Well, partly because I have been inspired by Nicks incredible story, but also because Spurs was the first save I tried on FM14, and I feel that re-visiting the club before FM15 would only be appropriate.
Osvaldo Ardilles: A Tottenham legend, Ardilles spent 10 years at Spurs between 1978 and 1988, helping the club to two FA Cup trophies and the UEFA Cup. Ardilles also had a spell as caretaker manager of Spurs in 1987, between David Pleat and Terry Venables.
Premier Division: 1951, 1961
FA Cup: 1901, 1921, 1961, 1962, 1967, 1981, 1982, 1991
Capital One Cup: 1971, 1973, 1999, 2008
Community Shield: 1921, 1951, 1961, 1962
EURO Cup: 1972, 1984
Cup Winners Cup: 1963
Sky Bet Championship: 1920, 1950
Tottenham Hotspur today called a press conference to unveil Osvaldo Ardilles, their new manager, after the departure of Andre Villas-Boas who is looking to the continent for a new job, with reported interest from both PSG and Real Madrid, after he lead Spurs to a club-record 72 points as they finished 5th last season.
Ardilles answered questions from various sports news providers, including Sky Sports, BBC Sport, The Sun, The Telegraph and The Guardian.
OA: Osvaldo Ardilles
SSN: Sky Sports News
BBC: BBC Sport
TS: The Sun
TT: The Telegraph
TG: The Guardian
SSN: “Hi there Ozzie; How does it feel to be back at White Hart Lane, on a permanent basis?”
OA: “It’s a great feeling; i’m excited to get started in training and return this club to great heights where we deserve to be.”
SSN: “And how do you feel about the way the revenue from the sale of Gareth Bale has been spent?”
OA: “It’s not for me to comment on how that money was spent; the squad I have is the squad which I will have to work with; it is a good squad, and there is still some money in the bank if I see fit to spend it.”
BBC: “Hi Ossie, Phil McNulty here from BBC News: Can you shed any light on any areas of your squad you’re going to be looking to strengthen?”
OA: “Sorry Phil, that’s not something i’m going to discuss in a press conference, now, or at any point in the future; I wouldn’t jeopardize any potential bids in that manner.”
BBC: “That’s fair enough; what do you make of the young talent within the squad? Will we be seeing any of them in the starting line-up in the near future?”
OA: “Again, my squad selections aren’t something i’m going to discuss; each side will be selected based on the opponent we are playing, and who is fit, performing well in training and impressing; they will not be chosen based on merit or media pressure.”
TS: “I don’t suppose you’d be willing to discuss how your team will be playing this season?”
OA: “Well, this i’m more prepared to discuss - My team will be focussing on keeping the ball, and exploiting the attacking talent within the team. The more of the ball we see, the less chances the opposition will have.”
TT: “Do you not sense a risk in that strategy if perhaps opposition players press you high up the pitch?”
OA: “Of course we will prepare that eventuality; football is not a game in which a team and their manager can be static; we must be dynamic and prepared for every game, to counter the specific threats posed by our opponents.”
TG: “What’s your prediction for this season? And Indeed what have the board asked of you?”
OA: “The board have asked me to ensure the club qualify for continental football this season, which I think is well within our capabilities. Personally, I think Manchester City and Chelsea will be the sides to watch this season, although if they’re careful, Liverpool could spring some surprises.”
With that, the Press Officer wrapped up the press conference, and Tottenham fans were taking to twitter to voice their approval of the new appointment
Hannover 96 goalkeeper Ron-Robert Zieler is reportedly seeking a new challenge, with the World Cup approaching and Hannover not competing in Europe, and therefore, in Zieler's eyes, limiting his chances of an international call-up for the tournament.
Speaking ahead of his sides game against America (MEX), Zieler let slip that he would consider a move abroad in order to fulfill his international aspirations:
"Natürlich wird Hannover immer einen besonderen Platz in meinem Herzen, aber ich fühle mich wie ich brauche, um für das Wohl der eigenen Karriere zu bewegen auf; Mit der Weltmeisterschaft naht, ich muss in der Lage sein, für einen Platz im Kader zu schieben"
Translation: "Of course Hannover will always have a special place in my heart, but I feel like I need to move for the good of my own career; With the World Cup approaching, I need to be able to push for a place in the squad"
Several teams are reported to be interested in Zieler, including Liverpool - who seek a backup to Simon Mingolet - and Ukranian side Dynamo Kyiv, who are competing in Europe this season, and who would provide Zieler with a platform to display his talents.
However, it is still early in the transfer window, and Zieler is sure to be careful about his choice of club, as the bench is not the most ideal place for a player seeking to add to his 2 international caps.
Spurs starlet Harry Kane has spoken to tottenhamhotspur.com today, expressing his determination to push for first-team football in the coming season. Harry has worked his way through the youth ranks at the club since 2009, making his first-team debut in the Europa League game against Hearts on August 25th 2011.
In 2010, Harry spent the season on loan at League 1 side Leyton Orient, scoring 5 goals in 18 games, making a huge impact on the club's season, and catching the eye of Tottenham fans who had been following his progress.
Kane's next season was even more of a success, as he moved on loan to Championship side Milwall, where he scored 7 goals in 22 games, and further increased his stock in the footballing world. Kane build on this in the 2012 season, spending spells on loan at both Norwich and Leicester scoring 2 goals in 13 games, continuing his rise to prominence within English football, and amongst the fans.
"I think this could be the season where I finally make the break into the first team that i've been working towards; I feel like i'm in great shape, and Ossie has organised loads of friendlies, which will hopefully give me a chance to prove what I can do; there's a great team here, and i'm really keen to learn from all of them."
Above: Kane takes the ball past Michael Dawson in training
Harry Kane has often drawn praise for his all-round competency, especially for a young man of his age. At just 20, Kane has time to learn from players around him such as Roberto Soldado, and has already expressed his willingness to learn and improve.