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Last Updated: Friday, 5 November, 2004, 18:44 GMT
Santini resigns as Spurs manager
Jacques Santini
Santini took over at Tottenham in June this year
Tottenham manager Jacques Santini has resigned for "personal reasons".

The former France manager moved to White Hart Lane this summer but now wants to return to France.

Santini said: "My time at Tottenham has been memorable and it is with deep regret that I take my leave. I wish the club and the supporters all the best.

"Private issues in my personal life have arisen which caused my decision. I very much hope that the wonderful fans will respect my decision."

He added: "I should like to thank (sporting director) Frank Arnesen and (chairman) Daniel Levy for their understanding."

Assistant coach Martin Jol has been put in temporary charge and will take care of team affairs for Saturday's Premiership match against Charlton.

SANTINI FACTFILE
1952: Born in Delle, France
1976: Plays for St Etienne in European Cup final
1983: Starts management career at CA Lisieux
1985: Takes over at Toulouse
2002: Wins French title with Olympique Lyonnais
2003: Guides France to Euro 2004 finals
2004: Takes charge of Tottenham after Euro 2004 but resigns after just 13 games

Arnesen said the club were sad to see Santini go: "We are obviously disappointed that Jacques is leaving us. We fully respect his decision.

"I can assure you that the club will act swiftly to minimise the impact of Jacques' departure.

"Our priority is to ensure that this season's performance remains unaffected by this move.

"I shall make a further statement on Monday, clarifying our position. We wish Jacques well."




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