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Jun 302012
 

George Graham To manage Spurs was dubbed the worst kept secret in football as he departed Leeds in the late 90s even though no official announcement was made until he officially joined everyone was fully aware that Spurs were after George Graham.

AVB taking over from Harry is likely to be announced either tomorrow or Monday but this has to be one of the worst kept secrets in football as well. Under the terms of his severance package from Chelsea, AVB can’t officially start a new job until 1st July which incidentally is tomorrow, so it won’t come as much of a surprise is the club announce it tomorrow or Monday at some point.

People are already talking about AVB as if it has already been announced, that’s how badly this has been kept under wraps, probably even more so than the George Graham saga, even Redknapp is already supporting  AVB to succeed at White Hart Lane.

Take a bow, AVB the new Tottenham manager in the waiting and the new worst kept secret in football.

 Posted by at 12:55
Jun 272012
 

Vedran Corluka completed a £6m move to Lokomotiv Moscow earlier today after losing the right back spot last season to Kyle Walker. It doesn’t matter either way to Walker as he would have remained first choice for next season regardless but this could be the chance for someone else to show what they can do.

Kyle Naughton spent last season on loan at Norwich City and had a fairly impressive season, although maybe not as good as Walker we should keep him next season as cover. Walker could get injured which will leave us with a like for like swap or if needed maybe one of the Kyles could get the odd game on the right of midfield due to an injury to Lennon.

I saw enough of Naughton last season to think he is good enough for a place in our squad and give Walker some competition for his place. We may however go out and buy cover for right back and loan Naughton out for another season but at the age of 23 now he will want to be involved at Tottenham or move out of the club on a permanent basis, with Charlie moving on, now could be his chance to get into the team at some point and show the Spurs fans what he is about.

 Posted by at 21:17
Jun 262012
 

I’ve been very hard-line about midfielders taking up space on the bench and now we have Gylfi Sigurdsson [who should really be a striker] possibly coming to Spurs in a surprise £8m swoop.

However, maybe I should now stop dismissing our new midfielderS (assuming Gylfi’s ‘SIG-nature’ will be put to paper). Our squad is full of midfielders already, but good ones. Parker has been a talisman for us just like when we was at West Ham. So really I should zip it and watch the magic happen as Sigurdsson graces The Lane to blast a screamer in FOR us instead of against us this time.

However, with Van Der Vaart, Modric, Parker, Livermore, Sandro and Huddlestone to choose from, will we ever call it a day on midfielders? Can’t we go for the players who really matter to the strengthening of this team such as a new free-scoring striker???

Arsenal have done the business again by bringing in Podolski and Giroud. We’re lagging behind in the striking department, something which may have boosted us up a bit more than 4th place. Adebayor looks to be on his way somewhere else as I’ve not heard anything about him lately.

Saying all that though, what could our shiny new team look like next season if we get who everyone’s saying we’re getting?

If Sigurdsson arrives, just like Parker – he will slot straight into the team.
And he is intent on playing regularly too. I would play 4-3-2-1

Friedel in goal, Walker, Dawson, a cardboard cutout of Vertonghen (the way this deal has been drawn out) and Disco Benny at the back.

Lennon on the right, Parker in the centre and Bale on the left, in midfield where they should be.

Van Der Vaart and Sigurdsson have great strikes in them but aren’t recognised as strikers in positional terms, so they could go just behind Defoe as second strikers AND playmakers providing service to Defoe.

With such a world-class team mentioned above, we HAVE TO make good use of it in the upcoming season, OTHERWISE – in all honesty – we NEVER will.

COYS!

Jun 262012
 

The chances are that Luka Modric will be off to Real Madrid this summer, we will need a playmaker replacement but will Daniel Levy and his new manager be able to deliver a quality player to fill his boots?

I have my reservations as I suspect he is hoping to fund the new stadium with any spare funds we get and may look for a cheap options. We never really replaced Berbatov after selling him to United for over £30m.

Nuri Sahin is one of the Madrid players touted as a possible inclusion in the deal and it looks like we may be about to land  Gylfi Sigurdsson. Madrid signed Turkish Sahin but he has never really been favoured by Mourinho and maybe has not been able to show his full potential and Sigurdsson had a very impressive season at Swansea last season.

There will be other possibilities but whatever happens will Levy recognize the importance of having that playmaker who can keep the ball in midfield and do something about it when the moment comes for Modric to depart? Levy is a very clever business man but his expertise are there, he is not born and bread in spotting football talent so will need massive advice from his staff or to seek the advice of his pending new manager.

Faith…. is it there?

 Posted by at 21:12
Jun 252012
 

Harry’s gone and the Tottenham we have come to watch over the past couple of seasons may be a thing of the past as we wait to appoint a new manager. The word is that a deal for AVB is done but the terms of his severance package from Chelsea meant he can’t work again until July which is why no announcement has been made.

Harry and Levy’s relationship started to crack last summer when Harry was in favour of selling Modric while Levy was standing firm. Harry felt let down by Levy in the transfer market as source say Redknapp asked for his chairman to attempt to get him Gary Cahil and Carlos Tevez last January but ended up with Ryan Nelsen and Luis Saha.

It looks as though maybe this summer Luka Modric may be allowed to leave the club but Gareth Bale says he is staying. Jan Vertonghen and the longest transfer deal in history continues, a deal is close to being done but then again it has been for about a month or more now.

Nobody knows where the departure of Harry leaves the Adebayor deal, I’d happily take Ade but we still need another goalscorer as well but after saying this for 2 seasons has the penny finally dropped for Levy and will he deliver?

It will be a summer of action, managers and players both coming and going. We might get £30m for Modric but there should have been funds available on top of that anyway but we thought this after the Berbatov sale but yet only spent a fraction of what we expected. What Tottenham will look like next season is anyones guess and letting Harry go is definately a gamble.

 Posted by at 11:41
Jun 132012
 

More rumours going around Twitter on this onebout this time from more reliable sources.

talkSPORT are also discussing Harry’s departure from Tottenham, it appears that this time it may be true. Rumours spread about his departure 2 days ago but Harry denied it.

More to follow

 Posted by at 21:41
Jun 122012
 

Rumours are circulating the Internet that Harry Redknapp has left Tottenham.

All over the Internet and on the Ian Wright radio show Spurs sources are claiming Redknapp has been sacked, other rumours claim he will take charge of Chelsea. Harry’s future has been in doubt for a few weeks and reports of his relationship breakdown with Daniel Levy look to be true as rumours of his departure spread like wildfire and his odds have been slashed massively with the bookies.

**Update**

Harry has denied the rumours and it seems it was the usual excercise program that goes around the internet that was mainly responsible. Redknapp told ESPN: “No, I haven’t resigned, and I have no idea why it is being suggested that I have resigned.

 ”This is an outrage; an absolute liberty for people to be putting around this kind of rumour on the internet. It is not true, there is not a chance I will resign. Why should I? I have a year left on my contract.”

The rumour was spreading around the internet early evening today and thousands of Twitter users we asking the question… Has Harry left Tottenham? It would make no sense for Harry to walk away as he would receive no compensation and if he did go to manage Chelsea then Spurs would take legal action. The only way Harry will leave White Hart Lane this summer is by a mutual agreement or getting sacked.

 Posted by at 18:43
Jun 102012
 

Sunday’s transfer columns always get me excited whether there’s any truth in them or not we suspect not most of the time. The Sunday People reports that Tottenham are eyeing Dutch duo Swansea keeper Michel Vorm and FC Twente striker Luuk de Jong, Realistic targets maybe as Brad Friedel will be 41 this coming season and Spurs know they need to find a replacement. Luuk de Jong I don’t really know where this story has come from and from looking at his stats of scoring  almost a goal in every 2 games for FC Twente maybe I won’t get too excited as there have been players score almost every game in the Dutch League and then fail miserably in the Premier League, just ask Afonso Alves.

Just a few more Sunday Rumors for you to enjoy while you sit down for your Sunday Roast this afternoon – perhaps sending you over to Luxbet online betting for a flutter.

Harry Redknapp is reportedly trying to land Dutch veteran Clarence Seedorf who is 36 years old and available on a free transfer.

Spurs are going to make a bid for Loic Remy for around £16m (yeah right we’ve only had about 3 years to do this)

Chelsea are monitoring the situation with Harry Redknapp as it is reported he could be on his way out of Tottenham if he doesn’t get offered a new deal.

 Posted by at 12:51
Jun 102012
 

Why, when it comes to transfer dealings with us does it always take so long to complete a deal? Jan Vertonghen is reportedly close to completing a deal but that’s been the story for the last 3 weeks?

The general feeling is that we like to haggle over money, the odd couple of million here and there, sometimes we just have to take a chance or run the risk of missing out on signing some good players because we allow other clubs the time to sneak in through the back door and take them from under our noses.

It’s not just incoming transfers we seem to have this problem with, we have been trying to sell Jenas, Bentley, Gio etc for a good 2 or 3 seasons now but our asking prices seem a little too high, there were reports that we valued Gio at around something like £10m last summer and if we really thought he was worth that much then surely he would have played a hell of a lot more for us.

The Vertonghen deal looks like a done deal but until its officially announced then there’s always that chance that it could fall through or someone else can pinch him, especially when a player like that still wants to join us when we can only offer Europa League football then if you ask me sign him up as quick as you can and thank your lucky stars that he’s not changing his mind like Eden Hazard.

The only deal we ever seem to get done quick are on deadline days when we end up signing players that aren’t good enough to play for Tottenham and frankly none of the fans want to see at the club, the likes of Ryan Nelsen.

 Posted by at 12:32