Season So Far – Yet So NEAR – 5th November

Before I get down to business I just wanted to apologise for the long lay off between articles (family illnesses) and as there is now some catching up to do I have decided to split this next piece into 2 parts.

PART 1
The Signings

So, many games have been played since I last wrote back on the 19th of August, some good some bad and some just ugly, and our summer signings have given us plenty to talk about too.
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PAULINHO has in my opinion settled the quickest having already shown his class, always wants the ball and has already found the net, I’m convinced he’ll just get stronger better and will score a few more too, he’s a great singing.
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SOLDADO’S had a bit of a mixed bag so far, scoring 6 times in the 11 games he’s started is a fantastic return, although a lot has been made from the fact most have come from the penalty spot, that doesn’t actually bother me though simply down to this reason, he isn’t getting any goal scoring chances, week after week after week he’s been trying to live of scraps, during 90 minutes of football he’s been feed nothing yet he still has the balls the coolness and most importantly the belief to step up and slot 1 away, and that for me shows he has what it takes to make it in this league, he could easily have lost his confidence and disappeared up his own backside but he hasn’t, he’s just doing what top top strikers do, he knows the pass will come – eventually, but in the meantime he’s staying calm staying alert and finishing from the spot when it matters.
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CAPOUE’S been a real surprise for me, although he only managed a few games before his injury he showed plenty of what he’s about, I knew nothing about him before he signed but in the 20 or so minutes he played at Palace he stood out, and in the following 2 or 3 games he did again, I can see why his nick names The Tank, he’s full of running, breaking opponents down, he gets stuck in and has ability on the ball too, I’ll be honest and say i cant wait for a full season of The Beast and the The Tank side by side, it’ll be like watching a Hollywood blockbuster Iron man or The Hulk, NO more like The Avengers!
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CHADLI I’m not so sure about (yet) he’s got plenty of tricks but I think he’s a little light weight and surprised by the intensity of Premier League football at the moment, He’s the tallest of our new signings and does have some muscle but it’s the strength to go with it that he’s missing, I also think he needs to add some aggression to his game in order to get down the flanks, Bale was lightweight when he came but added plenty of muscle to his frame, got stronger and stronger then just ripped everyone apart “Taxi for Micon” and I think Chadli has to look to do the same otherwise sadly I don’t think we’ll see much of him.
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ERIK LAMELA’S another I didn’t really know much about apart from the YouTube clips I watched, but he too could be in danger of being left behind, he’s also very lightweight, very slight, but funny enough I don’t think it’s his size that will be a problem, from what I’ve seen and heard he has mountains of skill, both feet, quick thinking, can run in and out of players, drift and can leave them trailing he can also spot a pass a mile away.

When the Scum fans took to twitter moaning “i can’t believe Spurs signed Lamela” you knew he had to be good, yet his problem will be his confidence, he’s gonna take time to settle, unlike most of the others he hasn’t any fellow countryman to help him adjust, from what I understand his English is almost nil, I just get yet he impression he’s gonna need some help, I’d get Ossie in 2 or 3 times a week to help and work with him and when “When” he’s adjusted he’ll set the Premier alight just like little Juninho did for Middlesbrough all those years ago and he’ll be one to help find Soldado. Give him time give him the GAMES and he could be our new Gazza.
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ERIKSEN what a signing he was, everyone and his dog was after him but we got the signature, although he’s still quit young it feels he’s been around for a long time, at 21 he’s got bundles of experience, he played 113 times for Ajax, played every level for Denmark at under 17s 18s 19s 21s and has now played 41 times for the Full national side, he’s great vision the lightest of touches and can score from range, however AVB needs to let him go too, so far out of his 10 appearances he’s been subbed in 4 and completed just 6, in my opinion he’s another of them players you just let him go, get on and do your stuff son, he’s another man to find Soldado.
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VLAD CHIRICES has impressed me already, he’s one of those players that could be at the club for ever and with a name like Vlad you know he’s got cult status written all over him, he’s like a Micky D you know exactly what you’re getting them moment he steps on the pitch, you know the minimum he’s gonna give is 100%, he’ll dive in front of everything to try to stop a shot going in and just as pleasing he’s accurate with his passing too.

All in all I think the summer signings have been very good and in the main I’m very happy with them, add them to what is already a decent squad and the long-term injury returnees Sandro and big Younes and hopefully a more consistent Danny Rose at left back surely on paper this team can’t be that far away from success ? Yet to be honest some of our performances have been shockers, the scum away i thought we was gutless, West Ham a home completely naïve Sheriff away very open and very dodgy and Everton at the weekend in the 2nd half just dull and void of ideas, but, and a very big BUT we’re going through a lot of changes and it will take a bit more time to get it completely right. As for the new 7 would be it too much to expect all to have hit the ground running and to become instant Tottenham greats ? Of course it would, yet on the other hand Law of averages would suggest they can’t all make it either and 1 or 2 could fall by the wayside not given the full-time and support needed, of course i hope they all go on to become legends, because if they did it could well mean we went on to win a trophy or two? But as ever only time will tell!

COYS

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“AUDERE-EST-FACERE” – March 20th 2013

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So that’s it then, it’s over? Our entire seasons turned to shit because of 1 poxy week, a week in which we’ve played 3 games and lost the lot. we’ve blown it, we’ve only bloody done it again “AGAIN”

Or have we? is it over? Have we blown it?

Sunday I was angry, no really i was, if Thursday’s performance wasn’t bad enough, embarrassing humiliating even disgusting at least we had some relief, when the whistle blew as bad as it had been we’d still gone through, the relief at the end was felt by all, even me, and I wasn’t even watching. I was out, out out, meant to be having a good night out with the missus being entertained by Tottenham’s finest, we’ll maybe not our finest as like i already said i didn’t see the game, but never the less these fellas are regarded as Tottenham legends so i guess their Tottenham’s “second” finest
“Can you please welcome to stage The 1 The only…. CHAS AND DAVVVVVE”

But I wasn’t having a good time, I couldn’t enjoy it, as much as you lot watching at home the pub or even in Milan none of us was having a good time. Even when your out there’s no getting away from the score, you could see the glow off people’s phones in the audience as their checking for updates, yeah we was guilty of it as we’ll, had we scored in the first 10 minutes I’d av probably been able to relax, tap my feet clap my hands yet when I’m not even out the car and we’re 1 down, then at the bar 2 down, I’m starting to sweat, Chas and Dave ain’t even come on yet and I’m pissed off, how can i enjoy myself knowing what’s going on a 1000 miles away? i can see it as clear as day, I might not be able to actually see with my own beautiful eyes but Jesus I’m a Spurs fan. As good as these last few months have been I’m educated, I’ve been taught the Spurs way, I’ve a GCSE in maths and art, I’ve a life times experience a diploma and a full honours degree in this complex subject. Yet you don’t go to college or a university to learn this stuff, you don’t sit at a desk over a term or two, you learn this stuff as you go, you start to study this subject the moment your born, a footballs thrown in your direction while some adult is gurgling mumbling trying to rewind the clock as he thinks he can now talk baby talk coz he wants you to kick the ball.. Kick the ball? I can’t even stand up yet but this nutter wants me to kick the ball, later that day he’s sitting on the carpet with ya now asking to say “come on you Spurs” go on say it, say “come on you Spurs” first he’s asking me to kick a ball and I can’t even stand then he’s asking me to sing along with him whilst I lay here on this cold carpet “NAKED” but I can’t even speak, who the bloody hell is this genius? Oh, I see, i see now it all makes sense, this people is my “Dad” this is the bloke that’s gonna be my teacher my mentor he’s the bloke that’s gonna tell me all there is to know about “that” subject, that complex subject, that never ending story that is “Tottenham Hotspur”

So people I’ve now had years of this, years and years of it, we all have, that’s why I “can’t” relax and enjoy my night out we all know what the Mighty Yids are capable of. This should be a stroll in the park, a skipping through the long grass hand in hand moment, all lovely and nice but we’re 2 down and it ain’t even half time.

After conceding a 3rd we make it to extra time, not only that some how we’ve even bloody “Scored”.. .Fantastic! Now my moods changed, Chas and Dave are now belting out “Gertcha” and when Chas sings out the line Tottenham Hotspur couldn’t get 1 in he quickly follows it up with “I bloody hope we have tho” so I shout out like a excited kid “we have we have” people around me are now asking for the score, the glow of phones are now making a fresh appearance and there’s now a genuine buzz about the place………………. Not for long, oh Christ.. The drunk lads 2 rows down are all hugging each other as they think the games now over and we’ve lost 3-1 meaning we’ve still won, the missus is shouting down “NO it’s 4-1 and the games still going” you can see the confusion in the hall and even Dave whilst still strumming away on his guitar is also asking people in the front row for the score coz as he can see some things going on. I’m even getting direct message’s on my twitter from celebrity Spurs fan Anthony Costa telling me 2 minutes left, then finally what feels like the most horrendous 2 minutes of my life that’s it, it’s over “Full Time”

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Yessssssssssssssssssssssss we’ve done it, it’s been awful, shocking, dreadful but we’ve done it, the drunk lads in front are now up and dancing both at the score and coz Chas and Dave are now doing the classics, ones shaking my hand mumbling baby talk or probably beer talk but either way he’s smiling, only NOW I can start enjoying my night out. With just a few songs left but the belters I’m now “happy” singing along and the relief I’m feeling is a joke.. “But don’t worry we’re through and that’s all what matters now”

Or at least I thought,
After the dust settles as much as the performance and score worried me we’ve got Fulham at home, we’re gonna come out all guns blazing and put what could have been the worst night in recent history behind us and tear 1 F-ing Fulham apart, get back on track and continue to extend that Gap between us the Chelsea pikeys and the nomads, the pikeys are more interested in mugging off the Spanish waiter and the nomads are off to Wales to play the Carling Cup winners who’ll give them a nice lesson in how to play the game.

Oh dear… oh dear oh dear… the less said about this weekend the better. Like I said Sunday I was angry, really pissed off. After the display in Milan we all thought we’d put on a display against the Spurs veterans, a proper performance and bag a nice 3 points. As we know none of that happened. Our performance on Sunday was shocking. So bad it’s brought the Milan display back into play and I’ve not even mentioned the kamikaze last 15 minutes at Anfield. So in my anger disappointment worry “and” concern I dared to ask “That” question, the question I’ve since discovered a certain group of Spurs fans say your not allowed to ask, and if you do your bang out of order and gonna be on the end of not only abuse but some absolute utter rubbish in terms of excuses. Unfortunately I’m not one of em, No I’m not, I don’t walk around with a bucket full of sand ready to stick my head into when the shit hits the fan, I’m not one of those Spurs fans that only looks for positives no matter what happens. I’m actually from this planet and not living with my head in the clouds coz as I’ve already said I am one of those Spurs fans that has the full honours degree, the diploma, the 40 years of learning listening seeing touching, I’ve done the practical work, not just in the classroom, but in the playground, the streets, over the training ground when I was a kid, the ground itself, at my dinner table, in my bed, at away grounds, in the car, on the phone, round my mates, at work, in the pub, round my Dads, whilst out shopping, laying by the pool, waiting at the cash machine, sitting in a cab, Ive done “my” education in this complex subject. I’ve been to so many games i couldn’t even begin to think how many, I’ve seen us win Cups and had the final whistle not been blown Ricky Villa would still be running, yet I’ve also seen some utter garbage too, in fact too many years to even wanna remember. So when it looks as though we might have turned the corner over the last few seasons, and as good as the last few months have been, and yes albeit it’s only been 1 week, and only 3 defeats, it’s the manner of these defeats that have me worried. Certain players have been so far below par I’m convinced they think they’re golfers, some are making awful mistakes, others aren’t scoring, and to be honest as cresty as this wave has been we’ve all ignored the fact it’s really only been Bale-Dinho scoring at all. Yet at the time well take that, course we will including me, but like i say these 3 games haven’t been good, so when Bale hasn’t scored and we haven’t won and team looks in a bit of a mess, dropped 6 points, let in 8 goals, still have the Pikeys City and Everton to play amongst others my “Fears” and “Concerns” of “this could be happening again” come to surface and in my disappointment and anger i feel I’ve the right to ask “That” question…

“Can some one remind my why we still didn’t buy a decent striker?”

Because like it or not, and if it had made any different or not? The fact remains should we fail “again” from being in a commanding position “again” you try to find out why? And the only real common theme is our lack of top strikers to help out.
Ok know one knew Adey was gonna be off with the fairies, we all hoped he’d found his true home, Know one knew Defoe would get injured and lose his rhythm and know one thought Dempsey was gonna be our only real alternative, our back up plan. Yet it’s been left up to 1 man to step up, and amazing as The Bale-Dinho is he’s been doing it alone.
We’ve had to bring him in off the wing where he takes the piss out of people whilst he creates chance after chance for absolutely anyone who wants one so he can try a score himself coz know one else is.

However
I’m gonna leave that debate up to you lot now, because a couple of days have now passed and believe it or not as each day goes by a little bit more optimism seems to return. Although we have a striker crisis, although some players are way off their game and although we’ve had a shocking week the truth is we “ARE” still a decent side, we still have Lloris Vertonghen Dembele Lennon and Bale playing well enough, So before I call for the return of hanging I’m taking a few more longer deeper breaths than usual, and along with a break due to International games (please boys don’t anyone get injured) I’m praying we can get this week out of our system, brush ourselves down and then crack on to the next game, Swansea away!

“But” should we screw this up, I want the “bucket of sand” boys to know that come the end of the season I will be posting my “bring back hanging” letter to parliament!

So the board better watch out…

AUDERE-EST-FACERE

COYS

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“My little ticker & Bale-diniho” – Feb 27th 2013

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“My little ticker can’t take it”

Webb finally blows his whistle and with a big old cartoon style “PHEW” only now can i start to breathe easy again, it feels like the weight of the world has just been lifted from my shoulders.

For god sake Spurs what the bloody hell are you trying to do to us all? This is heart attack football and I’m not sure il be able to take much more? Don’t get me wrong smashing in the winner in the very final seconds has always been the greatest way to win a game, but because we can’t afford any slip ups the pressure is greater than its ever been. The emotions we’re going through is crazy, your sense’s are in over drive, every thing feels like a dream, every pass feels like it takes an age to reach it’s destination, every run seems like the players running in slow motion, you can hear every second counting down tick “Boom” tock “Boom” your heart rate is through the roof. you’re watching the refs every move looking for tell tale signs he’s about to blow, you’re not only hoping for a miracle you’re praying for one too, then he sets of again, running towards goal, you’re thinking “Shoooot” but also don’t “Shoooot” he can’t keep scoring from there, can he? Besides Lennons open, “give it to Lennon” but then he goes over and Webb’s waving play play, I’m now shouting “Get Up you knob” and just as I do he rise’s and excepts the ball, yet again I’m thinking “Shooot” “No give it to Lennon Give it to Lennon” but he’s not listening to the likes of me why would he? he’s Bale-diniho and as the balls now flying through the floodlit sky we can clearly see exactly where it’s heading, yet before it’s even reached the 6 yard box our arms are already starting to raise….. Then …. Lift off, you’re like a shaken can of Coke that’s just had the ring pulled.
Nothing really goes through your mind at that point apart from “Yes” but it’s no ordinary yes, not like “do you fancy a cup of tea love – yes” or “do you want beans with that – errrrr yes” it’s the most screamed out yes you’ll ever produce, it’s the longest yesssssssssssssssssss you’ll ever manage and it’s the most aggressive yes that will leave you, it don’t just come from your mouth, it comes from the deepest pit in your body, from your heart, from your feet your fist and your mind. It’s crazy how many different shapes moves and directions your arms and legs can go in at the same time as shouting the “Yes” and although you’re now out of breath and sucking in air like a fish on the bank, and tho your heart is banging like the drums of a 1000 Zulu’s it’s now a completely different type of feeling, but this time it’s all good.

West Ham played ok I suppose, they did a lot of running about, worked hard enough but just like us don’t have a striker. Our defending in first 50-60 minutes was a bit edgy and nervous, and this gave them the confidence to come at us, and like in previous games this makes things difficult for ourselves. We had enough chances to win this game twice but our chances either came from set pieces or Bales long rang efforts. How Caulker didn’t come away with 1 goal to him name let alone 3 is a crime, jaaskelainen had the game of his life, save after save, who the hell does he think he is putting us through this crap? But in the end tho the boy wonder did it again.

I so wanna have a moan, how the irresponsibility of the board and their failure to get in another striker for us could well end up breaking my little ticker, I wanna scream “will someone else PLEASE help out by scoring a bloody goal” I so wanna moan that we’re playing at such a slow pace and tempo in the first half of games we’re putting ourselves in these ridiculous position towards the end of it, and I so wanna moan that it appears even the rest of the team are saying “give it to Gareth give it to Gareth” but you know what? As much as I wanna moan I just can’t. It’s not a case of blind bias it’s simply down to “how can I moan?” We’ve got Bale-diniho scoring goal of the season every game, some times even twice, we’ve got Lloris making great saves (sorry Brad) and we’ve a team That’s found the Man U it ain’t over till it’s over so well score in the end attitude. These are all the things we’ve been missing over the years, and what’s more Kaboul hasn’t even kicked a ball yet, Adey’s turned into Toress and is off some where with the fairies, Walker hasn’t exactly been himself, Defoe’s been out a few weeks, Rat boy Modric finally got him dream move to chelsea, I mean Real Madrid, VDV went back to wife but I bet she wished he hadn’t bothered and The King Ledders retired. All in all every things stacked against us. We shouldn’t be winning games without a striker, who wins games without a striker? We’ll ok Barcelona and Spain do but as much as I’d like to say we are “we’re neither of them” Bales a bloody left back, who we turned into 1 of the best left wingers on the planet, who now plays a Messi type role going when and where he likes, Yeah I’m missing his robo cop like runs down the line passing defenders with ease and getting the cross in for some one to smash home, but you know what? He’s replaced staying out wide and scaring the life out of right backs with covering every inch of the field and scaring the life out of “everybody”
He picks the ball up and you see players don’t know if they should go to him or stay back, he’s creating confusion yet he’s only on the edge of his own box. The only other time I’ve seen some thing like that was when Gazza used to collect the ball from the Viking, he’d take it turn and you’d feel the crowd adjusting them selves in their seats, in anticipation, you’d hear the rumblings of the fans start to increase because we didn’t just know what he was capable of we’d “seen” what he was capable of, he could turn a simple take from his on keeper on the edge of his box 1 minute into a goal at the other end within the same minute and Bales creating exactly the same feelings.

People always debate the word Legend, and for me Gareth “IS” a Spurs legend, why? simply put because he can and is winning games with moments of absolute genius almost “every” week, the trouble he’s causing teams is a joke, the way he can pass top players takes the piss and the way NO goal keeper in the world would want to face his free kicks right now all adds up to one super super talent. Is he better than Messi or Ronaldo? No, but if he continues to do this week in week out over the nest couple of seasons then he’s right on their tails. We all know the goals can dry up but if they do he’ll just go back to the left wing dial the local taxi firm and hand the phone over to who ever’s right back that day. We also know that Mardid will come calling some time too, I just hope we can keep him a another season or five, but before any of that we’ve the remainder of this season to deal with and the scummy mugs from up the road turn up on Sunday. We really need to keep this run going and being greedy I’d really love us to smash them to bits 5-0 or 6-2 but to be honest it don’t mater if we win 1-0 and the goal comes in the 94th minute, either way we “must” get all 3 points.

So, Bale-diniho should you happen to fancy smashing 1 or 2 in from long distance, you just go ahead and carry on my son.

But P.s 5 or 6 would be just… Well, you know!

I’m sure my little ticker can handle it a bit longer!

COYS

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“STICK or TWIST” – Feb 6th 2013

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“STICK or TWIST”

I’m about 3 paces into the hallway and he jumps out the shadows like Andy McNab on one of his missions, “WELL”
“Jesus Christ dad let me get in the bloody door first”

it’s funny, you know someone so well that you know it’s coming, yet it can still take you by surprise, that was double quick even for the old man.

“I told ya he wouldn’t spend any money didn’t I”

Oh god this is gonna be a long night!
I take my coat off, shake his hand and sit down, then he’s off again, “I told ya didn’t I, he’s an asshole”

“For gods sake man, calm down will ya, I’ve only just got here! My mum then pipes up “he’s been driving me mad – he hasn’t shut up about it all bloody day”

I take a sip of coke and a shrug my shoulders, waiting for another onslaught!
You see my Old boys a funny bloke, he seems to have lost all logic when it comes to Spurs.
We should beat every single team we play, Why ? Coz we should!
We never give away fouls or penalties, Why ? Coz we don’t!
Every other defence is better than ours, Why ? Coz ours don’t try!
Our managers are crap, Why ? Coz they haven’t got a clue!
We never spend any money on players, Why ? Coz Levy’s tight!
We spend too much money on players, Why ? Coz Everton don’t need to!

You getting the idea?…

I go round Mum and Dads once a week for dinner and every time it ends up with my losing my rag and it turns into an argument, I walk down the path and say to myself “Don’t do it – don’t bite” yet when he gets going no matter how hard I try he always sucks me in. I sit there listening to what can only be described as blind ignorance, yet this time I actually challenge him about his negativity, the fact it makes no sense as 1 minute we should be beating everyone the next we don’t even try ? I say to him “you just moan for the sake of it dad – at times you can be just blind ignorant”

There’s quite a pause, then to my surprise he replies with “You don’t get it do ya – it’s not blind bloody ignorance – it’s blind faith!!!

He then goes on to tell me why he screams at the Telly, why we should beat every team we play, how though it must hurt me that I’ve never seen us win a League tittle yet try going without one since 1960-61, and he then actually tells me why…

Il tel ya why shall I..
“Coz “We’re Tottenham Hotspur”

It wasn’t so much what he said, it was the way he said it
“Coz we’re ….. Tottenham Hotspur”

He then turns to the Telly and don’t say another word. Wow, I’ve never really heard him say anything like that before, it was only 4 words but said in such a way it was like all my own thoughts, feelings, love and hate summed up right there! and he’s right “We Are Tottenham Hotspur”
I felt like I should have said something back, ?? But I didn’t know what to say ?? So we just sat there watching Thinking Tackle..

After a few minutes the chat starts up again, this time a lot calmer though, it’s like we’ve suddenly turned into the sane adults we’re meant to be, we start talking about the Club as a whole, talking about players from the 60’s right through each decade up to now (wow we’ve had some proper star players in our time) we talk about the Glory nights, the way we should have a plan B against the likes of Stoke, QPR, sides that have no interest in winning just stopping us winning by blocking up the 18 yard box. He talks about how we’re the only side in the league who’ve made genuine progress, United haven’t as their always in the top 2, City haven’t progressed they just throw a quarter billion pounds at it, Chelsea are the original City who started the throwing, arsenal did make progress in the late 80’s and 90’s but have since gone backwards and appear happy to do so, the likes of Liverpool and Everton don’t seem to do either they just finish in the top 10 and then of course there’s us, we have made steady progress over the last 10 12 13 years, slowly building sides, losing top players, putting some cash in and recouping what we’ve spent, we are now a regular top 4 team.
Then all of a sudden he throws something in that gets the Mind ticking over,
He asks me “do you honestly think we tried to buy Moutinho in the summer? Do you think we was really gonna spend that sort of money? And then he says the same about Damaio? We have a discussion about it, then ask me what i think will happen if AVB finishes the season 5th and does so 2 or 3 years running, will he be sacked?? Because what he goes on to say, if given some thought can actually make some sense as goes on to points out..

Martin Jol got 2 5th place finishes. In his first full season and much for of it we sat in 4th only missing out on the Champions League because the entire team suffered from food poisoning on the last day of the season and went on to lose at West Ham. That season was our highest finish since 1990 and we conceded only 38 goals the lowest amount since 1971. The following season we beat Chelsea in the league for the first time since 1990 and also got to the Semi-final of the League cup, the qtr final of both the F.A Cup and UEFA Cup being beaten both times by the eventual winners. His final season started with 2 defeats, after the 2nd defeat the next day in the Sunday papers representatives of Spurs were photographed in a hotel with Ramos. Martin was then sacked the following month. We again heard Daniel Levy say “we’re moving in a different direction”

Jol in fact built a decent little squad, wasn’t perfect and had their faults but we all thought it was moving in the right direction. Ramos came in appeared to change everything, the players hated it and although he won the Carling Cup beating Man City and a “massive” win against arsenal in the semi-final we’d have to admit it was Jols side. 7-8 games into the new season sitting bottom of the league “the different direction” was moved on.

Harry came in and to be fair did a terrific job, right from the 1st game at home to Bolton, we agreed the place was buzzing, and so too was the team, as they moved off bottom going on to finish 8th, and only losing out in another Carling Cup final this time against Man U on penalties.
He then took us to a 4th in the league and that got us into the Champions League and as far as the Quarter final, then 5th and then another 4th place but this time missing out on Champions League due to Chelsea winning the bloody thing.
Then it was HR’s turn to hear the words “we’re going in a different direction” and he also got moved on!

Now we all know it wasn’t quite that clear-cut, these managers had their faults, Jol was some times naive and would have lost games he maybe shouldn’t have, but he was still learning. Harry had plenty of faults too, being too pally with the press just 1 of them, and the way he handled the England speculation being another. But what my Dad was pointing out was each time a manager appeared to be closing in on the 3 or 4 teams above us Mr Levy & Co called time? Both Jol and HR made huge steps with the teams they had, both managers also asked for that extra piece of quality that could have been the final piece in their jigsaw, however what they asked for and what they got couldn’t have been more different!

AVB has now come in, and after what seemed a slow start we are now again in that 4th spot, yet going back to Dads questions 1 being “if AVB finishes 5th will he be sacked?” You’d have to say Looking at what’s happened before it’s gotta be more than possible, and the other question being “do you honestly think we was gonna spend that sort of money?” I’ve gotta say, to the pair of us it looks more and more unlikely because there seems to be a pattern emerging, every time we get close the boss then asks for that special player to take us to the next level, but rather than spend that money and give him what he asks for he instead hears those words “Good-bye old chap – we’re going in a different direction” ?

Now, all this could mean 1 of 3 things

1 – The board are implying the manager has reached “his” coaching limits?

2 – The board are implying the team has taken the manager as far as “they” can?

3 – The board are just “scared” to fund that extra special player required, and it’s then a cheaper option is to try again with a new man?

I can’t help but now think having listened to what my old pop has said he might actually be right for once..

As great as Levy and Co have been at making our club stable, as great as our finances now are, as great as the new training centre is and as great as we hope the new stadium will be these are all things they “can” control, yet the reason we’re here i.e. the Team that’s the only factor they can’t, so when it comes to making that final extra special purchase maybe their just to scared to do it, so out comes the inevitable “were going in a different direction” line.

No doubt in anyones mind this board and the owners have done a fantastic job since taking over, we are again 1 of the biggest football clubs not only in England but Europe too, however as good as they’ve been and as controversial as this might sound is it time to “Stick or twist”

Maybe it’s not the managers who’ve taken us as far as they can
Maybe it’s the owners who’ve taken the manager as far as “they” can

There’s so much sense in what my old boy’s said, but as the saying goes “The grass isn’t always greener”

So, what would you do ? “Stick or twist – shit or bust” ??

COYS
Gh

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“Levy Time???” – Feb 1st 2013

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“Levy Time???”  
 
 It’s the morning after the night before and yet again I’m left questioning what we’ve done? Or is it what we haven’t done? Like most Spurs fans I’m left scratching my head just as I was this same time last year.
I really don’t want to charge into Daniel and the boardroom and have a pop at them because we all know that to be fair they have done a terrific job in keeping this club stable financially, especially when you look at so many other clubs debts and the turmoil they’ve been through. Yet it’s now getting to a point that I’m starting to question them, and more so each window.
Every transfer deadline day a section of Spurs fans AND some media get sucked into this so-called “Levy Time” hype, and to be honest I even posted some joke snaps on my Twitter yesterday but it was just for fun, because to tell the truth for me “Levy time” doesn’t exist, never has.
Every transfer windows the same, there’s always an area that needs improvement but an area that would make the difference of trying to compete for a Champions League spot and getting that Champions League spot. Last January the team had been flying and there was even a small chance we was fighting for the title; however we all knew we needed 1 more top player to go up front and bang in those extra goals, Tevez got a mention and so did the usual suspects, yet we ended up with Louis Saha, not what we had in mind? Now not blaming Saha but we fell away dramatically, arsenal passed us and Chelsea won the Cup, Europa League came calling. In the summer we all knew we needed a midfielder after losing Modric and VDV and although we like Dembele he isn’t that little maestro type that can unlock a defence as he plays a different role to that, we all knew we still needed that striker too.
We did get in Adey and for a minimal sum considering, however we’ve now learnt we can’t rely on him turning up for every game (such a shame as he has what it takes)  we got in Demspey at 10.30pm because Fulham didn’t want to sell to Liverpool and because we’d missed the boat on everyone else, yet Dempsey isn’t an out and out striker either.
I’ve not even spoken about the Moutinho saga at this stage, what’s the point? We all know what happened there, as I’ve said before that was “never” gonna happen, no matter what we read, simply because of this…. If Mr Levy was serious about spending more money than he’s ever spent before there is “no way” he was gonna leave it till the last minute and treat it like a trolley dash round primark! No way!
Now back to yesterday, all the Spurs talk was about moving people on, true dead wood needs to go, but I just can’t understand Mr Levy’s thinking, he would rather pay the likes of Bentley Gomes Etc. their huge salary each week knowing full well they’ll not be played, rather than just except a small fee and move them on? Ok he hates the thought of losing all that money we invested in them but the truth is those boys are NOT going to play, not at all, but are costing us more and more money as the weeks go by, move them on and save on the wages? Yet here I am scratching my head again wondering why he’d still be paying out this wasted money rather than get in a top goal scorer when it’s obvious to everyone in the game that’s what we need, the Damiao saga, is he?  Isn’t he? Went on right up to the wire, of course the club can’t be blamed for what the media may be reporting as there’s a chance it may of course be incorrect, however it doesn’t take away from the fact the again as we sit in 4th spot the goals have dried up Defoe may be carrying in groin injury Adey’s away in Africa and we are still without a top  striker to help with the final push?
If we miss out on Champions League for a 3rd season running after being in a decent place mid-January I for one will be very angry, and will then being asking the question “is this board serious about challenging for the top trophies” because our reluctance in signing the best players tells me possibly not, by getting into the champions league secures a big pay day, but to get there in the first place means strengthening the team “not” just replacing who may of left, we needed to add 3 years ago and we still need to add now.
If come the end of the season we’re going into the Champions League draw then I’ll have to admit I could have been wrong to question, however if we have to sit here today with our fingers crossed that we stay injury free, fatigue free, don’t collapse like last year and arsenal don’t go on a decent run then I’ve got to say I’m not feeling too positive and come that last day of the season I will then be looking in the direction of the boardroom for an explanation!
 
COYS
Gh
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Not so “Magic” of the F.A. Cup – Jan 28th 2013

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What a difference a day makes, that’s right a day, 24 hours! Not 7 days, like last Sunday when we gave United the runaround, had Fergie praying his side could hold out, and once we’d deservedly equalised even he wasn’t sure if he wanted some of his own famous “Fergie time” added on. I suspect in the end he was just pleased with his point, after all on another day had we worn our finishing boots his side would have been picking the ball out the net 3 4 or even 5 times. That’s how good we was last week, we had the lot, we had pace, power, flare, commitment and belief, all of which we had none this weekend up at “Dirty Leeds”, it’s funny how a name sticks “Dirty Leeds” I remember them being labelled that years ago. Mind you the tackle on Parker near the end by Brown was that crap it’s like he was trying his best to ensure that tag never leaves.
Brown? How he ever became a Spurs player is a joke in it’s self.. Very poor footballer! He’s certainly found his level up there!

Anyway how 2 performances can be so different god only knows. Is it a case of the modern day footballer just don’t fancy our domestic Cups? Nah I doubt it’s that, could it then be that the lower League sides can raise their own performances to such a high that for those 94 minutes are competing at a level of premiership standard?
Just think about it, for the entire week in the build up to the coming fixture against the “big” boys it will be all they’re thinking off, whilst driving the car, taking the dog out, soaking in the bath, even laying in bed, it’s there with them all the time. The towns people will also be excited and having the same thoughts and dreams. So when the likes of the Mighty Tottenham Hotspur arrive everyone and I do mean “everyone” knows their job for that 1 match.
The fans will cheer louder, their songs more frequent, and their numbers bigger. The players some how become supermen, can run a yard faster, run on for longer, they can jump a foot higher and some how become tactically more aware, almost telepathic.

All this happens because the nature of the game, the competition they’re playing a part in, whether the League Cup or the F.A. Cup these players find a performance that most of them will never be able to recreate, people say there’s the “magic” of the F.A.Cup and maybe this is it? Because what ever it is, almost every year a big club will be up against it and if the Premier League side isn’t absolutely 100% on their A game then they’ll be on the end of the famous “giant killing”

In most cases these games tend to go the way of the bigger club, but like I said if they don’t turn up 100% believing they’ve got a game on their hands they “will” lose, yet on the other hand if turn up knowing this is gonna be hard “so I’m gonna go for this from the kick off” then the likely outcome is the Premier side will win comfortably.
So the real question I suppose is this, are the bigger sides really that arrogant to think it’s gonna be a walk in the park? or is it because unlike the smaller clubs these players can’t raise their game any higher because they’re already at their highest possible level? in these one off games ability alone isn’t enough, they will have to play a better game, a “tactically” better game!

As hard as it is to swallow and don’t get me wrong I’m not playing our defeat down, because I really want us to win a Cup, after all footballs about winning medals, trophies, going to Wembley and the memories that you’ll have for the rest of your life, but giant killing isn’t some thing new. It happens, like it or not it will always happen, you just hope it happens to the likes of arsenal, Chelsea, United and not ourselves.
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The thing we all hate so much though is in the manner you get knocked out. It’s like you go out on a whimper, with out a fight, and that just gives you the right hump. Then again if you played we’ll and still went out then that’s an even bigger problem, play well and lose and that’s a real reason for concern!

The only saving grace is this seasons Cup competitions have caught out a lot of sides, arsenal in the League Cup, Liverpool, Norwich, Us and to an extent even the European Champions League winners (C’mon Brentford) and the fact that it will probably happen to someone next year and the year after that almost makes it acceptable.
Well no not acceptable but you know what I mean.

I do sit a wonder what I’m missing though, what don’t I understand? Because ex players and the media will tell us “you have to rotate – coz it’s a long hard season with lots of games” yeah ok that part I get, but what I don’t get is this.. Why have top players sat on the bench only to bring them on when it’s going tits up, yet in turn these players then have to work “twice” as hard, run “twice” as much, get in more tackles and fire in more shots just to try and get you back in the game, but all the while putting themselves in danger of getting injured because of the extra work rate, Surely it’s got to be better to “start” these players, get a goal quick possibly even 2 “then” bring them off nice and early when your in control of the game? Yet all the managers seem to do it hence the question “what” am I missing?

At the beginning I said “what a difference” a day makes, and yep it does, because what happened 24 hours prior to our game ensured we would “not” win at Dirty Leeds, it wasn’t because we’d field a weaker side, it wasn’t because Defoe was out injured and we’re too light in the striker department, it wasn’t because of the already mentioned “Magic” of the F.A. Cup and the super human feats it can bring, it was however down to that little weasel FeeO, because the moment that ball left his foot and landed in the back of the Brighton net on 85 minutes that was us out!
The way the arsenal defence crumbles these days we all thought it would be them no good nomads going out the Cup, and that we’d all be able to laugh at them again, the fact that it wasn’t them this time meant only 1 thing…

So then, on to bigger and better things..

4 days until the transfer window ends and I’m hearing Lewis has now actually signed.

God I hope this boy can play up front!

COYS

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GOOD? BAD? BUT NEVER UGLY.. Dec 31st 2012

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GOOD? BAD? BUT NEVER UGLY..

I wrote a few days ago and before i was planing too as I wanted to wait until we’d completed our fixtures for December, but I got dragged in early by the talk about Wesley S.
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Yet to date I’m hearing all sorts, he’s staying? hes’s going? he’s coming? he isn’t? so as ever i guess well just wait and see what happens.

Any way it’s New Years Eve and like most fans I’m probably more interested in what the 1st of January could bring in the way of incoming transfers than how much beer I’m gonna be drinking tonight, coz let’s face it January can be a make or break month for how the season could finish up.

I’m gonna rewind a bit, at the start of December I said 13 / 14 points would be a decent points tally for the month, and although we only dropped points away at Everton (unlucky TBH – They always seem to play their best against us?) and then the draw with Stoke the Joke I’ve got to say im pretty happy with how it went, and with Reading at the Lane tomorrow and dare i say it, it should be 3 points in the bag to get 2013 off and running too, and fingers crossed, well just fingers crossed!

Any way as of the 31st Decemeber 2012 we currently sit 4th, is that what we expected? should we be 3rd ? could we even be lower than 4th in say 5th 6th or 7th? because TBH I’m not sure, I’m thinking we’re doing pretty well, we’ve beaten United away, we’ve played some decent stuff, yep we’ve played some not so decent stuff too, but never the less we are 4th, we’re 1 place lower than the same time last season, we’ve 3 points less than last season but played 2 games more, we’ve won 11 Vs 12, Lost 6 Vs 3 and drawn 3 each time, we’ve scored 36 Vs 35 and let in 26 Vs 20 so all in all is it fair to say at this stage it’s pretty even with last season? now a few points need to be made though, last year we had a steady squad, we had a manager in place for a few seasons and we went on a storming run picking up point after point, we had Rat boy (Luka) VDV and The King in the side, all 3 WORLD class players but now we’ve lost them, granted we’ve brought in £57Mills worth of players but we’ve lost £62.8Mills worth “and” the incredible sir Ledley, so taking all the on board are we happy with were we are?

I’m still thinking yes, look at what’s to come, Dembele is showing his class and will only get better, the Beast IS now becoming a cult hero with his no non sense attitude, Vertonghen hasn’t even been playing in his favoured position of centre back yet as he’s been covering for left back, yet we can already see his qualities, we’ve just got Parker back and for me the BIGGEST plus will be when Kaboul comes back, him and Vertonghen together in the defence is gonna be very special, like Miller and Perryman or Gough and Fairclough just beautiful and I can’t wait.

My only real concern at the moment is both the Kyle’s, I’m unsure about Naughton? although it’s his first real season for us he isn’t a kid anymore and shouldn’t be making some of the errors he has (but in fairness that could just be nerves ?) then Walker, last year along with Parker his name was 1st on the team sheet but this time round he’s lost confidence for some reason? he’s fantastic going forward but doesn’t seem like he’s concentrating when defending? i hope he’s just having a blip, but again the old fingers crossed he’ll be ok.
Danny Rose not his biggest fan but sounds like he’s on a stormer up at Sunderland, so that might be an option too if either Kyle don’t improve?

BUT C’mon… what we all wanna know is “are” we gonna bring in another striker to help JD? Adey seems to have done it again, his usual thing of going quiet when he’s got his deal? he was so good for us last term but this time albeit he has been injured, I’m not seeing the same amount of effort from him? surely he can’t be so fickle to perform just to get a deal? Id like to think he really enjoyed last season and will want to repeat that, maybe he’s just not clicking yet? Dempsey finally seems to be coming to terms with being at a huge club he doesn’t look so lost in his last few games so again maybe he’s settling in now.

I reckon we’d all agree we do need to get another top striker in though, I’m hearing on the various sites some Spurs fans saying we need to find some money first though in order to do it, and their concerned Bale will go at some point to help generate that cash, I’m not having that though, what ever happens Bale “must not” be sold, unless he asks to go. If we’re to improve on last years 4th spot and let’s be honest that’s what Levy wants or he wouldn’t have fired HR in the first place then as well as Bale stays improvements must be brought in. What some fans either don’t realise or don’t know is yes we spent £57Million in the summer but as I’ve said we also brought in £62.8million, we’ve actually made a profit this year of £5.8Million, in fact over the last 5 seasons although we’ve spent a whopping £202Million We’ve got back £199Million, we’ve a net spend of only £2.5million! I bet there’s not many top-level clubs can say that!

So the concern over cash isn’t justified, yeah Ok we’ve got the NEW training complex and it cost a few quid but that would had been factored in already, there’s the NEW Stadium to finance but the same thing, the money required to buy up the surrounding land and start all the works that too would have been factored in, also the huge cost of it will be financed through other means such as sponsorships naming rights and some cash from Boris NOT at the expense of the 1st team.

As of tomorrow morning the 1st of Jan 2013 I wanna be hearing we’re looking to improve the squad, to bring in maybe 1 or 2 top players, possibly Wesley S or Moutinho because we do need that creative side back in our game, but a striker “must” also top that list too.

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Spend some cash now on creativity and a new striker and with out sounding arrogant, that cash will be taken care of with the money from Champions League qualification, but should we not make it to the Holy grail of the CL and Gareth decides he wants to go in the summer who knows what he’d sell for? 50 60 even 70 million? at least our spending would be covered, and we’d also have a better chance of coping without him as we’d already have a top top side in place.

Either way it’s a WIN WIN…

let’s get stuck into 2013, both on and off the field, get these extra top players in, and 1 final time today ill… “say keep them fingers crossed”

COYS!

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