Former Tottenham ace Leonhardsen says he regrets not staying longer at the club

Former Tottenham midfielder is impressed with Mauricio Pochettino, and has been reflecting on his own career.

Former Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Oyvind Leonhardsen says he regrets not staying longer at the club during his career.

He spent three seasons with Spurs between 1999 and 2002, before retiring from football in 2007.

Leonhardsen told the club's official website that not sticking it out at Spurs for longer is the main regret he has from his playing days.

He said: "I always felt that Tottenham was the best place for me to be when I was in the Premier League. Of course, I got a couple of injuries – there was a hamstring and groin problem – but Tottenham has a big place in my heart because I was there at a time when I wanted to play.

"After a while, Glenn Hoddle came in as manager and then I didn’t play that much again so I went to Aston Villa for the end of my English career but, when I look back at it, I should have stayed longer at Tottenham. That’s maybe the one thing I regret."

Leonhardsen is now working as a coach in his native Norway, teaching Staebak's under-15 side as he does his UEFA badges.

He added that he has been studying how Mauricio Pochettino sets the current Tottenham team up so effectively, as he seeks to take tips which he can carry through into his own coaching career.

He added: "It looks like they (Tottenham's players) know what they are doing all the time in all facets of the game. I’ve been so impressed with how they look and, as a coach myself, it’s made me very curious to see the manager’s work. I can see that he’s doing a lot of things right."

Leonhardsen signed from Liverpool in 1999, who he had joined from Wimbledon two years earlier. He made more than 50 appearances for Tottenham, scoring seven goals. During his career he won 86 caps for Norway.

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