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DaveYid

21-year-old student. Officially became a Spurs follower at age 15 but definitely made up for it by having Spurs as my number one thing to talk about for eternity. Plus I have 'past experience' as a Spurs fan at age 8 when I was taken to my first game - a 4-0 thrashing of Watford featuring Ginola, whose goal left a memory of that match firmly burnt into the back of my mind for good. I've never regretted it since. On the side, I love music too ;)

Sep 162013
 

A bit of a rehash on an old article I wrote on this before, but I feel it needs re-telling…

Two sections here:

PART ONE – YID BARMY!:

Once again, there’s been another call by the FA to clamp down on football-focused racism, but a more specific type. Another can of worms has been opened about the term ‘Yiddo’ being used simply because opposition fans have been known to chant anti-Jewish songs at Spurs fans. However, this is ruining it for Spurs’ own fans who adopted the term ‘Yiddo’ to defuse the racist element behind the original insult.

Take a look at the video:

Y-Word

In the advert, there are Chelsea fans featured chanting an anti-Jewish take on ‘Spurs Are on Their Way to Wembley’. They have used the word ‘Yids’ in the lyrics. Let me remind you now that had the word ‘Yids’ been replace with the word ‘Jews’, the snippet would not have been featured and the chant would go on unnoticed as it had done for the last 30 years!

As both a Spurs fan and a descendant of Adam, Eve and everyone’s favourite biblical drunken-Uncle–who takes the command ‘sacrifice’ way too seriously–Abraham [in Lehman's Terms–A Jew], I feel that I am certainly better-placed to wade in on this than the FA and the Society of Black Lawyers (yes, a slightly divisive name for an organisation who want racial equality yet call themselves something so non-inclusive).

Tottenham Hotspur and the FA waded in to personally help David and Ivor Baddiel – Jewish Chelsea fans [I know, the irony of it] – create that rather hypocritical short advert about what shouldn’t really have been an issue and is aimed at the wrong club. Ledley King and Gary Lineker starred in that advert, two Spurs legends who were (and still are) constantly referred to as the very thing they’re so ‘disgusted’ at in the advert!

Lineker and King never complained about it while they were playing for us and they shouldn’t even complain now. When Spurs fans chant ‘Yiddo’ at their players, it’s meant as a sign of affection for that player and an indication that they are fan favourites there, one of ‘us’. Surely, Lineker and King couldn’t forget that so speedily without a bit of arm-twisting…

What’s even stupider is that this harmless term is considered as offensive as the N-word (which is really just an abbreviation of ‘Negro’ which is the Spanish word for ‘black’) and the P-word (which is really an abbreviation of ‘Pakistani’ that got out of hand). The very assumption that those two words are comparable to the ‘Y-word’ is ridiculous, particularly when the supposedly ‘offended’ group are NOT offended by the term anymore and additionally call themselves that!

I think that whilst there is an unsavoury connotation with the term ‘Yid Army’ being the name for the hooligan fan firm of Tottenham Hotspur, the terms ‘Yid Army’, ‘Yiddo’ or ‘Yids’ are used regularly by Spurs fans to give themselves a nickname which is as harmless as ‘Gooners’ (Arsenal), ‘Luddites’ (Leeds United), ‘Hammers’ (West Ham United‘ or ‘Fans-who-are-getting-annoyed-with-wasting-millions-on-going-nowhere-and-laying-off-good-managers’ (Manchester City).

The club said in their statement:

“A small number of both Jewish and non-Jewish Spurs fans use the Y word in what they consider to be an inoffensive manner…”

Well that would be true if you consider 30,000 in a stadium plus hundreds of thousands worldwide as ‘small’! What a naive assumption. It’s more popular than you think.

 

“…We look forward to an informed and proper debate with Kick it Out, stakeholders and the key authorities to raise greater awareness….”

Why not consult the actual fanbase as well? Or do the club fear losing the argument? I mean, they recently had the nerve to pursue legal action after the OPLC decided to let West Ham have the stadium which 2/3 of Spurs fans don’t even want. Spurs’ directors’ board would have nothing to lose, now that they’ve further alienated those around them.

“We are committed to eliminating all forms of racism and we shall support efforts to kick anti-Semitism out of the game.”

NEWSFLASH:

1)Yiddish’ is a language! A fusion of Hebrew and German still spoken and referenced today.

Are the FA going to make us call it ‘Y-word-ish’ now? What schmerals they are, kvetching about such ein kleyn word.
Sometimes I just want to patsch them in their punims.

2) The term Yiddo was coined by us to defuse the anti-Jewish connotation behind the original insult coming from the likes of Chelsea for example.

What kind of club representative doesn’t know their club’s own history and demographics?

I could do a better job than that! Tottenham Hotspur’s suits need to listen to fans more to gain a more realistic perspective of what the consensus is and how serious something is perceived to be. Otherwise, backlashes occur.

However, naming the hooligan firm ‘The Yid Army’ has thrown a real spanner in the works. That is the only thing I don’t like about the term ‘Yid’. It has been attached to what is an unnecessary and unsavoury part of football–effectively becoming a football-bourne type of extremism.

3) Whoever named the club’s hooligan firm ‘The Yid Army’ is the real idiot/are the real idiots in all this.

(And now time for something slightly different, but somewhat related)…

 

PART TWO – KICK IT OUT…WHATEVER ‘IT’ IS:

The initiative mentioned above is an offshoot of a policy that the FA have re-ignited time and time again, which is the one about fans’ behaviour. The FA have tried to direct football’s appeal at families with younger children.

It’s the same thing as last time. The timing of the last attempt was suspiciously synchronised with Rooney’s match ban for shouting down a camera lens at some magic pixie who shouted ‘OI, Shrek! Why couldn’t you score like that in South Africa, then!?’

‘Kick [insert blown-out-of-proportion issue here] Out’ is a ploy to try and keep the ‘family-friendly’ atmosphere in football.

It’s obviously an act of bowing to pressure growing pressure from far-left-wing people [who are far-right-wing people in disguise to be honest] to ‘kick racism/swearing/whatever springs to mind next out’ of football.

There’s a lot of imbalance here.

Every club has its moments of distasteful behaviour, some of which is directed at our club’s fans visa-vie the anti-Jewish references. I don’t think it’s as popular now, but for a while, there was a chant from….erm…I don’t know….some Chelsea fans about the gas chambers which went without detection for a while. Even having a Jewish manager didn’t have much effect as Avram Grant allegedly received anti-Jewish death threats after losing the League Cup to Spurs in 2008. And they say it’s not an important cup…?

(I use the term ‘Anti-Jewish’ instead of ‘Anti-Semitic’ as Islam is also a Semitic religion. Anyway, on we go…)

Now I’m not saying for one second that Spurs fans are totally respectful or controlled in their chanting, a shining example being Sol Campbell being labelled as an HIV carrier for the last ten or so years, but there’s still a problem whereby only certain racist chants are highlighted, leaving other club’s fans to sing what they want without responsibility.

As far as I know, Chelsea weren’t drawn into a manhunt after levelling racist abuse, whilst Spurs fans were arrested, questioned and banned from all stadiums over the abuse fired at Sol Campbell way back when Spurs last faced Portsmouth in the Premier League.
So I feel that there should be more done to call out all clubs on this issue and not just pick on certain clubs where it suits the agenda of whoever is running such a campaign. I don’t seem to remember a time when Chelsea’s racist chanting was ever fully addressed, but everyone sure as hell heard about Spurs chanting at Sol Campbell.
I do not condone that. However, I condone double-standards even more fervently.

An update made by Tottenham Hotspur before the second leg of the Champions League against Real Madrid in the 2010/2011 season  started off as follows:

“A reminder to all fans that foul, abusive, homophobic or racist language will not be tolerated at White Hart Lane and that Stewards will take action against anyone heard using such language.”

It doesn’t just stop at homophobia and racism. They have gone further to ”ban” something which will unfortunately for the PC brigade remain in football forevermore, and that’s ‘foul language’ (swearing).

Again, I refer you to the Rooney incident at Upton Park. This is a knee-jerk so that the club appear to be clamping down on swearing once again. They’ve had 20 years or more to reduce swearing amongst the terraces, but it hasn’t done anything and never will.

The big problem is that the children of supporters who swear of course carry this on when they go to watch matches, like this kid:

https://www.google.co.uk/url?sa=i&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=images&cd=&cad=rja&docid=PNxpizjpZUUJ-M&tbnid=39QT6IPz-y614M:&ved=0CAUQjRw&url=http%3A%2F%2Famherstdam.wordpress.com%2Fcategory%2Fthe-more-you-know%2F&ei=gSQ2UvudBpHxhQfk-4C4Cg&bvm=bv.52164340,d.ZG4&psig=AFQjCNEbzmCaAtSY1r2lHW6l8z3S1cebng&ust=1379366384995256

As you can see, the philosophy of keeping football ‘family-friendly’ is well-enforced throughout the world.

Yes it’s Feyenoord, who have been disqualified from the UEFA Cup for bad behaviour in the past, but the middle-finger seems to be a universally-recognised symbol. If the kids swear at football matches, any efforts made to promote a family-friendly atmosphere at all matches are in vain.
Wait, don’t leave yet, Spurs’ official statement about behaviour gets better. By better I mean, there’s even more to chuckle about:

“If you hear anyone within White Hart Lane using this language please report this to the Club by texting the Control Room…For our staff, it is better to monitor the problem as it is happening as we can view the area of concern on CCTV and deal with everything quickly…We do not tolerate discrimination of any sort at the Club, on the pitch or in the stands. If you experience any form of discrimination, help us to eliminate it from football by reporting it.”

I didn’t know the club offered training in lip-reading pixelated CCTV footage in English, French, Dutch, Portuguese AN.

It’s cynical to think that someone would either grass on their own players for foul language/discrimination, let alone fellow fans would have the patience to enter the long-winded text service number (07766 553 225) or have the attention-span of a gnat to email the club about one bad word they heard in the stands during a game which they paid to watch rather than put the censors on for detecting unacceptable language.

Abuse and foul language is a big problem which does of course need containing, but it’s not going to be solved using this witch-hunt approach. Next thing we know, Huddlestone will have the ball around the penalty box, someone will shout ‘SMASH IT’ and a woman will text the Spurs control room about that fan condoning the quote from Andy Gray. Perfect…we’re being asked to snitch on each other.
I’ll tell you now, what’s really ruining football for everyone are the organisations which govern it.”Thou shalt not swear” is not a commandment, but “Thou shalt not give false evidence against thy neighbour” is. Where am I going with this?

Well, some FIFA officials accepted bribes for votes on the hosts of the last few World Cups and Euro tournaments, therefore, they did not select hosts based purely on the strength of their bids, even though they said they were. That’s falseness.

What I am saying is that nobody is going to listen to an organisation who can’t even enforce and set an example of integrity and upkeep of moral guidelines within their own walls.

The FA, the Premier League and others who criticise fans for THEIR actions should look closer to home before playing the role of do-gooder. People in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones.

Double-standards means double the work to make fans listen to them.

Jun 022013
 

I have an antidote for this poisonous speculation.

And so the media circus has once again rolled into town with the recycled stories about the Spurs’ prized left-winger Gareth Bale being courted by other top European clubs. Coincidentally, these repetitive stories resurfaced a day after the Spurs narrowly missed out on Champions League football and a league finish above Arsenal. It’s almost as if these news providers want him to join Real Madrid just for the thrill of being able to say they “told me so” or are “bringing me an exclusive.”

I have made myself numb to this and have not fallen for it this time. I can categorically give you an exclusive—Bale will remain a Spurs player next season. I shall enlighten you as to why:

British Telecom, a phone, internet and television service in the UK, recently commissioned their very own sports channel—BT Sport—where they will be broadcasting a load of live Premier League games in the 2013/14 season, their first ever year. Gareth Bale “signed up” to them as an “ambassador” in a bid to pull in more viewers to watch him as well as other top footballers playing in arguably the best league in the world.

Now, if he went to Real Madrid, or any other foreign club, he wouldn’t be on BT Sport in these live Premier League games, rendering his contract to the sports channel pointless and quite expensive to release him from. Real Madrid would need to run a gauntlet of the toughest of negotiators in Daniel Levy and then BT Sport themselves if they wanted to buy him. Why would BT Sport give up their own “signing of the season” which was going to pull in the viewers? It wouldn’t be economically viable for them. It would be a major letdown for anyone hoping to watch the Welshman at the top of his form in that league.

As for Bale himself, the contract with BT Sport is basically money for nothing. All he has to do is turn up and play whenever the Spurs are featured on the new channel. I’m not too sure if he’ll be partaking in punditry for them on the side, though!

Third-party interest is rumoured to be what kept Moutinho from leaving Porto for Tottenham last season (although he has since signed for AS Monaco). For once, third-party interest in Bale has benefited Tottenham, as far as reasoning for him to stay is concerned. BT Sport would have something to say about Real Madrid nicking their secret weapon of revenue, let alone Tottenham fans.

Anything above £60 million is a large sum for Madrid, but with all things considered, Madrid should juts drop it and move on. It’s all to one-way with this supposed ‘special relationship’ with Madrid. They have never willingly offered us any players but then when they decide to poach our top players, we bend over and even help to pull down our trousers and undies for it. That is a special relationship indeed…!

Bale not for sale. Deal with it Pellegrini. Unless you want to offer US a player for once. £60m plus Benzema or £60m plus Higuain….yeh didn’t think so. Go chase after Suarez. At least he actually has expressed a true inclination to leave his club.

May 202013
 

Those who forget history are bound to repeat it…but we sort of tried to ignore it, so does it count or not?

As I write this, I am seething at a whole year’s hard work undone by one result. Whichever result it is, argue amongst yourselves as I haven’t got the energy to argue after Sunday’s events in the local pub. My guess is the Liverpool away game Spurs had control of until they stupidly backpassed (practically into their own net). If they had won that one as the complexion of the game suggested, I wouldn’t be worrying about this afternoon so much.
This season has been a white hot pain in the…well, you get the picture.
 
Have Spurs improved at all? – Yes AND No. Impartiality is my speciality… 

NO:

Case and point – Spurs failed to finish above Arsenal’. A syndrome which has been enraging the blue and white half of North London for 18 years. Gets straight to the point doesn’t it. League position has reached a glass ceiling with Arsenal’s large…erm…a**e sitting on top of it for those 18 years. Not an improvement. Hence why any Spurs fan saying ‘Mind the Gap’ halfway through a season should be banned from wherever they uttered it. Two years in a row, Spurs fans including the level-headed amongst us have been made to look even sillier as a fanbase by counting chickens before they hatch. There has been no gap and if there was, Arsenal were the ones ahead by that gap.

For anyone sharpening a knife for anyone at the club, manager or player [or chairman], put it away. It’s not worth it and won’t turn back the clock. But if it mattered, I would blame one or two players for either letting a game slip away against Liverpool when we were up 2-1 or one who didn’t start scoring until it was too late. I could even attribute the lack of goals to not getting in a top striker but at the end of the day, it was about the players already on the pitch rather than the dream-inducing potential signings several hundred miles away from it. There have once again been games where Spurs have been in total control and still thrown away by the final whistle, and to opposition which weren’t exactly challenging Lloris until the one single counter attack gets lucky.

For two seasons in a row, Wigan have beaten Spurs 1-0 at home despite taking what is known in the UK as ‘a battering’. Although, it must be said Wigan are better than they used to be and it is a shame to see them go down to the Championship after the highs of winning a cup against all odds. I think their secret was Martinez – before each game against Spurs – playing them the 9-1 hammering they received at White Hart Lane on DVD to fire them all up.
The improvement has not been in the form of killing off games against less-favourited opposition.
Arsenal usually kill games off against the same opposition. The mentality issue still needs to be knocked out of this team a bit more before they can make a beneficial points gap and maintain it for the whole season, rather than let it slip two months before the end.
 

YES:

Spurs still gave it their best overall. They ended on their highest ever Premier League points tally and in Andre Villas Boas’ first season as manager, it’s at the least a sign that he knew what he was doing all along and should NEVER have been doubted. He didn’t deserve to be bombarded with reminders that his time at the managerial abbatoir known as Chelsea was not the best.
AVB has managed to get some kind of never-say-die mentality into the team and he has made more intelligent subs than duff ones to impact the game. The never-say-die mentality improvement came to fruition for me when Bale nicked a vital winner away to West Ham to make it 3-2 to Spurs in the dying seconds. Hugs all round for AVB and Bale who shared a man-love moment together.
Some games two years ago we would have lost 1-0 late on if the opposition played a defensive game we have managed to win 1-0 instead after peppering the goal with shots. 
Some of the football under his tactics and Steffen Freund’s system of ‘ARBEIT-ing’ has been nothing short of amazing to watch. The 4-0 win against Aston Villa on Boxing Day was just out of this world and the sign of a team who deserved better prizes at the end than they got for it.
A sense of team spirit and willingness from the players to take on AVB’s philosophy was vital to improvement. Chelsea didn’t ‘play ball’ and it showed. Spurs took straight to AVB’s methods and it showed.
Tie in a fourth-place finish, an away win against Man United (after nearly 20 years!) and you have what was on its own – a better-than-decent season. It’s a shame that today’s events have mutated it, making it look more terrible than it is. *Takes rose-tinted spectacles off to prevent eye-strain*
 
Generally, I think Spurs have improved because of the players being willing to take on the methods of a manager who won a treble in his first season at a previous club. You don’t win a treble by doing nothing with a team. I’m an AVB-liever and have been since he got here.
Removing all the fluff about trying to finish above those pesky red guys from down the road is all we as fans can do to numb this pain. Supporting the ‘English contingent’ in the Champions League regardless is a whole separate ball game, but I don’t tend to play that. As it really would be nothing but a play (false). Club rivalry conquers all. You only have to look at Yesterday for that. Until next season, Auf Wiedersehen.

Feb 162013
 

The Europa League has slowly but surely clawed back a bit of charm, atmosphere and dare I say it – Je ne se qua…The French for ‘I don’t know what’. And boy did we not know what awaited us in this game against Olympique Lyon. Watching from the East Lower in Row 2, next to the South Stand, was brilliant. I stood in awe as Bale scored one free kick at that end, and then in the dying seconds of injury time at the other end. Sandwiched inbetween them – a rather jaw-dropping goal by Lyon which time slowed down for. Everyone kept their eye on that ball as it swooped upwards into the top right corner. That goal was scored by Umtiti but the name which was announced should’e been ‘Um-wtf-just happened’…?

Whilst the goals were epic, the football wasn’t all sexy-smooth like Barry White covered in chocolate singing ‘Can’t Get Enough of Your Love Babe’. It was quite stop-start and choppy from Spurs. Walker and Lennon weren’t on each other’s wavelength at all, and the ball was given away numerous occasions. Adebayor’s hold-up play was actually of some notable aid, but he missed what even we would class as ‘a sitter’ when Dembele’s incisive through pass was wasted and sliced just wide of the right post.

Adebayor may have stepped off the plane from Africa but his shooting boots may have been left in the cargo hold which – when he’s the only experienced striker we currently have – is worrying me more than all the cheap hamburgers I’ve eaten over 21 years of existence.

Right, that’s the negative over with.

The atmosphere for this game was more lively than I thought it would be. The ‘you can stick your bed of roses up your arse’ chant catered for the anti-valentine’s day mob including myself (yep I’m still single – shock horror), the close-to-the-bone ‘Where were you in World War II’ song made me chuckle.

Friedel had his Bruce Willis alter-ego on when he deflected a bullet of a shot over the bar and shortly after, got in a slanging match with a Lyon player, telling him in a nutshell to get up after winning an aerial challenge for the ball. Lisandro then decided to step in, but Friedel shouted him down too, leading to raucous chants of ‘U-S-A!’ from the home crowd.

Spurs did enough in the end to tame the Lions. Friedel handled the Lion Whispering (well, shouting) and Bale had the whip in the shape of two sharp free kicks on the stroke of half AND full-time. Perfect timing. Obviously, when you see him step 10 yards backwards in large strides like some Cristiano Ronaldo-Jonny Wilkinson-hybrid, you expect a shot of some quality…we were not disappointed at all.

All hail Sieg-Friedel and Boy.

Nov 162012
 

Just filled out a survey on http://populuslive.spss-asp.com/ASP/P001557/flash2.asp?&device=desktop&manuf=generic&ismobile=n
about people’s views of the act of and attempts to stamp out racial discrimination and all other types of discrimination from the game.

I think there’s a crossing of wires when it comes to racism against black players and racism against Jews (not using ‘anti-semitism’ as Muslims are a Semitic tribe as well). Following the John Terry incident, the witch-hunt of figures in football who are believed to be racist has been restless.

Luis Suarez has felt the full force of the FA’s power from a ban for a few matches (I use a pinch of sarcasm in there somewhere). John Terry has become a petrol-soaked burning effigy of the perceived remaining problem of football racism in many people’s eyes following his altercation with Anton Ferdinand, which took long enough to find the evidence for, may I add.

The survey asked me if I firmly believed racism was still a big problem in football. I basically said racism and other forms of discrimination wasn’t as big a problem as it was 30 years ago, but is once again being made one by the organisations who want it eradicated. Let me explain:

One of the specific topics the survey touches on is the ‘under-representation of black/ethnic football managers and coaches’ and whether it concerns me. It must concern them otherwise they wouldn’t be mentioning it. I find this topic to be a ridiculously petty non-issue.

Firstly, Chris Hughton, current manager of Norwich City, isn’t exactly albino is he. John Barnes and Chris Kamara have managed clubs before and Ledley King is now coaching. OK, so they actually asked me if they’re underrepresented, not if they existed. It is still a non-issue as black and white players have a choice on whether they want to take on a managerial/coaching role at all. If they feel they don’t have the credentials or desire, it’s their prerogative. It seems that in the top-flight, black managers aren’t common. But why should it ring alarm bells?

The issue of black managers being underrepresented is a non-issue. You can’t force a black former footballer to manage a club simply to bump numbers up. Selection of a manager/coach for a club should be based PURELY ON CREDENTIALS, not on a target to make sure x-number of employees are black/other ethnicity. I feel that if the FA/Kick it Out set out to do just that, they are indirectly being MORE racist than the supposed renegade racist fans they are trying to quash!! It is counter-productive and only fans the flames of any underlying racial tension, of which there is much less than the media are making out to be for the sake of selling sensationalist sports clap-trap.

There is no such thing as positive discrimination as discrimination is not positive at all! Why make efforts to eradicate one type of discrimination by replacing with another which doesn’t balance it out but rather swings it so much that it becomes a fast moving stick to beat the former ‘perpetrators’ with?

And then there’s the other Old Chels-nut about the ‘Yido’ word.

It seems that because Chelsea are occupied with one racist incident, another incident’s buck has been shifted from them onto Spurs fans…by a secret Society of Black Lawyers (you couldn’t make this up!).

Rival clubs’ chanting aimed at us regarding our strong Jewish following has gone unpunished for all these years, whilst Spurs’ REACTION to all that by adopting the ‘Yido’ term as our own to defuse the racist element has suddenly become the scapegoat for the perceived problem of racism in football. The Baddiel brothers should know this better than anyone as they are both Jewish AND fans of Chelsea Football Club. They’re in the glass house and they’re throwing stones. They should have had their own fellow fans investigated before having a pop at Spurs fans, but the Kick it Out campaign managed to convince Ledley King and Gary Lineker (much-respected Spurs legends) that helping out with the ‘Kick out the Y-word’ campaign video was doing Spurs fans some sort of favour, because it wasn’t. It is actually a disservice to their own organisation.

Sep 302012
 

BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO – AVB’s Fault….

Enough Said!

All you doubting thomases I heard in the South/East stands last Sunday against QPR – I wish you a hearty f*ck off and sell your season ticket. You don’t have the right to revel in this remarkable day in Spurs history after your premature, IMmature half-time boo-bombardment of AVB.

Dear Press’ and ‘Media’. You too can go crawl back under your rock in your hole after the way you have tirelessly filled your columns with spiteful tripe about AVB’s credibility as a manager; and about Lloris’ alleged ‘frustration’ with not being number one to a keeper who – regardless of his age – has done more than his fair share to keep this team in games.

I REPEAT – Chelsea was NO BENCHMARK TO JUDGE BY!

AVB’lievers – We have won! Tell your friends, especially your CHELSEA friends! Revel in it for seven days and rest easy!

COME ON YOU SPURS

Sep 252012
 

 

There were two own goals yesterday. One from Faurlin to level the score for Spurs in the second half, and also one by the boo boys I had the displeasure of listening to in the East Lower [my location] and South Stands. It was HALF TIME when we were a goal down!
I wouldn’t have minded as much if that was the full time result and they couldn’t resist giving the team a hearty booing off until next weekend, but a game lasts for 90 minutes, not 45. Granted some of the football was negative and they could t string an attack or a pass together for toffee in the later stage of the half.
If anything we looked more negative in the second half as we turned Italian, sat back to defend then countered. Even Dembele was standing off the QPR players as they pushed men forward to equalise. Lennon suddenly stopped trying to beat the offside trap and wouldn’t give Walker and Sandro someone to pass to. With all that said, we played below-par and still won, something which is very difficult to do, particularly when coming from behind to win. Friedel and Vertonghen once again saved our backsides.
AVB should be commended for adapting the formation back when his first idea wasn’t working. Maybe he HAS learnt a few things since Chelsea…or the players took on board his reasoning on this team instead.
These boo-boys ought to shut the hell up at least until the full time whistle, if not for good. AVB’s methods are working and we got another three points. Those same morons joined in with the rest of us going bat-sh*t crazy when Defoe scored the winning goal. If they are going to boo halfway through a game, do they have the right to celebrate when the rest of us keep the faith all the way through??
If they are so militant about what the score should be at half time, well…I leave it to you to discuss whether they understand even the most basic rule of football.
AVB’s character and man management/motivation was tested in that dressing room yesterday. He passed. That should be an end to the booing, but hey I am only going to be told ‘I paid to get in, I can do and boo what I please like everybody else’. Well everybody else seems to be able to wait at least until full time to boo or until Christmas to take note of our position in the league.
If the boo-boys think it is so bad, they should sell their season ticket. It is making the atmosphere untenable and the team’s job is not made any easier during the game if all support is lost after 45 minutes. They should get a grip!! It is going to be a long hard slog of a season (when has it not been?) and this is only a transition seaso. Where AVB should be given time to put the feelers out and see what he has to work with. He has done his job so far. Some so-called ‘hardcore’, ‘Tottenham-till-I-die’ “fans” should do theirs by supporting the team throughout the game and waiting a little bit longer for the good times to fully get rolling.
Dear boo-boys brigade:
Basic rule of football – Half time after 45 minutes, score not confirmed (or are you annoyed because Zamora ruined your bet on the half time score….?); full time after 90 minutes.
Basic rule of Premier League football – Season lasts for 38 games, not FIVE games!
That’s your homework for the week – Learn them…preferably in silence!
Sep 132012
 

 

The new season is almost four weeks in and already the press are linking a NEW Spurs signing with a move away from the club. Yes it IS Hugo Lloris, who ALLEGEDLY is unhappy with having to compete for one spot in goal with Brad Friedel (along with Cudicini and Gomes let’s not forget – I don’t think they were loaned out in the end). Another angle could be Didier Deschamps voicing his own concerns through the very player he is concerned about.

But again the hacks can’t resist taking a few quotes and twisting them into some instrument they can use to further bully AVB into quitting. Well, it borders on that considering how often they are writing about this ‘non-issue issue’ which Lloris acknowledges comes with the territory when you’re in the solitary role of goalkeeper.

My viewpoint is that Deschamps is carrying on Redknapp’s media-darling work by feeding the media quotes to warp more easily than chicken wire so that it suits their agendas.

Meanwhile, Lloris’ for the experienced keeper he is, probably knows he will have to wait his turn. Yet everyone from the papers and even Sky Sports is assuming that Lloris is being mistreated/undervalued by AVB – the constant in all of this. I wonder if they watched the Norwich game where Friedel saved us from embarrassment in the final minutes where he was one-on-one. They obviously wouldn’t have batted an eyelid in their next back-page-bound (or should I say back-side-bound) articles if Friedel was nonetheless dropped afterwards for Lloris to waltz into the keeper spot without even one Spurs training session under his belt.


It begs the question of how and why these idiot hacks get paid for their column-filling bull-hooks and the real football fan bloggers get mere shrapnel for ad-banners on articles with bags more quality and thought in them.


Don’t get sucked in. I believe Lloris is being professional about the situation and Deschamps should now answer further questions about Lloris with ‘no comment’.


I leave you with this wise proverb I made up:


“If we read everything the papers wrote about football [particularly Spurs at this time] and took each article with a pinch of salt, we would all die of dehydration.”

Aug 272012
 

Well here we are again fellow Spurs fans, ‘Silly Season’ for transfer stories, and we have not had such a doozie like this Modric saga since Dimitar Berbatov had an all-nighter with Daniel Levy and Alex Ferguson. Real Madrid have rejected a ‘final offer’ of €35million (£28million or $50million for U.S. fans) for the player dubbed as the lynchpin of Spurs’ midfield, Luka Modrić. I’m only slightly unsure about where I stand with this situation.

We are soon to be rid of an unhappy player so that there’s no mass disruption within the changing rooms. Well, maybe Van Der Vaart and Sandro would still duel with twisted-up towels, but I’m talking about disruption of the team’s morale. The money, whatever may be agreed [estimated to be over £30m] would go some way towards equipping us with the gap we have upfront. The space between Peter Crouch’s legs used to account for that until he signed for Stoke. Adebayor is more of a holding centre forward than an actual striker, Defoe cannot possibly fill the striker position every game; and many fans still don’t trust Kane and Coulibaly as far as they can throw them, although, the youth players’ 0-6 mauling of Southend United should have curried some more favour with fans.

Maybe Modric’s transfer money could then be put in Daniel Levy’s Very Rainy/Flooded Day Fund instead. Many say at least one more striker is required to increase options upfront. They are correct.

I’m here to offer some ‘retrospective views’ on this Modric deal.

I’m struggling to see why Madridistas wanted Levy to accept the ‘final offer’ from Real Madrid to transfer Modric from one white/blanco shirt to another. It’s rather paltry considering how Spurs got the Croatian playmaker the exposure to English and European football, not to mention his undisputed passing accuracy and his impact on a match,

The young [and still upcoming] Leandro is only worth £3million less than Madrid’s previous offer for Modric which was £23m. What made the offer more insulting is the fact that the boot was on the other foot for Madrid a little while ago. Their price tag on midfielder Nuri Sahin (currently on-loan at Liverpool) put German club Hoffenheim off. Yet they expected Spurs to lower the value of Modric to suit them. They wouldn’t dream of reducing Cristiano Ronaldo’s value by 1/3 would they. Madrid seem to be using their reputation to try and push Tottenham around in the transfer market. Levy has spearheaded the defence for comparatively ‘smaller’ clubs who are tired of it. It seems like Madrid were in a glass house and started throwing stones.

Madrid cannot, on one end, offer heavily discounted amounts for such talented players from other clubs while hiking up prices of their own players on the other end – I think the famous English idiom of choice here is called ‘having your cake and eating it’. It’s blatant hypocrisy from Real Madrid’s representatives.
Madrid claim they really want Modric but as money talks, it doesn’t look like they’re trying too hard and so it seems like Modric isn’t as vital to Madrid’s progress as first thought. Rather, they are trying to ‘peacock’ their way to a cheaper price using their ‘We’re Real Madrid – Deal with it’ mantra. They aren’t exactly paupers and so would definitely pay the full asking price of £40m if they wanted Modric that desperately. The ball was in their court/net/goalline-technology pilot test, whatever you want to call it.

 

If the above theory was too conspiracy-like for you, then how about this one:


Levy was trying to ensure Spurs get what they deserve for giving him exposure to the Premier League and European (world-renowned) competitions. There are performance-bonuses which need paying to Zagreb so that’s what the extra money on top may have been for.

Also, I don’t buy into this ‘Modric and Levy had a gentleman’s agreement’ hoo-hah.
Their agreement was if Modric wanted to leave in the future for a ‘bigger club’, Levy would not stand in his way…but then Modric penned an improved six-year deal (doh!). Levy has allowed Madrid to negotiate a transfer for Modric. Agreement fulfilled. He didn’t promise Modric that he’ll be able to tie up a deal.

When a player signs a legally binding contract with the chairman, he too shall not go back on it. Contract means that the player is required to play for the team at all matches when needed unless out through injury, compassionate, etc. leave. I am fully aware of the theory that contracts are worth less than the paper they’re written on nowadays, but it didn’t give Modric the right-to perpetuate it!

Modric unlawfully skipped the pre-season tour of the USA and therefore was already in BREACH OF HIS OWN CONTRACT. Levy was doing nothing apart from going by the letter of the law, upholding the legalities of it, like he would for ANY player of his. Rather that than have renegade players calling the shots and still leaving afterwards a la Berbatov.

Would you go into your boss’ office calling the shots on your pay or giving HIM an ultimatum on possibly leaving for a ‘bigger’ employer without so much as a sit-down and a chat??? Yes, you’d have engineered your own sacking, but there’d be no positive reference for the next employer who takes you on…if any. Football is a business just like whatever company you may work for.

Levy as you know isn’t one to shy away from brinksmanship and he wins most of the time. Resistance is futile. If Madrid wanted Modric so much, they would have paid the FULL asking price. As it stands, they are ‘peacocking’ about how they can have any player they want for half the price because they’re Real Madrid. They are Real alright, but they’re also ‘Mad’ to think that Daniel Levy would’ve got ‘Rid’ for a fraction of the price.

Modric, thank you for your service, good luck in the future. You will need it at Madrid.

Well Madridistas, you have your wish, albeit an unnecessary one.

Good luck with asking Mesut Ozil and Sami Khedira to step aside…