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Sep 262010
 

Losing to West Ham yesterday has ended a week most Spurs fans would like to forget,after earlier being unceremoniously dumped out of the Carling cup at home to near rivals Arsenal, albeit fielding an under strength team. It was always going to be about prioritising for the coming season and Harry set his stall out on Wednesday when he appeared to write off  the CC as a  game too far. Thats fine, league game coming up followed by CL group game, you can’t argue with that…unless of course you lose all three?

Harry has done a fantastic job since taking over from Ramos and exceeded all expectations, despite that there are still those amongst Spurs fans who cannot or will not forget his past association with West Ham and other clubs. If there is one thing Harry can be criticised for, it’s his willingness to give good copy to the press often portraying him in an unfavourable light. Here are some of his comments as reported post match yesterday………

Tottenham manager H.arry Redknapp  has admitted that it was good to see his old side West Ham United  claim a much needed win, but admitted his disappointment that his side failed to score from any of their chances.

The Hammers ran out 1-0 winners in the London derby at Upton Park, thanks to Frederic Piquionne’s first-half strike.

And Redknapp, who spent eight years as a player at Upton Park, notching 172 appearances, before a seven-year spell as manager, praised the performance of the Hammers.

“It’s disappointing in the end but full credit to them, West Ham, it’s good to see them get a win, they needed a win, but we’re disappointed we didn’t get the three points as well,” Redknapp told Sky Sports.

“It was an exciting game for the neutrals I’m sure today. It was end to end stuff, it was like a basketball game: we attacked, they attacked, we attacked, they attacked.”

Tottenham missed a glorious chance to level the match in the second half, when, after rounding West Ham goalkeeper Robert Green, Tom Huddlestone blazed his shot over the crossbar with the goal gaping, and Redknapp conceded that football has a way of throwing these things up.

“There were chances galore for both teams and we had a great chance second-half, and Green’s pulled off a couple of great saves first-half for them,” Redknapp added.

“Their ‘keeper’s [Rob Green] pulled off a couple of world-class saves, so has our ‘keeper, but they stuck their chance away, and we had some great chances but couldn’t stick one away, but that’s how it goes.”

Very magnaminous of you Harry but a word of warning, even the most succesful of managers need only a few defeats for the fans to turn on them, for we of the football fraternity are a fickle, fickle bunch. Try and look the least bit bothered when giving the interview of the defeated manager and please give some indication you’ve identified the impotence in our strikeforce rather than suggest we were thwarted by another inspired  display of goalkeeping.

Sep 232010
 

Now the Carling cup has been put to bed for another season we can hopefully concentrate on getting back to winning ways in the domestic league whilst at the same time trying to consolidate our position in Europe. To do that you need a squad who’s depth is capable of withstanding highly charged intensive fixtures, that often tend to give little or no let up in frequency.

My immediate concern squad wise, is our strike force who seem to be firing blanks at the moment. I heard one of the football pundits comment recently, although we have four ‘good’ strikers none of them can be regarded as ‘spectacular’ and I have to say I go along with that.  All of  our forwards would get in most PL teams but I don’t think any of  them would necessarily be the number one choice, nor  be courted by any of the so called bigger clubs either.

In no particular order lets firstly look at Jermain Defoe, currently injured he seems to be Harry’s preferred option when fit. Looked as if he was about to hit a rich vein of  form when sustaining an injury while on international duty and is likely to be out until just before the next transfer window opens. Pros… a veritable pocket rocket if used correctly, prolific when in form, applies a shoot on sight policy and has often been described as a ‘natural’ goalscorer. Cons…His selfishness can be his downfall, opting to shoot when a pass might have been more fruitful. Sometimes criticised for only being able to score against the lesser sides.

Next under the microscope is Roman Pavlyuchenko , who some say has been unfairly treated when it comes to team selection. Purchased as a belated replacement for Berbatov, Pav arrived after almost completing an arduous Russian season and quite frankly looked shattered for his first few games. Pros…great striker of the ball, very difficult to stop when on a good run and has a good goals per game ratio. Cons…sometimes accused of being lazy and lethargic, looks isolated in the lone striker role, and needs to be loved.

Referred to as 2mp Peter Crouch comes in for a lot of unfair criticism mainly down to his appearance. A former Spurs trainee, Crouchie had to leave for further fields to establish himself before returning as a  PL player in his own right. Pros… His presence can be very unsettling to the opposition and is a quite effective plan B, scored vital goals on more than one occasion (including the winning  CL clincher) a target man capable of holding the ball up when required to. Cons…Loses the ball far too easily in the tackle, poor aerial ability for his height and his presence seems to invite us to play the long ball game.

Lastly we have your man Robbie Keane a one time hero and Spurs favourite who left us to play for one of the numerous clubs he seemingly supported as a boy. His return has divided opinion, though all agree he is no longer the player he once was. Pros..In his day he was the ‘dogs’ movement, passing, strike rate you name it, he  forged a fantasic partnership with Berbatov one of the best seen at the Lane imo. Cons…a shadow of his former self who is now limited to the odd cameo role where he is shown up as a pointy shouty person who just seems to get in the way.

So what do yo think, do we persevere with them, or do we ship some out and ship some in, if so who goes and who stays?  In any case, the window is months away, so who do you think we should be playing up front at the moment and what formation should we use?

Sep 182010
 

Seems like we are to benefit to the tune of one million pounds from a player we never even signed, according to reports. This latest information comes to light as Portsmouth’s cavalier and irresponsible approach to running the finances of a football club come once again under the microscope.

During last season’s ‘firesale’ of players to keep HMRC off their back it was thought a joint deal involving Younes Kaboul and Asmir Begovic had been agreed with a cash sum provided up front. Both parties were surprised to kearn the POMPEY no2 turned up at Stoke  and a war of words ensued.

Begovic eventually moved to Stoke on deadline day in January, shortly after which Pompey went into administration, since when they have been disputing whether they actually owe Tottenham the money.

Now the Premier League have become involved and have been satisfied that Portsmouth are contractually obliged to pay Spurs the money. If payment still does not materialise, the league will top-slice it off the cash due to be received by Portsmouth at the end of next year in parachute payments and pass directly it on to Spurs.

Tottenham said in a statement earlier this year: “Our original agreement with Portsmouth was forthe purchase of two players for a combined, agreed price. The transfer of Younes Kaboul was completed and Portsmouth pressed for an immediate payment to alleviate their cash flow situation.

“To assist Portsmouth with their financial difficulties we paid Portsmouth an agreed sum of money, whilst at the same time concluding an agreement that, should Begovic be sold or loaned to any club other than ourselves, we would be repaid the sum of £1million.

“Portsmouth were keen to openly and freely agree to this surety.”

These revelations possibly shed some light on why the negotiations of a possible loan deal between the 2 clubs for Kyle Naughton have been so protracted?

Sep 162010
 

After Spurs’ introduction into the Champions League on Tuesday its back to the business of the domestic league and time for Harry Redknapp to manufacture a cohesive strategy for this seasons assault on the top four. It’s a fine act to balance and will demonstrate if Harry has got that ‘something’ extra all successful managers need to be able to do well in Europe but at the same time maintain their hold in the higher echelons of the premier division of English football. Starting his managerial career at Bournemouth the ex West Ham player’s one wish before retiring was to have a chance of managing one of the ‘big’ clubs.

Breaking Spurs into the top four in his first full season was a triffic achievement when many thought he was merely a stop gap appointment, given the job for the sole purpose of saving the club  from relegation. Harry won many fans over during that period transforming the team’s fortunes, turning the home ground into ‘fortress’ Lane and ending the  season only just missing out on a European spot. “Two points from eight games”  became his catchphrase and given we only lost out to ManU in the CC final after extra time it was only fitting he be offered a new contract as a reward.

Over the years Spurs have gone through periods when they either did well against the so called lesser clubs, yet poorly against the bigger clubs or, like last season, do well against the bigger clubs and come unstuck against the lesser clubs. I mean no disrespect to any of these clubs and wouldn’t want to take anything from their victorys at the time but the secret of being successful is to stay focussed and get on with the job in hand regardless of who the opposition is. This happened at the Hawtorns last week and the same can be said of the impending visit of Wolves on Saturday (remember last season?), so come on Harry get the lads heads in the right place, these kind of games are bread and butter and should not be taken lightly. Lets play well for 90 minutes rather than only 45, I’m not even asking for pretty football, 3 points will do. COYS.

Sep 152010
 

No rest for some people… an arranged friendly took place at the Spurs Lodge earlier today between a strong looking Tottenham XI and Fulham, surprisingly included in the line up was Robbie Keane who featured for us  in the latter stages of last nights game against Werder Bremen in Germany.

Robbie Keane opened the scoring early from the penalty spot and it took until the 82nd minute for Roman Pavlyuchenko to double the lead from 25 yards.

Harry Kane was then upended in the penalty area in the last minute and picked himself up to slot home from the spot for the final 3-0 scoreline.

Keane started up front with Giovani and coach Tim Sherwood switched the front two for the second half with Pavlyuchenko partnering in-form youngster Kane.

Stipe Pletikosa, Alan Hutton, Kyle Naughton, Sebatien Bassong, Sandro, David Bentley and Niko Kranjcar all started.

Sandro played the full 90 minutes and it’s also worth noting that young defender Steven Caulker, outstanding on loan at Yeovil last season, played 70 minutes on his return from injury.

Tim said: “We had a lot of experienced players out there and sometimes these friendly matches are all about their fitness.

“It was good to see Sandro play 90 minutes and Steven Caulker made his comeback. He was told to take it easy and therefore only played the 70 minutes.

“It was another good test and the players should all have got something out of it.”

Spurs XI: Pletikosa, Hutton (Byrne, 46), Naughton, Livermore, Bassong, Caulker (Durojaiye, 70), Bentley, Sandro, Giovani (Kane, 46), Keane (Pavlyuchenko, 46), Kranjcar (Luongo, 78).

Harry Kane impressed once again so don’t be surprised if Harry brings him in for one of the cup games as back up. Nice to see Sandro get a full shift in too, must have been an easy pick up for the arranged transport all they had to do was pick Keano up at arrivals then pop round to departures for Sandro? 😉 …..Enjoy the Pics.

                                                                                                     

Sep 142010
 

Spurs started their CL campaign with a bang tonight playing as good a game of football in the first half ever seen in the competition. Scintillating Spurs stretched the home side to the very limits, probing for any weaknesses, bewildering the boys from Bremen with precise passing and  movement and continually terrorising the opposition down the flanks.

It seemed only a matter of time before the German side capitulated and so it proved, inevitably created from a Bale cross the Welsh wizard bombed down the flank on one of his trademark runs tormenting an exasperated defence with a wicked curling cross destined for a waiting Peter Crouch to slot in the net.

                                                                                                       

Replays afterwards confirmed a despairing lunge from Werder’s Pasanen touched the ball just before reaching Crouch but the result was the same 1-0 to the Spurs. Before you had time to slap yourself  back to full conciousness within 6 minutes Tottenham were 2-0 up and cruising, Bremen were tottering.  The goal arrived resulting from another precison cross, this time from VDV, Crouch rose highest (did I just say that?) beating Pasenan to the ball this time and powering a header past a despairing Wiese.

Werder appeared to have no answer to a confident, slick spurs side and with the home crowd beginning to lose patience it took a superb save from the German keeper to prevent them falling further behind by palming a powerful left-footed strike from the edge of the area by Bale.

If Gareth had scored it would have been like YSB in reverse and I don’t think the Germans could have recovered from it.  Counting down to the half time whistle BAE gave the ball away by inexplicably hitting a wayward hoof across  the entire width of the field, so wayward in fact the ball went backwards and almost gave the opposition a free corner. As it turned out the resulting throw and crosss were just as effective and the hosts pulled one back to give them hope for the second half even if it was undeserved. It was a poor goal to give away at a crucial time and both defender and goalkeeper should have done better.

Within a minute of the restart Marin levelled the scores, unleashing a powerful 20-yard left-footed strike past Cudicini as Vedran Corluka gave the 21-year-old too much space to exploit. The Bosnian-born forward, a virtual passenger in the first half, controlled the tempo of the second half, using his exceptional dribbling skills to cause havoc in the Spurs box. Marin, who twice featured for Germany in the World Cup this summer, slammed another robust strike just wide of Cudicini’s right-hand post.

However, the industrious Bale carved out Tottenham’s a rare second-half opportunity eight minutes from time, cutting a superb left-footed cross into the box, only to see a Bremen deflection divert the ball away from Crouch’s path. The England striker spurned a glorious opportunity to seal the match three minutes from time courtesy of a superb pass from substitute Wilson Palacios, but his chip over the onrushing Wiese just evaded the far post. I think all Spurs fans would have taken a draw before the game it’s just a shame we couldn’t repeat (once again) our first half performance in the second, all in all though a great nights work and with the other group match ending in the same score all honours are even going into the next match. COYS

FT.  Werder Bremen 2 Tottenham Hotspur 2

Werder Bremen (4-1-2-1-2): Wiese; Fritz, Pasanen, Prodl, Silvestre; Frings; Bargfrede (Hunt, 37), Marin; Wesley (Borowski, 68); Almeida (Wagner 79), Arnautovic. Unused subs: Meilitz, Boenisch, Husejinovic, Jensen.

Spurs (4-4-1-1): Cudicini; Corluka, King, Kaboul, Assou-Ekotto; Lennon (Palacios, 75), Jenas, Huddlestone, Bale; Van der Vaart (Keane, 48); Crouch. Subs: Pletikosa, Bassong, Gallas, Kranjcar, Pavlyuchenko.

Sep 142010
 

As we wait for the curtain to rise on our reintroduction into Europe’s premier competition my thoughts go to Ledley King who (if he plays) realises a dream that must have seemed impossible once it became clear he suffered from a deteriorating chronic knee problem. A rising star who came through our youth ranks King was fast tracked into the 1st team to fill the void left by a player whose name I can’t rightly recall but feel sure it had something to do with soup.

Still smarting from the betrayal of the departing player, anxious fans quickly transferred total reliance on this gangly youth and a new anthem was born in the shape of ‘you can stick the man with a soup name up your @*** Cos we’ve got Ledley at the back’. I vividly remember singing that song for the first time and wondering also, if we were being a tad unfair and unrealistic putting this heavy burden on such young shoulders.

We needn’t have worried the gangly teenager quickly blossomed into a cultured and unflappable centre half oozing class and playing with a maturity and self assurance way beyond his years. Unlike traditional leaders Ledley was not one to bully and berate, he preferred to lead by example, his willingness to want the ball and take responsibility in decision making washed over those playing alongside him like a comfort blanket.

There is absolutely no doubting the plague of injuries he has endured have thwarted him in reaching full potential and leading the club to greater heights sooner. That said, while we all agree a fully fit King is ‘world’ class, most of us also believe a half fit King is more than good enough for the PL and the teams in it. Having a fitness regime with swimming as the main ingredient is explanation enough when hearing ‘he can only play one game a week’, if you ask me the man’s a bloody marvel and it’s a wonder he’s playing at all.

Twice in as many seasons we’ve feared the worst amid rumours his career had ended, there was even talk from some quarters the club should cut their losses (shame on you) in the end Ledley came through and secured a contract thereby ensuring an opportunity to compete with Europe’s elite and nobody deserves it more in my opinion. So as they walk out tonight and you hear that eerie music spare a thought for Ledders who’s trod a painful path to arrive here, the King is not dead, Long Live The King.

Sep 132010
 

Tottenham kick off their CL campaign on Tuesday evening with an away visit to Bundesliga outfit Werder Bremen. Bremen is situated in North West Germany and the football club is housed in the 42k capacity Weserstadion stadium. Known as Die Grün-Weißen (The Green-Whites) to their friends and the Fischköppe (fishheads) to their rivals, Werder are managed by Thomas Schaaf and have been since 1999.

Winning the German league 4 times is complimented by a cup winners cup win in 1992 and more recently the reaching of the uefa cup final a tie they lost  2-1 aet to Shakhtar Donetsk. Finishing 3rd in their league last season has earned them the right to participate in this years CL and their average attendance over that period was 36k.

                                                                                                                                                                                                        

When looking at their history stats you can’t help notice how similar they are to Spurs with regard to success, support and current standing. This week end Werder held out for a well earned away 0-0  draw to Bayern Munich and stand on 4 points having played 4 games already this season. From reading the match report it seems Werder have a disciplined and organised approach and are difficult to break down, despite the fact they are currently experiencing what is described as a ‘defensive’ crisis.

On the player front, the move of  Mesut Ozil to Real Madrid is well publicised but they also have the likes of Aaron Hunt, Torsten Frings and Per Mertesacker to name a few. Latest news coming through suggests former Chelsea striker Claudio Pizarro looks set to join  defensive duo Naldo and Mertesacker on the sidelines with a thigh muscle problem. Another player known to us is former PL player Mikael Silvestre who will likely feature at some point and no doubt come in for some preferential treatment if the opportunity arises.

On the face of it a fairly even match by anyone’s standards and a game I think we can get something out of, so come on Harry get their heads in the right place and do the business. COYS

Sep 122010
 

Good news for a change, THFC official site has confirmed Luka Modric will travel with the squad for our opening Champions League group match at Werder Bremen on Tuesday after x-rays of his left fibula came back clear.

The Croatia international midfielder was forced off with the injury in the first half of yesterday’s draw at West Brom and will continue to be monitored prior to being made available for selection on Tuesday.  This will come as a welcome fillip to Spurs fans who have witnessed the loss of influential players such as Michael Dawson and Jermain Defoe in the space of five days last week.

                                                                                 

The last time this happened was against Birmingham last season, an innocuous challenge really, followed by a lengthy spell on the sidelines.  After the game yesterday Harry had this to say:- 

 “He had a fracture of the bone in his leg last year and he’s got a kick on almost the same place today so we will just have to wait and see.

“He’s such a big player for us and on the back of losing Michael Dawson and Jermain Defoe, we just hope he’s okay.”

Once again  its fingers crossed, having Luka fit would be a massive boost for Tuesday nights game, I thought he and VDV were quite effective as a midfield pairing  yesterday up until his untimely departure from the field of play.

Sep 122010
 

Having attended the match at the Hawthorns I thought I’d attempt to give you a travelling fans perspective of a visit to an away fixture.The first thing of interest to the visiting fan is the easy access and close proximity to the ground. Within a couple of hundred yards of exiting the M5 there is an abundance of free parking with the ground in full view. Parking up next to some home fans is followed by an accompanied short walk to the ground during which banter is exchanged and some useful local info received.Those who like a drink on the way to the ground will be disappointed as locals tell us all the surrounding pubs are closed down and sure enough we pass a number of boarded up buildings having once served the purpose of well frequented watering hole.

Arriving 2 hours before kick off my group has to make the monumental decision of following the stream of crowds towards the Hawthorns or take the ‘thirsty’ mans route in the direction of town in search of a place to wet one’s whistle? We opt for the dry route and mingle with home and away fans alike in what can be described as a friendly and relaxed atmosphere. Predictable food and drink booths pave the way backed up by the occasional scarf seller with an array of  club badges and the proverbial programme seller gives advance warning you are within touching distance of the stadium.

We arrive a couple of minutes before the Spurs team coach arrives and on-look from a prime position, as the players disembark muted cheers greet players as they recognise each one in turn (no boos for Gallas I’m happy to report) VDV is spotted to round applause but the biggest reception goes to Gareth and ‘Bale Bale Bale’. The heavens open as the last player leaves the coach and signals our entry into the ground. First stop is the refreshments on hand and we imbibe whilst discussing team tactics amid glances at the ‘in house’ monitors showing the Everton v Man U game.

As we take our seats there is a sense of anticipation and apprehension in the air and I get the feeling there is an absence of the usual optimistic and vociferous atmosphere you normally associate with your average ‘hard core’ fan. We are seated about  a dozen rows back from pitch side, right hand corner behind goal, the home fans are to our right and to our left.  The prematch warm up gives us the chance to see VDV and Gallas in Spurs colours for the first and they pause in their deliberations right below us to acknowledge our support.

 The match kicks off and we begin brightly with some sharp slick passing and movement with Modric and VDV right in the thick of things. We play possession football for the next 20 minutes or so leading up to the inevitable goal sweetly taken by Modric on 27 minutes. Five minutes later we experience a reversal of fortune, Modric is kicked the free kick is awarded against him and  to add insult to injury is unable to continue.  We continue to enjoy the lion’s share of possession but are not so incisive, its looking like we’ve lost our shape because of the change. Then just before half time Gallas is skinned the resulting cross is punched in the air and poor defending allows Brunt to scramble what can only be described as a soft goal in to the net…..time for a much needed drink.

The second half  saw WBA start with much more swagger as if they’ve realised our threat on their goal (albeit with an impotent strike force) as non existent and they immediately try to win the battle in midfield, the area they identify as the danger. The ineffectiveness of our strikers is worrying, a feature Harry attempts to put right without success. Save for a daisy-cutter effort from Kaboul and fortunate touch from Carson from a Bale effort Tottenham had very little to offer and second half  honours go to the Albion.

The match ended on a disappointing note with the main highlight of the game for Spurs fans occurring just after we’d scored. To the right of us there were quite a few empty unsold seats in the West Bromwich area and we noticed a bit of a commotion with stewards ejecting a few fans(turned out to be yiddos) and there was one irate midlander in particular going bananas giving us all the gestures. A  guy near me must have realised the uncanny resemblance this individual had to a notorious figure (shaven head, white goatee and tinted glasses) he shouted ” Sit down Gary Glitter” which provoked the biggest and loudest chant of the day “One Gary Glitter, there’s only one gary glitter”….. the guy shrivelled in his seat literally.

Thinking about the game driving home our demeanour changed from one of utter disappointment at not winning the 3 points to one of a little relief at drawing and gaining a point from a game we deserved to lose in the end. Not even  having Adrian Chiles pull alongside us in his black Mercedes with young children in transit, acknowledge our ‘kissing’ of the Spurs badge with a smile was enough to lift the gloom….it going to be a tough season methinks. COYS

Sep 102010
 

I can confirm new boy Sandro has not been registered for our CL 25 man squad and therefore ineligible for all of the group league matches involving Werder Bremen, Milan and FC Twente.

The story broke yesterday and has been the subject of a fair amount of debate on blogs and forum alike. The feeling from some quarters suggested this information was premature and much like the new PL 25 requirements which allows young players a free pass?

Amid a lot of pronouncements of ‘rule 26, section 18 paras 8-16’ etc. I decided to contact the club and see if I could get an official response.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vhVaKUL6nlk

This is the THFC official response ” Uefa’s website is correct – Sandro is not included in our Champions League squad for the Group Phase. The player has joined us on the back of a full season in Brazil and will require time to settle in and adapt to the pace of the Premier League. Should we advance to the Knockout stages of the competition, we are able to amend our squad in January.”

So there you have it, bit of a shock for the young lad particularly when in his interview at the Spurs lodge he specifies how much he’s excited by playing in the CL perhaps someone at the club should’ve told him he won’t be playing in it. I must say I am a tad disappointed for the lad who arrives at the Lane with a large burden of expectation on his ‘young’ shoulders but one thing he has on his side is time.

Sep 092010
 

No sooner have we heard Fabio Capello reveal he will step down after the Euros and what do you know, ‘our Harry’ is on the box putting himself in pole position for the poisoned chalice.

Harry Redknapp has only hinted he would not turn down the England job if the Football Association come calling in two years’ time but the bookies have him installed him as their favourite to succeed the Italian with the emphasis on the position being filled by an Englishman.

Redknapp said of the prospect of managing his country: “I’ve always said if you’re an Englishman, it would be hard to turn it down, because it’s the pinnacle of your career.”

He added: “Honestly, it’s not something I sit at home and ever think about. I really don’t

“Why do the English lads waste their time doing their coaching badges and all the rest of the work if they’re never going to get the chance to manage at the top level?

“I want to see an Englishman get the job – whoever it may be – and there are lots of lads out there who could do that job, I’m sure.”

Redknapp hit out at the lack of opportunities given to English coaches.

“There are people out there in the lower divisions who could do my job, without a doubt,” he said. “John Still at Dagenham and Redbridge could do my job. Understands the game, fantastic on the game. Never gets a chance to manage in the Premier League.

“There’s loads of lads around like that, who just don’t get the opportunity.

“I’ve been one of the lucky ones to get the chance to manage at the top level. If you’ve got good players, managing England wouldn’t be that difficult. And we’ve got good players, so I’m sure somebody out there could do it.”

The Spurs boss insisted it was impossible to predict this far in advance who the Football Association would turn to in 2012.

“2012? I look at my life and I worry about next week, to be honest,” he said.

“Thinking about what’s going to happen in two years’ time is too far away for me to worry about.

“Who knows where we’re going to be, what we’re going to be doing in two years? You just never know.”

That’s fair enough Harry no Englishman worth his salt would turn down the job if offered and nobody at the club would think ill of him but what are Spurs supposed to do in the meantime?  Do we carry on as normal and hope things change by then or do we put in place some sort of contingency plan, knowing Daniel Levy I believe it to be the latter?

Imagine a married couple and the husband informs the other half  he’s considering  divorce,  he explains the woman he’s in love with is tied to her partner for the next 2 years but if she gives him the nod he will find it impossible to turn her down. What action do you think the wife should/would take?

Talks about looking for a replacement may very well be premature, most Spurs fans believing Harry was here for the duration, I have to say watching his interview earlier today he looks to have already made is mind up and the last thing I want to see is another run down the clock Sol Campbell situation, anyway we’ll have to wait  and see, who knows maybe the taxman cometh?