In Levy we trust
Or do we? Quiet rumours have been circulating ever since Mr. Redknapp was sacked that Enic were looking to pass the club on to a foreign buyer with large amounts of money to spend on a sleeping giant a’la Man shiteh and Tottenham is their ideal buy.
You can understand where this would come from. We have finally got planning permission for the stadium and development of white hart lane and the club is moving in the a direction that can only really be improved by large amounts of money spent on players, something that Levy has become less inclined to do over the last couple years.
The other factor is Enic are a very large company and no big company has escaped the credit squeeze so why would they not look to offload what is a business that does not make a great deal of money for the hassle it creates.
So Mr. Sheik Mohammed, Bill Gates, even Mark Zuckerberg lets have Messi, Pepe and Buffon please and while you are at it can you buy Van Persie and never play him just to piss off the GOONS!!!!
On a serious Morale note I do not know how happy I would be to support a club who have no limitations, who win things, who have superstar wages for their superstars who do not need to sell players to buy some, who have a manager with experience of taking a side and improving it not only by buying players but by introducing tactics and knowledge of football and team worth ethic or EFFICK as Mr. Redknapp would say.
If you do not realise that the above statement is ironic you are obviously not a spurs fan…..
In Levy we trust
I have read five or six articles written today that try to detail who will be our next manager. They all either missed the point, were written with a motive or just plain wrong.
We have to realise that Tottenham Hotspurs is a business. As fans we do not own our club like Barcelona and real Madrid.
We do not need to be impressed like clubs up north because there are millions of people in London finding fans is like shooting fish in a barrel.
We are also run by an incredibly shrewd business man who is not scared of making unpopular decisions for what he believes is the good of the club. So when it comes to finding a new manager we have to separate what we want for the club what we need and what Levy will do.
What I want.
A manager with passion for the game as well as knowledge. Not scared to voice his opinion but in doing so doesn’t show he’s an idiot in doing so.
European with experience of the EPL and a working knowledge of every league in Europe.
Laurent Blanc is top of my list simply because I have watched France play some great football and he has the reputation to attract players from all over the world Having played for barca inter and man utd.
What we need
To be organised at the back. Simple instructions that are delivered along the same lines of how Mr Redknapp would have but are thought out and backed up by evidence of why you would do it.
Commands respect. We have fickle flock at spurs and they need to know that their manager will go to war for them. Will back them to the death and at no point will he ever give up on them.
We need David Moyes. He will organise out haphazard defence and get our forwards attacking with a distinct purpose playing to Thier physical strengths as well as giving them enough freedom to do what they do best.
What Levy wants
Levy wants someone to come in a shock the fans as well as the board.
Someone To lead a cull of useless squad players.
Someone who he can proudly introduce to players without fear of them making an idiot of him.
A manager to bring stability to spurs but also to have unflinching optimism and ambition.
Someone on the cheap, possibly after a horrible experience in their last job.
See where I am going with this?
I think Levy wants Capello or AVB.
It makes sense… To him… We know better…
I would also like to start the rumour that it would actually make sense to employ them both Capello as a director.
Anyway those are my thoughts. I look forward to hearing from you all and having my opinion ripped to shit….
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So the fixture list is out and makes pretty interesting reading.
Sat Aug 18 Newcastle United A
Sat Aug 25 West Bromwich Albion H
Sat Sep 1 Norwich City H
Sat Sep 15 Reading A
Sat Sep 22 Queens Park Rangers H
Wed Sep 26 Capital One Cup 3
Sat Sep 29 Manchester United A
Sat Oct 6 Aston Villa H
Sat Oct 20 Chelsea H
Sat Oct 27 Southampton A
Wed Oct 31 Capital One Cup 4
Sat Nov 3 Wigan Athletic H
Sat Nov 10 Manchester City A
Sat Nov 17 Arsenal A
Sat Nov 24 West Ham United H
Tue Nov 27 Liverpool H
Sat Dec 1 Fulham A
Sat Dec 8 Everton A
Wed Dec 12 Capital One Cup 5
Sat Dec 15 Swansea City H
Sat Dec 22 Stoke City H
Wed Dec 26 Aston Villa A
Sat Dec 29 Sunderland A
Tue Jan 1 Reading H
Sat Jan 5 F.A. Cup 3
Wed Jan 9 Capital One Cup Semi-Final (1)
Sat Jan 12 Queens Park Rangers A
Sat Jan 19 Manchester United H
Wed Jan 23 Capital One Cup Semi-Final (2)
Sat Jan 26 F.A. Cup 4
Tue Jan 29 Norwich City A
Sat Feb 2 West Bromwich Albion A
Sat Feb 9 Newcastle United H
Sat Feb 16 F.A. Cup 5
Sat Feb 23 West Ham United A
Sun Feb 24 Capital One Cup Final
Sat Mar 2 Arsenal H
Sat Mar 9 Liverpool A F.A. Cup 6
Sat Mar 16 Fulham H
Sat Mar 30 Swansea City A
Sat Apr 6 Everton H
Sat Apr 13 Chelsea A F.A. Cup Semi-Final
Sat Apr 20 Manchester City H
Sat Apr 27 Wigan Athletic A
Sat May 4 Southampton H
Sat May 11 F.A. Cup Final
Sun May 12 Stoke City A
Sun May 19 Sunderland H
Now the thing that immediately hits me is there no run of massive games like their has been for the last couple seasons. The big games against the usual suspects seem to be spread out through the season. Now this can be looked at in two ways. This will be bad for us as we will not go on a long unbeaten run like we did last season or you could say this is good because we won’t go on a long unbeaten run like last season meaning we could run under the radar of the red tops.
November will be important (arse n shiteh) as well as Mary n april also have a couple big games each.
All this will be screwed up by UCL, FA Cup, and what is not being called the capital one cup. Or cock cup as I shall now be referring to it by.
I sit here writing this still in a little shock that they have managed to prise Arry from his desk at Spurs lodge…
Harry Redknapp as he shall be known going forward is a man that could put his arm around an Englishman and turn around a bad game for a lad. At times you saw his motivational speaking at work.
Most notably at the beginning of his stint as spurs manager in games like Liverpool home and even inspiring Danny Rose’s scorcher by handing him his debut in a north London derby.
But for a footballing person (which he will tell you he is till your ears bleed) he strangely lacked in footballing knowledge outside of England, he had no scouting network to speak off and his ability to keep players happy only seemed to reach the ones whose first language was english. By no means am I calling him a racist but it is surprising how he has managed to keep everyones hands off Bale but when it came to Modric Levy got involved and handed out the clear not for sale signs rather than Mr. Redknapp who seemed to be open to taking £50mill (not forgetting his cut) and running.
His main problem as a Tottenham manager was clear to see in his words as he left the club he spoke about himself and he didn’t thank the fans for the support which rightly or wrongly we gave week in and week out. Even going as far to say that he knew he would be sacked whether he had made champions league or not….
I Like Harry I really do but I am well aware of where he falls short. If you want the best interim manager in the world you have one in Harry Redknapp but be prepared to spend shed loads of money out on players that you wont get any return on. If you look at the signings he has made since he has joined you will start to see a clearer financial reason why he has been sacked.
Brad Friedel Free
Cristian Ceballos Free
Souleymane Coulibaly Undisclosed
Scott Parker £5.5 million
Yago Falqué Undisclosed
Louis Saha Free
Ryan Nelsen Free
Jonathan Woodgate Released
Jamie O’Hara £5 million
Paul-Jose M’Poku Undisclosed
Robbie Keane £3.5 million
Callum Tapping Undisclosed
Wilson Palacios Undisclosed
Alan Hutton Undisclosed
Peter Crouch £12 million
Roman Pavlyuchenko Undisclosed
Transfers 2010 – 2011
William Gallas Free
Rafael van der Vaart £8M
Bongani Khumalo £1.5M
Steven Pienaar £3M
Lee Butcher Free
Sam Cox Free
Jimmy Walker Free
Adel Taarabt £1M
Dorian Dervite Undisclosed
Transfers 2009 - 2010
Anton Blackwood Free
Kyle Naughton Undisclosed
Kyle Walker Undisclosed
Peter Crouch £10 million
Sébastien Bassong £8 million
Niko Kranjčar £2.5 million
Jimmy Walker Free
Younes Kaboul £8 million
Simon Dawkins Released
Takura Mtandari Released
Kyle Fraser-Allen Free
Ricardo Rocha Free
David Hutton Free
Danny Hutchins Free
Cian Hughton Free
Didier Zokora £7.5 million
Jacques Maghoma Free
Chris Gunter £1.75 million
Yuri Berchiche Free
Darren Bent £10 million
Pascal Chimbonda £2 million
Kevin-Prince Boateng £4 million
Tomáš Pekhart Undisclosed
Troy Archibald-Henville Undisclosed
Transfer 2008 – 2009
Jermain Defoe £9 million
Wilson Palacios £12 million
Carlo Cudicini Free
Pascal Chimbonda £4.5 million
Robbie Keane £12 million
Andy Barcham Undisclosed
Charlie Daniels Free
César Sánchez Undisclosed
Hossam Ghaly Undisclosed
Leigh Mills Released
The success that some of the young we moved on for hardly anything is constant pain in the backside for harry.
Tha Prince is the most obvious one but also the likes of Adel Taarabt look like they are worth ten times what we sold them on for.
Every single season since he joined we have made a loss on transfers not just a small loss either.
But the major thing that peeves me is the lack of investment beyond the 11 players on the pitch and some free agents who “can do a job” for the bench..
If football manager has taught me anything it’s that if you buy all your first team players and don’t invest in youth you end up running out of money and that I believe is what Levy has stopped happening.
He has noticed that the average age of the squad has slowly crept up and the overall value of the squad has slowly fallen and continues to fall.
I will guarantee that all of our signings this summer will be under the age of 25 and that we will start signing a bucket load of 16-18 year olds as we need to bring the value of the squad up to a point where levy can borrow the most against it to fund the new stadium.
these financial reason are why Levy sacked him. simply put he is bad for business.
me personally i would have sacked him for not getting in the champions league, for wasting money on Louis Saha and Ryan Nelson. for letting us pass up the opportunity to sign not just Aguero but also Luis Suarez…for building a squad made of 11 players and for slowly dismantling a youth system that was actually providing some fruit…
His achievements are obvious to see, Bale (ignoring the fact Harry drove him to Nottingham himself to see if he could sell him for £3mill) Parker, Kaboul, Walker and Livermore. Tim Sherwood who is starting to do a fine job in youth development and last but not least employing Joe Jordan, somehow i couldnt see Chris Houghton going face to face with a hairy Gattuso.
We need someone to take us for the next ten years. That was never going to be Harry now was it….
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