White Hot Lines

MAY 2002

Friday 31.5.2002   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  TeamTalk reports that Stephen Clemence and his representatives have been in talks with the club and he could sign a new 5-year deal soon.
  The Premier League have dropped the requirement for no more than three non-EU players to feature in a team.  This could open the doors to players from South America and Africa to join English clubs in the top league.


Thursday 30.5.2002   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Somewhat promisingly, Samuel Eto'o dedicated his goal for Cameroon against England last Sunday to Tottenham fans.  The Real Mallorca forward has admitted that he has already met with manager Glenn Hoddle and fancies a move to Spurs.  In another quote he ensured that he will get a hero's welcome, when he said the piece of "trickery" against Sol Campbell (a nutmeg of the England defender) was done while he was thinking of Tottenham and their fans.  As he prepares to face the Republic of Ireland on Saturday, Eto'o said that Hoddle was a player he greatly admired and he considered him a very nice man.
  Luton Town manager Joe Kinnear has admitted defeat in his attempts to keep highly rated defender Matthew Taylor.  The ex-Spurs player turned boss said he would see Spurs at a tribunal over the player as Glenn Hoddle would not pay the fee Kinnear was asking for the attacking full back.  It now appears that he has had his fingers burned, with Taylor refusing to sign a new contract and although Newcastle United, Sunderland and Everton are all interested, it is believed that Spurs might be favourites to sign him.  Any deal would be decided by tribunal with conditions as to payments for future success, but this would bring in Kinnear less than he had hoped for Taylor.
  It is reported on TeamTalk that Glenn Hoddle is flying out to the World Cup to go scouting for more additions to the White Hart Lane squad.  
  Rumours continue to persist about Stephen Carr being a target for Arsenal, but it is said that Tottenham would demand 15 million for the Republic of Ireland right back, as he is still under contract.
  Despite evidence from former Newcastle United and Nottingham Forest defender and Leyton Orient manger Frank Clark, Ian Nolan received 35,000 compensation in an out of court settlement for having his leg broken by a Justin Edinburgh tackle.  Clark had said that Nolan was naive and too brave to continue in going through with a tackle when Edinburgh's sound challenge came in, but Justin's representatives agreed a package with the prosecution counsel to avoid the case going further.  The tackle took place in a game between Sheffield Wednesday and Spurs in February 1998 keeping the Irish defender out of the game for 18 months and has apparently left him with one leg shorter than the other.  Nolan had hoped for 1 million.


Wednesday 29.5.2002   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Kasey Keller has been involved in an injury scare, picking up a problem with his left elbow in training.  A representative of the USA party said he had been seen by the doctors and they did not think it would be serious nor keep him out of the games.
  It is believed that Sunderland are asking for 15 million for Kevin Phillips and want a straight cash deal rather than a player exchange that Spurs are offering.  It is believed that Peter Reid has been given the choice of Neil Sullivan, Tim Sherwood and Oyvind Leonhardsen plus a cash balance to bring the forward to Tottenham.  
  Because of this, Hoddle is said to be looking at other options, which may include Romanian striker Adrian Ilie, who is available on a free transfer having been told his services are no longer required at Valencia.  Strangely enough, Sunderland are also interested in the international forward.
  Massimo Maccarone, the Italian boy wonder striker, has turned down a move to Birmingham City for 7.6 million, saying he wants to stay in Italy to gain more experience.  Spurs and Chelsea were also chasing the forward's signature.
  Internazionale winger Grigorios Georgatos has been reported as a possible target for Tottenham.  Planet Football states that Fulham and Spurs have bid the same amount for the out of favour Greek international winger and the Italian club might leave the decision to the player as to who he might join.
  One player formerly linked with Tottenham, Javi Moreno of AC Milan, has returned to Spain to sign for Atletico Madrid.
  Epping Forest District Council have said that it will be several months before they have come to a decision over Tottenham's plans to redevelop part of the Abridge Golf and Country Club land for the Academy and the first team.  The grounds will have two first-team pitches and an all-weather pitch.  The Academy will have the use of seven practice pitches for each of the age groups as well.  The architects hired by Spurs have been considerate in dealing with the Green Belt nature of the land (preserving it's rural nature), with an underground physiotherapy unit with a grass covered roof, but the complexity of the submission means that they will need to be scrutinised for some time.  Should the permission be granted it is planned to complete the development for the start of the 2005-2006 season and David Pleat hailed it as one of the best facilities in the world for training young and old footballers.
  


Tuesday 28.5.2002   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

Glenn Hoddle's and Tottenham's hopes of a pre-season friendly against Wycombe have been turned down by The Chairboys as work to re-lay the pitch at Adams Park will not be finished in time.
  Gus Poyet reasons that the fact little is expected of his native Uruguay could well work in their favour at the World Cup finals. "It is really important to pass the first group and that is going to be really tough. Really tough because France are in there and we don't have a great record against Denmark in World Cups - and you never know what is going to happen with Senegal.  It's going to be hard, but it is possible."
  Kasey Keller says the USA players were worked extra hard at pre-World Cup training camp because they feel they will have to be fitter than their opponents to succeed. Kasey does not yet know who will get the nod between himself and Brad Friedel for the World Cup games.
  German international player Christian Ziege reflected on his team's chances in the Far East. "My aim is the final of the World Cup 2002," Ziege told Kicker. "We don't need to be afraid of Cameroon, Ireland and Saudi Arabia ... We have footballers capable of reaching any goal," declared the Tottenham defender.
  Milenko Acimovic is struggling to be fit for Slovenia's first match in the World Cup finals after picking up a thigh injury in training.  He hopes to be ready for some of the other group games, but is likely to be fit for the other group matches.
  Juan Pablo Angel has been linked with a move away from Aston Villa to London.  It is alleged that both Spurs and Chelsea are keen to take the Colombian striker on, but manager Graham Taylor has stated that if Angel and his family are not happy in England, he will not let them go to London.


Monday 27.5.2002   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Christian Ziege has told reporters that the German side must get going in the World Cup from the very first match.  He said that the best players do not guarantee success and therefore, everyone must ensure that they are on the ball from the start.  The Spurs wing back surprised everyone by saying that he didn't mind "devoting 80 per cent of my efforts to defence" !!  About his red, black and gold mohican haircut, he said that he wanted to show his dedication to the national side by sporting their colours on his head.
  Gus Poyet has adjudged his first season at White Hart Lane as "alright, just alright" on the Spurs website.  The Uruguayan midfielder was happy with his haul of 14 goals, but felt disappointed that the overall result for the team did not include a place in Europe.
  Former Spurs winger Andy Sinton has been offered a move to Stockport County when his deal at Wolverhampton Wanderers runs out at the end of next month.  Sinton has had some other interest and said that he has a lot to consider before making his next move.
  Tottenham Ladies midfielder Lucy Palmer was unlucky in the "Your Big World Cup Pitch" programme on ITV yesterday.  The top prize was a trip to the World Cup finals.
  There has been a change to the "Top Ten Football Records" programme on Channel Four has been moved to Monday June 3rd and will be screened at 11 p.m.


Sunday 26.5.2002   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  TeamTalk report that Ben Thatcher is to be offered an extension to his contract to take him through to 2006.  The ex-Wimbledon defender has been rewarded for his outstanding performances in the last quarter of the season after finally coming back from injury and Tottenham feel that a deal for another four years would keep him in line with others in the squad.
  Teddy Sheringham played the second half of England 2-2 draw with Cameroon in a World Cup warm up match in Kobe, Japan today.  It was his header to Robbie Fowler that allowed the Leeds United striker to head a last gasp equaliser.
  Charlton Athletic are keeping tabs on the situation at Tottenham with a view to taking Steffen Freund to the Valley.  Boss Alan Curbishley is keen to have the defensive midfielder if he is surplus to requirements at Spurs and it is reported that Glenn Hoddle would let the 32 year old German go at a cut price fee when he has strengthened the midfield at White Hart Lane.
  Apparently, West Ham United could not find 3 million to buy Matthew Etherington from Tottenham, so are looking elsewhere.
  Rumour is linking Tottenham and Middlesbrough in moves for former Italian international Diego Fuser, who now plays for Roma.  The 33 year old midfielder is on his way out of the Italian club and he could be available for the cut price fee of 1 million.
  Former Spurs keeper Ian Walker could be heading to Everton after they have had problems trying to sign Derby County's Mart Poom.  It is expected that relegated Leicester City would accept an offer for him.


Saturday 25.5.2002   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  The Feyenoord website has announced that Tottenham will play a pre-season friendly at the De Kuip stadium on Sunday 4th August with the kick off at 4.00 p.m.  The match against the UEFA Cup holders should be a tough pre-season test for Glenn Hoddle's squad.
  While US coach, Bruce Arena, has not decided which goalkeeper is the first choice in his squad, he stated that Kasey Keller is not a quitter and did well for the USA in the Gold Cup tournament.  The man left with the task of choosing between Brad Friedel and Keller added that the latter had come back at the tail end of the season to show that he was the best keeper at the club.
  Ex-Spurs forward and current board member, Martin Peters, has said that England will benefit from Teddy Sheringham's experience in a very young side.
  Young Spurs defenders Chris Herron and James Lee have been released by the club.  Herron will join Queens Park Rangers as a third year YTS player and Lee will have a trial at Southend United.
  MEHSTG urges you to vote for Lucy "Thunderfoot" Palmer in the ITV programme "Your World Cup Pitch" to be screened on Sunday 26th May at 17.30.  Lucy is a midfielder for Tottenham Ladies FC and by registering your vote, you could win tickets to the World Cup too.  Click here for the ITV site and hit the link in the box on the right of the page with the programme title on it.


Friday 24.5.2002   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Teddy Sheringham intends to push for a place in the starting XI for England in the World Cup.  The Spurs captain said he wants to be a first choice as his adaptability to different styles makes him ideal for the side.  Teddy wants to play rather than be coming off the bench, but said he "will be what he is" for Sven Goran Eriksson.
  John Gorman told TeamTalk that he is of the opinion that the older players in the Spurs squad have played an important role in the season just finished.  The Spurs assistant manager said that with so many young players in the first team, it is necessary for the more experienced members of the squad to help them through.  With concerns over the age of the squad, John went on to add that there are a number of younger stars who balance the age average out. 
  Relegated Ipswich Town have said that they do not want to sell Marcus Bent, even though he could net the club 6 million.  He has said through his agent that he has a contract that he will stick to and wants to help the Suffolk side back to the Premiership.  This is despite the striker having been linked with a move to Tottenham.
  ...and finally ... Zinedine Zidane has revealed something we didn't know about him ... "I am not a rock star" !!  Unlike Roy Keane then !!


Thursday 23.5.2002   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Tottenham Reserves will enter a tournament in Jersey in the summer to face Barcelona and Manchester United.  The TSB tournament runs from August 13th to 18th and will also feature Celtic, Sunderland and Sporting Lisbon.  
  Former Spurs midfielder Vinny Samways has told his Spanish club - Las Palmas - that he will quit if they reduce his salary next season.  Relegated from La Liga, the club from Tenerife have been suffering financially and may have to make cuts.  Vinny has said that if they honour the deal he has signed, then he will stay to help the side get out of the Second Division. 


Wednesday 22.5.2002   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  There is a story coming out of Dynamo Kiev that Sergei Rebrov may return to his former club.  The vice president said at a press conference that he intended to start discussions on June 5th and the decision was up to the Tottenham forward.  He went on to say that Rebrov had lost condition, but felt confident that he would again become the deadly striker he was and felt that one day he would be best off playing for AC Milan.
  Oyvind Leonhardsen and Steffen Iversen both played for Norway today in a 1-1 draw with Iceland.
  Meanwhile, Iversen is studying videos of games where he has had injuries in an attempt to avoid them in future.  The Norwegian forward said that he wanted to stay free of injuries in future and especially knee knocks as they take a long time to get over.
  Milenko Acimovic has picked up a muscle injury to his right thigh and will miss training for two or three days with the Slovenian World Cup squad.
  Spurs are supposed to have put in an offer for Bologna's Argentinian forward Julio Cruz.  The 27 year old is rated at 5 million and Spurs have been linked with him for some time now.  No further comment is expected until next week.
  Udinese's Spanish midfielder Luis Helguera is attracting interest from West Ham United and Tottenham, but he would prefer to stay in Italy if his current club offer him a new contract.
  John Gorman will be getting some of the players who suffered injuries at the end of last season in to Spurs Lodge for pre-season training in the next two weeks.  Those involved will include Les Ferdinand, Dean Richards, Tim Sherwood and Ledley King.  Other long term injured will keep making progress before joining in the training proper.
  The England Under-18 squad for the summer tournament in Portugal from June 3rd to 10th contains three Spurs youngsters.  Marcel McKie, Danny Foster and Jamie Slabber are all in the squad selected by coach Stuart Baxter today.
  ... and finally ... in the Channel 5 coverage of the 1-3 England Under-21 defeat at the hands of Portugal, the commentator - Jonathan Pearce - told us that a Swiss player on the bench was booked for smiling provocatively at the referee !!


Tuesday 21.5.2002   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Tore Andre Flo, the giant 12 million rated Norway and Glasgow Rangers forward, has said he is only prepared to sign for Spurs or Fulham should he leave Scotland's number two side.  His agent later denied the story, saying he was not leaving Rangers.
  Middlesbrough's claim for 7 million compensation against Liverpool for the sale of Christian Ziege has been dismissed from the High Court
  Italy's Under-21 striker Massimo Maccarone, was watched last night by Spurs scouts as well as a host of other club's representatives.  The exciting forward scored both Italy's goals, the second a wonder strike and he will be one of the hottest properties around after the tournament.  Spurs are keen to bring him to White Hart lane, but face competition from Chelsea.
  Teddy Sheringham came on at half-time in England's 1-1 draw with South Korea today.  The Spurs captain did make the 23 for the England World Cup campaign.
  Steffen Freund has made further progress in his recovery from knee ligament surgery.  He is now jogging on the knee and is looking forward to being fit for the pre-season programme, the German told the official club site from a fitness centre in his country of birth. 
  Former Spurs defender Dean Austin has resigned his club captaincy, been fined a week's wages and been put on the transfer list after his blast at the Crystal Palace chairman, who ordered his team to travel to Seville for a tournament at short notice.
  Just a note about two programmes that you can pick up over the coming weeks.  Tomorrow night between 19.30 and 20.30 on BBC Five Live, there is a programme about rumours featuring MEHSTG's Wyart Lane.
Then on June 1st on Channel Four, there is a "Top Ten" programme, featuring the best ever football records !! (Thanks to Willie Morgan)


Monday 20.5.2002   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Dean Richards has told the Spurs website that there is a lot more to come from him, when he starts next season.  He said he is used to the players around him now and will feel easier about shouting instructions to them when he returns to the Spurs defence after missing the final run-in and suffering a dip in form.
  Kasey Keller has come out and said that Tottenham must start picking up points from games they should win, but just don't seem to.  He said to challenge the big boys at the top of the league, then they must get their performances right against the teams who are at the bottom of the table.
  Meanwhile, young midfielder Johnnie Jackson has said he wants to push on next season and break into the first team.  He realises this might mean going through the process of being in the squad and then being on the bench, but he is aiming to make the step up in the new season.
  Tottenham are being linked with a move for El Hadji Diouf, the striker from Lens.  He is hoping that a good World Cup for Senegal will attract attention from the Premiership and Aston Villa and Chelsea are aslo watching the situation with interest.
  Spurs Youth team won third place in the "Cup of the Alps" tournament by beating Young Boys of Berne 2-0 in the 3rd/4th play-off by two goals to nil.  Stephen Kelly and Lee Barnard scored the Tottenham goals.


Sunday 19.5.2002   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Jamie Redknapp has been lined up to star in the BBC's World Cup coverage this summer as a summariser.
  Sergei Rebrov played 55minutes of the LG Cup final for Ukraine in their 0-2 defeat against Belarus.
  Kasey Keller let in one goal in his 45 minutes in goal after coming on for Brad Friedel at half-time in the USA's friendly against Holland, which they lost 0-2.
  Apparently, SCBC have bid 3 million for Stephen Clemence, but have been knocked back as the midfielder is part of Hoddle's long term plans.  It appears that there is not enough big money at SCBC to tempt players from small clubs' reserve teams !!
  Released striker Chris Armstrong is wanted by Wolverhampton Wanderers, but the player would prefer to stay in the Premier League.
  Tottenham's Under-17s will be playing in third place in the "Cup of the Alps" youth tournament in Naters, Switzerland.  In their first group game, they beat Inter Bratislava 2-0 with goals scored by Lee Barnard and Ben Bowditch, before John Sutton (2) and Ronnie Henry notched to give the Tottenham boys a 3-0 win over FC Zurich.  Alas, a 0-1 reverse in the last group match against Atletico Madrid left Spurs second in the group and they will meet Young Boys of Berne in the play off for 3rd and 4th place.


Saturday 18.5.2002   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  The club's official site reports that Tottenham Hotspur have met with Haringey Council, London Underground, the Greater London Authority and David Lammy (the local MP) at the House of Commons to discuss the regeneration of Tottenham High Road.  Spurs' commitment to stay at the current location is dependant on the provision of better transport and general infrastructure, with this meeting being the first step in the process.  Deputy Mayor of London, Nicky Gavron, said that the Victoria Line could be extended to Northumberland Park to give fans access to the ground via another means than car or over-ground trains.
  Kasey Keller will miss the USA's friendly against Holland in New England today, after suffering a "contusion" after "taking a good shot on his left knee" according to American coach Bruce Arena.  However, the injury is only expected to keep him out of action for a couple of days.
  Christian Ziege played the first half of Germany's 6-2 win over Austria in a friendly today.
  An old transfer rumour target Marcus Allback, the Heerenveen and Sweden forward, has joined Aston Villa.


Friday 17.5.2002   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Kevin Phillip's agent has said that he is not for sale as West Ham United join Spurs in tracking the former Watford forward.  With rumours of Kanoute moving to Liverpool the East End side have turned to Phillips as a replacement, but the agent said he is not for sale and would cost more than West Ham would raise form selling the Frenchman anyway.
  Sergei Rebrov told the official website that he was hugely disappointed to lose out in a play-off for the third time on the trot, but was setting his sights on the LG Cup with a match against Yugoslavia today, with Russia or Belarus waiting in the final on Sunday.  He was a member of the team who beat Yugoslavia 2-0 today, but was taken off in the 81st minute.
  Kasey Keller played in a 5-0 win over Jamaica last night.  The pre-World Cup friendly was staged in New Jersey saw Keller leave the action after 51 minutes, after colliding with Deon Burton.  However, the keeper is not expected to be seriously injured.
  Milenko Acimovic came on at half time for Slovenia in their 3-0 win in the pre-World Cup friendly against Ghana.
  Johnnie Jackson played for England Under-20s in the third and fourth play-off match, but the side lost out to Japan 5-4 on penalties after a 0-0 draw.  Jacko scored his spot-kick in the shoot out.
  Spurs Under-19s will travel to Switzerland to play in the "Cup of the Alps" this weekend.  They are grouped with Inter Bratislava, FC Zurich and Atletico Madrid, while the other group contains Juventus, Red Star Belgrade, Oberwalliser Auswahl and Malmo.  


Thursday 16.5.2002   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Neil Sullivan was in goal during Scotland's 1-4 defeat by South Korea today.  The keeper will return to England as he will be replaced by Rob Douglas for the remainder of the tour in the Far East.
  Trialist Lars Hirschfeld impressed in goal in Canada's 3-1 win over Switzerland last night.  He is hoping to do enough to get a contract at Tottenham, where he has been on a short term deal until the end of the season.
  Christian Ziege has talked to the Spurs website about his ankle injury and reckons he will be ready for the World Cup Finals later this month.  Having played against Wales, he is ready to face Austria on Saturday, although he admitted he was feeling some pain from the surgery on his ankle, he said 12 hour a day treatment would clear it up.
  With Peter Reid supposedly eyeing Robbie Keane of Leeds United as a replacement for Tottenham bound Kevin Phillips, I wonder if Spurs might change their mind and go for the young Irishman instead ??  At 8 million, he would represent better value than the Black Cat's striker.
  Rumour has it that Stephen Carr could be set to join Arsenal for 15 million.
  Stephen Clemence is looking forward to a battle for places in the Spurs midfield next season and will be training through the summer to make up for some lost time in getting fit for the new term.  While feeling fit enough, he said the pace of the Premiership means he has to get ready to slot straight in at any time.
  ... and finally ... headline on Daily Soccer's site - "Henry excited by France's rising star Cisse".  Thierry ... fancying a Cisse ... with his reputation ??


Wednesday 15.5.2002   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Milenko Acimovic has said that there will be a huge motivation for him to play against teams such as Manchester United and Liverpool in the Premier League. 
  Steffen Iversen has injured his back in Norway's match against Japan on Tuesday.  It is hoped he will be fit for the pre-season training camp in La Manga in July.
  More pre-season friendlies have been officially announced against QPR and Colchester United. Click here for an up to date list.
  Tottenham's rumoured transfer target, Danny Murphy of Liverpool, has signed a new contract tying him to the Anfield club for five years.
  Sergei Rebrov has lamented the death of his former manager Valeriy Lobanovsky.  He said that he taught him more about football than anyone else and managed to train Dynamo Kiev so that they were very successful.
  Former Spurs winger, David Ginola has been released by Everton under the Bosman ruling.
  Former Spurs manager, Christian Gross has won the Swiss Manager of the Year award for taking FC Basel to the Double.
  Former Spurs defender Dean Austin is furious at having to cancel his holiday to Dubai to play in a summer tournament for Crystal Palace !!  Priorities, eh ??


Tuesday 14.5.2002   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Chris Armstrong is sad that he was unable to obtain another contract at Tottenham, but said he understood the thinking behind Glenn Hoddle's decision, he told the official website.  As Armstrong had been unable to play a string of games over the last fifteen months, Hoddle had to come down on the side of the club and say that the striker could leave to find himself a new club.  Armo said he would train during the summer to overcome a back problem he picked up recently and believes he still has something to offer in the Premiership.  Meanwhile, the latest club to be linked with Armstrong is Watford.  
  Simon Davies has said he is delighted with his new contract at Tottenham.  The Welsh international was quoted as saying he was very disappointed with the way the season ended at Leicester (as were the rest oft he team), but he feels that the season had gone well for him personally and he was looking forward to an exciting future with Spurs.  Davies rounded off a good day by playing for his country in their 1-0 win over Germany in Cardiff today.  Christian Ziege played 64 minutes before being substituted.
  Two players are having talks with the club.  Oyvind Leonhardsen is hoping to sort out his future with Glenn Hoddle and hopes to establish if he will be involved in the manager's planning for the coming season.  Leo said he needs to play first team football, as he still has international ambitions and wants to have things sorted by the autumn.
  The other midfielder in talks is Stephen Clemence, who is negotiating a new contract with the club.  He hopes to tie up an extension to his current deal in the next couple of weeks.
  Christian Ziege has expressed sympathy with his former team-mate at Liverpool, Steven Gerrard.  he said that he had been suffering from groin problems since last season and he said he must be feeling terrible now, but he would have future World Cups to play in.
  Johnnie Jackson played for England Under-20s against Brazil this afternoon in the Toulon tournament.  The match ended in a 0-0 draw, which took Brazil to the final and England into a third and fourth play-off place.
  Oyvind Leonhardsen and Steffen Iversen both played in the 3-0 win for Norway over Japan today and both were substituted.


Monday 13.5.2002   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  The ankle injury that has kept Ledley King out of the Tottenham team will prevent him taking part in the Under-21 European Championship finals in Switzerland for the England side.
  There is better news for another Spurs youngster, Simon Davies, who today agreed a new five year deal that will see him stay at the club until 2007.
  However, Chris Armstrong has officially been released by Tottenham.  Glenn Hoddle said he was waiting to see if Armo could play over a three month period, to allow him to be assessed for a new deal, but as it didn't happen, the decision to let him go had to be made.  Hoddle said that should he not fix himself up with a new club, then he would be allowed to train at the club to get himself 100% fit.  Birmingham City, Millwall and Wolverhampton Wanderers look the most likely destinations for the former Crystal Palace striker.
  A rumour linking Oyvind Leonhardsen in a move to Derby County for 1 million has been circulating in the media.


Sunday 12.5.2002   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Glenn Hoddle said that Tottenham's performance yesterday at Leicester was "dreadful" and that after going ahead, the team simply did not play.  He added that things would have to change and he was very upset at not finishing in seventh position in the League.  The showing was not to the liking of the manager as he said that in the past we had played well and drawn or lost, but to be in such control and lose was an indictment of the club, which would need to change if any success was to come Tottenham's way.
  Spurs and Chelsea lead the field for the Nigerian international Jay Jay Okocha.  The talented midfielder is available for around 8 million form Paris Saint Germain and both clubs are supposed to have talked with the player about coming to London.
  While some papers have linked Kevin Phillips with a 10 million move form Sunderland ...
  ... others say that Darren Anderton might be for sale to make way for the midfielders Hoddle believes will take Tottenham forward.
  Spurs will be joined in the Premier League by Birmingham City, who beat Norwich City in the First Division play-off final today.


Saturday 11.5.2002   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Spurs lost their last match of the season 1-2 to Leicester City today.  The last game at Filbert Street saw Sheringham give Spurs the lead from the penalty spot before the home side rallied to take the points.  Spurs slipped to ninth position in the League.  For a match report, click here.  For reaction, click here.
  Abridge Golf and Country Club approved the proposal to sell options on land adjacent to their premises to Tottenham to develop their Youth Academy.  All dealings are subject to planning permission.
  Ipswich Town will be playing in the First Division next season alongside Leicester City and Derby County, after being relegated today.


Friday 10.5.2002   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  One story today links Spurs with a 5 million interest in Marcus Bent of Ipswich Town, as he has a clause in his contract (allegedly) saying he can leave if the team are relegated.  He said that the former Blackburn Rovers striker is one of 10 or 11 players he is looking at and he will watch a lot more games between now and the World Cup.  Hoddle denied watching Real Mallorca's Samuel Eto'o though-o.
  Teddy Sheringham will wear the number 17 shirt for England in the World Cup Finals.
  Neil Sullivan has been chosen for the Korean leg of the Scotland tour of the Far East this summer.
  Glenn Hoddle is recycling his statements of the trip to Derby County ahead if Tottenham's visit to Filbert Street.  He said it's not a good time to go there as the Foxes will want to leave their old home and the Premier League with a bang to give their fans hope for next season.  For Spurs, the issue is clear ... a win to preserve seventh place and show that progress has been made this season despite not qualifying for a European place.
  LEICESTER CITY TEAM NEWS : -  Manager Micky Adams is able to call on Dennis Wise, while there could be recalls for Alan Rogers, Andy Impey and Brian Deane.  Tomorrow's match against Leicester City could mark the last game for that club by Muzzy Izzett.
  Reserve striker Yannick Kamanan has left the club and returned to his home country to join Strasbourg.
  Spurs made 2,480 for the Football in the Community scheme by selling off bits of the old White Hart Lane pitch before the new one was laid.
  One player who has been linked with a move to Tottenham will not be joining them for the foreseeable future.  Gillingham's Marlon King has been jailed for 18 months for handling stolen goods, namely a 23,000 BMW convertible.


Thursday 9.5.2002   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Teddy Sheringham has been selected for England's World Cup squad.
  Ledley King has been chosen by manager David Platt to travel to Switzerland to represent the Under-21s in the European Championship finals.  Matthew Etherington and Anthony Gardner miss out on the trip though.
  Former Spur Nick Barmby has been singing the praises of Jamie Redknapp, saying he could force his way back into England contention once he gets s few games under his belt.  He said that the new signing is a great passer and that he is a player in the Tottenham tradition.  Another ex-colleague Gary McAllister said that if he can avoid injuries, Redknapp is one of the top ten midfielders in the country.
   Wolverhampton Wanderers have poured cold water on any hope that clubs could have had in signing young defender Joleon Lescott.  The England Under-20 man is one of the better players that the Midlands club have and intend to keep hold of even though they failed to make the promotion play-off final.


Wednesday 8.5.2002   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Gary Doherty said that he could watch the World Cup now with his mates and have a holiday at last after being left out of the Republic of Ireland squad.  He said he was trying to take positives out of the exclusion and would enjoy himself, but would still have to train through the summer.
  Goran Bunjevcevic has said that his former team-mate from Red Star Belgrade, Milenko Acimovic, has said he is excited and nervous about starting his Tottenham career in the Premiership.  The Yugoslav who has been out injured for much of the season told the official website that his Slovenian midfield mate can be a great player for Spurs and he has been looking forward to joining ever since Goran told him of the club and the way football is played in England and at Tottenham in particular.
  Cameroonian forward and Real Mallorca star Samuel Eto'o was  watched by Glenn Hoddle  last weekend according to the player's agent.  He said Spurs are very keen on the striker, who has attracted interest from four Spanish clubs, including former side Real Madrid and the 21 year old is expected to fetch over 7 million.
  Spurs transfer target, Glasgow Rangers' captain Barry Ferguson has decided to stay with the Scottish FA Cup and League Cup winners.
  ... and finally ... it has been announced that the tele-visual equivalent of watching paint dry - snooker - attracted a bigger audience for the World Snooker Final than the FA Cup Final between Arsenal and Chelsea.


Tuesday 7.5.2002   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Glenn Hoddle has compared new signing Milenko Acimovic as being like Trevor Brooking (Blimey !  Surely he's not that slow ??).  The Spurs boss rates him to be a good creator from midfield, a good "rider" of tackles, and that he can score goals too.  He said that most of all the player wanted to join Spurs and link up with his former club-mate Goran Bunjevcevic.  At 24, Hod said that the midfielder is one for the future.  Acimovic was named in the23 man Slovenia squad for the World Cup today.
  However, there was World Cup disappointment for Gary Doherty, who has not recovered from injury in time to prove his match fitness for the tournament and has been omitted from the Republic of Ireland squad.  He has been told by Mick McCarthy that if there are any injury problems in the next fortnight he might yet be called on though.
  Hoddle might have been on something today as he said that the moves for Redknapp and Acimovic were the next step in his plan and that it was obvious what Spurs had gone for this season by bringing in Poyet and Sheringham, who had been our most consistent players this season.  Shurely shome mishtake ??
  Chris Armstrong has confirmed that he has not been offered a new contract by Spurs and will be leaving the club in the summer.  Four Premiership clubs and some form the Nationwide First Division are interested in the Spurs striker and his agent believes he will have no trouble finding a new home for his talents.
  Glasgow Rangers striker Shota Arveladze has said that he is happy at Ibrox and had heard of Tottenham's interest, but that he wanted to experience more of the excitement like that of a Scottish Cup win at the weekend.  His manager Alex McLeish said that Spurs would have to "open the chequebook" to buy the player as Rangers were not a selling club and were much bigger than Spurs anyway.  Well, in a two horse race, sometimes even the second horse looks good Alex !!
  Nottingham Forest midfielder Gareth Williams has said he would consider a move to the Scottish League if a bid did not come from the Premiership.  The 20 year old, who was on Rangers' books as a younger is frankly excited by the thought of playing under Glenn Hoddle and would only take the route North as a last resort.  He told reporters that Spurs had been in touch for six months now and talks between his agent and the management at the club had taken place, although no firm offer had been received.  The Scotland Under-21 international added that playing for Spurs could only take his game onwards and upwards and that he would even play for Celtic in the SPL, although recognised that the quality is not as high as the English league.
  For the final League match of the season, Spurs will be missing four players through injury.  Glenn Hoddle today said that they stood no chance of making the match and Sherwood, King, Richards and Ziege will all miss out, while Sergei Rebrov is in for a recall as he is fit again.


Monday 6.5.2002   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Christian Ziege has been named in the German World Cup squad.  He has also been named in a squad for the country's friendly international against Kuwait on May 9th.
  Steffen Freund has told the official website that he aims to be back in pre-season training with the rest of the squad.  The German midfielder, who was injure din the Worthington Cup semi-final first leg, is doing well in his comeback from knee ligament damage and there has been no reaction after the work he has done so far.
  Johnnie Jackson played for England Under-20s in the Toulon tournament today in the 0-0 draw with China.


Sunday 5.5.2002   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Tottenham are supposed to have contacted Shota Arveladze, the Glasgow Rangers striker, a number of times according to his brother.  The 28 year old Georgian forward has scored at every club he has played for, but he has failed to command a regular starting place in the Rangers line-up.  However, after playing a leading part in the club's Scottish Cup victory yesterday and with a relatively new manager in place, it is unlikely that he would jump ship immediately, with his contract running for another 4 years.
  Jamie Redknapp says he has seen a big similarity between Tottenham now and Liverpool of a couple of years ago.  He said that there are likenesses between Houllier and Hoddle too in that they are both deep thinkers about the game and both teams have young players who are learning to be lethal when they have the upper hand.
  Midfielder Tim Sherwood has been linked with a move to Aston Villa ... the latest in a long line of transfer rumours surrounding our former Watford player.
  Croatian defender Stjepen Tomas has decided that he wants to stay in Italy.  The 25 year old Vicenza defender is set to lave the Serie B club, but despite interest from Spurs and Fulham, he looks like he will move to another club in the country where he lays at the moment.
  Bordeaux's Portuguese striker Pauleta has been reported as a target for Tottenham and Newcastle United today.
  The Sunday Mirror reckons Spurs and Manchester City are vying for the 5 million rated Derby County full back Danny Higginbotham.  However, Daily Soccer have turned this into "Keegan and Hoddle in competition for singing Higginbotham", as the lad obviously has other hidden talents !!
  Former Spurs and now Bolton Wanderers defender Gudni Bergsson has said he will stay on for another season in the Premier League.  With the Trotters having avoided relegation, he will add another year onto his career, whereas he was expected to return to Iceland to complete his legal studies.


Saturday 4.5.2002   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Steven Ferguson has revealed on the club website that he was set to go on loan before he got injured earlier this season.  The young Scot said that 10 clubs wanted him to go on loan, but his run of injuries have only just seen him return to the reserves.  He said it is a possibility for next season, but he hopes to stay fit whatever happens and wants to catch the eye of Berti Vogts and get a call-up for the Scotland Under-21s.
   Fellow striker Chris Armstrong has been released by Spurs after they did not offer him a new contract.  The injured forward has not been able to show Glenn Hoddle what he is capable of and will have to find himself another club.
  Ciaran Toner, who was released a couple of months ago, has been signed by Leyton Orient.  He was on a short term contract at Bristol Rovers, but has been brought back to London by O's manager Paul Brush.


Friday 3.5.2002   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  A hearing for the planning permission for Tottenham's new Academy will be heard next week and Spurs hope that they will get the go-ahead to develop the complex as soon as possible.
  The squad for Norway's friendly international against Japan on May 14th includes Oyvind Leonhardsen and Steffen Iversen.
  Former Spurs defender Justin Edinburgh has announced his retirement form the game after failing to overcome an Achilles injury in November 2001.  However, he has spoken about returning to Tottenham as a coach somewhere in the organisation - possibly at the Academy.
  ... and finally ... for all those who are despairing about tomorrow's FA Cup Final, don't worry ... be safe in the knowledge that all 22 players will not be on the pitch at the end of the match.


Thursday 2.5.2002   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Simon Davies has admitted that his lay back for Gus Poyet's goal against Liverpool was not exactly intended.  He told the Spurs website that he didn't know what happened, but it bounced back for the Uruguayan midfielder to hammer home.  The Welsh international also revealed that he was enjoying playing in the right hand midfield slot and added that it was another string to his bow,  especially as he had been encouraged to attack his marker.  Simon has been named in the Wales squad for the friendly international against Germany in Cardiff on Tuesday May 14th.
  Team mate Anthony Gardner told the same site that he was relishing the extra responsibility of playing in the middle of a back three.  He said he usually gets played on the left, but feels that this will make him a better player.
  On the TeamTalk website, Ledley King has admitted he is sometimes too casual and needs to improve his concentration, along with his decision making in kicking the ball into row Z on occasion.
  Luton Town's Matthew Taylor has failed to sign a new contract with the newly promoted club and will most probably leave during the summer.  Newcastle United, SCBC and Spurs were all named as sides chasing the free-scoring full back, with only a tribunal valuation to be paid for him as he is under 24 years of age and therefore, not subject to a fee.
  Matthew Etherington has been force to drop out of the England Under-20 squad for the Toulon tournament that starts on May 6th, as he will be wanted for Tottenham's final league match at Leicester City on May 11th. It is thought he might now join the Under-21 squad for the European Championship finals in Switzerland that start in two weeks time.
  Former Spurs transfer target Stefan Effenberg has said that he has opened talks with Galatasaray of Turkey after turning down Manchester City.
  Ex-Spur Nick Barmby has denied his Anfield career is over and has said he is training to fight for his first team place (which he hasn't had for some considerable time).  


Wednesday 1.5.2002   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Glenn Hoddle is delighted at the signing of Milenko Acimovic.  He said the Slovenian is a tremendously talented midfielder, who scores more than his fair share of goals.  It appears that his friendship with Goran Bunjevcevic opened the door for his move as the player admitted he discussed the English game with his former team-mate.  So, Bunjy's return to Yugoslavia for treatment on his injury had more than one benefit !!
  Meanwhile, Tottenham have put in a work permit request for Acimovic, but do not expect to hear the result for a couple of weeks.  With him being an established international and playing in the up-coming World Cup, there should be no problems, but the FA review their criteria each year and the Home Office are awaiting their new rules before making the decision.
  Greek forward Zizi Vryzas who plays for Perugia in Serie A has been tipped to leave his club and join an English side in the summer.  Moves by Lazio and AC Milan have fallen through apparently, leaving him set to come to this country to play his football next season.  Spurs are one of a number of Premiership teams who have been linked with the regular goalscorer and it remains to be revealed his final destination.
  Steffen Iversen told the Spurs website that the win over Liverpool was the culmination of a few good performances, but this time strung out over 90 minutes.  The Norwegian striker said that he thought the whole team did well and concentrated to the end, something that had been a bit of a problem in some of the other matches recently.  Stef said that it bodes well for next season that Spurs can take on the top sides and win.
  Tottenham's interest in Nottingham Forest's midfielder Gareth Williams has been confirmed by the player's agent.  Celtic and Newcastle United have also been in touch with the cash-strapped Midlands club for the 20 year old, but although they do not want to sell him at the moment, a large offer might be too good to turn down.  4 million should do it.
  Glasgow Rangers' midfielder Barry Ferguson, who has been attracting admiring glances from Glenn Hoddle, has said that he will still be at Ibrox next season.  It is not thought that he would have been high on Hoddle's wish list after the signing of two other midfielder sin the last week.
  Former Spurs midfielder Nick Barmby would rather join Manchester City that return to White Hart Lane.  The little midfielder has said that he wants to stay in the North rather than rejoin the Tottenham revolution. Having left Tottenham to be nearer his Hull home, he then joined Middlesbrough, Everton and Liverpool.  Middlesbrough (again) and Sunderland might also be interested.
  Spurs fans will be pleased to know that the new Kappa replica shirts will not be skin tight like the real ones the players wear.  The official website makes this perfectly clear, so that the "fan friendly" shirts can be purchased without fear of looking like John Hartson.
  USA coach, Bruce Arena, has said that it is like splitting hairs trying to choose between Kasey Keller and Brad Friedel.
  Another Spurs keeper in the news is Nicky Eyre, who played for England Under-17s against Denmark in a 0-0 draw that takes the side through to the quarter finals of the European championships.
  A player Spurs were linked strongly with in the past, West Ham United's Adam Newton, has left the East End club on a free transfer to join Peterborough United.

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