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Sep 302010

Finally after months of debate Haringey Council had a final meeting to decide whether or not to give Tottenham the go ahead to redevelop White Hart Lane into a new 60,000 capacity stadium, council members voted unanimously in favour of  Tottenham redeveloping White Hart Lane.

Watching the live webcast on the Haringey Council website the points were discussed and it seemed as though a lot of the council members were concerned with Spurs being linked with a bid for the London Olympic Stadium, the meeting finally finished around 11pm tonight in which the members voted in favour of giving Tottenham the go ahead. Just by looking at comments from others who were watching like myself they seem to have picked up that the Council seemed worried that Tottenham were set to bid for the Olmypic Stadium and this could well have worked in Tottenham’s favour when the voting process began.

Tottenham will still have to overcome one or two more hurdles but with the biggest obstacle would be getting permission from Haringey Council but with the council on their side it looks as though things can now finally begin to move forward. A Tottenham spokes person was also asked to comment on whether Tottenham had in fact made a bid for the Olympic Stadium but refused to comment on the matter, fueling speculation that there may be truth in the rumor, it now looks as though Spurs won’t actually need to bid for the Olympic Stadium afterall.

The final part of the application is in the hands of Mayor of London, Boris Johnson who now has 2 weeks to rubber stamp the approval for Tottenham to press ahead with the new £400 million stadium.

Council leader Claire Kober said: “The Spurs development has the potential to make a huge impact, not just on the success of the football club, but also on the whole of Tottenham – delivering job opportunities, regenerating the area, and boosting the local economy.

“We’re proud of Spurs’ rich history in Haringey and excited that the club has committed its future to the area.

“We look forward to seeing the development unfold and are confident that it will deliver fantastic improvements to this part of the borough.”

A statement from the council said: “The plans will now be referred to English Heritage, the Mayor of London and the Secretary of State for a final decision.”

Sep 302010

Tottenham and AEG, the American operator of the O2 Arena, have teamed up to mount a surprise joint bid to lease the London Olympic Stadium after 2012.

The bid was submitted on Thursday, the deadline for applications and the same day that the Premier League club was due to hear whether its plans to redevelop its existing White Hart Lane ground in north London had been approved by the local planning authority, Haringey council.

Tottenham had been sniffing around an Olympic stadium application for some months and it’s joint bid may be seen by the council as a tactical lever in the club’s protracted White Hart Lane redevelopment negotiations.

Given the huge amount of time and money the club has invested in these plans, staying in Tottenham remains the club’s priority. But even if the council approves the scheme, the club must still overcome several hurdles, including approval from the London mayor and the government. It must also raise about £250m for the scheme.

The Tottenham-AEG bid for the Olympic stadium, said by a club insider to be “a sensible back-up option” to White Hart Lane redevelopment, means the Olympic Park Legacy Company (OPLC) – the government agency responsible for the post-2012 future of Olympic venues – has rival and similar-looking applications from Premier League clubs to consider.

West Ham United, which regards itself as the obvious choice of tenant because of the proximity of its existing Upton Park stadium to the Olympic Park, has the backing of Newham council.

Tottenham and AEG’s plans involve converting the 80,000 Olympic stadium into a 60,000-seater venue for football, as does West Ham’s application. AEG, the Los Angeles-based sports and entertainment business, would manage the venue, including arranging naming rights and premium seating and other stadium uses including concerts and athletics.

Each of the Premier League clubs’ offers have pros and cons. While West Ham would be able to point to local backing, it has debts of nearly £100m and is struggling to bring in new investors.

Tottenham, owned by billionaire currency trader Joe Lewis and chief executive Daniel Levy, reported a £33.4m pre-tax profit for 2008-09 and the partnership with AEG may give the OPLC greater comfort about the viability of the £550m stadium beyond 2012. The Olympic stadium conversion costs are in the region of £150m.

Although West Ham discussed a joint bid with AEG, the two sides failed to reach agreement because of “personality issues”, said one person familiar with the talks.

But the OPLC intends to sign a lease agreement by the beginning of next April and, given Tottenham’s ongoing redevelopment plans, it will need to establish just how serious the club is about taking up the Olympic stadium lease.

Although the OPLC is at arms length from the London 2012 organisers, AEG is well known to Olmpic officials. The O2 will be the venue for Olympic gymnastic events and the basketball finals and will be rebranded the North Greenwich Arena for the Games.

Tottenham also has London 2012 links. Sir Keith Mills, who was chief executive of the London 2012 bid and is deputy chairman of the London organising committee, is on the Spurs board.

AEG and Tottenham declined to comment.

So are we really keen on a move to the Olympic Stadium or are we just keeping our options open? West Ham remain fim favourites to land the Stadium after the 2012 games and as a Tottenham fan I would hope that there is no chance in hell that we would get it, it would mean relocation and in turn moving from White Hart Lane which would kill part of our history.

I think that there may be truth in this but I also believe that it is a backup plan in case there are any problems with the proposed redevelopment of White Hart Lane, even if we did have to play at the Olympic Stadium then it would may well be temporary until White Hart Lane is complete even though the current plans allow for us to stay at the Lane while work is underway. The deadline for any bid to take over the stadium after the games was today (30th September).

No thanks.

Credit to The Financial Times for most the article.

Sep 302010

It was great to see Heurelho back for us in the Champions League this week and you could see the confidence oozing throughout the back four. Gomes had been out for the last month through a groin injury and we have really missed him in my opinion. Some people never quite understand just how big of an influence and important it is having a keeper that the defenders are confident in. Whether or not his judgment is always right, the important thing is that he is confident enough to come for every cross and this confidence passes through the rest of the team.

Although Carlo Cudicini had provided cover and made some good saves during this period, there’s nothing like having the club’s number one fit again. King, Hutton, BAE and Bassong all looked so much more comfortable at the back last night know that they had the big man behind them. As someone that has played football all my life I know how much it improves my game having a solid keeper behind me to rely on should I need him. The Tottenham back four and Midfield will now not be as cautious at the back and will not be afraid to push on and attack meaning we won’t have to play as deep.

Gomes has shaken off his reputation of being a calamity after a bad start to his Tottenham career which saw Harry Redknapp losing his patience with the Brazilian to become one of the Premiership’s top goalkeepers. Without a keeper like Gomes in goal last season I don’t think we would even be playing Champions League football this season, that’s not to say I am taking anything away from the rest of the team. Gomes stood big last night to make one good save of note and although didn’t really have much to do last night don’t underestimate the influence his sheer presence had on the rest of the team. We started the season by battering Manchester City but not managing to break them down, and who was in goal for that game? Gomes! Since he has been out injured you could see how the team looked a bit more nervous and didn’t play with freedom and confidence. Trust me now we have the big man back in between the sticks I think we will be seeing a better free flowing Tottenham and they will prove me right by destroying Villa this weekend. To back up my point you only have to look at what happend to Newcastle as soon as they sold Shay Given.

Sep 292010

Rafael Van der Vaart stole the show in an eventful encounter which saw the Spurs man sent off.  Spurs were handed a boost before the match with the inclusion of club captain Ledley King. The first half finished in a goalless stalemate but that didn’t tell the full story, FC Twente turned up determined to have a real go at Spurs, the first half proved to be an end to end encounter with Gomes making a fine save from a one on one on his return. Tottenham opted to go two up front in a 4-4-2 formation with Aaron Lennon the man missing from midfield. Gareth Bale was pushed up to left midfield again as BAE recovered from a knock to take the left back position. Tottenham were awarded a penalty for a foul on Crouch, the Twente keeper did his best to try to put of Van der Vaart by delaying the kick and it work as Van der Vaart stroked it to the keepers right in which he got a firm hand. Less than 5 mins later and a long ball up top saw Van der Vaart latch on to and volley the ball high only for the keeper once again to deny him. Shortly after Van der Vaart was booked for a late challenge.

The second half started at a frantic pace and almost immediately the Tottenham pressure finally paid off when a ball into the box was headed back across goal for Van der Vaart to hold off his marker and turn before smashing the ball into the back of the net to make it 1-0 to Spurs.

On 50mins Tottenham were awarded another penalty in which the duty was passed to Pavlyuchenko and he didn’t disappoint slotting it calmly passed the Twente keeper to give Spurs a two goal cushion. Tottenham being Tottenham just 5mins later let FC Twente back into the match when Chadli pulled a goal back for the Dutch side. Another 5 minuted elapsed when things went from bad to worse for Tottenham when with half an hour of the match remaining another late challenge saw Rafael Van der Vaart collect his second yellow and a subsiquent red card. It had proved to be an eventful night for Rafael.

Normally you would have expected Tottenham to crumble but not this time as on the next attack a shot was blocked by the arm of a Twente player and Spurs were controversially awarded their third spot kick of the night in which again Pav slotted calmly passed the Twente keeper to give Spurs a two goal cushion once more 3-1. With the match fading out FC Twente were trying to get back into it by pouring men forward for each attack but one attack too many saw them caught on the counter when Gareth Bale broke through to slot home the fourth goal on the 85th minute and give Tottenham a comfortable 4-1 lead.

Overall a good performance from Spurs, very pleasing at times, the only downside is that Van der Vaart will now miss the match against Inter Milan.

Final score:

Tottenham 4-1 FC Twente

Van der Vaart      Chadli



 Posted by at 21:33
Sep 292010

Tom Huddlestone has spoken out in defence of his close friend Aaron Lennon, claiming that he is aware that the winger has not yet hit top form and is a victim of his own success.

“Last season, a lot of people left him one on one with the full-back and we saw what he could do, so maybe people have been a bit smarter this year by doubling up on him but we hope that that will leave someone else free somewhere else on the pitch,” said Huddlestone.

“Against West Ham on Saturday, the left-back was marking him but they also had Boa Morte playing on the left of midfield. He was concentrating on doubling up on Aaron and never really got forward.

“But Aaron has been fine. Teams know his qualities and anybody with two players on them will find it difficult but we have other players
we can turn to if Aaron is being double-marked.”

Harry Redknapp has also defended Lennon and backed him to rediscover his form.

“Aaron has been quiet but he’ll come back,” said the Spurs boss. “He had the injury, which he’s still getting over, and he had a quiet World Cup, but he’s a match-winner on his day. It is very hard to be consistent when people always expect you to go whizzing past full-backs and cross balls.

“Full-backs now are as quick as wingers, so you have to work very hard to receive it. When you’re not getting it as much as you can, it’s not always easy, but he’ll come good.”

 Posted by at 17:48
Sep 292010

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Tonight see’s the return of the Champions League and Tottenham make their home debut in the competition as we play host to Holland’s FC Twente. After a 2-2 draw in Germany against Bremen two weeks ago Tottenham will be hoping and expecting their first win in Europe’s elite club competition.

Harry Redknapp knows the importance of winning our home games, if we can win all three home games then we will probably go through and that is not beyond us by any means. Ledley King could be back tonight and is rated as 50/50, Kaboul returned to training yesterday but tweaked an injury and misses out. If King does play then he will partner Bassong at the back, if he doesn’t then Corluka will move to center back and Alan Hutton will take the right back spot. Hutton may even pick up the right back position tonight whether Corluka is needed in the center or not. BAE returns on the left which leaves Gareth Bale to be unleashed on the left of midfield.

As usual just log in to the <<forum>> by clicking the forum tab up the top for live streams of tonight’s game. I personally predict a 2-0 win for Spurs, I have faith that the boys will up their game tonight and get the job done and who knows, we might even finish the evening top of our group.

Sep 282010

Steven Caulker signed for Bristol City on loan less than 48 hours ago and tonight made his debut for The Robins against Portsmouth at Fratton Park. The Spurs youngster made his senior competitive debut only last week for Spurs and after impressing in an otherwise poor team performance from Spurs, Bristol City made their move for the youngster. Many Spurs fans were surprised that with such a big injury crisis at the back that Harry didn’t hold on to Caulker for a couple more weeks before agreeing to the deal.

City manager Keith Millen handed Tottenham youngster Steven Caulker, signed on loan 48 hours earlier, a debut and the England Under-19 defender was deployed as one of three centre-backs, with Caulker playing on the right of the three in a 3-5-2 system. Certainly, City appeared at ease with the formation when forced to defend in depth.

After an impressive first half from the youngster in which finished goalless things didn’t go so well for the Robins in the second period.

Portsmouth eventually ran out 3-1 winners after it all fell apart from Bristol City in the second half.

 Posted by at 21:53
Sep 282010

Juventus are the latest club to be linked with a move to long term Tottenham target Everton midfielder Steven Pienaar.

The Italian side are long-term admirers of the South African who is out of contract next summer and free to talk to foreign clubs from January 1.Pienaar is unlikely to sign a new contract at Goodison after it is apparent that some of Europe’s top clubs want his signature.

Spurs and Juve To Fight it Out

Juventus have’nt made the best start to the season and are keen to strengthen their midfield. Juventus and Spurs will be hoping to pick up Pienaar on the cheap in January as Everton will fear if they don’t sell that they will lose him on a free in the summer, both Spurs and Juve know this and are hoping to force Everton’s hand.

Tottenham were on hot pursuit of Pineaar all summer but Harry Redknapp was unable to land his man, he will be hoping that Everton will sell for around £5million in January so they don’t lose him on a free. If Pienaar goes the distance and does see out his contract then another host of top clubs will come in for him, including some of England’s top teams.

Good player and I would be happy to get him on the cheap or even a freebie, the only problem being we don’t need anymore midfielders we need a striker. The story of Juventus interest broke through a couple of Italian sites, the Daily Mail have also picked up the story. So a bit of transfer gossip which I haven’t done since deadline day, I am just sorry it isn’t better news.

 Posted by at 21:17
Sep 282010

Tottenham first choice keeper Heurelho Gomes has given Harry Redknapp a massive boost by participating in his first training session for a month today. Gomes returns from a groin strain, however whether or not it is too soon to take part in tomorrow’s Champions League game is another matter. Gomes may now be fit to face Aston Villa at the weekend.

Another boost for Harry was too see Ledley King do some light training along with Younes Kaboul, Kaboul is recovering from a hamstring injury and king has been suffering with his knee and was rested at the weekend which meant Vedran Corluka had to slide across into the center half role.

The return of all three will make Spurs a much tighter unit at the back, I believe we have enough quality to cover injuries at the back but some people won’t understand just how important having your first choice goalkeeper back is. I believe missing Gomes has had a big influence on the team, the defenders seem to have a lot of confidence in him now (which he has now rightly earned) and having his presence at the back with prove vital as he has he will attempt to claim everything and anything within his box. The importance of having a goalkeeper who is willing to command his box is not to be underestimated and this is something we have missed.

So good news then, with King, Kaboul and Gomes all taking part in training things might not be as bad as they looked, next month should see Dawson and Gallas also return to action which only leaves Defoe on the treatment table.

 Posted by at 15:42