Joe Jordan happy to draw Hearts in Europa League

Joe Jordan and Harry Redknapp
Jordan says Spurs will give Hearts the same respect as last term's Champions League opponents.

Spurs assistant coach Joe Jordan says his club are delighted to have drawn Hearts in the Europa League.

Tottenham, who were seeded in the draw, will travel to Tynecastle for the opening leg of the all-British clash on 18 August.

"The last thing you really want is to have a long journey," the Scot told Sportsound on BBC Radio Scotland.

"Some of these ties can take you right to the edges of Europe, so to be going up to Scotland is ideal."

"We couldn't have asked for any more in terms of the location of the game," he added.

The former Leeds United striker says that following Friday's draw they'll begin the process of researching the SPL side, who progressed thanks to a 5-2 aggregate win over Paks of Hungary.

"I know some of the players individually, but I don't know much about the team," Jordan added.

"We will look at them as thoroughly as we did for teams we faced in the Champions League last year.

"With a new manager, he may change the shape of the team, but our players will be well prepared for the opposition that they face."

And following the appointment of Paulo Sergio as Hearts new manager on Tuesday Jordan admits he has sympathy with outgoing manager Jim Jefferies.

"It's disappointing for someone who has put so much into the club as a player and as manager.

"He's been there for quite a chunk of his career

"Jim's been in the game long enough that he knows the pitfalls, but it is a reminder to us all."

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