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Michael Dawson delivers Ange Postecoglou verdict in Tottenham prediction

Ange Postecoglou
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Tottenham boss Ange Postecoglou will have a double target next season - delivering trophies and securing a Champions League finish according to former captain Michael Dawson.

Postecoglou's debut season saw him reshape his squad after star striker Harry Kane's summer exit to Bayern Munich, eventually steering Spurs to a fifth-place finish in the Premier League. Despite an early-season form dip that saw them drop out of top-four contention, ex-Celtic manager Postecoglou insists he has "lofty ambitions".

Dawson made over 320 appearances for Spurs and was part of the 2008 League Cup-winning squad, although injury kept him out of the final against Chelsea. He also helped Harry Redknapp's side clinch fourth place in 2010, marking Spurs' first-ever Champions League qualification.

The former centre-back Dawson, believes his old team can keep progressing under Postecoglou next season, telling PA news agency: "If you look where we were 12 months ago and someone said we were going to finish fifth, just two points behind fourth, then there has certainly been an awful lot of progress.

"The new manager hit the ground running, probably ahead of schedule. I think it was hard for him to come in and get the team playing in the way we are, which is certainly enjoyable to watch.

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"Of course there is disappointment, we just missed out on the top four, but it is European football for us and that is certainly a positive."

Dawson added: "I am sure that Ange's aim, and the players' aim, is to try to get some silverware. We know everyone wants it all the fans want it, the owners and the board, that is what they want, but it can be hard.

"But you look at the stadium, at the training centre fundamentally you just want to keep trying to keep improving. So if that can be an improvement in the top four next year with European football because Champions League is where our aim has got to be at the start the season, along with other football clubs.

"In another 12 months, what will progress be? Hopefully we can add a trophy and can be in the Champions League but there are so many teams striving for the success and you have got to earn the right to do it."

Dawson is a long time supporter of Prostate Cancer UK, regularly wearing the charity's 'Man of Men' badge. The 40 year old is joining the 'Cycle On You Spurs' squad on their annual London to Amsterdam 150-mile fundraising ride, and will be taking part in the first leg which starts in Stratford on June 8. The team have raised £25,000 to date.

"I have a friend who has prostate cancer. It affects one in eight men and it is so sad," Dawson explained. "The guys who have got me involved in this ride, it is a great campaign whether my legs will be saying that after it, I don't know, but it is all for a great cause."

Dawson is getting behind Prostate Cancer UK's 'Find it Earlier' campaign. Take Prostate Cancer UK's 30 second online risk checker now at prostatecanceruk.org/risk.