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Jun 282010
 

Harry Redknapp, that’s why. No not in appointing him but by stalling his contract talks, as soon as we finished 4th they should have tied him down to a new contract as soon as possible but they didn’t and now it could turn out to be a huge mistake.

England’s awful display at the World Cup has cast doubt over the future of Fabio Capello. Now we have heard the rumors that Redknapp and Hodgson are the front runners for the job. Both managers have stated that they would not be able to turn down the chance to manage their country and with both managers heading towards the back end of their careers can you really blame them?.

Spurs failed to sit down with Harry and offer him a deal to keep him at the the club, so when you consider how much compensation would be due to Capello if he was sacked, how appealing does getting Redknapp in on the cheap look for the FA. With only 1 year left on his contract the FA could take Harry and pay us peanuts, however if we had been sensible and tied him down to a 4 year contract and the worse was to happen then we could expect some big compensation.

Now Harry knows there is possibly a chance to manage England just around the corner do you really think he will want to start talks over a new contract now? because I don’t. I can’t for the life of me figure out why the man was not offered a new contract, he has performed a miracle at the club and we have the audacity to mess him about by making him wait for a new contract when he has stated he loves it at Spurs and wants to stay.

I for one will be praying that Capello keeps his job for the sake of us Spurs fans or we could face losing our “Arry” on the cheap and then having to find the cash to buy out the contract of our next manager. Now don’t panic just yet, this is just speculation but if the FA make their move then Harry would take the job and get only pennies in return. The Football Association must be rubbing their hands together at the mouthwatering prospect at getting a highly respected English manager for what might as well be a free transfer. Levy hasn’t done much wrong recently but this could prove to be his biggest blunder to date, what were they thinking, what more does Harry have to do to be made to feel wanted by the club? So take note people, before you start shouting “Capello out” be careful what you wish for.

Jun 122010
 

Tonight will see the 3 lions kick off their World Cup 2010 campaign agaisnt the USA, now most people are thinking that the USA could very well be capable of causing an upset tonight, but not me, and why?. Simple because for the same reason Tottenham finished in the top 4 of the Premier League last season, and that reason is “WE’VE GOT LEDLEY AT THE BACK”.

If you want my opinion I think Rio Ferdinand’s injury could turn out to be a blessing for England, not only do I think Rio was lacking in fitness but also he hadn’t had the best of seasons. The only scenario that could have been better would have been if it happend to John Terry instead and then Wayne Bridge could have been called up too. But we can’t have it all and it looks like tonight that Ledley will get the nod to partner John Terry at the back. Ledley didn’t have the best game agaisnt Mexico the other week but let’s take into account it was his first England game for 3 years. I know the ability Ledley has and tonight he will prove me right, in Euro 2004 he was thrown in at the deep end and even though we lost to France in the last minute, Ledley didn’t put a foot wrong for the whole 90 mins. He had to then leave the tournament due to the birth of his first child.

As a Spurs fan I would love to see Dawson given a chance at some stage in the tournament over Carragher and Upson who again haven’t had the best of seasons with their respective clubs. Dawson and Ledley at the back for England would bring a tear of joy to my eyes. I think it is such a shame about the injury that has plagued King for the past few years now, I think had he not had this curse then he would be England captain, all you have to do is look at his ability and reputation and the fact that Tottenham are a different side when he plays to know he holds all the key attributes to be a captain, this might sound biased and probably is but i’ve seen it week in week out for Tottenham.

Let us all remember when Thierry Henry said he felt King was the best defender he had ever come up against.

He said: “I don’t like defenders who hold the shirts of other players. The only defender here who doesn’t do that and sometimes still gets the ball off my feet easily is Ledley King.

“He is the only guy who doesn’t hold players. He will get the ball off you without you even noticing. For me, that is a good defender.

“He plays without any contact yet is somehow still strong and gets the ball without doing any fouls.”

Now this is coming from a Thierry Henry who was in his peak and the best player in England at the time of his comments. So tonight I am confident of a solid England back line with King and Terry at the back, I am also hoping Capello makes the right choice and starts Aaron Lennon on the right wing and lets him do what he does best.

Like the rest of you I will be hoping all of the Tottenham boys do well and bring the cup home for England so we can tell all the Gooners how Tottenham won the World Cup in 2010.  Come on England!!

Dawson Handed Second Chance!!!

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Jun 042010
 

Well I thought Tottenham centre half Michael Dawson was probably the most unluckiest player to miss out on Capello’s final 23 for the World Cup. He had a solid season and lost out on his place for the likes of Upson and Carragher who got in on reputation alone. However today justice has been served but fate played a cruel trick on England captain Rio Ferdinand as he was today ruled out through injury. This is terrible news for England but for me as a Tottenham fan I was delighted to learn that Dawson had now been called back into the England team. Now I personally would hope it was any other defender except Ferdinand but to see Dawson get what he should have righfully had in the first place is great.

Fabio Capello now has a major headache, surely if he has any sense he will put Ledley at the heart of the defense now Rio is out, but I have that sickening feeling he will pick Carragher. If England don’t opt for King and Terry,King and Dawson or at the very least King and Carragher as partnerships, they have no chance. At all costs I would keep Upson out of the team, I think he is a good defender but not better than any of the others and certainly is no world cup winner. Lets hope Capello knows his stuff and earns his Spurs by putting his faith in Dawson if Ledley has to miss one or two of the games through his knee injury. I know that dawson wouldn’t let our nation down because I see him week in week out and know that he is just as good as John Terry based on this season. It’s time for the England team to stop being picked on reputation and to be picked on form alone, players have to stop living off their past reputations and earn all their caps.

Michael Dawson and Ledley King , all us Spurs fans know you can do it, lets just hope for the sake of our nation you are given the chance.

Capello Goes Back On His Word

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Jun 012010
 

Before anyone jumps to any conclusions, let me make it clear that I fully intend on supporting the Three Lions all summer long. Furthermore, Michael Carrick and Ledley King rank quite high on my list of favorite players. After yesterday’s announcement of England’s World Cup squad, however, I couldn’t help but have a bitter taste in my mouth.

When Fabio Capello took over the England hotseat, he made it clear that he’d pick players based on form. The Italian made it a point that he’d select the players that were at the peak of their powers on the club scene, prompting players like David Beckham to forgo their summer vacations simply to prove their worthiness to Capello.

In the end, Capello picked the 23 men that he initially had in mind (a fact that even he admitted). The fact that Jamie Carragher was even asked to reverse his international retirement proves that Capello had his sights set on certain players from day one – regardless of how slow they are as they reach the end of their careers and regardless of how poorly they performed for their clubs this season (remember, Carragher’s Liverpool containing the likes of Steven Gerrard, Fernando Torres, and Pepe Reina couldn’t even qualify for the Champions League).

In addition to Carragher, the inclusion of Matthew Upson proves that club form was no determining factor. Upson was included at the expense of one of the Premier League’s most consistent top performers: Michael Dawson. Dawson, even more so than the often-injured Ledley King, was instrumental in Tottenham’s historic run into the top four.

Even in midfield, it was all about names and not about form. The biggest surprise was that Fabio Capello sent two of his trickiest and fastest wingers packing: Adam Johnson and Theo Walcott. Who remained in their place? None other than Manchester City benchwarmer – and Adam Johnson’s club backup – Shaun Wright-Phillips. The wee man couldn’t hold down a spot at the club level, but Fabio Capello opted for him over two stars just entering the brightest years of their careers.

Up top, the most heinous crime committed by Capello is his decision to leave Darren Bent at home this summer. The Sunderland striker was by far the most in form striker all season long (taking Wayne Rooney’s late season injury problems into account), and has been banging in the Premier League goals for a few seasons in a row now – all while playing for a mediocre Sunderland side. Bent deserves his place in South Africa undoubtedly, but Capello oddly enough opted for yet another player who doesn’t even start at the club level: Emile Heskey of Aston Villa. Far too many Villa fans have even pondered how their slow and aging striker found his name on the final 23.

Don’t get me wrong: I’d be absolutely delighted if England win the World Cup. Like many other fans of the Three Lions, I wasn’t even alive in 1966 to watch Sir Bobby Charlton and company take the world by storm. In fact, the effects of that England team will be felt for many years to come, and when I met Sir Bobby outside of Old Trafford two years ago you could just feel his legend status.

Fabio Capello and his team of 23 now  have a chance to cement their own spots in English folklore, and while I disagree with some of the squad choices, I fully intend on throwing all of my support behind the heroes representing England this summer. England needs more than a prayer and a little bit of luck – they need their millions of fans worldwide to provide continued unwavering support.

Tottenham Duo Miss Out On World Cup 23

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Jun 012010
 

Well as I predicted in a recent post here it looks like the 2 unlucky Spurs players to miss out were in fact Dawson and Huddlestone. It looks as though Capello has opted for experience over form,as Upson and Carragher made it into the squad over Dawson despite Dawson having a better season. Carrick made it in over Huddlestone, despite Huddlestone having a better season.

Other players to miss out were Theo Walcott, Darren Bent, Scott Parker, Adam Johnson and suprisingly Leighton Baines.

Tottenham will still have 4 players representing them in the England team in Defoe,King,Lennon and Crouch. There were doubts over King would make the cut due to his fitness but personally I dont think his place was ever in question, every England manager has noticed the talents of Ledley and worked hard to get him into the England set up and when he has played he never let them down. For the likes of Huddlestone and Dawson, maybe not this time but i’m sure they have plenty of caps to come in the future.

Jun 012010
 

Right for all you guys unsure exactly how this Champions Lgeaue qualifying round works, I will try to explain it for you all to the best of my ability to give you a better idea of our chances.

Basically the qualifying rounds are split into 2 groups, the champions side and the non champions side of the qualifying rounds. Obviously Tottenham will be in the non champions side of the draw, but the teams in the half with the other champions of their domestic leagues are usually filled with teams from the smaller leagues which are usually entitled to only 1 Champions League place for their country anyway. The 15 teams who would be in the NON Champions Qualifying Round
based on current League position
4th Place in ENG, ESP, ITA
3rd Place in GER, FRA, RUS
2nd Place in UKR, NED, ROM , POR , TUR, GRE , SCO , BEL , SUI

There will be seedings and this will work in our favour, because we have had 2 Uefa Cup (Europa League) runs in the past few seasons we have ranked up points, Spurs are currently ranked 30th in Europe with a coefficient of 56.199. Anyway the seedings works based on the points, and how well other clubs from the same domestic leagues have performed in european competitions in recent seasons. With both of these taken into account we rank in the top 5 clubs in the qualifying round and will be seeded straight into the final qualifying round. The likes of Celtic will have to play in the 3rd qualifying round because they don’t get seeded. So the 3rd qualifying round will be made up of 10 teams in the non champions section, these are 5 teams which have gone through previous rounds and 5 more teams including celtic which have been seeded to come in at this stage. Whoever overcomes the 3rd qualifying round will then come through to the 4th and final qualifying round to face the top seeds (of which 1 will be us). The draw will see the top 5 seeds take on the teams from the 3rd qualifying round in a 2 leg match which will see the winners enter the Champions League proper. To clarify this in simple terms, we go straight into the 4th and final round of qualifying because English teams have a good record in Europe, and then we will be seeded in that round because we have ranked up our own points by our previous couple of seasons in the Uefa Cup.

15 Clubs who will be in the Non Champions Section of Qualifying
Spurs
Sevilla
Sampdoria
Werder Bremen
Auxerre

Zenit St Petesburg
Dinamo Kiev
Ajax
Unirea Urziceni (Still four teams could qualify in Romania)
Sporting Braga
Fenerbahce
PAOK Thessaloniki
Celtic
Gent
Young Boys

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The Five teams listed first will get a Bye to the 4th Qualifying Round
which will have 10 clubs

The 5 Teams Seeded for Round 3 Will be
Zenit St Petesburg
Ajax
Fenerbahce
Dinamo Kiev
Sporting Braga

The 5 Teams Seeded for Round 4 Should be
Sevilla
Werder Bremen
Zenit St Petesburg
Tottenham
Ajax

It’s funny because if Manchester City Or Aston Villa finished 4th this season they would have not been seeded because of their Uefa coefficient points would have not been enough. When the final qualifying round draw takes place we can expect to avoid Sevilla, Ajax, Weder Bremen, Zenit. We will face 1 of the teams who overcomes the 3rd qualifying round.

I hope this helps you all better understand how it works because it can be very confusing.

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Harry – Modric Contract “Triffic”

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May 312010
 

Harry Redknapp has revealed his delight after Luka Modric pledged his future to Tottenham by penning a new deal. The Croatian midfielder has been strongly linked with a move away from the club with Manchester United known to be keen but he has now ended all the speculation by penning a contract. Redknapp never had any doubt about the 24-year-old’s future and has also paid tribute to chairman Daniel Levy for securing the deal. “He has always been happy at the club. He is a fantastic player, he is a great lad,” he told Sky Sports News. “He comes in every day and trains hard, works hard. He is low maintenance. “To have him tied up for six years, the chairman has done a marvellous job in doing that deal with him. He [Modric] could play in any team in the world in my opinion and you have got to keep your best players.