Category Archives: Tottenham Interviews

ANDY REID: ‘These three players will win Spurs the title’

Tottenham Hotspur v Aston VillaWith the prospect of closing the gap on leaders Chelsea this weekend, Spurs’ visit to the Etihad could have real repercussions in the title race. 

Spurs, who beat City 2-0 in the return fixture at White Hart Lane, are in fine form as of late, overcoming both Chelsea and West Brom back-to-back.

This has put Tottenham in firm contention for the title, according to former midfielder Andy Reid.

“Pochettino is doing a fantastic job and if anybody is going to catch Chelsea I would say that would be Tottenham. I really hope they can and it’s certainly going to be close,” he said exclusively to 888sport.

“I watched the game at the weekend and they were absolutely fantastic: they just brushed West Brom aside and West Brom are playing well right now. They played good attacking Tottenham-like football and that’s what the fans like to see.” 

Reid, who also had stints at Sunderland and Nottingham Forest, believes Pochettino’s side have what it takes to go all the way this campaign, and believes three players in particular can push them all the way.

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“I love watching Dembele play. He is excellent and just slides across the surface and is very difficult to get the ball off,” he said exclusively to 888sport.

Reid continued: “Harry Kane is just lethal at the moment. His finishes at the weekend show he’s in a rich vein of form and when he has confidence he puts them in the top corner and doesn’t give keepers a chance.

“In my opinion he can get thirty plus goals this season.”

But it’s 20-year-old Dele Alli that really caught the eye of the Irishman.

“You would imagine the England team of the future will be built around him. He has everything it takes to be a really, really top player and I hope he stays at Tottenham and develops even more.”

Read the full 888sport interview with Andy Reid, including his thoughts Tottenham are the only team who can catch Chelsea.

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ANDY REID: ‘Martin Jol kick-started Spurs’ revolution over 10 years ago’

Tottenham Hotspur v Aston VillaWith Spurs flying high in the Premier League, plaudits are flooding in for Mauricio Pochettino and his young squad. 

Tottenham, who currently sit in second place behind leaders Chelsea, are beginning to look like serious competitors in a fierce title race for a second successive season.

But it was former boss Martin Jol that deserves all the praise for this revolution, according to former midfielder Andy Reid.

Reid, who joined the club back in 2005 alongside fan-favourite Michael Dawson, believes the Dutch manager was the man to kick-start their rise under former sporting director Frank Arnesen.

“It started with Martin Jol on the playing side but behind the scenes Frank Arnesen was there as well taking care of the recruitment side as Director of Football and he helped to kick-start it,” Reid said exclusively to 888sport.

Reid continued: “at the time there was a European set-up with Martin as head coach and he was a big part of that.

Soccer - Premier League - Tottenham Hotspur“It was around that time that things really started to get going and they did so by putting the infrastructure in place to move forward.”

Reid spent a year at Spurs between 2005-06 under Jol, and featured alongside the likes of Edgar Davids and Michael Carrick during his time there.

He believes that the work of his former manager has allowed for the club to really push on under Pochettino.

“We’re seeing that now with all the new contracts for the best players who are already there and that’s vital,” Reid said exclusively to 888sport.

“Holding on to the ones you have is as important as signing new players because it shows Tottenham are not a selling club which they previously had been renowned for.” 

Read the full 888sport interview with Andy Reid, including his thoughts Tottenham are the only team who can catch Chelsea. 

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TalkingTHFC interviews Billericay Town Captain and Tottenham fan Glenn Poole

At 34 years of age, Glenn Poole has had a long and successful career at multiple levels of English football.

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A former Spurs youth player, Glenn’s experience has shone throughout his recent career, especially at his current club Billericay Town.

At the Essex-based club, the former AFC Wimbledon, Brentford and Yeovil midfielder has played an instrumental in his side’s success, whilst being a part of the 2011/12 Ryman Premier League Championship winning side.

The Blues secured this after drawing 2–2 with Margate with a penalty from Glenn Poole and then a header in the last 5 minutes of the game from Rob Swaine helping them lift the trophy.

Craig Edwards’ side are among the most famous of the non-league clubs, having reached the FA Cup First Round on three separate occasions, including a narrow 2-1 defeat to Swansea City in the 2007-08 season.

Making their home at the New Lodge in Billericay, the club has faced many famous foes, including West Ham United, Charlton Athletic and Southend United in pre-season friendlies.

Amongst this famous club is powerful midfielder, Glenn Poole. A Spurs supporter, I was eager to sit down with Glenn to find out his views on the club, as well as his experiences in English football.

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So Glenn, you’re obviously a big Spurs fan, what have you made of the season so far? 

I certainly am. It’s been an up and down season, beating good teams such as Chelsea and Arsenal by playing some great football and making a cup final, but on the flip side of that is losing at home to West Brom, Stoke and Aston Villa to name a few. We need to be beating sides like that at home if we want to be serious contenders for the top 4 which I think we are quite a way off of at the moment. New signings are a must!

A goal-scorer yourself, what have you made of Harry Kane’s rise this campaign?

I must admit the emergence of Harry Kane has surprised me and also proven me wrong, I didn’t think he would be as prolific and influential as what he has been this season. The big question is can he carry it on into next season, I believe he will do so but we don’t want him to be the only source of goals we need other players to step up to the plate. I think one or maybe two strikers will be needed to compliment the talent of Harry and also keeping him on his toes, every forward needs to know if he doesn’t score another one will. 

It’s been a mixed season for Billericay so far, just 8 points off the play-off spots, how do you feel about the run-in? 

It has been an up and down season this year, in what has been myself and Richard Halle aside, a very young team and squad. We have played very well in parts this season but also very poorly, it will be a valuable learning curve for the younger lads and they will be better for it next season and seasons to come. I think the play offs are a big ask but we will keep trying to win as many games and not give up until it is mathematically impossible not to make the play offs. We also have a cup final to prepare for so will be a good few weeks. 

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Have you heard about any pre-season fixtures yet? Will we see Spurs coming to the New Lodge anytime soon?

Yes we will be at home to Ebbsfleet and away to Guernsey again, that’s all so far. I don’t think Spurs will be visitors to New Lodge especially with Craig (the boss) being a Gooner!

What has been your best memory in a Billericay shirt? 

Obviously winning the Ryman Premier league was a massive highlight for me, it was a great achievement with a great group of players and one that I won’t forget as I found myself loving the game again after a couple of years not enjoying it. On a personal level winning player of the year, players player of the year and finishing top scorer in a relegation year was a massive achievement for me and scoring on my 150th appearance for the club was very special for me.

You’ve obviously been involved with some big clubs, who was the biggest named player you’ve faced?

Playing against Steven Gerrard in the youth team was something special he was different class even then as an 18 year old. Also when at Grays we played a friendly against a star studded Spurs side at Spurs Lodge featuring Ledley King, Roman Pavlychenko, Alan Hutton, David Bentley and Giovanni Do Santos to name a few on Luka Modric’s return from injury and he was just amazing, what a top player. It was an honour and privilege to be on the same pitch as him. 

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You played Arsenal in a friendly during your Barnet days. I bet you were eager to get one over on them?

Yeah of course I wanted to turn them over but to do that we needed to have the ball and we hardly touched it haha. They were different class and beat us 4-0 the highlight for me was forcing Samir Nasri off the ball and him having a go at me and me just laughing at him. I do have a pic of myself on the ball being chased down by Jack Wilshere which was a rarity in that game. It was predominantly the other way round. 

And finally, what does the future hold for you? Are you happy at Billericay? 

I’m more than happy at Billericay and I have been since December 2011 when I signed and still am 170 odd games later I’ve found the love for the game again and I feel fully appreciated there by players, staff and fans which is important to me. I am playing some of the best and most consistent football of my career this last 18 months especially and more importantly enjoying it as well. I would like to stay for as long as possible but who knows what the future holds as long as I am wanted I am not in a rush to leave what so ever. 

I’d like to thank Glenn for his time, and for giving me the chance to interview him. Make sure to follow him on Twitter (@pooley11) and follow @BTFC for the latest on their push for promotion this season.

I hope to bring more interviews in the near future!

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