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Michael Dawson retires from football, joins Ledley King as Tottenham Club Ambassador

Go on, Daws!

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Former Tottenham Hotspur central defender and captain Michael Dawson hung up his boots yesterday after a 20 year career at Spurs, Nottingham Forest, and Hull City. However, it didn’t take him long to find another job.

Today Tottenham announced on their social media channels and website that Dawson has rejoined the club... this time as a Club Ambassador alongside Ledley King, Gary Mabbutt, and Ossie Ardiles!

I love this. Dawson was one of the first Tottenham players I learned to recognize when I first became a Spurs fan in 2007. He wasn’t the strongest, swiftest, or best centerback, but in his prime he forged a wonderful defensive partnership alongside King in Tottenham’s back line, and eventually became club captain. He was an important component of the Tottenham team that first qualified for the Champions League in 2010, and made it to the Round of 16 the following season. Daws is COYS to the core, and even after leaving Spurs for Hull City in 2014 he remained a notable fan of the club.

Dawson expressed joy at coming home to Spurs in a statement.

“I now return here during what is such an exciting time for us – this new stadium just blows me away every time I visit and it sums up the direction the Club is going in.

“Although it is impossible to replace the feeling of playing, I am so excited to begin this new chapter of my career back at Spurs and be a part of this new era.

“I’ve always looked up to Ledley from the minute I first joined and saw him play, so to be named an Ambassador alongside him, and legendary Spurs names in Gary and Ossie, is a huge honour.

“I look forward to getting started in my new role and meeting as many fans as possible over the coming months.”

In addition to his Club Ambassador duties at Spurs, Daws also has a secondary job as an analyst for Sky Sports starting with this upcoming Premier League season.

Welcome home, Daws!