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|Club as Player||Tottenham Hotspurs|
2007 03 09 Retrieve
[Chris Waddle commentating on Bolton v Arsenal in the FA Cup on Five Live] Arsenal’s first touch and movement is amazing. I hope the people listening are watching this
2008 01 Retrieve
[Unfit and unready, Waddle found himself under pressure during those early stages. After one or two modest performances there were already murmurs from the fans] all changed when I scored a goal against Paris Saint-Germain where I lifted it over the ‘keeper’s head and back-heeled it into the net
In Europe they buy players to do certain jobs – so I was bought to create goals for Papin, and it’s worked out. Now there’s certain games where I’ve had to run up and down, and I’ve spoke to the coach and said, when I get the ball at the other end I can’t create, ‘cos I’m going to have to run seventy yards. And he says, OK, we’ll change it round … they’re more flexible on the Continent. They’ll change the system from game to game – but England, club sides as well, they’ll play 4-4-2 from first game to last …
It’s the English system, and you’ve got to take your part in it. It’s just unfortunate that you have players like Glenn Hoddle, Stan Bowles, Frank Worthington, great technical players, the players people love to watch – and they can’t hold a place in the England team …
[European Footballer of the Year] Before the European Cup final I got told by a lot of French journalists that if we won the game, I’d win the European Footballer of the Year. But we lost and it went to Jean-Pierre. I was glad for him though; he was a great goalscorer and helped me a lot when I first joined the club.
2012 01 Retrieve
[Come the end of that debut year, Waddle had settled, but at first it had been hard going] I’d got there and I was in a hotel. I hadn’t done any pre-season and within days I was playing at Lyon. I’d barely done any training and I wasn’t fit. They were trying to train me during the day fitness-wise and it was like 90 degrees. I nearly fainted on a couple of occasions.
They were trying to train me during the day fitness-wise and it was like 90 degrees. I nearly fainted on a couple of occasions. They were trying to put a pre-season in me in the space of five days. I was waiting for a house to be built that was months behind schedule.
2018 11 21 Retrieve
[The team’s supporters rushed to deny the allegations, feeling that such a scandal would cheapen their club’s achievements] With unemployment at 18 percent and the municipal finances in anaemic shape, Marseille’s footballing hegemony represents one of the few sources of civic pride for a population long frustrated by the Paris-dominated centralism of the French state. To defend their football dream many have adopted a siege mentality, refusing to give credence to tales of wrongdoing and ever willing to explain the scandal as a Parisian plot to destroy Tapie and his club
[What remains untainted, however, was the beauty of his team’s play and the style with which they attacked] The way that they played, the role that I was given, the team structure, the players that they had – we just had an unbelievable team. The fans were second to none, fanatical. It’s one team, one town. Within a couple of hours everybody is Marseille fans […] We had fans all over the country because they loved the way that we played.
2016 02 18 Retrieve
[Quotes on Paul Gascoigne] I first saw Gazza when he was 14. He was talented, but so slow we wondered if he could get round the pitch. But he grew, lost the puppy fat and became quicker. Very strong, with the vision, flair and character to go with it. The ideal footballer, technically and socially. Great value; never a dull moment
2016 03 24 Retrieve
[on Alan Shearer] He is almost the perfect centre-forward for the English game. he closes people down, he can hold the ball up, run with it, he’s good in the air and he’s dangerous inside and outside of the box
2018 12 17 Tweet
[Brexit’s coming home] Well done Theresa May, now let’s leave Brexit with no deal we will be fine
2018 11 21 Retrieve
[Waddle later said to Pete Davies in All Played Out] Marseille happened so quick. We [Waddle and his partner] were in Cyprus, and I was talking about next season, playing with Gazza, and Gary Lineker coming – I was looking forward to it, I thought, this is what we need, a world class goalscorer. Then we get back – and two weeks later we’re in Marseille. It happened so quick, it was just so quick – bang bang crash bang wallop, I was there.
2019 05 11 Retrieve
[Chris Waddle admitts he doesn’t think Gazza move to Old Trafford would have worked] He would have drove Sir Alex Ferguson up the wall! I’m going no.
I think Paul was very much an individual. He liked Terry Venables, I think they had a great relationship. Terry knew what buttons to press with Gazza. He knew he was a loose cannon. If you just got him on the park that was the safest place to put him because we didn’t know what else he’d be doing if he wasn’t on the park. You just look back and think Terry handled him very well.
I think maybe Sir Alex with his Iron Fist, I don’t think Gazza would have enjoyed that. Gazza wouldn’t have enjoyed being bullied and intimidated at times.
There was a lot of players coming towards the end of their time. I remember Viv Anderson was there, Bryan Robson, Norman Whiteside, and Paul McGrath and I think at United they were sort of known as liking a drink. Would that have helped Gazza? He would have been tagged on to it because that’s how he was.
Nobody knows, I’m saying no, even though Man United were brilliant, and yes I could be wrong. Alex Ferguson could have been the manager that Gazza needed. But with Gazza, he got on better with managers who were a little bit more laid back.
Bobby Robson talked to him, he called him daft as a brush and said things to him don’t get me wrong. But he could talk to him, communicate with him and Terry Venables they were sort of pally with him and I think he liked that because it relaxed him.
I just wonder if your getting beat a couple of times and Alex Ferguson is an inch away from his face calling him all the names under the sun, would Gazza have reacted to that? It would have been interesting, I’m going to say no it wouldn’t have made a difference
2020 01 11 Retrieve
[Waddle believes Jose Mourinho should be looking to cash in during what could be a quiet window all round, with the opportunity there to rid himself of an unwelcome distraction] I don’t see an awful lot of transfers happening in January at all. Of all the top teams, Chelsea should certainly think about getting another striker in and Leipzig’s Timo Werner looks a good fit. Mason Mount and Tammy Abraham have been revelations this season but this is their first full season of Premier League football and they are going to come off the pace eventually. Tottenham should also be trying to engineer Christian Eriksen’s exit because if they don’t he will almost certainly be off in the summer on a free. It’s clear that Jose Mourinho isn’t overly bothered about the Dane, who could set Serie A or La Liga alight. If Inter Milan offered £15m or so, Spurs should bite their hands off.
Jose Mourinho has a big decision to make with Harry Kane set to be ruled out for a while and any number of names are being thrown about as a possible short-term replacement for the England captain. However, I reckon the solution might be closer to home for the Spurs boss. It seems that big clubs need to be linked with big names but if I was Mourinho I’d have a look first at Troy Parrott before charging into the transfer market. He’s only 17 and has just a handful of first-team appearances under his belt but I’ve seen him play and I like what I see. In fact, the first thing you notice about Parrott is how similar to Kane he is. He’s not blessed with an unbelievable turn of pace but he definitely knows where the goal is.
If I was Mourinho I’d give him a go. The young lad will have the crowd on his side and if he gets a goal or two his confidence could go through the roof. That’s how it all started for Kane. And if it has not worked out in a couple of weeks, and Kane looks like he might be out for a while, then maybe sign someone until the end of the season. That, of course, is presuming Daniel Levy is prepared to finance such a move. He might well have decided that Mourinho will get money to spend in the summer and that he’s not going to do any panic business now
2020 02 07 Retrieve
[Chris Waddle says Giovani Lo Celso could prove to be a £30 million ($39m) steal for Tottenham] Steven Bergwijn couldn’t have enjoyed a more sparkling debut for Tottenham though the player I think who could make even more difference on the run-in is Giovani Lo Celso.
The Argentinian star is only 23 and struggled to make much of an impact when he first arrived at Spurs. But it seems to me that as soon as he knew Christian Eriksen was on his way he thought this is my chance and he’s blossomed. He’s hungry, he’s confident, he looks a real player and 18 months from now Tottenham may well be thinking he was an absolute steal at £30m.
Bergwijn needs to add consistency to his game. You look at him and you see a player who’s good on the ball, can spot a pass, can go past players and can score goals. So you’re immediately wondering why he’s not been snapped up by a bigger club before. My sense is that he’ll drift out of games and that might frustrate fans. But if he can sustain his appetite – and with a place in the Holland squad to nail down before the Euros he will certainly be trying – then he’ll be a hit
I think Harry Kane’s injury is a blessing in disguise for England – and I don’t think it’s proving such a hindrance for Jose Mourinho either. Kane last played a game on New Year’s Day and if you believe Mourinho it’s quite possible he won’t appear again until May. From a Tottenham perspective that might sound like a nightmare scenario – although it’s interesting that even without him they are up to fifth in the Premier League and still in the FA Cup.
From an England perspective going into Euro 2020 we may well be getting a fully fit, fully refreshed Harry Kane leading our line and that would be fantastic news. Obviously Gareth Southgate will be having a fairly constant dialogue with Tottenham and Kane and he would obviously like his captain to play a game or two before the season is over. But even if Kane is only 80 or 90 per cent fit going into June, Southgate will take him to the Euros because even off the bench he is a match-winner
2020 02 21 Retrieve
[Spurs legend Waddle believes Spurs have to consider dropping Republic of Ireland international Parrott into their starting XI, with the exciting academy graduate really to follow in the footsteps of illustrious teenage stars before him] You only need to look at the likes of Wayne Rooney and Marcus Rashford to see what can happen if you take an early punt on a young striker. Rooney was just 16 when he scored for Everton in the Premier League against Arsenal with Arsene Wenger hailing him the brightest talent this country had. Injuries offered Rashford a chance when he was a teenager and he scored two goals in a European game for Manchester United, kept his place and scored two more against Arsenal three days later. Sometimes you have to give a young striker a go – and now’s the time for Jose Mourinho to give Troy Parrott a shot
Let’s not forget that he’s a full international – he played for Ireland against New Zealand in November – so he’s not a stranger to playing at a high level surrounded by top players. I don’t think Mourinho has much choice or Tottenham’s top-four prospects could be in real trouble. He complained on Wednesday that several of his players are jaded and fading. Well, Parrott isn’t. He could be the answer and Spurs fans would give him a chance. They’ll be right behind him because he’s one of their own having come through the academy.
Now he might crash and burn – but he also might be a natural and take to Premier League football like a duck to water, like Rashford or Rooney did. It’s hard to question Mourinho because of everything he has achieved down the years but I’ve never quite got his reluctance to take chances on kids. If Mourinho thinks Parrott is going to be so good in three years that he deserves a new contract, then he should have faith in him being good enough now
2020 03 26 Retrieve
[Chris Waddle reveals why Peter Beardsley was left disappointed at Kevin Keegan’s testimonial] We were all standing pitchside and it was bloody freezing as it is up there, and we had to wait for Kevin Keegan to get in the helicopter. He was only going up the road to Gosforth Park Hotel, but we had to stand and wait.
I always remember the story Peter Beardsley wanted Kevin’s shirt for his last game, and as Kevin got in the helicopter he took it off and gave it to the security guard and said ‘give it to Peter Beardsley’. Peter Beardsley never got it