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By ESPN Staff
Oct 30, 2008

Ferdinand keen on Spurs role with Harry

Former Tottenham Hotspur striker Les Ferdinand has admitted his interest in a coaching role at the club under new boss Harry Redknapp.

The 41-year-old, who played for the club from 1997-2003, has been linked with a return to White Hart Lane to work with the forwards.

Ferdinand revealed he has spoken to Redknapp but no serious discussions over a position have yet taken place.

Ferdinand told Sky Sports News: ''We have had a brief chat and I wished him all the best, because I know Harry through his son Jamie and I have met him on many occasions.

''We have had a brief chat but nothing concrete. We will sit down and have a chat about it and see where we go. If they feel the strikers could benefit from something I could give to them then I would be more than happy to go there and help. I imagine it would be with the strikers and if that's what's right for all parties maybe we'll do it.''

Two other former Spurs players in Teddy Sheringham and Tim Sherwood are also thought to be in the frame to join Redknapp's backroom staff.

Ferdinand added: ''The boys care about the club and want to see the club successful. We are all in the same boat and that's what we want, successful Spurs. If we can all get in there are have our little bit, all well and good.''

Meanwhile, Tottenham defender Michael Dawson has escaped further suspension but received a warning as to his future conduct following his sending-off against Stoke.

Dawson was charged with improper conduct for protesting about his dismissal in Tottenham's 2-1 defeat at the Britannia Stadium on October 19.

The 24-year-old could have been banned for an additional two matches on top of the three already incurred for the initial red card, which he received for a dangerous challenge on Mamady Sidibe.

However, after the player requested a personal hearing, an independent regulatory commission on Thursday decided on a warning, the Football Association announced.

And in further Spurs news defender Benoit Assou-Ekotto has revealed he wants to return to France and has set his sights on joining Paris St Germain.

Assou-Ekotto spent three years in the first team at Lens, having joined the club as a 10-year-old, before moving to Spurs in the summer of 2006 for a fee believed to be about £3.5million.

The French-born Cameroon international was one of football's hottest prospects but a serious knee injury in December 2006 sidelined him for more than a year.

Assou-Ekotto has been a regular recently, fighting it out with Gareth Bale for the left-back role, but admits he wants to return home.

''I have reflected a lot and I would love a return to France,'' the 24-year-old told radio station RMC. ''Above all I would love to join PSG.''

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