Silent treatment spurs Hoddle's men

LONDON: Gus Poyet, Tottenham’s stand-in skipper, claimed on Monday that the team had recovered their pride after manager Glenn Hoddle gave them the silent treatment. 

Team spirit at the club came under question following last week’s 4-0 FA Cup defeat by Southampton. 

Poyet, who scored Tottenham’s first goal in a 4-3 win over Everton at White Hart Lane on Sunday, revealed the players were ignored by Hoddle after the FA Cup humiliation.  

The veteran Uruguayan said that instead of holding a team inquest to analyse their poor performance against Southampton, Hoddle and his coaching staff left the players to suffer in silence all week.  

“Last week was a lot quieter than we expected,” he told the London Evening Standard

“Everybody thought we would be having lots of meetings to try to sort it out but I think the manager and the rest of the coaching staff took the decision to stay quiet and let the players react in their own way to the defeats.  

“They gave us time to think about the situation and I think everybody wanted to play and put things right against Everton. I thought we showed yesterday that there is no problem with our team spirit.” – AFP 

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