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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
 

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 !!)

 

Nov 242013
 

There is a massive difference between supporting your football team and having a blind faith in the manager, never questioning his decisions or tactics and believing all will come right in the end no matter what setbacks we suffer.

These were some of the comments I received when I first started to doubt his abilities :

Your kind arent welcome at White Hart Lane, AVB was right to point out the expectation of entertaiment rather than supportng of the team. You and the rest of the “I pay my money and can say what I want brigade” can always support the shower down the road. Best points ever last season and the best start this season, 3 points off the top. You idiot.

It takes time to bed in new players. AVB is quite rightly playing a solid, powerful, hard to beat team and In 14 games this season, we have 11 clean sheets. Considering the amount of new players we have brought through, that is an incredible stat.

AVB, Levy & Baldini are doing a tip top job… the goals will come in time but for now lets appreciate how well we are grinding out the results

team are gelling….wish these idiots would fuck of back to their worm holes with their negative shit AVB is right
And as for you Borodin- if we do end up with a trophy this year it won’t be with any help from you .

Totally unreal article. Don’t press the panic button and start pointing the figure until there is actually a problem.

Dog shit article. AVB = 4th in the league. Which we are. Not anything else.

IF we are 12th in January you can come back then and tell us all you told us so.

We have a squad that should be challenging for top spot and I shall support the eleven players on the pitch with my last breath but if I want to have grave doubts about the guy who is picking those eleven players and his management abilities then I have every right to do so.

This is my Last Post until AVB has gone or we are back in the top four again…..in which case I shall print a huge apology to the guy and all the ones who printed comments like those above.

I resent deeply being told I am NOT a true supporter just because I won’t blindly follow the AVB plan. I care passionately about the team and what happens to it…that’s why I am opposed to the guy in charge of them at the moment.

Reply to this post as negatively as you like but something needs to be done soon before we find ourselves even lower than 9th

COYS !!

 

 

Nov 232013
 

Andre Villas-Boas has sensationally declared Tottenham out of this season’s Premier League title race after just three months of the campaign.

Spurs currently sit seventh in the table, but remain just five points adrift of pacesetters Arsenal.

But in a bold move which will either take the pressure off his players or anger the White Hart Lane faithful, Villas-Boas insists Spurs are not in the running for top spot.

‘The title is not for Tottenham, so we’re pretty comfortable,’ said the Portuguese.

‘We’ve have a minimum objective of Champions League qualification and we are one point from fourth place.

‘There are teams that are more experienced than us coming back strongly; Manchester City and Manchester United.

 

“Pretty Comfortable” ????????????????

Absolutely incensed at this guy’s attitude and man management abilities….God knows what Levy will make of this latest outburst. There is a difference between thinking something and saying it out loud….it’s called discretion.

 

Nov 112013
 

I saw this picture on the internet and my heart went out to the young fan. It took me back many (ok many many) years to my youth. This lad probably knows nothing about “inverted wingers” , “packed midfield” and “lone strikers”. All he knows is that his team have lost and for a few hours he will be inconsolable. His whole world has been ruined…..but come the City match he’ll be shouting at the top of his voice and when we play Utd I sincerely hope after the game that someone has been able to take a picture of him with a beaming smile.   COYS !!!!!

Crying

Nov 102013
 

Just home,

Wanted to post this before all the headlines kick in. I know we will read all about the fantastic heroics of a guy called Krul and how he single handedly saved Newcastle time and time again from wave upon wave of Spurs attacks. I have no doubt AVB will also capitalise on  this ‘superhuman’ story as an excuse for why we didn’t earn one single point from today’s match.

As a supporter I will always retain a right to be critical of my team and will not just robotically accept and not question the decisions of the manager. I am also under no doubt that because of my lack of confidence in AVB I shall receive the ‘Thumbs Down’ on this posting.

I could write reams on his lack of daring, willingness to experiment or accept that perhaps the single striker and inverted winger system doesn’t work. He will stick doggedly to his beliefs but as our ‘statistics’  (which seem to excite a section of our supporters regarding goals conceded and clean sheets) gradually wither and we head towards the New Year with Defoe rightly looking to leave to keep his England hopes alive, Lamela wondering when 90 minutes of Premiership football will come his way, Soldado becoming more and more lacking in confidence. Adebayore collecting his weekly wage and inwardly sniggering I can only come to the one conclusion. The club invested wisely in a post Bale squad that is perfectly capable of earning a top four spot this season and then consolidating that into a potentially Premier League winning side. The players are there but I’m afraid the right manager isn’t.

Okay….I’ll take all the stones you have to throw but that’s what I believe. Only one thing will prove me wrong….end of the season table. I’ll sing and I’ll shout, I’ll support and I’ll applaud…..just don’t ask me to ever believe AVB is the guy who will give me another night at the San Siro when we beat AC Milan 1-0 in the Champions League. Those are the memories that keep you warm on a cold winter’s night and those are the matches to tell your children about when you give them their first Spurs scarf.

 

 

Nov 042013
 

In 1960/61 we did the league / cup double but there was something also very special that season. We did it using only a total of 17 players (so much for squad rotation in those great days).

We also won our first 11 matches (drew the 12th with Man City). That record of 11 consecutive wins still stands amongst the top five European Leagues which is an incredible statistic but one that is also under threat.

Roma have won their first ten matches and will equal the Spurs record on Sunday if they beat Torino then they will surpass it if they beat Sassuolo the next week (and they are currently next to bottom).

I know that comparing the two is wrong and that records are there to be beaten. I also know that to win 10 consecutive matches in this modern era is a wonderful achievement. If they do manage 12 consecutive wins then I will have nothing but admiration for them. I will still however have this little voice inside me cheering on a football team I know absolutely nothing about and hoping somehow they manage at least a draw against the Roma side.

Come on Torino !!!

EDIT

They drew 1-1….with both Torino and Sassuolo………Spurs still hold European record with 11 consecutive wins    COYS !!!