Friday 15 November 2013
Gerry Francis became Tottenham Hotspur’s third manager in two years when he took over following the departure of Osvaldo Ardiles the previous month.
Francis left Queens Park Rangers and followed on from caretaker boss Steve Perryman with Spurs at the wrong end of the Barclays Premier League table.
His first match was a 4-3 home defeat by Aston Villa and the side drew his next two fixtures, 0-0 against Chelsea and 1-1 at Liverpool. But under Francis thier form improved and they won seven of their next nine matches in all competitions - keeping six consecutive clean sheets in the process.
They finished seventh, two positions below the UEFA Cup spot, and also reached the FA Cup semi-finals, where they went down 4-1 to Everton.
In the next two seasons, Francis was unable to generate an improvement, Spurs finishing eighth in 1995/96 and then 10th. Three months into the 1997/98 campaign, Francis left White Hart Lane. He returned to QPR in September 1998 and three years later took over at Bristol Rovers, another former club whom he had managed before his first spell at Loftus Road.