White Hot Lines


31.12.2000 (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Rumours are rife in the Sunday newspapers that ENIC may be ready to pay off the last year of George Graham's contract to get another manager in to Tottenham.  Following yesterday's disastrous performance against Ipswich Town, fans were again calling for the manager's head, especially with talk of Tottenham wanting to bring Glenn Hoddle back to White Hart Lane.  Graham has said that he never gives up when a job is only half done and people can say what they want about who they want as manager, but he was happy to stay and become successful.  According to the Sunday Mirror, Gianluca Vialli is also being mentioned as a possible replacement should Graham be removed from the Spurs hot seat.
  Sergei Rebrov is worried that GG might be getting ready to sell him.  He said that he was not happy with his recent form, but was not sorry he had joined Spurs, although they played defensively - something he was not familiar with.  He said that it would be easier if he played for a side who attacked all the time, like Arsenal or Manchester United.
  Sol Campbell is believed to be in line for a £20 million wage deal from Valencia when he becomes a free agent.  The Spanish club are lining up the Spurs captain and are set to make him financially secure for life with a big money deal.  It appears from comments made on TV today that Sol will be free to talk to all interested clubs after tomorrow, not just those from the continent, so Manchester United may be in for discussions should they follow up their long rumoured interest in Sol.
  The Official site today announced that Spurs Ladies player Lucy Pinnock was killed on Boxing Day in a motorcycle accident.  Our sympathies got out to her family and friends at this sad time.

30.12.2000 (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Spurs lost 0-3 at Ipswich Town this afternoon.  Click here for a match report.  Click here for reaction.
  George Graham has said that today's performance was the worst so far this season.  He also apologised to the fans for the poor showing by the team gave, pledging to bring a few home truths home to the players who took part in the match.  He bemoaned the lack of competitiveness and said that the team did not reflect the way he wants his sides to play.
  Jon Jonsson has reveled why he wants to return to Sweden after only six months at Tottenham.  He said he was lonely and bored as he had nobody to talk to.

29.12.2000 (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  George Graham has talked today about how Sergei Rebrov is settling in to English football and why he is being dropped for tomorrow's visit to Ipswich Town.  He said the Ukrainian has come from a sophisticated side into English football and has found the physical side of the game difficult to come to terms with.  He said Rebrov is happy at Spurs and wishes he was scoring more goals, but his main concern was about the team winning.  GG went on to add that the price tag paid for the little Dynamo Kiev striker probably made people expect a quick return, but like other foreign players, he is taking time to settle in, but he was sure he would become a hero at White Hart Lane in due time.
  Tim Sherwood is also doubtful for the match against Ipswich Town tomorrow, but he travels with the squad to Suffolk.  He picked up a knee injury at Southampton on Wednesday, while Les Ferdinand is still doubtful after his head injury received against Middlesbrough.
  Stephen Carr has pleaded with Sol Campbell to reveal his plans for his career after this summer, when his contract with Tottenham expires.  From 1st January he will be free to negotiate with foreign sides, but despite the players trying to get him to reveal his hand, Sol is playing his cards close to his chest.  Carr, who recently extended his own contract with Spurs, said Sol should let people know what he intends to do for the good of the club.
  Rumours are again circulating that Swedish Spurs youth player, Jon Jonsson is a target for Malmo, who are interested in taking the reportedly homesick midfielder back to his home country.

28.12.2000 (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  It appears that George Graham is likely to "rest" Sergei Rebrov after an unconvincing performance against Southampton last night.  He said that the Ukrainian looks like he has lost some confidence and that Tottenham looked better when Doherty came on. Hmmmmmm, not from where I was sitting it didn't.
  Meanwhile as a result of Rebrov's absence and Les Ferdinand still being absent, Gary Doherty could be in line to start the match at Portman Road.
  Stephen Carr might require an operation on his groin after initially being doubtful for the match at Southampton and then limped out of the action at half time.  It would be a big blow to Spurs who would lose one of their best players for a considerable length of time.  He is almost certain to miss the game at Ipswich Town on Saturday.

27.12.2000 (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Spurs lost 0-2 at the Dell to Southampton tonight.  For a match report, click here. For reaction, click here.
  Spurs started the match with Chris Armstrong in for the concussed Les Ferdinand and Oyvind Leonhardsen in for Tim Sherwood.
  Stephen Clemence revealed that he wanted to leave Spurs because of what Ossie Ardiles did to his Dad Ray.  Having sacked him from the club, a young Clem no longer wanted anything to do with the manager, but his former England goalkeeper father told him to do no such thing and get on with his career at the club.
  The Southampton chairman has issued a "hands off" warning to clubs, including Tottenham, who think that they will be able to take Glenn Hoddle away from the Dell.  He said Glenn was happy to be the manager and that he is looking forward to taking them to a new ground next season.  All this seems a bit academic at the moment with ENIC backing George Graham to retain his post at Tottenham. 

26.12.2000 (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Stephen Carr is doubtful for Tottenham's match at Southampton tomorrow with a groin strain.
  It has been revealed that Glenn Hoddle has an escape clause in his contract with Southampton allowing him to leave the club should a Premiership club want him to take over as their manager.  However, having been linked with the post at Tottenham, he wants to do his best for the Saints and any deal removing him from the Dell would cost around £650,000 in compensation.
  Stephen Clemence has warned that more teams could adopt the negative tactics employed by Middlesbrough to prevent them leaving White hart lane empty handed.  He said that even though Spurs failed to break down the Boro defence, at least they did not lose the match and Spurs are still unbeaten at home.

25.12.2000 (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Spurs could be back in with a chance of signing Mika Vayrynen from the FC Jokerit club of Finland.  The player looked set to join Internazionale of Milan, but with the managerial changes at the club, he has decided to return to his club for the foreseeable future.  Ajax and PSV Eindhoven are also chasing the striker who previously played for FC Lahti.

24.12.2000 (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Former Spurs stars Gary Lineker and Gary Mabbutt have hit back at Sir Alan Sugar and George Graham respectively.  Mabbutt said Graham's recent comments that he won the FA Cup and the UEFA Cup were the limit of his ambitions were misconstrued and the former Spurs skipper really meant that he was proud of winning those trophies, but this was not good enough for Tottenham.  Meanwhile BBC Match of the Day presenter Lineker said he only knew Sugar towards the end of his time at White Hart Lane, but stated that the Sours chairman was very rude to the Japanese officials from Nagoya Grampus Eight, who came to negotiate his transfer to their club.  The former England captain went on to say that Tottenham have always been linked with exciting players and this needs to happen again before they become a winning team.
  Daniel Levy has been interviewed in the News of the World regarding the way forward for Spurs.  Click here for more and comment on the ENIC take-over.
  It appears that Steffen Iversen may need another operation on his knee after more cysts have been found there.  The News of the World reports that he could be out until March.

23.12.2000 (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Spurs drew 0-0 with Middlesbrough today at White Hart Lane.  For a match report, click here.  For reaction, click here.
  Sir Alan Sugar said on BBC's Football Focus today that his time at Tottenham must be regarded as a waste of time.  He said that when things are done and there is no appreciation of them, then the time had been wasted.  He regretted making some decisions under pressure from the fans and said that if they had been able to weather the criticism for a bit longer without making quick fix decisions, then things may have gone differently.
  It is likely that Howard Stanton will become the new chairman at Tottenham Hotspur plc.  The Spurs season ticket holder was formerly chairman of ENIC, but stood down earlier this year to concentrate on other business commitments.
  Spurs are rumoured on the Planet Football website to be ready to sign Juan FernŠndez for £1.35 million. The defensive midfielder who was a former target of Manchester United plays in Argentina for Lanus and the two clubs have met twice to discuss the transfer they report.  The 25 year old has sublime skills and is studying medicine, which he would like to continue in England.  The reason Manchester United dropped out of the chase for the player was because of work permit problems, so it will be a major factor in bringing him to England although his club are desperate for the money.
  Stephen Carr was voted as Tottenham's Player of the Year by the Spurs Members club and received the trophy before today's game.

22.12.2000 (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  New editorial at View From The Shelf.
  Reports linking Glenn Hoddle with a return to Tottenham as manager have been dismissed by Daniel Levy, who said George Graham's position is safe for the time being.  ENIC have no intention of tampering with the playing or management structure of the company according to a statement today and Levy himself said he was not on an ego trip and was no star struck fan.  George Graham has said that he has cited £50 million as a figure that he would need to bring in about five new top class players to form a challenging squad, but doesn't believe he will get it from the new owners.  However, he looks forward to discussing whether ENIC's hopes match his own !!
  A statement to the Stock Exchange yesterday said "Sir Alan Sugar will remain as Chairman of Tottenham until completion of the acquisition by ENIC, which is expected in February 2001, at which point he will resign as Chairman and also as a director of the Company.  In addition, Messrs. Chisholm and Littner have stepped down as Non-Executive Directors of Tottenham. Daniel Levy, Managing Director of ENIC, has been appointed to the Board of Tottenham as a Non-Executive Director."
  Steffen Iversen is still pained by his knee after the operation he had to remove a cyst.  He will not be available over Christmas and will get the Norwegian team doctor to look at it.  He will remain in England as his whole family are coming over to celebrate the holiday with him, Planet Football revealed.
  The Swedish wonder kid, Kim Kallstrom, has pledged his immediate future to BC Hacken as he felt the offers from foreign clubs did not feel right for him.
  Darren Anderton thanked Terry Venables for spending a lot of money on him when he signed for Tottenham and for sticking by him when he had injury problems, but he stated he wanted to stay at Tottenham when his contract expires in the summer.
  Ian Hillier and Anthony Gardner have been added to the squad for the visit of Middlesbrough on Saturday.  The team look set to be unchanged from Monday night for the match.

21.12.2000 (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Sir Alan Sugar today sold a 26.9 percent stake in the club to the English National Investment Company for 80 pence a share (Approx.  £21.9 million), leaving ENIC with a 29.9 holding in the club.  Sugar will still retain 13.1% of the club and will continue to attend matches, although he will be replaced as chairman when a recruitment company bring in a new man for that position.  Today, Sugar announced that he thinks that ENIC have the background in football and business to take Tottenham onto a prosperous future.  Daniel Levy, Chief Executive of ENIC said that they would be seeking to strengthen the "commercial viability" of Tottenham Hotspur and also tap into the media and sporting rights of the club to enhance Spurs' capital value.  There is an 18 month option on buying the rest of Sir Alan's shares should ENIC wish to do so.
  New majority shareholder Daniel Levy of the ENIC group will make getting Sol Campbell to sign a new contract a priority when he takes over at White Hart Lane.  To do so may require him to make some commitment to improving the team, which some experts feel might not be on the cards as other clubs ENIC have an interest in have not been invested in on the pitch.  An ENIC spokesman said that the turnaround in fortunes will not take place overnight and the company did see Spurs as one of the top five clubs in the country and would be doing their best to restore them to that position; a feeling that Gary Mabbutt reiterated when he said the Spurs fans should not expect a quick fix.  The chairman of AEK Athens was reported as saying that since ENIC had taken over, his club had fallen from grace and there had been little investment by the company.
  However, it is reported that a five year plan to get Spurs competing at the top of the Premier League is Daniel Levy's preferred option, rather than to splash the £50 million that George Graham might want to build a team to challenge now.
  George Graham said he was excited by the takeover of ENIC and added with the right investment in the team the potential is enormous.  It is thought, according to a London Evening Standard report, that Graham will continue as manager to the end of this season and then his position could be reviewed.
  Spurs youth team player Ludwig Norbert has been taken on at West Ham United on trial and Spurs are seeking £1 million for his registration to be transferred to the Irons.  David Pleat has made comments which appear to imply that the player has ideas above his talent and Liverpool, Fulham and Manchester United are said to be also monitoring his situation.  He was advised to find another club when he felt frustrated by his lack of first team opportunities.
  Stephen Ferguson's transfer from East Fife was too good for the Scottish Third Division side to refuse.  Spurs will pay £100,000 now and it will rise to £250,000 depending on the number of appearances the young striker makes.  The East Fife manager said that it was a marvellous opportunity for the player and a club record transfer fee, which the club needed to accept.

20.12.2000 (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Spurs will be away to Leyton Orient in the 3rd Round of the FA Cup after the East London side beat Northwich Victoria in a second round replay tonight 3-2, with the winning goal in extra time from ex-Spur Scott Houghton.
ENIC look likely to buy 27% of Sir Alan Sugar's shares in Tottenham Hotspur for around £22 million, although major mover at the company and Spurs season ticket holder Daniel Levy, has mooted that he does not want to be chairman of the club, when Sir Alan resigns from the position as is expected.  Looks like he might have his head screwed on doesn't it !!  Sugar will retain a 13% stake in the club and ENIC will have a 30% controlling interest.  Although the statement issued said that Sugar was in discussions with ENIC which might or might not lead to the sale of some of his shareholding, it seems that the Joe Lewis backed group will take over at Tottenham.  Investment experts are saying that at other clubs in their portfolio, ENIC do not take a pro-active part in the running of the club and at Tottenham, it is felt that this might have to change and they may need to fund improvements both on and off the pitch.  However, with a lot of shareholders to please this might prove difficult.
  Spurs have signed young East Fife striker Stephen Ferguson following a medical at White Hart Lane today.  While David Pleat admits Ferguson is inexperienced, the 18 year old will join the group of young hopefuls in the reserves.  Glasgow Rangers and Manchester City had been thought to be in with a chance of signing the forward, but Pleat revealed that Spurs had the upper hand as he had supported Spurs since a kid.  Ferguson had scored in each of his last six games for the Scottish Third Division club and collected the Bells' Young Player of the Month trophy in November.  The fee is thought to be around £250,000.
  Hans Segers has claimed on the official website that Neil Sullivan's display against Arsenal on Monday night was the best by any goalkeeper in the Premier League this season.  He said that he aims to make Sully into one of the most consistent keepers around.  David Pleat also heaped platitudes on the Scottish keeper, saying he can only get better.
  Sergei Rebrov said on the Spurs site that the goal he scored against Arsenal was for the fans as he sensed from the atmosphere how important this game was for them.
  Southampton have confirmed that the rumours of Tottenham's interest in Hassan Kachloul are true.  There has been an enquiry from Spurs, but it is thought that no deal will be done until the New Year.  Ironically, Kachloul will be suspended for Tottenham's visit tot he Dell on December 27th.
  George Graham praised both sides for the hard but fair way the north London derby was played on Monday.  He said that he even had a bit of a laugh when an Arsenal player wanted to butt in on his instructions to Stephen Clemence !!
  Ramon Vega has revealed that the chance to play for Celtic was too good to miss.  His first game with two goals was a dream start and now he intends to earn a contract at Parkhead, where he said he will be hoping to win the championship, not just the League Cup like at Spurs. 
  Interestingly, comments have been escaping from the Riverside including 
*  "Terry's picking the team and taking the training so I can be more relaxed and
do other things. There are plenty of things to do around a football
club," Bryan Robson said pushing a new broom before him.
*  "I knew we would work well together," Robson added "Terry doesn't have
an ego and I haven't got an ego."  Now, Robson, I can believe, but Tel !!

19.12.2000 (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Les Ferdinand has warned any potential buyer of Sir Alan Sugar's shares that he will need to bring a big bundle of cash with him to boost the squad at Tottenham.  This could persuade Sol Campbell and Darren Anderton to stay at the club as it would show ambition for the future.  he did say that the atmosphere was tremendous last night and hoped that it could be like that every week.
  Spurs' Swedish youngster Jon Jonsson has been suffering with homesickness according to David Pleat in yesterday's programme and the club have let him return home hoping he will return to play alongside his team-mates in the Youth side.
  Sir Alan Sugar has been saying he regrets that he will always be regarded as a money man rather than a football man after his stint at White Hart Lane.  The Spurs chairman said that he had been labelled as interested only in finance and that had stuck with him during his tenure at the club, but he offered his input to any new buyer (and hinted that there were a number of takers) should they require it in the future.
  Sol Campbell said that any new investor in the club would have to put in money, but felt that the youngsters who have come in are doing well and the fans are responding to that.  Sol added that he did not have any sway in what was going on "upstairs" and would leave that to the "suits".
  Stephen Carr has expressed his deep disappointment that the equaliser last night prevented Tottenham taking all three points.  He said that it wasn't a classic match, but Spurs failed to take their chances when 1-0 up, so losing two points to a last minute goal was very depressing.  However, he said that it was no good playing brilliantly and losing, so he was grateful of the point and said that the unbeaten run at home must be accompanied by some away points.
  Spurs are supposedly interested in Stephen Ferguson - an 18 year old striker with East Fife - with a view to bringing him to White Hart Lane.  Tottenham have offered £250,000 with the additional payments in installments, while the Scottish side want a straight £500,000 deal.
The Save Our Spurs group do not believe that Sir Alan Sugar will sell his shares and feel he is using it as an opportunity to reinforce his position at the club should a suitable buyer not come forward.
  It is rumoured on TeamTalk that Southampton are just waiting for Tottenham to get in touch to accept a £3 million bid for Moroccan midfielder Hassan Kachloul.

18.12.2000 (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Spurs drew 1-1 with Arsenal tonight at White Hart Lane.  Sergei Rebrov gave Tottenham a first half lead and then the Gooners equalised in the last minute (surprise, surprise).  For a match report, click here and for reaction click here.
Spurs share shot up in price on the news that Sir Alan Sugar is to sell his shareholding in the club.  A statement to the Stock Exchange confirmed that Sir Alan Sugar and his company Amshold plc are seeking a buyer for their stake in Tottenham Hotspur plc.  Barry Hearn, meanwhile, has told the Sugar family that they will not be taking over at Leyton Orient.  Rumours indicated that a bid was made some months ago and with Sir Alan moving out of Tottenham, he may be looking for an interest in a club not too far removed from White Hart Lane.
  Sergei Rebrov, Darren Anderton and Oyvind Leonhardsen are all back in the Spurs squad for the match against Arsenal tonight.  
  Spurs Youth will play Stockport County in the fourth round of the FA Youth Cup on Wednesday 24th January 2001, with the kick off at 7.00 p.m.
  Steffen Freund would like to finish his career at Tottenham after settling in England.  He said that although he struggled for the first six months at White Hart Lane, he loves England and feels at home here.
  Former Spurs striker Colin Lee has today parted company with Wolverhampton Wanderers as manager.

17.12.2000 (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  29.9% of Sir Alan Sugar's shareholding in the club seems likely to be bought out by Joe Lewis' ENIC group the News of the World has reported today.  The English national Investment Company already have holdings in FC Basle (Switzerland), Vicenza (Italy) Slavia Prague (Czech Republic), AEK Athens (Greece) and Glasgow Rangers.  They have been looking for a Premier League team to buy into for a long time and the Chief Executive of the company - Daniel Levy - is a keen Spurs fan.  It seems that the deal could got through in the early New Year.  Stelios Hadji-Ioannou has dampened rumours that he would buy in and his brother has also issued a statement to say he is happy to remain a small shareholder.  However, the club have issued a statement saying that all the stories over the weekend are just a rehash of what was said at the AGM last week (For a report click here).
  George Graham is fearful that his job might be on the line should a new owner of the club come in.  He is said in the News of the World to be ready to seek talks with the new investor when they take over to establish his position.  He went on to add that if someone came in and offered him £50 million to build a side to challenge for the title, he would be very pleased and could make quicker progress than he can at the moment.
  The Planet Football website claims that Irving Scholar may be set to make a return to White Hart Lane.  He is part of another consortium who could bid for Sir Alan Sugar's shares.  
  In response to Arsene Wenger's mischievous comments about taking Sol to Highbury, the Spurs captain has said as a Spurs fan man and boy he could not move to Arsenal and knows that the Spurs fans would never forgive him.
  Ledley King looks set to be offered a new four year contract after his impressive showings in the first team recently.
  GG has had a change of heart on Robbie Keane, saying the player has shown he can operate in the Premier League as he scored for Coventry City in his short stay there.  At the start of last season, he didn't fancy the striker even though Spurs were favourites for his signature.
  The EU have preserved the transfer system for players up to the age of 23, thus helping smaller clubs with a reputation of producing talented youngsters.

16.12.2000 (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Sir Alan Sugar has said that he intends to stand down as Tottenham chairman.  On Sky TV this afternoon the news was broken by Rodney Marsh that Sugar has an interested buyer and meetings will be taking place that will see him relinquish control of the club.  The news followed a report in the Mirror newspaper, which claimed that Stelios Hadji-Ioannou (the owner of EasyJet airlines) could be the man to take over as it said his family have 10% of the shares of the club.  Sugar has come to this decision after he told his family he would end the misery they have suffered since he took over as chairman of the club in 1991.  The Mirror report also claimed that any profit made on the deal would be donated to charity or a charitable project by Sir Alan.
  Spurs captain Sol Campbell has talked about the "controlled madness" of a North London derby, which means that players have to realise when to calm down in the heat of the frantic pace involved in the game. 
  Spurs are reported in newspapers today to have made discreet enquiries about the purchase of Internazionale's Robbie Keane.  Chelsea look favourites to bring him back to England as they have agreed a price with the Italian club, but Leeds United is his preferred destination.
  Stephen Clemence said that he feels the match at home to Arsenal last season was a turning point in his career.  On the official site, he explained that his good performance in last years win gave him confidence and had moved up him the order for a place in the team.  He said that he was looking forward to a similar result on Monday. 
  Some papers are saying that Tottenham may be making a move for Southampton's Moroccan midfielder, Hassan Kachloul.  The 29 year old is available on a free transfer in the summer and the Saints may wish to take some cash for him now rather than lose him for free.  A fee of £3 million has been floated.
  Ben Thatcher who has been suffering with a groin problem, is looking to return to first team action against Southampton on December 27th.  
  Former Spurs on the score sheet today include Ramon Vega (two on his debut for Celtic), Peter Crouch for Queens Park Rangers, David Ginola's first for Aston Villa, Espen Baardsen notched an own goal for Bolton Wanderers, Scott Houghton for Leyton Orient and Junior McDougald (two for Dagenham and Redbridge).

15.12.2000 (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Ramon Vega has joined Glasgow Celtic on a free transfer until the end of the season with a view to a permanent move to the Scottish club.  Although the Swiss international will be free to talk to interested parties after January 1st, the club hope his performances before the Christmas break will persuade the manager that it is worth taking him on.  A fee of around £350,000-£500,000 saw Celtic buy out the remainder of his Tottenham contract.
  George Graham reckons that Ledley King could be Tottenham's version of Patrick Vieira, although we hope he does not get sent off that often !!  . 
  Luke Young hopes to be back in contention for a first team place within three weeks now he is out of plaster from suffering a broken foot.
  Terry Venables is hoping to take Darren Anderton to Middlesbrough for free when he is available on a Bosman transfer at the end of the season.  The former Spurs boss said of the player he signed for the club  is an exceptional football player and while he reveled his interest in taking Anderton to the Riverside, he said that lots of other clubs would probably been looking at him as well.
  Steffen Iversen could be fit to return to the Spurs team for some of the games over the Christmas and New Year period, which would boost the squad with other players also recovering from their injuries at the busiest time in the football season.
  Sergei Rebrov said that the best goal of his career came in the fierce rivlry of a game against Spartak Moscow in the Champions League, when he scored the third goal in a 3-2 win after being 0-2 down.  He said that if he scored the winner over Arsenal then this would be even better.  He said that he is happy at Tottenham and wants to stay for a long time, hoping that a goal on Monday might remove any doubts that exist from people outside the club.

14.12.2000 (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  George Graham has expressed surprise that no clubs have been in for Darren Anderton, although he wants the England midfielder to stay at Spurs.  He said that financial matters were out of his hands, but would welcome the Spurs man to stay that way.  He praised the way Anderton has been available since GG joined Tottenham and said that he hoped the club would make him an acceptable offer to sign a further contract when his current one expires in the summer.
  TeamTalk report that Mauricio Taricco has broken down with a recurrence of his groin injury.
  Sergei Rebrov looks likely to return to the Spurs side for the Monday derby match after increasing his training following the thigh injury he has suffered for some weeks.
  After failing to get Spurs keeper Gavin Kelly on loan, Lincoln City have turned to a former Spurs custodian - Chris Day of Watford - to fill their goalkeeping problem on a month's loan.

13.12.2000 (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Steffen Freund is looking forward to plying against Patrick Vieira in the north London derby next Monday.  He said that Vieira and Roy Keane play in the best two sides in the Premier League and their impact on the game can be important.  He loved the atmosphere at last season's corresponding match, when he was sitting in the East Stand and is really relishing the clash.
  Full back Mauricio Taricco is looking to get back into the first team in the early New Year.  He will resume training next week after he has been given the all clear by the medical staff and has finished his course of pain killing tablets.
  Les Ferdinand has revealed that he is happy with his form and pleased to be bale to show Spurs fans what he is really capable of.  He praised Spurs' fitness coach, Kunle Odetoyinbo, for getting him in good shape through exercise and diet after his injury hit time at the club.  Les went on to say that although he was happy that people said he had a good game against Bradford City, he is only really satisfied when he has scored.
  Lucas Radebe has said that he will not let Rio Ferdinand force him out of the Leeds United defence and he knows GG would like to bring him to White Hart Lane as a replacement should Sol Campbell leave in the summer.  Yeah ... I can just see David O'Deary letting him come to Tottenham, can't you ??  These comments made in the Daily Mail this morning seem to have geed up Leeds United, who now claim that the South African will sign a new contract on his return form international action !!
  Spurs reserves lost a behind closed doors friendly today against Fulham at Spurs Lodge.  Neale Fenn put Spurs ahead, before Fulham pulled a goal back.  Early in the second half, Oyvind Leonhardsen scored to help Spurs regain the lead, but late goals and a howling wind helped the visitors to a 4-2 win.  Leo now looks likely to be included in the sixteen for Arsenal match on Monday.

12.12.2000 (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Today's Sol Campbell story says that he might stay at Tottenham when his contract ends in the summer. He loves the club and the TeamTalk and London Evening Standard articles said that if Tottenham can match his ambition, he could remain at White Hart Lane.  That's news ??
  According to his agent, John Hartson came closest to moving to Tottenham rather than Glasgow Rangers or Charlton Athletic.  He was sitting down to discuss terms with the club when they broke the news to him about him failing his medical.  Ha !
  Tottenham have been linked with the Holland and Ajax star, Richard Witschge, but at 31 it is unlikely he would fit into the idea of a player to mould into the squad, even though he might only cost £1-2 million.
  George Graham has urged people to give Sergei Rebrov time to settle.  He feels that he is a world class player and will be of great benefit to Spurs.
  Oyvind Leonhardsen, Ben Thatcher and Sergei Rebrov may be ready to face Arsenal in Monday's North London derby.  Steffen Iversen is likely to miss the game as he is not yet match fit, but Darren Anderton will be available after missing the Bradford City match through suspension.  Leo said on the official website that he might be a few games away from getting back into the side though.
  The former Steaua Bucharest President has appeared in court in Romania charged with being responsible for the missing £1.2 million from the transfer of Ilie Dumitrescu to Tottenham Hotspur.  It turned up in a bank account attributed to him and he has explained that the money was actually used to pay for the expenses incurred in the deal.

11.12.2000 (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Slow news day in newspaper land, as Sol Campbell to stay in North London shocker hits the headlines.  No not with Spurs, but with Arsenal !! He wants to stay in England and with Manchester United losing interest, his best chance of winning trophies according to this unsubstantiated story is with the other side in the area of North London.  Arsenal would rather take him for nothing than pay £20 million for Jens Nowotny of German side Bayer Leverkusen.  Hmmmm.  Mischief makers or grains of truth ??  We will see, but with only a week until the North London derby, this is probably a story designed to upset the Spurs bandwagon as the big match approaches.
  Spurs representatives were apparently in Spain again at the weekend watching Espanyol's derby game against city rivals Barcelona.  It is thought that Raul Tamudo, the £11 million rated striker was the target, but MEHSTG can reveal they also were there to cast their eye over Luis Enrique, the Barca midfielder.
  Stephen Carr was gutted that the club did not come back from Bradford with all three points.  He said they had not learned form last season's match there and that man for man, Spurs have better players and should be able to match their Premiership opposition.
  Ledley King was shocked by his goal in ten seconds against Bradford City, but was pleased to play a bit further forward with Steffen Freund behind him doing defensive duties.  However, he will have to await the outcome of the Premier League's panel verdict as to whether or not they rule it an own goal or award it to the Spurs youngster.
  Having been offered a new contract extension of one year, Les Ferdinand is seeking a two year deal or he might walk out on the club on a Bosman in the summer.
  Spurs have been priced at 16-1 for the FA Cup following yesterday's Third Round draw.
  Former Spurs defensive midfielder, Steve Sedgley, has had his contract at Wolverhampton Wanderers paid up until the end of the season.  Currently out since sustaining a knee injury on 12th September, the player will look to rehabilitate nearer his London home and get back into the game once fully fit.

10.12.2000 (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Darren Anderton is again being touted as Terry Venables first signing at Middlesbrough in today's newspapers.  
  Spurs have been drawn away to Northwich Victoria or Leyton Orient in the Third Round of the FA Cup.  The match will be played on the 6th or 7th of January 2001.  The replay for the Second round game is Tuesday 19th December.
  GG has said that the side must go back to basics and all defend when they lose the ball, not just the defenders.
  Spurs have apparently received a £1.5 million bid from Birmingham City for Stephen Clemence.  They are keen on him after he impressed in the Worthington Cup defeat recently.

9.12.2000 (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Spurs failed to pick up their first away win of the season by letting Bradford City to achieve a 3-3 draw after being 3-1 up against the Yorkshire strugglers.  Spurs scored through Ledley King, Sol Campbell and Chris Armstrong.  King's goal timed at 10 seconds is the fastest ever in the Premier League.
  George Graham was upset with the "slack defending" that let Bradford back into today's game after Spurs took a 3-1 lead.
  Darren Anderton is a transfer target for Middlesbrough coach Terry Venables.  The ex-Spurs boss wants to link up with the wide midfielder he brought to White Hart Lane and could get his man if he can find £3 million as Spurs are willing to sell as he will not commit himself to more than one season at the club (allegedly).
  Ex-Spur Mark Janney scored the goal that helped Dagenham and Redbridge knock Lincoln City out of the FA Cup today.

8.12.2000 (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Sergei Rebrov will miss tomorrow's match at Bradford City with a continuation of his thigh injury, as it has been agreed with the player to rest him until he is fully fit.  Steffen Freund looks likely to replace suspended Darren Anderton and Ciaran Toner is added to the squad.  Oyvind Leonhardsen goes North but is not expected to take part in the match after a seven match absence.  Ben Thatcher is also out and Chris Armstrong will probably play up front alongside Les Ferdinand.
  Spurs are being linked with a move for Roma's midfielder, Damiano Tomassi.  The player is not likely to be released, but Spurs are keeping tabs on him in the hope of a more definite approach in the summer.
  Chelsea have revealed that they have no immediate plans to make a move for Sol Campbell, but then when he is free on a Bosman transfer in a few months time, that is hardly surprising !!

7.12.2000 (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Tottenham Hotspur plc held their Annual General Meeting at White Hart Lane today.  Many questions were fired at chairman Sir Alan Sugar and he made an offer to members of the audience to bring forward interested parties who met his criteria to take over from him.  He also asked one member of the audience to have the club cheque book and negotiate with Sol Campbell.  There were a number of concerns about the validity of the accounts presented with the sales on David Ginola, Allan Nielsen and Espen Baardsen included in the money calculated to the end of July 2000.  A full report on the meeting will feature on the site in the next couple of days.
  Sergei Rebrov could be the £11 million target for AC Milan in the summer.  The Italian side are looking to pair him up with his former strike partner at Dynamo Kiev- Andrei Shevchenko.  
  Ramon Vega may look to quit Spurs in the summer on a Bosman transfer after being left out of the side.  He said that he will try hard to regain his first team place, but having been overlooked in favour of youngsters, the Swiss international could feel that his future lies away from White Hart Lane.  With a litany of injuries behind him and given a rough ride by the fans, he could talk to interested clubs from abroad in January and looks keen to do so.  AEK Athens have already checked on his situation apparently.
  Fellow central defender, Luke Young is looking to make his comeback for Spurs at Christmas, as does Oyvind Leonhardsen.  Leo said that his hamstring problem was not hampering him running now and he hoped that he could return to team training next week.
  Les Ferdinand is fearful that he may not be retained after his contract expires in the summer.  He said he hoped that Spurs would be his last team, but he realises you don't always get what you want.
  Steffen Freund believes that with all the injured players returning that Spurs could easily make the top six in the Premier League.

6.12.2000 (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Planet Football carries a story linking Tottenham with a move for Norwegian striker Thorstein Helstad of Brann Bergen.  The 23 year old is the subject of interest from Sunderland, West Ham United, Leeds United and Spurs as well as a number of Spanish clubs.  Although there has not been a bid yet, the Director of Football of the club has said that Spurs have approached them about the player.
  A surprise face in the opposition in last night's reserve encounter with West Ham United was Ludwig Norbert.  The former Spurs Under-19 was released because he was unable to settle, but played for 83 minutes of the match in the East Londoners colours.  It will be interesting to see if he gets a contract with the Premiership club as his brother who failed to settle at Arsenal is now training with Watford.  The Irons have confirmed his status is that he is currently with them on a month's "work experience".  Wish they had done that when I was at school (although not at West Ham I hasten to add).
  Both Alton Thelwell and Ledley King have said that the game at Old Trafford was a dream come true for them, but they were disappointed Tottenham did not win.  However, they look likely to play in the Spurs side for the match against Bradford City and want to repeat the performance to try and achieve the first away win this season.
  FourFourTwo mangazine has named Tottenham as the 15th richest club in world football for the 1999-2000 season.
  Jason Cundy, former Spurs central defender, retired from the game today after a struggle against thigh and knee injuries.

5.12.2000 (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  George Graham believes he now has the fans behind him after a couple of wins and the successful introduction of the young stars Ledley King and Alton Thelwell.  He said now the Spurs supporters have settled down, they have been very good and he feels that like every club, there is a hard core who want success today rather than tomorrow. 
  Juventus could be the first club in for Sol Campbell on January 1st as rumours circulate in Italy of a £16 million package to be offered to him for a transfer to the Turin giants.
  Sergei Rebrov has confirmed that he does not want to leave Tottenham and that the reason he has found it hard to find his best form is that he has been playing when injured, so has been unable to perform to his usual standard.
  Matthew Etherington has said he is happy with his reserve form and hopes to continue playing well in an attempt to break into the first team.  Having travelled with the team, he is a little frustrated that his chance has not yet come, but realises that he will bide his time and keep battling on to get an opportunity.
  Chris Armstrong hopes to keep his place in the Spurs line up and to get back on the goal-scoring trail.  He said he was happy to complete 75 minutes at Old Trafford, but would like to think although the side went down 0-2 that there were some positive aspects to come out of the display.
  Gary Mabbutt has said that the former Spurs boss Terry Venables will get a great reception when he brings his new side Middlesbrough to Tottenham on December 23rd.  The ex-Spurs captain said that it would be interesting to see how Mr. Sugar welcomed back the man he did so much to oust from White Hart Lane.
  Spurs reserves drew 0-0 at home to West Ham United at St. Albans tonight.
  White Hart Lane will stage the England vs. France Under-16 international after fears that the pitch at the Valley would not be up to hosting this match and the Under 17's game on the same day.  The kick off is at 3 p.m. and entrance is free.

4.12.2000 (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  David Pleat has today denied rumours that Sergei Rebrov has been touted for sale around the European leagues.  He said that he is a very talented player who is waiting to show what he can do.  Although the player has yet to settle in completely at Tottenham, he is a vital part of the club's plans.  Pleat actually said he is waiting for Rebrov to explode, so put on your protective helmets when you go to watch Spurs !!
  Pleat also hit out at the stories about Tottenham's interest in Newcastle United's Alain Goma saying it was utter rubbish.
  Planet Football's website has revealed that Les Ferdinand is to be offered a one year deal to tag onto the end of his current contract which expires in the summer.   
  Steffen Iversen was hoping to step up his comeback training after his knee operation, but was laid low by a virus which affected his chest.  The bug has been doing the rounds in the club and Iversen hopes to get in a few matches, maybe as a substitute, before the Arsenal game.
  Third choice keeper, Gavin Kelly, has joined non-league Kingstonian on loan for a month and may feature in their FA Cup 2nd round match on Saturday.
  The official site has got youth defender Neil Lacy as going to Grimsby Town on "work experience".  Is he planning a career in the fishery business then ??  

3.12.2000 (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  It is rumoured that David Pleat has approached Borussia Dortmund and AC Milan offering Sergei Rebrov for £8 million.  This represents a loss of about £3 million on the price Spurs paid for the Ukrainian striker, who admitted last week that he was finding it hard to become accustomed to English football.
  Alex Ferguson said that Tottenham played as well as any side had at Old Trafford this season.
  Sol Campbell has promised Spurs fans that he will not talk to other clubs while he is still a Tottenham Hotspur player.  Reiterating his position, he said that he could have walked away in the past, but the fact that he hasn't should be seen as someone who is dedicated to the cause and isn't ready to "throw the towel in".  he said he thinks the club can still be successful and wants to believe he can win the Premiership and European trophies at Tottenham.  Meanwhile another story links Chelsea as the favourites to land Campbell if he leaves as the Spurs captain does not want to move North to Manchester, although that hasn't stopped another Northern club - Liverpool - being linked with his services.
  Les Ferdinand has said that he wants to finish his career with Tottenham and hopes for a new contract when his current deal expires in the summer.
  Apparently, Spurs have been sending representatives to Spain again to watch Espanyol.  While midfielder Sergio Gonzales looks unlikely to be the target, Mauricio Pochettino (an Argentinian centre half) and  Raul Tamudo (the young forward who impresses in the Olympics and had a move to Glasgow Rangers fall through) could be other options.  It is thought that whoever is the player being watched could be spied on once again before a formal bid is made. 
  Spurs could make a £3 million bid for Newcastle United's French centre half Alain Goma.  The want-away defender almost joined Spurs from Paris St. Germain before moving to St. James Park, but could now re-awaken George Graham's interest as the injury list at the Magpies has cleared and they could release him if the price is right.
  Two years after they could have bought him on the cheap, Tottenham are claiming an interest in bringing Internazionale's Irish striker Robbie Keane to White Hart Lane.  He will have to do battle with Leeds United (who the player is said to be interested in joining), Chelsea and Aston Villa though.
  Another rumour doing the rounds in the papers today is that Matthew Etherington could be on his way to Queens Park Rangers on loan to gain some valuable first team experience, as his chances are limited at White Hart Lane.

2.12.2000 (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Spurs lost at Old Trafford this afternoon to Manchester United by 0-2.  For a match report click here.  For reaction click here.
  The EU have told British football chiefs that they need not worry about the changes to the transfer system as they do not intend to affect the moves within national associations.  The commissioner dealing with the matter said they did not want to interfere with existing arrangements within each member state, but would only be recommending changes in transfers which take place between clubs in different European states.

1.12.2000 (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Spurs have lost the chance of signing Samuel Cabellero as he has been approached by Coventry City who look favourites now to land the Honduran defender.
  Alex Ferguson has backed his old sparring partner George Graham against the criticism from the Tottenham fans.  He said it was only because of his background that fans are calling for his head when things went badly and that he appears to be turning Tottenham around.
  Les Ferdinand and Darren Anderton have overcome their bouts of flu and have been passed fit for tomorrow's trip to Manchester United.  Spurs are still waiting on the fitness reports on defender Chris Perry and Sergei Rebrov before GG will name his side.  Stephen Carr has overcome a back problem from the Leicester City game and will be ready to play.
  MatchOn report that Les Ferdinand is to be offered a new contract at Tottenham until 2002.
  It is reported on the Sky Sports site that Alex Ferguson is so happy with his central defenders at the club that he may not pursue the signing of Sol Campbell when he becomes available in the summer.  No doubt this is a psychological rumour put out by the Old Trafford spin doctors to make Spurs relax, but continental sides have the jump on him anyway, being able to speak to Sol from January 1st 2001.
  Stephen Carr has said that Tottenham must not sit back against Manchester United, but that as nobody expects Spurs to win, the pressure will be off them.
  Southampton have beaten Tottenham to the signing of Swansea City's 15 year old Richard Jones, who is a versatile youngster.
  Former Spurs Matthew Grey has been taken on by Cardiff City until the end of the season.
  Apparently Ramon Vega has won £10,000 in a competition on the website of espotting.com and will donate the money to charity.
  John Gregory has included former Spurs winger David Ginola in his side to face Newcastle United with these words ringing in his ears "He's got to get his head down, keep his mouth shut and get on with his work."  Frying pan to the fire anyone ??  The same player is being linked with a £3 million move back to London with West Ham United.

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