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FEBRUARY 2002

Thursday 28.2.2002   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Glenn Hoddle's father Derek died today aged 68 after suffering a stroke.  This follows the death of John Gorman's father-in-law on Thursday.  Gorman believes that Hoddle will be in charge of the team in Saturday's match against Sunderland as it would be what his father would have wanted.
  Tottenham turned a profit of 2.9 million in the six months to the end of December as players sold balanced the books somewhat.  They would have been 2.6 million in the red had the money from selling Luke Young and Ian Walker not have offset that debit.  Wages rose to 22.5m of the turnover and make up the bulk of the outgoings.
  Ledley King said that he has gone over the mistake that cost Tottenham a second goal in Sunday's final and he thinks that he would probably do the same again.  he said the awkwardly bouncing ball meant he tried to head it down before clearing, but Jansen nipped in to move it on towards Cole.  He said that after that goal, he pushed forward to try and recover the game for Spurs, but with the defeat, he does not want to dwell on the error for too long.
  Hans Segers is to sign a new contract as Spurs' goalkeeping coach.  The Dutchman was thought to be considering a future elsewhere, but has committed himself for a further two years.  Segers denied the truth of the story run by a newspaper earlier this year that he wanted to move on, as he loves the club and enjoys working with the senior goalkeepers at Tottenham.
  Darren Anderton is still suffering from the hamstring problem that kept him out of the England squad recently and although he played through the Worthington Cup final, he might miss out on a place in the Spurs midfield on Saturday.
  A Blackburn Rovers fan, who saved a Spurs fan's life after he had a heart attack on Bristol Parkway station. Dr. Jonathan Dewhurst would like to trace the 44 year old Spurs supporter to find out how he is, it said on the Spurs website today.  
  ... and finally ... bearded weirdie, Chelsea chairman and Wembley stadium apologist Ken Bates has said that Tottenham losing the Worthington Cup final was "good for football".  he said that they had been over-hyped in the run-up to the game and he was hopeful that his side would settle some scores for the "gloating" that Spurs did after the Worthington Cup semi-final victory over his West London side.  A bit hypocritical coming from him, don't you think ?  But then anything to get his face in the spotlight, eh ? 


Wednesday 27.2.2002   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Glenn Hoddle said he did not snub the medal presentation ceremony for Spurs at the Worthington Cup Final last Sunday.  He was not aware that manager's were meant to go up and collect a medal and he said he would be happy to receive it.  The medal has been passed onto the club for Hoddle to pick it up.
  Stephen Clemence is pleased that his recuperation from his groin injury is now almost complete. He told the official website that he is happy to have played 60 minutes of last night's reserve game and that despite playing in an unusual deep midfield position, he is looking forward to improving his match fitness over the next few weeks.
  Viewing figures for the Worthington Cup Final exceeded those for the FA Cup Final last May between Arsenal and Liverpool.  The ratings peaked at 6.8 million viewers and averaged 5.6 million.  It is the first time that the League Cup final has outstripped the viewers for the FA Cup final.
  Steffen Freund is desperate to get back playing so that he can score the goal that we all want him to get. He is aiming to be ready for the start of next season.


Tuesday 26.2.2002   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Les Ferdinand has said that Spurs will get to the FA Cup Final to make up for the disappointment of losing to Blackburn Rovers in the Worthington Cup Final.  He said the season is not dead and that having beaten Chelsea in the Worthington Cup semi-final, Spurs could progress further in the FA Cup.
  Goran Bunjevcevic has requested that he be allowed to go back to Yugoslavia to receive treatment on the knee injury he has.  The defender said that he has had trouble with the muscles around his knee for 12 weeks and is sure the doctors in Belgrade will be able to clear it up.  He said that if he had returned home when it happened, he might have been fit to play in last Sunday's Worthington Cup Final.
  Kasey Keller has been prevented from playing in the USA's friendly international against Ecuador on March 10th.  He will be required to come back to Tottenham after the one against Honduras as he is needed for the league game at Manchester United and the FA Cup tie against Chelsea, albeit he might be on the bench.  With this being Tottenham's best route into Europe after losing on Sunday, Hoddle wants all his players available for the tie.
  It seems that I got the wrong end of the stick about Teddy's comments about Graham Poll's decision on Sunday and it was Sheringham who is going to write a book about it in six months, not the referee.  Today, the Spurs striker said on the official site that the disappointment is quite deep, but that the game against Sunderland on Saturday is an important one and they have to focus on that.
  Apparently, Graeme Souness has today said that the trip on Sheringham by Johansson did look like a penalty.
  Hoddle told the Spurs website that Ledley King has played immaculately all season and even after his mistake in the Final did as much as anyone to try and salvage the game for Tottenham.  He said that Spurs never got ahead in the game and it could have been different if that had happened.  He said Blackburn deserved their win and gave them credit for their performance.
  Christian Ziege also felt that if the chances had been taken to put Spurs in front, that there could have been a different outcome on the day.  however, he said that the team must not dwell on the result and must look forward to the League games and the FA Cup quarter final against Chelsea.
  Chris Hughton told the Spurs site that he believes that the club still must push on two fronts ... the FA Cup and the League.  He said that the loss should fire the side to want to return and the League games will be important and the side must not lose sight of that.  The Tottenham coach said that the passing game just didn't click and the team lacked movement too, but that they could turn the negatives into positives to turn their season around.
  John Gorman feels that a return to Cardiff could be on the cards, despite this being the club's best route into Europe.  Gorman said on t he official website that he believed that the team must bounce back and beat Chelsea to put them one game away from another Final in the Millennium Stadium.
  Spurs reserves lost 1-2 to West Ham United reserves at Upton Park tonight. Sergei Rebrov scored for Tottenham.
  Former Spurs boss Peter Shreeves has been named as head coach at Barnet.


Monday 25.2.2002   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Glenn Hoddle is hoping that the feeling of losing a Cup final will inspire his team to push on to return to Cardiff to try and win another final soon.
  Nils-Eric Johansson has accused Teddy Sheringham of taking an "easy dive" after a tackle in the box in the closing minutes of yesterday's match.  He said that he had his heart in his mouth, but when the ref waved play on, they all did.
  John Gorman said that although he didn't agree with the referee's decision on the "penalty" he did not remonstrate with him afterwards, as there would not be any way he would reverse his decision and you just have to accept it. He went on to say that Rovers players went down in the box a couple of times and he made the same decision on them.
  Former Blackburn Rovers striker Mike Newell admitted that he thought Sheringham was tripped and Spurs should have been given a spot-kick, but added that the luck was with his old team.
  Both Neil Sullivan and Les Ferdinand leapt to Ledley King's defence after yesterday's game.  They said that he had played really well, save for one mistake and he would learn form that and bounce back. Sullivan said it would make the younger Spurs players hungrier for success having tasted the bitterness of defeat.
  Sheringham echoed those feelings saying that neither he nor the team played particularly well, but the hurt would mean that the team would be more determined to succeed in other matches this season.
  Les went on to say that it just wasn't to be, especially when Friedel kept saving his efforts.  However, he said that you have to move on as tomorrow is another day.
  Former Spurs midfielder David Howells said the defeat would have hurt the Spurs players as they failed to do themselves justice in their performance.  Howells added that the future was bright as the team could still get something out of this season and there are a lot of good young players coming through.
  Mauricio Taricco has been charged with misconduct after being seen to pull Mario Melchiot by the hair in the Worthington Cup semi-final second leg at White Hart Lane.  He has 14 days to respond to the charge.


Sunday 24.2.2002   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Spurs were beaten by Blackburn Rovers 2-1 at the Millennium Stadium today in the Worthington Cup Final.  Christian Ziege scored Tottenham's goal.  For a match report click here. For reaction, click here.
  Teddy Sheringham said that the referee decided not to give the penalty in the Worthington Cup Final as the Spurs captain had been on at him all game.  Teddy said that you would probably read about it in Poll's next book in six months time.
  Tottenham are today being linked with a  8 million move for Leeds United's Republic of Ireland striker Robbie Keane after having sent scouts to watch him play for his country last week.  Just how likely is that to come off then ??
  Some money for the deal might be raised from selling Oyvind Leonhardsen to Wolverhampton Wanderers for 2 million if the rumour is true.
  Spurs are rumoured to be willing to swap Sergei Rebrov plus 5million with Sunderland for striker Kevin Phillips according to a story on Soccerupdate.


Saturday 23.2.2002   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  For everyone going tomorrow, let's do the club proud and for all those at home, we will give them a cheer for you.  COME ON YOU SPURS !!
  Teddy Sheringham has said he was right to move to Tottenham and he is most pleased that the team are playing great football and that fans are pleased that Tottenham have returned to a style more associated with the club.
  TOTTENHAM TEAM NEWS :   Sergei Rebrov suffered a knock on his ankle in the week leading up to the Tranmere Rovers FA Cup tie and may not be fit to take his place in the squad for the Worthington Cup Final.  He is the only doubt after Ledley King, Darren Anderton and Anthony Gardner all declared themselves ready for the game.
  BLACKBURN ROVERS TEAM NEWS :  Andy Cole is struggling to overcome a stomach bug that he has picked up.  The club hope he will be fit, but if not, new loan signing Jordi will make a start for his first appearance.  Manager Souness has also stated that 38 year old will play at some stage in the match too.
  Former Spurs midfielder Paul Gascoigne has hinted he might be ready to retire.  He said at 34, his club Everton have bought some fresh recruits in his area of play and he could consider moving abroad, from where he has had some good offers.
  Youth goalkeeper Nicky Eyer has been selected for the England Under-17 squad to play Lithuania and Scotland in the West Country in the early part of March.  The Scotland match will be on March 6th at Bristol City's Ashton Gate and they take on Lithuania at Bristol Rovers' Memorial Ground on March 10th.


Friday 22.2.2002   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Should it be raining on Sunday, the Worthington Cup Final could be played indoors, with the Millennium stadium roof closed, after both sides agreed to that happening in the best interests of the game and of spectator comfort.
  Glenn Hoddle has told the London Evening Standard that his long term future is at Tottenham and that if there is to be success at the club, he wants to be part of it.  It is his intention to extend his stay at White Hart Lane and he wants to see the job through, whereas in his other jobs, he has moved on for one reason or another after laying down the foundations for the future.
  Hoddle also stressed that if the team lose on Sunday and then crash out of the FA Cup, then there will be a view that this season has been a failure.
  Sergei Rebrov has not been released by Spurs for the Ukraine's friendly in Japan on March 21st.
  The Spurs ticketing operation is being reviewed and on the Spurs official website, you are encouraged to have your say.  If you go to the News page, you will find a link to take you to the appropriate part of the site.
  Roads around the Millennium stadium will be closed from Noon on Sunday and not 1.00 p.m. as was reported in other places.
  Spurs Youth Team will face Blackburn Rovers youth side in the quarter finals of the FA Youth Cup at White Hart Lane on Tuesday 12th March.  Prices for entry are 3 for adults and 1 for kids.
  Former Spurs defender David Tuttle has joined Wycombe Wanderers on loan from Millwall.
  ... and finally ... Arsene Wenger has blasted FA officials for awarding a UEFA Cup place to the winners of the Worthington Cup.  The jealous Arsenal manager moaned (no change there then) that he could not see (no change there then) why the winners of five or six games should be given a place in Europe when the team finishing sixth in the league at the end of the season did not.  Perhaps his side should try and win five or six games then !!


Thursday 21.2.2002   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Anthony Gardner and Goran Bunjevcevic both came through last night's reserve game against Coventry City and Darren Anderton has been declared fit for Sunday's Worthington Cup Final.  Ledley King is expected to be ready to play after suffering from tonsillitis and he has been back in training this week, although he is still on anti-biotics.  Ben Thatcher is fit for the game.
  Graeme Souness said that the thought of him and Glenn Hoddle in the same midfield at Tottenham, had he not left, would have been an intriguing thought.  He admitted that when he got to Tottenham as a youngster, he thought he had made it and his three (refused) requests to Bill Nicholson to put him in the first team were ill-advised.  He said that when Spurs were interested in signing him, he jumped at the chance, but became a "big-time Charlie" and was too impatient to wait his chance for a spot in the first eleven.
  Blackburn Rovers have failed to sign Hakan Unsal from Galatasaray in time to for the Worthington Cup Final.  He has to await a work permit and that will not come through until next week some time.  However, loan signing Jorge "Jordi" Gonzalez is available after being brought in from Real Zaragoza today.  He will go straight into the squad for Sunday's match.
  Tottenham's 750,000 bid for Wimbledon's Lionel Morgan was accepted by chairman Charles Koppel, but the manager Terry Burton is holding out for 2 million.
  Stipe Pletikosa, the Hadjuk Split goalkeeper, is to stay in Croatia after no official bids for the player were received.  Manchester United were rumoured to be the other "mystery" side interested in the 23 year old goalie.  Spurs have been linked with the goalie in the past.
  Should a replay of the FA Sixth round tie with Chelsea be necessary, it will take place at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday March 19th.  If this is the case, then the home Premier League game against Charlton Athletic on Monday 18th would revert back to Saturday 16th March.
  Spurs will play at Crystal Palace for Simon Rodger's testimonial on Wednesday, July 31, with the kick-off at 7.45pm.  Rodger is a big Spurs fan and although West Ham United were lined up to provide the opposition, the date had to be changed, which allowed him to approach Tottenham.
  Kasey Keller has been called into the USA squad for two friendlies against Honduras and El Salvador on March 2nd and 10th in America.
  Former Spurs midfielder, Jeff Minton has gone on the transfer list at Leyton Orient.


Wednesday 20.2.2002   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)


  Glenn Hoddle has ruled out Spurs' participation in the InterToto Cup.  He said again that he thought that the pre-season qualification would be too arduous even though it might lead to a UEFA Cup place.
  Teddy Sheringham said it will be his proudest moment when he leads Spurs out at the Millennium Stadium at Cardiff on Sunday in the Worthington Cup Final.  He said he is enjoying playing with the world class players that are at the club and hopes that he will be able to pick up the cup at the end of the game to complete his dream day.
  Spurs are watching the Luton Town players Matthew Spring and Matthew Taylor.  Glenn Hoddle was at the Hatters' game on Saturday to run the rule over them himself.  Both of the youngsters are out of contract in the summer and while Luton intend to offer new deals, SCBC have expressed an interest in Spring, along with Tottenham's monitoring of the situation.
  Terry Burton has said that Tottenham would have to come up with a realistic figure if they wanted to buy midfielder Lionel Morgan from Wimbledon, as they would need compensation for his development.
  Kevin Phillips' agent says that he is happy at the Stadium of light and has three years left on his Sunderland contract, which eh intends to see out.
  Blackburn Rovers hope to sign Hakan Unsal from Galatasaray in time to take part in Sunday's Worthington Cup Final.  Talks have taken place with the club and the player is in England for the Turkish side's match against Liverpool tonight.
 Spurs reserves beat Coventry City reserves 1-0 tonight at Highfield Road with Lee Barnard scoring an 18 yard volley.


Tuesday 19.2.2002   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Stephen Carr has given a cryptic interview to the Spurs official website about the knee injury he has been suffering from.  He said he would rather not discuss what the problem was or what had to be done as it is nobody else's business.  Carr will be getting back into training after doing a lot of gym work and is looking forward to kicking a ball again.
  The site also reveals that Gary Doherty will also be back in training within the next two weeks.  He wants to get his touch back, but realises that he will have to play very well to convince Mick McCarthy of his readiness for the Republic of Ireland World Cup squad.
  Both Anthony Gardner and Goran Bunjevcevic will be playing for the reserves at Coventry City tomorrow.  Both defenders are making their first appearance for some time since injury and hope to press for inclusion in the Worthington Cup Final squad.
  Glenn Hoddle revealed that he tried a new midfield system against Tranmere Rovers, with Gus Poyet and Simon Davies playing off Tm Sherwood in the middle of the three.  Hod told the Spurs website that he was pleased that it worked and that he had to ensure that they both were not caught in the same position at the same time.  The Tottenham boss is very pleased with the rapid learning curve that Simon Davies is climbing and has high hopes for the Welshman.
  Hoddle went on to explain that he had specific plans for Gus when he signed him to allow him to play a free role, which would enhance his goalscoring opportunities.  He said Gus was looking forward to the final and the manager thought that rather than restrict the Uruguayan to on set place in the side, he plays him loose, playing off the front two, allowing him to float across the penalty area and snap up any chances that come along.
  Stephen Clemence has been battling against a niggling groin injury that he has been out to Italy to try and solve.  He took advice from Mauricio Taricco, who saw a specialist in Italy about his problem and it was cured.  Clem hopes to be ready to play for the reserves at West ham next week as he seeks to regain match fitness.
  Hadjuk Split goalkeeper Stipe Pletikosa is currently the subject of interest from two Premier League clubs.  One could be Derby County, who were linked with the 23 year old stopper last week, but the other is unknown, although conjecture suggests it could be Aston Villa who are concerned at losing Schmeichel in the summer. Spurs were strongly linked with the Croatian keeper last season.  A price of about 3 million has been quoted for the highly rated keeper.
  Tottenham are rumoured to be watching Bologna striker Julio Cruz, who scored for Argentina against Wales last week.


Monday 18.2.2002   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)


  Spurs will wear yellow shirts for the Worthington Cup Final on Sunday.  The FA ruled that the light blue shirts are too close to Blackburn Rovers' blue and white halves, so a special shirt has been commissioned and will not be on general sale, the club site revealed today.  Unlike them to miss out on a marketing opportunity like that, unless ... the rumour I heard about Kappa doing Spurs kit next season is true ??
  The FA Cup Sixth round tie against Chelsea at White Hart Lane will be shown live on Sky TV at 4 p.m. on Sunday 10th March.
  Glenn Hoddle said that on his day Christian Ziege is the best left wing back in the world, but the club have to try and get him to be more consistent.  Hoddle hoped that the emergence of Matthew Etherington would help put some pressure on the German international to produce the goods more often.
  Simon Davies said that the Millennium Stadium pitch is in good condition, even though the grass for the international against Argentina was left long for the rugby last Saturday.  He said that the surface is playing very well and that it should be a great occasion with the stadium half full of Spurs fans.
  A new striker has been linked with a move to Tottenham.  Djibril Cisse of Auxerre has been rumoured to be interesting Spurs, as well as Arsenal, Fulham, Charlton Athletic and West Ham United, in addition to a further seven unnamed Premier League clubs.  The 20 year old forward is said to be happy to move to England as he believes the game here will suit him.  He certainly impressed David Pleat who saw him score twice in France Under-21's 5-1 win over Belgium Under-21, prompting the Spurs Director of Football to say that Cisse has got the lot.  However, rated at 30 million, it is unlikely Spurs will bid for him unless the win the National Lottery after a number of roll-overs !!
  Some defensive injuries are plaguing Tottenham's build-up to the Worthington Cup Final.  Ben Thatcher took a knock on his leg in the Tranmere Rovers match, while Ledley King still has tonsillitis, while Anthony Gardner will play against Coventry City reserves on Wednesday to get some match fitness.
  Alton Thelwell was keen to go on loan to get some more first team experience, but has been thwarted as he is needed to cover the defensive injuries in the first team.
  and finally ... Leeds United's Lee Bowyer is being linked to a move to Arsenal in the summer.  Anyone at all surprised ??


Sunday 17.2.2002   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Tottenham beat Tranmere Rovers 4-0 at White Hart Lane this afternoon in the Fifth Round of the FA Cup.  Spurs goals were scored by Christian Ziege, Gus Poyet 2 and Teddy Sheringham.  For a match report, click here.  For reaction, click here.
  Spurs have been drawn at home to Chelsea in the Sixth round of the competition and the tie will be played on the weekend of 9th/10th March.
  Glenn Hoddle was pleased with the performance and the fact that Tottenham are in the next round.  He said that he had taken a small risk with playing Christian Ziege, but wanted him to have a game before next week's Worthington Cup Final.
  Glenn Hoddle has commented about Sergei Rebrov's future at Spurs and said that all the speculation is the "way of the websites".  Hoddle said that Rebrov had done well this season despite his limited on pitch action and that if he was unhappy at not getting regular first team football, that would have to be reviewed at the end of the season.  There could still be a significant part for the Ukrainian to play this season and the Spurs boss said he hoped that Rebrov would have a bright future with Tottenham.  He also mentioned that he and the player had spoken about the comments that were being released to the Press from his agent and Rebrov was told that this must not happen.  Where this leaves things is anyone's guess, but we reckon that if Hoddle rated him that highly, he would be a regular in the side. It is probably just part of the game, so Spurs don't look desperate to sell him and lose a lot on what they paid for Rebrov.
   Spurs look  likely to sign a link up deal with the Mouscron Excelsior which will allow the exchange of players and Spurs having the first pick on any good players at the Belgian club.
  Brighton boss Peter Taylor has said that Tottenham have not signed forward Bobby Zamora for next season and probably wouldn't as Glenn Hoddle is looking for a more experienced striker.


Saturday 16.2.2002   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Gus Poyet has told the Spurs official website that he has never been on the end of a Cup giant-killing and does want to start now !!  While at Chelsea, he missed the only match they played against a lower league side and lost, so he wants to maintain his record with Tottenham in tomorrow's match against Tranmere Rovers.
  Les Ferdinand said today on his icons.com site that Ledley King could be the "dark horse" that sneaks into the England World Cup squad for Japan and Korea.  Les feels that a defender rather than a forward might make a late run into contention for the tournament as there are a number of forwards who will already be penciled in to go.
  Before the Cup games in the next seven days, Hoddle said that nothing has been achieved yet.  If they came out of the week with two defeats, then people would ask questions about the seriousness of Tottenham's credentials.


Friday 15.2.2002   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  SPURS TEAM NEWS : Spurs will wait to see if Ledley King will be fit for Sunday's FA Cup tie against Tranmere Rovers.  Ben Thatcher faces a late fitness test on his facial injury picked up in the win over Leicester City.  Darren Anderton is expected to play after missing the England match with a hamstring pull. Christian Ziege could be back in the squad, but he lacks match practice.
  TRANMERE ROVERS TEAM NEWS :  Midfielder Sean Flynn could miss the match with a broken toe.  Defender Clint Hill is doubtful with a sore back, while Alan Navarro could recover from a bruised foot to take part in the tie.
  Glenn Hoddle believes that European football would help both Ledley King and Dean Richards in their quest to play for England at international level.  The Spurs boss said he thinks European competition provides a natural step between league football and the national side.
  The manager revealed on Spurs.co.uk that he was wary of a shock result in the match.  He is acutely aware of their giant-killing efforts in the cup, being on the end of a 4-3 defeat when SCBC manager.  Hoddle said they will be given the utmost respect, as they are a tough team and Jason Koumas is a player who is ready to play above the Second Division, but added that he was not the type of player Tottenham were looking for at the moment.
  The Spurs site also features an interview with Gus Poyet, who says that the team must not think about the Worthington Cup Final, but concentrate on the match with Tranmere Rovers on Sunday.  The Uruguayan midfielder said that he believes the pace of the FA Cup game will be hectic and that the first goal will be important to Spurs.
  Goran Bunjevcevic is at last overcoming his run of injuries that have seen him have a fractured cheekbone, a pulled hamstring and tendonitis in his knee, he told the official club website.  He has trained with the team and hopes to be in the squad soon, with the prospect of a reserve game to get match fitness.  It has been hard on Bunjy, s it is the first major injury that he has had in his career and then two more come along at once !!
  Matthew Etherington has told the club's official website that he feels he has made a point with Glenn Hoddle.  His performances over the last couple of weeks have shown Hoddle that the speedy winger can play well in the first team and can be relied on if called upon.  He also thinks that the experience of having lumps kicked out of him by the Slovenian team for England Under-21s will stand him in good stead too.
  Steffen Freund has made the first steps in his battle to regain his fitness after suffering medial ligament damage on his knee.  The German midfielder has started using an exercise bike as he begins the long haul following his operation in the USA.  
  The Sun newspaper reported today that Sunderland were willing to accept 12 million for striker Kevin Phillips, with Tottenham the most likely bidder.  However, later in the day, the North-East club refuted the report and said that he was under contract until 2005 and was not for sale.
  A perhaps more unlikely rumour is that Tottenham are looking at Sheffield United's Michael Brown.  The midfielder is catching the eye of a number of clubs and Spurs are believed to be in poll position with a 3 million deal agreed according to the Daily Express.  Funny ... when he played for Manchester City I used to think he was plain awful and wouldn't have paid three quid for him. Luckily, Blades boss Neil Warnock (excellent anagram potential there) said that there had been no contact between the two clubs.
  It must be a big transfer rumour day as the club are also being linked with James McFadden of Motherwell.  The 18 year old striker is also being eyed by Leeds United, Liverpool and Leicester City.  Motherwell hope to hang on to him for a few more years and are looking to tie him into a longer term contract.
  Spurs are again being linked with a move for Watford's England Under-21 striker Tommy Smith and a fee of 5 million has been mooted by the Daily Telegraph.
  Spurs transfer target Lionel Morgan of Wimbledon scored for England Under-19s against Germany at Portman Road last night.
  One possible destination for Sergei Rebrov might have been removed as AC Milan are said to have to sell 17 players to avoid being declared bankrupt.  One of their first departures could be the man that Rebrov was keen to pair up with - Andrei Shevchenko, his former Dynamo Kiev strike partner.
  A league table of clubs who's fans have banning orders was published today and at the top was Cardiff City (99), with Stoke City (87) second and Leeds United (64).  The top London club was equal tenth and was Millwall with 17 and then came Chelsea on 15 in fifteenth place.  Tottenham were the sixth highest London club with 4 banning orders.
  Gary Mabbutt managed the UN forces to a 3-1 victory over Kabul United in the first football match in Afghanistan since the conflict.


Thursday 14.2.2002   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Anthony Gardner is making progress to being fit for the Worthington Cup Final after damaging his knee in the semi-final second leg against Chelsea. He has not been training for a couple of weeks now, but should be back with an intention of being ready for Cardiff, if selected.  He told the official website that he was hoping to play after the excitement of the semi-final and with Dean Richards cup-tied, he could stand a good chance of being picked.
  Ledley King could miss Sunday's FA Cup match against Tranmere Rovers as he is suffering with tonsillitis, which forced him out of the England game yesterday.
  Glenn Hoddle was at last night's match between Wales and Argentina at Cardiff's Millennium stadium, where he saw Simon Davies make a sizeable contribution to the draw achieved by the home side.  Spurs will be 100,000 worse off after that performance as they have to pay Peterborough United that much as one of the conditions of his transfer for playing five times for his country.
  Les Ferdinand has hinted that at the end of next season, when his current contract expires, he might call it a day on his football career.  He will then be 36 and could feel that his physical powers of recovery after each match might be at their limit.
  Spurs are again being linked with the Ponte Preta pair of striker Washington and midfielder Adrianinho.  Middlesbrough, Sunderland and Ipswich Town are all also interested in the two players, who could be included in the World Cup squad for Japan and Korea.
  SCBC chairman Rupert "The Bear" Lowe just won't let it lie.  He is saying he is so pleased that Wayne Bridge is playing for England, while Dean Richards is not, thus proving that small unfashionable clubs (not sure who he is talking about) can provide players for the national team.  The fact that Bridge plays in an area where there is a shortage of options and that he will soon be playing for another club, apparently have passed Rupie Baby by.  Glenn Hoddle disagrees with his former boss, saying that if Deano keeps progressing there is no reason why he can't make the international team.
  Former Spurs stars Allan Nielsen, Espen Baardsen and Ramon Vega have all been put up for sale by Watford.


Wednesday 13.2.2002   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Stephen Carr has said that he does not need another operation despite rumours to the contrary.  It has been reported that a stomach problem would need a hernia operation to resolve it, but Carr said he had been seeing a specialist in Italy about it and didn't need to go under the knife again.  He added that he would be stepping up his training an joining the rest of the squad in two or three weeks.
  Ledley King missed the 1-1 draw between England and Holland after suffering with a sore throat.
  Simon Davies played the whole 90 minutes of Wales' 1-1 draw with Argentina at the Millennium Stadium tonight.
  Steffen Iversen played an hour and Oyvind Leonhardsen the whole match for Norway against Belgium, which ended in a 1-0 win for the Belgians.
  Kasey Keller says he is confused by his role at Tottenham.  Being brought in as cover for Neil Sullivan, the American says he is not ready to settle for being the number two keeper at White Hart Lane and will think about his future, although he said it was a bit early to do so just yet.  However, there is some comfort for KK, as his national team-mate Joe Max-Moore has said that the goalie plays exceptionally whenever he gets a game for the USA.
  Matthew Etherington said that he has benefited greatly from his loan spell at Bradford City and that he hopes to catch up with former Peterborough United colleague Simon Davies, who is a couple of years older than the Spurs winger.
  Tottenham will get a good look at one player they are being linked with this week, as they face Tranmere Rovers' Jason Koumas on Sunday.  The Welsh midfielder is rated at 2.5 million and West Bromwich Albion are keen to sign him, but have only gone to 2 million.  The Midlands club have been told that if they do not meet the asking price, then there are clubs, such as Spurs, who will pay that much.
  Patrick Mboma, the Cameroon striker who Tottenham were linked with last year, has joined Sunderland on loan until the end of the season.


Tuesday 12.2.2002   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Dave Bassett, the Leicester City manager, has said that he does not want the FA to look at the alleged "acting" that he claimed Mauricio Taricco was doing after the Spurs defender's clash with the Foxes' Andy Impey.  Bassett said that his post match comments were not intended to cause the FA to investigate the single incident and Glenn Hoddle had spoken to Bassett on the phone to straighten the matter out.  The Spurs boss added that the video shows that Tano was not pretending as it is clear that the Leicester winger pushed him in the face.
  Speculation surrounds a 10 million offer that Spurs are supposed to be making for Bolton Wanderers striker Michael Ricketts, according to the London Evening Standard.  The 23 year old has impressed this season in the Premiership, but the Bolton chairman said that there was no official approach and it was his intention that Ricketts would be a Trotter for the rest of this season and next season too.  Called up to the England squad for the friendly tomorrow against Holland, Ricketts has recently signed a new five year contract and his club say he is not for sale.  Spurs see Ricketts as the long term replacement for Les Ferdinand and are said to be ready to fund the deal by selling unhappy Ukrainian Sergei Rebrov.
  Matthew Etherington made his England Under-21 debut in today's 1-0 win over Slovenia in Nova Gorica, as a half-time substitute.
  Darren Anderton hopes to be fit for the FA Cup tie against Tranmere Rovers on Sunday despite having to pull out of the England squad with a hamstring problem.  He told the Spurs official site that he will need a lot of treatment on the hamstring pull, but hoped to feature in all the big games coming up after having to miss out on the Holland match tomorrow.
  Yannick Kamanan is happy at Bristol Rovers, where he is on trial and the Pirates' boss Garry Thompson is keen to take him on loan or on a free transfer.  However, Tottenham have now decided that they want a fee for him and this may cause Rovers some problems.
  Following recent stories that Steffan Effenberg was in Madrid to sign for Atletico Madrid recently, there now seems some confusion over the move.  Sources at the Spanish club claim that he will not be joining them, which could leave the door open for Tottenham to bring him to White Hart Lane.


Monday 11.2.2002   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Glenn Hoddle thinks that if Darren Anderton can stay fit, he could achieve the success he stayed at Tottenham to find.  He said in an interview on the official website that Anderton has been on top form and has been pulling the strings for the team.  The Spurs boss believes that Dazza has done so well this season because he has been playing with players who are on the same wavelength.
  Unfortunately, Anderton has had to pull out of the England squad for the friendly with Holland after picking up a hamstring pull on Saturday in the match against Leicester City.  Just when he was hoping to impress Sven Goran Eriksson at international level.
  Arsene Wenger has denied rumours that Arsenal are interested in Sergei Rebrov.  He said they have five strikers and a couple of good youngsters coming through too.  It looks like Rebrov might have been on another kite flying exercise after his comments asking Jean Tigana to come and take him to Fulham fell on deaf ears.
  Hoddle thinks the last week has been a successful one, not only in terms of getting through to the Fifth Round of the FA Cup, but also in getting three points from a difficult match with Leicester City and avoiding suspensions for the Worthington Cup Final.  Hod was aware that he was treading a tightrope with some of the players, but considered Les needed match practice even though he was one booking away from missing the Final.
  The Blackburn Rovers midfielder Tugay will miss the Worthington Cup Final after collecting his tenth yellow card of the season on Saturday at Craven Cottage.  He joins Craig Short in being suspended for the final after the centre half elbowed Steve Marlet in the face in injury time at the end of Saturday's match.
  Spurs reserves lost 0-2 at Wimbledon tonight.


Sunday 10.2.2002   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Sergei Rebrov has claimed in a newspaper article that Arsenal want to sign him.  In what might be an illegal approach to a player under contract, the News of the World claim that Arsene Wenger has already spoken to the Spurs striker and are to sell Kanu and Wiltord to fund his purchase.  Rebrov is alleged to have told the reporter that he has no relationship with Glenn Hoddle at all and that he wants to leave now, but it is not possible until the end of the season.  Later in the day, the Ukrainian striker's agent claimed that he was happy to stay at Tottenham as long as he was playing regularly and that no talks had been held with Arsenal.
  Glenn Hoddle said his heart sunk when the referee approached Les Ferdinand after the fracas with Robbie Savage and he could not get him off the pitch quick enough to save him getting another yellow card and thus missing the Worthington Cup Final.
  Both Tottenham and Blackburn Rovers players have been given only four tickets each for the Worthington Cup Final, but are allowed to buy up to 25 more.  This is an attempt to restrict the number of tickets falling into the hands of touts and thus fans getting into the wrong areas of the ground, as happened at the 1999 Final.
  Bayern Munich skipper Steffan Effenberg is likely to join Atletico Madrid according to reports today.  Spurs had been strongly linked with the German international in the past.


Saturday 9.2.2002   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Tottenham beat Leicester City 2-1 at White Hart Lane this afternoon.  Spurs' goals came from Darren Anderton and Simon Davies.  Click here for a match report, click here for reaction.
  Following the game, Leicester City manager Dave Bassett labelled Mauricio Taricco a "disgrace" for diving when "pushed" by Andy Impey.  Glenn Hoddle said that was not his view of the incident and that Bassett should take time to have a word with a few of his own players about their activities on the pitch.
  Ian Walker has said that Darren Anderton could break into the England World Cup squad as he is playing really well, but Walker is keen to prevent him scoring today.  He also thanked Glenn Hoddle for not  standing in his way when it became clear that he would not be the first choice keeper at Spurs.  The former Tottenham keeper said he was pleased to see the team being coached in the traditional way by the new manager.
  Ledley King has been named in the England squad to play Holland in a friendly match next Wednesday (13th February).  Darren Anderton is also included.
  Matthew Etherington has been selected for the England Under-21s, who will play a match against Slovenia on Tuesday 12th February.
  Glenn Hoddle said he was delighted for Ledley King that he was called up by England and said he has a rare talent.  Hoddle converted the Spurs man from midfield to defence and says that he is quick, strong and good off both feet.  Although, he has come on two years sooner than Hoddle expected, he believes that King needs to develop his on-pitch communication and improve his concentration.
  Craig Short picked up a last minute red card for Blackburn Rovers today at Fulham and should be suspended for the Worthington Cup Final on February 24th, when they face Spurs.


Friday 8.2.2002   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Sergei Rebrov has told the Sun newspaper that he intends to leave Tottenham by the end of the season at the latest.  He has even put out a "come and get me" plea to Jean Tigana saying he would like to play under him at Fulham.
  SPURS TEAM NEWS : -  Spurs look set to rest Teddy Sheringham, Les Ferdinand and Chris Perry - all of who  are on four yellow cards and another would see them suspended for the Worthington Cup Final.  Gus Poyet is serving a one match ban and will miss tomorrow's match anyway.
  LEICESTER CITY TEAM NEWS : -  The visitors will be without Muzzy Izzet as he is suspended for one game.  There are also injury worries over Impey, Scowcroft, Sinclair and Savage, although they are all expected to play. 
  While Hans Segers has praised the returning former Tottenham keeper Ian Walker for his professionalism during his spell as understudy to Neil Sullivan, John Gorman said there will be no sympathy for him in his club's present position.  Both coaches rate him very highly, but want to see Spurs winning over the ex-goalie's Leicester City side tomorrow they told the official Spurs website.
  Micky Hazard has said that both the young players Spurs bought from Peterborough United could be stars for the club.  He said that Simon Davies is a very good player and could develop even further, while he was also impressed with Matthew Etherington, who he thinks could be a regular scorer and provider of goals.
  Ledley King is hoping to realise his dream of gaining an England cap and told the Evening Standard that he has always had confidence in himself, believing that he had a good game in front of Sven Goran Eriksson on Tuesday in the FA Cup victory over Bolton Wanderers.  King is expected to be named in the England squad on Saturday for the nation's friendly against Holland on February 13th.
  Spurs are keeping tabs on East Stirling scoring sensation Alex Williams.  Charlton Athletic, Celtic and Glasgow Rangers have also shown an interest in the 19 year old, who had a spell in South London training with the Addicks.
  Tottenham have been told that they will have to find 1.5 million if they want to sign the Wimbledon midfielder Lionel Morgan.
  Martin Peters will be inviting Cyril Knowles' son Julian to tomorrow's match.  There he will meet some of his father's former team-mates such as Ralph Coates, Phil Beal, Pat Jennings, John Pratt and Martin Chivers the official website reports.
  Former Spurs winger David Ginola has left Aston Villa for Everton until the end of the season after his Villa contract was cancelled this morning.


Thursday 7.2.2002   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Gus Poyet will not be available for the match against Leicester City on Saturday as he has picked up a one match ban for receiving five yellow cards this season.
  John Gorman has said that Tottenham have to earn their right to play football against Leicester City on Saturday.  He stressed the importance of turning good performances into winning ones in the League after the successes in the two Cup competitions.
  Former Spurs team-mate Micky Hazard has hailed the success that Glenn Hoddle has brought to Spurs in the Cups this season. Hazard believes that the side can reach finals in both competitions and said that the style in which the team are playing will not bother fans as the League form dips because of Cup commitments.
  If Simon Davies plays for Wales against Argentina next week, it could end up costing Spurs 100,000.  The deal which brought him from Peterborough United contained conditions that sparked extra payments after a number of games for club and country.
  Christian Ziege has been selected for the Germany squad to play Israel on February 13th.


Wednesday 6.2.2002   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Les Ferdinand has said he is willing to risk missing the Worthington Cup final by playing against Leicester City on Saturday.  Big Les is one booking away from a suspension that would rule him out of the Cardiff showpiece.
  Tottenham's Youth team have progressed to the quarter-finals of the FA Youth Cup by beating Leeds United at Elland Road 1-0.  Jamie Slabber scored the only goal of the contest.  The boys will be at home for the first time in the competition to Blackburn Rovers 
  Matthew Etherington reckons that after some ups and downs, he has finally come of age in the first team.  Scoring his first goal for the club in a  fine performance, he wants to be more involved in the squad and hopes for more on pitch time.  Talking to the official website, Matty said that there is still a lot to come from him.
  The signing of Wimbledon's Lionel Morgan might not be a done deal, as it is rumoured that there are more clubs interested in the player, who is now described as an attacking midfielder. Wimbledon might be interested in an auction to get the best price for him, but the report says Spurs remain the favourite for his signature.
  The reason behind Mauricio Taricco playing last night was that one of his yellow cards has been wiped off the records.  He was the victim of mistaken identity in the match at Ewood Park early in the season and took the blame for a Perry foul.  Now he is on three yellows, he could afford to play last night without the threat of missing the Worthington Cup Final.
  Steffen Freund and Sol Campbell have taken out a joint mortgage on a house in Hampstead Heath to renovate it and sell it off as flats.  The 2.8 million property is in a very popular area and the Arsenal player arranged the mortgage through the Woolwich Building Society.  How apt !!! 
  Steffen Iversen has been called up for Norway's match with Belgium on February 13th.  Oyvind Leonhardsen is also in the squad.
  Kasey Keller is picked for the USA squad to play Italy on the same date.
  Ben Bowditch will be available to play for England Under-19s against their German counterparts at Portman Road on February 14th, while Under17 keeper Nicky Eyre will be in the squad for the England U-17s for their game against Slovakia on February 13 at Stevenage. 
  Jonathan Black is in the Northern Irish U-17 squad for their match against Scotland to be played on February 10.
  Spurs are rumoured to be interested in the 28 year old Heerenveen striker Marcus Allback.  The Swede was linked to Spurs during GG's reign, but nothing came of it and he has more recently been linked with SCBC and Sunderland.  Glasgow Rangers and PSV Eindhoven are also rumoured to have an interest in the player.


Tuesday 5.2.2002   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Tottenham beat Bolton Wanderers in the FA Cup Fourth Round tie at White Hart Lane tonight 4-0 with goals from Darren Anderton, Steffen Iversen, Matthew Etherington and a Anthony Barness own goal.  Click here for a match report.  Click here for reaction. 
  Spurs are reportedly ready to complete the signing of Lionel Morgan, the young Wimbledon defender for 750,000 plus more related to appearances.  The 18 year old left sided defender has only made seven first team starts this season, but Tottenham have been very impressed with him at reserve level.
  Simon Davies has been called into the Welsh squad for the friendly against Argentina on February 13th.
  Ciaran Toner has been selected for the Northern Ireland Under-21 squad to play Germany on February 12th.
  Tomorrow's reserve game at Leicester City has been called off because the pitch is waterlogged.


Monday 4.2.2002   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Mauricio Taricco will miss tomorrow's FA Cup Fourth Round tie against Bolton Wanderers after having to retire from the action in Saturday's match against Derby County.  The Argentinian suffered a ricked neck against the Rams, the official site reports and he will not be ready to take part in the Cup tie.
  Neil Sullivan is also a doubt as he is said to b struggling with a calf injury, so Kasey Keller, recently returned from the USA win in the CONCACAF Gold Cup, could step in.
  However, the site did reveal some better news in that Christian Ziege has resumed training and will be doing some ball and fitness work this week.
  The Spurs site also interviewed Matthew Etherington and he feels that he is ready to make the step up to the first team after a successful loan spell at Bradford City.  Having featured in the last few games as a substitute, he says he needs a couple of games on the trot and will be looking forward to getting a full 90 minutes against Leicester City reserves on Wednesday to hone his match fitness.
  Taricco's yellow card on Saturday puts him on four bookings - just one away from a suspension - along with Sheringham, Ferdinand and Perry.
  Fulham will be playing their home games at Queens Park Rangers' Loftus Road next season while their Craven Cottage ground is refurbished.


Sunday 3.2.2002   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Lazio are apparently unwilling to pay 8 million for Sergei Rebrov.  The Italian outfit are keen to take him to Rome, but they are struggling for funds and the price quoted above might be outside their budget.
  Meanwhile, Tottenham are reported to have bid 750,000 for Wimbledon midfielder Lionel Morgan,  who is highly rated despite only making one substitute appearance this season.  However, Wimbledon are likely to ask for more than the amount offered to recoup some of the investment they have made in the 18 year old.
  Spurs, along with Sunderland, Middlesbrough, Arsenal and Fulham are all looking at West Bromwich Albion's Jason Roberts.  The Spurs supporting striker has caught the eye this season in the Baggies' surge up the First Division.  At 24, he is coming to his prime and although he only has five goals, he has been on the injured list for a while this season.
  Kasey Keller was the captain of the USA team that lifted the CONCACAF Gold Cup against Costa Rica.  A 2-0 win took Keller to his first winners medal in this competition after finishing third and second previously.  The Spurs keeper kept four clean sheets out of the five games played and won them a place in the final in a penalty shoot out against Canada.


Saturday 2.2.2002   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Tottenham lost 0-1 at Pride Park this afternoon to Derby County.  For a match report, click here.  For reaction, click here.
  Simon Davies has been called up into the Welsh squad for three days training in Glamorgan on February 9th to 11th.
  Former Spurs winger Andy Turner has left Yeovil Town to join Nuneaton Borough on loan.


Friday 1.2.2002   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  TEAM NEWS : - Spurs are likely to be without Anthony Gardner with a knee injury and Les Ferdinand, who is still troubled by a neck injury.  Ferdie said he picked it up after recovering from his clash of heads against Everton, but when he headed a ball, his neck locked up again.  Some reports claim that he might have a late test and be fit to play, while others state that he is more likely to be back for the Bolton Wanderers FA Cup tie.
  TEAM NEWS : - Two days ago Warren Barton was a sub for Newcastle United at White Hart Lane and tomorrow (Matthew), he will be lining up against Spurs in the match at Derby County as the Rams new signing.  Luciano Zavango is back in the squad after a suspension.
  Les has said that Spurs must take their Worthington Cup form into League matches and start picking up points, although that will not necessarily be that easy against Derby County, who will be looking to have a winning start under new manager John Gregory.
  John Gorman has also warned of the galvinising effect a new manager can bring to a team.  On the Spurs website, he told a reporter that there would be a response form players and fans at Pride Park, but Tottenham had as much to prove with the need to bounce back from the loss to Newcastle United on Wednesday.
  Darren Anderton is happy that people are talking about his football rather than his injuries at last.  He said on the club's official website that the games have been coming thick and fast, but the team must pick up their form for the match at Derby County followed by the re-arranged FA Cup tie against Bolton Wanderers.
  With Spurs rumoured to be ready to fly representatives out to Cyprus to watch Polish international Bartosz Karwan, the Legia Warsaw player has missed the trip because of an Achilles injury. 
  With the pitch at Spurs Lodge waterlogged, the Under-19s game against Arsenal has been postponed.
  The Spurs reserves away game against Charlton Athletic has been moved from Wednesday 13th March to Thursday March 14th.
  A 19 year old midfield player that has been linked with Tottenham in the past - Nottingham Forest's Jermaine Jenas - has had a 5 million offer for him from Newcastle United accepted by his club.
  Former Spurs midfielder Moussa Saib has gone on loan from Monaco to Lorient.
  Former Spurs midfielder Scott Houghton has joined Halifax Town as a free agent.

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