hoddle said that Tottenham should hand the post of manager to Pleat as he should concentrate on that job alone.  The outgoing manager felt that Pleat had been obstructive and did not work in harmony with him to achieve success for the club.  Hoddle felt that the current caretaker manager was working to his won agenda and that any new manager would feel Pleat's presence at work when they took over if he was still Director of Football, according to a report read out on Sky Sports that came in response to Pleat's attack on the former England manager's management style last week.  Hoddle then thought "enough was enough."
  David Pleat has blasted rumours that say that Jose Maurinho has been offered the post of Tottenham Hotspur manager.  The FC Porto coach has not been approached, as Spurs have made no formal contact with any prospective replacement for Glenn Hoddle and Pleat said that anyone who said they have been offered the job (or their agents) must be from "Walt Disney" !!
  Mbulelo Mabizela has spoken about his time adjusting to English football and his first match, with a debut goal.  OJ admitted he was a shy person and that he took time to get used to the banter in the dressing room at Tottenham, but he understood what was going on and denied that he had been bullied in his early days at the club.  Now he has tasted the highs of starting a game and scoring a goal, he saw that as his big chance and took it.  He wants to become a "great player" and puts his leadership abilities down to his grandmother who helped raise him in Pietermaritzburg near Durban when his mother separated from his father.  Mbulelo feels more settled now that he has his own place and has moved out of the hotel he was installed in on his arrival, with other players helping him out getting a lift to training too, which helps him create friendships with his team-mates.
  The departure of Finance Director Paul Viner has thrown some doubt on the likelihood that any transfer funds would be available for a new manager.  The London Evening Standard have pout their spin on events to take it as a time of turmoil at the Lane, with Viner believed to be the scapegoat for some poor financial results that Spurs have apparently put back twice, but must announce before next Friday.  They also surmise that there have been furious 
  TOTTENHAM TEAM NEWS : - Christian Ziege is added to the squad after coming through a reserve game earlier this week and Anthony Gardner returns after a one match suspension.  Ledley King will have a late fitness test to see if he will be included in any capacity, having trained this week.
  MIDDLESBROUGH TEAM NEWS : -  Massimo Maccarone looks set to start after playing in the North-East derby last week.  Boro have a number of players on the long term injury list.
  Apparently, there is a rumour going around that Spurs are ready to sell Helder Postiga to Atletico Madrid.  Not sure where it has come from, but it doesn't sound viable to me.

  OTHER NEWS ... England assistant manager Tord Grip is to check on Celtic's Chris Sutton and Alan Thompson ... Jody Morris has agreed to take a 10 day leave of absence for an internal investigation to take place on his alleged sexual assaults ... Arsene Wenger is praying for a "Christmas present fro Jesus" to allow him to make a new signing ... Chelsea are alleged to have bid 70 million for Real Madrid's striker Raul in the summer ...

Thursday  23.10.2003   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Fredi Kanoute will be out for a maximum of two months with a bruised bone and ligament damage to his ankle.  David Pleat said that as that the player is a quick healer, he hoped the French striker would be back sooner than that.
  The perpetrator of the damage to Kanoute's ankle, Muzzy Izzet, says he is sorry and that Fredi was too quick for him.  He insists that the tackle that has put the Spurs striker out for two months was not malicious as he  " is not that sort of player and never has been."  Hmm.
  Tottenham are likely to be unlucky if they approach FC Porto for their acclaimed young manager Jose Mourinho, who has pledged his immediate future to the Portuguese club.  Mourinho has done very well at the Portuguese champions, winning the treble last season and getting to the final of the UEFA Cup on a limited budget and having to sell some of his best players, such as Helder Postiga.  However, while his club are doing well in the Champion's League, he is keen to stay, but come the summer it might be a different matter.
  The Spurs website has announced that Paul Viner, Financial Director and Company Secretary has left the club with immediate effect.  He has also resigned his directorship of the company.

  OTHER NEWS ... Aston Villa have terminated the contract of their Turkish defender Alpay following the events in the recent Euro 2004 qualifier ... the chairman of Bradford City says there is a financial black cloud hanging over the future of the Yorkshire club ... 

Wednesday  22.10.2003   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

   Christian Ziege might be in line for a comeback against his former side Middlesbrough on Sunday.  Ten months after a horrendous thigh injury, the German defender now looks set to resume action and could be in the squad for the Premier League match on Sunday.
  Stephen Kelly, the Spurs defender on loan at Watford, will return to White Hart Lane on November 15th, but will then leave the following day to join up with the Republic of Ireland youth side in the World Championships in Saudi Arabia.
  One name mentioned in relation to the Spurs manager's job has taken another post.  Former Bayer Leverkusen boss Klaus "Sideshow Bob" Toppmoller has been appointed as manager of Hamburg in Germany.
  Former Spurs transfer target, Internazionale's Sierra Leone striker Mohammed Kallon, has tested positive for nandrolone.

  OTHER NEWS ... Leeds United's Jody Morris was today arrested on a second charge of sexual assault ... Darlington chairman George Reynolds is being investigated by Police after the editor of a local newspaper received a number of threatening calling cards from the Quakers owner ... Man U win "Battle of Britain" at Ibrox 1-0 and Chelsea come back from goal down to beat Lazio in Champion's League ... It is thought that no individual player will be charged over the Turkey tunnel incident, but both FAs might be brought to answer a charge of failing to control their players ... Man U appear to be ready to accept the punishment Rio Ferdinand might receive for missing his drugs test now ...

Tuesday  21.10.2003   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Frederic Kanoute's injury has been diagnosed as ligament damage, but the extent will not be known until the swelling has subsided.  It is thought that Fredi will be out of action for two months.  Meanwhile his agent is pressing for the FA to take action against Muzzy Izzet for the nature and vindictiveness of the foul in the closing minutes of the Leicester City match.
  Comments made by David Pleat in an interview in the Sunday Times have been turned into an attack on former manager Glenn Hoddle.  Pleat has slammed the way the quotes have been used and said he should not have to apologise for the way that some newspapers have represented his words.
  Rumours today are linking Glenn Hoddle with the manager's post at Leeds United, where it is thought that Peter Reid might have had enough.
  On the Sky Sports website, former manager Gerry Francis says that Spurs need a younger man than David Pleat to take over the team.  Elsewhere on the site, former hard-man midfielder Graham Roberts reckons Tottenham need Graeme Souness as the new boss. 
  Blackburn's defeat by Charlton Athletic last night prompted the South London side's manager Alan Curbishley to say that he was happy at the Valley and that Spurs were probably not interested in his services now.

  OTHER NEWS ... Arsenal lost 1-2 to Dynamo Kiev, while Celtic lost 0-1 in Belgium to Anderlecht in the Champions League ... 

Monday  20.10.2003   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Frederic Kanoute's injury might not be as bad as first thought.  Following his first scan on the ankle which was hurt in a late tackle by Muzzy Izzet, it showed that the bone was not fractured, but the full extent of the damage will not be truly known until tomorrow.
  Mbulelo Mabizela's agent said that following his client's claim that he was not settling in at Tottenham, they had a meeting with the Spurs management.  At that stage, they made the point that they did not want to throw him into the team without him being ready for it and that they had not determined his best position.  It now seems he will be deployed as a defensive midfielder, a position that Tottenham have been looking to fill since the departure of Steffen Freund.  
  Dean Richards told the London Evening Standard that the South African defender had found it difficult in settling in, because of his shyness and the change in culture for him.  Deano said that now OJ had a place of his own and was knocking about with some of the other players, he should start to feel a part of the place.
  David Pleat has said that the board have a profile of the man they want to mange the club. "The man we want has to fit a certain profile. Would he represent Spurs well to the media? Is he a top coach? Would the players respect him? Is he a nutcase? Those are the boxes I'm talking about," Pleat told the London Evening Standard.  He also said Hoddle wanted to take part in training and be the best player on the training pitch, which might not have been the best place to judge players from.
  Spurs Reserves won 3-0 against Wimbledon Reserves at Broadhall Way tonight with goals from Mark Yeates and two from Lee Barnard.
  Lars Hirschfeld missed out on an outing in the reserves after suffering a suspected dislocated finger in training.
  Stephen Kelly has had his loan spell at Watford extended for another month.

  OTHER NEWS ... The FA will announce the outcome of the Rio Ferdinand missed drugs test case on Thursday ... Sir Alex Ferguson has received a two match touchline ban and a 10,000 fine for abusing a match official at Newcastle United earlier this season ... Derby County have been bought out by a consortium lead by a barrister ... Leeds look set to announce record losses for a football club this week and chairman John McKenzie says the thought of going into administration is a real threat for the club ... Jan Molby will take over at Kidderminster Harriers, a job he was relieved of last season, until the end of this season ...

Sunday  19.10.2003   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Spurs beat Leicester City 2-1 at the Walker's Stadium this afternoon.  Tottenham's goals came from Mbulelo Mabizela on his debut and from a last-minute Fredi Kanoute shot.  For a match report, click here.  Reaction to follow.
  Goalscorer Frederic Kanoute was stretchered off at the end of the match after a foul on him by Muzzy Izzet.  It is hoped that he is not as seriously injured as the incident seemed at the time.
  Robbie Keane has praised caretaker manager David Pleat as someone who knows what he wants from the players.  Keano also gave credit to Mbulelo Mabizela, who ahs found it difficult to settle since his move from Orlando Pirates, but the Irishman said he had looked sharp in training and his goal will give him great confidence to make progress in his career at Spurs.

  OTHER NEWS ... Kidderminster Harriers sacked their manager Ian Britton today ... 

Saturday  18.10.2003   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  The Sun today claims that Manchester United and Spurs are battling for Welsh national manager Mark Hughes to be their new manager.  
  Leicester City manager Micky Adams believes that despite winning the First Division championship to get the Foxes back into the Premier League, he needs some good results quickly to save him from the sack.
  Gus Poyet featured on Sky TV's Soccer AM programme this morning in a part called "Things I Know About Football".  Two of the things he knew were ...
- "If you go into a 50-50 tackle in a match with Arsenal, then you must win it"
- "Nayim from the halfway line."
  Spurs Unfder-19s beat Ipswich Town Under-19s 2-1 with both goals being scored by Michael Malcolm.

  OTHER NEWS ... Bobby Gould resigns as manager of Cheltenham Town ... for some reason, Arsene Wenger has called for more stringent drugs testing in English football ... 

Friday  17.10.2003   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Apparently, Graeme Souness is top of Tottenham's list for the manager's job and David Pleat is backing the candidate's appointment.  Souness has been brushing off the stories as speculation.  It is reported that Spurs have given up their hopes of getting Martin O'Neill as manager, because of Celtic's Champion's League involvement, while Souness' side is already out of the UEFA Cup.
  David Pleat told the Spurs website that the club will not be signing up Dutch keeper Oscar Moens at the moment.  The caretaker boss was not willing to take a risk on signing him permanently and has advised that he gets some games under his belt in Holland, while Spurs will monitor his progress.
  Stephen Carr reckons Robbie Keane can become as big a star at the club as David Ginola or Jurgen Klinsmann.  The Irishman is rated as someone the fans have taken to and who at 23, could be a big hit at White Hart Lane for many years to come.  The Spurs captain said the striker is working hard and has the ability to raise a buzz among the crowd, which will ensure him legendary status if he continues his scoring and general contribution to the team play with Tottenham.
  TOTTENHAM TEAM NEWS : - Ledley King is in the squad, but is not expected to start the match on Sunday at Leicester.  Gary Doherty and Johnnie Jackson are also in the squad, as Helder Postiga and Bobby Zamora are doubtful.  OJ Mabizela is also included in the travelling party.
  LEICESTER CITY TEAM NEWS : - Ben Thatcher has been ruled out of the game with pneumonia.  Matt Elliott, Keith Gillespie, Paul Dickov and John Curtis are all available again after injury.
  Former Spurs reserve midfielder David Lee has left Brighton and Hove Albion to join Thurrock on loan.

  OTHER NEWS ... The Premiership manager of the month award has gone to Claudio Ranieri and the player award to Frank Lampard ... Portsmouth have revealed plans for a 35,000 stadium ... the FA are to seek the views of the players involved in the tunnel fracas in Turkey last weekend (bit of an obvious move I would have thought !!) ... 

Thursday  16.10.2003   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Depending on which daily tabloid you believe, Spurs are or are not interested in singing Rivaldo from AC Milan in the January transfer window.  The Mirror claims Daniel Levy has turned down the Brazilian ace saying they cannot afford his wages of over 100,000 a week now, while The Sun reckon that Levy has opened talks with the 31 year old former Barcelona midfielder, who, it claims, is willing to reduce his wages by 50%.  However, The Sun does go on to add that he might want compensating for the remaining 18 months of his contract and that will fall to either AC Milan or Spurs.
  Glenn Hoddle said he is not bitter about his dismissal from Tottenham, but feels that the decision was a bit rash.  Hoddle told the London Evening Standard that he thought he had spent wisely in the summer, but was unable to obtain a defensive midfielder despite having four or five targets and acknowledged that if the position of the team had been the same after 10 or 12 matches, he would have gone to the board himself and offered his resignation.  Glenn  thanked the fans for their continued backing and felt that those who sniped about him to the papers would have jumped at signing a new contract of offered, but they started backroom whispers when it was know that they would not be kept on.  The former White Hart Lane idol said he can't wait to get back into football management as he is bored stiff already and that he might return to White Hart Lane as manager one day.
  The London Evening Standard tells us that Helder Postiga suffered a hamstring injury in last night's reserve game and is doubtful for Sunday's League match at Leicester City.  However, the official site has a piece by Chris Hughton, who said it was purely a precaution to remove the Portuguese striker from the action as he felt some stiffness, but is fine. 
  As part of the anti-racism "Kick It Out" week of action, a match between Spurs fans and Leicester City fans will take place before the match on Sunday.  The game will take place at the Saffron Lane Sports Centre in Leicester with a post match reception hosted by Foxes Against Racism to be attended by the MP's for Leicester (Keith Vaz) and Tottenham (David Lammy).
  Former Spurs midfielder Paul Gascoigne is training with Wolverhampton Wanderers to get fit.

  OTHER NEWS ... England might miss out on a seeding for Euro 2004, meaning they might be picked in a group with France ... Coventry City have been given planning permission to build their new ground ...

Wednesday  15.10.2003   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Spurs Reserves drew 3-3 with Watford Reserves at Broadhall Way tonight.  Johnnie Jackson scored twice and Jamie O'Hara got one on his reserve team debut, with Christian Ziege completing another full match, although Helder Postiga was taken off after just 14 minutes.
  Shwan Jalal has damaged his cruciate ligaments and will be out for six months, which is why Spurs are looking at Oscar Moens, the Dutch keeper, as back-up for Kasey Keller.

  OTHER NEWS ... FIFA may step in to the Rio Ferdinand case if the FA take too long or give a lenient sentence to the offence of missing a drugs test ... Millwall sack Mark McGhee as manager - Denis Wise will care-take ... SCBC fall to Romanian footballing minnows Steaua Bucharest, while Blackburn also go out to Genclerbirligi, although Man. City, Liverpool and Newcastle go through in UEFA Cup ... It is now claimed that Hasan Sas spat at Ashley Cole to kick off the tunnel rumpus in the Euro 2004 qualifier and in return Alpay (sic) is saying that Beckham spat at the badge on his shirt and head-butted him ... 

Tuesday  14.10.2003   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  The official website has a story with Fredi Kanoute denying he intends to play for Mali in the African Nations Cup.
  The Spurs site also reveals that Jonathan Blondel will miss tomorrow's reserve match with illness and Mbulelo Mabizela will be staying on in South Africa for a few days after the country's international match against Costa Rica at the weekend..

  OTHER NEWS ... No England player will be charged over the post-tunnel brawl at Saturday's game against Turkey ... Chelsea draw 0-0 with Birmingham City ... Sammy McIlroy quits the Northern Ireland manager's job to take over at Stockport County ...

Monday  13.10.2003   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Apparently, SCBC's chairman Rupert "the Bear" Lowe, has made enquiries about signing Rohan Ricketts form Tottenham for 750,000.  Surely, such a big club could not be interested in a player from a footballing minnow like Tottenham ??
  Simon Davies' Wales have been paired with Russia in the Euro 2004 play-offs while Milenko Acimovic will be hoping Slovenia can overcome Croatia in the two legged play-off matches.
  Clive Allen has returned to Tottenham as coach for the Reserves on a temporary basis, following Colin Calderwood's move to Northampton Town.

  OTHER NEWS ... Scotland draw Holland in Euro 2004 play-offs  ... Turkey charged with failing to control their fans at Saturday's match with England, while both countries may be fined over the tunnel rumpus ... Alpay says he might leave Aston Villa after his row with David Beckham ... Rio Ferdinand has a 4-hour meeting with the FA about his missed drugs test ...

Sunday  12.10.2003   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Alleged Spurs target Rivaldo played for Brazil in their 1-0 friendly win over Jamaica at Leicester City's ground this afternoon.
  Darlington are supposedly having talks with former Spurs midfielder Paul Gascoigne about joining them.
  For the latest match reports from the successful Spurs Ladies sides, click here.

  OTHER NEWS ... FA might take legal action against PFA chairman Gordon Taylor over alleged "slanderous" remarks in the Rio Ferdinand drugs affair ... Wimbledon could be out of business in two weeks as they have failed to attract a new buyer for the club, despite their move to Milton Keynes ...

Saturday  11.10.2003   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  On a busy international day ...
  Goran Bunjevcevic played for Serbia and Montenegro in  a 3-2 win in Cardiff, although it meant that Wales still went through to the play-offs because of other results in the Euro 2004 qualifying group.
  Milenko Acimovic played in Slovenia's 2-2 draw away to Cyprus in their Euro 2004 group match.
  Robbie Keane and Stephen Carr played for the Republic of Ireland in their 0-2 defeat to Switzerland in a Euro 2004 qualifier.  Gary Doherty was an unused substitute.
  Lars Hirschfeld played in goal for Canada in their 2-3 defeat to Finland in a friendly international.
  South Africa beat Costa Rica 2-1 in a friendly international match with Mbulelo Mabizela captaining the Bafana Bafana.
  Spurs Under-17s beat Arsenal Under-17 by 2-0 with Andy Barcham scoring both goals.

  OTHER NEWS ... Despite David Beckham missing a penalty, England qualified for the Euro 2004 finals in Portugal with a 0-0 draw in Turkey ... Scotland enter the play-offs after beating Lithuania ... 

Friday  10.10.2003   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Robbie Keane has stated that he thought Glenn Hoddle should have been given more time instead of being sacked five games into the season.  The Irish striker said that having been given money and having had little luck, he thought the Board might have allowed him a little more time to get things right, especially with injured players, such as himself, returning to the team.
  Jamie Redknapp could make a surprise return to the first team against Leicester City after receiving a knock on his knee that has kept him out of the last three matches.  He was thought to be a long-term casualty, but his recovery might put him in with a chance of featuring at the Walkers Stadium on Sunday 19th October.
  Rivaldo will play for Brazil against Jamaica at Leicester City's Walker Stadium on Sunday to put himself in the shop window for English clubs to sign him in January.  The player is not featuring in the AC Milan first team and would relish a move to the Premiership and still hopes that Spurs might move for him.  He said that last time our club showed interest in him, he wrote them a letter because they had made a correct approach and he felt honour bound to explain why he was going to Milan.  The former Barcelona man explained, "I know Tottenham are not among the biggest clubs in England but they are considered a very good club to play for, a nice place to play."
  Rob Burch was an unused sub in England Under-21s 0-1 defeat in Turkey this afternoon.  Rohan Ricketts was in the squad, but did not make the final 16,
  Stephen Kelly played and made the first goal in the Republic of Ireland Under-21s 2-0 victory in Switzerland tonight.
  Helder Postiga scored twice for Portugal's Under-21 side tonight in their 4-1 win over Slovakia.
  Belgium Under-21's 4-2 win over Estonia featured a goal from our midfielder Jonathan Blondel.

  OTHER NEWS ... England players say they are united and will win in Turkey tomorrow ... 27 fans intercepted at Istanbul airport and sent back home ... two players bailed in the London rape allegation case, but Kieron Dyer comes out and says he wasn't involved ... Sven Goran Eriksson said to have signed a pre-agreement to be Chelsea manager, while Claudio Ranieri says he would like to manage England !! ... 

Thursday  9.10.2003   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Reserve Team manager Colin Calderwood has left the club to take over as manager of Northampton Town.
  Anthony Gardner is suspended for Tottenham's match at Leicester City on Sunday 19th October after picking up five yellow cards.
  It is believed that Glenn Hoddle might be ready to resurrect his managerial career in Qatar.  It is not known if he is going to the Middle East state to talk to a club side or about being manager of the national team, but the former Spurs manager is believed to be in the country with his agent, Dennis Roach.  However, the agent poured cold water on the rumour, saying that they were in Dubai to play a few days of golf.
  Frederic Kanoute is the target for Mali coach Henri Stambouli, as he tries to persuade the Spurs striker to turn out for his country in the African Nations Cup.  Such a move might not please Tottenham, as to lose him for a month or more in January would not help the continuity of the team, but Fredi can play for Mali, where his parents were born, even though he has played for France at Under-21 level.
  Former AZ Alkmaar keeper Oscar Moens, who has been on trial with Tottenham, is attracting interest from Germany and Italy, but his agent says that Spurs have first refusal on the 30 year old, who wants to play in England.
  Robbie Keane sat out training with the Republic of Ireland because of a cautious approach by the coaching staff.  The Spurs forward felt a little stiffness at the back of his knee, so he was rested as a precaution.

  OTHER NEWS ... Leeds have suspended Jody Morris following the alleged sexual assault of a 20-year old woman just outside the city at the weekend ... Steve Coppell named as Reading boss ... Another non-footballer charged in London gang rape case ... Michael Owen will not take part in England's Euro 2004 match against Turkey on Saturday, he's suffering with a twisted muscle in his leg ... Man U will still be bale to pick Rio Ferdinand for their matches despite his failure to supply a urine sample when required by the FA drugs testers ...

Wednesday  8.10.2003   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Gus Poyet had announced that he will retire at the end of this season.  The Uruguayan midfielder has been at Spurs since the summer of 2001 and hopes to go into coaching after hanging up his boots, although he said if he has a golden spell of scoring goals, he might reconsider.  At the moment though, he has said he does not want to go down a division or go back to play football in Uruguay or Spain again.  Speaking about the departure of Glenn Hoddle, he said it was not just the manager that was the problem, but a number of small things that they could not put their finger on.  Poyet added that at the moment his focus was on getting Spurs up the table after a bad start.
  Spurs have told Rohan Ricketts that they will be offering him a new contract before his current deal expires at the end of the season.  The midfielder had been worried that there had been no talks as yet about an extension to his contract signed on leaving Arsenal in the summer of 2002.
  Christian Ziege came through the 90 minutes of last night's reserve outing at the New Dell without unexpected reaction and Kazuyuki Toda also played in the 1-1 draw, as part of his comeback from injury.

  OTHER NEWS ... England players threaten to go on strike after Rio Ferdinand dropped for the Turkey match on Saturday because he "forgot" to take a drugs test at Man U ... Strike called off late in evening ... S.Cumball fined 20,000 for kicking Eric Djemba-Djemba in the FA Community Shield ... Rufus Brevitt fined 1,000 for three counts of misconduct in the West Ham match at Bolton at the end of last season ... Newcastle United announce record profits for last season ... Harry Redknapp received a 3,000 fine and a two match touchline ban after verbally abusing a match official in Portsmouth's match at Wolves earlier this season ... a 29-year old man arrested in connection with the gang-rape of a 17 year old girl last Saturday in London ... a Leeds United player questioned in connection with an alleged sexual assault on a 20 year old woman outside the city ... Bryan Robson named as manager of Nigeria for next year's African Nations Cup ...

Tuesday  7.10.2003   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Dean Richards has hit out at former manager Glenn Hoddle's tactics saying that the 4-4-2 system that David Pleat is playing is much better for the defence.  The big defender says that it suits the players Tottenham have, although Hoddle was aware that the players favoured the current system, Glenn wanted to play with three at the back.  
  Jamie Redknapp hopes to be back in action towards the end of the month with his knee injury progressing well.
  Darren Anderton has said he hopes to sing a new contract to stay at Spurs.  With the manager's post still in limbo, he told the London Evening Standard that he will wait for the club to speak to him about a new deal after nothing was decided in the summer.
  Simon Davies is unlikely to take part in Wales' Euro 2004 qualifier against Serbia and Montenegro.
  Spurs reserves drew 1-1 with SCBC reserves at the New Dell tonight.  Lee Barnard scored the Spurs goal.

Monday  6.10.2003   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Paul Konchesky's loan deal has been extended for another month at Tottenham.  Chris Perry will be staying at Charlton Athletic for the same period.
  Gary Doherty has been having blood tests in hospital after being admitted after a training session.  His 'mystery' illness could be a viral infection, but he hopes to link up with the Republic of Ireland squad before Saturday's qualifier against Switzerland.
  Chris Hughton is reported in the London Evening Standard to be awaiting the appointment of a new manager at Spurs to find out if he has a future at the club.  He said he is currently happy as first team coach at Spurs and assistant manager of the Republic of Ireland national side, but is content to stay in his current position if that is possible under the new regime, whenever that is announced.
  Rohan Ricketts and Rob Burch are both in the England Under-21 squad to play in Turkey on Friday.

Sunday  5.10.2003   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Papers today claim that Spurs will seek (and are expected to be allowed) talks with Martin O'Neill next week.  The Celtic manager is said to still be their number one target to replace Glenn Hoddle.
  Caretaker manager David Pleat has said it is crucial to get the right manager in to be a full-time replacement for Hoddle.  Pleat told the media that since the 1960s, Tottenham have maintained a big club reputation without the prolonged success of other clubs and therefore, it is important to get the club back among the silverware.
  Chris Perry said today that if he could stay a Charlton Athletic, that would be great.  Manager Alan Curbishley confirmed on Sky TV today that he had spoken to David Pleat about the deal and Paul Konchesky's loan to Spurs.
  Another successful weekend for the Tottenham Hotspur Ladies, with only one defeat.  To find out how they got on, click here.

Saturday  4.10.2003   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Spurs won 3-0 against Everton at White Hart Lane this afternoon.  Frederic Kanoute, Gus Poyet and Robbie Keane scored the goals.  For a match report, click here.  For reaction, click here.
  Chris Perry said that the Spurs team were stunned that the club allowed Teddy Sheringham to leave at the end of last season.  The defender currently on loan at Charlton Athletic did admit that the wages Sheringham earned probably meant he had to make way to allow new, younger players to be brought in.
  The Premier League have secured a 57 million three year deal to sponsor the league and from next season it will be the Barclays Premier League.
  Spurs Under-19s drew Southampton at Spurs Lodge this morning 1-1 with a goal from Mark Yeates.
  Spurs Under-17s lost 0-6 to Aston Villa at Spurs Lodge this morning.
  The Spurs programme contained details of a charity match being played by the Martin Chivers Spurs Legends side for the Milly Dowler Memorial Fund.  The game will be on Sunday October 19th with a 3.00 p.m. kick off at Walton Casuals FC, Waterside Drive, Walton-on-Thames, Surrey.

Friday  3.10.2003   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Daniel Levy has asked Spurs fans to be patient while the club seeks a replacement for Glenn Hoddle.  The chairman told the official website that the board would take their time to make the right appointment and will go about their work quietly while the newspapers continue to speculate on who the successor will be.
  Meanwhile caretaker manager David Pleat has said that the job is one which is 'revered' throughout football.  He told journalists that Tottenham's history and achievements (albeit not lately) held a lot of prestige throughout the game worldwide and that many manager's would jump at the chance to manage the club.
  The London Evening Standard reports that Glenn Hoddle will not take the Reading manager's post as he is taking some time out after being sacked from the Spurs job.
  TOTTENHAM TEAM NEWS : - Simon Davies is out with a hip problem, while Ledley King has started training but will not be fit for this game.  Toda has played one reserve match, so needs more match practice and Christian Ziege is suffering a little reaction to a reserve match and training, so will take a while to be ready for the first team.  
Squad : - Keller, Burch, Carr, Richards, Gardner, Mabizela, Bunjevcevic, Taricco, Anderton, Ricketts, Dalmat, Poyet, Konchesky, Blondel, Zamora, Postiga, Keane, Kanoute
  EVERTON TEAM NEWS : - Alessandro Pistone misses the match after suffering a recurrence of a hernia problem, but Kevin Campbell and Francis Jeffers are both fit for this game.  Gary Naysmith returns from suspension and Chinese international midfielder Li Tie is also back in contention.
  Leyton Orient's caretaker boss Martin Ling has gone against the flow and says that Glenn Hoddle was a marvellous manager.  The former Swindon Town player praised Hoddle, who was in charge during Ling's time at the County Ground, saying that his much criticised man-management skills were very good at the Wiltshire club.  The players recognised that he was a very talented manager and could see that he would get top jobs after only two weeks in the job.

Thursday  2.10.2003   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Blackburn Rovers have responded to the rumours that Spurs are after their manager Graeme Souness by saying he is going nowhere.
  Alan Curbishley does not think he is likely to be offered the chance to be Spurs manager even though he is now the bookie's favourite for the post.
  Tottenham will play West Ham United in the Third Round of the Carling Cup on Wednesday 29th October with a 7.45 p.m. kick off.
  David Pleat says that he has spoken with Mbulelo Mabizela and the South African captain feels his words have been taken out of context.  The caretaker manager said that the player was settling in, but this would take time, so it was expected that he would not understand all the dressing room banter to start off with.  When OJ came to Spurs it was said he was quiet on the pitch and maybe a bit shy, but Pleat feels that he will get to be more part of the squad, but the defender said he does not feel isolated and is keen to do well.
  Recently dismissed Spurs assistant manager John Gorman has been appointed as caretaker manager at Wycombe Wanderers, although he hopes to stake a claim for the job on a permanent basis.
  Recently dismissed Spurs manager Glenn Hoddle might miss out on the Reading manager's post, as it is hotly rumoured that Brighton and Hove Albion's Steve Coppell will be named as the new man in charge.  Hoddle's agent denied that the ex-Spurs manager had been interviewed for the job anyway.
  While all a bit moot at the moment, Hoddle has denied the FA charge of misconduct after the game at Birmingham City on 16th August and will ask for a personal hearing to put his side of the story.
  Former Spur Stephen Clemence thinks it was too early to sack Glenn Hoddle from the Tottenham manager's job.

Wednesday  1.10.2003   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  The London Evening Standard report that the Spurs board have shifted their preference to Graeme Souness after initially plumping for Martin O'Neill.  The piece in the Standard reckons Souness fancies the job and Spurs feel there might be less resistance from Blackburn Rovers than Charlton Athletic for Alan Curbishley and Celtic for Martin O'Neill.  The Sun say that Daniel Levy might make an approach to Blackburn at the weekend.
  Soccernet say that the opposite is true and that Spurs are willing and ready to have David Pleat take charge until the end of the season, when Martin O'Neill will join as new manager.
  Meanwhile, recently sacked Glenn Hoddle might be back in football sooner than he thought with a place in the Reading dug-out.  He has supposedly been interviewed twice by the Royals chairman John Madjeski and looks odds on to be the favourite for the post.  
  And speaking of Blackburn Rovers, Sky Sports claims that they are going to give Qu Bo a trial.  Spurs are supposed to be still interested, but might be beaten to his signing by the North-West club.  The Chinese international's agent said that the Rovers game might suit Qu Bo better, as they don not play the long ball as much and build up from the back.
  Spurs are to give Dutch keeper Oscar Moens a trial this week.  The AZ Alkmaar goalie has finally won the right to be released from his contract through the courts and can sign for any team he likes, with Tottenham nipping in quickly, they are the only team interested at the moment.  It is said by Sky Sports that the 30-year old is seen by David Pleat as the  keeper with experience to be back-up for Kasey Keller.
  Mbulelo Mabizela has said he is unhappy at Tottenham as there are some players at the club who make him feel uncomfortable, although he would not name them.  The South African captain said he would take it up with the management and added that he wanted to stay and play through the problem, something which his compatriots Quinton Fortune and Lucas Radebe went through when they arrived in England.
  Spurs reserves triumphed over Ipswich Town reserves by 3 goals to two at Portman Road tonight, with Bobby Zamora grabbing a brace and Stephane Dalmat scoring the winner.
  ... and finally ... Martin Keown has been stating his unique view (a bit like Arsene Wenger's obviously) of events at Old Trafford the other week ... "You can look at what I do and you would not find anything wrong.  Generally on the pitch I do my job to a high standard and in my career I have been a good model for younger players."


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