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

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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So Far – Yet So NEAR Part 2 – 13th November 2013

Aside

PART 2
Booooo – Booooo

That sound can be heard ringing out down at the Lane these days almost as often as “C’mon On You Spurs”
The last couple of seasons have certainly been a bit strange down there that’s for sure. I’ve always been proud the way our home support always sung at games, and the amount of noise that 36,000 people could generate was more than a match for anyone, yet over recent seasons somethings changed ? i don’t know if it’s a new type of fan that’s suddenly appeared on the scene and they think Boo-ing is actually a translation for “ohh When The Spurs” ? or that the modern-day fan has been taught a lesson in reverse psychology and that Boo-ing will actually give the players a nice little gentle tap on the backside thus enhancing their performance ? Or is it as some media types would have us believe that fans of Tottenham Hotspur have always been moaners ? Could it even be that the expectations of Spurs fans are just far to high and unrealistic ? Or simply put, is it that Spurs fans think our performances of late just aren’t good enough ??
Either way, you will NEVER hear me Boo, I did it once, and ONLY once. Back in the late 80’s, we wasn’t having a great time as a club.
David Pleat had inherited what was a very good team, and they played some truly great football yet we’d already started to lose true Spurs legends, TROPHY winning legends like Graham Roberts, Pleat didn’t like him so simply moved him on, Steve Perryman was now 35 so he moved too, yet in Pleats 1 and only full season 86-87 we finished 3rd in the League. We also lost in the Semi Final of the League Cup to the shit up the road, and of course lost to Coventry City 3-2 in the F.A Cup final. Clive Allen played as a loan striker and scored that incredible tally 49 Goals in 1 season.
Then in the summer of 87 we started losing more big players, like Clemence and Hoddle – amongst others, yet the season started really well and come the start of October we’d won 6 of our opening 10 games and was sat nicely in 3rd spot just behind Liverpool and QPR, now many many people all over the UK will remember October 1987 for one reason “The Great Storm” the huge scary powerful winds that came, ripping up massive oak trees all over the country, there were deaths, and the levels of destruction it brought have thankfully never been seen since, however i also remember it for another storm, as it was also the month arsenal fans came to White Hart Lane unfolding a huge banner, a mocked up version of the front page headline from The Sun involving David Pleat cars women and red lights. The story suggested “our” manager had been cautioned 3 times by Police for Kerb crawling and due to the nature of the story and the embarrassment it brought Pleat left the Club.
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Immediately things went from bad to worse, the team went into almost free fall. October saw us lose the 4 remaing games that month and November wasn’t any better, we hadn’t won a single game since Pleat left. Despite the hugely publicised and popular arrival of EL TEL from Barcelona at the end of November results still didn’t improve. Terry’s first game was against Liverpool at the Lane, a massive and excited crowd of over 47,000 people were there to see it yet we still lost 2-0, In fact We didn’t get our 1st win until 20th December away at Derby, a run of draws and defeats that started once Pleat left. Come the end of the season we had only picked up another 4 wins since Derby County and finished the season only 6 points above Chelsea who were relegated on 41 points.
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Now
You may be wondering why I’m telling you all this ? I’m building a picture, you see I had been very lucky during my early years supporting Spurs, as I’ve previously said in other pieces I’ve written (MEMORY White Hart Lane – 1980/81) https://themightyyids.wordpress.com/memory-white-hart-lane-1980-1984/ from 1980-81 up to 87 I’d regularly seen us win F.A Cups, a UEFA Cup and also compete at the very top end of the league, I’d seen some fantastic players and some great Spurs teams but the period towards the end of the 80’s was just awful, Terry Venables was without doubt one of the best man managers this Club has ever had but he’d now lost most of Pleats side through either age or just moving on, and most of the replacements that came in without being disrespectful just wasn’t of the same class, there was of course the odd exception – Gazza, but the quality and quantity of those players we’d lost in such a short time gave us no chance. However it was the following season when it happened, although our results were an improvement in the league than the previous season our actual performances weren’t brilliant in fact pretty awful, and going to Port Vale in the F.A Cup in the middle of winter had potential disaster written all over it, and yep it was just that. We were a goal down after only 15 minutes then 2 down before half time, Neil Ruddock pulled 1 back on about 65 minutes but to be honest we played terrible, ok the pitch was a shocker just mounds of mud everywhere but the bottom line was we were just awful, at the final whistle when the Vale fans invaded the pitch I just stood there behind the goal with the 1000’s of other Spurs many of who were Boo-ing, loads of Spurs fans did.

we’d gone from playing in the Cup Final the season before and playing some amazing football to being knocked out of the cup by lower league Port Vale and losing league games to un-fancied sides at the time like Norwich Derby Forest QPR Southampton and Villa, and even more to the point was our blinding football we’d been playing less than 12 months before was gone and we were struggling almost every week. At the final whistle it all got the better of me and as the players left the pitch I saw Paul Allen looking right in my direction as I was Boo-ing, I liked Paul Allen, he always gave 100% he was a real trier, it wasn’t his fault yet he saw me Boo-ing and on the journey home as bad as we’d played in that game and in many of the games before it I felt terrible, I felt guilty, that little Paul Allen who “always” tried his hardest saw me Boo-ing him.

I’ve “never” Booed our players since, and never will!

No matter how bad fans think our recent performances have been let me tell you it’s been “nothing” like that of the late 80’s OR the mid 90’s for that matter, when we truely had sod all to smile about.

I will however, moan about them, shout and scream, question some of their ability even their commitment, i’ll question and moan about the board and at times do the same about the manager and tactics, i’ll even write about them but like i said i’ll “never ever” Boo them again, yeah i agree with a lot of fans we’re not playing great football at the moment and I agree with people who say AVB’s high line tactics could be causing us problems going forward ? I also agree some of AVB’s selections have at times confused me and i agree that something’s still missing even after the excellent signings we’ve made, I agree that we’re in danger of missing out on a top four finish (again) if we can’t sort out our poor performances on the pitch, but having said all of that I still can’t understand why so-called SPURS FANS insist on Boo-ing ? I just don’t get how it’s meant to help lift a player who’s lacking in confidence ? And when the manager then publicly says the attitude of the crowd isn’t helping surely as “fans” we have to start taking notice ?
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and fingers crossed we “might” just have started to do that, during the League Cup game against Hull, the Europa game against Sheriff and then the League game against Newcastle the crowd really made an effort to get behind the team and the atmosphere was much much better in all 3 games, in fact you might even argue that our 2nd half performance on the pitch against Newcastle was one of our better ones, and who’s to say the players didn’t respond due to the improvement of the crowd ???

As a life long Spurs fan I’m absolutely adamant I’ve a right to question things but just because I might question the manager it “doesn’t” mean I want him sacked, just like it don’t mean I want Townsend subbed when he tries to take on one to many defenders instead of making the preferred pass, as fans we all have the right to moan when things aren’t going right but do just that “moan” don’t Boo, it offers the side nothing.

Now as I write this we’ve currently played 11 league games and sit 7th on 20 points, 5 points behind the idiots up the road, we all know about our lack of goals and can all say had we scored more we’d be right up there on top spot, and yeah there’s some element of truth in that, as having scored just 9 league goals we know it’s not good enough. Yet try to not be to concerned about that just yet because although the nomads have scored 22 goals and sit 1st City have scored a whopping 28 times 19 more than us but actually sit behind us in 8th, so as long as we can continue to stay stable at the back we’ve got half a chance. We’re still in the League Cup with a Qtr Final against West Ham and we’ve also just qualified for the knock out stages of the Europa League with games to spare.
I’m more concerned it’s our tactics stopping us scoring at the moment rather than the ability of the players. Our high line has helped us to push sides back but it’s equally then congested the areas we’d normally look to run into or slip a pass through. If we can just drop back 15 or 20 yards it would then give the likes of Eriksen Sigurdsson Lamela Townsend and Lennon the space they need in order to then find for Soldado to run into, that’s his game, he runs onto a pass and hits first time, he doesn’t like playing with his back to goal or having to trap a pass, its first time BANG! So if AVB can play a little deeper it’ll creat more space for our attacking players, and I’m sure not only will our performance improve but the goals will come thick and fast too, and once again our Season So Far – Could Again Be So NEAR!!

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 na├»ve 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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A “REAL” DISGRACE – Aug 19th 2013

At last, the football’s “BACK”

Yet because the last couple of months have been crazy to say the least, what with every man and his dog trying their upper most to export Gareth Bale to Spain, my first article is about that very subject.

I mean c’mon we all know and knew that at some point in the future Bale would be moving on to the so called Mecca of World football that is Real Madrid, but I can’t help but think two things about it all.
1, is how undignified Madrid truly are, I mean the way they’ve gone about publicly tapping him up is nothing other than a disgrace, from the constant comments of Perez, Zidane and even Ancelotti to pictures of Bales name on the back of a Real shirt are just the half of it, yet all in all their actions have been nothing other than despicable, cheap and dirty, the kind of behaviour you’d expect more from the Chavs “not” from one of the biggest and most glamorous football Clubs in the world football. Yet because of it any thoughts I may have had about the so called galacticos have changed from being kind of dreamy and mythical to utter disgust and even hate.
Madrid this is “NOT” the way to do business!

The 3 Amigos - unbelievable arrogance

The 3 Amigos – unbelievable arrogance


The other point is how bad our own UK press have been acting during this too, I mean they’ve made it perfectly clear they will not be happy until Gareth leaves these shores, and that confuse’s the hell out of me? Why would the media want him gone when during the season it’s his performances and wonder goals that provide them with the articles they need to write? Surely it’s better to have the best players playing in our Premier League than playing hundreds of miles away in a division that has only 2 teams capable of winning. It seems to me they’re all so desperate to be the one to break the transfer news, to be first to the story that they can’t even see the what they’ll lose when he’s gone, and that for me that is utter stupidity and even “cheap” journalism.
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Surely the story someone needs to write and wants to write is why the hell have UEFA yet again kept quiet whilst the most “blatant” form of tapping up has been going on? Surely there’s a jurno out there dying to get their teeth into yet more UEFA disrespect shown to a British based club? After all we all know we get treated like shit by them and the time has come for someone to be asking “why” rather than try to unsettle a top UK player so they can write a story that lets face it they can only ever write once, yet by doing so helps push him into what is nothing other than a glorified SPL!

Here’s hoping there’s a reporter out there that might one day try to get to the bottom of UEFA’s hatred towards British Clubs.

As I write there’s currently 14 days until the transfer window slams firmly shut, and I for one hope Gareth will be pulling on that famous white shirt, not the white of the newly self confessed chavs of Spanish football, but the white, the Lilly white of Spurs. I’ve not even mentioned our new exciting signings, yet with them alongside last season’s quadruple Player of the a year I’m convinced for the first time in my 40 years we could finally make a serious challenge!

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COYS


Another cracking Video by Yidvids2

And that was that! – 29th May 2012

I’m finally back in the real world after my fishing trip to France, and after what seems like a season that was never gonna end, it did.

As I sat in our lodge on the Sunday afternoon watching the final 20 minutes of our season coming to an end my eyes were fixed on Garth Crooks. His squirming in his seat, the leaning forward, the halfway position between sitting and standing only to slump back into his seat when an attack ended with nothing, and with time rapidly running out both at the Lane and up North my nerves started to get the better of me, because the More Garth squirmed the more i tried to laugh it off. Then Yesssss he shouts, so i know weve scored, even before Gabby says “Oooo theres been a goal at White Hart Lane” instantly I’m not even interested in Whos scored or how they scored it because my attention has now turned straight to watching the origional monkey’s head Keown, I’m waiting for him to show me a sign, to shout Nooooo, but nothing. As much as i stare him down through the T.V with what can only be described as a Superman glare, nothing happens, not a bloody thing, “Nothing”

And that was that.. All over.. “Again”

I sat watching the live feeds coming through at the final whistle and there’s Levy in full shot on our T.V screen. Now I don’t know if you saw it but it worried me, he didn’t know what way to look? Who to turn to? Yeah he’s disappointed just like the rest of us but it wasn’t that, although he was clapping he himself looked a very worried man.

At “That” moment, right there the enormity of missing out on the Champions League just hit home. Levy had just realised he’s now in a position he really didnt want to be in. Like “where” do I raise the 30 40 50 or even 60 million quid Andre and the fans are gonna demand in order to stop this end of season after season emptiness?

Because unlike the past few seasons Levy has been lucky enough to be able to bring in decent players by using the money generated through the “sales” of some of our bigger players, not once have the Club or Owners had to raid the bank account in order to buy. Over the last 2 or 3 years Tottenham and Enic have got away with spending only money they’ve received. We have only ever replaced who’s left yet “Never added” to who was already there enhancing the side and the squad, and that’s why we’re short in depth, that’s why we as fans are constantly asking for strikers, and that’s why we keep missing out.
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Levy stood there clapping in the stand but looked more like an accused man in the dock, it was as if he felt like all 36,500 pairs of eyes in the ground were looking directly at him and asking “what now then Dan? This can’t keep happening?”

As in my previous articles I’ve said Levy Enic and the board have done a fantastic job securing the financial security of our beloved, and I’ve also said people forget that Enic are at the end of the day a business, but not just any business, an Investment company.

An investment company acquire a business or project (Tottenham Hotspur) they believe they can then increase it’s profile, customer base and turnover in order to then be able to sell on at a profit.

An investment company will happily spend large sums of money on said business or project (New training Complex and Stadium) in order to further “increase the profile and value” to be able sell on at a profit.

An investment company “does not” spend large sums of money on risks and gambles (footballers) on the hope (Champions League) that it just “might” all turn out rosy in the end.

And that’s why Levy looked worried, as this year he knows he doesn’t have anyone in our squad that could generate the large sums of cash needed. The likes of Gomes Bentley Gallas Livermore and even Kyle Naughton wouldn’t scrape together 10 to 15 million between em?
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However we all know there is someone who would?
This years premier leagues Player Of the Year

Levy knows full well the fans see Bale as a different prospect to that of Berbatov or Modric, both those players turned their backs on the Club, caused unrest and made it more than clear they wanted out, and as good as they were we all said “stuff em – get rid” however Bale to date has said nothing of the sort and because of this the fans would demand he stays.

Yet not only demand Gareth stays, but would also have the right to demand we bring in some top players that will finally enhance the side, and then be able to compete at the top level.

Levy knows the fans know this is how he’s been operating these last 2 or 3 years, and we’ve let him get on with it and stayed largely off his back. Yet because of the all the above he also knows this summer will be a big one, he will either have to sell his biggest “asset” in Bale in order to generate the required funds to improve the side OR finally dip into the bank and spend some of that hard earned profit that’s been building nicely these last few years.

Either of which any Investment Company wouldn’t like to do.

“URGENT MESSAGE” CALLING PHIL CORNWELL”

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URGENT MESSAGE CALLING PHIL CORNWELL
Phil,
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.
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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?

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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?

ENIC
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?
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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!!