Spurs keep Klinsmann

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Jrgen Klinsmann is set to disappoint several overseas clubs and stay at Tottenham next season. Klinsmann has been linked with Bayern Munich and Milan, but Gerry Francis, the Spurs manager, said: "Jrgen has told myself and Alan Sugar that he will stay here next season. As far as I know, that is how it will be."

Klinsmann insists he has no intention of considering Franz Beckenbauer's offer to "name your price" and return to Germany with Bayern next season. "That is a big compliment to me, but I am here with Tottenham and all my concentration is with this club. We must concentrate on winning all our remaining games and make sure we qualify for the Uefa Cup next season."

A 2-1 defeat of Manchester City on Tuesday night, when Klinsmann scored the winning goal -his 26th of the season - brought the possibility of a place in Europe a little closer.

Uwe Rsler fired Manchester City into a shock 49th-minute lead with his 20th goal of the season, only for the Spurs midfielder, David Howells, to equalise four minutes later. City are now just three points above the relegation zone, having played two games more than Crystal Palace, who are fourth from bottom.

Les Ferdinand, the Queen's Park Rangers striker, claimed his 21st goal of the season after 68 minutes to continue Ipswich's Premiership nightmare. The 1-0 victory lifted the London club up to eighth place.

In the First Division, Bolton's bid to turn up the pressure on Middlesbrough fell flat following their 0-0 home draw with Luton. However, Bolton, still smarting from their Coca-Cola Cup final defeat by Liverpool, leap-frogged Tranmere to move into second place, three points adrift of the leaders with a game in hand.

Bruce Rioch, the Bolton manager, said: "It was a difficult evening, but we got a point and that is better than nothing. There are no easy games at this stage of the season, and we won't be the only club to drop points. Luton are a good side and our passing was not sharp enough in the first half. But we got stuck in and got something out of the game."

"I felt we could have won it," said David Pleat, the Luton manager. "We created a few chances and dominated the first 45 minutes. I would willingly swap places with Bolton, but our time will come."

Birmingham moved to within three points of the Second Division pacesetters, Hudder- sfield, and still have two matches in hand following their 2-0 victory over Shrewsbury on Tuesday night. A crowd of over 18,000 saw Steve Claridge take his tally for the season to 20.

Bristol Rovers remain on course for a play-off place, following their 2-1 victory at Leyton Orient. Paul Miller's 41st-minute strike - his 21st of the season - and a second from Justin Channing after 66 minutes kept Rovers in fourth place, and they are now four points clear of fifth-placed Oxford. Mark Dempsey replied for Orient with 20 minutes to go.

Wycombe gave their hopes of taking a play-off berth a massive boost with a 3-0 victory over Wrexham, Mike Bell scoring twice after Steve McGavin had put them in front.

Walsall failed in their bid to move into second place in the Third Division after a 1-0 defeat at Wigan. Andy Lyons scored the all-important goal for the Latics.

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