WHO SHOULD BE OUR NEXT MANAGER ?

We’re currently looking for a New Manager, what usually comes with that is all manner of names from the sublime to the ridiculous. Some fans lose all sense of logic when this situation again pops up as not everyone who’s being suggested are available or possibly not even interested? Either way the names still get mentioned, So take your time, think of the pros and cons as well as who we could realistically get and make your choice from my Poll, if your choice isn’t on the list you can even add your own!

But remember, THINK about the Pros and cons and the actual chance of getting that person!

COYS

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“BUT I LIKED HIM” – 18th December 2013

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Like it or not, agree or not, it’s happened. Andre’s gone.
Many fans, 1000’s of fans are unhappy about the decision that Levy and Co have made, but again rightly or wrongly it’s been done. I’ve my opinion on it and you’ll have yours, some will agree and others won’t.

THIS IS MINE

Those of you who follow my blogs may have seen in the past I’ve questioned Levy and the Clubs owners over the sacking of managers, and recently I wrote about AVB and that if he wasn’t careful another sacking could be on the cards, and In that piece I also wrote that our overall performances this season hadn’t been great to watch yet I didn’t want him sacked and that I was prepared to give him until the end of the season to see if things would change.

I’ll be honest to say though that over the last few weeks I did start to question him more and more. His tactics left me confused? Playing the defensive high line with centre backs that were to slow to get back, surely a sweeper would have fared better than a goalkeeper trying to be one? Left wingers playing on the right and right wingers playing on the left, who then cut inside in order to get on their natural foot yet in doing so would run into an area so full of people it resembled White Hart Lane train station on match day? A striker who just by watching a YouTube compilation would show you he likes to run onto through balls or attack cross’s “not” play with his back to goal playing as a number 10? Then there was the constant selection changes, Young Eric having finally looked like the player we hoped he could be not only won us a penalty in the Europa League game against Sheriff at the Lane he also scored, and was clearly enjoying himself, only to be left on the bench and not even used in the following game? This left me saying “he’s finally shown us something yet AVB hasn’t even put him on? Talk about knock his confidence again” and finally Andre’s substitutions, in the main made little sense, taking off a defender to put on a striker then 10 minutes later taking off a striker to put on a defender? YET having said all of the above I was still prepared to accept these faults and tell everyone “just give him time” “let him have until the end of the season” “I like the bloke”

For week’s I’d been saying to my old man I like him, he’s got something about him yet Dad kept saying over and over he’s clueless, what? Dad what you talking about the players love him, look at Bale last year jumping all over him – players don’t do that if they don’t like ya, Dads reply was “NOT players, player” “of course Bales happy he’s having the time of his life, he’s scoring last-minute winners and everybody loves him, but the others, they’re not exactly firing on all cylinders are they”

Before Liverpool had even scored it was clear for all to see that this was only gonna end one way, Stirling was turning Naughton inside out at will, Suarez kept finding himself in acres of space and as for us, we looked so out or sorts and off the pace there was only ever gonna be one outcome, it was gonna be a long afternoon. As the game progressed and the goals kept coming I knew it was the end, before it had even finished i could see Andre passing Levy the hammer to bang that final nail into his own coffin. I turned to Monty and said that’s it mate, he’s gone!

Possibly like Levy, I found I’d run out of excuses for him, we sat there frustrated, moaning how awful we’d been – again, how we could see what was wrong and how AVB couldn’t, how the selection and tactics were wrong – again, why didn’t he do this and why didn’t he try that? yet every time we felt like we was having a go at him we both just sighed and again confessed “but I like him”

Over the last few weeks I started to see what Dad was actually saying, time and again he said “forget the result and look at the performance” and to be completely honest he was right.
Although we’ve won games we’ve beaten the teams below us, way below us, remember the actual games and there’s no denying we’ve played terrible football almost weekly, even in the Europa League finishing top with maximum points we still played terrible, Sheriff away was shocking but some how we won? Tromso away was the same. Hull in both the League and the Cup shocking, it goes on and on with just 1 or 2 decent performances thrown in like Villa away and United at home, yet all I found my self saying after every game was “but I like him”

Yesterday’s news didn’t come as a surprise, though I thought they’d have got the Christmas period over first (maybe they was worried about the West Ham game) but once it broke and I started to think about it and what it meant I was gutted, “as I like him” I like his gruff voice and Phil Cormwells impressions, I like his swish and dapper suits, I like his fist pumping goal celebrations and I even like his smile, but the more I thought about it it finally dawned on me, as much as I like AVB I like him for all the “Wrong reasons” I like him for the reasons above and because of that I was reluctant to admit that the football he has been offering is tactically over complicated and simply put just not good enough.

Fans on social sites have had a pop at Levy saying things like he should have given him more time, or saying all these new players need time to gel, even saying its Levy’s fault as he shouldn’t have hired him in the first place, especially after what happened at Chelsea, now all of that might in fact be right? But ultimately the bottom line is our performances this season have “not” been good enough, nowhere near good enough and what’s more have shown no signs of improving. At times the players have looked confused and I even heard one fan say “it’s like watching his under 10’s team on a Saturday morning”

We all wanted AVB to succeed, but if each and every one of us was to be honest, we’d all have to agree it just hasn’t been good enough. The stats that say he had a better win rate than any of our previous premier league managers were great, yet the poor performances were papered over by Gareth Bales triple Player of the year season and played a massive part in those stats.

HARSH ?

HARSH ?

With every minute that pass’ since his sacking my swingOmeter is definitely pointing at the sign that reads “Thanks Andre but it just wasn’t working” and because of that I will for once say Levy had to do it.

Thanks Andre, Good Luck!

Who’s next?
Sherwood and Sir Les have been put in charge for now, and to be honest I expect to see an instant transformation as I can’t imagine for one minute they’d continue the confused tactics of square pegs in round holes ethos. However do we honestly expect them to stay in charge long-term? I doubt it. So who will be the next man in charge then? Some big big names have been mentioned by fellow Spurs fans like Guus Hiddink Benitez even Klopp yet come on people all these blokes are currently employed and in jobs seen to be better than ours at the moment. The reality is the list is very limited, probably until the summer at least so if Tim and the boys do a decent job they may still be in charge come what May, but for me I’d give the job to another Spurs man, many people have said No way when I’ve mentioned him, saying Old hat, been there done that, been out the game to long etc etc yet for me Glenn would fit this job or more to the point this team, perfectly. Last time around Hoddle was still very much a young manager without many people skills, he didn’t have a great squad and was a little arrogant, yet hardly surprising as we’d been singing to him “Hoddle’s the king of White Hart Lane” for years, but what know-one can deny is that Glenn Hoddle has a technical ability so superior to most that in turn can spot ability a mile off, when in charge of England he had them playing the best football for years. I for one don’t buy into this he’s been away to long simply because he won’t be playing himself, his legs might not work but his football brain still does, and his vision on how the game should be played shown to the likes of Vertonghen, Paulinho, Dembele, Sandro, Eriksen, Lemala, Soldado and everyone else in the squad would actually make me sit up and look forward to where it could lead.
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As I’ve said, many fans have told me “no way” yet so far I’ve heard Micky Hazard, Graham Roberts, Paul Miller, Ossie Ardiles, Gary Lineker, Alan Brazil and even Ray Wilkins say Hoddle could get this squad playing some truly great football.

So I’ll tell you this….
I know who’d I’d rather listen too!

COYS

Dear Andre – 27th November 2013

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Dear Andre

Ok, I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again, I was one of those that didn’t fancy the idea of you becoming our boss.

You would never have been my first choice, my second choice, or even my third for that matter

Here’s WHY
Firstly because you took over from a manager who had a couple of 4th place finish’s and to finish higher than that would be a tall order for anybody, not just for you, couple that with the disaster that was Chelsea, I felt this would always be hanging over you, and both these reasons combined would give you absolutely zero room for error, at the first sight of any problems both the media and the fans would be all over you like a rash, demanding to know why Levy took you on in the first place. I felt you was on a hiding to nothing.

However, when you was announced as our new boss I also said “it’s done, so now lets give AVB a chance and just get behind the man”

The more you spoke the more I found myself liking you, the passion you showed on the touch-line I liked even more, your celebrations and love in with Bale just made me smile, and the never say die attitude of the players right to the very end of games came from you, and let’s be honest we’ve never had that sort of attitude. For me it was all looking very cushty. OK we missed out on Champions League (again) would sell our best players and buy some more (again) yet this time around we all felt it would be us – Spurs – that we was finally getting it right and was gonna take on all comers with our new 110 million pound signings. We all sat and laughed as Villa tonked arsenal on the opening day, we all sat and laughed as the goons phoned talksport crying whilst demanding “but why aren’t we buying anyone?” and we all sat and laughed when they signed their old has been on a free from Milan.
But Jesus Christ, HOW the hell we didn’t see it coming (again) HOW we was all so blind (again) HOW we continued to be loud mouthed Spurs fans (again) that true to form laughed at that mob up the road (again) only for us to go to their ground and lose (again) is beyond me?

To then hear they’d signed Ozil for 40 million, whilst we couldn’t even negotiate a single player from our special partnership that is Madrid, even on loan, “all” but spelt out exactly how this was gonna go.

With Fergie gone, Mancini gone and Wenger on the ropes our only real concern should have been your old pal Jose, yet with our new side we all thought we’d give him a run for his money too, with or without Will i Am.
However what we didn’t bank on, and what we didn’t see coming, was that you was gonna try to be a little clever, maybe even too clever, it wouldn’t matter if we didn’t strengthen the full back areas, it didn’t matter that none of our 25 midfielders couldn’t put a foot on the ball, or find that defence splitting pass we so desperately look for, simply because we was gonna play a high line, so high that our defence wasn’t even gonna be needed, if and only if the opposition would try a break away Sandro was just gonna – well – eat em. So all we had to do was turn up play high and then just – errrr – WIN!

As great as that sounds, this is Tottenham Hotspur, and we’re artists when if comes to shooting ourselves in the foot. We’re legendary at it, we’ve been doing it for years, in fact we’ve our own big red self district button just waiting to be pressed, and sadly all too often we’ve felt the need to press it.

Sundays battering didn’t surprise me, I called it mid-week, ok I didn’t dream it would be 6 i thought about 4, but nether the less I knew it was coming, not because Citeh are terrific, but because we haven’t been, although below us in the league they’ve been scoring willy nilly and we haven’t, I knew they’d rip our high line open and that my Andre is what they did, just like West Ham and just like many others will do if you don’t see the light and change what I’m simply put, a crap tactic – okay play high and they can’t attack, sounds logical, but since when has football been based on logic? clearly that system doesn’t work and on the other hand play high and we’ll also score a bucket load of goals, Well that clearly don’t work either..

Andre,
As Spurs fans we all want you to succeed, we really do because if you succeed then we succeed, we want you to work it out, even go back to 4 4 2 if it means scoring goals and winning games, i don’t want Levy to pull the plug, I’m all for letting you see the season out and giving you the time it might take to get it right, but if you don’t ditch this high line rubbish, if you continue to play players out of position like Vertonghen at left back and Lamela left-wing, if you continue to play narrow with inverted wingers who have to run inside to an area that’s more congested than Ed Miliband’s nose, and if you make decisions to take off a midfielder to put on a striker then only 10 minutes later take off a striker to put on a midfielder ? Then Andre my friend all you are doing is playing yourself into the front row of the managerial sack race.

And I for one “don’t” want to be talking about yet another missed top four spot, yet more importantly another sacked Spurs manager!

COYS


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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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Q & A with Ex-Spurs Players & Celebrity fans – DARREN ANDERTON

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They walked out to the tune of “Glory Glory Tottenham Hotspur” they heard the roar of the faithful, they graced the White Hart Lane turf, their team mates were our heroes, and every single one of them pulled on that famous white shirt. They will “always” be part of Tottenham Hotspur Football Club, so they will always be part of us. Me, you, friends, family, the rich and the famous, all of us, The Fans.

We’d love to know more about our Players, to know more about their time at our club, we’d even love to know their thoughts on the current Tottenham too.
We also love a Celebrity, but a Celebrity Spurs fan “wow”
the thought of them cheering on our team, singing our songs, and when it comes to Spurs their just like us, only famous. They have the same dreams, and fears, they’ve bought the shirts, sat in the cold, the rain, they’ve moaned and groaned, but they’ve also jumped up and down when we’ve won.

This Q&A page is dedicated to everyone that has either played for or supported Tottenham Hotspur Football Club

This Q&A is with
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Darren was born in 1972, in Southampton, but he started his career down the road at their rivals Portsmouth. He played 62 games for them scoring 7 times. He then signed for us in 1992 and over the next 12 years appeared in our midfield 358 times scoring 34 goals, some being absolute crackers too. Darren was in the side that won the Worthington Cup at Wembley in 1999 and again in the 2002 side but this time finishing a runner-up losing out to Blackburn at the Millennium stadium. It was also during his time with us he made his England debut in 1994, He scored 7 times for England and made 30 appearances. Darren eventually left us in 2004 and over the next 4 years played for Birmingham, Wolves and Bournemouth.
He retired in 2008 and even scored in his final game for Bournemouth.

Darren was a very popular player amongst the Spurs fans, and the club clearly recognised that as he was INDUCTED INTO THE TOTTENHAM HALL OF FAME!
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Here is his Q&A

Q1
Darren, what team did you support as a boy? and did you go to watch them play? if so do you remember going to your first game, Who was it against, and did they win?

A.
I supported Southampton, and my first game was against Manchester City at the Dell, we won 4-1

Q2
When did you sign for Spurs and at what age?

A.
I singed for Spurs in 1992 when I was 20.

Q3
Today’s players often get wonderful perks and gifts when signing, did you get anything special when you signed?

A.
Yes, I got a BMW which was nice!!

Q4
Who did you make your Spurs debut against and did we win?

A.
My debut was away to Southampton, where i was constantly booed by the Saints fans as I’d previously played for Portsmouth, which felt strange as I supported the Saints as a boy. The game was poor and it finished 0-0. I also has stitches in my head from a flying Francis Benali elbow.

Q5
Darren, your first goal for Spurs, who did you score it against? and again did we win?

A.
My first goal for Spurs was against Brentford in the League Cup during a 4-2 win, My first League goal was also in a 4-2 win but this time against Southampton.

Q6
Which Spurs players did you enjoy playing alongside most? and who did you consider to be the most influential in the squad?

A.
Teddy (Sherringham) for both answers.

Q7
Darren, when you were playing could you hear the fans singing? And was there a particular song or chant you liked?

A.
There wasn’t a particular favourite but I loved running out at the Lane to the anthem.

Q8
You played in some big games but what’s the most memorable game you played in?

A.
The most memorable game was the 5-1 Semi Final win at the Lane against Chelsea. Everything we did came off and it was a great performance.

Q9
Darren, do you still own any of your Spurs shirts and if so are they pride of place or wrapped up and tucked away only coming out on special occasions?

A.
I still have most of my shirts, most of them are framed and hung up.

Q10
Since your time with us, what Spurs players over the last few years have excited you the most?

A.
Gareth Bale, Modric and Huddlestone is class.

Q11
Who in the current squad is your favourite player?

A.
Bale is World Class and Defoe is top quality.

Q12
Darren, he’s still new to the job but how’s AVB doing in his first season?

A.
I think he’s done really well and fingers crossed we can make it into the top 4.

And finally Darren we come to our last question, Q13

Q13.
Do you think we need to strengthen in the summer? if so in what areas? who would you like to see us go for?

A.
We need a couple of extra strikers. Lewandowski would be nice!!

As always I would like to thank Darren for taking part in this Q&A, and I hope everyone will enjoy seeing the answers as much as I have. I particularly liked the answers to Q4 Q5 and Q8.

Darren once again,
Thank you

You can also follow Darren on his Twitter

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