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Jan 012014
 

What a great way to start the New Year off…..away to MU. Not nearly so much as daunting a prospect as it would have been without the last three games under our belt. I said in a previous posting that this would be my determining match regarding AVB….the result and our table position afterwards. I am pleased to say that I do not regard the match with such significance now under Tim Sherwood. These are early days and he’s learning with every game.

There’s such a a breath of fresh air about the team selection and style of play now being adopted that it would surely be ludicrous to try and expect a win….and yet…that’s what I love about this wonderful club….you just never know. So here’s to a fantastic wet afternoon in Manchester and hopefully a run of four matches undefeated.       COYS !!

PS
Loved Sandro’s tweet message for Charlie Adam…..THE BEAST IS WATCHING YOU!!!      Be afraid Charlie……be very afraid

sandro

 

 

 

Dec 242013
 

So now we know, Tim Sherwood the new first team coach. Daniel Levy has pulled a few surprises on us as Chairman but I bet few of us saw this one coming. The length of contract also amazed me as I initially thought he would be given until the end of the season and then ‘see how it has gone’.

Two things excite me about this appointment. The size of the contract shows that Sherwood is extremely confident about his abilities to lead and that he wanted to have a solid span of time in which to prove himself.  Levy will appreciate this assuredness and demand for a decent chance to take the first team back into Europe.

It’s obviously a huge gamble by Daniel Levy, to anyone looking in from the outside. TS has no previous managerial experience and to have an ambitious Premiership Side as your first appointment would be a daunting prospect for anyone. But look again, the guy has the club in his blood. Imagine his frustrations at watching this new talented squad suffocated by AVB’s flairless and unimaginative style of play. He knows the club and the players inside out ….the one problem when you promote from within is that the staff recognise and accept the appointment. I personally think that the respect everyone at the club has for TS as an ex Spurs player, staff member and now Head Coach will help to establish him in the role and bring back the style of football we all know and love.

The second major thing that pleased me was this announcement from Daniel Levy :

“We have a great squad and we owe them a Head Coach who will bring out the best in them and allow them to flourish and enjoy a strong, exciting finish to the season.”

I have highlighted the two main phrases. “We owe them” implies his appreciation of the frustration and demoralising effect AVB had on the squad with his tactics and leadership manner. “To flourish and enjoy” again points at his full realisation of the true talent and potential this set of players have. It implies a change of attitude and playing style that will allow their natural abilities to be fully exploited and allow them to become a football team that can challenge for top honours.

The immediate appointment has stopped all unwanted gossip at WHL about the successor to AVB and everyone can now move forward….a smart move. We sit in 7th spot a mere 6pts behind Liverpool. Whilst I appreciate that was achieved under the old manager (apart from 3 points), I also believe that 7th was about as good as it was going to get. Now I think we can ‘kick on’ from this position and break into the top four.

It’s certainly a brave move by Daniel Levy but a clever and calculated one. Let’s hope TS is the guy to harness all the budding talent at his disposal and bring back exciting times to The Lane on both a domestic and European level.

I think he is just that person……….COYS !!!!

Dec 162013
 

Another chapter closes and the page is turned. Doesn’t matter whether you liked him or not, AVB has gone and we await his successor. So what will the new manager inherit ?

In my opinion it will be a squad of exceptional talent and potential. The players though are currently confused and lack confidence not only in their own abilities but in the manner in which the club is being run and is heading. They see no future plan or achievable targets.

That is what needs to change…..the new manager must have a style of play that is not ‘set in stone’ no matter who our opponents are. It must be flexible, it must adapt and evolve whilst still maintaining the traditions of the club as regards playing attractive flowing football. When he arrives he must ‘buy in’ to the expected standards and pass that through to the players. He needs to gain not only their confidence but their respect. They need to feel that he understands them and their unique talents and that he tries to build a team which capitalises on their individual strengths and talents combining them into a unit of players who fear no-one.

I have my own ideas on who that person should be and for me I think Laudrup would tick every box. That is just my opinion and no doubt you will all have different people in mind. One thing is certain….now is the time for all fans to come together (regardless of our views on AVB) and begin a new chapter in the club’s history. I still remain convinced that the nucleus of a brilliant footballing side is there. It just needs nurturing and developing. There is an expression “An Embarassment Of Riches” which translates to “so many good things or people that it is impossible to decide which of them you want“….to a certain degree that was AVB’s problem.

Until today we had such an embarassment of riches……now the riches remain and the embarassment has gone.

You may reply with whatever insults and witticisms you think fit but before you hit the keyboard let your comments be about the times that lie ahead and not the past. He’s gone…live with it…let’s move on and forget about ‘Our Arry’ and AVB……let’s look to the future and hope that the board has learnt something from all of this. There is still a huge chunk of season left and a top four spot is still a possibility together with a European trophy.

COYS !!

 

 

Dec 162013
 

The Club can announce that agreement has been reached with Head Coach, Andre Villas-Boas, for the termination of his services. The decision was by mutual consent and in the interests of all parties.

The season starts here !

 

Dec 152013
 

Just putting it out there, Twitter rumours are rife tonight that AVB is sacked by Spurs after our embarrassing defeat at home to Liverpool.

Nothing official and it might not even be true but French Media Beingsport are claiming that Daniel Levy has sacked AVB following a string of unimpressive performances and a few horrific results along the way.

There could be some truth or there could not, time will tell but after the game today my mate said to be  “I bet you he’s gone by tonight” I found it hard to argue. The Lane has lost its passion this season and it’s largely down to the negative football we are having to witness with 3 defensive midfielders on the pitch at once.

AVB sacked? don’t bet against it…

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 Posted by at 20:32
Dec 152013
 

Can you please arrange it so people  print their own opinions and views on here and not just use ‘Cut and Paste’ from other websites………and can you also arrange for AVB to be the manager of Porto in Jan 2014

Merry Christmas to every Spurs fan out there !!

(I know I said I wouldn’t post until either AVB had gone or we were back in top four but there’s only so much a guy can stand !!)

 

Dec 152013
 

Capoue has an unenviable task ahead of him. The task of keeping tabs on Luis Suarez. Suarez has been in red hot form scoring 15 goals this season. He has scored six in the last two matches alone. Making sure he has as less room as possible will be key for Tottenham to emerge victorious in their upcoming encounter against Liverpool.

Capoue was courted by Liverpool back in 2011 however he decided to stay in France at that time.

“I think it was the right decision,” he said this week.

“I knew English clubs were interested in me, but one reason why I didn’t come earlier was because the chairman didn’t agree and the other reason was that I wasn’t really ready for the Premier League.”

His decision to move to White Hart Lane was influenced by positive feedback from his France teammates Hugo Lloris and Younès Kaboul.

“Yes, they spoke very well of it too. I think I needed a change and the Premier League was the right next step. The more you play at a higher level, the more confidence you get. I have also become more mature.”

He laughed it off when suggested that the prospect of facing Suarez had kept him awake at nights.

“He is a very good player, an amazing player. It’s a good opportunity for me to show my mettle.”

The battle between Suarez and Capoue could be decisive to the match and with both teams fighting near the top end of the table, it assumes even more importance.

When asked what his plans to tackle Suarez were, he replied “I don’t know how. I will see during the game!”

 Posted by at 16:00
Dec 142013
 

With Gerrard ruled out of tomorrow’s tie with Tottenham, Liverpool will depend highly on Luis Suarez who has been in terrific form this season. In fact, reading the comments that some of the players have been making it is almost as if its Tottenham v Suarz rather than Tottenham v Liverpool.

The striker from Uruguay will look to lead his team out of their away game slump. Liverpool have been strong at home while surprisingly poor away. On the other hand Tottenham will look to continue their recent good form which sees them unbeaten in the least five matches they have played.

Soldado may well return to the starting eleven after making the most of his opportunity against Anzhi by scoring a hat trick. Tottenham team management also said that Danny Rose and Christian Eriksen will undergo a fitness test before the game against Liverpool to make sure they do not suffer a relapse of their injuries.

Tottenham have enjoyed the better of Liverpool the last few occasions these two teams met at White Hart Lane and the Spurs would look to maintain that record. in fact, for a season which just a few matches ago was supposed to be in dire straits the Spurs are only three points away from second placed Liverpool.

A win in this match will mark the Spurs out as serious challengers for the Champions trophy berth. A couple of favorable results could see the Spurs end the day at third in the league table and an extremely unlikely couple of results could see them end the day on second place.

Villas-Boas and his team have shown resilience under pressure and now it remains to be seen whether they can drive forward from this point on to make this a truly memorable season.

 Posted by at 21:20