The Tottenham Hotspurs legend Ledley King is aspiring to become a football coach after a legendary playing career. The defender spent 13 years in the London club Tottenham during which he featured under top managers such as Glenn Hoddle, George Graham and Harry Redknapp.
The 36-year old retired without any prior plan following his frequent injuries in 2012, making 321 appearances for the White Hart Lane side, and after planning his future, he decided to dive into coaching path. Continue reading Ledley King Eyes Coaching Role
Former Tottenham Hotspurs defender Ledley King has stated that he is happy with the signing of Davinson Sanchez and that he is sure that he will be a wonderful player for the London team.
Spurs have signed Sanchez from Dutch club Ajax for a fee that is reported to be around £40 million. Sanchez has been a revelation last season in the Ajax team that reached the final of the Europa league.
King who has played more than 300 games for Tottenham Hotspurs said that this is a wonderful investment for the team and that he is sure that the player will be a favorite with the fans.
He said that he has watched him play a couple of time and that there is no doubt that he will be a major success with the London side.
Ledley King believes that Tottenham Hotspurs have the potential to win the title, but it will all depend on how they cope with both the Premier League and the Champions League. He said that last season they went out of the Champions League at the group stage, and this allowed them to focus on the domestic league but this time around they will want to go as far as they can in Europe.
At the same time, they will have the issue of playing their home games at Wembley, and this can influence their domestic results.
However, Ledley King believes that there are enough quality and strength in depth in the squad to help them compete in both competitions. He said that it has always been the dream of Tottenham Hotspurs to establish themselves as a top club again and they will have to compete in both tournaments in order to remain in this selective group of clubs.
Tottenham Hotspurs legend Ledley King is wishing Scott Parker the best in his new role after he was appointed the club’s Under-18 coach.
Parker retired as a player and was offered the opportunity to help the club’s youth system.
King, Parker, Brad Friedel and Michael Dawson participatedin the coaching programme at White Hart Lane run by the head of coaching and player development John McDermott. King became a part time youth coach in the summer of 2014 bit he soon stopped. He claimed he “wasn’t ready” then but is confident that Parker is better equipped for the role.
“Scott has been doing his badges for a while and I think he understands that more than I did. He’s further down the line with his badges – he’ll have no problem. It wasn’t stressful but it was different,” King said.
King added that the way the game is played now has evolved, and that it was “different to how [he] was coached.” He said Scott would have learnt the new ways of doing things as he worked on his badges along the way.
The retired Spurs man then lauded McDermott for having a great eye for players and coaches. He claimed the teacher has seen a lot of coaches and knows the best ones that would succeed at the club.
Parker developed through the youth ranks before moving to play for several top sides. He played for his national team side and is keenon progressing as a coach. King claimed he could love to return to coaching sometime. For now he remains the club’s ambassador.
Ledley King has said that Robbie Keane was worthy of helping him lift the Carling Cup title back in 2008, the last time Tottenham won a title.
Under current coach Mauricio Pochettino, Spurs have grown from strength to strength but they are yet to raise a single title.
Leicester City fought off competition from Spurs – and 5000 to 1 odds – to emerge winners of the Premier League last year while Antonio Conte and his boys remained resolute as Chelsea waltzed to the title this year.
The 2008 triumph was the last time Spurs celebrated a title win. King and Jonathan Woodgate were very impressive when Spurs defeated the Blues 2-1 at Wembley to lift that title. King was injured for most part of the season but he put on a brilliant display when it mattered the host, wearing the captain’s arm band.
King praised Keane for the brilliant job he did in his absence, adding that the skipper was very qualified to join him in lifting the title. He claimed he thought it was right for two of them to lift the title.
Aside the MLS, that was Keane major title in his career and he was quite emotional about it. He was well received on his return to White Hart Lane despite the club having many raving youngsters around. At the final game of the league against Manchester United, the fans appreciated the player with Keane being very pleased with the reception.
There have been numerous comments on when Spurs would win a title with the current generation of top talents, in the season review. Next season, the competition is expected to be stiffer with Pep Guardiola and Jose Mourinho out of excuses and Arsene Wenger keen on a glorious exit.
For the past few years, Tottenham Hotspur has been able to snatch the top 5 spots of the Premier League which is a very impressive feat for a club to accomplish but even though they have consistently been able to get into the top of the English Premier League, Tottenham has struggled trying to win a major piece of silverware.
The last time that Tottenham Hotspur won a significant trophy was back during the season of 2007-08 when they lifted the League Cup after defeating Chelsea 2-1 in the finals which was played on February 24.
From there on out, Tottenham has not managed to add any major trophy to their collection but Ledley King is hoping and optimistic that his former team is able to win the current edition of the FA Cup.
Tottenham Hotspur has qualified for the semi-finals of the 2016-17 and are scheduled to face off with Chelsea on April 22 and Ledley King feels that Mauricio Pochettino can push his squad to success.
“I feel like Mauricio Pochettino is on the verge of winning another trophy. We’re in the semi-finals of the FA Cup and we have a tough game against Chelsea but it’s the game that we can win; we beat Chelsea already this season.So yeah, I really do feel the players and the manager are on the verge of something special. So hopefully it would be nice to get a trophy, starting this season.” Former Tottenham Hotspur player Ledley King said.
Ledley King spent his entire football career performing with Tottenham but despite having invested so much of his time in the English outfit; it wasn’t a very successful career as he was only able to win the League Cup in 2008 but King is hoping that with the recent addition of Mauricio Pochettino, it can change things in the near future.
Tottenham player Harry Winks has opened up on his future plans of becoming a legend at White Hart Lane.
The youngster was promoted to the first team recently where he has revealed that he would very much like to end his career at the club like his hero Ledley King.
The player who would be 21 years old next month is set to play in the FA Cup against Aston Villa but he is almost sure he would be a one-club man. The midfielder has been with the club since his fifth birthday says he wants to remain at the club achieve all the successes he wants without leaving.
“I just want to play as many games as I can. Any game for Spurs is a brilliant one. I have been here since I was five so there was never any chance of me going to another club,” he said.
The player seems to still be star-struck despite his being moved to join the senior team after he impressed in the feeder team. He described the feeling as “brilliant.”
“At first it was a bit strange, like ‘wow, I am here.’
There I am training with Eriksen, Vertonghen, Dembele. As time goes on and you get more games and train with them every day it just get a bit more natural, but it’s important not to get arrogant about it. To stay level-headed,” Winks added.
He described Ledley King as his favourite Spurs player.
“Ledley King is my hero. He is an absolute legend at our club. A proper defender and one of the best England has produced for years,” he said.
On joining the first team he said the coach Mauricio Pochettino has been a massive inspiration after deciding not to send him out on loan. He lauded the manager for being “approachable” and added that the mutual admiration was the reason he celebrated with the coach at the touchline after his first goal in the Premier League on his debut against West Ham.
Spurs former captain Ledley King has heaped praises on the club’s current defender Kyle Walker.
Walker is a key player in the Spurs set-up despite being injury prone. Walker is the first choice right back for club and country, and he has moved past the several injuries he suffered between 2013 and 2015. He had limited appearances in the Premier League during his time off but he has quickly re-established himself at White Hart Lane.
In the 2016/17 season, Walker is arguably the best right back in England. His sterling performances have contributed to the Spurs’ feat this term. The Mauricio Pochettino side is yet to lose league game this season. The former Sheffield United player has struggled with injuries a bit this term as well, but his performance, when fit, earned him King’s commendation.
“It takes a while to get back to your levels and it’s testing time whenever you are out for a long period, there are tough moments and it takes time to get things right again. It does allow you to reflect on your game, what you want to do and where you want to be when you get back playing. Kyle has come back stronger than ever,” King told the club’s website.
Tottenham have a long way to go if they want to end up as Premier League champions. They currently place 5th but are four points behind log leaders Chelsea. Whilst the team has been consistent in managing expectations, there is an obstacle holding them from moving beyond the current level. A string of draws in October ensured they remained behind even as power changed hands three times.
Spurs are set to play Chelsea, Swansea City and Manchester United in forthcoming league games, even as they are get set to exit the Champions League following a string of losses.
Notwithstanding the fact that injury has disturbed the former Tottenham center-back, it doesn’t reduce how much love the fans and supporters of the club have for him.
King believes that the players are really talented but Josh Onomah is a really big, powerful lad. Onomah just recently clocked 19 and has got a lot of potentials to showcase, same as defender Cameron Vickers. King also believes that a young lad by the name, Marcus Edwards, should be looked out for as well.
The 36-year old also talked on the players being left behind, he believes it was always difficult but the manager should have liked all the players together preparing at the same time, but, he knows that players need to rest in order to restore some energy after a long season.
“I think good players and strong players would use that as motivation for the coming season,” King said. “I’m sure they were disappointed over the summer. They’ll put that aside, look forward to coming back and playing football. I’m sure they will use it to show they’re top players in their own right, but as a team it just didn’t happen. And that’s been the case for England for a number of years. It’s nothing that’s particularly new. They’ll be raring to go.
“I’m hoping the consistency from the squad, we’re very settled. The manager is young, ambitious and hungry; the players are the same. We have a settled group, not much change, just looking to strengthen in the right areas as a squad and I’m hopeful that will play a big part going into the start of the season, because the other teams are going to have 4, 5, 6 new players in their starting line-up. Hopefully we can hit the ground running (thanks to the) continuity.”
Neymar broke the Olympic record when Brazil defeated Honduras 6-0 in the men’s event at the tournament.
Neymar scored the fastest goal when he scored just 15 seconds from the kick-off. He was heavily criticized for his uninspiring effort when they played the first two group games, despite the whole country waiting on him to lead the country to their first Olympic gold medal in football.
Neymar lead the transformation from their last group game, defeating Denmark 4-0 after the previous goalless draw. They qualified for the quarter final to face Columbia, defeating them 2-0. The 6-0 smashing sets them up for a possible revenge when they met Germany in the Gold Medal game on Saturday.
Neymar scored the goal as he hounded Honduran defender Johnny Palacios at the edge of the box, and then he sent the ball into an empty net as the goal keeper Luis Lopez ran out to try and save the ball. The goal becomes the fastest in the Olympics, but is still not as fast as some other goals in the history of the round leather game.
In the Major League Soccer, Tim Cahill scored in the 7th second when Houston Dynamo played New York Red Bulls back in 2013. However, Mike Grella equalled the record in 2015 when New York Red Bulls faced Philadelphia Union. Ledley King holds the record in the Premier League when he scored in 9.9 seconds back in 2000 when Tottenham Hotspur played Bradford City.
In the La Liga, Joseba Llorente holds the record in 7.22 seconds but in the Serie A it is 8.1 seconds. In the Champions League, when Bayern München hosted Real Madrid back in 2007 in 10.1 seconds. The fastest goal overall record is held by former Arsenal player Nicklas Bendtner back in 2011.
Ledley King states his opinion about Tottenham and how he feels that the club has received a boost ahead of the new season.
Ledley King would definitely know and he would be in the position to state anything about the Tottenham team, having captained Spurs previously. He feels that the club has learnt much as the new season begins and that should definitely give the club members a head start this season.
Today Ledley has the role of the club ambassador that he plays well. He is considered a legend of Tottenham as he has gained considerable experience in international games. He feels that the club has gained considerable experience as well as the Spurs had participated in many international tournaments. That will definitely have many of the players ready for the new season ahead of training sessions as well.
The reason for such a feeling to have arisen in the club ambassador is the fact that Spurs has had about 12 players in total playing international football at competitive levels this summer. King feels that the club will definitely find the benefits and differences in the abilities of the players as they have recently come back from having participated in different matches at international levels. Eric Dier is one such instance, who was part of England’s team. King feels that, irrespective of how a team performs, having played competitive football at international levels gives the players new found confidence and self belief that continues at club level games in the consecutive season.
He gives instances of his own experience when he had played only twice in 2004 but the challenges he faced out there had given his renewed confidence that impacted his playing and boosted his confidence levels. This year the club has had eleven players in international games.