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Updated: Feb. 18, 2006
Jol poised to break the bank

Tottenham coach Martin Jol insists Spurs can break their wage structure to land Europe's top stars should they qualify for the Champions League.

Spurs are currently fourth in the Barclays Premiership - and if they can finish in that position at the end of the season they will be playing among Europe's elite next term.

The Londoners have the chance to go seven points clear of Arsenal by beating Wigan at White Hart Lane in a re-arranged fixture tomorrow.

Tottenham have adopted a policy of buying the cream of young talent in England and Europe - and as a result they have managed to keep their wage budget at manageable levels.

But any restrictions imposed on Jol by the Spurs board will not hamper his quest to attract the big names should they realise their European ambitions in May.

'We are a rich club. But that doesn't mean you pay the highest wages - or we would have had (Dennis) Rommedahl last season, for example,' said Jol.

'The so-called little clubs pay more than we do. We are not paying the wages other top clubs will pay. We don't do that - but we still pay good wages.

'If you have younger players on average you don't have to pay more wages than anybody else. That is a very healthy thing to do. In our philosophy if we get a player early we don't have to pay £10 or £15 million.

'Edgar Davids is a big player for us - but he was on a free. But if you want to bring a big player in we are a rich club ... we could go for a big player.

'We have done that in the last month as well, but in January it is very difficult. All the teams tell you they will sell at the end of the season.

'If we want to have a big player we will pay the wages.' Spurs will move to within three points of third-placed Liverpool, providing they can overcome Wigan, and Jol says they would have been pushing the Merseysiders even harder had they not squandered points by conceding last-minute goals.

'The only difference between us and Liverpool is two or three draws,' he said.

'If you take our draws against Sunderland and West Ham, where we gave away goals in the last minute, that is the only difference in the league table.

'In the league we are doing better than expected. As for the balance of my team, I think we are 70 or 80% there.'

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Tottenham banking on Champions League cash
tribalfootball.com - February 20, 2006

Tottenham are banking on Champions League football next season to boost their finances.
The club's chief executive Paul Barber told the News of the World: "One of the biggest deals we will make will be a five-year contract for our shirt sponsorship.

"A Champions League place would massively improve our plans but we have other ways of raising more income for players."
 
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