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Chris Powell says he finds it 'odd' working with one Tottenham player

Tottenham Hotspur assistant head coach Chris Powell has admitted that he finds it “odd” working with Gareth Bale, one of his all-time heroes at Spurs.

The Welsh winger is back at Tottenham after re-signing on loan from Real Madrid last September in a move that brought the media spotlight to Spurs.

Bale’s first stint at Spurs saw him arrive from Southampton as a talented young full-back and develop into a world-class attacker who would command a world-record fee for a number of years.

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Although Powell never played for Tottenham during his career, he’s always been a big fan of the club.

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In August last year, he was appointed as head of coaching for the Tottenham Hotspur Academy while continuing his job as a coach with England.

And last month, Powell became Spurs interim assistant head coach alongside Nigel Gibbs, working with caretaker boss Ryan Mason after Jose Mourinho’s departure.

In an interview with the Spurs website, the 51-year-old spoke of his honour and pride in working at his boyhood club, and recalled some of his Spurs idols over the years.

“I’ve got so many heroes and I’m a little bit of a Spurs trivia man,” said Powell.

“When you ask me about lesser-known players – Timothee Atouba, Erik Edman, (Paolo) Tramezzani – I can remember them all but if you have to pin me down, Steve Archibald was my first real hero, he really was.

“Then through the years, Chris Waddle was a big one for me, Gareth Bale, which is odd now that I’m working with him because I’m thinking, ‘the amount of times I’ve cheered your goals’ and jumped on people I don’t know in the stands because they’ve got the white shirt on!”

Spurs are next in action on Saturday, taking on Leeds United away in the day’s early Premier League kickoff.

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