“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

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