Lomano Tresor Lua Lua is not leaving Layer Road according to Colchester
United manager, Steve Whitton. The young winger from Zaire
is attracting interest from Spurs and Newcastle United, but he
will not be released by the Third Division side as they believe he
is worth considerably more than the £1 million offered by Bobby
Oyvind Leonhardsen looks set to return to international football
with Norway after missing Euro 2000 with a heel injury. His
country face Armenia this Weekend in a World Cup
Meanwhile, Spurs other injury problem during the summer has been
Ledley King's broken foot. He is on the mend now, but will
be sitting watching tonight's England Under-21 game, when he
wishes he could be involved. It was in the last minute of
the last game England played in the European Under 21 Championship
in Slovakia that he suffered the break and he hopes to be back
playing in a couple of weeks.
Luke Young, who did start
the match for England Under-21's, scored his first goal at that
level in the 6-1 thrashing of Georgia at the Riverside Stadium.
GG has described the start of Tottenham's season as average.
He hoped to build on the first two results, but the defeat at the
hands of Newcastle United has left him determined to win with the
next couple of games at home.
Former Spurs target, Wimbledon's John Hartson, has been knocked
back by Glasgow Rangers after failing a medical as he is not in
the right condition for their level of football (Without
denigrating our Scottish readers' appreciation of their league,
exactly what level you need to play in the Scottish Premier league
is questionable). The ginger fatty has been so upset by this
latest blow to his bank balance, he has withdrawn from the Welsh
squad due to play Portugal and is comfort eating to get over
it. His agent believes this deal will be resurrected in the
future. "Dreamer ... you know you are a dreamer
Two other former Spurs
targets are rumoured to be heading off elsewhere. Leyton
Orient's young defender, Simon Downer is interesting West Ham,
although Sours looked at him last season. Drug ban Chilean
Clarence Acuna is apparently likely to sign for Newcastle United
for around £2 million. Spurs were said to have a
pre-contract agreement with the player before his positive drug
test was announced.
Tim Sherwood and Les Ferdinand have urged Sol Campbell to stay at
the club as his presence is vital to the future of Tottenham
News today that Spurs are trying to sign Colchester United's
exciting young Zairian international winger, Lomano Tresor Lua Lua.
Stewart Houston apparently watched his impressive display against
Oldham Athletic at the weekend and it is reckoned that £2 million
would seal the deal.
Steffen Iversen has said he has just about managed to play six
games in two weeks and has now had to fly half way across Europe
to play for Norway in Armenia.
Ramon Vega has revealed that the Swiss coach invited him to be in
the squad for their game against Russia at the weekend, but Vega
opted out. He said as he had not played properly for about
three weeks he would prefer to concentrate on playing for Spurs to
get match fit.
Rumour reaches us that Steve Guppy has been seen at White Hart
Lane with David Pleat. Guppy has been unhappy at the way he
has been treated at the start of this season by new Leicester City
boss Peter Taylor and there were rumours of him pairing up with
former boss Martin O'Neill at Celtic.
Spurs targets Boudewijn Zenden and Jari Litmannen may now both be
staying at Barcelona after they have sold a number of players, but
have failed to recruit too many.
Spurs have fallen in line with other Premier League teams and
scrapped a policy of no concessions for away fans. Tottenham
had been set to introduce half price tickets for children next
season, but following complaints by Ipswich Town and Manchester
City fans about the full-price for kids regime, they have decided
to bring it in straight away. It was one of the things in
the Fan's Charter being drawn up by the Premier League, but Spurs
had already set their policy, although the League have
congratulated Tottenham in the "fan-friendly" action.
Former Spurs Defender, Graham Roberts has resigned from Hertford
Town, where he had been manager.
reserves beat Bishop's Stortford in a friendly at Woodside Park
tonight with goals from John Piercy 2, Yannick Kamanan and Mark
Gower giving them a 4-0 win.
Spurs have said today that they do not intend to sell Sol Campbell
before his contract expires. DP says we can afford to keep
him at Tottenham, but will Sol want to stay. Nothing will be
resolved until the end of the season and on 1.1.2001, he is free
to talk to clubs about a pre-contract agreement. But
notably, not clubs in England, only those outside the country he
However, Stephen Carr has said that he has been at the club for
eight years and is happy here. He feels that he should be
well rewarded for his progress over the last couple of years and
that the club realise this. This sounds hopeful that he will
sign a new, improved contract shortly.
Chris Armstrong hopes to be fit for the match against Everton on
Tuesday 5th September after overcoming his groin injury. He
is frustrated that the last three pre-seasons have led to him
missing the build up due to injury, but he is keen to get back
into the game soon.
Steffen Iversen put his name to a new four year deal because he
wants to be at Tottenham and he thinks that now the squad has been
added to and the injuries have cleared up Spurs could be ready to mount
a challenge further up the table. On top of that he had some
good news, when it was revealed that his hamstring strain from the
Newcastle United match would not rule him out of Norway's
World Cup qualifier against Armenia on Saturday.
GG has said that Spurs made
to many mistakes on Saturday and never looked like scoring against
Newcastle United. He was unhappy about the way Tottenham
lost possession when they had the ball.
Ruel Fox, who joined West Bromwich Albion on loan to play in
Saturday's match against Barnsley, has signed permanently for the
Midlands club in a £200,000 two year deal.
Neil Sullivan said he keeps working hard at Tottenham because he
fears being replaced by Ian Walker. He said he has been
happy with the way he has played since he arrived at Spurs, but is
wary that he must maintain a high standard of play as he is in the
public eye more than with Wimbledon. He needn't worry as GG thinks
he is doing fine, even after Saturday's match.
Darren Anderton, and manager
Kevin Keegan, are both looking forward to him playing for England
again. The Spurs midfielder is hoping that his break over
the summer has left him fully fit and ready to face France this
Saturday. Keegan said he had been frustrated previously when
Anderton had not been fit or available, but now he is pleased he
is raring to go.
Apparently, according to
onefootball.com, Tottenham have watched midfielder Sven Vermant of
Club Bruges. The player is also interesting Wimbledon and
has won two Belgian caps.
GG has admitted he is
worried that injury might strike the eight payers he has away on
international duty this week.
According to press reports today, Manchester United have made a
£9 million bid for Sol Campbell. The Premier League
champions would need to sign him by Thursday for him to be
eligible for the Champions League, but rest assured, David Pleat
has put the news down to speculation.
Stephen Carr has said that Spurs must do better away from
home. To challenge, he said, the team must put some away
results together as it is all about consistency.
Ghoerghe Popescu, the former Romanian Tottenham defender has
announced his international retirement.
Willem Korsten is missing training at the moment because of his
recuperation from a hip injury. It is unlikely that he will
make the squad for next Tuesday's game against Everton.
There is concern over Steffen Iversen's injury which forced him
out of yesterday's game at Newcastle United. He feels as
though it is only a slight calf strain and that he will be fit for
Norway's World Cup qualifier against Armenia next Saturday.
It is reported that Spurs are close to doing business with Barcelona
for the £5 million rated Finnish striker Jari Litmannen. He
has fallen out of favour after suffering injury since his transfer
to Spain from Ajax.
while Spurs are there, they should perhaps try Barca's buy one get
on free deal and bring back Winston Bogarde too. The Dutch
defender/midfielder has been granted a free transfer as he does
not figure in the club's plans since the departure of former
manager Louis van Gaal.
Dutchman Willem Korsten was disappointed to miss yesterday's match
after picking up a hip injury.
Tottenham lost 0-2 at Newcastle United this afternoon. For a
match report click here.
On Sky TV this afternoon,
Alan Sugar was interviewed by Rodney Marsh. He said that he
took on the ownership of Tottenham on "a whim" after the
club had been struggling financially and then won the FA Cup in
1991. He also added that should there come a day when income
from other sources mean that gate money is insignificant, then he
would consider saying to a hardcore of around 10,000 fans that
they could have their season tickets for free. He did say
that this was not a promise, but should the circumstances be right
he felt it could come about.
Apparently, Middlesbrough have agreed a fee of £8 million with
Real Madrid for Steve McManaman. Tottenham are said to have a
strong interest, but we will have to await the outcome of
negotiations, as the England winger says he does not want to leave
Real. Whoever signs him may have a problem matching his
current wage in Spain.
Newcastle United manager Bobby Robson revealed today that he was
keen to sign Sergei Rebrov, but had to drop out once the asking
price got to £11 million.
It was also revealed that George Graham had been interested in
signing Argentinian Daniel Cordone, but Newcastle United got in
and offered him a trial, which lead to his permanent transfer.
Willem Korsten missed today's match after having an operation on
It now appears that Steffen Iversen's deal is not as huge as
indicated yesterday. It has now been stated that he is still
behind Anderton and Rebrov in terms of being a top earner.
Spurs look likely to name the same team for the third match
running at Newcastle United tomorrow.
GG has said that to do well this season, it looks like you have to
try and steer clear of suspensions and injury. He hopes that
Tottenham can do both and he will do his bit by not criticising
referees, as he feels he was getting a reputation for it last
ClubCall have stated that the man brokering the Steve McManaman
transfer has said that Spurs have entered the race for his
United, Aston Villa, Leeds, Middlesbrough, and Everton are all
interested in bringing the floppy haired wanderer back to England,
but Spurs, Boro and Chelsea are said to have made offers.
Ruel Fox has finally joined West Bromwich Albion for a reported
fee of £200,000. Strange old Baggies manager, Gary Megson
said of Fox "He will give us some quality when he gets on the
ball and his arrival will mean we will also start to pass the ball
Steffen Freund has set himself a goal for this season ... to score
a goal !! He said that he had scored goals all through his career
and now it is time to get one in a Spurs shirt as it would mean a
lot to him.
Neil Sullivan has been named in the Scotland squad for their trip
to Latvia to play a World Cup qualifier.
Steffen Iversen has agreed to a two year extension to his current
contract which will earn him nearly £29,000 a week,
allegedly. He will be tied to White Hart Lane until 2006 and
the deal quashes rumours that he would move away from White Hart
Lane. David Pleat had a ill-disguised dig at Erik Soler -
Iversen's agent - when he said that all parties were happy with
the deal and perhaps Soler would now take a rest and concentrate
on other clients in his care.
Stephen Carr, who has four
years left on his contract, is expected to sign on for another
extra year and his terms are expected to be brought into line with
other first teamers at Tottenham. The Republic of Ireland
player has been attracting attention from other Premier League
clubs, but this is seen as a recognition of his progress since
breaking into the first team and an attempt to ward off unwanted
interest. DP said that he is the epitome of the potential of
Tottenham Hotspur and the very opposite of a prima donna.
Wonder what he means by that ??
With the two young Spurs committing their futures to Tottenham,
Sol Campbell comes to the table this week with his advisers to
talk about his own future. With his contract up at the end
of this season, he can move on for free, but a good season for
Spurs and with the bulk of the squad signed up long term (with
maybe more players to come), the decision for Sol might be that
much harder to move to another club.
Sol Campbell and Darren
Anderton have both been selected in Kevin Keegan's England squad
for the friendly against France.
Steffen Iversen and Oyvind Leonhardsen have been picked in the
Norway squad for a World Cup qualifier to face Armenia
It is reported that West Bromwich Albion are finally to sign Ruel
Fox for £150,000. The out of favour Tottenham winger hopes
to complete the deal before noon tomorrow to allow him to be
considered for the match against Barnsley on Saturday.
Saving on his wages will make paying Carr's and Iversen's easier
and money well spent.
Chris Armstrong has recovered from his groin injury and expects to
be in the squad for Saturday's trip to Newcastle United.
Meanwhile, it is unlikely that Willem Korsten will be making the
journey North as he is still recovering from a hip injury.
Manchester united reserve striker, Edward Sheringham, has revealed
that his best years in football were spent at White Hart
Lane. No surprise there then, but why did he want to leave a
team going nowhere if he was having such a great time ?
Neil Sullivan has said that although he has won the manager's vote
for the goalkeeping position for the first two games, he knows it
will be a long hard battle to retain his place. He said that
he will have to maintain his good form to keep out England
international Ian Walker.
George Graham was unhappy at having lost two points when
Middlesbrough equalised in the second half last night, but he was
happy with the way Tottenham played their passing game and the
team's momentum to push forward.
Steffen Iversen has said
that he was disappointed after coming so close to a second
successive win. He said it was the best that Spurs have
played away in a long time.
Spurs' goalscorer Oyvind
Leonhardsen thought that the game went very well for him and
Spurs. His foot was fine after the two games in four days
and he says that although playing on the left, he can go more
central if the chance arises.
Ramon Vega said that he does not want to leave Spurs to join
Celtic. Although flattered by the attention, he wants to
fight for his place at White Hart Lane.
Luke Young has been selected for England's Under-21 side to play
Georgia at Middlesbrough on 30 September.
Ledley King is making good progress with his broken foot and
expects to be playing again within a month. He said that
although he has been out of the pre-season picture, GG has been
checking on his recovery and that has boosted his confidence.
Willem Korsten is hopeful of being fit soon, but is unlikely to be
included in the squad for Saturday's trip to Newcastle United.
Tonight Spurs played at Middlesbrough and drew 1-1 with the Spurs
goal came from Oyvind Leonhardsen. Spurs are now behind
their opponents at the top of the Premier League. For match
report click here. For
reaction, click here.
GG has told Ian Walker that there is little to choose between the
two keepers at Tottenham and that it would be a great challenge
for them both to fight for the gloves.
Stories are circulating that Mauricio Taricco is considering a
return move to Ipswich Town. It appears that these are a
rehash of comments he made previously and he says that if things
don't go well at Tottenham it is something he would think about as
he had a good time at the Suffolk club. He also says that he
has kept in touch with players at his old club, but for now he is
a Spurs player and is willing to battle for his place.
Martin O'Neill has confirmed that he has looked at Ramon
Vega. The Swiss international has taken his eye and O'Neill
was always impressed by him when Leicester City played Tottenham
New rumours on TeamTalk indicate that Chelsea might be ready to
enter the chase for Sol Campbell if the England centre-half
decides to leave Tottenham at the end of the season.
Former Spurs midfielder David Howells has been forced to retire
from the game after suffering a knee injury from which he has not
recovered. 32 year old Howells has been at Southampton since
leaving Tottenham on a free transfer.
Spurs reserves lost 0-3 at Coventry City tonight.
Willem Korsten was unable to
play his part in neither tonight's draw nor the stiffs defeat
because he was found to be injured.
David Ginola has continued his criticism of George Graham by
saying the Spurs manager is living on the edge. The
Frenchman feels that GG must deliver this year or he will be
sacked. He went on to say that he had given everything for
three years and expected to do the same for the remaining two
years in the same fashion, but said that being at Spurs now is
like being in the army, with Graham as the General. David
Ginola was substituted by Aston Villa on Saturday.
Les Ferdinand meanwhile is looking forward to playing for Spurs
for even longer. In the last year of his contract, he said
he is now playing for his future with another contract, if not at
Spurs, then somewhere else. GG said it is useful to have him
back to full fitness and Les is just glad to be in the squad with
so much competition.
Steffen Iversen is claiming the first goal of the season - he
admits that after deflecting off Steffen Freund, it hit him before
going past Neil Sullivan. However, he thinks that the
partnership with Rebrov started very well and that the next two
games in the North-East will be a stern test for Tottenham.
Oyvind Leonhardsen is the only worry for Spurs as they head for
Middlesbrough. They are waiting to see if there was any
reaction on his injured heel, with Stephen Clemence standing by in
case the Norwegian cannot play.
GG has told Ian Walker that he has to stay and fight for his place
in between the sticks. He said that it was important for
competition in all positions and although that isn't the case
across the board with the team at the moment, it was the case for
the keepers and that was why Baardsen was sold.
David Pleat confirmed that Celtic have made an enquiry for Ramon
Vega, but have not yet followed it up with a bid for the Swiss
Other news ... Patrick
Vieira has been dismissed tonight for the second game in
succession, in a game that saw Gary McAllister and Dietmer Hamann
sent off as well.
Ian Walker is to see George Graham tomorrow morning to have talks
about his future. Having been overlooked for the Spurs
goalkeepers position in the game against Ipswich Town yesterday,
he could ask for a transfer if he is not happy with the outcome of
the talks. Graham meanwhile has said that he hoped that the
big squad would mean that people are ready to fight for their
places, like at other clubs.
Ramon Vega could be a £2 million target for Celtic according to
the News of the World today.
The same newspaper also reports that Ruel Fox is livid with
Tottenham for refusing his pay-off to allow him to join West
Bromwich Albion. The out of favour winger said that he would
be taking a 60% pay cut and how to Spurs expect him to live
without any compensation. Like the rest of us probably Ruel,
that's how !!
David Ginola, who was booked for diving on his Aston Villa debut
yesterday, has revealed that George Graham pushed him out of White
Hart Lane. In his soon to be published biography -
"David Ginola, le magnifique" - says that GG didn't have
the courtesy to tell him to his face that he was not part of his
plans and refused to block the transfer away from Tottenham.
- Chris Armstrong is
attracting interest from Portsmouth, should Tottenham decide to
sell the striker.
TeamTalk report that Steffen Freund's old club Borussia Dortmund
want him back !! Are they short of a goalscorer, I wonder
?? The £3 million asking price might deter them though.
Tottenham won their opening Premier League fixture today by 3
goals to 1 against Ipswich Town at White Hart Lane. Click here
for a match report. Click here
Willem Korsten missed the game with a hip injury.
Slade, the former Spurs striker now at Cambridge United, was sent
off on his debut against Bournemouth for a foul.
had scouts at the Colchester United .v. Rotherham United match
last night to run the rule over Lomano Lua Lua, the speedy, tricky
winger of the Essex club. Representatives from Arsenal,
Newcastle United and Norwich City were also in attendance.
Soccernet reveal that Neil Sullivan has won the race to be the
Spurs keeper in their opening Premier League fixture against
Ipswich Town. Ian Walker will be disappointed, but GG has
said that this situation is not for keeps and if he feels Walker
should be the best goalie at any particular time, he will include
The match will see another two debuts for Spurs with Thatcher and
Rebrov making their home bow, while new signing Hermann
Hreidarsson and former Spur, John Scales, will appear for Ipswich
for the first time, although Scales might need to face a late
fitness test. Be careful in the warm-up John.
Sergei Rebrov has revealed that he had no problems with his leg
before his move to Tottenham, but it was something that happened
six years previously and had not troubled him since. He also
has had someone post under his call sign on amateur radio that he
is the hottest property on paper, but crap on the pitch. In
an article in the Guardian, GG compares him with Denis Bergkamp as
he comes deep, but Sergei prefers to be likened to Michael Owen.
Ramon Vega harbours hopes of returning to his national side,
but realises that the most important thing is to get back playing
for Spurs first and then move on to the Switzerland side.
George Graham has been speaking out about the transfer system and
would like to see players on big wages, who are happy to sit in
the reserves collecting their pay packets, being able to move on
with the clubs having that power rather than the players.
Wonder who he could be referring to ??
The Spurs manager also
revealed that he is expecting a backlash for the sale of David
Ginola to Aston Villa. He hopes that the fans will get
behind the team though and that in the long term, they will see
that the sale was the best thing for the club and the player.
Tottenham have revealed that they have sold 19,000 season tickets
for the 2000-01 season - a new record. The club also stated
that 27 fans had taken up the offer to accept refunds for their
season tickets after David Ginola was transferred to Aston Villa.
Ben Thatcher has said that being in the spotlight at White Hart
Lane and working under GG will help him improve his disciplinary
record. He knows that any repeat of the Summerbee incident
will not be repeated, so he has to knuckle down rather than
knuckle up an opposing forward. He said pre-season has been
tough - he is the fittest he has ever been - and he can't wait to
start playing to prove his worth to the Spurs fans.
Willem Korsten will miss the big kick-off as he is injured.
Despite West Bromwich Albion having agreed a £150,000 fee to take
Ruel Fox to the Hawthorns the deal has now been called off
!! Because Fox wanted a settlement from Tottenham to see him
leave the club, the deal has fallen through and Albion boss Gary
Megson says he doesn't want to hear any more about it. David
Pleat is hoping to have talks to try and get Fox to move on by the
end of this week.
Ian Walker and Neil Sullivan are to be kept waiting until Saturday
to find out who is the keeper for the first game against Ipswich
Town. George Graham intends to announce his decision before
Steffen Freund has told "Kicker" (the German football
magazine) that he is not worried about the new crackdown on
players by referees planned this season. He said that
although no angel, he has not received a red card in England (yet
!!). He also said that he rates Sergei Rebrov highly and
thinks he is exactly what Spurs need. As for winners pf the
Premier League, he considers his fellow countrymen at Liverpool
will end up top.
Rebrov himself has been
saying that Spurs could get a Champions League place or even the
title this season !! He said despite not having played in the
Premier League yet, he knows that the Spurs squad has a lot of
Meanwhile, some good news in that Steffen Iversen looks ready to
sign a contract extension with Tottenham and his agent is flying
in next week to start talks. The Norwegian said everything
at Tottenham is excellent and he is hoping that if the club can
avoid injuries, that it will be a very good season for Spurs.
Tottenham pub landlords and police have joined together to ban any
person convicted of football related offences from their
pubs. The initiative is aimed at making the area around the
Lane a better place to be on match days.
Jari Litmanen has said that he wants to leave Barcelona as soon as
possible, but prefers to go to Portugal, Greece or Spain. So
Spurs, who were rumoured to have an interest, look unlikely to get
Another player not coming to Tottenham is Craig Bellamy. The
young Welsh midfielder is joining Coventry City for £6.5 million,
although Wimbledon, Newcastle United and Spurs were all interested
in the former Norwich City man.
While we are on the subject, Boudewijn Zenden looks like heading
for Chelsea or Fiorentina or Lazio. Or he might just stay at
Barcelona. Whatever happens, it looks like you won't see him
in a Spurs shirt.
Another player who you probably won't be seeing much of at White
Hart Lane this season is Ruel Fox. The Spurs winger is
having talks to try and resolve his future, which would involve
him being paid off, so that he can join West . The Midlands club hope for an answer before the end
of the week. So do we.
Steffen Iversen played for Norway in their 1-3 defeat to Finland
In a Deloitte and Touche report out yesterday, it was revealed
that Tottenham's wage bill is 51% of their annual turnover.
This compares favourably with some clubs (Everton and Liverpool
80%, Southampton 84%), but Arsenal's and Chelsea's bills are 54%
and 51%, while Manchester United's is 33% (but then they do have a
very big turnover).
Ben Thatcher has his own web site at http://www.bigfanof.com/benthatcher
, but beware, there is a rogue Harry Redknapp page in there !!
David Pleat has revealed that Tottenham are interested in Norwich
City's Welsh striker, Craig Bellamy. Wimbledon made a bid
for him last week, but were told he was not for sale. They
offered just £3 million while Spurs are thought to be ready to go
up to £4 million. While Norwich are not keen to sell, a
large bid might prise him away from Carrow Road, where he
criticised the manager's tactics on Saturday. Coventry City
and Newcastle United are also ready to start bidding for the 21
Steffen Iversen has revealed that he is concerned about burn-out
this season. Having played three matches in Euro 2000 and
more or less a full season up front on his own for Spurs, the
Norwegian said that players will be finishing their careers at 30
if the current amount of games continue. Sounding like Frank
Lebeouf, he went on to add that he struggled at the end of last
season and almost fainted after coming in at half-time in one
match. He also said that the transfer talk linking him to
Vicenza is not true and that when laying in a 4-5-1 formation for
his country, he is best playing behind the front men and not as
the lone striker.
In contrast, Mauricio Taricco says that the big squads in the
Premier League will lead to players sitting games out to give them
a break and by working hard in training, those coming in will be
ready to take their place.
Stephen Carr has said that
he does not take his position in the Spurs side for granted, with
Luke Young poised to step in should the Irishman slip. He
also stated that the match against Ipswich Town on Saturday is not
a foregone conclusion as they have a point to prove and Spurs are
still getting into their rhythm.
John Scales admits he was disappointed about his stay at Spurs and
that "They got a minimal return for their investment. Looking
back I was probably one of the worst signing in financial terms.
It is frustrating for them because I will go down as a bad signing
that didn't work out." A refreshingly honest appraisal
of his Tottenham career, which no doubt he did well financially
Spurs reserves fixtures for the coming season are as follows : -
|Tues 12 Sept
||Home (at White Hart
||Home (at White Hart
|Wed 4 Oct
||Home (at White Hart
||Home (St. Albans)
|Tues 31 Oct
|Tues 14 Nov
||Home (St. Albans)
|Mon 27 Nov
||West Ham United
||Home (St. Albans)
||Home (St. Albans)
||Home (St. Albans)
|Wed 21 Feb
|Tues 6 Mar
||Home (St. Albans)
||Home (at White Hart
|Mon 2 Apr
|Tues 10 Apr
||Home (at White Hart
|Tues 24 Apr
||West Ham United
||Home (at White Hart
Nice to see some matches at White Hart Lane after the Charlton
Athletic game was played there last season.
Some good news for Spurs in that Matthew Etherington may be fit
for the start of the new season. His ankle injury picked up
in the reserve friendly at Dulwich Hamlet has had the bruise come
out and lost the swelling around it, so Mushy hopes to be training
again this week and ready for the new campaign. This is just
what Spurs wanted to hear with Ginola gone and Korsten expected to
be injured for some time to come.
Spurs reserves beat St. Albans 2-0 tonight at Clarence Park, with
both goals from Mark Gower.
Spurs team : - Walker,
Hillier, Taricco, Davies, Thelwell, Young, Gower, Fenn, McEwen,
Kamanan, Piercy. Subs: Jackson, Kelly, Consorti, Snee
Ugo Ehiogu, the Aston Villa central defender, has now said he will
see out his contract with the Midlands side and then move on a
Bosman transfer in 2002. His agent said that two clubs would
be happy to wait until then to talk to him about a free
move. Spurs have constantly been linked with the Villa man
because of doubt about Sol Campbell's future.
Meanwhile, Mauricio Taricco has said he sees his future with
Tottenham. He has been told he will play for the first team
because of the rotation system George Graham intends to introduce,
so he will be involved in competition within the squad.
A decision on Jari
Littmanen's future at Barcelona is expected soon as the Catalan
club are poised to sign Alfonso from Real Betis, thus needing to
clear out some forwards from their large squad.
The rumoured interest in
Steffen Iversen from Vicenza has been denied by the Italian club.
Ruel Fox's move to West
Bromwich Albion is about to collapse as he cannot agree how much
Spurs are going to pay him to leave !! He has refused to
talk to the manager there as he has things t sort out with Spurs,
but the Midlands club might not wait for him to be ready to move
and look elsewhere. One of their other targets could be ...
Jose Dominguez, who looks like the next one to be out of White
Hart Lane once he is fit. His Achilles injury has lead to
the breakdown of his move to Greek club PAOK Salonika earlier this
summer, but now West Bromwich Albion, Portsmouth and Birmingham
City could be interested if the price is right. GG has made
it clear that the diminutive Portuguese winger has no lace in his
Another former Spurs winger
in the news, Garry Brady, who left to go to Newcastle United,
looks like joining Barnsley after impressing Dave Bassett while on
trial there. He may be ready to sign on as he has not had a
look-in at St. James' Park since his arrival two years ago.
The Iranian midfielder Kharim Bagheri, who was thought to be
heading for Tottenham, will now be shooting for Charlton
Athletic. The Valiants sealed a deal to take him to the
South London club today.
Apparently, eleven Spurs fans were arrested for running amok in
Arnhem after Saturday's friendly match. Damage and injury
was done when furniture was thrown from a bar where fans were
drinking and charges are pending against the men arrested.
Perhaps it is just as well we are not in Europe again this season.
Other news ... Jonathan Woodgate, Lee Bowyer, reserve striker Tony
Hackworth and two others are charged with grievous bodily harm on
an Asian student in Leeds in January. Michael Duberry and Woodgate
are also charged with conspiring to pervert the course of
justice. Pleas will be heard in September.
A new ball is to be used in
the Premier League apparently. The Nike "Geo" is
striking fear into keepers hearts as it swerves about too much for
News that Daniel Sugar made a bid to buy out Barry Hearn at Leyton
Orient last season is thought to indicate that Sir Alan Sugar may
be ready to sell up his interest in Tottenham. Football and
Premier League rules say that no person or associates can hold
more than 10% of shares in two different clubs and therefore, if
Hearn had accepted the offer, the Spurs Chairman would have to
have sold his shareholding to comply. The bid was turned
down at the time, but speculation is rife that the bid by the Enic
group for Tottenham might now appeal to the knight of Tottenham.
Following chants for Ginola at last night's friendly in Holland, GG
has said he is not worried about abuse directed at him, but feels
that this sort of "support" could demoralise the team
and affect the progress they are trying to make.
Apparently Steffen Iversen is a £7 million target for Vicenza of
Serie A. This has arisen out of his refusal at the moment to
sign a contract extension as he wants £26,000 a week while Spurs
are believed to have offered £20,000.
The price of Tottenham shares has plummeted and this has been
linked to the sale of David Ginola and the confusion over Sol
Campbell's contract. The price has dropped from 71.2p to
62.5p per share.
Boudewijn Zenden has a number of options according to the
PlanetFootball website. There are rumours that Chelsea have
been in touch with Barcelona and that and another four sides
are thought to be ready to join the bidding. These include
Spurs, Fiorentina and Lazio.
Spurs beat Vitesse Arnhem tonight in their last pre-season
friendly match in the Gelredome in Arnhem. Goals from
Steffen Iversen and Darren Anderton gave Spurs a 2-0 win.
For a match report click here.
Spurs team : - Sullivan, Carr, Campbell, Perry, Thatcher
(Taricco 77), Anderton (Young 77), Freund, Sherwood (Davies 77),
Clemence, Ferdinand (Iversen 46), Rebrov.
Willem Korsten was missing from the team as he is believed to have
undergone an operation.
During coverage of the Vitesse match on Channel Five, Graham
Roberts was the match summariser in the studio and said he was
concerned about Chris Perry and thought Spurs should get another
centre-half. He considered Rebrov and excellent buy and said
that Les and Darren both owed Tottenham a good season after their
injuries. He also thought that GG would have not brought
Neil Sullivan to the club if he did not intend to play him, so in
his opinion, the ex-Wimbledon man would start next Saturday.
In The Sun today, Jimmy Greaves has been criticising GG saying
that he is taking the Tottenham out of the club. He also
said that if he was still a player and was available, GG would not
sign him as he didn't like egos that were bigger than his own.
Tottenham have said that they would help Jose Dominguez to find a
new club as he is likely to have a "frustrating" season
ahead of him (roughly translated meaning he will not get a look
in). The club feel that they have a duty to do so.
SoccerUpdate have said that Spurs have told Mauricio Taricco he is
free to re-join Ipswich Town as GG has no use for him now that he
has signed Ben Thatcher. The report says there might be a
stumbling block as Spurs will want around £3 million for him -
quite a rise on the £1.7 million they paid in the first place.
In the first move to break European football apart, the top clubs
in Scotland have been given the go-ahead to play in a league with
clubs from Holland, Portugal, Sweden, Denmark and Norway.
The league could be the stepping stone to a major European league
and would decimate home leagues by taking the top teams out and
leaving the rest to scrabble around for what TV money is left.
Former Spurs reserve midfielder, David Lee grabbed a very good
goal for Southend on his debut for the Essex club.
David Pleat has begged Sol Campbell to stay at the club. The
club are willing to offer him a "breathtaking" contract
if he will sit down to talks, but he and his agent are reported as
saying that they want to wait until the end of the season.
This had lead George Graham to speculate that Sol wants to go
along the Bosman route and said that the questioning of his and
the club's ambition was annoying. I didn't come here to
wallow in mid-table, the manager said, I came to win things.
GG and Sergei Rebrov seem to share a common belief in collective
responsibility. GG praised the Ukrainian and said he works
very hard and brings out the best in others, while Rebrov said he
does not care how many goals he scores as long as the team wins.
Spurs have hit out at the reports that Charlton Athletic have made
a £2.5 million bid for Chris Armstrong. David Pleat has
again blamed "agent-speak" for these stories.
GG seems to have decided who will start between the sticks next
Saturday against Ipswich Town and all will be revealed in
tomorrow's friendly match against Vitesse Arnhem.
Steffen Freund believes that if Sergei Rebrov has a successful
season, it could kick Spurs into the big time. He has been
helping the Ukrainian settle into this country, admitting it took
him a year and a half to do so. He said if Rebrov is
given time to fit into the Premiership, he will help Spurs
GG has said that he is pleased to be playing a quality side the
week before the season starts in tomorrow's friendly in
Holland. Vitesse Arnhem finished fourth in the Dutch League
and although their former player, Willem Korsten is expected to be
unavailable for the match, George sees it as a "tricky
Planet Football say that
Tottenham are stepping up their interest in Boudewijn Zenden, the
George Graham has allegedly been given the go ahead to spend £7
million more to bring in the two players he has penciled in for
his Tottenham side. He is unlikely to have them in the
line-up before the start of the season, but he knows the areas he
wants to fill and will await the players becoming available.
Suppose we can wave goodbye to Zenden then ??
Allan Nielsen has said that
his new boss at Watford, graham Taylor is a better listener and
easier to talk to than George Graham. Fellow ex-Spur Espen Baardsen,
who joined him in a move to Vicarage Road, said he had hardly
spoken to the manager for a long while. Both said that the
difference between their old and new manager is that Taylor smiled
Mauricio Taricco has said that "if" the rumours of a
move to Ipswich Town become fact, then he will have to consider
his position. At the moment he is happy at Tottenham and is
ready to fight for his place with new signing Ben Thatcher.
DP is said to have had a conversation with George Burley about
Taricco two or three weeks ago, but it was made clear that Spurs
were happy with the Argentinian defender.
Barry Fry has said that when Tottenham grabbed Matthew Etherington
and Simon Davies, they got two real bargains. Their former
manager believes they will progress because they are both keen to
learn and have really come on since their move to White Hart Lane.
Following the Peterborough United game, Steffen Iversen got a rude
awakening. Click here
to go to Football 365 for the full story.
Mystery Spanish striker Diego Tristan has signed for Deportivo La
Coruna for a club record £9 million from Real Mallorca. He
was linked with a move to Britain with Spurs one of the main
Arsene Wenger tried his amateur psychology again. He really
is a sad man isn't he ??
At last, Tottenham are set to have a meeting with Sol Campbell's
agent in the next two weeks about the Spurs captain's contract
extension. Spurs are believed to be offering a £1 million
lump sum signing-on fee and wages above £25,000 a week which will
bust the pay structure. Watch this space.
Steffen Iversen is looking forward to the lightening of the
striking load with four fit forwards at Tottenham this
season. He also said that he was in no hurry to extend his
contract and it was "something for the future".
Rumours are printed in today's papers that Mauricio Taricco might
be moving back to Ipswich Town following Tottenham's signing of
Ben Thatcher. I would not think this is likely for a number
of reasons. He would fetch at least as much (if not more
than we paid for him), Spurs want to build a bigger squad and he
is versatile enough to cover a number of positions. A fee of
£3 million (or £1 million, depending on which website you read)
is being quoted and the Suffolk club are believed to be close to
taking two top players to Portman Road. Manager George
Burley said they are both quality players and there are strong
indications that one of them he is referring to is Ruel Fox.
Don't watch that space.
The rumours of Tottenham's interest in Benito Carbone ended today
when he signed for Bradford City.
Etherington, who missed last night's friendly against his old club
Peterborough United, will miss the first month of the season with
his ankle injury, sustained in the reserve friendly at Dulwich
Hamlet last Saturday.
Spurs Reserves lost 1-2 at Kingstonian in David Leworthy's
testimonial match. Leworthy scored himself to help the home
side to a 2-0 lead before John Piercy got a goal back for
Tottenham. IN the match, Chris Armstrong took a kick on the
leg and had to limp off.
West Bromwich Albion have ended their interest in Ruel Fox as they
cannot talk to him about a move until he has resolved his claim
with Tottenham about paying off his contract.
David Lee, who has signed a one year deal at Southend United, has
already been the subject of interest from former Spurs and
Southend winger, Peter Taylor. The Leicester City boss will
maintain an overview of the Spurs midfielder's progress this
season and may make a bargain buy should he impress at Roots
Another former Spurs winger, Garry Brady, has returned to
Newcastle United after a trial at Barnsley proved fruitless.
SoccerUpdate report he was only there one day !!
Spurs beat Peterborough United in a friendly match tonight at
London Road, with goals by Sergei Rebrov and Tim Sherwood giving
Spurs a 2-1 victory. For a match report click here.
For a look at some photos and videos of the goals click here.
Spurs Team : Tottenham: Walker, Carr, Perry (Young 76),
Campbell, Thatcher (Taricco 60), Anderton, Sherwood (Davies 60),
Freund, Clemence, Rebrov (Armstrong 60), Ferdinand (Iversen
45). Unused Subs : Doherty, Sullivan
Willem Korsten will be out
for a month after having an operation to remove some floating bone
from his hip. The Dutchman has said it wasn't as bad as he
had thought and hopes he will be OK to play again after the
surgery, but he has been told to do nothing for three or four
weeks. No change there then !!
Jari Litmanen of Barcelona
has been the subject of an enquiry by Spurs according to his
agent. While DP dismisses it as agent talk, his agent has
been talking and said Spurs had asked if the Finnish striker was
available. Told by Barca that he was, they then asked to
discuss a fee. Ajax and Everton are also interested in
taking the forward on, should he be let go.
Previous reports earlier this year of Tottenham's interest in 19
year old Nigerian Julius
Aghahowa have resurfaced, with Arsenal, Coventry City,
Middlesbrough and Manchester City being the clubs involved.
Steffen Iversen has said that Spurs supporters should forget David
Ginola and get behind the team, instead of calling his name.
Iversen added that he felt the fittest he had been in two years
and would expect the style of the team's play to change now that
Ginola had departed.
Matthew Etherington looks like he will miss a return to his old
ground on Tuesday, when Spurs visit London Road to play
Peterborough United in a pre-season friendly. Matty took a
heavy tackle on his ankle during the match at Dulwich Hamlet on
Saturday and is doubtful for the match against the Posh.
Willem Korsten could also miss out after being diagnosed as having
a hip injury.
BFJ Hartson has slammed Spurs doctors for ruining his dream move
to Tottenham last season. He said they didn't have the guts
to take him on after he had undergone knee surgery, which he has
had no reaction to in pre-season training for First Division
Wimbledon. The Big Welsh player said that it would be
Tottenham's loss that he was not at White Hart Lane now. Oh,
yeah John. We really wish that Rebrov had never signed for
Tottenham and we were all looking forward to a new season with you
leading the line. NOT !!
are reported on Planet Football that Spurs are among many clubs a
watching the outcome of a meeting between Jari Litmanen and
Barcelona to see if he has a future at the club. Signed on a
Bosman, he was injured for most of last season and the club are
thinking of cutting their losses by selling him on. Everton,
Ajax and Olympiakos are all keen to offer him a new start.
Following his first goal in a Spurs shirt this summer, Les Ferdinand
has stated that he will be happy to be part of the striker
rotation at Tottenham. He said that with Steffen Iversen,
Chris Armstrong and Sergei Rebrov all battling for two places, he
was glad to be fit and in with a chance of playing first team
Meanwhile, GG said that he hoped to bolster the squad still
further, although it was unlikely that any new players would join
before the season's start. He said that during the summer
they looked at a lot more players than the three they signed and
hoped that signings would come in due course. Graham said
that he was looking for progression this season with a higher
finish and play good attacking football.
Benito Carbone has sent out a message to Spurs that he is the
player to fill the boots of David Ginola, who has moved in the
other direction. His people contacted David Pleat, who
signed him for Sheffield Wednesday and asked if Tottenham would
take him on. Villa failed to meet his £53,000 a week wage
demands. Manchester City, Glasgow Rangers, Monaco, Italian
club Reggina and Bradford City are interested too and Joe Royle is
believed to be willing to stump up whatever it takes for
Carbone. Pleat is reported to have said that Beni would love
the way football is played at Tottenham and hopes to push the deal
through to beat the opposition. You can imagine GG welcoming
him with open arms can't you ??
Apparently, the Sunday People report that Steffen Iversen is
holding out for £26,000 a week (up from Spurs' £20,000 offer)
and if his demands are not met, Bayern Munich are waiting to do a
deal at £10 million.
Manchester United are expected to make a paltry £10 million bid
for Sol Campbell or tell Spurs they will have him for nothing in
the summer. They might be forced into making a late bid in
December in time to register him for the latter stages of the
Champion's league, but no doubt that will be at an even smaller
amount. The story comes from the Man U loving Sunday Mirror,
so we will wait until Sol finally leaves White Hart Lane before we
believe anything that is written in the papers.
Sergei Rebrov's love of amateur radio will hopefully help him
settle into life in England. He visited the Radio Society of
Great Britain at Potters Bar and said that once he has his new
home (he is living in a hotel at the moment), he will get a
licence and a radio station set up. He said that he is
loving London (as is his wife for shopping) and is looking to be
involved in radio competitions when he is properly equipped.
The News of the World have revealed that Charlton Athletic are
keen to sign Chris Armstrong for £2.5 million. Portsmouth
are also thought to be watching the situation with interest.
DP denied that the story was anything more than "agent
speak" and that no player would leave unless it was in the
club's best interests.
Ian Walker could
sensationally follow in the footsteps of Pat Jennings and move to
Arsenal should be be ousted from the goalkeeper's position at
Tottenham. SoccerUpdate report that Arsenal could make a
surprise swoop for Walker if he is so dissatisfied with Neil
Sullivan replacing him that he decides to leave !! And he
thinks he is disliked at Tottenham at the moment ??
Ipswich Town are thought to
be looking at signing Leyton Orient's Matthew Lockwood. The
left back is rated at £500,000 and Spurs are believed to be keen
on the player who is reckoned to be one of the hottest properties
in Division Three.
Spurs played QPR this afternoon in former Spurs defender Danny
Maddix's testimonial match at Loftus Road. Spurs won 2-0
with goals from Les Ferdinand and Tim Sherwood. Willem
Korsten missed the match because of a hip problem.
Spurs : Spurs: Sullivan, Carr, Taricco (Thatcher 45), Campbell,
Vega (Perry 45), Leonhardsen (Davies 45), Sherwood (Young 77),
Clemence, Anderton, Ferdinand (Rebrov 45), Iversen (Armstrong 77).
For a match report click here.
Despite staying on the bench for the above friendly, GG has said
that Ian Walker is not the number two keeper at Tottenham.
He said that Walks played most of the games on tour and at
Birmingham, so he should not be unduly worried that Sullivan was
having a run now. The manager added he will make his
decision when it needs it, that is the first day of the season.
Spurs target Boudewijn Zenden has been retained at Barcelona and
will not be leaving after all. He was not on the list of six
players the new manager Lorenzo Serra Ferrer wants to shed from
Should Steffen Iversen not be able to agree a contract extension
with Spurs various clubs are rumoured to be waiting in the wings
to snap him up. Among these are Leeds United, Fiorentina and
Shock Horror reports in today's newspapers that Tottenham have
issued tickets with David Ginola on them !! How terribly
terribly embarrassing !!
Spurs XI beat Dulwich Hamlet this afternoon by 3-1, with goals
from John Piercy and Yannick Kamanan. The side
did not feature Dutchman Willem Korsten as he was unavailable
Sol Campbell has urged Tottenham to start acting like a big club
and to stop cutting corners. He said that they sometimes
would have to take a chance on players to bring success to the
club and show others that Tottenham mean business. The Spurs
captain said that people at the Spurs have to wake up to the fact
that there is a big club there and be clever with the money they
have after the recent sales. Sol thought that Rebrov was a
very good buy, with the potential to take Spurs into Europe.
Darren Anderton has said that Tottenham will get over the sale of
David Ginola and have a manager who knows what he wants. The
England man, who some have said did not get on with Ginola, went
on to cryptically (although not that vaguely) remark that the best
11 individuals do not make the best team !!
Steffen Iversen has added to the "not too sorry to see David
Ginola go" brigade by saying the club has some good young
players and there is a togetherness in the squad as the approach
the new season. Iversen says that the loss of Ginola is not
as bad as people might think and considers Spurs will do well
Oyvind Leonhardsen has revealed that he may need to undergo
surgery to resolve his long-standing heel injury. A
specialist will look at the injury site in the next few days and
make a decision as to whether an operation is required.
A Spurs XI will be playing Dulwich Hamlet tomorrow at the
non-league club's Champion Hill ground at 3.p.m. John Piercy
is set to link up with ex-Luton Town striker/defender Gary
Doherty. The pair have scored five goals in three games
together. Dave McEwen will return to his old stamping ground
in this match which was part of the deal. The Dutchman
Willem Korsten has been omitted from the squad due to injury.
Iranian midfielder Karim Bagheri,
who mysteriously alluded to a move to a London club, has played
for Charlton Athletic in a pre-season testimonial and the South
London club are considering his purchase. Spurs were said to
be one of the interested parties involved.
Sol Campbell has assured Spurs fans that he will be staying at White
Hart Lane for the foreseeable future, despite not having contract
talks with the club. It is music to the ears to hear him say
"I want to play for Tottenham. I've been here a long time and
my heart is here. It's a massive club, with a great tradition and
fantastic supporters, and I want to win things with them. That
would mean so much to me." He said that he was hopeful
that the club was going in the right direction by signing Rebrov
and that Ginola was gone and the club was in good shape. He
said if there was a player out there who could add to the squad,
then the club should go after him, but added that it need not be a
big money signing, it could be a bargain buy.
If you are a season ticket
holder and you are unhappy about David Ginola leaving, the club
would not wish to have misled anyone, so they are offering a full
refund on the season ticket if it is returned to the ticket office
by August 15.
Allan Nielsen joined Watford
today for £2.25 million and was part of a double deal that took
Espen Baardsen to Vicarage Road for £1.25 million.
on the way out of the Lane could be Ruel Fox, who West Bromwich
Albion have agreed a fee for. Talks will continue later this
Ian Walker will reconsider his position at Tottenham (does that
mean he will play in midfield ?), if he is not playing against
Ipswich Town on the first day of the season. He says that
nobody knows what will happen, but GG can expect him to be unhappy
if he is on the bench come August 19th.
Steffen Iversen's agent said Tottenham are offering 20% below what
he expects his client to receive in his new contract
extension. Talks will continue in two weeks, but if Spurs do
not close the gap, then the deal could be off.
Oyvind Leonhardsen has said he cannot live up to playing on the
left wing like David Ginola. He has urged the fans to forget
Ginola and support those who are currently in the white shirts of
Spurs have been linked with a move
for Watford's promising young £2 million rated forward Tommy
Smith, but David Pleat has denied such a move.
Ledley King is back in light training after having a plaster cast
removed from his broken foot. He hopes that he will be able
to step up the training and get back playing soon.
Darren Anderton is hoping for a recall to the England squad for
the World Cup game against Germany.
Mysterious Spanish striker Diego Tristan, has shunned a move to
Spurs, as well as Glasgow Rangers and Galatasaray and might now
stay with Real Mallorca.
Willem Korsten will be missing from the Tottenham squad that
travels to Queens Park Rangers this Saturday through injury.
drew 0-0 at Fulham tonight in Simon Morgan's Testimonial match.
Both keepers were in action and Fulham hit the bar, before
Sherwood was substituted on the advice of the referee, following
one hefty tackle on Goldbaek.
Team : Sullivan, Carr, Thatcher (Taricco 75), Perry,
Campbell, Sherwood (Etherington 55), Anderton, Clemence,
Leonhardsen (Armstrong 75), Rebrov, Ferdinand (Iversen 45).
For a match report click here.
The chances of Boudewijn
Zenden coming to Tottenham appear to be slim. Lazio offered
him £42,000 a week before talks broke down and he is already
earning £33,000 at Barcelona. Signing him would involve a
considerable hike in the wages paid at the club, with Darren
Anderton the top earner at £24,000 a week now that David Ginola
Steffen Iversen is looking forward to the start of the season and
thinks that despite the sale of David Ginola, Spurs could finish
in the top six, should they avoid lots of injuries.
It was revealed today that DJ Korsten's hip op will keep him out
Despite denials from D. Pleat, the transfers of Espen Baardsen and
Allan Nielsen appear to have been completed as both players
revealed on their own websites.
Ben Thatcher has revealed that the pre-season with Spurs has been
much harder than those previously spent at Wimbledon. He
said that he is getting used to it now and the other players have
helped him. Thatcher thought the tour went well, but coming
up against Birmingham City who are nearer match hardened fitness
was a "back to earth" welcome to English football.
Les Ferdinand has said it is "disappointing" that David Ginola
has been sold.
It appears that Tottenham and Sol Campbell have not set a date for
contract talks. The Spurs captain said he would talk to the
club in the summer, after Euro 2000, but both Pleat and Sol's
agent have confirmed that there are no negotiations planned to
discuss an extension on his contract which expires in July
2001. Spurs fans are concerned that after losing David
Ginola, the young man who has come through the ranks at White Hart
Lane, might leave the club he loves, with Tottenham losing out big
time as he will go for free. Pleat said that there are no
"direct talks" going on at this time, but the club hoped
to sit down with him shortly.
Tottenham are denying that Allan Nielsen and Espen Baardsen are
heading off to join Watford, saying that one or two details have
still to be sorted out. However, Watford hope that the deals
can be completed within the next couple of days.
Boudewijn Zenden looks certain to join Lazio after their transfer
deal with Barcelona has been resurrected.
Willem Korsten (you remember him, don't you) needs surgery on a
hip operation and will miss the start of the season. The man
who has BUPA as his personal sponsor said he was