Spurs coach keeping top four focus


Tottenham Hotspur first team coach Joe Jordan is keeping the club's feet on the ground despite an impressive run of form at White Hart Lane.

Victory over Aston Villa on Monday night moved Spurs up to third in the Barclays Premier League table, with manager Harry Redknapp and winger Gareth Bale suggesting post-match that the club have title aspirations.

However, Jordan insists the priority remains to finish in the top four at White Hart Lane, and secure a return to the Champions League next season.

"For us to be in the top bracket is something we'd have liked at the start of the season, but look at the manner in which Manchester City and Manchester United have started. We had a poor start, it wasn't balanced," said Jordan.

"Since then we've found consistency but there's a long, long way to go. If we could get in the top four I think that would be a great season."

One potential future stumbling block for Spurs to overcome is manager Redknapp's link with the England job - a position which is set to become available at the end of Euro 2012 in Poland & Ukraine.

Jordan is well aware that the Tottenham Hotspur chief is amongst the front-runners to take the position, and whilst he wouldn't be drawn specifically to Redknapp on the subject, he was happy to hear English names being linked with the position.

"It would be nice for the nation to have English candidates for the job." added Jordan.

"Fabio Capello is a top manager but I would like to think a nation like England would have a number of people who could be looked upon for the job.

"You've got to look at people who are having good time in their career - and it's all about timing as well."

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