Ex-Spurs defender to coach Pakistan

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Pakistan football chiefs appoint Graham Roberts

PAKISTAN football chiefs have appointed former Tottenham Hotspur defender Graham Roberts as manager of the national side.

Roberts has signed an initial two-month deal with the Pakistan Football Federation (PFF) ahead of their participation at next month’s Asian Games in China, DAWN newspaper reported.

The former England international, who won two FA Cups and a UEFA Cup with Spurs in the 1980s, is expected to fly into Pakistan within the next few weeks.

“His contract is being financed by sponsors as the PFF does not have that many funds,” PFF secretary Ahmed Yar Khan Lodhi was quoted as saying.

“It is great to have a high profile personality working with our players and hopefully it will be good for our team,” he added.

Bradford City’s Zesh Rehman who plays for Pakistan welcomed the appointment.

“I am looking forward to working with him and learning from the experiences of his outstanding career with Spurs and England,” he said.

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