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Monday, August 24, 1998 Published at 11:32 GMT 12:32 UK

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Antic wants Spurs hot-seat

Raddy Antic says he thinks he can turn round Spur's fortunes

Former Atletico Madrid boss Raddy Antic has offered to take over as manager of troubled Premiership club Tottenham Hotspur.

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The ex-Luton Town midfielder first became famous because of his time at Kenilworth Road with Spurs' director of football David Pleat - and now he has turned his attention to White Hart Lane.

He said: "Turning things around there would be a big job, but I feel I am good enough for any job in the world.

"There are not too many really good managers in football. I am one of them and know I am held in great prestige.

"Tottenham have been without success for too long, and I know the supporters are crying out for it and need it," Antic said.

[ image: Christian Gross(left) and Alan Sugar are under fire at White Hart Lane]
Christian Gross(left) and Alan Sugar are under fire at White Hart Lane
Spurs chairman Alan Sugar is known to be a long-time admirer of Antic, who also made a point of stressing his long-standing association with Pleat which came to public prominence when he scored the winning goal against Manchester City in 1983 that kept the Hatters in the top flight.

He added: "David is a great friend of mine, and everybody in England knows that.

"Talk about Tottenham is a serious matter. I am a professional, and this is something I can't discuss with anybody else.

"But my career has taught me that you must never close any doors in your life and I've never denied it is my ambition to one day coach in England.

"I owe English football a great debt because I learned so much there - and one day I want to repay that.

The move to replace the current boss Christian Gross could prove popular with the fans of the the north-London club.

The Tottenham Action Group want Sugar to fire Gross and then quit his own position following Saturday's 3-0 Premiership defeat by Sheffield Wednesday which left the team to contemplate another season dominated by a battle to avoid relegation.

"The frustration of the fans has finally boiled over," said a spokesman for the action group after supporters had demonstrated at the ground on Saturday.

"This is not about two games this season - it is about the last few years of mediocrity.

"Alan Sugar is on record as saying he will leave the club if he cannot deliver the championship ... that is not going to happen so maybe it is time for him to stand up and be counted."

Gross was in defiant mood at the weekend and said: "I believe I will still be in the job at the end of the season."

But bookmakers William Hill cut the odds on him being proved wrong from even money to 4-7 after the Wednesday defeat - and they may be about to get even shorter.

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