Club legend reveals he regretted Tottenham exit just one day after leaving

Michael Dawson has reflected on his time at Tottenham Hotspur, and revealed how much he regretted leaving the club to join Hull City, even admitting he wanted to return to Spurs just a day later.

After joining Spurs in 2005 from Nottingham Forest, Dawson went on to make 324 appearances for the Lilywhites (Transfermarkt).

The English defender would go on to captain the club, and even lifted the League Cup in 2008. Dawson is widely regarded as something of a modern legend at Spurs now.

But, when Mauricio Pochettino took over at Tottenham in 2014, the decision was made to sell Dawson to Hull City, as the incoming manager looked to start a new era at the club with a fresh squad.

Michael Dawson
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Michael Dawson wanted to go back to Spurs

Dawson ended up spending four years at Hull City and forged a great relationship with the club’s fans there, too. But, that doesn’t mean he wasn’t sorely disappointed to leave Tottenham initially.

Speaking to the Off the Shelf podcast, Dawson explained how he felt upon departing Spurs, and revealed he wanted to ask Daniel Levy to sign him back immediately.

He said: “I was 30 when Mauricio came in, and they wanted Fazio in and they wanted me out of the door. The chance to move north, the day after I’d signed I was thinking I wish I could phone Daniel saying can you send the money back and bring me back.

“It was like that, it was hard, then we got relegated. It was an emotional time leaving here, I’d been here for nine and a half years.”

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It’s a shame Dawson felt that way, but players come and go and sometimes it’s just deemed time for someone to move on whether they like it or not. I’m sure he could’ve still done a job for Pochettino, but it is what it is. Still, at least Dawson is beloved by the Spurs fans after what he did for the club.

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