URGENT MESSAGE CALLING PHIL CORNWELL
PLEASE tell us that your AvB has negotiated a deal with Wigan chief Dave Whelan to supply him with 11 Snub-nose Beretta’s maybe even a sub machine gun, and that the Merchandice is already being shipped?
Because after today’s win at Stoke we’re right back in it, but now we have to pray that Wigan can find “another Miricle” and turn over the Ars in the week.
Wigan “Need” a win just as much as “WE” need them to win, so a tiny intervention by the way of some small arms fire must be the order of the day as we can’t afford for them to lose! So get the win and Leave the rest up to us at the weekend at the lane, and with our fans in “Full battle mode” I wouldn’t bet against us.
C’mon Wigan HotSpur we’re right behind you, “Don’t” mess it up, Otherwise our Champions League hopes a definitely “Over” and if that happens D-Day could well be looming?
That’s right, D-Day, DANIEL DAY!
Because the way I see it if we don’t qualify for the Champions League this could well be the “biggest summer” for the Clubs board in recent history.
Anybody that follows my articles will already know that I have mixed feelings regarding Mr Levy the board and Enic, not that i think they do a bad job because they don’t, to be honest I’ve said time and again they’ve done a fantastic job in helping to turn round our fortunes. We’ve no apparent debt, we’ve got a tremendous brand new state of the art training centre and the construction work around White Hart Lane is under way. We’ve also got some pretty decent players too, So why the mixed feeling then?
As i see it to own and run a football Club is nothing but a ball ache, you invest in a Club and are told by the fans “Me” included to “SPEND” yet if you don’t spend you’re accused of not having a clue about football, yet spend and and fans can still say you’ve either bought cheaply or bought the wrong, so as the owner of a football Club what do you get? Because if all turns to Cockerell shit you’re guaranteed to get it an earful, but even if you get it right you’ll get very little praise.
So again, “what” do you as the owner get out of this?
People can easily forget the costs involved in running a Club, Levy and his team have to be a very very good businessmen, their job is to promote the Club and also negotiate and secure the best sponsorships deals too, and they do, get this, we’ve got 2 different shirt sponsors, one for League games Aurasma and Investec for European games. Now that’s great business. They also manage to get other Clubs to pay top price when we’re selling players too, even if the player is out of form or favour. All pretty impressive stuff but all necessary in order to run a Club and balance the books.
So, for the 3rd and final time “What” do they get out of it?
Was formally known as “English National Investment Company” that’s right “Investment Company” not The billionaire’s hobby company or The Russian’s Play thing company but an investment company, a business. Now I’m not gonna criticise them for running the Club like a business because simply put like it or not in modern football “we Are a business” and for ENIC their business is buying into other companies in order to then make a profit, and that’s business, so I except that. But it’s the words “investment Company” and the nature of their business that bothers me. We’ve all noticed that over the last 3 or 4 seasons we as a Club have spent less on incoming transfers than what we’ve banked from outgoing transfers, and of course that “IS” good business practice, to make more money than you spend, Yet I’m now convinced the actual level of investment we as fans of a Tottenham ask for in order for us to become real contenders will “not” come.
As long as we’re fighting for 3rd 4th and even 5th the Club will continue to be attractive to sponsors, so continue to make money. As long as we don’t fall away to 6th 7th and beyond the Investment Company need “Not” spend large sums of already banked cash on players in order to try to fight for the very same 3rd or 4th places we are already trying to compete for.
Yes qualifying for Champions League will generate even more money, but no more so than they may need to spend just to get us there in the first place. However the problem being to spend 30 40 even 50 million pounds on a striker or 2, and or a world-class midfield maestro still doesn’t “guarantee” we’d reach the CL, and even then get through to the knockout stages. All in all why would a “Investment Company” who’s sole purpose is to make money spend large amounts of money on a what they would consider as a “risk”? They wouldn’t, that’s not what investment groups do, they spend the money they make on things that “will” make even more money, such as a State of the art training centre, a brand new stadium that comes with housing Hotels even supermarkets. Both these projects when finished along with a football team competing within the top 5 of the biggest League in world football will be even more attractive to prospective and future buyers of the Club. ENIC will then be able to sell the Club for far more than they paid for it.
Don’t forget, it isn’t ENIC buying in players, or paying the players their vast wages, it isn’t ENIC funding the training Centre or New stadium, it’s Tottenham Hotspur Football Club, along with yet more sponsors, investments and even local government. ENIC have put in very little since their original purchase of the Club yet would have taken dividends, wages even possibly share options and all rightly so, as after all they are the owners.
So why do I say D-Day could be looming for Levy and ENIC?
Well, over the last few seasons we’ve brought in new players with money generated through the sale of others, take last season as an example BIG names such as Modric and VDV went for BIG money, amongst others also going out. Who we brought in was paid for by those sales, however this summer we don’t have any 20 or 30 million pound players in our squad to sell except of course the newly crowned Player of the year Bale, we also have Verts and Lloris but surely we’re not looking to sell any of them on? Now people will say if we offload the likes of Bentley, Gomes, Livermore, Parker and maybe 1 or 2 others that could bring in some cash for transfers, but to be honest as good as Levy is at selling high there isn’t a huge amount of money to be made there, certainly not the sort of money required to bring in GOOD players, besides our already weak squad then becomes even weaker and smaller if we do sell on players so squad players would need to be replaced, before we can even think of adding the so-called better players needed for us to go to the next level.
Despite a great 2nd Half against the Chavski, despite Adebayor having the best 70 minutes he’s EVER played (what a Goal, and WHAT a touch to set up Sigs by the way) despite our fans giving it their all and a great job they did too, out singing “The Pikeys” time and time again, and despite the touch-line effort by both AvB and The Fraund, it IS now out of our hands if we make CL or not. We need snookers, well we need a Wigan Cup final winning performance to help us out!
Personally I don’t give a Shite about the CL, I’ve always said it’s a crap format, I’ve always said to have teams finish 3rd and 4th go in the CHAMPIONS League never made sense to me, and to even have sides then get knocked out yet their failure is rewarded with “Ahhhh you got knocked out – have a go in the Europa then” makes it a bit naff for me, but I understand it’s importance because players wanna play in it so you have to try to get there.
And there it is folks, D-day
After sacking Martin Jol and Harry then bringing in AvB if Levy and ENIC are serious about Spurs as a “football Club” they have some big decisions coming their way in the summer. Will they sell Bale in order to raise some spending money? We doubt it, well, we hope not. So will they then dip into the bank account to bring us the 2 or 3 “ADDITIONAL” Good players we need, not just replacements for those who may leave?
Or will they continue with their recent form of being just the “Investment Company” and spend none of our money, or none of their own, because if the board don’t improve the squad by adding the better quality players that we need and just go into the new season with everything crossed, fingers, toes, shoe laces the lot, then this time I think we’ll start to see a big change within the attitude of the fans towards them.
So then ENIC, Mr Levy and the board, unless one of you can produce miracles and get us into that last CL spot you’ll have to find some money to spend, otherwise the fans will start turning and D-Day could well be approaching!!