Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

King in Plea for Spurs to Find New Manager

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

King in Plea for Spurs to Find New Manager

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Byline: LEO SPALL

LEDLEY KING today called on Tottenham to find a permanent replacement for sacked manager George Graham as soon as possible.

The talented 20-year-old said it was a sad day when the Scot was told to leave White Hart Lane by new Spurs' vice-chairman David Buchler for an alleged breach of contract almost two weeks ago.

ENIC, the investment company who have a controlling interest in Tottenham, said Graham was dismissed for leaking information to newspapers and have put director of football David Pleat in temporary charge until the end of the season.

Southampton's Glenn Hoddle is the favourite to succeed Graham in the summer but King said: "We want a new manager brought in as soon as possible because it is better for the club.

"It has been bit of a rollercoaster ride at Spurs recently. We were on a high after beating West Ham in the FA Cup and the news of the boss going was disappointing.

"Graham was a big influence on me and was manager from when I started to get around the first team.

It was sad to see him go."

King has been one of the highlights in a difficult season for Tottenham, showing poise and commitment in a series of impressive performances in midfield.

He broke his foot playing for England Under-21s during the summer but recovered quickly and appears to have established himself in the first team, taking advantage of injuries to senior players to claim his place. King's loyalty to the former Spurs manager, therefore, is understandable after the Scot helped him make the transition from youth team to the senior set-up.

King was given the chance to prove himself alongside Alton Thelwell and Gary Doherty this campaign and all three have given Tottenham fans cause for optimism.

His debut came in August 1998 but he did not play again that season and featured only three times last campaign.

The east London youngster has suffered a broken foot twice in his short career but after returning to full fitness in November he has been a regular and chalked up 19 appearances.

King said: "It has been an amazing season. I started off injured with a foot problem and was just trying to get my fitness back and play as many games as I could. …

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