White Hot Lines

October 2008

Friday  31.10.2008   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR TEAM NEWS : -  Jermaine Jenas is hopeful of being able to play despite picking up a toe injury on Wednesday, while Ledley King could be ready to play his second game of the week against Liverpool.  Michael Dawson is still suspended, while
  
LIVERPOOL TEAM NEWS : -  Striker Robbie Keane has recovered from a groin injury and is fit for selection for the match against Tottenham.
   Former Tottenham midfielder Tim Sherwood
has confirmed that he will be joining the Spurs coaching staff in a part-time capacity.
  
Alex Ferguson has told the media that there is no chance of goalkeeper Ben Foster being allowed to go out on loan in January, after Spurs had shown an interest in the former Stoke City goalie.  The Daily Star reckons that Giovani Dos Santos will move on in January as new manager Harry Redknapp looks to bring in his own players.  The Mexican might end up at Chelsea as Phil Scolari is interested in him.
  
Tottenham's game against Wigan Athletic at the JJB Stadium set for Saturday 10th January has been moved to Sunday 11th January with a 3.00 p.m. kick off, while the match scheduled for Saturday 17th January against Portsmouth at White Hart Lane has been moved to Sunday 18th January with a 4.00 p.m. kick off with both games being covered live on Sky TV.

  OTHER NEWS ...  ...  ...

  MEHSTG's no-spin story ... the Daily Mail report that Gael Clichy was a sobbing wreck in the Arsenal dressing room after Wednesday's 4-4 draw because his slip let in Jermaine Jenas for the third Tottenham goal.


Thursday  30.10.2008   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   Spurs have revealed plans for a new 60,000 seater stadium next to the current ground, having bought up a lot of surrounding property.  The new set-up will have a club museum, an open space, shops, housing and leisure facilities.  The club decided on developing in the same vicinity as White Hart Lane after discussions with a number of local and London bodies.  Daniel Levy did announce that the club would be looking for a stadium sponsor as this would be the only way to help fund the development. 
  
The new stadium announcement came as part of the company report revealing that the club's revenue rose from 103 million to 114.8 million, although there was an overall 14.6 million debit thanks to the 44 million property dealings that was paving the way for the new ground.  .
  
Harry Redknapp was the only choice as the new manager after Daniel Levy had decided to sack Juande Ramos.  The Spurs chairman said that he knew Redknapp from deals that had been done in the past between the two and he liked his honest approach.  Levy also reiterated that a Director of Football is not needed at the moment, because Redknapp has a vast experience and knowledge of players, which is something that has not been the case in the past.  He said that with the DoF post, Tottenham had qualified for Europe three times and that it is not the post, but the person that is in it that determines it's success.
   Daniel Levy added that there would not be a great deal of money available for transfers in January
and that there was enough talent in the squad to mean that only a few changes would be needed.  Is this is a sign of things to come with the new stadium on the horizon ???.
  
There was also an announcement that building on the new training ground/Academy would start in 2009.
   In an interview on Football365, Levy revealed
that there had not been a transfer in or out on which the Head Coach Juande Ramos had not had the final say.  This included the departure of Dimitar Berbatov, even though a replacement had not been purchased.
   D
efending the meeting to sound out Juande Ramos in the King Carlos XIII hotel in Spain, the Spurs chairman hit out at journalists who keep bringing this up, as he said that it is not widely reported that Martin Jol went for an interview at Newcastle United while still Spurs Head Coach.
   Having been sent off at Stoke City, defender Michael Dawson's appeal against a charge of improper conduct has been upheld, so he will not be suspended for any further matches, but he has been warned about his future conduct.
  
Defender Benoit Assou-Ekotto has announced that he would love to join Paris St. Germain.  In a strange coincidence, 18 year old striker Mohammed Taidara may make the opposite journey, as he has said that English and Spanish clubs are interested in him, who can play for either Senegal or France.  He is also being linked with Portsmouth.  Robert Green of West ham United has been suggested as the next Spurs goalkeeper costing 7 million by the Guardian, who also think Tottenham will challenge Newcastle United and Chelsea for the singing of Lazio's Macedonian striker Goran Pandev.

  OTHER NEWS ... Diego Maradona has been named as the new coach of the Argentinian national team ...  ...


Wednesday  29.10.2008   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   Tottenham drew 4-4 against Arsenal at Highbury tonight.  Click here for a match report and here for reaction.
   Juande Ramos has said that the sale of Dimitar Berbatov and Robbie Keane
made his job this season very difficult and that "We had a hard pre-season which stopped us from working with the tranquillity summer preparation needs."  The outgoing Head Coach acknowledged last season as a success with the League Cup win and qualification for Europe as well as avoiding relegation from a similar position as the club lies in now.
  
Harry Redknapp is looking to bring in Manchester United goalkeeper Ben Watson on loan in January according to the .
   Some sources are linking Redknapp with trying to bring in former Spurs strikers Les Ferdinand and Teddy Sheringham to join the coaching team at the club
.

  OTHER NEWS ... Tony Adams is named as the new coach of Portsmouth ...  ...


Tuesday  28.10.2008   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   Some papers are reporting that Harry Redknapp is being warned off returning to Portsmouth to buy players in the January transfer window, but that hasn't stopped some of them speculating what he will do.  The Daily Express reckons that Aaron Lennon plus cash will be dangled in front of the South Coast club to tempt them to part with Jermain Defoe as he prepares to shell out 44 million of Daniel Levy's money.
  
The Daily Mirror runs a story claiming that Juande Ramos will be asking for compensation of 7.5 million for his sacking by Spurs.
  
Harry Redknapp was booed as he collected his Freedom of Portsmouth for managing the club to a FA Cup victory last season.  Pompey fans were taken out of the Portsmouth Guildhall as they booed and shouted "Judas."

  OTHER NEWS ...  ...  ...


Monday  27.10.2008   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   Harry Redknapp has appointed Kevin Bond as his assistant at the club.  Bond linked up with Redknapp for the fourth time, having been with him at West Ham United, Portsmouth and SCBC.  Former midfielder Tim Sherwood is said to be considering an offer to join the coaching staff.
   The Daily Star reckons that Harry Redknapp is keen to hijack the loan move of David Beckham to AC Milan to bring the England midfielder to White Hart Lane
.  In a number of different papers, the new manager is linked to buying Jermain Defoe, Peter Crouch, David James and Lassana Diarra from his former club Portsmouth in the January transfer window.  The Independent claims that Spurs might be looking to sign unattached Ghana midfielder Stephen Appiah, who has been in a legal dispute with his former club Fenerebahce.  Sky Sports claim that Tottenham are one of four clubs watching Bosnian goalkeeper Sead Ramovic, who plays for Norwegian club side Tromso.

  OTHER NEWS ...  ...  ...


Sunday  26.10.2008   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   Tottenham beat Bolton Wanderers 2-0 at White Hart Lane this afternoon.  Click here for a match report .  For reaction click here.
  
Spurs officially announced that the manager's post had been given to Harry Redknapp.  The News of the World claim he is being given a 3 million a year deal for three years, but that he claims if he can't keep Spurs up, then he will quit at the end of the season.  Great !! Just what we need.  The Sunday Mirror and the Mail on Sunday reckon he will be appointing Kevin Bond as assistant manager, although Football 365 report that he has mentioned two un-named ex-Spurs men who he says have great futures in the game and wants to talk to them about a return to the Lane.  The BBC report that one could be former midfielder Tim Sherwood, who might have a coaching role.
   Counter claims about Redknapp's departure from Fratton Park have been made this evening
.  The Portsmouth manager said he felt that he had taken Pompey as far as he could, with the club only getting 19,000 fans a home game and that the club needed to "sell" him to keep afloat, as there were money troubles there.  However, Portsmouth's version is that they allowed Tottenham to speak to him and he said he wanted to go, so they thought they would not stand in his way, but stressed that it did not have anything to do with the money they would receive in compensation.
   Harry Redknapp has been linked with a raid of his old club in the next transfer window should they be willing to sell players, such as midfielder Lassana Diarra and striker Jermain Defoe, who
would be returning a year after departing White Hart Lane and Peter Crouch who would be coming back to the club he served as a youngster.
  
The new boss commented that he had been approached 18 months previously, as he was lined up to replace Martin Jol after a bad run of results, but Redknapp said "things happened" that prevented him joining Spurs.  He had previously stated that he would not work within a Director of Football strucure.
   The Sunday Mirror claims that Juande Ramos settled for just a payment of one year's salary rather than the three he would be entitled to, thus going for 3 million rather than nearer 10 million.
   Daniel Levy has issued a long open letter on the club website about the changes and the way the club is run.  He details the background to the summer transfers out of the club and the lack of replacement in the striking department
.  He claims the time is right to return to a more traditional manager's role at the club.  Levy added that Damien Comolli's post will not be directly replaced, despite rumours in the Sunday People that England assistant Franco Baldini was being lined up to take a similar role.
  
The News of the World have said that Spurs want to sign Reading striker Kevin Doyle in January, with Wigan Athletic's Amir Zaki and Fenerbahce's Dani Guiza also being watched.  The same paper claim that Fabio Capello was not impressed by the attitude of David Bentley when he was with the England squad and a source said he will not be invited again.

  OTHER NEWS ... Chelsea lost their 86 unbeaten match home record ...  ...


Saturday  25.10.2008   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   DON'T FORGET ... THE CLOCKS IN THE UK GO BACK TONIGHT !!
   Late tonight Tottenham announced that Head Coach Juande Ramos, Assistant coach Gus Poyet, fitness coach Marcos Alvarez and Sporting Director Damien Comolli had left the club with immediate effect, in what seems like a total backroom clearout and an admission that the "Director of Football" system does not work in English Football. 
  
The club announced also that they had approached Portsmouth to speak to their manager Harry Redknapp about taking over at White Hart Lane and later there was a quote form Redknapp saying that 5 million in compensation had been agreed for him to leave Fratton Park and start as Spurs manager straight away.
  
While Redknapp indicated he would pick the team with Clive Allen and Alex Inglethorpe, he would be in the dressing room to give a team talk, but the two caretakers would be in charge of the team during the game.
   The Daily Express says that Spurs have identified Harry Redknapp as the man to take over should Juande Ramos lose his job.  Aren't things bad enough already ??
  
TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR TEAM NEWS : -  Ledley King is not expected to play after featuring in Italy in midweek, while Jonathan Woodgate picked up a groin strain in the UEFA Cup match and might face a late decision on his fitness.  Vedran Corluka will be available again after being knocked out at Stoke.  Striker Roman Pavlyuchenko is ready to be picked after being cup-tied in mid-week, Tom Huddlestone's ankle knock is better and he has resumed training, but there are suspensions for Gareth Bale and Michael Dawson.
  
BOLTON WANDERERS TEAM NEWS : - The Trotters have a full squad to choose from for the match tomorrow.
  
Striker Andy Barcham has extended his loan at Gillingham by another month.
  
Goalkeeper David Button has also added another month to his loan spell at Grays Athletic.

  OTHER NEWS ...  ...  ...

  MEHSTG's spin story ...  The credit crunch seems to have hit football hard with Tottenham seemingly hit by relegation inflation with Woodgate saying the side are one million percent in a relegation fight.


Friday  24.10.2008   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   Jonathan Woodgate's comments after last night's game are reported widely, where he says Spurs are "1,000,000%" in a relegation battle and that Leeds United were a better team than Spurs when they went down..
 

  OTHER NEWS ...  ...  ...

  MEHSTG's spin story ... 


Thursday  23.10.2008   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   Spurs lost 0-2 in Italy to Udinese in their UEFA Cup Group D match tonight.  Click here for a match report.  Reaction to follow.
   CSKA Moscow's Brazilian striker Wagner Love has said that he is set to review his situation, which probably means he wants to go to Manchester City instead of Spurs because of their "bad position" in January when a 12 million move might be on the cards.

  OTHER NEWS ...  ...  ...

  MEHSTG's no-spin story ... David Bentley described Tottenham's start to the season as a "bit s**t" in the Times.  Wonder why he didn't make the team or the bench tonight.


Wednesday  22.10.2008   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   Michael Dawson has denied a charge of improper behaviour after being sent off against Stoke City on Sunday.  He will seek a personal hearing and could face an extra two match ban if found guilty.
   The Daily Star report that Atletico Madrid are keen to take Juande Ramos as their new manager after considering sacking Javier Aguirre.
   The Daily Mail are claiming that the bad news of the sacking of Sporting Director Damien Comolli
that will come next week, will be buried with the unveiling of plans for a new stadium to seat 60,000 to be built next to the current ground. 
  
TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR TEAM NEWS : -  Vedran Corluka and Roman Pavlyuchenko are both cup-tied for the game and Tom Huddlestone is injured and will not feature.  Despite his rib injury, Heurelho Gomes travels to Italy and Ledley King will be assessed tomorrow morning to see if he will be able to play.  Michael Dawson is available, as his ban does not apply to the UEFA Cup and the same goes for Gareth Bale.
  
Coverage of Tottenham's UEFA Cup tie at Udinese tomorrow will be screened live on Five at 18:00.

  OTHER NEWS ...  ...  ...

  MEHSTG's spin story ... Isn't 60,000 capacity for Tottenham's new ground over-egging things a bit at the moment ??


Tuesday  21.10.2008   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   Michael Dawson's refusal to leave the pitch straight away ion Sunday after being dismissed has been reported in referee Lee Mason's match report and the Spurs defender will now face a disrepute charge which could add to his three match ban for the red card.
   The Daily Mirror
claims that Daniel Levy is going to make a low-price bid for West Ham United pair Matthew Upson and Scott Parker in January, probably believing that the cash-strapped owners will accept bids for them to get them off the wage bill.
   The Sun and the Daily Telegraph both reckon that Damien Comolli will be sacked soon, although the Independent believes that Juande Ramos is taking on too much and the board want
the Head Coach to delegate more after a backroom reshuffle.
  
Tottenham's reserves beat Southend United reserves 6-0 at Spurs Lodge today.  The goals came from Adel Taarabt, Kyle Fraser-Allen, Jon Obika 2, Alex Olsen and Charlie Daniels.

  OTHER NEWS ...  ...  ...


Monday  20.10.2008   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   Slaven Bilic is being touted as a possible successor for Juande Ramos as Spurs manager, but he says he still has a job to do with Croatia before considering a move to the Premier League.
   While all the papers hint that pressure is building on Juande Ramos keeping his job, there were some reports that a fan protest at the weekend's game against Bolton Wanderers might be aimed at getting chairman Daniel Levy to quit
.

  OTHER NEWS ...  ...  ...

  MEHSTG's spin story ... 


Sunday  19.10.2008   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   Tottenham lost 1-2 to Stoke City at the Britannia Stadium this afternoon.  For a match report, click here.  For reaction, click here.
  
The Sunday People report that Tottenham may be ready to nip in ahead of Liverpool and Aston Villa for Wigan Athletic striker Emile Heskey and that they are also keen to snap up West Ham United central defender Matthew Upson, although his wage demands may create a problem, as he is paid more at Upton Park than he might earn at Spurs.  The News of the World claim that Tottenham defender Gareth Bale is on Manchester United's shopping list and while they will try to sign him in January, they might have to wait until next summer.
   The Daily Mail give manager Juande Ramos seven days to keep his job at
Tottenham.

  OTHER NEWS ...  ...  ...


Saturday  18.10.2008   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   No news today ahead of tomorrow's vital bottom of the table clash, apart from the Sun running a story about how hungry the Tottenham players are when they go out onto the pitch, because of Ramos' strict dietary regime.
  
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  OTHER NEWS ...  ...  ...

  MEHSTG's no-spin story ... Interestingly after an assistant referee was hit by a 50p coin thrown from the Aston Villa part of the ground and intended for Harry Redknapp, the Portsmouth manager, when asked what should be done with the perpetrator, said, "Hang 'em ?"  Now, if he had sung that in a football ground, what might happen ?????


Friday  17.10.2008   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR TEAM NEWS : -  Alan Hutton has been training after his broken foot picked up in pre-season, but he is unlikely to feature, as he lacks match fitness and Roman Pavlyuchenko is also a surprise consideration, as he was supposedly out for three weeks with an ankle injury.  Ledley King has said he is fit for the game and if he plays, it will be a change in policy, as he has been held back for cup games.  There are no other injury worries at the moment.
   STOKE CITY TEAM NEWS : -  Ricardo
Fuller's late return from Jamaica duty may consign him to the substitute's bench, while his place might be taken by Mamady Sidibe.  Liam Lawrence's ankle injury keeps him out, while Andrew Davies' knee injury sidelines him too, but Abdoulaye Faye will be assessed at the last minute to see if he can play after his groin strain in Senegal's international in midweek, while former Reading defender Ibrahima Sonko will cover if Faye fails his fitness test. 

  OTHER NEWS ...  ...  ...


Thursday  16.10.2008   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   The Daily Star claims that Tottenham will make a 12 million move for CSKA Moscow's Brazilian striker Wagner Love in the January transfer window.
  
Spurs keeper Ben Alnwick has joined Carlisle United on loan for a month.
  
Paul Stalteri captained Canada against Giovani Dos Santos' Mexico in the 2-2 draw in their World Cup qualifying group, with both players playing the whole game.

  OTHER NEWS ...  ...  ...

  MEHSTG's spin story ... FA chairman Lord Triesman is looking into the match-fixing allegations in the Championship and has assured his favourite club Tottenham Hotspur that should they get relegated they will be OK next season !


Wednesday  15.10.2008   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   Gareth Bale played the whole of Wales' 0-1 defeat in Germany in their World Cup qualifying match, while Chris Gunter started before being substituted in the 86th minute.
  
Luka Modric played in Croatia's 4-0 World Cup qualifying win over Andorra and scored one of the goals, while also missing a 32nd minute penalty.  Vedran Corluka also featured in the match, with both playing all 90 minutes.
   The Daily Mirror
claim that Sporting Lisbon midfielder Miguel Veloso has spurned a 16 million move to White Hart Lane.  Football 365 runs a story saying that Tottenham and Everton are interested in Allesandro Rossini, a 24 year old attacking midfielder and captain of Torino, but he has said that he has heard nothing about English clubs being interested in him.

  OTHER NEWS ...  ...  ...

  MEHSTG's spin story ... West Ham United are appealing to the Government to bail them out of their financial crisis, with 30 million enough to pay off their creditors at Sheffield United and a further 150 million should sort out their Icelandic debt [topical Joke : Q : What's the capital of Iceland ?  A : not very much at all !!]


Tuesday  14.10.2008   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   Spurs reserves played an away friendly with Middlesbrough today and won 2-1 with goals from Kyle Fraser-Allen and John Bostock after falling a goal behind.
  
England Under-21s went through to the finals of the European Championships in the summer of 2009 by gaining a 2-2 draw with Wales at Villa Park tonight, going through 5-4 on aggregate.  Jamie O'Hara and Tom Huddlestone started the game, but Hud scored in the 14th minute from a free-kick and was then sent off for a studs-up tackle in the 66th minute, while Fraizer Campbell came on as a substitute in the 46th minute.
  
The kick off or the UEFA Cup group game against Udinese on Thursday 23rd October will now kick off at 19:10 p.m. local time (18:10 p.m. UK time).
   The Guardian report that striker Roman Pavlyuchenko has won a seat on the regional council of his home town in Stavropol and therefore has become a holder of the post of Deputy in Vladimir Putin's United Russia political party
.

  OTHER NEWS ...  ...  ...


Monday  13.10.2008   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   No news ... that must be good news ... mustn't it ??

  OTHER NEWS ...  ...  ...


Sunday  12.10.2008   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   The Observer claims that Juventus are keen to sign Luka Modric from Spurs in January, just six months after he signed for Tottenham.  Over at the News of the World, it claims that fans representatives (The Spurs Trust) will meet Daniel Levy this week and will question him about Damien Comolli's role at the club, which is something the Observer feel could go to Tony Jiminez, who has just left Newcastle United after filling a similar position.  The NoTW also states that Juande Ramos has six league games to keep his job as Head Coach at Spurs.

  OTHER NEWS ...  ...  ...


Saturday  11.10.2008   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   The Independent claims that the Spurs board are considering doing away with the Sporting Director structure at the club as the current incumbent, Damien Comolli heads for the exit in the near future, according to the newspaper.
  
Gareth Bale and Chris Gunter both played the 90 minutes of Wales' 2-0 victory over Lichtenstein in a World Cup qualifierCardiff tonight.
  
Vedran Corluka and Luka Modric played for Croatia in their 0-0 World Cup qualifying draw in Ukraine tonight.
  
Giovani Dos Santos played for Mexico in their 0-1 defeat in Kingston in a World Cup qualifying match.
  
Paul Stalteri captained his country Canada in a 1-3 World Cup qualifying defeat by Honduras.
  
Ivory Coast beat Madagascar 3-0 with Didier Zokora in the side to see them top their World Cup qualifying group and they now go on to the second stage of the qualifying groups.
  
Tottenham's Academy side won 4-3 away at Leicester City's training ground thanks to goals from Yaser Kasim, Jon Obika 2 and a late winner from Adam Smith, after Spurs had a 3-0 lead legged back to 3-3 .

  OTHER NEWS ...  ...  ...


Friday  10.10.2008   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   Spurs have set up a partnership with American soccer side San Jose Earthquakes with Spurs learning about their marketing methods and the Earthquakes learning about Spurs' coaching techniques.  The deal will also spread the name of Tottenham Hotspur in the USA
   Tom Huddlestone and Jamie O'Hara played all of England Under-21s 3-2 win over Wales at Ninian Park, while Fraizer Campbell came on as a substitute after 76 minutes.
   Spurs are in competition with Manchester City, Manchester United and Newcastle United
to sign up Bolton Wanderers' 15 year old striker Jack Sampson.
   Former Spurs defender Ian Culverhouse
has been appointed as assistant manager at Colchester United under new boss Paul Lambert.

  OTHER NEWS ... Hull City's Phil Brown was made Manager of the Month for September ...  ...

  MEHSTG's spin story ... Spurs and the Earthquakes ?  Isn't this season enough of a disaster already !!


Thursday  09.10.2008   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   The Daily Mirror says that Kevin Prince Boateng will turn down the chance to join Birmingham City on loan, as he is keen to return to Germany during the January transfer window.  The Daily Star runs a story saying that the Tottenham players have had a "crisis" meeting and are all behind manager Juande Ramos.

  OTHER NEWS ... Paul Lambert has been named as the new manager at Colchester United ...  ...

  MEHSTG's spin story ... The Sun quotes David Bentley as saying that everyone is laughing at Spurs because they are bottom of the table, so he must have been getting the same e-mails as the Tottenham fans then.


Wednesday  08.10.2008   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   Spurs have had their Premier League matches following the UEFA Cup group games moved.  The home game against Bolton Wanderers on Saturday 25th October, will move to Sunday 26th October with a 3:00 p.m. kick off; Manchester City (away) will move from November 8th to Sunday November 9th with kick off at 3:00 p.m.; Everton (home) will move from 29th November to Sunday 30th November with a 3:00 p.m. kick off and Newcastle United (away) on December 20th will move to Sunday 21st December with a kick off at 3:00 p.m.
  
Both Rio Ferdinand and Peter Tatchell have jumped on the "Sol Campbell abuse" bandwagon.  Tatchell believes that Spurs fans should all be banned for one game (regardless of whether or not they were guilty of abusing Campbell), while Ferdinand thinks that any club's fans who sing something nasty about a player should have points taken off them.

  OTHER NEWS ...  ...  ...

  MEHSTG's no-spin story ... From Football 365 ... "Former Spurs defender Campbell was subjected to racist and homophobic abuse when current club Portsmouth played the London side at Fratton Park on September 29."
[snip]
(Tatchell said) ...
"The FA would not have sat on their hands if the abuse had been of a racist nature. Why isn't there the same robust response when it comes to homophobic taunts?"
Something doesn't quite stack up in those two statements, so someone is not telling the whole truth ...
(check it out at http://www.football365.com/story/0,17033,8705_4262225,00.html)


Tuesday  07.10.2008   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   Tottenham have been drawn in Group D for the UEFA Cup group stages.  As the top seed they avoided some of the bigger clubs in the competition, but will play away to Udinese on October 23rd, at home to Dinamo Zagreb on  November, Dutch side NEC Nijmegen away on November 27th and a home game against Spartak Moscow on 17th or 18th December.
   Depending on your news source of choice, you will see that Spurs are set to sack Damien Comolli (The Sun), that Juande Ramos has been told his future as Tottenham manager is safe (Daily Mirror) and that Daniel Levy told him so after the Hull City defeat (Daily Star).  The Daily Mail rumour that the board lay the blame at Daniel Levy's door for his poker playing with the sale of Dimitar Berbatov at the end of the transfer window.  If Ramos does go, as seems unlikely in the previous stories, the Daily Mirror reckon that the man to succeed him will be his assistant Gus Poyet.
   Striker Roman Pavlyuchenko will miss the next three weeks of the season
with a torn ankle ligament injury picked up on Sunday against Hull City.
  
According to a number of sources, including the Daily Express, David Bentley is fuming with Juande Ramos for not playing him and then playing him out of position, as this is said to be the reason he is not in the England squad.  There are no quotes from the player to back this up and the reason for his exclusion from the squad might be his lack of form at this stage of the season.
   Former Spurs manager Gerry Francis is in demand, with Newcastle United and Stoke City fighting to attract him as a coach to the two clubs near the bottom of the table
.

  OTHER NEWS ...  ...  ...


Monday  06.10.2008   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   Tom Huddlestone and Jamie O'Hara have been named in the England Under-21 squad for the two-legged European Championship play-off qualifier with Wales, but Aaron Lennon has had to withdraw with injury.  No Spurs players are included in the Welsh squad.
  
Spurs Reserves lost 2-3 at Leyton Orient FC to Portsmouth reserves tonight.  Tottenham's goal scorers were Charlie Daniels and Adel Taarabt.

  OTHER NEWS ... Dean Glover has been named as the new manager of Port Vale ... Mike NEwell has been appointed as the new manager of Grimsby Town ...

  CRIMEWATCH ... Former Plymouth Argyle goalkeeper Luke McCormack has been jailed for seven years and four months after disabling a father and killing his two sons in June 2008 when driving when drunk ...  ...


Sunday  05.10.2008   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   Tottenham lost 0-1 at home to Hull City this afternoon.  Click here for a match report.  Reaction to follow.
  
The News of the World predicts a return to White Hart Lane for Terry Venables as a replacement for Sporting Director Damien Comolli, while the Sunday Telegraph runs a story saying some other people believe that former Chelsea manager Avram Grant will take the post if it becomes vacant.
   Jermaine Jenas has been included in the England squad for the World Cup qualifying matches against Kazakhstan and Belarus
.
  
The draw for the UEFA Cup group stages will be made at 11:00 on Tuesday 7th October in Nyon, Switzerland.  The seeding has been announced with Tottenham in the top group of seeds, meaning they will avoid playing AC Milan, Sevilla, Valencia, Benfica, Schalke 04, CSKA Moscow and Martin Jol's Hamburg.  Spurs will also not be permitted to be in the same group as Manchester City, Aston Villa or Portsmouth.

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Saturday  04.10.2008   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   The businessman from Asia who is thinking of buying Tottenham has been asked to find 500 million in the Sun and 400 million in the Daily Star.
   The Daily Mirror reports that some of the players banished to the reserves are threatening to revolt and are showing a bad attitude in the stiffs
.
  
For a preview of tomorrow's match against Hull City, click here.
  
The Spurs Academy side beat Reading U18s 1-0 with a goal from Ryan Mason at Spurs Lodge.

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  MEHSTG's spin story ... While a goal at the Stadium of Light was ruled out, because the ball had gone out for a goal kick, Mr. Magoo Arsene Wenger saw it clearly from where he was. even though TV replays were still not 100% conclusive.


Friday  03.10.2008   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR TEAM NEWS : -  Alan Hutton's foot fracture keeps him out, but after being cup-tied in midweek, Vedran Corluka and Roman Pavlyuchenko are both available for selection again.
   HULL CITY TEAM NEWS : -  Marlon King (back), Stelios Giannakopolous (thigh) and Anthony Gardner (thigh) are all doubtful for the visit of Hull City to White Hart Lane on Sunday.  Nick Barmby should recover from a calf injury to play.
   Spurs have strenuously denied that there is any truth behind the Sun's story on
the back page of their paper today proclaiming that Tottenham have approached Mark Hughes of Manchester City to be their next manager on a five year 20 million deal.
  
Two Spurs games have been moved to accommodate live TV coverage on Setanta.  The away game at West Ham United will now kick off at 20:00 on Monday 8th December 2008 and the Manchester United game at White Hart Lane will now kick off at 17:30 on Saturday 13th December 2008.

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Thursday  02.10.2008   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   Spurs drew 1-1 with Wisla Krakow in Poland this afternoon in the UEFA Cup First Round Second leg tie to go through 3-2 on aggregate.  For a match report, click here.  For reaction, click here.
  
Sunderland are supposedly watching midfielder Jermaine Jenas with a view to putting in an offer for him in January the Daily Mirror says.

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  MEHSTG's spin story ... Newcastle United's interim manager Joe Kinnear has said he was disappointed with the Press after his first proper Press Conference with them.  He feels that he can get more than 52 swear words into one sitting with them.


Wednesday  01.10.2008   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   Hampshire Police are to investigate the chanting at Portsmouth on Sunday aimed at Sol Campbell.  The police force allege that the chants were "racial and homophobic."  Gus Poyet has said that the abuse was out of order and that Campbell was not worth it.
  
Rumours on the internet are linking Everton manager David Moyes with an exit from Goodison Park with Newcastle United or Tottenham Hotspur as his destination.
  
Tottenham's Tom Huddlestone, Aaron Lennon, Jamie O'Hara and on loan striker Fraizer Campbell are all in the England Under-21 squad for the European Championship finals play off against Wales on October 10th and 14th.
   The Guardian claim that Daniel Levy is willing to sell Spurs by the end of the week to a Far East billionaire should a price be agreed
.
  
For a preview of tomorrow's UEFA Cup tie, click here.

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