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Michael Brown: “I enjoyed my time at Spurs. It’s a brilliant Club”

Tue 30 June 2020, 18:40|Tottenham Hotspur

Michael Brown only has positive words about his time at Spurs.

The all-action midfielder joined us from Sheffield United in January, 2004 and went on to play 64 times in all competitions before moving to Fulham two years later.

A legend at Bramall Lane, where he scored 36 times in 174 games between 1999-2004, including 22 goals in 2002/03, ‘Browny’ joined a Spurs team struggling in the 2003/04 campaign and then going through a transitional period before Martin Jol took over in November, 2004, eventually taking the team back into Europe in 2006.

Now 43, Michael played his part as a young team including the likes of Michael Carrick, Michael Dawson, Jermain Defoe, Jermaine Jenas and Aaron Lennon – all in their early 20s or younger - lifted us up to ninth in 2004/05 and then fifth in 2005/06. By the end of that season, he’d moved on to Fulham...

“I signed and we were struggling initially but Martin Jol took over and started to turn things around,” he reflected. “I enjoyed working with Martin and thoroughly enjoyed my time at Spurs.

“It wasn’t a case of me of wanting to leave, I just wanted to play every week. At that time, every window, there were new signings like Edgar Davids coming in and I wanted to play every week, not sit on the bench.

“Look how Michael Carrick came through and progressed, he went on to have a great career at United. Ledley King, you can never forget his contribution, he’d become a regular by the time I’d signed. The Club was progressing with these younger players.

“I wished everyone the best and went on my way but enjoyed my time at Spurs. It’s a brilliant club, well supported and whenever I bump into anyone now, they always appreciate what I’ve done and say nice things about my time at the Club – and you bump into Spurs fans all around the world!”

Michael continued playing until the age of 40. After Fulham, he enjoyed spells at Wigan, Portsmouth, Leeds and Port Vale. He took over the caretaker management at Port Vale in 2016/17 and was then made permanent manager before departing in September, 2017.

Since then, he’s stepped into the world of media and has proved a popular pundit across many platforms including Sky Sports, BT Sports and Radio Five Live.

He added: “I’m thoroughly enjoying it, particularly the range of media, co-commentary on Five Live, Quest for the Football League, Soccer Saturday on Sky, PLP (Premier League Productions), punditry, I’ve also been out to Astro in Malaysia, so it’s not just the Premier League, it’s really varied work. It’s all different and I’m still learning, so long may it continue.”