White Hot Lines

December 2003

Wednesday   31.12.2003   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Daniel Levy and ENIC could soon be holding up to 67% of shares in Tottenham Hotspur plc, if no-one else takes up the latest share issue which they have agreed to underwrite.  The money raising scheme could lead to the majority shareholders increasing their holding and that would leave the remainder of the shareholders powerless, according to the London Evening Standard.  The article also reveals that David Pleat earns not less than 275,000 per year (with performance related bonuses) and has 4,600 shares in ENIC and options on 300,000 Spurs shares.
  The Standard also carried a story saying that Fredi Kanoute has set his heart on playing for Mali and that he WILL be joining them for the African Nations Cup.  The nation's management have said that Kanoute will join them at their Morocco training camp in the second week of January.
  Nottingham Forest are reported to have rejected a 2.5 million bid for Irish midfielder Andy Reid.
  Manchester City midfielder Eyal Berkovic is being linked to a move to Tottenham or Portsmouth.
  Lens striker Daniel Moreno has said that Spurs are just one club who are interested in buying him during the January transfer window.  The 26 year old French international is also being chased by St. Etienne and Espanyol.

  OTHER NEWS ... Martin O'Neill received an OBE in the New Year's Honours list ... 

Tuesday   30.12.2003   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  David Pleat has confirmed that Spurs have targeted Nottingham Forest winger Andy Reid to be added to the team in the January transfer window.  The 21 year old Republic of Ireland midfield player is reckoned to be the subject of a 2.5 million (plus performance related bonuses) bid from Spurs, but other clubs are interested and Forest might wait for other offers to flood in.  However, Nottingham Forest have not received a formal bid as yet.
  Spurs will spend the next two weeks trying to dissuade Fredi Kanoute from playing for Mali in the African Nations Cup.  They say that if they had known that he was going to play for the African country in his international career, they might not have signed him.  The London Evening Standard claims that Spurs were aware of the striker's love for the country, but some of his comments - such as "I like African foods, especially those from Mali. Their speciality is rice with a curry sauce made from peanut butter and other ingredients. African foods are often heavy on the stomach, but the cooking is good" - indicate he might not come back in the best of shape.
  West Ham United have inquired about Dean Marney and while Spurs are not likely to want to sell the promising defender-cum-midfielder, a loan deal might be on the cards according to the Standard.  Nottingham Forest are also interested in taking Marney on loan.
  Tottenham are being linked to a loan move for Real Madrid's Argentinian midfielder Santiago Solari.
  There is also talk of a move for the 31 year old Serbia and Montenegro and Olympiakos striker Predrag Djordjvic.
  Crystal Palace are planning something for their fans attending Saturday's match at White Hart Lane.  They are offering 30% off club shirts and issuing 10,000 free balloons to turn the stadium blue and red !!
  TOTTENHAM TEAM NEWS : - Some early news is that Simon Davies might be fit to feature against Palace on Saturday.  David Pleat told the Spurs website that Darren Anderton might also be fit and that Stephen Carr returns form suspension, while Stephen Kelly retains his place in the squad.
  CRYSTAL PALACE TEAM NEWS : -  Thomas Myrhe has signed on for another month on loan at Selhurst Park and therefore might be available to play at the Lane on Saturday, if Sunderland don't mind him getting cup-tied.

  OTHER NEWS ... Ottmar Hitzfield has said he is not interested in the England job, after yesterday's rumours that he was lined up to take over from Sven Goran Eriksson ...  Robert Pires has said he would like to finish his career at Highbury - I'm sure someone can arrange that for him ... The FA might throw the book at Arsenal keeper Jens Lehmann after he threw the ball at Kevin Phillips after last night's game at the New Dell ... Tony Adams is considering his position as manager at Wycombe Wanderers after only two months !! ... Newcastle chairman Freddie Shepherd has slammed the Christmas results of the team and said this under-achievement cannot continue ...

Monday   29.12.2003   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  David Pleat said he would urge Fredi Kanoute to stay and fight for Tottenham rather than take his place in the Mali starting line-up in the African Nations Cup.  The London Evening Standard quotes Pleat as saying he will see this as a test of the striker's loyalty and while Kanoute's participation for the country of his father's birth in the tournament is not yet confirmed, Tottenham would be able to do little if he decided to go.
  Spurs are today being linked with a move for PSV Eindhoven manager Guus Hiddink, who did such good things with South Korea in the World Cup of 2002.  The piece in the Telegraph indicates that Spurs might not be willing to persist with David Pleat until the end of the season.  Whether or not Hiddink was the man that Daniel Levy said he was sure of getting in the summer is another question.
  Meanwhile, The London Evening Standard has Alan Curbishley as the favourite to take over at White Hart Lane in the summer.
  Ex-Spurs have split opinions on who should take over the team.  Graham Roberts said Pleat must go in the next couple of weeks to ensure Tottenham survive in the PL, while former skipper Gary Mabbutt reckons Pleat will help the club move up to mid-table by the end of the season.  Roberts added that Tottenham lacked a leader on the pitch to inspire the side in an interview for Sky Sports News.

  OTHER NEWS ... Eddie Davies - an Isle of Man based businessman - has taken over at Bolton Wanderers and injected 2.25 million ... Man U's shares have picked up by 8p on the back of rumours of a takeover by a Russian oil millionaire ... 

Sunday   28.12.2003   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Spurs lost 0-1 against Charlton Athletic at White Hart Lane this afternoon.  For a match report, click here.  For reaction, click here.
  Robbie Keane was named as the Spurs Members Player of 2003 today.
  In the papers today Keane expressed his impatience with the way things are going at Tottenham.  He said that they need another Roman Abramovich or his brother to finance the bridging of the gap between Spurs and Arsenal, Manchester United and Chelsea.  He said that he was patient but did not want to finish his career not having won anything and hinted that unless things change he might want to be off to a more successful club.  Celtic here he comes then !!
  In another article, he said that he scores every goal for his father, who died around this time last year of cancer.
  Stephen Carr's agent today said that there had been no move for the Spurs defender, but if a club as big as Newcastle United were interested, he would be interested in hearing what they had to offer.
  Kazuyuki Toda has not been able to agree terms with ADO Den Haag and will not be joining the Dutch side.
  As always happens, when Spurs cant score old strikers do.  Steffen Iversen netted twice for Wolverhampton Wanderers in their 3-1 win over Leeds United and Les Ferdinand hit a late equaliser for Leicester City at Bolton Wanderers.
  As always at this time of year, our thoughts return to the passing away in 1983 of Peter Southey, our young full back, after suffering with Leukaemia.  Our thoughts go out to his family and friends on the twentieth anniversary of his loss.

  OTHER NEWS ... Blackburn Rovers' midfielder Barry Ferguson will be out for the rest of the season after breaking his knee cap today at Newcastle United ...

Saturday   27.12.2003   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  TOTTENHAM TEAM NEWS : -  Darren Anderton will be fit for the game against Charlton Athletic tomorrow, after missing yesterday's defeat against Portsmouth.
  Former Spurs midfielder Tim Sherwood suffered a double break of his leg after a tackle from Mauricio Taricco in yesterday's match.
  The Mali coach Henri Stambouli reckons that Fredi Kanoute is 95% certain to play for his new country in the African nations Cup, which will leave Tottenham without his services for up to one month from January.


Friday   26.12.2003   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Spurs lost 0-2 at Fratton Park to Portsmouth this afternoon.  Match report and reaction to follow.
  Alan Curbishley is again being linked with a move to take over as manager at Spurs.
  TAG have reared their head again.  The self styled "Tottenham Action Group" have made a statement that Daniel Levy is taking the club backwards and could be a worse chairman that Sir Alan Sugar ... who they are claiming they harassed out of office !!


Thursday   25.12.2003   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  TOTTENHAM TEAM NEWS : -  Darren Anderton will miss the game tomorrow at Portsmouth with a calf injury, but Bobby Zamora is fit again and will be in the squad with Stephen Kelly and Johnnie Jackson.


Wednesday   24.12.2003   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Tottenham confirmed they have signed the Sheffield United midfielder Michael Brown, with the player arriving at White Hart Lane on 1st January.  The undisclosed fee for Brown snatched him from under the nose of Glasgow Rangers and he will not be available straight away, because he is suspended and will not be able to play until 17th January 2004.  It transpired that Rangers wanted to take the player for free at the end of the season, as they are strapped for cash at the moment.
  Santos midfielder Diego is unlikely to move to Tottenham in the January transfer window, as he is yet to obtain an Italian passport which would allow him to play in the EU without the need to qualify through the Home Office's work permit procedure.
  TOTTENHAM TEAM NEWS : - The calf injury suffered by Darren Anderton in the Manchester United match is not expected to keep him out of the Christmas programme.
  Both Simon Davies and Jamie Redknapp are itching to get back into action for Spurs in the New Year.  Davies is looking to get back playing in the first team in January, while Redknapp has targeted a return soon, but needs to get more playing time under his belt before he can make the Premiership side.
  Newcastle United are ready to tempt Tottenham with a 3 million bid for Stephen Carr in the January transfer window, according to the Daily Mirror.
  A Spurs representative watched Jamaican striker Ricardo Fuller score a hat-trick for Preston North End on Saturday against Burnley.
  Kasey Keller has warned that Spurs must not get stuck in a rut of bad results over Christmas to get dragged into the relegation zone.  The keeper said with a little more of the effort put into the second half of the game against Manchester United, they should get the reward for it

  OTHER NEWS ... The FA deny they were pressing for a 2-year ban on Rio Ferdinand for his missed drugs test ...

Tuesday   23.12.2003   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Tottenham are to launch a share issue of 60,000 shares at a price of 250 each in an attempt to raise 15 million for transfers.  Uptake of the shares must be made by 19th January, just two days before an extraordinary AGM, with trading to start on 23rd January.  The share issue is to be underwritten by ENIC.
  Sky TV will cover the Spurs match at Everton on Friday 9th April, with the match moving to Good Friday from the original date of Saturday 10th April.
  According to the Daily Mirror, Spurs are set to pinch Michael Brown of Sheffield United from the Scottish club Glasgow Rangers.  Tottenham see him as a perfect addition to the squad and at 500,000, he is within their price range.  The midfielder might well choose Spurs as long as they match the financial package being offered by the Gers.
  Paul Konchesky has been recalled by Charlton Athletic from his loan spell at Tottenham because of injuries at his home club.  The player will not be able to return to Spurs unless his transfer is made permanent.
  In line with Charlton's move, Spurs have recalled Johnnie Jackson and Stephen Kelly from their loans at Coventry City and Watford respectively.
  TOTTENHAM TEAM NEWS : - Stephane Dalmat and Darren Anderton are both facing late fitness tests after picking up knocks on Sunday against Manchester United.  Dean Richards is being treated every day for an Achilles injury to ensure he can play in the matches Spurs have had recently and the upcoming games over Christmas and New Year.
  David Pleat has denied any interest in QPR's Canadian defender Marc Bircham.
  It is reported that Tottenham have had Brentford keeper Paul Smith watched by Ray Clemence and are considering a move for the goalie, while SCBC are set to offer 400,000 for him.  The rumour could be misguided as Clemence might have been watching him for the England set-up.
  Former Spurs transfer target Luciano Figueroa has had his contract at Birmingham City cancelled by mutual consent.  The Argentinian striker has joined Cruz Azul of Mexico for an undisclosed fee, after having been signed for 2.5 million.

  OTHER NEWS ... Man U have asked for clarification on why Rio Ferdinand was found guilty of missing a doping test ... Darlington have gone into administration ... Women's World Footballer of the Year Birgit Prinz has rejected an offer to join Italian Serie A side Perugia ... 

Monday   22.12.2003   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Stephen Kelly may be recalled from his loan spell at Watford to play for Spurs against Charlton Athletic as Paul Konchesky is not available for selection as part of his loan deal.
  Tottenham are hoping that Fredi Kanoute chooses France over Mali as his national team or they stand to lose him for a month each season in January should Mali qualify regularly for the African Nations Cup.  The choice of who he plays for seems down to him as he has dual nationality and although he has played for the French Under-21 side, this does not rule out a change of country as he has not played for the full French team.
  David Pleat is not committing himself on the subject of goalkeepers coming in to the club.  He said that Brentford's Paul Smith had been training with the club along with two or three others and that he would also like to see Rob Burch in action on loan in the lower divisions to see how he copes.
  Bobby Zamora and Christian Ziege played 60 minutes of a training ground friendly against QPR this morning at Spurs Lodge.  Simon Davies played the whole game as all three come back from injury, with Zamora being the most likely to feature in the first team in the near future.  
  Dean Richards told the London Evening Standard that he fears that there is not enough urgency about Tottenham's current position and that the next three games are crucial to the rest of their season.  He said that the club need to pick up points now, as they could easily be sucked into a relegation battle otherwise.
  Harry Redknapp has cancelled Christmas for his Portsmouth players so they can prepare for the match against Spurs on Boxing Day.

  OTHER NEWS ... Leicester will appeal against charges against Ben Thatcher for violet conduct against Freddie Ljungberg and Micky Adams for using foul and abusive language to ref Mike Riley in their game against Birmingham ... Martin Ling has been announced as Leyton Orient's manager until the end of the season ... 

Sunday   21.12.2003   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Tottenham lost 1-2 to Manchester United this afternoon, with Gus Poyet scoring the Tottenham goal.  For a match report, click here.  For reaction, click here.
  Darren Anderton's situation regarding his contract offer at Tottenham is being watched by Portsmouth and Fulham, but in the Sunday People, he says he would like to finish his career at Tottenham.
  However, during today's game he picked up an Achilles injury that might rule him out for a few matches.
  Also Paul Konchesky received a yellow card that means he will serve a one match suspension.

  OTHER NEWS ... Rio Ferdinand may turn his back on the national side after being banned for not taking a drugs test ... and Man U have been warned by FIFA that if they take the FA to court, they risk being expelled from all competitions ... 

Saturday   20.12.2003   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  TOTTENHAM TEAM NEWS : -  David Pleat said that after assessing the knocks that players are carrying, he might add some more players to the squad like Mabizela, Blondel and Marney.
  Pleat has ruled Nicky Butt off his Christmas shopping list as he said that there are few players available at the right price at the moment.  However, he did not rule out moves for some players in the transfer window.
  Frederic Kanoute has been name din the Mali squad for the African Nations Cup, which takes place for most of January.  This will come as a shock to Spurs and probably the player as well, as he said he did not want to play for Mali in the summer.
  Robbie Keane has put the name of Martin O'Neill in the frame for the Spurs manager's job and said he knows he is well-respected at Celtic, but he believes that if he came to Spurs, he could take them places.  Keane said that the fans would also like a big name manager like O'Neill.

  OTHER NEWS ... Wolves' home match against Liverpool and Birmingham's home game against Boro were both called off because of waterlogged pitches ...

Friday   19.12.2003   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Udinese's Chilean midfielder David Pizzaro is being linked as Tottenham's main January transfer target.  The 3 million rated is also being sought after by Liverpool, Juventus, Lazio and Parma and the 24 year old is in a contract dispute over the terms of an intended five year deal the Italian club are offering.
  TOTTENHAM TEAM NEWS : -  Dean Richards is unlikely to take part in the Tottenham team on Sunday, with Gary Doherty standing by to step in.  Darren Anderton has not fully shaken off a knock he picked up on Wednesday.
  MANCHESTER UNITED TEAM NEWS : -  Sir Alex Ferguson confirmed that come what may Rio Ferdinand would start at Tottenham on Sunday.  Nicky Butt might feature for United in midfield, as Ferguson shakes up his side.
  Tottenham transfer target Scott Parker has said he is happy to stay at Charlton Athletic.  Although he acknowledges they are unlikely to win the league, he is content to be at the Valley as long as Charlton improve every year.
  There were also rumblings coming from the Valley that Alan Curbishley would recall Paul Konchesky form his loan spell at Spurs if the injury crisis demanded it.  He said that Tottenham should buy the player or let him return to Charlton full-time, which is a bit strange, as they are the one who allow him to extend his time at Tottenham at the end of each month !!
  David Pleat said he is monitoring the situation at Old Trafford involving Nicky Butt.  The England midfielder has said he intends to stay there, but if he is not getting first team football, he might decide that a move will best suit his ambition.
  In his first proper training session, Christian Ziege has pulled a thigh muscle, with no indication of when he will be able to return to training.  He must be the unluckiest player ever !!
  Simon Davies told the Spurs website that he played an hour of a practice match arranged at Spurs Lodge today and hopes to take part in another on Monday.
  Spurs shares rose to 27 pence today, nearing their recent high of 28 pence.
  The London Evening Standard reveal that one of Tottenham's recent visitors to White Hart Lane - so that's Villa or Wolves - left their dossier in the changing room after the game and had singled out Mauricio Taricco as the weak link because of his lack of pace.  They got that wrong ... it's his highly suspect temperament !!
  Iain Dowie has quit Oldham Athletic to become manager at our FA Cup Third Round opponents Crystal Palace.

  OTHER NEWS ... Rio Ferdinand has been fined 50,000 and banned for eight months for missing a drugs test in September ... the ban starts on January 12th 2004 and will rule him out of England's participation in Euro 2004 Manchester United have said that they will appeal against the "savage" sentence ... Leeds United's Chief Executive Trevor Birch has said that no player will be leaving in the January transfer window ...

Thursday   18.12.2003   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Stephen Carr said he is awaiting an offer of a new contract from Tottenham before deciding on his future.  He said that he is not Sol Campbell and although he and his agent have had talks with the club, they are waiting to see what the club are suggesting in terms of a new deal before he comes to a verdict on where he will play his football in the future.  Carr tempered this with the following comments ... "I want to start winning things like every player out on that pitch, but I'm part of a team who aren't doing well enough at the moment.  It's up to me to turn it around.  I can't stand here and say 'I want to win things so I'm going elsewhere'.  I'm at a very big club and it's about getting us back on the right track.  I'm not back to my best but I know I'll get there.  My form is okay but it could be better.  It could always be better. You're never the finished article."
  Queens Park Rangers midfielder Martin Rowlands is supposed to be being watched by SCBC and Tottenham.
  Spurs have missed out on 16 year old Wimbledon midfielder Lee Martin, who has signed for Manchester United for a potential 1 million, depending on conditions in the contract.

  OTHER NEWS ... Rio Ferdinand's FA Hearing started about missing his drugs test in September ...

Wednesday   17.12.2003   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Spurs lost 4-5 on penalties to Middlesbrough in the Fourth Round Carling Cup match tonight after the tie had finished 1-1 after 90 minutes and extra time.  Darren Anderton scored the goal for Spurs.  Click here for a match report and here for reaction.
  Kasey Keller is unhappy that continual press speculation on Tottenham's interest in Leeds United's Paul Robinson and other keepers is putting his future at the club in doubt.
  Spurs were reported as being ready to sign West Ham United's midfielder Michael Carrick for 4 million in the transfer window, but David Pleat has dismissed the story as "rubbish".
  Paul Konchesky has cleared up the quotes attributed to him yesterday, saying it would be "horrible" to return to the Valley.  The loan player said he meant that it would be disappointing to go back and perhaps be out of the first team picture at Charlton after playing in big matches for Spurs. 
  Mouscron of Belgium are keen to take Jonathan Blondel to his roots after the player claimed he might have to leave Tottenham to get first team football.
  Stephen Kelly has returned to Watford for a third and final month's loan and he hopes to do well in the first team there as he had done before leaving for the Under-20 World Championships.
  Coventry City will have Spurs reserve midfielder Johnnie Jackson on loan for another month.
  Lars Hirschfeld has turned down a month's loan at Plymouth Argyle as they could not guarantee him first team football, but SPurs have said that if they need a first team goalkeeper in an emergency, the Canadian keeper can go to Home Park.
  Former Spurs midfielder Paul Gascoigne revealed today that he is battling against a drink problem and that he is considering an offer from a club in Cyprus.


Tuesday   16.12.2003   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Paul Konchesky has extended his loan spell at Tottenham for one more month, but he is excluded from playing in the match between Spurs and his club Charlton Athletic on December 28th.  He said he did not want to return to Charlton as that would be "horrible" and he wants to sign permanently for Tottenham.
  The club officially announced the one year extension to Rohan Ricketts contract until 2007.
  Stephen Kelly has returned to Watford on loan after his return from the World Under-20 Championships.
  TOTTENHAM TEAM NEWS : - Frederic Kanoute is a doubt ahead of the Carling Cup tie against Middlesbrough tomorrow, after picking up an ankle knock at Newcastle on Saturday.  Helder Postiga has recovered from a dead leg. 
  MIDDLESBROUGH TEAM NEWS : -  Steve McClaren has worries over Gaizka Mendieta's toe and Danny Mills, who has been ill.  Colin Cooper, Doriva and Juninho are doubtful after missing the match against Charlton.
  David Pleat has hinted in the London Evening Standard that if the right player is available at the right price, he could sign them during the January transfer window.  While he did not expect a massive amount of traffic in or out of White Hart Lane, he said that some players might be considered if useful to the team.
  Former Spurs forward Peter Beadle has joined Team bath on a free transfer from Barnet.

  OTHER NEWS ... Fulham got approval from their local Council to move back to Craven Cottage - by then a 22,000 seater stadium - by August 2004 ... a deal to show eight Premier League matches on terrestrial television has been deemed "acceptable" by the EU, who were accusing BSkyB of monopolising the TV football market ...  Ruud van Nistelrooy has said he will finish his career at Manchester United ... Macclesfield have appointed John Askey as their full-time manager ... Bury player-manager Andy Preece has had his contract cancelled by mutual consent ... 

Monday   15.12.2003   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Coventry City are keen to keep Johnnie Jackson on loan at Highfield Road, when the current deal comes to an end after this Saturday's match.
  Promising Spurs youngster, Mark Yeates, has had his loan spell at Brighton and Hove Albion extended until January 2004.
  Tottenham's rumoured Danish transfer target - Per Kroldrup - has opened talks about extending his contract with Udinese, to prevent Spurs stealing him away.

  OTHER NEWS ... Zinedine Zidane is to be crowned as FIFA's World Player of the Year ... Michael Owen will be missing until after the New Year with a thigh injury ... Leeds chairman John McKenzie has stepped down with a view to forming a consortium with Chinese investors ... 

Sunday   14.12.2003   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  A source allegedly from close to the board say that Martin O'Neill is the number one target for the manager's job and they realise he will come back to the Premier League in the summer, with the directors being confident it will be with Tottenham.
  Spurs are today being linked with a move for Jay-Jay Okocha, who may be available free in the summer, as he hasn't signed a new deal at Bolton Wanderers.  Tottenham might nip in with a bid to tempt Bolton in parting with the mercurial Nigerian.
  Another Nigerian Emmanuel Ekwueme, who is a left winger with Polish club Wisla Plock, has said he has spoken to Tottenham and Bolton Wanderers about a move to England.  He is available on a Bosman transfer.
  Former Spurs manager Glenn Hoddle is being linked with the jobs at the Australian national team and Crystal Palace.
  Former rumoured Spurs target Samuel Eto'o might be leaving Real Mallorca, but is looking to join Arsenal, Manchester United or Chelsea.
  Former rumoured Spurs target Mateja Kezman might be leaving PSV Eindhoven, but is looking to join Arsenal, Manchester United, Newcastle United or Liverpool.
  For the latest reports of the Tottenham Hotspur Ladies teams, including the Under-11s progress to the final of the London FA Youth Cup Final, click here.

  OTHER NEWS ... Steven Gerrard says he might have to leave Liverpool if they can't match his ambition ... Chelsea have reputedly had a 50 million bid for Thierry Henry turned down by Arsenal ...

Saturday   13.12.2003   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Tottenham lost 0-4 at St. James Park to Newcastle United this afternoon.  Click here for a match report.
  Jonathan Blondel is being linked with a loan move to his former Belgian club Mouscron.
  Former Spurs goalkeeper Ian Walker was sent off in Leicester City's match against Birmingham City this morning.
  Former Spurs midfielder Mark Gower was one of three Southend United players dismissed today in their 3-2 win over Swansea.
  Former Spurs winger and now manager of Hull City is being linked with the manager's job at Crystal Palace.

  OTHER NEWS ... the FA are content that Sven Goran Eriksson will sign a contract extension to stay as England manager ... Jermain Defoe says he has to leave West Ham to keep in the England picture ... Wayne Rooney left the pitch when he was approached by referee Uriah Rennie after fighting with his won player, but had to be called back on when only a yellow card was administered to the young Everton striker at Portsmouth ...

Friday   12.12.2003   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Rohan Ricketts has signed an 18 month extension to his current Spurs contract.  The midfielder said that he was grateful to David Pleat, Glenn Hoddle and John Gorman for having faith in him at this stage of his career.
  Stephen Carr will be offered a new contract to stay at Tottenham, as his contract is due to run out in 18 months time.  
  Spurs are reportedly watching Porto's central defender Bruno Alves, along with Aston Villa, Bolton Wanderers and Portsmouth, while he is on loan at Vitoria Guimaraes.  Cristiano Ronaldo is also supposed to have recommended his former team-mate to Sir Alex Ferguson at Manchester United
  Young midfielder Mark Hughes has signed a year's extension to his contract at Tottenham.  The 20 year old Northern Ireland youth international has been captaining the reserves this season and has been playing very well.
  West Ham United are supposed to be interested in buying 2 million rated Paul Konchesky from Charlton Athletic.  The defender has been on loan at Spurs, but will return to his club in the post-Christmas period unless an extension is agreed.  West Ham need cover at left back and Spurs are reported to be prevaricating over a permanent deal for the 22 year old.  That SCBC have also found the 2 million price tag too hefty for such a leading club in the division.  The England international might be recalled by his club anyway, as they are experiencing a mini-injury crisis.
  Potential management target Ronald Koeman has signed a new deal at Ajax and will stay there until 2006.
  Tampere goalkeeper Mikko Kaven has left Spurs after being at the club for a week on trial.  The player said he wants to play in Britain, but does not know if Tottenham will want him, as they made no indication f the sort of keeper they were looking for.
  OTHER NEWS ... Barnsley have come out of administration ... 

Thursday   11.12.2003   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Tottenham's AGM took pace this afternoon at White's in Paxton Road.  A report of proceedings will follow tomorrow.
  The club have announced that David Pleat will staying charge of the team until the end of the season with Chris Hughton as his assistant.  A new manager will be appointed in the summer.
  Thomson have extended their shirt sponsorship deal for another two years at a price of 5 million.
  Santos coach Emerson Leao has said that Tottenham have made another bid for 18 year old midfielder Diego.  The Brazilian club say that if their financial demands are met he can leave and the coach is resigned to losing him to a European side in the next month.  A spokeswoman for the club later said that the player was contracted until 2005 and would not be going anywhere.
  After comments in the AGM that implied that Rivaldo would not be the sort of player Pleat was looking to bring in, the player's agent confirmed that Tottenham are not the Premier League team that are being linked with a move for the Brazilian international recently released form his contract by AC Milan.
  The London Evening Standard carries a story saying that FA Chief Executive Mark Palios wants Arsenal and Spurs to share Wembley, as he doesn't believe that Arsenal can raise the 206 million necessary to finance their new ground.  The paper goes on to say Spurs will not be interested as they will be move into the Olympic Stadium at Stratford if the 2012 Games come to London.
  The Standard also links Eyal Berkovic and his agent Ronnie Rosenthal being seen at White Hart Lane with a move to Spurs by the Manchester City midfielder, who it cites as having a house in Golders Green.
  A big money buy-in is the way that Tottenham are progressing, the Standard also claims.  They think that the reason no new manager has been appointed, is because the club cannot commit to anything long term without a new investor coming in at Tottenham.  They are hinting that a 100 million injection is needed, but can only happen when ENIC increase their holding to over 51% leaving a controlling interest to be sold on to a new owner.

  OTHER NEWS ... Besiktas have been charged with failing to control their supporters after the Champions League tie with Chelsea ... UEFA is backing the Premier League in the showdown with the EU about Sky TV's domination of the market especially in football terms ... UEFA are backing the FA in their review of drugs testing procedures ...

Wednesday   10.12.2003   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Dear readers, following a communication I have received from the agents acting for the FA Premier League, I will no longer be able to carry details of future Spurs fixtures nor write match previews nor "refer to when and where any upcoming games are being played in either a 'fixture list' or any other method of displaying fixtures".  This will obviously affect the service that I am able to provide to you and therefore, I will attempt to the best of my ability to maintain the information that let's you know what is happening and hope that this does not affect your enjoyment of the site.  To purchase a fixture list would cost somewhere between 250 and 350 and as a non-commercial site, this is obviously a non-starter for us.  I apologise that I am not able to continue to give you this information, but it is just another example of the FA Premier League trying to squeeze the last brass farthing out of those who fund the game by turning up to pay through the nose and through the turnstile.
  The FA Cup Third Round tie against Crystal Palace will take place at White Hart Lane on Saturday 3rd January 2004 with a 3.00 p.m. kick off.  If a replay is necessary, it will be on Wednesday 14th January at Selhurst Park.
  Simon Davies is back in training with the first team squad and is glad to be back out on the pitches at Spurs Lodge.
  Lars Hirschfeld has impressed Plymouth Argyle manager Paul Sturrock in his appearance in the reserves' 3-1 win over Swansea reserves. 

  OTHER NEWS ... a number of parties are in talks about a take-over at Leeds ... UEFA are awaiting the referee's and observer's reports before deciding whether to take action against Besiktas after the missiles that rained down on the pitch in last night's Champion's League match against Chelsea stage din Germany ... 

Tuesday   9.12.2003   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Darren Anderton has said that he has no idea what will happen with the talks about a contract extension.  His current deal runs out in the summer and he has said all he can do is keep playing well for the team and that he does not see any reason for leaving Tottenham "just yet" !!
  Some reports claim that Stephane Dalmat wants to turn his loan deal at Tottenham into a permanent move from Internazionale.
  Lars Hirschfeld is on trial at Plymouth Argyle with a view to a loan spell at the Second Division club.
  Young Heart of Midlothian goalkeeper Craig Gordon is tentatively being linked with Tottenham, although his club say there has been no official contact about the 20 year old.
  Dutch keeper Oscar Moens, who was on trial with Spurs a little while back, has joined Italian club Genoa.
  Spurs have officially denied that they are interested in Dynamo Kiev midfield star Jerko Leko and said that they have not enquired about him.
  Kazuyuki Toda is on a ten day trial with Dutch club ADO Den Haag with a view to joining them on a permanent basis.  The Japanese midfielder thinks the slower pace in the Dutch game might suit his play better than the Premier League.
  Under-19 midfielder Gareth Jenkins has been released by the club.

  OTHER NEWS ... Liverpool must qualify for the Champions League this season as a minimum expectation according to their chairman David Moores ... Birmingham City are ready to ban a fan for life after a coin was thrown at Blackburn keeper Brad Friedel ... 

Monday   8.12.2003   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  28 year old goalkeeper Mikko Kaven of Finnish club Tampere United is reported to be on trial at Tottenham.
  Spurs are also supposed to be on the trail of Dynamo Kiev midfield star Jerko Leko ... according to the player himself, but the Croatian international says he will not leave until next summer.  He might cost 6 million though.
  In their last game of 2003, Spurs Reserves beat Ipswich Town Reserves 3-0 at Broadhall Way tonight with goals from Lee Barnard 2 and Jamie Slabber.  A match report can be found here.
  Graeme Souness is to be charged with using abusive and/or insulting words to a match official during the game against Spurs two weeks ago, when he asked referee Graham Poll if he was a Spurs fan.
  Paul Gascoigne could be given the chance to resurrect his football career at Sheffield Wednesday.

  OTHER NEWS ... The Manager of the Month award has gone to Bolton Wanderers boss Sam Allardyce and Jay-Jay Okocha picked up the the Player of the Month award ... two Irish racehorse magnates have increased their shareholdings in Manchester United ... Lincoln City manager Keith Alexander is out of hospital after suffering a collapse and under-going a brain operation ... f

Sunday   7.12.2003   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Tottenham have been drawn at home against Crystal Palace in the third Round of the FA Cup.
  David Moyes has said he is not intending to leave Everton for the manager's job at Spurs or at Celtic despite rumours to the contrary.
  Alan Curbishley has said that Paul Konchesky's loan to Spurs has always been a separate deal from the one for Chris Perry and he will have talks about the loan deal this week with Spurs..
  Former Spurs striker Nick Barmby might be allowed to join Hull City for a nominal fee as Leeds United cannot afford to play him.  Despite his 40,000 a week wages, the former England player is not being included in the Leeds side, because if they give him one more appearance in the first team, they will have to pay Liverpool and extra 250,000, which they cannot afford.

  OTHER NEWS ... Liverpool are denying that Gerard Houllier has been offered a job with the Australian national football academy ... England's World Cup qualifying matches with Wales and Northern Ireland might be a security headache for the FA ...

Saturday   6.12.2003   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Spurs beat Wolverhampton Wanderers 5-2 at White Hart Lane this afternoon.  A Robbie Keane hat-trick lead the way with Frederic Kanoute and Stephane Dalmat adding the other goals.  For a match report, click here.  For reaction, click here.
  Former Spurs midfielder Paul Gascoigne is said to be considering a pay-as-you-play offer from Sheffield Wednesday.
  Spurs Under-17s won 4-2 at home to Charlton Athletic with Danny Stevens, Charlie Lee, Scott Thyer and Claude Seanla netting for Tottenham.
  Spurs Under-19s lost 0-2 away at Charlton Athletic.

  OTHER NEWS ... England would consider picking Alan Shearer for Euro 2004 according to assistant coach Tord Grip ...

Friday   5.12.2003   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  David Pleat has told the media that whoever takes over form him as Spurs manager will be "quids in", as he looks to do loan deals rather than spend any money that will then be available to the new man when he arrives.  Pleat joked that of Ryan Giggs was "spare" at Old Trafford, then he would offer to swap one of our injured players for him n a loan deal, but more realistically hinted that the club might be looking to bring in a goalkeeper to allow Rob Burch to get some first team action on loan at a league club.
  Pleat has told Helder Postiga not to worry about missing in his quest for more Tottenham goals, as he has to become single minded to score regularly in the long run.  He also sought advice from Cristiano Ronaldo at Manchester United about the English game and how he should approach it.  His fellow Portuguese colleague has also only scored once since joining the old Trafford side and both seem to be finding it harder to hit the net here than in their home country.  
  TOTTENHAM TEAM NEWS : - Dean Richards with a thigh/groin problem and Bobby Zamora's Achilles injury are the only doubts for Spurs, apart from the long term injuries.  Darren Anderton faces a late test as he hopes to get over a foot injury obtained when kicking someone else's studs on Wednesday, while Jonathan Blondel is still missing with a knee injury and Pleat's one big decision is whether to play Kanoute from the start.  Rohan Ricketts is available after suffering a calf problem that saw him leave the field against Manchester City.
  WOLVERHAMPTON WANDERERS TEAM NEWS : -  Former Spurs striker Steffen Iversen misses the match with a thigh injury (surprised ?), but Colin Cameron and Denis Irwin are both expected to come back into the side.  Isaac Okoronkwo will miss the match with a hamstring pull. 
  Young Celtic striker Craig Beattie said he was right to stay at Celtic Park after being offered the opportunity to move to White Hart Lane last summer.  The scorer in the midweek CIS Insurance Cup win said that Spurs are a massive club, but the only way he would have left the Bhoys was if they didn't want him.
  Leeds United Chief Executive Trevor Birch revealed to the London Evening Standard that when he was at Chelsea, he knew that Roman Abramovich had talks with Spurs before Chelsea about buying into the club, but they did not progress beyond initial talks.
  Ben Bowditch played 70 minutes of England's 0-0 draw with Colombia in the World Youth Championship, which saw England knocked out without scoring a goal.  Phil Ifil was an unused substitute.
  Stephen Kelly's World Youth Championship experience was bittersweet, when he scored the second goal against Mexico to see the Republic of Ireland through to the next round, but picked up a yellow card that will see him miss the Colombia game with a one-match ban.
  Blackburn Rovers' goal last week has gone down as an own goal with the Dubious Goal Panel "giving" the goal to Stephen Carr instead of the home side's Vratislav Gresko.
  Spurs have released reserve midfielder Lee Barnett.

  OTHER NEWS ... England were placed in a World Cup qualifying group with Poland, Austria, Wales, Northern Ireland and Azerbaijan ... Sir Alex Ferguson has undergone a minor heart operation, which should not affect his duties at Old Trafford ... but he has apologised for the comments he made about the FA and Arsenal doing a deal over the suspensions and fines they received after the "Old Trafford Affair" ... Leeds United are reputedly for sale at 25 million, although another 15 million might be needed for a new manager to keep some of the big stars ... Ryan Gigs has been banned form Wales' next two matches in competitive internationals (World Cup qualifying) after being handed the punishment by UEFA for elbowing a Russian defender in the face during the Euro 2004 play-off first leg ... Wolves have failed in a bid for Rivaldo ... 

Thursday   4.12.2003   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  After his goal yesterday, Helder Postiga has been linked to a move for him by Barcelona, but the Portuguese striker said that he is determined to triumph at Tottenham and has not heard about any enquiry for him.
  Postiga has also told about how he was not upset by the growing pressure to score his first goal for the club.  He said that he has always regarded the most important thing as the club winning and that his personal search for a goal came secondary to that.  He said that he was worried, as David Pleat told him not to score again as he would get sent off if he threw his shirt into the crowd again, as he had done with his initial effort !!
  The London Evening Standard is linking Tottenham with a move in January for Leeds United keeper Paul Robinson.  Having been rumoured to be after him in the summer, Tottenham might return for him as a replacement for Neil Sullivan and they might find Leeds willing to let him go to avoid having to sell Alan Smith.  His price might well be a lot less than the 3 million they were wanting previously.
  Jonathan Blondel, suffering from a knee injury currently, has said that he would prefer to go on loan to a French or Belgian Premier League club if was to go on loan from Tottenham rather than join Burnley temporarily.  Failing that, the young Belgian international has said he would prefer to stay at White Hart Lane.
  Darren Anderton is said to be on the verge of having to take a cut in salary to get a new contract at Tottenham.  Reports indicate that, as the highest wage-earner at the club (allegedly on 24,000 a week), he is likely to be asked to reduce his earnings if the club are to offer a new deal to him.  Portsmouth and Wolverhampton Wanderers are said to be watching the situation with regard to his contract talks and might be encouraged by Pleat's comments that he will not be sold in the January transfer window, unless the right price is offered.  The paper picks a price of 1.5 million that might persuade Spurs to part with Anderton after 11 years service.
  In addition to Anderton, the London Evening Standard claims that several other big money stars might be moved on by the club as Daniel Levy tries to re-negotiate their contracts.  The Standard reckons that some of the more experienced (and well paid) players at the club have been offered a deadline to talk about a reduced deal otherwise they might be shipped out of the club in the summer.  Director of Football and acting manager David Pleat has said that other clubs are taking a similar stance with older players and Spurs will not be looking at their deals until later in the season.
  Fredi Kanoute has revealed to the Standard that Muzzy Izzet has left a message on his mobile phone to apologise for the tackle that put him out for a month.  The Foxes midfielder injured Kanoute's ankle in added-on time in Spurs' match at the Walkers Stadium on October 19th, from which he only made his first appearance since overcoming it last night.
  Kevin Keegan said he faced the hardest half-time team-talk of his career last night as Manchester City came in 0-2 down and had turned in a gutless display.  He said that he had to hand out the biggest rollicking of his life to try and get them back into the game, but it was too late and all they were playing for in the second half was pride.
  Manchester United midfielder Nicky Butt could be a January target for Spurs, as he has now dropped behind Phil Neville in the midfield pecking order at Old Trafford.
  Potential Spurs managerial target Guus Hiddink has said he is thinking over an offer to act in an advisory role to the Chinese national side in their qualifying games for the 2006 World Cup final sin Germany.

  OTHER NEWS ... Aston Villa terminate Bosko Balaban's contract with the club, with the Croatian playing barely a game in the Premiership after being signed for 6 million ... Leeds United have a month's stay of administration after three of their major creditors agreed a 6 million package ... 

Wednesday   3.12.2003   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Spurs beat Manchester City 3-1 in the Fourth Round of the Carling Cup tonight, with Darren Anderton, Helder Postiga and Fredi Kanoute scoring the goals.  For a match report, click here.  For reaction, click here.
  Spurs have been drawn at home to Middlesbrough in the quarter finals, with the match to be played during the week starting Monday 15th December.
  Gus Poyet's broken wrist is on the mend.  The Spurs website says that the specialist who has looked at it thinks that he can continue training and playing without needing an operation.
  Three Premiership clubs are chasing the signature of Rivaldo, who is a free agent after having his AC Milan contract cancelled.
  You have your chance to vote for the London Sports Personality of the Year 2003 at http://www.bbc.co.uk/london/sport/personality2003.shtml
Use your vote wisely.

  OTHER NEWS ... West Brom. dump Man Utd. out of the cup while Bolton win at Anfield ... England are in the top group of seeds for the World Cup qualifying draw to take place on Friday ... The Premier League is against FIFA chief Sepp Blatter's idea of reducing top European leagues to sixteen clubs ... the Portsmouth team coach narrowly avoided a crash after a 14 vehicle pile-up on the M27 happened right on front of them ... Notts. County have come out of administration ... 

Tuesday   2.12.2003   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  David Pleat will name an unchanged squad for tomorrow's Carling Cup tie against Manchester City, with us Poyet and Jonathan Blondel still ruled out.
  Blondel might get some first team action soon, but it is likely to be at Burnley's Turf Moor, where he is scheduled to go on loan when he recovers from his knee knock.
  Rumours that Spurs might be ready to have Fredi Kanoute back on the bench for the Carling Cup game, might be a bit premature.
  Darren Anderton s considering his future, as his contract talks have been delayed and the midfielder is said to be unhappy with the situation.  If his talks are on hold, he can legitimately talk to clubs from January 1st and sort out a summer move or Spurs might cash in on him, if there are interested parties during the January transfer window.
  Tottenham are being linked with a move for Rennes' Czech goalkeeper Peter Cech.  Arsenal, Manchester United, Real Madrid and Barcelona have all been interested in the former Sparta Prague keeper in the past.
  Neil Lennon has urged Celtic to sign Robbie Keane to take over from the outgoing Swede Henrik Larsson at the end of the season.
  England Under-20s lost 0-1 to Egypt in the World Youth Championships in Saudi Arabia and Philip Ifil played the whole match, while Ben Bowditch remained on the bench as an unused substitute.
  The Republic of Ireland drew 2-2 with Ivory Coast in the World Youth Championship match with Spurs defender Stephen Kelly played the whole 90 minutes.

  OTHER NEWS ... Man Utd. might appeal against the fines dished out to Giggs and Ronaldo yesterday by the FA ... an oil sheik has said he is in the initial stages of investing in a share issue at Leeds United, even thoguh they are just days away from going into administration ... Joe Cole got fined 15,000 and a two match ban for his actions while playing for West ham at the end of a match at Bolton last season ... 

Monday  1.12.2003   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Stephen Carr will not face any action against him for an altercation with a ball boy who failed to return the ball to him near the end of the match at Blackburn Rovers on Saturday.  It is alleged that Dean Richards had to hold Carr back when the child made a hand gesture at him when Carr wanted the ball back swiftly.  Richards confirmed that the ball-boy had been consistently dropping the ball on the floor for Spurs players to pick it up and had been deliberately slow in his duties.
  Graeme Souness was apparently dismissed from the touchline on Saturday in the match against Blackburn Rovers for shouting "I didn't know you were a Spurs fan ?" to referee Graham Poll !!  The piece in the London Evening Standard claims Poll is a QPR supporter !!
  Espanyol are planning a loan deal for Helder Postiga in the January transfer window according to Sky Sports.
  Brentford have confirmed to Sky Sports that goalkeeper Paul Smith is training with Spurs this week on trial.  He had a similar period at SCBC, who are supposed to be still interested in the England Under-21 keeper.
  Former Spurs transfer target Nigel Reo-Coker has had talks with Crystal palace and he will speak to Cardiff City in the next couple off days about a potential 750,000 move from Wimbledon.
  Spurs are supposedly watching Lens goalkeeper Charles Itandje along with Liverpool.  The youngster has impressed in the 12 league games he has played since becoming the number one at his club and he has had a trial on Merseyside already with Gerard Houllier keeping track of his progress.
  AC Milan have confirmed that they have released Rivaldo from his contract with the club.  Therefore, the 31 year old is free to find himself a new club as a free agent in January.
  Phil Ifil and Ben Bowditch were unused substitutes for England Under-20s as they lost 0-1 to Japan in their first match in the World Championships in Saudi Arabia.

  OTHER NEWS ... Rio Ferdinand's drugs test case will be heard on December 18 and 19 at Bolton ... both Ryan Giggs and Cristiano Ronaldo have been fined after the Old Trafford bust-up with Arsenal weeks back now.  Giggs got 7,500 and Ronaldo 4,000 ... After the accident at Wolves at the weekend, the FA are to look at banning firework displays at football grounds ... Man Utd. have a new four year sponsorship deal with Vodaphone worth 36 million ... 



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