Letters from Post
Box March 2001 to July 2001
Don't know about you but I think the
club's official web site is poor.
All we seem to get is bland articles about how so and so wants to stay
free of injury this year (doesn't everyone?!), how all the other
players in a certain position are great but so and so wants to make
the starting line up, and how the latest foreign import misses his
family but likes the club, etc, etc, etc. Really boring!
Then, look at the web-cam - haven't checked today but prior to this
the training ground camera has been suffering 'technical difficulties'
Then, look at transfers - still reference to Andy Booth yet the list
misses more recent transfers altogether.
The injuries site is never up to date - still talks about Anderton,
even though I believe he's fit and playing in the pre-season
friendlies. The Gardener update hasn't changed for weeks - how
about an expected return date?
How about some real debate?!
* What's the truth behind why we sold an England Under 21 defender for
peanuts when we need defenders! Was it to balance the
* The truth about the Chamot fiasco - Hoddle says some people jumped
the gun - but the club's own web site announced he was coming for G@@
sake! If they can't get it right what hope is there?
* Why did the Luke Young transfer came out of the blue, as did
Campbell signing for the Gooners, yet we never get to login and find a
coup like this coming into Tottenham - the last was Klinsmann ! Go on,
prove me wrong and sign Effenberg !
* The club's response to our views about the letter which asked us our
views on smoking at the lane (who cares) and also told us by the way
season ticket holders don't get a discount any more while others do -
* What is the truth about Rebrov's outburst and the rather transparent
and feeble attempts at damage limitation since.
* Who rattled Carr's cage and started him mouthing off? The
club's bought 4 international players for goodness sake - what more
does he want?
* Why, in the light of the Campbell fiasco does the club name a new
executive venue after Pat Jennings - another defector?!!
As good as he was, I don't think the timing is very good and there are
far better players that could have been chosen - Greaves, MacKay,
England, Norman, Gilzean to name but a few, or how about the late,
great John White - why not a tribute to him rather than someone who
played for the other lot?
I think the club should look at and address some of these issues and
try and make the web site a bit more interesting - I feel it lets the
club down just at a time when we are on the verge of something great
on the pitch.
Despite the moans, I can't wait for
the season to start - Glenn's done well to land Poyet and the others
so come on youuuuuu Spurs!!!
Ed : - You don't want much do you
;-) The club to have some proper debate on the website.
The glorious home of Spurs merchandising. This is the web
equivalent of Spurs Monthly, the official organ of the club, which
toes the party line (although there has been some dissention noted in
some recent issues). Like the programme and anything that comes
out of the club, you shouldn't expect them to carry any anti-Spurs
stuff. They wouldn't shoot themselves in the foot, as they are
pretty good at doing that in other ways, as you have
noted. That is what this site and others like it are for,
to give fans their say about the issues that the club cannot comment
As for the Pat Jennings Lounge, it's not like he ever said he was
going to stay with Tottenham for ever and actually was more or less
told the club didn't want him. A bit different from S. Cumball
and Pat always has said that Spurs were his club; that's why he came
back. The opportunity could have been grasped to
commemorate John White as you rightly said.
Hope that you are right about Effenberg though !!
Clarence Seedorf ?
Guardiola ? Gorgonzola ? Are
we so blind that we cannot see that our failures in recent years
have come as a result of our failure to take the plunge on British
We used to snap up
Gazzas, Waddles, Mabbutts et al. Now we play safe and look to
the likes of Freund and Tarricco to bring continental
flair (?!?). Has any player in recent times given as much to a
club as Gary Mabbutt, David Howells or Graham Roberts ?
If the reports are true,
in the past year or two we have passed up the opportunity
to sign Robbie Keane, Kieron Dyer, Francis Jeffers and others.
Why are we so afraid to invest in English league players.
Why don't we take a chance on the likes of a Lee Hughes or
Marcus Stewart ?
Now don't get me
wrong, I am not xenophobic. I am great
defender of Rebrov (when he shuts up) and I was overjoyed when we
signed Poyet - the man marries pure class with a natural
vigour and pure love of football. All I am saying is that
THFC should remember the lessons of Dumitrescu, Tremazzani,
Berti and Vega (dear god never let us forget Vega) and plunge
into the Endsleigh a bit more.
On the whole, I am
optimistic about the new season because we have a lot
of young talent and a very under-rated manager. My
three wishes for the new season:
2. Viera quits the scum
3. Sol has a 'mare and
Spurs win at Highbury
I'm off for a wet dream
- see ya in August!
Ed : - There is a lot
of talent around in the English leagues and as you so rightly say,
we have missed out on a lot of it. There is a section of the
support that says Spurs should not be buying from the lower leagues,
but going for top foreign talent. Others feel that there
should be a good mix. Whoever the manager brings in should be
the right player for the team, regardless of their nationality and
it is only when Tottenham start doing this that they will have a
"team". I think Glenn has looked at who he needed
and he has brought in players to do a job in those areas.
Let's hope they are the right players.
It's been a long time
since I wrote in (maybe Its taken this long to let off Sol steam),
though things seem much clearer now. "Campbell, 23, Judas
scum". Couldn't have put it better myself.
While I'm on the subject of this man I would just like to add my
weight by saying one main thing. Before the Semi-Final with Arsenal,
Sky Sports did a light-hearted head-to-head thing with Tony Adams and
Judas Iscariot himself. During breaks in recording reporters were
allowed to ask both captains there thoughts in small interviews. With
Sol being so sheltered about his plans, one particular journalist
(much like the rest of us) obviously wanted to know what Sol intended
to do. Referring to Arsenal rumours, Judas was asked if he could foresee
himself and Tony Adams ever forming a partnership (like their
international one), at club level. Sol, looking uneasy but pushed on
the point said "well I play for Tottenham and he play's for
Arsenal, so that's not going to happen." That's not going to
happen eh? 10 years of bonding with 'your club' Sol means nothing mate
when you seem so happy to be playing for the enemy. Does MEHSTG agree
that Sol's conduct and choice was as much baffling as it was bizarre?
Were we all naive where Sol was concerned? George Graham and co
clocked this man very early on. Much more could be said about it but
its hardly worth it is it? All I know is that the next time I come
across him, I will let him know what I for one thing of him. Good
riddance to 'not the brightest' of bright sparks. See you in November
Anyway, I'm still hearing and seeing a lot of bad press where THFC are
concerned. I for one think whole heartedly that Glenn Hoddle was
absolutely the best man for the job, is the best and only man for the
job, and has done fantastically well in ALL aspects of things over the
last few months. Some Tottenham fans have mildly (only mildly)
criticised the age of our summer signings etc. And while it is
true we need a quality central midfield player and a defender (this is
being dealt with we hear) absolutely top marks to Glenn Hoddle. He is
doing all the right things and even if it takes a good season or two,
there will be big waves. The man is a legend, I say sit back and watch
it unfold. Come on You Spurs, we all love you and our hearts are with
Just finally, I would like to state that whatever anyone says,
Tottenham fans are second to none (Manchester City, Newcastle,
Sunderland fans behave yourselves), and welcome back to Teddy
Sheringham. It's nice to have you back Teddy, good luck to you though
I doubt you'll really need it.
Let the good times roll...
Best regards to all, bjd Canterbury
Ed : - I heard that
S.Cumball had said that he would have liked to play with Adams (Oooooh
Errrrrr) in club football in that programme and now he has got his
dream come true. Still, it's what he wants so we have to accept
it and not get on his back about it, don't we ?? There was only
one choice he had to make and that was NOT to go there and he would
have had everyone's best wishes. Now he might not.
As for Glenn's wheeling and dealing, the only fault has been that the
players he has signed appear to be for a short term fix. Allied
with the youth at the club, it is not a bad thing, but some
longer-term prospects might have eased the soul of some Spurs
fans. Personally, I think the money saved this year (although I
don't reckon there are bundles of used fivers laying around in the
THFC boardroom), will be put to good use in the season or at the end
of it, should we have qualified for Europe.
Having just forked out for my
first season ticket, after being a Member for a few years, you
can imagine my slight annoyance at receiving a letter this morning
telling me that I'm only getting two of the four cup tickets I've been
promised and that I don't even get a 10% discount at the store. I
imagine that there's some small print somewhere reserving them the
right to change the deal, but it's still well out of order to only
tell people a month after the tickets have arrived .
I fail to see how a club with the twelfth(ish) biggest
turnover in the world can't afford these things, to me it just seems
like the people up stairs taking advantage of the fans again. Isn't it
amazing what such fickle fans will put up with.
Ed : - As we
have said on this page and elsewhere on the site, the removal of the
discount is narrow minded. With goods cheaper elsewhere, the club
will lose business through the store and should be addressing other
aspects of merchandising, like having the shop open at earlier and later
times at Christmas to draw the money in. This and the removal of
the cup vouchers are small fry and although the club will say that this
is the price the fans have to pay to get top players, the fans might
believe it when they arrive.
My concern is the
midfield. Agreed, the likes of Ledley are really promising, but I
think we need to re enforce it with a real flair player. Shaggy
will not be consistent enough, and his pace is lacking. Gus should add
some drive and purpose though.
Stephen Carr - how typical is that - why make the comments he has on
the back of signing a new contract? It seems as though it's becoming a
bit trendy to slag of your club's ambition. I say get rid of all the
whingers and build a squad that is not just waiting for a better club.
Contracts mean nothing, it would seem. Such comments are not allowing
the club to move forward from the Sol fiasco.
I've got a few mates with season tickets at Anfield, and they argue
that Ziege will be a poor signing for us. Defensively he is left
wanting - they believe due to his attitude. What chance would Spurs
have - considering that he has been refused his first choice - Schalke
- and that his attitude was poor in a quality team like the scousers.
I wonder. That said, few could have less pace than Young. When did
Ed : - The midfield
could do with some flair and I personally would like to see Andres
D'Allesandro, who would come (relatively) cheap and could be the
player to put the "fantasy" back into the middle of the
Carr has been covered below. He should get on and play well for
Spurs, so the team does well and so he impresses other sides if he
does want to move on.
Ziege would be a good experienced addition to the squad.
Hopefully, Glenn could convince him that he needs to prove people
wrong and do well for the club in the process. Think if he can
be motivated, he could do well. As for Taricco, he didn't die,
he only laid down in the treatment room for a rest one day ...
The close season
disappointments are nearly passed us and the new season upon us. I
think the onus is now on Spurs fans around the world.
we have felt under Sugar, Francis & GG combined with the
passionate feelings we have towards Arse Sol should galvanise us to
get off our back sides and really support Glenn Hoddle's Blue &
White Army. If we can, this will filter through to the players and
adversely affect the opposition. Over the last few years the passion
has disappeared from home games at the Lane. This must return.
Vociferous support is required from all parts of the ground,
including the West Stand. All of us overseas can don our shirts and
make sure we support our club with pride. Imagine every day is the
Martin, Sydney Spurs
Ed : - Quite
right. We need to prove that Arse Sol made the wrong choice
and that Spurs will be back. Think next season will see some
stabilisation of the situation before we make the move on up.
As Sol has gone and Carr
was his best mate, and now he wants Barca, let him go. It strikes me
that our squad are getting too big for their boots. What happened to
wearing the badge with pride? They just want money, and most of them
aren't worth £130k a year let alone a week.
I am sick of players
whinging about ambition. Where are the clubs supposed to get
£130k to pay the likes of Mr. very average Campbell? He knew
he was going. He chose to lead Spurs up the garden path, because he
doesn't have the intelligence to admit it.
And as for Carr, you
won't print what I think !!
Ed : - There are pros
and cons to letting players say what they want on their own websites
... it's the price of freedom of speech !! However, Carr has
just signed a deal to extend his time at Spurs to five years.
I am aware that contracts are not worth the paper they are printed
on, but Spurs do not have to sell him and one day, at one club, a
player will be shoved into the reserves to rot rather than be played
saying he wants to leave. I am not advocating this for Carr,
as we are not in a position where we have the players in the squad
to allow us to do it, but he is probably saying all the things we
would want for the team and therefore, hopefully he also shares our
wish for the club to do well. Unlike us he has also had his
words interpreted as a "come and get me" plea.
For players to win
things they will congregate at the top table and hope for crumbs to
fill up their bank accounts. Not many will want to be playing
mid-table and there is nothing wrong with ambition, but sometimes,
you just wish they would try and achieve it with the club they are
at rather than to move on to achieve greatness.
You do not have to be an accountant to realise that something odd is
going on at the Lane if recent news items are to be believed.
According to a report attributed to Glenn Hoddle, it appears that
Bunjy was not bought as a replacement for Campbell and that he cost
less than 1.5 million. If this is the case with Walker being sold, the
club's net outlay on transfers this summer would appear so far to have
been minimal, added to which the club no longer has to find 4 million
plus a year for its former captain's wages. This of course provides
a very stark contrast to what our two main London rivals have been up
to and doesn't compare brilliantly with Fulham either.
Does this then mean that there are still very substantial amounts of
money available for the purchase of new players? If it does then maybe
some much needed good news is on its way-although any hopes of this
must be tempered by the very scary Duberry rumour which if true means
the club has learnt nothing from its previous mistakes in purchasing
Mersey and Tyneside reserves.
If these sums are not available not then a big question mark has
to be put against what the new owners intend for the club. However
equally worrying is the thought that money may be available but
the players we want simply will not join the club. With regard to this
it is difficult not to believe that Guardiola, Shevchenko and Petit
were nearer the top of Hoddle's wish list than the resigning of
Ferdinand and Sicknote.
Only time will tell but pre-season training has already
Ed : - I know what you
mean. While ENIC and Mr. Buchler have presented lots of nice
words and promises, few have yet to be kept and their actions so far
have appeared along the same lines as Sir Al's. I am willing to
give them time, but their track record so far does not exactly set the
pulses racing. Big signings are what we need and while it is
hard to attract the without European football, it is particularly
galling when Newcastle United are linked with Zenden and we are
not. We can surely raise £7.5 million and his wages.
So, how much were we
going to spend in the close season? Was it £20M or even £50M? Did
somebody put a 0 in by mistake?
Andrew George Nethersole
Ed : - With a
little spent out on three players so far (total about £8 million
max.), there must be some money left in the coffers. Hoddle said
there was an A list and a B list of contingencies, so we must be able
to get some of these to come to Tottenham. Now the 1st of July
has passed, the Bosman freebies should be announced, if any of the
signings are to be those who are out of contract. In Spain, the
King's Cup has been played and their season has ended, so any Spanish
players should be available to buy from now. With other clubs
spending out and being linked with players, Spurs seem now to be
slipping back. However, if they spend out on Shevchenko, that
will be the rest of the money gone in one fell swoop !!
Hi mehstg, have you
heard about this?
I have heard rumours
from a few people saying that season ticket holders don't get any
discount in the official spurs shops now. This would be bad
enough, but I hear that members still do! So what's going on, are
they punishing us loyal supporters? We shell out £400 + and don't
get a discount, but if you pay £25 and go to a few games you do!
I know that it's not
the most important thing going on at the club, but I just think
they're taking the piss.
Thanx, Neil Boughen
Ed : - We were
sworn to secrecy about the Tottenham Hotspur Supporters Trust
meeting, but it appears that this matter has been out in the open
thanks to the shop staff and others who have found out about this
move by the club.
The discount is
supposedly not available from September, but it was not made clear
as to who would not get the discount. The money off is also
available to shareholders, but the continuation of this discount
has also not been made clear.
I am afraid it is
another move the club has made without proper notification to
those involved and it appears that it is
designed to hit those who deserve it the most. There are
precious few perks to supporting Spurs and being a season ticket
holder. It looks as though another may just have gone out of
the window with the two cup vouchers.
Well, what do you think
of the comings and going ? The way I see it is I think we need a
couple more midfielders, left back, defender and another
striker. In should come the like of Gerundial, Effenberg, Ziege,
Southgate and Shevchenko would be the icing on the cake.
Out need to go Armstrong,
Sherwood, Freund, Taricco, Leonhardsen and Thatcher for starters.
Would love to hear other views.
PS Ginola should never
Ed : - Well, I have not heard of Gerundial. Sounds interesting ?
As for the others, they would all be contributing to the new Tottenham
and I think your choice of those to go probably tally with a lot of
Spurs fans. However, to build a squad takes time and while the
players who go would save on salaries, the wages of those coming in
would more than swamp the money left from those departed. Also,
the money that would be received for those you mention would go
nowhere near the funds required to bring in world stars. ENIC
would have to find big bucks to bump up the transfer fees.
I think the next couple
of weeks could see some more additions, but as to who they will be,
only the club and the players know.
what do you
think about the news of Sol moving to the Gooners? Seeing as his
spent his whole life at the best club in the world why need to
What do you think about
the signing of Poyet? I think it's great; he's a real top
quality player (much better than Sherwood and Freund).
Don't you think though
we need to bring in more talent like King and Doherty?
Ed : - You rightly say
that Poyet is a class act and if you go by the Opta Stats he is a top
ranking midfielder. I think his assets will be well utilised by
Hoddle. As will those of King and Doherty. Glenn will look
to bring in more quality in all positions as the squad is still fairly
thin, but they will be the right players, not just big signings for
the sake of it.
As for Sol, see below,
but he's history. Like Teddy, he will go to further his career,
but Tottenham have a bright future and he chose not to be part of it.
Well it looks like Sol
is off to Highbury. If they are paying him anything like what he
demanded of us, then he will have completely shattered the pay
structure at Goonerville.
Maybe he will sign for them for a lot less than he demanded of us,
which will be outrageous.
What do you think?
Ed : - Well, I don't
care really. If he didn't want to play for us why didn't he say
so and why didn't he do it two years ago. Ten years counts for
nothing with the "good people of Tottenham" when you go and
join the Arse.
If Sol is so upset by claims, released by the club, concerning his
wage demands, which he refutes as totally untrue, why doesn't he sue
Hmmmmm........ I think you are right, a move to Arsenal looks on
Ed : - Reckon that there must be something behind all that. Especially
as there was a making of the advert for the FA Cup semi on Sky and I
was told he made noises then about playing alongside The Donkey.
Mind you, he will need all that money to hire bodyguards if he does go
If we are to believe
"teamtalk.com" that Sicknote is about to leave Spurs because
they offered him a pay per play deal, then I say well done! He may be
a good player and a fine crosser of the ball, but if he is not fit to
play how good is he?
For too long Spurs have
been a soft touch for players. When a team is winning the treatment
room is empty. When a team is losing "an injury jinx" hits
the club. John Scales has to be the ultimate example of the injury
prone player. He would of been given the tag of "sicknote",
but nobody at the club had seen him, the hospital/treatment
room/Harley Street yes people at Spurs, NO.
The straw that finally
broke the camels back between Anderton and the Spurs board were the
comments about Sol. Will we be sad to see a loyal servant of the
club leave to better himself and fill his cabinet with medals?
NO! Because we now know that he is an injury prone, money
grabbing, selfish individual. Let's hope the club learns from
these mistakes. As soon as a player has two years left on his
contract, if he stalls signing a new one, then he goes on the transfer
list. At least then "We won't be fooled again".
Ed : - Darren has been
a loyal servant to the medical staff at the club and how dare you slur
his good name (of "Sicknote"). Scales never came close
to Anderton's wonderful status among the medical fraternity. HE
ahs sustained a high level of injury over nine long years at
Tottenham, while Scales was nothing but a flash in the pan at three
years. It will be a shame if Anderton does leave, as a
testimonial was being arranged with sponsorship already lined up from
the Acme Leg Splint Co., with a special appearance by the midwife who
delivered Darren as a child and dropped him on his head.
By the way, Who "Won't get fooled again" ??
The most stupid thing done to date was the sale of David
Ginola. Was there much point in signing Rebrov if there is
nobody to supply him with the kind of ball he needs to score the
quality goals that he is capable of. Hopefully with the
signing of Effenberg or Guardiola we will have someone to fulfill
that role and make us contenders for Europe at least.
Ed : - Bringing
players who have done it at the top level is a smart move and those
who have done it as recently as the two you mention would be a real
step in the right direction. As for losing Ginola, we are
still missing a player who can win a match on his own.
I would just like
to add a few lines to the Darren Anderton saga.
When the siren call
of the Mancs came Darren's way, what five years ago, he, unlike
Sheringham and Campbell, showed loyalty and stayed at Spurs.
This remember when he was a regular international before his injury
problems and before the emergence of Beckham. Anyone who has
suffered a period of ill health will know that as frustrating and
upsetting as it is for those around them for the actual person it is
Does anyone seriously
believe that Anderton is not the main loser of nearly five of his
peak years as a player being ruined by injury. We have banged
on a lot about loyalty on here for the last few days but show scant
regard for Darren's.
I also think that in
his outburst against the club he says in the last year or two, so
clearly he places the majority of blame on the Sugar administration
and as such is perfectly in line with most of those people who are
attacking him now.
In other words, he's
only saying that which many of you have said before. So I must
take this to mean that you recant ?
I think rather than running to the press, these comments were aired
on his own web page and were pretty clearly written by him not some
ghost writer. Everyone has at times complained about
misrepresentation of the club, fans, players by reporters.
The beauty of these sites is that now you hear the players own
voice. If what you hear is not to your liking is that still
not better than reading some ill informed opinion or
Also I'd say that
what Anderton said is no worse than what Steve Carr said. In
fact, Stevie's comments could be read as a massive indictment of the
club if you wanted them to. Stevie Carr, however, is a popular
player and fan's favourite, whilst people are fed up and frustrated
at Anderton's lack of fitness and so is an easy target for people
who want to let off some steam over Campbell's treachery.
I think that most of
us would hope, expect even, that our employers would look after us
if we were injured during the course of our work sadly this very
often does not happen in football or the real world.
Ed : - There is
something to be said for Darren turning down the lure of the
Lancashire club, but then Mabbs and Stevie P managed it all those
years ago, when Liverpool came knocking. I know times change, but
the realisation that the money that the players are asking for these
days is so phenomenal in terms of what the man in the street earns,
there will surely be a big backlash when they don't produce the
goods. The fact that Tottenham have stood by Anderton and now
he slates them for doing something they have no power over is a
little galling. If a player wants to walk out there is stuff
all a club can do about it. It is just the way it has been
handled in this instance that has got many people's backs up, I
Excuse me but what a
cheek Darren Anderton has got.
Can I please join the
next round of contract negotiations with him. I would draw up a
Performance Related Pay sheet. On the one side we could list all
that he has cost the Club during the season. In the other column
I would invite him to list what he has given to club on the pitch!
Then tell him that we
have decided not to give him a pay cut but that he should get his
backside off the treatment table and do some business on the pitch!
I forgot to look but
was he there with the group of players walking round the pitch after
the Man U game? If not, why not?
Supporter since 1957 (old enough to remember when Tottenham were a
Ed : - Darren hasn't
done himself a great favour with his comments. Sol wanted to go
and his contract said he could. Sol's story is that Spurs could
have offered the earth, but without European football he would have
been off. Surely, if Sicknote is suggesting Spurs should have
given Sol what he wanted, is he saying the club should have entered
the InterToto Cup ??
Can you believe the comments attributed to Sicknote this morning?
It's beyond belief. The arrogance and ignorance of your average
monosyllabic Premiership footballer is breathtaking. For that
useless bastard to come out and say the Club didn't do enough to keep
Campbell is sick. Like Him. F*** Off
Why should the club pay you a salary of £30,000 per week upwards to
play your average 10 games a season (nine of which your completely off
the pace) and still tolerate listing to your unjustified whingeing
crap. Is it any wonder we have struggled over the last few
seasons with attitudes like that?
Ed : - It appears that
Darren may be getting worried because Sven Goran Eriksson has not told
him to join a club who are in the Champions League. He might
have to make do with Chelsea then !!
For more on the Sol
What is going to be the
final outcome of the contract negotiations with Sol Campbell?
I agree with the views
of one of the previous contributors to your Postbox page when he says
he is starting to get just a little bit tired of all the innuendo and
rumours surrounding him. If he wants to sign, even for just a
year more, then sign. If not, then his heart is not in it, so
move on. Sorry, but even Sol is not bigger than the Club. I've
previously been very critical of the new owners on these pages, but I
have to eat humble pie with regards to them over their handling of
Sol's new contract. They seem, to me anyway, to have bent over
backwards to accommodate him. Glenn is back, a reported salary
of £80,000 a week is on the table and Glenn himself has said publicly
that the new owners are thinking big, so what is stopping Sol from
signing? I think Sol needs to make a decision very quickly as I
for one think that his undoubted popularity amongst our fans is going
to wane very fast.
I don't believe Sol is
holding out for £100,000 a week. He has said the clubs ambition
is above personal gain. Either he is very two faced and has been
telling porkies, which I don't believe for two minutes or Glenn has
told it all wrong regarding the new owners ambitions. If your
going to go Sol, at least do us supporters one last service and let us
Ed : - It appears that Sol is being very cagey about the whole
thing. In contract to last season, he looked happy going around
the pitch on the last day, but the strain has taken it's toll on Spurs
fans. His deadlines for talking to the club have been put back
more times than an errant schoolchild. The time for talking
should have been a long time ago, so that Spurs can plan for the
future, with or without him. Bunjevcevic is obviously cover in
case he goes, but will feature alongside him if he stays. The
signing of Teddy will not be enough to make him stay on it's own, but
maybe by singing a couple of players early on, it will send a message
to those who might doubt the club's ambitions. The only problem
with paying exorbitant wages to Ted and Sol (should he stay), is that
the money available for signings then diminishes.
It's been a while but I
had to write in to talk about the press conference tomorrow. I find
hard to believe that Satan (Sheringham) wishes to return to the lane
after the reception he got from the crowd last week, but the mounting
speculation has got me worried. Surely I'm not the only one who
remembers the afore mentioned demonspawn, standing around on the half
way line doing sod all, towards the end of his time at the club.
I can remember the opinion going around the stewards was that the
plaudits he was getting for his performances for England had gone to
his head. What makes anyone think that he's not after one last
signing on fee, and as soon as things don't go his way, he wont start
moaning, bitching and unsettling the other players.
I think the Evil One will be a terrible signing and I'm already
regretting paying out an exorbitant amount for a season ticket.
Nothing like enthusiasm for the coming season, eh?
Ed : - Well, as an
astute piece of business, it rates pretty highly. How often
would you get a double Player of the Year for nothing ?? And his
experience will be good for the youngsters to learn from, but his age
and the wages we will have to pay make the deal look somewhat less
attractive. As you said, the last season he was with Spurs he
was going through the motions and didn't really look dedicated to the
cause. Not sure he will rock the boat this time around as he
will be looking to get a coaching job at the end of the
contract. However, he and Les bump up the average age of the
team and they will surely not play all the games next season.
When he got a big pay rise a couple of seasons before he left, the
Spurs crowd gave him stick when it didn't go his way. What will
happen now depends on the effect he has on the team and how many fans
have forgotten what went before - and that may not be all of them
after the stick he got last week. Interesting if this encourages
Sol to stay, as he was Teddy's most severe critic when he left for Man
U. Now the boot is on the other foot.
if I were to 'go down
to the cross roads' and sell my soul to Satan himself, could the afore
mentioned Mr. Satan guarantee the continuing services of Sol Campbell,
and the acquisition of petit and Guardiola?? if the answers yes - I'll
do it ( may just do it anyway to ward off any return of GG).
Ed : - Now, now.
Don't forget to be successful, we must not be a selling
Let's be honest. Isn't Sol starting to take the piss a little ??
Isn't he asking Spurs to love him that little bit too much ??
He's a class player and we all want him to stay, but not at any price
surely. Looking at the table, there are several teams above us
who lack a player of Sol's ability at the heart of the defence.
It didn't stop them finishing above us. We need a team ... a
real team. It has been so long since you got the feeling that a
Spurs side would stand or fall for each other. Sol should
be told - make up your mind now or go. If the rumours about
Arsenal are to be believed, then we don't want him anyway.
Having a player with this much power cannot possibly be healthy and
it's time we moved on.
With all the rumours flying around about who we will be signing in the
summer, I thought I'd let you know my 'we don't want' list......
Any hammer - They're all lightweight
Kevin Phillips - Too often loses interest.
Christian Ziege - Does he really care who he plays for?
Emmanuel Petit - Do I really need to say why?
PS. Am I the only Englishman who wishes that Simon Davies wasn't
Ed : - No, you're not. Davies is really one for the future and a
couple of seasons ago I was told he was the better of the two Posh
Sol is not handling
this very well. He might be holding out for the best or most
attractive offer to come along, but he should be a bit more upfront
about what he intends to do.
As for your don't want
list, I would agree, although it might be nice to get one over the
Gooners, because they nicked Petit off us just as he was about to sign
before. And Phillips is a Gooner too.
Has "Hangdog" left West Ham because he is upset at the sale
of a "midfielder" being sold to Spurs.If not then my
reliable source is a p***k !!
If so, are we getting Lampard, Cole or Sinclair????????
Ed : - I heard he was gutted as they would be down to the bare bones
because we were getting all three !!
I have heard from a VERY reliable source that Kev Phillips is to leave
Sunderland at the end of this season due to some nasty rumours that
are circulating up there and is talking to three London clubs
- The mighty THFC, the all cheating, spitting, elbowing,
gambling, head butting and marriage arranging A*****l and
Fulham. The interest from Spurs is said to be "Very
serious" and Kev would like to play for Hod as he feels he has a
great ideas on football, BUT as he and Sergei are similar types
of player and both small, is this a good idea ??????
Ed : - My good friend
Chris and I were discussing this the other day and he thought that it
would need a big man up front to play with Rebrov, although not
necessarily a typical English type target man, as has been proved with
Shevchenko. Like you, I think two similar players might not hit
it off, a la Owen and Shearer, but having said that Owen and Fowler
often play alongside each other in the Liverpool side and do
alright. The way it could work is that Phillips is a poacher as
well as being able to score from distance, whereas Sergei doesn't
always get in the box to finish off moves and could play a little
deeper than the Sunderland man. Most of the forwards we have
been linked with are strapping blokes (Bierhoff, for example), so I'm
not sure that Glenn would go for Kevin ... and he's a Gooner too !!
I remember when Steve
McManerman left Liverpool on a free. He told them and the fans in
advance. I think its time Sol and Dazza told us what's going on,
even if they say they wish to leave. We've supported them over the
last 10 years, so I think they owe us the right to know if they
On the other hand, Sol
went public and said he wanted to stay, as did Dazza. I've just read
on your website that Sol has told the players he's off to Arsenal.
I'd like to know how that come about. Sol says he's Spurs through
and through. So if he's telling the truth then the Scum should be
the last things on his mind.
It's time Sol let know
what's going on. He owes that to the club that put him where he is
today. As for Dazza, THFC have stuck by him when he's spent most of
the past 3 or 4 season's in plaster.
Ed : - The things that
have been coming out of the Sol camp have been very confused.
Whether there is an attempt to talk up the stakes for his contract, I
don't know, but the rumoured list of players Spurs are trying to
attract has apparently not been seen by Campbell. Not that it
would mean much as you can put anyone on a list, it is who actually
turns up that matters. There would be nothing against Sol
signing a contract, but with get-out clauses, although this does not
allow the manager to plan very far ahead when the star defender might
leave at the drop of a hat. Also, Anderton is probably awaiting
a final offer from the club. He wouldn't want to speak out
against what was offered before knowing what it was, but from a fan's
point of view, if they both love the club so much they should sign up
now. Not that it works like that of course !!
Just thought I'd drop you a quick line to see what you were thinking
about THFC and how you saw (player) choices that might /should be made
next year. There is a hard sorting job to be done at Spurs (one which
I'm sure Glenn and his staff can adequately handle), I'm sure you'll
agree. Who should go, who should stay, who we should buy etc etc. Who
would you have there and why?
Personally, (I realise
now what a hard question I've set myself), I'd base my team
comprehensively (for NEXT SEASON, hoping Sol and co will stay), around
Sullivan/Walker, Carr, Campbell, Doherty, King, Young, Davies,
Anderton, and Ferdinand. Rebrov (shock horror) and Korsten, I'm
particularly uncertain about (nice left foot you know ..!). This is
being ruthless, no doubt Glenn will be slightly less ruthless, but it
is just an opinion.
What does everyone else think ??
Ed :- It will be
difficult for Hoddle as he will not have seen too many of his
"first choice" XI out on the pitch, but he will know which
areas need strengthening. Think Rebrov really needs someone to
set up the chances for him and any other striker will too, so maybe
Teddy Sheringham could be that player. A creative midfielder is
what the side is crying out for. Another forward and maybe an
"enforcer" in midfield to fight to run that area of the
game. It will be interesting to see who arrives ... and indeed
who might go from the club. If Sol goes, we at least have good
stand-ins, but might need someone of Premiership stock to step in for
the short term.
times ahead for us too...the debate about how much money we have to
spend is never ending. We will be acquiring new players -that's for
certain ! Several players in the frame will be on Bosmans ... it helps
us to meet their wage demands. (And lure them with a decent signing-on
fee). I believe the £20-30 million was misquoted and was used in
reference to 'stupid amounts being paid for individual players' (e.g.
We are not going to sign Shevchenko for £35 million but could easily
spend £25 to £30 mill on several players if they are the right ones
and are available).
Ed : - I believe you are right in the way the money should be
spent. The question is about how much is available, whether that
be for transfers or for wages. Top players don't come cheap and
we will be spending quite a lot in just keeping Sol, Les and Dazza.
How much that will leave for paying the rest I don't know.
However, I hope that Glenn can attract some class players starting
with Effenburg as we really need someone like him to run the midfield
for us ... it's an area were we get over-run an awful lot. And
anyway, I thought that Pleat had said that Shevchenko was coming to
White Hart Lane ;-)
REPOT ON THE BAD SUNDAY IN APRIL
I found the report
mainly accurate, 'Arsenal Scum's typical lewd hand signs to young
kids' (my 11 year old son had some ape leaning out of his zoo van
window gesticulating to him on the way back; it makes you cringe at
their mentality). But regarding the Ticket Office I must praise the
young lad who works there (I can get his name if required), who
went out of his way to get me and my son our tickets after the good
old Post Office even managed to lose our recorded mail application, he
contacted us out of hours to resolve the problem, well done !
I was appalled at the lack of facilities available at 'England's
Ground'. Made the Lane look bloody good, with their only
advantage being the size of the place.
Good journey there and back, we had Chirpy on our coach, and his alter
ego is one top man, a Spur through and through. Did you know he
doesn't get paid for that ? Only a seat in the stands !
Ed : - Must
admit, I was lucky enough to get out before most Gooners (and no I
didn't leave before the end ... my season ticket is not in the West
Stand ;-)), so was spared their motorway antics. Anyone who
wears a synthetic chicken costume on every other Saturday would have
to be a Spurs fan and why doesn't it surprise me that he doesn't get
paid for his afternoon's entertaining ?? As for the ticket
office, it is good to hear that they have had one success. One
mate phoned tried to phone them in the week leading up to the semi, as
he hadn't got his ticket, only eventually to be told that they did not
have his application. He didn't get a ticket. You must be
blessed by the one they call Hod !!
Hoddle needs to spend,
but it seems unlikely that he'll make a move in the transfer market
until the summer. But who will he buy? More to the point how much
money will he have to spend? Well someone like Larsen of
Celtic would be good or Alen Boksic of Boro; maybe
Francis Jeffers of Everton could be persuaded to move South.
Lampard of West Ham is wasting his time with them and Glen could
turn him into a great player. At the back young Bramble of Ipswich
and Gareth Southgate of Villa have got to be worth a look but I
can't see that happening can you? Maybe the truth is they'll never
move to a Club like Spurs. I don't actually think it matters that
much because Spurs will never have a team like the classic 1961
side ever again. It was April 17th 1961 that the Glory Glory team
won the League and that's exactly 40 years to the day. Gooners
everywhere wish to join in celebrating Spurs 40 years of failure and
to do so have built a website at the following address http://ww.scum40.fsnet.co.uk go
there now - it's even funnier than Spurs abject display at Old
Trafford in the Semi Final.
Ed : - Times have
changed Danny. It is not 1961 anymore and most fans realise
that. Larsen wants to stay where he can score a hatful of goals
each season. Boksic is finished and is only picking up his
pension at Boro. Jeffers is a possibility. Southgate is
more likely than Bramble and Lampard wouldn't cross London for fear of
his life. It will be interesting to see who he does spend his
money on, but the website plug could be an indication that your are
redder in the face than even Spurs fans were after Old
PS Are you a very quiet person Danny ??
Will someone please
shut Rupert Lowe up! He gave permission for Spurs and Glenn to
speak and he allowed the get-out clause in the contract. Maybe
he wouldn't be so naive next time.
Ed : - I agree.
The man obviously should be out egg-chasing with a name like that as
he knows stuff all about football. Just to emphasise that he
will appoint Kevin Keegan as the next Southampton manager and welcome
him to his "big club". Perhaps by that he means the
baseball bats that Kevin Keegan keeps in his car (if you don't
remember that story, ask your Dad !!).
Lingering in my distress
so many miles away. What a debacle. Perhaps this is the 'bottom'
that one has to hit sometimes. Thanks Sugar, what a legacy you left
us. Still, I don't understand Glenn's decisions to play an un-match
fit Sherwood. Clemence was back to his dreadful self. Why change
Thewell, Davies & King? Ledley was great when he came on. The
only good thing is that we did not capitulate ... we could have lost
by 6 or 7. I won't say enjoy the remainder of the season although we
may scrape a UEFA place. Big deal.
you in the new season.
Ed : - Things
couldn't have gone much more wrong, could they ?? Luckily
Sullivan was in top form and the defence stuck at it. I think
that the UEFA Cup place might be out of our reach as we have a pretty
tough run-in to the end of the season, but you never know.
Surely everything will come right now Hoddle is back ?? Keep the
Never did I regard GG
as the devil incarnate. He wasn't a bad old stick but he was
never ever going to be Spurs was he? I didn't want him to go unless
the right replacement was parking his motor outside. And so it came to
In the early 80s (v Notts County) I stood at WHL, jaw agape, and
watched the man they call Hod take down a high ball down on his chest
and then his knee, drop it to the ground, send three County players
the wrong way with a little shuffle, and then send a thirty yard ball
onto Archibald's boot. That day I believed that I
had witnessed the one true messiah who would lead us to the promised
land. Back to the Glory days my dad had told me about.
Years went by and Hod moved on to warmer climes. He done his
managerial penance in Swindon, before really hitting the bottom of the
barrel in the seedy corridors of Batesville (Chelsea are such a
wannabe club aren't they - the Blackburn of the south). England
was a shame and he had to rebuild his reputation at Southampton.
But now...I can stand on my plastic chair and sing to the heavens.
PRAISE BE.. THE MESSIAH HAS RETURNED. THE ONE TRUE HOD WHO WILL
DELIVER US FROM THE DRY BARREN DESERT THAT WAS ARSEISM!!!
He shall bring forth attacking, flair driven, push and run football.
He shall scour the depths for footballers who can pass the ball
forward. He shall heal the sickness of the 7-2-1 formation
and lead us into the temptation that is (remember this) exciting
footie that you might want to applaud with feeling.
Fear not ye cynics. No more shall ye hear the sound of a pin
dropping at WHL as the whistle blows on yet another drab 0-0.
Stand back and watch as Hod parts the waves for Moses Sol to step
forward and sign on the dotted line
The George is Dead
Long Live the Hod!!
DPW, Milton Keynes.
Ed:- Well, there can be no greater reference than that. Give him
time though, give the man time.
Hoddle,Hodddlle, Hodddlle, Born Is The King Of White Hart
Lane..."(repeat for 90 mins)
So, is Glenn the
Messiah we all hope for, to lead us onto European and World
I hope so with all the
hope/hype that has been going on since the departure of, erm, what's
his name, oh yes, Graham George.
So shall I start saving
up for a season ticket, oops out of my price range, maybe I shall
become a member again and make a very rare pilgrimage to the Lane,
(us Northerners are poorly paid, cue violins) to see the influx of
highly paid European stars who will be flocking to play for Glenn.
Let me play for free they will be shouting at the top of their
voices. Well may be not.
I hope Glenn is given
the time and money to build a team and complete his work,
before he is spirited away to an even bigger European club. As his
history is of being able to build very good foundations and then
moving on/poached to other clubs.
Yes, he will stay, he
loves Tottenham and he believes he can bring back the Glory, Glory
Days and Nights, but lets not expect over night success, lets get
into Europe by winning the FA Cup and that will be the start of
World Domination Hoddle Style.
Come On You Spurs....
Regards Colin Rutherford
Ed : - It's all about
time and money. The fans must give him time, and ENIC must
give him the time and the money. The perhaps things might go
in the right direction for a change.
It's been a while since I've been in touch but the events of the last
few days have forced me from my slumber. Having taken that time
to let events sink in, therefore not allowing immediate reaction to
prejudice common sense I feel now is the time to condemn ENIC in the
strongest possible terms for the sacking of George Graham. If
ever there was a purely political decision made regarding the future
of a manager then this is it. The excuse given by our new
masters is pathetic. Make no mistake, George, in going to the
press to reveal that, "surprisingly", our new owners have
only limited funds to spend on building a team to give us a realistic
chance of being competitive, has exposed these people for what they
are: a money grabbing set of opportunist business sharks who have seen
Spurs return the highest percentage increase in turnover (37%) in the
Premiership and in doing so propelling the club to the 15th wealthiest
in world football, despite winning only one Mickey Mouse trophy and
having just one season in Europe in ten, and who want some of the
financial action that Spurs amazing support will give them. They
have no love of THFC. Money is their God.
How can a company that have just
taken over, given these facts, say we only have limited funds for
buying players? They have been suspicious and secretive from the
start and George telling it how it is (and I believe George, not them)
made them act in the most appalling way possible. The timing
alone is terrible with the semi final coming up. But to say
George was not a "team" player and spoke out of turn is,
frankly, crap. What do they think he is...a 16 year old schoolboy?
He has got nearly 40 years experience in the game, and they accuse him
of speaking out of turn? He was doing his job, talking to the
press and, in turn, letting the fans know what was going on. Any
football person would know that George Graham had done a pretty decent
job bearing in mind the financial restraints of the previous regime
when you consider the huge amounts clubs like Chelsea and Liverpool
have spent, and, are they really that far ahead of us? I don't
think so. He's brought on a lot of very good young lads and I
feel he was not far away from producing a very good side of home grown
players with blue & white blood in their veins. Players,
more importantly who respected George Graham. If you remember
the rubbish he inherited, progress has been made pretty quickly in
reality, and we have all seen what Sir Alex has achieved after coming
in for early stick. This mafia that now control us mistakenly think
that by getting rid of "The Gooner" the fans in return
will be so delighted that they will accept that they won't be
splashing the money around and to be honest, the fans will now get
what they deserve. Not, as usual, the silent majority of fans
(why do they remain silent?) but the idiots that have had it in for
George since day one.
How will they feel when Sol
goes, probably to Arsenal, and the havoc wrecked on us by this stupid
decision puts the semi final against the Arse in grave danger, when,
after West Ham, we had a more than good chance of beating them. Add to
that that these people have now told all the players not to
talk in sympathetic terms about George (Ledley King, Steve Clemence
and Luke Young have all expressed dismay at his departure). It makes
you wonder what kind of intolerant hell we have now inherited.
If you think the Sugar regime was bad this lot are gonna give you all
a BIG wake up call pretty soon.
Which brings me neatly to my
final point or perhaps conspiracy theory. Is there any chance
that Sir Al after withstanding years of personal abuse to himself and
his family including having his mobile number banded around so any
twat could threaten him in secret, being regularly spat at and having
paint stripper thrown over his car, knew exactly what the future was
likely to hold for THFC under this mob?
Yours...and absolutely choked
Ed : - Jeff, there are many fans who were unhappy with the existing
set-up for a number of reasons - some footballing, some
personal. Whatever the reasons, they wanted them out and now
they have achieved their ambitions, but as you say this does not
coincide with the majority of the fans at the Lane. On Saturday,
there was no celebration of GG's departure by the fans and Buchler's
name got a booing at half-time. Even the vocal minority didn't
make themselves heard. With the removal of the manager who was
working to a five year plan, whether or not he got there as fast as he
wanted, the new incoming manager will want the same amount of time and
is he likely to get it ?? Is he hell. Tottenham's only
hope is that ENIC see that the only way to get a decent return on
their investment is to get the team doing the business on the
pitch. There appears little consideration of the time and place
for the dismissal of GG and while he probably didn't have a long term
future at Tottenham, everything is in the timing, isn't it ??
Hello again, this mail
should have been sent a couple of days ago but for some reason it got
deleted so you'll have to forgive me if these issues have been done to
Firstly, what crap timing, odds
on we'll never know what really happened but then there's nothing new
there. But my main concerns are the contract negotiations,
and most of all what is going to happen to the development of some of
our youngsters? Down the years I believe we've lost a few decent
players because a new manager couldn't see the potential of them
(remember Caskey captaining the England U21's,or more recently Jamie
Clapham who's now being touted as an England international, or even
Peter Crouch being sold for 80 grand and now allegedly attracting
interest from premiership clubs).
Lastly I'd like to praise Stephen
Clemence for his performances this season as I don't think he gets
enough credit. He can't be that bad a player considering out of the
team that played on Saturday he was one of the veterans and yet he is
Ed : - The
problem of bringing in a new manager is that he not only wants to
bring in his own backroom staff, but also tends to bring in his own
players, as we have seen over the years. Whoever it is who comes
in might have to play the youngsters as the money may not be there to
spend as they wish, but I hope they have a good look at them to see
that there is talent enough there already.
With the players you mentioned, my personal view is
that Caskey is an excellent passer of the ball, but lacked the pace
required to make it at the very top level. Interesting to see
what happens if he makes a move to a bigger club. Clapham, I
fully agree with you, but Crouch has a long way to go yet. Could
turn out to be a useful player though.
As for Clem, I thought he went through a little
sticky patch recently, when playing at left wing back was getting the
better of him, but he has looked much better in the centre in the last
couple of matches. King looks a class apart and with others to
come in the future looks good.
Where to start is the main thing ! An amazing week I'm sure you'll
agree. George Graham sacked by the new Tottenham Hotspur board and yet
a slightly bizarre feeling - the sort of you don't know what you've
got till it's not there anymore type thing. Now I've never been a GG
fan I mean you've probably worked that one out for yourself right. So
I won't pretend that I'm anything other than pretty shocked. I just
whether or not you feel we really HAVE done the right thing here ..?
There is so much that has been banded about in the British media this
week that it makes you think all sorts of things about the true
reasons for Graham's sacking. Did you see David Buchler's interview on
Sky Sports almost straight away afterwards? If yes, what did you
think. Personally I feel that what he said was o.k, and that he
had enough reason in his own (importantly) opinion. The facts are
these as I see
-- GG Pushed his luck saying what he said the day before and
this was indeed bad timing considering the contract negotiations that
were going on at the time.
-- He had in his tenure at White Hart Lane, slated the fans and
some of the players, as well as selling Ginola after buying
Rebrov. Ginola was never adequately replaced.
-- We are, as it stands, still behind Arsenal and let's forget
team spirit; Colin Todd organises team spirit.
-- His team
tactics and choice of signings were never that brilliant. Don't
forget Robbie Keane was not a Premiership player.
-- King Glenn will, and I repeat will, make Tottenham great
again - should he come back to the Lane.
That said I feel a
little sorry for George who was berated (myself included) the whole
time he was at the club. So good luck George.
Wow, big news. What d'you think?
Ed : - I believe
that some of his tactical decisions and especially his use of
substitutes has been questionable, but then he pulls a tactical master
plan out of the draw against West Spam to put one over them.
Some signings have been questionable, but some are yet to show their
true potential and without knowing who was responsible for bringing
certain players to the club, it is difficult to comment.
Graham's disciplinarian approach didn't really belong in this day and
age, but he did get some players to respond and that is what it is all
about. Team spirit can be very important and to ability to
generate it should not be underestimated. Can't imagine GF being
very inspiring. I reckon that a conglomeration of things got GG
the sack and the timing is all wrong. If something was said that
we know nothing of, then perhaps it was the right decision. We
might only find out when it comes to court.
This may be a silly
question, but if you cast your minds back to the 1999 Semi-finals of
the FA Cup you will remember the Spurs fans chanting "your only
in Europe coz of us" at the Newcastle fans.
The other two semi
finalists were Man Utd and the Scum. My question is if the Scumbags
get into Europe via the league do we automatically qualify through
the Semi final of the FA Cup. Liverpool are already there,
Wycombe can't get there (or can they?) and the Arse will already be
there from there league position.
In 1999, Newcastle got
to Europe coz of us, can we get there coz of the Arse?
Also, and more worrying.
Is it safe for Pleat to lead us out in the semi this year? I don't
feel comfortable with Pleat. I read his program notes and I believe
he really is full of s**t!
Ed : - I think I am
right in saying that we would have to get through to the final to
qualify. Wycombe would not qualify as Birmingham wouldn't be
allowed either as a losing Worthington Cup finalist. If we get
there, then we would get a European place even if we lose.
Should we get knocked out in the semi, then the place would go to the
next suitable team by Premier League placing, which probably wouldn't
be us !!
As for Pleat being in
charge for the semi, the Goons will have afield day, like they
did when they came to the Lane after his exploits hit the papers last
time around. As for his programme notes, I remember him shouting
at his Luton Youth team at Cheshunt (when Spurs had a training round
there) and using all nature of poncy techno-speak. The players
just looked at him blankly ... and I don't blame them.
I know everyone is
having there say, but I think they are crazy to hoof GG out at this
moment in time, so another new man, new clear-out, we are no better
off than we were three years ago to be fair. No big money to
dish out, Sol will go and when he does I wish him all the best.
I can honestly say now that most fans, including me, realise that we
are living in a dream world when we think that we can do this and we
can sign him and we will win this, but at the end of the day, we are
there just to make up the numbers. Sorry for being down, but I
think next season will be a hard one.
please reply and tell me things are going to
ok, (wishful thinking)
Ed : - Don't worry
Craig, everything will be alright. Given time and a lot of
money, I'm sure it will all come right. Maybe we will even live
to see it.
Well hello ENIC!! Nice
to see where your loyalties lie with George Graham! Two weeks in and
he's already out. Well, he may be a Gooner at heart, but he
still definitely wanted to put one up the ARSE Board of
directors!! Very, very bad timing lads; should have waited
until the end of the season at least. And besides, we will
have to wait and see whether or not Georgie-boy was telling the
truth...is there money or not? What's the matter with them?
Has he told the truth, so now Sol won't stay because there is
no money available? Well, something tells me ENIC are not
going to be forthcoming with cash and that we may rue the day George
the Gooner was sacked...sometime very near in the future...
Ed : - Steve, it
appears that you are not alone. I think that most Spurs fans
were aware that GG might only have lasted to the end of the season,
but would have done his job in probably getting us into Europe via
the FA Cup. There is obviously more to this than meets the
eye, but timing in this life is everything. What ENIC's timing
is like we are about to find out.
What a game eh? I don't
know where you watched it, but I watched it at the Victoria in
Cheshunt and the atmosphere couldn't have been better.
Is it just me, or has Gary Doherty at £1million turned into one of
Spurs' best signings for quite a while. With his goals in the F.A. Cup
alone, he must have paid back his transfer fee a few times over.
And can you settle an argument by telling me what position our Northern
Irish U21 International Ciaran Toner plays in? And what ever happened
to the young French player who according to The Sun believed he was
already good enough for the first team, and allegedly interested Man
Utd. at £1million?
Ed : - I was watching
from behind the sofa !! I hate watching on the box, but the
superstition got the best of me I'm afraid. Doherty has looked a
lot more assured at the back and scores goals from set plays. I
am not sure he has the deftness of touch to play in the forward line
long term - but who cares ! He's doing the business.
Toner plays a defensive midfield role, but can play along side a
central defender, as he has done in the reserves from time to
time. He is a hard working young lad and could well play a
similar role to Freund, but he does look to get forward too. And
scores the odd goal !!
The French lad you refer to is probably Ludwig Norbert, who left as he
thought he should be in the first team at the age of 17 or
something. He went to West Ham after claiming he wanted to
return to France and actually turned out for them against our reserves
on 5h December 2000. Not sure what his current status is, but
his brother was on Arsenal's books and left at around the same
time. Coincidence or a job for the X-Files ??
I am heartily sick of
the continual comments in the media about Spurs fans not accepting GG
because of the Arse link. I know that this applies to some of
the fans but I (and many others) do not feels that way. I
have found it hard to accept him because of the way he had us
playing!!! I could not give a flying Lee Dixon where he
came from (which is as much Chelsea, Millwall and Scotland as Arsenal)
as long as he delivers the goods.
There are good young lads with potential at WHL but they need to be
on. This is something that successive Spurs managers have failed
to do with
the likes of Steve Slade, Stuart Nethercott and David Tuttle (remember
Houghton ? - the new Gazza!!. It may be viewed as
treachery by some, but I
say that GG is turning it around and producing real potential genuine
team regulars in King, Davies et al. Slow it may be but any
progress has got
to be better than none at all !
Ed : - One of the things fans look for in a manager is trophies and
instant success at that. GG delivered that, albeit picking up
someone else's team. The other way at looking at things is the
long view and that is what GG said he would do when he first
arrived. That and have the team challenging in the top six in
three years. Well, that time is nearly up, so if you wish to
berate him, then this is the thing to use. Also stats are a
weapon to compare and contrast his record against other bosses of the
past. And then there is the sterile football he has
produced. Oh, and the young players he has brought into the team
(whether by design or accident) and the two FA Cup semi finals we have
reached (surpassing even Francis' record). When he was being
considered as a manager for Spurs, we said that hew as possibly what
Tottenham needed, but would always be hammered for his Arsenal
connections. I prefer to judge him on what he has done for
There's always something that seems to bring about pessimism at the
Lane these days (our injury situation is unbelievable mate). The thing
is, and I will be glued to my seat myself on Sunday, I just don't
think that we are good enough to do it - it has to be West Ham for me.
This is just a totally honest footballing opinion and yes it is very
sad that I should fancy our opponents in a competition which we as a
football club have strong bonds with. Why are we the underdogs, and
why are we not got enough to win the trophy this year? Well, the man
in charge must be held responsible.
It is all very well sailing through post-match interviews with a
breeze of confidence as George Graham does, but come Sunday night (I
can see early morning office lights still burning in the ENIC
quarters) Georgie Boy might well be feeling the strain.
I hope more than anything in the world that I am wrong and we stuff
the Hammers. Of course. But, and it pains me to contemplate it, I can
see Claret and Blue and a hell of a lot of bubbles - Stuart Pearce or
No Stuart Pearce.
Best regards to all there, Good luck the Yid army Sunday.
Ed : - There is a lot
riding on Sunday's game. London Pride; the "Year ending in
a One" omen; and last, but not least - our season. For once
a boring 0-0 might do, although many believe that we stand a better
chance of winning at Upton Park than at home. With West Ham's
injuries, it might be a case of who has the least injuries to the most
important players. I'll go for a draw, although it might be a
close run thing.
I'd like to know what you, as a
die-hard Tottenham supporter think about the Spurs fans who sit in the
South-East corner of the stadium, and constantly chant for Georgie
Ed : - I think MEHSTG's views on
chanting against the team are well documented. We can really see
no benefit to the team if it goes on during play. Players have
come out and said that it affects them and in the long run it will
make for a poorer Spurs team if results can't be gained because of
their own fans.
Everyone has the right to say what they want, so I wouldn't preach to
people on what they should and shouldn't do, but it is certainly
stirring up some feeling amongst our own fans with the fights that
broke out at the Charlton FA Cup game.
Now that Sugar has gone, I suppose one faction of the fans will be
When GG took over, it was never going to be a love affair, but the
fact that fans feel unable to get behind the team is sad.
Fans are fanatical.
When the fans do get behind the team it seems to have a good effect.
0-0's aren't much fun sometimes, but maybe they are part of the team's
development. So let's hope that there will be enough to cheer
from here on in to the end of the season.
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