Letters from Post
I write with interest in response to Andy P’s
letter in Vol.2 Issue 10. regarding the Golden Boy. Why does GG
persist with Ian Walker ? In the debacle at Newcastle, he let in six
of which was directly responsible for one goal and at fault for four
others. He fails to command his area and this is particularly evident
when Sol is not playing. We certainly need a commanding keeper to lead
our defence. Baardsen must be given a chance. The joke is, in
"The Sun" the day after the 1-6 defeat, Walker is pictured
asking "Where is my defence ?" I suggest he stops making
excuses for his own lapses.
GG must also sign a striker soon. The fact that
he constantly acknowledges that we need another striker does not
offset the fact that he has failed to produce the goods and sign one.
In many games this season, we have wasted too many chances and another
striker would, by holding up the ball, take some pressure off the
defence. When are we going to have a new signing George ??
Richard Porter, Cheshunt.
Ed :- The striker question is covered in depth
elsewhere, but the keeper position is also one that courts much
debate. Walker has his faults, as I am sure he would admit, but the
Sun headline was a writer’s dream - probably not Ian’s own
comments. The one thing that has concerned me recently about Walker is
the taking of crosses. He seemed to be back in the groove, but the hit
by Ricard at Boro seems to have shaken him up like that by Fashanu at
Wimbledon some seasons back. He was not as confident for some while
after that and it looks as though that may have recurred. Baardsen is
not that brilliant on crosses either, for a taller man. His penchant
for punching, sometimes backfires and even in the reserves, he can
cause problems for the defence by not getting the proper distance on
the clearance. However, he is a bit better on one-on-one’s; both
goalies being pretty good shot stoppers. There are plus and minus
points for Walker and Baardsen, but as to who comes out on top, I
wouldn’t like to wager. At the moment, Walker seems to have the boss’
vote and that is what counts.
I am a lifetime supporter of the club. I live in
Ireland so I only occasionally get to actually see the team. As a
young boy (many years ago !) I was attracted by Spurs style of
play and the magic of the team in the early sixties.
It is most disappointing and disheartening to look at the present and
recent teams. It pains me to say that we are now a second rate team
with too many second rate players. Are there no youngsters at the club?
What is the point of buying more second
rate players in their 30's - Sherwood, Freund . Ramon Vega ought to be
ashamed to wear our jersey. He wouldn't get his place in many a lower
division side and yet...........
Even our anthem has been taken over by another club (I never mention
Having been humiliated in the FA Cup I predict that we will now
struggle to avoid relegation unless some drastic steps are taken.
The manager and powers that be need to take a long term view and
aspire to bring back the old playing style: it will still work.
I live in hope
Have we forgotten our motto AUDERE EST FACERE
Ed:- The current crop of players are good enough
for a mid-table placing, but beyond that it is my opinion that the
club will need to spend to go on from there. The youngsters at
Peterborough United are regularly linked with Spurs and indeed the
signing of the Swede Jonsson are long-term buys, but they will not be
played in the first team in the near future. Any youngster
coming in now will have the weight of expectancy upon them and it
could ruin them. Not that they would get the chance to play
anyway. For all we hear about the youth prospects we have, we
don't get to see many of them. Is Gower really worse than Fox or
Dominguez ?? Are Fenn and McVeigh that bad that they don't rank above
Piercy in the strikers pecking order ?? When Korsten (not a
youngster) doesn't get brought on against Watford when Ginola goes
off, then how do these players ever get a chance to prove whether they
can make it ?? I am sure the money is there, but when and on
whom it is spent is a very moot point.
An Open Letter To Alan Sugar.
I last wrote directly to you shortly after Terry Venables had been
dismissed when I asked you to outline your vision for the future of
After years of unremitting under achievement we have now seen George
Graham temporarily actually arrest what was becoming terminal decline
and on extremely meagre resources fashion a team capable of at least
AFTER RECENT EVENTS EVEN THIS IS DEBATABLE THOUGH.
The time is now right to ask you the question again - "What is
your vision for THFC and how are you going to achieve it". I ask,
as if we are to go that further mile, and become challengers for the
Premiership and a regular fixture in the Champions League, some
fundamental issues need to be resolved:
· The current capacity of the stadium must be increased. When
Manchester United and Arsenal are contemplating 60,000+ capacities,
and even the likes of West Ham and Coventry are talking of 40,000, it
doesn't take a genius to realise we are going to be left behind if we
do not take appropriate action. Each extra £20 odd through the
turnstiles gives others an ongoing advantage
· The existing wage structure must be reviewed; otherwise our ability
to retain what few genuinely saleable assets will be compromised as
they decide to seek pastures new. Are you really prepared to risk
losing Sol Campbell !! Furthermore if you don't pay the going rate how
can you hope to attract top-drawer players. Which brings us on to the
· Our activity in the transfer market has become a farce, and again
must be addressed. It has to be realised that we cannot continue to
expect George Graham to make "silk purses out of sow's
ears". We have to be in the market for proven international class
players to address the alarming deficiencies we have in the striking
and creative midfield departments as well as strengthening a pitifully
You will no doubt seek to give me a lesson in economics, and your
views on the financial state of the game are well documented, but the
likes of Chelsea, once definitely our inferiors, have shown that it
can be done. We are now renowned by players, other clubs, supporters
and the media for our parsimony. You have to speculate to accumulate
if we are to succeed, and its not as if the supporters are not doing
their bit, given that we pay more than most for the privilege of
watching our team.
Come on Mr. Sugar prove to us all that you are not simply prepared to
jog along in the slipstream of teams we were once the equal, if not
better of. My vision for the early years of the new Millennium is for
a Tottenham team taking all before it on the European stage watched by
heaving crowds of supporters. I suspect yours is not the same, or if
so not achievable given the current financial strictures in place.
Prove me wrong by showing that the supporters, the lifeblood of the
club, are at least equal stakeholders, with the shareholders of the
Firstly, I must state that I
am an Australian, but a big Spurs fan. What I fail to
understand is the mediocrity of the professionals in the
Premiership. I see reports where phrases like "poor
passing", "doesn't create/run into space" "no
back tracking" "not big enough" "tired in the
last 15 minutes" are commonplace. What is the story?
What do the players do all week? Spend their disposable income
in new and more obscene ways?
Here we have the AFL (and I doubt
you'll publish this because it holds no interest to your readers)
where most players are semi-professional. Nevertheless, they
aren't tired in the last 15 minutes (the grounds are about 4 times
the size of a soccer pitch and matches all run past 120 minutes),
they are all big enough, defence is usually only broken by good
(rather than disorganised) attack or brilliant players, space is
always being created. An AFL player (average annual salary is
less than 50,000 pounds) would soon be de-listed if he committed the
horrid errors I have been reading in Spurs reports every week of
Send the players to gym, make
them run 20 miles a week. How to teach them the simple
dynamics of the game, I have no idea. Buy some youngsters and
teach them - get rid of Anderton, who is a greedy over-rated waste
of a Spurs shirt, and buy a young up and comer (hopefully with some
commitment to more than his bank account).
I see about one hour of
highlights (or low-lights) each week, but reckon I would be a
bargain for no transfer fee and a room at Sol's place (plus
expenses). At 190cm, 89kg, fit (by Premiership standards
anyway) and quick, I think I could put more in the back of the net
than Iversen. The amount of times you see him pull up short,
spray wide or get bustled off the ball is absolutely shameful.
GG and Mr. S, buy a decent
striker (or gamble on me - I'm cheap and no worse than what you've
got) and try to lure one John Quinn away from the Essendon Football
Club to get some semblance of fitness and strength into the team.
John Quinn is the fitness guru at
Essendon (Australia's premier AFL club) and is just what Spurs need
to run out a game. Please find attached picture of Matthew
Lloyd, an Essendon Footballer (aged 19), and see what Mr. Quinn
could do for Spurs.
: - I don't know why you thought we wouldn't print your mailing. It has
as much validity as any other and although Aussie Rules (as it is called
in the UK) is a strange hybrid of rugby and hurling (an Irish sport),
the analogy is not without credibility. There are many basic
applications of the game which were missing in yesterday's thrashing. GG
has come out and said it is his fault as he trains the players and
therefore, should ensure they can perform properly. There are many
tactical errors being made by the manager which seem to be at odds to
his previous incarnations in the Premiership. "A George Graham side
would never have folded like that"; "A George Graham defence
would never have performed like that"; "A George Graham team
would never have showed the lack of heart he demands". But
Tottenham are doing these things and where does it leave them ?? A long
way behind the average sides in the League and Newcastle United aren't
even one of those !! As for the AFL players making it in the League,
well I'm not sure that muscle bound lads would have a long career, but
the fitness angle is a good point. As you know, Spurs have had a long
history of injury problems over the last few years and something needs
to be done, but there should be enough players in reserve to cover these
eventualities. All in all, even though you are a long way from the Lane,
you feel it just as much as those who go every week. It doesn't get any
easier, does it ??
Before all and sundry begin the inevitable
inquest, remember, losing to Fulham is only the latest in a long line
of Cup cock ups. Just off the top of my head Notts Co.,Bolton, Port
Vale & Bradford spring to mind & felt just as bad. At least
Fulham performed well
to beat us.
They all hurt, but it's not just this one game is it. This was an
accident waiting to happen. We usually have 2 or 3 poor performers in
most matches. Tonight was one of those nights when all 11 were shite.
It's long been recognised by most people, especially discerning MEHSTG
readers, that we've 'got away with it' for a long time now. Well
deserved, but ultimately flattering, results against the Arse &
Manure hide the fact that we always have 2-3 players playing below
par, but not, frustratingly, always the same ones. Who would have
thought tonight that both the Solman & Perry could play so badly
The underlying problem is the strength and depth of GG's squad and
until its addressed we know we'll continue to be, let's be charitable,
inconsistent. On this form what chance against Pest Ham or the
Barcodes ?? Not a prayer ??
The trouble with this team is that we're just as likely to win as lose
and winning the odd 'big one' clouds the issue. If a shite
result/performance such as this leads to AS, GG or DP (or whose ever
bloody responsibility it is ) bringing in, this time I'll be
realistic, a couple of new players then perhaps it'll turn out to be a
blessing in disguise.
Ed :- Well, Andy, it was one of those Cup shocks
that lost Ossie his job, so GG to go ?? I'm sure there are still many
who would gladly see him shown the door, but we need stability as well
as new players. The same players who played determinedly against
the Arse and Man. U are the same ones who went missing in action (or
should that be inaction) last night. Consistency must be their
aim, hopefully consistently successful. On the showing against
Horsfield and Hayles, Sol may reconsider a move to Italy and stay on
to continue his education with Spurs.
I am glad to see that one website
reads Sport First. re: the Izzett rumour. I hope it
becomes more than that, however I do think it is only a rumour.
This publication is littered with errors such as when Spurs played
Zimbru - the Sunday edition reported we had drawn 0-0 with
Izzett is a class act and
deserves to be in the England squad, so once Chris Perry gets the
call up he deserves, then hopefully this will persuade Muzzy to move
back to London and join the Yid army.
Also what do you think re:
Goldbaek as a right winger - replacement for Shaggy? Old I
know but well worth £2m of any one's money.
Ed : seeing as how
Sugar/Graham/Pleat are reluctant to spend any money, I
think it is unlikely that £2 million on a 30 year old
non-international will be considered a good investment. At the
moment it is hard to see where the next incoming player will be
from. GG said at the weekend that we should not expect a striker
in the immediate future, so it will be a rush to the "knocked out
of the FA Cup" sales to get new faces. I would hope that
Tottenham are aiming a bit higher in class than Goldbaek (even though
he got a scorcher against us last season), but Izzett seems more like
the player that the current top brass might go for and might consider
as a "flair" player.
I think its about time that White Hart Lane's capacity was
a satisfactory level i.e. 50,000 or thereabouts . This could easily be
achieved by redeveloping the West Stand. The West side of the ground
the only option as it has a large area behind the current West Stand
within which Spurs could build a stand to the same size as those big
bastards at Old Trafford and Elland Road . We could have an
car park, as seen at Stamford Bridge . What are your thoughts ?
Ed : - I think that there would be enough demand for a stadium to
house around 40,000, especially when you look at the type of growth
that clubs like West Ham are considering. Should Spurs get to a
position where they are challenging for the title regularly and
getting into Europe, then it is feasible the 50,000 crowds could be a
reality. The club have permission for the next five years to expand to
around the size you mention, but as with all things Tottenham, it is
down to Sugar and economics as to whether it comes to fruition. I'm
sure if he thinks of the income it would generate, then he might do
it. The important thing is to stay where we are - finding a new
site would be problematical and could involve a move well outside the
North London area, which would be awful, but would possibly be the
only way to grow; what with the local Council not being too enamoured
of the club.
Having seen your latest response to Joseph citing reasons why Sol
wants to leave. I do not think he does. He is and always
has been honest & TRUE TO HIS WORD. Sure he would like the
squad improved - who doesn't - but I fully understand that he would
rather leave the talking after all the football has been played.
Graham has not signed as many players as the fans
want. Somehow we missed out on Robbie Keane - sorry I still
cannot believe he plays for Coventry - but he has improved the
team now almost beyond recognition. It may not always be
attractive but they are a team and very effective 8 times out of 10.
Anyway back to my original point. Sol is
spurs through & through. Give the man a chance before
saying he wants to leave. I do not recall a transfer request.
Ed :- Not wanting Sol to leave and what may
actually happen are two different things. Maybe it is the
pessimist in me, but Sol can have the pick of any club in the world at
the moment. A good Euro 2000 will push his profile and price up
even further. But having sustained his first serious injury in
football, he might realise that the game is only as secure as your
next tackle. He has always given his all for the club and nobody
can deny that. Nor would they wish him well if he decided to
take his talent elsewhere - as long as it is out of the country, that
is. Let's hope that Tottenham can do enough on and off the pitch
before the end of the season to convince him to stay.
With regard to Keane, I was talking to Doug from Coventry last week
and he said that the only reason the Sky Blues have bought Keane is to
sell him on for a large profit. His desire to stay in the
Midlands probably helped them attract him, but surely Spurs could have
offered him more prospects than the Highfield Road outfit ??
I'm just writing to commend the team on the way
they bounced back from the euro heartbreak to beat Arsenal, the
performance of the team was excellent. I am also writing to express my
concern about the rumours that we are going to buy another midfielder,
surely we have enough as it is and I would have thought the lack of
firepower would be the first problem to be addressed, I also totally
agree with Kevin Coaker when he stresses the calibre of the strikers
we are being linked with just aren't good enough.
Ed : - The problem we all thought that existed
in bringing a striker to the Lane was going to be sorted out by
offering them European football. That didn't work and the wages
on offer are not likely to attract many "world class"
players, so what is left ?? Those who are on offer at a
reasonable price and are international players, but not quite out of
the top drawer. Unfortunately, we are still not in that top band
of Premiership clubs and won't be until the club regularly are near
the top of the table, winning things and are in European action most
years. But then if we did that Sol wouldn't be looking to leave
would he ??
I cannot express my horror
& shock at last night. However
I never have and never will see the logic in players turning out
when they are less than 100% fit. In the long run who
benefits? Leonhardsen was a shadow of himself last night, and
I have seen it in previous regimes especially when Herr Gross was in
Surely these player need rest and
recuperation to emphasize the fact the squad is not up to standard
and money MUST be spent.NOW.
Ed : - The side do look a bit
leg weary, but that is where the benefit of a big squad comes in and
we haven't got a big enough one - it's as simple as that !!
Yes we battled hard for 90, but not 93 minutes; and yes it was a kick
in the teeth. However I have to hold George accountable. Aside from
Djorkaeff Kaiserslautern were average, pure and simple. If he'd been
more positive and played Ginola, we would have scored an all-important
George is increasing starting to frustrate as our manger. I'm starting
to believe he sees Tottenham as a semi-retirement job conveniently
located in London. Why else doesn't he stand up to Sugar and demand
the £20m, instead of just 'saying' we need 4 players on auto-repeat.
Tottenham themselves seem more than happy to be 'average'. Gone are
the days of Lineker and Klinsmann, instead we sniff around pub players
like Hartson, nutters like Collymore and has-beens like Ravanelli. Sol
must be packing his bags for Italy as we speak.
Now totally down we have to play Arsenal. Bayern Munich still haven't
recovered from Man Utd in May, so we ain't going to do it in 2 days. I
fear a 3-0 or a 4-0 whacking as they look to exorcise Batistuta. Only
8 more years to go until we have another go in Europe.
Ed : - Agree in that the game was lost in the
home leg, when apart from possession, Kaiserslautern rarely threatened
and we should have capitalised. Cracked record time, but a good
striker will pay his fee/wages back in no time. One more round of the
UEFA would have been worth ... how much ?? The team have come a
long way in a short time, but again, this result is an indication of
how far we have to go.
I'm writing in response to rumours that UEFA are considering
removing the European place on offer to the winners of the cup due to
lack of interest shown in the competition. In my opinion there are
(1)Keep it as it is and let certain premiership teams continue to make
a mockery of the competition by fielding under-strength teams.
(2) Scrap the competition completely as there is no point in adding to
the already crowded fixture list with a competition that offers no
incentive at the end of it.
(3) Merge the English and Scottish competitions to install a different
edge to the competition and if teams took it seriously perhaps we
could finally prove that the Scottish league is, when it comes down to
it, second rate besides the two top teams.
Anyway that is enough rambling hope that can persuade other readers
into a response.
Ed : - Good points. I think the competition will go the way it
started, with the big clubs not entering and then the sponsors will
lose interest and then the competition will fold or be restricted to
clubs from the lower end of the Premier and lower divisions ...
Shame as the League Cup did serve a purpose back in the 60's to 80's,
but now the focus is on Europe. Just wait and see the rush for
teams to be in the InterToto Cup next pre-season !!
Fuelling the England v Scotland debate eh ?? Time will tell, but
don't forget that form counts for nothing !!
I have to say how disappointed I am with Spurs over the way they
have rearranged the Manchester United fixture. I live in
Ireland and am in a local supporters club. They organise a
trip over to a game once a year or so and this United game was
chosen for the event. What with Spurs getting through to the
next round of the UEFA Cup, the match was moved back to Sunday as it
was with the first round. The man who runs the supporters club
rang Spurs who replied, 'The Kickoff is definitely on Sunday'. So he
goes ahead books tickets for flights into London for Saturday
afternoon. Of course the match is then changed to Saturday and
if the flights aren't changed, the match will be missed. Quite
luckily, the flights got changed to Saturday morning with an extra
cost of £15. Five members of the club weren't so lucky as
they were taking different flights [Sunday morning I believe] and so
they lost at least £40. It is now up in the air as to whether
or not they can get tickets from a different airport. Why
didn't Spurs make sure before changing the fixture? This sort
of attitude really irritates me - I was lucky I didn't lose £180.
It really gives the impression Spurs
don't care about their fans. As well as that, I got the Spurs
catalogue today and I was filling in the details for the away shirt
and then I got to the postage and packing stage. £5.50?
Other companies charge about £2 if any. Spurs are obviously
trying to make a profit on the P + P. You would think all this
income would lead to an outlay in the transfer market.
Something doesn't add up there.
***********END OF RANT**************
Ed : - I thought it was their PR
that was lacking not their arithmetic, but I know what you
mean. In this case, I think UEFA are also to blame and like
our ticket office they seem to have similar problems arranging to
get drunk in a distillery. The information given out by the
staff at the ticket office is often contradictory, depending on who
you speak to and the free-for-all over Kaiserslautern away tickets
with no priority for season ticket holders until the last minute was
another example of disinformation. The delay over announcing
the dates of the two legs has caused all sorts of problems, some of
the Germans making, but it only makes the fan's life more difficult
when the club lead you astray. I thought the issuing of
tickets for the Leicester match for those caught up in the Zimbru
fiasco was a move in the right direction. A case of one step
forward, two steps back.
What about putting in a bid for Burchill from Celtic and Scotland?
He's looked rather impressive on the international front recently,
but at only 19 and with the experienced strikers (Larsson and
Viduka) ahead of him at Celtic park, we could probably offer
him more first team football. He looks to be in the Owen and Keane
class as far as future potential goes.
Ed : - I think Spurs did look at him last season when his contract
was up for renewal and he was dithering over signing up. An
improved offer from Celtic convinced him he should stay at Parkhead
- however, with the new management at the club he may want to stay
longer. Worth an offer to see how resilient The Bhoys would
Is it only me who thinks that Golden boy is living on borrowed time.
When is the boy going to make the sort of saves that Martyn, Walsh,
Hedman and Flowers seem to pull off on a regular basis.
He was caught faffing about ( that's the polite way of putting it) on
his line instead of coming for Izzey's cross and should most
definitely not have been caught out on his near post for Leicester's'
winner. I'm fed up with his lack of presence around his area & his
general inability to save the game when it matters.
By way of justifying my lack of confidence in him I can recall
spending 45 minutes at Bradford low down looking through the net at
his 2nd half performance. The defence had no verbal help from him at
all, he seemed like a little boy playing in a man's game and afraid to
take any chances in case he made a mistake.
From my season ticket perch way up in the North Upper he looks no
better. A small keeper with no apparent confidence. Come on GG give
Baardsen his long overdue chance.
Ed : - This is the second mailing in a couple
hours about Walker's lack of security. The consensus here and
elsewhere, is to give Espen a shot at the task. His command of the
area is good and recently Walker has been punching, which is one of
Baardsen's preferred options. Having said Ian hasn't looked safe in
the last couple of game sties in with a knee injury he has been
carrying, but with the defence not at full strength, you need a strong
character in goal to organize and to shut out the opposition if they
do get through.
are not many emails incoming at the moment.or are you very
in Walker out.
Alan Rodgers from Forest
a striker - who I don't know. I dearly wanted Robbie Keene - lack of
foresight on DP & GG's part.
That's it for now.
Steve - Sussex Yid
Ed: - Communications are a bit low
at the moment - we tend to post all mailings, but the general theme
is to buy a striker. Hopefully one we have heard of and not some
unknown 22 year old Swede who has scored twice in Serie A for Bari
!! He could turn out to be another Hasselbaink, but for £5.5
million you could get a good English striker - Oh ! How much did
Keane go for ?? and how much would David Johnson of Ipswich cost ??
A little more, but someone who is established in this country and
had already got a few more than two goals this season. Walker does
seem to be letting it slip a bit. Difficult for him as the defence
is not the same without Sol there, but Espen might just be itching
to have another crack at the big time. Alan Rodgers ?? Wasn't
he going to Liverpool for big bucks ?? Not sure he would be the
answer - there are probably better players in his position out
there, although I can't think of them at he moment. Oh what about
Lizarazu of Bayern Munich ??
I think that the Bradford match illustrated the fact that
we definitely need to sign a striker or two.
Letting Chris Sutton and Emile Heskey get away were
definitely mistakes, but nothing compared to
Keane. I think Robbie has about as much potential as
Michael Owen. There are young British forwards avaliable,
we just have to be willing to pay for them .
Heskey, Beattie, Kevin Phillips ,
Clinton Morrsion, Lee Hughes, and especially Craig
Bellamy when he is recovered are all worth looking
at. I think GG and Pleat's reasoning for wanting to
buy a goal scorer who is proven at the top level is
rather silly. We are not going to contend for the
championship this year, neither realistically is there
any chance we will be relegated. This means that now is
an excellent chance to build for the future. Buy a young
striker with a huge amount of potential and give him some
significant Premiership experience.
Ferdinand is old and can no longer last 90 minutes, he is
always getting banged up. Chris Armstrong has never
developed into a top quality goal scorer and won't be
likely to ever. Steffen Iversen is pretty good but
overrated. He has yet to transfer his performances for
Norway ( He scores more often than not) to Spurs. Every
one talks about his potential and makes excuses when he
misses chances because he is so young and still
developing. He is the same age as Robbie Fowler and look
how many he puts away. Though I have something of a soft
spot for both of them Chris and Les must go, Steffen can
stay but unless he vastly improves in a year or two he
doesn't belong anywhere better than the bench. I
think Bellamy is our best hope for the future, as many
rate him to be Welsh equivalent to Owen and Keane. If he
can be half as good as the two of them he will be well
Ed : - Again, there is no arguing
with your comments and I hope that one of those
ementioned will be on his way to White Hart Lane. My
particular favourite for getting the goals would be
Hughes. He seems to have the knack of knowing where the
goals are. Bellamy, when he gets over his injury would
also be a good buy, but he would play in more of an
attacking midfield role, coming into the box late to get
on the end of things - like Platt in his heyday.
Just wanted to write and air
my views on Gerard Houllier after watching how he
basically ruined Ginola's life while he was in France,
and for what a stray free kick in the Bulgarians half!!!
I don't understand quite how Houllier can say that Ginola
is a criminal for what he did, what about the other 10
French players who just let them waltz down the pitch
almost unchallenged. It's a disgrace and I hope that
Liverpool continue to win nothing so he finds out what
it's like to have fans and the press attack him. Best of
luck to Spurs for the rest of the campaign and lets hope
we can add to the silverware of last year.
Joseph Reeve (e-mail)
Ed : - Fully agree
Joseph. It's only a game after all and a team game at
that. Why single out one person for his criticism and set
him up as a target for abuse from all areas of the media
and the fans. It seems like a case from deflecting the
flak that was coming his way onto one of the players and
Ginola fitted the bill, which has blighted his career
ever since. I liked what David said about someone
answering for what had gone on !! He doesn't seem to be
one who will let things go !!
After last seasons Worthington Cup Win and gaining a
place in Europe surely Georgieboy should have looked at
some quality signings to strengthen for this
season. Unfortunately this has not materialised, we
constantly hear speculation that we have been linked with
a top star but somebody else always beats us to them, I
personally think it is time for Mr Sugar to open his
wallet and pay for quality International players instead
of mediocre squad players.
this moment in time need an inspirational figure in the
squad, yes, we have Ginola and Anderton, but if these
players do not play we look very average. We also
need a forward who will terrorise defenders with skill
and pace, ie Heskey or Raul at Real Madrid. Obviously
Raul is out of the question as Mr Sugar will only pay up
to £5 million and pay only £23,000 a week but it is now
time to buy big and get The Spurs fighting in the top
three, I personally think George Graham is doing a superb
job with what he has but we have only a middle of the
table squad, so please please please Mr Sugar get your
wad out and make us a major force to be reckoned with and
put us ahead of the Mancs scum and the Gooners.
Ed : - Like most
fans, we can see where money needs to be spent to
"refresh" the side, but why can't the top brass
(or isn't there any in their pockets ??). It's
frustrating as you don't want GG to spend recklessly,
like some of his predecessors, but you have to speculate
to accumulate and all we can hope for is that Graham is
biding his time to get the man he wants - whoever that
may be ??
I'm writing from Singapore and have been a genuine Spurs
fan since the early 80s. I really missed those days with
the likes of Glenn Hoddle, Ray Clemence, Clive Allen and
later on Lineker and Gazza. We were once feared and won.
But looking at the past few years with the exception of
the League Cup victory, there's nothing much to cheer
With the mediocre new signings, I am afraid it is still
the struggling Spurs for the new season and worse still
for European matches. To fulfill the ultimate Spurs dream
I have to turn to my PC and CM3. I am a big fan of CM3
and in season 99/00 I came in 2nd in the league behind
Man Utd, won the FA Cup and the Cup Winners Cup. Right
now in season 00/01, I have already won the Charity
Shield (against Man U), Super Cup (Man U again), doing
really well in Europe and most of all after 20 games in
the League, top of the Premier League !
How I got about doing it ? By tearing up the entire Spurs
squad and getting quality players. Sold in the first
season were Vega, Freund, Armstrong, Edinburg,
Trammezani, Walker, Dominquez. Then Sinton, Calderwood,
Saib, Segers and Ferdinand were all relegated to reserves
and recently, Taricco and Campbell (with regret) were
I do not hope that in real life Spurs would be broken up
just like that but I really wish GG would do to Spurs
what he did to Arsen*l and Leeds; bring Glory and Success
to all deserving Spurs fans. Though I have never been to
a live match, but here in Singapore there are a good
crowd of Spurs fans huddled before their tellies whenever
Give us a chance to celebrate and not complain or be
mocked by the Man Utd fans which are like 80% of the
soccer fans' population here.
After the Chelsea match, a general consensus was held
that we had much to look forward to in 1999/00. The likes
of Heskey and Sutton were rumored transfer targets, and a
"European Tour" was about to begin. The defence
had improved, but we needed someone to put the ball in
the 'onion bag'.
So with the new season fast improving, why has
anticipation turned to apathy. I lay the blame at the
feet of David Pleat. 12 months ago many players were
rumored and linked with Tottenham, and nothing much
materialised. Summer of '99 - déjà vu. We cannot blame
Gross this year, but I note that Mr. Pleat remains
involved. Heskey and Sutton aren't coming. The Bridges
and Israeli deals hit snags, and the Perry deal took an
age to go through. Does Pleat resent the modern wage
demands, or does he infuriate the players through his
inability to pronounce their surnames?
The THFC transfer policy seems to be characterized by
caution. After yet another scandalous increase in our
season ticket prices, we deserve better. Prolific
goalscorers do not come cheap either. Instead of sounding
players at Norwich or Sunderland's reserves, we should be
looking to attract big names. Someone to create a buzz
around N17. That means breaking the £10m transfer
barrier. The 'Big 3' don't think twice about signing such
cheques. We don't even entertain it. As long as we shy
away from such purchases, we'll never move away from our
mid-table position. And this season's "European
Tour" will prove to be just a day-trip, and not an
George really daft enough to piss Daveeed off so much
that he leaves us ?? I can't really believe there is any
other explaination for GG subbing Gin with 15 minute to
go against the Arse.
GG is nobody's fool but there was never a valid
footballing reason for taking Daveeeeeeed off. Both Dixon
& Parlour were on yellows & for the only period
of the game we were just about competing on equal terms
with a very good Arse side. Gooner George then blows it
by taking off our most potent threat. Why oh why ? I
suppose the conspiracy theory is that he's still a closet
Gooner, but I think that is probably a bit over the top.
Was GG trying to make a point about Daveeeed's supposed
lack of defensive awareness ?? If he was it was a
particularly daft time to make the point. Is he trying to
get Gin to leave of his own accord so that none of the
blame comes his way? Surely not, as most of the praise
he's received for improving us would go straight out of
the window. With Gooner George consistenty telling us
he's building a squad surely he can find room for Daveed.
Ed:- Andy, I fully
agree. How did he expect Spurs to get back a goal, when
we hardly looked like scoring all night (no surprise
there) ? Jose will always be more effective as a sub I'm
afraid, but even so, his cross found Anderton the nearest
to it and when did he last score with his head ?? David
was our best hope of getting them further rattled and our
chances did disappear when he went off. I can't believe
that GG is trying to engineer a situation that's sees
Ginola leave, but who knows what goes on behind the
scenes ? Is GG tired of Ginola's increasing wage demands
? Is he envious of the attention David gets, as suggested
by one radio phone-in caller ? Is he concerned that after
the effective spell that DG had leading up to the FA Cup
semi final, that he has now reverted to type and is only
playing for himself ? I'm sure that all Spurs fans hope
that Ginola will be at White Hart Lane next season, with
Tottenham and that there are a number of class
reinforcements around him to have a better season than
The person who sits next to me at
Spurs made an interesting comment at the So'ton game. Whilst it
may be good for time wasting and confidence,bringing a
player off to a standing ovation very near the end of a
game, is it worth doing so when it means that by not
fulfilling the full 90 minutes of the game the player
misses out on the chance to count the match as one of the
five he needs to get an earlier booking removed? Valid point,
or is the bloke an idiot?
The Trainers sponge
"Trainers", I think your fellow Spurs
fan has a valid point. What in heavens name are the
management doing, trying to ensure all our players get
suspensions ??? For the sake of a couple of minutes stuck
out on the wing, with strict instructions not to touch
the ball, one yellow card could be erased fairly easily
over the course of five games. On the other hand, the bloke next to
you could just be a pedantic fool, who glories in the
minutiae of the game !!
Sinton went and shoved my comments down my throat on
Tuesday night didn't he? His goal was excellent but
it was his desire to cross the ball that I was pleased
with, perhaps he'd read my comments in MEHSTG.
I'm writing the morning after it has been confirmed that
Tim Sherwood is a Spurs player. Whilst I think
we've paid a little too much for him (as usual) I do
think he can offer us 2 or 3 years of good play and he is
a worthy addition to the squad. I am concerned
about this whole 'Squad' ethic that we've seen appearing
in England for the last couple of years. Whilst Spurs
aren't up there with Chelsea or Man Utd yet, we already
have too many midfielders and my question is how is GG
going to keep them all happy?
Nielsen is in the form of his life and looks to have
created a sound partnership with Freund in the middle of
the park. Freund needs half a dozen more games
before he really knows what it's all about, but I rate
him and would keep him in the middle. What with
Darren Anderton's desire to play centrally and Ginola's
licence to roam, who is GG going to make a regular?
I feel that Freund will be the one to move over for
Sherwood and I just don't think it's very fair to bring a
quality player over from another country and stick him on
Surely GG isn't going to play Nielsen, Freund and
Sherwood together, so what's going to give?
Mike Catlow - Horsham Spurs.
Ed: - I cannot eat another thing at
the moment as I am fully fed on humble pie. Sints turne
din anoutstanding performance, among many others, so
"Sorry Andy" if you're readin out there. There
is no doubt that once David is fit he will return, but it
is important to have the kind of player in the squad who
can come in to do the business when required. As for the
plethora of midfielders at the club - I always thought
George collected centre-halves !! With the two incumbents
making a good case for retention, I can only assume that
GG will use Sherwood to give a more creative option
instead of Freund on occasion. Also, with the ball-winner
becoming a marked man in terms of cards, the need for
quality replacements when injury or suspensions strike is
quite valid. There may come a time when someone squeals
because they are not playing, but George will not let
that bother him, I'm sure.
You may (or probably won't) remember me mailing some
months ago asking for your thoughts on whether Shaggy was
a spent force and should be sold and if Saib deserved a
chance. No worries if you don't - Saib seems to
have shown himself the door anyway. Of course I was
wrong and Dazzling Darren is coming into some form which
is good news for Spurs - just show's what I know eh?
My question this time is with reference to GG's options
in midfield whilst 'Gin Gin the Magic Man' is sidelined
through suspension and injury. I read that Sinton
looks most likely to replace DG on the wing but I cannot
see what he offers us by way of a replacement. OK,
it's a hard job for anybody to look half as good as DG at
left wing but Sinton doesn't seem able to cross a ball
anymore! He has no pace and seems to lack ambition
when taking on men. He plays with a grimace on his
face and doesn't seem to enjoy playing for Spurs
anymore. I thought he looked OK filling in at left
back earlier in the season and maybe because he knew it
was only temporary, he put in some better
performances. Why can't George give Jose Dominguez
a chance? I think Jose is naturally a right winger
but surely he could have a go on the left! Short of
one appearance in the Worthington cup earlier in the
season he hasn't had a chance from what I can remember.
With Ginola out of the side we look desperately short of
ideas, Anderton aside. Jose could stake a claim for
more involvement in the team given the chance.
What say you?
Ed: - Well,
you seem to have hit a thorny nail on the head there. The
problem being the difficult one of who can
replace David ?? Sinton looks like a good squad player at
most these days and recent reports that he has refused to
sign a new contract may mean he is on his way. As for
Jose, I think GG is more likely to prefer Sinton because
he gets back to defend more readily and he likes that
sort of player. Going forward, I think that Dominguez has
the edge over both Sinton and Fox, neither of whom appear
to have much confidence taking defenders on any more.
Sinton did look OK coming on for Ginola in the semi-final
first leg though. It's a tricky one, but I would like to
see more of Taricco, who can play the left wing back
role. The number of players we have that are able to play
wide is many and very few actually play. I know there are
benefits of a big squad, but surely not if players are
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