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TONY PARKS: Better for Spurs to win FA Cup that qualify for Champions League

PUBLISHED: 14:09 09 April 2010 | UPDATED: 16:54 07 September 2010

SPURS 1984 Uefa Cup-winning goalkeeper Tony Parks admits that he would rather see the club lift the FA Cup than qualify for the Champions League this season. The 47-year-old believes that the Lilywhites can achieve both of their aims in the coming weeks,

SPURS' 1984 Uefa Cup-winning goalkeeper Tony Parks admits that he would rather see the club lift the FA Cup than qualify for the Champions League this season.

The 47-year-old believes that the Lilywhites can achieve both of their aims in the coming weeks, but he is particularly keen to see another trophy in the White Hart Lane cabinet.

"I'm just a big believer in silverware," said Parks. "I can understand everyone's ambition to finish in the top four for Champions League football and the finances. It would be absolutely wonderful for the club.

"But if you gave a fifth place and an FA Cup final victory, I think an FA Cup final victory for a club like Tottenham would be huge as well.

"It's just nice to be in the position where we're fighting on both fronts. We've got some tough games coming up but if you'd have said at the start of the season that we'd be in this position, then we would have been absolutely delighted."

Now Spurs' goalkeeping coach, Parks admits he is flattered by the praise he has received for 'transforming' Heurelho Gomes from a nervous wreck into one of Harry Redknapp's key players.

"It's been nice this season because I've taken a lot of plaudits and pats on the backs from people, but trust me you cannot make a silk purse out of a sow's ear," said Parks. "People keep harping back to the first couple of months of his time at Tottenham, and I haven't heard nearly enough about the last year and his good form.


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