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Friday 15 November 2013

On this day in 1994: Francis named Spurs manager

Looking back at Premier League history, we recall when Gerry Francis took charge at White Hart Lane

  • Gerry Francis giving instructions during his third match in charge of Tottenham Hotspur rifles through the annals of the Barclays Premier League to find significant events.

15 November 1994 – Francis replaces Ardiles at White Hart Lane

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.

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Key Points

  • looks back through the annals of history of the competition
  • A memorable event or match from each day of the year will be selected
  • We remember when Gerry Francis was appointed manager of Tottenham Hotspur