That day in 2004: Tottenham appoints Jacques Santini as new manager
On June 3, 2004, Tottenham announced that France coach Jacques Santini would become their new manager after the Euro that summer.
Here, the PA News Agency is reviewing his appointment and what happened next.
French football pioneer
Santini was little known in England, but he had a great reputation in France after helping to make Lyon the best team in the country. He succeeded Roger Lemerre as manager of the national team in 2002, tasked with rebuilding after the split of the golden generation that won the 1998 World Cup and Euro 2000. However, before Euro 2004 , where France lost in the quarter-finals to Greece, Santini had already left his post, with Spurs drawing him to the Premier League.
The search for success for Spurs
Spurs had been in the doldrums for almost 15 years as many managers had failed to finish higher than seventh in the Premier League. They had big ambitions under Daniel Levy and were looking abroad for the man to replace Glenn Hoddle. They tried to get Claudio Ranieri, who chose Valencia instead after being sacked from Chelsea, so turned to Santini in an attempt to earn a place at the first table in English football.
155 days of chaos
Barely 155 days later and after just 13 games, Spurs’ Santini experience was over. The Frenchman resigned on November 6 for personal reasons, but it was widely understood that disagreements with sporting director Frank Arnesen led to his departure. During his short stint he still managed to create some sort of legacy, as Spurs’ tactics in a 0-0 draw at Chelsea led Jose Mourinho to invent the now famous phrase “park the bus “. Santini then managed Auxerre but hasn’t worked since 2006, while Spurs named Martin Jol as his replacement and their Premier League rise began in earnest.