Pleat hopes Magpies finish fourth
By Steve Luckings
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
The Magpies currently occupy the fourth Champions League spot but face a race to the finish from teams like Birmingham, Charlton and Liverpool who are all desperate to cash in on the lucrative final place.
Spurs take on Newcastle on Sunday harbouring European ambitions of their own but White Hart Lane chief Pleat says no manager will be more worthy of leading his side into Europe's premier competition next term, saying Robson is one of the most decent and honest men in the game.
"I would like Bobby to nick it because there is no more decent or honest manager who has done his apprenticeship and deserves everything he has got out of the game. He is a good man and a humble man who is always helping other people,Ç¥ said Pleat.
"Newcastle have a good nucleus of young British players - the likes of Dyer, Jenas, Woodgate, Bramble and Bellamy - and I think that is a good philosophy because that seems to be more lasting than buying foreign players who might be more mercenary."
In other news, Spurs have recalled Canadian goalkeeper Lars Hirschfeld from his loan spell at Gillingham and he will be on the bench for Sunday's game.
Fellow custodian Rob Burch suffered an ankle injury during a reserve fixture in midweek meaning Spurs had to cut short Hirschfeld's stay at Priestfield Stadium where he played two games.