New goalkeeping coach appointed at White Hart Lane
By Patrick Mooney THE goalkeeping revolution has started at the Lane. Radek Cerny s loan deal from Slavia Prague has come to an end and the Czech shot-stopper has joined Championship side Queens Park Rangers. Cerny, who ended the season as Tottenham s N
By Patrick Mooney
THE goalkeeping revolution has started at the Lane. Radek Cerny's loan deal from Slavia Prague has come to an end and the Czech shot-stopper has joined Championship side Queens Park Rangers.
Cerny, who ended the season as Tottenham's No 1 having ousted England international Paul Robinson, made 20 appearances for Tottenham in all competitions in the 2007-08 season.
He had been at the Lane since securing an initial 18-month deal in 2005 - his contract was later extended until 2008.
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Spurs boss Juande Ramos seems unconvinced by England international Robinson and he is likely to be one several high profile players leaving the club this summer.
The Lilywhites have also appointed Austrian-born Hans Leitert from Recreative Huelva as their first team goalkeeping coach.
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He takes over from Perry Suckling, who will revert back to his role as Academy coach having ably stepped up to first team duties in October 2007 when Hans Segars was sacked.
Born in Vienna, Leitert was the national team's Under-21 goalkeeping coach for six years, as well as enjoying two seasons with Panathinaikos.
As a player, Leitert represented his country at Under-18 and Under-21 level before a wrist injury forced him into retirement having been the youngest goalkeeper in the Austrian top-flight during his time with VfB Mödling.
He began his coaching career with his former club's youth side before taking full-time coaching positions with Rapid Vienna and Austria Vienna.
Spurs Sporting director Damien Comolli said: "We took a lot of care in our search for a new First Team goalkeeping coach. It is a crucial position at the club, not only in terms of training and developing the first team goalkeepers, but also because we have got a lot of quality and potential in goalkeepers of a younger age group - so it was a very important choice for us.
"We believe Hans will bring many qualities to the club. He is a forward thinking coach who likes to employ new methods, a very enthusiastic individual who has lived and worked in different countries with different influences and has also worked with Uefa. He joins us with glowing references and an excellent reputation.
"Perry has done a fantastic job during his time with the first team and I would like to thank him for his work. But Perry's passion lies with coaching younger goalkeepers and he was keen to return to his position within our Academy.