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Last Updated: Wednesday, 7 July, 2004, 14:32 GMT 15:32 UK
Santini sets early goal
Jacques Santini
It's always been a dream and an ambition to coach in the Premiership
Spurs coach Jacques Santini
New Tottenham boss Jacques Santini has set his sights on a fast start to the new season after arriving at the club.

Santini was at White Hart Lane on Wednesday to outline his plans, saying: "We have confidence in the players.

"It is very important to begin the season with two or three good results. This is the first objective for the new season. I am ready for my new club.

"I am very happy. I have looked at the stadium and it's magnificent. I am looking forward to my first season."

Santini had earlier revealed he jumped at the Spurs offer and left his post as France coach because he feared there was a lack of confidence in him from the French football federation.

"I had an opportunity to move on to Tottenham and I had to make up my mind quickly so I decided to quit," said Santini.

SPURS' FIRST FIVE GAMES
14 Aug v Liverpool (H)
21 Aug v Newcastle (A)
25 Aug v West Brom (A)
28 Aug v Birmingham (A)
12 Sep v Norwich (H)

"It's always been a dream and an ambition to coach in the Premiership, which is for me the best championship in Europe and I hope to have much success here.

"I'm not a fool. I know perfectly well that if some big names had been available in 2002 I would never have been named national coach."

He added: "I also knew some big names would be available after Euro 2004."

Santini saw his France side crash out of Euro 2004 in the quarter-finals to eventual winners Greece.




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