Jacques Santini has admitted he lied over his reasons for leaving Tottenham Hotspur after only 13 matches in charge.
Santini cited “personal reasons” for his unexpected departure from White Hart Lane two weeks ago but, in fact, it was a disagreement with director of football Frank Arnesen that forced the former France coach to resign.
(Santini, shown here in the ’70’s copping a feel from Gwyneth’s mom)
Santini, who returned to White Hart Lane on Saturday, working for French television, said: “There was a problem around where responsibility lay at the club, especially when it came to transfer policy. I thought Frank Arnesen was here to support my ideas. I was told I would be in charge of first-team matters, buying and selling players and doing the coaching. As soon as I arrived, it became clear I was only in charge of coaching.”
In football news of slightly less global importance, congratulations to the players, management and fans of DC United on winning their 4th MLS Cup in 9 years with a 3-2 victory over the Kansas City Wizards.
(Andranik Eskadarian and Jamie Moreno, right, celebrate the former’s Elbow Of God)
The match, played at the Home Depot Stadium in Carson, CA — immortalized in the Angry Samoans’ “Carson Girls” — viewed by a global audience in the high three figures. was far more exciting than the PBA tourney that aired earlier in the day.