France coach Jacques Santini, who yesterday was confirmed as the next manager of Tottenham Hotspur, believes he is the man to restore the club to its former glories.

Santini will join Tottenham when his contract expires at the end of EURO 2004 and the former Lyon coach is relishing the prospect of working in England.

“I am an ambitious man and it has always been a dream of mine to coach a big English club in the most exciting league in the world,” said Santini.

“I am delighted to get the opportunity to join Tottenham.

“They are a very big club, with a wonderful history and great traditions.

“Daniel Levy (chairman) and Frank Arnesen (sports director) have outlined their vision and I share their ambitions.

“I am determined to help the club return to its place amongst the elite,” he added.

Spurs finished 14th in the Premiership and spent 10 months looking for a new coach after dismissing Glenn Hoddle six games into the season.