Steve Perryman: Leader of Men


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Steve Perryman’s autobiography A Spur Forever! is a thing of genuine beauty – as, quite frankly, is this Big Interview.

In part two, Steve addresses the myth that he kept Graeme Souness from making it at Tottenham. There’s the fact that Micky Hazard was so underrated – not least by the man himself. And there’s chat about glorious European nights at White Hart Lane (Steve won two UEFA Cups, and scored twice in a semi against AC Milan) and two famous consecutive FA Cup wins.

What was it like returning to Spurs to assist manager Ossie Ardiles, his best pal? Bloody awful is the answer; he couldn’t get over the toxic atmosphere that had poisoned his beloved club. But Steve and Ossie proved their doubters wrong when they headed off to glory in Japan.

This leader of men is also eloquent on his theory of leadership, and tells us which players in today’s Spurs side could have cut the mustard alongside Perryman, Ardiles & Co.

Thanks for the memories, Steve.


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