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New Spurs boss Glenn Hoddle
"There was only one club I would have left Southampton for"
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Spurs executive vice-chairman David Buchler
"Southampton must feel sorry for losing a great manager"
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Friday, 30 March, 2001, 20:25 GMT
Hoddle confirmed new Spurs boss
Hoddle will be a popular appointment at Tottenham
Hoddle will be a popular appointment at Tottenham
Tottenham Hotspur have officially named Glenn Hoddle as their new manager.

The former White Hart Lane hero replaces the sacked George Graham just four days after resigning as boss of Southampton.

Hoddle has agreed a long-term contract with the north London side.

His long-time assistant, John Gorman, will also join Spurs after the club dismissed Graham's number two Stewart Houston on Friday.

Southampton, meanwhile, have appointed Stuart Gray as their new manager until the end of the season. Full story

Hoddle's first game in charge of first team affairs will be the FA Cup semi-final against Arsenal on 8 April.

I walked through the gates at age eight as a supporter and left when I was 29. That's a huge part of my life
  Glenn Hoddle
Speaking at a media conference at White Hart Lane, Hoddle said he was delighted to have "returned home".

"It's emotional and exciting," he said. "I've spent many years here and the supporters have given me a superb reception.

"I walked through the gates of this club at age eight as a supporter and left when I was 29. That's a huge part of my life."

The former England boss insisted there had been no doubts on his part.

Kevin Keegan
Keegan could again be in line to replace Hoddle
"I don't feel guilty," he said of his controversial departure from The Dell.

"The timing was right to come back," he said. "It's a fantastic club. I'm very surprised to be here and when I was offered the chance to talk to Spurs it was something I wanted to pursue.

"There was only one club I would have left Southampton for and that was Tottenham Hotspur Football Club."

Executive vice-chairman David Buchler said no contract had yet been signed, but added that all the details would be completed on Monday.

"This is a very important day for us," he said. "Everything has been agreed, but all the formalities will be sorted out early next week."

Hoddle said he had high hopes for his new club, but added that it was important to plan for the long-term.

"The potential is there to do well and there's lots of hard work to be done.

"The fact that the contract is five years means the club are looking to the future.

"We want to win the Premiership, of course we do, and that is my ultimate goal, but it's early doors to be talking about that."

'Here to stay'

Hoddle said there was no escape clause in his Southampton contract but admitted there was a compensation fee payable which has now been agreed by the two clubs.

Tellingly, he refused to reveal what clauses had been inserted into his new deal.

I've heard there is some bitterness towards me from Southampton fans but I have left them in a very strong position
  Glenn Hoddle
"There was no escape clause, it was a compensation element - there is a big difference - and there was nothing in there about Tottenham," he said.

Asked if there was another clause in his Spurs contract, Hoddle declared: "Not in the same way. It is private. It wasn't an easy decision to leave Southampton because I have put in a lot of hard work.

"I have heard there is some bitterness and resentment towards me from the Southampton fans but I have left them in a very strong position.

"I could understand it if they were at the bottom."

Hoddle said he firmly believes there is talent at the club and is looking forward to taking training on Monday.

"Spurs have always had a style," said Hoddle.

"In an ideal world that is what we want but you must have a balance. The game has changed since the 1960s and you have to change with it.

"Tottenham didn't have to prove anything to me and there is talent in the squad, no doubt about it."

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