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Wednesday 19 June 2013

On this day: Ossie Ardiles returns to Spurs as manager

Looking back at Premier League history, we recall the White Hart Lane favourite coming back

Ossie Ardiles brought striker Jurgen Klinsmann to Tottenham in 1994 rifles through the annals of the Barclays Premier League to find significant events.

On this day: 19 June 1993 Spurs appoint Ossie Ardiles as manager

With the departure of managing director Terry Venables at the end of the previous season Tottenham Hotspur chairman Alan Sugar turned to the popular former player Ossie Ardiles, who had been in charge of West Bromwich Albion after spells as manager at Swindon Town and Newcastle United.

Ardiles got his new team off to a great start by beating Newcastle on the opening day at St James’ Park, but lost his next match to Arsenal at White Hart Lane. After briefly flirting with the top six, Spurs under Ardiles sank to mid-table and there were fears of relegation before finishing the season in 16th.

That summer Ardiles was given the chance to strengthen the squad with stars from the 1994 FIFA World Cup with Germany’s Jurgen Klinsmann and Romania’s Ilie Dumitrescu and Gheorghe Popescu joining. But Spurs got off to a disappointing start and in October 1994 Ardiles left the club after 54 League matches, of which only 16 were wins.

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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 the day Spurs favourite Ossie Ardiles returned as manager in 1993