Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Bond Faces Sack from Toon after BBC 'Bungs' Probe

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Bond Faces Sack from Toon after BBC 'Bungs' Probe

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LIVERPOOL ...........3 TOTTENHAM.........0

DANNY MURPHY believes Tottenham must thump Slavia Prague in the UEFA Cup on Thursday to stop their season from falling apart.

Spurs are favourites to qualify for the group stages after their 1-0 first-leg victory in Prague, but Murphy feels the club need a convincing home win to boost their league form.

Tottenham have made their worst ever start to the Premiership after picking up just four points from six games and have gone 433 minutes without a goal.

Ledley King and Jermaine Jenas (above) were both guilty of missing simple chances in the defeat at Liverpool and Murphy insists: "Thursday is really big in terms of confidence. We need to get a win and score some goals. It is imperative we get through to the group stages.

"We just need one or two results behind KEVIN BOND was today facing the sack from Newcastle United in the fallout from Panorama's probe into alleged bungs.

Newcastle chairman Freddy Shepherd is believed to have spoken to Bond last night and the club are in the process of considering the terms of his departure.

Bond, 49, who has been assisting manager Glenn Roeder but has not held a title, was Harry Redknapp's assistant at Portsmouth at the time of the filming, and was secretly recorded admitting he would us to feel like we can go into league games knowing that, if we do lose a goal, it's not the end of the world.

"The table doesn't tend to lie but it is early in the season. The away games we have lost are Bolton, Manchester United and Liverpool and they don't come much tougher.

"We are missing quality players like Aaron Lennon and Steed Malbranque, but we still have enough quality.

"We only have ourselves to blame. We have got to do better and there is no hiding from that. It's time for us to put things right.

"It's easy to say we haven't had the rub consider discussing receiving payments from a proposed new agency involving players' agent Peter Harrison. …

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