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Spurs goalkeeping coach departs

tottenham keeper Heurelho Gomes
Gomes joined Spurs from PSV Eindhoven in the summer

Tottenham have parted company with goalkeeping coach Hans Leitert in the wake of costly errors made by their Brazilian keeper Heurelho Gomes.

Gomes, 27, has made several blunders this season with his latest coming in Tottenham's 2-1 Premier League defeat at Fulham on Saturday.

Austrian Leitert, 35, only moved to White Hart Lane in the summer.

A statement on Spurs website read: "We should like to thank him for his contribution and wish him well."

Gomes joined Tottenham from PSV Eindhoven in the summer for an undisclosed fee, thought to be around 8m.

And despite his mistakes, Spurs boss Harry Redknapp is backing his keeper to bounce back, saying: "He's our number one so he's got to do the job - we're relying on him heavily.

"I believe in him and we have to believe in him."


Redknapp, who lost his unbeaten start as Tottenham manager in the defeat at Craven Cottage, has Cesar Sanchez in reserve, while youngster Ben Alnwick is returning from a loan spell at Carlisle.

But he suggested that Gomes will be in the starting line-up against Blackburn on Sunday.

"Obviously he is disappointed with the weekend but his record tells you he is a world-class goalkeeper," said Redknapp.

"He has to bounce back from that and turn in a terrific performance this weekend. I'm sure he'll do that. He's a strong character. It's up to him now."

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see also
Fulham 2-1 Tottenham
15 Nov 08 |  Premier League
Udinese 2-0 Tottenham
23 Oct 08 |  Europe
Tottenham 1-2 Aston Villa
15 Sep 08 |  Premier League
Tottenham sign goalkeeper Sanchez
12 Aug 08 |  Tottenham
Spurs agree deal for keeper Gomes
26 Jun 08 |  Tottenham

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