Woodgate looking for final answer to Spurs problems

28 February 2009 09:03
 Tottenham skipper Ledley King issues Cup warning

DES KELLY: This is just no way to represent our country on the continent

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In the 23 years since Sir Alex Ferguson took over at Old Trafford, Manchester United

have won 10 Premier League trophies, five FA Cups, two European Cups, the World Club Cup, the European Cup winners' Cup and two League Cups.

In the same period, Tottenham

have changed their manager 13 times and won the FA Cup once and the League Cup twice. No surprise then that even those intimately associated with another supposed renaissance at White Hart Lane remain sceptical that this one represents the real thing.

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'We keep saying it,' said Jonathan Woodgate wearily. 'We said it last year when we won and we've said it for many years. So you can never say it will be the start of something, but you'd like to think it was with the manager we've got and the talented players.

'We're 15th in the league and are there because we deserve to be. The potential is there but how long are we going to keep saying the potential is there? At the moment we're not showing it. We have the right manager in charge so hopefully we can.'

Woodgate, scorer of the winner in last year's final against Chelsea and appearing today with a headband to cover the four stitches he suffered in the 2-1 win over Hull last week, moved last year to London in a bid to advance a career that had been blighted by injuries at Real Madrid and Newcastle.

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With almost three full seasons behind him, his fitness is no longer in doubt but the relative merits of both Middlesbrough and Tottenham may be. 'On paper, the move has been a step up but, when you look at the way we've played, it's not been much of a step up,' he said. 'But it'll have to start, won't it? 'This is a so-called big club so we'll have to start pushing in the right direction.'

Last year's 2-1 Carling Cup win over Chelsea proved not so much a springboard to success as a belly flop to near disaster. Spurs won just four of their remaining 14 games, form which resulted in the dismissal of Juande Ramos and recruitment of Harry Redknapp.

Woodgate craves the stability that United take for granted and he added: 'The club will always spend a lot of money to push things on. That's the good thing: the club are trying to move in the right direction.'

 Tottenham skipper Ledley King issues Cup warning

DES KELLY: This is just no way to represent our country on the continent

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Source: Daily_Mail