Tottenham lost 1-3 to Birmingham City at White Hart Lane tonight
in the 3rd round of the Worthington Cup. Click here
for a match report and for reaction click
Following the match a
reported crowd of around 300 fans stayed behind at the front
entrance to the ground for an hour to demand the removal of
manager George Graham and for Alan Sugar to sell up his interest
in the club.
Sir Alan Sugar has given the Chairman's traditional vote of
confidence to his beleaguered manager George Graham. The
Spurs supremo said that the club had flirted with relegation too
often recently and that they were building for the future.
GG for his part said he is determined to see the job
Sol Campbell should be ready to return to the Tottenham team in
about two weeks time.
Sergei Rebrov and Ben Thatcher will both most likely miss the
match against Birmingham tomorrow night . GG said that
having missed Saturday's defeat at Chelsea, it is unlikely they
will be fit to play in the League Cup tie.
Darren Anderton is seeking a new contract with Spurs when his
current deal expires in the summer. He said he cannot see
himself playing for another club other than Tottenham and he hopes
to get into discussions about the contract after Christmas.
Simon Davies said he is pleased to be getting into the first team,
but he now feels settled enough to push for inclusion on a longer
term basis. He said he enjoys playing as Substitute, but
would like to come on when Spurs are winning or get more minutes
on the pitch under his belt.
Luke Young said he is
willing to play at left-back if it means he will get a game.
He does not like the position, but will turn out again to cover
for the injured Thatcher and he added that Birmingham City will be
a hard side to beat.
Patrick Jennings, son of the
great Pat, has joined Kingstonian on a free transfer.
George Graham has said there is no quick fix for the problems at
Tottenham. He re-iterated some of his comments to newspapers
of yesterday and said that a manager has some hard decisions to
make when he starts at a new club. At Tottenham, he could
not believe players were swaggering off the training pitch,
content that they had avoided relegation. He said that 50%
of the players had to be cleared out, with a corresponding
percentage required to come into the club to fill the gaps.
However, that has not been possible and therefore, he has had to
make do with what he has got.
Tottenham lost this afternoon 0-3 to Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.
For a match report click here.
For reaction click here.
Because of injury, Spurs included Ledley King, Anthony Gardner,
Alton Thelwell, Gary Doherty, Simon Davies and Matthew Etherington in the
squad. Willem Korsten was included in the side that started,
as was Luke Young and Steffen Freund for Ban Thatcher and Sergei Rebrov
who failed late fitness tests.
George Graham has once again stated that he thinks Sol Campbell
will leave Tottenham in the summer. He said that Sol will
not talk to anyone until his contract has expired and it will not
be for want of offering him shed loads of cash. He said that
Tottenham are looking for players to replace the Spurs captain.
Both Steffen Freund and Darren Anderton have spoken out about the
criticism of George Graham by the Tottenham crowd. Freund
said that he could not understand why the crowd were waiting for
the team to make a couple of mistakes and then jeer them, even
when they were playing well. Anderton said that GG should be
given time to get things right, like Alex Ferguson at Old
Ben Thatcher could have a late fitness test on an injured leg that
he picked up in training on Thursday. If he doesn't make it,
he could be replaced by Willem Korsten who apparently played at
left back when GG had him on loan at Leeds United. Jose
Dominguez could start in place of Oyvind Leonhardsen. Oh,
TeamTalk report that Leonhardsen's thigh injury could rule him out
for the rest of the season.
Sherwood has hit out at the number of foreign players in the
Premier League, which he feels is stopping talented youngsters
getting their chance in the first teams of clubs across the
country. He professed support for a return to the limit on
foreign players, so that some young English stars could make their
progress into the first XI.
Former Spurs winger, Garry Brady, has returned to Newcastle United
after his loan spell at Norwich City.
Tottenham have released their company results for the last year
and showed a pre-tax loss of
from last year's profit of £1.3 million.
After tax this amounted to a £100,000 profit compared to
£800,000 last year.
Wages went up by 21% to £26.2 million from
£21.7 million and incoming players cost £23.4 million. The
company's turnover increased to £48 million from last year's £42.6
million, with television income rising by £3.3 million to £12.3
million, most coming from BSkyB, who covered Tottenham's short
UEFA Cup campaign.
Sponsorship money was improved by 10% to £6.7 million, while
merchandising accounted for £4.8 million as against £3.8 million
Sir Alan Sugar said "The group is doing everything within its
power to maximise revenues, all of which are ploughed back into
strengthening the club and playing squad." No dividend
has been announced for shareholders.
Sugar also announced that the East Stand will be redeveloped to
increase capacity to 44,000.
While he was on a roll, the Spurs chairman said he would be taking
the FA to court over the £150,000 fine imposed for the brawl at
Elland Road last November. Having been denied the right to
appeal against the decision, Tottenham are looking to fight the
fine and that included taking civil action. If Spurs get the
money back, it would double the club's profits for the year !!
Oyvind Leonhardsen is set to
miss the next two months of the season with a hamstring
pull. His scan yesterday revealed a muscle tear, but luckily
surgery will not be required.
Dean Ashton, the Crewe Alexandra whizz-kid forward, has been the
subject of speculation from a number of Premier League clubs,
including Tottenham. Manager Dario Gradi said he doesn't
talk about his young players or even try to sell them, otherwise
they could just as well start off at a big club in the first
Willem Korsten is not injured and could be considered for
Saturday's match against Chelsea. He said that he has felt
strong recently and that he prefers playing up front to
midfield. Reserve team manager Chris Hughton said that if he
keeps performing consistently he could feature in the first team
as GG is aware of what he is capable of.
Ferdinand is keen to erase the tag of never having won at Stamford
Bridge in the Premier League on Saturday. He said the visit
to Chelsea will hopefully be a successful one as the win over
Derby County should give them the confidence to put our bogey team
in their place.
Ipswich Town have denied that they are still interested in
Mauricio Taricco. They said they did have a bid for the
former Portman Road favourite turned down earlier in the season,
but have since bought two defenders and their priorities now lay
elsewhere in the team.
Meanwhile, it was revealed today that both Taricco and Steffen
Iversen both need surgery on their respective groin and knee
injuries. Taricco's summer operation has not been right
since it was carried out and he will have to go under the knife
again, while Iversen needs to be operated on after a surgeon
examined his knee in Norway.
Further injury woe as Oyvind Leonhardsen will be out for six to
eight weeks with his thigh injury sustained in Saturday's game
against Derby County.
Spurs reserves stuck 6 past Leicester City reserves without reply
tonight and Willem Korsten got 4 of them !! John Piercy and
Anthony Gardner got the other two as Spurs won their second home
game on the trot.
Reports today indicated that Mauricio Taricco had been put up for
sale by Tottenham for an asking price of around £1.5
million. David Pleat denied this rumour and said that the
club were looking to make an extension to his current contract.
David Pleat has apparently been linked with a move to the
manager's position at Bradford City should they dispose of Chris
Hutchings who is presently in charge at the Bradford & Bingley
Spurs have been reported as tracking the versatile FC Lahti
player, Mika Väyrynenin, the Finnish press. The 19 year
old, rated at £1.5 million can play in midfield or up front and
scored twice at the weekend against FC Jazz. Nice.
Jose Dominguez was disappointed with his performance coming on as
sub against Derby County he said on the official site. He
said he knows he can be more creative and hopes his fitness will
allow him to do better in future.
Tonight's Evening Standard has an article by Steve Stammers
debating whether Sir Alan Sugar will spend out to improve the
Spurs squad and how the future looks for Tottenham if he
doesn't. It makes grim reading at http://www.thisislondon.co.uk/dynamic/news/business/top_direct.html
(Go to sport and then the story about "Tottenham will pay
unless Sugar gambles" or go on Tottenham option in the club
Some reports indicate that Oyvind Leonhardsen could be out of the
Spurs team for up to six weeks. His thigh injury was being
looked at today by a specialist and then he would know the exact
length of time he will spend on the sidelines. However, the
figure is as low as three weeks on some sites. Now, is that
glass half-full or ....
Stephen Carr has said that when things are going well, he thinks
he would like to spend his whole career at Tottenham, with the
captain's armband his dream. He said that he understands the
club will try to get him on the cheap, but he must think about his
own situation, although he wants a resolution soon. He is
happy to be in the Tottenham side and be learning his trade, he
added, but I would say he is doing pretty well from where I am
He did go on to criticise
the fickle nature of the Spurs fans who lapped up the first
quarter of the game, when they were playing well, but started
jeering when the Derby goal went in. He said that Spurs need
the fans to get behind the side and that the booing doesn't do the
team any good.
Steffen Iversen's doctor in Norway has informed him that if the
cyst on his knee is drained, he could be back in training in two
or three weeks, but if it is not that, then an operation could put
him out of the game for five or six weeks.
The rare start for Stephen Clemence has sparked hope that this
could get him a run in the first team. With Leonhardsen
going off injured, he is praying that he has done enough to
persuade George Graham to leave him in the Spurs midfield for the
next few games.
Everton have denied that they are looking to sign Tottenham
striker Les Ferdinand.
Both Tim Sherwood and Ramon Vega think their former boss, Roy
Hodgson should be appointed as manager of England. Despite
being accused of getting the former Blackburn boss the sack,
Sherwood said that he would be the best man for the job and that
he could sort England out from top to bottom. Vega thinks
that he should be the man because he has done it with a small
country like Switzerland and also with a big club - Inter Milan.
Sol Campbell has suffered a setback in his return to the Spurs
team, with specialists reportedly advising him that he will not be
bale to return until the turn of the year !! The news on
TeamTalk states that although he hoped to be back next week
against Chelsea, he "has been told to stay away a while
longer, for the sake of his health". Not quite sure
what that says about playing for Tottenham at the moment !!
Steffen Iversen is at the
centre at a controversy about heavy drinking. In a book by
Norwegian international Erik Mykland, he reveals that during Euro
2000, Iversen was left in the corner of a caravan drunk and naked
after a heavy session. When asked about the sections of the
book relating to him, he said he has no problem with them and that
he didn't care. His father, Odd, suffered from a drink
problem when he was a top striker in Norway.
Everton are looking at Les Ferdinand with a view to taking him to
Goodison Park. Having had bad experiences with the Everton
crowd in the past because of his colour, it is doubtful if Sir Les
would see this as an acceptable move.
Charlton Athletic are said to be looking at Luke Young to bolster
their defence following his "comments" about leaving
Tottenham to get first team football. With Sol now out for a
long period, it is unlikely that the management would let Young
leave and even then, he looks to be versatile enough to keep as
cover in a number of areas in the team for the future.
Spurs are supposed to be keen on Crewe Alexandra's 17 year old
striking sensation Dean Ashton. He hasn't yet become a first
team player, but is highly thought of and considered to be the
next star produced by Dario Gradi and his coaching team at
Crewe. West Ham United, Arsenal and Aston Villa are the
others watching the youngster.
The club have also been linked with a move for Ivan Zamorano.
With a striker injury plague at the moment, the Inter Milan and
Chile forward might be the solution to Tottenham's goalscoring
problems on a short term loan. Not sure how likely GG would be to
go for this, but it might be worth a go. Admittedly, it was
only the Olympics, but he looked class.
Former Spurs winger Peter Taylor has been named as the caretaker
boss of England for the friendly against Italy in November.
Tottenham beat Derby County 3-1 today at White Hart Lane.
Oyvind Leonhardsen got two and Stephen Carr the other goal.
For a match report click here. For reaction, click
Goalkeeper Jesper Christiansen of Odense BK has apparently signed
a five year deal with Glasgow Rangers. This has two effects
on Tottenham as he was on trial with the club last season and was
believed to be a target for Spurs and it also means that
Rangers will probably not follow up their interest in Ian Walker.
Les Ferdinand has admitted to being an accomplice in the crime of
wrecking the Blue Peter garden 17 years ago. The popular BBC
TV children's programme was featuring a garden which developed
over a period of time, but it shocked the nation and the culprits
were never traced. However, it was revealed in the Sun
newspaper today that Ferdinand helped the friends over the wall to
the BBC centre in Shepherd's Bush and while he was unwilling to
identify them, it is believed that Dennis Wise could have been
amongst them. The former Newcastle and England forward said
that they were only kids and were only having a bit of fun.
Sol Campbell has said that he does not want to cheat himself or
the fans by coming back to first team football to early. He
wants to make sure that when he does return that he will be ready
for action. he also feels that he benefited mentally from a
break after playing football for such a long time without a rest.
The transfer saga
surrounding the Australian Johannes Oleczek continues with reports
that he has accepted a four year deal with Tottenham.
Apparently, according to SoccerUpdate, GG has now told David Pleat
about the deal, but we will wait for official confirmation of the
move. So there ARE quality players out there then !!
Sergei Rebrov might face a late fitness test on his injured thigh
as Spurs are struggling to find someone to pair up with Les
Ferdinand up front for Tottenham tomorrow against Derby
County. The only other option would be to play recently fit
again Willem Korsten.
Spurs defender Stephen Carr
has challenged the Spurs fans to get behind the team for
tomorrow's visit of Derby County. He said that whatever they
thought about the manager or chairman, it is important to the team
to get a good atmosphere. The players have been hurt by the
reception they got away from home and realise they have
contributed to that situation, but he feels that the three points
on offer are the most important thing.
Former Spurs defensive target, Ugo Ehiogu, has joined
Middlesbrough for £8 million.
Three of the main Spurs strikers are all struggling to be fit for
Saturday's game with Derby County. Steffen Iversen has gone
home to Norway to have a knee injury (or shoulder injury,
depending on which site you look at) picked up during training (or
a cyst at the back of the knee if you read his own website)
examined with a three week lay-off likely, Chris Armstrong has
aggravated a hamstring and Sergei Rebrov is also suffering with a
thigh strain and it is in the balance as to whether he will miss
George Graham has said that he does not worry if he is accepted by
the Spurs crowd. He said that if results are not
forthcoming, then fans will want to have their say and he prefers
them to have a go at him, rather than the team as it would affect
He may have to wear earplugs this Saturday, as a demonstration is
planned to try and oust him from his post and Sir Alan Sugar as
Stephen Carr's talks with David Pleat concerning an improvement to
his contract have come to a halt according to TeamTalk.
However, the story reckons he wanted to improve his wage from
£12,000 to £16,000 a week and this was the sticking point.
If true, this is a disgrace as he is one of the better players at
Tottenham at the moment and is actually one who deserves to get
that much because he earns it. He has said that he is happy
to stay at Tottenham, but wants this sorted out.
Luke Young has denied saying he is ready to leave Tottenham if he
doesn't get a first team place. The Spurs defender,
who came through last night's reserve game without reaction
to his foot injury, had been said to be set to quit
Tottenham. The piece was sourced from an article on the
Spurs official website, but taken out of context and blown out of
all proportion. He is happy at Spurs and Luke is just
awaiting his chance to make a place in the first team his own.
Willem Korsten says he is ready for the first team's game against
Derby County on Saturday. Having played a few games in the
second string and scored a couple of goals, he feels fit enough to
return to the Premier League.
Tottenham are about to sign Australian defender Johannes Oleczek
£300,000. The highly-rated centre-half, known as the
'Brick' (I think that was what they said), has also had West Ham
and Kaiserslautern chasing him, but Spurs seem to have landed
their man. The 21-year-old Hawthorn Rangers defender
impressed Spurs scouts and his signing will give even more cover
for the injured Sol Campbell. There will not be any problems
getting a work permit for the player he has German
relations. Oleszek is said to be "stoked by this
offer," what ever that means !! David Pleat however,
has poo-pooed this rumour as "there is not an ounce of
truth" in it and the club are not even recognised as a senior
After last night's Reserve success, manager Chris Hughton hopes
that the players keep putting in the hard work to make a move into
the first team. He said that the watching George Graham
would notice players who did it consistently for the reserves and
stressed that once players do get a place in the first XI, it is
then down to them to keep that place.
Stephen Carr has said on the official site that he has ignored the
criticism of the Spurs defence and that he hopes to get another
win under his belt soon to turn the tide of recent results.
Chris Armstrong is reported by TeamTalk to be set to miss three or
four weeks after suffering a hamstring problem, just as he was
getting over his previous injury.
Villa centre-half, Ugo Ehiogu, is thinking over a move to
Middlesbrough for £8 million this week. The player was
being sought by Tottenham, but this seems to be another one who
will slip away !!
ClubCall have reported Tottenham's recent spying on Viking
Stavanger defender Hannu Tihinen, who is also being watched by
Wolverhampton Wanderers. The Finn played in the World Cup
qualifier against England and is rated by his coach as on a par
with Sammy Hyypia. The fee could put him beyond Tottenham's
interest. The 24 year old has apparently been watched by
Spurs since September. What's the betting that while we take
"one more look" at him, someone else will nip in and
snatch him from Tottenham's grasp ??
Sol Campbell, having rested on a week's holiday could be ready to
recommence training next week and resume playing for Spurs the
weekend after, George Graham said today.
Spurs reserves beat Southampton reserves tonight 2-0 at White Hart
Lane. Ciaran Toner opened the scoring early in the first half and
Matthew Etherington set up Willem Korsten for the second.
For a match report click here.
Oyvind Leonhardsen has denied the rumours that he may be tempted
back to Rosenborg at the end of the season. The Norwegian
international said that he still has three years on his contract
and has no intention of going home just yet.
Crystal Palace look set to pay the £1.5 million asking price for Latvian winger, Andrjes Rubins of Skonto
Riga. The player was supposedly watched in his country's
internationals last week, but Spurs have not followed up their
interest, it would seem.
Following in Steffen Freund's footsteps, Ramon Vega has 'fessed up
to his part in the Coventry debacle. He said that he was at
fault for the second goal, but that the whole team has to play
it's part. He said that he was sure that the side could
return to keeping clean sheets like they did at the start of the
Willem Korsten is keen to get back into the first team scene after
recovering from his hip operation and getting a few a games under
his belt. He will feature in the Reserves match tonight for
the first time in 6 months.
Luzhny has advised Sergei Rebrov to look to the future and think
of quitting Tottenham. If Sergei has any sense he will
advise his good friend to get out of Highbury double quick,
because at least Rebrov is getting a game !!
Sir Alan Sugar has backed Terry Venables for the England manager's
job !! The Spurs chairman said that if you should go for the best
man available and that from what he had seen and had been told
Venables was that man. Tell him he needs to spend some money
at White Hart Lane and the next thing you know he will be shelling
out for top players to come to Tottenham !!
John Aloisi reckons Chris Perry should have got a red card for his
part in the fracas that saw Carlton Palmer sent off at Coventry
City on Saturday.
Oyvind Leonhardsen said on his website that he is fed up with
losing matches at the moment. He feels that Spurs are
suffering the same problems as the Norway national side (although
the Tottenham manager hasn't offered to resign) in that they
cannot convert the chances they create to get a win.
Steffen Freund has admitted on the official website that he was
not good enough on Saturday at Coventry. He said that
although you win and lose as a team, he was far from happy with
his own performance and that things must change after the last
Sol Campbell could be fit to return in the London derby at Chelsea
on October 28.
Kim Kallstrom, the Swedish superkid, is supposedly interesting
Tottenham, as well as Udinese and clubs from Holland. The 18
year old midfield playmaker is attracting a lot of attention after
his side beat reigning champions Helsingborg 3-1 yesterday.
The player has already trained at Tottenham and his agent said he
would move to a club where he would be able to develop best.
Darren Anderton said that the goals Tottenham have conceded lately
have been disappointing and if anyone can sort out the defence it
is George Graham. This despite the Tottenham fans criticism
of the manager at yesterday's game which left GG saying that it
had been like this since he joined two years ago.
Ian Walker could move to Glasgow Rangers. The Scottish
champions were forced to play an 18 year old rookie in goal
yesterday because of injury to their two top keepers and are
looking for an experienced replacement. If the former
England keeper was to move to Ibrox, he would not be a first
choice as Stefan Klos would be the automatic pick when fit, but a
loan move might benefit all parties as Walker would then have a
chance to impress any interested buyers.
Rosenborg of Norway are reportedly ready to offer Tottenham £1.5
million to persuade Oyvind Leonhardsen to finish his career in his homeland at
the end of the season.
Spurs are to take 17 year old Stuart Godwin on trial.
The central defender from Worcester, who is 6'2", had been on
trial with Arsenal and now Spurs will assess his potential.
Spurs, Arsenal and Chelsea are all said to be watching Jason Euell
of Wimbledon, who is rated at £6 million.
Tottenham lost 1-2 to Coventry City at Highfield Road today.
Spurs' goal was scored by Sergei Rebrov. For a match report
For reaction click here.
GG said after the match that Tottenham are missing Sol Campbell
and are giving away too many silly goals. He said we need
Sol back as soon as possible.
Stephen Carr said prior to the game that Tottenham needed to
sharpen up their act away from home and stop leaking silly
goals. He felt that picking up points away from home was
important if the side were to improve on last season's showing.
finally ... Dundee United chairman and former manager, Jim McLean,
was interviewed after his side's latest defeat and when asked
about the manager's timescale for putting things right, he
launched a string of abuse at the TV interviewer and then
allegedly set about him, leaving him needing medical treatment.
Willem Korsten will be back in the Spurs squad for tomorrow's
visit to Coventry City, but even his fellow countryman Hans Segers
will find his way onto the bench as cover for Ian Walker - in for
the suspended Neil Sullivan. Although, holding the front
page, Walker may be laid low with the flu, so Gavin Kelly stands
by for a call-up. He is unlikely to play even if Walker
isn't up to it, with Segers still registered as a first team
player. Segers has said that Walker has shown an excellent
attitude in training as he knows that the goalkeeping coach would
have a go at him if he let his standards drop. Graham,
meanwhile, has said that he hoped Walker would stay and battle for
his place in the first team as he needed two good keepers in the
squad. However, he realises that if Walker wants to leave
there is little he could do about it.
Chris Armstrong will miss
out on the trip as he has had a slight recurrence of his groin
injury and will need a couple of days of treatment before
returning to training next week.
Ugo Ehiogu looks likely to join Middlesbrough after Aston Villa
may be willing to offer him a £2 million golden handshake rather
than lose him for nothing at the end of his contract.
George Graham said on a Sky Sports interview tonight (to celebrate
(?) his 100th game in charge tomorrow) that he thinks Stephen Carr
and Sol Campbell might still be at the club next season.
While Carr has four years to run and the club are trying to
improve his contract, GG feels that Sol could surprise everyone
and sign on again at Tottenham in the summer.
Leyton Orient's young defender, Simon Downer, has signed a new two
year contract at the club. Spurs have watched the 18 year
old regularly and might have to pay £1 million to tempt manager
Tommy Taylor to let him leave Brisbane Road.
Former Spurs defender, Ian Hendon, has completed a move from
Northampton Town to Sheffield Wednesday.
George Graham, Glenn Hoddle and Paul Gascoigne have all said the
man for the England manager's job is ex-Spurs boss Terry Venables.
Some reports indicate that Tottenham have applied for a work
permit for the Latvian winger, Andrjes Rubins of Skonto
Riga. A fee of around £1 million would secure the player
who Spurs have watched in international action in the last week.
And finally, Forfar midfielder Dave Bowman will not play again
until December after receiving a massive seven-match ban from the
SFA. Bowman was sent off and given four red cards by referee John
Fleming on Saturday during the 5-3 defeat by Berwick. "The
player has been reported for being
sent off originally for two cautions," explained a SFA
spokesperson. "But he has also been reported for using foul
and abusive language on three separate occasions and this amounts
to another three orderings off giving a total of four."
Steffen Iversen is wiling to forego his normal midfield role he
plays for Norway to return to Tottenham's attack. While he
has only one goal to show this season and that against Brentford,
he feels that playing alongside someone upfront, something he
hasn't regularly had the luxury of for the last couple of seasons,
will bring the goals back for him.
David Pleat has revealed that there have been no enquiries for
transfer-listed goalkeeper Ian Walker.
Ramon Vega is putting his Tottenham career before his country at
the moment. The Swiss centre-half was not called up for this
week's games, but he puts that down to not having enough games
under his belt. He feels that when the next round of World
Cup qualifiers come around, he will have been playing for
Tottenham for a few weeks and will be back in the fold with the
A mystery defender who took part in Tottenham's reserve friendly
last night at Stevenage Borough has been revealed as Shay
Campbell. The youngster, from Northern Ireland's Dungannon
Swifts, is having a trial at Tottenham to see if he might make the
As long as Steffen Iversen and Sergei Rebrov return fit from their
World Cup qualifier against each other, GG could have four
forwards to select from. Les Ferdinand has been pronounced
fit to play again after his clash of heads at Leeds and Chris
Armstrong played another match in last night's friendly at
Iversen and Leonhardsen appeared for Norway and Rebrov for Ukraine
in the World Cup qualifying match tonight that ended 1-0 to
Neil Sullivan featured for Scotland in their 1-1 draw with Croatia
Stephen Carr's Republic of
Ireland side beat Estonia 2-0 at Lansdowne Road tonight.
Ian Walker has been reported to be a £2 million target for
Southampton. What has he done overnight to make him
£500,000 more expensive ??
Gary Doherty might be loaned back to Luton Town to get some first
team match practice as he has been unable to break into the Spurs
team. Former Spurs Youth Team coach and now boss at
Kenilworth Road, Ricky Hill, said he will ask to have the big
striker/defender on loan, but is not hopeful.
Simon Davies played and Jamie Atwell was a substitute for Wales Under-21's today in the 1-2 defeat
Gary Doherty played for the
Republic of Ireland's Under-21's in their 1-0 win over Estonia.
defender Ciaran Toner played in Northern Ireland's 5-2 win over
Iceland at Under-21 level.
Anthony Gardner was hoping to lay his first game of the season
tonight against Stevenage Borough after suffering a hip injury in
Gardner did indeed play in the 3-0 win over Stevenage Borough in
their 25th Anniversary game. Tottenham's goalscorers were
Clemence from the penalty spot, Piercy and Korsten.
Neil Sullivan has said he is expecting to be back between the
sticks after his one match ban which prevents him playing against
Coventry City this Saturday. He said that after two Scotland
games in a week he could do with a rest !!
Spurs have apparently been watching young Bury keeper, Patrick
Kenny. With a replacement needed for the out-going Walker,
the Second Division club might not be in a position to refuse a
Spurs' former Algerian
midfielder, Moussa Saib, has rejoined his French side Auxerre from
ClubCall report that Spurs might lose another transfer target, as
Manchester United have moved in on a former Spurs trialist.
Goalkeeper Jesper Christiansen from Odense BK of Denmark has been
on trial at Old Trafford, but he is thought to want first team
football ... something unlikely there as Barthez has just been
signed and Van Der Gouw and Bosnich are in reserve. Spurs
are looking for a replacement for the soon to depart Ian Walker,
but David Pleat has denied this. The trial at United is with
a prospect of a permanent deal worth around £2.5 million
Alton Thelwell, the Spurs defender, wants to get his debut out of
the way and get on with getting a regular place in the final
sixteen. He was heartened to hear GG say he is a defender
who likes defending and told the official site that he hopes to
follow in the footsteps of other Spurs youngsters who have broken
into the first team.
Ian Walker could be a Southampton transfer target should their
offer for Dundee keeper Robert Douglas falls through. The
Scot is rated at £2 million ,but hat might be out of the Saints
range, so the £1.5 million priced Walker could be the next best
option for former Spur and now manager at the Dell, Glenn Hoddle,
who gave Walker his debut in the England side.
Darren Anderton is standing by a s a late call up to the England
squad for the match in Finland on Wednesday. He has been
told to be ready in case there are any further injuries to the
squad players as they prepare for the World Cup qualifier.
Ian Walker could leave Spurs for Celtic, if Blackburn Rovers sign
Liverpool keeper, Brad Friedel, if he gets a work permit.
This move might go through, but at the moment John Filan is in the
Blackburn goal because of an injury to regular goalie Alan Kelly,
who is also a target for Leicester City. If Kelly stays or
if Friedel signs, then Filan could join Spurs. So I hope
that is clear, as Spurs will not let Walker go until a replacement
has been signed.
Apparently, Chelsea are watching the situation regarding Stephen
Carr's contract negotiations, as they are looking to strengthen
their full-back department and could offer a cash plus Albert
Ferrer deal. Liverpool are said to be interested too.
But then they would be after last night's excellent display.
featuring no Spurs players, but no less than four from our North
London neighbours, lost 0-1 to Germany in the last international
match at Wembley this afternoon. After the match Kevin
Keegan resigned as England manager and ex-Spurs boss Terry
Venables was installed by the bookies as favourite to take
over. Keegan said he was a little bit short at this level,
but he might find that he is a bit short everywhere !!
Sergei Rebrov played for Ukraine in their 3-2 win away at Armenia
after being 0-2 down.
Oyvind Leonhardsen played for Norway in their 1-1 draw in Wales
today and Steffen Iversen started, but was subbed after 59 minutes.
Neil Sullivan kept another clean sheet for Scotland as they beat
San Marino 2-0 away tonight.
Stephen Carr starred against Luis Figo in the Republic of
Ireland's 1-1 draw with Portugal in Lisbon tonight.
Clarence Acuna, the Chilean midfielder who was strongly linked
with Spurs in the summer, has agreed terms to sign for Newcastle
Les Ferdinand has been given the OK by doctors to play
again. He will be available for selection for the match
against Coventry City next week.
Celtic have made Ian Walker their top transfer target and are
willing to pay £1.5 million for the former England
Spurs are also said to be renewing their interest in Iranian
midfielder Medhi Mahdavikia. The 23 year old has been
watched by a number of clubs last week and Spurs were very close
to signing him in 1998 after the World Cup.
Steffen Iversen is suffering from a sore throat and could miss
Norway's World Cup qualifier with Wales tomorrow. Some
reports reckon it is a mystery injury picked up against Leeds
united last week. Oyvind Leonhardsen looks set to start for
the Norway side.
Gary Doherty features for the Republic of Ireland's Under 21's
tonight but really wants to show what he is capable of at White
hart Lane. The big ex-Luton Town man has had limited chances
in the first team since his move to Tottenham and admitted he has
to do better in training and reserve matches. He set up the
Republic's goal on a 1-3 defeat at the hands of Portugal Under-21.
Simon Davies played for
Wales Under-21's who lost 0-2 to their Norwegian contempories.
Northern Ireland's Under-21's lost 0-3 to Denmark and Ciaran TOner
played for the home nations side.
Former Spurs youngster, Scott Houghton, has moved to Leyton Orient
after being given a free transfer by Southend United.
A strange report has appeared on the Sky Sports site saying
Stephen Carr will seek first team football elsewhere if he cannot
get off the subs bench at White Hart Lane. He said he loved
the thrill of his debut against Manchester United and wants one
last chance to stay at Spurs ??????? They seem to have
cobbled together story about Carr's contract talks and an
interview with Stephen Clemence on the club's official site
together, but managed to leave any mention of Clem out of it !!
The interview is about his progression to the Tottenham first team
and how Clemence sees his future. He said that he would have
to move on if he didn't get his opportunity at Spurs, but hoped he
would be able to have a chance to play regular first team
Spurs right back Stephen Carr has contradicted David Pleat's
comments of earlier this week regarding his contract talks.
The Irish defender said that he has rejected Tottenham's latest
offer and remarked that the talks are at a crucial
Jose Dominguez has been talking about how good it is to be
back. He has played a few minutes against Brentford in the
Worthington Cup and a couple of games in the reserves lately and
feels that he has come through his injury nightmare. He went
on to add that he thought he had played his last game for
Tottenham and in the Premiership, but was willing to work hard if
the manager would give him a chance.
Les Ferdinand has said that his natural ability to spring and his
powerful heading will not change as he recovers from another crack
of heads. After Saturday's collision with Lucas Radebe, he
said he was to old now and he doesn't know any other way to play,
so he will continue with his own unique style of play.
Tottenham could face competition from Chelsea and Newcastle United
for the Wimbledon striker Jason Euell. The England Under-21
international has long been a target for Spurs and when he was
watched on Saturday against Stockport County, Claudio Ranieri was
also in attendance.
The plus points from last night's pasting by Charlton Athletic's
reserves was that Chris Armstrong came through most of the match
without a reaction and Darren Anderton got another 90 minutes
under his belt.
The 23 year old Iranian Medhi Mahdavikia, who was a star in the
World Cup of 1998, is a target for Manchester United, Arsenal and
Ipswich Town. The player was coming to Tottenham after his
starring role in the aforementioned tournament, but his National
Service was an obstacle that could not be overcome. However,
he moved on soon after to Hamburg, where he was watched by
the English clubs during a Champions League match last week.
An interesting piece featured in the London Evening Standard today
about David Ginola. His lack of exposure in the Aston Villa
side has caused concern and it is reported he didn't exactly shine
last Saturday before going off injured after 19 minutes.
Former Villain Gary Shaw says he doesn't look fit, while other
sources in France seem to think he might have lost interest in
football. This course in his career is attributed to his
agent Chantelle Stanley, but she says that there are a few
problems settling in at Villa, but apart from that he is enjoying
Birmingham and he is currently travelling around England promoting
George Graham is looking to move Ledley King into midfield after
making his first few games in defence. It follows the manager
playing Steffen Iversen out of position on the right wing.
Ledley played the whole of the reserve game against Watford last
week and has declared himself fit for the match against Coventry
City on October 14.
Apparently, Newcastle United have joined the chase for Spurs'
going nowhere right back, Stephen Carr.
Gascoigne and Ricardo Villa featured in a poll conducted by the
Nationwide Building Society about the best goal scored at Wembley,
just before the giant toilet is demolished. Gazza's solo
strike for England against Scotland in Euro 96 got 29% of the
vote to come top and Ricky's dribble in the 1981 FA Cup final
replay received 23% of the poll to come in second. Paul also
got fifth place with his free-kick in the 1991 FA Cup semi-final
Spurs reserves were beaten
heavily by Charlton Athletic reserves tonight by five goals to
In the November 2000 issue of FourFourTwo, Sol Campbell has
reiterated that it is not just about Spurs signing good
youngsters, but they need to take a chance on a top player to gain
success. He would not commit himself on the matter of his
contract, but said about England, that the national team are not
as technically inferior as others might think.
Darren Anderton is on official standby should Kieron Dyer fail to
recover from his knee injury.
Chris Hughton will select Chris Armstrong for the reserves side to
play Charlton Athletic reserves tomorrow night. Armo trained
and looked sharp and is in need of match practice to get over his
groin problem. He will play alongside Matthew Etherington,
Willem Korsten and Jose Dominguez.
It was revealed on MatchOn.com that Les Ferdinand had his 50th
stitch in his noggin after the clash of heads with Lucas Radebe on
Saturday at Leeds. He managed to say that with two weeks
rest between the game at Elland Road and the next fixture against
Coventry City, he hopes to be back in action.
18 year old Paul Mayo, a Lincoln City midfielder, has really
caught David Pleat's eye. The youngster could be the next
star of the future on his way to Tottenham as a Spurs scout was at
the Red Imps game on Saturday to see the midfielder in action.
Former Spurs youth star, Glyn Hurst, is catching Leeds United's
eye. Since moving to Ayr United from Yorkshire non-league
side Emsley, he has been knocking in the goals and a fee of
£250,000 could take him to Elland Road.
Sergei Rebrov has been included in the Ukrainian squad for their
World Cup qualifiers against Armenia ON October 7th and Steffen
Iversen's Norway team on the 11th of this month.
David Pleat claims he has had Stephen Carr's agent telephoning him
to say that he does not know where yesterday's story about a
hold-p in contract talks has come from. He was very
embarrassed by the rumour and said that there is no substance to
it. Pleat went on to say that talks are at an early stage
and there has been no acceptance or refusal in the matter as yet.
GG has said that he hopes Alan Sugar will be able to raise the £8
million needed for Spurs to buy Ugo Ehiogu from Aston Villa.
He said that of course Spurs would be interested in buying Ehiogu,
but added a rider that he was not concerned about the price, which
he left to the club to decide. Therefore, I suppose it
depends on Sir Al to empty his pockets to do so.
Spurs are also being linked,
along with Arsenal, to the highly rated Bury goalkeeper, Patrick
Kenny. No fee has yet been quoted in the rumours, but the 22
year old would expect to fetch the Second Division side a handsome
And on the subject of
transfers, West ham united are poised to go for Millwall's
talented forward Neil Harris. However, it is reported that
Spurs fancy him too and that the 23 year old goalscorer would be
the subject of a battle for his services.
GG also said that he can't
turn Tottenham's team into brilliant players and that he hoped to
have gone further along the road to getting into a challenging
position with Spurs, but there were not the quality players
available. But he did add that Leeds United were a good side
and have plenty of quality players, especially the youngsters.
With Kieron Dyer withdrawing from the England squad for the match
against Germany on Saturday, Darren Anderton could get a shock
recall. His amazing recovery from his groin injury saw him
feature in Tottenham's game against Leeds United on Saturday,
which earned him rave reviews.
On the official website, Ramon Vega has said "I don't know
what happened in the second half ... I can't explain it ... It is
very disappointing". Hmmmmmm, why did we think of that
Luke Young has been set back by his foot injury he picked up in
the West Ham United game, which he aggravated further in the match
against Manchester City. He will miss the England Under-21
match and has been having intensive treatment on it to try and get
him back in the frame for Tottenham's next fixture against
Spurs have announced that
the game against Chelsea on Sunday October 29th has been brought
forward to Saturday 28th - kick off at 3.00 pm - owing to
Chelsea's failure to progress against Swiss side St. Gallen in the
UEFA Cup. The Worthington Cup tie against Birmingham City at
White Hart Lane will take place on Tuesday 31st October and kick
off at 7.45 pm.
Tottenham keeper Ian Walker, who is currently on the transfer
list, is said to be attracting interest from Fiorentina,
Sunderland, Southampton and Middlesbrough.
Darren Anderton got through an hour of yesterday's game at Leeds
United without any reaction from his injury, but was disappointed
that errors meant that Spurs left Yorkshire with no points.
TeamTalk's website has rumoured that Stephen Carr's contract talks
have hit a block over his demands, which Spurs allegedly do not
accept, but he still has four years to run on his existing
contract. However, with Sol Campbell supposedly lined up for
the summer, Alex Ferguson is looking at Carr to add to his
currently dodgy defence.
Charlton Athletic seem to have learned nothing from their defeat
of Spurs a couple of weeks ago, as they are looking at Ramon Vega
to strengthen their squad. Spurs could be willing to let the
Swiss international go if a £2 million fee is agreed.
Peter Taylor may be seeking to take Les Ferdinand to Leicester
City as a replacement for Stan Collymore. He is on a list of
players Taylor would like to bring in, which also includes former
Spurs man Teddy Sheringham.
Sergei Rebrov has revealed that he is miserable if he does not
score goals. He can't have been much fun to be around this
season then, but would be happier yesterday, although the team did
not prosper from his two goal haul.
Walker managed to save the last minute penalty in the last game of
last season against Harchester United, but the follow up was
scored to save the Midlands club from relegation in the Sky TV
soccudrama "Dream Team". The match featured a
French international who had been bribed by a director to miss the
kick so that he could take over the club. In a final twist,
the existing female chairman said she would sell him the club if
they stayed up, meaning the penalty had to be converted.
Just like real life isn't it really !!