THE HALF DECENT FOOTBALL MAGAZINE

23 February ~ Tonight Stuttgart and their coach Christian Gross take on Barcelona in the last 16 of the Champions League. This is a far cry from his unhappy nine-month stay at Tottenham in 1997-98. The English media had swiftly reached the conclusion that Gross was out of his depth, admittedly not helped by a first press conference where he brandished an Underground ticket and claimed: "I want this to become my ticket to the dreams." On Football Focus, Gary Lineker, sitting inside a huge computer-generated football, introduced Gross as a "relatively unknown species" while Gary Richardson twice asked the former Grasshoppers manager if he was "frightened" or "scared" by the Tottenham job. Gross returned to Switzerland to rejuvenate FC Basel before moving to Stuttgart in December 2009 and winning six of his first eight matches.

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