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Football: Venables in at El T-Elland Road.

TERRY VENABLES last night admitted the glamour of the World Cup inspired him to take over as boss at Leeds.

El Tel now becomes El T-Elland Road after agreeing a two-year deal with the Yorkshire giants who sacked David O'Leary then failed to prise Martin O'Neill from Celtic.

And Venables, whose colourful career includes managing Spurs, Barcelona, England, Australia and Middlesbrough, insisted analysing the games in Japan and South Korea for ITV re-ignited his passion for the game.

He said: "The World Cup excited me so much. I really enjoyed it and thought then that if something should crop up I might just take it.

"What I didn't foresee was an appointment at Leeds United. It all happened so quickly. I had a call from Leeds at my home in Spain last Friday night.

"They came out to see me on Saturday when I met the chairman. We had two hours of talks and it was agreed I would become manager."

Leeds chairman Peter Ridsdale said: "Terry's pedigree is second to none and I am confident in his ability to deliver success."
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Publication:Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Jul 9, 2002
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