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Wednesday, September 9, 1998 Published at 19:26 GMT 20:26 UK

Gross leaves struggling Spurs

Gross: End of the line at White Hart Lane

Manager Christian Gross has parted company with Tottenham after less than a year in the job.

Spurs defender John Scales talks to BBC Radio 5 Live
His departure follows a disappointing start to the season at White Hart Lane, with Spurs winning just one of their first three games.

Director of football David Pleat has taken temporary charge - but the club has refused to say whether Gross has been sacked.

A statement from the club stated: "The board of Tottenham Hotspur regretfully announce the departure of head coach Christian Gross with immediate effect.

"For the present, our director of football David Pleat, will take temporary charge together with Chris Hughton and the existing coaching staff.

"This will enable the club to take a sensible time in making the next very important appointment of our new head coach."

Chairman Alan Sugar was asked whether Gross had jumped or been pushed, but he simply said: "We have got nothing more to say than what is in the press release."

The Swiss coach, who led the side to Premiership safety last season after taking over from Gerry Francis in November 1997, was the bookmakers' favourite to be the first top-flight manager to lose his job in the 1998-99 campaign.

But Kenny Dalglish's sacking from Newcastle last month prevented him from suffering that ignominy.

Defender John Scales revealed that dressing room unrest was rife at the club under the Gross regime:

"It is fair to say there have been rumblings," he admitted.

"There were one or two disagreements with how players were treated and what happens in the preparation for games - but that happens at every club."

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