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Freund: Spurs triumph at Old Trafford was the ‘perfect present’ for local newspaper

11:57 04 October 2012

Steffen Freund during his playing days at Spurs

Steffen Freund during his playing days at Spurs

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Steffen Freund says Spurs’ historic victory at Old Trafford is “the perfect present” for the Tottenham Journal newspaper as it is published for the final time today.

Freund was a firm friend of the Journal during his playing days at White Hart Lane and contributed to a regular player’s column.

Now back at Tottenham as the assistant coach, Freund was “sad and shocked” to hear about the demise of the club’s local newspaper, which will now exist solely online.

But the 42-year-old German, who took the time to speak to the Journal last week about his hopes for Tottenham’s trip to Manchester United, is delighted that the last ever edition is able to celebrate Spurs’ 3-2 victory at the weekend.

“That is a gift, in the last week of the newspaper – I think it’s a perfect finish,” said Freund.

“It’s like a present that we’ve won at Old Trafford after 23 years and you finish the paper in that week. I think it’s the perfect present.

“It is a tradition to work with the local newspaper and help their support for a big football club.

“This is one of the biggest clubs in the England, maybe in the world, and so many people around here support Spurs. They need the news, they need all the information about the club and all the players.

“It’s important to talk to your local newspaper, to give everyone the feedback about the situation with the team.

“It’s important for the people around the club and I’m sure we will miss it. I’m sad and shocked.”

Freund enjoyed a very good relationship with the former Journal sports editor Paul Miles, who was covering Spurs during the German’s first spell at the club between 1998 and 2003 – and Miles has since gone on to become Tottenham’s own multi-media editor.

“Milesy is one of my friends,” said Freund. “We’ve been in touch for a long time and he always asked me to do something for the Tottenham newspaper. For me it was always a pleasure to work with him. I enjoyed it every day.”

Meanwhile, a statement from Tottenham Hotspur said: “We are sorry to learn that the printed edition of the Tottenham Journal is to cease after 133 years of serving the local community.

“The club has always enjoyed a strong relationship with local publications and we would like to wish the staff every success with the online edition.”

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