good morning everyone.
As we all learned yesterday morning, Spurs fitness coach Gian Piero Ventrone died at age 61. A tragic loss not just for the club, but for his family, friends and the dozens of players whose careers he helped shape.
Not many words from me in today’s hoddle. Instead, let’s give the space to see how some Spurs players and coaches remembered Ventrone:
A truly remarkable man. I’m devastated by the passing of our coach Gian Piero. My love and strength is with his family at this time. His words and wisdom will live on with me for the rest of my life and I’m just grateful I had the opportunity to spend time with him. RIP Prof pic.twitter.com/AK1kgkruIH— Harry Kane (@HKane) October 6, 2022
Since I arrived at Tottenham, Gian has been a huge inspiration to me. He always said that I would help him a lot during the season, but who helped me was him... much more than he can imagine. Today we woke up to the terrible news of his passing and we are all devastated. pic.twitter.com/KP0yTTzNYx— Richarlison Andrade (@richarlison97) October 6, 2022
I’m absolutely devasted by the loss of Gian Piero. He has made such an impact on me and I feel so lucky to have spent the last year alongside him. We will all miss you— Ryan Mason (@RyanMason) October 6, 2022
Thankyou prof pic.twitter.com/bZacSgw2Li
Fitzie’s track of the day: Embryonic Journey, by Jefferson Airplane
And now for your links:
Alasdair Gold: Why Gian Piero Ventrone was adored by Spurs players
Jack P-B ($$): Could dropping a forward solve Spurs’ goalscoring woes?
Megan Rapinoe says NWSL had ‘zero guard rails’ to protect players from abuse
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